Year 3 | Edition 33 | 26 December 2016
Lagos Lagoon, Lagos, Nigeria
Uganda, Egypt agree to make River Nile a highway to Mediterranean Sea to stem import, export costs

Rwanda and Egypt heads of state have agreed on a plan to make the River Nile a transportation highway to the Mediterranean Sea to reduce import-export costs...

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[Kenya] Apollo Njoroge appointed as Faulu Kenya CEO

Faulu Microfinance Bank, a member of the UAP Old Mutual Group, has hired Mr. Apollo Njoroge as its CEO.

Mr Apollo Njoroge was until his appointment the acting managing director for Equity Bank Uganda, where he also held the positions of executive director and chief operations officer...

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[Column] Korede Ologun: Evaluating Economic Expansion for Nigeria
The fiscal roadmap presented by the Finance Minister at the Lagos Business School Annual Dinner for 2016 is a broad spectrum of implicit ideas targeted at improving the status quo...

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East African Community courts technology to address post harvest grain losses

With about one third of the food produced on the continent lost along the value chain, East African agricultural sector stakeholders want to harness technological innovations in order to reduce post-harvest losses...

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[Interview] Simon Andys CEO, Premier Seed Company

Africa Business Communities interviews the Simon Andys, the CEO and founder of Premier Seed  a Kenyan company that works with farmers in finding them ready export market for their produce especially in new and high value crops like herbs and vegetables...

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[Column] Anton van Heerden: A checklist for your annual December holiday shutdown
If you’re the owner or manager of a Small & Medium Business outside the retail and hospitality industries, you’re probably looking forward to the annual break.

Here’s a checklist of some of the important things to do before you shut down for the December holidays...

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[Nigeria] Med View Airline commences flights to Liberia

Med-View Airline, a private Nigerian aviation firm, has launched its maiden flight from Lagos, Nigeria to the Roberts International Airport (RIA), Liberia.

Med-View Airline will be operating a regular flight to Accra (Ghana), Monrovia (Liberia) and Freetown (Sierra Leone)...

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Volkswagen to set up assembly plant in Rwanda

German carmaker Volkswagen (VW)  and the Government of Rwanda have are in the final details of signing an agreement that will see the former set up an assembly plant in Rwanda to start making environment-friendly cars.

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[Column] Tamara Dini: An overview of competition law developments in Africa in 2016
Competition law in Africa is becoming increasingly active and, in certain respects, complex. The number of competition regimes, and the relationships between them, is on the increase...

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Othman Benjelloum named richest man in Morocco

Moroccan billionaire Othman Benjelloun was ranked first in Morocco in Forbes’ 2016 list of the richest people in the Arab world. With a fortune estimated at more than $1.9 billion, the Moroccan businessman and investor also ranked as the 19th richest people in the Arab world, despite his fortune regressing by around $400 million...

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Sani Dangote emerges President of Nigeria Agribusiness Group

Chairman of the Nigeria Agribusiness Group (NABG) Executive Leadership Group (ELG) Sani Dangote, has been elected President of the group.

The NABG is the apex organization of all agribusiness stakeholders in Nigeria...

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[Column] Jens Ischebeck: Demographic Development versus Educational needs in Africa

Not a fun fact: There are 128 million school-aged children in sub-Sahara Africa; of these, 17 million children will never see a school.

Here’s another: 37 million African children do go to school, but what they learn will never hold them in good stead...

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[Kenya] Mombasa Port begins construction of new cruise ship terminal

East Africa's biggest port of Mombasa will spend $980,000 to build a new cruise ship terminal aimed at boosting tourism, according to the port management...

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[Interview] FABlab, the Namibian team developing a self-driving robot

FABlab is Namibia's first fabrication laboratory, a centre of innovation at the University of Science and Technology (NUST). The concept of these labs started at MIT by Prof. Neil Gershenfeld and there are now over 900 worldwide as part of a globally connected maker movement...

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Atlas Hospital and FTI Group invest $ 108 million in Morocco hospitality Industry

Atlas Hospitality and FTI Group have set up a joint venture aiming at investing $108 million in the Moroccan hospitality industry. 

The joint venture between Moroccan hospitality chain Atlas Hospitality and FTI Group, the fourth largest tour operator in Germany, will create a limited company aimed at growing the Moroccan hotel industry...

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[South Africa] Liquid Telecom gets regulatory go ahead to acquire Neotel


[Ghana] MTN & Garmin partner to launch range of wearable tech watches


Nigeria to host CashlessAfrica Expo next year


British-Sierra Leonean Entrepreneur, Sadia Sisay, Launches Lingerie StartUp, beingU


[Ghana] Mastercard, Zenith partner to strengthen banking system


Zoto becomes number one recharge app in Nigeria


[South Africa] Vodacom One Net Business enables communications across devices


[Nigeria] Fintech startup Paystack secures $1.3M investment


Ethiopian Airlines to start direct, non-stop flight services to Singapore


Cameroon launches Professional Training Centers of Excellence with eye on job seekers


Malawi and Tanzania ink deal on key River Basin development programme


Africa Development Bank breathing new life to African agriculture, report


[Algeria] Air Algerie receives operational safety audit certification


[Ghana] Social Security and National Insurance Trust acquires stake in Access Bank


[Tanzania] Etihad Airways and Precision Air sign code share agreement


Mercedes Benz trains eyes on Egyptian market


[Mauritius] Ambo International Holding acquires 33 per cent stake in Ethiopia’s Ambo Mineral water


[Kenya] Nakumatt extends regional foothold with new Rwanda branch


The African Trade Insurance Agency to help Benin attract $15 million by 2021


[Nigeria] Fintech Startup Paystack closes on $1.3 million seed

Africa Business Communities is looking for Partners
Africa Business Communities is preparing for a great 2017.

We are welcoming partners to help us develop some more than interesting new activities.

In addition to our Africa Business Communities website – - we will launch several spin-off websites, that will be both country platforms and related platforms.

We invite you and your company to join us as our partner.

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In fewer words; we will help you meet your communication needs, marketing ambitions and sales targets.

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We wish you great business in 2017

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Africa Business Portal Network Membership | Offer for Africa Business Communities members
Are you an African company looking to trade with U.S. Companies, import U.S. goods or attract U.S. investors?

Or are you a U.S. company interested in exporting, expanding or investing in Africa?...

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Complimentary report on Africa’s transport infrastructure and maintenance

Road authorities and project owners are dedicating their largest budgets to date to address the poor state of their key infrastructure which continues to hamper the speed and confidence of Africa’s ongoing development efforts.

Through a wide range of domestic and international funding measures, Africa is poised to achieve a vast improvement in the quality and reach of its underdeveloped road networks, with new plans emerging as investor confidence in the sector rises...

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Join any of our 180 Africa LinkedIn Groups

Africa Business Communities manages 180 LinkedIn Groups. These groups cover every country and every industry on the continent.

Please feel free to join any of these groups and be part of the African conversation...

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Complimentary Report: Major Airport Projects in Africa
Government authorities and developers are investing billions of dollars in dozens of airport expansion and rehabilitation works across Africa. Plus, air travel across the continent is predicted to experience a massive surge which will continue to fuel the industry’s expansion.

In light of this, we have put together a report on State of the Market: Major Airport Projects in Africa highlighting the key airport expansion and construction projects currently happening across Africa...

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Bas Vlugt
Founder Africa CEO Network

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