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Kirit Sobti, Editor-in-chief, The Times Of africa Dear Readers, I am delighted to receive such an awe-inspiring response for the first Bi-Monthly issue of THE TIMES OF AFRICA and it gives me enormous pleasure to come out with the subsequent issue. India’s long awaited dream to host the Formula One Grand Prix is finally coming true. Our ‘Top Story’ has a very interesting coverage on it. This issue, I am introducing one new section to my magazine ‘Business Bulletin’. Mozambique, a country blessed with stunning beaches and wild safaris, is often called as the ‘Land of Smiles’. This sense of excitement is captured in this issue as the ‘Highlighted Country’. Further, I plan to bring fresh news each issue to cover the whole spectrum of information on Africa under the section ‘Current Affairs’. To all those who shared their experiences and stories for our section ‘In Rendezvous with...’ I thank you all. It was a pleasure bringing your story to our readers. I tried to showcase noteworthy success stories of the leading brands such as WAPCOS. Further, to make the magazine more effective, all efforts are made to approach the African Diaspora and to collect information through personal interviews, in our section ‘Brands & Businesses’. Snoring can be real disturbing. Well, I tried to solve this problem for you in our section ‘Doctor’s Advice’. In July, my team participated in an Interactive session with Mr. J.K. Tripathi, Ambassador Designate to Zimbabwe. Read on the coverage in the section ‘Business Conferences & Meetings’. It is my hope that you will enjoy our section ‘Celebrations & Feasts’ showcasing some glances of the National Day celebrations. For all those readers who are fiercely passionate about different hair braiding designs, this issue has some interesting tips for them in the section ‘Fashion, Trends & Customs’. Finally our section ‘What’s on’ and ‘Know more about Africa’ are up to date with the required information. Reader’s comments about the contents of articles are warmly encouraged. Happy Reading! Kirit Sobti

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Letters to the Editor Business Bulletin

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Highlighted CountryMozambique People & Society Geography Greetings Investment Opportunities Economy Nightlife in Mozambique List of Theatres, Cinemas & Night clubs Cultural Heritage Cuisine When to visit Sports & Leisure Wildlife Discover Mozambique Current News

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Airtel Grand Prix of India »» Mr. Koffi Akakpo, Charge d’ Affairs a.i, Embassy of the Republic of Togo, New Delhi »» H.E. Mr. Jonathan Wutawunashe, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, New Delhi

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»» Indocorp Afro-Asian Consultants

21 Current Affairs

»» Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Morocco, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

30 In Rendezvous With...

»» Mr. Bapfinda Epimeni, First Counselor, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Burundi, New Delhi »» H.E. Mr. Simon Bulupy, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Posts, Telephones and Telecommunication, Democratic Republic of Congo »» H.E. Mr. Frangois Balumuene, Ambassador, Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo, New Delhi »» H.E. Mr. Khaled El Bakly, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Egypt, New Delhi »» Dr. Kheri O. Goloka, Minister Counsellor/Medical Attaché, Tanzania High Commission, New Delhi

Top Story

»» Wapcos »» Zoomlion Ghana Ltd. »» Bioessence, Senegal »» HabibOil Limited, Uganda »» St John’s Medical Center, Zambia

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Celebrations & Feasts

»» 51st Gabon National Day »» Egyptian Night »» Comoros National Day »» Sharda-Africa Congregate 2011

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»» Q&A 10 Minutes with Mr. Sering Modou Njie, Deputy Head of Mission, The Gambia High Commission, New Delhi

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»» Ghana to host All Africa Golf Championship 2012

66 Fashion, Trends & Customs »» Hair Braiding Designs

»» Snoring—Awareness, Information & Management

»» The Secret of One: Kites for Peace

55 UN News 56 Business Conferences & Meetings

»» Launch of “The African Dream from Poverty to Prosperity”a book written by H.E. Ngwazi Prof. Bingu wa Mutharika, President, Republic of Malawi »» Interactive session with Mr. J.K. Tripathi, Ambassador Designate to Zimbabwe

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Letters to the editor

Letters to The Editor Excellent publication of Volume III Issue 3. I am impressed with both the content and the professionalism that went into the magazine. Many congratulations to the team of THE TIMES OF AFRICA. Looking forward to a special edition on The Gambia in future. Dembo M. Badjie High Commissioner/Ambassador, The Gambia High Commission, New Delhi

A very good magazine with nice articles and presentation, highlighting the progress in Africa. Congratulations to the team of THE TIMES OF AFRICA and keep up the good work. Mucyo Rutishisha 2nd Counsellor, Rwanda High Commission, New Delhi

THE TIMES OF AFRICA has done it again. The last publication was superb and well presented. The pictures are well captured and it is indeed an informative and educative magazine. One comment that I would like to make is that Malawi has a new flag which can also be found on our website (www.Malawi-India.org). In the next publication please use the New Flag for Malawi pictures. I hope you will continue featuring Malawi superbly as you have done in your subsequent publications. Alfred Vilili, Councelor High Commission of the Republic of Malawi, New Delhi

The High Commission of the Republic of Rwanda extends its appreciation to THE TIMES OF AFRICA for the story on Rwanda and National Day pictures published in Volume III Issue 3. We look forward to strong collaboration and sharing necessary information on our future events. Joseph KABAKEZA Counsellor, Rwanda High Commission, New Delhi

The Seychelles High Commission would like to praise THE TIMES OF AFRICA for its invaluable role as an excellent conduct between India and Africa. Jean Claude Adrienne First Secretary, Seychelles High Commission, New Delhi

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Business Bulletin

Business Bulletin Bharti Airtel has been awarded a licence to operate 2G and 3G GSM mobile services in Rwanda. Bharti Airtel plans to invest over $100 million in its operations in Rwanda over the next three years. With this licence, the company’s footprint across the African continent will expand to 17 countries.

8th CII EXIM Bank Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership would be held on 18th – 20th March 2012 at Taj Palace, New Delhi

Vodafone Osu Cafe in Ghana is Africa’s fastest Internet speed centre with a minimum of 40MB per second. The 24-hour Internet café centre is fully equipped with 29-seater terminal and a five-seater wifi zone.

Through the World Food Programme, India will provide humanitarian assistance of US$ 8 million to the countries afflicted with severe famine and drought in the Horn of Africa i.e. Somalia, Kenya and Djibouti.

National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) to host the 19th International Technology Fair on 14th - 27th November 2011 at Hall No.14, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The fair will be a perfect platform for entrepreneurs interested in keeping abreast with the latest technological developments in the Micro, Small and Medium Sector. The show would cover wide range of engineering, manufacturing & allied industries. It is also an ideal platform to network/ establish new business contacts/renew old contacts, discover new market opportunities and enhance market access in India & abroad.

The following three Line of Credits have been recently signed by Exim Bank: a. USD 150 Million to Ecowas Bank for Investment and Development (EBID), West Africa for financing export of goods and services and project exports. b. USD 168 Million to the Government of The Democratic Republic of Congo for financing The Ketende HydroElectric Project in Democratic Republic of Congo. c. USD 80 Million to the Government of The Republic of Burundi for financing The Kabu Hydro Electric Project in Burundi.

African Development Bank USD 22.5m African Development Fund loan for Bamako Digital Complex Upscaling ICT & Entrepreneurship Skills in Mali and West Africa On 7 September, 2011 the African Development Bank Board of Executive Directors approved a

USD 22.5m African Development Fund loan to the Republic of Mali to finance a major

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digital complex in the capital, Bamako. “This project is important for my country and the

first of its kind in West Africa. With the Bamako Digital Complex, before December 2011, Mali will


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be connected through fiber optic to six out of its seven neighbors. It is an innovative project in its design, positioning and vision. It has the ability to lay the necessary foundation today so that tomorrow our citizens have the competencies in an area as strategic as Information and Communication Technology (ICT). It will support and reinforce current national policies on job creation. It’s a project of tomorrow, it’s a project of the future”, said H.E. Mr. Modibo Ibrahim Toure, Minister of Posts and New Technologies of Mali at the signing ceremony held at the AfDB in Tunis. The main objectives of this project are to (i) increase the use of ICT and upgrade the skills of the population of Mali and other West African countries; and (ii) strengthen Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) to support research and innovation in ICT. The AfDB is the largest financier of this USD 37 million project with contributions from the Government of Mali (USD 3 million) and the French development agency (USD 11.5 million). “Mali is pioneering a new

approach breaking the walls between education systems and businesses. We hope to be doing more of such operations that combine PPPs, linking universities and training facilities to business incubators and using new technologies to improve learning outcomes” said AfDB’s Human Development Director, Agnès Soucat. The Bamako Digital Complex is composed of three main Information and Communication Technology development poles: »» A Techno Center to build human capital, increase competitiveness and create jobs especially for youth. It will seek to train 30 ICT engineers, 120 technicians, 600 civil servants and 150 job seekers per year, and increase women’s participation development. »» A Techno Park housing a data center, business incubators and technology firms; and »» A Techno Village - a convention center to showcase latest innovations in various developments sectors, hosting events gathering

experts, researchers, and academics from Africa and globally. “The Bamako Digital Complex will promote the digital economy in Mali by contributing to the modernization of the public administration, strengthening PPPs in delivering services to the citizens of Mali and other West African Countries”, said M. Gilbert Mbesherubusa, Directeur, AfDB Transport and Information and Communication Technology Department. AfDB’s support to the Bamako Digital Complex contributes to the 2007 Kigali Connect for Africa Summit which committed to create an enabling environment for the improvement of ICT in Africa. Following the Kigali Connect for Africa Summit the AfDB approved a USD 14 million loan to support a Regional ICT Center of Excellence in Kigali. The priorities of the Bamako Digital Complex are consistent with one of the main pillars of the Bank’s strategy to support Higher Education, Science and Technology in order to build the continent’s capacity for research and innovation and promote inclusive growth in Africa.

AfDB approves USD 24 million Budget Support Loan for Zambia The African Development Bank Board of Directors has approved a USD 24-million loan to finance Zambia’s fourth poverty reduction budget support program. The African Development Fund (ADF) loan is part of USD 159 million budget support operation financed by World Bank ($30 m loan), European Commission ($43.5 m grant), UK’s Department for International Development ($41.6 m grant), Germany ($13.6 m grant), and Finland ($6.8 grant). The program aims at improving the efficiency and transparency of public financial management. “Our goal is to create transparent, efficient and equitable mechanisms to improve public expenditure management and provide better service delivery in the poorest districts of Zambia”, said Agnes Soucat, AfDB Director for Social and Human Development. The program will provide safe water supply to 36 districts, improve school enrolment and retention of adolescent girls. The program will also provide full immunization to children aged below one year in 20 of the country’s poor districts.

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Business Bulletin

AfDB and Liberia Sign USD 56 Million Budget Support and Public Works Grant Agreements As Bank Establishes Field Office in Monrovia The Liberian government’s efforts to accelerate economic growth and reduce poverty received a boost on 11th August 2011 with the signing of two USD 56-million (UA 35 million) grant agreements to improve public financial management and infrastructure maintenance capacity in public works. The agreements, comprising a USD 48-million budget support grant and a USD 8-million supplementary grant for infrastructure, were signed in Monrovia by AfDB Operations Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration Vice-President, Bobby Pittman and the Liberian Finance Minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan. Speaking during the event, Vice President Pittman commended the ministry of finance for modernizing Liberia’s public financial management system. In particular, he praised the launch and roll out of Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS), Integrated Tax Administration System (ITAS), and Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA).

Mr. Pittman reiterated Bank’s commitment to support reforms consolidation in public financial management and business enabling environment. The Economic Governance and Competitiveness Support Program (EGCSP) grant, approved in June, will be disbursed in three tranches between 2011 and 2014. The overarching goal of the program is to accelerate economic growth and reduce poverty through support to financial and economic governance reform. It is designed to: Improve fiscal discipline, efficiency and effectiveness of public expenditure; Strengthen revenue administration inlcuding transparency and accountability of revenue from the extractive industries; Enhance competitive business environment. For his part, Senator John Ballout of Maryland County who represented communities directly benefiting from the Fish Town-Harper road rehabilitation project, commended the Bank for the renewed support. He expressed the hope that the road would

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be paved soon. The supplementary grant will finance capacity improvement activities in the public works ministry and among local contractors and communities, to maintain roads using labor-based methods. The project also promotes women and youth participation in socioeconomic infrastructure maintenance to facilitate diversification of economic activities. Initiated in December 2007, when the Bank approved a USD 24-million (UA15.24 million) to support a Labor-Based Public Works Project, it is designed to improve productive livelihoods and service delivery in Liberia. The Bank further approved the supplementary grant in June 2011 to enable adequate implementation of the “Capacity Development for Infrastructure Maintenance” component of the Project. It includes rehabilitation of the 125km Fish Town–Harper Road which is about 70% complete; as well as works on schools and clinics in Maryland and River Gee counties. The labor-based methods

employed in the project implementation have been contributing to the reduction of unemployment and poverty in the country through the creation of job opportunities for people in the project area. The Bank currently supports over 10 projects in 5 major sectors in Liberia, to the tune of over USD 160 million. Notable amongst these are the Economic Governance and Institutional Support Programme (USD 48 million), the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project (USD 41.6 million) and the Agricultural Sector Rehabilitation Project (USD 20 million). Meanwhile, the Bank has reinforced its support to Liberia with the opening of its field office in Monrovia in line with the institution’s decentralization program. The Field Office Resident Representative, Maggie Hilda Kilo presented her letter of appointment to the Liberian government this week. Mrs. Kilo had previously served as the Bank’s Sierra Leone Resident Representative and manager of the Fragile States Unit.


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ith millions of ardent followers, cricket is the ‘religion’ of India. But since time immemorial, India has welcome changes and new concepts. The transition towards the industrial society provides the most pertinent illustration of the profound implications, which the full diffusion of new technologies can have on family structures, work relations, settlement patterns, economic and political power configurations, and also on behavior patterns and value systems.

The most recent buzz spreading like a virus is the breathtaking Formula One racing to be hosted in India from October 28th – October 30th. We are

fortunate to host the 18th Championship F1 Race at Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, near Delhi. It is an opportunity that could give a major boost to the country’s motor sport sphere. This is a dream come true for millions of F1 fans! Formula OneTM, also known as Formula 1TM or F1TM or Grand PrixTM and referred to officially as the FIA Formula One World ChampionshipTM, is the premier class of single seater auto racing certified by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). The F1TM season consists of a series of races, held on purpose-built circuits and public roads. The result of each race is combined to determine two annual World Championships, one for

the drivers and one for the constructors, with racing drivers, constructor teams, track officials, organizers and circuits required to be holders of valid Super License, the highest class of racing license issued by the FIA. The effort to host a formula one show doubtlessly displays that India has come a long way from the shackles of poverty, conventions, out-dated technology, and inadequate infrastructures. The tickets are selling like hot cakes online. 7000 lower tier tickets priced at Rs 2500 have already been sold. Fans are now starting to opt for more expensive tickets. The price range of the tickets is between 2500 to 35,000 INR.

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Looking back: India’s F1 journey

The plans for hosting a F1 race in India started way back in 1997. By 2003, two race tracks were fully built in Chennai and Coimbatore. Then, there were plans to build race tracks in Hyderabad and Bangalore, which fizzled out. In fact, a 7 year pre-agreement were signed to host Indian Grand Prix near Hyderabad, but this agreement never led anywhere and the race track location was used for building IT park.

moved to the fore either. Then, in 2007, five locations – Bangalore, Gurgaon, New Delhi, Lucknow and a street circuit in New Delhi were below the scanner to build a F1 race track. Nothing came of that either.

race track and the track was to be constructed by the Jaypee Group. After assessing plans, Bernie Ecclestone declared that the Indian Formula One race will be scheduled for 2011. The final location for the F1 race track was changed from Gurgaon in Haryana to Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh.

In 2009, the Indian Olympics Association made a temporary agreement with Bernie Ecclestone to host the F1 in India. Gurgaon was chosen for the

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Race Track

Formula One race track for the Indian leg of the 2011 season is `1000 crore. The race track will be laid on 865 acres of land, in the 2500 acre Jaypee Green Sports City. Formula One cars are expected to get an average speed of 210 kmph around the track. The main straight will permit F1 drivers to floor the throttle and to reach a maximum speed of 320 kmph. The Indian F1 race track will have 16 corners. The race track stadium will have a capacity to hold 1,20,000 spectators and a huge grandstand near the 10 and 11 turns of the race track, that can provide accommodation to fortunate 30,000 spectators under its shade.

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he 5.14 km F1 race track is constructed by Jaypee Sports International (JSPI) at the Jaypee Sports City, in Greater Noida, adjacent to the Yamuna Expressway that connects Noida and Agra and roughly

35 kms away from New Delhi. Herman Tilke designed this race track with inputs from Bernie Ecclestone. According to some sources the expected cost of constructing the

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Experts have predicted that this track will create approximately $170 million in income for local hotels, and tourism sectors. The blessings in disguise of a massive investment around $300 million are about the 10,000 generations of jobs for unemployed youth.


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Sponsors Companies shell out huge sums of money to make their brands recognizable on Formula One cars. The sponsorship is like a global media platform for the sponsors. Indian telecom giant Bharti Airtel is the title sponsor of the Indian Grand Prix. Following are the list of sponsors for F1. »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »» »»

Altria (Marlboro) Benetton Group Beta Tools Brembo British American Tobacco (Lucky Strike) Brooke Bond Oxo Candy Ceramiche Ragno Champion

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Compaq Computer Associates Copersucar Credit Suisse DHL Eifelland Essex Petroleum Federal Express First National Bank Fondmetal SpA Foster’s, Gallaher (Benson & Hedges) Hewlett-Packard Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank Hugo Boss Imperial Tobacco (Embassy) Imperial Tobacco (Gold Leaf) Imperial Tobacco (JPS) Japan Tobacco (Mild Seven) Martini & Rossi Orange

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Parmalat PlayStation (Sony) Politoys Red Bull Reemtsma (West) Saudia Airlines SEITA (Gitanes & Gauloises) Siemens Skol Sonax STP Corporation TAG-Heuer Tissot Unipart UOP Valvoline Villiger (Tabatip) Vodafone Warsteiner Brauerei Yardley

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Considering the fact that 100,000 spectators will be coming to BIC, your travel time to the Circuit might take much longer than normal. Therefore, please keep extra travel time in mind to reach BIC on time to enjoy all Race events. The events on all three days are spread from morning till evening. You are requested to plan your itinerary accordingly. The gates will open at 9:30 a.m, on the race days. Buddh International Circuit is conveniently divided into four colour zones. Yellow for North Zone, Red for West Zone, Green for South Zoneand Blue for East Zone.

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You are requested to adhere to your zone colour and follow the signages while trying to reach the circuit and while approaching your respective stand. Children below 5 (five) years are not allowed inside the circuit. Parents and guardians should ensure that children wear correct hearing protection at all times due to extreme volume of noise. Help Desk: Bilingual volunteers in BIC uniform are there to assist you with queries. There are 5 Box Offices / Help Desks at the circuit. Please follow the signages to reach the nearest Help Desk.

List of prohibited items As there is no locker facility at the circuit, any prohibited items, if brought at the venue by mistake, may be left in your vehicle or else will have to be thrown in the bin. »» Big hand bags, brief cases, large ladies hand bags, backpacks »» Please do not carry cigar, cigarette, beedi, match box, lighter etc. as smoking in public places is prohibited by law »» Any kind of cooked / uncooked, packed / unpacked food & beverages (both alcoholic and non alcoholic) »» Glass/plastic containers, cans, bottles and smoke canister »» Pets

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Professional audio visual equipment, professional cameras Any object which can be used as a weapon, fireworks, crackers, flares, inflammable material, and laser pointers weapon or any fire arm/weapon (even licensed) Musical instruments and/or amplification equipments, whistles / loud hailers Bicycle, scooter, skate board, roller blade etc. Chairs, stools, small tables, flags with poles Any other item prohibited by law specifically or considered to be a risk to the safety and security of the circuit and spectators.

Do’s »» P lease make sure that your vehicle bears the parking sticker corresponding to the ticket day »» You will not be allowed entry to the circuit and to the parking area even if you have a valid ticket / permit for the wrong event day / date

Don’ts »» D o not fold your ticket »» Do not place your ticket next to devices with magnetic fields (computers, mobile phones, etc) »» You will not be allowed to enter the circuit if you lose your ticket. Duplicate tickets will not be issued. No refund demand will be entertained. »» Do not expose your ticket to heat »» Do not puncture holes in your tickets It’s a well known fact that Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor starrer Ra.One is creating quite a stir among the spectators. Whilst things are going on superbly for Ra.One so far, Shah Rukh Khan might just be successful in closing another major promotion deal. According to some reliable sources, actor is planning to rope in F1 racer Michael Schumacher to endorse the movie by bearing Ra.One logos in the car he would be driving in the Grand Prix race. An astounding occurrence awaits Indian F1 fans in 2011.We get to watch Formula One drivers driving their F1 race cars at breath-taking speeds Live in our own country’s race track. Emergence of Formula One in India out of all criticism will surely write a new saga of victory and a spectacular dawn of a nation’s glory.

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highlighted country - Mozambique

Highlighted country

Fact File Official Name: Republic of Mozambique Capital City: Maputo President: H.E. Mr. Armando Emílio Guebuza Independence Day: June 25, 1975 Area: 799,380 sq km

National Flag The national flag of Mozambique was officially adopted on May 1, 1983. The flag consists of four colours. Green, black, yellow and white with a red horizontal triangle pointing towards the flag center and inside the triangle, there is a yellow five pointed star consisting of rifle and hoe in black which is superimposed on an open white book. Each colour has its own significance. Green colour symbolizes agriculture, black stands for the African continent, yellow signifies rich mineral wealth of the country, white represents peace and red triangle represents the Mozambique’s struggle for independence. The open white book stresses on the importance of education, hoe represents the agriculture and rifle symbolizes country’s strength to secure its freedom.

Population: 22,948,858 (July 2011 est.) Language: Portuguese Time: UTC/GMT +2 hours Currency: Metical Imports: Food, clothing, farm equipment, petroleum, and transport equipment. Exports: Prawns, cashews, cotton, sugar, copra, citrus, coconuts, and timber

National Coat of Arms The Emblem of Republic of Mozambique consists of a book, a gun and a hoe as its essential elements, superimposed on a map of Mozambique depicting education, defense & vigilance and peasantry & agricultural production respectively. Ocean is portrayed below the map. In the centre, there is a rising sun which is a symbol of building of a new life. Encircling all this is a toothed wheel, symbolizing labour and industry. Enclosing the toothed wheel, there is an ear of maize and a piece of sugarcane to the right and left of the emblem respectively, representing agricultural wealth of the country. At the bottom there is a red scroll with the imprint of ‘Republic of Mozambique’.

Ministry of Tourism Av. 25 de Setembro 1018 Maputo, Mozambique T : +258 21 306210 F : +258 21 306212

Ministry of Defence Av. Mártires de Mueda 280 e 373 Maputo, Mozambique T : +258 21 492081 F : +258 21 491619

Ministry of Women and Social Welfare Rua de Tchamba 86 Maputo, Mozambique T : +258 21 490921 F : +258 21 492757

Ministry of Transport & Communications Av. Mártires de Inhaminga 336 Maputo, Mozambique T : +258 21 430152 F : +258 21 431028

Ministry of Agriculture Praça dos Herois Moçambicanos, PO Box CP 1406 Maputo, Mozambique T : +258 1 460011 F : +258 1 460055

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MOZAMBIQUE The Land of Smiles! People & Society

Most Mozambicans are of Bantu origin. Three major cities of Mozambique are Maputo, Beira and Nampula. Majority of the people who live in the cities are Christian or Muslim. Here the rich can afford luxury houses, Mercedes cars and high-class restaurants. Life in rural areas involves hard work and women do most of it. The mass of Mozambique’s farmers are women. They plant, care for and harvest the crops and also process the food. The staple food is a maize ‘porridge’ that is cooked over a fire and eaten with a vegetable or meat stew.

Investment Opportunities

Mozambique is gifted with abundant natural resources that include cashew nuts, mineral sands, natural gas, coal, gold, precious and semiprecious stones. Mozambique has an attractive code of incentives for Foreign Direct Investment.

Geography

The most outstanding feature of Mozambique geography is its location in the Southern half of Africa just beside the Indian Ocean. Rivers in Mozambique occupy an important position in Mozambique geography. There are a number of vibrant rivers that flow through the country, these include, the Zambezi and Limpopo. Climate in Mozambique varies from tropical to sub- tropical.

Greetings

Bom Dia (Good Morning) Boa tarde (Good afternoon) Boa noite (Good evening)

Economy

Mozambique’s economy continued to perform well in 2010, growing by an estimated 8.1%. Mozambique benefits from the diversification of its development partners, notably China, Brazil and India. These budding partners complement established donors’ strong focus on social sectors with an interest in infrastructure and agriculture. Mozambique’s economy is today relatively diversified. All sectors make an important contribution. Agricultural potential is high, particularly in the fertile northern regions, which accounts for the bulk of the country’s agricultural surplus. The main cash crops are sugar, copra, cashew nuts, tea, and tobacco.

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Below are some of the key areas where business opportunities are most apparent in Mozambique: »» Agriculture and Cattling »» Crafts »» Mineral extraction »» Financing »» Hospitality »» Industry »» Economic Policies


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Nightlife in Mozambique

All over Mozambique, you will find numerous things to do, you may not have enough time to do everything. Mozambique is full of attractive places, where one can easily pass many hours enjoying the entertainment that can be found in Mozambique. Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique has an energetic nightlife, mainly on weekends. The fashion of music in clubs varies from typical Mozambican rhythms to Western pop music.

Cultural Heritage

List of Theatres, Cinemas & Night clubs »» »» »» »»

Xenon Cinema Gil Vicente Cinema Scala Cinema Centro Cultural FrancoMoçambicano »» Teatro Avenida »» Casa Velha »» Clube 7

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Sheik Sanzala Djamba House Esplanada Tara Mini Golfe Funky Bar Vovó Nhaca Khwana Feira Popular

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When to Visit

Ibo Island and Ilha de Mozambique are definitely the jewels in Mozambique’s cultural crown. The Makonde in the north are well-known for their ebony sculptures and masks. The Chopi of the south central coast are renowned for their multifaceted musical arrangements and dance. Mozambique enjoys a great range of cultural and linguistic diversity. The carved wooden sculpture and masks of the Makonde people of Northern Mozambique and Tanzania and the complex Chopi orchestral performances, or midogo, are among the best-known artistic traditions.

Select from a variety of locally caught fish, calamari, crab and some of the finest lobster and prawns in the world. Curries or ‘Caril’ are served hot in the Mozambican style, with ‘Manga Achar’ which is mango chutney. Whatever is the main ingredient of your meal, the likelihood is that it will be cooked using a spicy red-pepper sauce called piri-piri. Other traditional Mozambican dishes to look out for include ‘matapa’, ‘mu-kwane’ and ‘ncima’ or ‘posho’.

The best time to take a trip to Mozambique is during the winter months as these experiences the least rainfall. If the main focus of your holiday is game viewing, then the best time to visit Mozambique is in the months of August and September, towards the end of the dry season. The best time for bird watching is usually December to April, which is the hot, rainy season.

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Sports & Leisure

Mozambique displays great efficiency and affinity for games like football and basketball. Since a long time, people of Mozambique showed high interests in diverse Mozambique Sports activities. The most remarkable resorts here are the Bazaruto Archipelago and Mozambique Island and Inhaca Island near Maputo. Some of these resorts provide opportunities for divers or snorkelers to explore the excellent underwater sights.

Wildlife

Bird watching is also considered as a wonderful way of spending leisure time in Mozambique.

Mozambique has an ecologically wealthy and varied wildlife. The country has 232 species of mammals and 740 species of bird. Mozambique Wildlife remains incomplete if its magnificent bird life is not mentioned. Among 850 species of birds about 30 of them are found only in Mozambique. The country’s natural beauty, wildlife, and historic heritage provide exceptional opportunities for beach holiday tours, walking safaris, cultural travel tourism, eco-tourism and trekking tours.

These are incredibly scenic tracts of wilderness, where guided walks and water based activities complement the game drives superbly.

Discover Mozambique

Whether it is one of your first trip to Mozambique or not, there is no shortage of things to do and see. From history to art to culture to the outdoors, Mozambique attractions are bountiful. Mozambique tourism offers stunning beaches, islands, a World Heritage site, colonial architecture and hospitable people and culture, making it a great place to visit.

Here are some popular places that you would love to visit in Mozambique. »» Bazaruto Archipelago »» Gorongosa National Park »» Maputo »» Nacala »» Niassa Reserve »» Pemba »» Quirimba Archipelago »» Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary

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Current News Mozambique to become one of the world’s largest coal exporters Mozambique Ports and Railways or Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Mocambique (CFM) is the parastatal authority that overseas the railway system of Mozambique and its connected ports. It has cancelled the tender for hiring the consultant to construct a new coal terminal at the port of Beira. The

proper reason for the cancellation was not given. According to a source in CMF “we are looking for rapid and efficient solutions that do not compromise the effectiveness of the project, which will enable the building of a new coal terminal with the capacity of handling between 12 and 20 million tonnes of coal per year”.

The major focus of this tender was aimed at selecting a company capable of preparing the project’s documentation that will be submitted to potential funders. It is expected that within five years over 100 million tonnes of coal per year will be mined from the Zambezi coal basin, making Mozambique one of the world’s largest coal exporters. The coal will be exported either through Beira or the northern port of Nacala. Neither port currently has anything like the capacity to handle this huge amount.

Rise in cargo handled at the port of Maputo, Mozambique According to port’s manager, the amount of cargo handled at the port of Maputo between January and July 2011 totalled 6.4 million tons. It was a real year-on-year rise of 1.6 million tons or 33 percent. According to sources, the volume of cargo amplified after dredging at the port had been done, in mid January, allowing ships with a draught of up to 12 meters to access the port. The port of Maputo received a total of 597 cargo ships, which were 32 more than in the same period of 2010. The reason for this achievement was mainly

due to minerals transported in bulk, such as iron ore, coal and magnetite. During dredging of the Port of Maputo

the material removed was used to fill in areas where new facilities are planned to be built as part of the development and expansion of the port. MPDC a Mozambican registered company formed to operate the concession to redevelop the ports Maputo and Matola in Maputo City to make additional investments totalling US$700 million and for focusing on improving and mounting the port’s facilities was provided with an extension of the port’s concession contract by Mozambican government in mid 2010 which will start in 2018.

Maputo Port Development Company

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Mozambique President joins leaders of global tourism effort contributing to job creation, income generation, and the strengthening of national unity.”

“We support tourism as an area of major importance in our agenda to fight poverty,” said Mozambique’s President, Armando Guebuza. The President was speaking after joining the UNWTO/ WTTC Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign.

David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “The tourism potential of Mozambique speaks for itself, with 2700 km of tropical coastline, a variety of ecological systems that are rich in species and a rich historic cultural heritage, but most significantly, the Mozambican government has recognized the opportunities for economic growth and job creation through tourism.”

“Given its impact in terms of jobs and income and considering its multiplier effects in other areas of the economy, tourism has proven to be a sector of high relevance in the socio-economic development of our country,” said President Guebuza. President Guebuza received an Open Letter from UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai and World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) President & CEO David Scowsill highlighting travel and tourism as one of the most effective solutions to today’s global challenges. During his official visit to Mozambique, Mr. Rifai also met Prime Minister Aires Ali, who reiterated the government’s commitment to tourism. “We are fully committed to the development of tourism in Mozambique, as the government has recognized the sector as strategic for the overall development

Hon. Minister Armando Guebuza, President of Mozambique

of the country,” he said. “Mozambique has unique resources to advance tourism and make of it a real driver to improve the lives of its people. Moreover, it has the political will to do so. This is confirmed by President Guebuza joining our campaign, but also by the fact that tourism is extensively featured in the government plan for the coming years,” said Mr. Rifai. “The plan identifies tourism as a strategic sector in the socioeconomic development of the country,

“The total contribution of travel and tourism to Mozambique’s GDP, including its wider economic impacts, is forecast to rise by 6.4% each year over the next 10 years. By 2021, travel and tourism will support over 700,000 jobs in Mozambique,” David continued. With over 2 million international tourist arrivals in 2010, Mozambique is becoming one of the most important destinations in Sub-Saharan Africa. International tourism revenues of US$1 billion represent 9% of Mozambique’s total exports. Source: www.eturbonews.com

Pan African Resources to grow the Manica Gold Project as a separate entity Pan African Resources (PAN), an Africa focused mining company with assets in South Africa, said it planned to list its Manica Gold Project in Mozambique as a separate entity in a bid to unlock value for shareholders. According to a statement given by the company “Pan African believes that

the separate listing will allow it to focus its capital and human resources on pursuing organic growth opportunities around the company’s mining operations in South Africa.” Meanwhile, a separate management team in Mozambique would have the financial flexibility and focus to grow the Manica project. Pan African intends to retain an equity stake in

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the new listed entity. A prefeasibility study over Manica was released by Pan African which was based on a resource of 33.8 million tonnes grading 2.36 grams per tonne gold. The recent study envisages an 80,000 tonnes per annum operation with an 11 year mine life that will produce approximately 83,000 ounces of gold per annum with a total mining cost of US$375 per ounce.


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CIL to initiate coal mine development in Mozambique Coal India Africana Limitada (CIAL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Coal India Limited (CIL), would soon start exploratory and expansion work at two coal blocks in Mozambique’s northwestern Tete province, with a reserve of estimated one-billion tons. Geological mapping is expected to start within the next few months as the Central Mine Planning and Design Institute which is under CIL, have completed initial prospecting and exploratory drilling. With the visit of India’s Coal Minister, Mr. Sriprakash Jaiswal early this year, the Mozambican government decided to build infrastructure including a rail link to facilitate evacuation of the coal to India.

To expand its international footprint, CIL is seeking joint venture (JV) partners with asset owners and operators in South Africa, Australia and Indonesia to develop coal blocks and sign long-term supply agreements. According to Mr. N C Jha, MD and CIL chairperson “Coal Videsh, a division of CIL, is pursuing foreign ventures through structured deals to import coal into India. Our preferred destinations are South Africa, Australia and Indonesia,”

countries,” he added. The three models of structured deals being considered by CIL included equity investment by the company in brownfield coal projects with long-term offtake contracts at a price less than the prevailing import price, long-term offtake contract on a cost plus basis, but less than prevailing import price, and the formation of a JV for exploration, development and operation of greenfield coal assets in South Africa, Australia or Indonesia.

“Proposed structured deals could include acquisition of stakes in existing assets or joint venture partnerships in developing greenfield coal assets in these

“CIL has 80 projects, entailing investments of $2.47-billion, at various stages of implementation, which together will add 195.78-million tons to our production,” Jha said. “In 2010/11, 37 new projects went into partial production, which contributed 88.37-million tons to the production for the year. By 2016/17, plans to complete a total of 149 new mining projects, entailing an investment of $ 5.69-billion, would give an incremental production of 438.73-million tons a year,” he added. CIL emerged as India’s most important company, achieving a market capitalization of $54.8-billion, with the company’s share price gaining 2.6% at $8.69, overtaking Reliance Industries, which recorded a market capitalization of $54-billion.

Coal-A tremendous resource

Investments to boost agricultural sector of Mozambique The majority, namely 80%, of the population in Mozambique is active in agriculture and fisheries. Despite large tracts of fertile land in the central and northern regions, Mozambique’s agricultural growth has been very slow. Various steps have been taken to improve the agricultural sector. China has announced that it is working on

introducing up to date farming tools and techniques. Further, Japan and Brazil would work together to turn Mozambique into a net grain exporter. Rural districts are hosting more agricultural extension workers as part of a government initiative to boost food security and export crops. It is finally getting more attention from Maputo and abroad.

The root cause for less export growth is lack of processing facilities for crops like cotton and tea. For this, the government has recently partnered the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development to launch the Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor. While the project seems feasible, many

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Great potential in agriculture

smallholder farmers are not sure they will benefit from the initiative. According to Vasco Trinta from Nhamatanda District in Sofala Province “Lower prices always discourage smallholder farmers from growing cash crops and they tend to concentrate on crops such as maize

which, if they cannot sell, will keep for family consumption.” Talking about the Beira Corridor, AGRA president Namanga Ngongi said “This programme will help smallholder farmers surmount a huge obstacle:

access to markets. It will expand market opportunities by strengthening associations of farmers and traders that buy farmers’ surplus and broaden their business scope to include basic activities that add value to farmers’ produce, such as grading and storage of goods”.

Mozambique to have solar panel factory investment already secured. According to the President of the Energy Fund (Funae), “construction of According to a statement given by her a solar panel factory in Mozambique is expected to begin this year”. Further he “India will bring the equipment, raw materials and materials for production added that the environmental impact of the panels for five years and then study and engineering project had we will identify, on a domestic level, the been concluded. “At the moment the companies in the private sector capable terms of the tender for stating interest are being drawn up, at the end of the month we are going to launch the tender and if all goes well, construction work for the factory will begin this year,” said Miquelina Menezes. On the sidelines of the 7th Coordinating council of the Energy Ministry, Menezes further added that the project for construction of the factory, which will produce a variety of panels, was expected Construction crews works on Mozambique’s Solar Panel to cost US$9 million, with Indian

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of manufacturing and providing some of the components, such as the metal casing, the batteries and the wood, to reduce production costs”. The factory will be located in the Beluluane industrial park, in Boane district, Maputo province. With the construction of the factory it would be possible to reduce the costs of importing solar panels, with direct implications on the possibility of low income populations having access to electricity by using these systems. Meanwhile this facility will create 700 direct jobs, which will drop to 70 direct jobs when the factory goes into the production phase, including 15 engineers who will be trained in India to assemble the solar panels.


Current affairs Botswana

Keen to partner with India Botswana is keen to have multilateral cooperation with India especially in areas like coal extraction, pharmaceuticals, diamond and manufacturing sector, its newly-appointed High Commissioner Lesego Ethel Motsumi said. Motsumi made the remarks during a courtesy call on Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan at Raj Bhavan.

Mentioning that climate change had adversely affected food production in his country, she sought cooperation from India in agriculture under rain-fed conditions. (Indo-Asian News Service) Source: www.indiaafricaconnect.in

Lesego Ethel Motsumi, High Commissioner, Botswana with K. Sankaranarayanan, Maharashtra Governor, India

Ghana

Ghanaian’s fishes for fibre glass boats from India “The government’s decision to go for fibre glass boats is a welcome news as The wooden boats are currently in use it would help prevent the loss of life. It on the Volta Lake in Eastern Ghana. would also help us fishermen improve Earlier, a boat capsized in the lake, our activities.” killing traders and fishermen who were travelling to Kagbanya, home to one of Rescue workers are still looking for bodies in the lake after last week’s the several fishing communities there. accident. Officials of the National Ativor said the fibre glass boats were Disaster Management Organisation to be purchased and distributed to have given conflicting figures on the communities along Ghana’s coast that casualty. currently use wooden canoes, which Some officials initially said 35 people have been found to be unsafe. were killed in the tragedy but others said Officials of the Ghana Maritime Authority there might be more people who were said the lake was created after the drowned. construction of the country’s hydroelectric dam at Akosombo, east of Accra. (Francis Kokutse can be contacted at Tree stubs cause the wooden boats to fkokutse@hotmail.com) break up on impact. Kwadwo Agbenu, a (Indo-Asian News Service) fisherman at Tapa Abotoase, told IANS: Source: www.indiaafricaconnect.in Minister of Transport Dzifa Ativor.

Fibre glass boat

By Francis Kokutse In a move to prevent boat disasters in Ghana, a delegation from the West African country will leave for India to negotiate the purchase of fibre glass boats that can replace wooden ones. “The delegation will have marine experts and some boat owners,” said Deputy

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Kenya

Tourism sector enthusiastic about latest arrival figures “We have it in our hands now to make this another record-breaking year,” was the comment of a regular contributor and source from Nairobi, Kenya, when discussing the latest arrival data for the first half of 2011.

billion shillings range and under best circumstances even exceed 100 billion Kenya shillings for the first time ever, reclaiming the top spot from the tea industry, which had in the recent past overtaken earnings from tourism.

There were 5,49,083 foreign visitors recorded to have arrived in Kenya during the first 6 months of the year, traditionally the slower time as it includes the traditional low season, while the second half of the year is normally the stronger half. The trend at present is a strong 13.6 percent up compared with the previous record year of 2010. Should the Kenya shilling stay in the 90 range vis-a-vis the US dollar, earnings could race deep into the 90

Sources in both Mombasa and Nairobi were cautiously optimistic over the prospects for 2011, but almost everyone polled was conscious of factors beyond their or Kenya’s control, like global economic developments, the cost of fuel, economic recovery and stability in the Euro Zone - a key market place for Kenya - before equally agreeing that “if all goes well and without hiccups, we will indeed have a new record year for Kenya Tourism.”

Rwanda in the context of East Africa is leading the pack with a nearly 30 percent increase in arrivals over the first half of 2011. No current half-year figures are available as yet from Uganda, while Tanzania is said to be slightly ahead of last year’s arrivals. Burundi is trailing and no figures, as usual one sadly has to add, are available on tourist arrivals for the EAC’s smallest economy. Source: www.eturbonews.com

Libya

India offers assistance to Libya With rebels advancing to take control of Tripoli, India said the situation in the North African country should “be normalized by the people of Libya themselves in a peaceful manner” and underlined that it was ready to offer assistance for reconstruction. We are closely monitoring the developments in Libya,” the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement in New Delhi. There are indications that the situation in Libya is changing and the recent events in Tripoli indicate that the Transitional National Council is acquiring effective control,” the Ministry said.

Stressing the need to respect sovereignty, integrity and unity of Libya, the ministry said that the situation in the country should be normalized by the people of Libya themselves in a peaceful manner adhering to democratic norms and with respect for aspirations of the people.

Tripoli, the capital of Libya

India stands ready to extend all possible assistance for reconstruction and rehabilitation to the friendly people of Libya and wishes them peace, stability and prosperity,” the Ministry said.

entered Muammar Gaddafi’s house after breaking into his Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli, al-Jazeera television reported. Rebels were seen firing in the air in celebration. According to the Pentagon, the Libyan rebels were in control of a majority of Tripoli.

Libyan rebels are reported to have

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Current affairs Malawi

Malawians keen to build trade ties with India By Claire Ngozo Building on historical relationships, Malawi has set its sights on strengthening trade and investment relations with India in sectors as diverse as agriculture, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals. Malawi’s interest in investment from India comes at a time when Africa’s regional economic giant, South Africa, is also strengthening its relations with the Asian country through the India-BrazilSouth Africa (IBSA) dialogue forum. IBSA is a trilateral development initiative aimed at promoting South-South cooperation and exchange. At the end of March 2011, Malawi Trade Minister Eunice Kazembe attended the 7th India-Africa Business Conclave in New Delhi, India, where she approached Indian investors to explore trade opportunities in Malawi’s mining, tourism and energy industries. The India-Africa Business Conclave is a yearly trade and investment event organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Exim Bank, which is India’s premier export finance institution, together with the country’s Ministries of External Affairs and Commerce. “There are so many untapped business opportunities in Malawi which India should explore,” Kazembe told investors gathered at the conclave. “The opportunities that exist in Malawi include that the country has enjoyed peace and tranquility and a business environment that will open markets for your products across the region.”

According to a proposal from Malawi’s Ministry of Trade, the southern African country is seeking Indian investment in a pharmaceutical plant, especially for AIDS drugs. The plant’s estimated cost would be 800 million dollars. Malawi is also looking for investment in automation machinery for the country’s tax collecting authority, the Malawi Revenue Authority, and is seeking markets for agricultural produce. Agriculture is the mainstay of the country’s economy and up to 85 percent of Malawians depend on the land for their livelihoods. Kazembe’s trip followed a visit by Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika to India in Nov. 2010 aimed at raising investment. Malawi business people also visited India in Oct. 2010, led by the country’s Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI). “The relationship should benefit both countries and improve the living standards of citizens,” said MCCCI chief executive officer Chancellor Kaferapanjira. MCCI went to India to promote investment opportunities in mining, general and agro-processing, information technology, manufacturing and healthcare.

capital, Blantyre, asking if they could assist him in identifying a market for the pigeon peas he had been growing for seven years. “I learnt that India is a big consumer of pigeon peas and that there is a huge market for the crop,” Kanduna told IPS. He received a telephone call in Nov. 2010 from an Indian trader who was visiting the country. “I had a meeting with him and four Indian traders based in the country and we agreed on modalities of shipping the produce to India. I have since stepped up my efforts and I am expecting to harvest up to 20 tons which I will export to India,” said Kanduna. The farmer said he would produce more in the next growing season if he finds the Indian market lucrative. A number of private companies with Indian connections have made major advances in Malawi. One such company is Rab Processors Ltd, founded in 1983 by the Jakhura family. The company is a leading player in the agro-industry in Malawi and specializes in exports of agricultural produce grown in Malawi, as well as provision of farm inputs.

Entrepreneurs such as James Kanduna of Mkando in Mulanje district, Southern Malawi, have also woken up to the Indian potential. Kanduna is a farmer who grows pigeon peas.

Chairperson of Rab Processors Gaffar Jakhura told IPS that the company employs 1,500 people in Malawi and has an annual turnover of 80 million dollars. The Asian community in Malawi has made a considerable contribution to the economy of the country, especially those Indians involved in the trading and smallto-medium scale manufacturing sectors, according to Jakhura.

In 2010 he went around talking to Indian traders based in Malawi’s commercial

Another Indian company that has made its mark in the Malawi economy

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is Airtel, the country’s largest mobile network company, boasting 2.5 million subscribers. Close to 3.7 million of the country’s total population of 13.1 million use mobile phones. Airtel founder and

chairperson Sunil Bharti Mittal visited Malawi in March 2011 and assured Malawians that the company would be investing more in Malawi in the next year. From 2010 onwards, Airtel has

been putting an initial investment of 100 million dollars into Malawi for the first three years. (IBSA News) Source: www.indiaafricaconnect.in

Morocco

Launch of Social Protection Institution

King Mohammed VI inaugurated the Ahmed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Institution for Social Protection in Ain Attiq that will benefit 1,300 people. The facility has two centres - one for abandoned children, children in

Photo credit: Map

Morocco has launched an institution at a whopping cost of $12 million that will provide vulnerable people adequate accommodation, training and education.

Social Protection Institution in Morocco

precarious situation and out-of-school children, and the second dedicated for adults, women in difficult situations,

elderly, mentally ill and the disabled. The institution also has a unit for drug-addict children. It includes a centre for informal education, training in computer science, music and plastic arts, as well as a vocational training centre, which will provide training in electric works, aluminium carpentry, plumbing and sewing. (Indo-Asian News Service) Source: www.indiaafricaconnect.in

mauritius

Indian varsities fuel Mauritius ‘knowledge hub’ dream By Shubha Singh Private Indian universities setting up campuses in Mauritius are helping the island nation off the African coast to realise its vision of transforming into a knowledge hub. Two of the largest private universities in India, the DY Patil Medical College and Amity University, are in the process of setting up their campuses in Mauritius. The JSS Mahavidyapeetha (JSSMVP), a Karnataka-based educational foundation, established the JSS Academy of Technical Education in Mauritius in 2006.

As private universities in India seek to expand to foreign shores, Mauritius is an obvious choice for its proactive plans for expanding higher education in the country. The government in the Indian Ocean island nation, with a population of 1.3 million, has placed a strong focus on education. Education is free till the college level and is compulsory between the ages of 5 and 12 years. Amity University’s Director of International affairs Gen R.K. Dhawan told IANS: “The Mauritius government has very good policies on higher education. It is the objective of the Mauritius leadership to have one

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graduate in every family by 2020. With this type of commitment to education, the policy is very supportive of higher education.” By attracting foreign universities to open new campuses in Mauritius, the government plans to increase the enrollment in tertiary education within the country as well as to attract foreign students. The presence of large, dynamic private universities like Amity and DY Patil will help bring in foreign students from African countries as also other parts of the world. This would help to make Mauritius a knowledge hub in the African region.


Current affairs All three educational groups are among the largest private educational institutions in India. The DY Patil Group has three deemed universities in India, at Navi Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur. A fast-growing university, Amity has the experience of opening campuses in Dubai, Singapore, Britain and US.

gynaecology, orthopaedics, general medicine, paediatrics, dermatology and anaesthesiology.

The number of African students taking admission in Indian educational institutions too has been showing a steady increase in the past few years. “The main reasons for choosing India is JSS Academy is located in a sprawling the quality education at relatively lower eight-acre campus in Bonne Terre, costs as compared to other countries Vocoas and aims to be the centre of and a familiar educational system,” excellence in technical education in the explained Usha Negi of the Association of Indian Universities. region. Amity will begin enrollment for its campus in Mauritius this year. The Amity campus in the Ebène area will eventually offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of management, finance, hospitality and tourism, engineering and sciences amongst others. The DY Patil post-graduate school of medicine was started in 2009 at Quatre-Bornes, with 28 local and foreign students. It is partnered with the University of Technology, Mauritius (UTM) and the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital for clinical training of the students. The medical college offers specialties such as general surgery, obstetrics and

The maximum numbers of students from Africa studying in India are from Ethiopia followed by Kenya, Sudan, Mauritius and Tanzania. Under a hundred students each come from Eritrea and Somalia, while a few of them come from Ivory Coast, Lesotho and Liberia. According to some unofficial estimates, around 35,000 African students are enrolled in Indian institutions of higher learning. The Mauritius government believes that good educational facilities would make Mauritius a preferred choice for the thousands of African students who go abroad to study. Minister Rajesh Jeetah of the new Ministry of Tertiary Education,

Science, Research and Technology has talked of creating “an education hub in Mauritius where 1,00,000 foreign students can come to study.” Mauritius has actively sought foreign investment in higher education by offering attractive investment opportunities in the education sector in line with the rapidly growing education demands in the region and in Mauritius. Mauritius expects significant growth in sectors such as communication technology, outsourcing, hospitality, financial services and healthcare. (Shubha Singh can be contacted at shubhasingh101@gmail.com) (Indo-Asian News Service) Source: www.indiaafricaconnect.in

Nigeria

India seeks more oil, gas from Nigeria India has asked hydrocarbon-rich Nigeria to allocate more oil and gas to India and help it in its energy security efforts. “India has expressed its interest to procure a portion of the additional requirement of crude oil and liquefied natural gas from Nigeria,” Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas R.P.N. Singh told parliament.

As India’s refining capacities increase, it will require more crude and gas, which Nigeria has the ability to sell, he said. “India’s refining capacity is projected to increase from 185 million metric tonnes per annum to about 240 million by 201213.” As per estimates available with the Ministry, the annual requirement of

Nigerian crude would be around 18 million tonnes per annum from 2012-13 onwards. In the case of gas, too, India is tapping Nigeria, since it requires 12-15 million tonnes immediately. India had imported 13.2 million tonnes of crude from Nigeria in 2009-10. (Indo-Asian News Service) Source: www.indiaafricaconnect.in

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Rwanda

New airport for Rwanda under review Plans for a new international airport outside Kigali in Bugesera, Rwanda, are being reviewed, with the latest studies revealing a staggering cost of at least US$600 million. This figure is likely to rise still further considering inflationary trends and cost increases along the way.

external loans and grants, and “white elephant” projects have no place in this environment. National airline, RwandAir, welcomed their first owned and brand new B737-800, towards which government is thought to have given guarantees.

The Rwandan Minister for Infrastructure, the Hon. Albert Nsengiyumva, conceded that this figure had prompted a fresh look at the plans and layout of the new planned airport, with the aim of reducing costs and making the new facility affordable.

The recent intense warming of relations with Turkey has apparently yielded options here for the Rwandan government, as they seem intent on engaging the consulting services of a Turkish group, which according to media reports could possibly deliver the project on time at a cost of about US$400 million.

While Rwanda is undergoing a massive transformation, with significant investments in the road, transport, communications, and power infrastructure, the country is also prudent enough to know that this has to be financed by internal tax revenues-

Again, RwandAir has just signed an extensive cooperation agreement with Turkish Airlines, which resulted in codeshared operations covering the network of both airlines, technical cooperation, maintenance, and training

A still of new airport outside Kigali in Bugesera

support, underscoring Turkey’s keen interest to expand its sphere of influence into the African continent, aided by an aggressive rollout of new destinations by THY going hand in hand with diplomatic and trade initiatives. According to a source in Kigali, decisions on the project’s future scope are expected to be taken before the end of 2011 to stay within the envisaged development time frame. Source: www.eturbonews.com

Seychelles

Seychelles to work with Maldives on Indian Ocean relations The Seychelles President, Mr. James Michel, welcomed the Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed at State House, as part of the first official visit of President Nasheed to the Seychelles islands. President Nasheed will be attending the opening of the Indian Ocean Island Games this week, as well as other sporting events where the Maldivian teams will be playing. “We are very happy to welcome you in our

islands, to develop closer relations and to encourage trade between Seychelles consider the challenges of small islands and the Maldives, a shipping line states together, such as economic between the island states of the Indian development, climate changes, fisheries, Ocean needs to be developed and that tourism, and piracy. We have many with this economic cooperation and commonalities and we share the same exchange will be enhanced. ocean, let us see how we can share our experiences and make the most of “We must do more to improve our our resources together,” said President regional trade and share our expertise, especially as we are both focused on Michel during the meeting. fisheries and tourism, and in this way The two presidents agreed that in order develop sustainable solutions to regional

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Current affairs challenges,” said President Michel. The two Heads of State discussed the possibilities of improving productivity of the artisanal fisheries industry in Seychelles, through cooperation with the Maldives. Tuna fishing and other fishing activities areas conducted by the majority of the Maldivian population, accounting for the livelihood of 40% of the workforce. “Our fishing industry is worth about US$500 million a year. We want to see how we will be able to work with Seychelles on improving on its productivity. We will be able to cooperate and collaborate in the fishing industry. It was a privilege to meet the President and to discuss on our similar issues,” said President Nasheed following the meeting. Piracy was also a topic of discussion, particularly ideas to improve patroling of the Indian Ocean and collaborate in anti-piracy initiatives. Following the meeting, President Michel and President Nasheed witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Fisheries Cooperation, as well as Protocol on Cooperation

Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed (L) with James Michel, Seychelles President

to Combat Piracy and other Maritime Security Threats in the Indian Ocean. The documents were signed by the Seychelles Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean-Paul Adam and the Maldivian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Naseem. The meeting at State House was attended by Seychelles Vice President Danny Faure, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean-Paul Adam, and the acting Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Jeanette d’Offay.

Speaker of the Maldivian Parliament Abdullah Shahid, as well as three Maldivian Ministers - Minister for Foreign Affairs Ahmed Naseem, Minister of Human Resources Youth and Sports Hassan Latheef, and Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Dr. Mariyam Zulfa. Also present were the Chairperson of the Maldivian Democratic Party, Moosa Manik, and Parliamentary Group Leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

The Maldivian delegation included the

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South Africa

Ctrack to enter Indian market Making an entry into the Indian market, Johannesburg based vehicle tracking and fleet management company Ctrack, has appointed Mumbai based Zest Technologies as its exclusive partner in India, a statement said. Ctrack, involved in fleet management for over 25 years, currently operates in 57 countries with nearly 6,00,000 active units fitted in vehicles. Ctrack has proven capabilities in vehicle tracking and fleet management for different segments

such as commercial vehicles, banking and insurance, stolen vehicle recovery and consumer telematics.

technology which will allow customers to experience true potential and benefit delivered by Ctrack through reductions in losses, enhancement of efficiency and better HSE standards,” said Omar Hatmi, Managing Director of Ctrack Asia.

Zest Technologies provides telecom consulting services and niche technology solutions in the security space in India. Ctrack and Zest have joined hands to set “There is tremendous potential for GPSup a complete Ctrack vehicle tracking based services in India to better secure and fleet management solution platform automobiles and sensitive cargoes such as fuel, cash and milk. Using Ctrack available across India. technology, vehicles and cargo can be “We believe India is ready for Tier 1 tracked accurately, providing enhanced september-october 2011 THE TIMES OF AFRICA

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security and through analytics, have their efficiency improved greatly” said Zest Technologies Managing Director Gautam Balakrishnan. By the end of 2011, Zest will have Ctrack fleet and banking & insurance services

launched across India. Stolen vehicle recovery and specialised applications (for sensitive cargo) will be introduced thereafter, in a phased manner. Zest will operate a 24/7 Ctrack Customer Support Centre to meet customers’ tracking needs. Zest with Ctrack plans to add nearly 3,000

skilled jobs over the next three years and create the largest technology delivery framework across India for vehicle tracking at an estimated investment of $50 million in a phased manner. (Indo-Asian News Service) Source: www.indiaafricaconnect.in

Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro set for voting into Seven Wonders of the World Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, is listed among 10 leading tourist destinations nominated as candidates for the 7 natural wonders of the world.

the new list of Seven Natural Wonders of the World and will be able to use this opportunity to promote Mt. Kilimanjaro as being in Tanzania.

Mount Kilimanjaro is listed in a voting competition that was organized by an organization known as Seven Natural Wonders in which tourist attractions from all over the world are voted to be nominated as the Seven Natural Wonders of The World.

Voting trends have shown that most people who are voting for Mount Kilimanjaro are foreign holidaymakers and other mountain friends, as compared to Table Mountain which had attracted a good number of South African voters.

Out of the 28 contestants which have made it to this stage, only 2 nominations are from Africa, these being Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) and Table Mountain (South Africa), with tough competition between the 2 African destinations. It has been anticipated that Tanzania will gain much from the listing of Mount Kilimanjaro in

Responding to this competition, the Tanzania Tourist Board requested Tanzanians friends of Mount Kilimanjaro, patrons, and holidaymakers across the world to vote for Mount Kilimanjaro into one of the New Seven Natural Wonders Of The World. Voting will be running until November

Uganda

New software marks the end of paper medical forms Wilson Kutegeka’s health information management system software that stores and networks patients’ medical records is another master piece from a

young Ugandan breaking into the world of science innovation. Kutegaka’s software called ClinicMaster

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11 this year when a finalist will be announced by the New7Wonders (N7W). Other nominees, mostly the world’s renowned natural features, are the Amazon rainforest in South America; Black Forest in Germany; the Dead Sea in Israel, Jordan, and Palestine; the Great Barrier Reef Australia; Jeju Island, Korea (South); and the Maldives. Other fascinating tourist-pulling natural features listed for voting are PP Underground River Philippines, Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia, and Vesuvius volcano in Italy. Mount Kilimanjaro is Tanzania’s leading tourist hotspot, pulling crowds of holidaymakers every year, including prominent business personalities and celebrities from all corners of the world. Source: www.eturbonews.com


Current affairs captures clinical notes, prescription, diagnosis, lab tests and results and appointment schedules and reproduces them on each visit by the patient. It also provides an electronic billing solution after capturing the full medical history. “All this is stored electronically. The intention is to eliminate paper by fully automating the hospital. It tracks the history from when one visits the hospital to the point when they leave,” Kutegeka says. Kutegeka, 37, began developing the software in 2006 and has continued modifying it to fit the needs of his growing clientele.”The software will be a huge boost if adapted by public health facilities like Mulago Hospital that handle thousands of patients and have to store thousands of files,” he says. The software also has a component that manages patients on antiretroviral therapy and automatically generates quarterly reports. Although a few health insurance medical facilities have a similar software,

Kutegeka says his ClinicMaster also alerts the pharmacy about drugs that are about to expire and helps in stock taking. A graduate of physics with postgraduate training in computer science from Makerere University, Kutegeka says he found a passion in writing computer programmes. He was employed at the Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC), where he first tested his software. Kutegeka says having been a patient before; he had noticed the complexity of retrieving clinical data. “In some cases you are sent back home to pick your medical forms,” he says. “It is not uncommon for people in critical condition to be asked to wait until a nurse finds their medical forms.” The software costs between sh5m to sh40m, depending on the size, nature and number of people served at a health facility. Currently, ClinicMaster is used at Case Clinic in Kampala, Makerere University Walter Reed facilities in

Kayunga and Mukono, Rushere Community Hospital and Luiz Memorial Medical Centre. “My wish is to see that every health centre in the region is using ClinicMaster,” Kutegeka says. He says he is now working on a component that can link health care information in all health institutions using ClinicMaster. “This will enable patients who have changed health facilities access their medical history,” he says. Kutegeka adds that he is also working on an SMS component, which can notify patients when their test results are ready. Kutegeka, who is still operating from his home in Kyengera, says although he has not patented the software, he is gazetting it to ensure intellectual property ownership. Kutegeka says his main challenge is that people do not appreciate the software until they start using it. “It will take time for people to do away with the culture of writing on paper,” he says. Source: www.balancingact-africa.com

Zambia

Africonnect seeks to change ICT sector Internet service provider (ISP), Africonnect has said it will help revolutionalise the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector in Zambia by introducing latest and innovative technological facilities in the market.

“Designed for surfing, email, and casual computing, a notebook is perfect for those who require internet connectivity on the go and allows people access to all the benefits of the internet such as education, health, and business information,” Mr Bennett said. The company has partnered with Google and leading video sharing website,

Company Managing Director, Mark Bennett said the company was committed to introducing modern technological developments in the ICT sector. As a way “This partnership with Google and of tremendously increasing the market YouTube shows the level of confidence penetration in the country, the internet the international ICT sector has in service provider availed the latest quality Africonnect, a situation which will further computers on a micro-financed basis enhance Zambia’s internet connectivity to from 6 to 12 months as part of the pay- the world,” he said. Mr Bennett said with as-you-go internet package. its integration into the Vodacom Group,

Africonnect continued to register growth. This is evidenced by the introduction of innovative services. “Currently, we are the only ISP to have triple fibre routes out of Zambia after launching our direct fibre link to South Africa which is currently being heavily used and has increased internet connectivity for both our individual and business customers. “Further, the payas you-go service which we launched recently is available to both household and business users with no limit to the number of computers you can connect to,” Mr Bennett said. Source: www.balancingact-africa.com

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burundi

We want India to help us in developing the IT sector of Burundi. We want technologies that fit into the urban as well as rural areas Mr. Bapfinda Epimeni (L) in conversation with our correspondent Pragya Sharma

Mr. Bapfinda Epimeni

First Counselor, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Burundi, New Delhi

TOA: The number of tourists has been increasing throughout the years. In your opinion, how do you recognize tourism sector as a potential foreign exchange source of revenue for the country? Mr. Epimeni: Yes, this question is very important for us especially when I talk about Burundi. Many people don’t know where Burundi is actually located. It is in Central Africa. Burundi is a small country with a population of 8 million people. Yes, it is very true that the ratio of tourists has increased due to several factors and the main factor is that earlier Burundi was a landlocked country but now it’s no longer a landlocked country. It allows tourists to come to Burundi and see the beauty of the country. It has got beautiful mountains and lakes like Tanganyika which is the second largest fresh water lake by volume and there are about four small lakes which are found in the northern part of the country. Waterfalls like karera fall provide some of the best glimpses of unspoiled and natural beauty of Burundi. So, all these things together make Burundi a great tourist destination. It’s a source of revenue also because getting more tourists means inflow of more foreign currency, which a country always needs for development. This is all I can say about Burundi’s tourism but it has to be increased with construction of big hotels and other facilities which is an important part of tourism. So, we need to have these things so as to develop our tourism sector and foreign revenue. TOA: How do you envisage the strengthening of strategic partnerships and foreign investments exchange between India and Burundi? Mr. Epimeni: The co-operation of India with Burundi is good. I would say that Burundi considers India as a 30 THE TIMES OF AFRICA september-october 2011

successful developed country and also there are other things which we admire like India is growing at a faster pace and I cannot compare India and Burundi but I can see that India is actively involved with the African countries and Burundi as well. I would like to mention that the relationship between India and Burundi is warm and cordial and it has to be further strengthened by both the parties. In India, Burundi embassy was established on July 1, 2009. There are so many things which we have already done and it is really very impressive. Our president visited India last year in September 2010 where he met Indian officials and discussed various important things and we have started working towards them. We have Indian institutions in Burundi and we are soon going to open an Electrical Plant with the LOC given by the Indian government. So, you can see that our collaboration is very good and need to be strengthened and flourished. TOA: How do you visualize Burundi as a pivot for IT? Do you see the span of India’s assistance in solidifying the IT sector in your country? Mr. Epimeni: First of all, I would like to mention that I cannot compare the IT sector of India and Burundi, as India is far ahead and we have just started developing in this sector. The government of Burundi is visiting some institutions here in India and I want India to help us in developing the IT sector of Burundi. We want technologies that fit in to the urban as well as rural areas and once we get it then we would be able to connect to the whole country. Technologies would be very helpful in developing communication and exchanging information. TOA: As the flourishing SME’s spell prospect for Burundi’s industrial future, how do you foresee the setting up of incubators in your country aiming to impart large scale youth employment?


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Mr. Epimeni: In Burundi, SME is also a part of government plans wherein they work towards increasing small and medium scale industries in rural areas and small towns for the development of the country. Indian government through different organizations like NSIC (National Small Industries Co-operation) is soon going to open an incubator and training centre in Burundi. People who never went to schools and colleges will benefit a lot from this training centre. It will provide employment to a lot of youths and unemployed people as well. Not only NSIC but other small and medium industries are also contributing towards removing unemployment from Burundi. TOA: In the field of education, what projects your country strives for to co-operate with India? Any plans for university collaboration with India and setting up of training institutes like NIIT etc? Mr. Epimeni: I think my government can collaborate with Indian government only at the level of university studies, researches and may be in the short term training. There are some Burundians studying at the Cochin University in the south. Government of India has provided scholarships programs to Burundian students. The collaboration is already there, though there are some organizations like Live Foundation that has provided scholarships to Burundian students studying in India. We have five such organizations but we expect more than that. So, I would say that collaboration between India and Burundi has to be increased.

TOA: Investments in which sectors of your country have a promising future for the Indian companies? Mr. Epimeni: There are so many sectors in Burundi from where Indian investors can get profit. First of all, I would like to say that Burundi is a small country but it has got a very large population of around 8 million. Secondly, Burundi is a center for most of the African countries. As far as agriculture is concerned, we have got land which is not yet exploited. We have got very hard working people and different resources like minerals which need to be exploited and recently we have discovered oil, that need to be exploited. We grow coffee, tea and cotton as all these have good business opportunities. We need new, modern and advanced technologies from India which fulfills the need of Burundi. We need technologies like food processing, machineries for small scale businessmen in Burundi. In agriculture also, appropriate technology is needed to increase the overall production. TOA: Can you please throw light on the thrust areas of research and development of Burundi? Mr. Epimeni: Health, medicines and pharmaceuticals sector need study and exploitation. It would be grateful, if we get some of the Indian technologies so that we get self acquainted in these sectors. There are so many sectors of research and development in Burundi like agriculture, minerals, oils etc and there are so many other areas which we are not aware of.

D R Congo

We are in the process of computerizing all payment systems including Mobile Banking Our correspondent Pragya Sharma (R) conducting an interview with Mr. Bulupy

H.E. Mr. Simon Bulupy

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Posts, Telephones and Telecommunication, Democratic Republic of Congo

TOA: How modernized is the national payment system of your country?

of computerization and modernization mainly in the mode of payment.

Mr. Bulupy: In our country there is a manual model, but we are also in the process of computerizing all payment systems, including - mobile banking. We are in the process

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Mr. Bulupy: Talking about the field of IT, there are many things to do, there is the will for those who want to come and if they want, they can make contacts, but you must have a concrete project and for that you can discuss with a partner in a joint venture or you can come alone. TOA: Could you please tell us about the Ministry’s focused areas and the upcoming projects and programs of the Ministry? Mr. Bulupy: We have fibro-tech project, which is being finalized with the possibility of interconnection with the neighboring countries. As soon as we have a connection with the IT, we will have communications with many along with the possibility of interconnecting. TOA: How well established, reformed and modernized is the telecommunication sector of Democratic Republic of Congo? Mr. Bulupy: In the age of reform today, traditional offices are being transformed and modernized. From the point of view of its operation, we are privatizing its operation and will create a tele-communication company, to be financed by private funds. TOA: As a Deputy Prime Minister, what is your future vision for your country?

Mr. Bulupy: The Minister, he manages the Ministry in terms of policy direction. The role is quite clear in terms of decision-making, and for the future, we are certainly in search of modernization. TOA: What is the main agenda of attending ‘I for Afrika’? What is your focus area at this event? Mr. Bulupy: I wanted to say that we are currently restructuring and reforming this sector. I want to take this opportunity to be able to meet with the traders in this sector and exchange with them, and to see that how the experience can be used in our country to improve the sector. TOA: How effective is the E-Commerce facility in your country and what is the level of employment opportunities in the above mentioned sectors? Mr. Bulupy: If I talk about electronic payment, we’re not really ahead, and to give an example, the electronic signature is not yet known to us, and we are installing the mobile banking system that will computerize the payments. We are studying on this matter. The prospect of employment in this sector is open, it includes privatization which means that the market has the sources from where to get funds, it’s open to all who want to come and work with us, and invest their resources in this sector and they are always welcome, but you need a concrete project and learn to position yourself against other competitors.

D R Congo

We require help from India especially in the agriculture and IT sector Ambassador(R )speaks to our correspondent Pragya Sharma during the interview session

H.E. Mr. Frangois Balumuene

Ambassador, Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo, New Delhi

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development of the whole country, the government of my country had decided to form a law in order to support the promotion and the development of agriculture. This law has been already passed to allow the national and international economic operators to develop a framework which will lead to the production on large scale and have an impact on the rest


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your country? What kind of assistance do you want from India for further development?

of the economy. TOA: What are the core areas of development where you foresee India could be a great help and play the role of a big brother? Mr. Balumuene: Democratic Republic of Congo has lots of similarities with India. There is no particular sector for which D R Congo needs help from India. India can help D R Congo in all the sectors like agriculture, mining, forestry etc. D R Congo is producing electricity for all African countries. The tourism sector is quite developed in D R Congo as there are many good tourist sites. Now there are also security arrangements due to wars and rebellions in the country. India can help us in all the sectors. TOA: D R C & India have signed a million deal to facilitate building of hydro electricity plant in the south of vast Central African country. Do you think the deal would prove to be beneficial? Mr. Balumuene: Democratic Republic of Congo and India have signed many contracts especially for the production of hydroelectric energy. It is an important deal between the two countries and at the same time it is a very big project as it is going to be installed in the center of country and will provide electricity to the four states, so it is an important project for my country. Both the countries had spent many dollars in this project and thanks to India for the finance provided by the India. TOA: How developed and modernized is the ICT sector in

Mr. Balumuene: We know that India is the hub of Information Communication Technology and is one of the first countries to develop in this sector. We need lot of help from India to develop in this sector and India is already helping as thousands of our young students go to India to study IT. Indian government is providing scholarships to students for their studies. India has also signed an accord with D R Congo to help in its development in IT & Communication sector. TOA: How developed are the medical facilities in your country and what steps have been taken by government for further development? Mr. Balumuene: We know that India is among the leading countries which has developed medical tourism as it has good medical facilities and provides treatment at reasonable cost. Medical tourism has achieved great success. We hope that India helps us to form our proper medical equipments, latest knowledge about new medicines and to develop rehabilitation centre’s in D R Congo. TOA: Any new plans & projects you would like to share with us? Mr. Balumuene: We require help from India in diversification of different sectors of Congo’s economy specially the agriculture and projects related to the Information Technology sector.

egypt

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TOA: Excellency, what is your focus at the 7th CII Exim Bank Conclave?

H.E. Mr. Khaled El Bakly

Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Egypt, New Delhi

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Before the financial crisis the economic growth was 7 percent and during the financial crisis the economic growth rate was 5 percent. The real problem is the distribution of wealth in the country. Secondly, the unemployment rate in Egypt is around 8.9 million. This is something really challenging for us. We want to maintain and increase the current level of trade between India and Egypt by looking at some new sectors.

processing plant. This is an area which has already attracted lots of investments. I am not saying this because we want some benefit for our country but ample of opportunities are there for investors who are doing business in Egypt. We have partnerships with China, Russia, Turkey, Korea etc. and these are the countries that are being benefited. It is an open invitation to India to come and do business in Egypt.

TOA: What are the key sectors of investments in Egypt?

TOA: What are the comparative advantages that are being offered by Egypt?

Mr. Balky: Basically we have projects in infrastructure. In this context, we have co-operation with Japan, Germany and Denmark and also we are looking for more investments. It’s an invitation to all Indian businessmen to come and work with us. We are known for exporting electricity and gas from our country to the Eastern parts. We have plans to widen the grip between Egypt and Saudi-Arabia and other gulf countries. We also have North Africa where there is great amount of electricity. This is a future plan but nothing has been started as of now. Food processing and agriculture are the other areas where Egypt is an exporter of food, when it comes to agriculture market which is very big. Textile and IT are some another areas wherein we have co-operation with India but it really needs to be strengthen.

Mr. Balky: We have road infrastructure and international systems of communication like mobile, telephones and internet services. Everything is there but it’s only the way we are looking for. Indian investors can come and take advantage from the new situations in the economy. There is lot of open market where one can easily invest. TOA: What is the scope of medical tourism between India and Egypt? Mr. Balky: India and Egypt have lots of similarities. Both the countries are high on the list of medical facilities. May be we can look for some Indian investments in the medical sector of Egypt. This is the area where we see a scope of co-operation between both the countries.

Egypt has one of the biggest car assembly and car

Tanzania

We need lot of technologies and India can assist us in developing technology especially in the medical care Dr. Kheri (R) with our correspondent Pragya Sharma during the interview session

Dr. Kheri O. Goloka

Minister Counsellor/Medical Attaché, Tanzania High Commission, New Delhi

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choose a country where they can get good medical care in short time and which is affordable also. For example, most of the East and West African countries used to go to the South Africa because of the good medical facilities being provided by them but now they prefer India for medical surgeries and treatments. There are lots of patients coming from Africa to India especially from Tanzania for


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seeking medical treatments. The cost of the treatment is cheap as compared to that of South Africa. So, this sector is expanding especially in India. TOA: How striking is the medical infrastructure of your country? Dr. Kheri: As you know that Tanzania is a developing country, the government is working on the medical infrastructure. For example, we have hospitals which can now do cardiac surgeries, neurosciences etc. so, they perform most of the competitive procedures. We are generally lacking in the special equipments and that’s why we used to refer patients to other countries but now we have enough expertise in the field of cardiac & neuro. By the end of this year, we would start Cardiac Institute Center to perform cardiac surgeries and also we are planning to build up multiple special hospitals in the Islam in collaboration with Apollo. So, I think in near future Tanzania will grow more. TOA: What relates technology and health sector? Do you believe technology plays an important role in development of medical sector? Dr. Kheri: Technology plays an important role in the medical sector because they are synonyms to each other. Without technology, medical sector won’t develop at all. As you know that there are invasion of machines but there was a time when there were no MRI machines, CT scan machines etc. But nowadays, we have all the machines. Lot of developments has taken place in this sector. So, technology plays a major role in the medical sector. TOA: Would you like to share

with us some enduring programs and projects in medical sector of Tanzania? Dr. Kheri: Yes, we are planning to build multiple hospitals in Tanzania in collaboration with Apollo so that we can treat lot of patients in Tanzania and other parts of Africa also especially Central and Eastern Africa. There are projects with Fortis Hospital also. NGO’s in Tanzania has collaboration with Fortis hospital and they send patients for treatments to India frequently. TOA: Do you think India’s assistance and aid in the grassland of medical sector would prove advantageous for your country? What sort of help do you want from India? Dr. Kheri: Of course yes. I think for now we need expertise. Also, there is an exchange program wherein many doctors from the different faculties come here in India for attachment programs in different hospitals like Apollo, Fortis etc. There are doctors who go to Tanzania to establish their medical institute so as to treat patients and also they exchange expertise with counter parties. TOA: What part is government playing in improving the medical education structure and sculpts of your country?

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togo

We want to promote small and medium scale agro processing Mr. Koffi Akakpo Mr. Akakpo (R) sharing about the opportunities in Togo

Charge d’ Affairs a.i, Embassy of the Republic of Togo, New Delhi

TOA: India’s bilateral trade with Togo has increased more than doubled in the recent years. How do you foresee the future of India and Togo bilateral trade relations? Mr. Akakpo: Thank you for the question. The question relating to the bilateral cooperation between India and Togo interests the highest authorities of my country. For allowing our country to benefit from Indian expertise, Togolese authorities decided on opening a diplomatic representation at New Delhi. This significative presence allows Indian investors and Togolese businessmen to focus in the areas carrying the economy to ensure exponential growth of trade between our two countries. TOA: Togo tourism revenue expects to increase by 56% this year. How much more perfection we can expect from this sector in future? Mr. Akakpo: The contribution of tourism revenue in the Togolese economy is well established. So, the authorities in Togo have decided to set up a national tourism policy, develop a plan for tourist development and rehabilitation of existing hotels. The significant actions in tourism are also under way, such as: »» Privatization of state owned hotels. »» Rehabilitation of hotel de fevrier (5 star hotel in Lome) »» Construction of new 5 star hotels in Lome. TOA: Togo has received US$ 13 million for Private Sector Development Support Project. What are the primary objectives of this project? Mr. Akakpo: I would like to seize this opportunity to 36 THE TIMES OF AFRICA september-october 2011

express to the Indian government, the gratitude of the Togolese people for the loan that reflects the excellent relations of cooperation that so happily exist between India and Togo. In fact, I strongly believe that the execution of this project will strengthen the actions undertaken since 2008 to develop energy supply and increase the rate of population access to energy, particularly in rural areas, extending the street lighting in Lome and in other major cities of our country. TOA: Togo is heavily dependent on both the commercial and subsistence agriculture, which provides employment to 65% of the labour force. How do you look forward to India’s assistance in setting up of tractor assembly plant in Togo? Mr. Akakpo: Agriculture and commerce have an innegligible leverage in the Togolese economy. Thus, the Togolese authorities in connection with the implementation of the policy of development of the country are considering the following for medium term: »» Increase production through intensification, input distribution and capacity of small farmers. »» Promote small and medium scale agro-processing. »» Promote trade. »» Improve income and conditions of living. In this regard, assistance from the Indian government in setting up an assembly unit for tractors will allow Togo to rapidly achieve these objectives. TOA: The advancement of women and equality between the sexes is a matter of human rights? What steps have been taken by the Togo government to enhance women entrepreneurship and involvement of women in different sector of economy?


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Mr. Akakpo: The promotion of human rights is a priority of our proper authorities in Togo. Thus, the Togolese government is considering making an inventory of texts and international conventions on human rights, laws and

regulations and ratifications for their updates. The number of women in the government of Togo is a strong sign of the interest that the highest Togolese authorities have in the issue of gender equality.

Zimbabwe

Mining, agro-processing, infrastructure and health sector are the key areas of investment in Zimbabwe H.E. Mr. Jonathan Wutawunashe

Mr. Wutawunashe(L) in discussion with our correspondent Pragya Sharma

Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, New Delhi

TOA: The African development bank (AFDB) and the Zimbabwean government have signed a US$30 million grant agreement in support of the urgent water supply and sanitation rehabilitation project. Please throw light on this?

process so that we could have toilets in the rural areas. It’s a wonderful thing as this is a toilet which is totally sanitary. Sanitation outreach of government has been quite successful. All this has been done to protect people from water borne diseases.

Mr. Wutawunashe: Let’s go back to history, where Zimbabwe itself had some very good water supply practices. Urbanization is the biggest challenge because unfortunately when the European settlers came in, they designed cities and only few people were given passes to work for them. So, with independence every person in the country has got good opportunity to live in and with the opening of employment and educational opportunities and access to health for everybody. Obviously, sanitation and reticulation system that was designed for just few hundred was inadequate.

TOA: My reading says that Zimbabwe’s tourism and hospitality industry is expected to become one of the world’s fastest growing sectors from 2011-2021. What are the driving factors behind this achievement?

Zimbabwe has now good reputation and you can even drink tap water. Our priority is to maintain this because we want to expand and renew water systems. Supply of rural water used to be a bigger challenge than it is today.

I would say that one of the driving factors is attractiveness to new markets. In the past, Zimbabwe was kept in secret, in the sense that there were so many Europeans and Americans coming and in Asia there was Japanese coming. After independence, the traffic from Japan, china and India increased.

Typically, in any developing country, 70% of the people live in the rural areas. The moment the government walked in health education i.e. maternal health, primary health care, the provision of the clean drinking water and the provision of the sanitation, all these became the priority programs. In Zimbabwe, we came up with the system called the Blaire toilet. Government pushed for the research and development

Mr. Wutawunashe: I think it is the attractiveness of the country. It’s also the growing familiarity of what used to be nontraditional source countries for our tourism destination. They used to be non-traditional under Ian Smith. He wanted to close our eyes to Asia. There are so many tourists from India every year.

