Daily Archives: November 1, 2016

Plus de 500 participants se réunissent en Côte d’Ivoire afin de se focaliser sur la question du développement durable lors de la Rencontre de partenariats de la World Cocoa Foundation

Annonce d’un nouveau financement de 12 millions $ en faveur des programmes de soutien aux exploitants agricoles ; Appel à l’action face à la menace régionale que représente le virus du swollen shoot du cacao

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 1 novembre 2016 /PRNewswire/ — La World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), en collaboration avec le Conseil du Café-Cacao, a organisé la  semaine dernière sa Rencontre annuelle de partenariats à Abidjan, en Côte d’Ivoire, premier producteur de cacao au monde. Plus de 500 représentants issus du secteur international du chocolat et du cacao, parmi lesquels des exploitants agricoles, des groupes de donateurs internationaux, des organisations de la société civile, ainsi que d’autres pays producteurs majeurs de cacao tels que le Cameroun, la Colombie, l’Équateur, le Ghana et le Nigeria, se sont réunis pour aborder les problématiques critiques en matière de développement durable auxquelles est confronté le secteur du cacao. Parmi les conférenciers invités figuraient le Premier ministre ivoirien Daniel Kablan Duncan, la Première dame Dominique Ouattara, ainsi que Richard Scobey, récemment désigné président de la WCF.

Parmi les remarques ayant été formulées à l’ouverture de la rencontre, le Premier ministre Duncan a souligné les quatre défis clés en matière de développement durable pour le secteur, à savoir l’amélioration de la productivité du cacao, la réduction des effets du changement climatique et la lutte contre la déforestation, l’amélioration des revenus des exploitants agricoles et le renforcement du traitement à valeur ajoutée du cacao avant qu’il ne quitte les côtes ivoiriennes.

D’après Scobey, « Il a été particulièrement enthousiasmant de constater l’alignement et l’engagement croissants de tous les acteurs de la chaîne d’approvisionnement du cacao concernant les différentes problématiques que constituent les moyens d’existence durables, la déforestation, l’autonomisation des femmes, et la protection des enfants au sein des communautés productrices de cacao. Sur certaines questions, telles que la protection des enfants et l’autonomisation des femmes, nous faisons preuve d’une bonne compréhension des besoins, tandis que dans d’autres domaines, tels que la déforestation et les moyens d’existence durables, il nous faut déployer davantage d’efforts afin de mieux comprendre le contexte et essayer ensuite différentes solutions. »

La Première dame ivoirienne Dominique Ouattara a adressé de front la question de la protection des enfants contre toute forme de travail illégal. Elle a salué les efforts du secteur visant à bâtir et à fournir des équipements en faveur de dizaines d’écoles réparties dans les communautés productrices de cacao. Elle a également annoncé plusieurs projets du gouvernement ivoirien visant à bâtir plus de 4 500 salles de classe et 37 écoles secondaires dans les régions productrices de cacao, ainsi qu’à accroître la coopération transfrontalière autour de la question du travail des enfants auprès des pays voisins d’Afrique de l’Ouest.

Par opposition aux rencontres des années précédentes, les discussions menées à Abidjan ont révélé un niveau croissant de confiance et d’engagement en faveur de la coopération entre les différentes parties prenantes de la chaîne d’approvisionnement. CocoaAction, stratégie volontaire de développement durable du secteur, a été citée en tant que cadre solide en faveur de l’accélération de la coopération entre le secteur du chocolat et du cacao et les gouvernements, les donateurs, et autres acteurs. Les premiers résultats de CocoaAction, qui a été lancée il y a deux ans, ont été présentés par plus d’une dizaine d’intervenants issus de groupes d’exploitants agricoles, d’organismes certifiés, de donateurs, de la société civile, des gouvernements, et du secteur. Parallèlement aux discussions, la WCF a publié le tout premier rapport annuel de CocoaAction, qui traite des avancées de la stratégie jusqu’en 2015. Un deuxième rapport sera publié en 2017.

