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The 4th EU-Africa Summit brought together more than 60 EU and African leaders, and a total of 90 delegations, to discuss the future of EU-Africa relations and reinforce links between the two continents. In the summit declaration, leaders highlighted the close nature of EU-Africa relations and the shared values of democracy, respect for human rights, the rule of law and good governance as well as the right to development.

 


Peace and security

Leaders recognized the importance of peace and security as essential prerequisites for development and prosperity. In particular, they confirmed their commitment to enhancing political dialogue on international criminal justice and universal jurisdiction. Leaders also gave their support to the African aspiration and commitment to ensuring peace and stability in Africa and agreed to support African capabilities in this area through any available means, with a particular focus on capacity-building. Both continents agreed to strengthen common effort to fight international terrorism and to combat the spread of small arms.

 


Prosperity

Leaders pledged to pursue policies to create jobs and stimulate long-term growth on both continents. In particular the two continents agreed to cooperate more closely in the field of maritime policy. The EU also underlined its commitment to continuing to support African countries in the preparation of climate-resilient and low-emission development strategies. Leaders on both sides highlighted the importance of ensuring prudent and transparent management of respective natural resources, and responsible mineral sourcing. The summit declaration also underlines the importance of encouraging greater investment and economic development within and between countries in both continents, alongside developing transport, access to drinking water and to sustainable and affordable energy.

 


People

The summit recognised the importance of upholding human rights in both continents and confirmed a joint commitment to continuing efforts towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. On the question of education, leaders agreed to pursue policies to promote inclusive job creation with a focus on young people and women, and to promote student exchange programmes between the two continents and within Africa. The summit highlighted the need for a comprehensive approach to tackle the serious social and human impact of irregular migration. Leaders reiterated a shared commitment to fight human trafficking and to ensure the respect of human rights for all migrants. The summit also adopted aseparate declaration on migration and mobility.

 


Joint Africa EU Strategy and roadmap

The summit also confirmed the commitment of both continents to the objectives set out in the 2007 Joint Africa-EU Strategy. However, leaders agreed that the implementation of the Joint Strategy should be further improved and that cooperation should be guided by a results-oriented approach. The summit therefore adopted a roadmap to frame EU-Africa relations for 2014-2017. The roadmap covers 5 key priorities and areas for joint action:

•             Peace and security

•             Democracy, good governance and human rights

•             Human development

•             Sustainable and inclusive development and growth and continental integration

•             Global and emerging issues

For each of these objectives, the roadmap details actions at interregional, continental or global levels which are expected to have a real impact on the people of both continents.

 


 

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The management of JSE-listed gold miner, AngloGold Ashanti (AngloGold), says it is considering ways to restore staff morale, which “may” have been hit by the wide-range restructure the firm conducted last year.

 

 

This is according to the chairman, Sipho Pityana, who added that this will happen while the company re-engineers work systems aimed at enhancing productiveness in the company.

 


As soon as the company appointed its new CEO, Srinivasan Venkat, last year, the firm decided to take away $500 million from the company’s operating costs in the next year and a half.

 


Venkat was appointed soon after AngloGold’s former CEO, Mark Cutifani, left to head Anglo American, the fifth biggest mining group in the world.

 


This prompted a 40% decrease in staff numbers at head office and regional offices.

 


“While absolutely necessary, this was a difficult and painful process. AngloGold Ashanti will ensure that its responsibilities as a good corporate citizen to all stakeholders and the physical environment are not compromised,” Pityana said in the company’s latest annual report.

 


 

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In line with women empowerment and entrepreneurship, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has earmarked 60 percent (N132 billion) of its N220 billion Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF) to women entrepreneurs in the country.

 

 

Speaking at an organised workshop on the scheme in Ilorin, Kwara State; CBN Governor – Mallam Lamido Sanusi, who was represented by the Branch Controller, CBN Ilorin, Mr Onoriode Olotewo stated that “the specific objective is to reach over 2.0 million MSMEs over a 10-year period. In addition, 60 percent of the fund is targeted at women entrepreneurs.”

 

 

The Central Bank of Nigeria launched the MSMEs fund in August 2013 to provide the much needed capital for that sub-sector of the economy with the view of channelling long-term, low-interest funds through participating financial institutions.

 

 

The fund, which was launched at the 7th MSME financing conference and D-8 workshop, in Abuja last year, would address challenges of access to capital operators in the sub-sector were facing currently.

 

 

“The successful intermediation of the financial sector lies in the financial market to integrate the micro entrepreneurs, with low income earners, farmers, artisans into the financial system to improve the effectiveness of the policy” Sanusi had said during the initial launch of the fund.

 

 

As at 2012, Nigeria had about 8 million MSMEs employing about 42.4 million people and contributing about 46.5 per cent of nominal GDP.

 

 

Meanwhile, Olotewo said the sensitisation workshop was organised to educate the State government, the participating financial institutions and the organised private sector on the advantages of the funds.

 

 

He said the apex bank has developed operational guidelines for the State government’s participation in the MSME development fund with a view of reaching the peoples at the grassroots, adding that the MSME development fund has two broad objectives of performing both social and commercial functions.

 

 

According to him, the “social /development fund” will constitute 10 percent which is made up of grant- 5 percent, interest drawback, 3 percent, and managing agents operational costs, 2 percent while the “commercial fund” will constitute 90 percent of the fund- 90 per cent of the commercial component; and guarantee/refinancing – 10 per cent of the commercial component.

 

 

In his remarks, the Deputy Speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly, Prof. Mohammed Yisa, appealed to the CBN to make the criteria for accessing the fund less cumbersome for stakeholders and also ensure timely disbursement of funds.

 

 

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Airline is fastest growing in Africa

RwandAir has added a new aircraft to its fast-growing fleet, a move that will help the airline grow in stature.

Jean Paul Nyirubutama, RwandAir’s deputy chief executive officer, received the Bombardier aircraft at a recent ceremony in Toronto, Canada where the aircraft is manufactured following the order RwandAir made for the dual-class Q400 NextGen airliner last April.

 


“We have been eagerly awaiting the delivery of this superb dual-class, 67-seat aircraft,” said Nyirubutama.

Nyirubutama said the new aircraft will position RwandAir to offer increased capacity on popular routes that have been opened and serviced with the 37-seat Bombardier Dash 8-200 aircraft. He said the aircraft was the right one to develop the airline’s growing domestic and regional market.

 


According to RwandAir, the aircraft’s modern cabin and superior performance will help in building new markets where regional air services today are served by older-generation jets.

 


“The aircraft will firmly support RwandAir on our path towards growth increased profitability,” Nyirubutama said.

 


RwandAir is now one of 15 operators of Q400 and Q 400 NextGen Aircraft in Africa. The two aircraft are both more environmentally and are the advanced successors to Bombardier’s Dash 8/Q-series.

 


They are optimized for short-haul operations, are large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient providing an ideal balance of passenger comfort.

 


RwandAir, operating from its Kigali hub is the fastest growing airline in Africa and serves both domestic destinations and many regional cities such as Nairobi, Entebbe, Mombasa, Bujumbura, Dar-es salaam and Kilimanjaro.

 


The airline also serves Johannesburg, Durban, Lagos, Libreville and Brazzaville and hopes to soon add Accra, Douala, and Juba on its dedicated routes.

 


At the handle over ceremony, Mike Arcamone, the president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, a Canadian aero plane and train manufacturing firm said the Q400 NextGen turboprop has proven its capability, flexibility and ruggedness in many regions of the world and is operating with distinction in diverse environments.

 


“We are confident that it will serve RwandAir and its customers very well,” said Arcamone.

 


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Tourism, Commerce and East African Community Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie has said that Kenya is still a safe tourist destination, despite a seven per cent decline in international tourist arrivals in 2013, caused in part by terror attacks in the country.

 

 

Kandie said this while making an address in the ongoing State of The Nation continuous updates, being carried out by the cabinet in a cluster system for ministries with closely related functions today.

 

 

Kandie also said that her ministry is working with security agencies to improve on the security situation in the country in order to safeguard the tourism industry. Kandie further said during the public self-appraisal in its second day, that the 13 international conferences held in Kenya last year are proof of the country’s potential as an economic tourism destination.

 

 

The Tourism and Commerce CS highlighted other achievements and plans of the ministry since last year pointing out that the single tourist visas and the use of IDs have eased movement within the East African region.

 

 

Principal Secretary Nduva Muli who represented Cabinet Secretary for Transport Engineer Michael Kamau, said that the government will not privatise the transport sector, but will instead ensure a conducive working environment for the private transport sector players.

 

 

Muli’s statement comes against the backdrop of a transport crisis earlier today in which PSVs that had not complied with new transport regulations that took effect today were grounded forcing commuters to look for alternative means of transport.

 

 

“An effective transport system can be ran by the private sector,” Muli said adding that the government through the introduction of the new transport regulations is seeking to ensure public safety.

 

 

Engineer Joseph Njoroge, the Principal Secretary for the Energy ministry who was speaking on behalf of Cabinet Secretary announced that in 2013 the cost of connection of electricity to households came down to Sh35,000 as a major achievement of the ministry.

 

 

Njoroge added that among the major projects the ministry seeks to accomplish are the installation of a solar power system in 1400 schools across the nation which he added will enable the successful roll-out of the laptop project. Njoroge also said that the government is keen to add 5000 Megawatts onto the national grid by 2017.

 

 

The Cabinet Secretary in the Information, Communication and Technology ministry Fred Matiang’i said that his ministry successfully completed the registration of all SIM cards in the telecommunication sector, and that all unregistered SIMs were subsequently deactivated in 2013.

 

 

Matiang’i added that the Kenya Information Communication Act among other pieces of legislation to assist in his ministry’s works have been approved by the National Assembly, or are to be debated.

 

 

The Cabinet Secretary in the Mining ministry Najib Balala siad that his ministry has achieved the exportation of the first shipment of titanium worth over Sh600 million with a further Sh1.9 billion expected in titanium royalties.

 

 

Balala added that the mining ministry expects to increase its contribution to national income to Sh1 billion by July this year and Sh2 billion in the 2014-2015 financial year.

 

 

The CS also said that his ministry will look to increase its one per cent GDP contribution to three per cent in the next financial year, and eventually to 10 per cent in full realisation of vision 2030.

 

 

Balala concluded by saying that his docket will oversee the setup of an online transactional registration system for the mining ministry to be ready by July 2014.

 

 

Today’s economic cluster was chaired by Balala who announced that tomorrow’s briefing will be conducted by the social cluster chaired by CS for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Jacob Kaimenyi.

 

 

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McDonald’s South Africa is celebrating reaching the 200 restaurant mark with the opening of its newest outlet, McDonald’s Oxford in East London. Some 52 local jobs have been created as a result of the opening of the restaurant.

 

McDonald’s Oxford is built from light steel and fibre cement, which reduces material wastage by 30% and transport costs by 80%. Light steel frame building (LSFB) restaurants cool down and re-heat faster than conventional buildings, making them a more comfortable environment for customers.

 

The carbon footprint of the building is also significantly reduced. The building is fully endorsed by the Green council. McDonald’s Oxford is a double story building with a Drive-Thru and 21 parking bays, 10 of which are underground. The innovative building is built on stilts to accommodate the parking bays and in another McDonald’s South Africa first, the kitchen is equipped with a 12m conveyor belt to transport food to the Drive-Thru presenter’s window on the ground floor.

