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AGRA facilitating to multiply agricultural opportunities in Africa

With an earnest endeavor to build a sustainable future for Africa by bringing together governments, private sector, civil society and farmers to develop steady, sustainable growth for Africa’s smallholder farmers, Alliance for a green revolution in Africa (AGRA) aspires to encourage at least 25 important policy or regulatory reforms in selected countries, driving the enhancement of private sector investment in domestic agribusiness. Financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, the

project is anticipated to augment the number of smallholder firms having access to improved and advanced technologies offered by agribusinesses functioning in local staple food value chains. Not to mention, it will assist them in earning constant income and generating ample market opportunities leading to enhanced smallholder productivity and reduced poverty. Commenting on it, Ms. Jane Karuku, AGRA President said, “We are very excited about this new initiative. It will help African

The Indian hair care business in Africa

HAIR CARE MATTERS: Africa acquisitions in the hair care regarded as the most promising business in Africa, Godrej said, investment hub has experienced “The hair-care business in Africa an escalating growth in all has been very good for us.” its sectors and now hair care Another eminent Indian companies are also making their FMCG after acquiring an US based footprints in the flourishing personal care company Namaste continent. African women with Group in 2011, has launched a a desire to have straight long diverse range of hair care products hair have brought in a billion- specifically for the African dollar business for the local hair population including styling care companies. Mr. Adi Godrej, products, hair dresses, shampoos, Chairman of Godrej Industries conditioners and hair restoration commented, “African women products. Adding to it, P D Narang, want to spend a higher proportion Group Director of Dabur India of their money on hair care than expressed, “these products were women in other parts of the traditionally manufactured in world.” In this regard, Godrej America and were being shipped Consumer Products Ltd (GCPl) to Africa, making it accessible has taken up stakes in various to only a small percentage of companies viz. the Darling Group the affluent population in the and Kinky Group specializing in continent. We are now in the hair care products such as wigs, process of locally producing sprays, gels and hair extensions. them in Africa.” Observing its Subsequently after making three increasing demand, the company

Governments unlock agricultural potential in their countries by supporting their efforts to develop progressive agricultural policies that will attract increased private investment in smallholder agricultural value chains. The initiative aims reform retrogressive agricultural regulations that deter rather than encourage such investment”. Further, Dr. Steven Were Omamo, AGRA’s Director of Policy and Advocacy added, “The MIRA project will provide African Governments with

 Mr. Adi Godrej, Chairman of Godrej Industries

is planning to establish its second unit in Egypt on which Mr. Narang commented, “Today, Africa is among the key growth drivers for our overseas business with the Egypt business reporting a strong 23% growth in Q2 of 2013-14.” Worth mentioning, besides Godrej and Dabur, many other companies like Marico and VLCC are gazing at the African hair care market for investment. Saugata Gupta, CEO, Marico cited, “We believe Africa has long term potential. However, there are challenges and we will go about expanding in a methodical manner to build a sustainable and profitable business.”

A New Era of Internet & Technology NIGERIA: Two pioneers in the field of Information and Communication Technology i.e. Airtel Nigeria and Google have recently entered into an internet service partnership enabling customers to have more access to mobile web search and other phone-friendly versions of Gmail and Google. With an endeavor to allow more people to access internet, the Free Zone service aims to target the first time internet users who have never purchased data plans and even find expensive to avail basic services like email, mobile web browsing and social applications. Airtel Nigeria communicated that with this facility of Free Zone, phone users can receive full benefit of the web in enhancing their businesses and can also remain in touch with the fellow

Students getting their hands on the latest technology

friends and family without any fear of data loss. Commenting on it, Juliet Ehimuan, country manager of Google Nigeria stated, “We are excited to be working with Airtel to introduce Free Zone powered by Google to Nigeria. We believe in the power of the internet to create better opportunities, and working with Airtel on this makes it possible for anyone with a phone to get Internet services at little or no cost. Just like our other access projects, this gives people easier access to information in a way that benefits not just themselves, but their businesses, and by extension Nigeria’s economy.” Highlighting the utmost importance of internet for the social and economic development of Nigeria, Deepak Srivastava, chief operating officer (COO) and executive director of Airtel Nigeria said, “We are, therefore, really proud to bring this spectacular innovation to Nigerians, especially our customers, who will now have seamless access to Google Search, Gmail and Google by simply using Airtel SIM cards on any data-enabled handset free of charge. This is indeed another good reason to remain an Airtel customer or to join Airtel if you are not yet a customer.”

access to high quality local and international technical assistance for identifying, prioritizing and reforming specific agricultural regulations. Current regulations often discourage private investment in small- and mediumsized agribusinesses that serve the needs of smallholder farmers. The project will help build the capacity of African Government leaders and analysts to make better-informed, economicallyrobust assessments and decisions about which regulations need to be reformed in order to facilitate increased private investment in smallholder value chains.” Worth mentioning, Micro Reforms for Agribusiness (MIRA) is a five-year initiative aiming to furnish African Governments with access to superior domestic and international technical assistance for recognizing, prioritizing and reformulating specific agricultural regulations that limit private investment in agribusinesses operating in smallholder agricultural value chains in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania.

What Africa needs is Finance, Opportunity and Jobs, says Kofi A meeting held in Geneva focusing on the investment opportunities in Africa, recognized mobile technology, insurance and commodity exchanges as the sectors than can be utilized to finance investments in Africa’s agriculture and fisheries, infrastructure and energy for sustainable growth. The organizer of the meeting Mr. Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General and Chair of the Africa Progress Panel (APP0 articulated, “For too long, too often, the world has talked about Africa and poverty. What Africa needs is finance, opportunity and jobs.” The meeting held to inform about 2014 Africa Progress Report due for release involved former African leaders with academics, economists, and experts from Brazil, China, Europe, Africa, and elsewhere. The Africa’s Progress Report, ‘Equity in Extractives’ highlighting the opportunities offered by Africa’s oil, gas, and mining sectors in an endeavor to improve the lives of people there also suggested various policies and actions for African governments, the international community and multinationals so more of benefit can be derived out of the Africa’s natural resources. After reviewing the report, Bob Geldof, one of the ten Panel Members said, “I’d love it to launch another sort of, you know, hand grenade into the centre of the debate like it did last year. It had a far reaching impact.” Mr. Annan added, “With two thirds of the world’s unused agricultural land and low productivity, Africa has the potential not just to feed itself, but also to feed the world.” Investment in Africa’s infrastructure and energy can further open the doors for more growth.

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AfrAsia emerged as the “Best Bank in Southern Africa”

The Accused: Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti (AAP Member)

Racism is all over the world. It occurs in one or the other practice in every single turn of the globe. India is no exclusion. Though, at the moment India is well-thought-out as one of upcoming economic power in the world with innovative and stateof-the-art education technologies and associations fascinating lot of African students in India. Now, just imagine because of their skin color (Black) people treat them low-grade in comparison to them. They treat them like untouchables; the students are molested by police and they are named by groups of people bullying them on the streets. Actually, Delhi is becoming very tough for the African nationals. Have we forgotten the contribution of Mahatma Gandhi who protested against racism in South Africa? The last week incident of racial biasness against some African(Ugandan) nationals is creating panic in the minds of Africans.

African Nationals

“My experience of living in this neighbourhood is not very fond. There is just too much prejudice. I have had people throwing stones at me for no reason whatsoever. Small kids have spat on me for no reasons. I don’t claim that none of the Africans who live here are drug addicts, but if they are doing something wrong, arrest them in a proper manner. Don’t accuse all of us of being drug addicts and peddlers. I don’t get jobs because of my skin color. There is lot of segregation and discrimination,” said a national from Nigeria, Jason, who has been living in the area for the last three years. Adding to it, individual complaints have been filed with the Delhi Police against ‘unknown persons’ by 4 Ugandan nationals for being allegedly misconducting, physically molesting and


threating them on a raid at their rented house by Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti and his supporters. This member of AAP is being blamed of conducting a midnight raid on an alleged drug and prostitution ring involving Ugandan nationals. A Ugandan woman who was also putting up at a rented house at Khirki Extension in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar with her countrymen has averred that she was slapped, menaced and misbehaved by various anonymous fellows of the raiding party. The other victim added that they had been periled to leave their rooms many times, at times in the middle of the night. “Men have knocked on our doors earlier. We don’t open them but they still keep knocking for hours at times. We have been forced to call the police a number of times,” claimed the other victim. “It is part of living in a place that is not your home,” said

Acquiring an excellent ability to tailor innovative banking solutions for both the domestic and international markets, AfrAsia Bank has been crowned with the “Best Bank in Southern Africa” award at the annual African Banker Awards propitious ceremony held at Morocco. Addressing the award to Thierry Vallet, General Manager & Executive Director of AfrAsia Private Banking, the event took place during the annual African Development bank meetings. On winning the esteemed title, James Benoit, CEO of AfrAsia Bank expressed, “This award confirms the bank’s successful strategy on the African ground as we leverage our global capabilities to bring excellence in the advice and financial solutions we provide. We have recognized the need for an active advisory technique in investment and our main aim is compared to Caucasian students for instance. “The perception of Africans is really wrong in India. There are good and bad Africans, just like there are good and bad Indians. It is painful,” he further added. “Soon after confirming our admissions, they take custody of our passports. If there is a delay in paying the fees, they refuse to return it to us. Even when we ask for it if we are travelling back home during the holidays, they

"A Letter to CM, Arvind Kejriwal by African Nationals"

We want to know from the CM if he is going to listen to only his party members, like the Congress or BJP (does). His party is not the only representative of the common people and is AAP, therefore, ready to listen to the voices of the local, unpopular, minority and African nationals? Tamarakaro Gomeromo, a Nigerian student living in the city, while describing the incident involving Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti, who was accused of conducting a midnight raid on an alleged drug and prostitution ring involving Ugandan nationals. “I have been here since July 2011 and have found the people in Karnataka generally friendly. Of course, there are some stray instances of teasing and harassment, but the city is peaceful otherwise. There are a huge number of African students in Bangalore. There are some 200 Rwandan students in the city alone,” he said. Mr. Gomeromo, on coming out with his emotions on this crucial subject, said that African students are often perceived to be “inferior,”

 Protestors demanding justice against racist remarks made by Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti and other AAP members, in New Delhi

ask several questions. They finally hand it to us when we graduate. They even ask for the original residential permit and other school documents. What will we do if we get arrested for not having such important documents?” an African student studying in India said. After this whole case, women, student bodies and people of African nationalities held a protest at Jantar Mantar last week against the averred unauthorized participation and passing of racist comments by the Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti and his Aam Aadmi Party members, calling for a legal investigation and suitable lawful action. “A petition has been submitted to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the National Commission for Women (NCW) against Delhi’s Law Minister Somnath Bharti for his illegal, unconstitutional, xenophobic and racist actions and slurs against members of the African community including women,” said lawyer and activist Shehzad Ponawalla. IAT interacted with the President of Association of African Students in India, Okito Kongo Christophe on the whole subject on which he said “We do believe that the Law minister direct the police to conduct investigation raid in the night on a particular

to exceed the expectations of our clients and meet their needs with tailored investment solutions through a timely process in all transparency.” With an earnest endeavor to celebrate and honor the achievements along with best practices in African banking and finance, the imperative event brought together around 500 eminent industry players and top government officials from Africa and from different corners of the world. On receiving the award, Thierry Vallet articulated, “Following the award scooped from Euromoney as ‘Best Local Private Bank’ this year, this is a continuous acknowledgment of excellence and innovation for AfrAsia Bank and further proof of its active role in driving the economic growth within the region while achieving strong credentials.” Worth mentioning,

AfrAsia Bank is the first bank in Mauritius to be recognized by the African Banker Awards as the sub-region’s best financial institution in appreciation of its constant performance, premium quality of its financial products and contribution to the growth and development of the country. Omar Ben Yedder, Publisher of African Banker commenting on the memorable ceremony said, “once again it has been a night where some of the exemplary leaders we have on this continent have been rewarded for groundbreaking work. It should be noted that the work is far from finished and banks and policy makers to need to continue to work together to create the instruments to reach out to the real economy for whom many of the products and services are out of reach.”

Signs at anti-racism protest

India (MEA) met Africans Heads of Missions on Saturday and ensured that an investigation will be carried to determine whether our fellow Ugandans were asked to give urine samples inside a private car or was required at AIIMS hospital, there is a little controversy surrounding both the parties regarding this incident.” In the words of Kavita Krishnan, Secretary of All India Progressive Women Association (AIPWA), "This, in plain language, is nothing but pure and simple racism. This is also about organized communalism and racism. What happened in Khirki was an organized effort. The RWAs have not mobilized people on civic issues, and today they are mobilizing against the Africans. Tomorrow, it will be against Bangladeshi labourers or Muslims." A letter, in the name of Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, has been prepared Protesters at Jantar Mantar sitting against racism by the African

person in a particular manner, there was no search warrant, there was no evidence of prostitution/ drug racket because they were Africans.” He further added by saying that “the new generation of Africa (African Students in India) are requesting for a meeting with the Indian authorities, to discuss about the discrimination we are facing here and to find a way to stop it.” Raised slogans and waved placards reading “Africans are our guests – we are ashamed of attacks on them” were seen all around the protesters counting the associates from AIPWA, Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) and the All India Students’ Association (AISA).

The President of the Congolese Community of India, Richie Lontulungu told IAT that “the Indian Government must provide security and assistance to African students in India who are being discriminated on daily basis. Why not create some provisions in Indian laws to protect black African foreigners? This will help reduce the use of insult such as “Kalu” or “Opsi” against them in the society.” He further added that “the action was highly condemnable and we are not able for now to confirm the allegations, but the Ministry of External Affairs of

nationals and other residents of Khirki village. It has asked the AAP government to take action different from other political parties. Asking for punishment for the AAP members who "groped" African women in the midnight raid, the letter stated: "We want to know from the CM if he is going to listen to only his party members, like the Congress or BJP (does). His party is not the only representative of the common people and is AAP, therefore, ready to listen to the voices of the local, unpopular, minority and African nationals?"

