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Bombardier Continues African Market Penetration with Pre-Owned Q400

  • PassionAir becomes first Bombardier operator in Ghana with three Q400 aircraft

MONTREAL, Aug. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that the company successfully placed three pre-owned Q400 turboprops with PassionAir from the Republic of Ghana. The airline acquired the aircraft through a dry-lease with a third party.DDBC0480_Q400_PassionAir_10X8

“Bombardier has sold about 3,500 new regional aircraft to date, and we continue to be very active on the used aircraft market.” said David Speirs, Vice President, Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Our recent momentum on the pre-owned aircraft market worldwide is a clear indication that our products are addressing a growing need for regional air transportation, especially in emerging markets.”

“Our market penetration in Africa continues to intensify, and we are pleased to welcome Passion Air as the first commercial airline operating a Bombardier regional aircraft in the Republic of Ghana,” said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Africa is the youngest and fastest growing region in the world, and regional aircraft like the Q400 will play a key role in helping advancing Africa’s economic growth.”

The airline will operate the three Q400 aircraft in a 78-seat configuration on domestic routes.

“This is a first step, and we look forward to expanding our fleet with more Bombardier aircraft,” said Edward Annan, Chief Executive Officer, PassionAir. “The Q400 offers the performance and flexibility that we need to further develop our network. With a range that unlocks great opportunities for us, we are confident that we will capitalize on a larger market, which extends to 12 countries and over 180 million potential passengers out of Accra.”

About PassionAir
PassionAir is a Ghanaian owned airline, and aims to become the most competitive Aviation Service Provider in Ghana and West Africa. Our focus is on safety and excellent customer service delivery, depicting the proverbial Ghanaian hospitality. Our product lines range from scheduled to chartered flights offered at internationally accepted standards and competitive prices.

PassionAir as start off, will operate flights domestically, with plans of expanding our services to the West African sub-region in the medium term.

About Bombardier
With over 69,500 employees across four business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, Bombardier posted revenues of $16.2 billion US. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

Notes to Editors
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Pictures of the Q Series aircraft are available on www.bombardier.com.

For more information about Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, visit http://commercialaircraft.bombardier.com/.

Bombardier, Q Series, Q400 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. and its affiliates.

For Information

Nathalie Siphengphet
Head of Communications and Public Relations
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
+1 416-375-3030
nathalie.siphengphet@aero.bombardier.com

www.bombardier.com

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Globeleq Board announces new Chairperson

LONDON, Aug. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Globeleq has confirmed that Laurence Mulliez will take up the Chair position of the Globeleq Board effective from 1st September, 2018. Laurence has more than 20 years of experience in the banking, energy, chemical and industrial sectors.

Globeleq - Powering Africa's Growth

Currently, Laurence is Chair of Voltalia, a €500m market capitalisation producer of renewable-based power and a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit committee at Aperam stainless steel (a $5 billion revenue spin-off from Arcelor Mittal). She is also a Non-Executive Director at SBM offshore, a $3 billion revenue world leader in floating production and mooring systems for the oil and gas industry and a Non-Executive Director at Morgan Advanced Materials, a £1 billion revenue global engineering company.

Globeleq’s CEO, Paul Hanrahan commented: “Laurence brings a wealth of experience and fully complements our well-rounded Board. We are thrilled to have her as our Chairperson where she will help guide Globeleq to look at every opportunity to grow the business and power Africa’s growth.”

Laurence Mulliez added: “I am honoured to join an organisation which has already demonstrated its impact on providing power and supporting development in Africa.  I look forward to working with a great management team and Globeleq’s shareholders, CDC Group and Norfund, both institutions which target investments in regions where it is most needed.”

During the period 2007-2010, Laurence was CEO of Castrol Industrial Lubricants and Services worldwide and from 2010-2013, she led Eoxis, a start-up renewable power company, financially backed by private equity.

