IMPORTATION OF MERCURY TO BE BANNED IN GHANA

Professor Frimpong Boateng, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation, at a media briefing on responsible and regulated mining methods made known that the government of Ghana is currently strategizing to place a ban on the import of mercury by the end of the year. Mercury, which is a primary resource used by illegal small scale gold miners, pose a lot of health threat to humans and the ecosystem at large as the substance is widely recognized to be carcinogenic. read more

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IMF Staff Concludes Visit to Mozambique

Growth declined to 3.8 percent in 2016 and is now projected to edge up to 4.7 percent in 2017, mainly on account of a surge in coal production and exports read more

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Why the SERAS? The Importance of Recognising CSR in Africa

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Businesses across Africa are spending considerable amounts of money on their CSR projects every year. Often the real social impact of these efforts is not recognized in a pubic sphere. read more

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Hospitality and tourism’s relevance to African markets

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The hospitality and tourism is an important sector for many developing countries, since it is one of the main foreign exchange earners and key exports component. In 2016, foreign visitors to Africa reached 58 million with a spending of USD 40.7 billion approximately 36.3%, and projected to reach 42.9bn by end of 2017. These statistics by Jumia Travel’s Hospitality Report Africa, reflect the sector’s extensive significance both in terms of social and economic growth. read more

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Seven designers work with American hardwoods for ‘Seed to Seat’ project at 100% Design South Africa 2017

Furniture design and Life Cycle Assessment project aims to throw the spotlight on versatile, yet less well-known American hardwood species and identify the true environmental impact of design read more

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Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) is a golden opportunity for Nigerian companies to regularise their tax affairs

It gives taxpayers an opportunity to voluntarily declare all previously undisclosed assets and income, and thereby regularise their affairs read more

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IMF Executive Board Completes First Review under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) with the Arab Republic of Egypt

The completion of the review allows the authorities to draw the equivalent of SDR 895.48 million (about US$1.25 billion), bringing total disbursements to SDR 2,865.53 million about US$4 billion read more

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SA-German Business Relations: Meeting with Rolls-Royce

Dr Bernhard Rabert, Regional Director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland of Rolls-Royce, on Monday met with Minister-Plenipotentiary Adv Cassimjee and discussed the excellent working relationship between South Africa and Rolls-Royce. South Africa serves as the regional Southern African hub to Rolls-Royce, which is only one of the 600 German companies operational in South Africa. The South African Embassy is continuously working to enhance the good working relationship established with the German private sector. read more

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Cybersecurity Starts with Training Your Employees

The Petya ransomware attack that hit computers around the world recently, the second in two months, is yet another reminder that computers play key roles in most enterprises, and that it does not take much to disable those computers. Irrespective of how robust your information security systems are, users are still the weakest link in your company’s cybersecurity. read more

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Facebook helps Zimbabwean entrepreneurs to build their digital skills

Facebook Africa‘s teams are visiting Zimbabwe this week to host a series of training events and workshops designed to help local tech entrepreneurs and small businesses to sharpen their digital skills and expertise. read more

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Mahindra Comviva and Econet Wireless Zimbabwe win The RemTECH Award in the ‘Visionary Game Changer’ category

 Awarded for EcoCash Diaspora service powered by mobiquity® Money read more

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Hosting Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) generates a seven-figure economic boost

The significant economic benefits to host countries of the influential Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) (www.Africa-Conference.com) have been quantified in an independent assessment by the international audit, tax and advisory experts, Grant Thornton. The total contribution to African economies is estimated at $16.8 million and since inception, it is estimated that AHIF has been responsible for deals cumulatively worth over $4billion. read more

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Mobile Money The South African Way

The failure of Vodacom’s M-Pesa mobile money transfer initiative in South Africa, in contrast to its spectacular success in Kenya, has led many pundits to the conclusion that a mobile money solution will never fly in this country. read more

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Ghana to Receive $80m Aid from Switzerland Government

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The Federal Republic of Switzerland has earmarked an amount of $80 million to support the enhanced competitiveness of Ghanaian enterprises in the global market space, as well as help in government’s efforts at diversifying the Ghanaian economy. read more

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