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DHL Global Forwarding nomme Amadou Diallo PDG pour le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique

Amadou mettra au service de la région MEA plus de 20 ans d’expertise en logistique et intégration d’entreprises pour étendre le réseau et les partenaires de la région.

DUBAI, le 26 juillet 2017 /PRNewswire/ — DHL Global Forwarding, le principal prestataire international de services de fret aérien, maritime et routier, a nommé Amadou Diallo PDG pour la région Moyen-Orient et Afrique. Dans ce nouveau rôle, Amadou s’emploiera à développer et à approfondir les relations commerciales internationales de la région, ainsi qu’à intégrer des technologies logistiques innovantes dans l’offre de DHL destinée aux clients du Moyen-Orient et de l’Afrique.

Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Middle East and Africa

Dans son précèdent rôle de Vice-Président des services à valeur ajoutée et de la logistique intégrée, Amadou a supervisé un portefeuille d’outils novateurs, notamment Saloodo!, la nouvelle plateforme numérique de DHL. Créée en 2016 et lancée en 2017, la plateforme apporte une nouvelle et puissante solution numérique qui augmente et maximise l’efficacité de toutes les étapes de la gestion du transport, des chargeurs aux transporteurs.

Dans son rôle de PDG de DHL Freight de 2011 à 2016, il était chargé de la performance et du développement stratégique à long terme de l’unité, un rôle dans lequel il a mené à bien sa mission grâce à son expérience de direction des activités Freight Forwarding en Afrique et en Asie du Sud Pacifique depuis 2008. Amadou apportera également sa riche expérience en développement de réseaux logistiques, notamment grâce à son expérience en tant que directeur général de l’intégration de DHL avec l’opérateur de la chaîne d’approvisionnement Exel (à présent DHL Supply Chain) en 2005.

« Les 20 ans d’expérience d’Amadou en logistique et intégration d’entreprises à travers plusieurs régions du monde font de lui le choix idéal pour diriger nos opérations au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique », a déclaré Tim Scharwath, PDG de DHL Global Forwarding and Freight. « Non seulement il comprend intimement les complexités culturelles et économiques de la région, mais il apporte également avec lui une véritable perspective globale de l’innovation logistique et de la coopération économique qui le place en bonne position pour aider nos clients à tirer entièrement profit de la croissance de la région. »

« Le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique présentent un remarquable potentiel de croissance commerciale », a déclaré Amadou. « Les échanges intra-régionaux en Afrique ne représentent que 18 % des échanges du continent,[1] ce qui crée des opportunités considérables à mesure que les revenus augmentent à l’échelle du continent,[2] tandis que l’arrêt de la dépendance à l’égard des ressources naturelles du Moyen-Orient[3] laisse présager une croissance significative des exportations à valeur ajoutée. À mesure que la région gagne en importance économique, notamment en raison de sa valeur stratégique pour des initiatives telles que l’initiative chinoise « Belt and Road[4] – businesses »  les entreprises au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique qui ont plus que jamais besoin de liaisons de fret complètes performantes, de capacité accrue, flexible et de partenariats durables si elles souhaitent se développer parallèlement à ces opportunités.

« L’innovation logistique joue un rôle essentiel dans toute intégration de la chaîne d’approvisionnement de bout en bout et constituera une priorité dans notre façon d’offrir de nouveaux services avec une plus grande rapidité, efficacité et durabilité », a ajouté Amadou. « Nous espérons non seulement accroitre la connectivité de notre réseau régional à des opportunités mondiales grâce à de nouveaux accords et partenariats transfrontaliers, mais également donner à nos clients les technologies et processus d’envergure mondiale dont ils ont besoin pour véritablement défier et surmonter nos concurrents»

