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IGD to Hold Series of High-Level Events to Promote Trade and Investment in Africa During UN General Assembly
September 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
  •  IGD will co-host with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Africa Business Center, a breakfast roundtable discussion on Sept. 25 with His Excellency Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice-President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. A press conference with Vice-President will follow the roundtable discussion. 
  • A Presidential Dialogue with His Excellency Filipe Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique and top government officials on Sept. 26 will outline trade and investment opportunities with leading U.S. and global business leaders.

 

 

President Filipe Nyusi of Mozeambique will headline one of the IGD events during the UN General Assembly

President Filipe Nyusi of Mozeambique will headline one of the IGD events during the UN General Assembly

WASHINGTON D.C. – September 11, 2018 – The Initiative for Global Development (IGD) will hold a series of high-level events with top African leaders on boosting U.S. trade and investment in Africa during the U.N. General Assembly in New York City.

To boost trade opportunities in Côte d’Ivoire, a press conference will be held with H.E. Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice-President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and U.S. business leaders on September 25 from 11:00-11:30am, following a breakfast investor roundtable discussion. Duncan, a leading Ivorian economist, is the former Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire and has served in top positions at the West African Central Bank and as Finance Minister.

IGD will host a Presidential Dialogue on Doing Business in Mozambiquewith H.E. Filipe Nyusi on Wednesday, September 26 from 8:00-9:30am at Thomson Reuters’ Times Square office in New York City. The Presidential Dialogue is an invitation-only event, where investors and business leaders gain access to the Head of State and key Government Ministers on potential trade and investment opportunities. This exclusive gathering is also a preview to the IGD Advanced Executive Program on Doing Business in Africa, a five-day executive training program held from October 29 to November 2, 2018 in Maputo, Mozambique. Read the press release here.

Five Heads of State from the Sahel region — Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger — will attend the G5 Sahel Summit, which will bring private-sector concerns to the fore of the security agenda on September 25,from 2:00-4:00pm in New York City. IGD, in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Africa Business CenterCorporate Council on Africa (CCA), and CIPE, is organizing the high-level roundtable session. This event is closed to the media. A joint press statement and photos will be released after the event. 

UNGA EVENTS LINEUP
U.S.-Cote d’Ivoire Business Roundtable 
WHO:

  • Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice-President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire

WHEN:  Tuesday, September 25, 2018 
Press Conference: 10:30 – 11:00AM
WHERE: TBD
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Presidential Dialogue on Doing Business in Mozambique with H.E. Filipe Nyusi
WHO:

  • H.E. Filipe Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 26, 2018 – 8:00 – 9:30AM
WHERE: Thomson Reuters New York Office, 3 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

MEDIA CONTACT: Shanta Bryant Gyan, Initiative for Global Development * email, sbryant@igdleaders.org  * phone, 202-412-4603

MORE INFO: Due to tight security, all press must be accredited by IGD. For press accreditation, please contact Shanta Bryant Gyan at sbryant@igdleaders.org or call (202) 412-4603. For more information on the UNGA event, please visit www.igdleaders.org

Founded in 2003 by Bill Gates Sr. and other US business leaders, the Initiative for Global Development (IGD) advises, educates and promotes the US and African private sector in order to advance Africa’s economic growth and sustainable development for mutually beneficial economic prosperity.

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Twelve African countries publish information on newly launched ARIPO IP database
September 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

By Wallace Mawire

Dos Santos

Dos Santos

Twelve African countries have had their information on Intellectual
Property (IP) published on the newly launched African Regional
Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) regional IP database
launched in Harare, Zimbabwe at the ARIPO headquarters on 10
September, 2018.

 

Officially launching the regional IP database, ARIPO Director
General, Fernando Dos Santos said that the regional database enables
users to centrally view all published titles in the ARIPO region. He
said that

 

The regional IP database was launched with information from ARIPO,
Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda,
Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

 

“The regional database is designed to serve multiple purposes,
including on-line provision of published IP data, encouragement of
regional trade, IP scientific research, IP rights protection and
enforcement in the ARIPO region, as well as sustainable development of
IP,” Dos Santos said.

 

He added that ARIPO was utilizing ICT tools to establish their
presence in global intellectual property and to foster creativity and
innovation for economic growth and development in Africa.

 

It is also reported that ARIPO has embarked on a number of ICT
projects taking advantage of the ICT tools available to provide
efficiency in IP business processing, support the availability of IP
information, encourage IP scientific research and IP rights protection
and enforcement.

 

“The launch of the regional IP database is a result of hard work put
in by the ARIPO secretariat and member states and support from
cooperating partners,” Dos Santos said.

