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Sweden's representation at the Seychelles Carnival

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02 Wassupafrica Sweden's representation at the Seychelles carnival

Alain St.Ange, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Seychelles

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he 2014 edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria which is being jointly co-hosted by Seychelles, La Reunion, Madagascar, Mayotte and South Africa KwaZulu Natal will see the participation of Sweden for the first time. The request for the SAMI People to be present in Seychelles for the carnival was made by Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture when he was in Umea on the occasion of that Swedish City being awarded the title of the Cultural Capital of Europe. Hon. Minister St.Ange said that he was impressed by the singing of the SAMI People as they entertained the invited delegates at the Governor's Residence in Umea in the presence of Sweden's Princess Royal on the occasion of the Official Ceremonies in Umea. Lennart Swenson, the Seychelles Honorary Consul in Sweden accompanied Minister

Alain St.Ange at the different bilateral meetings he held in Sweden including when he lodged his request for a representation of the SAMI PEOPLE to be in Seychelles for the 2014 edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria. The SAMI PEOPLE primarily rear and hunt Rain Deers in the mountains of Sweden and neighbouring Countries. They have a very distinct culture which was until recently not recognized by Sweden. Confirmation has now been received that two people from the SAMI PEOPLE will be in Seychelles for the 2014 edition of the carnival. Mr. Jörgen Stenberg is a musician from the mountain 'tribe'. He will be accompanied by Ms. Lii Andersson in their traditional clothes and they will be performing at the opening ceremony of the carnival as well as parade in the carnival parade on the Saturday. The Swedish delegation will be headed by Mrs. Alenskär who will be representing the Government of Sweden. An "official program" for Mrs. Alenskär is being prepared to enable her to follow-up on the different cooperation programs existing between Sweden and Seychelles. Eturbo News

NSS Boss Recieves Award The Executive Director of the Ghana National Service Scheme (GNSS), Alhaji Alhassan Imoro, has received a prestigious Nobles International Award of honour, integrity and accountability from the West Africa Nobles Forum (WANF) at its 19th conference held in Accra. It was under the chairmanship of Prof Kofi Oduro-Afriyie, the Vice Chancellor of Wisconsin International University College. Alhaji Imoro was one of 29 selected individuals from public and private institutions in Ghana and Nigeria who were the recipients of the prestigious awards. The award comprised of a citation, a certificate, a Golden Award plaque, and an automatic membership of the forum. The West Africa Nobles Forum, a group of eminent West Africans, is a non-governmental, nonreligious and non-profit making organization with its headquarters in Accra and a membership of over 1,000. In a brief citation, the Forum recognized Alhaji Alhassan Imoro as a distinguished hard-working personality, having worked with the Ghana National Service Scheme (GNSS) for the past 24 years and is the first permanent

staff of the Scheme to rise from the post of a District Director through the ranks to become the Executive Director. It said Alhaji Imoro was promoted and appointed the Northern Regional Director of

the Scheme, a position he held until 2003 when he was again promoted and transferred to the Head Office as the Director, Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Posting (PPME&P). He was subsequently appointed the Deputy Executive Director (Finance and Administration) before being appointed the Acting Executive Director of the Scheme in April, 2013 and confirmed the substantive Executive Director in March, 2014. Alhaji Imoro holds a

MONDAY | APRIL 21, 2014

Tetteh Quarshie-Madina highway to be completed in 3 months

Shahar Saspota, Managing Director of SONITRA (with microphone) briefing President John Mahama on the progress of work on the Tetteh Quarshie- Madina road

The 4.6-kilometre TettehQuarshie – Atomic Junction highway in Accra is scheduled to be completed in the next three months. The highway which was supposed to have been completed a couple of years ago, had to be delayed for several months due to inadequate funding among other factors. It is, however, reassuring to hear that the project would be completed in the next three months to further ease traffic congestion on the road. This was revealed when the President, John Mahama inspected on-going works. According to him, government is committed to maintain and construct new roads that would become strategic throughout the country. He said his administration had prioritized roads in his development agenda, and would also work on all feeder roads that would facilitate the movement of goods and foodstuff from farming communities to the marketing centres. President Mahama said apart Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Human Resource Planning and Development from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Development Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. Among other things, Alhaji Imoro developed policy proposals for the establishment of the National Service Voluntary Service Programme; a policy proposal for the Graduate Entrepreneurial Skills Development for National Service Personnel and a programme implementation framework for the implementation of the government's Youth in Agriculture Programme in National Service currently manifested in the National Service Scheme's Agricultural Projects. In a brief interview after receiving the award, Alhajia Imoro thanked the Forum for recognizing his efforts, and dedicated the award to the hard working staff of the Ghana National Service Scheme and gallant national service persons who are providing essential services to the people of Ghana in all the 10 regions of the country. Modern Ghana

from easing traffic congestion, the expansion and construction of roads also facilitate the movement of foodstuff that had rippling effects on the prices of such commodities in the markets. He announced that the road which was one of 'the gang of six' roads in the capital, would soon be completed, and urged the contractors working on the GIMPA- Agbogba road to expedite action to completely rid the roads of heavy and unnecessary traffic.

On foot bridges, President Mahama appealed to the contractors to come out with ones that were friendly and easy to use, in order to avoid spending heavily on long foot bridges that would not be utilized at the end. The President appealed to drivers and pedestrians to be cautious in their movements to avoid accidents, 'since in most cases good roads bring about over speeding and in some cases carelessness and reckless driving'. Alhaji Amidu Sulemena, Minister for Roads and Highways, explained that the road was strictly financed by the Government of Ghana, hence the delays, and gave the assurance that it would be completed in the coming weeks. He said apart from the major highway, his Ministry was also completing other roads that would help ease the perennial road congestions in the capital, and appealed to all road users to bear with the current inconvenience, which he promised would be temporary. Alhaji Sulemena said the Community 18-Burma road was also on track, and would soon be completed and opened to the public. Modern Ghana


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Burkina Faso Singapore Business Forum 2014

very high level investment forum titled Burkina Faso Singapore Business Forum 2014. The Forum

is scheduled to take place on Thursday April 24, 2014, in the Ball Room of the Conrad Centennial Hotel, Singapore. The priority projects of the Burkinabe government which will award an opening for investment will be exhibited in this forum. No doubt, it will prove to be a brilliant opportunity to interact with the Burkinabe High Authorities to debate about these projects. In an exclusive interview to Indo Africa Times, Ambassador of Burkina Faso to India, H.E. Mr. Idriss Raoua OUEDRAOGO said, “some of the major projects that will be showcased are: the Growth Pole at Bagré which was designated to be the primary source of growth because of its high potential for agribusiness, horticulture, animal husbandry, fish farming and production of

staple crops, Hydroelectric and irrigation projects, development of a multimodal dry port at Ouagadougou, establishment of a pharmaceutical plant, milling unit and tomato and mango processing plant.” From the land of Honest People, H.E. Mr. Blaise COMPAORE himself will be leading the event. Accompanying him on this very senior delegation will be many senior Ministers of the Cabinet. The Singapore Business Federation (SBF) is the apex business chamber that champs the interests of the Singapore business community in trade, investment and industrial relations. It epitomizes 21,000 companies, as well as key local and foreign business chambers, that put up meaningfully to the Singapore economy.