DHL L’entreprise logistique au service du monde entier

DHL est la principale marque mondiale de l’industrie de la logistique. Notre famille de divisions DHL offre un portefeuille inégalé de services logistiques, qui vont de la livraison nationale et internationale de paquets, des solutions d’expédition et de gestion optimale des commandes du commerce électronique, du transport international express routier, aérien ou maritime à la gestion de la chaîne d’approvisionnement industrielle. Forte de quelques 350 000 personnes dans plus de 220 pays et régions du monde, DHL connecte les personnes et les entreprises d’une façon sécurisée et fiable, et facilite ainsi les flux commerciaux internationaux. Grâce à des solutions spécialisées pour les marchés et les secteurs en pleine croissance tels que la technologie, les sciences de la vie et les soins de santé, l’énergie, l’automobile et le commerce de détail, et grâce à un engagement à toute épreuve envers la responsabilité sociétale des entreprises ainsi qu’une présence inégalée sur les marchés en développement, DHL se place sans équivoque comme « L’entreprise logistique au service du monde entier ».

DHL fait partie du groupe Deutsche Post DHL. Le groupe a réalisé un chiffre d’affaires de plus de 57 milliards d’euros en 2016.

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DHL Global Forwarding names Amadou Diallo as CEO for Middle East and Africa

Diallo will apply over 20 years of expertise in logistics and corporate integration to expanding the region’s freight connections and partnerships

DUBAI, July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services, has appointed Amadou Diallo as CEO for the Middle East and Africa region. In the new role, Diallo will focus on expanding and deepening the region’s international trade connections, as well as incorporating innovative logistics technologies into DHL’s offerings to Middle Eastern and African customers.

Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Middle East and Africa

In his most recent role as Executive Vice President of Value-Added Services and Integrated Logistics with DHL Global Forwarding, Diallo oversaw a portfolio of innovative services including Saloodo!, DHL’s new digital platform. Founded in 2016 and starting in 2017 the platform brings a new and powerful digital solution which increases and maximises efficiency in all steps of transport handling between shippers and transport providers.

As the CEO of DHL Freight from 2011 to 2016, he was responsible for the performance and long-term strategic development of the unit, a role he was well-placed to perform with his experience in leading freight forwarding operations in Africa and South Asia Pacific since 2008. Diallo also brings with him a wealth of expertise in logistics network-building, most notably as Managing Director of DHL’s integration with supply chain operator Exel – now DHL Supply Chain – in 2005.

“Amadou’s 20 years of expertise in logistics and corporate integration throughout several regions in the world make him the right choice to lead our operations in the Middle East and Africa,” said Tim Scharwath, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding and Freight. “Not only does he intimately understand the cultural and economic intricacies of the region, but he also brings with him a truly global perspective of logistics innovation and economic co-operation that put him in good stead to help our customers fully capitalize on the region’s growth.”

“The Middle East and Africa still have huge potential for trade growth,” said Diallo. “Intra-regional trade in Africa only makes up 18% of the continent’s trade,[1] creating sizable opportunities as disposable incomes rise continent-wide,[2] while the Middle East’s shift from reliance on natural resources[3] bodes well for significant growth in value-added exports. As the region gains in economic importance – not least due to its strategic value to initiatives like China’s Belt and Road[4] – businesses in the Middle East and Africa need comprehensive freight connections, flexible capacity and durable partnerships more than ever before if they wish to grow alongside these opportunities.”

“Logistics innovation plays a critical role in any end-to-end supply chain integration, and will feature as a priority in how we go about delivering new services with greater speed, efficiency, and sustainability,” Diallo added. “We hope to not only build our regional network’s connectivity to global opportunities through new cross-border agreements and partnerships, but also give our customers the world-class technologies and processes they need to really challenge and overcome overseas competitors.”

DHL The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 350,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 57 billion euros in 2016.

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Nuclear Medicine Professionals in Africa Trained on Radiation Safety

Despite growing needs, opportunities for professionals in Africa to receive training in nuclear medicine are limited due to shortage of experienced staff, facilities and equipment. To address this need, the IAEA organised a course in Lusaka, Zambia last week for medical physicists, radiologists, technicians and regulators from across the region to improve their technical skills in assuring safety in nuclear medicine.

Patient safety and radiation protection can be improved when staff and the regulatory authority understand the benefits and the risks, said Debbie Gilley, Radiation Protection Specialist at the IAEA. The goal with the training was to increase awareness and skills in the medical community. This training provided a comprehensive foundation focusing on the safe use of radiation in nuclear medicine.

Twenty-eight professionals from hospitals and regulators in 19 African countries learned about justification on whether to use nuclear medicine for a particular diagnosis, and if so which nuclear medicine and digital imaging modality to use. They also learned about the importance of quality assurance of equipment used in nuclear medicine. The course was supported by the IAEA technical cooperation programme.

The course enhanced my knowledge and skills on the various topics related to radiation protection safety, particularly quality control and assurance, said Mercy Mbuende, a radiation physicist at the Namibian National Radiation Protection Authority. It was really beneficial to understand the technical issues related to diagnostic imaging and therapy, the importance of quality control tests and the science behind all this.

Nuclear medicine techniques are often used to evaluate the function of any organ or structure in the body. They provide unique information and offer the potential to identify diseases in early stages. They are also used for treatment of some diseases and health conditions. As they involve exposure to radioactive material, there is an inherent risk that the dose received by the patient is too high or too low. A too high dose would expose the patient to undue risk, while using too little radioactive material can mean that the patient has to go through the imaging or treatment process again.

One of my learnings from the training was a need for staff training in order to improve radiation safety, said Veronica Kangwa Sunkutu-Sichizya, Head of Radiology at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka. Through this training course, I also came to realise a need to develop short annual refresher courses on radiation protection for all members of my staff working in nuclear medicine.

The IAEA will organise a similar training course in French in Niamey, Niger this November, as part of its ongoing efforts to educate about patient safety.

Safety and quality are equally important in nuclear medicine procedures, said Gilley. This and the coming course will help African countries make better use of well-justified and optimised nuclear medicine procedures.

This year’s IAEA Scientific Forum on Nuclear Techniques in Human Health: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment will also include sessions on patient safety. The Forum is taking place on 19-20 September in Vienna.

Source: International Atomic Energy Agency

Trump wants to dismantle Wall Street Reform. Here’s what that could mean forCongo

The Trump administration’s hostility toward the 2010 Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (aka the Dodd-Frank Act) should come as no surprise, given Trump’s campaign promise to dismantle the entire law. Last month, the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives gutted the law with its own bill, the Financial CHOICE Act. While it’s highly unlikely that anything resembling the House bill will pass in the Senate, the administration’s determination to upend the Obama-era law could usher in the complete repeal of some provisions � including section 1502, which regulates conflict minerals. Under section 1502, companies that buy particular minerals must demonstrate due diligence by documenting their supply chains to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), showing whether or not those components originate from a mine controlled by an armed group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or a neighboring country.

If the administration is successful in repealing section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Act, what might that mean for the DRC?

In a draft executive order published by the Guardian back in February, Trump claimed Mounting evidence shows that the disclosure requirements have instead caused harm to some parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and have thereby contributed to instability in the region and threatened the national security interest of the United States. On the other hand, international rights groups, Congolese activists, and the Congolese government have all come out strongly against the repeal of 1502, saying that it will bring armed groups back to the mines. So which is it? Would a repeal of the law be a solution to unintended complications caused by its implementation, or would it just be a gift to warlords and corrupt businesses, as described by the advocacy group Global Witness?

As always where the DRC is concerned, opposing sides are highly polarized and the reality is a lot messier. For one thing, if Americans are concerned about the minerals in their electronics being sourced ethically, this goes way beyond armed groups. For example, section 1502 only deals with minerals determined to be financing conflict in the DRC, and singles out tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold (page 843 of the Act). Yet cobalt � another mineral needed for consumer electronics � is commonly mined without the presence of armed groups, but still under lethal working conditions and grave human rights violations including child labor.

