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Côte d’Ivoire : plus de 3.200 réfugiés dans les pays voisins par crainte des violences post-électorales (HCR)

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L’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) a indiqué, mardi, que quelque 3.200 ressortissants de la Côte d’Ivoire ont afflué vers les pays voisins, pour fuir les violences post-électorales qui ont éclaté dans le pays.

NEW YORK, USA, le 04 Novembre 2020,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/-La Commission électorale indépendante (CNI) a annoncé mardi matin la victoire du président sortant Alassane Ouattara à l’élection présidentielle organisée samedi dernier. Le scrutin avait été boycotté par une partie de l’opposition.

« Le HCR est préoccupé par le fait que les tensions électorales et les troubles en Côte d’Ivoire ont provoqué la fuite de plusieurs milliers de personnes en tant que réfugiés vers les pays voisins », a déclaré Boris Cheshirkov, porte-parole du HCR. Ces réfugiés, « pour la plupart des femmes et des enfants » sont arrivés au Libéria, au Ghana et au Togo, depuis l’ouest et le sud-ouest de la Côte d’Ivoire, a t-il expliqué lors d’un point de presse à Genève.

Selon l’agence onusienne, de violents affrontements ont éclaté après l’élection présidentielle ivoirienne du 31 octobre, faisant au moins une douzaine de morts et de nombreux blessés, selon les dernières informations rapportées par la presse. Ces tensions post-électorales se sont matérialisées par des mouvements de populations, avec des Ivoiriens fuyant vers les pays voisins « par crainte de violences ».

A la date du mardi 2 novembre, plus de 3.200 Ivoiriens se sont réfugiés dans les pays voisins. « Ces nouveaux arrivants sont parfois des réfugiés qui avaient été rapatriés récemment et qui ont été forcés de fuir à nouveau », a souligné M. Cheshirkov.

Pour le seule journée du 2 novembre, 1.000 Ivoiriens ont fui au Libéria

Nombreux sont ceux qui disent craindre d’être pris au piège par la montée de la violence. Le plus grand nombre – 2.600 – a cherché refuge au Libéria. Pour la seule journée de mardi, 1.000 personnes ont traversé la frontière commune avec le voisin anglophone de l’ouest.

Quelques 600 autres réfugiés ivoiriens sont également arrivés au Ghana à l’est. Plus de la moitié sont originaires de Niable, une ville ivoirienne située à moins de cinq kilomètres de la frontière ghanéenne. La majorité de ceux qui ont choisi de rester au Ghana vivent actuellement dans le camp de réfugiés d’Ampain, situé à près de 60 kilomètres de la frontière.

Les Ivoiriens qui se sont exilés au Ghana ont exprimé leur intention de rester près de la frontière pour pouvoir rentrer rapidement une fois la violence retombée. « Le lundi 2 novembre, 289 Ivoiriens ont choisi de retourner à Niable après avoir appris par leur famille que le calme était revenu », a précisé M. Cheshirkov.

La Commission électorale indépendante (CEI) a annoncé la réélection d’Alassane Ouattara, 78 ans, pour un troisième mandat avec un score de 94,27% des voix au premier tour. La CEI dispose trois jours pour transmettre ces résultats au Conseil constitutionnel, qui a sept jours pour les valider.

Lundi soir, l’opposition, qui dit ne pas reconnaitre « la validité de l’élection présidentielle », a annoncé qu’elle avait créé un « Conseil national de transition présidé par l’ancien président Henri Konan Bédié « dans le but de former un « gouvernement de transition ».

3.000 morts, 300.000 réfugiés et plus d’un million de déplacés après la crise de 2010

Face à ces tensions post-électorales, certaines organisations humanitaires redoutent un nouvel afflux de réfugiés ivoiriens, comme cela a été le cas il y a dix ans. A la fin du mois de novembre 2010, des violences post-électorales avaient éclaté en Côte d’Ivoire. Les combats avaient provoqué un déplacement massif de population. 
 
« L’élection a déclenché une vague de violences telles que le pays n’en avait plus connue depuis 2011, lorsqu’une autre élection présidentielle contestée avait coûté la vie à plus de 3.000 Ivoiriens, en avait forcé plus de 300.000 à fuir vers 13 pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest et en avait déplacé plus d’un million à l’intérieur du pays », a rappelé M. Cheshirkov.

Pour éviter de revivre un tel scénario humanitaire, le HCR appelle les dirigeants politiques et les leaders d’opinion ivoiriens à « s’abstenir d’inciter à la violence » et à ne pas recourir à des discours haineux. Pour l’agence onusienne, tout différend doit se résoudre « de manière pacifique et par le dialogue ».

En attendant, les travailleurs humanitaires onusiens sont mobilisés sur le terrain. Le HCR travaille avec les autorités du Libéria pour enregistrer les réfugiés et leur donner de la nourriture. Selon l’agence onusienne, les communautés locales ont pris en charge leur accueil, partageant avec ces nouveaux arrivants leurs maigres ressources. Le HCR a également déployé du personnel supplémentaire pour renforcer l’aide et les activités de suivi et a remercié les gouvernements du Libéria, du Ghana et du Togo d’avoir maintenu leurs frontières ouvertes aux réfugiés ivoiriens malgré les restrictions liées à la pandémie de Covid-19, en cas de nouvel afflux.

Le HCR continue de travailler en étroite collaboration avec les gouvernements et les autres partenaires de la région « sur des plans d’urgence au cas où les mouvements de réfugiés en provenance de la Côte d’Ivoire devaient s’accélérer ». 

Distribué par African Media Agency (AMA) pour ONU Info.

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AFRICA.COM: Live from the World Economic Forum in Davos

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 26th May, 2022 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- This year, Africa Day coincides with the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland. African leaders, together with world leaders, are gathering to discuss critical issues of importance to Africa, and the world.

One of the critical issues that Africa must address is how the continent tackles climate change, and the role that the public and private sector will play in addressing this pressing issue.

In honor of Africa Day and its theme of ‘Strengthening resilience in nutrition and food security on the African continent’, Africa.com’s Teresa Clarke had the opportunity to speak with Borge Brende, president of the World Economic Forum and Sim Tshabalala CEO of Standard Bank on how Africa’s governments and largest companies can, and will, move forward on environmental, as well as social and governance issues.

https://youtu.be/T6C2MwOpbJM

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Email media@africa.com or contact Laura Joseph at +27 82 332 0473.

About Africa.com 



AFRICA.COM is a women-led, modern digital media holding company with an extensive array of platforms that reach a global audience interested in African content and community. Whether it’s curated news in our daily Top10 newsletter, research on our websites, interviews on podcasts, or live meetings at our virtual event center, AFRICA.COM is committed to delivering vibrant, premium content.

AFRICA.COM operates from South Africa and the United States with a presence in Accra, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Lagos, and Nairobi.

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Kerry Expands in East Africa to bring local, sustainable nutrition to Africa

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Nairobi Development and Application Centre opens to support customers in East Africa and the development of sustainable food processing for the continent

NAIROBI, Kenya, 26 May 2022, /African Media Agency/-Kerry, the world’s leading taste and nutrition company, is expanding operations in East Africa to bring local, sustainably produced food and taste solutions to the continent as we launch our Future Food Africa commitment. Through significant investments in people and infrastructure across the continent, Kerry has a solid footprint in East Africa and beyond to support local and multinational food processors. With a rising population to feed, supply chain disruptions, over-reliance on importation, and more demanding consumers, Africa needs local food solutions.

Roundtable on accelerating growth of the food processing sector in a sustainable and profitable way

At a business forum in Nairobi organized by the Business Ireland Kenya, Kerry Group CEO Edmond Scanlon joined key stakeholders in the food processing industry including logistics providers, manufacturing, financing groups, NGOs and academia from local universities to discuss how to accelerate the growth of the food processing sector in a sustainable and profitable manner. Scanlon called on the food processing stakeholders to listen to local consumers and develop high nutritional content food and beverage products at an affordable price. 

The lively event was attended by the Irish Ambassador to Kenya, Her Excellency Fionnuala Quinlan who encouraged investors to work together to make the sector more profitable which will in turn spur economic growth in the region. Other speakers included the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) chair Muchai Kunyiha who called on the government to incentivize the sector to make it more sustainable and profitable.

Kerry Kenya Application & Development Centre opening

At the opening of the Kerry Kenya Application & Development Centre opening, customers were treated to a full menu of innovative food and beverage concepts inspired by Kenyan culinary tradition, a vibrant style with elements of coastal and distinctly East African ingredients and flavours. In the high-tech labs, customers sampled a convincing plant-based buffet, as well as innovative snack and beverage offerings with East Africa flavours reimagined in innovative ways by Kerry food scientists. The local Centre will further support co-creation with customers and the development of sustainable food processing for Africa.

“For 50 years, Kerry has focused on meeting local consumer needs grounded in great taste – one of the most important criteria in any food or beverage. Our suite of world-leading technologies combined with our expertise ensures that we can continue to work with our customers to produce great tasting, nutritious products that are respectful of our planet,” said Peter Dillane, Kerry VP for Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa. 

Future Food Africa Commitment

Kerry’s Future Food Africa commitment recognizes the challenges facing the continent, and that as African producers we need African solutions to deliver sustainable, healthy nutrition solutions. It is innovation through dynamic technologies that will shape the future of food culture. It is an authentic understanding and celebration of our African food traditions, reinvented for the present. We believe in inspiring food and nourishing life through transformation of our locally grown ingredients. Kerry’s Future Food Africa commitment focuses on reducing food waste, delivering authentic local taste, nutrition solutions, plant-based options and localization.

Earlier this month, Kerry opened the largest and most advanced taste manufacturing facility in Africa located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The €38 million facility will produce sustainable nutrition solutions that will be consumed across the continent. In December 2021, Kerry expanded its operations in Africa with the acquisition of local taste solutions manufacturer, Afribon. Afribon produces food flavors for the Beverage, Confectionary, Bakery and Dairy markets in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Cameroon.