as well as performing an array of worldwide food stalls. Decorated in the necklaces of perky lights, attractive Victoria will shape the idyllic framework to the 3 days of carnival festival. Ideas are stirring to mark the third and final day of carnival a flawless day out for the entire family – a phantasmagoria of color, show and sound intended to last the whole day and much of the evening as well! Local hotels and caterers will make their cookery specialisms accessible to the public through a variety of food outlets, while a series of live bands, both local and international, will set the point for an entire day and night of pure family fun. This will be a memorable occasion for the public to network with the float contestants and relish the carnival heaven to the full. Festival partners as co-hosts will once more be La Reunion, which has been on board since the inaugural event in 2010, with Madagascar, Mayotte and South Africa already signed up as new co-hosts for the 2014 edition. The most noteworthy alteration nevertheless was the news that Air Seychelles and Etihad had come on board as chief corporate partner of

the carnival festival, furnishing air tickets to contributing groups and the requested media who will once again drove to the ground to cover the three day event, termed by Minister St. Ange as “continuing to remain the Seychelles’ most visible and best advertised calendar event of the year. The foremost carnivals of the world such as Notting Hill from the UK, the Brazil Carnival, the Dusseldorf Carnival from Germany, the Italy Carnival, the Carnival from Trinidad & Tobago and the Carnival from Indonesia have already all confirmed that they are flying to Seychelles to parade together traced by Cultural troupes from the Community of Nations. This year even the Kingdom of Bhutan will be present at the Carnival with a troupe of performers as will once again be groups from the African mainland, counting from Kwa Zulu Natal. The chirpy presence of the Indian Cultural Troupe's which is being sponsored by the Indian Trading Community of Seychelles, where all accommodation necessities are being provided by the Pillay R Group of Seychelles will definitely add glamour to the show. Lisa Haley & the Zydekats will be offering the 2014 carnival in Seychelles a golden opportunity to expose Cajun and Zydeco music. Lisa Haley and the Zydekats signed their participation in the 2014 edition of the Seychelles Carnival International de Victoria as a performing band and a carnival float flying the USA of America’s flag. The Seychelles Tourism Board

(STB), a public/private sector body headed by CEO Ms. Sherin Naiken, with Mr. Barry Faure as Chairman, oversees most aspects of Seychelles’ tourism industry whose Minister is Mr. Alain St. Ange. The Seychelles Tourism Board is responsible for applying Seychelles' national tourism policy, endorsing the destination, research, product development, monitoring of standards and coordinating with its tourism offices, representative agencies and Seychelles Tourism Ambassadors abroad.

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he Government of Burkina Faso with support from the World Bank is organizing a

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t’s time to step into Another World!! Begin your expedition of individual finding through the world’s most beautiful islands...Seychelles. It is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. Excitement builds as Seychelles prepares to take on the biggest event, the 4th edition of the Seychelles International Carnival of Victoria.

The colorful carnival will be held over a three-day period in April 2014, when it will become a pivotal point for representatives from the world’s most famous carnivals who will be invited to the islands to take part in this exciting international event. It is the event where different countries of the world are invited to showcase their culture, their achievements, their station on the world stage, their trading latent, etc. - through amusing and animated carnival floats marching through the lanes of Victoria, the world’s smallest capital that has unlocked itself to host this happening ‘the melting pot of cultures’. The country will once again brandish its bubbly colors with this mighty carnival. As was the case with the first carnival, there are probable to be many foreign partakers whose glides will link those from the local community in this vibrant parade through Victoria. Striking gatherings made up of local audiences, guests and the troops of visiting navies are anticipated to add to a spectacle designed to surpass that of even the first edition in terms of the quality of its parades and complete showbiz value. News is that no visas are essential for Seychelles. Presentation of a valid passport, return ticket, proof of

accommodation and sufficient funds for the duration of the stay will safe one-month visitor’s permit. The official opening of the carnival will once again take place in Victoria on the afternoon of the first day of the event. Attended by both international and local luminaries as well as Seychellois from the tourism trade and a crosssection of local businesses, it will set the tone of the carnival with live music shows and entertainment

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Delegation from 19 countries witness Delhi polls

A 30-member delegation from 19 countries, including many from Africa, visited some polling stations in the nation capital to observe the Indian democracy at work, said a senior poll panel official. The delegation included representatives from Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana and Lebanon. "The representatives were also briefed about the elaborate arrangements made by the Election Commission to make the elections successful. They saw the voting process and the security arrangements made to ensure fair and safe elections," the official told IANS. "The delegation visited the polling stations in New Delhi and south Delhi constituencies," the official added. The official added that the delegation was also informed about the special arrangements that were undertaken this time for the disabled to ensure that they don't face any problems when they vote. The Election Commission of India (ECI) and UNDP have a memorandum to jointly promote exchange of visits and sharing of experiences and skills in the field of electoral management with developing countries. India Africa Connect


04 CountryoftheWeek LAND OF HONEST PEOPLE

Ten (10) good reasons to invest in burkina faso:

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urkina Faso, The Land of Honest People is a French speaking, West African country, formerly known as Upper Volta. It is a landlocked country which borders Ghana, Mali, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin and Niger. The country is known to have heavy deposits of minerals such as manganese and gold and also resources of copper, iron ore, cassiterite (tin ore) and phosphates. Burkina Faso has a stable government, decent infrastructure and an economy which is favourable to foreign trade.

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The attractiveness of the “Country of the upright people” is the result of its specific historical position at the crossroads between the north and the south of the sudano-sahelian world, between sedentary populations of the savannahs and the nomadic populations of the sahel, between the farmers’ and the pastoralists’ traditions. Foreign investors who wish to settle or establish their business in Burkina Faso can be assured to be in the right country, rich of its diversity and religious tolerance and with people living in a tradition of jokes among themselves. Open to the countries of the sub region with which it shares six borders, Burkina Faso has got a strong regional identity strengthened by seasonal mobility of the Burkinabe, the establishment and integration of important foreign communities, its membership in all the regional organizations for regional cooperation, and the political choice of the authorities to promote integration. Burkina has been able to take advantage of its position as West African hub by developing performing logistic functions in the areas of road infrastructures, telecommunications and service.

A picture of burkina faso’s productive sectors

Agriculture

Agriculture takes on a key position in the economy of Burkina Faso. In 2010 the Government

and distribution of electric power. The adoption of legislation allows the private to realize energy production infrastructure through PPP formulas. Private investors are expected in the production of electricity by any formula in the context of Public-Private Partnership (PPP):

Infrastructure

adopted a five-year Strategy for Accelerated Growth and Sustainable Development (SCADD) centered on anticipating areas and value chains for the acceleration of growth and job creation through private investments and diversified high value production. In order to enhance private agribusiness investment and renovate its agriculture, the Government of Burkina Faso initiated the Bagre Growth Pole, the first agribusiness-focused growth pole in Africa, ideally suited for a variety of profitable agribusiness activities, including cereals, oilseeds, horticulture, livestock, fisheries, etc.

Mining

Gold is everywhere on the entire national territory beside many other minerals, including zinc, manganese, copper, iron. In addition to the mines under exploitation or construction, there are minerals in many other untapped sites containing manganese, zinc, copper, limestone, phosphate, bauxite etc. They are exploited by the private sector due to the liberalization of this sector.

Energy

There is a partial withdrawal of the state in favor of private investors. Total liberalization with the possibility for private investment is in the production

Real Estate: Growth rate of the construction industry and public works is 7.5% per year. Rate of urbanization was 20% in 2009 (the rate will be 35% in 2026 when the population will reach 21 million people, of which 4.7 million to 1.6 million in Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso). Rail Projects: Rail priority projects identified by SCADD are: • Burkina-Niger Interconnection: Ouagadougou-Kaya-Dori-TeraNiamey rail link; • Burkina-Mali Interconnection: Bobo -Sikasso- Bougouni – Bamako link. Air Transport Projects: Construction of a new international airport and its access roads at a cost of 599,085,365 Euros in Ouagadougou-Donsin through PPP. The implementation of these projects offers opportunities for private investment.

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industrial investment measures, and the adoption of a document policy of industrial development.

Education

With an annual growth rate of 3.1% the population, mostly young (46.6% under 15 years and 57.2% under 20 years) will reach 18,450,500 in 2015 and over 22,000,000 in 2021. This rapid population growth generates an increasingly strong demand for education.

Health

The health situation in Burkina Faso is strongly linked to the overall context and the socio-economic reality of the country. This profile is marked by the persistence of a high burden of disease due to endemic epidemics. Efforts have been made over the last decade to improve the health situation of the country. Only, despite the progress registered, the need remains enormous, so that health remains a priority for government action that puts a strong emphasis on the problematic of the development of technical facilities and qualified human resources to provide efficient services to people.

1.  A political and institutional stability based on an ongoing quest for social dialogue and political consensus; 2.  A stable and sustainable healthy macroeconomic context; 3.  A firm choice for a freemarket economy opened to foreign investments; 4. A favourable, innovative and especially attractive legal and regulatory framework, with a firm policy relating to the protection, the security and the promotion of investments; 5. An area of monetary stability, with a common currency within WAEMU, freely convertible with a fixed parity in relation to the Euro; 6.  A young, dynamic, enterprising population, as well as an abundant and hard-working workforce; 7.  A central geographical location in the heart of West Africa, ECOWAS and WAEMU states. A common border with six States of ECOWAS and five States of WAEMU. Such a position enables the country to have access to a potential market of 101 million inhabitants from WAEMU States and over 308 million inhabitants in ECOWAS States; 8.  A key legal and judicial environment, a harmonized business law that is continuously improved within the framework of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA); 9.  A good international road network, with a performing international transit system which enables Burkina Faso to be a hub for WAEMU and ECOWAS states; 10.Significant economic potential which is not yet sufficiently used in the areas of agriculture, mining, industries, tourism and services.

Industry

Contribution of industry to GDP was 21.9% in 2011 with major industrial sectors like food processing, beverages, textiles, hides and skins. Average growth of 6% per annum was recorded over the period 20082010. To promote this sector, some measures are in progress like the creation and servicing of new industrial areas in cities and sites of the poles of growth and competitiveness; creation of industrial incubators and clusters; the adoption of incentives for

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Tata Power building wind power plants in South Africa

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eading generator and distributor Tata Power has said it is executing projects that would increase the company’s overall generation capacity by nearly 850 MW. "Tata Power is in the process of executing a number of power plant projects which, upon completion, are expected to increase the company’s overall generation capacity by 849.2 MW," it said in a statement. "Tata Power has a gross installed capacity of approximately 8,560 MW through thermal, green energy and waste gases of which, as on Feb 28 this year, 7,647 MW comes from thermal power sources and 912

MW from green energy sources," it added. Among the projects under execution are two wind energy plants in South Africa. The 94.8 MW Tsitsikamma and 134.4 MW Amakhala Emoyeni wind projects in South Africa are expected to be commissioned in fiscal year 2017," Tata Power said. Both projects are being developed by a 50:50 joint venture between Tata Power and Exxaro Resources, called Cennergi. Tata Power also said it holds 26 percent stake in the Dagachhu Hydroelectric Power Project in Bhutan that is proposed to have an installed capacity of 126 MW.

installed DStv Explorer with 1month HD Premium subscription, allowing the buyer to enjoy all the fantastic HD channels the TV offers this festive season. Other rewards for the promotion include a free sleek Samsung Chat222 Dual SIM phone which comes with the purchase of the

new Samsung Triangle split Airconditioner and a free Microwave Oven for customers who buy selected Samsung Refrigerator models. The Gift-4-All-Season promotion runs till April 30, 2014 and is giving away several selected ranges of Samsung products. The Samsung UHDTV series

In what is expected to give a major boost to the presence of Indian pharmaceutical companies in Africa, a new warehousing facility will be opened in Nigeria for exporting medicines from India to that West African country. The Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil), in accociation with with Sankil Pharmaceutical, a local pharmacutical business agency in Nigeria, will open the new warehouse, according to statement issued by Pharmexcil. Raghuvir Kini, executive director of Pharmexcil, Raghuveer Kini said in the statement that about about 40 Indian pharmaceutical companies have shown interest in utilising the warehousing facility in Nigeria which is expected to start operations within the next two to three months. At a council meeting in Mumbai in February, Kini said that Sankil Pharma, which has its presence in Nigeria for the past 22 years, "will help assist Pharmexcil to establish the warehousing facility in the country".

"This company (Sankil Pharma) also has vast experience of working with Indian pharma players who are members of the Pharmaceutical Promotion Council of India," Kini said. He said, the proposed premises where the warehousing facility will be set up has already been approved by the National Agency for Food and Drug

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Samsung offers best TV experience this Easter with the UHDTV series Samsung Electronics West Africa (SEWA) is giving Ghanaians an opportunity to have the best TV experience ever this Easter season with their latest range of Ultra High Definition (UHD) smart television series in their Easter campaign dubbed, Gifts 4 All Season. The new UHDTV series come with unprecedented features including the Soccer mode which has enhance picture and surround sound which make viewers feel like they are in the stadium. With this mode the viewer can also open up social media window at the corner of the screen and interact with fans and friends watching the game. There is also a cinema mode that transforms any living room into a cinema with unmatched clarity and sound.

According to Mr. Richard Nunekpeku, Marketing Manager for Consumer Electronics at SEWA, the Samsung UHDTV Series provides the best viewing experience for all UHD materials. “With most television and movie contents being produced in HD, we at Samsung want our customers to have a seamless HD television experience by offering them a world class innovative smart UHDTV this festive season” he said. The usual sources for HD contents are Bluray players, 3D movies and HDTV transmissions. In Samsung’s quest to bring this wonderful experience to consumers, their Gift-4-All-Season promotion will reward customers who purchase selected models of their UHDTV series with a fully

are available in all Samsung experience stores across the country and they all come with an unprecedented 24-month warranty. Modern Ghana

India to open warehouse in Nigeria for medicine export

Administration Control (NAFDAC) of Nigeria and it is well suited for storing active pharmaceutical ingredients or APIs and chemicals. "The council is also expecting similar approval from NAFDAC to even store the pharmaceutical formulations or any other pharma-related material at the facility," Kini said. He said that under its Marker Access Initiative (MAI) scheme, the government of India was also willing to give financial assistance to Indian pharmaceutical

companies willing to take storage space at the facility. "Under this scheme, the rentals for each company will cost less than 50 percent than the market rate," he said. Sankil Pharma will act as a custodian of the goods stored in the warehousing facility. The company will assist the members in all aspects and will arrange for releasing the consignments from customs, store in the warehouse, and dispatch to customers according to instructions of the companies using the facility. Additional facilities like cold storage and extra space will be taken care of by Sankil Pharma and the company will also assist the members in getting their products registered with NAFDAC, if required. In order to assure Indian exporters, officials of Sankil Pharma have given the assurance that "the situation in Nigeria has improved a lot compared to 15-20 years back and there is no need to worry about robberies/thefts etc". India Africa Connect


06 FRANKLY SPEAKING MORE TOURISTS VISITING AFRICA EACH YEAR

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editor@indoafricatimes.com

The continent's natural scenery, warm people, long history and affluent and unique flora and fauna have enthralled many tourists.

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India will be presented in the Carnaval International de Victoria in the Seychelles

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he potential of Africa’s tourism is untapped, of Victoria will be held between 25th and 27th The participation of an Indian Cultural inscribes Mthuli Ncube, African Development April. It will once again become a pivotal point for Troupe in this year's Carnaval Bank Group Vice-President and Chief reps from the world’s most famous carnivals who International de Victoria in the Economist, in the foreword of the inaugural issue will be called to the islands to take part in this Seychelles has been confirmed. The of the Africa Tourism Monitor, a joint initiative exhilarating international event. Seychelles Tourism Board has said that produced by the African Development Bank in While the BRICS summit takes place in South confirmation has been received to say partnership with the Africa Travel Association and Africa recently, one of the key items that has that a delegation of Indian artistes from Africa House at NYU. emerged in media, and encountered spotlight in Chenai, Tamilnadu will be flying in to Africa is the most attractive and proven most the summit, was the issue of tourism. The BRICS take part in this year's Carnival that is visited region as far as travel and tourism is countries have power of giant latent for tourism; being jointly co-hosted by Seychelles, La concerned. Tourism counts for a principal element with coordination between them and provisions of Reunion, Madagascar, Mayotte and South of the African economies. Tourism combines better infrastructure and communication, tourism Africa KwaZulu Natal. people, culture and heritage. Very quickly, Africa is can be a major revenue earner. The Indian Cultural Troupe will turning as a tourist destination with countries like Another example is INDABA which is one of the arrive in Seychelles on Tuesday 22nd Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt and South Africa creating largest tourism marketing events on the African April and will depart on Tuesday 29th waves and sketching a new era in tourism. calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ April. The Indian Cultural Troupe will During the past 30 years tourism has been one events of its kind on the global calendar. consists of folk dancers with drums. of the fastest rising industries in Africa, so much so For two years in a row, INDABA has won the The Indian Cultural Troupe's that it has turn out to be a commanding driver of award for Africa’s best travel and tourism show. participation is being sponsored by the economic growth and a key approach for regional This award was offered by the Association of Indian Trading Community of Seychelles, cooperation among African economies. The most World Travel Awards. where all accommodation requirements sought-after African destinations are the tourist The Africa Travel Association (ATA) will hold are being provided by the Pillay R Group attractions in Egypt, Kenya and South Africa, its 39th Annual World Congress in Uganda from of Seychelles. VMK Medical Enterprises Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Seychelles and Tunisia, November 11-16, 2014. Dubbed as the “Pearl of Seychelles will take care of Cultural with most of the magnets catering to the tastes of of Africa,” Uganda is a country with the best of Troupes local expenses. middle-class tourists. everything the continent of Mr K. D. Pillay of Chez Deenu Pty The continent's Africa has to offer tourists, Ltd, the main coordinator for this natural scenery, warm with a plenty of natural and Indian Cultural Troupe's participation people, long history cultural assets, strong ecoin the 2014 edition of the Carnaval and affluent and unique tourism products, counting International de Victoria said that he I flora and fauna have more than half of the was confident that the folk dancers from enthralled many tourists. world’s mountain gorilla India would give a good performance in Indian entrepreneurs population, and a weight the Carnival float parade. could also precisely on community, rural and "The list of International Delegations focus on different kinds adventure tourism. is getting longer year after year and each of tourism products, I must bring this in and every country represented by one such as adventure your notice that for the of their cultural troupe are showcasing tourism, coastal and first time in the United their country's unique selling points safari tourism; medical Nations World Tourism using their culture and in so doing their tourism; wildlife Organization’s (UNWTO) people. One's culture has our very own tourism; eco-tourism history, their General DNA and we should never be shy of and cultural tourism. Assembly (GA) was co-hosted by two countries associating our culture in the marketing According to the United Nations World – Zambia and Zimbabwe. The UNWTO jointly and promotion of our country in the Tourism Association, 63.6 million international assembled its GA in both Livingstone on the world of tourism" said Alain St.Ange, tourists arrived in Africa in 2012, compared to Zambia side and in Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe the Seychelles Minister responsible for 17.4 million visitors in 1990. The top six countries side of the famous falls. Tourism and Culture. for international tourist receipts in 2012 were, in The event was acknowledged as the best Seychelles is a founding member of descending order: Egypt ($9.94 billion), followed attended in the history of the organization the International Coalition of Tourism by South Africa ($9.994 billion), Morocco ($6.711 during the Aug. 24-29 event with a record of Partners (ICTP). billion), Tunisia ($2.183 billion), Tanzania ($1.564 900 delegates from the media alliance, 121 full Eturbo News billion) and Mauritius ($1.477 billion). delegates from the member states, 140 delegates of the chief attractions. The economic potential of tourism is from all over the world, 49 foreign ministers and Talking about the palaeontology sites, outstanding, with direct and indirect impact on 750 other delegates attending the event. several African countries counting Ethiopia, employment. In Africa alone, travel and tourism Certain tourist attractions are admired for the South Africa, Kenya and Benin are graced created 8.2 million direct jobs in 2012. Africa is reason that there is an extraordinary sensation it with this. In the Mother Land, Ethiopia, the home to the world’s youngest population, with affords to people who visit such places and this Government is utilizing these sites to endorse close to 70% of its population below the age of 25, is outside the fact that places like this hold a very "palaeo-tourism," and to generate income. and youth constituting about 37% of the labour rich heritage and detection. South Africa has also made palaeontology and force, but creating up approximately 60% of Land-based tourism is a foremost commercial other cultural heritage sites as a great deal of unemployment. For this reason, the AfDB targets activeness in the continent, attracting millions of attention for their tourism industry. to endorse tourism through the enlargement of tourists to different sites throughout the region Now what takes a tourist to a country, cross-border infrastructure and regional transport each year and producing good number of paper region or continent? The answer is here…. corridors, which will simplified the movement of (currency) in foreign exchange earnings. Places I met a tourist while travelling in Africa people and goods on the continent. such as the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Rift Valley who said “I wanted to see something different Get ready to witness the charm and splendor of Eastern and Southern Africa, Great Zimbabwe, from Europe and I decided to visit Kenya and of the entire world in Seychelles as the 4th Table Mountain in South Africa, Mount Kenya in Tanzania. It is a different feel I got.” edition of the Seychelles International Carnival Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania are few