When the Dodd-Frank Act was passed in 2010, much of the criticism surrounding its implementation was concerned with the de facto embargo that occurred when companies stopped sourcing from Congo all together, as well as the Congo government ban on mining. This had the effect of putting already poor artisanal miners out of work and driving the extraction of minerals underground. Those who became unemployed as a result, ironically, would have become susceptible to recruitment into an armed group. Other criticisms included the concern that armed groups would simply rely more heavily on the other ways they made money such as kidnapping and extortion; that Congolese military personnel also illegally exploit miners; and that verifying a mine as conflict-free would be extremely difficult since it’s not just at the site of the mine where armed groups make money from the mineral trade. The law only applies to companies registered with the SEC, so mining firms from other countries don’t necessarily have to comply with the due diligence measures. Academics, journalists, and a coalition of 70 Congolese civil society groups spoke out to caution against the dangers of what became known in Congo as Obama’s Law. And business interests feared that the compliance measures would be too costly.

However, after six months the Congolese government lifted the blanket ban on mining; and American companies came on board and complied with the due diligence measures. In fact, complying with the law was not as expensive as feared and many companies now oppose the repeal of 1502. Some, like Apple and Intel, have said they will continue to exercise due diligence regardless of what becomes of the Dodd-Frank Act. According to Bloomberg, Congo’s Chamber of Mines also said that Congolese exporters will continue to track minerals from mines to buyers even if the US legislation is repealed.

Implementation of 1502 got off to an extremely slow start, but given the difficult and time consuming tasks of verifying supply chains and establishing the institutional framework to coordinate transparency measures � this was more or less unavoidable. By 2014, several publications had come down hard on section 1502 for achieving very little except to make life more difficult for artisanal miners (here, here, and here for example). With artisanal miners out of work or suffering from falling prices, they could no longer afford hospital care or school fees. A UN University study found infant mortality near regulated mines had increased 143%. On the other hand, the advocacy group The Enough Project reported in June 2014, according to the BBC, that Dodd Frank, together with other reforms and the recent defeat by UN troops of two powerful rebel groups, has helped significantly in reducing the number of mines run by militias. The National Bishops Conference of the DRC, Ambassador Ambeyi Ligabo of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), and Congolese activists have all recently spoken out in favor of section 1502 and its role in regulating the mineral trade and mitigating violence.

This sharp division � between the view that 1502 has made things worse and the view that it has made things better � has persisted into 2017.

Interestingly, although Congolese President Joseph Kabila was quick to congratulate Trump on his electoral victory � apparently assuming his administration would pay much less attention to the country than Obama’s did � the Congolese government has come out against a repeal of the Dodd-Frank Act. With the high stakes the Congolese political elite have in legit mining companies, as evidenced by a new report by the Congo Research Group, it makes sense that they would like to see a better regulated mining sector under government control.

The most vocal proponents of a repeal of Obama’s Law at the moment are Trump administration officials. The draft executive order published by the Guardian calls for a two-year repeal of section 1502. This option is contained in a clause within 1502, should the present administration deem there is a threat to national security. In fact, the reason for the attempt to repeal the law is more likely to do with the Trump administration’s fixation with deregulation and vendetta against anything Obama-related.

On the ground in Congo, I suspect both sides are right � 1502 has caused loss of income and attendant suffering for many people; and it has resulted in armed groups controlling fewer mines. Dynda Thomas, a legal expert on section 1502, said on RFI, I think there’s probably evidence of both things happening. Regulation appears to have been working at least in terms of the 3Ts � tin, tungsten, and tantalum � and whether or not mines themselves are controlled by armed groups. The fourth mineral explicitly regulated by Dodd-Frank is gold, and it has been far more difficult to verify as conflict free since a small amount is worth a lot and it is much easier to smuggle. And it’s not clear to me whether any part of the supply chain other than the source mine itself is systematically and accurately vetted as being conflict free.

