Year 5 | Edition 11 | 5 April 2018
Kigali, Rwanda
Liquid Telecom Rwanda partners with Impact Hub Kigali to nurture digital innovation
Liquid Telecom Rwanda, part of the pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has announced a partnership with Impact Hubs, a global network of innovation labs, business incubators and social enterprise community centres, to explore new ways to support start-ups in Kigali...

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[Interview] Bako Ambianda, Chairman, GAA Exhibitions & Conferences
Bako Ambianda is the Founder, Chairman, & CEO of Labacorp Group, a diversified portfolio of businesses and strategic investments in key economic sectors spanning manufacturing, construction, power, agribusiness, real estate, and exhibition - amongst which is the GAA Exhibitions & Conferences.

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GAA Exhibitions & Conferences is an events, publishing, and trade missions company that formulate a portfolio of high-level summits, forums, meetings, exhibitions and exploratory trade missions across different sectors, particularly manufacturing, agriculture, renewable energy, construction, and technology industries...

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Baker McKenzie forecasts a drop in financial deals in Africa and the Middle East in 2018
Baker McKenzie’s Global Transactions Forecast, developed in association with Oxford Economics predicts that financial sector M&A in Africa and the Middle East will drop to US$9 billion in 2018...

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Raghav Prasad appointed Mastercard Division President for Sub Saharan Africa

Spurred on by the company’s steady growth in Sub-Saharan Africa and in line with its focus on investing in the continent, Mastercard has appointed Raghav Prasad as Division President for Sub-Saharan Africa...

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[Interview] Peter-John Woest, Sales Manager, CAD4Africa, South Africa

Peter-John Woest is Sales Manager in the South African eCommerce site, CAD4Africa, a provider of design technology that is now expanding into Nigeria and Kenya...

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Legal opinions in debt finance deals are a potentially powerful business tool, Bowmans

In debt finance transactions, the issuance of legal opinions is sometimes perceived as a perfunctory, final step in the closing process. 

However, from the perspective of the opinion recipients, usually the lender group, a legal opinion...

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[Column] Bob Koigi: Sacrificing investments at the altar of consumerism
Sub Saharan Africa is experiencing an unprecedented surge in demand for luxury products and services. This is particularly being driven by a booming middle class that analysts tie to a pool...

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Rwanda Stock Exchange launches SMEs securities platform

For the growth of the country’s economy to sustain and keep increasing, it will require efficiency and growth of financial institutions and deepening of an effective capital market - Claver Gatete, the minister of Finance and Economic Planning has said...

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[Botswana] Pangolin to earn 75 per cent interest in AK10 diamond project after deal with Makanwu Civil Blasting

Pangolin Diamonds Corp. has signed an option agreement with Makanwu Civil Blasting, a private company incorporated under the laws of the Republic of Botswana...

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[Column] Gilbert Saggia: Data - the fertilizer that will feed Africa's agricultural transformation
Everywhere we look, technology is being touted as the enabler of a new era of African agricultural prosperity. The exciting world of possibilities offered by blockchain...

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Zambia launches online investment to spur FDIs

The Zambian iGuide, an electronic investment platform, has been launched with technical support from the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)...

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[Column] Vahid Monadjem: Mobile money partnerships present an opportunity for banks in emerging markets
Over the past decade, mobile money adoption has skyrocketed - a phenomenon that has primarily been driven by growth in sub-Saharan Africa. Indeed, since the 2007 launch of M-Pesa in Kenya...

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Growing demand for senior leaders in burgeoning African fintech sector
With the rapid and sustained growth of the fintech sector in East Africa, particularly in Kenya, there has been a sharp rise in demand for skilled leaders to fill positions, and companies are looking...

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[Interview] Shane Leahy, CEO, Tola Mobile

[Column] Bob Koigi: African cities losing competitiveness on high cost of living

[Column] Nalin Jena: Making textbooks affordable and available for every student in Kenya

[Interview] Funke E. Adeniji, Founder, Women Elite Sports Empowerment Initiative, UK

[Column] Sabine Dall’Omo: Making water infrastructure intelligent is a water wise move for Africa


Kenya Airways signs up for WheelTug system to tame operational costs

Financial institutions should embrace housing microfinance to address Sub Saharan Africa needs, study

[South Africa] Huge to become first telecommunications listing on A2X

Viper Networks and Apollo complete first African smart cities solution in Nigeria

[South Africa] Former DiData CEO invests R10m into emerging social networking platform, Gather Online


[Kenya] Oserian Flowers diversifies into real estate

Ecobank mobile app reaches 4 million users milestone in Africa

[Nigeria] Farmcrowdy bolsters farmland by 175% with launch of 7,500 new acres

Mall for Africa launches affiliate program in Africa

DR Congo and Uganda among countries to benefit from new Technoserve specialty coffee projects


Citi launches Volunteer Africa 2018 with primary focus on working with Ugandan entrepreneurs

[South Africa] SolarReserve, ACWA and Eskom sign power agreement for construction of 100 megawatt power station

Access Bank signs $25 million facility with FMO, targets women entrepreneurs

MTN Nigeria and Huawei complete commercial deployment of RuralStar 2.0

Kenya most improved in removing legal barriers against women, World Bank Group report

Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit 2018
Organized by GAA Exhibitions & Conferences, the 2018 ATIGS edition will gather key economic players from more than 70 countries including government delegations, high-profile African leaders, project developers and international investors on June 24, 25 and 26, 2018 in Washington, DC...

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IFAs, Increase your Commissions from Offshore Funds
Agent from Pennington available to work from your office, and offer Offshore Investment Fund products to your clients, from 15-May-2018, through 01-August-2018....

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eBook - The sub-Saharan African road construction and bitumen markets
Request your copy of Argus’ eBook that explores the sub-Saharan Africa road construction and bitumen markets. It offers an overview of the current environment, prospects for supplying bitumen to sub-Saharan African markets and the huge potential for growth in the region...

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African CEO's wanted for interviews!
Africa Business Communities is conducting a series of interviews with African CEO's and CEO's of companies doing business in Africa...

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African Startups wanted for interviews!
Africa Business Communities is conducting a series of interviews with startup businesses in Africa...

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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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Africa Business Communities is launching African Startup Platform - looking for partners
African startups have been on a meteoric rise, positioning themselves as key players in the African economies, boosting innovation, and businesses while creating employment.

Africa Business Communities has a fast growing African Startup LinkedIn group with over 8000 members. In our Africa Venture Capital and Private Equity LinkedIn group we have over 9000 members...

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