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Guinea Conakry AT A GLANCE Official Name Republic of Guinea Head of State H.E. Mr. Alpha Condè Capital Conakry Area 2,46,000 square Population 11 million approx Governement Presidential system, Republic Time Zone GMT +0 Country Dialling Code +224 Currency Guinean franc Major Exports Bauxite, Iron Ore, Diamond, Gold Major Imports Petroleum products, machinery, metals, grain, textiles and foodstuffs.

You might be wondering why we are calling this country as the Geological Miracle of the African Continent. No doubt, after holding a big share of world’s Bauxite reserves, Guinea Conakry is carrying all the strong magnets to attract foreign investors into the country. The country offers

fruitful business opportunities with ample of benefits. The rewarding sectors include mining, energy, agriculture, infrastructure and tourism. Guinea Conakry wraps an area of almost 246000 square kilometers and has population of approx 11 million people. The country shares its northern border with Guinea Bissau, Senegal and Mali, southern border with Sierra Leone, Liberia and the eastern border with Cote d’Ivore Coast. Guinea Conakry has a huge administration network. It is divided into major eight administrative regions further divided into thirty-three distrits. Labe, Nzerekore, Kankan, Kindia and Boke are the major cities. Guinea Conakry is a member of big International Organizations like United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Economic community of West African States (ECOWAS) and African Development Bank (AFDB).

Agriculture employs almost 80% of the total workforce present in the country. Guinea Conakry also possess extreme potential in hydroelectric energy and is a major exporter of bauxite, gold, alumina, diamonds, agricultural products and fish.

Official Language French Natural Resources Bauxite, iron ore, diamonds, gold, uranium, hydropower and fish Independence Day June 29, 1976

The Rewarding Sectors Mining

Badidar and Upper Niger national parks. Conakry’s Grand Mosque is another renowned place which showcases the nation’s respect for Islam and the outstanding architecture.

Yummy Cuisines Abundantly gifted with minerals like bauxite with more than 1.8 million metric tons, Guinea Conakry has nearly two third of the world’s known bauxite reserves. It is the second largest producer of bauxite worldwide. There are still many minerals unexplored like nickel, limestone, uranium, manganese, graphite and many other deposits. Bauxite mining and alumina production contributes to the extent of 80% in Guinea’s foreign exchange. Additional foreign exchange is earned by diamonds and gold which are mined and exported on a large scale worldwide. The country exhibits a great gold potential by mining over 50 million tons of gold.

comprising of hydropower, solar, wind and biomass showcases immense potential of Guinea Conakry in its energy production. The country has appreciable hydropower capacity of nearly 6000 megawatts, and produces 19.3 Gwh annually. Solar power also has tremendous ability but needs to be developed. The government is constantly making efforts to improve and increase energy resources.



The Growing Economy

Being blessed with a wealth of minerals, Guinea Conakry has over 25 billion metric tons (MT) of bauxite. It also includes more than 4 billion tons of high grade ironore, diamond and gold reserves, and immeasurable quantities of uranium. It has extreme potential and can grow immensely in agricultural and fishing sector. Soil, water and climatic conditions fully complement and support irrigational faming and agro industry. There are huge opportunities for investment in these areas. GDP has also shown a good growth 2.7% from 16% in 2011 to 18.7% in 2012 due to advancement of sectors like mining, agriculture amongst others.

Climate Generally hot and humid; monsoonaltype rainy season (June to November) with southwesterly winds, dry season (December to May)

Guinea has extensive potential in agriculture and had been an exporter of various agricultural commodities. The credit goes to the ideal climatic and soil condition which offers numerous opportunities for large-scale farming and agro industry. More than 70% of the population is employed in agriculture sector. It contributes to 11% of exports including cotton, coffee, cocoa, rubber, palm oil, fruits and vegetables.






Guinea Conakry is rich in natural resources thereby provides ample development opportunities in infrastructure sector. The government also has many future plans to improve and modernize the systems of roads, airports, transportation and telecommunication.

Switzerland of Africa

Guinea Conakry spread over an area of 2,46,000 square kilometers

is known as “Switzerland of Africa” due its beautiful climate, scenic mountains and the huge rivers passing through. One of the best thing about Guniea Conakry is that it has very less population. The country has many eye catching attractions like Fouta Djalon forests, Loos Islands, the Niokolo-

Guinean cuisine is based on the use of local fruit and vegetables along with fish. Fufu is the traditional staple and is generally served with soups (stews) made from greens, peanuts, fish and chillies. Guinean cuisine is also well known for using lots of hot chillies and spices in these stews. Typical ingredients include peanuts, rice, sweet potatoes, black-eyed peas and root vegetables.

BusinessBuzz mONDAY| JANUARY 27, 2014

Joining hands with Bridge Alliance

Andre Beyers, Chief Marketing Officer at Airtel Africa

With a strong foothold in 17 African countries and ranked as the 4th largest mobile operator worldwide, Airtel got connected with Bridge Alliance, an alliance formed with 14 leading mobile operators serving nearly 500 million customers. Bearing a common aim to develop and introduce innovative enterprise and roaming solutions, Bridge alliance was formed with 14 leading mobile operators viz. Airtel India, Airtel Bangladesh, AIS (Thailand), CSL (Hong Kong), CTM (Macau), Globe Telecom (Philippines), Maxis (Malaysia), MobiFone (Vietnam), SingTel Mobile (Singapore), Optus Mobile (Australia), SK Telecom (South Korea), Taiwan Mobile (Taiwan), Telkomcel (Timor-Leste) and Telkomsel (Indonesia). Mr. Andre Beyers, Chief Marketing officer at Airtel Africa articulated, “It is important to be part of a strong alliance which can enable our enterprise customers to achieve full visibility of their regional mobile expenses for better check and control of corporate mobile spend. This gives our enterprise customers the opportunity to improve their mobile business operations at an international level. Additionally, being part of Bridge Alliance enables the customers of Airtel Africa OpCos to enjoy forwardthinking roaming services extended to new countries in Asia and beyond.” Not to mention, CEO of Bridge Alliance, Alessandro Adriani said, “We warmly welcome Airtel Africa OpCos to Bridge Alliance. This marks a new milestone for us as we enter the growing African market. Customers of Airtel Africa OpCos and of all Bridge Alliance members will enjoy geographically extended, simplified and competitive data roaming and voice services. Additionally, enterprise customers will achieve full control of their global mobile expenses and seamless mobile communications solutions.”

Tata Motors on joining hands with Total Lubricants India’s largest automobile company, Tata Motors has entered into a partnership with a pioneer in integrated oil and gas i.e. Total

GOOGLE: Translation service in 5 more African languages A leading multinational bearing expertise in internet related products and services, Google has made it’s translate service accessible in five more African languages. Stretching over to Africa, Asia, and Oceania with over 200 million speakers, Google

has come up with nine new languages in its Africa blog. In Africa, accompanying Somali and Zulu, Google added three major languages of Nigeria including Hausa (Harshen Hausa), Igbo (Asusu Igbo) and Yoruba (édé Yorùbà).

