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Central Africa: forest industry as game changer

As host to the Congo Basin – the world’s second forest expanse, Central has to take advantage of the opportunities that the forest industry offers for the sub-region’s transformation. This would be achieved if the countries of the region progressively…

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Jean-Claude Bastos De Morais, Founder, Quantum Global group

Quantum Global group to target African delegates

Quantum Global group, the African investment and private equity specialist, is seeking to target African delegates at the prestigious international gathering of global real estate businesses (MIPIM) in Cannes next week, it was announced on 9th March. The group is undergoing…

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Ivory Coast; L’Oréal and CFAO sign partnership

L’Oréal and CFAO announced on 9th March the signing of a protocol agreement covering the production and distribution of cosmetic products in Ivory Coast. L’Oréal, the worldwide leader in cosmetics present in over 130 countries, will draw on its expertise in…

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UN envoy for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, welcomes state building progress during a visit to Kismayo. Photo: UNSOM

UN envoy welcomes progress in Somalia

During an official visit to Kismayo on March 7th, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Somalia, Nicholas Kay, welcomed the Interim Juba Administration’s progress towards forming a regional assembly. “I welcome the progress on forming the IJA’s…

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East African countries address power sector

Ministers and senior representatives from four East African countries have recently pledged their support in solving East Africa’s crippling power deficit, as detailed in a statement released on March 4th. Hon. Joseph Njoroge, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Kenya, H.E….

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The new Zambian head of state President Edgar Lungu attends the opening ceremony of the 24th Ordinary session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) at the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 30, 2015. (Tiksa Negeri / Courtesy Reuters)

Zambia’s Uncertain Future

Last January, Zambian President Edgar Lungu of the Patriotic Front (PF) party was elected to replace late President Michael by a small margin of 28,000 votes over his opponent, United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema. With only…

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Sierra Leone: Time to let go of Frank Timis

Franklyn Bai Joseph, 8th March 2015 President Koroma said in his statement in Brussels on 3rd March 2015 that before the Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone was ‘hailed in 2013 as the 2nd fastest growing economy’, suggesting that Ebola is principally…

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African Literacy Conference 2015

Oxford University Press announced on 3rd March that it will sponsor a major African literacy conference in 2015. The 9th Pan-African Literacy for All and 10th Reading Association of South Africa (RASA)  National Literacy Conference will host some of the…

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UN Secretary General Condemns Boko Haram Attacks

A statement was released by the UN on 27th February, attributable to the Secretary General, on the Boko Haram attacks.   The Secretary-General reiterates his strong condemnation of the continuing indiscriminate and horrific attacks by Boko Haram against civilian populations…

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Africa Best Practices Forum

The first Africa Best Practices Forum opened on 26th February in Lomé. Organised jointly by Ellipse Communication and the specialised recruitment agency AfricSearch, this forum brings together economic and political decision-makers to promote the dissemination of best practices. “This forum…

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