Farming and rural non-farm activities can provide solutions to rising youth employment in Africa

Farming and rural non-farm-based activities still have untapped potential to generate employment opportunities for Africa’s rising youth population, FAO stressed today at a high level forum – Harnessing Skills for Rural Transformation and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – held at the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.

Africa has the youngest population and the fastest growing population in the world, predicted to double by 2050. This has a major impact on the employment market.

Although ten to 12 million young people join the labor force in Africa each year, only around three million jobs are created annually.

In this context, the agricultural sector as well as rural non-farm activities in tourism, agro-industries, food storage and transportation have high potential to create more and better jobs, and build stronger rural communities.

“Investing in rural transformation and reaching a world free of hunger and malnutrition go hand in hand. Promoting better education, skills development and decent employment is vital for this transformation in Africa,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, who is part of a group of world leaders at the high level forum, sharing experiences and best practice in creating and expanding employment and economic opportunities for Africa’s youth.

FAO carries out 32 youth employment projects in 20 African countries. It supports countries and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to enhance their youth policies, strategies and plans, and social protection measures.

It trains vulnerable rural youth not only in agricultural techniques but also provides them with business and life skills so that they can become more productive and active members of their communities.

“But more coordinated and systematic efforts are still needed to increase impact and expand regional and country-level action in Africa,” said Graziano da Silva.

“Adopting a territorial approach that focuses on strengthening the physical, economic, social and political links between small urban centers and their surrounding rural areas is equally vital. Let’s not forget that the small and medium-sized cities are the places where farmers buy seeds, send their children to school, and turn to medical care,” added Graziano da Silva.

Youth, in turn, can play a significant role in advancing their countries’ progress towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, and can act as innovators and networkers between rural and urban areas.

FAO recently launched a Special Programme to promote youth employment through enabling agriculture and agri-business jobs in Africa. The programme is another example of FAO’s long-lasting collaboration with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) – an economic development program of the African Union – and of FAO’s efforts to strengthen partnerships.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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Major Gaming industry leaders confirmed to speak at the world class Gaming Africa Conference in Johannesburg

Clarion has published the Agenda for the inaugural Gaming Africa Conference, which is taking place across 24 and 25 October in Johannesburg. The agenda, for the free-to-attend business event, is available to download from the dedicated website,

Created as a networking opportunity for both the industry and its regulators to share knowledge and best practice, Gaming Africa will feature thought leaders including Edgar Agaba, CEO, Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board Uganda, Lanre Gbajabiamila, Director General, National Lottery Commission of Nigeria, James Mbalwe, Director General, Gaming Board of Tanzania and Jean Claude Mushmire, Head of the Services Industry Development Policy, Rwanda Ministry of Trade and Industry.

With learning modules covering the economy, payment methods, social responsibility, anti-money laundering, investment, public relations, regional roundtables and two master classes from the Totally Gaming Academy, covering Casino Marketing and Sportsbook Management, Gaming Africa has raised the bar in terms of delivering an event dedicated to meet the specific gaming needs of the continent.

Heralding the new event, African gaming expert, Roy Bannister, said: “I anticipate a lot of interest from international visitors looking to get in on the action in a jurisdiction that is pretty hot at the moment. One only needs to look at the trade press to see announcements of deals being done in Africa, new developments and advances in sports betting, payment technologies and mobile growth that is fuelling a lot of excitement about the continent. There is also interest from numerous African regulators wanting to understand how to more effectively regulate their industries, as well as manufacturers looking to place the latest gaming technology on the continent and enable operators to run profitable gaming ventures. Clarion will bring a professionally run gaming event to the African continent, that will draw upon its international expertise and networking capabilities and allow a market crying out for a world class gathering to finally be able to convene on the African continent and, in the process, take the gaming industry to greater heights.”

Curtis Roach, Content Lead for Gaming Africa said: “It’s fantastic to be working on Gaming Africa as it brings a long-overdue event to arguably the most important and exciting region in the world for the future of gaming. My remit is to produce a forum that inspires, generates active discussion and provides invaluable ideas for delegates to take back to their organisations. Training plays a vital role in raising standards and creating a professional and sustainable industry. To satisfy this, we will be bringing the highly acclaimed ‘Totally Gaming Academy’ master classes to Gaming Africa. Globally recognised experts Arjan Korstjens and Lee Richardson will be flying in to guide delegates through their specialist courses: Casino Marketing Academy, and Sportsbook Management Academy. These are being provided by Clarion Gaming on an entirely complimentary basis – a saving of R15,000.”

Clarion’s decision to launch Gaming Africa follows requests from major industry players for a quality business-to-business event dedicated to meet the specific gaming needs of the continent. To download the Agenda and register, which is free to operators and regulators, visit:

Distributed by APO on behalf of Gaming Africa.

