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US-Africa Business Forum 2016

The United States Chamber of Commerce and the Bloomberg Philanthropies co-hosted the US-Africa Business Forum in New York on 21 September. The forum played host to African business and political leaders and their American counterparts. Development in Africa is really shaping up, as more trade partnerships are being made with several global investors and stakeholders towards evolving the continent’s image, …

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“Let us come together in Hamburg,” NIDO president invites Nigerians in Germany

The president of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) Germany, Kenneth Gbandi, has called on his compatriots to turn out in large numbers at the forthcoming 4th Nigerian Business & Investment Summit scheduled for 30 September and 1 October in Hamburg. The event, part of the activities of the NIDO Germany Day 2016 to mark Nigeria’s 56th independence celebrations, will …

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What German companies found during a recent exploratory visit to DR Congo

Cologne-based business lawyer Christophe Kabambe accompanied a German business delegation on an exploratory visit to the Congolese city of Lubumbashi. He reports on the revelations of the journey. A delegation of German businessmen recently visited the city of Lubumbashi in the deep south of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in June. Lubumbashi, with an estimated population of more than …

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Nigerians in Germany to deliberate on the way out of their country’s economic crisis | 30 September-1 October

The German chapter of the Nigerians In Diaspora Organization (NIDO) will hold its annual summit in Hamburg on 30 September-1 October. The event will feature a business conference and an award ceremony. The 4th Nigerian Business & Investment Summit is dedicated to discussions on the necessity for, and opportunities in, the diversification of the Nigerian economy, which is currently experiencing …

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Sierra Leone ready for business again

Koroma woos foreign investors for post-Ebola growth Sierra Leone is still counting the costs of the Ebola epidemic, not least on its economy which contracted in 2014 and 2015, after several years of solid growth. Now the West African country is trying to woo back investors and attract new ones. Though Sierra Leone has been declared free of the dreaded …

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Nigeria licenses 11 new international money transfer operators

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has licensed 11 new International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs). The new entrants are joining Western Union, MoneyGram and Ria, which had been cleared by the CBN in early August. The new operators are Trans-Fast Remittance LLC; WorldRemit Limited, UAE Exchange Centre LLC; Wari Limited, Homesend S.C.R.L, Small World Financial Services Group Limited and Weblink …

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MoneyGram renews commitment to Nigeria

Sequel to the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) allowing only three companies to offer money transfer services to the country, MoneyGram International, Inc. has announced a renewed commitment to its operations in Nigeria. The CBN decision, announced on 2 August, named Western Union, MoneyGram and Ria as the only officially licensed providers of remittance services to Nigeria. …

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Study: Migrant entrepreneurs provide millions of jobs in Germany

One study has found that entrepreneurs with foreign backgrounds in Germany have created around 1.3 million jobs in Germany. The study said the cliché of migrants owning Dönner shops and kiosks does not reflect reality. The number of business-owners with migrant roots and the people they employ has risen in Germany, according to a Bertelsmann Foundation study released recently. “We …

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Uganda’s President Museveni makes case for investing in Africa at the Business Day in Berlin

Afrika-Verein demands more action from the German government as Uganda’s President Museveni makes case for investing in Africa. The federal government must do more to encourage a greater engagement of German companies in Africa, demanded Dr Stefan Liebing, chairman of Afrika-Verein, at this year’s German Africa Business Day in Berlin. He called for the removal of hurdles preventing German companies …

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Nigeria revokes the licenses of all but three money transfer companies

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced that only three companies are henceforth allowed to offer money transfer services to Nigeria. The three operators are Western Union, MoneyGram and Ria. The decision was backed by a warning, issued on Tuesday, 2 August, which advises Nigerians at home and abroad to “beware of the unwholesome activities of some unlicensed International …

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International Decade for People of African Descent launched in Germany

The International Decade for People of African Descent, 2015–2024, was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly and adopted on 23 December 2013. The theme of the Decade is “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development”. The Decade highlights the human rights situation of the African diaspora worldwide and aims to fight racial discrimination and create visibility for the contribution …

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What Africa can learn from Germany’s energy transition

How Africa can learn from Germany’s successful ongoing transition to renewable energy was the theme of the 10th German-African Energy Forum, which took place recently in Hamburg, reports Femi Awoniyi. Willi Meixner, chief executive of the Power and Gas Division of Siemens AG, has advised African countries to focus on creating an encouraging regulatory environment if they are to attract …

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A history of Black people in Germany

The journey has been an arduous one. The historian Paulette Reed-Anderson informs us that in 1682, a ship bearing slaves from Africa docked in Hamburg. Twenty-five years later (1707), African musicians are employed in Prussian military units and Mohrenstrasse is christened in Berlin. By 1877, however, the first of the dreadful Völkerschauen (‘ethnographic exhibitions’) were staged in Hamburg and Berlin.  …

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Meet 10 of Germany’s most prominent Black people

Charles Mohamed Huber, MP (Bundestag)  The former TV actor (59) was born in the Bavarian city of Munich to a Senegalese father and a German mother. Huber, who represents the western city of Darmstadt in the Federal Parliament, was the first Black actor in a national TV series, “Der Alte”, where he played the inspector Henry Johnson. The member of …

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MoneyGram opens new office in Frankfurt, expands operations in Germany

As part of the massive expansion of its operations in Germany, the global CEO of the worldwide operating money transfer provider MoneyGram, Alex Holmes, was in Frankfurt recently to open the company’s new head office in Germany. The occasion provided opportunity to talk about money transfer in a time of refugee crisis and the social responsibility of operators in the …

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UK sanctions Cameroon timber traders for EU violations

The UK Authorities charged with enforcing the EU timber regulations (EUTR), have taken action against 14 UK importers sourcing timber from Cameroon linked to illegal logging.[1] Green Peace Press Release This news was presented at a Chatham House meeting in London on June 16, following comparable action by the Netherlands in early March, demonstrating that timber from Cameroon is coming …

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Special Report: Money Transfer to Africa

Remittance business undergoes silent revolution Before Western Union started offering money transfer services to Africa in 1995, the first company to do so, it used to take weeks if not months to find somebody travelling home to take the envelope along. And the brave ones among us who hid money in mails were often unlucky after post office workers in …

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Foreign students in Germany: prospects for staying on after graduation

Because of unfavourable demographic developments, Germany is in dire need of foreign skilled workers. To persuade them to choose Germany over other countries, the Federal Republic is even reviewing its almost institutionalised reservations vis-à-vis migrants and foreigners. Migrants already living in Germany can get their professional certificates and degrees earned abroad recognised thanks to a special law, and the government …

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