 

According to Dos Santos, the project proposal for the creation of
a regional database for published IP titles of the ARIPO office and
those of its member states was presented and approved at the 38th
session of the administrative council of ARIPO held in Victoria Falls,
Zimbabwe in 2014.The main objective was for ARIPO to create a
centralized database for its published IP titles and those of its
member states.

 

Also the development of the database has been done with support from
the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) who are reported
to have provided the software for the database and assisted with the
extraction of published IP data from the IPAS system in the member
states through the Japan Funds-in-Trust for Industrial Property.

 

Dos Santos urged member states to fully utilize the ARIPO regional
IP database and to continue working with ARIPO to improve the use and
uptake of intellectual property increasing the number of local and
regional applications which are reported to be still very low.
He said that according to WIPO, Africa as a whole accounted for only
0,6% of the total applications filed internationally.

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Uganda’s Museveni blames ‘external forces’ for opposition unrest
September 11, 2018 | 0 Comments
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni seized power in 1986 at the head of a rebel army (AFP Photo/Sumy SADURNI)

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni seized power in 1986 at the head of a rebel army (AFP Photo/Sumy SADURNI)

Kampala (AFP) – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has accused “external forces” of trying to foment trouble by funding his political opponents in a bid to undermine the country’s image abroad.

In an hours-long televised speech late on Sunday, the 74-year-old railed against the opposition and accused “external forces” of seeking to “sabotage” Uganda’s growth.

His address comes as Kampala grapples with a wave of unrest following the arrest of several parliamentarians including a former pop star, drawing an unusual amount of attention and condemnation from abroad.

Museveni, who took power in 1986, claimed “foreign money” was being funnelled to his political opponents by unnamed NGOs to foment trouble by paying youngsters to burn tyres and throw rocks at police.

The aim, he said, was to “show the world Uganda is not stable”.

And Uganda would deal firmly with opposition troublemakers, he pledged.

“The indisciplined opposition politicians that are accused of terrorism against the population, conspiracy to commit arson or treason should be handled firmly,” he said.

His remarks appeared to be directed at 34-year-old MP Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as pop star Bobi Wine, who entered parliament last year and has since become a lightning rod for youthful opposition to Museveni.

Kyagulanyi and more than 30 others were charged with treason after a crowd of opposition supporters allegedly threw stones at Museveni’s motorcade, breaking a window.

Released on bail, the singer is in the US seeking medical treatment for injuries he claims were sustained while in custody.

*AFP

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Ethiopia, Eritrea reopen border points for first time in 20 years
September 11, 2018 | 0 Comments
By Aaron Maasho*
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed addresses a news conference in his office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia August 25, 2018. REUTERS/Kumera Gemechu/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed addresses a news conference in his office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia August 25, 2018. REUTERS/Kumera Gemechu/File Photo

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea re-opened crossing points on their shared border for the first time in 20 years on Tuesday, cementing a stunning reconciliation and giving Addis Ababa a direct route to its former foe’s Red Sea ports.

Ethiopian and Eritrean forces stationed along the border will be moved back to camps to ease tensions further, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said.

“We heralded the new year by demolishing the trenches along our border,” Abiy told reporters, referring to the fact that Ethiopian New Year was celebrated on Tuesday.

“As of today, Ethiopia’s defense forces (along the border with Eritrea) will be gathered to camps and ease tension that was often extreme. The same will be done from the Eritrean side.”

The war that broke out in 1998 over the border and other issues killed an estimated 80,000 people before fighting ended in 2000 in a contested peace deal.

Tensions burned on over the position of the frontier – until Abiy offered to end the military standoff this year as part of a package of reforms that have reshaped the political landscape in the Horn of Africa and beyond.

Thousands of people from both countries watched one border opening ceremony in Zalambessa, an Ethiopian border town that was reduced to rubble soon after hostilities between the neighbors started in 1998.

Soldiers and civilians waving Ethiopian and Eritrean flags lined the road as Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki opened the frontier in a ceremony broadcast live on Ethiopian state TV.

“This is the happiest day of my life,” Ruta Haddis, an Eritrean from the town of Senafe just across the frontier, told reporters. “I never thought this would take place in my lifetime.”

The two leaders opened another frontier crossing at Bure, Eritrea’s Information Minister Yemane Meskel said in a tweet.

The Debay Sima – Bure crossing leads to the port of Assab in Eritrea’s east, while its Massawa port is directly north of the Serha – Zalambessa connection.

Ethiopia, a rising economic power with 100 million people, had been almost entirely dependent on tiny neighbor Djibouti for access to the Red Sea since 1998.

ETHIOPIAN NEW YEAR

Pictures posted online by Abiy’s chief of staff showed the leaders talking and walking side by side in Bure – Abiy in camouflaged military fatigues and Isaias wearing sandals and a safari suit.

