Burundi : Africa in Pictures

Pictures from Burundi

Burundi is in central Africa east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Burundi’s first democratically elected president was assassinated in October 1993 after only 100 days in office, triggering widespread ethnic violence between Hutu and Tutsi factions. More than 200,000 Burundians perished during the conflict that spanned almost a dozen years. Hundreds of thousands of Burundians were internally displaced or became refugees in neighboring countries. An internationally brokered power-sharing agreement between the Tutsi-dominated government and the Hutu rebels in 2003 paved the way for a transition process that led to an integrated defense force, established a new constitution in 2005, and elected a majority Hutu government in 2005. The new government, led by President Pierre NKURUNZIZA, signed a South African brokered ceasefire with the country’s last rebel group in September of 2006 but still faces many challenges. (CIA World FactBook)

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Burkina Faso : Africa in Pictures

Burkina Faso is in western Africa north of Ghana. It shares borders with Benin (306 km), Cote d’Ivoire (584 km), Ghana (549 km), Mali (1,000 km), Niger (628 km) and Togo (126 km).

Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Current President Blaise COMPAORE came to power in a 1987 military coup and has won every election since then. Its high population density and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens. Recent unrest in Cote d’Ivoire and northern Ghana has hindered the ability of several hundred thousand seasonal Burkinabe farm workers to find employment in neighboring countries. In January 2008, it assumed a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2008-09 term. (CIA World FactBook)

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Suggested Book: Wood Never Becomes a Crocodile; Baby Chick Never Consults the Sparrow-Hawk: Proverbs & Tales from Burkina Faso by Luc Zio

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Botswana : Africa in Pictures

Pictures of Botswana

Botswana is in Southern Africa and is to the north of South Africa.

Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name upon independence in 1966. Four decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most dynamic economies in Africa. Mineral extraction, principally diamond mining, dominates economic activity, though tourism is a growing sector due to the country’s conservation practices and extensive nature preserves. Botswana has one of the world’s highest known rates of HIV/AIDS infection, but also one of Africa’s most progressive and comprehensive programs for dealing with the disease. (CIA World FactBook)

Okavango Delta

The area was once part of Lake Makgadikgadi, an ancient lake that dried up some 10,000 years ago. Today, the Okavango River has no outlet to the sea. Instead, it empties onto the sands of the Kalahari Desert, irrigating 15,000 km² of the desert. Each year some 11 cubic kilometres of water reach the delta. Some of this water reaches further south to create Lake Ngami. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okavango_Delta

 

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Benin : Africa in Pictures

Some photos of Benin

Benin, formerly called Dahomey, is between Nigeria and Togo. It shares borders with Burkina Faso (266km), Niger (266 km), Nigeria (773 km) and Togo (644 km).

Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a prominent West African kingdom that rose in the 15th century. The territory became a French Colony in 1872 and achieved independence on 1 August 1960, as the Republic of Benin. A succession of military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu KEREKOU and the establishment of a government based on Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in former Prime Minister Nicephore SOGLO as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in Africa from a dictatorship to a democracy. KEREKOU was returned to power by elections held in 1996 and 2001, though some irregularities were alleged. KEREKOU stepped down at the end of his second term in 2006 and was succeeded by Thomas YAYI Boni, a political outsider and independent. YAYI has begun a high profile fight against corruption and has strongly promoted accelerating Benin’s economic growth. (CIA World Factbook)

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Angola : Africa in pictures

A little about Angola

The Republic of Angola is a country in Southern Africa bordered by Namibia on the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the north, and Zambia on the east; its west coast is on the Atlantic Ocean with Luanda as its capital city. The exclave province of Cabinda has borders with theRepublic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Portuguese were present in some—mostly coastal—points of the territory of what is now Angola, from the 16th to the 19th century, interacting in diverse ways with the peoples that lived there. In the 19th century they slowly and hesitantly began to establish themselves in the interior. Angola as a Portuguese colony encompassing the present territory was not established before the end of the 19th century, and “effective occupation”, as required by the Berlin Conference (1884) was achieved only by the 1920s. Independence was achieved in 1975, after a protracted liberation war. After independence,it was the scene of an intense civil war from 1975 to 2002. The country has vast mineral and petroleum reserves, and its economy has on average grown at a two-digit pace since the 1990s, especially since the end of the civil war. In spite of this, standards of living remain low for the majority of the population, and life expectancy and infant mortality rates in Angola are among the worst-ranked in the world. Angola is considered to be economically disparate, with the majority of the nation’s wealth concentrated in a disproportionately small sector of the population. (Wikipedia)

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Zebala, A Village in Mali

I was going through my old diaries the other day and I found entries from a trip to the south of Mali in Africa some years ago. We stayed in a village called Zebala which is about 50kms from the nearest big town, Koutiala.

Houses in Zebala village

Virtually every house in Zebala is built from mud brick. The bricks are then plastered over with a mud plaster to make the outside smooth. A corrugated tin roof is then put on top. All the houses are interlinked by passages and walk ways. I found it very difficult to decide where one family unit’s set of houses finish and another’s began. There are few walls round groups of houses. Finding one’s way around is a real adventure and I got lost lots of times trying to find the little shop only yards from where I was living! Shops are not marked, they look like any other building, but usually you can tell them by the people going in and out. Inside, there are a few shelves with things like tinned tomato concentrate, little boxes of Chinese green tea (called gunpowder), twists of sugar, sachets of washing powder .. and .. amazingly .. boxes of chewing gum! People live outside their houses and use the house itself for storage and sleeping. The insides are very dark. There are often window openings with a shutter of corrugate, but these are more often left closed than open.

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Outside the houses people sit on low stools and cook, or make things. All life happens in the small courtyards between houses. Often the cooking is done on an open fire with a pot hanging or standing on three stones. There are wells dotted around and there is a constant flow of people to these bringing water to compounds. Washing is laid on walls, on the ground and any other free space, and the dust is shaken off when it is dry.

Children wander around, many little ones with few clothes on. Older girls help their mothers with the cooking and other chores. The boys are free to play.

Cotton

Zebala is a centre for cotton production. You’ll see the cotton trees all over the village. In fact, it’s hard to ignore cotton in Zebala. The fluffy balls blow around in the wind and get in your hair. Enormous lorries rumble into the village in the early dawn hour, shaking you in your bed. You’ll think it is thunder and wait for the lightening! They come to collect the cotton which is stored in huge collection pits all over the village. Women walk in with huge bales on their heads and these are loaded into the pits, and later onto the lorries. In the evening, the whole procession is reversed with the huge lorries rumbling out of the village into the darkening bush.

But not all the cotton is sent out of the village to be bought by middle-men and sold on – some of the cotton is reserved by families. I spent one afternoon filming a lady spinning cotton into thread. It was a process as fascinating as it was deft. She took a hank of rough cotton, tweaked out a corner of it, attached her weighted spindle to that and then, almost by magic, the cotton thread began to appear. This was wound on deftly. An age-old skill is still being maintained and the skill is passed on from mother to daughter.

Another day, I was visiting the local tailor. His friend was there – the bogolan cloth maker. You can see him in this photo on the left. He proudly showed me hand woven cloth that he had dyed himself and which had been made into a suit by the tailor. This was the next step in the process. He was a Bogolan specialist. Bogolan is a special Malian process of printing on cotton using mud-based dyes. The mud is mined from the river. The cloth is first dyed a reddish brown, and then black designs are printed on. It is a very specialized trade and again is passed on from one generation to another. The inspiration is from nature and often incorporates animal prints, or tracks, and objects from nature. I admired the suit that he had on and asked him if he would make a suit just the same for my husband. These Bogolan suits are very much admired and are often worn by hunters. The suit he was wearing had an all over print that was a bit like a leopards paw print. I was delighted when he agreed. Then we sat down for a cup of sweet Malian tea before agreeing a price.

 

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Some weeks later, when I was back in the capital, Bamako, a parcel arrived for me. It was the Bogolan suit for my husband. Specially printed, with the year on the front! He is very proud to wear it. We found out later that it is quite rare to own one of these suits, and he has had several envied comments. We feel really privileged that this bogolan cloth maker and the tailor were happy to make one for us.

Henna for feet!

In Bamako I had seen people have their feet henna’d for celebrations such as weddings, Tabaski and big fetes, but I had never had it done myself. I was staying in the rural village of Zebala, about 50 kms from the nearest large town Koutiala, and one day I talked to my American hostess, and mentioned this. She said that she’d always wanted it done too. So we arranged with the daughters of some Zebalan friends of hers to prepare our feet for the coming Christmas fete. What an experience! The two young girls arrived at about 8 am with lots of old cloths and plastic bags. We had no idea what we were in for! We sat in state in the mosquito netting covered veranda of my friend’s house.

