Daily Archives: May 8, 2018

African Palm Corp. signe un nouvel accord avec le Congo

Cet accord ajoute des millions d’hectares de palmiers à son portefeuille croissant d’Afrique de l’Ouest

– Les opérations d’African Palm Corp. s’étendront désormais en Guinée-Bissau et dans la République du Congo, conférant à la Société un accès à 4,5 millions d’hectares de palmiers au total.

– Le groupe ouest-africain de la Société est désormais en voie de devenir la troisième plus grande région dédiée à la production d’huile de palme africaine au monde, après l’Indonésie et la Malaisie. Grâce à sa croissance accélérée, la société devrait prochainement devenir le plus grand fournisseur mondial d’huile de palme.

– Dans le cadre du modèle d’affaires durable d’African Palm Corp., 10 pour cent des bénéfices de la société issus de l’opération au Congo seront investis dans des projets sociaux locaux, tels que des écoles, des hôpitaux et des infrastructures locales.

MIAMI, 8 mai 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Suite à un récent voyage à travers l’Afrique de l’Ouest, African Palm Corp. (APC) a annoncé aujourd’hui la signature récente d’un accord entre la Société et les représentants de Ngalipomi, groupe local basé au Congo. Cet accord conférera à APC un accès à trois millions d’hectares supplémentaires de palmiers en Afrique de l’Ouest. Ce récent ajout augmente significativement le portefeuille de la Société en Afrique de l’Ouest, qui inclut actuellement la Guinée-Bissau et le Congo, et positionne le groupe de la société en tant que troisième plus grande zone dédiée à la production d’huile de palme africaine à l’échelle mondiale, après l’Indonésie et la Malaisie.

African Palm Corp. prévoit de lancer ses opérations congolaises au premier trimestre 2019, avec le soutien de son partenaire local Ngalipomi. Les deux sociétés utiliseront les infrastructures existantes situées le long du fleuve Congo, deuxième plus grand fleuve d’Afrique après le Nil, afin de transporter leurs récoltes de fruits de palmier vers les installations de production d’APC. Ce projet devrait générer au total 120 000 nouveaux emplois directs et indirects, tout en améliorant de 22 % le PIB du Congo. African Palm Corp. s’engage à réinvestir 10 pour cent des bénéfices issus de ses opérations congolaises dans des programmes sociaux, tels que des écoles, des hôpitaux et des infrastructures locales, en fournissant de l’eau et de l’électricité aux communautés.

« C’est le deuxième accord que nous concluons en seulement quelques mois, et nous sommes ravis d’inclure le Congo dans notre nouvelle phase d’exploitation. Ceci renforce notre vision consistant à créer un modèle d’affaires durable, capable d’autonomiser économiquement les communautés locales africaines via la culture de fruits de palmier », a expliqué Oscar A. Faria, président et PDG d’African Palm Corp. « Nous sommes à la recherche de partenariats avec les pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest au sein desquels nous pouvons rationaliser nos forces respectives, afin de fournir à notre clientèle mondiale une huile de palme de haute qualité produite durablement. »

L’accord a été signé en présence d’un notaire public, de Juvely Ock, directeur général de Ngalipomi, d’Oscar A. Faria, président et PDG d’APC, ainsi que de la haute direction de la Société : Marielis Ontiveros, Marc Mesa et Carlos Gomez. Étaient également présents Loubaki Cyrille, ingénieur en agriculture, Ngoulou Prince, directeur d’exploitation, et Nkounkou Chérubin, directeur général de Doigts Verts Congo, qui fourniront des conseils techniques aux deux parties engagées dans l’opération.

À l’échelle mondiale, la demande en huile de palme a considérablement augmenté ces 20 dernières années, passant de 15 millions de tonnes métriques par an en 1995 à plus de 65 millions en 2015, l’Indonésie et la Malaisie produisant actuellement 85 % de l’huile de palme mondiale. À l’heure où la demande engendre une croissance substantielle à travers le monde, les acheteurs deviennent également plus soucieux de la qualité supérieure des produits, qui soutiennent des méthodes agricoles durables, ainsi que les communautés locales qui seront impactées par cette nouvelle activité.