H.E. Mr. Danny Faure

Vice President of Seychelles

You cannot compare Seychelles to others. I think Seychelles for us is “The Place” to visit. Seychelles Tourism Board is aggressively executing Seychelles National Tourism Policy, endorsing the destination, doing research and is actively coordinating with Seychelles Tourism Ambassadors abroad.

The 20th session of the UNWTO comes against the background of a global realization that tourism is a sector of significance and importance, with great potential in contributing to the wealth of nations.

H.E. Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata President of The Republic of Zambia


mONDAY | APRIL 21, 2014

Meghalaya

TRAVEL&tourism

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esmerizing

The Abode Of Clouds

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eghalaya literally the 'Abode of Clouds’ describes the climatic phenomenon that brings rain to its mountainous region. Meghalaya is a state of great scenic beauty with undulating rivers, waterfalls, sparkling mountain streams, emerald-green lakes, gorges, precipitous ravines and panoramic views from hilltops. It is inhabited by mainly three tribes: the Khasis, the Jaintias and the Garos. Weaving, pottery, stone carving, metal work and basketry are traditional village work. As with most of the North Eastern states, Meghalaya is diversely multi-cultural, multi ethnic and multi religious, with an amazing mix of traditional and modern lifestyle. High above the hazy valleys and fizzing rivers, concealed in the rolling clouds and hanging on a headland, lies Cherrapunji,

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4,500 ft above the sea level. Cherrapunji, the wettest place in the world, is 56 km southwest of Shillong in the East Khasi Hills District of

Meghalaya. During monsoons, one gets to see a very exciting sport in Meghalaya, fishing! Well, with so many rivers flowing through these pristine mountains, it makes logic that locals do fish a lot for food. Meghalaya is blessed with rich wildlife. The dense forests of Meghalaya are inhabited by many rare species of birds and animals including elephants, tigers, golden cats, monkeys and birds like hornbills, partridges, teals, snipes and quails. Meghalaya is dotted with numerous tourist spots.

SHILLONG

Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya has many beautiful sites such as Lady Hydari Park, Elephant falls, Ward's lake, Shillong peak, and the golf course, one of the best in the country. Enthralling waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and striking mountains make up the city of Shillong. The beautiful city is encompassed by pine trees. By dint of it resting on the high

altitude, the region offers a comforting relief from the burning heat. The deity Shyllong or Lei Shyllong is the famous reason as to why the place holds the name. It also is a proud possessor of the best golf course in the country. Tourism in Shillong is clearly great and is termed as “Scotland of the East". Shillong was born in the laps of nature,

the amazing series of waterfalls, the mystic mountain peaks, crystal clear water lakes, breathtakingly beautiful golf courses, museums and zoo proves the fact. Shillong has a different façade for everyone. Behdienkhlam, one of the famous and recreational festivals of Meghalaya is held in the Jowai Town every year during the months of June and July.


08 TALKINGTECHNOLOGY

MONDAY | APRIL 21, 2014

Complete Agricultural Solution Provider

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onalika International is among the top tractor & farm equipment manufacturing company in India. The group caters to the wide product gamut through its tractors range (20 HP-90 HP), farm machinery attachments, multi-utility vehicles, engines, diesel gen-sets, auto components and pick & carries cranes. The company is presently exporting to more than 75 countries worldwide. Sonalika is one of the most trusted brands in Africa and has very strong relations with the

African countries, which is evident from the fact that the company is the leading exporter of Tractors and Agricultural Equipment to the continent from India and further growing at exponential rate. Africa is, and has always been the popular business hub for Sonalika, and a major contributor to the company’s international business. Sonalika always marks a respect to the day when the first Sonalika tractor landed in Africa, in the form of AGRI DAY celebrations every year. Sonalika is already having a stronghold in more than 25 countries in Africa namely Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, Cameroon, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda & Mozambique to name a few. Presently, Sonalika is the market leader in Algeria, where the brand has gained accolades and customer faith at a much faster pace since its inception almost a decade ago. Sonalika has always looked beyond supplying tractors to the continent, and therefore, the company has further plans of opening up training centers, localization of parts and assembly lines in various African countries. This will contribute towards continent growth through employment generation, infrastructure development, better farming practices by way of advance mechanization, increased agriculture output yield & revenue generation which will prove to be beneficial not only in monetary terms, but will also uplift the overall morale of the farming

community and the countries as a whole. Selling under the brand Sonalika & Solis, the tractors are popular for their low maintenance, robustness, high fuel efficiency and superior performance. Sonalika Engines and Tractors also comply with tough American EPA norms as well as Euro Homologation which has been done for several models to enable entry in the European markets thus making them eligible and certified in terms of global quality standards. LANDINI-SOLIS, another popular brand in South Africa, has been performing exceptionally well, has earned several key government orders, and already established sales facilities at over 60 points in South Africa itself.

Sustained leadership with LOC Projects- Sonalika has successfully supplied tractors and implements to Malawi govt. and Cameroon under the Indian Line of Credit (LOC). The government of both these nations

extended a successful cooperation to the company in implementing its LOC business & helped in attaining Green Revolution. The company has also been an active participant in various international agricultural exhibitions in Africa. Besides corporate activities, Sonalika is also popular for various CSR activities it has done in India and other parts of the world, including Africa. Owing to its superior quality with the zest to become a truly International Agricultural Equipment Manufacturer has made Sonalika become a ‘COMPLETE AGRICULTURAL SOLUTION PROVIDER’.


TRYSOMETHINGNEW mONDAY | APRIL 21, 2014

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

It is better to make use of a chance to change rather than try to change your chances

09 upcoming

Business Opportunities Show Trivandrum

Indian Cuisine

Cheese Nibbles are a delightful combination of cheese and garlic which make an entertaining snack

Cheese Nibbles

Ingredients

Prepration Method

• All-purpose flour :-3 tbsp

• Shredded cheddar cheese:-¼ cup • Garlic cloves (finely minced):-2 • Cornflour:-1 tbsp • Egg:-1 • Milk:-1 tbsp • White pepper:-½ tsp • Salt:-½ tsp • Black pepper:-½ tsp • Bread slices (4 triangles of each bread):-4

Tools Required • Spatula

• Medium-sized bowl • Frying pan

1. Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl and prepare a paste but do not make it too thick. (Use water if required) 2. Spread the prepared paste on the bread slices. 3. In a pan, heat little oil and then put the bread cut in hot oil (first the side with the spread). 4. Now flip it after 25 seconds and fry till it turns light golden.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with sauce or chutneys.

Business Opportunities Show Trivandrum is a 1 day event being held on 23rd April 2014 in Trivandrum, India. This event showcases products like furniture services, educational opportunities garments, apparels, jewelry, car wash, salon and spas, cafes, domestic products, career services, beauty and wellness products etc. in the Business Services industry. Date: 23 Apr 2014 Venue: TBA, Trivandrum, India

Education Worldwide India-Hyderabad

The Unique exhibition of its kind aims at the prospective undergraduate & postgraduate students heading towards achieving education in the most renowned & reputed Institutions in INDIA & ABROAD. The event will witness more than 200 Universities from various countries to showcase their courses to the most potential student population of INDIA. Date: 24 Apr 2014 Venue: Hotel Taj Krishna Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India

picture of the week

Sign Today-Chennai

Organized by Buysell Interactions Pvt. Ltd. At Chennai Trade Center, Tamil Nadu, India, the Sign Today is emerged out as one of the highly successful event for the business of media, advertising & marketing is one resources. It is acclaimed as the foremost event of the respective sector & provides vital platform for exhibiting various products/services.

Health Benefits of CUCUMBER  Helps in body hydration  Fights cancer  Controls blood pressure  Get healthy teeth and gums  Enhances digestion  Treats arthritis pain  Promotes heart health  Treats headache

Handy Hindi 1. Please reply. कृपया जवाब दे 2. Did you know? कया आप जानते है? ं

Date: 25-27 Apr 2014 Venue: Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai, India

Times Education Expo-Bangalore

Times Education Expo-Bangalore will enhance your business prospects and help you promote your institute on a big scale. Since students will become more aware and focused, a lot of issues related to admissions, results and performance will be resolved. You will have the opportunity to meet and interact on one-to-one basis, giving you a clear understanding of students' requirements, their potential & interests and accordingly you will be able to guide them and inform them about particular field. 

The Islamic Affairs Minister of Maldives, Dr. Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed calls on the Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari, in New Delhi on April 15, 2014

Updates

3. I was worried about your health. मैं अापके सवासथय के बारे में िचंितत था|

 Shri Man Mohan Bakaya has been appointed the Honorary Consul of India to Lesotho in March 2014 in a ceremony held in the Lesotho capital Maseru, by the Indian High Commissioner to South Africa (accredited to Lesotho).

4. I came here to surprise you. मैं आपको आशचयच�कत करने के िलए यहां आया था|

  Shri Sanjay Kumar Panda currently Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Tokyo (Japan), has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Seychelles.

5. This is for you. यह आपके िलए|

 Shri Azar A.H. Khan presently Counsellor in the Embassy of India, Cairo, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the State of Libya.   Shri Dinesh Bhatia (IFS:1992) currently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Cote d'Ivoire.   Shri K. Jeeva Sagar, presently High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Ghana, has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Burkina Faso, with residence in Accra.

Flag The deserts of Tunisia housed the original Star Wars movie sets for the film's planet Tatooine. More than 30 years after the premier of the first movie in the series, the sets are still very well preserved and visitors to Tunisia can even stay in Luke Skywalker’s home.

Country

Capital

Currency

Official Language

Zambia

Lusaka

Zambian kwacha

English

Harare

United States Dollar, Euro, Botswana pula, UK £, South African rand

English, Shona and Sindebele

Zimbabwe

Date: 26-27 Apr 2014 Venue: Hotel Lalit Ashok, Bangalore, India

Architecture Building Construction Expo & Conferences New Delhi

Architecture Building Construction Expo & Conferences New Delhi is a 3 day event being held from 25th April to the 27th April 2014 at the NSIC Exhibition Complex in New Delhi, India. This event showcases products like construction equipment & machinery, building materials & equipments, ceramics & sanitary ware, glass & glazing's paints & coatings, doors, windows & plywood, flooring, architecture & allied services etc. in the Building Construction industry. Date: 25-27 Apr 2014 Venue: NSIC Exhibition Complex, New Delhi, India

Real Estate, Banking & Finance Expo New Delhi

Real Estate, Banking & Finance Expo New Delhi is a 3 day event being held from 25th April to the 27th April 2014 at the NSIC Exhibition Complex in New Delhi, India. This event showcases products like Building & Construction Machinery, Building Materials, Architectural Services Ceramics & Sanitary Ware, Paints & Coatings, Flooring materials, Glass & Glazing, Kitchens & Bath Fittings and Allied Services etc. in the Real Estate Agents industry. Date: 25-27 Apr 2014 Venue: NSIC Exhibition Complex, New Delhi, India


10 THEFASHIONISTAS

MONDAY | APRIL 21, 2014

Get rid of those dark circles Eliminating black circles under eyes is one of the focal worries of both men and women, even though, women are more upset and troubled with this trouble.

