The weekly Capital’s CFTA.now 5+1 questions is pleased to present to you Africa’s top business promoters. This week’s guest is Mr. Solomon Afework, the President of the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations, and the 1st Vice President of the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2014. Mr. Solomon talks with Mahlet Yebeka from the CFTA.NOW, about the big picture vision of business in Africa, and the role of PACCI in helping to shape trade and investment in Africa.
The entry into force of World Trade Organization trade facilitation agreement, which seeks to expedite the movement, release and clearance of goods across borders, launches a new phase for trade facilitation reforms all over the world and creates a significant boost for commerce and the multilateral trading system as a whole.
In line with this the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) with the support of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, African Trade Policy Center is organizing a consultation meeting entitled ‘Enabling Cross Border Trade - Ways Chambers of Commerce can lobby in Support of the Single Window Meeting’ to update business on the progress made in implementing the Trade Single Window system across the continent and to contribute ideas to help shape the future of import/export processes and formalities in Africa.
Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the support of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, African Trade Policy Center is organizing a consultation meeting on May 22-23, 2017 entitled ‘Enabling Cross Border Trade - Ways Chambers of Commerce can lobby in Support of the Single Window Meeting’ to update business on the progress made in implementing the Trade Single Window system across the continent and to contribute ideas to help shape the future of import/export processes and formalities in Africa.
The Consultation Meeting on Enabling Cross Border Trade will discuss issues and challenges around the implementation and operation of the Single Window in Africa and the ways the chambers of commerce and other business support associations can influence the trade facilitation implementation process.
The Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, announced this yesterday after the conclusion of the Federal Executive Council meeting at which the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, presided.
He said the construction work would gulp $38 million ,while $1.9 million would be spent on consultancy service
The minister explained: "This was done under the African Development Bank procurement guidelines.
"We presented a memo to construct the Cameroun-Nigeria border link bridge at Ikot Efiem, under the African Development Bank support for improving relationship between Cameroun and Nigeria post the International Court of Justice (ICJ) judgement over Bakassi
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A type of charcoal made from eucalyptus trees could provide the solution to South Africa's polluted water.
A University of Stellenbosch academic is developing a low-cost, low-tech water purification system with the charcoal, which will remove organic compounds from waste water in urban areas, the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security said on Monday.
The charcoal, called biochar, could remove organic, some inorganic, and microbiological contaminants from water.
Professor Gunnar Sigge and collaborators at the Universities of Venda and Pretoria developed the purification system.
Sigge and colleagues tested different types of biochar made of pine and eucalyptus to maximize the amount of pollutants removed from the water. Of the two tree species tested, eucalyptus provided the best biochar.
"This filtration method could benefit subsistence farmers. And, with further development, eucalyptus biochar could be used to remove organic pollutants from wastewaters produced by wineries and the food industry."
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JOHANNESBURG and ARMONK, N.Y., Feb. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) is investing $70 million (approximately ZAR 945 million) in building much-needed digital, cloud, and cognitive IT skills to help support a 21st century workforce in Africa. The initiative, "IBM Digital - Nation Africa," provides a cloud-based learning platform designed to provide free skills development programs for up to 25 million African youths over five years, enabling digital competence and nurturing innovation in Africa.
We want to connect you to endless business possibilities
We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) Trade Mission to Portugal scheduled for March 06-08, 2017.
PACCI along with the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry is preparing a full agenda which includes qualified business appointment, in-depth briefing sessions and a wide range of networking events. Mission delegates will have the opportunities to visit SISAB 2017 in Lisbon, the biggest annual meeting of leading Portuguese export companies and entrepreneurs, including all the associated activities they may deal with, starting from food and beverage, wood, seeds, transports, logistics, etc. Delegates will also interact with high-level government officials and business decision makers in a variety of industry sectors.
The trade mission is in line with PACCI’s Trade Expansion Program, which foster and promotes bilateral trade opportunities between African countries and the rest of the world. Moreover, this trade mission offers significant opportunities for companies seeking to tap into Europe’s markets. We encourage African business leaders interested in business opportunities in Portugal to make plans to join us on this important mission.
The event, which takes place over 4 days in Lisbon and surrounding towns, includes
- Discussion with government and business officers
- Company visits
- Business Appointments
- SISAB PORTUGAL 2017 visits
- City Tour and transportation
- 4 nights accommodation in a 4 star hotel
Should you or a colleague wish to join us on this special occasion, please send us the completed form attached herewith.
French auto manufacturer, Peugeot, officially returns to Kenya to begin the assembling of its vehicles, President Uhuru Kenyatta disclosed on Saturday.
The Peugeot Group will team up with Urysia, a local agent for the brand, to assemble its vehicles in the country. This was contained in an assembly licence agreement signed by both parties at the presidency.
The president said he was happy by the momentum that Kenya was driving with respect to the motor vehicle sector. “The investment signed today by the Peugeot Group to locally assemble motor vehicles in our country at a plant which will be announced in due course is most welcome,” he said.
My government will continue to enforce the Buy Kenya Build Kenya policy to support companies and businesses that produce in Kenya. We hope to see many Peugeot cars on our roads going forward - all of them built right here in Kenya, by Kenyans, for Kenyans and the region.
Peugeot becomes the second major auto maker to open an assembly plant in the country after German car maker Volkswagen late last year opened the Thika plant to assemble vehicles locally.
The president whiles lauding the initiative also emphasized that his government will continue to enforce policies that create jobs and also protect Kenyan businesses.
“My government will continue to enforce the Buy Kenya Build Kenya policy to support companies and businesses that produce in Kenya. We hope to see many Peugeot cars on our roads going forward – all of them built right here in Kenya, by Kenyans, for Kenyans and the region,” he added.
At the same event, the government signed a $180 million agreement with the French government to build the Ruiru II Dam and water supply project, as part of a long term mutual relationship between the two countries.
Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban