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ASLM Releases Speaker Line-Up For Abuja Conference In December

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa,24 August 2018-As the date for ASLM2018, the fourth biennial conference of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine conference (ASLM) draws near, the organization has released the list of confirmed speakers who will come to Abuja to share leading opinions, experiences and insight into preventing and controlling the next pandemic with the role of laboratory. Dr. John Nkengasong, Director of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention The list includes: Dr. Trevor Peter, Senior Director of the Diagnostic Services at the Clinton Health Access Initiative; Dr. John Nkengasong,…

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Nuya’s Essence: Tanzanian beauty queen finds her business groove with natural skincare products

Hellen Dausen wanted to be a professional model and she was serious about it. After graduating with a BSc. in International Business Administration and Entrepreneurship from the United States International University-Africa in Nairobi, she participated in the 2010 Miss Universe Tanzania beauty pageant and won. As the winner, she received a scholarship to study performing arts at the New York Film Academy and the opportunity to pursue a modelling and acting career. But things did not turn out as expected. “It was hard to get jobs and even harder to…

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An outlook for South African interest rates

The monetary policy committee of the SA Reserve Bank recently cut interest rates by 25 basis points. The recent move to cut the repo rate to 6.5% and the lending rate to 10% was initiated after a split decision by the council. SARB governor Lesetja Kganyago commented that the decision was led by inflation forecasts and also noted that the low point of the inflation cycle had possibly been reached.       Inflation has been on a continued downtrend year-on-year with a fall from 5.4% to 3.8% so the…

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Ecobank Transnational Incorporated announces the appointment of Yves Mayilamene as Group Executive, Human Resources

LOME, Togo, August, 2018/ — Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, ETI, the Lome-based parent company of the Ecobank Group  announces the appointment of Yves Mayilamene as Group Executive, Human Resources, following the resignation of Julie Essiam early this year.  The appointment of Yves Mayilamene is effective immediately. As a member of the Group Executive Committee, he will report directly to the Group CEO. Prior to this appointment, Yves Mayilamene was the Deputy Group Head of Human Resources and Head of Human Resources for Ecobank Nigeria. Yves Mayilamene joined Ecobank in 2012 with…

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Angola Investor Risk 12 Page Insight – The End of a Honeymoon

LONDON, United Kingdom, August 23, 2018/ – EXX Africa (www.EXXAfrica.com) published a special report on the investment risk outlook on Angola. Download the report: https://bit.ly/2Ll0j3X Since gaining power one year ago, Angolan President João Lourenço has enjoyed the benefits of renewed market optimism and fresh investor interest in the important oil-producing African economy. However, there are growing indications that the new government’s ‘honeymoon’ period is over as investors are becoming concerned with entrenched state corruption and the persistently weak state of the economy. Lourenço has launched a high profile crack-down on corruption…

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FCM Travel Solutions expands technology partnership with Travelport

 Travelport (NYSE: TVPT), the leading travel commerce platform, and FCM Travel Solutions (FCM), today announced an expanded long-term technology partnership. Under the new agreement, FCM will extend its relationship with Travelport to include the provision of the company’s Universal API technology. Mohammed Wanyoike Owner , CEO at FCM Travel Solutions Kenya and Guido Verweij, Regional Managing Director, Africa, at Travelport FCM Travel Solutions is one of the world’s leading corporate travel management providers. In Africa, it is ranked among the top Travel Management Companies and has 141 staff across branch offices in Nairobi,…

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The COO Dilemma: Building sustainable growth capacity in exponential times

NAIROBI, Kenya, 21st August 2018 – The emergence and proliferation of exponential technologies such as AI and IoT will challenge organisations’ ability to innovate at speed and scale to remain competitive. Within a few years, modern executives will have to consider the impact of machine learning, artificial intelligence, IoT and even quantum computing on their businesses. These technologies hold untold potential for economic growth and prosperity. One recent PwC study estimates the economic gains of AI at $15.7-trillion by 2030, increasing global Gross Domestic Product by a staggering 14%. A separate…

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African automobile sector motors ahead

Parts for the cars will be sourced from South Africa and moved across a supply chain that passes through Kenya, both of which already host VW plants, a good model for intra-African trade. VW also has a plant in Nigeria. What is unique about the venture is that some of the locally built cars that will be rolling out of its factory gates are not intended for sale. They will be used for a car-sharing service by VW. Global auto companies clearly realise that countries where car ownership is low for…

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Rotary announces US$96.5 million to end polio

EVANSTON, Illinois, August 15, 2018/ — Rotary (https://www.Rotary.org) today announced nearly US$100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year. The announcement comes as Nigeria marks two years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, following four reported cases in 2016. “Nigeria has prevented further cases of wild poliovirus thanks to the improved surveillance and rapid response protocols Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative (http://PolioEradication.org/) partners have supported, particularly in Borno,” said Dr. Tunji Funsho, chair…

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Next-Generation African Leaders Announced as Winners of the Resolution Social Venture Challenge

KIGALI, Rwanda, 15 August 2018,- Fifteen teams of a total of 32 emerging African social entrepreneurs have been selected as winners of the 2018 Resolution Social Venture Challenge. A total of thirty teams of Mastercard Foundation Scholars gathered in Kigali, Rwanda to compete in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge, for a fellowship that includes seed funding, mentorship, and access to a network of young global changemakers to pursue impactful projects in their communities. A collaboration between the Mastercard Foundation and The Resolution Project, the Resolution Social Venture Challenge provides a pathway to action…

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