The girls discussed with us what patterns we would like on our feet. The discussion was in Minianyka and French and got quite complicated. The girls started cutting strips of white first aid plaster. With these strips they made complicated designs on the sides of our feet and the top of our feet, leaving the soles blank. Once they were happy with their designs they mixed a paste of henna powder bought from the local shop with water. This made a khaki green ‘mess’. This paste was then applied to our feet. Our feet were wrapped in plastic bags and bound up in rags. Then they left! We were told they would be back in the evening. The paste on our feet, together with the plastic bag made walking very difficult, so we just sat. We had decided that this was going to be like a ‘spa’ day, a day for refreshment and renewal. So we had brought puzzle books, and other reading matter out to the porch with us.

Later on two little girls of about 8 years arrived and asked if they could ‘do our hair’. This involved washing our hair and then drying it and for my friend who has long hair plaiting it. This was great fun and there were a lot of giggles. It was getting very hot and one of the girls ran off and arrived back with a huge palm leaf that she used to fan us with. We felt like royalty.

Eventually the two big girls arrived back to check if the Henna had ‘taken’ by unwrapping our feet and scraping a little off. It had. So, they then they scraped all the paste off our feet. To our amazement the skin where the paste had been was orange. They then made up another paste with a powder they had bought in the shop and water. I don’t know what the powder was. They warned us that this new paste would tingle a bit but that it wouldn’t be for long. They applied the new paste to our feet and wrapped them up again. After about an hour they unwrapped our feet, scraped the paste off and then took the first aid plaster strips off. Our feet were BLACK! We had intricate patterns along the sides of our feet and a design on top. The soles of our feet were completely black, as were my toenails. The girls admired their work and then ran off home to get ready for bed as it was already dark. We walked over to the girls parent’s compound to show them their daughters’ handiwork and our feet were admired by everyone by the light of an oil lamp.

The black feet lasted for a long time. We had to be careful not to use soap on our feet so that it lasted longer. The black toenails lasted a lot longer! Next time I will get them to cover my toenails with plaster.

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Christmas in Zebala Village

There is a little church in Zebala that holds services in Bambara and Minianka. We were privileged to take part in their celebrations for Christmas on Christmas Eve while we were staying there.The service was very colourful and the music was great.

There are various groups in the church and they all took part at different times in the service. The young women did a very moving telling of the Christmas story using one of their own young babies as the baby Jesus. The young people did a great musical item that was very vigorous and fun. The tiny tots came to the front and sang together with their teachers.

After the service, we all had a meal together not far from the church. We sat on benches around bowls and ate with the right hand (the left hand is considered dirty). I guess we were there about five or six hours.

On Christmas day, there were further celebrations, but we were involved in helping to prepare a local celebration where we fed anyone who wanted to come along and eat. Other families in the village were doing the same, and there was a lot of visiting going on. We took small bowls of food to friends in the village and others brought small bowls of food to us. It was an exhausting day, but great fun.

Zebala church group

The Hill

We’re going out today, my hostess said to me. Want to come? Well, of course I was up to any adventure that came my way. Do you want to see the sight of Zebala? she asked. On further questioning, it appeared that we would be taking a picnic to The Hill. Now I really must explain that the area around the village of Zebala in fact the area around Koutiala, the BIG town some 50km away, is flat…really flat. So…a hill??? Really? Well, we packed up the picnic basket, rounded up my friend’s kids, sent packing a whole load of others who weren’t hers, and loaded up the truck. I was intrigued, why did we need the truck to get there? She made sure I had packed my binoculars and West African bird book. We set off on the road out of the village in the opposite direction to Koutiala. Of course, because it is a village and everyone knows everyone else, we hadn’t gone very far before we had to stop and talk to someone, and then someone else, and then someone else. Finally, we left the village. Where was this hill? She drove and drove and then stopped. I got out. Are we there? I asked, feeling extremely puzzled. This is IT, she said, beaming with pride. I looked around. Well, we really were on a slight incline, I had to admit that. This is a hill? She explained that it was the only slightly inclined ground for many, many kilometers, and yes, this was our picnic place. I put my piece of cloth on the ground, and contemplated how significant a slight rise of ground is in a landscape where there are no hills. I sat quietly, and took in the peace of the countryside. Suddenly, there was a commotion. A small dog appeared, closely followed by a rather strange looking man in a Bogolan suit. A hunter! One of those enigmatic people that one hears about, but rarely sees. I put my binoculars away quickly in case he thought they were a camera and that I was trying to take his photo. Hunters are prickly creatures. But this one was friendly and my host greeted him in Minianka. He stopped, talked about the weather, and passed on. I did see some rather nice birds, but really it was the peace of the place that struck me – out in the bush, away from most people. Quiet except for the birdsong and chatter of crickets.