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o who wants to wake up in the morning, look at the mirror and appreciate those glittering eyes? Who wants to show off a natural look without passing hours hiding those black circles under eyes? Of course you do!The skin around the eyes is very gentle and thinner than most other areas of the face. Dark circles around the eyes develop due to hereditary reasons, lack of sleep, illness, stress and nutritional shortages. Therefore, along with external treatment, it is prudent to take these facets into attention in order to bring about the needed changes. The method to inhibit dark circles is to have a healthy and balanced diet, including fresh fruits, salads, yogurt and sprouts in your daily diet, along with unprocessed cereals, skimmed milk, cottage cheese (paneer), lentils and beans. Daily exercise, along with deep breathing, helps blood circulation, oxygenation and control of stress. Ample sleep and relaxation are very imperative. A cleansing gel or cream should be

Umurerwa nominated for African Canadian model awards

Bold Beauty: Jacqueline Umurerwa

Canada-based Rwandan model Happy Jacqueline Umurerwa has been nominated for the 1st annual African Canadian model awards. Umurerwa claimed the spot after beating off stiff competitions from renowned models such as Aloud Anei, Berlange, Everline Aboka and Kimone Berwise. The African Canadian model awards is organised by African Fashion Canada to celebrate and recognise outstanding achievement in modeling that represents the forefront of aesthetic, critical and advertising standards in today’s modeling industry. The 2014 awards ceremony will take place on August 10 in Canada. “This really means a lot to me,” Umurerwa says. “I am

proud of myself and happy to know that someone out there is watching and appreciating my work. It is an eye opener for me and is just the beginning I still have a long way to go.” From aspiring newcomers just starting out, to experienced models, the awards recognize the brightest talent in modeling with awards in different categories. In addition, winners receive international exposure, often resulting in professional modeling assignments and representation contracts. Umurerwa began her career as a fashion model in 2010, when she was discovered by Ford models and has never looked back since then. She is currently represented by NEXT models and has graced several fashion shows around Europe and Africa. New Times

used to get rid of make-up, using moist cotton wool. Gels and creams help to dissolve make up and grime and thus enable their removal. An under-eye cream, encompassing almond, is worthy, as it not only nurtures the skin, but has a reducing effect on the colour tone, if used over a period of time. Facial masks are generally not applied around the eyes. Some home remedies can be practiced to diminish dark circles, revivify the eyes and reduce fatigue:Cucumber juice is an easy cure. Apply it daily around eyes and washed off with plain water after 15 minutes.  Mixing potato juice with cucumber juice in identical quantities aids if there is puffiness along with dark circles.  Dark circles can also be cured by mixing cucumber juice with lemon juice in equal quantities. Put on daily and wash off with water after 15 minutes.  Tomato juice is too said to lighten skin colour.


SPORTS2WATCH mONDAY | APRIL 21, 2014

Mvuyekure shines in Pyongyang marathon R wanda’s Jean Pierre Mvuyekure bagged a silver medal in the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon staged in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang. The IAAF Bronze Label Road Race was won by local hero Pak Song-Chol, who was also the champion in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Chol took more than a minute off his previous best of 2:13:49 set when he finished fifth in the same race last year. Mvuyekure, third in Pyongyang 12 months ago, finished second in a time of 2:13:20, a frustrating one second outside his personal best, while Ukraine’s Ivan Babryka, the 2010 winner, took third place in 2:14:24. Mvuyekure will be part of a strong Rwanda national team lined

up for Commonwealth Games due in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23 to August 3. The 29-year-old Mvuyekure will compete in the marathon event alongside Dieudonne Disi, while Epiphanie Nyirabarame will compete in the women’s race. Disi, who turns 34 years in November, has indicated his intention to win a medal in this year’s edition before he retires. The Glasgow Games are likely to be his last major international championships and he hopes training from Kenya will boost his chances of quitting the sport on a high. Last month, Disi won silver in the Carnaval half marathon where he clocked one hour, four minutes and 43 seconds, 13 seconds behind Burundian Abraham Niyonkuru who won the race. New Times

Jean Pierre Mvuyekure

22yr old track cyclist represents Ghana at 2014 Commonwealth Games

Scotland will be hosting the 20th Commonwealth games from 23 July to August 3 2014 in Glasgow. Jedidiah Amoako-Ackah will be representing Ghana as the first track cyclist from that country. One of the big names from Africa today in track cycling is Bernard Pierre Esterhuizen of South Africa. Jedidiah who prefers to be called Jeddie says Gregory Bauge, Chris Hoy and Francisco Pervis are track cyclist that have been a great inspiration to him in his quest to represent Ghana at the Commonwealth games in this rather untraditional sporting

discipline for a west African. Born in Asamankesse Ghana, the 22 year old Ghanaian track cyclist is currently in his final year of studies at the University of Chichester, England where he is majoring in Sports Therapy. Jeddie is absolutely passionate about cycling and says his fascination for bicycles begun in Molopolole, a small town in Botswana where he lived with his family for several years prior to relocation to the United Kingdom. In 2001, the young cyclist and his family arrived in Scotland from Botswana. While in Scotland

he spent almost a decade honing his skills as a cyclist until a local businessman suggested he considers representing Ghana at the Commonwealth games as it was going to happen right under his nose. In September 2013 he acted on the suggestion and started training at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. He says, “I thought about it for a while and reflected on the story of the Jamaican bobsled team’s debut as underdogs who became favorites in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Alberta and thought to myself, impossible is nothing so why not go out there and see what might be in this for me” “Like Albert Einstein once said: life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. To me cycling is the metaphor for life” Jeddie philosophizes. Glasgow 2014 presents a great opportunity for Jeddie to, in his own words, “raise the interest of the Ghana cycling federation and all concerned to invest in the sport

holds the current national 200m record of 22.80 (+0.9 m/s) which she set at a meet in Clemson, USA on 17th May, 1997. Meanwhile, Janet followed her dominant display in the 200m event by running an equally fast of 11.31secs (+2.1) to win the 100m. The former Kumasi Girls Secondary School student has been in top form this season, having set a new PB of 23. 36 secs in March when winning the 200m event at the US JUCO Championships earlier this year. She leads Ghana’s qualifiers to the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the African Athletics Championships. It will be recalled that Janet was part of the six young athletes

who won seven gold medals and national titles, five silver medals, and one bronze medal at the prestigious JUCO Championships that ended on Saturday, 8th March, 2014. She won gold in the women’s 200m race in a new national indoor record of 23.81secs after, having secured a silver medal in the 60m final, where she ran the same time as the winner, but lost out on the photo-finish. She claimed a third medal as part of her school’s 4x400m silver medal team. Amponsah’s time of 23.81 secs broke Monica Twum’s 13-year old record set as a student at Texas Christian University. Modern Ghana

