Cultural Centre Promotes African Week in Sao Paulo

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The African Cultural Centre jointly with the consulates in Angola, South Africa, Cabo Verde, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Mozambique and Egypt, will hold on May 21-28 the African week in Sao Paulo city (Brazil), under the celelbration of the Africa Day.

This will be the first event of this kind to take place in Sao Paulo city, whose aim is to show to the Brazilian people the variious domains of the Africa capacities and potentialities, presenting a contemporary continent, thus divulging, valuing and promoting its African culture.

The event is also intended to eliminate stereotypes associated to African countries, disclose the African contributions on sectors such as economy, culture, gastronomy and contribute to boost business between Brazil and this continent.

Angola will be represented by Victoria Models and fashion designer, Loyd Ana Vasconcelos on behalf of AnaLoyd brand, participations are open to business people, artists, musicians, writers, painters, chefs, among others, promoting their art and the Angolan culture and values.


India and Africa to tighten foreign and economic relations

The Africa-India trade cooperation is expected to grow even further as the country has put the continent as its top priority in its foreign and economics policies.

This was revealed by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 52nd African Development Bank meeting in Ahmedabad, India earlier today.

Bilateral trade between India and Africa has jumped from $11.9 billion in 2006 to $56.7 billion in 2016.

The Times of India quoted Modi saying:”Africa is a top priority for India’s foreign and economic policy and there isn’t a single African country which hasn’t been visited by an Indian minister.”

He said India’s partnership with Africa is based on a model of cooperation which is responsive to the needs of African countries.

“India has had strong ties with Africa for centuries and the rich Swahili language includes some Hindi words.

I am proud to say that there is no country in Africa that hasn’t been visited by an Indian minister in the last three years,” Modi said. The paper reported that Modi and senior government officials have together visited 16 African countries in the last few years.

“After assuming office in 2014, I have made Africa a top priority for India’s foreign and economic policy,” he said.

Indian Administrative Services (IAS) Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Manoj Dwivedi identified four missing links in India-Africa trade and investment that needed to be addressed:

He listed these as an inability of African countries to exploit the preferential trade agreements provided by India, the need for capacity building of small enterprises in Africa, the use of technology to develop crucial sectors such as education and the inability of Indian financial
institutions to push credit facilities to banks in Africa.

-Times of India

Africa Chinese Youth Festival

Chinese and African youth entrepreneurs have called for a digital platform to exchange skills, seek funding and procurement.

This was one of the declarations made by the youth at the second Africa-China Youth Festival held in Pretoria between 24 and 26 April.

Closing the three-day festival today, Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela said youth entrepreneurs made a call for an online platform to connect young Chinese and African entrepreneurs for skills exchange,
business contact, funding and procurement.

“These young entrepreneurs have recognised the role of technology in bringing people together for business contact. We look forward to hearing the group report back momentarily. Your feedback will form the content and thematic areas of our further cooperation,” he said.

He added that the engagements held during the festival enhanced perspectives in entrepreneurship, education and diplomacy and firm resolutions were taken to enhance cooperation in these sectors.

The first festival was held in China last year.

“The world is looking to Africa and China to finally show the way in dealing with the lack of transformation of global institutions, the uni-polarity of power and the move towards human development rather than hate, polarisation and underdevelopment of one for the continued prosperity of another,” Manamela said.

The festival which attracted youth from the continent and China coincided with the launch of the South Africa-China High Level People-to-People Exchange Mechanism (PPEM).

Environmental Affairs Minister, Edna Molewa said the objective of the PPEM is to open avenues for increased interaction and cooperation between the people of both countries across various sectors, including youth affairs.

“We also had the South Africa-China High-Level Seminar on Thoughts Exchange and Dialogue. The theme “Resonance between the concept of a community of shared future for mankind and the philosophy of Ubuntu in
international relations” enriched all of us regarding some philosophical underpinnings that inform and shape our interactions in international relations,” she said.

The South Africa-China High Level Seminar was attended by ministers and deputy ministers from both countries.


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China has lessons to offer Africa on food production

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Last month, President Uhuru Kenyatta declared the current drought a national disaster and appealed for international help.

The presidential appeal reminded me of a story about a traveller journeying through a foreign land who encounters a stranger along the way in dire need of assistance.

