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Twitter appoints former Nigerian finance minister to Board of Directors

Social media giant, Twitter Inc., has announced the appointment of Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to its board of directors. Also appointed is former World Bank chief, Robert Zoellick, as the microblogging site reshuffled its board, Twitter said Thursday. According to the Executive Chairman of Twitter, Omid Kordestani, Okonjo-Iweala would be an incredible asset for the company as …

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Austria to support Nigeria’s economic diversification, Governor Obiano in Vienna

Nigeria-Austria Business Forum 2018 took place recently in Vienna and was attended by businesspeople from countries and Nigerian government officials, including Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State. The second Nigeria-Austria Business Forum took place on 28 June 2018 in Vienna, Austria, and it was dedicated to deepening trade ties between both countries. The event was jointly organised by the Embassy …

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What French President Macron told 2,000 young African entrepreneurs in Lagos

French President Emmanuel Macron offered a bold and new vision of France’s relationship with Africa, speaking at an exclusive session hosted by the Tony Elumelu Foundation in Lagos during his visit to Lagos last week. He passionately advocated a new partnership, prioritizing the role of entrepreneurship in driving Africa’s renaissance, highlighting the importance of the private sector and most importantly …

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Imperial College London, MIT launch search for African research collaborators

Two of the world’s top ten universities, Imperial College London and MIT in the US, have launched a search for collaborating institutions in Africa to drive innovation from across the continent. Imperial College London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are launching a search for collaborating institutions in Africa to drive innovation from across the continent. The two universities …

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Volkswagen opens its first car assembly plant in Rwanda

Volkswagen launched a car assembly facility in Rwanda on Wednesday, the first such factory in the East African nation as Europe’s biggest carmaker expands its presence in the region. Car ownership remains low in the nation of 12 million people with just over 200,000 private cars registered since 1997, according to the country’s tax collection body. But Volkswagen, which already …

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Germany trains 10,000 Nigerian youths in vocational skills

The German government trained 10,000 Nigerian youths in vocational education between June 2016 and this month, an official of the German National Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), Mr Horst Bauernfeind, has said. He made this known on Sunday in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun State, at the closing ceremony of the programme. Bauernfeind explained that the scheme was part of ongoing …

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Quality of Chinese-built cars better than European ones, Volvo executive admits

Swedish car maker Volvo says its vehicles built in China might actually be superior in quality to those it makes in Europe. In an interview with Australia’s Go Auto, Volvo’s senior vice-president of design, Robin Page, admitted that some were concerned about the automaker’s decision to build many of its vehicles in China. “What we’re finding is that the quality …

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Top 10 fastest growing economies in Africa in 2018

Africa’s economy is projected to continue to rise to 3.2% in 2018 and to a further 3.5% in 2019. This is according to the latest World Bank report released early 2018. According to the report, non-resource intensive countries are expected to expand at a solid pace, helped by robust investment growth. South Africa, Nigeria and Angola, the region’s largest growing …

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AfricanTide Union kicks off training programme for migrant entrepreneurs in Germany

AfricanTide Union, an organization that runs a refugee shelter and multiple programs for migrants and refugees in Dortmund, Germany, inaugurated its latest project on Monday, 9 April. Under the name “Friend”, the association now offers regular training for entrepreneurs with a migration background. “People with a migration background are quick to take entrepreneurial risk. However, it often comes to the …

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Hamburg hosts German-African Energy Forum 2018

Political and business leaders from Germany and Africa will gather at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce on 24-25 April for the 12th German-African Energy Forum. The annual event offers a platform for players in the energy sector for interaction, networking and deal-making. The event this year will focus on the increasing role of renewable energies in the African continent’s electricity …

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Morocco ranked most attractive investment destination in Africa

According to the latest Africa Investment Index 2018 by Quantum Global Research Lab, an independent research arm of Quantum Global, Morocco has been named the most attractive investment destination in Africa, followed closely by Egypt and Algeria. ‘‘Morocco has been consistent in attracting an inward flow of foreign capital, specifically in banking, tourism and energy sectors and through the development …

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New Dawn for Africa as 44 countries sign continental free trade deal

Representatives of 44 out of 55 member countries of the African Union have signed an agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area at an extraordinary AU Summit in Kigali. The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (CFTA ) could enter into effect by the end of this year following signing by 44 countries yesterday at the 10th extraordinary African …

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New book launches with stories of African female entrepreneurs

Founding Women is a collection of the inspirational, first-hand accounts of 20 African women who are defying the odds to build successful businesses in technology on the continent. Among the successful entrepreneurs interviewed in the book are Rebecca Enonchong – CEO of AppsTech ( Forbes 10 Female Tech Founders To Watch In Africa) and Hilda Moraa – Founder & CEO …

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Zimbabwe aims to meet 20% of global lithium demand

Zimbabwe is on the verge of new riches as it pledges to significantly increase its production of lithium used in batteries for electric vehicles. If its production potential is realized, the metal will bring the African country fabulous wealth, say analysts. Zimbabwe aims to supply 10 percent of the world’s lithium and could reach 20 percent, the mines minister from …

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Nigerians getting poorer, reforms urgently needed, says IMF

Nigerians are getting poorer despite the country’s slow recovery from recession, and economic reforms are urgently needed, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a report seen by Reuters on Wednesday. The Fund expects the government to “muddle through” in the medium term, and any progress could also be threatened if elections next year consume political energy and resources, the …

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Ghana’s president makes strong case for increased German investment in Africa

The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says Africa must build value-added, industrialised economies with modernised agriculture, which takes full advantage of the digital revolution, if she is to create wealth and prosperity for her peoples. Akufo-Addo made this known on Tuesday, 27 February when he delivered the keynote address at the 5th German-African Economic Forum, …

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Google now accepts payments for apps via Kenya’s M-Pesa service

Google Play apps and games store has started accepting payments in Kenya through Safaricom’s mobile phone M-Pesa service to boost downloads in a market where many people do not have a credit card. M-Pesa, which enables customers to transfer money and pay bills via mobile phone, has 27.8 million users in the nation of 45 million people where Google’s Android …

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Germany: Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo addresses business conference in Dortmund

The economy of many African countries are booming. How can German small and medium enterprises profit from this success? The 5th German-African Business Forum  NRW (das 5. Deutsch-afrikanische Wirtschaftsforum NRW) will deal with this question on Tuesday 27 February 2018 in the western German city of Dortmund at which President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana will deliver a keynote speech. Under …

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MILESTONE! Undersea Cable connecting Africa and South America lands on Brazilian coast

Landing of South Atlantic Undersea Cable in Brazil signals new chapter in Africa-America’s Telecoms Angola Cables, a telecommunications multinational, has reported that the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) has made landfall at Fortaleza on the Brazilian coast. Company CEO, António Nunes, said that the arrival and installation of SACS on the Brazilian coast was “an important strategic milestone for the …

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