 

Suggested Books

Mali, 3rd (Bradt Travel Guide)

 

 

 

Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali

 

 

 

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Asmara, Eritrea – Africa in pictures

Asmara pix

Asmara known as Asmera to the inhabitants, meaning “The four (feminine plural) made them unite” in Tigrinya) is the capital city and largest settlement in Eritrea, home to a population of 649,000 inhabitants. Sitting at an elevation of 2,325 metres (7,628 ft), it is located at the tip of an escarpment that is both the northwestern edge of the Eritrean highlandsand the Great Rift Valley. It is situated in Eritrea’s central Maekel Region. It is known for its well-preserved colonial Italian modern architecture, and is divided into thirteen districts or administrative areas: Acria, Abbashaul, Edaga Hamus, Arbaete Asmara, Mai Temenai, Paradiso,Sembel, Godaif, Maekel Ketema or Downtown, Tiravolo, Gejeret, Tsetserat and Gheza Banda. Its origins actually reach back to between 800 BC and 400 BC. The Tigrinya and Tigre people live around there. Originally, it is said, there were four clans living in the Asmara area on the Kebessa Plateau: the Gheza Gurtom, the Gheza Shelele, the Gheza Serenser and Gheza Asmae. These towns fought each other until the women of each clan decided that to preserve peace the four clans must unite. (Wikipedia)

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Ethiopia: Release opposition politician held for Facebook posts

The Ethiopian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release a prominent opposition politician facing a possible death sentence on trumped-up terrorism charges over comments he posted on Facebook, said Amnesty International.

Yonatan Tesfaye, the spokesman of the opposition Semayawi (Blue) party, was arbitrarily arrested in December 2015 and held in lengthy pre-trial detention for comments he posted on Facebook. The government says his posts against a government plan to extend the capital’s administrative authority to the Oromia region were in pursuit of the objectives of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), which it considers a terrorist organisation.

“The Ethiopian authorities have increasingly labelled all opposition to them as terrorism. Yonatan Tesfaye spoke up against a possible land grab in Oromia, which is not a crime and is certainly not terrorism,” said Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

“He and many others held under similar circumstances should be immediately and unconditionally released.”

Yonatan Tesfaye was arbitrarily arrested in December 2015 and held without charge for months on end. It was not until 4 May 2016 that he was charged with “incitement, planning, preparation, conspiracy and attempt” to commit a terrorist act. The state prosecutor charged that Yonatan Tesfaye’s remarks were in pursuit of the OLF’s objectives.­­­­

“Yonatan Tesfaye has no demonstrated links to the OLF. His arrest is just another example of government overreach in the application of its seriously flawed anti-terrorism law. This law is once again being used as a pretext to quash dissent,” said Muthoni Wanyeki.

“The Ethiopian authorities should also promptly, impartially, thoroughly and transparently investigate claims that he may have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated in detention at the Maekelawi Prison, a jail notorious for its widespread use of torture.”

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ICAO : African youth a key priority

Senegal should promote careers in aviation and aviation-related fields through its tertiary education system, said ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu.

“Developing human resources for the civil aviation sector is a key priority for ICAO. In our capacity as the UN’s international civil aviation agency, we predict the global aviation system will face shortages of qualified professionals in the decades to come. The issue is particularly crucial for African countries, where the industry is developing rapidly and where demographic profile is particularly youthful,” she declared.

The Secretary General also highlighted ICAO’s commitment and availability to assist Senegal and other States in the region through its ‘No Country Left Behind’ initiative.

Her remarks came as she completed a mission to Dakar during which she conducted high-level bilateral meetings with Senegal’s Minister of Tourism and Air Transport and the leaders of intergovernmental aviation organizations. The identification and consideration of mutual key priorities for aviation development and implementation were amongst the main objectives of the visit.

Dr. Liu endorsed the Minister’s vision of transforming Dakar into a viable and sustainable hub, with air transport as an effective enabler in the drive towards modernization, economic emergence and development. “ICAO commends Senegal’s efforts to develop and strengthen aviation infrastructure, services and management structures,” stressed Secretary General Liu. “These are essential to ensure growth in air transport activities which can be sustainably managed through optimal compliance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices.”