Set upon by thieves and left to die, all those who passed by turned away, unwilling to help.

The foreigner, touched by the man’s plight, and finding himself able to help, gave him first aid, transported him, and paid for his medical care, proving himself a true “friend in need”.

Kenya, set upon by the drought, finds herself in the position of the injured man on the roadside, and China the foreign passer-by.

The Chinese government has pledged to provide drought relief to Kenya to the tune of $23 million (Sh2.3bn), which is expected to feed for about one month more than one million hardest hit by drought. The amount is enough to buy more than 21 tonnes of food.

The donation is due to arrive in April and is the largest that China has given to Kenya in history. But it is supplemented by other contributions made by Chinese companies.

The private companies’ donations remain an important part of their corporate social responsibility to Kenya. Interestingly, the food donations from the people of China exceeds the $23 million declared by their government.

The response by the people of China is part of a long tradition of support to African countries. In 2011 for instance, China gave to Kenya food aid to the tune of $20 million, while the larger Horn of Africa, where more than 12.4 million people were facing starvation, also benefited.

China is one of the most generous food donors in the world, an amazing fact given that the country stopped receiving food aid from the World Food Programme in 2005.

That same year, China became the third-largest food donor in the world, offering not just aid but lessons worth learning.

One of these lessons relate to how China, the most populous country in the world, is able to feed its own population, now approaching the 1.4 billion mark, and help other countries.

It is reassuring that China is committed to working with Kenya to take such lessons to heart and revolutionise its agriculture so that it can come out self-sufficient and in a position to feed other countries in need.

Kenya has the capacity to do this, gifted as she is with fertile land and underground water.

This assistance is part of China’s revolution in Africa – a revolution that is anchored on affordability and delivery. The president of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, recently stated: “In conducting China’s relations with African countries, we adhere to the principles of sincerity and uphold the values of friendship, justice and shared interests”.

China is not a new friend to Kenya. The two allies have interacted on development projects for a long while. It is refreshing to see that it is not all business it is an ally with a heart for the people.

As Chinese people, we believe in Kahlil Gibran’s view that “Your friend is your needs answered”.


South African Tourism makes big push to lure Chinese visitors

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South African Tourism, which held events in Beijing on  Feb 27 and in Shanghai on March 1, will hold its next event in Hong Kong on 3 March.

This year it is focusing on the excitement, surprise, joy and awe awaiting Chinese visitors to South Africa.

“We are proud to invite visitors to encounter the jaw-dropping ‘Wow!’ moments, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and unforgettable adventures found nowhere else in the world,” says Bradley Brouwer, the president of the Asia Pacific for South African Tourism.

“South Africa casts a spell because it is not manufactured and mundane but authentically raw and unfiltered, which is exactly what today’s travelers seek,” he says.

A total of 117,000 Chinese visitors from China visited South Africa last year, representing a 38 percent year-on-year increase.

South Africa offers Chinese visitors compelling experiences combining pristine nature, wildlife, a city lifestyle, affordable luxury and amazing adventures from mountain hiking to shark cage-diving.

To encourage a seamless travel experience for Chinese citizens, South African Tourism has established visa facilitation centers in nine Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

– Repubhub

Why the corporate sector is critical to Africa

January 8, 2017
The Citizen (Tanzania)
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There is indeed a corporate sector in Africa and it is thriving. According to a report by McKinsey, there are 400 companies on the continent with annual revenue of $1 billion or more.

Another 700 enterprises have revenues of more than $500 million. Yet these numbers only tell part of the story. For Africa to continue its progress, Africa’s large companies need to expand, and small companies need to get bigger.

Large companies constitute the main drivers of economic growth. They tend to pay higher wages and taxes, as well as foster innovation and the use of technology.

They also drive productivity, tend to attract greater amounts of capital, and facilitate the creation and growth of vendors and small businesses that work with them.

For these reasons, the corporate sector is critical to Africa. And the indicators remain extremely positive. Africa’s large companies are growing faster, and are more profitable, than their global peers.

Half of the largest companies are African-owned and 40 per cent are publicly traded. Companies are flourishing in a variety of diverse sectors beyond natural resources, including financial services, food and agricultural processing, manufacturing, telecommunications and retail.

But there are gaps where Africa lags behind other emerging markets. No African-owned company has made the Fortune 500. Brazil and India have GDPs similar to that of Africa and each has seven Fortune 500 companies, and China nearly 100.

