South African Government Remains Committed to Intra-African Investment in the African Continent

The South African government through Trade Invest Africa (TIA) an Initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), remains committed to the agenda of intra-African investment. This was said by the Head of TIA, Ms Lerato Mataboge. Mataboge was speaking during the networking session where the dti in partnership with the South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) hosted a high level delegation from several African countries to participate at the annual Africa Energy Indaba Conference that is set to take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, from 20-21 February 2018.

Mataboge assured delegates of South Africa’s support and commitment to the realisation of high level intra-African trade and investment. She mentioned engagements between government, private sector and the business fraternity as imperative to the realisation of Africa trading with itself. According to her, working together by African countries is a key to addressing energy deficiencies.

“While opening up conversations to address the energy deficiency, the Continent need not miss out on the digital industrial revolution. This is a new wave that we need to apply our minds on while coming up with solutions,” said Mataboge.

According to Mataboge, bringing such a delegation from the continent present an opportunity for showcasing South African energy infrastructure capabilities that can be tapped into to benefit the energy infrastructure roll-out in those countries. She added it represents an opportunity for concrete investments partnerships to be forged among Africans.

The Chief Executive Officer of the South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC), Ms Chibone Evans expressed satisfaction on the arrival of the high delegation from Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan and Zambia in the country. She cited that it was paramount for government and private sector from all these countries to be in the same room and have honest discussions and share information. The session today in welcoming the delegates is not about South Africa trading with the rest of the continent, rather about Africa trading with itself.

“Site visits are important to showcasing capabilities, for this reason, delegates will also have an opportunity to visit some of the leading South African manufacturers and suppliers of energy-related products that will showcase their capabilities and capacities in the energy sector. This will assist them in knowing were to source energy-related products and services for their own projects within the continent itself,” stated Evans.

Evans emphasised that, Africa is capable of developing its own energy infrastructure.

The overall objective of the mission is to support and facilitate intra-African trade and investments to address the continent’s energy requirements. Delegates will also participate on focused and strategic meetings programme which compliments the Indaba agenda that fits both the profile and requirements of each delegate.

The Africa Energy Indaba Conference is a signature event on the African business calendar focussing primarily on convening relevant and strategic international and local stakeholders to discuss and explore solutions for Africa’s energy challenges. The solutions emerge from a combination of discussion and debating platforms provided by the Indaba to participating African governments and companies.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.

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United Kingdom concerned over State of Emergency in Ethiopia

Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin said:

“The UK has been following closely the past week’s events in Ethiopia. We share outgoing Prime Minister Hailemariam’s view that this is a concerning time for a country that is our friend and our partner. We welcome the commitment to an orderly process of political change in line with the constitution, as well as his repeated support for a continued reform process.

Against that backdrop we are, however, concerned and disappointed by the decision to impose a new State of Emergency. It sends a discouraging signal to the international community and foreign investors. We strongly hope that the announcement does not signal a reversal in Ethiopia’s recent moves towards reform, and that it will be in place for as short a time as possible. In implementing the State of Emergency, we urge the Government of Ethiopia to ensure that human rights and the constitution are respected. Widespread use of detention powers and internet blockages should be avoided.

We call on the Government to ensure a rapid, peaceful, transparent and constitutional transition to a new leadership that continues and accelerates the reform process. The UK is a long-term friend of Ethiopia and we continue to stand ready to support a purposeful and progressive reform agenda.”

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Supporting tourism development in Africa through better measurement

In an effort to better measure tourism growth and development in Africa, UNWTO signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation for the Strengthening of the National Tourism Statistical System of Nigeria and the Development of a Tourism Satellite Account.

UNWTO is committed to developing tourism measurement for furthering knowledge of the sector, monitoring progress, evaluating impact, promoting results-focused management, and highlighting strategic issues for policy objectives.

On the occasion of the meeting between UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili, and the Minister of Information and Culture of Nigeria, Mr. Lai Mohammed, the agreement to host the Sixty-First meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa and the Seminar on ‘Tourism Statistics: A Catalyst for Development’ in Nigerian capital, Abuja, from 4 to 6 June 2018, was signed.

The meetings will be open to the participation of UNWTO Member States and Affiliate Members, as well as invited delegations and representatives of the tourism and related sectors. Officials of immigration departments, national statistics bureaus, central banks and other relevant stakeholders will be invited to join.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

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Announcing mCoin: The First Inclusive Cryptocurrency Accessible outside the Domain of the Internet

Introducing mCoin (, the first cryptocurrency accessible on any mobile. mCoin is a unique first of a kind inclusive cryptocurrency, that makes it possible for the 3 billion people around the world who don’t have access to the Internet to take advantage of new kinds of services tied to blockchain technology.

mCoin is powered by ONEm’s ( Global and scalable Platform, which has the ability to reach billions of people around the world even through traditional mobile without the Internet.

Unlike other Cryptocurrencies, people will have the ability to trade mCoin securely through their SMS based virtual wallets which is not connected to the Internet. Users will be able to earn mCoins through “Pseudo-Mining” which is a type of “Proof of Work” based on meaningful activities. mCoin is bringing together a community of people outside the domain of the Internet who for the first time will be able to participate in sharing information that will have positive social and economical impact.

Millions of small businesses around the world will have access to mCoin through ONEm’s Sweb for Business, Market Place, mCatalogue and many social applications that use SMS and/or the Internet.

ONEm’s powerful ecosystem can be harnessed by Governments and Organizations to provide valuable services for their citizens who don’t have access to the internet, and in the same vein make use of mCoin’s underlying SMS accessible blockchain technology.

“It is exciting to see so many people who share in our vision for an inclusive Cryptocurrency outside of the domain of the Internet. People from all over the world are participating in mCoin Pre ICO and taking advantage of the attractive bonus packages now available as they see tremendous high growth potential of a cryptocurrency that can reach this very big un-tapped market” said Christopher Richardson, CEO of ONEm.

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ONEm ( is a high tech company based in London established in 2012. ONEm developed and deployed an advanced platform that supports a wide range of unique services. The platform empowers users to enjoy access to a continually growing number of interactive content and applications. What is unique about these services is that they work on any type of mobile without requiring data or Wi-Fi. ONEm has participated in many Telecommunication and Tech conferences around the world including Asia, Africa Europe and The Middle East creating awareness and Partnerships from all around the world.
ONEm’s most recent venture, mCoin is bringing cryptocurrency to the unconnected and unbanked community, in line with its overall vision of an inclusive world that is better connected.

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