Dr. Liu highlighted the Government of Senegal’s union of air transport and tourism within a single Ministry, underscoring that it optimally supported the strong interdependence and synergy between the two sectors, and expressed ICAO’s deep appreciation for the support and cooperation of the Government of Senegal in hosting and providing facilities for the ICAO Regional Office for Western and Central Africa, in addition to its active participation in ICAO events and programmes. Minister Maimouna Ndoye Seck thanked the Secretary General for the assistance Senegal has received from ICAO to date, particularly through its Regional Office.

Dr. Liu had an opportunity to visit and thank the staff of ICAO’s Western and Central African Regional Office during her stay in Dakar. She highlighted the importance of achieving ICAO’s cultural transformation through focussing management on clear corporate goals, strategies, KPIs and deliverables. “To enhance the effectiveness of the organization, we must coordinate efficiently and implement a new way of doing business. We need to strengthen Regional Offices and increase their effectiveness through adequate human resources and training,” she stressed.

Discussions also took place with Ms. Iyabo Sosina, the Secretary General of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC). The Secretaries General reviewed the progress achieved and the challenges encountered since the conclusion of a Memorandum of Cooperation between ICAO and AFCAC in 2010, and identified opportunities to further improve its effective implementation. More specifically, Ms. Sosina and Dr. Liu agreed that there should be an acceleration of the implementation of AFCAC’s AFI Cooperative Inspectorate Scheme (AFI CIS) for aviation safety oversight assistance delivery, the recently established Comprehensive Regional Implementation Plan for Aviation Security and Facilitation in Africa (AFI SECFAL PLAN), and the Human Resources Development Fund for Africa (HRDF).

Dr. Liu acknowledged the leadership of the Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASCENA) and its contribution to the attainment of regional air navigation performance indicators and targets during her visit with ASECNA’s Director General, Mr. Amadou Ousmane Guitteye.

The Senegal mission concluded with a tour of the ICAO/ASECNA Aviation Security Training facilities (ERNAM), the ASECNA Regional Air Navigation Centre (CRA), and the nearly completed Aéroport International Blaise Diagne (AIBD) in Dakar.

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African-German Youth Initiative

Three day introductory and planning workshop on the African-German Youth Initiative

The Human Resources, Science and Technology department (HRST) is hosting a three day introductory and planning workshop on the African-German Youth Initiative. The workshops aim is to clarify mutual expectations, roles and responsibilities of stakeholders. The African-German Youth Initiative (AGYI) is a multi-lateral initiative of the African Union Commission and the German Government aimed at enhancing youth exchange and mobility between African countries and Germany in the context of education for sustainable development. The intention is to contribute to the development of essential competencies and skills in young people from African countries and from Germany in view of a ´global citizenship´.

The AGYI will contribute to furthering the visions and objectives of Agenda 2063, the African Youth Charter (Art. 10/11), the African Youth Decade Plan of Action 2009-2018, and of regional and national youth policies in African countries for youth empowerment and development. It will also contribute on a global level to building on and strengthening global partnerships (as expressed in the SDG 2030 Agenda, Goal 17)

Speaking at the opening Dr. Birgit Pickel spoke on the importance of youth exchange, being the right way to invest in young people – “we need young people to make all these global agendas happen”.

Dr. Beatrice Njenga, Acting Head of the Youth Division presented on Youth Policies, highlighting the AU Agenda 2063 at the African level and the SDGs at the global level. Accordingly she emphasised the importance of these strategies in implementing youth policies. She also spoke of the importance of young people being empowered and the opportunity on reaping the demographic dividend.

The initiative will be launched in June in Germany.

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The 4th Africa Business Forum – Your gateway to business in Africa

Africa Business Forum (http://www.AfricaBusinessForum.com) announced that registration is open for the 4th Africa Business Forum to be held on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, East Africa.

AfricaBusinessForum.com is home to a global community of 9,500+ professionals, 19,500+ international companies, 60,000+ social media followers and 10 million website visitors. A discounted rate of 499 USD is available for conference attendees who register on or before May 15, 2016.

