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Friday, October 13, 2017

IMF Video: Transcript of the Press Conference on the Release of the October 2017 World Economic Outlook



Transcript of the Press Conference on the Release of the October 2017 World Economic Outlook 



WASHINGTON, 11 October 2017 / PRN Africa / -- Participants:

Maurice Obstfeld, Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department

Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti, Deputy Director, Research Department

Oya Celasun, Chief of the World Economic Studies Division, Research department

Olga Stankova, Special Assistant to the Director, Communications Department

Ms. Stankova - Good morning, everybody, and good afternoon to those who are joining us from other parts of the world. Welcome to the press conference on the release of the World Economic Outlook entitled “Seeking Sustainable Growth: Short-Term Recovery, Long-Term Challenges.'

At the press conference with us is Maurice Obstfeld, IMF Economic Counsellor and Director of Research. To the far right of the table is Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti, Deputy Director in the Research Department. And between Gian Maria and Maury is Oya Celasun; she is Chief of the Global Economic Studies Division in the Research Department.

With this I will pass the microphone to Maurice Obstfeld for his opening remarks, and then we will take your questions.

DHL the Only Company To Be Named Top Employer in 18 African Countries

DHL the Only Company To Be Named Top Employer in 18 African Countries
Only organizations that qualify from the selection process receive the Top Employers title and certification seal

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, October 13, 2017/APO/ -- DHL Express (www.dpDHL.com) has been certified as a Top Employer in Africa for the fourth executive year, at the prestigious Top Employer Africa 2018 certification ceremony, held at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Thursday, 12 October 2017.

Hennie Heymans, CEO, DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa.

Hennie Heymans, CEO, DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa, explains that this is the fourth consecutive year that DHL has been awarded this honour by the Top Employers Institute. “DHL Express values its employees and strives to make the company a rewarding place to work at. We are proud to have that fact affirmed by Top Employers Institute.”

UNODC Congratulates Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari On His Anti-Corruption Efforts

UNODC Congratulates Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari On His Anti-Corruption Efforts
This appointment is a welcome recognition of President Buhari’s own efforts against corruption in Nigeria

VIENNA, Austria, October 13, 2017/APO/ -- The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) greatly appreciates the solid commitment shown by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in confronting corruption in his own country and across the African Union.

In a July decision, the African Union unanimously endorsed the appointment of President Buhari as its anti-corruption champion. The Nigerian President, who has introduced a zero tolerance policy on corruption in his own administration, is expected to lead an African Union summit on anti-corruption next year.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

DHL Express Highlights Importance of Managing Customer Experiences To Stay Ahead of Competition

Fatima Sullivan, Vice President of Customer Service for DHL Express, Sub Saharan Africa

DHL Express highlights importance of managing customer experiences to stay ahead of competition
DHL Express has won over 27 external awards for customer service in Sub-Saharan Africa so far this year


CAPE TOWN, South Africa, October 11, 2017/APO/ -- According to the latest report (http://apo.af/6MJ2vy) by McKinsey & Company on customer experience, “Superior customer experience is increasingly being recognized as a competitive advantage for businesses, and it is becoming ever more important that a company differentiate itself by providing seamless customer experiences.”
Fatima Sullivan, Vice President of Customer Service for DHL (www.dpDHL.com) Express, Sub Saharan Africa firmly supports this notion, adding, “With a multitude of options now available to consumers when it comes to products and services in every sector, businesses must realize that customer service is the most important touch point between companies and customers”.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dangote Says “Sometimes It is Just a Matter of Communication”


Dangote Says “Sometimes It is Just a Matter of Communication”

Financial Times editor Lionel Barber asked Nigerian business leader Aliko Dangote in a live interview at the FT Africa Summit on Monday about his relationship with Tanzanian President John Magufuli

LONDON, United Kingdom, October 10, 2017/APO/ -- Financial Times correspondent John Aglionby's reporting in the fast FT online column that Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote “accuses ‘Bulldozer’ Tanzanian President of scaring away investors” appears to have caused an overblown row.
There was nothing at all in Mr. Dangote’s comments directed to President Magufuli.


When Financial Times editor Lionel Barber asked Nigerian business leader Aliko Dangote in a live interview at the FT Africa Summit (APO.af/qv2dZF) on Monday about his relationship with Tanzanian President John Magufuli, Dangote smiled and replied positively, “It's okay. I can always call him; I have his mobile number, and he listens to me.”
           
