Italian contribution to the Somali Red Crescent Society

“I have arranged through the Italian Cooperation Service for the emergency funding of 300,000 euros to the Federation of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent (FICROSS) to at least partly alleviate the tragic consequences of the terrorist attack in Mogadishu a few days ago” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano.

“The Somali Red Crescent Society will be able to use this money from Italy to provide medical care to those injured in the attack,” added the Minister. Central Mogadishu was hit by a terrorist attack on 14 October last, killing 327 and injuring over 400. “Italy wishes to show its support to all the families of the victims and the injured,” concluded Alfano.

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Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit 2018

Prominent African and international business executives and investors to explore business opportunities at the Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit (ATIGS) (; a prestigious biennial conference and exhibition to be held on June 24-26, 2018 in Washington, DC, USA.

Organized by GAA Exhibitions & Conferences (, the 2018 ATIGS edition will gather 2000-plus key economic players from more than 70 countries including government delegations, high-profile African leaders, project developers and international investors on June 24, 25 and 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. Designed to promote and facilitate international trade between Americas, Asia, Europe, United Arab Emirates and Africa, the 3-days event will provide a unique platform to gain strategic knowledge about local investment opportunities and business networking.

“Sub-Saharan African trade volumes are expected to quadruple by 2030. African markets are firmly on the radar of major investors and international trade as they hold many untapped opportunities for investors, exporters and companies. ATIGS aims to create an environment conducive to exchanges. It will allow participants to connect with key players to get their projects off the ground and expand their activities in Africa.” said Bako Ambianda, Director, GAA Exhibitions & Conferences.

Over 150 speakers, 160 exhibitors and 350-plus global investors and deal making will top the agenda at ATIGS 2018, covering 16 economic sectors particularly manufacturing, agribusiness, power, construction, transportation, IT, tourism, telecoms, and natural resources sectors. High-potential projects in Africa will be presented to international investors. Featured agenda items will include projects showcase, deal marketplace, exhibition, country presentations, and among others.

ATIGS consists of 13 specific events including bilateral events, US-Africa Manufacturing Forum, UAE-Africa Business Forum, Africa-China Economic Forum, EU-Africa International Business Congress, and more under the umbrella of World Business Week on Africa, strategically positioned between the 27th World Gas Conference with over 12,000 delegates, and the 2018 Select USA Investment Summit – with over 1,200 global business investors, given ATIGS delegates more opportunity in June 2018.

Interested companies are invited to register to attend or exhibit, and receive regular information via the following website

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World Population Scientist descent to Cape Town to consult on population issues to advance policy and development programmes

Discourse and solutions around population issues focusing on world poverty, mortality, and life expectancy, policy challenges in Africa, migration and many other population and development issues will be explored at the 28th International Population Conference (IPC) of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) to be held in Cape Town. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will host the conference from 29 October to 4 November 2017 on behalf of the government of South Africa. This event is held every four years and would be the first time that it is coming to sub-Saharan African soil in its 89-year history, following Stats SA successful bidding.

President Jacob Zuma will address the gathering of 2 000 population scientists, policymakers, civic organisation and government leaders from 131 countries that will be in attendance. Amongst the dignitaries to deliver welcoming address is the Minister responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairperson of the Planning Commission, Mr Jeff Radebe, Dr Anastasia Gage, IUSSP President, Dr Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director and Dr Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General of South Africa and head of Stats SA. Professor Tukufu Zuberi from the University of Pennsylvania will deliver the keynote address.

Date: Sunday, 28th October 2017
Time: 16:00
Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre

Members of the media are requested to provide their details for accreditation to the event.

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Felicia Sithole Tel: 012 339 2401 Cell: 076 430 0693 Email:

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Industrialisation and transformation key in driving provincial economies

The Director-General of the Department of Trade and Industry, (the dti), Mr Lionel October says industrialisation and transformation will play a big role in driving the economy especially in less developed provinces where jobs are scarce. October was briefing the select National Council of Provinces Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry on the dti’s Annual Report of 2016/17 in Parliament yesterday.

The report focussed on industrial developments in different provinces and the implementation of the Special Economic Zones (SEZ), Industrial Parks and Black Industrialists programmes.

October said the department is now busy with two SEZs in the North-West and one in Mpumalanga. He gave an update on the development of other provinces where there is still a need for the SEZ like in the Northern Cape.

“In pursuit of driving economic transformation and increasing participation in industrialisation, the dti has approved six industrial parks for revitalisation under the Critical Infrastructure Programme. These are in Phuthaditlhaba, Garankuwa, Seshego, Nkowankowa, Ekandustria and Bodirelo. Of the thirteen projects approved in the last financial year under the Critical Infrastructure Programme, grants to the tune of R310.9 million were approved with 4 515 jobs created,” said October.

October added that with the newly-launched agro-processing scheme which will cover the length and breadth of the country and focus on rural areas and emerging black farmers, there was an urgent need to speed up transformation and create more Black Industrialists.

October highlighted that in the first full year of operation of the Black Industrialists Programme 36 companies were assisted, with the support of approximately R1 billion and investments of over R3 billion have been leveraged, thereby creating 7 000 new direct jobs in the Eastern Cape, Free State, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape.

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