Grâce au soutien et aux conseils d’un prestigieux courtier en assurance et syndicat de la Lloyd’s basé au Royaume-Uni, African Palm Corp. a bâti un modèle d’affaires solide, qui garantit aux investisseurs la viabilité et la rentabilité de l’entreprise. La notation A accordée à APC par la Lloyd’s garantit le total des bénéfices annuels, quels que soient les changements politiques ou les conditions climatiques susceptibles d’affecter la production et les ventes d’huile.

Engagement auprès des communautés locales

Cette plante originaire d’Afrique de l’Ouest pousse naturellement à l’état sauvage, ce qui n’est pas le cas dans certaines régions d’Asie, réduisant ainsi au minimum l’impact environnemental de la société. Avant de débuter ses opérations, African Palm Corp. a signé plusieurs contrats de travail avec des groupes ethniques locaux, en vue d’une collaboration dans la récolte des fruits issus du palmier d’Afrique. Parallèlement aux transactions commerciales, 10 % du bénéfice net annuel d’African Palm Corp. sera directement investi dans des projets d’infrastructures sociales, tels que des écoles, des centres médicaux, et des routes, en tenant compte des besoins spécifiques de chaque communauté locale. En outre, toutes les infrastructures techniques d’African Palm Corp. développées dans le cadre des besoins logistiques de la société, tels que l’électricité, l’accès à l’eau potable, les routes, et les quais, seront disponibles et accessibles pour les communautés locales. Enfin, la plupart des emplois directs et indirects créés grâce aux opérations d’APC seront attribués aux membres et dirigeants des communautés locales.

À PROPOS D’AFRICAN PALM CORP.  

African Palm Corp. est une société américaine spécialisée dans l’extraction, le traitement et la commercialisation de produits dérivés des palmiers d’Afrique (principalement l’huile de palme) sur les marchés internationaux. Les opérations de la société seront basées dans un groupe de pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest, en partenariat avec les membres de communautés locales. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur  http://africanpalmcorp.com/ .

Hisense announces global availability of new 80-inch laser TVs

The new-generation TV is expected to achieve rapid growth

BEIJING, May 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Hisense, an official sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World CupTM, launched the new 80-inch L5 laser TV in Beijing on May 17. With highly affordable pricing, the new product is well within the reach of families with modest incomes. With the World Cup just around the corner, the revolution of the home theater in the Chinese living room has officially been launched.

Hisense announces global availability of 80-inch 4K laser TV

Technology can be life-changing. To date, the popularity of laser televisions was hobbled by two drawbacks, the lack of brightness in the image and the extravagant price. The newly launched L5 laser TV solved these two pain points. The model comes with 400 nit brightness, a substantial increase over all existing laser models, as well as a new generation custom-made Danish DNP high gain anti-light hard screen, enabling a clear picture display no matter how bright the surrounding light. As the centerpiece of a home theater, the super large screen can be viewed comfortably without needing to draw the curtains or close the shutters. As the TV is powered by a reflective light source which is comfortable to the eyes rather than dazzling, despite the 80-inch height, the screen can be viewed comfortably even when sitting as close as 3 meters (approx. 10 ft.), greatly reducing the amount of living space that would need to be set aside as a viewing area for the home theater. The second barrier to laser TV ownership has been done away with: a price tag of 19,999 yuan (approx. US$3,140) allows the laser model to become a “successor of first choice” and augurs Hisense’s comprehensive participation in the large screen television market.

With the Russian World Cup just about to kick off, the demand for large-screen and high-definition smart TVs is on track to explode. The brand new VIDAA AI system that comes with the Hisense L5 laser television is equipped with such features as automatic sports mode, star recognition and screenshot sharing of wonderful moments, transforming the unit into your best game watching companion.