Janet Amponsah Blazes to Fastest 200m time by a Ghanaian Female Sprinter in Past 7yrs!!! Ghana's Janet Amponsah wrote her name into the history books after producing a massive 200m outdoor personal best running 23.05 secs (+1.0) to win the WTAMU Open in Texas, 12th April to extend her #1 African ranking in the event. Amponsah, who is currently schooling at Western Texas College on a Ghana Athletics Association sourced academic scholarship, blitzed to her personal new best followed by Strickland Libby of West Texas A&M with 23.7 and Marissa Western Texas College in a time of 24.35. The last time a Ghanaian woman ran faster than Janet's time was in 2006. Sprinter Vida Nsiah

of track cycling with development programs and infrastructure such as The Accra Velodrome Project”. Find out more about Jeddie at www.iamjeddie.com Winning is not all what this is about, this is mainly about putting Ghana and Africa out there on the global stage, it is also an opportunity to increase interest in the development of track cycling through. As part of giving to society, Jeddie has a charitable organization called Gift-A-BikeFoundation that aims to provide bicycles for school children with no means of transportation. Modern Ghana

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Cote D’Ivoire takes FIFA fans by surprise

FIFA World Cup is on the way to make you leave everything and hold your breath for that one final goal your favourite team might be scoring during the event. But recently, West African country, Cote D’Ivoire has got everyone by surprise with its new ranking at 21 globally according to world soccer body. Cote D’Ivoire topped up two places in the latest FIFIA rankings with 620 points while Nigeria moved to 45th position from 47th of the previous month’s positioning. While in African Football, Cape Verde cemented itself at 5th position, Ghana at 4th, Algeria at 3rd and Egypt at 2nd. The Elephants of Ivory Coast still maintains their number one position in African football. Not to mention, Europe inhabits the top three places on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking after Portugal mounted third place behind leaders Spain and Germany. The top three teams are followed by four South American sides with Colombia at 4th, Uruguay at 5th. Also, Argentina got down three places occupying sixth position whereas World Cup host country, Brazil moved up three places sharing the place with Argentina. Presently, according to the recent ranking list of African football, the top ten countries are Ivory Coast, Egypt, Algeria, Ghana, Cape Verde, Nigeria, Tunisia, Cameroon, Guinea, and Mali.


12 ENCOUNTER WITH EDITOR  Ambassador V.B. Soni Chairman of Overseas Infrastructure Alliance

MONDAY | APRIL 21, 2014

Africa needs to advance its infrastructure to accomplish its latent to become the next engine of global growth. The OIA is a project development, execution and management company that has been active on the continent for 11 years. Kanchi Batra, Sub-Editor, IAT interacted with Amb. V.B Soni, Chairman of OIA who has brought most of its trained staff from India to the African countries providing their own skills.

Indian companies like OIA are best placed to be partners Ambassador Soni, you have a distinguished career, a former Indian Diplomat, an industrialist and definitely a role model for the young generation. How has been your tenure? I was privileged to be a member of the Indian Foreign Service for 35 years. During this period I had the honour to serve as a diplomat in various parts of the globe such as Russia (then USSR), Egypt, Malaysia, the U.K., Australia, Fiji, Senegal, Jamaica and Ukraine, the last four as Ambassador/High Commissioner of India. Having worked in Commerce Ministry at the beginning of my career my orientation has always been to promote India’s economic/trade ties. During my London posting as Counsellor (Commercial) in the early 1980s I contributed significantly to boost our trade ties. In Senegal where G-15 summit was held in the early 1990s as Ambassador of India I worked hard to make the visit of P.M. Shri Narasimha Rao a path breaking one during which foundation of our Africa’s new engagement policy was laid. This paved the way subsequently for India’s TEAM NINE INITIATIVE targeted towards West African countries and subsequently to the various Partnership Business Conclaves eventually culminating in the India-Africa Forum

Summits at the top level. So the my career of 35 years as a diplomat was indeed eventful and most satisfying during which I worked real hard to promote India’s interests but also got opportunities to gain knowledge, experience and enrich myself in many ways.

Overseas Infrastructure Alliance is a leading project development and management company with presence in India and across Africa. How did your establishment come out?

We started with our vision to become a premier project development and management company, contributing to the sustainable growth of individuals, industries and nations. It is satisfying that with our skill-sets leveraged from across a broad-spectrum of advanced Indian industries we are well on way to achieving our mission. As a professionally managed organisation, with high ethical work standards, we are setting new benchmarks of excellence with every project we undertake. Let me clarify that as of now our activities are concentrated abroad.

How does Overseas Infrastructure Alliance envision its sectorial recognition in Africa with innovative technologies? Give an insight on how OIA is distinct from other

companies active in Africa and how your strategies and plans would truly contribute in enhancing the present development scenario of the continent? OIA has a head start as it is already engaged in more than a dozen countries with the aim of building a sustainable partnership centered on capacity building, skill development and technology dissemination. Based on our track record in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Republic of Congo, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Rwanda we hope to be awarded prestigious contracts in increasing number of countries. It will be our earnest endeavor to contribute to the development scenario in the countries concerned in a significant manner.

After knowing Africa so closely for many years, can you share with us some of your memorable moments associated with it?

We are not in Africa with a mercantilist approach like some countries are doing merely to exploit resources and make money. OIA’s commitment towards the continent is through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). As a unique initiative undertaken by OIA a charitable body “OIA Health and Welfare Endowment” was registered in Ethiopia a few years back.

The Endowment has members from Ethiopian Health Ministry and other Government agencies. In reply to your specific question OIA’s most memorable moment has to be when as a part of our long term CSR commitment a state-of-the-art OIA Eye care hospital within the campus of the Zewditu Hospital was inaugurated by the President of Ethiopia and dedicated it to the nation on March 20, 2014. What is your vision for India-Africa at global front and how according to you, the financial institutions can contribute effectively and efficiently in development and infrastructure of the continent?

India as a fast growing economy has striven to contribute to development of Africa particularly in the areas of human resource, knowledge generation and infrastructure development. African countries do need infrastructure to be built fast. Apart from ports, roads and bridges there is an urgent need to increase the transport capacity, including the railway network to link it with the far flung areas where their precious mineral and other reserves are located. India and Indian companies like OIA are best placed to be partners. We are proud to be a part of that process as a partner.

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