The 2016/2017 academic year was a banner year for international students attending United States' institutions of higher education. African enrollment in the U.S. hit an all-time high value of 37,735 for the year, after a 7 percent increase over the previous year.
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The United Kingdom's Adam Afriyie, MP and UK Trade Envoy to Ghana, visited Ghana from November 8-11 to explore commercial opportunities for UK business in the Infrastructure and Oil and Gas sectors.
TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield Africa took place this past week, bringing 12 technology startups together to compete for a US $25,000 prize. Lori Systems of Nairobi, a platform supporting logistics and cargo management for African businesses, was named the overall winner.
Cocoa is one of Ghana's most important exports. Tough competition and diseases have unfortunately eroded its former contribution of 45 percent of the country's total foreign exchange earnings, now down to around 25 percent.
Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), a nonprofit company and a subsidiary of Merck KGaA Germany, will be conducting the Fourth edition of their annual 'Merck Africa Asia Luminary' event on the 24th and 25th of October 2018.
With help from the IAEA, Ghana recently completed converting its only nuclear research reactor from the use of high enriched uranium (HEU) fuel to low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel. A major objective of the project was to help decrease the proliferation risks associated with HEU fuel.
Ghana is now the first African country to meet Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1: Eradicating Extreme Poverty and Hunger. It has done so through a variety of programs, which have resulted in steady economic growth averaging over 7% per year since 2005.
Homie Recipes, Inc. of Pella Giannitsa, Greece, is forming a Joint Venture with the West African Stevia Company and KOP Farms located in Ghana, West Africa.
The National Seed Trade Association of Ghana (NASTAG) was launched by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on August 24, in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and other development partners.
The first Harvard Africa Alumni Action Forum (HAAAF), currently underway in Accra, Ghana, and running from August 24-26, is bringing together global thought leaders, politicians, business and public leaders, Alumni and friends of Harvard and Africa will gather to address the challenges, successes and discuss the way forward for Africa.
A new analysis from PwC of South Africa says Africa's hospitality sector, especially in its emerging markets, has the potential for high profits thanks to increasing foreign investment and a related growth in the number of foreign travelers coming to the continent.
News broke yesterday that the Bank of Ghana has finally pulled the licenses of two regional banks that were already in trouble for some time.
Ghana has ordered the mandatory and immediate upgrade of Tema Shipyard, critical both for the maritime industry and the country's energy sector.
The African Development Bank is taking action to help protect and stimulate the valuable cocoa production market in Africa. Part of this could be in the form of financial support to Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire to reduce the volatility of the international prices of cocoa.
The 2nd Japan-Africa-Business Forum, with the theme "Investment and Business Opportunities with Africa", was held in Tokyo on July 25-26. Among the many connections made there, one key announcement emerged, as Burkina Faso's ZIL Telecom and Japan's Lequio Power Technology Corporation signed a West Africa distribution contract there.
A new terminal currently under construction at Kotoka International Airport, Ghana's largest airport, is expected to help increase travel to the region with new passenger traffic of 5 million per year.
Kenya's upcoming national elections on August 8 represent perhaps one of the most pivotal ones in recent history. To help facilitate the elections and monitor what happens during the process, The Commonwealth Observer group is sending a monitoring team of 15 individuals to the country.
According to Ghana's Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, his country's government's economic policies and programmes are yielding the expected results, with macro-indicators showing a 6.6 per cent growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for first quarter of 2017 as against a 4.4 per cent for the same period in 2016.
The shortlist of potential winners for the first ever Africa Architecture Awards have just been announced by , which are intended to recognize and reward worthy projects from around the continent and to create a broader awareness of the issues and opportunities inherent in the built environment through dialogue, analysis and critique
The fourth Agrofood & PlastPrintPack West Africa exhibition will be held this year at the Accra International Conference Center in Accra, Ghana, from December 5-7. It is being produced by German trade fair specialists fairtrade.
Healthymagination's Mother and Child Programme just unveiled the 14 social enterprises selected as its second cohort in Africa. Each emerging enterprise is focused in one way or another on improving and accelerating maternal and/or child health outcomes in Africa.
The African Innovation Foundation (AIF, www.AfricanInnovation.org) just announced the prize winners for the 6th edition of the coveted Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA, http://InnovationPrizeForAfrica.org). Innovators from Egypt, Uganda and Liberia won the top three awards.
The first edition of the Africa Data Revolution Report (ADDR), jointly published bythe Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Wide Web Foundation and the Open Data for Development Network (OD4D), was just launched on July 19.
The fall army worm has expanded so rapidly in southern Africa that its presence is behind a cut in this year's regional maize harvest forecast by up to 10 percent. A new multi-part plan to increase surveillance and research to contain the worm may help push back the agricultural menace.
The award winners for 2017's SWITCH Africa Green-SEED Awards, honoring innovation in sustainable development in Africa on behalf of SEED, have just been announced.