The conference will host distinguished panelists and speakers, including ambassadors, high government officials, business leaders, investors and CEOs. Keynote speakers and conference panelists include:

  • Representation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Ethiopia.
  • Representation from the Ethiopian State Ministry for livestock, Federal Republic of Ethiopia.
  • Representation from the Ethiopian State Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Federal Republic of Ethiopia.
  • Yohannes Tilahun– Former CEO to GE General Electric Ethiopia & Advisor to the commissioner at Ethiopian Investment Commission.
  • Craig Bridgeman – Executive Chairman of East Africa Oil Field Services and Founder of Adamantine Energy.
  • Dr Matteo Pianca – Economic and Commercial Affairs, Italian Embassy (Ethiopia) and Italian companies.
  • Representation from the Ethiopian Tourism Organization – Ethiopian Government.
  • H.E. Ayanle Salad – Deputy Ambassador of Somaliland (Ethiopia Mission).
  • Dahir Hussein, Head of Finance – Ericsson Telecommunications (East Africa).
  • James R Kanagwa – Country CEO at ECOBANK, one of the continent’s largest Pan-African Bank.
  • Marco Patrice Victor Silva – General Director of Industrial Development Institute of Angola for Angola Government.
  • Mohamed Ibrahim Yassin – CEO Daallo Airlines, National carrier of Republic of Djibouti.
  • Mohamud Kasil – Regional Head of Covestro AG (Germany’s Bayer Pharmaceuticals $12.3 billion materials science division).
  • Mr AJ Karwa – Director, Sub-Saharan Africa Region, Fircroft UK Oil & Gas Resourcing.
  • Saif Elyazal Mahgoub Mahmoud – General Manager, automotive, OGS Group Middle East.
  • Representation from the State Ministry of Industry, Federal Republic of Ethiopia.
  • Vijayakumar K – Commercial Counselor, Embassy of India (Ethiopia) and Indian companies.
  • Vipin Gupta Commercial Manager, Essel Group Middle East, turnover of over 12 billion USD.
  • Zulfikar Kilic – Commercial Counselor, Turkish Embassy (Ethiopia) and Turkish companies.
  • and many others; and business, non-profit and government leaders.

“We are very excited about the level of enthusiasm we have received from speakers, sponsors and attendees for this unique conference” said Rashed Ahmed, founder and chairman of Africa Business Forum& Young African Entrepreneur 2015. “We look forward to bringing together many business leaders and offering international companies considerable opportunities to enter and become successful in one of the fastest growing economies in the world.” Said Rashed Ahmed.

The panel topics at the 4th Africa Business Forum represent the areas of finance and capital investment; infrastructure, logistics and import/export; power and energy; agriculture, mining and livestock; consumer goods; ICT and many other related Industries.

The lead sponsor for the conference is MIDROC Group, owned one of the largest companies in Africa and Ethiopia’s biggest employer. Additional partners includeLondon School of Project Management, Axis Marketing, African Press Organization, AfricaGlobalTrade.com, EastAfricaBusiness.com, ICCS Express, International Cargo and Aviation Services. We would also like to thank the continuing support of Leading international law firm Addleshaw Goddard and their Africa Business Group which for many years has advised multinational companies such as Diageo, British American Tobacco and Britvic on their African requirements. They are part of the Sub-Saharan Africa Task Force, a business-led initiative chaired by the UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment and backed by UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, and are the only law firm among the UK businesses which comprise the Task Force.

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For more information and to register for the conference please visit: www.africabusinessforum.com

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Mustafa Osman Ismail Elamin presents credentials to Director-general of the UN office Geneva

Mustafa Osman Ismail Elamin, new permanent representative of Sudan, presents credentials to the Director-general of the United Nations office at Geneva

Mustafa Osman Ismail Elamin, the new Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Michael Møller, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr. Elamin had been Minister of Investment from 2012 to 2014. He served as a Presidential Advisor from 2005 to 2012. He was Foreign Minister of Sudan from 1998 to 2005, after serving as Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Elamin is a Member of the National Assembly (Parliament), and has served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa in the National Assembly since 2015.

After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Khartoum in 1978, Mr. Elamin worked at the Ministry of Health from 1978 to 1980. He was a teaching assistant at the University of Khartoum from 1980 to 1982; lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum from 1988 to 1991; professor of international relations at Omdurman Islamic University from 2011 until now; and professor of political science at the International University of Africa from 2014 up until now. He is the author of many books and articles.

Mr. Elamin has a PhD in international relations from Omdurman Islamic University (2010); a PhD from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom (1988); and a Master from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom (1985).

Mr. Elamin was born in 1955 in Romy Bakri, Northern State, Sudan. He is married with children.

 

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