Daily Archives: July 12, 2018

MSL opens office in Turkey

Mehin Öner, CEO, will lead collaboration with other Publicis agencies in Istanbul

ISTANBUL, July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — MSL has brought its brand to Turkey, formally naming an existing Publicis-developed PR capability in Istanbul as MSL.  The new office is MSL’s 107th.  The MSL Istanbul unit, with 12 people, will be part of a strong integrated offering in Turkey that will feature the capabilities and expertise from Publicis İstanbul, Publicis Healthcare, Arc, Voden, Leo Burnett, Publicis Emil, Saatchi & Saatchi, Starcom, Spark Foundry, Zenith, DataWise and Performics all under the Publicis Groupe Türkiye umbrella.  Mehin Öner will lead the unit as its CEO, making Istanbul the 34th office in the MSL network led by a woman.

Mehin Oner, CEO, MSL Istanbul

Sebastian Hejnowski, Central and Eastern Europe CEO of MSL, said, “With Turkey’s anticipated economic growth and strong expectations for our business here, the time is right to put a stake in the ground in Istanbul.  In Turkey’s dynamic market, we expect to see success from the unwavering focus we place on clients and the strong value they gain from integrated 360-degree solutions anchored in Publicis Groupe’s ‘Power of One’ approach.”

Öner said, “The move links the PR capabilities in the Turkey to the MSL’s global practice and sectors as well as best-in-class strategic counsel and creative services and best practices that MSL provides around the world.  By working as part of the MSL global network, and closely with our local Publicis sister agencies, we offer our clients a distinct strategic, data-driven and holistic solution that meets their broadest communication and business needs.”

Guillaume Herbette, Global CEO of MSL explained, “The addition of Istanbul is strategically important to our global network as it is situated at crossroads of Europe, the Middle East and Asia, all where the MSL network is exceptionally strong.  We have been eager to move into the Turkey market for some time now.  Clients across our global network will benefit from our presence in Turkey where we now have a solid on-the-ground team with deep understanding of the local marketplace and strong relationships, community ties and social connections.”

In the last two years, MSL has converted existing operations around the world from Arc Worldwide and Leo Burnett to the MSL brand.  These include Sri Lanka (Jan. 2016), the Philippines (June 2016), Thailand (Dec. 2016), Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE in the Middle East (September 2016), the Czech Republic (Nov. 2017), and Malaysia and Indonesia (both Apr. 2018).

About Mehin Öner, CEO, MSL in Turkey

Prior to taking on the role of CEO of MSL in Turkey, Mehin Öner served as reporter, editor, senior healthcare editor and news head at some of Turkey’s most influential publications — Hurriyet Daily and Forbes.  She served in strategic communication roles at global PR firms, Grayling and Weber Shandwick Turkey.  Before joining MSL, Mehin directed global media for more than 20 markets at Arcelik A.Ş., Europe’s third largest home appliances company.  She also managed global communications of Beko’s “Eat like a Pro” and Grundig’s “Respect Food” CSR projects globally.

About MSL

MSL is Publicis Groupe’s public relations and integrated communications network, one of the world’s largest. It provides strategic counsel and creative thinking while championing its clients’ interests through fearless and insightful campaigns that engage multiple perspectives and holistic thinking to build influence and deliver impact. With more than 3,100 people across more than 107 offices worldwide, MSL is also one of the largest PR network in Europe, and the fastest growing in China and India.
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PhosAgro and Growthpoint Properties Among Big Winners on Institutional Investor’s Inaugural Emerging EMEA Executive Team Ranking

NEW YORK, July 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PhosAgro and Growthpoint Properties are among several notable firms that took home leading positions across their respective sectors in Institutional Investor’s inaugural ranking of the region’s best chief executives, top CFOs, investor relations professionals, and investor relations companies.

More than 500 buy-side analysts, asset managers, and sell-side researchers at nearly 300 firms, managing an estimated $272 billion in equities in Emerging EMEA named the best chief executives, top CFOs, investor relations professionals, and investor relations companies across 12 business sectors.

Buy-side analysts, money managers and sell-side researchers at securities firms and financial institutions that cover the region identified up to four companies that excel in up to ten investor relations attributes including:

  • Senior executives are accessible
  • IR team is well informed and empowered to speak authoritatively on the company’s behalf
  • Timely and appropriate level of financial disclosure
  • Responds quickly and thoroughly to requests
  • Most constructive conference calls
  • Highest quality of meetings through road shows/reversed road shows/conferences
  • Highest quality of corporate documents and investor kit materials
  • Best commitment to corporate governance
  • Delivers insight and useful reports on ESG/SRI metrics
  • Best website

“Investing in Emerging EMEA is not for the fainthearted, with economic and geopolitical uncertainties amongst some of the many challenges,” said Amani Korayeim, Director Sales and Product Development All-EMEA. “But in Institutional Investor’s inaugural survey of the global investment community, a strong phalanx of companies and leaders emerge who are excelling at cutting through the challenges, and sharing their companies’ vision and strategy with investors.” She adds, “Perhaps most encouraging, is the array of sectors and countries represented, from Russia to Egypt, Oil and Gas to Constructions & Real Estate all featuring strongly, suggesting that it really is the excellence of the teams in place to navigate through the uncertainty and engage investors. And lastly, in the absence of an objective quality measure of IR but an increasingly institutionalized IR function in the region, the Emerging EMEA Executive Team Survey results of Institutional Investor, will provide an independent vehicle to inform and benchmark companies’ IR strategy and continue to help optimize their outreach.”

Top Performing Companies and their Sectors Include:

PhosAgro (Russia) Chemicals
Growthpoint Properties (South Africa) Construction & Real Estate
Lenta (Russia) Consumer
Sberbank of Russia (Russia) Financials
NMC Health (United Arab Emirates) Health Care & Pharmaceuticals
El Sewedy Electric Co. (Egypt) Industrials
Severstal (Russia) Metals & Mining
Novatek (Russia) Oil & Gas
Mondi (South Africa) Paper & Forestry
Yandex (Russia) Technology, Media & Telecommunications
Aeroflot (Russia) Transportation
CEZ (Czech Republic) Utilities

Top Performing CEOs and their Sectors Include:

Christopher Griffith Anglo American Platinum (South Africa)
Mohamed Shameel Aziz-Joosub Vodacom Group (South Africa)
Mustafa Sani Şener TAV Havalimanlari Holding (Turkey)
Carlo Palasciano Villamagna Enel Russia (Russia)

Top Performing CFOs and their Sectors Include:

Paul Victor Sasol (South Africa)
Khaled Hassan Cleopatra Hospital Co. (Egypt)
Mustafa Gorkem Elverici Turkiye Sise ve Cam Fabrikalari (Turkey)
Mikhail Stiskin Polyus (Russia)
Alexey Kornya Mobile TeleSystems (Russia)

For the full list of published winners, please visit www.institutionalinvestor.com.

A total of 473 companies were nominated in this year’s Emerging EMEA Executive Team rankings. Of those companies, 36 scored high enough to earn the distinction of Most Honored Company in the full sector rankings and 64 earned the Honored Company distinction.

For more information, please contact Amani Korayeim at amani.korayeim@institutionalinvestor.com  or + 44 207 779 8535.

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RAMAPHOSA: AFRICAN EXIM BANK AN INSPIRATION FOR AFRICA

ABUJA, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says the 25th Anniversary of the African Export-lmport Bank (Afreximbank) serves as an inspiration to what the continent can achieve with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

We have many success stories of companies and organisations that are making a great difference in the lives of the people of Africa. Afreximbank is one such story, which serves as an example and an inspiration to many others,” he said here Wednesday.

We are optimistic about Africa’s future because of the momentous developments over the last few months in forging a free trade area across the continent. Agreement on the Continental Free Trade Agreement represents a new dawn for Africa.

President Ramaphosa, who is on a workin visit to Nigeria, was speaking during the 25th Anniversary Celebrations of Afreximbank in Abuja. The Bank, which is devoted to financing and promoting intra- and extra�African trade, was established in October 1993 by African governments, African private and institutional investors, and non-African investors.

The President’s comments come on the back of South Africa signing the AfCFTA agreement during the 31st Ordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) in Mauritania just over a week ago.

The AfCFTA is hailed as a significant step towards the creation of an integrated and diversified market of approximately 3.3 trillion with a population of more than one billion people.

In pursuing the CFTA, we seek to combine market integration with industrial and infrastructure development to ensure that we enhance Africa’s productive capacity, address supply-side constraints and alleviate the infrastructure deficit,” said Ramaphosa.

We have to have the means to produce the goods that will be freely traded across the continent and we need to have the roads, railways, ports and air routes that are going to carry these goods.”

President Ramaphosa said the continent should move with speed to conclude negotiations of the agreement before looking across the seas for partners.

Under the leadership of President Mahamadou Issoufou (of Niger), our collective priority should be to conclude Phase I and II of the negotiations of the CFTA, before commencing new preferential trading negotiations with third parties outside of the continent,” he added.

We have set ourselves a deadline of 2020 to conclude the CFTA negotiations and to ensure that the liberalisation of trade in goods is complimented by rules on investment, competition policy and intellectual property rights. In this way, we will be able to unlock Africa’s full productive capacity.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

President Cyril Ramaphosa has this morning arrived in Jeddah, for his State Visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, scheduled to take place today, 12 July 2018.

The President will meet with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud.

The purpose of the State Visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is to assess the status of bilateral relations, whilst focusing primarily on strengthening economic linkages between South Africa and Saudi Arabia, particularly in terms of increasing inward investment and diversifying the trade relationship.

South Africa imports approximately 47% of its oil from Saudi Arabia and regards the country as a strategic partner in the Middle East. The country is also a large investor in South Africa, especially in the area of renewable energy. Total trade amounted to just more than R55 billion in 2017.

The State Visit will also present an opportunity for South Africa to increase co-operation with Saudi Arabia in light of the country’s new strategy for Africa.

To further strengthen trade, investment and economic ties, including Business�to�Business cooperation between the Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a substantive business delegation is accompanying President Ramaphosa on the visit.

President Ramaphosa is accompanied by the of Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation; Defence and Military Veterans; Energy, Police and Deputy Minister of Trade & Industry.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

Sao Tome & Principe National Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the people of Democratic Republic of Sao Tome & Principe on the 43rd anniversary of your independence on July 12th.

Your long tradition of democratic governance is commendable. The United States looks forward to continued partnership with you in areas of mutual interest as you implement your Maritime Security Strategy and as we seek to increase trade. We hope to continue to expand our bilateral ties in the years to come.

Source: U.S Department of State