Lors de la Rencontre de partenariats, la WCF et le programme « Feed the Future » de l’Agence américaine pour le développement international ont annoncé le lancement de l’« African Cocoa Initiative II », effort d’une durée de cinq ans et d’une valeur de 12 millions $ visant à accroître la production de matériel végétal de cacao de qualité et à fournir des services aux cacaoculteurs du Cameroun, de Côte d’Ivoire, du Ghana, et du Nigeria. La WCF a également convié plusieurs scientifiques régionaux spécialisés dans l’étude du cacao ainsi que plusieurs agences gouvernementales réglementant le cacao, afin d’aborder l’impact croissant du virus du swollen shoot du cacao (CSSV), maladie fatale pour les cacaoyers, qui a été détectée pour la première fois au Ghana dans les années 1930, et qui menace désormais les cultures de la région d’Afrique de l’Ouest. Les participants ont largement convenu qu’un plan d’action régional était nécessaire d’urgence afin de contrôler la propagation du CSSV.

Scobey a déclaré à propos des discussions de la semaine : « Nous avons constaté une forte adhésion à une vision partagée en faveur d’un avenir inclusif du cacao, dans le cadre duquel l’accent est placé sur les moyens d’existence durables des exploitants agricoles, sur une planète mieux préservée, ainsi que sur des activités prospères, à l’échelle de l’exploitation agricole jusqu’au fabricant de chocolat, qui crée des emplois et de la valeur. » La rencontre a souligné l’importance de l’innovation, et a présenté plusieurs nouveaux produits, services et technologies qui appuient la transformation de la chaîne d’approvisionnement du cacao. La WCF a également annoncé plusieurs engagements spécifiques visant à renforcer les partenariats entre les organisations de la société civile, les organisations financières internationales, et les gouvernements des pays producteurs de cacao.

Pour en savoir plus sur la World Cocoa Foundation, rendez-vous sur www.worldcocoafoundation.org.

À propos de la World Cocoa Foundation
La World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) est une association de membres internationale qui promeut le développement durable dans le secteur du cacao. La WCF fournit aux cacaoculteurs le soutien dont ils ont besoin pour cultiver un cacao de meilleure qualité, tout en renforçant socialement et économiquement leurs communautés. Les membres de la WCF comprennent des fabricants de cacao et de chocolat, des transformateurs, des gestionnaires de chaînes logistiques, ainsi que d’autres sociétés à travers le monde, représentant plus de 80 pour cent du marché mondial du cacao. Les programmes de la WCF bénéficient aux exploitants agricoles et à leurs communautés dans les régions de culture du cacao en Afrique, en Asie du Sud-Est, et sur le continent américain. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur www.worldcocoafoundation.org ou suivez-nous sur Twitter et Facebook.

SANY Shows Chinese-built Power in Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway Project

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The first modern electrified railway line in Africa, Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway, was opened to traffic on Oct. 5. The manufacturing giant SANY Heavy Industry took part in the huge project.

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A total of 43 sets of SANY equipment were used in the railway construction, including concrete machinery, road machinery, excavators and cranes. The whole construction period lasted for only 25 months, while the tight schedule hasn’t affected the quality, owing to the reliability of SANY equipment and sufficient parts supply.

Thanks to the thorough technical support of SANY, not a single equipment breakdown occurred, guaranteeing the successful completion of the railway project.

The standard-gauge railway runs 751.7 kilometers long, connecting Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia and Djibouti, one of the largest modern ports in East Africa, with the total investment of US$4 billion. As the first electrified railway in Africa, it is designed for trains at the speed of 120km/h.

This is the second transnational railway built in Africa by a Chinese company following the Tanzania-Zambia railway. It now takes only seven hours from Addis Ababa to Djibouti.

SANY entered the African market in 2002, and SANY machinery has participated in many major projects on the continent. It has not only become the reliable partner of the local customers, but also witnessed the establishment of landmark buildings in Africa.

