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Les talents mondiaux de l’industrie portuaire et du transport maritime sont invités à l’édition d’été 2018 du programme de formation « C Blue » de China Merchants

SHENZHEN, Chine, 6 juillet 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Le 5 juillet 2018, le troisième programme de formation « C Blue » de China Merchants a tenu sa cérémonie de clôture au China Merchants Port Plaza de Shenzhen. 25 participants de 13 pays répartis sur quatre continents le long de l’initiative « Une ceinture, une route » ont été diplômés du programme.

C Blue, a journey to cultural exchanges, mutual understanding, friendship and hope

Ont assisté à la cérémonie la secrétaire générale adjointe de la China Merchants Charitable Foundation (« CMCF »), Mme Huang Yi ; le président de l’Autorité portuaire du Sri Lanka, le Dr Parakrama Dissanayake ; le doyen associé du Shanghai Advanced Institute of International Shipping de l’Université maritime de Shanghai (« SMU »), M. Yu Siqin, ainsi que le directeur général adjoint de China Merchants Port Holdings Company Ltd. (« CMPort »), M. Yan Gang.

Mme Huang a adressé ses félicitations à tous les stagiaires. Elle estime que C Blue a remporté un plus grand succès grâce aux efforts conjoints de toutes les parties. Il y a plus de cent ans, China Merchants finançait des enfants sous la dynastie Qing pour qu’ils aillent aux États-Unis à la recherche d’un rajeunissement pour la Chine. Aujourd’hui, le groupe invite les talents de différents pays par le biais du programme C Blue à partager l’expérience et les réalisations de la Chine en matière de développement.

Le Dr. Dissanayake a considéré C Blue comme une innovation marquante où les jeunes peuvent cultiver des amitiés et une confiance mutuelle qui ouvrent la voie à la collaboration. Il a également apprécié la vision de C Blue selon laquelle les stagiaires contribueraient au développement de l’initiative « Une ceinture, une route » à l’avenir grâce à une meilleure compréhension de la culture et de l’expérience de développement de la Chine.

C Blue Trainees celebrating the graduation in the summer of 2018

M. Yu a déclaré que la SMU utiliserait pleinement son corps professoral et ses avantages régionaux pour promouvoir C Blue. Il a estimé que le projet est une méthode importante pour relier les rêves de développement socio-économique de différents pays.

Au nom des stagiaires de C Blue, M. Kaan Anul de Turquie a exprimé sa sincère gratitude à tous et a partagé sa compréhension de la signification de C Blue : le « C » comme l’initiale de « Culture Exchange », « Communicate Internationally » et « Collaboration » véhicule les valeurs des mots cités précédemment.

M. Yan a déclaré que C Blue a été détenu avec succès trois fois et est devenu une carte de visite pour CMPort. Le programme a construit une plate-forme pour les talents de différents pays et est un portrait vivant de CMPort qui ose entreprendre des missions historiques et réagit activement à l’initiative « Une ceinture, une route ».

Global Talents in Port and Shipping Industry Invited to 2018 China Merchants C Blue Training Program’s Summer Edition

Lancé à Shanghai le 12 juin, le programme de formation d’été 2018 « C Blue » de China Merchants est financé par la fondation CMCF, organisé conjointement par le CMPort et l’Université maritime de Shanghai. Depuis 2016, il propose une série de cours de formation pointus sur les activités portuaires et le transport maritime aux jeunes talents de l’industrie portuaire mondiale. Les stagiaires peuvent non seulement apprendre les théories des ports, du transport maritime et des zones franches, mais aussi visiter des entreprises chinoises de premier plan dans ces industries, telles que Shanghai Yangshan Port, Zhenhua Port Machinery Company, China Merchants Zhangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone, Shekou Container Terminal et China Merchants Bonded Logistics.

Le succès de C Blue a nettement contribué à la notoriété du concept « Une ceinture, une route ». De la transition progressive des échanges de capitaux à la gestion et aux échanges culturels, il explique mieux la mission du CMPort, intitulée « We Connect the World ». Les stagiaires devraient appliquer leur expérience au développement de l’industrie portuaire dans leur pays et parvenir ensemble à la prospérité économique et sociale du programme « Une ceinture, une route ».

La prochaine édition du C Blue est prévue pour octobre 2018.

Pour en savoir plus, veuillez contacter :

Vincent An
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UNHCR Set to Open New Refugee Transit Center in Tripoli

The U.N. refugee agency says it has had a permanent presence in Libya this year, providing humanitarian assistance and medical aid to refugees and migrants in detention centers. The UNHCR works with Libyan authorities to obtain the release of vulnerable refugees and their evacuation from Libya.