SU- KAM: Product experience centre in Uganda

A pioneer in providing the best quality invertors and UPS, Su-Kam has recently introduced a product experience centre in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. With an endeavor to further enhance its operations, the company plans to open up five more Power Shoppees in Jinja, Kampala, Mbala, Arua and Gulu towns of Uganda over the next three

MTN: Respect and admiration from the First Lady of Ghana

First Lady of Ghana, H.E. Mrs. Lordina Mahama

The leading telecommunications network in Ghana was awarded the ‘Best Information Communication Technology (ICT) Company of the Year’ during the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) Awards ceremony. The event took place at the State House in Ghana in November 2013. The AGI Awards is a national event focused at identifying industries that have dignified themselves in their respective sectors. The esteemed platform supports the utmost standards of brilliance in business. Miss Efua Falconer, Corporate Communications Manager of MTN while receiving the awards on behalf of the organization thanked the organizers and the members of AGI for their gratitude of MTN’s foremost role in the ICT industry. She also quoted, “MTN will continue in Lubricants to deliver the after-market service of commercial vehicles in different corners of Africa. Under this fruitful partnership Total Lubricants will provide its branded lubricants and expertise products through the Tata Motors sales & service centers in African markets other than South Africa as per an announcement. Commenting on the partnership, Sanjeev Garg, Tata Motors Global Head for Customer Care

its quest to use the latest in ICT solutions in achieving its vision of leading the delivery of bold new digital world to its subscribers.” The icing on the cake was the appreciation for the mobile telecom giant MTN Ghana and the MTN Foundation by the Ghana’s First Lady, Lordina Mahama. The esteemed personality of Ghana commended the organization for stepping forward and kickoff the initiative and assisted the Akropong School for the Blind with one-storey boy’s dormitory, a 20-seater ICT centre and a 33-seater bus over a threeyear period at a total cost of approximately US$ 246,779.88. The initiated bus is said to help the transportation challenges faced by the school especially for travelling out of town. The ICT Centre serves as a computer training centre for over 500 students of the school. The bus and hostel facilities of to the school at the school’s maiden Speech and Prize Giving Day, Executive Director of MTN Ghana Foundation, Mrs. Cynthia Lumor asserted, “ICT has become the driving force for development and innovation across the globe and it is critical for students including visually impaired students to have access and use it to support their studies.” All in all, MTN Ghana is booming up and distinguishing itself in a true manner in the market together with accomplishment of social responsibilities.

(Commercial Vehicles) said, “Through our partnership with Total Lubricants, we will provide our customers with superior quality lubricants, developed specially for Tata Motors commercial vehicles, enhancing the performance of our engines, gearboxes and drivelines.” Total Lubricants also endeavors to mutually assist in the modernization of Tata Motors workshops along this association.

months. As per sources, Su-Kam was amongst the few companies that first entered Uganda with power backup facility and is still making constant efforts to make a strong foothold in the country. Commenting on this, Sonia Nagpal, Global Business Head of Su-Kam stated, “We also aim to bring to the customer highly advanced solar products by means of which they can convert their existing inverters into solar inverters and derive various benefits of cost saving and reduced carbon footprint from the same.” Adding to its success, Su-Kam lately acquired a project from the Ministry of External Affairs, the Government of India to establish solar power systems in 35 schools in Rwanda. The company’s work will include the supply and installation of solar photo voltaic equipment and associated items such as power control unit packages, solar packages and home lighting systems in 35 schools in remote areas of Rwanda. The solar solutions launched by Su-Kam for household and corporate sectors added a cherry on the cake and the company anticipates making it accessible in Uganda at the earliest.


Pharmexcil: Facilitating Warehouse Facility in Nigeria An agency recognized for the promotion of pharmaceutical products from India, Pharma Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil) with an endeavor to award advantage and relaxation on the cost of logistics to the Indian pharmaceutical products exports in Africa, is planning to establish a warehouse facility for its esteemed members in Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest economic capital. The plan well supported by the Union Ministry of Commerce which will support the Indian pharmaceutical companies with various amenities like modern security provisions, power back-up facilities and internal logistics via authorized agencies along with insurance services, bank remittances and subsidized rent for warehousing. Chirag Doshi, Chairman of the Gujarat State Board of the Indian Drug Manufacturers Association (IDMA) expressed, “Access to government-supported subsidized warehousing facilities can reduce the costs but at least 40-50 percent.” Further commenting on the initiative, V Shah of Saga Laboratories said, “having a warehouse in Nigeria somewhere near Lagos can be hugely beneficial for companies exporting to nearby countries.” The Pharmexcil projects to build up similar kind of warehouses in other countries in Africa and Latin America if the formation of Lagos warehouse proves beneficial and successful. In order to assist small and medium scale drug makers in cutting down their expenses, India’s Union Commerce Ministry also divulged their plan to set up common warehouse facilities in few foreign countries endowing an advantage to the pharmaceutical exporters. On the announcement of the initiative, Nipun Jain, SME Panel chief of Pharmexcil said, “by using the warehouse of the Government, SMEs will be able to save up to 75 percent of their rent expenditures and thereby improve the export performance.”

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06 FRANKLY SPEAKING By kirit sobti, editor, iat

India had trade networks with its sister continent Africa since 10th century. These associations were fortified when both the continents shared their majestic masters

H.E. Mr. Aires Bonifacio Baptista Ali

Former Prime Minister, Republic of Mozambique

RATTLING RECEPTION TO INDIAN COMPANIES IN AFRICA The remarkable development of India has ensued in diminution of its assets like natural resources, and to develop further, more and more means and resources are essential to be on hand. The African continent is jampacked with virgin resources. Numerous fast developing Indian firms are steering Africa for their enlargement. According to United Nations, in terms of demography, Africa will be a superpower by 2100. It’s worthy to mention that India and Africa have a historic bond, Mahatma Gandhi being the supreme connection. India had trade networks with its sister continent Africa since 10th century. These associations were fortified when both the continents shared their majestic masters. Government of India has been giving grants and financial aid to Africa for its growth and development. African nations also look at India as a yardstick of development, and sought to acquire more from India’s development in numerous businesses. African nations are inviting Indian investors with doors open to invest in its various sectors. I must draw your attention towards the increasing number of Indian firms which are piloting several projects abroad and are venturing into Africa. In June 2008, Bharti Airtel, an Indian telecommunications giant, acquired Zain Africa for US$9 billion. The Tata Group, for example, an India-based multinational corporation, revealed earlier this year a $1.7 billion greenfield investment intended at enhancing automobile and hospitality dealings in the continent. Furthermore, Vedanta Resources, India's largest mining and non-ferrous metals company had spent $4 billion US dollars over the past nine years in Africa's mining sector. Brush up your memories 2 years before, when Ambani, India's richest man, had also put in greatly in Tanzania's air transport and hospitality industries. Africa's vast resources have long stirred up commercial interest. Indian corporates have already invested more than US$ 34 billion in the promising continent as of 2011 & further investments worth US$ 59.7 billion are in the pipeline.

Indian multinational companies, small and medium enterprises and individuals are already investing in Africa, and the results are encouraging. Indeed, we would like to reiterate our warm invitation to all Indian business people to make huge investments in Africa.

The new agro hub in Africa

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Agriculture Trade, Industry & Investment Small & Medium Enterprises Finance Regional Integration Peace & Security Civil Society & Governance Science & Technology

»» Information and Communication Technology »» Health »» Culture »» Sports »» Infrastructure, Energy & Environment »» Tourism »» Media & Communications

It is interesting to note that the trade between India & Africa has developed exponentially during the past decade. The trade volume has touched US$ 53.3 billion in 2010-11 & US$ 62 billion in 2011-12. It is anticipated that it would further boost up to US$ 90 billion by 2015. In 2011, India appeared as Africa's fourth largest trade partner behind China, EU & USA whereas Africa emerged as India's sixth largest trading partner behind EU, China, UAE, USA & ASEAN. It is to be noted that this volume was at a stingy US$ 3 billion in 2001. We, Indians, have to take on a chief character in the sustainable development of Africa. India has by now already commenced the trade of acquaintance, philosophies and facilities. Don’t wait for the immediate results; you can reap the sugary fruits only with your strong dedication and commitment towards the continent which will indeed build a sustainable relation between India and Africa. Adding to it, African countries have all the time graciously received the assistance provided by India. On my conversation with the High Commissioner of The Gambia, H.E. Mr. Dembo M. Badjie, the envoy urged Indian investors to take advantage of the investorfriendly climate and a host of incentives they are offering.

Smt. Preneet Kaur Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India

GUINEA: Africa is truly an emerging continent with all it countries enthusiastically participating in the race to distinguish itself as the most booming country in numerous sectors of development and growth. Guinea was on its toes to exhibit its potential in the agricultural sector in front of more than 400 distinguished international guests at the Guinea’s Development Partners and Investors Conference that took place on November 24-25, 2013 in Abu Dhabi (UAE). The West African country possesses a potential to utilize agriculture as stairway to success for economic growth and social stability by 2025. In addition, the country is propitious to have the agro-sector’s vision in alliance with that of the President’s aspiration i.e. to promote herbal, fishery and animal value chains, which would sustainably meet the nation’s food demand, thus bringing social and economic development and reducing poverty. In the words of Dr. Mima S. Nedelcovych of Schaffer Global Group (SGC), specialist in public private partnerships (PPP) in Africa, “the potential for growing two crops of rice under irrigation in the Mandiana area of Haute Guinea I enormous. All the right elements are in place, the fertile lands, the abundance of water for irrigation, and a very eager population wanting to engage in PPP schemes integrating small farmers with nucleus commercial farms.” Moreover, Guinea is the talk of the town for several investment opportunities it carries in its kitty viz. construction and maintenance of storage facilities, enterprises to produce agricultural inputs and packaging, construction and management of processing centers and the largescale production of crops like fruits, cashew, rice, vegetables, coffee, cotton, and cocoa. Livestock production and processing; creation and development of agricultural production poles to boost agro-industrial value chains are included in the list of investments. En masse, Guinea is a strategic location that would be beneficial for investors due to the key infrastructure projects such as transnational coastal road running from Lagos to Dakar, a linkage for markets across West Africa. Numerous agricultural projects are presently underway; a rice faming project using 32,000 hectare of irrigable land along the valley between the Fie and Sankarani Rivers; development of a large-scale poultry farm complex in Haute Guinea and a $200 million project to produce agricultural inputs.

Our political support for Africa has been augmented by strengthening capacity building, human resource development and closer economic cooperation including economic assistance, functional cooperation, soft loans and private sector investment.


mONDAY| JANUARY 27, 2014

Adventurous Egypt

On entering the magical world of Egypt, a tourist can witness the beautiful monuments depicting the ancient Egypt, beautiful beaches and the stunning deserts. Egypt offers a great opportunity to experience the rich culture portraying the glorifying history and old traditions. One can get lost in the temples, tombs, museums, monuments that display ancient artefacts such as coins, ceramic art, ancient emperors, mosaics, sarcophagi and mummies. The famous sound and light show at the Temple of Philae or Abu-Simbel is one of the most renowned places in Egypt.

It is the best destination for adventure lovers. Egypt award tourists with exciting sports like quad biking in eastern desert, rambling the Sinai Mountains and camping in the white desert. Another thrilling and miraculous adventurous sport to explore in Egypt is diving. Diving through the coasts of Egypt an individual can feel the underwater wealth of undersea life. The exceptional underwater living can be discovered by means of German submarine. Kite surfing in Safaga offers immense fun. The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the most eminent structures listed in the seven wonders of ancient world. It is one of the greatest architectural structures made by man and is the oldest, about 5000 years ago. It is only wonder present amongst the Seven Wonders of the World. The pyramids in Giza mainly include 3 pyramids viz. The Great Pyramid of Khufu(or Cheops), the Pyramid of Kafhre and the smaller Pyramid of Menkaura. Each pyramid is dedicated to a king of Egypt. The Sphinx lies in the front also called Abu al – Hol in Arabic which means “Father of Terror”. The entrance of the pyramid is north facing

A beautiful view of Abu Simbel

and placed at a great height. The entrance is also connected to a passageway which slide down 191 ft through the pyramid into an underground chamber. This passage takes a person to Grand Gallery which ultimately leads to the Pharaoh’s Chamber. It is built with red granite, and it is believed that the pyramid was constructed around the sarcophagus. Airshafts were also explored in the pyramids. The four airshafts were considered as the “escape routes” for the Pharaoh’s soul. Two of the airshaft directs to Orion and the other two direct towards the polar stars. Initially, the Great Pyramid of Giza was constructed to display Egypt’s wealth and power but at present the pyramids are a symbol which depicts Egypt’s rich history and culture. The Great Pyramid of Giza is a witness to the Intelligence and technological advancement of Egypt’s ancient civilization.

Interesting Facts:

1.  The pyramid is constructed with about 2,30,000 stone blocks with weight of 2-30 tons and some even weigh upto 70 tons. 2.  Two types of limestones were used in pyramid construction. The core blocks were made by soft limestone and a hard white limestone was used for the mantle. 3. The Great Pyramid could be seen from the mountains of Isarel and even moon due to its mantle. 4. The Pyramid is located at the centre of the land mass of the earth. 5.  The cornerstone present in the pyramid have ball and socket which have the capability to deal with heat expansion and earthquakes.

Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel is the most well known monument of ancient Egypt after the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Words can’t explain the amazing view when you see the marvelous sunrise upon Abu Simbel temple every day. The most spectacular feature about this monument is that it is built on the solid rocks above the banks of Nile River between the first and second cataracts. A beautiful sound and light show is played daily. In addition, Abu Simbel festival takes place twice a year in February and October. The natural sunlight and excellent architecture lights up the temple. It’s a breathtaking sight and the music, dance and

food completely complements the festival and creates a beautiful environment. Abu Simbel is located near the Egyptian border with Sudan. The closest town to the temple is Aswan. The


FACT FILE Best Time to Visit: October to April Things to Do: Horse Riding, Dining Nearest Airport: Cairo Airport Nearest Railway Station: Giza metro station, Cairo Metro

The Great Pyramid of Giza

best way to reach Abu Simbel is by boat.

