IOM Djibouti Highlights Pitfalls of Horn of Africa Migration Trail for Donors

On Sunday (21/2) IOM Djibouti welcomed a delegation of European, North American and Asian diplomats and representatives of humanitarian aid agencies. Their mission was to learn about one of the world’s most treacherous migration routes and the growing migrant crisis that is killing hundreds of migrants each year as they attempt to reach the Arabian Peninsula from the Horn of Africa.

A migration trail that is thousands of years old annually takes the lives of between 500 and 600 migrants, mainly from Ethiopia, officials of Djibouti’s security forces told delegates from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and the United States who were joined by counterparts from the European Commission and USAIM, the IOM-affiliated U.S. Association for International Migration.

Meeting with Djibouti Minister of Interior Hassan Omar Mohamed, as well as top officials of the National Gendarmerie and Coast Guard, the delegates learned that the coastal nation of less than a million inhabitants, annually receives around 180,000 irregular border crossers each year from the neighbouring state of Ethiopia – which borders Djibouti on three sides – and a much smaller number of Somali refugees. “At any given time, around 150,000 non-Djiboutians are living in Djibouti,” said Hassan Omar Mohamed.

Although nearly half this year’s new arrivals are turned back before they cross the arid country, hundreds a day are making their way to the coastal town of Obock, on the Gulf of Aden, where they embark on small fishing boats across the Bab el Mandeb Strait linking the Horn of Africa to the Arabian Peninsula.

“Bab el Mandeb means ‘The Place Where the People Cry’,” explained IOM Djibouti Chief of Mission Henry Glorieux, because of the treacherous waters where over 3,300 African migrants have died since 2006. IOM reported 95 died last year, all bound for Yemen. Despite the raging conflict in Yemen, some 60,000 Ethiopians passed through Djibouti in 2015.

IOM’s Missing Migrants Project reports 36 migrants have died at sea on this route through February 22 this year, or just under one per day. However, Djiboutian officials told the delegation that deaths by dehydration while crossing Djibouti, or due to road accidents, are about three times more common than drownings.

“Saudi Arabia is their destination and many are returning to jobs they had there before,” IOM’s Ali Abdallah Al-Jefri told the delegates, when they visited IOM’s Migrants Response Center in Obock. “Smugglers are telling Ethiopians that because of the violence in Yemen, now is a good time to try to go back to Saudi Arabia. But in fact it is the worst time,” he added.

Although IOM’s ability to monitor the situation in Yemen has been restricted since fighting began there almost a year ago, both Henry Glorieux says that Ethiopians who have been evacuated from Yemen in recent months have arrived at the Migrant Response Center in Obock bearing signs of torture, broken bones and, in some cases, gunshot wounds.

At the Lac Assal Gendarmerie Post on Monday, delegates met Dawit Deresseh, a 30-year-old Ethiopian migrant who is missing half his left arm. “They cut it off in Yemen,” he said, explaining that a vehicle he had been riding in with 26 other migrants last April struck a land mine near Yemen’s border with Saudi Arabia. “All the others were Ethiopians,” he added. “All except me are dead.”

This week’s donor visit will continue in Ethiopia. It is part of an IOM campaign to raise awareness about the growing migrant emergency linking the Horn of Africa and the fighting in Yemen and drought / adverse effects of El Niño in Ethiopia which has prompted thousands more to attempt the perilous crossing to Yemen via Djibouti.

The Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan and the Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan calls for over $120 million in assistance to Yemen, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Somalia.

For more information about the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan and the Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan, please go to: http://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/country_appeal/file/IOM-Regional-…

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Press conference by the commissioner for human resources, science and technology, H.E Dr. Martial de-Paul Ikounga, on celebrations marking the first edition of the Africa day of school feeding

INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

When: Thursday, 25th February 2016

Time: 11am

Who: Organized by the Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST) of the African Union Commission

Where: African Union Commission Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (New

Conference Centre)

Objectives:

To raise public awareness of the first edition of the Africa Day of School Feeding on 1 March 2016;
Inform stakeholders about preparations for celebrations of Africa Day of School Feeding in Niamey, Niger;
Promote better understanding of the development dimensions of home-grown school feeding in Africa; and
Stimulate media interest in covering the Africa Day of School Feeding celebrations in Niamey, Niger

Participant:

The Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, H.E Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga

Background:

Already many African countries have experience in implementing school feeding programmes, with varying levels of success and impact. The Niger Minister for Education introduced the importance of school feeding to the continental Conference of Ministers of Education in Kigali in April 2015 and organized a side event at the World Education Forum in Incheon. In order to learn from the Brazilian experience of success in school feeding, the Commission organized a High Level Mission to Brazil, which produced a number of recommendations including the necessity to map out the school feeding situation in African countries and identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges that need to be addressed at the continental, regional and national levels. Another meaningful recommendation was that the AU takes ownership of the school feeding programme in Africa. The report of the High Level Mission was presented to the meeting of the Specialized Technical Committee on Education, Science and Technology (STC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the end of October 2015. The report was adopted and subsequently presented at the 26th Summit of the AU General Assembly in Addis Ababa. The Summit then made its Decision Assembly/AU/Draft/Dec.2(XXVI) Rev 1. The Decision, inter alia, called for:

Set up, under the Office of the Chairperson of the AU Commission and under the support of the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger, a Multi-disciplinary Committee of African Experts that will commission a comprehensive baseline study on the relevance and impact of school feeding in AU Member States; and
The institution of 1st March as Africa Day of School Feeding; and
The elaboration of modalities for observing the Africa Day of School Feeding (ADSF) by the AU Commission, Member States and concerned partners.

The Decision further encourages the AU Member States that have school feeding programmes to continue their efforts and invites other Member States and to adapt success lessons learned, in order to improve school children’s access and resilience. The Minister of Education of Niger on behalf of her country offered to host the inaugural event, the launch of the first Africa Day of School Feeding, which will take place in Niamey, Niger, on 1 March 2016.

Media representatives are invited to cover the event.

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Ministerial conference on immunization in Africa

INVITATION TO THE MEDIA

What: The African Union Commission in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other key immunization development partners, will organize the first ever Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa.

When: 24th February 2016, 9:00Hrs

Who: Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister, Ethiopia

Mr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Former President of Tanzania

H. E. Dr. Mustapha S. Kaloko AU Commissioner for Social Affairs,

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa

Dr Ala Alwan, Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean

Where: African Union Commission Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Objectives: The General objective of the Conference will be to secure the commitment of governments and their partners to reach and sustain the required immunization quality and coverage as stipulated in the GAVP and the Regional Strategic Plan for Immunization 2014-2020 so as to eradicate, eliminate and control vaccine preventable diseases in the overall context of health system strengthening in Africa. Specific objectives include:

Agree on key inter-sectoral actions necessary to improve the quality and achieve higher levels coverage of immunization interventions in line with the GVAP and RSPI accountability frameworks;
Achieve consensus on ways and means of empowering communities to demand immunization as their fundamental human right;
Agree on actions required from Governments and partners to adequately fund immunization services from national resources;
Sharing and celebrating the achievements of immunization activities in Africa;
Discuss the polio legacy planning;
Advocate for high-level support on vaccine supply and availability in Africa including vaccine production in the context of the Africa Manufacturing Plan initiative.

Journalists are invited to cover the conference and the commemoration at the AU Commission.

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British High Commissioner to remain in Tanzania until July 2016

Contrary to some media reports, the British High Commissioner, Dianna Melrose, will not be ending her mission in Tanzania until the end of July 2016, at the normal conclusion of her posting.

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Community-based forestry can be a driving force in boosting sustainability and people’s livelihoods

Community-based forestry has shown itself to be a potent vehicle for promoting sustainable forest management, reducing poverty and generating jobs and income for rural communities, but unlocking its true potential will require greater support by governments through policy reforms and other measures.

Many community-based forestry regimes are showing great promise as engines for sustainable development but are still performing below their potential, a new FAO report released today at the start of Asia-Pacific Forestry Week says.

Under the approach, local communities partner with governments to play a lead role in making land-use decisions and managing the forestry resources they depend on for their livelihoods.

According to “Forty years of community based forestry: A review of extent and effectiveness”, almost one-third of the world’s forest area is now estimated to be under some form of community-based management.

Yet in many cases, while in practice policies may exist for the decentralization and devolution of rights and responsibilities to communities, the right conditions may not yet be in place for them to fully exercise their rights.

The report outlines a series of actions needed to make community-based forestry more effective, including providing communities with secure forest tenure, improving regulatory frameworks, and transferring appropriate and viable skills and technology.

Access to markets and knowledge of market mechanisms are also essential if communities and smallholders are to commercialize their forest products, which can significantly contribute to poverty reduction.