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S&J Communications
+44 1273 699900

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Toshiba Concludes Package Deal Agreement on Geothermal Power Generation Projects with Turkey’s Zorlu Energy Group

  • Toshiba has concluded a package deal agreement for equipment supply for geothermal power plants in Turkey
  • Subject to steam conditions, etc., Toshiba is given preferential negotiation rights for supplying steam turbines and generators for three plants

Toshiba Corporation ( (TOKYO: 6502) today announced that it has concluded a package deal agreement (PDA) with Zorlu Energy Group (, an independent power producer and member of Turkey’s Zorlu Holdings, for the supply of steam turbines and generators (STGs) for geothermal power plants that Zorlu Energy Group develops to construct in Turkey.

Under the terms of the PDA, Zorlu Energy Group will investigate steam flow, pressure levels and so on in three locations where Zorlu Energy Group plans to construct plants by October 2020, and if the results of survey meet the agreed terms and conditions, Toshiba to exclusively discuss and negotiate for supply of STGs for all three plants.

Commenting on the contract, Mr. Takao Konishi, Vice President of the Thermal & Hydro Power Systems & Services Division in Toshiba’s Energy Systems & Solutions Company said, “Toshiba and Zorlu Energy Group have successfully worked together Unit 1, 2 of the Kizildere III Geothermal Power Plant and Alasehir Geothermal Power Plant and I am certain that the excellent performance and advanced technology of our STG can contribute even more to geothermal power supply in Turkey.”

Energy consumption in Turkey is growing fast, driven by population growth and economic development, and both the government and the private sector are promoting projects to increase capacity. Toshiba concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Zorlu Energy Group in January 2016, covering construction of geothermal, thermal and hydro power plants.

Toshiba has an unrivaled record in the global geothermal power market. It delivered Japan’s first commercial-use geothermal steam turbine and generator in 1966, and since then has delivered 54 turbines around the world, with a total capacity of 3,519 megawatts. As the source of approximately 23%* of the world’s installed geothermal capacity, Toshiba is the global top supplier. Toshiba will continue to promote high-efficiency STGs for geothermal plants in Turkey, East Africa, South America and other promising markets, where electricity demand is expected to increase in the future.

Target projects

  • Kizildere IV Geothermal Power Plant (Expected output 40MW)
  • Tekke Hamam Geothermal Power Plant (Expected output 40MW)
  • Kizildere V Geothermal Power Plant (Expected output 40MW)

*Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Feb 2017.

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Toshiba Corporation Energy Systems & Solutions Company

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Toshiba Africa (Pty) Ltd
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CryptoMetalExchange© will usurp the dominant fraudulent paper schemes that are currently perpetrated on COMEX and LBMA

MetalZoom.Energy (the “Company”) ( advises that it has embarked upon the creation of the world’s first Crypto Metal Exchange. The founder of MetalZoom.Energy Marc Ward tells us “Our Crypto-Metal Exchange will provide a platform for miners to auction physical metal to the global consumer without any interference. The blockchain technology ensures zero corruption and results in untampered supply and demand forces to play out transparently.”

Ward, a Data Scientist who scored a perfect 800 on the quantitative GRE wrote an algorithm that correctly predicted the next move of the Nasdaq 100 futures market 88% of the time, over 4,000 times each trading day.

Ward believes that our markets are rigged by algorithmic dictates causing the price of precious metals to be controlled. “I see it as a closed-loop algorithm that announces the prices continuously throughout the day across all futures markets and humans in brokerage firms reacting to the change in prices”. As it is a closed-loop no one can overwhelm this pricing mechanism.

MetalZoom.Energy aims to disrupt this system by using open source Linux Hyperledger Fabric blockchain to enable open bid auctions of Cryptocurrency for metal delivery. Ward explains that “the futures exchange settles in debt currency instead of metal delivery. We plan to disrupt this by having metal ready for delivery and enabling consumers and investors to bid for that metal delivery with Cryptocurrencies across a transparent yet private blockchain framework”.

There are other facets to MetalZoom.Energy including Crypto Metal Mining which will enable miners to initiate a mine to produce metal. Those who acquire these Metal Delivery contracts will fund the miners directly via smart contracts with Cryptocurrency payouts and expect delivery of the metal extracted by the miners via the MetalZoom delivery services.

MetalZoom.Energy is quickly gaining the support of industry leaders with endorsements from the likes of Bill Murphy, Chairman of GATA (Gold Ant-trust Action Committee), Craig Hemke (aka Turd Ferguson of TF Metals Report), Elijah Johnson of, Cardwell Lynch of the C-Sigma Show, V of Rogue Money Radio, GManIV and SilverDoctors.

Ward is embarking on a tour to Africa where he aims to promote MetalZoom.Energy to the local crypto community and convince miners to offer their metal for auction on the Crypto Metal Exchange. Ward arrives in Johannesburg on 18 October 2017. He will be the keynote speaker at a business breakfast on Thursday 19 October 2017 being held at the Wanderers Golf Club in Sandton, hosted by Mail & Guardian, before moving onto Cape Town where he will be attending several events.

For Ward’s full itinerary see

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About MetalZoom.Energy:
MetalZoom.Energy is the world’s first private energy firm and the first Cryptocurrency with an honor code. MetalZoom.Energy has created the private-partnership Crypto-Metal Exchange. A private platform where producers and end users can engage in trades based upon unfettered real value.

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