Interesting Facts:

1. The Abu Simbel Temple is made of two individual temples which were build during

the rule of King Ramses II in 1200 B.C. One temple is dedicated to King Ramses II and second one to his wife Queen Nefertari. 2. The Nefertari Hotel is the closest to Abu Simbel Temple.



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Marrakesh Vegetable Curry A delicious curry to compliment your Meal Prepration Method

Ingredients »» Original recipe makes 6 servings

»» 3 cloves garlic, minced

»» 1 zucchini, sliced

»» 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

»» 2 tablespoons raisins

»» 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed »» 1 tablespoon curry powder »» 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon »» 1 medium eggplant, cubed

»» 1 cup orange juice »» 10 ounces spinach

»» 1 green bell pepper, chopped

»» 3/4 tablespoon sea salt

»» 1 red bell pepper, chopped

»» 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

»» 2 carrots, chopped

»» 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained

»» Spatula

»» 1/4 cup blanched almonds

»» Frying pan

»» 1 onion, chopped »» 6 tablespoons olive oil

Tools required »» Medium bowl

over medium heat for 3 1. In a large Dutch oven minutes. place sweet potato, 3. Pour garlic and spice eggplant, peppers, carrots, mixture into the Dutch onion, and three oven with vegetables tablespoons oil. Saute in it. Add the garbanzo over medium heat for 5 beans, almonds, minutes. zucchini, raisins, and 2. In a medium saucepan orange juice. Simmer place 3 tablespoons olive 20 minutes, covered. oil, garlic, turmeric, curry 4. Add spinach to pot powder, cinnamon, salt and cook for 5 more and pepper and saute minutes. Serve!

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What colors are displayed on the national flag of Namibia? • Red, white, blue, green, gold The world’s largest underground What is the title of Namibia’s lake is in Namibia. Name the national anthem? lake. • Namibia, Land of the Brave • Dragon’s Breath Lake Name the world’s largest known There is only one place on earth where four countries meet. complete meteorite in Namibia. Botswana is one of the “Four • Hoba Meteorite Corners of Africa”. Name the Which is the first country in the other three countries. world to incorporate “Protection • Zambia, Zimbabwe and of the Environment” into its Namibia Namibia has the world’s highest national constitution? • Namibia

The Coat of Arms of Seychelles has an animal on it. This animal has the largest population on Seychelles. Name the animal. • Turtle What was Somalia known in ancient times? • Kingdom of Punt The world’s oldest desert is in Namibia. What is this desert called? • The Namib

population of which animal? • Cheetah

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Handy Hindi Have a nice day. आपका िदन शुभ हो। I am hungry. मुझे भूख लगी है। You are looking nice. आप अचछे लग रहे हो। I love to travel. मुझे घूमना पसनद है। Can I get your number? कया मुझे आपका नंबर िमल सकता है?



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African Embassies and High Commissions in india Name of Embassy: Embassy of Burkina Faso Ambassador: H.E. Mr. Idriss Raoua OUEDRAOGO Address: F-2/4, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi-110057 Telephone: +91-11-26140641/42 Fax: +91-11-26140630

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Name of Embassy: Embassy of the Republic of Burundi Ambassador: H.E. Mr. Rubuka Aloys Address: C - 1/24, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi - 110057 Telephone: +91-11-46151947 Fax: +91-11-49503170 Name of Embassy: Comoros Consulate Ambassador: Mr. K.L.Ganju Address: 27-28, Ground floor, D.S., New Rajender Nagar, New Delhi 110060 Telephone: +91-11-28741319 Fax: +91-11-28741326 Name of Embassy: Embassy of the Republic of Congo Ambassador: H.E. Mr. Felix Ngoma Address: B -8/9 Vasant Vihar, New Delhi-110021 Telephone: 26144733/26146398 Fax: 26146880

Times Asia Wedding Fair 2014 will be one of the most comprehensive wedding and jewelry exhibition shows in India. This show will bring top professional experts from fashion and jewelry industries under the same roof. Participants from all parts of the country will attend this show and qualified foreign attendees will be present during this exhibition. Date: 30 January - 02 February 2014 Country: India Venue: Jayamahal Palace, Bangalore, India

The Entrepreneurship Summit The Entrepreneurship summit 2014 will be held for two consecutive days at IIT Bombay campus. Eminent speakers and industry leaders will discuss various important aspects of entrepreneurship. This will be the platform where the latest trends associated with entrepreneurial sector are showcased. Date: 01 - 02 February 2014 Country: India Venue: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India

India Stonemart India Stonemart is the largest exposition dedicated to the professionals working in the stone industry and will be one of the best events for the exhibitors to gain visibility and exposure for the products that they represent at the event venue. Date: 31 January - 03 February 2014 Country: India Venue: Export Promotion Industrial Park, Jaipur in Rajasthan, India

Engineering Expo – Indore Engineering Expo provides a perfect opportunity for Indian & Foreign companies to exhibit their products and services, interact with buyers and sellers and make new tie-ups Engineering Expo, will be spread across 1,00,000 sq ft, with 400+ participants and an estimated 65,000 footfalls including a flurry of engineers, technocrats, manufactures, traders, government officials and corporate. Date: 31 January - 03 February 2014 Country: India Venue: Labhganga Exhibition Center, Indore, India

Save Power Save Power Show, Kerala’s First exhibition on Renewable Energy which was held from 01 to 03 Feb at CIAL Trade Fairs & Exhibition Centre - Cochin attracted huge response. This is the only exhibition in Kerala showcasing more than 100 Renewable Energy companies in the field of Solar, Wind and Bio Gas Energy from all over India under one roof. Date: 01 - 03 February 2014 Country: India Venue: CIAL Trade Fairs & Exhibition Centre, Cochin, India

Retail Leadership Summit Retail Leadership Summit-RLS 2014 will be a two day event and will be held in Mumbai. This summit will help leaders from the retail sector to interact with each other and to share innovative thoughts. This will be the ideal platform for participants to increase their networking opportunities as this event will bring together CEOs, entrepreneurs and RAI members under one roof. Date: 05 - 06 February 2014 Country: India Venue: Renaissance Hotel & Convention Centre Mumbai, Mumbai, India



Gospel Musical Awards 2013

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Ecobank’s support to Nollywood Nollywood is the talk of the town: The leading pan African banking group of Africa, Ecobank, operating currently in 35 countries recognised the worth of Nollywood recently. Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) has sponsored a set of Nollywood filmmakers on the project ‘Project Nollywood’ providing an initial rolling budget of N100 million to the industry. Nollywood, the motion picture industry in Nigeria is

Elegant walk by Nigerian models

the talk of the town across the length and breadth of the African continent. Nollywood has taken the world under its clout such as the frontiers of Europe, North America and Asia with the foreign crowd building its route to Nigeria to have the feel of soil of Africa. According to Group Chief Executive Officer of ETI, Mr. Thierry Tanoh, Ecobank is strategically positioned to play a leading role in the cultural renaissance of Africa with its

