Year 4 | Edition 2 | 6 February 2017
Cape Town, South Africa
Dakar unveils Africa’s first resilience strategy in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities

The use of technology as a lever for resilience, the implementation of an inclusive and effective governance strategy, citizen participation from all of Dakar, the involvement of the private sector and the creation of a healthy living environment, are at the heart of the...

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[Mozambique] Government awards three contracts for gas development projects

The Mozambican National Petroleum Institute has awarded gas development projects to three institutions, Norway’s Yara International, Shell Mozambique and GL Energy Africa...

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[Botswana] Bowmans facilitates complex multi-faceted financing deal

A finance and banking team from pan-African law firm Bowmans represented and advised long standing client Standard Bank and Stanbic Bank Botswana Limited in connection with a senior secured $30 million multi-currency term, revolving and overdraft financing made available to...

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[Interview] Erick Ngala, Managing Partner, Priority Activator Consulting

Erick Ngala wears many hats. He is the Managing Partner at Priority Activator Consulting, a company that offers bespoke business advisory services to help African SMEs and corporate with an aim to maximize their business performance...

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South African Mergers and Acquisitions market predicted to grow by 66 per cent in next two years

The Global Transactions Forecast issued by global law firm, Baker McKenzie in association with Oxford Economics has predicted that the South African M&A market will grow by 66 per cent in the next two years...

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[Column] Bob Koigi: Key lessons for businesses during national elections

This year five African countries go to the polls. To some like Kenya, the run up to the general election is being characterized by high octane politics. But talking to a couple of business people in a forum the other day, the mood is that of fear, anxiety and uncertainty...

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Richmeal to sell Richmeal trademark Brand Licensing and Product Extension to American Brand Management Company for $3 Million

The founder and CEO of HoveHive Group, a leading chartered management brand representing fast moving consumer goods brands, Mr. Emmanuel Oguejiofor has revealed that Richmeal is set to sell Richmeal trademark brand licensing and product extension to American Brand Management Company for $3 million...

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Aliko Dangote plans more investments in Energy and Agriculture sectors in Zambia

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, plans to invest in the energy and agricultural sectors of Zambia. Dangote made this known on Sunday when he paid a courtesy call to Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, in Lusaka...

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Dutch Design Mission Uganda

Design Hub Kampala and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Uganda organize the first Dutch Design Mission from 12 to 17 February 2017. A group of seven Dutch creative companies and institutions will meet and work with seven Ugandan counterparts and many more creative professionals with the aim to explore opportunities to grow their business in partnership...

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[Column] Willy Bett: Set for Take off – Kenya’s agriculture sector ready for increased investments
Last September in Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted the largest ever annual gathering of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) at which he delivered a blunt assessment of Africa’s economic future...

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[Interview] Dr. Urenna Onyewuchi, General Chair, 2016 IEEE PES Power Africa Conference

Urenna Onyewuchi is Chair of the IEEE PES Power Africa Steering Committee and the Chair of 2016 IEEE PES Power Africa Conference. She leads a team of experienced PES members in steering IEEE PES activities in Africa, including the conference coming up in Ghana this year in June...

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African tech startups funding rises 17% in 2016; South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya most popular investment destinations
A report released today by Disrupt Africa, Disrupt African Tech Start Up Funding Report, showed that 146 startups from across the African continent raised $129,133,200 in funding over the course of 2016...

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[Interview] Sadia Sisay, founder of Africa-focused lingerie line, beingU

47 year old Sadia Sisay is a Sierra Leonean-born British entrepreneur who moved to the UK from Sierra Leone at 16, trained as a cancer nurse and worked in the pharmaceutical industry until 2008 when she left and decided start her own business, becoming the proud founder of beingU...

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World Bank forecast for Nigeria in 2017
The federal government of Nigeria believes substitute sources of revenue generation will grow the economy out of its current situation provided areas such as Agriculture and Manufacturing are ventured into passionately...

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[Interview] Jeffery Wilson, founder JW Show, Kenya
Jeffery Wilson is a Kenyan fashion entrepreneur who has built a name and business around bringing likeminded entrepreneurs to celebrate the art of couture through his JW Fashion show...

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[Column] Wim van der Beek: How technology can create new pathways for inclusive growth in Africa
The “Africa Rising” narrative is increasingly giving way to that of “Aspiring Africa”, as the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) shrinks and the new middle class burgeons, says Wim van der Beek, founder and managing partner of Goodwell Investments...

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Rwanda rolls out campaign to push for barcoding of products

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and EAC Affairs working with Rwanda’s Private sector Federation (PSF) have unveiled a countrywide drive to promote the use of barcodes in line with the country’s move to embrace barcoding in March.

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Botswana named among 2017 best tourist destinations

The venerable New York Times has voted Botswana among the best 52 countries of the world to visit in 2017 citing the ‘Okavango Delta that’s rife with lions, elephants and species specific to northern Botswana like the red lechwe’.

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Ethiopia Commodity Exchange deepens electronic trading with three new centers

Ethiopia’s premier company to push for electronic trading of agricultural produce, The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) has said that the success of the initial trading center has now inspired it to commission three more in various regions of the country, with four others also in the pipeline...

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[Nigeria] MainOne extends SME solution to new areas in Lagos
MainOne has announced the extension of the coverage areas of its SME-in-a-Box bundled connectivity solution across new areas in Lagos. The company announced that it has added Yaba, Surulere, Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Marina to areas that can now benefit from the new high performance...

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Digitization can earn African economy $300 billion by 2026, study

The African economy can earn an extra $300 billion by 2026 if it’s countries adopted digitization. This, according to a report by global technology firm Siemens...

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Chinese King Long warms up to Tanzania vehicle market

Pwani Motors Limited, a Tanzanian car dealer has been picked as the local partner of Chinese vehicle manufacturer King Long, that has entered the East African country following intensive research...

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[Angola] Banks plead for bailout as dip in oil prices takes toll on economy

Low oil prices in Angola has taken a toll on major economic sectors with the banks now calling on government to institute a bailout package to protect lenders and depositors...

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Tanzania bets on new ceramic factory to create 6,000 jobs

The near completion of ceramic company TwyFord Tanzania is promising over 6,000 jobs to locals while redefining construction and tiles industry...

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[Algeria] Tassili Airlines mulls expansion to African markets

The Algerian public company Tassili Airlines (TAL) plans to embark on the African market according to its CEO Belkacem Harchaoui...

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Zambia Tourism Agency set for grading of all hotels in the country

The Zambia Tourism Agency has announced that it will soon embark on an exercise to grade all hotels operating in Zambia with a view to improving service delivery to customers...

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Vivo Energy and Orange ink deal to improve customers’ convenience at the pump

Shell licensee in Africa Vivo Energy has entered into a partnership with telecommunication company Orange which will see Orange Money customers allowed to cash in and cash out money from their Orange Money account and pay in any Shell service station operated by Vivo Energy...

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[Angola] The Fundo Soberano de Angola invests $180 million in deep sea port

 Angola’s sovereign wealth fund, The Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA), has announced that it has committed to invest $180 million in a strategic deep sea port in Angola. The commitment is made as part of FSDEA’s $1.1 billion infrastructure fund...

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Microsoft and Ecobank sign partnership to boost African governments' digital solutions initiatives

Microsoft, the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world and Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, parent company of pan-African banking group Ecobank has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to complement African governments' efforts to...

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[Ghana] Airtel and Tigo in talks for merger deal

The country’s telecommunications sector is set to witness a major transformation as owners of two of the major players in the industry are set to merge. Bharti Airtel, owners of Airtel Ghana, is reportedly in talks with rival company, Millicom International Cellular, operators of tiGO in Ghana, for a possible merger in Ghana...

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Orange Egypt tests 4G services in line with NTRA conditions

Orange Egypt has announced it will be ready to launch its 4G internet services commercial once it completes experimental networking and obtains final approval from the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA), Ahram Online reported. It said this is in...

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Total Nigeria launches new fleet of trucks to support transporters

Total Nigeria Plc has put in place a robust fleet acquisition scheme by renewing approximately 20% of its fleet of trucks in 2017. This was launched on January 19, 2017 by the Management of the company, its transporters, representatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and other stakeholders...

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Equatorial Guinea agrees to oil production cuts and presents offer to join OPEC in 2017

The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea announces that it has submitted its interest to join the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in 2017. H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, travelled to Vienna on January 20 to meet with...

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Visa, Atlas Mara ink deal to deepen electronic payments in Sub Saharan Africa


Airtel Sierra Leone invests $33million to fund expansion


Euro Repar Car Service unveils five car maintenance and repair workshops in Tunisia


[Egypt] Private Aviation Association plans new ground services company to counter price hike by national carrier


AfDB to boost Comoros diversification plan with $20.4 million road rehabilitation project


Ghana set to ban production, import of mercury products by 2020


[Namibia] Southern Business School offers one year Scholarships


Chinese King Long warms up to Tanzania vehicle market


Eltek and UNDP in Solar Deal for Hospitals in Zimbabwe


Multimodal West Africa set to prepare Nigeria’s transport and logistics sector for economic growth


[Kenya] ShowMax partners with SEACOM in East Africa


[South Africa] Three entrepreneurs develop Carter, an app for car buying and selling


MTN contributes USD1m to boost knowledge of Africa’s history


[Egypt] Moody’s upgrades Afreximbank rating to Baa1


[Kenya] Stanbic bank launches solution that allows real time cash flow management


Tanzania bets on new ceramic factory to create 6,000 jobs


[South Africa] S&P expects lull in house price growth on weak macroeconomic growth


[Morocco] ADP Luxembourg dilutes shareholding in Mining Company of Touissit


Kenya set to host Africa’s first ever cross-cultural summit for CEOs


Africa non-executive directors to become specialized professionals in the foreseeable future, PwC report

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2017 IEEE PES PowerAfrica Conference | 27-30 June Accra, Ghana

Meet researchers, executives, industry leaders, regulators, investors, and participants from ICT, energy, power & utility industries

Welcome to the 2017 IEEE PES PowerAfrica Conference coming to Accra, Ghana, June 27-30, 2017. IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) offers this premier international forum on advances...

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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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AFRIKA KOMMT! 2016-2018 Fellowship Program is open for applications
AFRIKA KOMMT! is an initiative of leading German enterprises for future leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa. The fellowship program aims at highly qualified young professionals and junior executives from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with several years of work experience...

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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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