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eSchools Africa Initiative set to cross the milestone for providing IT Infrastructure and Internet Connectivity to schools in Africa.

eSchools Africa Initiative is a scheme run by eSchools Africa LLC to enhance computer penetration and ICT for education in schools in Africa. The scheme currently operates in two countries in Africa. A pilot scheme of 15 schools in Busekelo district council at Mbeya region in southern Tanzania is now ready for Launch. This will see the scheme replicated across the rest of country, while in Nigeria agreements are concluded with 4 state Governments to connect over 3000 schools in Nigeria within the next 12 months. A statement issued by…

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Atlas Mara to sell big stake to Fairfax Africa, to boost share in Nigerian bank

Atlas Mara, the company co-founded by former Barclays plc head Bob Diamond, plans to sell a 35% stake to Fairfax Africa, to help fund the purchase of a larger stake in a Nigerian bank. Atlas Mara will raise $200m selling new shares to existing shareholders and Fairfax Africa and by issuing a convertible bond to the Toronto-based investment company, Atlas Mara said in a statement on Wednesday. London-listed Atlas Mara also agreed to acquire an indirect 13.4% shareholding in Union Bank of Nigeria from the Clermont Group for $55m, which…

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Ivory Coast and Ghana in talks for $1.2bn loan for cocoa output

Accra — The cocoa regulators of the world’s two biggest producers are in talks with the African Development Bank about a $1.2bn loan that will be used to increase output and mitigate against volatile prices, according to two people familiar with the matter. Ivory Coast and Ghana want to build storage facilities for local processing and for the storing and release of stocks based on market demand, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorised to speak about the matter. The West African neighbours also…

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Ghanaian Businesses Explore Investment Opportunities In US

Eight companies from various industries across Ghana are participating in the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington D.C from June 18-20, ton, D.C, to explore opportunities in the United States. The Summit is the highest profile event to connect global companies and U.S. Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) to facilitate business investment in the United States. This was announced in a statement issued to the GNA by the U.S. Embassy, in Accra, on Monday. “U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, according to the statement, stated: “We are entering a new period…

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Reshaping the Future of Real Estate for African Cities

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 21, 2017/ — Researchers predict that in 2030, Lagos, Cairo and Kinshasa will each have to cater for over 20 million people, while Luanda, Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg will have crossed the 10 million mark. By 2035, close to 30 million people could live in Lagos alone, turning Nigeria’s commercial hub into the largest megacity on the continent. While Africa’s cities are growing rapidly in population, they are developing informally as current urban planning has proven to be ineffective, and private development is often deterred…

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Mercer’s annual Cost of Living Survey finds African, Asian, and European cities dominate the list of most expensive locations for working abroad

NEW YORK, United States of America, June 21, 2017/ — Luanda overtakes Hong Kong as the most expensive city for expatriates to live in according to Mercer’s 23rd annual Cost of Living Survey. Victoria in the Seychelles ranks 14th most expensive city sharing the same ranking with Moscow. Cape Town, Blantyre and Windhoek ranks amongst the 15 cheapest cities globally. In a rapidly changing world, mobility has become a core component of multinational organizations’ global talent strategy. To support the growing number of international assignees working in an increased number…

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Tax evasion and dirty money are draining Africa

Tax evasion benefits individuals to the detriment of society, wiping out state services. It also hampers the achievement of the eight United Nations millennium development goals (MDGs), which were designed to meet the needs of the world’s poorest people. If tax evasion takes place in the grey area between legality and illegality – such as when companies shift their headquarters to tax havens – tax fraud involves the overt breaking of laws. It is often combined with dirty money from illegal activities (trafficking, terrorism, etc.) and thus weakens the gross…

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What are the new trends driving private infrastructure investment in emerging markets?

Over US$4.5tn a year will be spent on infrastructure between now and 2020. A recent article by PwC identified a number of themes likely to guide that investment in a world where politics, technology and markets are changing fast. The five themes are: Investors broadening their horizon New political leadership unveils ambitious goals Future-proofing against obsolescence Sustainable infrastructure for the long term Commodity-rich regions prioritise infrastructure Of these themes, I think three are particularly relevant, with each having its own specific drivers and impacts. However, all three are now converging…

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Continent-wide digital skills development initiative aims to train half a million young Africans in one week

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, – The 2017 edition of Africa Code Week officially kicked off yesterday in Flic-En-Flac, Mauritius. Now in its third year, Africa Code Week aims to spread coding literacy among African youth, with a key focus on female skills development and training. Started in 2015 by SAP Corporate Social Responsibility EMEA and several public and private sector partners, the initiative has a long-term goal of empowering more than 200 000 teachers and positively impacting the lives of 5 million children and youth within the next 10 years. In…

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation September event

At the foundation, we are guided by the belief that everyone deserves a chance to lead a healthy and productive life, and we’re encouraged by the incredible progress toward achieving that goal. In their annual letter this year, Bill and Melinda shared a few of the stories that give them hope for the future – poverty has been cut in half, people are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. While we know that progress is possible, it’s not inevitable. The stakes are high and particularly during this time…

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