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Legal framework offers model for enhancing transboundary infrastructure investment

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd September 2017 The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) has unveiled the Model Law that provides a framework for the harmonisation of cross-border rules, regulations, laws and policies governing transboundary infrastructure projects in Africa. The Model Law was unveiled at the yearly Nigerian... 

South Africa leads AU trade ministers in discussions on WTO issues

By: African News Agency      19th September 2017 South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies and Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe have returned from Ethiopia where they attended the Informal Meeting of African Union Ministers of Trade on World Trade Organisation (WTO). The meeting took place at the African Union Headquarters... 

Ethiopia mulls new potash partner as failed deal is arbitrated

By: Bloomberg     14th September 2017 Ethiopia is considering finding a new partner to develop a potash mine abandoned last year by Israel Chemicals, which has sought compensation at an arbitration court after accusing the government of failing to support the project. Several companies are interested in developing potash deposits in... 

Zuma calls for full implementation of sustainable development goals

By: African News Agency      5th September 2017 President Jacob Zuma has called for the “full implementation” of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a means to eradicate poverty. He made his remarks during the Dialogue of the Emerging Markets and Developing Countries on the margins of the 9th Brics Summit in Xiamen, China, on Monday.... 

Central banks vital for Africa’s integration, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      15th August 2017 President Jacob Zuma has encouraged African central bank governors gathered in Pretoria for the 2017 Governors’ Symposium of the Association of African Central Banks (AACB) to explore ways to improve economic integration, including linking payment systems, across borders on the continent.... 

Dotafrica (.Africa) Roadshow Launches At The African Union Headquarters

     10th July 2017 The roadshow to officially launch the new .africa (dotAfrica) geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD) kicked off at the 29th African Union (AU) Summit held at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week. During the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the AU, the Chairperson of... 

Africa's richest man may quit Ethiopia over mining dispute

By: Bloomberg     23rd June 2017 Dangote Cement, controlled by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, said it may shut its operations in Ethiopia if authorities in the central state of Oromia don’t reverse an order to cement makers to hand over control of some parts of their businesses to local young people. Oromia state’s East... 

Djibouti commissions $590m multipurpose port

By: John Muchira     23rd June 2017 Djibouti has commissioned its $590 state-of-the-art Doraleh multipurpose port, at a time when fellow East African nations Kenya and Tanzania are investing heavily in port expansion in a bid to become the region's shipping hub. The new port, which occupies a 690 ha site, comprises 15 berths that... 

Free State hydropower plant receives international acclaim

By: Dylan Slater     26th May 2017 The 2017 Monsonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower was recently presented by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) to local greenfield independent power plants developer Renewable Energy Holdings (REH) for its contribution to the hydropower sector during the World Hydropower Congress,... 

Sub-Saharan Africa middle class represents R1.3tr a month market

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th May 2017 A University of Cape Town (UCT) Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing initiative, the African Lions research project, has established that the sub-Saharan African middle class, comprising around 100-million people, represents a R1.3-trillion a month market and is growing. Carried out... 

Ethiopia says it will continue to support cement investments

By: John Muchira     12th May 2017 Ethiopia will continue to offer investors in the cement industry attractive incentives as it seeks to dominate the cement trade in the wider East Africa region. Cement production in the Horn of Africa nation has increased tenfold during the past decade, owing to the entry of new investors... 

Water shortages sound a warning to city planners 

By: Kim Cloete     8th May 2017 The extremely worrying water shortage in Cape Town is an indication that climate change is an issue that can simply not be ignored by engineers and city planners, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has told consulting engineers in Cape Town. She told the International Federation of Consulting... 

Ethiopia set to expand the Modjo dry port

By: John Muchira     5th May 2017 Landlocked Ethiopia is set to start expanding the Modjo dry port, after receiving a $150-million loan from the World Bank. The country, with one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, plans to double the capacity of the dry port to improve logistics efficiencies and increase trade. 

SAA, Ethiopian Airlines extend code-share agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th March 2017 The extension of South African Airways’ (SAA’s) code-share service agreement with Ethiopian Airlines to include Cape Town, Durban and Toronto, Canada, became effective this week. The expanded code share now offers a direct service between Addis Ababa and Cape Town and Addis Ababa and Durban.... 

Ethiopia awards contracts for building of two more industrial parks

By: John Muchira     10th February 2017 Ethiopia has awarded contracts for the construction of two industrial parks as it pushes ahead with efforts to become a continental light manufacturing powerhouse. This comes only a few months after the commissioning the largest industrial park in Africa, which covers an area of 1.3-million... 

Moroccan group partners Ethiopian SoE in $3.7bn fertiliser project

By: John Muchira     27th January 2017 Ethiopia has concluded a deal with a Morrocan company to build a giant fertiliser plant as the Horn of Africa nation seeks to secure the supply of fertiliser to the domestic market in order to boost agricultural production. The agreement was signed by Ethiopian State-owned company Chemical... 

Solar opportunities raised at exhibition

     27th January 2017 After the success of Solar Africa 2015, at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya, organiser of trade events Expogroup announced the return of Solar Africa 2017 from June 10 to 12. Expogroup highlights that one of the major challenges in the renewable energy... 

Africa’s rapid urbanisation a boon for ICT sector – Siemens

By: Schalk Burger     27th January 2017 African governments and the private sector have an opportunity to roll out services for digital access and use as a utility, which will extend information and communication technology (ICT), improve digital maturity, and help to develop Africa and its cities to deal with urbanisation, says... 

Regional airlines flock to Zim as it opens its skies

By: News24Wire      24th January 2017 RwandAir and Ethiopian Airlines are the newest airlines to fly to Zimbabwe, as the government opens up its skies to other players after years of state protectionism for the country’s ailing flag carrier Air Zimbabwe. The two airlines will start flights to Zimbabwe this year and are banking on the... 