The U.N. is expected to open a new transit center in Tripoli this month, which will have a capacity for 1,000 people. From this gathering and departure facility, candidates for asylum will be evacuated to a U.N. center in Niamey in Niger to complete their applications, which will allow them to be transferred to resettlement nations.

Speaking Friday in Rome, the UNHCR representative in Libya, Roberto Mignone, said more than 1,500 migrants and refugees already have made the trip to Niger this year, and 200 have been accepted for asylum in countries like France, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany.

Mignone said European countries have offered to take 4,000 refugees, but the process of re-settling must be accelerated. It is a mechanism that works, he added, but European nations need to accept refugees at a quicker pace.

Mignone said the UNHCR has the capability at present to evacuate more than 1,000 people a month from Libya to Niger, but then these other refugees must leave the center in Niger or a bottleneck is created.

Mignone added that if more offers from European countries are forthcoming, other centers could be opened in the region. He said talks are underway with Chad, Burkina Faso and Sudan.

Italy’s new populist government recently intensified a crackdown on humanitarian rescue boats operating off Libya, refusing to give them docking permission in Italian ports and forcing them to sail hundreds of miles to Spain.

U.N. officials say the impact of the crackdown and the Libyan coast guard’s ineffectiveness at carrying out the rescue of migrants has caused the number of deaths at sea to soar, along with an increase in the number of people being held in Libyan detention centers.

More than 10,000 migrants have been intercepted by the Libyan coast guard this year and taken to 17 active detention centers in the country. Mignone said “overcrowding in Libyan centers is a serious problem and abuses on migrants cannot be ruled out.”

Despite fewer crossings, more than 1,000 people have drowned this year alone. Carlotta Sami, the UNHCR’s spokesperson in Rome, called June’s mortality rate in the central Mediterranean “dramatic and exceptional.”

Sami said that in 2017, on average, only one in every 38 migrants attempting the crossing died. Today that number is one in every seven.

The United Nations has urged Italy to end its campaign against humanitarian rescue boats in the Mediterranean, but Italy’s Interior minister, Matteo Salvini, shows no sign of wanting to back down, and he has said his aim is that”not one more person arrives by boat” on Italian shores.

Source: Voice of America

UNHCR Set to Open New Refugee Transit Center in Tripoli

The U.N. refugee agency says it has had a permanent presence in Libya this year, providing humanitarian assistance and medical aid to refugees and migrants in detention centers. The UNHCR works with Libyan authorities to obtain the release of vulnerable refugees and their evacuation from Libya.

The U.N. is expected to open a new transit center in Tripoli this month, which will have a capacity for 1,000 people. From this gathering and departure facility, candidates for asylum will be evacuated to a U.N. center in Niamey in Niger to complete their applications, which will allow them to be transferred to resettlement nations.

Speaking Friday in Rome, the UNHCR representative in Libya, Roberto Mignone, said more than 1,500 migrants and refugees already have made the trip to Niger this year, and 200 have been accepted for asylum in countries like France, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany.

Mignone said European countries have offered to take 4,000 refugees, but the process of re-settling must be accelerated. It is a mechanism that works, he added, but European nations need to accept refugees at a quicker pace.

Mignone said the UNHCR has the capability at present to evacuate more than 1,000 people a month from Libya to Niger, but then these other refugees must leave the center in Niger or a bottleneck is created.

Mignone added that if more offers from European countries are forthcoming, other centers could be opened in the region. He said talks are underway with Chad, Burkina Faso and Sudan.

Italy’s new populist government recently intensified a crackdown on humanitarian rescue boats operating off Libya, refusing to give them docking permission in Italian ports and forcing them to sail hundreds of miles to Spain.

U.N. officials say the impact of the crackdown and the Libyan coast guard’s ineffectiveness at carrying out the rescue of migrants has caused the number of deaths at sea to soar, along with an increase in the number of people being held in Libyan detention centers.

More than 10,000 migrants have been intercepted by the Libyan coast guard this year and taken to 17 active detention centers in the country. Mignone said “overcrowding in Libyan centers is a serious problem and abuses on migrants cannot be ruled out.”

Despite fewer crossings, more than 1,000 people have drowned this year alone. Carlotta Sami, the UNHCR’s spokesperson in Rome, called June’s mortality rate in the central Mediterranean “dramatic and exceptional.”