The launch of Hisense L5 laser TV is expected to usher in a trend of large-scale replacement of TVs in Chinese households. Hisense expects laser television to become the big disruptor in the home theater market for 2018.

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African Palm Corp. Signs New Agreement With The Congo

Adding Millions of Hectares of Palm Trees to Its Growing West African Portfolio

– African Palm Corp.’s operations will now extend into Guinea-Bissau and the Republic of the Congo, giving the Company access to a total of 4.5 million hectares of palm trees.

– The Company’s West African cluster is now poised to become the third largest region dedicated to the production of African palm oil in the world, following Indonesia and Malaysia. Through the company’s accelerated growth, it is set to shortly become the largest palm oil provider in the world.

– As a part of African Palm Corp.’s sustainable business model, 10 percent of the company’s profits from the Congo’s operation will be invested into local social projects such as schools, hospitals, and local infrastructure.

MIAMI, May 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Following a recent trip throughout West Africa, African Palm Corp. (APC) announced today a newly signed agreement between the Company and representatives of Ngalipomi, a local group from the Congo. This agreement will give APC access to an additional three million hectares of palm trees in West Africa. The recent addition has substantially grown the Company’s West African portfolio, which currently includes Guinea-Bissau and Congo, and positioned the company’s cluster as the third largest area dedicated to the production of African palm oil in the world, following Indonesia and Malaysia.

African Palm Corp. plans on breaking ground on its Congolese operation in the first quarter of 2019 with support from its local partner, Ngalipomi. The two companies will use existing infrastructure found along the Congo River, the second longest river in Africa after the Nile, to transport its harvested palm fruits to APC’s production facilities. The project is expected to generate a total of 120,000 new direct and indirect jobs, while improving Congo’s GDP by 22 percent. African Palm Corp. guarantees a contribution of 10 percent of its profits from the Congolese operation back into social programs such as schools, hospitals, and local infrastructure, providing water and electricity for the communities.

“This is the second agreement that we have reached in just a few months and we are thrilled to include the Congo in our next phase of operations. This furthers our vision of creating a sustainable business model that can economically empower local African communities through the cultivation of palm fruits,” explained African Palm Corp. President and CEO Oscar A. Faria. “We are seeking partnerships with West African countries where we can streamline our respective strengths to deliver high-quality, sustainably sourced palm oil to our list of global clients.”

The deal was signed in the presence of a public notary, Director General of Ngalipomi Juvely Ock, along with President and CEO of APC Oscar A. Faria, and the Company’s Senior Management: Marielis Ontiveros, Marc Mesa and Carlos Gomez. Also in attendance were Agricultural Engineer Loubaki Cyrille, Director of Operations Ngoulou Prince, and Director General Nkounkou Chérubin from Doigts Verts Congo, who will provide technical advice to both parties engaging in the operation.

Globally, the demand for palm oil has increased drastically in the last 20 years, going from 15 million metric tons per year in 1995 to over 65 million in 2015, with Indonesia and Malaysia currently producing 85% of the world’s palm oil. As the demand has made substantial growth around the world, buyers have also become more conscious to high quality products that support sustainable farming methods and the local communities that will be impacted by the new business.

African Palm Corp., with support and advice from a prestigious UK based insurance broker and a Lloyd’s syndicate, has designed a solid business model that guarantees investors the viability and profitability of the business. APC’s A-Grade ranking from Lloyd’s ensures total annual profits, regardless of any political changes or climatic conditions that could affect the production and sales of the oil.

Commitment to Local Communities

This native West African plant grows naturally in the wild, as opposed to some regions in Asia, making the company’s impact on the environment minimal. Prior to the start of its operations, African Palm Corp. signed working agreements with local ethnic groups to collaborate in harvesting the fruit from the African palm tree. In addition to commercial transactions, 10 percent of African Palm Corp.’s annual net profit will be directly invested in social infrastructure projects such as schools, medical centers, and roads, reflecting the specific needs of each local community. Additionally, all the technical infrastructure that African Palm Corp. develops as part of the company’s logistical needs, such as electricity, access to potable water, roads, and docks, will be available and accessible to the local communities. Lastly, most of the direct and indirect jobs created because of APC’s operation will be assigned to local community members and leaders.