 

The restaurant seats 57 people, split between 45 seats inside and 12 seats on the balcony. In addition to the Drive-Thru service, customers will enjoy a range of offerings around the clock, including McDonald’s food, free Wifi internet access, family-friendly amenities like children’s Playplace and party rooms and McCafe. Greg Solomon, MD of McDonald’s South Africa, says: “We seek to put our customers first, and we look forward to building our brand and our business responsibly as part of our growth strategy in South Africa, and to making a positive impact in the local community.

 

South Africa offers tremendous opportunity to grow our brand and this translates into job opportunities and skills transfer given by McDonald’s rigorous operational training programme.” McDonald’s South Africa ‘Firsts’ - First restaurant to have a Drive-Thru facility in South Africa - First quick service restaurant to open 24 hours a day and seven days a week - First to introduce hand-held breakfast - First to use LSFB (introduced in June 2013 at its restaurant in Goodwood, Cape Town) McDonald’s South Africa opened its first restaurant in South Africa in November 1995. Today, McDonald’s operates 200 restaurants in all nine provinces. McDonald’s South Africa employs over 10 000 local people across the country.

 

Currently more than 80% of all food served in McDonald’s restaurants is produced by local South African suppliers to McDonald’s highest quality standards.

 

 

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Pour un pays qui vise l’émergence à l’horizon 2035, le Cameroun, aux yeux des observateurs, a un tournant décisif à négocier au cours de l’année qui vient de commencer. De ce fait, il présente d’importantes opportunités pour les investisseurs nationaux et étrangers.

 

 

Yaoundé s’est en effet engagé à ratifier en 2014 l’Accord de partenariat économique (Ape) avec l’ européenne. La signature de cet accord expose les entreprises camerounaises à la concurrence des entreprises européennes sur le marché camerounais. D’où donc la nécessité, pour rester compétitif, de se mettre à niveau. C’est pour cette raison que le président Paul Biya a créé le Bureau de mise à niveau des entreprises et le Programme d’appui à l’amélioration de la compétitivité de l’économie camerounaise. Ce dernier, qui bénéficie de l’appui de l’ européenne, dispose d’un financement de 6,5 milliards de F CFA qui devra bénéficier à 60 entreprises locales. Il en faudra certainement plus pour faire face à la concurrence.

 

 

2014 est aussi une année charnière pour ce qui est des projets structurants. En effet, en attendant les projets de seconde génération annoncés par le président Paul Biya pour 2015, nombre de chantiers doivent soit aboutir, soit atteindre leur vitesse de croisière. S’agissant des projets qui doivent aboutir, on parle du port en eau profonde de Kribi qui devrait accueillir son premier bateau en juin-juillet de l’année en cours. Un autre projet dont l’aboutissement est attendu cette année concerne l’exploitation du fer de Mbalam. Des sources proches du dossier indiquent que le gouvernement camerounais a donné à Sundance Resources Ltd jusqu’à la fin du mois de mai 2014 pour boucler le financement nécessaire à la mise en route de ce projet. S’il aboutit, le projet devrait donner lieu, entre autres, à la construction d’infrastructures ferroviaires et portuaires pour permettre d’évacuer le minerai de fer de sa zone de production située dans la région Est du Cameroun vers le port de Kribi sur la côte atlantique. Les responsables de Sundance soutiennent que des accords relatifs au financement de ces infrastructures sont actuellement en cours de négociation et pourraient aboutir d’ici la fin du deuxième trimestre 2014.

 

 

Une agriculture de deuxième génération

L’année qui vient de commencer devrait voir les Camerounais commencer à récolter les premiers fruits de l’agriculture de deuxième génération dans laquelle ils sont engagés depuis peu. Avec la mécanisation, le recours à divers intrants et la mise en place des agropoles, l’on s’attend à une amélioration de la production agricole et, en particulier, du manioc, de riz et de maïs. Par ailleurs, le gouvernement s’attend à une dynamisation des principales cultures d’exportation que sont le cacao, le café, la banane et l’hévéa, des secteurs qui sont à la fois porteurs de croissance et créateurs d’emplois.

 

 

Le domaine des télécommunications va voir l’entrée sur scène d’un troisième opérateur de téléphonie mobile. La compagnie Viettel s’est vu attribuer d’une licence qui lui permet d’exploiter dès l’année en cours la technologie 3 G. Les observateurs s’accordent à reconnaître que ceci va amener les autres opérateurs, MTN et Orange Cameroun, à faire des efforts pour résister à la concurrence annoncée, notamment en proposant de nouveaux produits.

 

 

La fin des délestages ?

Last but not the least, le secteur de l’eau et de l’électricité. S’agissant de l’électricité, l’opérateur AES a vendu ses parts dans AES-Sonel à Actis, un fonds d’investissement britannique. Le gouvernement camerounais n’a pas encore dit son dernier mot au sujet de cette transaction, mais l’opinion est anxieuse de savoir comment les choses vont se passer.

 

 

Pour ce qui concerne l’approvisionnement en eau potable, l’on s’attend à une nette amélioration de l’offre et, conséquemment, à une réduction, à défaut d’une suppression des délestages observés ces dernières années, notamment dans les grandes métropoles de Douala et Yaoundé. À Douala, Camwater, la société de patrimoine, annonce que l’offre devrait passer de 150 000 m3 à 250 000 m3. À Yaoundé, avec la rénovation en cours de la centrale de traitement des eaux de la Mefou, l’offre devrait passer de 100 000 m3 à 150 000m3. Ce qui devrait permettre de soulager les souffrances des populations de ces deux villes, en attendant la solution définitive qui consiste à aller chercher l’eau de Sanaga. Mais pour cela, des financements doivent encore être trouvés.

 

 

Au niveau des infrastructures, quelques grands chantiers devraient être lancés dont notamment les , le deuxième pont sur le Wouri, etc. Toutes choses qui devraient permettre au Cameroun de se maintenir sur le chemin de l’émergence.

 

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The President of the Republic His Excellency Paul BIYA granted audience to MEHMET NAZIF GUNAL, Chief Executive Officer of MMG Holding Group of Turkey, on Tuesday 25 March 2014.

 

 

Speaking to the press shortly after the audience that lasted close to one hour, the Turkish business magnate revealed that he had discussed investment opportunities in Cameroon with the Head of State. He announced that his company will be building two dams and an airport in Cameroon.

 

 

Mr. MEHMET NAZIF GUNAL told reporters that after this maiden contact with the President of the Republic, they will quickly work out a plan of action so as to carry out these investments in the shortest time possible.

 

 

The Turkish investor was accompanied to Unity by the Ambassador of Turkey to Cameroon, Omer FARUK DOGAN.

 

 

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À l’instar de certains pays africains tels que le Kenya qui mènent une politique favorable à l’éclosion réelle des technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC), le Cameroun se doit de revoir son plan d’action dans ce domaine, et l’ajuster pour que ses citoyens avancent à un rythme qui leur permettrait de concurrencer avec quiconque dans le monde.

 

Le marché des télécommunications et des offres internet au Cameroun est nettement hostile aux grandes ambitions de ce pays. La société étatique CAMTEL et les multinationales MTN, ORANGE et autres pratiquent une politique commerciale et d’enrichissement qui va à l’encontre des ambitions d’un Cameroun émergeant en 2035. Rien ne justifie les prix exorbitants de la communication (téléphone mobile, téléphonie, accès internet) que ces opérateurs imposent sur le marché camerounais. Pourtant, ailleurs en Afrique, le cas de l’UEMOA (Bénin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinée-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Sénégal, Togo) par exemple, les citoyens peuvent se permettre de téléphoner sans que cela coûte les yeux de la tête.

