Planet Earth Institute launches the PEI exChange, the first online matching platform for African development

  • The Planet Earth Institute NGO will launch the PEI exChange as part of its #ScienceAfrica UnConference on 20th July
  • The PEI exChange is the first online matching platform for individuals passionate about African development
  • The website is also the world’s only online portal dedicated to projects in Africa

The Planet Earth Institute (PEI) (, an international NGO and charity, will launch the ​PEI exchange ( during its ​#ScienceAfrica UnConference on 20th July​, 2017 ( The PEI exChange (​) is the first online matching platform for all individuals working and interested in Africa.

While Africa has long been the subject of fascination, there are few specialised websites for the sheer range of professionals working on the continent. The PEI exChange is a new website that aims to connect all people working in and passionate about Africa. Based on user-identified criteria, including countries and regions of focus, industries, skills and experience, the PEI exChange provides personalised matches to help users make their ‘Big Ideas for Africa’ happen. These could include charitable projects, a new technology, a business plan, an academic collaboration or more.

Users will be matched with like-minded people who have the skills, expertise, and experience to support their projects on and for the continent. Once connected, the PEI exChange real-time chat function facilitates collaboration, allowing users to share contacts and expertise, build networks, and create interest-focused groups.

The PEI exChange also features a ‘Big Ideas Map’, which displays projects, initiatives, businesses, and collaborations happening in and for Africa. Users can post their own projects, follow and support others, and stay up-to-date with challenges and opportunities on the ground.

The PEI exChange will be unveiled during the PEI’s fifth #ScienceAfrica UnConference, which is hosted by the Rt Hon Lord Boateng. Held under the banner of ‘Big Ideas For Africa: Celebrating the Continent’s Science and Technology Pioneers’, the UnConference aims to recognise the individuals and groups creating scientific and technological innovations that not only benefit the continent, but also the world. Participants come from diverse backgrounds, including business, academia, policy and civil society. The UnConference will also be live streamed and people are encouraged to use the #BigIdeasforAfrica hashtag on Twitter to engage in discussion about science, technology and innovation in Africa.

The Rt Hon Lord Paul Boateng, PEI Chairman and Trustee, commented, “The latest digital technologies are a powerful way of fostering collaboration among the many talented individuals working to further sustainable and inclusive development in Africa. As such, I believe that the PEI exChange will be an invaluable resource and community for people who are passionate about the continent. This online matching platform and project portal has the potential to revolutionise the way people do business and good in Africa.”

Distributed by APO on behalf of Planet Earth Institute.

Interviews or further information
For further information on the PEI exChange and #ScienceAfrica UnConference or for interview requests with those involved, please contact:
● Carola Chiarpenello on or +447403203496
● Sarah Hambly on Sarah@ or +447879739405

About the Planet Earth Institute (PEI)
The Planet Earth Institute (PEI) ( is an international NGO and charity working for the scientific independence of Africa. While other emerging regions have invested heavily in science and technology, Africa is falling behind in the race for scientific development. And we want that to change, fast.

All of our work is built around the three pathways we believe will help lead Africa to scientific independence: Higher Education, Technological Innovation and Policy and Advocacy. In other words, we want to support and strengthen higher education institutions, help incubate technologies able to drive scientific advancement and campaign for a science-led development agenda for Africa.

Headquartered in London with a core executive team, the PEI also has a regional office in Luanda, Angola.

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Vice President of Tanzania and other Government Officials to Meet Investors in September

Her Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan, Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania has formally announced her support and participation in the upcoming Tanzania Oil & Gas Congress (, organised by the CWC Group (

The Congress will gather senior representatives from the Tanzanian oil and gas industry including Governments, international oil companies, indigenous producers, international and national service providers, financiers and consultants.

Also joining the senior level speaker line up will be:

  • Hon. Charles Mwijage, Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment, United Republic of Tanzania
  • Hon. Salama Aboud Talib, Minister of Lands, Water, Energy and Environment, Zanzibar
  • Hon. Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy & Minerals Development, Republic of Uganda
  • Hon. January Y. Makamba, Minister of State – Vice President’s Office, Union and Environment, United Republic of Tanzania
  • Omar Mithá, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, ENH Mozambique
  • Guy Maurice, Senior Vice President, Africa, Total E&P

With a variety of issues facing the energy sector in Tanzania, the Tanzania Oil & Gas Congress is well placed to bring together existing industry players and international investors to discuss the following key topics:

  • Government short-medium term plans and priorities for the energy sector
  • Increasing Government and industry collaboration to drive the industry forward
  • Business opportunities available with the Uganda-Tanzania Crude Oil Pipeline
  • What plans are in place to implement the Gas Masterplan?
  • Reviewing regional partnerships within Mozambique, Zanzibar, Uganda and Kenya

The Congress will also provide the opportunity to discuss open and honestly business opportunities in the Tanzanian energy market, in the form of Round Tables under Chatham House Rule.

