Category: Business

Rupiah Bwezani Banda extols Fidel Castrol Ruz

Rupiah Bwezani Banda extols Fidel Castrol Ruz

By Derrick Sinjela Former Fourth Republican President Rupiah Bwezani Banda says Cuba contributed immeasurably to emancipation of Africa through its departed leader, late Fidel Castro Ruz. Speaking after signing a Book of Condolences at the Cuban Embassy in Lusaka’s Kalundu residential area, Mr. Banda implored global communities to emulate the political and socio-economic philanthropy displayed by the late Cuban revolutionary leader. Flanked by Cuban Ambassador to Zambian, Malawi and COMESA, Ambassador Caridad Perez Gonzalez, Banda expressed deep hearted compasssion for underprivileged people. Mr. Banda heralded the Cuban leaders sacrifices within earshot of Zambia-Cuba Friendship Association Acting President, Tentani Mwanzah and...

PRESIDENT ZUMA INVITES PRESIDENT LUNGU TO A STATE VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA

PRESIDENT ZUMA INVITES PRESIDENT LUNGU TO A STATE VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA

By Nicky Shabolyo, PRESS SECRETARY, HIGH COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA IN SOUTH AFRICA PRETORIA Sunday 4th DECEMBER, 2016 PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu is expected to arrive in South Africa on Wednesday 7th December 2016 for a three-day State Visit. The visit is being undertaken at the invitation of his South African counter-part, President Jacob Zuma. The President’s visit will be preceded by the signing of a Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) between Zambia and South Africa. This is the first time that the two countries will establish a permanent structured platform through which to table issues of common interest and concerns. Zambia’s...

Dora Siliya heads Austin Sichinga & Albert Muchanga African Union (AU) job hunt

Dora Siliya heads Austin Sichinga & Albert Muchanga African Union (AU) job hunt

By Judith Banda Patriotic Front (PF) Petauke Member of Parliament (MP) Dora Siliya has been tasked with campaigning for Austin Sichinga and Albert Muchanga as African Union (AU) commissioners. Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya will on behalf of the President conduct campaigns in three countries for Austin Sichinga and Albert Muchanga as commissioners of trade at the African Union (AU). The Minister has gone in advance to give support to her compatriots in the elections that are scheduled to be held in January. MINISTERIAL STATEMENT TO PARLIAMENT TO BE DELIVERED BY HON. HARRY KALABA, MP, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, ON THE...

Invest in wives, Rosaria Fundanga dares Zambian men

Invest in wives, Rosaria Fundanga dares Zambian men

By Derrick Sinjela and Gilbert Bwalya Patriotic Front (PF) Chilubi Member of Parliament (MP) Rosaria Fundanga caused apprehension among male Members of Parliament when she said that most of them never move with their wives in public as they had not invested in them. Debating on the budget for the Office of the President, Ms. Fundanga sought increased Zambian empowerment to the Office of the First Lady as an office bearer carries a mammoth socio-economic burden as ‘Mother of the Nation’ during a tour of duty. Married to former Bank of Zambia (BoZ) Governor Dr. Caleb Fundanga, Ms. Fundanga appeared...

A look at Poverty in Zambia

A look at Poverty in Zambia

Written by Nelly Salikumbi POVERTY is a major problem in most third world countries today and Zambia is not unexceptional. However, most people are able to recognize poverty when they see it, but few are able to give a generally accepted definition. This is because it is a complex phenomenon as many people have tried to define it differently. Therefore, poverty is a condition of life so limited by mal-nutrition diseases, low life expectancy, illiteracy and squalid living conditions. In Zambia majorities of the poor live in rural areas and if special attention is given to this area poverty can...

Dr. Tukiya Kankasa-Mabula launches ZAC’s Centro Shopping Kabulonga 

Dr. Tukiya Kankasa-Mabula launches ZAC’s Centro Shopping Kabulonga 

By Derrick Sinjela www.derricksinjela.blogspot.com Bank of Zambia (BoZ) Deputy Governor Administration, Dr. Tukiya Kankasa-Mabula has applauded the Zambia Anglican Council {ZAC) on a decision to invest in real estate redevelopment by constructing Centro Shopping Kabulonga. Officiating at the launch witnessed by Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) General Secretary, Reverend Suzanne Matale Archbishop of the Church of Central Africa, the Most Reverend Albert Chàmà, National Guidance and Religious Affairs Minister, Godfridah Sumaili,on Monday, 28th November 2016, Dr. Kankasa-Mabula praised the ZAC Bishop for taking a step of faith worth emulating. Dr. Kankasa-Mabula implored the five Anglican diocesan jurisdictions namely; Diocese of...

