Daily Archives: April 19, 2018

African Palm Corp. va lancer la production d’huile de palme en Guinée-Bissau, en Afrique occidentale

– Les opérations d’African Palm Corp. constitueront un investissement considérable dans les économies locales et pour les PNB du groupe de pays ouest-africains participants.

–  Afin de minimiser l’impact environnemental de ses opérations en Guinée-Bissau, African Palm Corp. a signé des accords de travail avec les groupes ethniques de la région pour collaborer à la récolte du fruit du palmier africain.

MIAMI, 19 avril 2018 /PRNewswire/ — African Palm Corp. (APC), une société basée aux États-Unis, se consacre à l’extraction durable, au traitement et à la commercialisation de produits dérivés des palmiers africains (principalement l’huile de palme). La société a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’en mai 2018, elle allait lancer ses opérations en Guinée-Bissau, où elle a accès à un total de 1,5 million d’hectares consacrés aux palmiers africains, et projette de porter cette superficie à sept millions d’hectares à travers l’Afrique occidentale au cours des cinq prochaines années.

L’installation des opérations d’African Palm Corp. constitue un investissement considérable pour divers pays ouest-africains et crée un groupe régional rivalisant avec l’huile de palme indonésienne et malaisienne, qui domine actuellement l’industrie. Les revenus générés par les opérations pour chaque pays africain contribueront à la croissance annuelle de leur produit national brut (PNB). Dans le cas de la Guinée-Bissau, l’opération d’African Palm Corp. devrait entraîner une augmentation de 50 % de son PNB, une réduction de 4,3 % de son taux de chômage, 39 000 nouveaux emplois directs et indirects, et une augmentation de son budget public d’un déficit de 2,4 % à un excédent de 2 %.

« Nous sommes heureux d’entrer dans l’industrie de l’huile de palme avec un modèle commercial durable qui assurera la croissance économique de nos partenaires tout en générant de hauts rendements pour nos investisseurs », a déclaré Oscar Faria, président-directeur général d’African Palm Corp. « Notre huile de palme sera certifiée par une série de principes équivalents à ceux de la Table ronde pour une l’huile de palme durable, autrement, dit les consommateurs disposeront d’un produit de haute qualité respectant les traditions et les cultures locales des agriculteurs qui récolteront le fruit. »

La demande en huile de palme a augmenté considérablement à l’échelle mondiale au cours des 20 dernières années, passant de 15 millions de tonnes métriques par an en 1995 à plus de 65 millions en 2015. Avec la croissance importante de la demande autour du monde, les acheteurs sont également devenus plus conscients des produits de haute qualité qui soutiennent des méthodes agricoles durables et les communautés locales qui seront impactées par la nouvelle entreprise.

African Palm Corp., avec le soutien d’un courtier d’assurance britannique et de Lloyds of London, a conçu et mis en œuvre un solide modèle commercial qui garantit la viabilité et la rentabilité de l’entreprise pour les investisseurs. La classification « A » d’APC par Lloyds assure des bénéfices annuels totaux, indépendamment des changements politiques ou des conditions climatiques qui pourraient affecter la production et la vente de l’huile.

Engagement envers les communautés locales

Contrairement aux palmiers d’Indonésie et de Malaisie, cette plante indigène ouest-africaine pousse naturellement à l’état sauvage, par conséquent, l’impact de la société sur l’environnement est minimal. Avant le commencement de ses opérations, African Palm Corp. a signé des accords de travail avec les groupes ethniques de la région pour collaborer à la récolte du fruit du palmier africain. Outre les transactions commerciales, 10 % des bénéfices nets annuels d’African Palm Corp. seront investis directement dans des projets d’infrastructure sociaux tels que des écoles, des centres médicaux et des routes, selon les besoins spécifiques de chaque communauté locale. Par ailleurs, toute l’infrastructure technique développée par African Palm Corp. dans le cadre des exigences logistiques de la société, telle que l’électricité, l’accès à l’eau potable, les routes et les docks, sera disponible et accessible aux communautés locales. Enfin, la plupart des emplois directs et indirects créés dans le cadre de l’opération d’APC seront attribués aux membres et aux leaders de la communauté locale.

À PROPOS D’AFRICAN PALM CORP.  

African Palm Corp. est une société qui se consacre à l’extraction, au traitement et à la commercialisation sur des marchés internationaux de produits dérivés du palmier africain (essentiellement de l’huile de palme). Les opérations de la société seront basées dans un groupe de pays ouest-africains en partenariat avec les membres des communautés locales. Pour en savoir plus, visitez http://africanpalmcorp.com/ .

African Palm Corp. to Launch Palm Oil Production in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa

– African Palm Corp.’s operations will mean considerable investment in local economies and GDPs for the cluster of participating West African countries.

–  With the goal to minimize the environmental impact of its operations in Guinea-Bissau, African Palm Corp. signed working agreements with local ethnic groups to collaborate in harvesting the fruit from the African palm tree.

MIAMI, April 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — African Palm Corp. (APC), based in the United States, is dedicated to the sustainable extraction, processing, and commercialization of products derived from African palm trees (mainly palm oil). The company announced today that it will launch its operations in Guinea-Bissau in May 2018 where it has access to a total of 1.5 million hectares dedicated to African palm trees and plans to expand to seven million hectares across West Africa in the next five years.