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Book Online:
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Get involved:
TOG is your opportunity to learn about Tanzania’s investment opportunities in oil and gas, do not miss this opportunity.

Find out more about how you can participate at or please contact Odiri Umusu on +44 207 978 0083 or email

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Tori Wilson, Marketing Manager
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The CWC Group ( is a recognised world expert in the LNG, oil and gas, power and investment sectors, with particular expertise in emerging markets. We have a wealth of knowledge offering top-level strategic events around the world. We work closely with many governments, NOCs and international corporations to highlight the key issues and challenges facing the global energy industry and facilitate debate to find solutions. View the full CWC Portfolio of events (

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July 10 Briefing with Robert Jenkins, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, on U.S. humanitarian aid to fight famine in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen


Please join us on Monday, July 10 at 13:30 GMT (9:30am EDT) for a telephonic press conference with Robert Jenkins, who will discuss food insecurity and the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. Mr. Jenkins will also discuss the relationship between conflict and famine, and what the United States is doing to save lives through humanitarian assistance.


The world is experiencing the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. Tens of millions of people in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen face the credible threat of famine this year. The United States is one of the largest donors of humanitarian assistance in all four crises. The assistance we provide includes: emergency food and nutrition assistance, safe drinking water, life-saving medical care, and shelter for those who have been displaced, both internally and as refugees, as well as protection for civilians. The United States is also supporting health, sanitation and hygiene services to help stop the spread of preventable disease – a leading cause of death during food crises. The United States is deeply concerned about severe food insecurity in these countries and will continue to work with the international community and other donors to provide humanitarian assistance to avert famine and support the most vulnerable people.


Speakers: Robert Jenkins, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance Bureau, U.S. Agency for International Development

Date: July 10, 2017
Time: 13:30 GMT

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Language: English. French and Portuguese interpretation will be offered.

Ground rules: On the record

Dial-in Info: To be provided once you RSVP


Please indicate if you will dial in (specify English/French/Portuguese line), or request that we dial out to you (provide the phone number and language to be used).

Twitter: We will use the hashtag #FoodSec. Follow us on @AfricaMediaHub and @USAID_DCHA.


  • Callers should dial-in to the conference call 10-15 minutes early.
  • When an individual journalist dials-in, the operator will collect the caller’s name, press affiliation, and location. When an embassy dials in, the operator will ask the embassy’s name and location.
  • The moderator will facilitate the Q and A among the connected callers. Journalists on the conference call will be instructed to press the “*” and “1” buttons on their phones in order to enter the question queue. NOTE: You can press “*1” at any time during the call to join the question queue, even before the moderator begins the Q and A portion. Journalists can also submit questions in English to prior to or during the call.


Robert Jenkins is the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA). From April 2013 to March 2017 he simultaneously served as Executive Director of the Agency’s Task Force on Syria.

Previously, Mr. Jenkins served as the Director of the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), the United States Government’s foremost political transition and post-conflict assistance instrument. OTI’s mandate is to help local partners advance peace and democracy in priority countries in crisis. OTI has carried out over 50 political transition and stability programs in high priority countries including Afghanistan, Colombia, and Sudan.

Mr. Jenkins was OTI’s Acting Director since April 2006 and the Deputy Director since May 2005. A career civil servant, he was seconded to the U.S. State Department where he served as Deputy Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization at the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction & Stabilization (S/CRS) from July-December 2009.

Mr. Jenkins also served as USAID’s Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for the DCHA Bureau from August 2008 until January 2009. Before assuming these leadership roles, Mr. Jenkins served as OTI’s Operations Coordinator and Iraq Team Leader. He first joined OTI in March 1998 and has provided Washington based support to OTI’s programs in Iraq, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria.

Prior to joining USAID, Mr. Jenkins designed and implemented emergency relief and recovery programs with World Vision International in southern Sudan and Sierra Leone. As a Thomas J. Watson Fellow he worked under Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town, South Africa from 1991 to 1993 as a liaison between the Anglican Church’s peace and justice office and township communities. His work included coordinating a network of volunteer political violence monitors and serving as an on-call independent observer, investigative monitor and emergency crisis mediator.

Mr. Jenkins holds a B.A. in History and Government from Bowdoin College.

Distributed by APO on behalf of U.S. Department of State.

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UNAMID Joint Special Representative to hold press conference in Khartoum

The Joint Special Representative (JSR) of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), Jeremiah Mamabolo, will hold a press conference on Monday, 10 July 2017, at 14:00 hours in the main conference room at UNDP Headquarters, on Gama’a Street, Khartoum.

JSR Mamabolo will brief the press on the current developments in relation to UNAMID’s mandate, activities and the Darfur peace process.

All media are invited to attend.

Distributed by APO on behalf of African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

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