Daily Archives: May 16, 2016

Greeley and Hansen Receives Presidential Award for Export Successes

Water Infrastructure Engineering Firm Honored for Global Export Expansion

CHICAGO, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today presented Greeley and Hansen with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“Greeley and Hansen has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The ‘E’ Awards Committee was very impressed with Greeley and Hansen’s commitment to including international growth as a core component in the company’s strategic plan.  The company’s participation in international trade missions was also particularly notable. Greeley and Hansen’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs,” said Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection as an award recipient.

“Exporting continues to be a strategic pillar of Greeley and Hansen’s long-term growth plan,” said John C. Robak, President and Chief Operating Officer of Greeley and Hansen. “We believe the critical need for U.S. technology and intellectual capital to help build sustainable water infrastructure in emerging international markets will support the continued growth and expansion of our firm both in the U.S. and abroad. We are honored that our firm has been recognized with the prestigious President’s ‘E’ Award for Exports this year.”

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters. Today, Secretary Pritzker honored 123 U.S. companies with the President’s “E” Award for their outstanding work to reduce barriers to foreign markets and to open the door to more trade around the world.

In 2015, U.S. exports totaled $2.23 trillion, accounting for nearly 13 percent of U.S. GDP. Nationally, exports contributed to the U.S. economy, supporting an estimated 11.5 million jobs.

U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Award through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration, with offices in 108 U.S. cities and more than 70 countries.  Record years of successive export growth and an applicant’s demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan that led to the increase in exports is a significant factor in selecting the winners.

For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit www.export.gov.

About Greeley and Hansen
Greeley and Hansen is a leader in developing innovative engineering, architecture, and management solutions for a wide array of complex water, wastewater, and related infrastructure challenges. The firm has built upon over 100 years of proven civil and environmental engineering experience in all phases of project development and implementation to become a premier global provider of comprehensive services in the water sector. Greeley and Hansen is dedicated to designing better urban environments worldwide. http://www.greeley-hansen.com/new.htm

For more information, contact:
Nancy Stankus
312-558-9000                  
nstankus@greeley-hansen.com

Yamaha Motor Advances into African Market

– First Motorcycle Assembly Plant in Nigeria Marks Second Foray into African Continent –

LAGOS, Nigeria and IWATA, Japan, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 7272) announced today that CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Ltd., a joint venture between Yamaha Motor and CFAO S.A., opened its first motorcycle assembly plant in Africa within the Amuwo Odofin Industrial Scheme area of Lagos, Nigeria on May 13. The facility includes a showroom that showcases Yamaha Motor’s wide-ranging lineup for land and water-transport products.

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This marks Yamaha Motor’s second foray into Nigeria, as well as the entire African continent, following the cessation of its motorcycle production in Nigeria in 2005.

The plant and showroom will help meet local needs for land and water transportation, including government initiatives to develop Nigeria’s aquatic agriculture sector. Production is expected to reach 70,000 motorcycles by 2018.

Visitors to the showroom will be able to view and purchase diverse products from the Yamaha Motor lineup, such as outboard engines, personal watercraft, all-terrain vehicles, generators and Yamalube lubricants, all of which are distributed in Nigeria exclusively by CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria.

Yamaha Motor also announced two initiatives for the local motoring public: the Yamaha Technical Academy, which will provide technical training and support services, and the Yamaha Riding Academy, which will promote motorcycle riding safety.

Attendees in the opening ceremony included Lagos Governor Akinwumi Ambode, Yamaha Motor President, CEO and Representative Director Hiroyuki Yanagi, and CFAO Group Chairman Richard Bielle.

CFAO, a Paris-based member of Japan’s Toyota Tsusho group, distributes products of major international brands in Africa. The company has been in business for more than 110 years, during which time it has built a vast distribution network in Nigeria.

About CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Ltd.

CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Ltd. is a registered subsidiary of the CFAO group and Yamaha Motor. It was incorporated on April 9, 2015. The company is the exclusive distributor of Yamaha Motor products in Nigeria.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives in Juba for a Working Visit – Monday 16 May 2016

Juba – South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has this morning, Monday 16 May 2016 arrived in Juba, South Sudan on a working visit. Deputy President is the Special Envoy of President Jacob Zuma to the country.

The working visit by Deputy President Ramaphosa is part of efforts to consolidate unity within the ranks of ruling Sudanese Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) with a view to sustain lasting peace and stability and to lay a basis for the post-conflict reconstruction and development for the benefit of the people of South Sudan.

Later today, Monday, 16 May 2016, Deputy President Ramaphosa is expected to meet with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, First Vice President Riek Machar and receive courtesy calls from Vice President Dr Wani Igga, Ministers Deng Alor Kuol and Jemma Kumba.

