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

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Africa Link, a media organisation founded in April 2000, the publisher of Africa Link magazine, and Africalink Online received kudos at its inaugural annual symposium / 2018 SolidarityAwards event for the unique services rendered to the African community in Switzerland and Africa.

Omoyele Sowore

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If ever there was a party created for defying the odds, it would be the African Action Congress. Borne from a Movement that continually defies the odds, the AAC party has grown from a dream to becoming a powerful force; an unstoppable force which today saw the emergence of Omoyele Sowore as its presidential candidate.

The only interesting thing about Melania Trump’s Africa visit really was her pith helmet

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The purpose of Melania Trump’s recent trip to Africa seems not to be clear as the first US Lady , and in it is stated Reportin Dakar SenegalOctober 8, 2018

Recipients of the Awards (UPU)

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Switzerland – The Universal Postal Union (UPU) on 9 October 2018 presented awards to the top-ranking countries in its comparative development index, with Switzerland taking first prize in an awards ceremony hosted at UPU’s Berne, Switzerland, headquarters on World Post Day.

Aliko Dangote  and Lionel Barber (Financial Times)

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UNITED KINGDOM – Aliko Dangote says Africans must patronize African markets which is why the free trade agreements by African nations is the direction to go to strengthen African markets.

Chara Phoka receiving the medal from DDG Pascal Clivaz (UPU)

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Thirteen year old Chara Phoka from Cyprus has won the Universal Postal Union’s prestigious 47th International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People.

SWITZERLAND – António Vitorino of Portugal , 61 a former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs and Portugal’s former Minister of the Presidency and National Defence has succeeded United States William Lacy Swing, who served two five-year terms as Director General.

President Buhari and former South Africa’s president Thabo Mbeki (Today News Africa)

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday the anti-corruption war of his administration was not negotiable.He said it was a must for him to fight graft because that was one of the reasons he was elected.

USA – International business leader and founder of Aiteo Group Benedict Peters was awarded Africa’s Oil and Gas Leader of the Year at the Forbes Best of Africa Gala which held at Forbes Headquarters, New York City on September 27, 2018.

Like many refugees in Switzerland, Solomon Aklilu hasn’t got a job. But thanks to a government program, he can now do an internship and attend school.

 The winners jubilating (Seedstars)

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DRC: Seedstars World, the largest seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, brought its DRC round to a successful close during Seedstars Kinshasa. The event took place this Friday 21st of September, at the Headquarters of Ingenious City, and 11 selected startups were invited to present their companies in front of the local jury panel.

 Olayinka Oni, Chief Information Officer, Sterling Bank    (yplagos.com)

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NIGERIA:  Freshworks Inc. a US-based provider of cloud-based business software, recently announced its partnership with Nigeria’s prestigious Sterling Bank Plc as a client.

IVORY COAST: Opportunities for investment in Africa outweigh the obstacles, according to a report by leading African companies covered in the African Development Bank’s new Africa-to-Africa (A2A) Investment Report, the first ever report on inter-African trade published by the Bank.

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo Addo (Live Tv)

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The African Development Bank has approved a US$1.5 million grant from its Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), to assist Ghana’s renewable energy investment drive. The grant will support the Ghana government’s efforts to overcome technical, financial, regulatory and institutional barriers to scaling-up renewable energy investments in the country.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco (Image from archive, The Moroccan Times)

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MOROCCO – The 8th edition of the Africities Summit will take place from November 20-24, 2018 in Marrakesh, Morocco, under the theme: The transition towards sustainable cities and territories: The role of Local and Sub- national governments of Africa according to a release by UCLG Africa

Kenya – During his visit to the United States of America, the Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta signed deals totaling $238 million with two companies for investments in the energy and agroindustry sectors.

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard Founder, CEO of APO Group Photo APO

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SWITZERLAND –  The APO Group has launched a new version of their media monitoring service for press releases. The new version goes far beyond what is available in the press release distribution industry today. Reports now offer deeper insights to Africa Wire® and MENA Wire® customers, helping them better understand the media impact of their press releases and offering even greater visibility on the R.O.I. of their campaigns.

 

NIGERIA – Clickatell (www.Clickatell.com/products/transact), an authorized WhatsApp Business Solution provider, is proud to announce that United Bank for Africa (UBA) will be going live with their Chat Banking solution – Leo on WhatsApp.

A Ryanair pilot and three other industry veterans hope to raise at least $100 million (CHF96.9 million) in Switzerland this week to launch a low-cost, long-haul airline that defies the economic forces which have grounded some small European carriers in recent months.

Swiss start-up Coorpacademy is just one of the tech companies trying to break into the global corporate education sector with online business training apps, which are increasingly attractive to large firms.

We are devastated to hear of the passing of former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan. On behalf of the chairman of our Board of Trustees, the Board, our chief executive and the staff of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, we send our deepest condolences to his wife, Nane, and their children, Ama, Kojo and Nina. 

The US and UK are the top destinations for international students looking to study abroad. Can relatively low tuition fees help Switzerland give them a run for their money?

Ernest Rubondo, Executive Director of the Petroleum Authority of Uganda

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Hon Irene Muloni, Uganda’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Development will lead a delegation of private and public-sector players from Uganda’s oil and gas sector to the Africa Oil Week 2018 which will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 5 – 9 November 2018.

A model on the stage

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Dubbed the African Trends Market, this year’s Afrodysee was a colourful marriage of fashion and culture. An integral part of this one-day event in May was Le Grande Marché which had a rich selection of clothes for children and adults, as well as fashion accessories such as bags, shoes, hand-printed scarves and jewellery for sale.