But Africa has only 60 per cent of large firms as compared with peer regions, with average annual revenue half that of large companies in Brazil, India, Mexico and Russia.

Africa also has fewer family-owned businesses than other regions, presenting a growth opportunity. Family businesses comprise 10 per cent to 20 per cent by revenue of Africa’s locally-owned companies, compared to 50 per cent to 60 per cent in Latin America, 35 per cent to 45 per cent in Western Europe and 15 per cent to 25 per cent in China and Southeast Asia, according to McKinsey data.

How can Africa’s corporate sector develop? One key area, which applies to all companies, no matter where they’re based, is to leverage innovation.

Only about a quarter of the top 100 African companies have expanded by adopting innovative new technology or business models. Compare that scenario with Asia, where half of all companies make innovation in technology, business models or products a priority. Mobile technology has allowed Africans to “leapfrog” poor landline infrastructure, according to Deloitte.

Uber has taken advantage of minimal public transportation and the difficulties of car ownership to delivered a million rides on the African continent.

African companies can explore and embrace “disruptive” technologies to make up for gaps in traditional supply chains, distribution networks and infrastructure, both to expand their own operations and to serve burgeoning consumer demand.

Talent is another key component for companies’ growth. By mid-century, Africa will have the world’s largest and youngest workforce.

Companies that have the resources need to invest in education and training so they have the skilled workers they need to succeed.

As an investor in African companies, I can say that it is necessary to have a long view.

But the picture is bright for Africa’s corporate sector. Africa’s large companies have real potential for growth as we progress in the 21st century. (The Huffington Post)

Zandre Campos is chairman and CEO of ABO Capital, an international investment firm that invests in companies in the healthcare, energy, transportation, hospitality, technology and real estate sectors throughout Africa. ABO’s mission is to create global value for developing countries in Africa, while contributing to their economic development.

5 Reasons Why Africa Is Not Behind In Technology

Research has shown that more households in Africa own a mobile phone than have access to electricity or clean water. A definite sign of the times.

Over the last couple of years, the African continent has seen major advancements in technology – from both an adoption and manufacturing point of view. The ecommerce wave has officially hit us, and rather than sinking, the African market is learning to swim, very quickly.

Technology companies, much like Realm Digital, have gone on to see great success in the local and international markets, and foreign investors are more keen and comfortable to invest their money in this market segment.

While the continent’s infrastructure continues to be a challenge in the embracing of technology, the market is willing to engage with new technology to improve their education, knowledge and skills.

Here are five points showing the current, and future landscape of technology in Africa.

1. In West and Central Africa, Nigeria leads the way in usage with 63 million internet users, ranking 9th in the world. Most of the access is through mobile devices – no surprise there.

2. While ecommerce adoption has been slow, Africa is set to see a spike over the next couple of years. Considering the terrain realities in Africa, retailers are starting to cater to their entire customer demographic by allowing for cash on delivery and even setting up online malls.

3. Nairobi has become the tech hub of Africa. It is believed that the ICT sector in Kenya is set to contribute up to 8% of the country’s GDP by next year. Great emphasis is placed on innovation and entrepreneurship in Kenya, and the government is putting effort into creating the adequate environment to encourage innovation, especially amongst the youth. The past 15 years has seen Kenya’s internet penetration go from less than one percent, to over 70%.

4. Cloud computing – not just another buzz word, it is being hailed as an ‘African success story’. The continents’ leaders believes that cloud technology has the potential to transform the technology industry and even our daily activities. In Nigeria, pharmacists and patients are using a cloud-based service to verify the authenticity of prescription medicines, while in Kenya, local innovators created a cloud-based market-tracking app for farmers trying to get the best prices for their goods.

5. Rwanda recently launched Africa’s first drone delivery program. In partnership with a Californian-based startup, 50 to 150 daily deliveries of critical medical supplies to 21 locations of across Rwanda are taking place. Rwanda has a clear development strategy in place, with ICT at the heart of its transformation.

These five points only begin to paint the picture of what’s to come on the technology front. We are thrilled to be a part of digital transformation, not only in South Africa, but the African continent.

This article first appeared on Realm Digital.  Realm Digital is a global digital strategy and technology partner, specialising in digital solutions.