Some of the fiercest fighting during the 1998-2000 war took place in the Bure region.

The Eritrean and Ethiopian leaders have moved swiftly to end two decades of hostility since signing a breakthrough agreement in Asmara on July 9 to restore ties.

Eritrea reopened its embassy in Ethiopia in July, Ethiopia reciprocated last week and the two countries have resumed flights.

The two leaders also celebrated Ethiopian New Year together at the border with their troops on Tuesday, Abiy’s Chief of Staff, Fitsum Arega, said.

Ethiopia follows a calendar similar to the ancient Julian one – which started disappearing from the West in the 16th century – meaning the country entered its year 2011 on Tuesday.

*Source Reuters

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PDP primaries: Jang vows not to step down for Atiku, Tambowal others
September 11, 2018 | 0 Comments
By Olayinka Ajayi
Jang

Jang

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential aspirant, Sen. Jonah Jang, has vow not to step down for any other aspirant, noting also that his party cannot ask him to do so.

Speaking with PAV, Jang a senator representing Plateau North Senatorial District,
said at his residence in Maitama, Abuja before leaving for the PDP National Secretariat to submit his presidential nomination forms.
The former governor of Plateau State is running for the PDP presidential ticket alongside other aspirants like former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; former governor of Kano, Rabiu Kwankwaso; former Senate President David Mark, and governors Aminu Tambual and Ibrahim Dankwambo of Sokoto among others.
In his words: “If I am to step down, why would I be aspiring in the first place? I am here to run for the presidency and become the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,”
Adding that : “Who do you want me to step down for? My party cannot ask me to step down because they sold that form to me,” he stressed.
Responding to report on the PDP Board of Trustees, BoT, announcement that it had set up a committee to reduce the number of presidential aspirants in the party, Jang said: “I am not aware of any committee set up to streamline the number of presidential aspirants on the platform of PDP.”
On his plans, if elected president, Jang promised to revamp the economy of the country and restructure the anti-corruption bodies so that they would no longer be perceived as hunting political opponents.
Jang, who is facing trial for corruption, faulted the current anti-corruption fight of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the current structures of the anti-corruption bodies are not doing well. “The way we are fighting corruption is discouraging people from investing into the economy of Nigeria. You start a business they send EFCC to investigate how you got the money”.
“Of course, the economy of a country can’t be developed without fighting corruption but I would do that in a different way. I would structure them to the international standard.”
Jang also spoke on whether he would seek reelection to the Senate if he loses the presidential primary. “I am not asking anybody to take the senatorial ticket for me in case I lose primary. I am coming into the presidential race with the hope of winning and not failing. It is a clarion call and I have answered it.”
 He vowed to help PDP take over power at the centre and in Plateau State next year.
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Ahead of 2019: If opposition wish to defeat Buhari, there is need to get there hats together or forget it – Hon. Adekanbi
September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

* Says: ” Buhari winning in Niger-Delta is the personal decision of Niger-Delta people 

By Olayinka Ajayi

Femi Adekanmbi

Femi Adekanmbi

Femi Adekanbi is the former commissioner for Special Duties, Culture and Tourism in Ondo state Nigeria. In this interview with Pan African Vision PAV, Adekanbi bares his mind on the state of the Niger-Delta states and how opposition should brainstorm in order to defeat President Muhamadu Buhari come 2019 among other issues: excerpt:

How will you describe service under Governor Mimiko when compared to the incumbent governor Akeredolu?

It was splendid. It afforded me the opportunity to be exposed to  human development and virtually every aspect of life. And I am happy I served the great people of Ondo state Nigeria well. So people may like or hate Dr. Mimiko but he performed creditably well. I doubt if this present government surpasses his achievement in Ondo state.

What do you then make of the notion that he performed below expectation?

It’s mere politics of bitterness and an intention to drag his name into the mod. No government either past or present can achieve what he achieved as a former governor. Even the incumbent governor Arakurin Akeredolu attested to Mimiko’s excellent performance himself. But quite unfortunately, towards his second term, the revenue to Ondo state became very low and the issue of not being able to pay salary came up. At a point Ondo state got N7000 million per month. But today this government is getting N30 billion in a month. During Mimiko’s tenure, there was a time we got less than N1 billion in a month at that point he needed to pay three to four month salary, so how do you expect him to manage the stipend.

Ondo state is part the Niger-Delta states, what is your view on the state of that region presently?

When you go across the Niger-Delta states you will see the suffering the community people are going through. Even as a stakeholder from Niger-Deltal region, it is sad to see our people not living a communal life like other part of the Nigeria does. Sometime I ask if we are still part of this country. Apart from the fact that they have been disappointed by their people, the federal government has disappointed them as well. Rite from the era of military dictatorship till now. Except the late President Yar adua’s administration, Obasanjo’s and Jonathan’s administration as well tried their best but the people are terribly suffering. 75% of Nigeria’s wealth is gotten from there but when you move across that place, you will feel sad that they have not benefited anything.

Did Buhari led administration has left the Niger-Delta the way they met it?

 I can assure you of one thing; this administration has done well in Niger-Delta. When you talk about developmental projects, it does not take two or three years to manifest, but the ministry of Niger-Delta under the watch of Usani Uguru and Claudius Daramola has done creditably well and they deserve all the commendation from the presidency. What has never been achieved for a long while, the Minister of Niger-Delta achieved it within three years in office. In terms of road constructions like the East-west road, they have achieved it as well as other project.

How do you juxtapose this achievement to the pollution that has raged Ogoni land?

But you are aware that Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was there  to commission the kick starting of the sanitation recently.There are procedures in sanitizing Ogoni land and the federal government is almost at 75%-80% completion of that process.

Why are you particular about the Ministry of Niger-Delta?

It’s a ministry that is working silently and achieving laudable result . They have being commissioning roads, houses, health centers that have being of great benefit to the people of that region. What I admire about the State Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs Claudius Daramola is that he is a silent achiever and does brag about his achievement on completed projects. Although Erubebe the former minister for Niger-Delta tried his best by setting the basis for what this minister has achieved. But Daramola achieved a massive project. So what he has achieved across the nine states of Niger-Delta is highly commendable.

Have the Niger-Delta states had their fair share of the nation’s wealth?

When you consider the 13% derivation stipend, I don’t think so. It is absolutely low. I am in support for resource control. If the Niger-Delta can control their resources like is obtainable in other part of the world you will see quite a lots of developmental projects springing up everywhere in Niger-Delta. But unfortunately it is sad to allow other states to enjoy the wealth of Niger-Delta to detriment of Niger-Delta states. For instance, in Lagos state they collect tax on alcohol but in other states where Shariah laws are eminent, they don’t collect alcoholic tax and these states collect when the money is being shared. So it is sad. Until we allow absolute resource control in our constitution, developmental project will elude most Niger-Delta communities. In other words, our own restructure of Nigeria falls largely on resources control. For instance if there is resource control, the Northerners will be able to control their resources as well and remit it percentage to the federal. California is the 6th largest economy in the world. In America that is the system that is obtainable. Until we have such system, we are nowhere in Nigeria.  Amid this, the Minister of Niger-Delta and the Minister of States of Niger-Delta has performed creditably well on developmental projects despite the little 13% derivation fund to these region.

Does Daramola’s performance justify President Muhamadu Buhari’s rerun come 2019?

That is politics, and I don’t want to go into that. However, it has to be the personal decision of the people of Niger-Delta. For me, President Buhari has done well with the ministers of Niger-Delta affairs Useni Uguru and Claudius Omolaja Daramola as they have performed creditably well because they are committed to the development of Niger-Delta. As one of those handling one of the projects in Ondo state, the state minister frankly told me that is going to jail me if I don’t see to it that the project is executed on the said date. That really triggered my team and I to see to it that the project is a  must. What amazed me the most was when contractors handling some of the projects wanted to handover thank you envelop to him, he declined saying he is not receiving any thank you envelops from anybody. He told them make sure the project is completed at the set date or else he will see to it that the federal governments jail them. It takes a man of courage and integrity to do that. I will strongly urge the oil producing states that are desperate for development to support these ministers as they are not particular about Cross river and Ondo state but the nine Niger-Delta states collectively. With such move, these ministers has broken the jinx by looking beyond party lines but making development their watch word is highly commendable.

What do you foresee come 2019?

I can assure you 2019 election is going to be great for Nigeria. There won’t be any bloodbath.But  If opposition wish to defeat president Buhari, they need to get there hats together or else they should forget it.

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ARIPO to launch a free regional intellectual property database to promote trade in Africa
September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

By Wallace Mawire

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is
set to launch a Regional Intellectual Property (IP) database toady
Monday, 10 September 2018. The centralized database with published IP
titles from the ARIPO Member States will not only be accessible online
but will be free for all.

The IP Database is designed to efficiently serve multiple purposes,
including on-line provision of published IP data, encouragement of
regional trade, IP scientific research, IP rights protection and
enforcement in the ARIPO region, as well as sustainable development of
IP.

“Technology is an agent of change, and major technological innovations
have resulted in paradigm shifts in the way business is conducted. As
the ARIPO Office we are utilizing ICT tools to establish our presence
in global intellectual property and to foster creativity and
innovation for economic growth and development in Africa,” says the
ARIPO Director General, Mr. Fernando dos Santos.

“The Office has embarked on a number of ICT projects taking advantage
of the ICT tools available to provide efficiency in IP business
processing, support the availability of IP information, encourage IP
scientific research and IP rights protection and enforcement,” He
adds.

According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) 2016
IP Statistics Report, Africa as a whole accounted for only 0.6% of the
total applications filed internationally. The Database will therefore
contribute significantly to improve the use and uptake of IP in the
ARIPO region thereby increasing the number of local and regional
applications which is still very low.

The IP database will be free and easy to access for searches by IP
Agents and anyone who wishes to find information or register a patent,
industrial design or trademark.

The development of the Regional IP Database was supported by WIPO.
They provided the software for the database and assisted with the
extraction of published IP data from the IPAS system in the Member
States.

The ARIPO Regional IP Database to be launched will have information
from ARIPO, Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique,
Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The launch will be officiated by the Representative of the Director
General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO),
Project Manager in the IP Office Business Solutions Division, Mr.
Gregory Sadyalunda and the Representative of the Commissioner of the
Japanese Patent Office, the Deputy Director, Information Technology
and Patent Information Management Office, Japan Patent Office, Mr.
Hiroyuki Nishibori.

The link to the database is http://regionalip.aripo.org

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Africa welcomes first ever full-stream oil, gas & energy transformation dais
September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments
The global energy industry has been experiencing a radical transformation in recent years
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, September 6, 2018/ — Speaking on Africa’s hydrocarbon development, Niall Kramer, CEO, South African Oil and Gas Alliance (SAOGA) said, “Growing a gas economy in South Africa and regionally is imperative. We need to do this to partner and to enable renewables but fundamentally to provide the catalyst for the sorely needed growth, business activity and jobs that give us the opportunities for inclusive growth.

 

The wherewithal that oil and gas can bring is potentially large, but to know that we must explore for indigenous gas and import LNG. Policy attractiveness is certainty needed, as are regional partnerships. The biggest opportunity I see is the massive proven gas resources in Mozambique alongside South Africa as the largest industrial economy in Africa. My vision is the region becomes like the North Sea. But with good weather.”

 

The global energy industry has been experiencing a radical transformation in recent years. Replacing large-scale nuclear and fossil fuel power stations, the energy supply of the future will be secured by millions of decentralized renewable energy plants in combination with intelligent storage, distribution and consumption solutions for existing oil & gas resources.

 

A new beginning

Africa’s newly launched meeting point, the Future Energy Africa Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference 2018,  propositions a power packed 3-day exhibition and conference, dedicated to advancing future oil, gas and energy solutions for the continent. With far reaching industry collaboration, under the esteemed patronage of the Department of Energy of the Republic of South Africa, the event will provide in-depth analysis and an honest reflection of Africa’s set to revolutionize the future. In addition, the event provides an intensive tour across Africa, revealing insights on the issues confronting Africa’s future commercial, business and socio-economic trajectories.

 

International industry support

The event is supported by numerous international industry associations including South African Oil & Gas Alliance (SAOGA), South African Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SACCI), European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE), Association for the Development of Energy in Africa (ADEA), Power Africa (a USAID initiative), Oil & Gas Safety

Council (OGSC), Petroleum club of Romania, Nigerian Gas Association and CEDIGAZ.

 

Driving the conversation forward

As Sub-Saharan Africa charges towards a low carbon energy future, events such as the Future Energy Africa Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference 2018 provide valuable forums for the international oil, gas and future energy industry to debate the issues directly with Africa’s leaders. Projected to attract over 1,500 trade visitors, 50+ exhibiting companies, 120+ conference and technical speakers and 300+ delegates, the three-day event promises to be a valuable platform for interactive networking and knowledge exchange.

 

For more information, download the event Brochure today! (https://bit.ly/2Q9kWDS)

Who will you meet?

• Government Leaders

• National Oil Companies

• International Oil Companies

• Independent Oil & Gas Operators

• Financiers & Investors

• Gas & LNG Companies

• Integrated Energy Companies

• Technology Providers

• Power Generation

• Transmission & Distribution

• Legal & Industry Analysts

 

4 Reasons to Visit

• Visit the exhibition & technical seminar and network with resource owners looking for partners to help them get the most from their assets through operational excellence, cost effectiveness and profitability

• Register & learn about new technologies and solutions that integrated energy companies are bringing to some of the most complex challenges facing the global oil and gas sector today

• Attend to explore products and services from 50+ exhibiting companies including contractors, service companies and technology providers across the full value chain from more than 20 countries worldwide

• Join hundreds of trade professionals to identify new business opportunities, market trends, and potential business partners. Learn from global experts and benefit from business conducted during the event

 

Why Future Energy Africa?

• Meet with Ministers from across Africa to address the industry on country strategies

• Centre of Technical Excellence Seminar Learn about latest technologies boosting efficiency and lowering costs

• Policy makers discuss confronting challenges of transformation

• Country Market Focus with unrivalled insight from Eastern-Western-Southern Africa regions

• Forge new operating models that will challenge conventional practices

• FEA TV: A dedicated platform for on-stage interviews, “in conversation” dialogues, digitization megatrends, corporate commercials, knowledge sharing and industry insight.

• Renewables in Africa: Tap into development initiatives and solutions supporting the advancement of renewable energy in Africa

• Finance & Investment focus for equitable economic growth and enhanced bi-lateral trade

• On-stage Interview with Africa’s large upstream independent explorers led by CNBC Africa

• Africa’s Natural Gas  inspect how the continent will succeed in it’s role to decrease the carbon footprint

• Increasing & Strengthening Local Content address challenges and opportunities for capacity building

• IOC-NOCs Panel Discussion reinventing strategies for a sustainable energy future

• Prime networking opportunities to facilitate dialogue between senior level executives and decision makers

• Global Exposure to international and domestic oil, gas & energy value chain

• Power Generation meet with Utilities and IPPs, build strategic partnerships to meet Africa’s growing energy demand

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Nigeria:Halongen fetes guards who returned missing bag
September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

By Yinka Ajayi

 Achi Daniel the junior Halogen Security Guard that found the US returnee's bag full of Dollars and other valuables meant for families and friends in Nigeria.

Achi Daniel the junior Halogen Security Guard that found the US returnee’s bag full of Dollars and other valuables meant for families and friends in Nigeria.

Following Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari’s advice on Nigerians to emulate two security men, Mr. Achi Daniel and Mr. Francis Emepueaku, who returned a handbag containing valuables and large sums of money, misplaced at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, by American returnee, saying such conduct reflects the new Nigerian.

Meanwhile, the management of Halogen Security, employers of the two gallant guards awarded them with a sum of N450,000 each and a scholarship overseas in Security management The company’s management singled them out for a parade of honour by their colleagues at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

What is meant for me will never pass me by – Achi Daniel Junior guard

Delighted by the employers gesture, Achi Daniel said: “ Today is the best day of my life. As a Christian,I am aware that self-contentment is a virtue and ae sure path to greatness in life. I knew a day like this will come. I am proud that Nigeria’s President Muhamadu Buhari commended my selfless service and integrity. It is the highest honour I have ever received. It is unfortunate that my wife is not alive to witness this day, but I am sure today will be remembered globally as my day of honour. I wondered how the owner could forget such a valuable bag at the car park. I didn’t hesitate to report it to my supervisor immediately, because I knew what is not mine is not mine. But I am always optimistic that what is meant for me will never pass me by.”

They insisted on appreciating us but I declined – Francis Emepueaku, Supervisor

I believe in God’s time . I made sure that all the items in the bag were intact and untempered with. Even when they insisted on appreciating us, I declined because I am aware its only God that honours man before his equals. I was brought up in a home where contentment is our watch word. I will forever take Dr. Oyegbami as a father and a source of inspiration.

No one can change our country than ourselves – Olaoye

Speaking, the Group Managing Director, Halogen Security, Mr. Wale Olaoye said: “On the scale of what we do, it is obvious that technology alone cannot get the job done without people of integrity. No one can change our country unless ourselves. What Achi and Francis did today has caught global attention about Nigeria and its a work in progress as we are relentless on our services to our dear country. No effective change will happen in Nigeria unless Nigerians take their job seriously.”

Olaoye tasked the two hero guards and their colleagues to see themselves as a potential Chief Security Officer [CSO] of any multinational company. ‘’Halogen Security has produced many chief security officers of major multinational companies like MTN, Virgin Nigeria and Air Nigeria among others from here. Any of you can rise to that level. I encourage you to aim high’’, he charged.

Let us lean to salute great examples – Awosika

In the same vein, Mr. Jimi Awosika, Africa’s renowned communication guru present said: “Let us learn to salute great examples. Doctor Banji Oyegbami has done Nigeria proud by speaking up on the good gesture displayed by these two gallant guards. If he had not pushed on social media, we would not have gathered here in their honour. It’s a proof that the two gentlemen are also the good news that the world can emulate in Nigeria.”

You will recall Achi Daniel, a junior guard who was deployed to secure the multi level car park facility managed by a Halogen client, Aphamead Facilities Management Limited at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos, Ikeja found the lost bag and immediately handed the exhibit to his supervisor- Francis Emepueaku for proper handling and investigation on the incident. Supo Francis scrolled through the phone in the lost bag and called one of the bag owner’s contacts that he had found in the phone. Alas!, the contact happened to be the daughter of the owner of the bag, who received the call in America. This legendary display of integrity got the owner surprised.

With this breed of professionals,Nigeria will be great again – Dr. Oyegbami

Dr. Banji Oyegbami, the Lagos based medical practitioner and a family friend of the owner of the lost bag who witnessed the incident expressed hope that Nigeria will be great again with men of integrity such as Achi and Francis: “I was really surprised at the level of honesty and integrity displayed by both of them and I think they should be commended. There is no doubt, Nigeria is going to be great again with these kind of new breed of professionals”. he said.

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ICE Africa awakens a multi-billion dollar industry on African soil
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Yoco Secures Series B Raise of $16M, Led by Partech
September 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Yoco Founding Team_L-R_Bradley Wattrus (CFO), Katlego Maphai (CEO), Carl Wazen (Chief Business Officer), Lungis (1)

Xx September 2018. Johannesburg, South Africa. Yoco, the South African-based Point of Sale payments provider, has raised a Series B round of US$16M led by Partech, a Venture Capital firm based in Silicon Valley, Europe and Africa, with participation from Orange Digital Ventures, FMO (The Dutch Development Bank) and existing Series A investors Quona Capital and Velocity Capital. Yoco will leverage its Series B to grow its network of small business merchants, invest in product development, operational scalability and attracting top-tier fintech talent. It brings the company’s total investment to US$23M. Cyril Collon, General Partner at Partech and Co-lead of the Partech Africa Fund will join Yoco’s Board.

Yoco builds tools and services to help small businesses accept card payments and manage their day to day activities. Since launching its first product in late 2015, a card reader that connects with a merchant’s smartphone or tablet, the company has grown its base to over 27,000 South African small businesses, 75% of which had never accepted cards previously. The company is adding more than 1,500 new merchants every month, making it South Africa’s largest and fastest growing independent card payments provider by number of merchants, more than tripling in size since raising its Series A in early 2017.

Founded by Katlego Maphai (CEO), Carl Wazen (Chief Business Officer), Bradley Wattrus (CFO) and Lungisa Matshoba (CTO), the fintech company was built to address the pain points that small businesses face when trying to get a card machine. Only 7% of South African small businesses accept card payments, despite South Africa having a card penetration of 75%, with debit cards being the dominant wallet in the country. There are over 1 million small businesses in South Africa ripe for card acceptance. Yoco is closing this acceptance gap by making card payments more accessible through its trusted and secure platform. It lowered the cost of ownership of a card machine by a factor of seven by removing monthly fees and lock-in contracts. Signing up online takes 10 minutes and over 98% of businesses who apply get approved, thanks to its proprietary fraud management system.

“Small businesses, fundamental to sustainable economic growth, are generally underserved in our part of the world due to their size. Running a business is hard enough, we believe accepting money shouldn’t be. We built Yoco on the key pillars of access and trust. Transforming the long and prohibitive process of applying for a card machine into a simple consumer-like product purchase that can happen online or at the store in minutes”, says Katlego Maphai, Yoco Co-founder and CEO. He continues, “Our Series B investment allows us to continue to scale our operations and deliver a world-class product experience that enables small businesses to thrive”

Yoco’s strategy is to partner with small businesses early in their life cycle and actively help them grow. It has been adding services to its payments solution, which now includes point of sale software, business intelligence, accounting integrations, and working capital financing, in its bid to create an operating system for the small business.

Cyril Collon, partner at Partech said: “Yoco has built a product set and quality operations placing it as a top fintech company not only in South Africa but also globally. We are excited to have Yoco as the second investment from our Africa fund. Consumer spending in Africa amounts to over $1.4 trillion, much of which is driven by small businesses. Yoco’s ability to use technology to solve real problems for African small businesses at scale makes it a unique implementation of our investment strategy”.

 

Yoco has long-term ambitions to be a pan-African player. The company believes the convergence of digital payments and software driven value-added services is inevitable in Africa. It has explored various Sub-Saharan markets in the past year, including running pilots in two markets.

 

“We envision that millions of small businesses across the continent will one day use a connected, digital platform to run their businesses and we want to be that platform. The model and approach will differ per market and we are playing a long game. Our new investors are global with strong African footprints and will be great partners in this journey,” says Carl Wazen, Co-founder and Chief Business Officer.

 

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For additional information or interview requests with Yoco CEO Katlego Maphai or Chief Business Officer Carl Wazen, please contact Maria Adediran | maria@wimbart.com or Lerato Chiyangwa | lerato@wimbart.com of Wimbart

 

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About Yoco

Yoco (www.yoco.com) is committed to empowering the growth of entrepreneurs in South Africa through smart technology. Yoco launched its first product in late 2015, a mobile card reader that connects to a merchant’s smartphone or tablet. Today, over 27,000 South African small businesses use Yoco’s card readers and point of sale software to get paid and manage their businesses.

 

About Partech

Partech is a global investment firm with offices in San Francisco, Paris, Berlin and Dakar. We bring together capital, operational experience and strategic support for entrepreneurs at seed, venture and growth stages across multiple continents, with over $1.2B investment capacity. Investments range from $200K to $50M in a wide range of technologies and businesses for enterprises and consumers, from software, digital brands and services, to hardware and deep tech across all major industries. Companies backed by Partech have completed more than 20 initial public offerings and more than 50 strategic exits above $100M.

Our current portfolio: https://partechpartners.com/companies/

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Ethiopian airspace declared very safe
September 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

By  Wallace Mawire

Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer

Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Airlines
Group Chief Executive Officer

Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest aviation group in Africa and number 24 in the world, said that it would like to reassure its customers and the general travelling public that the Ethiopian Airspace remains very safe and highly secured even after the illegal strike of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Air Traffic Controllers.

The airline reported that since August 21, when the illegal strike started, Ethiopian Airlines has been working in close coordination with the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and the volunteer air traffic controllers, ATC instructors and ATC controllers that it brought from other sister African countries.

Mrs. Aniley Eshetu A/Manager Corporate Communications, Ethiopian Airlines said that the airline is successfully supporting the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority to enable the latter to efficiently and safely manage the Ethiopian airspace in line with global standards.

It is reported that as a result, all Ethiopian Airlines scheduled and unscheduled flights and other airlines operating to/from Ethiopia have been operating smoothly with high standards of flight punctuality and safety. “We would like to inform all our customers that we did not have any flight delay or cancellation caused by ATC. In fact, we are happy to announce that taxi-in, taxi-out and flight arrivals efficiency has improved significantly in the week under ATC strike.

We take this opportunity to thank the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority management, the volunteer ATC experts and all other stakeholders for the successful coordination, which enabled our country to continue business as usual in our airspace management,” she said.

In a statement,Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority titled Kenyan Air Traffic Controllers Association Statements Completely False,the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority said that it fully and categorically rejects the false and baseless statements circulated by the Kenyan Air Traffic Controllers Association in their circular of 30 August 2018 regarding the safety of Ethiopian airspace following the illegal strike of Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) in Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority said that it would like to assure the wider public as well as airlines, national civil aviation authorities and international and regional bodies that following the illegal strike by ATCs in Ethiopia, the Area Control Center (ACC) in Addis Ababa is being manned by adequate number of well trained, highly capable instructors and professionals who are current for the positions with the necessary ratings and validation in accordance with ICAO Annex 1 provisions.

The authority said that similarly, the approach and aerodrome positions are also manned with professionals possessing all the qualifications. It said that the controllers that have come in for support or assistance following the illegal strike were all assigned with the necessary orientation and on the job trainings before they were released solo, per the standard practice.

“With regard to the specific false statements and outright lies contained in the circular of the Kenyan Air Traffic Controllers Association, these can be easily verified as all ATC activities and communications are recorded and protected,” they said.

It said that to date, the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority has not received any complaint by any airline operating to/from Ethiopia or overflying the Ethiopian airspace. “All airlines are operating their scheduled and unscheduled flights smoothly, including our national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, which has the largest operations in Africa.

The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority will also like to inform the public that it is working in close collaboration with its good neighbor and partner, the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority, on cross border flight coordination”.

The wider public, national civil aviation authorities, international and regional bodies and airlines have been urged not to be not be misled by the false statements of the Kenya Air Traffic Controllers Association, whose aim is to lend support to an illegal strike in Ethiopia.

It is completely unacceptable and constitutes a clear lack of basic ethics and professionalism for the Kenyan Air Traffic Controllers to express solidarity with ATCs in Ethiopia that are illegally on strike by making false and misleading statements about the safety of Ethiopian airspace management,” they added.

It is added that the Kenya Air Traffic Controllers Association acted in an irresponsible way and has caused damage to the reputation of the Ethiopian Civil Authority.

“If the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority does not take the necessary action on the Association per its own national laws, the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority will take the issue to the concerned international body,” they said.

Lastly, the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority also informed the public that some of Air Traffic Controllers, who were on strike, have already returned to their normal duties.

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