“Indigenous peoples, local communities and family smallholders stand ready to maintain and restore forests, respond to climate change, conserve biodiversity and sustain livelihoods on a vast scale”, said Eva Müller, Director of FAO’s Forestry Policy and Resources Division. “What is missing in most cases is the political will to make it happen. Political leaders and policy makers should open the door to unleash the potential of hundreds of millions of people to manage the forests on which the whole world depends for a better and sustainable future”.

Sharing best practices

The report also cites a number of successful examples of community-based forestry from around the world.

A study in four eastern hill districts in Nepal showed that denuded hills had been regenerated and the condition of forests improved substantially following the introduction of community forestry. As a result, the total number of trees per hectare increased by more than 50 percent while the overall area of forests grew by around 30 percent over a 15 year period.

Mexico has a long history of community forestry with up to 80 percent of the country’s forests under the legal jurisdiction of communities. Many of them operate local forest enterprises to commercialize the timber they produce. Forest communities there benefit from a combination of tenurial rights including strong commercial rights to harvest and market timber products.

In Cameroon, revisions to forest laws in 1994 have enabled community associations and cooperatives to acquire exclusive rights to manage and use up to 5 000 hectares of forest per community under a 25-year contract, resulting in the creation of 147 new community forest management areas covering a total area of 637 000 ha of humid forest.

In the Gambia, 10 percent or approximately 45 000 ha of the country’s forested land is managed either through community-based forest management or joint forest park management. In the 25 years since the introduction of community-based forestry, the forest area has increased by more than 10 percent.

A vital sector for Asia-Pacific region

Asia-Pacific Forestry Week (22-26 February) – one of the largest and most important forestry events in the region – has been co-organised by FAO and the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of the Philippines.

It brings forestry leaders, policy makers and industry experts from 30 countries together to discuss the most pressing issues for forestry and its role in advancing sustainable development in Asia-Pacific. This includes the new UN Sustainable Development Goals, regional trade agreements, sustainable production to meet the region’s growing demand for wood and timber, climate financing, enhancing disaster resilience, and other issues.

“Through the Sustainable Development Goals we have an opportunity and responsibility to help unlock the full potential of forests in supporting sustainable development that no other generation has had before,” Müller said during the Week’s opening ceremony today.

“Like the SDGs, the Paris Climate Change Agreement also gives a substantive role to forests in achieving its ambitious objectives and is expected to mobilize financial resources that help convert the political commitment to concrete actions in support of forests and sustainable forest management”, she added.

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Corrected advisory – Reporting on Elections in Africa online Workshops: Audio, Video files, Transcripts and Resources for Journalists

The Africa Regional Media Hub hosted two on-line election reporting workshops on February 16 (English) and 17, 2016 (French). The English program featured moderator Jerelyn Eddings, Senior Program Director International Center for Journalists and guest speaker Judy Yablonky, Media Consultant and Journalism Trainer. In French, Eduardo Cue, International Journalist and Media Consultant was the moderator with guest speaker Daniel Glick, co-founder of The Story Group, an independent, multimedia journalism company. Over 250 journalists from across the continent participated.

Below are links to the audio and video files of the workshops, as well as a link to a number of related resources for journalists. Attached to this mail are the transcripts from both events.

Election Reporting in Africa – Audio:

https://soundcloud.com/africa-regional-media-hub/online-election-reporting-workshop-in-english

https://soundcloud.com/africa-regional-media-hub/online-election-reporting-workshop-in-french

Resources for journalists:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B7px0NDe70i6djlkOFZWWTJZYXc&usp=sharing

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ERRATUM- High level visit from African Union to Mauritius on hosting of the Inaugural African Economic Platform

An Africa Union (AU) delegation, led by H.E. Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), is in Port Louis to meet with the government of the Republic of Mauritius in preparation for the African Economic Platform. The Platform will be launched in Mauritius on 14 – 16 April, 2016.

Announced by the AU Commission Chairperson, H.E Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma during the just concluded 26th AU Summit of Heads of State and Government held from 21-31 January 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the African Economic Platform will fast track African economic transformation toward the realization of Africa’s Agenda 2063.

Expected to participate at the first African Economic Platform are the public sector, to be led by Heads of State and Government; the African private sector led by captains of commerce and industries; as well as the African higher education sector. This is a strategic approach by the African Union to bring together these three sectors to engage in discussions, ensure cooperation and foster collaboration deemed critical for the continent’s growth and economic transformation.

The inaugural platform will tackle amongst other issues the potential for the Continental Free Trade Area to boost intra-African trade and investments; the role of governments and the private sector in industrialization and an African commodity sector; bridging the skills deficit in the continent, measures to speed up free movement of people on the continent and the challenge of building a competitive African business and private sector in a fast changing continent and world.

