Year 6 | Edition 24 | 8 July 2019
 

Operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area launches in Niger

The operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA has been launched after a day-long summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in the Nigerien capital.

The AfCFTA will be governed by five operational instruments, i.e. the Rules of Origin; the online negotiating forum; the monitoring and elimination of non-tariff barriers; a digital payments system and the African Trade Observatory...

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Africa Oil announces Jethro-Lobe spud offshore Guyana

Africa Oil is pleased to announce that drilling operations have commenced offshore Guyana with the spudding of the first exploration well on the Jethro-Lobe prospect on the Orinduik Block. Jethro-Lobe was spud at 22:45 (local Guyana time) on July 4, 2019 using the Stena Forth drillship.

Partners on the Orinduik Block comprise Tullow Guyana B.V. ("Tullow", Operator, 60% Working Interest ("WI"), Total EP Guyana BV ("Total", 25% WI) and Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas...

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[Startup Interview] Elizabeth Eweka, CEO, IDHS, Nigeria

Elizabeth Eweka-Adeshina is the founder and CEO of IDHS, a Nigeria health startup that has been birthed by the realization that digital technology can enhance and promote the ease and speed of access to quality healthcare.

Give us a brief about what IDHS does?

IDHS is a tech health start-up with a principal focus of using technology to bring solutions to the healthcare sector. Our overall aim is to improve the health and wellness outcomes of our users by giving them access to health information...

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Ethiopia to sell minority stake in Ethio Telecom, issues licenses to private firms

Ethiopia will grant two telecom licenses to private firms and sell a minority stake in Ethio Telecom, the sole operator, as the government opens sectors long closed to outsiders.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced last year plans to privatise a swathe of industries and allow foreign and private investors into key state-owned companies in an effort to attract new players to the economy...

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[South Africa] Logicalis SA acquires Mars Technologies

Datatec subsidiary, Logicalis SA, has acquired Mars Technologies, an IT services business with offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Durban and East London, employing 76 staff.

Mars Technologies delivers Managed IT services ranging from the remote monitoring of networks and servers, managed desktop, anti-virus, cloud backup, and printers, to full outsourcing, targeting small and mid-market enterprises...

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[Column] Hans van Linschoten: Data sovereignty in Africa, why you should care

African businesses are currently making massive investments in things like machine learning and artificial intelligence tools and are using cloud and virtualized infrastructure to enhance service delivery.

Talking with industry leaders and experts across the continent, one thing is clear, they’re making these investments because they want to adopt the flexibility and benefits of the cloud...

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News Headlines

Tunisia private airline Jasmin Airways strengthens operations with acquisition of new aircraft 19-07-2019 | 13:15:00
Private Tunisian airline, Jasmin Airways, having made its first flight last month to Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina is looking at strengthening its hand with its third aircraft being delivered this month.


Fenix reaches 500,000 customers in 6 African markets, announces new leadership team 19-07-2019 | 09:27:00
Fenix International has appointed co-founder and current COO Brian Warshawsky to the role of CEO to drive the next phase of the company’s ambitious growth plans.


PepsiCo to acquire Pioneer Foods growing African foothold 19-07-2019 | 09:24:00
PepsiCo, Inc. has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire all the outstanding shares of Pioneer Foods Group Ltd.


Afreximbank appoints Idrissa Diop Compliance Director 19-07-2019 | 06:23:00
The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has appointed Idrissa Diop, formerly of Ecobank Transnational Inc., as its new Director of Compliance.


European Investment Bank and FMO sign up to renewAfrica covenant 19-07-2019 | 06:20:00
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and FMO adhere to the “renewAfrica” initiative, which intends to facilitate and improve financing for renewable energy projects in Africa.


[Kenya] Credit Bank receives $8 million facility from AfDB for SMEs lending 19-07-2019 | 06:05:00
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved a $8 million-targeted financing to Kenya's Credit Bank for lending exclusively to small and medium enterprises.


[Mozambique] Sasol, government collaborate to create jobs 18-07-2019 | 15:11:00
Sasol has reaffirmed its partnership with the Government of Mozambique to deliver on its socio-economic development strategy focusing on the creation of self-employment opportunities for locals.


[South Africa] Building the AfCFTA, making trade promotion efforts crucial to economic growth, Trade Minister 18-07-2019 | 14:03:00
The South Africa Minister for Trade and Industry says building the AfCFTA and making South Africa’s trade promotion efforts more effective and strategic, was very crucial to economic growth in the country and the African continent in general.


Ford South Africa to create 1 200 jobs at its Silverton Plant in Pretoria, Gauteng 18-07-2019 | 13:39:00
The South Africa Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr Ebrahim Patel, has welcomed the announcement by Ford South Africa that it will be creating 1 200 jobs at its Silverton Plant in Pretoria, Gauteng.


[Egypt] WFP celebrates long-standing partnership with the European Union 18-07-2019 | 13:07:06
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the European Union (EU) celebrated their five-year-long partnership in Egypt during which they have assisted more than 2.3 million people in collaboration with the Egyptian Government.


Olatowun Candide-Johnson appointed Chairwoman of French startup kwik 18-07-2019 | 07:28:00
The French startup kwik has announced today that Olatowun Candide-Johnson, a Nigerian lawyer and businesswoman, has officially been appointed Chairwoman of its supervisory board.


Trane appoints JMG Limited as new distributor in Nigeria for residential and light commercial products 18-07-2019 | 07:18:00
Trane, a global provider of indoor comfort systems, has entered into a new distribution agreement with JMG Limited in Nigeria that will significantly expand and strengthen the distribution capacity of Trane in Nigeria.


Qatar Airways to introduce three weekly direct flights to Gaborone Botswana 18-07-2019 | 07:07:00
Qatar Airways will be launching its new service to Gaborone, Botswana, from October 27, 2019. It will be the airline's first destination in the African country.


DHL partners with Teach for Uganda to create jobs for youth 18-07-2019 | 07:00:34
DHL Express has launched a partnership with Teach For Uganda, to eradicate education inequity and promote educational opportunities for young people in Uganda.


Air Seychelles set to launch weekly direct flights to Tel Aviv 17-07-2019 | 06:36:17
Air Seychelles has announced the commencement of a new service linking the Seychelles and Israel’s largest metropolitan area, Tel Aviv effective 27 November, 2019.


 



 
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