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Africans celebrate ‘Africa Day’ in style

African envoys highlight cultural and economic potential

Africans celebrate ‘Africa Day’ in style


By Chidi Emmanuel

KUWAIT: Africans, Kuwaitis and expatriates converged at the Regency Hotel on Tuesday to celebrate the Africa Day. It is an annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), presently known as the African Union (AU). Its aim is to celebrate African diversity and success and to highlight the cultural and economic…


Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on May 31, 2012 at 6:09pm — 1 Comment

AGRA revamps small-scale farming

The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) leads the way in helping Ghana to achieve a green revolution by boosting small-scale farming in the country.

With a vision to make Africa food-secured, AGRA is moving agricultural products from input suppliers to farmers’ fields and ultimately to consumers’ tables, thereby contributing to…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on May 31, 2012 at 9:03am — No Comments

Electricity Program Expands Access to Energy for Ethiopians with Support from the World Bank

The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank today approved a US$200 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA*) to the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) to increase rural coverage and to provide access to affordable, modern, cost-effective electricity services to its citizens.

Over the past 5 years, GoE has made some commendable strides in improving access to…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on May 30, 2012 at 11:32am — No Comments

A new Africa or just hype?

Page through any Africa section in the global press and you’re likely to be introduced to tech-savvy graduates in hip offices, stock traders checking commodity prices on mobile phones, or African “lions” picking up where Asia’s “tigers” left off. By now everyone has heard that six of the world’s fastest growing economies are African.



Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on May 24, 2012 at 9:40am — No Comments

AfDB President Welcomes G8 Initiative on African Agriculture

African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka capped a visit to Washington with a landmark meeting at the Group of Eight (G8) Summit on Saturday.

The special session focused on agriculture policy in Africa, and in particular, a fresh initiative called the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.

The meeting was hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama at Camp David near Washington, where this year’s G8 Summit of the world’s largest economies took…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on May 21, 2012 at 2:20pm — No Comments

US companies pledge to invest $150m in Africa

African agricultural projects and products in the next few years will get a boost of $150 million from a group of U.S. seed, chemical and equipment companies.

The investments pledged by DuPont, Monsanto, Cargill and others are part of an overall $3 billion effort by companies around the world announced by President Barack Obama.

Along with companies from India, Israel, Switzerland, Norway and the United Kingdom, and 20 companies from Africa, the corporations have committed some…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on May 21, 2012 at 11:27am — No Comments

FOXit – first year in and totally agile

In its first year of operation, FOXit, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and service provider focused on Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) in business, has gained ground within the enterprise solution development and application space and demonstrated why agility means everything in business today.

The company, along with several industry partners including EOH Consulting, Microsoft, Nintex and PWC Exordia, recently celebrated the business’ first birthday.



Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on May 21, 2012 at 10:41am — No Comments

Kenya pursuing nuclear energy

Kenya’s Business Daily reports that Kenya Power has begun recruiting staff to manage its planned nuclear energy project

The company has called for applications for a project feasibility team leader, internal auditor, financial accountant, procurement officer, legal assistant, audit assistant and an ICT officer related to plans to build a nuclear energy project.



Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on May 21, 2012 at 10:21am — No Comments

Eskom's funding to 2017 finalised

Eskom's funding plan to 2017 has been finalised and the electricity generation group will spend R201.6 billion over the period with R65 billion budgeted for this year, says Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.

Presenting his budget vote speech in Parliament on Wednesday, Gigaba said that government had approved the increase of Eskom's domestic borrowing programme from R65 billion…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on May 21, 2012 at 9:45am — No Comments

Real Madrid, Ronaldo mesmerize Kuwait

Spanish giants blank Kuwait 2-0 Real, Ronaldo mesmerize Kuwait By Chidi Emmanuel KUWAIT: Activities in Kuwait were brought to a halt yesterday evening as the Spanish La Liga champions played with the Kuwait national team at the Al-Kuwait Sports Club stadium in Kaifan. The stadium was filled to capacity as Kuwaiti youths, fans and families struggled to catch a glimpse of the Madrid team. The match, which Real won 2-0, started with lots of pomp and peasantries. There were colorful fireworks…


Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on May 17, 2012 at 12:20am — No Comments

Ghana To Export Nuclear Energy To The Sub-region

Ghana is working assiduously to explore the feasibility of nuclear energy in its power mix, as it strives to become a major net exporter of energy to other West Africa States.

Thus, government’s intervention geared towards increasing the total installation capacity of electricity generation, currently at 2000 megawatt, to 5000 megawatt in 2015, has targeted the utilisation of nuclear power to supply…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on May 15, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

African Union Commissioner Urges Continent To Implement PIDA At International Forum Of The Africa-Eu Energy Partnership

The African Union Commission has called for the implementation of energy related projects, in particular those related to the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). This is because PIDA, through its institutional architecture, will develop efficient, reliable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly infrastructure for the physical integration of the continent, and enhance access to modern energy services for the majority of the African population. The programme will…


Added by Linda Larbie on May 10, 2012 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Rio+20 Sustainable Development Dialogues

UNDP and the Brazilian Government have set up a series of online “Rio+20 Sustainable Development Dialogues.” There are open to everyone: UN and NGO staff, activists and other members of the public. The dialogues function in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.
All you need to do is to go to & select “Join the Dialogues

Added by Kateregga Dennis on May 8, 2012 at 4:07pm — No Comments


Minister for environment maria mutagamba has advised govt to recall all land titles issued on the shores of lakes and banks of rivers in order to reduce rampant encroachment on the protection zones of these water bodies. Mutagamba said Lake Victoria had lost its filtering capacity due to encroachment and because of this Govt spends billions of shillings towards treatment of water before it is pumped back to kampalas 2 million people. (Radio1 Talk show)

Added by Kateregga Dennis on May 5, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Pension for foreign workers in Kuwait?

Pension for foreign

workers in Kuwait?


By Chidi Emmanuel

KUWAIT: Before leaving Kuwait finally, Charlie Dag was wondering what life is going to look like in his home country Ivory Coast - having spent most of his youthful and useful years in Kuwait. Without a permanent residence or any pension scheme, the future looked bleak as he navigated through the immigration counters at Kuwait airport on his way back home. “I am glad and sad at the same time. I am happy…


Added by chidi emmanuel ekeh on April 21, 2012 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Greening Africa’s Future

The 4th Africa Carbon Forum (ACF), this year in Addis Ababa, opened its doors today to over 1,000 registered participants from across the globe to foster a discussion on climate change and carbon finance in Africa.


The message resonating this year from Addis is that Africa represents a golden opportunity for a green future.

“The vast potential represented by African countries in the fight against climate change cannot be underestimated,” said Christiana Figueres,…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 19, 2012 at 2:06pm — No Comments

Africa Poised for Faster Growth In Spite of Volatile Global Economy―New World Bank Report

Economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa remains strong and is poised for lift-off after growing at 4.9 percent in 2011, just shy of the pre-crisis average of 5 percent. Excluding South Africa, which accounts for over a third of the region’s GDP, growth in the rest of region was 5.9 percent, making it one of the fastest growing developing regions, according to a new World Bank report on Africa’s economy.  


Over a third of countries in the region attained growth rates of at least…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 19, 2012 at 2:02pm — No Comments

Health experts convene to achieve MDG 5

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight objectives agreed by all 193 members of the United Nations and 23 international organisations. With 2015 set as the deadline, the global goals include eradicating extreme poverty, fighting disease epidemics such as HIV/AIDS, achieving universal primary education and developing a global partnership for development.

Originally set out at the Millennium Summit in 2000, progress towards achieving the goals has been mixed with advancement…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 12, 2012 at 10:48am — No Comments

Equatorial Guinea Participates in Global Environment Facility Project for Sustainable Forestry

Equatorial Guinea is now part of a Global Environment Facility (GEF) project titled ‘A Regional Focus on Sustainable Timber Management in the Congo Basin’, an initiative backed by international development organizations, national NGOs, and government officials. One of three pilot countries, Equatorial Guinea will begin a series of regional activities in which all GEF participants will collaborate closely to address illegal logging and ensure the sustainability of forest…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 11, 2012 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Ghana to boost Takoradi power output

Ghana and Canada will cooperate on expanding the Aboadze thermal plant in Takoradi.

President John Evans Atta Mills, who held discussions on the plant with the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) last November in Canada, met this month with executives of the Corporation in Ghana.

The CCC is the main investment grouping in Canada, and the executives led by Marc Whittington, are in the country to sign an agreement with the Government of Ghana to support the expansion of the…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 10, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

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