“The ultimate aim of the African Economic Platform (AEP) is to catalyze economic transformation on the continent by seeking solutions to, among other things, economic integration, promoting greater intra-African trade, skills development and capacity building.” The AU Commission Chairperson said when making the announcement. She added that the Platform will also help to tackle environmental and policy limitations, promote intra-African trade and increase Africa’s share of global trade.

Although trends in intra-African trade point toward progress, trade within Africa remains very low in proportion to total global trade. The share of intra-African imports was only 0.25 percent of world imports in 2015, while intra-African exports represent 0.26 percent of world exports. Research has indicated that intra-African trade comprises less than 15 percent of total African trade annually, highlighting the need for enhancing intra-African trade.

Describing why the AU was focused on bringing these three sectors together, Dr. Dlamini Zuma said: “The private sector, because of the role it can, and should play in investment, industrialisation and intra-African trade; the higher education sector because of the significance of skills development, research and innovation; and government to ensure that policy, fiscal and macro-economic environments are conducive to the transformation of African economies, towards the Africa We Want in 2063”.

Agenda 2063 is a call to all segments of African society to work together to build a prosperous and united Africa at peace with itself. It encapsulates continental aspirations for growth and prosperity, including aspirations for a prosperous Africa centered on inclusive growth and sustainable development.

The Agenda 2063 aspiration on inclusive growth in Africa envisions a prosperous continent with the means and resources to drive its own development. The African Economic Platform will contribute towards greater unity of purpose towards economic growth on the continent and increase Africa’s share of world trade, thereby improving the livelihoods of ordinary people.

The annual platform is the outcome of a 2014 Ministerial retreat of the AU Executive Council, following extensive consultations with AU Member States.

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Containing animal disease outbreaks: agriculture MEPs endorse deal with Council

Measures to prevent and halt outbreaks of animal diseases such as avian flu or African swine fever, informally agreed by MEPs and the Council in June 2015, were backed by the Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. The draft EU law, on diseases that are transmissible among animals and potentially to humans too, will put more emphasis on prevention and help keep pace with scientific progress.

“”The adoption of the Animal Health Law is a great victory. This law makes three things possible. First, it links animal health and welfare and connects it to human health. This direct link, together with emphasis on responsible use of antibiotics, will help us fight growing antimicrobial resistance. Second, it enables the authorities and producers to focus more closely on prevention and control of transmissible animal diseases. And third, it merges around 40 legal acts into one basic act”, said rapporteur Jasenko Selimovic (ALDE, SE).

Prevention: better animal husbandry and responsible use of medicines

The new rules put more emphasis on prevention, in line with Parliament’s long-standing position. All farmers and other animal owners and traders will be obliged to apply the principles of good animal husbandry and a prudent, responsible use of veterinary medicines and the Commission should keep an eye on the actual use of animal antimicrobials in member states and regularly publish comparable and sufficiently detailed data to this end.

Open, transparent, inclusive and science-based decisions

To tackle emerging diseases that could have a “highly significant impact” on public health, agricultural production or animal welfare and health, the law will empower the Commission to take urgent measures immediately.

To ensure effective disease prevention and controls, MEPs included provisions to:

involve both Parliament and the Council in setting up and updating a list of potentially dangerous diseases, such as African swine fever, avian flu or foot and mouth disease, in consultation with European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) experts and
involve stakeholders, such as farmers’ organisations, veterinary associations, and animal welfare movements, in drafting and updating contingency plans.

All disease control measures will have to take animal welfare into account and spare targeted animals, including stray animals, any avoidable pain, distress or suffering.

Responsibilities and strays

The agreed rules clarify the responsibilities of farmers, traders, animal professionals including veterinarians and also pet owners, to ensure the good health of their animals and to avoid introducing or spreading diseases. For instance, vets should be legally obliged to raise awareness of the interaction between animal health and welfare and human health and better inform owners about the problem of resistance to treatments, including antimicrobial resistance.

To help prevent strays transmitting animal diseases, MEPs inserted rules that would require all professional pet keepers and sellers to be registered and empower the Commission to ask EU member states to establish a national database of dogs and other pets, if need be.

Next Steps

The agreed text, approved by the Agriculture committee unanimously with 41 votes, still needs to be endorsed by Parliament as a whole at the second reading, possibly at the 7 – 10 March plenary session in Strasbourg. Once Parliament gives its green light, the agreed text of the regulation can be published in the EU’s Official Journal and enter into force.

