Since entering office in 2017, President João Lourenço has focused on cleaning up corruption and implementing aggressive reforms to transform the oil and gas sector and the economy. Angola’s economy is set for recovery in 2019, in large part due to a series of regulatory reforms opening the country to new investment.
The bridge and one-stop-border-post facilities between Zambia and Botswana will enhance regional trade, integration and spur global competitiveness putting an end to traders, travelers, fishermen and women crossing the Zambezi river on floating planks, ferries, rickshaw boats, and canoes.
With nearly 90 percent of global population growth occurring in Asian or African cities, the goal of improving the quality of life for the people of Africa will only be achieved by mainstreaming resilience and effective financing mechanisms into the continent’s urban development agenda.
In a release published December 24, 2018, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) announced that it provided $15 million to Securiport Sénégal SUARL, subsidiary of Securiport group, the world leader in the design and realisation of biometric identification technology, in Senegal. This fund is to help the group elaborate a system for the security of the civil aviation and for immigration management at Juba airport in South Sudan.
Frankfurt-based GreenTec Capital Partners invested in Afrilife, a Tanzanian company that produces honey and organic apiculture products.
Within the last seven days, the market capitalization of Diamond Bank on the Nigerian stock exchange gained the equivalent of 20%, representing about NGN4.4 billion ($12.11 million). This performance is due to the announcement of a principle agreement that could lead to a merger with Access Bank, another large bank in Nigeria.
SWITZERLAND – “Size alone does not determine the strength of an organization,” DG Vitorino explained in his welcoming remarks to the Council. “It is the commitment and skills of its staff that has enabled IOM to respond to complex emergencies, to provide advice to governments on diverse issues, and to thereby help to foster greater space for common ground.”
LONDON: For the first time since publishing the list, there is an equal amount of men and women featuring in this year’s one hundred. Although this year’s listing is dominated by entries from Nigeria and Kenya, outstanding personalities from several other African countries are also featured.
The Swiss-African Business Circle has added another feather to its cap with the birth of the maiden edition of its annual publication the Swiss-African Business Relations Status quo 2018.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) recently held its annual Partner Conference in Mauritius, during it highlighted its commitment to the region and announced that the company recorded over 20 percent solid growth year-on-year for the past three years.
LONDON – It is found that the charges to send money home by some migrant workers are too high according to a report by UNESCO, the U.N. body for education, suggesting that lowering the fees could result in $1 billion more that could be spent on education in developing countries.
Dame Graça Machel, one of Africa’s foremost advocates for the rights of women and children, has called on African women and policy makers to challenge gender inequality and inadequate female representation in the continent’s business and economic, political and policy space.
President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (photo), of Mauritania has announced that he would not run for 2019 presidential election as the country’s constitution allows two terms. However, he indicated that he would run for the office when his country’s law would authorize him to.
The African Development Bank has approved a €17.96 million loan to the Republic of Cameroon to finance the construction of a Ring-Road Project in the North-West Province of the country, according to a press release from the bank.
It is estimated that about $8.6 million will be needed by the compendium of female expertise in Côte d’Ivoire (Compendium des compétences féminines de Côte d’Ivoire-COCOFCI) to meet the set-goals for the second phase of its action plan.
SOUTH AFRICA – The 2nd edition Black Industrialists Energy Summit (www.BIES-SA.com) will be held in Cape Town from 11-12 December at the Westin Cape Town Hotel as part of the International Gas Cooperation Summit (www.IGCS-SA.com) and the Southern Africa Renewable Energy Summit (www.SARES-SA.com).
SWITZERLAND – Asylum seekers at the Mexican border fleeing violence or persecution are entitled to lodge claims in the United States to obtain sanctuary there, U.N. agencies said in a fresh attempt to shield migrants from tough U.S. immigration policies.
The inaugural Africa Link Annual Symposium was held on 8 September 2018 together with the 5th edition of Africa Link Solidarity Awards. The topics of the symposium were Corruption and Migration blended with a presentation on the importance of Entrepreneurship for the growth of Africa’s economy.
The recipients of Africa Link Solidarity Awards 2018 from R – L: Next to Ambassador Osman Abufatima Mohammed is Mr. Matthias Meier Director Aiducation International Kenya, Mrs. Chantal Ebana representing Ambassador Léonard Henri Bindzi, Hellen Kahuga-Wakapa representing Ms. Sophia Bekele, VP Fepafrika Mr. Ueli Haller, Ambassador Claudinah Ramosepele, Mr. Augusto Moutinho representing Ambassador Osvaldo dos Santos Varela, next to him Ambassador Baba Madugu, and Johnson Oduwaiye, President / Editor-in-chief Africa Link
By Abdel Rahmane DIOP
Associate Migration Officer, Office of the Director General, Global Compact for Migration, Geneva Team, International Organization for Migration
Keynote address by: Ambassador Osman Abufatima Adam Mohammed
Deputy head of Mission at the Permanent Mission of Sudan-Geneva
At the 2018 Africa Link Symposium and Solidarity Awards Event - 8 September 2018, Bern
Discussion notes at the Africa Link Awards and Symposium, Berne, Switzerland, 8 September, 2018