In the Mombasa-Nairobi Railway Project, Kenya’s biggest infrastructure project since its independence in 1963, SANY has supplied 120 units of heavy machinery, valued at over US$15 million. SANY’s commitment to product quality and service is recognized by the local parties.

About SANY

SANY Group (SANY) is a leading global heavy machinery manufacturer with plants in the US, Germany, Brazil and India, and business covering over 100 countries and regions worldwide. The company has been recognized as one of the most innovative and successful companies in the world, and its concrete machinery is ranked No. 1 globally.

For more information, please visit: www.sanyglobal.com, or follow Sany Group on Facebook and YouTube.

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Smart Campaign and The MasterCard Foundation in Partnership to Advance Consumer Protection in Financial Services

Support Will Help Tackle Consumer Finance Challenges in Increasingly Digital World

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) at Accion announced today a $4.4 million, three-year partnership with The MasterCard Foundation to tackle the challenges facing consumer finance in an increasingly digital world. The Smart Campaign, a recognized leader in financial consumer protection, works globally to create an environment in which financial services are delivered safely and responsibly to low-income clients. The partnership marks a shift in strategy for the Smart Campaign, as well as a deepening of its footprint in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Since its inception in 2009, the Smart Campaign has worked to infuse client protection into the DNA of the financial inclusion industry, certifying over 68 financial institutions serving 35 million clients worldwide. This flagship certification program will continue. Now, with support from The MasterCard Foundation, the Smart Campaign will convene a broader range of players in the financial services field—including regulators, industry associations and financial technology firms—to tackle client protection issues emerging from new technologies, to elevate the voice of the clients they serve and to effect change at the national level.

“It’s important to certify the practices of individual financial institutions, but we will not create wholesale, sustainable change until we galvanize the support all of the partners involved in serving low-income people, including regulators and new, technology-based service providers. We must also make a concerted effort to champion the client’s perspective,” said Isabelle Barrès, Director of the Smart Campaign.

The Smart Campaign’s work aligns directly with The MasterCard Foundation’s focus on responsible, client-centric financial services. “Our approach is to build and leverage partnerships across the financial inclusion sector to ensure clients’ needs are met responsibly,” said Ann Miles, Director of Financial Inclusion and Youth Livelihoods at the Foundation. “The Smart Campaign’s ability to reach out directly to clients to build awareness of their rights and understand their feedback is at the very heart of this partnership. The Smart Campaign will carry out activities designed to raise clients’ voices and inform them about their rights and responsibilities as consumers.”

In much of Sub-Saharan Africa, client protection is urgently needed and sorely lacking. Predatory providers, abusive practices, weak regulations and inappropriate products can create lasting and sometimes devastating harm. At the same time, digital financial services are sweeping the continent, raising brand new client protection issues. While the Smart Campaign will continue to be a global effort, this partnership will focus work in five Sub-Saharan African countries: Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda. “With more than 45 million people in these five countries using financial services – often for the first time – the imperative to fully and sustainably protect clients is clear. With generous support from The MasterCard Foundation, the Smart Campaign can help ensure more people are offered high quality financial services,” said Isabelle Barrès.

About the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion
The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI) is an action-oriented think tank working toward full global financial inclusion. Constructing a financial inclusion sector that reaches everyone with quality services will require the combined efforts of many actors. CFI contributes to full inclusion by collaborating with sector participants to tackle challenges beyond the scope of any one actor, using tools that include research, convening, capacity building and communications. To learn more about CFI, visit www.centerforfinancialinclusion.org.

About The MasterCard Foundation
The MasterCard Foundation works with visionary organizations to provide greater access to education, skills training and financial services for people living in poverty, primarily in Africa. As one of the largest private foundations its work is guided by its mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion to create an inclusive and equitable world. Based in Toronto, Canada, its independence was established by Mastercard when the Foundation was created in 2006. For more information and to sign up for the Foundation’s newsletter, please visit www.mastercardfdn.org. Follow the Foundation at @MastercardFdn on Twitter.

Johnson & Johnson Announces Launch of Africa Innovation Challenge to Support Continent’s Entrepreneurs and Develop Local Consumer Health Solutions

Challenge Reflects Company’s Comprehensive Approach to Advancing Health and Innovation on the Continent

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — As part of its longstanding commitment to Africa, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) today announced the launch of the Africa Innovation Challenge, an initiative to support Africa’s vibrant and growing innovation ecosystem and to help develop important and locally sustainable consumer health solutions.  The challenge is the latest initiative in the company’s comprehensive approach to advancing health and innovation worldwide. The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies’ presence in Africa dates back more than 80 years and includes business operations, public health programs and corporate citizenship.

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“Through the Africa Innovation Challenge, we have the opportunity to support the continent’s top entrepreneurs through mentorship and other resources, and by working together with local talent, to bring forward new solutions to local health care challenges,” said Paul Stoffels, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson.

Earlier this year, Johnson & Johnson announced its global public health (GPH) strategy in Cape Town, South Africa, where its companies also opened their GPH operations headquarters. The operations expand upon the company’s legacy and presence in Africa, which began in 1936, and brings additional investments to the more than 1,500 employees and three manufacturing sites within the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies already present on the continent.

“Our goal is to improve the health and well-being of families and communities around the world,” said Josh Ghaim, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. “With its focus on consumer health care, the Africa Innovation Challenge will help to surface important issues impacting local communities. We look forward to engaging with the continent’s top entrepreneurs and scientists, and through collaboration, helping advance their ideas and bringing meaningful solutions across three very important health care areas.”

The Africa Innovation Challenge seeks novel ideas that focus on three critical health areas: promoting early child development and maternal health; empowering young women; and improving family well-being. Challenge participant(s) with the best solutions will receive up to US $100,000 in funding and mentorship from scientists, engineers and researchers in the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Research & Development organization.

“The Africa Innovation Challenge is an exciting initiative for our entrepreneurial and scientific communities,” said Thomas Maina Kariuki, Ph.D., Director, Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa, African Academy of Sciences (AAS).  “The challenge provides the kind of mentorship and resources that can really advance an entrepreneur’s vision, and it showcases the terrific young talent across Africa. AAS is proud to support this initiative and we look forward to collaborating throughout the challenge.”

The winner(s) of the challenge could also receive dedicated space at a lab facility in Africa throughout their product or service development, dependent on the needs of the solution submission. Award recipients will be announced in February 2017.

Challenge submissions may originate from anywhere in Africa, and from one or more individuals, teams or companies; subject to certain eligibility requirements set out in the terms and conditions for the challenge. Solutions will be evaluated based on their ability to meet the following criteria:

  • Solution submission addresses at least one of the three challenge categories: Promoting Early Child Development & Maternal Health in Africa; Empowering Young Girls in Africa; Improving Family Well-being in Africa
  • Submission is innovative and creative
  • Submission is scalable
  • Submission outlines a commercialization plan and how the award would help the applicant reach a critical milestone within the timeframe of a single year

To apply to the challenge and review the applicable terms and conditions, please visit the Africa Innovation Challenge website. The deadline to submit applications is January 17, 2017.  Neither Johnson & Johnson nor any of its companies is granted any rights to applicant ideas as a result of their participation in the challenge.  Applicants and winners remain free to continue the further development of their ideas on their own.

About Johnson & Johnson
Caring for the world, one person at a time, inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. We embrace research and science – bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Our approximately 126,900 employees at more than 250 Johnson & Johnson operating companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world.

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YPO Global Pulse: Business confidence in Africa edges up in the third quarter of 2016

Confidence among African business leaders climbs for third consecutive quarter

JOHANNESBURG, Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — YPO, the premier chief executive leadership organization in the world, reported today that confidence amongst business leaders in Africa increased during the third quarter of this year. Having reported a significant and ongoing loss of economic confidence during 2015, sentiment among chief executives in the region has bounced back in the first three quarters of 2016. The YPO Global Pulse Confidence Index for Africa, which tracks economic confidence levels among chief executives in the region on a quarterly basis, rose 1.7 points to land at 55.5, its highest level since July 2015.

