Address by His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR



Address by His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR on the

Occasion of the Centenary Conference on the Theme: “Human Security, Peace and Development: Agenda for the 21st Century”, Thursday, 27th February, 2014


1. Today, as our Nation marks its first 100 years, we look back with gratitude to God and with pride in our citizens. We look forward also, to the future, with hope and confidence.

2. In this hall and beyond, I am delighted to welcome many of our past, ….. Continue Reading

Ivory Coast works towards Economic Facelift

Ivory Coast has seen dramatic growth and development since the country’s bitter civil war after its 2010 presidential elections.

Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara.

“The growth, by any metrics, has been remarkable. With Cote D’Ivoire, on the one hand, the economic and business environment has accelerated at a rapid pace. Growth is around nine per cent, inflation is lower, fiscal management has improved, foreign investment is flowing in,” Rand Merchant Bank country risk analyst Ronak Gopaldas told CNBC Africa.

“On the other side, on the political insecurity ….. Continue Reading

A Look Back at 50 Years of the African Union

Robert Nolan is an editor at the Foreign Policy Association and the author of “The Quest for African Unity: 50 Years of Independence and Interdependence”. You can follow him on Twitter @robert_nolan.

This week, African heads of state and leaders from around the world celebrated 50 years of the African Union and its predecessor, the Organization of African Unity, at its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Laudatory speeches and toasts were given despite a widespread belief – both within and outside of Africa – that the organization is little more than a talk shop for Africa’s ….. Continue Reading

East African hotel trends: More business people, conferences and Chinese tourists

Africa’s economic growth presents many opportunities for hotel operators. However, the hospitality sector remains tough and success is by no means guaranteed. One person with significant experience in the industry is Rosemary Mugambi, sales and marketing director of Serena Hotels. The group operates 24 safari lodges, tented camps and city hotels situated in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Mozambique. How we made it in Africa spoke to Rosemary Mugambi about the trends she is currently seeing in the industry.

Over the past few years, much has been said about Africa’s stellar economic growth. Is Africa’s rise reflecting ….. Continue Reading