Moves and Grooves on the Musical Tunes: The nation known for its national parks was the talk of the town last December as it played host to the Gospel Musical Awards that came off at Yaounde Multipurpose Sports Complex. The ceremony was organised by DRIMP Foundation which is a non-profit organisation contributing to the socio-cultural development of the country viz. various multiple projects. The talented, hugely celebrated personalities came together to reward artistes of gospel music for their hard work, innovative vision and work while bring artistes from Camerron and Nigeria at one platform. Musicians like Grace Deca, Madeleine Yombi, Queen Eteme and David K. graced the music awards with their esteemed presence among others as the young talented Christian musician showcased rich talents in gospel music. The participation of Uche Agu of the famous joyous celebration of South Africa was first-of-its kind in Cameroon. The best gospel music artiste award was bagged by Congo’s Charles Citenga, the Gospel Revelation for 2013 went to the Group PS while Golden Voices of Eglise Evangelique Jouvence recorded to its name the best Gospel Choir award. Also, Ruth Akande, a fourteen year old kid won the trophy for the best gospel kid. Roger Nforgwei, the promoter of Gospel Music Awards 2013 asserted that the agenda of the concert was to entertain people while educating them and endorsing values that will help the missions and purpose leaders have given for themselves.

Glits & Glamz at 2013 Stellar Gospel Music Awards

premiered in Nigerian and presence in 35 sub-Saharan other African countries. The countries and Nollywood is movies included a romantic the best route for achieving comedy, Caught in the Middle; this is through story-telling medium like the film industry. an action packed adventure, Ecobank’s sponsorship enabled 100 Days in the Jungle; a gripping suspense drama, the filmmakers to produce films Senseless and a fascinating on 35mm celluloid format also yet intriguing romantic drama, permitting their works into the Letter to a Stranger. mainstream of world cinema. Chico further added, According to sources, a researcher estimates the “Ecobank believes that only revenue to be generated by banks can jumpstart the potential of Nollywood, as sales and rentals of movies in can be seen from the Lagos State alone can be N804 multi-billion dollar million per week adding up Hollywood in to an estimates N33.5 America, which billion per annum. is massively Also, demand for backed by broadcast content American in Nigeria averages b a n k s . ” 836, 580 hours N o v i a , of programming a n o t h e r per year is valued producer at N250 billion. from ‘Project Producer Chico Nollywood’ Ejiro, part of ‘Project noted, ‘Ours is a Nollywood’ heartedly company with the sole praised the efforts of Ecobank aim of producing quality to fund the business plan and Nollywood movies that would making available millions of naira give maximum entertainment for the production and worldwide and enjoyment. We are distribution of the movies. The proud to be associated with quartet of Chico Ejiro, Fidelis this epoch-making venture Duker, Charles Novia and Fred Amata produced a well researched, and want more corporate bodies to emulate Ecobank well interpreted and technically in supporting the nation’s sound movies touching a chord in the heart of the audience that entertainment industry.’

Miss Buy Ghana 2013: Farousa Bawah A Brain Game: Ghana, the West African nation in its efforts to get global came up with a new pageant; Miss Buy Ghana 2013. A graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Farousa Nasara Bawah was crowned Miss Buy Ghana 2013. The maiden edition is an initiative under the auspices of A2Z Firm Movement in conjunction with the Ministries of Trade and Industry, Information & Media Relation and Tourism, Culture & Creative Art with an objective of presenting Ghana at international fora. Also, Afi Suda Alormasor, a second year student of the University of Ghana Legon and Cil-Vya Nana Ama Qwabea, a second year student of KNUST marks their position at second and third slot respectively. The three winners were shortlisted after going through their business plan presented by the contestants that night and judged how they responded to general questions. The different activities of the pageant scored thirty per cent, the buy to support scored twenty percent and an assessment form scored fifty per cent. The three winners are also expected to commence their own business with the winning money in isolation with national duty to promote MADE IN GHANA goods and services.


Stepping up the ladder of FIFA world rankings EGYPT: With the New Year making its pace, Africa has also got its top football champion nations as per the world rankings. Egypt has made its foothold in the first FIFA rankings of 2014, climbing 10 places to be at 31st in the world. It is the fourth best team in Africa, surpassing the champions Nigeria, who in the slipped to seventh rank. South Africa also climbed eight places on the ladder to sit in 54th spot in the world. Though, Burkina

Faso has drastically dropped to 11th place in the African list. The ranking can probably jiggle up the order of the African sides as FIFA would include outcomes from the African Nations Championship- a tournament for locally based players which is going on from 11 January to 1 February. Also, this year’s finals landscapes 16 clubs, including heavyweights Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. All in all, this year’s Africa’s top


Djamel shined in the race of referees yet again

10 champions list is the following (with the country’s previous ranking): Ivory Coast (1) Ghana (2) Algeria (3) Egypt (6) Cape Verde (5) Mali (7) Nigeria (4) Tunisia (8) Cameroon (9) South Africa (13)

ALGERIA: Algerian referee, Haimoudi Djamel has once again grabbed the first mark and was titled “Referee of the Year” for the second successive phase. The 43 year old sports lover has outpaced Alioum Neant (Cameroon) and Papa Bakary Gassama (The Gambia) for the award of the finest ‘knight of the whistle’ in Africa. The 2013 Glo-CAF Awards came off on January 9 in Lagos, Nigeria and CAF Executive Committee member, Magd Shams El Din, honoured Haimoudi Djamel at the event. Worth to mention, Djamel is one of the potential African referees shortlisted for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Algiers hosts Africa Handball Cup of Nations ALGERIA: The 21st Africa Handball Cup of Nations was launched in the capital and largest city of Algeria, Algiers at Harcha Hacene sports hall on January 16, 2014. The event kicked off with the participation of twenty teams representing 13 countries. The ceremony was distinct by an intriguing show which was attended by Minister of Youth and Sports, Mohamed Tahmi; Chairman of the Confederation of African Handball (CAHB) Mansourou Aremou along with other political and sports personalities. Furthermore, the fourth edition of African Handball Cup of Nations after 1976, 1989 and 2000, is being hosted by Algeria. For the same, Algerian men’s team is focused to book a place in the World Cup 2015 and the African title whereas the Algerian women’s team is optimistic to qualify for the world cup in Denmark 2015.

Africa: A football crazy continent

Mathilde Petitjean Amivi to represent Sochi Olympics 2014 TOGO: A 19 year old girl, Mathilde Petitjean Amivi is proud to represent Togo, her maternal land in the upcoming Sochi Olympics 2014. Amivi will be a part of a delegation of three athletes going to compete for Togo at the winter Olympics games. Born in 1994 in Niger, Amivi was born to a French father and a Togolese mother (Odette Adzo), Mathilde living in France got a name in the

junior category 2, also she was vice-champion of France and won three titles of vice-champion of France in sprint, mass start and skiathlon (a race that combines classical and technical skating) in Young 2. When asked how she feels representing Togo, Amivi asserted, “Togo is a part of me: food, listen to the dialect…I am a mixture of both (Togo and France), I bathe in it!”