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of Goa. So, some of these interesting things are stimulating tourism between the two countries. The transport facilities are well developed and relatively cheap. Each and every country airline has access to Zimbabwe. TOA: Zimbabwe has one of the largest most diversified and integrated manufacturing sectors in the sub-Saharan Africa. Investments in which particular sector of your country has a promising future for Indian companies? Mr. Wutawunashe: I would say every sector because Zimbabwe has a gulf market and population is very small which means that availability of the biggest asset i.e. land is great. It is the land which gives you minerals. Mining, agro-processing, investments in tourism, infrastructure, health sector, transport infrastructure and assembly of machines i.e. new and modern machines are the key sectors and any kind of assistance in these sectors are very welcome. For instance, when I talk about manufacturing, there are some joint venture partnerships going on already like manufacturing of transformers. We obviously want to expand Information and Communication technologies in Zimbabwe. It is already there, we have very vibrant computer society. Our president is a champion of IT. Zimbabwean banks have adopted software that was developed in India instead of Europeans and American softwares for obvious reason because I think Bill Gates also prefers your softwares. That’s why, we preferred Indian engineers. Zimbabwean banks, for instance use I-flex that was developed in Bangalore. Our telecom sector is very much in touch with India and this could be expanded. I know that, there are one or two companies in Zimbabwe that are into assembly of handsets and they are very keen to have joint venture partnership with Indian entities. TOA: Would you like to share with us some new plans and projects?

Mr. Wutawunashe: As I have mentioned above about infrastructure and so forth, investing in that build model would be good for Indian companies. When I talk about assembling of machines, I mean the agricultural sector which is ‘The Sector’ for any developing country. I have seen some very interesting ways of harvesting in India. It is so impressive because one doesn’t have to buy a tractor but a combined harvester. I would like to see more of this in the Zimbabwe. TOA: Most of the patients from your country are being referred to India for medical treatments. What is your vision on the medical tourism that is going on between the two countries? Mr. Wutawunashe: I think Indian medical institutions should adopt more creative approach because right now we are neighbouring with South Africa. India is competing with the neighbour but cannot win because in any case neighbour is closer. I am not saying that marketing of medical facilities here in India is bad, it is good. India’s medical sector has got a good reputation. Some of the Indian hospitals like Apollo have got good programs. Medical tourism arrangements are good but more emphasis has to be laid on outreach. Secondly, creative ways of doing this should be adopted. One of the most creative ways of doing it in an open economy is team up with Zimbabweans and create the same institutions over there. Zimbabwe has good private hospitals. I think, we need more hospitals not just in Harare but we need more private initiative in other cities also. If the price remains reasonable, then ofcourse India can compete better. If the combined price of airfare, treatments and procedures and stay of the patients are competitive, India will be successful because when people talk about medicine, they think of only two countries India and Cuba. Research and development aspect is important in pharmaceuticals. My country has sophisticated R&D tie-ups with India. An E-medicine initiative was taken by former president of India Mr. Abdul Kalam. I think that program increased awareness.

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Situated in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, we are one of the leading Afro-Asian Consultants. namely Ghana, Sudan, Senegal, Nigeria, Burkina Faso etc. since a decade. We execute prestigious the incorporation includes providing consultancy services in diverse socio-economic sectors, agriculture meetings for our delegates with Indian business leaders for exploring business opportunities & entering

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Agriculture, Tractors & Implements Irrigation Equipments Hospital & Medical Schools Drill Rigs Smart Venues & Theme Parks Automobile Spare Parts Fish related Products


BRANDS & BUSINESSES

With our brand name ‘indocorp’ we have been active in many African countries projects with Government & corporate bodies & the objective pursued since & small scale being two very important ones. We arrange factory visits & one-to-one into joint venture partnerships & technology transfer.

Turnkey Projects & Supplies for ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●● ●●

Small Scale Industry Machinery & Equipments Food Processing & Packaging Industry Information Technology & Communication Earth Moving Equipments & Machinery Mining & Road Construction Equipments Recycling of Waste Paper & Plastic Waste & Garbage Management Solutions

●● Solar Energy & Rural Electrification ●● Healthcare Pharmaceuticals & Surgical Equipments ●● Electrical Fittings ●● Textiles & Promotional Material ●● Oil Expellers & many more…

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ISO 9001:2008

Main fields of specialisation of the company cover

⇒⇒ Irrigation and Drainage

⇒⇒ F lood Control and Land Reclamation ⇒⇒ River Management, Dams, Reservoir Engineering and Barrages ⇒⇒ Integrated Agriculture Development ⇒⇒ Watershed Management ⇒⇒ H ydropower and Thermal Power Generation ⇒⇒ Power Transmission and Distribution ⇒⇒ Rural Electrification ⇒⇒ Ground Water Exploration ⇒⇒ Minor Irrigation ⇒⇒ W ater Supply and Sanitation (Rural and Urban) ⇒⇒ Environmental Engineering ⇒⇒ Rain Water Harvesting; Survey & Investigations ⇒⇒ Human Resource Management ⇒⇒ System Studies and Information Technology

Hon’ble President, H.E. Maitre Abdoulaye Wade, Govt. of Senegal with CMD, WAPCOS, Mr. R.K. Gupta

H.E. Mr. Aires Bonifacio Baptista Ali, Hon’ble Prime Minister of Mozambique being briefed about WAPCOS

WAPCOS’

SUCCESS STORIES IN AFRICA WAPCOS

Limited is a “MINI RATNA-I” Public Sector Enterprise under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India. Incorporated on June 26th, 1969 under the Companies Act 1956; WAPCOS has been providing state-of-the-art consultancy services in all facets of Water Resources, Power and Infrastructure Sectors in India and Abroad. The Quality Management Systems of WAPCOS conform to ISO 9001 : 2008 for Consultancy Services in Water Resources, Power and Infrastructure Development Projects by Indian Register Quality Systems. WAPCOS as Project Management Consultants (PMC) takes up Projects in totality and provides services for the identified project from concept to commissioning. The services during PMC of a Project include Feasibility studies; Survey and Investigation; Engineering services including Detailed Project Report, Designs, Drawings etc; Tender Engineering including Preparation of Specifications, Tender Drawings, Tendering, Tender Evaluation, Award of Contract and Contract Agreement; Construction Supervision and Management including EPC works; Quality Control and overall Construction Management, Erection Testing and Commissioning; Operation and Maintenance and Training / Transfer of Technology to the clients. WAPCOS is registered with various international funding agencies for participating in the funded projects like World Bank/International Bank

for Reconstruction and Development, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Food and Agriculture Organisation, International Fund for Agricultural Development, United Nations Development Program, World Health Organisation, West African Development Bank, Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme, Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund, Japan Bank for International Cooperation(JBIC), United National Office for Project Services (UNOPS) etc.

Key Projects Undertaken in Africa Recently ETHIOPIA

Development of Irrigation Network for 100,000 Hectares of Land at Gambela Region, Ethiopia (Phase I) WAPCOS is preparing Designs & Drawings for Irrigation Network for 100,000 Hectares of Land at Gambela Region, Ethiopia. The farm is about 90 Km long and 4-16 km wide.

KENYA

Consultancy Service for the Detailed Design, Tender Document preparation and Construction Supervision of Bondo & Siaya Water Supply and Sanitation Project The objective of the Study for the proposed Water Supply Project and Sanitation projects in Bondo and Siaya Towns is to analyze and propose the least cost technical solutions to meet the project objectives of improving the level of service in

Some of important projects completed by WAPCOS in African Countries are listed below Algeria

»» Ouled Melouk project

D.R. Congo

»» Preparation of Feasibility Report for the execution of Katende Hydro Electric Project

Eritrea

»» Hagaz and Alla Horticulture Development Project »» Feasibility Study for Water Resources Development

Ethiopia

»» Feasibility study and Detail Design of Kesem Bolhama Sugar Development project »» Environment monitoring study for Koga irrigation project »» Awash flood control and water management study »» Wabi Shebele integrated development master plan study

»» Water resources development project (phase- I) »» Preparation of Water Master Plan »» Technical assistance in the field of Land and Water Resources »» Ejera project »» Sewir project »» Study tour of members of EVDSA on integrated river basin natural resources development planning »» Ethio-India water resources and irrigation development project, EVDSA »» Preliminary countrywide Master Plan »» Integrated Rural Agricultural and Water Resources Development of Suluh valley

Ghana

»» Deployment of experts for irrigation & other sectoral developments

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Lesotho

»» Designing of rural village water supply systems for six districts »» Feasibility Report of Irrigation Development

Mauritius

»» 66 kV Transmission Line Project »» Study of land drainage System »» Study of geophysical and hydrological conditions in northern region »» Supply of drilling rigs and accessories »» Construction supervision & project management of (municipal dyke and new Anse Rafin Dam)

Mozambique

»» Consultancy Services for Development of Awareness and Hygiene Education, Development of Dry Pit Latrines


BRANDS & BUSINESSES terms of safety, quality, coverage, reliability, efficiency, and sustainability of the water supply and sanitation services in the two towns in Nyanza Province of Kenya.

MOZAMBIQUE

Consultancy services for Detailed Design Review, Pre contract Services and Supervision of Civil Works Contract for : Multinational Nacala Road Corridor Project-Lot B : Ribaue-Malema (103 Km) (African Development Bank funded) WAPCOS is providing Project Management Consultancy to National Roads Administration (ANE), Government of Mozambique for execution of National Road Corridor project which involves widening of existing road, construction of bridges and culverts etc. WAPCOS will review the contractor’s construction programme, resource allocations and associated method statements, proposed working drawing/ plans; day to day construction supervision for quality control and monitoring the physical and financial progress of the project. Rehabilitation of Massingir Multipurpose Project (3 x 15 MW) WAPCOS carried out Topographical Survey, Geological Mapping, Hydrology and Power potential for assessing the possibility of Hydropower Generation from the existing Massingir Dam. Feasibility Study for Re-Commissioning and Conversion of Maputo CTM Diesel Turbines to Natural Gas Combined Cycle Objective of the Feasibility Study is to assist Electricideade de Mocambique (EDM) in achieving an appropriate and accurate understanding of the technical and cost implication regarding conversion of the current three gas turbines to be converted to natural gas and ultimately run in a combined cycle mode.

SENEGAL

Consultancy Services for Preparation

Designs for Local Conditions for Households and Schools and Development Studies for Flood Areas and Solid Waste Management in Xai-Xai, Chokwe, Inhambane and Maxixe Municipalities (African Development Bank Funded) »» Consultancy services for “Preparation of Social, Technical and Institutional Guidelines for the Implementation of Rural Sanitation and Piloting of Guidelines in Three Districts of Inhambane Province” for Phase-I (World Bank funded)] »» Rehabilitation Study for Messengir Dam »» Development of Social, Technical and Institutional guidelines for the implementation of Rural Sanitation

Namibia

»» Exploration and tapping of potable water resources in Eastern Caprivi Region

Nigeria

»» Preparation of a Pre Feasibility Report for 3 no.’s of Thermal power stations of 2x250 MW each at Benue, Kogi and Enugu in Nigeria

of Feasibility Report, Detailed Project Report and Construction Supervision/ Quality Control for Lifting of Water from Senegal River Valley to Irrigate Areas in Dagana, Podor, Matam and Bakel in Northern Valley Scope of project includes preliminary investigations, detailed surveys/ investigations & studies, review of existing crop and resultant cropping pattern in future, environmental impact assessment in the context of construction of proposed pumping station and water conductor system spread over total length, planning design, preparation of general layout plan of the various components viz intake structure, canal, cross drainage works, tanks etc., preliminary design of project components, selection of pumps in respect of numbers, type and size, preparation of preliminary equipment planning and construction schedule, assist the Govt. of Senegal in tender engineering, procurement & supply of materials, erection, testing & commissioning, construction supervision, management and monitoring of project execution.

Mr. R.K. Gupta, CMD, WAPCOS in discussion with Mr. Khadim Gueye, Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture, Govt. of Senegal

H.E. Dr. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, Hon’ble Vice President, Govt. of Kenya meeting with Mr. R.K. Gupta, CMD, WAPCOS

ZIMBABWE

Skill Support for Operation and Maintenance of Hwange Thermal Power Station

WAPCOS is providing Operation and Maintenance support for Hwange Thermal Power Station including Preparation of technical specifications, tender documents for procurement, repair and refurbishment of plant and equipment. Besides, WAPCOS is also providing In-plant training including off-site & on-site training programme.

CMD, WAPCOS with Ms. Charity Kaluki Ngilu Hon’ble Minister for Water and Irrigation, Govt. of Kenya

For further details /enquiries, you may please write to:

WAPCOS Limited

Kailash, 5th Floor, 26, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi - 110 001. Phone : (91-11) 23313131-3 Fax : (91-11) 23313134 E-mail : cc@wapcosindia.com Website: www.wapcosindia.com

Mr. R.K. Gupta, CMD, WAPCOS with Mr. Souleymane Ndene Ndiaye, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Govt. of Senegal

Uganda

»» Water supply schemes in cantonments »» Upper Mamu Rive Project

»» Feasibility Study for Water Resources Development

Sierra Leone

Zambia

»» Feasibility report, design and supervision for rehabilitation »» Teshiteshi Lake Stage-II of existing potable water facilities in 6 communities »» Micro-Earthquake Data Analysis at Itezhi-Tezhi Dam Area »» Feasibility Study for Water Resources Development

South Africa

»» Lady Smith Flood Control Study

Sudan

»» Consultancy services were successfully provided for state level Urban Infrastructure Programme Implementation under the Sudan Emergency Transport and Infrastructure Development Project(World Bank Project)

Tanzania

»» Singida region development project »» Rehabilitation of water supply system

Zimbabwe

»» Due Diligence Report on Hwange (4x 120 MW+ 2x 220MW) Thermal Power Station (Phase I) »» Master Plan Study for Rural Electrification »» Accelerated electrification of rural areas »» Project management for expansion of Kariba hydro power station (2 x 150 mw) »» Project management for expansion of Hawange thermal power station (2 x 250 mw) »» Training of Zimbabwe engineers in India »» Operation and maintenance of power stations

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“India-Africa relations to solidify by technology transfer” Ing. G.K. Atieku Dzandu

ghana

Technical Manager, Zoomlion Ghana Ltd.

Mr. Dzandu (R) during the interview session

Zoomlion, a Ghanaian waste management company has the passion to render excellent environmental sanitation services not only to Ghana but Africa as a whole, says Ing. G.K. ATIEKU Dzandu, Technical Manager. He further discusses on the relations between Ghana and India.

TOA: How has been your experience in India? Mr. Dzandu: It’s a great opportunity to see the developments going around the country. India is now classified as one of the developing country. I visited few factories here in India like Ashok Leyland and TPS. TOA: How have been your meetings with Ashok Leyland and other companies?

Zoomlion Ghana ltd.

Mr. Dzandu: The meetings with all the companies were very cordial. They were very happy that they have information from the users back to the factory. TOA: What are the major differences between India and Ghana in terms of equipments and technology?

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Mr. Dzandu: India is a bit ahead of Ghana in terms of it’s economy. It is good to have a role model like India. The level of the composition differs from the garbage we collect. The truck parts are different. So, we collect some of this information and provide it to manufacturers so that they can analyze how best they can do in their work. TOA: What is your vision on further strengthening relationship between India and Ghana? Mr. Dzandu: The relationship has been cordial. I think it will solidify by technology transfer and we are confident enough that one day Ghana will establish itself and would start producing these equipments in the country itself.


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“The overall experience was intellectual” Mr. Samuel Kissi AGYEPONG

ghana

Transport Manager, Zoomlion Ghana Ltd.

Mr. Agyepong (R) sharing his views with our correspondent Pragya Sharma

Read on the experience of Mr. Samuel on visiting India for the first time. Mr. Samuel shares with THE TIMES OF AFRICA his future plans and requirements from India. TOA: How has been your experience in India?

over the base on training. With more effective training we can make a lot of difference.

Mr. Agyepong: This is the first time I have visited India and I am very much impressed. I visited various factories and offices. The overall experience was good and intellectual. We have all the information about the factories we visited. So, our expectations are fulfilled.

TOA: How vast and well effective is the transport department of Zoomlion?

TOA: As a Transport Manager, what is yours role and responsibility?

Mr. Agyepong: The transport department of Zoomlion is quite well but the worst part is that sometimes we face problems like failures, raw material used is not good etc. These are some of the challenges we are facing. But I hope with Ashok Letland and TPS, we would be able to support our customers with lot of equipments and would be able to move forward.

Mr. Agyepong: As a Transport Manager, I

Zoomlion Ghana Ltd. have realized and learned a lot of things from

Ashok Leyland especially in the functioning of machines, so as to maintain and increase the lifetime of vehicles. I have realized that when you follow the procedures properly, you can provide life to the vehicles.

TOA: How fruitful has been the meeting with Ashok Leyland and TPS? Mr. Agyepong: Very good, from the past two years we have been using Ashok Leyland’s trucks and we are satisfied with the performance.

TOA: What is your vision and objective as Transport Manager?