With Kerry’s innovation expertise, solutions portfolio and sustainability commitments, Kerry ultimately aims to decrease the environmental and social impacts of the food industry value chain so that consumers everywhere can make better, healthier choices and leave a better world for future generations.

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About Kerry Group

Kerry is the world’s leading taste and nutrition partner for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets. We innovate with our customers to create great tasting products with improved nutrition and functionality, while ensuring better impact for the planet. Our leading consumer insights, global RD&A team of 1,100+ food scientists and extensive global footprint enable us to solve our customers’ complex challenges with differentiated solutions. At Kerry, we are driven to be our customers’ most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition, and will reach over two billion consumers with sustainable nutrition solutions by 2030. For more information, visit http://www.kerrygroup.com 

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Laura De Kreij : laura.dekreij@kerry.com

Pauline Muita: pauline.muita@kerry.com

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Oracle Red Bull Racing to Unveil 2022 NFT Collection at the Monaco Grand Prix, Powered by Bybit and Tezos  

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MONACO, 27 May 2022 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- Oracle Red Bull Racing is set to take its fans even closer to the action with the launch of its second series of digital collectibles with a one-of-a-kind auction at the Monaco Grand Prix. 

This next generation of Oracle Red Bull Racing NFTs will be minted on the Tezos blockchain and available on Bybit’s NFT Marketplace, bringing together two of the Team’s key Partners to collaborate for the first time. The second season of Oracle Red Bull Racing’s NFTs will connect fans to the Team, and its memorable moments through a series of limited edition pieces of digital memorabilia, each marking an exclusive aspect of Oracle Red Bull Racing’s past, present and future. 

To mark the launch of the 2022 NFT collection, the series will open with the release of a truly unique collectible to be auctioned over the week of the Monaco Grand Prix. A special one-off Monaco-edition Playseat simulator rig will be on display, and seeing some racing action with drivers and Red Bull Athletes during the race weekend. Whilst at the same time an NFT auction will be underway, with the highest bidder receiving both a digital version of the one-off seat for their memorabilia collection and rights to claim the actual one-off Playseat from the Monaco Energy Station.  

Each limited-edition piece from the Team’s ever-expanding NFT collection will be minted on the energy-efficient Tezos Blockchain. A pioneering, constantly evolving open-source blockchain for assets and applications, Tezos leverages the power of blockchain in a secure, scalable, upgradeable and sustainable way. 

In an exciting new development, the assets will for the first time be listed by Principal Team Partner Bybit on its industry-leading NFT marketplace. It will also be the NFT marketplace in which the latest Oracle Red Bull Racing digital collectibles will be showcased. Bybit was established in March 2018 and is currently the fastest-growing cryptocurrency exchange offering crypto traders an ultra-fast matching engine, innovative online spot and derivatives trading services, earnings and savings products, as well as a popular NFT marketplace. With significant market depth and best-in-class liquidity, Bybit enables traders to enjoy maximum profitability while delivering reliable solutions to their trading challenges with multilingual customer support.

Oracle Red Bull Racing Team Principal and CEO Christian Horner said: “The second season of our highly-prized digital collectibles continues our mission to put at the heart of Oracle Red Bull Racing — on track, in the garage and at the factory. Each limited-edition piece showcases a moment in time for the Team in stunning detail and they are designed to immerse fans in our world, in our quest for victory and in great moments from the Team’s history. It’s therefore fitting that we are launching the latest collection here in Monaco. Thanks to our cutting-edge partnerships with Bybit and Tezos, pioneers in the exciting digital asset space, we can bring limited edition pieces of future F1 heritage to our fans around the world in an immersive, accessible and affordable way.” 

Bybit Co-Founder and CEO Ben Zhou said: “Bybit’s partnership with Oracle Red Bull Racing marks another milestone towards Bybit’s vision to bringing the metaverse to global communities, reinventing and enriching the fan experience. We look forward to using Bybit’s innovative technologies to bring Oracle Red Bull Racing fans from all across the world closer to the Team with this initiative.” 

The Oracle Red Bull Racing 1 of 1 Playseat Auction, in association with Bybit and Tezos, will start at 6AM BST time on May 26, 2022 and will end at 11:59PM BST time on May 31, 2022. Bidding will be hosted on the Bybit NFT Marketplace (https://go.bybit.com/e/eoEuhjZalqb) and bidders must bid at least 5% more than the current highest bid. The revenue from the Playseat will be given to Wings For Life, a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation that aims to find a cure for spinal cord injury. Details of future collectibles will be announced shortly before each drop.

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About Bybit 

Bybit is a cryptocurrency exchange established in March 2018 that offers a professional platform where crypto traders can find an ultra-fast matching engine, excellent customer service and multilingual community support. The company provides innovative online spot and derivatives trading services, mining and staking products, an NFT marketplace as well as API support, to retail and institutional clients around the world, and strives to be the most reliable exchange for the emerging digital asset class. Bybit is a proud partner of Formula One racing team, Oracle Red Bull Racing, esports teams NAVI, Astralis, Alliance, Virtus.pro, Made in Brazil (MIBR) and Oracle Red Bull Racing Esports, and association football (soccer) teams Borussia Dortmund and Avispa Fukuoka. 

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