The installation of African Palm Corp.’s operations means a considerable investment for numerous West African countries and creates a regional cluster that competes with Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil which currently dominates the industry. The income generated from the operations of each African country will contribute to the annual growth of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In the case of Guinea-Bissau, it is projected that the operation of African Palm Corp. will result in a 50 percent increase in its GDP, a reduction of 4.3 percent in its unemployment rate, 39,000 new direct and indirect jobs, and an increase in its public budget from a deficit of 2.4 percent to a surplus of 2 percent.

“We are pleased to enter the Palm Oil industry with a sustainable business model that will not only provide economic growth for our partners, but also generate high returns for our investors,” said Oscar Faria, President and CEO of African Palm Corp. “Our palm oil will be certified by a series of principles equivalent to those of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil, which means consumers can enjoy a high-quality product that respects the local traditions and cultures of the farmers harvesting the fruit.”

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. 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 from UK based insurance broker and Lloyds of London, has designed and implemented a solid business model that guarantees investors the viability and profitability of the business. APC’s A-Grade ranking from Lloyds 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 Indonesian and Malaysian palm trees, 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 as a result of APC’s operation will be assigned to local community members and leaders.

ABOUT AFRICAN PALM CORP.

African Palm Corp. is a 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/ .

Senegal Police Fire Tear Gas to Break up Anti-Government Protest

Police fired tear gas to break up a protest in Senegal’s capital Dakar on Thursday and arrested several people, including a former premier, protesting against a move to raise the bar for presidential candidates.

With less than a year to go before the presidential election, the government wants to increase the number of signatures candidates must collect in order to stand for president � which the opposition says is aimed at limiting and controlling opposition.

Two opposition figures � Malick Gakou of the Grand Parti and Thierno Bocoum of the Agir movement � were among those arrested, their parties said.

Idrissa Seck, who headed the government between 2002 and 2004, was also arrested while “en route for the Assembly,” said an official from his Rewmi party, Mbacke Seck. Kilifa, a popular rapper and political activist, was also detained.

Around 100 demonstrators who had barricaded a street near parliament were dispersed by tear gas, AFP journalists reported.

Police also fired tear gas at around 50 protestors who were throwing stones at a police vehicle.

Protests were also held in the northern town of Saint-Louis, Thies in the west and the central city of Mbacke.

The first round of the presidential election in the West African country seen as a regional beacon of democracy is scheduled for February 24, 2019.

Meanwhile in the National Assembly, under the protection of riot police, deputies started debating a law requiring all presidential candidates to collect the signatures of at least one percent of the electorate to be able to stand.

The draft legislation, aimed at “furthering democracy” and drawn up by President Macky Sall, was approved in committee in the Assembly on Monday.

Sall, elected in 2012, is seen as the favourite to win next year’s election.

“The sole aim of this is evident to everybody: to prevent opposition candidates from contesting,” the opposition coalition said.

Rights monitor Amnesty International meanwhile urged Senegal to “respect the right of people to demonstrate peacefully and to air their opinions against a backdrop of repression.”

The authorities say they fear an inflation in the number of presidential candidates in a country with nearly 300 parties, recalling the 47 lists that contested legislative elections in July 2017.

Source: Voice of America

UN Health Agency: Dengue Vaccine Shouldn’t Be Used Widely

The World Health Organization says the first-ever vaccine for dengue needs to be dealt with in “a much safer way,” meaning that the shot should mostly be given to people who have previously been infected with the disease.

In November, the vaccine’s manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur, said people who had never been sickened by dengue before were at risk of developing a more serious disease after getting the shot.

After a two-day meeting this week, WHO’s independent vaccines group said it now had proof the vaccine should only be used “exclusively or almost exclusively in people who have already been infected with dengue.”

The U.N. health agency said a test should be developed so doctors would be able to quickly tell if people had previously been sickened by dengue – but the group acknowledged doing that so isn’t straightforward.

“We see significant obstacles in using the vaccine this way, but we are confident this also spurs the development of a rapid diagnostic test,” said Dr. Joachim Hombach, executive secretary of WHO’s expert group, during a news conference Thursday.

Sanofi said last year that doctors should consider whether people might have been previously infected with dengue before deciding whether they should risk getting immunized. The company said it expected to take a 100 million euro ($118 million) loss based on that news.

People who catch dengue more than once can be at risk of a hemorrhagic version of the disease. The mosquito-spread virus is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates across Latin and South America, Asia, Africa and elsewhere. It causes a flu-like disease that can cause joint pain, nausea, vomiting and a rash. In severe cases, dengue can result in breathing problems, hemorrhaging and organ failure.

About half the world’s population is at risk of dengue; WHO estimates that about 96 million people are sickened by the viral infection every year.

Following Sanofi’s announcement last year, the Philippines halted its dengue immunization program, the world’s first national vaccination program for dengue. The government also demanded a refund of more than 3 billion pesos ($59 million) from Sanofi and is considering further legal action.

In February, the Philippines said the vaccine was potentially linked to the deaths of three people: all of them died of dengue despite having received the vaccine.

The country imposed a symbolic fine of $2,000 on Sanofi and suspended the vaccine’s approval, charging that the drugmaker broke rules on how the shot was registered and marketed.

More than 730,000 children aged 9 and above in the Philippines have received at least one dose of the dengue vaccine, usually delivered in three doses.

There is no specific treatment for dengue and there are no other licensed vaccines on the market.

Source: Voice of America