Asked to comment on investment policies across Africa, Dangote, whose $620M US investment in a cement factory in Mtwara is among the largest in that country, went on to say that Tanzania's general policies “need to be looked at”. Sharing his experience as one of Africa's most prominent investors with operations in 17 countries Dangote explained that policies scare away investors and that once an investor has left “it is very difficult to bring that investor back.”

Only Education Can Empower Girls - Aisha Buhari



International Day of the Girl Child, Wednesday October 11, 2017: EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises


Photo: UN Women/Gustavo Stephan

Since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.


The world’s 1.1 billion girls are a source of power, energy, and creativity – and the millions of girls in emergencies are no exception. This year’s International Day of the Girl (IDG) on October 11 marks the beginning of a year-long effort to spur global attention and action to the challenges and opportunities girls face before, during, and after crises.

#dayofthegirl

UN Announces Worldwide Search for Exceptional Young Leaders To Drive Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals




UN Announces Worldwide Search for Exceptional Young Leaders To Drive Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
The Young Leaders programme places a spotlight on young people between the ages of 18-30 from around the world, and across many different issues, who are leading positive change towards a sustainable future


PRETORIA, South Africa, October 10, 2017/APO/ -- The United Nations announced on Saturday that it was seeking applications for its second class of Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals--exceptional young people who are leaders in the effort to end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequalities.
Young people today are not the leaders of tomorrow - we are the leaders of today.

Nigerian Religious Leaders Attend the Inauguration of Dr. Margee Ensign in America

Video by Joe O'Neill; Photos by Carl Socolow '77.

Nigerian Religious Leaders Attend the Inauguration of Dr. Margee Ensign in America




On Oct. 7, Bishop Stephen Mamza, Yola Diocese, and Hajjia Turai A.A. Kadir, community projects organizer, American University Nigeria (AUN) in Yola, presented a Prayer for Peace at the inauguration of Dr. Margee Ensign as President of Dickinson College, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Ensign previously served as President of AUN, Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria.

Dickinsonians, local community members and delegates from more than 60 colleges and universities celebrated the inauguration of Margee Ensign as the 29th president of Dickinson College. Throughout the ceremony, Ensign and other speakers highlighted Dickinson's commitment to a useful education for the common good.

“Dickinson has never been an ivory tower,” said Ensign. “Dickinson is a place where students and faculty go out into our local neighborhood, out to the far reaches of the globe, to learn firsthand about problems … and to work for the common good.”
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Monday, October 9, 2017

The Next Global Search Begins: THE ONE International Humanitarian Award 2018


The Next Global Search Begins: THE ONE International Humanitarian Award 2018

(HONG KONG October 9, 2017) Nominations for the 7th edition of THE ONE International Humanitarian Award calls upon you to help discover the Mother Teresa of tomorrow.

Do you know a noble humanitarian who exemplifies “Service Above Self”, someone who works tirelessly to alleviate poverty and suffering in their community and needs funding to support and amplify their life-changing work? Nominate them - they could be THE ONE.

Biggest Showcase of Nollywood in Europe Coming Up at FOCUS 2017 in London


FOCUS On Nollywood, the Biggest Showcase for Nigerian Movies in the UK

The first annual Focus On Nollywood (FON) coming up at the FOCUS 2017, from December 5-6, in London, will be the first biggest showcase of Nigerian movies in Europe.
The event will highlight the best Nigerian directors, producers and actors and celebrate the first Nigerian Hollywood star, Orlando Martins and others who are the founding fathers of the Nigerian film industry.

This is the first time that Nigeria is taking part in the annual FOCUS for International Production in the UK. FOCUS On Nollywood will advertise and market Nigerian TV/Film productions, launch the first Nigerian movie merchandise into the global movie merchandising industry that made more than US$251.7 billion in 2015.
The Transformers franchise made US$2.6 billion from the box office and made an astonishing US$7 billion from merchandising sales! That is why the Chinese Film Industry is now targeting merchandising as a new revenue stream to maximize the explosive growth of China's box office, currently the envy of the global film industry. Nollywood merchandising sales will be worth more than US$1 billion from the souvenirs, film tourism promos of the tourist attractions of film locations in Nollywood like Tunde Kelani's ARUGBA based on the annual Osun Osogbo festival on the location of the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


About FOCUS 2017

FOCUS is the only European audiovisual event to offer content aimed at all the creative screen industries and it is the only UK event to bring in film commissions, locations providers and production service companies from over 50 countries.
http://www.tlgfocus.com/programme/