About Globeleq

Globeleq is a leading developer, owner and operator of electricity generation in Africa. Since 2002, its experienced team of professionals have built a diverse portfolio of independent power plants, generating nearly 1,300 MW in 8 locations across 5 countries, with a further 2,000 MW of power projects in development. www.globeleq.com

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Le conseil d’administration de Globeleq annonce la nomination d’une nouvelle présidente

LONDRES, 9 août 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Globeleq a confirmé que Laurence Mulliez occupera le poste de Présidente du conseil d’administration de Globeleq à partir du 1er septembre 2018.   Laurence a plus de 20 ans d’expérience dans les secteurs bancaire, énergétique, chimique et industriel.

Globeleq - Powering Africa's Growth

Actuellement Laurence est Présidente non exécutive du conseil de Voltalia, un producteur d’energie renouvelable à la capitalisation boursière de 500 millions d’euros et Administratrice non exécutive et Présidente du comité d’audit d’Aperam Inox (une société du groupe Arcelor Mittal d’une valeur de 5 milliards de dollars). Elle est également Directrice non exécutive chez SBM offshore, leader mondial des systèmes flottants de production et d’amarrage pour l’industrie pétrolière et gazière, et Directrice non-exécutive chez Morgan Advanced Materials, une société d’ingénierie d’une valeur d’1 milliard de livres sterling.

Au cours de la période allant de 2007 a 2010, Laurence a été PDG monde de Castrol Industrial Lubricants and Services et, de 2010 à 2013, elle a dirigé Eoxis, une start-up spécialisée dans les énergies renouvelables financée par des fonds de capital-investissement.

Paul Hanrahan, PDG de Globeleq, a commenté : « Laurence apporte une expérience riche et complète pour faire de notre conseil un groupe bien équilibré. Nous sommes ravis de l’avoir comme Présidente, elle aidera Globeleq à passer en revue toutes les opportunités de développement de l’entreprise afin de stimuler la croissance en Afrique. »

Laurence Mulliez a ajouté : « Je suis honorée de rejoindre une entreprise qui a déjà démontré son impact sur la fourniture d’électricité et son soutien au développement en Afrique. Je suis impatiente de travailler avec cette excellente équipe de direction et les actionnaires de Globeleq, CDC Group et Norfund, deux institutions qui ciblent les investissements dans les régions où elles sont le plus nécessaires. »

À propos de Globeleq

Globeleq est un développeur, propriétaire et exploitant de premier plan dans le secteur de la production d’électricité en Afrique. Depuis 2002, son équipe de professionnels expérimentés a développé un portefeuille diversifié de centrales électriques indépendantes, générant près de 1 300 MW sur 8 sites répartis dans 5 pays, avec 2 000 MW supplémentaires de projets en développement. www.globeleq.com

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Free Curtin Program Puts International Students on Pathway to Success

PERTH, Australia, Aug. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — In a move to assist international students meet English language requirements and put them on a pathway to success, Curtin University is offering a free 10-week, tailor-made program to enhance language skills and immerse students in the Australian academic culture.

In addition to English language training that includes speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary support, the 10-week program will offer lessons in such areas as study skills, academic referencing skills, critical thinking development and how to communicate effectively in seminars, discussions and presentations in an academic context. It will also provide an introduction to Curtin’s course outlines and student systems as well as bespoke tours of the relevant Curtin faculties.

Curtin University Deputy Vice-Chancellor International Professor Seth Kunin said the program would start immediately for international students planning to enter the University courses from 2019 onwards who have been identified as needing to improve their English language skills.

Professor Kunin said the program would offer international students the skills needed to support their university studies at Curtin.

“With campuses in Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius, as well as two major campuses in Western Australia, Curtin is a truly global university and we want to ensure that our students are equipped with the tools for success in their tertiary studies,” Professor Kunin said.

“This program, which will help international students reach their required English language level and navigate their university studies, will be available free of charge to international students seeking to study at Curtin University.”

Professor Kunin said the program aimed to make international students as comfortable and familiar as possible with the academic context in Australia through the 10-week program.

“We will not compromise on our existing standards for English language skills but we recognise that some students will require that extra level of support and this program will offer them the greatest assistance,” Professor Kunin said.

“By offering this free program, we are breaking down language and cultural barriers in a bid to offer international students a true taste of what studying at Curtin University entails.”

The program is only free for students who have an English condition on their offer and progress to university studies at Curtin University’s campus in Perth, Western Australia.

Curtin course fees are also frozen for the next two years, meaning a student who starts studying at Curtin in 2018 will pay the same fees for most courses in 2019.

Notes to Editor:

For more information about the 10-week program and the terms and conditions, visit here. https://international.curtin.edu.au/courses/free-elbp

For more information about the support available at Curtin for international students, visit here. https://international.curtin.edu.au

About Curtin University

Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest university, with more than 56,000 students. Of these, over 14,000 are international students. The University’s main campus is in Bentley near the Perth CBD. Curtin has six other campuses across WA, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius. Curtin also has a presence at a number of other global locations.

Curtin celebrated ’50 Years of Innovation’ in 2017 – the combined history of the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT), which opened its doors to students in 1967 and Curtin University, which opened in 1987.

Today, Curtin is estimated to be ranked 180th and in the top one per cent of universities worldwide, and 9th in Australia in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017 (ARWU) (http://www.shanghairanking.com/ARWU2017.html), and features highly in a number of other key world rankings.

The University has built a reputation around innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit, being at the forefront of many high-profile research projects in astronomy, biosciences, economics, mining and information technology. It is also recognised globally for its strong connections with industry, and for its commitment to preparing students for jobs of the future.

For further information visit https://www.curtin.edu.au.

Driving environmental awareness in Mauritania

Proving small initiatives can have great impact

JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wanting to raise awareness about the unhealthy and unsanitary conditions in her home country, now 26-year-old Aminetou Bilal launched the “Selfie Mbalite” campaign in February 2017. She was inspired by the “Selfie Déchets” campaign run by blogger Fatoumata Cherif in Conakry, Guinea.

Bilal is the president of Selfie Mbalite, an NGO that focuses on awareness campaigns against unsanitary conditions and promotes ecological development in Mauritania. She is also part of the first class of 200 Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa programme.

Born and raised in Mauritania, Bilal completed her Bachelor’s degree in Geosciences and is currently busy with her Master’s degree in ‘Territorial management of the effects of climate change and environmental risks’ at Sup Management University in Nouakchott.

Bilal decided she wanted to make herself useful after completing her studies and integrated into the NOG ‘Rim Youth Climate Movement’ fighting climate change. Even though she is no longer a member, she is grateful for her learnings.

“When I launched Selfie Mbalite, I did not expect such quick reactions. Everyone was taking selfies near waste on the national territory and posted them on Facebook with the Hashtag #SelfieMbalite,” says Bilal. Thanks to this initiative, authorities in Mauritania have reduced the contracts of companies that manage waste and have started to review their strategies.

Bilal also went to be an AU-EU Youth Ambassador. “Being part of the AU-EU Youth Plug-In initiative is one of the most beautiful things that happened to me and is the result of my civic commitment,” says Bilal. This lead to her being chosen by the African Union Commission to represent and deliver the speech on behalf of the African Youth at the “Women in Power” Conference on the sidelines of the 31st African Union Summit.

On being chosen to be part of the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa programme, Bilal said that it was more than a pride and honour. She added that “President Obama is an inspiration to the whole world.”

Bilal sees herself as a business leader in the environmental sector in the future. She’s made a promise after her pare in the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa programme to pass on her knowledge and skills to the young people of her country through a mentorship program that she will launch shortly.

beverley.bradley@mslgroup.com Laura Lucas Magnuson llucasmagnuson@obama.org