The Land Policy Initiative (LPI), a joint project of the African Union, the African Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, recently held a workshop in partnership with the government of Madagascar to review a major Country Report and Business Plan for the nation.
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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.
Representatives from the Indian Ocean Islands and East Africa met in a major two-day planning session on June 27-28, to discuss the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI), an initiative to attack the growing global problem of illegal fishing.
A new competition was just launched to find and support providers of innovative and scalable financial products and services that improve the lives of poor people in rural areas of Africa.
South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with the Depaartment of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA), are hosting the Madagascar Investors Conference on June 14 and 15.
A special course was recently held on Industrial Policy in Africa, for civil servants from 20 African countries. Its goal was to strengthen the group's capacity in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating appropriate strategies to facilitate the structural transformation of the continent’s economies.
Multilateral development banks (MDBs) leaders have agreed to deepen their collaboration to encourage private sector investment in vital infrastructure needed to support sustainable and inclusive economic growth throughout the world.
The African Legal Network, a consortium of major law firms located throughout Africa, has joined a new member, ABCC (formerly SCAN Advogados) of Mozambique.
Shell's licensee in Africa, Vivo Energy, has announced a Pan-African partnership agreement with Orange across nine countries. It allows those countries where both companies overlap to use Orange Money to pay for their fuel.
As the worst drought in Southern Africa in 35 years takes its toll on the food supply, millions face hunger in Southern Africa. The organization CARE has just issued a loud call to donors to bring in the funds necessary to help what could be one of the last chances to prevent a major humanitarian disaster, in just a few months.
After many months of exposure to the worst drought conditions in 35 years, Androy, Anosy and Atsimo-Andrefana, three of Madagascar’s southernmost regions, are in serious need of food and other humanitarian assistance.
The Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi, will be making a series of official visits to the countries of Tanzania, Zambia, Madagascar, Nigeria, and the Republic of the Congo from January 7-12.
As part of the Donors and Investors Conference for Madagascar just concluded on December 2, the World Bank Group announced it will be providing Madagascar with $1.3 billion over the next three years. The money will support the country's development as part of its already-announced national development plan.
As the African economy heats up so too does the pace at which employees may be transferred within countries and across borders, as well as what happens during acquisitions, buyouts, and closures. Bowmans, a pan-African law firm, just published a Guide covering the potential employment consequences in business transfers in Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.
Heritiana Randriamananatahina, 22 year-old agriculture entrepreneur from Madagascar, was just named this year's winner of the Anzisha Price, Africa's premier award for youth entrepreneurship. His company, Fiombonana, is an agro-processing enterprise that manufactures dairy products and confectioneries using only Malagasy raw materials, employing farmers and providing local job opportunities.
During the recent United Nations General Assembly held in New York on September 21, nine African countries submitted their papers supporting the ratification of the global Paris Agreement on climate change. A tenth, Mali, turned in its articles for ratification shortly after the meeting. This pushes the agreement over the edge of full ratification, since only 55 nations are required and now 61 nations have agreed to the pledge.
Products shipping from Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho to the European Union have now been granted duty-free access. The European Parliament just voted to approve the duty-free trade arrangement.
A congress billed as the world’s largest ever to focus on the environment has opened to warnings that our planet is at a “tipping point” but also with expressions of hope that governments, civil society and big business are learning to work together.
Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group, one of the major law firms serving many nations across the African continent, is refocusing its enterprise and just announced that, effective the beginning of September 2016, it will be operating throughout Africa under one brand name: Bowmans, and with a new marketing positioning and logo to go with it.
“Every evening, millions of people all over the world will settle into their armchairs to watch some TV after a hard day at work. Many will have a snack or something to drink…
As part of the conclusions released after the recent African Parliamentarian's Network on Development Evaluation (APNODE), the participants stressed the need for a combination of law and policy to support development and prevent the exodus of capital from the region.
Mirantsoa Faniry Rakotomalala is different from most farmers in the Greater South of Madagascar, who are devastated after losing an estimated 80 percent of their crops during the recent May/June harvesting season to the ongoing drought here, said to be the most severe in 35 years.
Madasgascar was just granted the equivalent of SDR 220 million (about US $304.7 million,or 180 percent of current quota) under a 40-month Extended Credit Facility (ECF). The award was approved and granted by the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), to help reinforce macroeconomic stability as well as to boost sustainable and inclusive growth.
United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang asked for government and donors to take urgent action to assist millions of people affected by severe drought in southern Africa.The comments were made at the end of a nine-day visit to the UK, Malawai, and Madagascar.
Voahevetse Fotetse can easily pass for a three-year-old even though he is six and a pupil at Ankilimafaitsy Primary School in Ambovombe district, Androy region, one of the most severely affected by the ongoing drought in the South of Madagascar.