ABOUT AFRICAN PALM CORP.

African Palm Corp. is an American company dedicated to the extraction, processing and commercialization in international markets of derivative products of African Palm (mostly Palm Oil). The operations of the company will be based in a cluster of West African countries in partnership with members of the local communities. To learn more, visit http://africanpalmcorp.com/ .

INQUIRY FINDS SOUTH AFRICAN MINISTER FAILED TO DISCLOSE EXTENT OF INVOLVEMENT IN SOCIAL GRANT CRISIS

JOHANNESBURG– An inquiry established to help South Africa’s Constitutional Court determine the whether former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini should pay her own legal bill for a case involving the social grants crisis has found that she impeded her own cause by failing to disclose the extent of her involvement to the country’s highest court.

There were complaints that the Minister’s self-appointed work streams operated as a parallel structure, frustrating efforts by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) to take over the payment of grants from a private company contracted to perform the function, Cash Paymaster Services.

Judge Bernard Ngoepe headed the inquiry to help the Constitutional Court determine whether the minister should pay the hefty legal bill from her own pocket. In 2015, Sassa promised to take over grant payments by April 2017, after the Constitutional Court invalidated its contract with Cash Paymaster Services.

At the eleventh hour, the Black Sash Trust raised alarm bells over Sassa’s inability to take over the payment of grants.

After narrowly averting the crisis, the Constitutional Court asked the Minister to explain why she should not be called to answer for the crisis and pay the costs from her own pocket.

She passed the buck to her subordinates, sparking an inquiry. Judge Ngoepe found that the minister was a less than satisfactory witness, who was evasive and even refused to answer pertinent questions.

He found that fear motivated the minister’s material non-disclosure to the Constitutional Court. Dlamii is now Minister of Women in the Presidency.

The court has given the parties one week to respond to Ngoepe’s report.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

GLOBAL MEDIA UNDER FOCUS AT CAPE TOWN CONFERENCE

CAPE TOWN– The state of media, globally, is being discussed during the World Media Economics and Management Conference in Cape Town this week, the first time in 30 years that the conference is being held in Africa.

The issue of fake news has been highlighted. Thandi Smith from Media Monitoring Africa (MMA)says with this being a growing trend especially on digital platforms, it should push recognized media houses to be stricter and adhere to credible and quality reporting standards.

Talking about the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) and what happened in 2016 and why it happened. Talks about other mainstream media and issues of credibility and what needs to be done. She said Monday that there had always been campaigns to discredit legitimate news and to discredit politicians and shape the narratives.

We’re just seeing the growth of technology and the growth of digital platforms that is at an exponential level. So because of those elements, we do have a credibility crisis. Media need to do more about brand recognition, about who they are and adhere to basic codes of quality and ethical journalism, she added.

Veteran South African journalist Phil Molefe said: Talking about set policies and those policies being followed. Talks about all media houses having set policies but it’s the ensuring of implementation that is important.

The rise of digital technology has been highlighted as one of the key problems in dodgy news dissemination. The conference has encouraged quality and truth of news among all these changes for journalism integrity.

Conference director Francis Mdlongwa said: We are talking about what the conference is about and the changes thereof in terms of Facebook etc.

These and other issues affecting the media will be part of the agenda at the World Media Economics and Management Conference in Cape Town. The upcoming 2019 general elections in South Africa will once again be under the spotlight in terms of media credibility.

The MMA said it had found the national broadcaster, the SABC guilty of bias in its reporting in the 2016 local government elections.

Delivering on its mandate of informing, educating and entertaining its audience, has become more challenging for the media.

Changes in the landscape through digital and online platforms have meant that some media rules are often flouted or ignored.

Measuring media consumption, the strategic management of audiences and the media adapting to change in a globalised world are some of the issues that will be discussed by the conference, which ends on Wednesday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK