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Mauritius Ambassador identifies obstacles to African development at G-PAD Forum

Ambassador of Mauritius to Germany, Prof Kheswar Jankee, has identified factors inhibiting Africa’s development and preventing the continent from realising its huge potential. Speaking at the 2019 Global Partnership for Africa’s Development (G-PAD) Forum, which took place on 22-23 November in the German city of Tubingen, the diplomat and scholar said it’s frustrating talking about African development challenges despite its …

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Merkel challenges African leaders on driving continent’s economic development

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted African leaders to a meeting in Berlin on Tuesday. The summit, the third within the framework of the G20 Compact with Africa (CwA) initiative, seeks to promote increased private sector investment in Africa. At a meeting at the federal chancellery attended by representatives of the 12 partner countries of the CwA and South Africa, being …

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Zimbabwe: Military responsible for sorry state under Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zimbabwean journalist and writer Tinashe L. Chimedza writes rejoinder to President Mnangagwa’s open letter to the international community published on Monday (19 November) calling for the removal of Western sanctions on his country. Chimedza blames his country’s ruling elite of being largely responsible for the sorry state of affairs, two years after the exit of then President Robert Mugabe. Two …

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Stakeholders discuss future of mobile money platforms in Africa

Stakeholders from 8 African countries deliberate on policies and frameworks to drive innovation, technology and sustainable mobile payment ecosystem Key representatives from over 8 countries in Africa gathered at a workshop organized by Vodacom in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday (21 November) to look into trends and developments shaping the mobile money industry in Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to …

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How Nigerian emerged first Africa Jack Ma Prize winner

Temie Giwa-Tubosun, whose company LifeBank delivers blood to in-need hospitals in Nigeria, took first place in Jack Ma’s inaugural Africa Netpreneur Prize contest on Saturday (17 November) during a five-hour finale taped for TV in Accra, Ghana. Giwa-Tubosun pitched her way to a $250,000 cash prize over the course of eight months, beating out about 10,000 other applicants from 50 of Africa’s 54 …

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European Bank to mobilise €1 billion for women entrepreneurs in Africa

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has launched SheInvest, a new initiative that aims to mobilise 1 billion euros of investment to benefit millions of women across Africa with better access to finance and by making sustainable infrastructure services and products work for them. This initiative was launched simultaneously at the Africa Investment Forum, which took plan on 11-13 November in …

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This is how Zimbabwe has changed since I became president — Emmerson Mnangagwa

It is two years this week since President Robert Gabriel Mugabe stepped down as leader of Zimbabwe with the hope that things will get better for the southern African nation. Quite to the contrary, Zimbabweans have seen their fortunes worsened. Emmerson Mnangagwa, President of Zimbabwe, has now gone on the publicity offensive by writing an open letter to the international …

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Jack Ma Foundation awards $1 million to African entrepreneurs

The foundation of Chinese billionaire and founder of the Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, hosted its first annual Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative grand finale on Saturday in Accra, awarding $1 million in prize money to 10 entrepreneurs from across Africa. The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) is a flagship initiative of the Jack Ma Foundation, created by Jack Ma after his first …

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German, Nigerian officials discuss repatriation of Nigerians without papers from Germany

Last year, Nigeria was one of the main countries of origin of asylum-seekers in Germany. Against this background, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung invited German and Nigerian officials to a technical roundtable discussion in Berlin on Thursday. Among others, the experts discussed how to make rejected Nigerian asylum-seekers leave Germany voluntarily and explore possible solutions to irregular migration from their country. Femi Awoniyi, …

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