GE Launches ‘Garages’ Advanced Manufacturing Program in Lagos, Nigeria

GE Launches ‘Garages’ Advanced Manufacturing Program in Lagos, Nigeria

By Yewande.Thorpe@GE.com Co-located with the GE Lagos offices in Victoria Island, the Lagos Garage will offer a year-round series of skills training programs focused on building the next generation of Nigerian entrepreneurs LAGOS, Nigeria, November 23, 2016/ — GE launches its first ever permanent ‘garages’ installation in Lagos, Nigeria The GE Lagos garage supports Government’s localization, skills development and job creation efforts in Nigeria The Lagos Garages space features advanced manufacturing innovations like 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC mills, encouraging entrepreneurial growth and building a skilled workforce for the future Leading Multinational, General Electric (GE) (www.GE.com) officially launched the permanent...

African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit unpacked continent’s city building opportunities and urbanisation challenges

African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit unpacked continent’s city building opportunities and urbanisation challenges

Africa’s cities are facing an urban ‘polycrisis’ Press Release: for immediate publication                                                                                                                                                   Wednesday  23 November 2016 “The first African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit in Cape Town...

Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) Entrepreneurship Award 2017 officially open to all African-based entrepreneurs  Cash prize and yearlong media promotion to be offered to AFIF 2017 Entrepreneurship Award winner  BRUSSELS, Belgium, November 21, 2016/ — AFIF 2017’s focus is to promote access to finance and strengthen entrepreneurship in Africa. To achieve this, EMRC (www.EMRC.be) is launching the annual “AFIF Entrepreneurship Award” (http://APO.af/YUVthk), calling all African-based entrepreneurs to participate in this renowned award, which will be followed by international partners, leading African businesses and international media.  This year’s award, as previous years, will be sponsored by Rabobank Foundation and the winner, an existing African small-medium business, will receive a US$10.000,00 cash prize, yearlong media promotion support in and out of Africa, free participation in the AFIF 2017, including the pre-conference Training.  “The AFIF Entrepreneurship AWARD aims to spotlight leading innovation private sector projects happening today in Africa. This is the moment when entrepreneurs can showcase their remarkable achievements, where partners and participants get to know about outstanding projects which are pushing boundaries in their community and country and where other entrepreneurs can be inspired and receive much-needed know-how,” says Inês Bastos, Senior Project Manager at EMRC and head of AFIF 2017. Applications (http://APO.af/YUVthk) must be sent to EMRC (sa@EMRC.be) by December 19th, 2016.  In parallel with past winners, the current holder of the Award, Lazaro Mwakipesile, head of Raphael Group (Tanzania), has seen a vast change since participating in the competition. “I am now internationally known. Since AFIF 2015, I have travelled abroad four times for presentation and defending of proposals. Furthermore, I expect to travel to USA this December 2016 for a meeting at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,” he explains.    Simply participating in the Award can have important repercussions. Wachira Kariuki, CEO of Classic Foods, who was named runner up in 2015, has also experienced positive change since attending and presenting his business to the international audience. “During AFIF 2015, I met the team from Rabobank who have since provided funding to Classic Foods. Rabo Rural Fund gave Classic Foods a US$1 Million as part of matching grant for soya bean project in Kenya and Uganda that have partnered with UKAID (DFID) as well as matching grant for a new camel milk factory we are constructing in Northern Kenya which is arid area. We couldn’t have asked for more, and this is all thanks to having gone to AFIF 2015 and participated in the Entrepreneurship Award,” he adds.  