Feisty Kiwis pushed India down

India loses NO.1 ranking The feisty Kiwis have retained their drive and taken a striking 2-0 lead in the five-match series with a 15-run win in the 2nd ODI at Hamilton centered on D/L method. So, for now, the hosts New Zealand are in a relaxed mode, no need to worry with a 2-0 lead over India, who was in full swing in the series as awe-inspiring beloveds. One thing is for sure that things have not gone India's way and in both losses, they have marginally fallen short of their target. India, who

desperately needed a win to retain their top spot, made a valiant effort to overhaul the revised target of 297 in 42 overs but flunked to cross the finishing line scoring 277 for 9 in 41.3 overs in the 2nd ODI, giving Australia pole position in the ICC ODI rankings. The Duckworth– Lewis method (D/L method) is a mathematical preparation intended to analyze the target score for the team batting second in a restricted overs match broken up by weather or other conditions.

NIGERIA: The Nigerian international defender, Elderson Echiejile is all geared up to join the big-spending French league side Monaco from Portuguese club Sporting Braga. As the Elderson’s contract with Braga is going to end in June this year and he will be returning to France having spent three years with Rennes from 2007. The 25 year old player has till date every match for Nigeria as they won the

Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa last year. Monaco, the preference of Elderson is the second in Ligue 1, five points behind leaders Paris St-Germain. Also, Ivory Coast striker Lacina Traore entered Monaco from Russian Club Anzhi Makhachkala for an unrevealed fee earlier in January this year. Many Nigerians like Victor Ikpeba, Lukman Haruna, Sanj Keita and Rabiu Afolabi have erstwhile joined Monaco.

Elderson Echiejile all set for Monaco

A Race to Victory

Shining Stars of Africa at Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon INDIA: The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, an yearly international marathon held in Mumbai, India, had earlier set course records of fastest times ever run for a marathon in India in both men's and women's categories – 2:09:32 by Jackson Kiprop, Uganda and 2:24:33 by the women's winner Valentine Kipketer, Kenya. The Mumbai marathon takes place on the third Sunday of January every year, in its 11th edition, once again African community marked its presence with a big bang when Ethiopia’s Dinknesh Mekash, last year’s runner-up, went a step ahead by sealing the finish line in 2.28.08 seconds and won the overall women’s title at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon along with other Africans in different categories. Also, this year’s men’s event of US$ 360,000 prize money is accomplished by Evan Ruto from Kenyan. The 30-year-old Ruto finished in first place in 2:09:33, just a second slower than the course record of 2:09:32 set by Uganda’s Jackson Kiprop last year. Kimaiyo cemented second place in 2:09:45 and Baaru was 13 seconds behind in third place. Not to mention, Ruto won US$ 41,000 for his sweats, but missed out on the course record bonus of US$ 15,000. Kimaiyo had to be gratified with US$ 21,000, while Baaru was better-off with US$ 15,000. And when the talk is India, how can Indians be left out. The Army men maintained its dominance with Karan Singh of the Army Sports Institute athletes won the Indian men’s full marathon in a time of 2:24:08 together with others from the institure such as Rashpal Singh of Sikh Regiment, Jabalpur Centre came in second with a timing of 2:24:38, followed by last year’s winner, Binning Lynghkoi in 2:

24:40. The dream of qualifying for the London Olympics became a reality for Ram Singh Yadav at this marathon itself in 2012 when he clocked his best marathon time of 2:16:59. The proud moment for Indians came when Lalita Babbar of

Central Railway shaped history by completing a hat-trick of conquests by winning the Indian women’s full marathon in a new record time of 2:50:31. Lalita’s record time was a complete three minutes better than her time of 2:53:42 erstwhile.

Ethiopia’s Dinknesh Mekash crosses the finish line in 2.28.08 seconds to win the overall women’s title at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, 2014



Rwanda’s economic growth was swift in the years following the genocide. It is now consolidating gains in social development and stimulating growth. Rwanda’s long-term development goals are embedded in its Vision 2020. H.E. Mr. Francois Kanimba, Minister of Trade and Industry speaks to Kanchi Batra, Sub-Editor, INDO AFRICA TIMES in a candid interview about the achievements and accomplishments of the country and his vision to transform Rwanda from a low-income agriculture-based economy to a knowledge-based and serviceoriented economy by 2020.

H.E. Mr. Francois Kanimba Minister, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Rwanda

How the Ministry is dedicated to provide a conducive environment for expansion of the economy through investments? Rwanda has been perhaps the most successful country in terms of creating a conducive business environment in comparison to our neighboring countries for business. According to World Bank Doing Business Report; Rwanda is ranked number 3 in the African continent and globally it is at number 52 out of the 173 counties. Our vision is to be amongst the first 30 countries worldwide classified to be the best in terms of doing business. Rwanda is commonly known as “The Land of Thousand Hills”. Could you just throw some light on the assets of the country?

We have a very young population, so the first asset of the country is its populace. Despite the fact that Rwanda has undergone a sad history, the Rwandan Genocide of 1994 was a

I found the concept of Lesdep extremely useful traumatic and horrifying event, we got a chance to re-unite Rwandan people and bring them together. The population is actually mobilized to work and the new Government has been in the position to build the country which is its second asset. Rwanda today is recognized to be a unique country in Africa which is corruption free. The governance structure of a country has been one of the main drivers of high growth rate and Rwanda has been in the position to achieve this in the last decade. Also, the country is a tourist spot which has a huge potential. Rwanda is a land locked country but we have a unique comparative advantage of being at the heart of Africa, as we are surrounded by 5 East African countries.

Do you bid to have India’s interference in any particular sector of Rwanda?

Rwanda has a growing agro processing industry. The country has suitable climatic conditions and the Government has been focusing on to improving the productivity in this

sector. For instance, we have some crops which are in surplus which may be processed to expand marketability beyond our boundaries. In my view, agro processing is extremely important sector along with tourism industry. Also, the recent exploration activities have shown that Rwanda has huge mining reserves.

The south-south co-operation between Rwanda and India has been growing immensely. We see more and more Indians supporting capacity building programs in Rwanda which is definitely going to support our program to increase the Small and Medium Enterprises in the country.

Our export base is not well diversified. It is still dominated by traditional exports mainly some cash crops like tea, coffee, and pyrethrum which is used to produce pesticides. As we diversify our export base, exporting manufacturing product in bigger market surrounding Rwanda is going to be fundamental and that’s the area where we would like to engage Indian manufacturing industry on how we can maximize its potential.

Our vision is to upgrade Rwanda from a category of least developed country. This vision of 2020 was setup in the year 2000 and we have gone 10 years down the road of process and growth. Recently, we made an assessment to see how far we have gone to achieve this vision. The assessment showed that we are on good track, we are on the way to meet our economic status but still the way to go is quite long that’s why we need to intensify our effort to accelerate our economic growth to be in a position to reach and meet our economy status by 2020.

What are the major exports of the country?

Could you please throw some light on the bi-lateral trade relations between Rwanda and India?

Where do you see your country five (05) years down the line?

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