Deputy President Ramaphosa working alongside the Secretary-General of Tanzania’s ruling party, Abdulrahman Kinana, have worked tirelessly for the restoration of unity of purpose within the ranks of the SPLM as a precursor to the creation of peace and stability in the country and formation of the unity government in Juba.

Deputy President Ramaphosa was in Rwanda where he led Team South Africa to the WEF on Africa Forum to promote South Africa as open for business and a preferred destination for investment. On Sunday, 15 May 2016, Deputy President Ramaphosa had an occasion to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial to pay his respect to the victims of the 1994 genocide.

Repatriation of the mortal remains of Warrant Officer Muzwandile Sithole who died in Juba

Deputy President Ramaphosa on Sunday, 15 May 2016, conveyed the condolences of the President, the government and people of South Africa to the family and friends of Warrant Officer Muzwandile Joel Sithole who died on Friday, 13 May 2016, while on official duty in Juba.

Warrant Officer Sithole was part of an advanced security detail which had been deployed to Juba to prepare for the working visit of Deputy President Ramaphosa to South Sudan on Monday.

The South African government is working around the clock in conjunction with the government of South Sudan to ensure the repatriation of the mortal remains of Warrant Officer Sithole back to South Africa on Tuesday, 17 May 2016. The government has made arrangements for the members of the bereaved family to fly to Juba today, Monday 16 May 2016, to assist in the repatriation process.

Thoughts and prayers of Deputy President Ramaphosa reach out to his widow Sibongile Sithole and their families during this moment of their lives, conscious of the pain and sorrow that the untimely death of their beloved son has brought to bear on their entire families.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

Parents urged to ensure learners return to school

Government has called on parents in Vuwani and the surrounding areas to play their part in ensuring that all learners are back at school from today.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen said the recent outbreak of violence in Vuwani and surrounding areas remains a serious concern for government as it sets back the country’s development agenda and denies learners an opportunity to improve their lives.

He said the events, especially the burning of schools, goes against the Constitution of the country and the goal of building a better future for the children.

“We need to know that the inclusion in the Bill of Rights of a special section on the rights of the child was an important development for South African children, most of whom are still suffering due to the legacy of apartheid.

“It is therefore important for parents to recognise that our children have the right to education and that it is in the interest of the child to develop their talents through education, both formal and informal,” Minister Van Rooyen said in a statement.

Minister Van Rooyen also commended the communities who stood their ground and ensured the safety of their children’s schools. He said all children have the right to adequate educational facilities, whether in difficult or violent situations.

“It is our responsibility to ensure the protection of children because they are among the most vulnerable members of society. As government, we will continue to work tirelessly with all willing partners to ensure that teaching and learning resumes.

“This important partnership between government and communities can bear positive fruits as it was the case today when community members came out to clean the schools in the affected areas,” he said.

He said children’s dependence on parents should not be betrayed by the burning of their schools, thus denying them an opportunity to be educated.

“We need to remember that without education, there is no development – and that children’s education is a societal issue. Today, we can indeed say that the importance of education in our developing democracy is uncontested as it is the only vehicle that will set us on the path to realising the goals we espouse as contained in the National Development Plan.”

Meanwhile, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga reiterated that it was important for teaching and learning to resume in order for learners not to be adversely affected.

“Government would like to urge parents to allow their children to go back to school as it is a right thing to do,” she said.

Minister Motshekga also urged parents to accompany their kids to school on Monday as part of the process to ensure teaching and learning take place.

SOURCE: Government Communication and information System

President Zuma to undertake a State Visit to Qatar

President Jacob Zuma will undertake a State Visit to the State of Qatar on 19 May 2016.

The visit will serve to strengthen and elevate bilateral relations with the State of Qatar. These relations were further enhanced and consolidated by President Zuma’s Official Visit to Qatar in January 2012, during which discussions revolved around a wide range of issues and concrete projects that the two countries could engage in including cooperation in areas such as water, energy, construction, agriculture and infrastructure development.

The President is scheduled to meet with the Emir of the State of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani as well as bilateral talks on trade and economic relations between the two countries and critical aspects related to global and regional security and stability.

Whilst in Doha, President Zuma is also scheduled to pay a courtesy call on Father Emir of the State of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

South Africa’s political and economic relations with the State of Qatar have grown significantly over recent years and have become more diverse, noticeably in the field of trade, while bilateral relations between the two countries are managed through the Bilateral Consultations, which is due to hold its 5th session in South Africa in the current year.

Trade between the two countries has increased from SA R4 billion in 2012 to SA R7 billion in 2015. Most of South Africa’s investments in Qatar are in the petrochemical-related sectors such as Sasol, which plays a significant role in Qatar in the development of the country’s gas reserves.

To further strengthen trade, President Zuma will address the South Africa-Qatari Business Forum.

President Zuma will be accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Minister of Energy, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson; Minister of State Security, Mr David Mahlobo; Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies; Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel, and Minister of Tourism, Mr Derek Hanekom.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa