Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation 2018 goes to GRACE Director
October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments
Born Free Foundation’s Co-Founder, Virginia McKenna OBE, is delighted to announce that Jackson Mbeke, Director of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE), has been awarded the sixth Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation.
The £15,000 award provides support and recognition for outstanding individual conservationists and carers who place a high priority on animal welfare, while undertaking environmental education around the world, conservation policy, or the protection of species under threat.
GRACE is the world’s only sanctuary for critically endangered eastern lowland gorillas, which are considered one of the 25 most endangered primates in the world, with only 3,800 remaining. GRACE cares for 14 orphaned gorillas rescued from poachers and works to rehabilitate them so they can return to the wild. Furthermore, GRACE maintains 39 acres of forest for the gorillas, and partners with local communities to run education and conservation initiatives to protect a critical population of wild gorillas living in Tayna Nature Reserve.
As the DRC Director of GRACE, Jackson Kabuyaya Mbeke manages a team of 33 Congolese who operate the award-winning gorilla sanctuary, and conducts GRACE’s education and community conservation initiatives. Jackson started with GRACE when it was established in 2009 and has advanced with the project, first working as a logistician, then as GRACE Centre Manager, and now as the first Congolese DRC Director. Next year, through his role at GRACE, Jackson will lead the first census in over a decade to get an accurate estimate of the number of individuals that remain in one of the last strongholds for this imperilled great ape.
Born Free Foundation Co-Founder and Trustee Virginia McKenna OBE said:
“I am delighted that Jackson Mbeke, and his life-saving work on behalf of the endangered Grauer’s gorilla, has won this award. His unswerving dedication to the conservation of these highly threatened animals, the forests they inhabit, and the communities who share those same forests, should be an inspiration to all. Together with everyone at Born Free, I am determined that by supporting outstanding individuals such as Jackson and his team – with both recognition and resources – we can help make the natural world a more compassionate and safer place.”
On winning the award, Jackson commented:
“I am honoured to receive the Virginia McKenna Award and to be recognised for the work GRACE is doing for the gorillas. Life in the DRC can be hard; for many months I could not sleep because I was worrying about the safety of our team and gorillas, but I had to take courage because the gorillas depend on us and we refuse to give up on them. This award means so much to me, the team, and the local communities we partner. I cannot thank Born Free enough. This has boosted our spirits, and we will work to multiply our efforts for gorillas.”
Dr Sonya Kahlenberg, GRACE’s Executive Director, concluded:
“Jackson has led the GRACE DRC team through a very difficult period, navigating the major challenges of armed conflict and now Ebola. But he never once considered giving up. Instead, he took things a day at a time and kept everyone focused on the important work of caring for gorillas. Truly nobody loves GRACE more than Jackson does, and I am thrilled that his outstanding dedication to gorillas and courage are being recognized by this award.”
Past winners of the prestigious Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation include:
- Shivani Bhalla, of the Ewaso Lions Project, for her work on human/lion conflict
- Professor Anna Nekaris, of Oxford Brookes University and the Little Fireface Project, for her work on slow loris conservation and welfare
- The Mad Dog Initiative, a project which aims to deliver conservation benefits to endangered species by humanely controlling domestic and feral dogs in and around Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
- Neotropical Primate Conservation in Peru, tackling illegal wildlife trade by partnering with wildlife authorities, police, public prosecutors and grassroots organisations.
A call for the Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation 2019 will be announced in the New Year. For additional information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dangote ranked sixth most charitable person in the world.
October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments
By Teslim Olawore
The President of Dangote Group of Companies, Aliko Dangote, was recognised and highlighted by Richtopia, A complete media brand covering effective leadership, emerging technologies, global economics, inspirational people and smart investing based in the United Kingdom (UK), yesterday as the richest man in Africa. Dangote was also named the sixth most charitable man in the world.
He recently flourished his foundation to the tune of $1.25 billion. Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and J.K. Rowlings occupied the first, second and third positions while Oprah Winfrey and Elon Musk were in the fourth and fifth spot respectively. Chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA), Tony Elumelu was 11th on the list making it the only two Nigerians on the list.
Aliko Dangote started his Foundation, Aliko Dangote Foundation, in the year1981 with a mission to enhance opportunities for social change through strategic investments that improve health and well-being, promote quality education and broaden economic empowerment opportunities. The Foundation was, however, incorporated as a charity group in Lagos, Nigeria in the year 1994.
Twenty years later, it became the largest private Foundation in sub-Saharan Africa with the largest endowment by a single African donor. The primary objective of Aliko Dangote Foundation is health and nutrition, supported by wrap-around interventions in education, empowerment and humanitarian relief. Among many others, it would be recalled that the foundation gave out a whopping sum of N2.5 billion, the same amount the Federal Government also donated for the purpose of ameliorating the sufferings of the flood victims during President Goodluck Jonathan era.
The Foundation, in line with its mandate to provide relief in times of disaster, spread its philanthropic works beyond the shores of Nigeria with a donation of $1 million to the government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. The gesture was meant to support the government’s efforts in providing relief to the victims of the earthquakes that occurred in the country. The Foundation also recently came to the aid of victims of the communal clash between Yoruba and Hausa traders and residents in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Health: Spectacular diabetes treatment could end daily insulin injections
October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments
By Teslim Olawore
A potential medical breakthrough that could put an end to the daily insulin injections endured by people living with diabetes has been unveiled by Dutch scientists. This process is is caused by destroying the mucous membrane in the small intestine and causing a new one to develop, scientists stabilised the blood sugar levels of people with type 2 diabetes.
The results have been described as “spectacular” by the chief researchers involved. In the hourlong procedure, trialled on 50 patients in Amsterdam, a tube with a small balloon in its end is inserted through the mouth of the patient down to the small intestine. The balloon is filled with hot water and the mucous membrane burned away by the heat. Within two weeks a new membrane develops, leading to an improvement in the patient’s health.
Even after a year the treatment, the disease was found to be stable in 90% of those treated. It is believed there is a link between nutrient absorption by the mucus membrane in the small intestine and the development of insulin resistance among people with type 2 diabetes. Jacques Bergman, a professor of gastroenterology at Amsterdam UMC, said: “Because of this treatment the use of insulin can be postponed or perhaps prevented. That is promising.”
Bergman added of the procedure that it was “amazing that people suffer very little from this”. He told the Dutch broadcaster Nederlandse Omroep Stichting: “With those people we see a spectacular improvement in blood sugar levels one day after the operation, before they even lose one kilo, which has put us on the track. “Because the question now is whether this is a permanent treatment, or whether it is something that you have to keep repeating, something that in theory should be possible.
We looked at whether we could stop their insulin, which is still ongoing, but the first results are truly spectacular, with the lion’s share of patients no longer using insulin after this treatment.” The new discovery initially seems most suitable for borderline patients who already take pills but whose blood sugar level is high enough for doctors to advise that they inject insulin in the short term.
Apart from dispensing with insulin injections, researchers claim that those treated could benefit from a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, blindness and numbness in the hands and feet.
Zambian treasury losing over $145m in unpaid taxes from illicit alcohol
October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments
Survey shows three-fold increase in fiscal loss since 2014
By Wallace Mawire
Illicit alcohol continues to flood the Zambian market, losing the country an estimated US$145.5 million in unpaid taxes in 2017 alone.
More than two-thirds of the alcohol sold during the period under review, was made by illegitimate unregistered suppliers, according to a new report released by Euromonitor International Consulting of the United Kingdom.
The study, whose objective was to understand the extent of the illicit alcohol trade in seven selected African countries, including Zambia, was undertaken at the request of Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the parent company of Zambian Breweries.
Illicit alcohol trade, according to the report, poses a substantial health threat to consumers, while the negative economic consequences for alcoholic drinks companies and governments are equally considerable. Euromonitor identified that the loss to the Treasury had increased threefold since the last survey in Zambia in 2014, when it identified a fiscal loss of more than US$50 million to government through smuggling and unpaid taxes.
Some 70 percent of the alcohol sold is now illicit, compared with 40 percent in 2014.
“This report makes worrying reading,” said Zambian Breweries country director Jose Moran. “We appeal to government to enforce existing legislation that will prosecute people involved in the illicit alcohol business as government is losing substantial amounts of money through the illicit alcohol trade. This will help curb negative health and social effects brought about by tujilijili and junta.”
The report explained that cheap, unregulated packaged spirits have moved away from sachets, which are now banned, to smaller sized bottles of 200ml. The majority of the distilleries making these are unregistered producers and are not paying tax.
Only an estimated 30 percent of local spirits production in Zambia in 2017 were traceable to legitimate, registered manufacturers. This represents a significant fiscal loss to the state.
According to the study, Market Analysis for Illicit Alcohol in sub-Saharan Africa, smuggling of packaged products into Zambia from Namibia at the Katima Mulilo border is the largest contributor to fiscal loss, with spirits and wine showing high levels of smuggling in 2017.
The report observes that the smuggling of alcohol from Namibia occurs through containerised vehicles. Contents are typically declared as fish and other perishables that are tax-free.
The report exposed Lusaka’s Comesa Market as a significant hub for illicit alcohol distribution but to a far less extent compared with 2014, due to the cholera clean-up from September 2017.
The report findings highlighted townships such as Matero, Mandevu and Chilenje in Lusaka as “competing” with Comesa Market in distributing smuggled alcohol and other illicit products.
The Euromonitor market analysis noted, however, that there had been an increase in government lobbying to strengthen the regulation of illicit alcohol, mainly because of alcohol-related abuse.
The report justifies part of government’s drive as health-related, citing interventions made during the cholera outbreak in 2017 that compelled government to intervene in alcohol consumption in urban compounds, epicentres of disease in peri-urban areas, and shut down outdoor trade.
Mr. Moran said Zambian Breweries would continue to collaborate with government and other stakeholders to enhance the National Alcohol Policy’s vision of having a nation free from the negative social, health, and welfare consequences of alcohol abuse in the population, in order to enhance national development.
“We therefore appeal to the government to address this issue from the root as exposed by the report. Recently, we signed an MOU with the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) on looking at how we can collaborate with government using evidence-based data to fight this illegal alcohol trade as it has negative fiscal, health and social impact,” Mr Moran explained.
South Sudan rebel leader Machar to attend peace day celebrations in Juba
October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments
By Deng Machol
Juba – South Sudan government on Tuesday confirmed main opposition leader Riek Machar will participate in peace day celebrations as a good gesture for cherishing reconciliation and unity.
The announcement was made in Khartoum on Tuesday, following a meeting between the oppositions leader Machar and the members of the National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC) who came to brief him about the progress, they achieved.
Riek Machar, leader of the Sudan People Liberation Movement – in Opposition, is expected to arrive in Juba on October 30 after two years of exile.
After the meeting, Machar confirmed his participation in the national peace celebration on the October 30, saying that the Revitalized Peace Agreement is the last chance for the political leaders to assume their national role to prevent the collapse of the country.
Opposition leader added that he is committed to the revitalized peace deal he has signed in Ethiopia a month ago
South Sudanese presidential adviser on security affairs, Tut Gatluak, who is also a chairman of the organizing committee, said all the opposition leaders that signed the revitalized peace agreement in Ethiopia are coming on Oct. 30 to attend the festivities for the national celebration of achieving the peace deal.
“The president and the government are ready to host the event and demonstrate to the region and the world that Juba is committed to bringing lasting, durable peace to the people,” Gatluak said in Khartoum.
However, President Salva Kiir and Machar, leader of the main oppositions, SPLM-IO, signed the final revitalized peace pact mediated by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an East African bloc, in an attempt to end the fifth year old conflict, which has killed hundred thousands of people and displaced 2.5 people from their homes, before the famine emerged.
South Sudan has descended into another civil war, just a two years of her independence from Sudan regime, the conflict that broke out in mid – December 2013, over the power wrangling between president Kiir and the recently designated first vice president Machar, has now entered its fifth year after forces loyal to Kiir and Machar engaged in extensive combat in the past years till today.
Kiir and Machar first inked the 2015 peace agreement to end the violence but was just violated in months period in July 2016 when the rival factions resumed fighting in the capital Juba, forcing Machar to flee into exile.
Analysts said Machar’s decision to take part in the peace celebration is effective signals that have to send a reassuring message to South Sudanese about his commitment to the revitalized peace deal and to contribute to creating a suitable atmosphere for the implementation of the peace pact.
“Restoring security and stability in the country faces great challenges but needs a strong political will,” Machar told the NPTC members in Khartoum on Tuesday.
The opposition leader further also call for the lifting of the state of emergency, the release of political detainees and the prisoners of war and renouncing the hate speech aimed at promoting a climate of peace and reconciliation in South Sudan.
Of recently, president Kiir’s pardoned all the political opponents and further ordered for the release of political detainees and prisoners of war as gesture for the peace, forgiveness, and reconciliation, but the Juba government just released 20 prisoners, but some key detainees are still in jail and Juba keeps silent on the fate of others creating a climate of suspicion between the partners.
The peace’s celebration, which will be attended by the IGAD leaders, is seen by the president Kiir’s administrations as a confidence-building measure to show its commitment to the revitalized peace deal.
Millions of South Sudanese civilians are seeking refuge in neighboring countries as the conflict furies on.
The next transitional government with Kiir as president, Machar as designated first vice president and other four vice presidents, is due to be formed in May 2018.
President Ramaphosa to lead the South Africa Investment Conference
October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments
The conference is a key milestone in the country’s bold ambition to raise at least 100 billion US dollars in new domestic and intentional investment over the next five years
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, October 24, 2018/ — President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the South African government in hosting the three-day South Africa Investment Conference 2018 which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, from tomorrow, Thursday, 25 October 2018.
The conference will take place under the theme, “Accelerating Growth by Building Partnerships”, following a commitment to this effect made by President Ramaphosa in the February 2018 State of the Nation Address.
The conference is a key milestone in the country’s bold ambition to raise at least 100 billion US dollars in new domestic and intentional investment over the next five years. Through the Conference, South Africa will market the compelling investment opportunities available in the country as part of government’s interventions geared at boosting economic growth and creating much-needed jobs.
At least one thousand delegates, comprising of invited business leaders and civil society, are expected to attend the conference.
The South Africa Investment Conference builds on the recent Presidential Job Summit, where labour, business, government and the community constituency adopted a ground breaking Framework Agreement to prevent further job losses, create jobs and support companies in distress.
The investment conference is also a partner initiative to the economic stimulus package and recovery plan recently unveiled by the President to ignite economic activity, restore investor confidence, prevent further job losses and create jobs.
In leading the investment drive, the President appointed four Special Envoys on Investment who have, over the past six months, engaged in over 150 dialogues that have helped to facilitate open communication on the investment climate and on the opportunities for investment that could be unlocked through partnership.
At the investment conference actual investment deals that have been concluded in the course of the envoys’ engagements will be reported on and an investment pipeline to enable would-be investors to explore opportunities in the South African market unveiled.
The conference will be preceded by a series of networking events on 25 October 2018.
On 26 October 2018, President Ramaphosa will officially open and lead the conference which will have, amongst others, focused sector specific discussions around agriculture, agro-processing, mining and manufacturing, transport, ICT, tourism, BPO, film, energy, water and venture capital.
On 27 October 2018, the President will lead a walk along Vilakazi Street in Soweto with delegates to showcase the vibrancy of the township economy.
Ahead of the Africa Investment Forum 2018 (AIF) in Joburg : World Bank must do more to eradicate energy poverty across the continent, say African leaders
October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments
An estimated 1.1 billion people – 14% of the global population – do not have access to electricity according to the International Energy Agency
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, October 24, 2018/ — Speaking at the World Bank meeting in Bali this month Jim Yong Kim, the World Bank President, said that African leaders have approached him and said that they need more support to provide baseload power in their countries.
He said that these African leaders are telling him it is wrong for institutions like the World Bank to tell them they cannot use fossil fuels for baseload electricity.
Speaking in Bali, Kim said that leaders across the developing world are telling him: “You’ve come to us in Africa who have put almost none of the carbon in the air and you can tell us we can’t have baseload electricity. You’re outraged by climate change, we have almost no responsibility for putting the carbon in the air and yet you’re telling us we can’t develop and have baseload energy because we can’t use a single drop of fossil fuel for our own energy needs. And I can tell you, when I hear that from our leaders, from people in industry, in places like Africa, it’s compelling to me.”
An estimated 1.1 billion people – 14% of the global population – do not have access to electricity according to the International Energy Agency. The World Bank has announced it will not fund upstream oil and gas projects from 2019 onwards, which follows a similar ban on coal financing.
Kim added at the Bali meeting: “We feel that you have to listen to the social justice arguments from people from poor countries who have not put any of the carbon in the air and want to have baseload.”
It was reported in May by Bloomberg that climate talks organized by the United Nations ended with “developing countries demanding more clarity from their richer counterparts on when a promised package of $100 billion in finance will materialize”. The piece said that “developing nations want more detail on what money is coming before signing up to the Paris rules”.
In late 2017 Standard and Poor’s released a report questioning questioning where $100 billion would come from, citing a need for many countries to increase budgets and debt burdens to finance their pledges
The report by Standard and Poor’s said: “In our view, it is very unlikely that governments would be willing, or able, to risk deteriorating their creditworthiness by stretching their budgets and debt burdens to fund the implementation costs.”
Meet Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili, seeking to be Nigeria’s first female President.
October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments
South Sudan Resumes Oil Production, Seeks Investors
October 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
Juba, South Sudan, Oct. 19 — South Sudan Oil & Power (SSOP) 2018 is returning to Juba on November 21 and 22, and is focused on attracting international investors and service companies into the country’s newly revamped oil industry.
The theme for the conference — Embracing the Private Sector — follows the successful resumption of oil production by the Greater Pioneer Operating Company this year and the introduction of new international companies into the market, including Russia-based JSC Zarubezhneft.
The Russian company is set to begin exploring the country’s open acreage and opportunities in trading after signing a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Petroleum this month.
Earlier this year, operating consortia investors CNPC and Petronas affirmed their commitment to improving and increasing oil production in South Sudan after re-signing production agreements with the government. Nigeria-based Oranto Petroleum began exploring for oil and gas in Block B3 in November 2017. With a new peace deal signed and in implementation, the government and existing investors in Juba are optimistic about prospects for energy sector growth.
“South Sudan is dedicated to expanding oil and gas operations to strengthen the economy, as well as pursue economic diversification through new infrastructure and power projects,” said Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Minister of Petroleum, South Sudan.
“With two out of three of South Sudan’s operating companies producing again, it is imperative that new international service companies and providers enter the market to meet the demand for services. We are going to have an aggressive push and incentivize exploration activities with new blocks. South Sudan Oil & Power 2018 will be the venue for these deals to move forward.”
Following a successful event in 2017 — the country’s first dedicated energy and infrastructure conference — the two-day SSOP conference this year will include panel discussions on oilfield development; building the nation through energy infrastructure; and public private partnerships and initiatives; as well as a reception and gala dinner, presentations and workshops.
The 2018 conference will feature ministerial delegations from Sudan and Equatorial Guinea, and is held under the auspices of H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan.
Keynote speakers will include H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President, South Sudan; Hon. Taban Deng Gai, First Vice President, South Sudan; Hon. James Wani Igga, Vice President, South Sudan; Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Minister of Petroleum, South Sudan; H.E. Azhari Abdallah, Minister of Petroleum and Gas, Sudan and H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, Equatorial Guinea.
*Culled from Africa Oil and Power
Afe Babalola University Confers Honorary Doctorate Degree on African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina
October 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
|In his acceptance address, Adesina lauded the Institution as an epitome of academic excellence commended its high standards of discipline|
|ADO EKITI, Nigeria, October 22, 2018/ — The Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria, has conferred a Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa on the President of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), Akinwumi Adesina in recognition of his immense contributions to socio-economic development on the continent.
John Olachy Momoh, Chairman of Channels Media Group, Nigeria’s multi award-winning television station also received an Honoris Causa at the 6thConvocation ceremony of the University held on Sunday 21 October 2018 at the University Campus in Ado Ekiti.
“The honorary recipients are Nigerian ambassadors who have conquered the world due to the quality and functional education they received,” said Aare Afe Babalola, Founder of the University.
“They were chosen on the basis of their distinguished reputations, outstanding achievements, exemplary leadership and extraordinary contributions to humanity. This is the highest honour an academic institution can give and today, they are richly-deserved,” he added.
In his acceptance address, Adesina lauded the Institution as an epitome of academic excellence commended its high standards of discipline. To the graduating students,”invest your time and energy in making the right decisions. The story and history of this great institution is one of the right decisions that should be well-studied by those involved in tertiary education globally,” he said.
Afe Babalola University is a private university established in 2010 in Ado Ekiti, Nigeria, with the ambition to address the disconnect between curricular programs and labor market demands. The University operates through five colleges for undergraduates (Science, Social & Management Sciences, Law, Engineering and Medicine & Health Science) as well as a Post graduate school. In November 2013, it was appointed to mentor the College of Industrial Development (UID), Accra, Ghana thereby becoming the first university in Nigeria to mentor a foreign university. This year, a total of 4013 students graduated, including 43 pioneer medical doctors.
Hippo Cull in Zambia is nothing to do with conservation, and everything to do with money, says Born Free
October 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
Reacting to the breaking news that the Zambian government has now given the green light to the ‘on-off’ cull of 1,250 hippos in the Luangwa Valley, Born Free’s CEO, Howard Jones, has provided the following comment:
“The Zambian government and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife have consistently failed to produce a shred of scientific evidence that there is an overpopulation of hippos in the Luangwa River and that the hippos are causing irreversible environmental damage – the key reasons the Zambian government is now giving as the rationale for this controversial cull.
“The Zambian government’s own published research has shown that previous hippo culls in Luangwa have singularly failed to ‘control’ the hippo population, and have, conversely, stimulated an increase in population growth. Put simply, previous culls have failed to reduce the hippo population, if that was the intention..
“The contract for the cull, awarded to Mabwe Adventures, is also shrouded in controversy. Not only does the contract breach the transparent, open tendering process required for the procurement of such services, but Mabwe sub-contracted the cull to a safari outfitter in South Africa, Umlilo Safaris, that has been openly selling the opportunity to kill hippos in Luangwa, to fee-paying trophy hunters.
“This cull has nothing to do with animal management or conservation, and everything to do with money. In September, the UK, Ireland, Finland and Sweden all suspended aid to Zambia because of alleged corruption in its administration.
The US Ambassador to Zambia, Daniel Foote, has reported that this move by the Zambian government may make it difficult, if not impossible, for him to attract investment that can help the country’s conservation sector. Born Free is requesting clarification on the position of the FCO and British High Commission on this same issue.”
Corporate Council on Africa set to host U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Innovation Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov 5-6, 2018
October 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), the leading U.S. business association focused solely on connecting business interests in Africa, will host its 8th U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Conference November 5-6, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. CCA is expecting over 300 U.S. and African participants, including innovative businesses and service providers, financiers, investors, private sector executives and government representatives to participate in this essential conference.
The African Development Bank estimates in its 2018 Africa Economic Outlook reports that the continent needs at least $130 billion a year in infrastructure development per year for at least the next decade to meet the needs of rapidly growing, increasingly urban countries. The sheer scope of the needs and the pace of population growth will demand innovation across the project cycle to be successful.
CCA’s conference will introduce innovative solutions in a range of sectors including ICT, energy, transportation, health and finance to African government and private sector actors and offer insights on novel approaches that infrastructure leaders have implemented to make ambitious projects a reality.
Attendees will hear from leading U.S and African industry experts on innovative technologies and solutions to infrastructure needs on the continent; Gain access to key U.S. and African government officials and decision makers driving infrastructure investment on the continent; Connect with U.S. and African business decision-makers from C-suite to business development and identify new business partners and investors; Obtain real-time business and investment leads that can result in sales and contracts; Showcase their company’s innovative solutions in infrastructure to leading businesses and key government officials.
The conference will also feature an exhibition center, which will allow businesses to display current and successful projects, initiatives or products that are presently being used to close the gap in infrastructure development. Dedicated time will be scheduled for conference participants to meet project representatives and hear short presentations on the highlights of their technology or project.
The 2018 U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Conference is proudly sponsored by leading American and African businesses and organizations including: Acrow Bridge, AllAfrica Global Media, Barloworld Namibia(pty) Ltd, Caterpillar, Inc., Chevron Corporation, Citi, Covington and Burling LLP, Global Agri. Exchange (GAEX), Lockheed Martin, and South African Airways.
Established in 1993 to promote business and investment between the United States and the nations of Africa, CCA serves as a neutral, trusted intermediary connecting its member firms with the essential government and business leaders they need to do business and succeed in Africa. CCA uniquely represents a broad cross section of member companies from small and medium size businesses to multinationals as well as U.S. and African firms. Our members are invested in Africa’s most promising sectors including agribusiness, energy, finance, health, ICT, infrastructure, security, tourism and trade facilitation.