Sami said that in 2017, on average, only one in every 38 migrants attempting the crossing died. Today that number is one in every seven.

The United Nations has urged Italy to end its campaign against humanitarian rescue boats in the Mediterranean, but Italy’s Interior minister, Matteo Salvini, shows no sign of wanting to back down, and he has said his aim is that”not one more person arrives by boat” on Italian shores.

Source: Voice of America

Women’s leadership ‘critical’ to future of Niger

The role of women in leadership positions is critical to the future of a peaceful Niger according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed.

Ms Mohammed was speaking at a meeting with the Nigerien president, Mahamadou Issoufu, on Saturday in the capital Niamey which was part of a joint United Nations -African Union (UN-AU) mission to the country.

I stressed to the President the importance of women’s participation and leadership in preventing conflicts, she said. I also underlined the need to include women in all national and regional responses to the ongoing environmental, humanitarian and development challenges that Niger and the Sahel region face.”

The deputy UNchief is leading the UN-AU visit to Niger, which includes many of the most senior women in the UN, the African Union, Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, as well as the Foreign Minister of Sweden, Margot WallstrAlm.

A key focus of the two-day trip is women’s participation and leadership in conflict prevention, including violent extremism.

The security situation in Niger has worsened since 2015, when the first attack was launched by Boko Haram extremists in Diffa in the east of the country � an attack which displaced some 300,000 people, the majority of whom are women and children.

The presence of Boko Haram, whose goal is to create an Islamic state in the north of Nigeria, has been particularly harmful to women and girls who have experienced what the UN has called staggering and multiple forms of sexual and gender-based violence.

Humanitarian situation

Insecurity which has caused displacement, and climate change, including insufficient rains, have led to a deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Niger. The number of people in need of assistance has reached 2.3 million in 2018, an increase of 400,000 over 2017.

Moreover, the country is currently hosting some 165,000 refugees the majority from neighbouring north-eastern Nigeria, the epicenter of Boko Haram activities.

Sahel Support Plan

Niger is one of ten countries which are part of the UN Support Plan for the Sahel, a region which stretches from Chad in central Africa to Mauritania and Senegal in the west.

The plan, which was presented by Ms. Mohammed on the margins of the AU summit held in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott last month, aims to build lasting peace in the ten focus countries. It also prioritizes economic growth, women youth and job creation.

Ibrahim Thiaw, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for the Sahel was part of the UN�AU joint visit to Niger.

There are certainly significant challenges in this region, but there are also opportunities, he told UN News in the Nigerien capital, Niamey. The degradation of the environment, insecurity due to extremism and terrorism are both deep-rooted problems. However, the region has enormous potential due to its natural resources and cultural assets as well as, of course, its people.

The UN Security Council is due to hold a debate on the Sahel region on Wednesday.

The ten focus countries in the Sahel Support Plan are: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, The Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.

Source: UN News Centre

IOM: Libya’s Detention of Migrants Rescued at Sea Cruel and Must End

The Head of the UN Migration Agency, William Lacy Swing, is appealing to Libyan authorities to stop detaining migrants intercepted or rescued at sea by the Coast Guard after trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

The International Organization for Migration praises Libya’s dramatically stepped up anti-smuggler operations. With European Union support, it notes the number of migrants rescued in Libya’s territorial waters and brought back to shore has greatly increased.

IOM Spokesman, Leonard Doyle, says in the past month alone, the Libyan coast guard has intercepted nearly 4,000 migrants.

“Despite occasional, from what we understand, rogue issues, there generally seems to be a desire by the coast guard personnel to save lives, to get their country back on a regular footing and to avoid having indiscriminate, irregular migration where the only people profiting are the smugglers,” said Doyle.

IOM Chief Swing recently returned from a two-day visit to Libya where he appealed to the authorities to end the cruel policy of locking up migrants who already have suffered so much trying to reach European shores. Doyle says there are some signs the authorities are willing to consider this.

“They will probably do that by trying to speed up repatriation. So we support them in voluntary repatriation, voluntary return, humanitarian return from Libya,” said Doyle. “It sometimes takes a while because they do not have papers, they do not have documents. The only embassies in the country really full-time are African embassies and even they are at very low capacity.”

Doyle says once the documentation and bureaucratic process is completed, it will be relatively simple to repatriate the migrants. He says IOM has a charter flight leaving for an African destination practically every day, taking people who voluntarily want to return home.

Source: Voice of America