Daily Archives: November 5, 2012

Pan-African AgriBusiness Forum 2012: ‘Partnership Day’ to highlight the importance of stable, sustainable and long-term partnerships for Africa’s Agri-Food sector’s growth.

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Deforestation Costing Kenyan Economy Millions of Dollars Each Year and Increasing Water Shortage Risk, UNEP and Kenya Forest Service Report Finds / Services from Kenya’s Water Towers Underpin Many Sectors of Economy

NAIROBI, Kenya, November 5, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ Deforestation deprived Kenya’s economy of 5.8 billion shillings ($US 68 million) in 2010 and 6.6 billion shillings in 2009, far outstripping the roughly 1.3 billion shillings injected from forestry and logging each year, according to a joint Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report. read more

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Tánaiste welcomes commitment from Government of Uganda to repay funds misappropriated from Irish Aid

DUBLIN, Ireland, November 5, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., today welcomed the Government of Uganda’s commitment to repay €4m in Irish Aid funds which was misappropriated by officials in the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Finance and Bank of Uganda. read more

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Luanda: Italian firms at Construction Fair

LUANDA, Angola, November 5, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A total of twenty Italian firms successfully participated in the 10th edition of the Projekta International Construction, Urban Planning and Architecture Fair held in Luanda Angola. The fair provided the perfect stage for an infrastructure and civil engineering sector that has undergone rapid growth over the past decade. The Italian firms joined 380 other firms not only from Angola but also from Portugal, South Africa, Brazil and Turkey. read more

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PanAtlantic Exploration Company Adopts Paradigm’s Subsurface Software Suite for International Deepwater Exploration and Production Projects

Paradigm solutions to improve cycle times and enhance subsurface reliability.
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Malawi Economic Conference Affirms Recent Policy Reforms and Calls for Additional Measures to Achieve More Inclusive Growth

LILONGWE, Malawi, November 5, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Malawi Ministry of Finance, the Reserve Bank of Malawi and the International Monetary Fund jointly organized a conference in Lilongwe during November 2-3, 2012 aimed at discussing strategies for enhancing the implementation of Malawi’s Economic Recovery Plan (ERP). The high level conference was held under the theme “Toward More Inclusive Growth.” read more

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ICANN to expand in Africa

By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa

An initiative aimed at increasing ICANN’s presence and participation
across Africa was recently unveiled.

It was also announced that the plan has received enthusiastic support
of the CEO and Board Chair.

News coming from Toronto, Canada say that leaders of Africa’s Internet
community have also unveiled a comprehensive plan designed to
dramatically increase African involvement in ICANN’s multi-stakeholder
model.

The initiative was presented to ICANN during the organization’s 45th
public meeting in Toronto, Canada by the Africa Strategy Working Group
(ASWG). It was formed after ICANN’s new President and Chief Executive
Officer, Fadi Chehadé encouraged a stronger voice from the African
continent in ICANN’s multi-stakeholder model.

“When we met three months ago at the ICANN meeting in Prague, I felt a
sense of frustration at our inability to come together and move the
Africa agenda forward,” said Chehadé. “It’s incredible what this
working group has achieved in such a short period of time by engaging
with many concerned groups and individuals through the
multi-stakeholder process.”

“We employed a bottom-up, open and public process in developing this
initiative,” said Nii Quaynor of Ghana, a well-respected Internet
leader in Africa and Chair of the ASWG. “We think this plan will lead
to dramatically increased African participation in ICANN and greater
presence for the organization on the African continent.”

Also, the plan was written with the input and broad support of ICANN’s
African community, Africa's Regional Registry for Internet Number
Resources (AFRINIC) and other influential African organizations
involved in the Internet ecosystem.

“We are taking a new approach to Africa,” said Tarek Kamel, a Senior
Advisor to the ICANN President. “This plan is based on capacity
building, business development, specifically developing the Domain
Name System (DNS) business in Africa and insuring inclusion.”

Furthermore, the three year initiative, entitled ICANN's New Approach
to Africa, lays out clear goals and milestones and an action plan for
the first 12 months.  It is a collaborative effort by AFRINIC,
Africa's Regional Registry for Internet Number Resources and the ICANN
community.  The initiative will now be posted for public comment.

Currently, African internet users represent only 6 per cent of
Internet users worldwide. This initiative is designed to dramatically
increase that number.

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Who Travel’s more democrats or republicans

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IQ4News Partner with VHC to Launch South Africa Job Portal

According to a report by Statistics South Africa, unemployment rate in South Africa is at 24.9%, down from 25.2% in the first quarter. A staggering 79% of those unemployed are under the age of 35, with some 26,000 graduates unemployed. read more

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Qatar breaks ground on solar stadium

The tender for the first solar-powered World Cup 2022 stadium has been issued and the winners will be announced in November or December, the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee has said. Construction should follow soon thereafter and if all goes according to plan, Al Wakrah stadium will be complete as soon as 2015. “The stadium will be developed in conjunction with Qatar Foundation at Education City,” and an additional five of the 12 planned stadia are in either planning or tender stages. Qatar is taking their world cup planning very seriously, as they hope to create a cultural, economic and social legacy, although this will depend a great deal on how well they treat their foreign workers during the process. “Our aim is to ensure that the event contributes to achieving the targets set in the 2030 National Vision and to ensure this, it is of the utmost importance that the entire nation works together in a spirit of close cooperation,” said secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi. “Continued optimism across the whole Middle East –from Algeria to Yemen – is once again driving demand from all aspects of the solar industry” says Nick Thomson, exhibition director GulfSol 2013 (3-5 September, 2013, Dubai). “In what are tough times for solar everywhere else, the mood of optimism surrounding the MENA region is tangible” he adds. “With exciting developments such as Qatar all lined up, the scope for solar technology suppliers is immense, and as the traditional European and Far Eastern markets struggle and tire, it is with great relief that there is a rapidly emerging bright spot – and that is the Middle East” he adds. Reservations for next year’s GulfSol exhibition are underway, and demands on space are already meaning that many of the key locations have been reserved. Make sure you don’t miss out on this exciting new opportunity, and contact the team today via www.gulfsol.com.

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Zimbabwe develops e-health strategies

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