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Reporting on Elections in Africa online Workshops: Audio, Video files, Transcripts and Resources for Journalists

The Africa Regional Media Hub hosted two on-line election reporting workshops on February 16 (English) and 17, 2016 (French). The English program featured moderator Jerelyn Eddings, Senior Program Director International Center for Journalists and guest speaker Judy Yablonky, Media Consultant and Journalism Trainer. In French, Eduardo Cue, International Journalist and Media Consultant was the moderator with guest speaker Daniel Glick, co-founder of The Story Group, an independent, multimedia journalism company. Over 250 journalists from across the continent participated.

Below are links to the audio and video files of the workshops, as well as a link to a number of related resources for journalists. Attached to this mail are the transcripts from both events.

Election Reporting in Africa – Audio:

https://soundcloud.com/africa-regional-media-hub/online-election-reporting-workshop-in-english

https://soundcloud.com/africa-regional-media-hub/online-election-reporting-workshop-in-french

Resources for journalists (includes resources in Portuguese):

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B7px0NDe70i6djlkOFZWWTJZYXc&usp=sharing

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High level visit from African Union to Mauritius on hosting of the Inaugural African Economic Platform

An Africa Union (AU) delegation, led by H.E. Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), is in Port Louis to meet with the government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritius in preparation for the African Economic Platform. The Platform will be launched in Mauritius on 14 – 16 April, 2016.

Announced by the AU Commission Chairperson, H.E Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma during the just concluded 26th AU Summit of Heads of State and Government held from 21-31 January 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the African Economic Platform will fast track African economic transformation toward the realization of Africa’s Agenda 2063.

Expected to participate at the first African Economic Platform are the public sector, to be led by Heads of State and Government; the African private sector led by captains of commerce and industries; as well as the African higher education sector. This is a strategic approach by the African Union to bring together these three sectors to engage in discussions, ensure cooperation and foster collaboration deemed critical for the continent’s growth and economic transformation.

The inaugural platform will tackle amongst other issues the potential for the Continental Free Trade Area to boost intra-African trade and investments; the role of governments and the private sector in industrialization and an African commodity sector; bridging the skills deficit in the continent, measures to speed up free movement of people on the continent and the challenge of building a competitive African business and private sector in a fast changing continent and world.

“The ultimate aim of the African Economic Platform (AEP) is to catalyze economic transformation on the continent by seeking solutions to, among other things, economic integration, promoting greater intra-African trade, skills development and capacity building.” The AU Commission Chairperson said when making the announcement. She added that the Platform will also help to tackle environmental and policy limitations, promote intra-African trade and increase Africa’s share of global trade.

Although trends in intra-African trade point toward progress, trade within Africa remains very low in proportion to total global trade. The share of intra-African imports was only 0.25 percent of world imports in 2015, while intra-African exports represent 0.26 percent of world exports. Research has indicated that intra-African trade comprises less than 15 percent of total African trade annually, highlighting the need for enhancing intra-African trade.

Describing why the AU was focused on bringing these three sectors together, Dr. Dlamini Zuma said: “The private sector, because of the role it can, and should play in investment, industrialisation and intra-African trade; the higher education sector because of the significance of skills development, research and innovation; and government to ensure that policy, fiscal and macro-economic environments are conducive to the transformation of African economies, towards the Africa We Want in 2063”.

Agenda 2063 is a call to all segments of African society to work together to build a prosperous and united Africa at peace with itself. It encapsulates continental aspirations for growth and prosperity, including aspirations for a prosperous Africa centered on inclusive growth and sustainable development.

The Agenda 2063 aspiration on inclusive growth in Africa envisions a prosperous continent with the means and resources to drive its own development. The African Economic Platform will contribute towards greater unity of purpose towards economic growth on the continent and increase Africa’s share of world trade, thereby improving the livelihoods of ordinary people.

The annual platform is the outcome of a 2014 Ministerial retreat of the AU Executive Council, following extensive consultations with AU Member States.

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APO Announces the Long-Awaited www.Africa-Newsroom.com, the Next Generation Solution for Press Release Distribution and Integrated Marketing Dedicated to Africa

APO (http://www.APO-opa.com), the sole press release newswire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, today announced the launch of www.Africa-Newsroom.com, Africa’s first of its kind all-in-one newsroom and multimedia PR platform that leverages the best content from marketing and public relations to create an SEO-enhanced, interactive multimedia news and information experience for journalists, consumers, and target audiences.