TOA: What kind of assistance do you want from India?

Mr. Agyepong: For the next 5 years, my plan is to establish assembly of equipments

Mr. Agyepong: We want workforce for operations especially.

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“Cosmetic Industry is Emerging” Mme Gueye Fatoumata Mbengue

senegal

Deputy CEO, Bioessence, Senegal

A still of Mme Gueye (L) with THE TIMES OF AFRICA magazine

Meet Mme Gueye Fatoumata Mbengue, Deputy CEO, Bioessence, Senegal in an exclusive interview with THE TIMES OF AFRICA sharpening the need of Cosmetic industry. Introducing Bioessence as a duty free cosmetic company operating in Senegal, she added that the company specializes in natural products which rejuvenate women’s skin. TOA: What is the purpose of attending the event ‘I for Afrika’? Ms. Mbengue: This event is a way of bridging the gap between India and Africa. We have many things in common like our history and culture. This event is a way to showcase what Africa can bring to India and vice-versa in terms of entrepreneurship. TOA: Have you had any fruitful meeting till now and brief us about some of your upcoming and new products? Ms. Mbengue: Yes, I had some profitable meetings over here. Currently, I am focusing on the distribution of some of my specific products. We are present in North American market and I was wondering why we are not present in Indian market and also we all are aware of the fact that Indian market is full of opportunities and collaborating with this country could be of immense prospect for us. TOA: What is the main motive of Bioessence? Ms. Mbengue: Our aim is to provide our customers the best products and bringing the 46 THE TIMES OF AFRICA september-october 2011

magic of African cosmetics to the world. We motivate women to opt for natural products to rejuvenate their skin and offers body care and hair care products made up from natural resources like baobab, shea, coconut, honey, clay and butter. TOA: In your opinion, what are the major disparities between Indian and Senegal beauty products? Ms. Mbengue: There is no difference. India and Senegal both have immense amount of natural resources. Both the countries are using resources like aloe vera, turmeric, henna etc. I have discovered that India has essential oils like lavender oil and coconut oil etc. which Africa doesn’t have. So, I want to explore Indian beauty market more and want to see what all products and resources can be exchanged with India. TOA: What is the employment level in the beauty sector of Senegal? Ms. Mbengue: Well now I’ll say the employment level or opportunities are increasing in the beauty sector because cosmetic industry is emerging as one of the major market in the world.


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“Ugandan Economy Offers Opportunities for Indian Investors” Mr. Habib Kagimu

uganda

Chairman, Habib Oil Limited, Uganda

Our correspondent Mansi Batra (L) taking careful notes during interview session

In this interview with THE TIMES OF AFRICA, Mr. Habib Kagimu, Chairman, Habib Oil Limited, Uganda focuses on the need for potential partners from India in the field of oil & gas exploration. He shares in brief about Habib Oil Limited, as a Uganda based company dealing in variety of business, mainly in oil. Apart from this, it also deals in IT, telecom, property development, fast food and security services.

TOA: What kind of investments are you looking forward in the 7th CII Exim Bank Conclave?

talking to some Indian suppliers with whom I hope to conquer some business.

Mr. Kagimu: I am looking for Indian business partners who are interested in working in Uganda in the field of oil and gas exploration because Uganda has now found a large reservoir of hydrocarbons. In the last 3 or 4 years of exploration, Uganda has found about 2.5 billion barrels of oil. We are also looking forward to potential partners in infrastructure development like roads, railways, buildings and IT as well.

TOA: Would you like to share some ongoing projects with us?

TOA: Do you have nodal partners in the sense that somebody in India is representing your division?

Mr. Kagimu: Yes, I am looking forward to partnerships with pre-eminent Indian companies in all the fields that I have mentioned above.

Mr. Kagimu: At the moment we don’t have many contacts in India and those we have are through the High Commissioner of Uganda in India.

TOA: Are you specifically working towards the development of Uganda or for the whole Africa?

TOA: Is your group somehow involved with the small scale sectors? Mr. Kagimu: My group is building small scale industries and we are looking at plans in India in the field of water and food processing. I have been

Mr. Kagimu: My Company is currently focusing on the construction of Kenya-Uganda pipeline project as it is a huge project. TOA: Are you looking forward to some partnerships with Indian companies also?

Mr. Kagimu: Uganda is my main focus but my group works for the whole Africa. We have branches in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, India etc. Uganda is now a common market for East African countries. East Africa comprises of 5 counties i.e. Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi.

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“The Concept of Medical Tourism is Excellent” Madam Kutemba A. Mandumbwa

zambia

Finance & Admin. Manager, St John’s Medical Center, Zambia

Madam Mandumbwa (R) with our correspondent Pragya Sharma

Medical Tourism in India is one of the best options available to people across the globe. In this interview, in reflecting the need to further strengthen the relationships with India especially in the field of pharmaceuticals, Madam Kutemba A. Mandumbwa, St John’s Medical Center, Zambia discusses with THE TIMES OF AFRICA, the relations between the two countries. TOA: How augment is the financial stability of your medical center? Ms. Mandumbwa: Well our finance sector is quite developed but this is just a department of the organization that deals with the pharmaceuticals. If you look at the financing institutions in Zambia, for instance, my institution has partnership with banks and there are partners who provide micro finance facilities. So, the finance sector of my organization as well as my country is quite developed. TOA: Many patients are being referred to India for medical treatments. What is your take on medical tourism going on between India and Zambia? Ms. Mandumbwa: The concept of medical tourism is just excellent. There are patients in my clinic who are visiting India frequently for medical treatments and the good thing is that every patient come back with their problems sorted out. We are looking forward to India’s assistance and expertise knowledge in the medical sector 48 THE TIMES OF AFRICA september-october 2011

so that we can become self reliant. We definitely want to adopt new technologies and equipments from India. TOA: What is the motive behind attending the event ‘ I for Afrika’? Ms. Mandumbwa: As I said, I belong to pharmaceutical industry and India has a quite big industry for pharmaceuticals and drugs. Presently, we are buying pharmaceutical from Zambia only but now we want to develop networks with good pharmaceuticals Indian companies so that we can source pharmaceuticals directly from here. By doing so, we would be able to cut half of the costs. So, this is our main agenda. TOA: How do you look forward to IndiaZambia relationships? Ms. Mandumbwa: This is just a beginning of something big. My vision is to further strengthen relationships with India especially in the field of pharmaceuticals, medicines, medical infrastructure and medical tourism.


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doctor’s advice

Awareness Information & Management

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noring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound, due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping.”

The irregular air flow is caused by a passageway blockage making it difficult for the air to go into the lungs. The tissues at the top of airway touching each other cause vibrations and obstruction of breathing during sleep. In some cases the sound may be soft, but in other cases, it can be loud and unpleasant. It is quite common in adults, more in women above 65 years of age. It is present in preschool and school children as well. Most of the asthmatics snore due to obstruction of breathing during sleep.

Grades of snoring

Causes of Snoring

It is usually due to one of the following: i. Narrowing of pharynx and upper air way. ii. Enlarged tonsils. iii. Fat collection in and around the throat. iv. Misposition of jaw, often caused by tension in the muscles around.

v. Obstruction in passageway.

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nasal

vi. Use of relaxants such as alcohol or drugs, relaxing throat muscles. vii. Sleeping on one’s back resulting in the tongue dropping to the back of the mouth.

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There are 3 Grades of snoring produced by airway obstruction. 1. If the airway obstruction is small then it produces simple snoring without any other symptoms. 2. If the air ways obstruction is more, it produces not only snoring but also attacks of slow breathing, i.e. decrease of airflow by 30-50%. The snorer does not know and has no symptom to complain. 3. If obstruction is more, attacks of snoring increase and culminate in complete or near complete stoppage of airflow and breathing while asleep called sleep apnoea. In severe cases the body tries to breathe more deeply and with greater and greater force to get the required amount of air and oxygen in the lungs, still this


doctor’s advice

does not help. The breathing stops and the person get up and sit, without knowing its cause. The stoppage of breathing is for a few seconds, and on sitting narrowness improves and the person starts breathing again. This may happen several times during night.

Impact of Snoring

Normally the snorer does not know that he/she snores while asleep, but it is a great source of annoyance to a person who shares the bed or the room whose sleep is disturbed. Snoring is also known to cause severe impairment of lifestyle, increased risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

Diagnosis

Snoring is recognized by a friend, wife or relative who gets disturbed. Snoring should be investigated thoroughly. Complete sleep study by polysomnography should be done.

Management of Snoring

Almost all treatments for snoring revolve around clearing the blockage of the breathing passage. Majority of snorers do not have obstructive sleep disorder, or any other long term health risk, but it is a nuisance to the other person sleeping in the same room. Hence in the absence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea snoring alone does not warrant any investigation but does call for counseling, particularly with regard to weight gain, smoking and alcohol consumption. i. As snorers are usually obese and they have fat deposited in the neck which reduce the passage of air going into lungs they should reduce their weight as it helps a lot but does not cure. ii. They should reduce the consumption of alcohol as alcohol has a selective depressant influence on upper airway muscles. iii. Snorers should stop smoking as smoking weakens and clogs the

Symptoms of Snoring

Episodes of sleep disorder, difficult and increased rate of breathing usually lead to: 1. Arousals from sleep leading to sleep fragmentation, Excessive daytime sleepiness, restlessness, chocking, gagging and gasping at times. 2. Personality changes and Intellectual deterioration 3. Increased lung and heart diseases, high blood pressure. throat. iv. Snorers should not sleep flat on bed because the tongue and lower jaw slip backwards and reduce the air passage. They should sleep side-ways. Sleeping with too many pillows can stretch and narrow the air passages, use only one pillow to avoid all complications. v. Other treatment options are nasal sprays, nasal strips or nose clips, lubricating sprays to remove the blockage of nose. vi. Acupressure devices or specialized acupuncture also alleged to help elevate snoring. vii. Earplugs may facilitate good sleep for people sharing the same bedroom with someone.

Pharmacological treatment

A Combination of pseudoephedrine and domperidone shows excellent results in 95% cases in the treatment of severe snoring. Herbal pills also may help.

Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP)

A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is often used to control sleep apnea and the snoring associated with it. To keep the airway open a shoebox –sized device pumps a controlled stream of air through a flexible hose to a mask worn over the nose & mouth during sleep. It is effective in 80% of cases. Proper training of use

of machine is needed.

Dental appliances

In some cases special dental appliances called mandibular advancement splints which advance the lower jaw slightly and thereby pull the tongue forward are a common mode of treatment. Mandibular splints are often tolerated much better and are similar in appearance to protective mouth guards worn for sportsmen. Surgery is also available in some as a method of correcting Snoring: »» Children snore due to obstruction due to large adenoids/ tonsils. Snoring is relieved by appropriate surgery. »» Even nasal septal deviation, if corrected surgically reduces the snoring. In that matter patient with nasal polyps do have snoring. Once the nasal obstruction is relieved, snoring is taken care. »» Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, attempt to widen the airway by removing tissues in the back of the throat including the uvula and tonsils. »» Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a relatively new surgical technique for U.P.P. In conclusion, usually the patient is not aware of his snoring and attacks of slow breathing or stoppage of breathing, person sleeping next to him may be witness to these attacks. Lot of people snore while asleep but a few go into the attacks of less breathing and stoppage of breathing. Those with attacks of slow breathing or stoppage of breathing must visit their doctors and get investigation especially the sleep test and take adequate treatment. Edited by Ms. Neharika Sobti Dr. P. S. Saharia

Senior ENT Surgeon MAX, Pitampura, New Delhi

Dr. Jagdish C Sobti Consultant Child Specialist Chief Medical Advisor-Heal & Bliss Email: jagdishcsobti@yahoo.com

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Brahma kumaris

A still of the listeners

Sister Shivani

The Secret of One: Kites for Peace

Dance performance

Gift giving session

Kites decorated with messages

On Sunday, August 28, 2011 there was an enlightening talk by BK Sister Shivani entitled THE SECRET OF ONE: Kites for Peace at Sahibzada Ajit Singh Auditorium, Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, New Delhi. To a packed audience of 800 people, Sister Shivani highlighted that we need to emerge our inner qualities: Peace, Patience and Love as these treasures are absolutely essential for this moment in time. Participants found the session very useful and empowering. A mesmerizing soulful dance was presented by a group of young children. Following this, an initiative to unite nature, family & friends as ONE, the occasion was celebrated by flying kites. Kites were decorated by small children with messages. It was nothing better than seeing the joy and complete wonderment on everyone’s face.

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UN NEWS New fund to protect African elephants launched at UN-backed forum Global conservation experts concluded a United Nations-backed meeting in Geneva with important decisions to protect a number of endangered species, including the launch of a trust fund to ensure the long-term survival of the African elephant population. Several countries have already contributed to the multi-donor technical trust for the implementation of an African Elephant Action Plan, and more were encouraged to do so by the participants of the meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). “We expect that donors will hear the urgent needs of Africa and support the implementation of the African Elephant Action Plan,” said John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES, whose secretariat is administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

rhinos, tigers and other big cats, illegal trade in mahogany and other timber species, the fate of sturgeon and the caviar trade, and the sourcing of reptile skins used in the leather industry.

those in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), India, Mozambique, Nepal, South Africa and Zimbabwe with the illegal trade in rhinoceros horns appearing to be the main motive.

The committee considered recent findings concerning African and Asian elephants, poaching levels and illegal trade in ivory.

The committee also reviewed efforts by Peru in establishing reliable timber verification systems, and new rules for introducing marine species from international waters, among other topics.

It also recognized rhinoceros poaching and illegal trade in their horns as a major challenge that requires innovative approaches, with one delegation describing the situation “as almost out of control.” All populations of rhinoceroses are suffering from poaching, particularly

Some 175 States have joined CITES, an international agreement that entered into force in July 1975 and aims to ensure that global trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. Source: United Nation Information Center for India and Bhutan

“The target is to raise $100 million over the next three years to enhance law enforcement capacity and secure the long-term survival of African elephant populations,” he added. Elephant conservation and new financial mechanisms were among several issues on the agenda of the weeklong meeting, in addition to measures to reduce current levels of poaching of

Protected from external dangers, an elephant family roam peacefully in the Mikumi National Park in Tanzania

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Some of the audiences captured

Launch of “The African Dream from Poverty to Prosperity”a book written by H.E. Ngwazi Prof. Bingu wa Mutharika, President, Republic of Malawi 7 September 2011, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, New Delhi “The African Dream from Povety to Prosperity” brightened up Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) as the eponymous book authored by a distinguished alumnus, who is now the President of the landlocked African country Malawi, was launched on 7 September 2011 in New Delhi amid renewed optimism about the continent’s future.

H.E. Mr. Ngwazi Prof. Bingu wa Mutharika, President, Republic of Malawi delivering the address

Launch of the book

“The book has been written by our president to reject the idea that Africa is a poor nation. Mutharika is the man who changed Malawi from a food deficit country to a food surplus country,” Chrissie Chawanje Mughogho, Malawi’s High Commissioner to India, said while unveiling the 700-page book that maps out the continent’s resurgence as a new hub of the world economy. Subtitled ‘From Poverty to Prosperity’, the book repudiates negative cliches about Africa as a poor and underdeveloped region and offers suggestions to spur the continent’s growth and renewal. Bingu wa Mutharika, who fondly calls himself a ‘Dilliwalla” (a resident of Delhi), encourages the world to think positively about the resource-rich continent and spells out a strategy on how Africa can achieve sustainable macro-economic growth and development within the global system. “Mutharika came up with his own idea of how Africa can grow and develop, and the roots of his thoughts lie in India,” said K. Moyo, Deputy High Comissioner of Malawi to India. As the book was launched at the college where Mutharika, who is widely known as as an international economist and development specialist, spent three years as an undergraduate in the 1960s and acquired a Bachelor of Commerce degree, many friends and batchmates of the African scholar-politician were present at the book launching ceremony. Ashok Mittal, a batchmate of Mutharika, recalled how the latter used to talk about uplifting his country from the mire of poverty. “We used to call him Prof. Tom due to his maturity at that age,” Mittal recalled fondly. “Me and Mutharika, both of us realised that at a time when the world is talking about terrorism, there is another kind of terrorism that is destroying the underdeveloped regions. In this, the whites are exploiting the blacks of Africa for their trade benefits,” he said.

