Year 4 | Edition 6 | 10 April 2017
Lomé, Togo
Kieran Whyte appointed to board of International Project Finance Association in South Africa
Kieran Whyte, a partner specialising in energy and infrastructure projects in Baker McKenzie's Johannesburg office, has been appointed to serve on the International Project Finance Association (IPFA) Council in South Africa...

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Ethiopian Airlines and Singapore Airlines expand codeshare agreement

Star Alliance members, Ethiopian Airlines and Singapore Airlines will expand their codeshare agreement as of 1st June, 2017 offering customers travelling between Africa and Asia seamless connectivity options...

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[Interview] Ekene Okechukwu, Founder,, Nigeria

Ekene Okechukwu is Founder of, Nigeria's social marketplace for online sellers and buyers...

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[Column] Daniel Monehin: Shedding light on the African shadow economy
The Informal Economy, or if you have a penchant for the more colourful descriptor, the “Shadow” or “Grey” Economy, is typically the term used to refer to the portion of a country’s economy that transact exclusively in cash, thus making it infinitely more difficult to...

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Grey Group re enters Nigerian market through deal with Centrespread

Global communication company Grey is re-entering Nigeria with immediate effect, having appointed Centrespread, one of Nigeria's largest independent advertising communications groups as its affiliate in that market...

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[Column] Jaco Lotz: Growth in middle class drives private education boom in Africa

Private universities and schools are mushrooming across Africa, as parents increasingly seek a quality education for their children outside of the state offering - a move which is largely attributable to the rapid growth of the middle class on the continent...

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African Airlines Association enlists support of Sabre Corporation to compete with global peers

Global technology provider to the travel and tourism industry, Sabre Corporation will provide consulting services to several of its member airlines through a new agreement with the African Airlines Association (AFRAA)...

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[Kenya] CIC Life Assurance Company introduces paying of premiums via mobile phones

As insurance companies in Kenya looks to novel and innovative ways to increase penetration which currently stands at 3 per cent technology seem as a sure bet to boost this penetration...

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Factoring services can bridge SME financing gap - Kanayo Awani

Factoring services can bridge the gap in the financing of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Africa by addressing the challenges the SMEs face in accessing funding for business activities, Kanayo Awani, Managing Director of the...

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[Column] Bob Koigi: Why Africa should pay more attention to recommendations of just concluded Post harvest conference

Kenya recently hosted the continent to a first of its kind meet, to deliberate the biting concern of food lost after harvest, a gathering that came with life changing recommendations capable of taming a situation blamed for over 40 per cent of all food lost in Africa...

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[South Africa] WireCard acquires MyGate Communications for $24.6 million

Wirecard AG acquired all shares of MyGate Communications (Pty) based in Cape Town, South Africa.

MyGate is a leading payment service provider (PSP) in Africa...

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SAP Africa appoints Dr. Adriana Marais new Head of Innovation
SAP Africa has appointed Dr. Adriana Marais to take on the role as Head of Innovation. Based at the head office in Johannesburg, Dr. Marais will lead the IoT Lab, the Co-Innovation Lab initiatives, as well as other innovation streams for SAP while taking the company’s Digital Platform solutions to market...

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[Nigeria] Economically sustainable seed businesses key in transforming cassava production

Seed sector professionals have said that businesses selling improved varieties and high quality cassava stems for cultivation could help African farmers significantly raise their productivity...

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Tanzania to unlock potential of natural gas resources with $29.8 million AfDB loan

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a U$29.8 Million loan to Tanzania to help the country mobilize domestic resources and unlock the potential of its natural gas resources through leveraging domestic markets and local content initiatives...

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[Column] Michèle Scanlon: Africa - the centre of new space race era
In 2017 and beyond, Africa will find itself at the heart of a new space race centred on satellite connectivity. According to Michèle Scanlon, New Business Development at Gondwana International Networks (GIN), “The race is on for full coverage of Africa with High Throughput Satellite (HTS) service...