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APO Announces the Long-Awaited www.Africa-Newsroom.com, the Next Generation Solution for Press Release Distribution and Integrated Marketing Dedicated to Africa

APO (http://www.APO-opa.com), the sole press release newswire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, today announced the launch of www.Africa-Newsroom.com, Africa’s first of its kind all-in-one newsroom and multimedia PR platform that leverages the best content from marketing and public relations to create an SEO-enhanced, interactive multimedia news and information experience for journalists, consumers, and target audiences.

APO continues to be at the forefront of highly efficient news dissemination by creating the premier Press Office hosting platform for Africa-related content. Press Offices are visually rich, custom landing pages mirroring your company, organization or product, displaying all your social media feeds, and hosted on a sub domain matching your company name. Visit the Press Offices on Africa-Newsroom.com: http://Africa-Newsroom.com/source.

Africa-Newsroom.com is the undisputed source of press releases and multimedia files related to Africa, publishing press releases, videos, photos, documents and audio-files for over 500 high-quality, authoritative sources, including global fortune 1000 companies, renowned PR agencies, government and international institutions (Source list: http://www.APO.af/DJbGqJ).

Africa-Newsroom.com supplies content to over 150,000 journalists, press agencies, bloggers and social networks, and redistributes content to over 50 African websites, Bloomberg Terminal, Thomson Reuters Terminal, Lexis Nexis, Dow Jones Factiva, and mobile users of the three major networks: Orange, Airtel and MTN.

Journalists can subscribe to receive content free of charge from Africa-Newsroom.com. The service already counts among its subscribers journalists from: BBC Worldwide, Reuters, Associated Press (AP), Agence France Presse (AFP), Sky News, The Economist, Xinhua News Agency, Zawya, CNN, Al Jazeera, The Guardian Nigeria, Nation Media Group, International Financial Times, the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) and many more. To guarantee that email subscribers correctly receive your press releases, Africa-Newsroom.com uses the latest Email Delivery & Transactional Email technology provided by SendGrid (www.SendGrid.com) a company also used by leading websites like LinkedIn, Uber and Booking.com.

Journalists, consumers, and target audiences will be able to copy, share, download, embed, create customized RSS feeds, create customized email alerts, create customized FTP feeds, create customized widgets, and take the content to other websites for all major CMS types.

Africa-Newsroom.com is available in four languages (English, French, Arabic and Portuguese), each with its own Twitter feed. It also features a powerful internal search engine allowing visitors to search press releases or multimedia content specifically.

Africa-Newsroom.com uses the latest Dynamic Web Acceleration technology to ensure a fast and pleasant browsing experience from anywhere on the planet, notably from Africa, and from all devices, computer or mobile. This technology is provided by a world leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) used by top-tier companies such as Samsung, Forbes, Saxo Bank, The Huffington post, and many others.

Africa-Newsroom.com provides detailed measurement analytics over the entire Press Office activities, including tracking stats on all press releases.

“As the founder of APO, it gives me great satisfaction to offer the Africa-Newsroom.com service to a growing number of clients who need us to support their activities in Africa. I’m an avid believer in Africa rising and this high quality, authoritative source, is a beneficial tool for all journalists,” comments Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, APO Founder and CEO.

Africa-Newsroom.com is not a “do-it-yourself” platform. APO clients will continue to send their press releases and multimedia content to APO by email.

For additional information on how this would work, please contact Aïssatou Diallo: bdm@APO-opa.org or +41 22 534 96 97.

More information about APO Media Reach: http://www.APO.af/yPIyR3

More information about the competitive advantages of Africa Wire®, the service for newswire press release distribution in Africa: http://www.APO.af/qzGB90

More information about Africa Wire®, the service for newswire press release distribution in Africa, is available at http://www.APO.af/KZr797

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of APO (African Press Organization).

Contact:
Aïssatou Diallo
bdm@apo-opa.org
+41 22 534 96 97

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With offices in Senegal, Switzerland, Dubai, APO owns a media database of over 150,000 contacts and is the main online community for Africa-related news.

It offers a complete range of services, including press release distribution and monitoring, online press conferences, interactive webcasts, media interactions, strategic advice, public diplomacy, government relations and events promotion. To find out more, please visit http://www.apo-opa.com.

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Source:: APO Announces the Long-Awaited www.Africa-Newsroom.com, the Next Generation Solution for Press Release Distribution and Integrated Marketing Dedicated to Africa

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