MainOne’s West Africa expansion gets boost with Cote d’Ivoire license

As part of its West Africa expansion, connectivity and data centre solutions operator MainOne (www.MainOne.net) has secured a license to expand national and international connectivity services in Cote d’Ivoire. The C1B license, received from Minister Bruno Koné, the country’s Minister for Communication, Digital Economy and Postal Services, will enable MainOne land its trans-Atlantic submarine cable and build transmission infrastructure in Cote d’Ivoire, to strengthen connectivity, reduce international capacity costs and support wholesale customers, major operators and Internet Service Providers.

Cote d’Ivoire authorities believe that the construction of a fourth cable authorised by the government will improve the international connectivity of the country and will provide a lot more opportunities for the national market while increasing competition. “We have just taken an important step through this authorisation for the improvement of the telecommunication infrastructure of our country, specifically the improvement of international connectivity. MainOne cable will have an impact on price and quality and will strengthen the security of our infrastructure”, declared Minister Bruno Koné.

The entry of MainOne, an open-access connectivity services provider will further democratize the international bandwidth market in Cote d’Ivoire and neighbouring countries and drive down bandwidth costs for local Internet Service Providers, Telcos and indigenous businesses.

“Cote d’Ivoire is the largest economy in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and a very important hub for business and transport in West Africa. The dynamism of the national economy and accelerated development of the digital economy in Cote d’Ivoire as well as its regional leadership makes it a natural hub for the West African region and guided MainOne’s decision to invest in Cote d’Ivoire”, said Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer of MainOne.

As part of an overarching plan to invest close to $20m in Cote d’Ivoire with a focus on the provision of wholesale connectivity services, MainOne has obtained the license and will commence the construction of its digital transmission cable in June 2018, to be concluded in the second half of 2019. Its cable landing will provide open-access infrastructure within Cote d’Ivoire and other WAEMU countries to expand internet access for all users in the region and support rapid development as well as facilitate increased non-resources trade and improve public services to aid the evolution of regional businesses.

“By investing and encouraging the business ecosystem within West Africa, we hope to bring meaningful technology solutions to businesses, to enable them in their quest for improved productivity and efficiency through dedicated and reliable connectivity services. We are prepared to collaborate with incumbent operators towards enhancing regional integration and global access,” Ms. Opeke concluded.

MainOne is committed to deepening broadband access via fibre infrastructure and data centres across West Africa. With service delivery in 10 countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Togo, Cameroun, Benin, Niger, Senegal and Chad, MainOne operates a 100G international submarine cable system which guarantees highly reliable connectivity to support the growing demand for Internet access and bandwidth-intensive applications such as eCommerce, Content providers, OTT players and electronic banking and payment services via 3/4G mobile networks. The MainOne Submarine cable was the first privately owned cable in West Africa spanning 7000KM with a capacity of 4.96 TBPS to connect West Africa to Europe via a landing in Portugal and multiple routes to London, Paris and Amsterdam.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of MainOne.

MainOne
Temitope Osunrinde
MarComms@MainOne.net

About MainOne:
MainOne (www.MainOne.net) is a leading provider of connectivity and data centre services for businesses in West Africa. Since its launch in 2010, MainOne has developed a reputation for highly reliable services to become the preferred provider of wholesale Internet services to major telecom operators, ISPs, government agencies, large enterprise, and educational institutions in West Africa. MainOne’s world class submarine cable system running down the coast of West Africa, state of the art IP network, growing regional and metro terrestrial fibre optic networks, and data centre facilities enable broadband services for businesses needing solutions in West Africa. Our network is interconnected and peers with leading operators and internet exchanges worldwide to provide global reach to our customers. Additional information can be found on www.MainOne.net.

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The Shared Value Shift: It’s Time for Business to Take the Lead in Africa – For Real

The business world is changing, and those who do not stay ahead of the curve are sure to be left behind. It is no longer sufficient to take a profit-first business approach: not only is it not sustainable for the long term, but consumers at all levels are now demanding that the business world develop a conscience. Government regulations are slowly following suit, outlining development criteria to begin this critical shift – but is this enough?

The Shared Value business model is the key to unlocking the business growth and profit in addressing social issues. By identifying challenges that intersect with the business’ purpose and then integrating solutions into the business’ operations at every level of the value chain, doing good becomes part and parcel of doing good business. In essence, Shared Value reconnects the business agenda and the social agenda, intertwining profit and progress.

Corporate social responsibility has become entrenched in our public mindset. Business, having played a role in creating some of the challenges faced by society and the environment today, is now expected to lead the charge in facing and solving them. The instinctive response is often external policies – good works that rely on allocated resources, often as ephemeral as the feel-good PR they generate. This has its place, of course, but in order to make a real change, business must rewrite its strategic DNA.

This is not about ticking a box, doing just enough to get by. This is about going above and beyond to set new standards, and embedding the profit with purpose model in the core business strategy.

This approach is at the centre of the 2018 Africa Shared Value Summit (www.AfricaSharedValueSummit.com), taking place from 24-25 May 2018 at The Maslow conference centre in Sandton, Johannesburg. The Summit brings together business thought leaders, executives and changemakers, including keynote speaker and co-author of the ground-breaking Harvard Business Review article that first outlined the Shared Value strategy, Mark Kramer, to share insights from their business’ Shared Value journey.

Headline sponsor Absa is just one of the notable businesses throwing their weight behind the Summit – other sponsors are Nando’s, Old Mutual, Enel, Discovery, Woolworths and the World Food Programme. Tiso Blackstar, JCDecaux and SAfm are media partners, while OneTravel and The Maslow are travel partners. The programme (which can be found on the Summit website) features highlight speakers from across the African continent, sharing insights and case studies that focus on the implementation and impact of Shared Value – and how it can align business to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Don’t miss this opportunity to find out how Shared Value can take African businesses to the next level. To learn more and book your ticket, visit www.AfricaSharedValueSummit.com.

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African Vaccination Week – Online Press Conference: By the year 2030, cervical cancer will kill more than 443,000 women yearly worldwide, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa

The 8th African Vaccination Week (https://goo.gl/9cWUKK) will be celebrated from 23 to 29 April 2018.

Cervical cancer remains a leading cause of cancer death among women in Africa. According to the Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy (https://goo.gl/7fBmL8), by the year 2030, cervical cancer will kill more than 443,000 women yearly worldwide, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Human papillomavirus (HPV) Center, 2017, cervical cancer ranks as the most frequent cancer in women in Malawi, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe and the second most frequent cancer in women in South Africa.

The increase in the incidence of cervical cancer in Africa could counteract the progress made by African women in reducing maternal mortality and longevity.

Nevertheless, cervical cancer is a potentially preventable non-communicable disease, and intervention strategies to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health concern should be urgently implemented.

Prof. Greta Dreyer, Head of the Gynaecological Oncology Unit at the University of Pretoria and Dr. Karin Richter, Pathologist (Medical Virology) at Lancet Laboratories (South Africa), will host an online press conference on 26th, April 2018 at 11am South Africa Time (Time Converter: https://goo.gl/tEV7tp).

Journalists interested in participating in this online press conference will be able to ASK QUESTIONS LIVE VIA THE INTERNET.

Where: Online

When: April 26, 2018 at 11:00 South Africa Time (Time converter: https://goo.gl/tEV7tp)

Who: Prof. Greta Dreyer, Head of the Gynaecological Oncology Unit at the University of Pretoria and Dr. Karin Richter, Pathologist (Medical Virology) at Lancet Laboratories (South Africa)

Why: 8th African Vaccination Week (https://goo.gl/9cWUKK)

Language: English with French simultaneous translation

How it works: This service is FREE and only requires a computer connected to the internet.

REGISTER: https://goo.gl/cnuMFt

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of APO Group – Africa Newsroom.

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Algeria: Committee on Migrant Workers closes its twenty-eighth session

Committee on Migrant Workers closes its twenty-eighth session

Adopts Concluding Observations and Recommendations on Situation in Algeria and Guyana, as well as Conclusions on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Absence of a Report

The Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families concluded this afternoon its twenty-eighth session after adopting its concluding observations and recommendations on the reports of Algeria and Guyana, as well as conclusions in the absence of a report on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Ahmadou Tall, Committee Chairperson, reminded that the Committee had held interactive dialogues and adopted concluding observations and recommendations on the reports of Algeria and Guyana, and had adopted conclusions in the absence of a report on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The Committee had held a successful ceremony to launch the General Comments on the rights of the child in the context of migration, which had been issued jointly with the Committee on the Rights of the Child. The Committee had also decided to draft a new General Comment No. 5 on the right to liberty of migrants and their protection from arbitrary detention. In addition, it had sent letters to the co-facilitators involved in the negotiations on the Global Compact on Migration to share its concern about the absence of any mention of the Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families in the text of the Global Compact. Finally, the Committee had adopted its annual report relating to the twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth sessions of the Committee.

On 10 April, the Committee elected Ahmadou Tall of Senegal as Chairperson, Jasminka Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maria Landazuri de Mora of Ecuador, and Can Ünver of Turkey as Vice-Chairpersons, as well as Khedidja Ladjel of Algeria as Rapporteur of the Committee.

The twenty-ninth session (https://goo.gl/rf1hRw) of the Committee will take place from 3 to 12 September 2018 at the Palais Wilson in Geneva, during which the Committee will review the reports of Madagascar and Mozambique.

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