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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/ .

SOUTH AFRICA, INDIA TO FOCUS ON DOUBLING BILTAERAL TRADE

JOHANNESBURG– The inaugural India-South Africa Business Summit, which will be held later this month, will focus on doubling trade between the two countries, says India’s High Commissioner (aMBASSADOR) to South Africa, Ruchira Kamboj.

Addressing the media briefing here Tuesday, she said the summit was aimed at maximising the potential of economic relations between the two countries.

Trade between our countries stand roughly at 10 billion US dollars and we would like to see that number doubling in the coming years. We are confident that there is potential to double this figure. There are many sectors that our countries can co-operate in, Kamboj said.

The India-South Africa Business Summit, to be held on April 29 and 30 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, will focus on start-ups, the automotive, health care and pharmaceuticals sectors, as well as mining. Other areas to be looked at are agro-processing, women in business and the Fourth Industrial Revolution as these sectors have a potential for growth in a bilateral context.

The summit is about two countries, which have a rich history, coming together, “confident of a future that is there for both our countries”, Kamboj said.

The Summit will be held under the theme, United by Legacy, Unified for Prosperity.

The event is being organized by the High Commission of India, in partnership with the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India; the Department of Trade and Industry; Invest India; the Confederation of Indian Industry and the the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency here.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

SOUTH AFRICAN SATELLITE TO GATHER INFO TO HELP UNLOCK OCEANS ECONOMY

CAPE TOWN– South African Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says the country’s cube satellite, which has been sent to India for launching into space, will help gather data to unlock economic growth in the Oceans Economy.

She disclosed this when he participated in a sending-off ceremony of the ZACube-2 nano satellite at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s Belville Campus in Western Cape Province on Tuesday.

The completion of the ZACube-2 satellite comes after the precursor to this project, the ZACube-1, was launched into space for weather research in 2013. The experiences gained then through the French-South African co-operation in satellite engineering resulted in the completion of ZACUBE-2.

Gathering of information today remains critical for us to be able to take decisions as decision makers. We require information that will enable us to be able to make the right decisions, she said.

The four-kilogramme ZACUBE-2 has been developed by Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI) and is the second nano-satellite to be developed at the university.

Africa Space Innovation/French Institute of Technology Director Professor Arthur Van Zyl said the cube satellite is a technological marvel. Once it is launched from India in July, it will help South Africa track boats along the country’s coast and proactively detect forest fires through an imager payload developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Commenting on its maritime ability, Kubayi-Ngubane said the nano-satellite will also assist in addressing the needs of the Operation Phakisa Oceans Economy programme. She said the oceans economy is critical to South Africa’s economic growth.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

FOCUS ON AFRICA AT CHOGM

LONDON– President Cyril Ramaphosa is using his working visit to London to attend thi week’s Commonwealth Summit to engage other African leaders on the need to strengthen partnerships on the continent to increase intra-Africa trade.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which kicked off on Tuesday will end on Fridat.

During his visit, the President will in engage in a number of meetings, including an address at the African Leaders’ Roundtable of the Commonwealth Business Forum.

The Roundtable with African Leaders will afford President Ramaphosa an opportunity to drive a message of a need to strengthen partnerships on the continent to realise the vision of an integrated Africa that is underpinned by greater levels of intra-Africa trade and even greater levels of intra-Africa investments, said the Presidency.

President Ramaphosa will also engage with senior international investors and business leaders at a meeting hosted by Bloomberg. He attended the Commonwealth Business Forum Heads of Government Roundtable with senior business leaders, hosted by British Prime Minister Theresa May.

President Ramaphosa is expected to position South Africa as one of the world’s leading emerging market investment destinations and to deliver a message that the South African government is committed to improving the investment climate, said the Presidency.

The Commonwealth consists of 53 members including: 19 African members, seven Asian members, 13 members from the Caribbean and the Americas, three members from Europe and 11 members from the Pacific. It meets every two years to discuss issues affecting both the Commonwealth members and the international community in general.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK