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Outstanding African projects win awards in Berlin

Many organisations and individuals working on African issues presented their work to the public at the Fair for Bridge Builders (Messe der Brückenbauer), part of the activities celebrating the Kenako Afrika-Festival in Berlin (3-14 July). The fair is a platform for committed people from Germany and the African diaspora to exhibit their projects for the development of Africa and present …

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German government appoints Sylvie Nantcha member of federal commission on migration

The Federal Government has appointed Dr Sylvie Nantcha as a member of a technical commission on migration. The task of the 24-member commission is to identify “the root causes of flight and irregular migration” and it has until the end of next year to make concrete recommendations for action on how to tackle the issues. Flight and migration are among …

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Young Ghanaian innovator shows Africa’s future lies in its talented youth

Self-taught coder develops model for diagnosing breast cancer; looks to solve some of the continent’s biggest challenges and inspires youth across the continent as Africa Code Week Youth Ambassador for 2019. “It takes a village to raise a child”: as the Fourth Industrial Revolution sweeps across Africa and more of its youth develop coding and other digital skills, there may …

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Nigerians in Diaspora head to Abuja to discuss national development

Nigerians from across the globe will converge on their country’s capital Abuja on 24-25 July for this year’s Nigerian Diaspora Day. The annual event brings together foreign-based Nigerians and representatives of the federal and state governments to discuss areas of possible partnership in national development. The theme of this year’s Day, organised by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) in …

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Event on funding opportunities for Afro-European businesses holds in Hamburg

Afrolynk, an impact venture that supports and connects innovators, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in the EU-African market, have partnered with Dr. Akuma Saningong, a master communicator, in unlocking the potential of African business ventures. Afrolynk will hold a Community Meet-Up on 10 July in Hamburg and it’s inviting attendees from Hamburg’s business sector, including start-ups, NGOs and public and private …

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Explainer: How refugees can apply for admission to German universities

For refugees and migrants seeking to access higher education in Germany, there are two major obstacles: The recognition of diplomas and other official certificates as well as the tedious process of assembling all documents required to apply. Benjamin Bathke of InfoMigrants takes an in-depth look at the admission process, required documents, application fees and more. In Germany, according to estimates …

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A quick introduction to studying in Germany for foreigners

Germany is called the land of ideas in academic circles and for good reasons. There are 427 state-accredited institutions of higher education – universities and polytechnics – in Germany. Together, they offer a total of over 18,000 degree programmes. In this piece Chijioke Kizito Onah, a postgraduate student of the University of Frankfurt and DAAD scholarship recipient, discusses strategies foreign …

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German government, SAP join forces to create more jobs in Africa’s digital sector 

German software company SAP and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) plan to jointly create 450 jobs for highly qualified personnel in the IT sector in ten African countries. The collaboration, which was presented in Berlin today by German Development Minister Gerd Müller and by Michael Kleinemeier, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE and …

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US launches economic initiative for Africa in Maputo

US-Africa Business Summit successfully advances trade, investment and commercial partnership between the US and Africa Heads of State, Vice Presidents, and Prime Ministers from nine African nations attended the Corporate Council on Africa’s 12th US-Africa Business Summit in Maputo, Mozambique on June 18-21. They were joined by Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Commerce, Economy, Public Works, and ICT from more …

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Nigeria: Diaspora remittances exceeded oil earnings in 2018 – forex dealers’ association

Concerned with the stagnant state of the nation’s economy marred with inconsistent foreign exchange earnings through oil export, the Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) has disclosed that forex remittances from Nigerians in the Diaspora far exceeded the country’s earnings from crude oil export last year. The President of ABCON, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, who disclosed this to …

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Rwanda opens first gold refinery

Rwanda has opened its first gold refinery to process gold from all over Africa and to discourage the export of the minerals from the continent. The new refinery, built at a cost of $5 million by Aldango Company is located at the Kigali Special Economic Zone in Gasabo District. Aldango which was previously running as a business dealing in gold …

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Effects of China-America trade war haunt African economies – says new report

As a global trade war rages, Africa fears contagion from lower commodity prices, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) latest report, Economic Insight: Africa Q2 2019. The accountancy body provides GDP growth forecasts for various regions including East Africa, which is the region in Africa that was estimated to have experienced the most rapid …

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How Continental Free Trade Area will shape Africa’s future

The historic African Continental Free Trade Area agreement went into force on 30 May 2019. Creating the regionally integrated Africa of our dreams, will require political will, policy changes, and private and public sector partnerships, argues Dr Victor Oladokun, Director of Communication, African Development Bank. In 2018, the fictional country of Wakanda in the blockbuster movie Black Panther, was ranked …

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Germany-based group advises aspiring migrants in Nigeria

The Migration Enlightenment Project Nigeria (MEPN), a Germany-based initiative promoting safe migration, has noted that criminal human trafficking networks continued to be the main driver of irregular emigration in Nigeria. In view of the thousands of Nigerians stranded in various transit and destination countries around the world where they’re exposed to human rights abuses, the MEPN has issued a brief …

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Jean-Claude Juncker: Africa’s future will shape Europe’s

Africa’s future will shape Europe’s destiny, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has told a joint investment forum in Vienna. Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz urged Europe to take on China’s head-start in Africa. Juncker urged European firms on Tuesday to boost their investments in Africa in a “partnership among equals,” reminding the joint European Union and Africa Union forum that Africa’s …

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Nigerians’ remittances from UK highest – World Bank

A research by the World Bank has found that Nigerians was the top receiver of cash from the United Kingdom in 2017. Nigeria was ranked the largest remittance recipient in sub-Saharan Africa and the sixth largest amongst lower-middle-income countries. According to the report, Nigerians living in the UK sent £3.27 million back home in 2017. “Remittances to sub-Saharan Africa are …

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Send money to Africa even faster using the MoneyGram-App

As the world’s second-largest provider for international money transfers, MoneyGram consistently works to make sending money even easier for its customers than it already is. Now, there is the new MoneyGram-App, which can be downloaded for free from Google Play Store or Apple Store. Once the app is installed on a mobile phone, the desired amount can be on its …

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Abuja summit outlines opportunities, incentives for Nigerian Diaspora investors

The first-ever Nigeria Diaspora Investment Summit took place in Abuja on 27-29 November. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who delivered the keynote address at the event, and participating ministers outlined opportunities and incentives for Nigerians resident abroad to invest in their homeland. Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, in his address to the conference, asserted that the federal government “strongly seek the …

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