Signing of the Japan-Kenya Investment Agreement

On August 28, 2016, ‘Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of the Republic of Kenya for the Promotion and Protection of Investment’ was signed by Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Mr. Henry K. Rotich, Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury of the Republic of Kenya, in Nairobi, Kenya on the occasion of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI).

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Multiple Investment Opportunities for Investors as GCC Waste Management Sector Experience Dynamic Change

Waste is becoming a major issue in the GCC region, as well as in many developing countries globally. In the past, many countries have been dealing with Waste through a simple mechanism of landfills, this was workable in the past, but is not workable in the future, based on specific trends relating to: increasing population and urbanization, resulting in a need to do more with land, and avoid losing the opportunity by dumping waste, increasing social awareness & increasing concerns globally and in the region relating to the environment damage, and the emanating potential of waste as a source of energy/ recycled materials, owing to more advancements in technology which has led to a need to do things differently.

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Protest Against Bidco Africa Is Fake

Bidco Africa is facing a “blackmail” threat from protestors which the company calims to be abstract and virtual. Marginally touching on the reason behind the social media blackmail and noise being made by a group of unknown fake protestors, Kodey Rao, who is the MD for the company in Uganda mentioned that their project has not led to the jeopardy of natural ecosystems or human livelihoods. Explaining more, he added that plots of land needed for the project were all legally acquired and also multiple Environmental Impact Assessments have been conducted and reported – these reports have no reservation for any health or environmental implications.

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IMF Launches Japan-Funded Project to Improve External Sector Statistics in Central and West African Countries

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) launched on August 29, 2016 a three-year capacity development project to improve the external sector statistics in Central and West Africa. Introduced at the African Training Institute (ATI) in Mauritius, this project has been made possible by the generous support of the Government of Japan. Its opening workshop at the ATI brought together mid– and senior–level central bank officials of 17 Francophone beneficiary countries. Representatives of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) and of the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) also participated in the workshop.

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Africa: Good Time to Consider Change, Oil and Gas Sector

The decline in the global oil price has led to a reduced level of activity across the African continent and had an impact on countries that traditionally depend on oil & gas revenue. Despite the bleak landscape, the African continent still offers significant opportunities in the oil & gas sector. “It is an opportune time for local governments that want to attract oil & gas investors to reform their regulatory, fiscal and licensing systems,” says Chris Bredenhann, PwC Africa Oil & Gas Advisory Leader.

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Zambia suspends Licenses of Three Broadcasters

Zambian regulators should immediately reinstate the broadcasting licenses of three media outlets it revoked, and police should drop all charges against four media workers arrested when police sealed the offices of the country’s largest privately owned television station, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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RMB continues to penetrate the South African market

SWIFT’s RMB Tracker shows that RMB usage across South Africa has more than doubled in volumes over the past two years

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10 fundamental lessons learned when doing business in Africa

Doing business in Africa can be somewhat of a challenge, considering the continents’ vastness, underdevelopment in certain areas and political and cultural diversities. However, with endless opportunity and resources, making money on the continent it is definitely worth the risk.

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Achieving Sustainable Transport in Africa

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Africa must achieve sustainable transport in its effort to contribute to global carbon emission reduction and the goal of limiting global temperature increase well below 2 degrees Celsius, while urging efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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De-risking in Africa on the rise, according to latest SWIFT data

SWIFT data shows that banks around the world are reducing their correspondent banking relationships with a focus on perceived higher-risk jurisdictions, including Africa

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Two things I wish I had known when I started a small business

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By Steven Cohen, Head of Sage One International (Africa, Australia, Middle East and Asia)

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‘5G Could Bridge the Digital Divide’ – Integr8

The advent of technology forces such as Big Data, analysis, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud computing to support digitisation in business brought about next generation connectivity infrastructure. Experts in ICT managed services have described the imminence of 5G mobile wireless standard as a breakthrough that promises to open up new channels of opportunity across enterprise networks.

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Hoyahoye Ethiopian Ancient Tradition

Ethiopia is truly a place of great culture and celebrations. One worth witnessing is Buhe which is celebrated on August 19 of every year. Religiously the day marks the transfiguration of Jesus on mount Tabor. The celebration performed by young boys and men all over Ethiopia is breathtaking and exciting to watch in Addis Ababa and at the regional states. It represents the approach of bright weather and the end of the rainy season.

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Cloud Computing Setting Pace in Businesses

It has been acknowledged globally that cloud computing works out as the most cost effective and reliable. Although several changes need to be done for existing companies to make this possible, cloud computing has set a pace  for most companies, allowing easy communication and transfer of documents and files to increase productivity and efficiency.

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Telecom M&A and Digital Convergence to lead Deal Activity in Africa

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TMT Finance is teaming up with IHS Towers, the largest mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, to bring an international audience to Africa’s technology hub, Lagos, for the first event of its kind in Nigeria

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S.A tourism geared for growth

According to PwC’s Hotels Outlook 2016 – 2020, South Africa can still expect healthy growth over the next five years. This is despite of the revised visa regulations and a weak global economy. What did we miss or misread on South Africa’s revised visa regulations? CNBC Africa is joined by Unathi Sonwabile Henama, Tourism Lecturer, Tshwane University of Technology.

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Africa Impact Investing Leaders Forum 2016

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