USTDA connects U.S. energy industry to business opportunities in South Africa

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Solafrica Energy (Pty) Ltd., a developer of utility-scale solar power plants in Southern Africa, for a pilot project that demonstrates the performance of an energy storage system based on Primus Power Corporation’s (California) EnergyPod2® technology. read more

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RATP Dev confirmed in Casablanca to run the tramway network and continue expanding into a major multi-modal network

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Laurence Batlle, Chairwoman of the Executive Board of RATP Dev
Catherine Guillouard, RATP group President and Chief Executive
M. Abdelaziz OMARI, President of the City Council of Casablanca
M. Abdelkébir ZAHOUD, Wali of Casablanca-Settat region and Governor of Casablanca prefecture
M. Noureddine BOUTAYEB, Delegate Minister to the Minister of Interior
M. Youssef DRAISS, General Manager Casablanca Transport en Site Aménagé SA

RATP Dev has again retained the trust of Casa Transports, the transport authority in Casablanca, to operate, maintain and develop the tramway network for the Casablanca conurbation. The renewed contract is for twelve years and begins on 13 December 2017. read more

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Engen launches innovative Pharmacy Concept in Kenya

Engen launched its first pharmacy in Kenya earlier this month at its highly-successful Hurlingham branch in Nairobi, in partnership with Payless Pharmacy. read more

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New GSMA Report Highlights Mobile Industry Progress in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Industry Increases Impact Across All 17 SDGs, with Greatest Improvement in SDGs 3 (Good Health and Well-being), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and 13 (Climate Action) read more

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International Trade Secretary announces increasing financial support for UK businesses to trade with South Africa and Mozambique

International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox , announced increases in financial trade support for UK businesses to trade with South Africa as he flew out to South Africa and Mozambique to discuss strengthening trade relations (Sunday 17 September). read more

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Official launch of NEPAD’s 5% Agenda initiative for infrastructure financing in Africa

Bridging Africa’s $68bn infrastructure finance gap read more

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South Africa’s Discovery sets ambition to make 10 million people healthier by 2018, leveraging a new category of Shared-Value Insurance

Discovery head office in Johannesburg, South Africa

Announcing its annual results out of Johannesburg this morning, financial services group Discovery (Discovery.co.za) (JSE share code: DSY ISIN: ZAE000022331), outlined the growth in scale and impact of its Vitality Shared-Value Insurance model (SharedValueInsurance.com). Since launching Vitality twenty years ago, Discovery has invested considerably in building a platform that serves a global network of insurers, providing access to the Vitality brand, product offerings, technological innovations, actuarial and data insights and program assets. This Global Vitality Network now operates in 16 countries across North America, Europe, pan-Asia, South Africa and the United Kingdom, serving close to 10 million clients through seven insurers. As an integrated incentive-driven insurance model, Vitality is uniquely positioned to “monetise” better health, and is attracting over 150 000 new members a month. read more

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Bright Prospects for Ethiopia and Ghana in Hotel Markets Outlook: 2017-2021

Hotel Markets Outlook: 2017-2021

Political instability might have impacted the hospitality and tourism sector in Ethiopia but the diplomatic country of Africa stands resilient to the challenges set before her. Ghana’s Accra, being listed as one of the most expensive cities in Africa, is attracting more visitors than anticipated. Real estate development is booming while the city flourish as a vacation and business hub for many travelers. The 7th edition of the PwC Hotels Outlook: 2017 – 2021 report establish Ethiopia and Ghana as countries with a brighter outlook in the hotel industry – both countries are increasingly growing in the number of international hotel brands. read more

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Morocco-Gabon Forum 2017: Towards a South-South cooperation model

On the 14th and 15th of September, in Rabat, Morocco, Moroccan and Gabonese economic players are attending the Morocco-Gabon Forum 2017 whose main purpose is to contribute to the consolidation of economic and trade exchanges between Libreville and Rabat. Gabon shared its desire to see Morocco become a special business partner and establish their relationships as a model of South-South cooperation. Gabon wishes to invest $21 billion in the years ahead to upgrade its infrastructures and support diverse poles of growth away from oil industry. read more

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The Inaugural Guyana International Petroleum Business Summit & Exhibition

The Marriott Hotel, in Georgetown, Guyana read more

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ECA calls Uganda to make industrial policy more effective

Uganda’s average growth for the period 2011-2015 was 4.8 percent, lower than that of neighbouring Kenya (5.5 percent), Tanzania (6.9 percent) and Rwanda (7.0 percent) read more

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Africa’s economic giants face increasing competition from upcoming Kenya and Ethiopia

New Africa Risk-Reward Index provides investors with a synthesis of risks and opportunities across the African continent read more

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Societe Generale launches YUP, a new alternative to the traditional banking model in Africa

Deployed in Ivory Coast and Senegal, YUP already has more than 30,000 open wallets and nearly 600 agents read more

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Gabon: stop clamping down the opposition

The serious post-electoral crisis following the 2016 presidential elections in Gabon is fuelling instability, say MEPs. They condemn the pressure and intimidation of the opposition in the country as its role is fundamental in a democratic society. read more

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