 

 

Diverses conversations que nous avons eu, et les réactions en rapport avec la publication de l’article « CAMTEL FAKO OU INTERNET POUR LES RICHES ? », montrent que les camerounais se sentent marginalisés, abusés et escroqués par les opérateurs CAMTEL, MTN, ORANGE et autres. Le gouvernement camerounais semble ici ne pas vouloir intervenir ou envisager des mesures efficaces pour protéger ses citoyens contre cette arnaque en plein jour. Or, c’est ce gouvernement qui devrait être le régulateur suprême chargé de mener une politique de protection de ses propres objectifs, ceux résultants d’un Cameroun émergeant à l’horizon 2035. Si donc le régulateur suprême laisse (in)volontairement ces entreprises s’enrichir massivement sur les dos de ses citoyens, il est fort probable que dans le plan d’émergence 2035, qu’on ait oublié de faire des TIC une priorité nationale. D’ailleurs, sauf si cette information nous aurait échappé, les TIC n’occupent pas de place dans les projets structurants du Cameroun.

 

Selon un rapport intitulé « Etude sur la connectivité internationale d’Internet en Afrique subsaharienne » publié par l’ internationale des communications (UIT) en mars 2013, tous les pays de l’Afrique subsaharienne disposent d’une Autorité Nationale de Régulation autonome et indépendante. Ses autorités sont chargées, entre autres, de :

 

faciliter un accès universel aux services de télécommunication de base;

créer les conditions favorables pour la concurrence entre les différents acteurs, et prévenir les pratiques abusives et anticoncurrentielles des Opérateurs dominants;

créer un climat favorable à la promotion des investissements dans le domaine des télécommunications et TIC;

accroître la confiance du public dans les marchés de télécommunications, par l'application de politiques transparentes de régulation;

protéger les droits des utilisateurs, notamment les droits à la protection des données à caractère personnel;

accroître la connectivité des télécommunications pour tous les usagers, par la mise en œuvre de procédures efficaces d'interconnexion;

optimiser l'utilisation de ressources rares comme le spectre radioélectrique et la numérotation.

 

Une autorité nationale de régularisation intervient, en particulier, sur le marché de la fourniture de la connexion Internet à travers le contrôle des tarifs de gros et de détail et par l’application des textes réglementaires.

 

Contrairement à ce que ce rapport révèle, et vu les prix exorbitants existants, nous en doutons fort bien que les interventions d’une telle autorité sont effectuées régulièrement au Cameroun.

 

Ce qui est évident, avec les prix exorbitants qui résultent des services de télécommunication et de l’accès internet, les camerounais ne peuvent que se voir limiter dans leurs activités. Pour nous, il est impensable qu’on prêche les bienfaisances des technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) et en même temps, qu’on n’agit pas efficacement pour que le Cameroun puissent en profiter réellement.

 

Un autre rapport d’UIT souligne que le prix de la connexion internet haut débit est exorbitant en Afrique. Les utilisateurs payent en moyenne 10 fois plus cher qu’en Europe. La facilité et le coût d’accès au haut débit sont deux des indicateurs qui expliquent le mauvais classement des pays africains parmi les 157 classés sur l’Indice du développement des technologies de l’information et de la communication.

 

Avoir accès à internet est devenu un besoin primordial

Sur les réseaux sociaux, quelques-uns ont réagi d’une manière moins favorable sur la vision d’un INTERNET POUR TOUS au Cameroun. Ils préconisent « le manioc pour tous », « l’éducation pour tous », « l’eau potable pour tous », « l’emploi pour tous ».

 

Certes, l’éducation, l’eau et l’alimentation constituent des domaines prioritaires. Toutefois, les grands enjeux économiques autour de l’accessibilité à la connexion mondiale ne pourraient être relégués au second plan.