The biggest challenges, I think, are that there are so many simultaneously occurring factors, and so much contradictory data, and circumstances are always changing. It’s hard to establish causation with any kind of certainty. Three years into Dodd-Frank, the UN supported an intervention force that took an aggressive approach with a major rebel movement. Its leader is now in custody of the International Criminal Court. Many see this as a contributing factor to lower levels of armed group activity. There has also in recent years been a rise in activity and visibility of peaceful protest movements, most famously LUCHA, which has put pressure on the government for democratic reform and given people a different avenue for voicing their grievances than joining an armed group. And, ultimately, it is politics and power struggles at regional, national, and local levels that continue to drive violent conflict. The recent crisis in Kasai is one example.

So would a repeal of 1502 result in a massive surge of violence? Probably not. Would armed groups return to try and exploit miners? Perhaps.

But if the Congolese government and American companies decide to work together to continue the conflict-free tagging system, it would be unlikely they’d be able to just because of a repeal of 1502. Would a repeal make Americans less sure that the products they buy are conflict free? Probably.

The Trump administration wants to replace section 1502 with something better. This could, then, be an opportunity for a version of the law that would take into account some of the shortcomings of section 1502. As Ambassador Ligabo of the ICGLR put it on RFI, If there is a need to review this arrangement, it would be more appropriate for the US administration, the ICGLR, to come together and we see how to look at it, in a more consultative manner. However, as the Trump administration’s primary motivation appears to be deregulation rather than playing a positive diplomatic role in Africa, it supports repeal of the bill for � to quote Sara Geenan at the University of Antwerp � all the wrong reasons. I am not holding my breath for a better version of 1502; but I am also not convinced that all hell will break loose if it is repealed.

Source: UN Dispatch

Peace is the ‘bedrock’ for women’s development and human rights UN deputy chief says in DR Congo

The importance of reversing the tragedies of violence, particularly against women and children, and ensuring that women’s and girl’s voices are heard in all aspects of society are at the core of the second leg of a high-level United Nations-African Union (AU) mission to Africa, which today visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Peace is the bedrock � the foundation � to allow us to develop our full potentials, but also to ensure that human rights are respected. Here we see that women’s rights, which are human rights, are not respected and we have a long way to go, said Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed during a press encounter following her meeting with Leonard She Okitundu, Vice-Prime Minister of the DRC, emphasizing that so much more can be done.

Ms. Mohammed commended the Government’s efforts to combat gender-based sexual violence, noting that having a woman in charge was probably the reason for the progress, but what we really want to see is zero.

We hear what the DRC cannot do. We are here to discuss what [the country] can do with its women and young people, she stressed, adding that while the rights and aspirations of women are far from being attained, it was the job of the UN and AU to support closing the gap.

Ms. Mohammed explained the aim of bringing women leaders into the conversation and engaging with women to find the opportunities to overcome the challenges, to change the narrative of victims to survivors and aspirations achieved within the 2030 Agenda.

This call came as Ms. Mohammed leads a first-ever joint AU-UN high-level mission to Africa, seeking to highlight the role of women in achieving sustainable peace and development. She has been accompanied by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, and the Special Envoy of the AU on Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop.

Over the past two days, the delegation met with key members of the Congolese Government, the donor community, as well as women leaders from the civil society. Briefing reporters in the country’s capital of Kinshasa, the Deputy Secretary-General said their discussions revolved around a focus on women, and how we can see women’s empowerment, address women’s human rights, and women with their rights to the electoral process.

More broadly, while stressing the need to respect everyone’s abilities, she said there is no one size that fits all, and added that women’s every day rights must be addressed contextually. Indeed: There is no aircraft that flies anywhere, or bird that flies anywhere, on half a wing, she underscored, echoing her refrain from other stops on the trip that a critical step towards sustainable development for all is to ensure that women and girls � half the world’s population � receive the investments, opportunities, access and protection they require.

Ms. Mohammed went on to say that the UN and the African Union (AU) have each begun another era with new leadership, reforms and frameworks � respectively the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable development Goals (SDGs) and the 2063 Agenda, both of which have placed women at the core.

Source: UN News Centre