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RwandAir to begin flying to London Gatwick Airport in May

RwandAir, the national carrier of the Republic of Rwanda has announced that it will commence three weekly flights to London Gatwick International Airport, in the United Kingdom effective 26th May, 2017...

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The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences launches in Rwanda
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), in partnership with the Government of Rwanda, today announce the launch of AIMS in Rwanda, an ecosystem of pan-African transformation that will leverage scientific innovation, learning and research to...

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Facebook moves into larger South Africa premises as African growth accelerates

Facebook has moved its Johannesburg offices into new premises, creating a new home for the company to work with its partners to boost innovation and provide an African home for the Facebook culture...

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Burkina Faso set to host Africa’s largest engine-solar hybrid power plant

The technology group Wärtsilä will supply a 15 MWp solar PV power plant to Essakane Solar SAS in Burkina Faso. The solar PV plant will be built next to a 55 MW Wärtsilä power plant currently running on heavy fuel oil...

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Nigeria] Abuja Airport Runway 75% Completed - Aviation Minister


Marriott International opens first property in Kenya


OfferForge adopts the Billaway platform throughout South Africa


Vodacom demonstrates Africa’s first solution for mission critical communications


Sanlam Group announces executive changes


[South Africa] KNF Ventures invests in online ticketing services company Quicket Solutions


Makhtar Diop, World Bank Vice President for Africa, to visit Benin


New research explores options for solving Ghana’s power generation crisis


[Nigeria] UK Supreme Court Grants Reprieve to NNPC over $100m Bank Guarantee


United Bank for Africa promotes 3,000 members of staff


South African team emerges runner-up in Mozilla’s equal rating innovation challenge


Oando Nigeria announces FYE 2016 results, posts N3.5b Profit After Tax


[Nigeria] VoguePay gets Fintech start-up recognition


[South Africa] creates employment through new re-seller feature


Cross border trade between EAC member states and DR Congo eased with new agreement


Kenya to merge functions of key financial regulatory bodies


Oil on water shrinks by 17% in early indication of OPEC cuts effect - Vortexa report


[Cameroon] Cotton sector receives $16.5 million shot in the arm from IFC


[Nigeria] Lidya raises funding to expand access to capital for underserved small businesses


WebNMS and Energy Monitoring partner to deliver bespoke energy solutions in East Africa


[Tanzania] Halotel inks money transfer deal with NMB


80 Moroccan companies break ground in Rwanda at the Africa Business Connect 2017


Kenya and Seychelles agree to collaborate on fisheries, aviation and maritime security


[Ghana] Fisher folk to benefit from Tigo Fishers Network services


[Kenya] CIAO Group announces intent to acquire Provisioning Software Company


Restaurant Brands International in deal with Servair S.A to grow Burger King brand in Sub Saharan Africa


U.S. Department of State and Edison Electric Institute launch the Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange


[Madagascar] Government faces ILO complaint over 43 sacked dockworkers


[Egypt] Government mulls setting up integrated databases for Egyptian expatriates


Kenya set to establish Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority to end traffic jam


Ethiopia receives $150 Million credit from World Bank to reduce trade logistics costs


[Kenya] BitHub.Africa announces opportunity report crowdsale campaign for digital currencies' enthusiasts


[Nigeria] SPDC links LiveWIRE beneficiaries to $800,000 growth fund


Lloyd’s Register and GOSCO form joint venture to deliver services to Ghana oil and gas sector


[South Africa] Thebe Investments makes a bid for the Auction Industry

Africa Business Communities will be coming to London, Gaborone and Windhoek. Let's meet!

Bas Vlugt, founder of Africa Business Communites, will be traveling to Africa coming April and May and this might be a great opportunity to meet and discuss business and partnerships...

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Results Based Balanced Scorecard Certification Master Class in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa

Citizens of the world are increasingly demanding that their governments demonstrate results. The introduction of performance management as a reform output was in response to increasing calls for governments to improve accountability and demonstrate value for money...

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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 Communities is looking for Partners for our Kenya Platform
Africa Business Communities is 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 can be either country platforms, industry related platforms or a combination of the two...

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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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