10 Memorable Quotes From The 2014 World Economic Forum On Africa

The 24th edition of the World Economic Forum on Africa is currently taking place in Abuja, Nigeria. The event, which has brought together close to 1,000 regional and global leaders, is centered on the theme of forging inclusive growth and creating jobs for Africa’s growing population. The began on Wednesday and is slated to close tomorrow. Here are some of the more memorable quotes from Thursday’s plenary and brainstorming sessions: Africa is an article of faith. I believe in this continent. – Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Airtel Nowhere in the world do you get the kind of returns ….. Continue Reading

Why Obama’s Trip to Africa Is Long Overdue

The continent’s economy, struggle with terrorism, and burgeoning democracies are all vitally important to the U.S. Youths walk past a poster of U.S. President Barack Obama and Senegal’s President Macky Sall before Obama’s visit in Dakar on June 26, 2013. (Joe Penney/Reuters) It has been much noted that President Barack Obama, the son of a Kenyan, has made just one visit to Africa as president – a one-day stop to Ghana in 2009. Some Africans have expressed disappointment in what they see as the president’s lack of attention, complaining that on his watch, there has been no new American initiative ….. Continue Reading

Barack Obama’s visit to boost US relations with African countries

No sitting US President has visited Kenya. President Barack Obama follows in his predecessor’s footsteps as he skips his ancestral land.

He last visited Kenya as a Senator in 2006. A visit by such a high profile global figure invigorates nearly all sectors of a country due to its significance.

It would have been a great chance for the business community to jump at the opportunity provided by the hordes of executives accompanying Obama. Obama arrives in Africa with a delegation of 1,200 people, including hundreds of business executives and a coterie of economic ….. Continue Reading

ECOWAS Ministers Agree Implementation Action Plan on Proposed Lagos-Ibadan Highway

ECOWAS Ministers of Works/Road Infrastructure, Transport, Finance and Justice from Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo, ended their one-day meeting of Monday, 22nd April 2013 in Abuja with an agreement on an implementation plan for the construction of a proposed highway linking Abidjan to Lagos.

A supra-national agency to be set up will manage the project implementation phase to ensure uniformity in approach and standards for the road whose development will be regionally coordinated.

The ministers, whose meeting was in response to a recent directive by the Heads of State of the five ….. Continue Reading

Alcatel-Lucent to help ensure continuity of broadband services in Africa by signing maintenance services for West Africa Cable System

Alcatel-Lucent and the West Africa Cable System (WACS) consortium have signed a contract for the maintenance of more than 9,000km of the WACS system linking South Africa to Portugal. In commercial service since May 2012, WACS interconnects 13 African countries, unleashing a new wave of broadband capacity on the continent and enhancing international connectivity.

Under the new agreement WACS will join the Atlantic Private Maintenance Agreement (APMA), allowing the consortium to access Alcatel-Lucent’s maintenance vessels, as well as experienced, fully trained, and certified specialist personnel for cable repairs.

In delivering high-speed bandwidth of more ….. Continue Reading