Daily Archives: May 27, 2014

Africa: Removal of Restrictions on Assistance to Madagascar

Removal of Restrictions on Assistance to Madagascar

Press Statement

Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC
May 27, 2014


In light of Madagascar’s successful 2013 elections, and the installation of a new government earlier this year, the United States has lifted all remaining restrictions on direct assistance to the Government of Madagascar.

As the African Union has lifted its suspension of Madagascar’s membership, and we have lifted all remaining restrictions on direct assistance to Madagascar, the United States has invited Madagascar President Rajaonarimampianina to the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit.

We remain one of Madagascar’s largest humanitarian partners, providing more than $55 million in food security and health programs in FY 2013.


Africa: May 24 Al-Shabaab Attack in Djibouti

May 24 Al-Shabaab Attack in Djibouti

Press Statement

Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC
May 27, 2014


The United States condemns in the strongest terms the May 24 terrorist attack by al-Shabaab at Place Menelik in Djibouti City. We extend our condolences to the families and loved ones of the Turkish national killed and all of those injured by this reprehensible attack. As President Obama conveyed to President Guelleh during their meeting at the White House earlier this month, Djibouti is a close partner of the United States. We will continue to stand with Djibouti and our other international partners in their efforts to counter al-Shabaab and promote regional stability and economic growth in the Horn of Africa.


Africa: Eritrean National Day

Eritrean National Day

Press Statement

John Kerry
Secretary of State

Washington, DC
May 27, 2014


On behalf of the American people, I welcome the opportunity to send my warmest wishes to the people of Eritrea on the 23rd anniversary of your independence which took place May 24. Know that the government and people of the United States stand beside you in your continued search for the promise of a free, prosperous, and democratic Eritrea.


The second Data for Development challenge in Africa: Orange’s big data competition for the scientific community

Ten prizes will be awarded in two categories

PARIS, France, May 27, 2014 – After the success of the last challenge in 2013, using the technical data of the mobile network of Orange in Ivory Coast, the next Data for Development (D4D) Challenge (http://www.d4d.orange.com) will use data sets from Senegal. It will reward the best research projects aimed at promoting development and improving the well-being of people in Senegal.

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The main goal of the challenge, which is aligned with Sonatel and Orange’s development policy, is to contribute to the development and well-being of the local population. Five priority areas have been defined, and needs in each area have been expressed with the help of the relevant Ministries and partner institutions. The five priorities are healthcare, agriculture, transportation and infrastructure, energy and producing national statistics.

The challenge also aims to contribute towards achieving a more technical goal by rewarding the best work on improving algorithms for anonymisation, data mining, and data visualisation and cross-matching.

The organisers want to get local and regional theoretical and applied researchers involved in order to guarantee results in terms of education and economic development, particularly for the business ecosystem and local start-ups.

Teams can enter the competition until the of end of December 2014, and in April 2015 a jury of representatives from 13 partner institutions* will vote on the best projects. Ten prizes will be awarded in two categories:

§ development and improvements to the well-being of the Senegalese people

§ methods for promoting scientific or creative work

The competitors will be supplied with a set of technical data from Orange Senegal’s mobile network, and a set of “synthetic data” based on a very detailed model of the network which simulates the activity of fictional customers whose behaviour is statistically similar to that of the real population. For more information on the challenge, go to: http://www.d4d.orange.com.

The challenge illustrates Orange’s open innovation strategy and its corporate social responsibility policy, which focuses on using digital technology to promote development and progress for everyone, individuals, regions and communities alike.

* UCAD, UGB, UCL, UC Santa Barbara University in California, MIT, World Economic Forum, Global Pulse, Orange, Sonatel, PARIS21, GSMA, Gates Foundation and Mrs Marie-Claude Sance-Plouchart, Research Engineer, INRIA

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Orange.

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Vanessa Clarke, +44 7818848848, vanessa.clarke@orange.com

Bassirou Ndiaye +221 77 638 98 77, bassirou.ndiaye@orange-sonatel.com

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Ambassador Conze becomes head of the EU civilian mission in Mali (EUCAP Sahel Mali)

BERLIN, Germany, May 27, 2014 – German Ambassador Albrecht Conze is to become the first head of the EU civilian mission in Mali (EUCAP Sahel Mali). His appointment underlines the Federal Government’s continued engagement in cooperation with Mali in various different areas. EUCAP Sahel Mali aims to strengthen the security forces in Mali by delivering strategic advice and training for the police, Gendarmerie and Garde nationale. On 15 April 2014, the EU Foreign Affairs Council had agreed to extend the international community’s engagement in Mali and to set up a civilian mission within the framework of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy.

Ambassador Albrecht Conze was most recently Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bangladesh. His foreign service activities to date include leading posts in Africa and in international peace missions in Kosovo and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

SOURCE: Germany – Ministry of Foreign Affairs