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The 6th World Hydropower Congress (WHC) will be held on 9-11 May in Ethiopia to discuss the role of Hydropower in ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services as called for in goal 7 of the SDGs. Currently, hydro is supplying 70% of the world’s renewable energy to more than a billion people in 152 countries. International Hydropower Association (IHA), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and other partners will organize this conference in Ethiopia as the country exhibit high interest and commitment to hydropower. The conference will emphasize on the environmental and social aspects of hydroelectric project planning stages. Richard Taylor, Chief Executive of IHA said “Hydropower’s role is a dynamic that calls for an integrated approach, with a strongly connected sector, and a high level of collaboration.”
On May 10th, the Equatorial Guinea-Saudi Arabia Economic Forum will be held in Jeddah to discuss how the two nations can cooperate and collaborate towards a greater impact and development. The forum which is scheduled to take off in Jeddah will identify investment opportunities and bolster trade ties between the two nations in core economic sectors such as mining, hydrocarbons, agriculture and fisheries. The forum is organized by the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea, with the participation of Centurion Law Group and Africa Oil & Power.
Africa presents a mixed foreign direct investment (FDI) picture – EY Africa Attractiveness report. Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa (the key hub economies) collectively attracted 58% of the continent’s total FDI projects in 2016. Investment from the Asia-Pacific region into Africa hit an all-time high in 2016. According to EY’s (http://EY.com) latest Africa Attractiveness report, heightened geopolitical uncertainty and “multispeed” growth across Africa present a mixed FDI picture for the continent.
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World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water. This year’s theme: Why waste water? in support of SDG 6.3 on improving water quality and reducing, treating and reusing wastewater.
Organizations around the world are expected to triple the adoption of modern, automated networks over the next two years according to a newly released IDC study. To accelerate the journey to these digital-ready networks, Cisco is introducing new technologies to accelerate digital network transformation that allow customers to virtualize and secure their networks.
AXILSPOT, a global vendor in enterprise wireless networking, announced the availability of its AEC120 Smart Antenna Ceiling Access Point in the Middle East and Africa to help businesses manage their growing workloads with a secure and reliable network and Internet connectivity. The AEC120 ceiling access point has the inbuilt and patented Rscan multibeam smart-selection antenna system.
On the 25th of March, a cross-sectorial initiative analyzing the impact of a growing livestock sector on public health, the environment, and livelihood launched in Addis Ababa. The Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050 (ASL2050) encourages governments to think beyond livestock today, for the people of tomorrow. Government ministers and representatives from Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) met today in Ethiopia to discuss the future of the livestock sector in Africa.
Numbeo index at the end of 2016 shows the city of Accra as the most expensive place to live in Africa with a Cost of Living index of 66.24 and Cost of Living plus Rent index of 58.03. In Africa, Accra is followed by Dar Es Salaam, Harare, Tripoli, Addis Ababa, and Johannesburg who had a cost of living index of 56.20, 52.45, 49.14, 47, and 45 respectively; while leading global cities like Madrid and Lisbon in the cost of living. More so, the city is the most polluted in Africa. Accra, the capital of Ghana, in recent years has received increasing number of expatriates and tourists. Hospitality and Real Estate development is on the boom as the city promises to be one of the most fast developing cities in Africa.