H.E. Dr. Chrissie chawanje Mughogho, High Commissioner, Republic of Malawi addressing the audience African diplomats listening to the address

Namibia’s High Commissioner Samod N’ Bambo struck an upbeat note about the burgeoning India-Africa partnership. “India never forgets Africa’s development. There is a very special bond between Africa and India and it should continue with the younger generations to really fulfill our dream. Like Mutharika, India also made us proud by recognising our efforts every time,” he said. Describing Mutharika as a humble person, SRCC principal P.C. Jain said: “It is an achievement for our college that our student became the president of a country. Students should take inspiration from him.” Source: www.indiaafricaconnect.com

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business conferences & Meetings

Interactive session with Mr. J.K. Tripathi, Ambassador Designate to Zimbabwe 26 July 2011, Jorbagh, New Delhi The interactive session with Mr. J.K. Tripathi, Ambassador designate to Zimbabwe took place on July 26, 2011 and organized by Confederation of Indian Industry, CII. A senior Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Tripathi earlier catered as ConsulGeneral, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Mr. J.K Tripathi, Ambassador Designate to Zimbabwe

Participants at the session

The Interaction started with the welcome remarks by Mr. Rajeev Wahi, President –International Business, International Tractors Ltd. The session brought almost 20 companies together. Some eminent companies like Kirloskar Brother Limited, Wapcos Ltd., Tata Services Ltd., Ashok Leyland, Overseas Infrastructure Alliances etc. also participated in the interactive session. The main objective of the interaction was to provide opportunity to companies to meet Ambassadordesignate and discuss their plans and specific issues regarding the business and trade prospects in Zimbabwe. It was a good platform to exchange views on the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Zimbabwe. Participants discussed the ample of problems they are facing in doing business in Zimbabwe with Mr. Tripathi. The Ambassador in return told them that Zimbabwe has huge mineral resources like gold, platinum, uranium etc. and agriculture comprised of all the tertiary activities but there is need to wait for results. He further added that Zimbabwe is growing economically and surely it will create a good impression in the minds of people. The highlight of the interaction was the statement given by the Ambassador to participants that “whenever you come to Zimbabwe, you can meet him anytime and without any prior appointment”. Mr. Rajeev Wahi in his concluding remarks mentioned that there are problems with trade in Zimbabwe but at the same time there are opportunities also. We need to work hard and find a way that leads us to right path. The interactive session was surely an opening to the variant opportunities present in Zimbabwe. A still showing the participants at the session

Our correspondent (R) sharing THE TIMES OF AFRICA magazine with Ambassador Discussions at the session

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Celebratiosns & Feast

Celebrations & feasts

Our correspondent shares a light moment with Mrs. Rakotoson Rakotoarimah Aimee, Charge de affairs, Embassy of the Republic of Madagascar

H.E. Mr. Desire Koumba, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Gabon with his beautiful wife

Excellency poses with the youth of Africa

Guests at the celebration

51st Gabon National Day August 17, 2011, Casuarina Avenue, Westend Greens Farms, Rajokri, New Delhi

Guests enjoying the food

Charming couple at the lunch session

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Celebrations & feasts

Audience cherishing the concert

Performers at their best

Instrumental soloist performance

Egyptian Night

Performance of orchestral music

July 21, 2011, Mavlankar Hall, Rafi Marg, New Delhi

Mesmerizing performance with a flute

Elegant lady at the stage

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A view of audience during the function


Celebrations & feasts

Mr. R.K Mahna, Director - International Operations, KS Group poses with the couple

Mr. K.L. Ganju, Honorary Consul General of the Union of the Comoros with his wife

Guests at the function

African diplomats sharing a light moment

Comoros National Day July 29, 2011, Hotel ITC Mourya, New Delhi

Excellency poses with the guests

A view of guests at the celebration

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Celebrations & feasts

Sharda-Africa Congregate 2011 September 9, 2011, Vivanta by Taj-Ambassador, New Delhi Sharda University, an institute of excellence, inspiring value-based education, research and development, organized a Sharda-Africa Congregate 2011 on the theme Sharda Emergent with African Educational Ethnicity on September 9, 2011 at Vivanta by TajAmbassador. The event was graced by ambassadors and diplomats from African countries such as The Gambia, Mali, Rwanda, Kenya and many more. Mr. Suresh K. Goel, Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relation (ICCR) was the honorable Chief Guest. Also present were Mr. P.K. Gupta (Chancellor, Sharda University), Mr. H.G. Jagadeesh (Vice Chancellor, Sharda University), along with other senior faculty members of the University. The gala event showcased cultural heritage of Africa in the form of cultural dances and songs performed by African students pursuing their studies at Sharda University. The enthralling performances were deeply appreciated by the senior delegates from various African embassies. Mr. D.M Bajie, Ambassador, The Gambia said, “Sharda University impresses me with its highly value-based and focused educational system. We are happy that our 25 Gambian students are pursuing different courses in this University. There are400 International students at Sharda from all over the world including USA, China, Canada, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan etc. and over a hundered students from Africa are already a part of Sharda University. We are assured that our studentsill find the best educational opportunities here.”

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Speaking on the occasion, Mr. P.K Gupta, Chancellor, Sharda University, said, “We at Sharda University are elated to organize Sharda-Africa Congregate 2011. The objective of this meet is to help both the countries in understanding all the cultural and educational aspect of each other. Sharda University is committed towards the creation of excellent educational opportunities for both Indian and international students. As the agenda of this meet, mutual support is necessary for the betterment of both the countries and we are trying to get the same.”

About Sharda University

Sharda University, established as a private University in Greater Noida through the U.P. State Legislative Act in 2009 and approved by UGC, is the only multidiscipline campus spread over 63 acres with an impressive infrastructure, a diverse mix of students, and a stimulating environment. Sharda is an institution, which promises to become one of the India’s leading universities with an acknowledged reputation for excellence under the Sharda Group of Institutions (SGI) and a new culture of innovation, flexibility, progressiveness and vibrancy. The university envisions an ambience of excellence, inspiring value-based education, research and development.

Through its flexible curriculum, outstanding faculty, world class teaching standards, and innovative academic programmes, that give a flavor of global best practices and a skill based learning environment, Sharda University intends to set a new benchmark in Indian education.


Celebrations & feasts

Bouquet presentation to H.E. Mr. Dembo Badjie, High Commissioner, The Gambia

Guests at the function

Mr. P.K Gupta, Chancellor, Sharda University addressing the audience

H.E. Mr. Dembo Badjie delivering the address

Speakers at the dais

Our correspondent Kanchi Batra with few African students who participated at the function

A view of audience

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‘Q&A’ 10 minutes

Q&A10 Minutes

Mr. Sering Modou Njie

Deputy Head of Mission, The Gambia High Commission, New Delhi

Q. How would you define success in one word? A. Great achievement

Q. What is one quality you admire most in others? A. Friendly nature

Q. What do you do to relieve yourself from stress? A. I do physical exercise like running.

Q. Would you rather have super strength or super intelligence? A. Super intelligence

Q. What inspires you the most? A. Meeting people and making contacts.

Q. One thing not many people know about you is? A. My anger and my inner feelings. I always pretend to be happy.

Q. Summer, winter, spring and autumn, which season would you choose amongst the four? A. Winters Q. How do you spend your weekends? A. I usually engage my driver and we start driving around the town.

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Q. What brings smile on your face instantly? A. Comedy shows & movies Q. Complete the sentence: Life is_____________ A. Interesting


sports special

Ghana to host All Africa Golf Championship 2012

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hana will host the 2012 edition of the All Africa Golf Championship. The tournament, co-sponsored by Royal and Ancient, the home of golf in Scotland is meant for amateur golfers across the continent.

John Wartemburg, Secretary of the Ghana Golf Association (GGA) told the GNA Sports that after identifying the youth as the key to the success of the sport it was now more than committed to the hosting of the 2012 edition of the annual championship. He explained that the nation’s dream of hosting the championship will be enhanced by the upgrading of one or two golf clubs in the country to meet international standards. Mr Wartemburg lamented the poor financial state of the association and called on the members and the corporate world to assist in the development of the sport to dispel the perception by the public that the sport was for the affluent. “The Association is very poor financially

since it only survives on the support and benevolence of sponsors to organize events.” He added that even though the Association is one of 30 disciplines affiliated to the National Sports Council (NSC), it is yet to benefit from any form of financial support to develop the sport. The Secretary therefore appealed to the media to improve on its coverage of golf championship to create the needed awareness among the general public. Ghana made her maiden appearance at the All Africa championship in April 2007 in Zimbabwe. Ghana is to host the 2012 edition of the annual All Africa Golf Championship for amateur golfers across the continent. At least one golf club in the country will be upgraded to meet international standards prior to the event according to John Wartemburg, secretary of the Ghana Golf Association (GGA). Ghana first took part in the pan-African golf tournament in Zimbabwe in 2007. Source: www.modernghana.com

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Fashion, trends & customs

Hair

Braiding

T

Designs

English Braid

The common or garden three-strand plait, is formed by separating three even chunks of hair which are then woven one over the other, beginning from the nape of the neck to the end of the hair. This braid is then protected with a hair elastic.

here is no wider variety of hair styles in any communities as you would find in an African community. The main cause being the type of hair that Africans are born with, that lends itself to numerous designs and styles without too much of texture alteration or permanent damage. Hair braiding has become trendy in both men and women. Hair braiding not only lends you a look of absolute beauty but is actually a great way to keep the extended hair in control. Africans wore their hair in braids, which not only looked good but also helped keep hair off the neck in hot climates. Today, braids are worn for every occasion, be it a wedding ceremony or a sports meet. One of the benefits of braiding is that they also persuade men and women to grow their hair and give a way to hide the fact that they have thinning hair.

Cornrow Braids

One of the most prominent African hair braiding designs is the cornrow style which is created by braiding the hair in thin, tight braids close to the scalp, in straight lines.

Dutch Braids

Crown Braids

Dutch Braids which is known as the inverted French hair braid, is created by changing the leftover-middle, right-over middle pattern of an English braid into a left-under-middle, right-undermiddle technique.

Dazzling and extremely complex to achieve, crown braids of all styles are made by braiding around the head, like French braid which forms a circle. The additional hair left after making the braid is then braided and pinned around the head as well.

Heidi or Swiss Braids

Popularized by the fashion models on the catwalk, heidi braids or Swiss Braids are made by crossing two braids at the nape of the neck, bringing them up around the head and pinning to form a type of crown.

French Braids

This stunning and graceful braid is made using the same method as English braid. However, instead of starting at the nape of the neck, the French braids start from the hairline at the forehead and travels down the back of the head. The strands are taken from either side of the head and weaved into the braid so all the hair is secured.

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Rope Braids

This is a rather unusual braid design, as it is formed by twisting the hair rather than weaving it.


PURE Life Experiences Date: 01-Nov-11 to 04-Nov-11 COUNTRY: Morocco Venue: Marrakech Palais Des Congres, Marrakech, Morocco

AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 2011

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Apparel Textile Footwear & Machinery Trade Exhibition Date: 16-Nov-11 to 18-Nov-11 COUNTRY: South Africa

COUNTRY: Algeria Venue: Alger Palais des Expositions, Algiers, Algeria

Global Expo Botswana Date: 23-Nov-11 to 26-Nov-11 COUNTRY: Botswana

Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Venue: Botswana Conference & Exhibition Center, Gaborone, South-East, Botswana

Lagos International Trade Fair

Internationall Apparel Textile Footwear & Machinery Trade Show

Date: 26-Nov-11 to 28-Nov-11 COUNTRY: Kenya

Date: 04-Nov-11 to 13-Nov-11 COUNTRY: Nigeria

Date: 16-Nov-11 to 18-Nov-11 COUNTRY: South Africa

Venue: Trade Fair Complex, Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Venue: Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya

Date: 2-Nov-11 to 3-Nov-11 COUNTRY: Kenya Venue: Oshwal Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

Africa Com Date: 09-Nov-11 to 10-Nov-11 COUNTRY: South Africa

Marbre Expo Date: 16-Nov-11 to 19-Nov-11 COUNTRY: Tunisia

Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Venue: Tunis Exhibition Center, Tunis, Tunisia

Africa Cast

Airtech Expo

Date: 09-Nov-11 to 10-Nov-11 COUNTRY: South Africa

Date: 17-Nov-11 to 20-Nov-11 COUNTRY: Egypt

Venue: Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape town, South Africa

Venue: Cairo International Convention & Exhibition centre (CICC), Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt

Ethiopia International Trade Expo

Handling Expo

Date: 10-Nov-11 to 12-Nov-11 COUNTRY: Ethiopia

Date: 17-Nov-11 to 20-Nov-11 COUNTRY: Egypt

Venue: Addis Ababa Exhibition Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Venue: Cairo International Convention & Exhibition centre (CICC), Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt

Algeria Electricity & Water Expo Date: 14-Nov-11 to 16-Nov-11 COUNTRY: Algeria Venue: Alger Palais des Expositions, Algiers, Algeria

SETIFBAT Date: 14-Nov-11 to 17-Nov-11 COUNTRY: Algeria Venue: Salle Des Expositions, Setif, Algeria

Medexpo Nairobi

Construct Libya Date: 28-Nov-11 to 01-Dec-11 COUNTRY: Libya Venue: Tripoli International Fairground, Tripoli, Tarabulus, Libya

AfriHealth Date: 30-Nov-11 to 1-Dec- 11 COUNTRY: Kenya Venue: Kenya International Conference Centre, Nairobi Kenya

Bureau Expo Date: 30-Nov-11 to 04-Dec-11 COUNTRY: Tunisia Venue: Tunis-La Charguia Expo Center, Tunis, Tunisia

Expo Senegal Date: 01-Dec-11 to 05-Dec-11 COUNTRY: Senegal

Furniture Expo Tunisia

Venue: Dakar International Fair Grounds, Dakar, Senegal

Date: 19-Nov-11 to 30-Nov-11 COUNTRY: Tunisia

Algeria Kitchen Bath & Lighting Expo

Venue: Tunis-La Charguia Expo Center, Tunis, Tunisia

Date: 05-Dec-11 to 07-Dec-11 COUNTRY: Algeria

SITP Algiers

Venue: Alger Palais des Expositions, Algiers, Algeria

Date: 21-Nov-11 to 24-Nov-11 COUNTRY: Algeria

Senegal Consumex

IP Expo

Venue: Alger Palais des Expositions, Algiers, Algeria

Date: 07-Dec-11 to 12-Dec-11 COUNTRY: Senegal

Date: 15-Nov-11 to 16-Nov-11 COUNTRY: South Africa

Filaha Agro Expo Algeria Date: 21-Nov-11 to 24-Nov-11

Venue: Dakar International Fair Grounds, Dakar, Senegal

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know more about africa

Know more about

Africa Q1. Which African country has very hot days even in winter? Algeria

Q9. Name the city, which is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Timbuktu, Mali

Q2. About 20,000 Chinese lives in which African country? Angola

Q10. Which African country is known as the ‘Gem of Africa’? Namibia

Q3. Name the first African woman who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. Professor Maathai, the Kenyan Environmentalist

Q11. Name the largest open cast uranium mine in the world. Rossing mine, Namibia

Q4. World’s earliest human skull was found in which country? Tanzania Q5. Which is the only place where Kirk’s red colobus monkeys are found? Tanzania Q6. In which country oil was discovered? Nigeria in 1956, at Oloibiri (Bayelsa State) Q7. Name the largest country of Africa, which borders nine countries and has a coast-line on the red-sea in the north-east. Sudan Q8. Which African country has won the Africa Cup of Nations for six times? Egypt

Q12. The Victoria fall in Zimbabwe is also known as__________. Mosi-oa-Tunya Q13. _________ is the 5th most expensive city in the world. Liberville, Gabon Q14. The Egyptians referred to Somalia as the __________. Land of Punt Q15. Which country is also known as the ‘Smiling Coast of Africa’? The Gambia Q16. The world biggest frogs are found in which country? Cameroon (one foot long) Q17. Name the country, in which almost 100 species of lemurs are found. Madagascar

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Q18. The very first and oldest illustrated book on Christianity was found in which country? Ethiopia Q19. Blantyre is Malawi’s largest city. In 1956, with which city did it combine to form one city? Limbe Q20. Lake Malawi borders which three African countries? Malawi, Tanzania & Mozambique. Q21. The highest point in the Federal Republic of Niger is_____________ Chappal Waddi Q22. Name the best drink which Ethiopian family offers to honour guests. Coffee Q23. The world’s oldest desert is in Namibia. What is this desert called? The Namib Q24. Which country is home to 80% of Africa’s Gorilla population? Gabon Q25. _________in Mozambique makes for one of the largest lakes in the continent of Africa. Lake Niassa



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