AFRICA

“I wont step down” Jacob Zuma

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South African President Jacob Zuma was asked by the African National Congress’s integrity commission to step down This followed a report written by the ANC congress Commission and addressed to Secretary General Gwede Mantashe after meetings between Zuma and the commission in December and April. It was dated May 21, a week before the last sitting of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) took place in which Zuma survived yet another attempt to have him removed through a proposal to table a motion of no confidence in him. This was the second such attempt in the space of seven months, and was signed by ANC stalwart and Rivonia Trialist Andrew Mlangeni in his capacity as the Commission’s chairman. However it was all in veins as Zuma refused to honor the statement after me

“No need to spend the little we have in celebrating independence anniversary” President Kiir

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Juba, South Sudan. It is official confirmed South Sudan will not yet again have any official celebrations to mark their national independence Anniversary for the second time in a row due to insecurity problems across the country and the continuous civil war, the anniversary appears every 9th of July. While addressing the nation the Sudanese head of State, President Salva Kiir noted that "We did not feel it was appropriate to spend whatever little funds we may have to celebrate, when our people are hugely affected by the economic crisis," in an address to the nation on Sunday. "It's difficult for many people to afford even one meal per day." Kiir further said that the only solution is peace and he called on all armed groups to renounce violence and respect the cease-fire. He al...

ADEA applauds Ghana’s and Seychelles’ for strong HEMIS

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ACCRA, Ghana The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) (www.ADEAnet.org) congratulated Ghana and Seychelles for having well-developed management information systems for their higher education institutions. This was at a technical workshop on Higher Education Management Information Systems (HEMIS) benchmarking organized by ADEA’s Working Group on Education Management and Policy Support (WGEMPS) and that of Higher Education (WGHE), in collaboration with the Association of African Universities (AAU). The technical workshop took place in Accra (Ghana) from 29th to 30th of June 2017. The workshop attracted 25 participants, among them Prof. Mohammed Salifu, the Executive Secretary of the Ghana National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), who was the Chairpers

African Tourists Emerge as Powerhouse for Tourism on the Continent, Says UNCTAD Report

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GENEVA, Switzerland Four out of 10 international tourists in Africa come from the continent itself, according to the new UNCTAD Economic Development in Africa Report 2017: Tourism for Transformative and Inclusive Growth. In sub-Saharan Africa, this number increases to two out of every three tourists whose travels originate on the continent. Data backing this key finding show that, contrary to perception, Africans themselves are increasingly driving tourism demand in Africa. Tourism in Africa is a flourishing industry that supports more than 21 million jobs, or 1 in 14 jobs, on the continent. Over the last two decades, Africa has recorded robust growth, with international tourist arrivals and tourism revenues growing at 6 per cent and 9 per cent, respectively, each ye...

3rd Batch of Nigerian Entrepreneurs Graduate from GE Lagos Garage Training Program

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LAGOS, Nigeria GE (NYSE: GE), the world’s premiere Digital Industrial Company has announced the graduation of the third batch of 28 young Nigerian entrepreneurs from its Lagos Garage - a hub for advanced manufacturing-based innovation, strategy development, idea generation and collaboration. The new graduates who joined the programme in the first week of June, following a rigorous selection process, received four weeks of training on advanced manufacturing technology and business development. Participants learnt how to design and create products which will help position them as vital players in the advanced manufacturing and innovation ecosystem. The Garage graduates have been empowered to transform their ideas into practical business models which in little time will have a po

Capacity Building Workshop on Electoral Systems concludes

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia The Department of Political Affairs (DPA) of the African Union Commission in collaboration with the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) of Somalia has concluded a three-day BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections) training workshop on Electoral Systems. The BRIDGE workshop took place from 3-5 July 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. It consisted of twenty participants comprising senior NIEC officials as well as policy makers involved in the constitution-making process as well as the drafting of the electoral law. The BRIDGE workshop took place from 3-5 July 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya The key objective of the workshop was to expose NIEC and key election stakeholders to various electoral systems in Africa and beyond in order to fac...

Africa absolutely a priority in Italy’s foreign policy.

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ROME, Italy “Africa has acquired a position of absolute relevance in Italy’s foreign policy. I met all the African ambassadors on 25 May when I joined them in celebrating their Africa Day and I am very happy to find them broadly represented here today, together with the top executives of the Italian Geographical Society (SGI),” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano when he greeted the president of SGI, Filippo Bencardino at the Ministry. Mr Bencardino was accompanied by the director of the SGI’s Centre for Relations with Africa in representation of the African ambassadors, and the diplomatic representatives of Angola, Cap Verde, Republic of Congo and Guinea. The delegation illustrated to Minister Alfano the cooperation prospects deriv

African Union endorses major new initiatives to end AIDS

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NEW YORK, United States of America African heads of state have endorsed two major new initiatives to help end AIDS by 2030. The community health workers initiative aims to recruit, train and deploy 2 million community health workers across Africa by 2020. The western and central Africa catch-up plan aims to rapidly accelerate access to HIV treatment in the region and close the gap in access between African regions. The initiatives were endorsed at the AIDS Watch Africa Heads of State and Government Meeting, held on 3 July during the 29th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Western and central Africa catch-up plan Under the leadership of countries and regional economic communities, and in collaboration with UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borde...

Baker Hughes and GE Oil & Gas Creat the World’s First and Only Full stream Oil and Gas Company

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LONDON, United Kingdom Baker Hughes, a GE company announced today that the transaction combining GE’s oil and gas business with Baker Hughes is complete. The new company is the first and only to bring together industry-leading equipment, services and digital solutions across the entire spectrum of oil and gas development. Starting today, BHGE will help its customers acquire, transport and refine hydrocarbons more efficiently, productively and safely, with a smaller environmental footprint and at lower cost per barrel. BHGE is focused on: Providing a fullstream offering. No other company brings together capabilities across the full value chain of oil and gas activities—from upstream to midstream to downstream. This portfolio positions BHGE to create new sources of value, impr

Agriculture ministers urged to address African rural youth unemployment

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ROME, Italy Youth employment should be at the centre of any strategy to face economic and demographic challenges in Africa, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization José Graziano da Silva told a joint African Union-European Union meeting, hosted at FAO headquarters in Rome. In 2014 alone, about 11 million young Africans entered the labour market. But many see few opportunities in the agriculture sector and are constrained by a lack of skills, low wages, and limited access to land and financial services. Combined, this makes them more prone to migrate from rural areas. "Fostering sustainable agriculture and rural development is essential to absorb these millions of youth looking for a job," Graziano da Silva said. "A sustainable world can only be