Tamagotchi and Van der Bijl

By: Riaan de Lange     9th December 2016 November 23, twenty years to the day, which saw the sale of the first Tamagotchi, created in Japan by Akihiro Yokoi and Aki Maita. If you are old enough to remember, or even care to remember, it quickly became one of the biggest toy fads of the 1990s, particularly in the United States of America... 

African countries should diversify exports, urges Davies

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th November 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Tuesday emphasised the importance of export diversification and industrialisation in Africa. Speaking in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he was moderating the Africa Trade Week panel discussion on the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) and the... 

First African Trade Forum to discuss Continental free trade

By: African News Agency      29th November 2016 Aiming at creating a single continental market for goods and services, free movement of business persons and investments and expand intra-African trade among other things, the first ever Africa Trade Week 2016 was held in Addis Ababa on Monday. The Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) is also... 

Arup Talks Cities

     10th November 2016 “Cities by their traditional definition are places of opportunity and access, yet for many people living in African cities today this is not the case. Historical spatial and economic exclusions have created ‘large and poor’ cities. At Arup we believe that the future of African cities should offer... 

Continental vision identifies mining’s role in transforming economies

By: David Oliveira     21st October 2016 The need to diversify Africa’s primary-resource export-focused economies in support of other industry-related value chains is key to helping transform the continent’s economy and generate greater wealth from its significant minerals endowment. At this year’s Joburg Indaba, which took place... 

Completion of Ethiopia to Djibouti rail project ‘a major milestone’

By: John Muchira     21st October 2016 Ethiopia and Djibouti will this month commission a major railway project that has been touted as a game-changer in facilitating trade between the two Horn of Africa neighbours. The $3.4-billion 700 km Addis Ababa–Djibouti railway project was implemented by Chinese companies China Railway... 

More climate financing from AfDB, next four year plan will be ambitious

By: African News Agency      19th October 2016 The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Tuesday, announced that its annual climate financing will triple to $5-billion dollars a year by 2020, which will increase its total new investments to 40% by 2020. This was announced at the sixth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa... 

African cities study aims to stimulate conversation on urbanisation

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th September 2016 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Arup held the first in a series of workshops on African cities at their Johannesburg offices last week. The workshop presented recently completed research by the Cities group at Arup that focuses on the unique challenges facing African cities and aims to... 

Brics leaders meet informally on the margins of the G20 summit in China

By: African News Agency      5th September 2016 The leaders of the Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (Brics) grouping of countries met informally on the sidelines of the G20 summit currently underway in Hangzhou, China, on Sunday. The leaders exchanged views on a wide range of global political, security, economic, and global... 

Mega industrial park signals Ethiopia’s manufacturing intent

By: John Muchira     5th August 2016 Ethiopia has commissioned the largest industrial park in Africa, signalling its intention to become one of Africa’s manufacturing hubs. The Horn of Africa nation, which is among the fastest-growing economies in the world, recently unveiled the Hawassa industrial park, which is core to its efforts... 

Mega industrial park signals Ethiopia’s manufacturing intent

By: John Muchira     5th August 2016 Ethiopia has commissioned the largest industrial park in Africa, signalling its intention to become one of Africa's manufacturing hubs. The Horn of Africa nation, which is among the fastest-growing economies in the world, recently unveiled the Hawassa industrial park, which is core to its efforts... 

Ethiopian Airlines ink deal to manufacture and supply aircraft parts

By: African News Agency      19th July 2016 Ethiopian Airlines will start aerospace manufacture in Ethiopia and supply aircraft parts to Boeing, Airbus and other aerospace companies, the airline said in statement on Monday. To that effect, Ethiopian Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Aerosud Group, a prominent... 

Improved walkability boosts local retail spend, report shows

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th July 2016 Improved walkability has been shown to increase local retail spend, enhance the value of local services and create more jobs, states engineering consulting firm Arup in its newly launched ‘Cities Alive: Towards a walking world’ report. With more than 70% of the world’s population set to live in... 

Ethiopia receives the first Airbus A350XWB in Africa 

By: African News Agency      30th June 2016 Ethiopian airlines this week took delivery of the first Airbus A350XWB in the French aeronautics city of Toulouse, becoming the first African carrier to own the new-generation wide-body aircraft and the first airliner in the world to fly the airplane with the capacity of carrying 343 passengers... 

Cape Town welcomed into 100 Resilient Cities programme

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st May 2016 The City of Cape Town has been given a shot in the arm in tackling the social, economic and physical challenges inherent in urban environments with its selection as a member of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) programme. The city was now one of 100 cities worldwide set to... 

Gibe III dam, Ethiopia

By: Sheila Barradas     29th April 2016 The project has started test trials and is generating 500 MW of electricity for the national grid. 

UN encourages African countries to pursue green industrialisation

By: African News Agency      12th April 2016 A United Nations report is encouraging African countries to discontinue “business as usual, carbon-intensive methods of growth” and instead pursue a “pathway to green industrialisation.” The report, ‘Greening Africa’s Industrialisation’ was launched on Monday in New York at a special event... 

Dlamini-Zumu urges Africa to focus on youth skills at AU economic conference

By: African News Agency      5th April 2016 The African Union (AU) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Integration concludes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday with Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, imploring African countries to improve young people’s skills in science and... 

Best Western Hotels & Resorts Expands Global Footprint with 13 New Hotels in South Africa

     15th March 2016 As part of its dynamic development program in Southern Africa, Best Western® Hotels & Resorts is growing its portfolio from one to 14 total properties in the region over the next 12 months. The multi-phase signing agreement with Orion Hotels is integral to the brand’s expansion plans in Africa... 

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