Lonely Planet’s World’s Best (African) Destinations 2018, Plus Places to Top Your List

A ship docks at the port of Djibouti read more

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Angola Cables – Microsoft: Digital Transformation in Africa

Angola Cables (www.AngolaCables.co.ao) announced that it has become a Microsoft ExpressRoute partner to meet the needs of Africa-based organisations migrating business applications and IT infrastructures to the cloud and accelerating digital transformation on the continent. Taking advantage of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, Angola Cables has created ACloud Connect to provide dedicated, high-quality connections to a worldwide network of 42 Azure regions offered by Microsoft, and connectivity to Angonap  Angola Cables’ data centre located in Luanda. read more

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Why good infrastructure governance is the key to unlocking Africa’s potential

Africa’s first roundtable on infrastructure governance is taking place in Cape Town this week. Chris Heathcote, CEO of Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub) (GIhub.org), which is co-hosting the event, shares his views on the opportunities that infrastructure development offers African countries and some of the obstacles to the success of such projects.  read more

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2017: SME employment pressure rising

NSBC releases findings of the 2017 National Small Business Survey read more

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IMF – Gabon

  • The EFF-supported program will help Gabon restore macroeconomic stability and lay the foundation for inclusive growth.
  • Completion of the first review would enable a second program disbursement of SDR71.43 (about US$98.8 million).
  • Gabon’s near-term economic outlook remains difficult, with growth expected at about 0.8 percent in 2017, but there are signs that the economy is stabilizing.

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team led by Alex Segura-Ubiergo visited Libreville from October 18 to November 1 for the first review of Gabon’s extended arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF). [1] read more

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Driving automation among small businesses can help meet Nigeria’s tax goals

The IMF has warned that Nigerian governments’ ability to effectively finance infrastructure and services is constrained by low tax collection read more

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Diversity dominates as the Top 20 finalists are announced for the 2017 South African Small Business Awards

Ending off its 9th year, The National Small Business Chamber (NSBC), in association with World Famous Events, has today announced South Africa’s 2017 Top 20 Small Business & Entrepreneurship Award recipients and finalists. These prestigious awards have gathered a diverse range of entries all with one thing in common, a driving entrepreneurial force. read more

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Fly Africa – Unlocking the Potential of Africa’s Aviation Industry

Africans make up 12% of the world’s population but less than 2% of its travelers read more

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Wanting to grow your Manufacturing Business?

Join us at this year’s most important manufacturing event in the Westen Cape – the Western Cape Manufacturing Indaba taking place on the 22nd November 2017 at Century City ICC, Cape Town.  The event brings together leading manufacturing experts, small to large manufacturers, consultants, financial institutions, all with a common aim to help to grow our manufacturers.

The conference will focus on key aspects aligned to the Province’s strategy to help manufacturers grow and develop their manufacturing businesses. The discussions at the conference will focus on: read more

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Meetings & Business Drive Content Made In Africa

The sixth edition of the DISCOP Johannesburg entertainment content market wrapped up last Friday with a record 1464 attendees from 81 countries including 37 Sub-Saharan African nations. National and regional pavilions hosted delegates from Germany, this year’s Guest Country, France, the USA, China, Francophone Africa, and the Middle East. read more

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National Support Workshop for the implementation of the economic dimension of decentralization in Morocco

The purpose of the study is to develop a methodology offering the opportunity to the local governments of Morocco to have at their disposal a local economic development steering tool for the promotion of economic activities and employment read more

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Niger – Travel Warning

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Niger due to terrorist activity, kidnappings, and high crime. The Department recommends U.S. citizens avoid travel to Niger’s border regions, particularly the Malian border area, the Libyan border area, the Diffa region, and Lake Chad Basin area because of activity by various extremist groups including al-Qa’eda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham–Islamic State West Africa (ISIS-WA), ISIS-Greater Sahara (ISIS-GS), ISIS-Libya (ISIS-L), and Boko Haram. Due to security concerns and travel restrictions, the U.S. Embassy’s abilty to assist U.S. citizens in remote and rural areas is very limited. This replaces the Travel Warning dated April 11, 2017. read more

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GCC Hospitality and Leisure Sector has $200 BN Projects Underway

  • Over 2,000 hospitality and leisure projects in the GCC with a combined estimated value of USD 200 billion, according to The Big 5’s research partner BNC Network.
  • The expanding tourism sector and hosting of large events are key drivers behind increasing hospitality and leisure projects in the region.
  • The Big 5 (26 – 29 November 2017 at The Dubai World Trade Centre) will feature over 2500 exhibiting companies and is expected to attract over 78,000 visitors.

Over 2,000 hospitality and leisure projects are currently underway in the GCC with a combined estimated value of USD 200 billion, event organisers announce ahead of The Big 5 next month.  An estimated USD 64 billion worth of related projects in the construction pipeline, coupled with increasingly relaxed visa policies highlight a developing focus on strengthening the regional tourism ecosystem. read more

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Illegal liquor traders shut down and liquor confiscated in inspection Blitz in Northern Cape

A joint-operation comprising of the National Liquor Authority (NLA) of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with the Northern Cape Liquor Board and the South African Police Services (SAPS) shut down ten illegal liquor outlets that were found to be operating without licences. This happened during a blitz inspection operation that took place in Kuruman and surrounding areas at the weekend. read more

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