An unforgettable moment which receives considerable international press coverage, the Award has been won by a unique group of African entrepreneurs(http://APO.af/vm7HzT) which include: Magloire N’Dakon (2014) awarded the prize for his innovative project, Extended Finance, in Ivory Coast; Marie-Claire Matamba (2013) head of Agrimat Gabon; Anastácio Roque representing CESACOPA (2012) from Angola, Suzanne Belemtougri (2011) head of Sophavet and hailing from Burkina Faso as well as Derek Kwesiga (2009) head of Derekorp from Uganda.  This year’s Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) (http://APO.af/y28Bux) will focus on “Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Growth” and will be held for the first time in the vibrant city of Nairobi, Kenya, hosted by the Strathmore University, taking place from 15th – 16th February 2017.  AFIF 2017 will gather over 300 delegates from all over Africa, Europe, America and Middle East. EMRC will organise a pre-conference training on “A Road-map for Entrepreneurship Growth” (13th -14th February 2017). The training is addressed exclusively to AFIF 2017 participants and will be divided in two linguistic groups (English and French).  As Wachira Kariuki concludes, “My advice to participants especially the entrepreneurs is to make use of the opportunity to make the right contacts and learn from participants. The training session for the entrepreneurs is critical for fund raising. Sharing ideas and experiences with other business people is key to success.”  Full interview of Lazaro Mwakipesile: http://APO.af/j4DYUs.   Full interview of Wachira Kariuki: http://APO.af/SN57XP.   To have an overview of what happened at AFIF 2015 and listen to the Entrepreneurship Award nominees and winner, watch the video.   Distributed by APO on behalf of EMRC.  View multimedia content  For further information concerning speaking opportunities and sponsorship, please contact: Ines Bastos (Sr Project Manager)  Email: ib@EMRC.be   Tel: +32. 26 26 15 15  Social Media: Follow us on Twitter (https://Twitter.com/#!/_EMRC_), Facebook (www.Facebook.com/EMRC.International), LinkedIn (www.LinkedIn.com/company/EMRC), YouTube (http://APO.af/cDCWxz) and Flickr (Flickr.com/photos/_EMRC_).   About EMRC: Established in 1992 in Brussels, EMRC (www.EMRC.be) is a non-governmental organisation composed of a network of entrepreneurs, financiers, consultants and officials based throughout the world. EMRC’s mission is to lead the private sector in Africa to sustainable economic development and to drive regional change via partnerships.   About the Entrepreneurship Award: EMRC launched the first Awards (www.EMRC.be/highlight/awards) in 2008 at the FAO Rome, with the objective of encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa amongst forum participants. The EMRC Awards (Project Incubator Award and AFIF Entrepreneurship Award) are presented at EMRC two main business forums: Agribusiness & the Africa Finance & Investment Forum. A call is sent out for entrepreneurs to put forward their project proposals. Finalists present their business projects during the forum’s plenary session and the winning project is announced at the gala/ networking event.   About AFIF: The Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) (http://APO.af/Kist8c) is an annual business event organized in the framework of EMRC International’s activities, aimed at strengthening the private sector in Africa, encouraging entrepreneurship and attracting investment to the African continent. AFIF has a double objective: to strengthen the financial capacities of Africa’s private sector and to promote the creation of new partnerships through the encouragement of joint projects and trade relations North-South & South-South.

Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) Entrepreneurship Award 2017 officially open to all African-based entrepreneurs Cash prize and yearlong media promotion to be offered to AFIF 2017 Entrepreneurship Award winner BRUSSELS, Belgium, November 21, 2016/ — AFIF 2017’s focus is to promote access to finance and strengthen entrepreneurship in Africa. To achieve this, EMRC (www.EMRC.be) is launching the annual “AFIF Entrepreneurship Award” (http://APO.af/YUVthk), calling all African-based entrepreneurs to participate in this renowned award, which will be followed by international partners, leading African businesses and international media. This year’s award, as previous years, will be sponsored by Rabobank Foundation and the winner, an existing African small-medium business, will receive a US$10.000,00 cash prize, yearlong media promotion support in and out of Africa, free participation in the AFIF 2017, including the pre-conference Training. “The AFIF Entrepreneurship AWARD aims to spotlight leading innovation private sector projects happening today in Africa. This is the moment when entrepreneurs can showcase their remarkable achievements, where partners and participants get to know about outstanding projects which are pushing boundaries in their community and country and where other entrepreneurs can be inspired and receive much-needed know-how,” says Inês Bastos, Senior Project Manager at EMRC and head of AFIF 2017. Applications (http://APO.af/YUVthk) must be sent to EMRC (sa@EMRC.be) by December 19th, 2016. In parallel with past winners, the current holder of the Award, Lazaro Mwakipesile, head of Raphael Group (Tanzania), has seen a vast change since participating in the competition. “I am now internationally known. Since AFIF 2015, I have travelled abroad four times for presentation and defending of proposals. Furthermore, I expect to travel to USA this December 2016 for a meeting at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,” he explains. Simply participating in the Award can have important repercussions. Wachira Kariuki, CEO of Classic Foods, who was named runner up in 2015, has also experienced positive change since attending and presenting his business to the international audience. “During AFIF 2015, I met the team from Rabobank who have since provided funding to Classic Foods. Rabo Rural Fund gave Classic Foods a US$1 Million as part of matching grant for soya bean project in Kenya and Uganda that have partnered with UKAID (DFID) as well as matching grant for a new camel milk factory we are constructing in Northern Kenya which is arid area. We couldn’t have asked for more, and this is all thanks to having gone to AFIF 2015 and participated in the Entrepreneurship Award,” he adds. An unforgettable moment which receives considerable international press coverage, the Award has been won by a unique group of African entrepreneurs(http://APO.af/vm7HzT) which include: Magloire N’Dakon (2014) awarded the prize for his innovative project, Extended Finance, in Ivory Coast; Marie-Claire Matamba (2013) head of Agrimat Gabon; Anastácio Roque representing CESACOPA (2012) from Angola, Suzanne Belemtougri (2011) head of Sophavet and hailing from Burkina Faso as well as Derek Kwesiga (2009) head of Derekorp from Uganda. This year’s Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) (http://APO.af/y28Bux) will focus on “Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Growth” and will be held for the first time in the vibrant city of Nairobi, Kenya, hosted by the Strathmore University, taking place from 15th – 16th February 2017. AFIF 2017 will gather over 300 delegates from all over Africa, Europe, America and Middle East. EMRC will organise a pre-conference training on “A Road-map for Entrepreneurship Growth” (13th -14th February 2017). The training is addressed exclusively to AFIF 2017 participants and will be divided in two linguistic groups (English and French). As Wachira Kariuki concludes, “My advice to participants especially the entrepreneurs is to make use of the opportunity to make the right contacts and learn from participants. The training session for the entrepreneurs is critical for fund raising. Sharing ideas and experiences with other business people is key to success.” Full interview of Lazaro Mwakipesile: http://APO.af/j4DYUs. Full interview of Wachira Kariuki: http://APO.af/SN57XP. To have an overview of what happened at AFIF 2015 and listen to the Entrepreneurship Award nominees and winner, watch the video. Distributed by APO on behalf of EMRC. View multimedia content For further information concerning speaking opportunities and sponsorship, please contact: Ines Bastos (Sr Project Manager) Email: ib@EMRC.be Tel: +32. 26 26 15 15 Social Media: Follow us on Twitter (https://Twitter.com/#!/_EMRC_), Facebook (www.Facebook.com/EMRC.International), LinkedIn (www.LinkedIn.com/company/EMRC), YouTube (http://APO.af/cDCWxz) and Flickr (Flickr.com/photos/_EMRC_). About EMRC: Established in 1992 in Brussels, EMRC (www.EMRC.be) is a non-governmental organisation composed of a network of entrepreneurs, financiers, consultants and officials based throughout the world. EMRC’s mission is to lead the private sector in Africa to sustainable economic development and to drive regional change via partnerships. About the Entrepreneurship Award: EMRC launched the first Awards (www.EMRC.be/highlight/awards) in 2008 at the FAO Rome, with the objective of encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa amongst forum participants. The EMRC Awards (Project Incubator Award and AFIF Entrepreneurship Award) are presented at EMRC two main business forums: Agribusiness & the Africa Finance & Investment Forum. A call is sent out for entrepreneurs to put forward their project proposals. Finalists present their business projects during the forum’s plenary session and the winning project is announced at the gala/ networking event. About AFIF: The Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) (http://APO.af/Kist8c) is an annual business event organized in the framework of EMRC International’s activities, aimed at strengthening the private sector in Africa, encouraging entrepreneurship and attracting investment to the African continent. AFIF has a double objective: to strengthen the financial capacities of Africa’s private sector and to promote the creation of new partnerships through the encouragement of joint projects and trade relations North-South & South-South.

Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) Entrepreneurship Award 2017 officially open to all African-based entrepreneurs Cash prize and yearlong media promotion to be offered to AFIF 2017 Entrepreneurship Award winner BRUSSELS, Belgium, November 21, 2016/ — AFIF 2017’s focus is to promote access to finance and strengthen entrepreneurship in Africa. To achieve this, EMRC (www.EMRC.be) is launching the annual “AFIF Entrepreneurship Award” (http://APO.af/YUVthk), calling all African-based entrepreneurs to participate in this renowned award, which will be followed by international partners, leading African businesses and international media. This year’s award, as previous years, will be sponsored by Rabobank Foundation and the winner,...

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