Africa is now the second least optimistic region in the world, surpassing the Middle East and North Africa region, which recorded the lowest score of any region around the world in the latest survey. However, Africa once again trailed the global composite score of 59.2 in the last quarter.

The steady improvement in economic confidence across Africa was largely fueled by a more positive outlook among business leaders in South Africa. The YPO Global Pulse Index for South Africa increased for the third consecutive quarter, jumping 2.8 points to 60.3. This represents its highest level for 18 months, firmly back in optimistic territory.

The YPO Global Pulse Index for Nigeria recorded the largest drop in confidence of any region around the world, by a significant 9.9 points to a dismal score of 44.2, following a 14.6-point increase the previous quarter. This volatility in sentiment amongst business leaders in Nigeria, which is the largest oil producer in Africa, coincides with the instability and uncertainty in the global oil sector during 2016.

Elsewhere, Zimbabwe saw a marked improvement in sentiment, jumping 7.1 points to 47.2, its highest level for a year.

“These results show that there are significant differences in economic outlook across Africa, but in general, it seems that confidence among business leaders in Africa is improving, albeit at a cautious rate. Chief executives in the region will naturally maintain a level of concern about the economic climate, particularly with so much uncertainty about the stability of the oil prices and the global economy as a whole,” said Bobby Kamani, managing director of Zuri Group Global and a member of the YPO Nairobi Chapter. “As business leaders turn their attention to planning for 2017, they will do so in a cautious but positive frame of mind, confident that there are opportunities for growth and investment in the coming year.”

Globally, the YPO Global Pulse Index for the third quarter of 2016 fell by half a point to 59.2. The highest levels of confidence were reported in the European Union, which climbed 2.2 points to 60.7. Close behind was the United States, where confidence remained stable in the third quarter, edging down 0.4 point to 60.4. Asia fell 2.9 points to land at 60.0, as the world’s three largest economic regions reported confidence levels within one point of each other. Elsewhere, confidence in Latin America increased by 1.5 points to 55.9, whilst confidence in the Middle East and North Africa fell 2.0 points to 53.9, making it the most pessimistic region in the world.

Key findings in Africa

Mixed feelings about short-term economic environment

When asked about the economic and business conditions affecting their organisations in the next six months, business leaders in Africa were split. Almost one-third (31%) of chief executives s predicted conditions would improve, compared to 29% who expected conditions to deteriorate. The remainder felt the economic environment would remain relatively unchanged.

Business leaders remain positive about prospects for their own organisations

Although chief executives in Africa again reported concerns over the general economic climate, the majority remained firmly optimistic about the outlook for their own organisations. The three key indices in the study, measuring sales, hiring and fixed investment, all saw improvements in the third quarter.

Two-thirds of Africa business leaders forecasted an increase in sales in the next year, while only 15% expected sales to decline.

A third expected to increase their headcount over the next 12 months, compared with only 11% who anticipated that their workforce would be reduced.

Almost half of business leaders (48%) predicted an increase in fixed investment in the next year, versus only 12% who expected to cut investment levels in that period.

YPO Global Pulse Confidence Index
The quarterly electronic survey, conducted in the first two weeks of October 2016, gathered answers from 1,625 YPO chief executive officers across the globe, including 151 in Africa. Visit www.ypo.org/globalpulse for more information about the survey methodology and results from around the world.

About YPO
YPO is a global community of chief executives dedicated to becoming Better Leaders through Lifelong Learning and Idea ExchangeTM. We create trusted spaces where leaders gather, connect, share and grow. The YPO platform provides more than 24,000 members in more than 130 countries – representing diversified industries and types of businesses – with access to extraordinary educational opportunities, alliances with leading institutions, and interest-based communities to support their businesses, communities and families. For more information, visit www.ypo.org.

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