World Economic Forum (WEF): Sage CEO laments absence of small business issues at Davos

Anton van Heerden, Executive Vice-President Africa & Middle East at Sage

  • CEO Stephen Kelly says small businesses still being ignored by policy makers as big business flocks to Davos
  • Sage launches Forum for Business Builders to give entrepreneurs a voice

Global research by Sage (www.Sage.com) highlights that only 33% of small businesses feel represented by politicians in their country’s decision making. The data has been published in the run up to the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) where politicians and big business will gather in Davos to debate the global economic picture. Sage CEO Stephen Kelly has lamented the absence of small business issues from the agenda, and called for greater representation, given that in most economies entrepreneurs, or business builders, creates 2/3 of all jobs.

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Hong Kong bans import of poultry meat and products from Uganda and areas in Germany, India and Japan

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (January 17) that in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in the State of Bavaria in Germany and Kottayam District in Kerala State of India, and an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in Uganda and a notification from the Japanese authorities about an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Gifu Prefecture, the CFS has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the above places with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

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UKEF supports GE Oil & Gas contract with major energy project in Ghana

  • UKEF is supporting a GE Oil & Gas contract worth US $850 million
  • the contract will support jobs in the Aberdeen and Bristol areas
  • it is the first time a European export credit agency has supported a financing structure of this kind, and is UKEF’s first direct loan for a project in Africa

GE Oil & Gas, which is headquartered in the UK, is providing subsea production systems to the project, which will develop oil and gas fields approximately 60km offshore from the western side of Ghana’s coast. Following first gas production in 2018, the new fields are expected to continuously feed Ghana’s thermal power plants for more than 20 years.

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Starehe Girls’ Centre Wins Top International Renewable Energy and Sustainability Prize

Kenyan all-girls school recognised for rooftop photovoltaic plan that will reduce utilities expense

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Rwanda’s IMF PSI and SCF targeted at addressing growing external imbalances

As Uganda and Tanzania are reviewed by IMF Executive Board for the 7th and 5th time respectively, Rwanda is accordingly being reviewed by the Board for the Sixth time under the Policy Support Instrument (PSI) and the first review under the Standby Credit Facility (SCF) for Rwanda.

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Uganda’s Economy Expected to Experience 5% Increase in Fiscal Year 2016/2017

Uganda’s economy has performed above expectation within unfavourable conditions. This has been discovered through a review exercised by the IMF Executive Board under the Policy Support Instrument (PSI) for Uganda. The PSI which is designed for countries that do not need balance of payments financial support was approved for Uganda by the Board on June 28, 2013 and a one-year extension was approved on June 6, 2016. This review marks the 7th review of the Board under the PSI.

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Maputo Could Be a Mega-Ship Port

The Port of Maputo in Mozambique has excellent development potential. It is located along the east coast of Southern Africa, to the north of the Ports of Durban and Richards Bay. It is one of several ports that connect via road and railway line to South Africa’s mega-metropolis of Johannesburg that is still Africa’s leading financial hub.

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Super-Wide Rail Cars Could Boost Port Transfers

The majority of maritime ports worldwide offer the option of intermodal transfer of containers between maritime and railway transportation, and at some ports, the port railway may serve as the means by which to undertake ship-to-ship transfers of containers.

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Cross-border collaboration in West Africa to be fostered at the Regional Energy Co-operation Summit

Regional Energy Co-operation Summit to discuss opportunities for cross-border power projects and investments across the West African region – Côte d’Ivoire, 26-27 January 2017. Under the theme unleashing international capital to drive forward West Africa’s regional integration. The event will host keynote addresses from Hon. Patrick Sendolo, Minister of Mines, Lands and Energy of the Republic of Liberia and H.E. Prof. Alpha Oumar Dissa, Minister of Energy, Mines and Quarries, Burkina Faso; while attracting high profile speakers with diverse background across the West African region.

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What makes Ethiopia a must see of the planet?

Although you might have heard it countless times let us remind you about the sophistication of Ethiopia that makes the country a must see of the planet. Ethiopia is truly full of wonderful and breathtaking places that you must see in lifetime says Jumia Travel.

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Critical time for Ethiopian Business Development

Ethiopia’s focus to tackle poverty once again put the country to prioritize on infrastructural development through public investments aspiring to make the country a manufacturing hub. This is expected to turn Ethiopia into a lower middle income country in the next decade growing the industrial sector by 20% average.

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Economic Growth of Tanzania Projected at 7% after 5th IMF PSI Review

Under the Policy Support Instrument which is designed for countries that do not need balance of payments financial support, IMF Executive Board Completes the Fifth Review of Tanzania’s economic performance under the program supported by a three-year PSI. The review indicates a great economic performance of the Tanzania economy during the first half of 2016 and is projected to remain at about 7 percent this fiscal year.

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Marriot International Expands in Algeria with Sheraton Annaba Hotel

Marriot International has increased their presence in Algeria by opening its 7th hotel – Sheraton Annaba, within the country’s fourth largest city and a popular commercial hub and tourist destination. With its iconic and sophisticated design, and appealing dining options, the hotel offers stunning views of the azure Mediterranean Sea and the scenic coastal city while giving its guest an easy access to the airport and the city’s most charming attractions.

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GHANA: Active Citizen Discuss “Ban on Plastics”

Dumpsite Dominated with Polythene Bags Set on Fire to Burn. Akrofuom, Ghana.

A number of active citizens from all parts of Ghana gather to discuss whether the country should place a complete ban on plastic bags.

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Simien Mountains Exploration like you have never had before

Taking adventures trekking at Simien Mountains is one of a great life time experiences that will be treasured. Truly anyone can have the best time of their life here at the tallest mountain famously known as the roof of Africa. Simien Mountain is full of life, exciting adventure and up close view of wildlife’s creating immeasurable rewarding trekking. The enormous green scenery of the mountain which is said to rival the Colorado’s Grand Canyon are magnificent. From friendly baboons, ancient churches up in the mountains to sky rise green mountains, the massive mountain offers endless and unforgettable escapades that certainly fulfils your dream of perfect trekking Jumia Travel reveals.

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Charming things you should know about Ethiopia before visiting

Spotted in the land of East Africa having over 80 ethnicities surrounding its glorious landscapes; Ethiopia is identified as a land of sacred and sophisticated and extreme sights. Each destination portrays extravaganza of nature and ancient treasures but it’s people who stayed true to their culture and tradition offer its own unique kind of attraction to travelers. Jumia Travel highlights ten funny things to know about Ethiopia so that you can blend in easily with the public enjoying your time in Ethiopia.

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What it takes for Ethiopia to realize its ambition to be ICT hub

Adequate budgeting and efficient administration takes ICT development a long way. For developing countries such as Ethiopia which has its telecommunication service under state monopoly striving to create a universal coverage has been the key mission before the country surrenders its state monopoly to the private sector through joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) initiative.

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