 

Internet ne devrait plus être compris comme un luxe mais plutôt comme un bien au même titre que les autres besoins prioritaires. En effet, un internet disponible à une grande majorité des camerounais auraient des implications positives et considérables sur l’économie camerounaise. Si le prix de la connexion est moins coûteux et abordable pour tous, les citoyens peuvent se former largement sur le net et acquérir des connaissances. Ce qui contribuerait à une « éducation pour tous ». Les entreprises locales auraient accès au marché mondial. Elles seraient mieux armées pour faire face à la concurrence internationale, et deviendraient plus compétitives sur le plan international. Au final, une connexion internet à des prix à la portée de tous entrainerait automatiquement la création d’emplois. Or, un emploi créé et durable nourrit des familles. Autrement dit, la vision d’un INTERNET POUR TOUS contribuerait aussi à la vision d’un « manioc pour tous », et à celle d’un « emploi pour tous ».

 

Comprendre internet comme le privilège d’un groupe restreint va à l’encontre de la modernisation que nous souhaitons pour le Cameroun. L’évolution de la société camerounaise traditionnelle vers une société de la connaissance nécessite de généraliser l’utilisation d’Internet. Ce dernier doit devenir un produit de première nécessité.

 

D’après un rapport de la Banque mondiale, le développement d’une infrastructure Internet haut débit peu coûteuse, offre une opportunité sans précédent aux africains pour combler l’écart de compétitivité et de concurrence qui les sépare des pays plus avancés. Ce rapport souligne que le développement du haut débit est un moyen indispensable pour augmenter la production et l’exploitation du contenu numérique en Afrique afin de permettre au plus grand nombre d’avoir accès au savoir et aux bénéfices liés à une utilisation effective d’internet. En plus, le rapport évoque que le haut débit permet la multiplication des opportunités professionnelles en connectant les marchés locaux aux employeurs internationaux. Enfin, le rapport rappelle que la vulgarisation de l’internet à haut débit permettrait la création de nombreux emplois pour les jeunes plus affectés par le chômage.

 

Les opportunités issues de la connexion mondiale

Le Cameroun ne saurait se substituer à ce qu’internet offre de meilleur c’est-à-dire l’accès à un vaste marché. La vente des produits et des services camerounais à l’extérieure aura nettement un bilan meilleur si les opérateurs économiques nationaux ont les moyens de se connecter au reste du monde à des prix bas.

 

Nous devons sortir du cadre où l’on croit que « être présent sur internet c’est seulement visionner des vidéos, écouter de la musique ou communiquer sur des réseaux sociaux ». C’est plus que cela dans la mesure où l’instrument internet, au cas où il est utilisé efficacement, crée des valeurs positives sur l’économie. Nous avons évoqué un peu plus haut le renforcement de la compétitivité des entreprises nationales sur le plan mondial, l’accès à un vaste marché, la création d’emplois et la formation à distance. A cela s’ajoutent, entre autres, la création et naissance des startups technologiques offrant des services liés directement aux TIC, la facilitation du travail en réseau, le transfert des technologies, l’aboutissement des partenariats stratégiques, le soutien à la créativité et aux innovations.

 

L’efficacité et la compétitivité des entreprises nationales sur le plan mondial dépendent des informations ou des données qu’elles génèrent et qu’elles doivent partager avec leurs partenaires et clients extérieurs. La connexion internet est devenue vitale pour elles. Aucune entreprise, qui tend vers la modernité et qui est appelée à écouler ses produits et services à l’extérieur du territoire national, ne peut s’en passer d’utiliser internet et les outils de la communication moderne.

 

Les jeunes camerounais animés de dynamisme et ambitieux à l’échelle internationale ne peuvent plus s’en sortir sans être connectés au reste du monde. Ils sont appelés à travailler en réseau pour se former, acquérir plus d’expérience, partager et échanger les informations. En réalité, les grands inventeurs et millionnaires des temps contemporains naissent des réseaux de partage de connaissances. Sans la connexion internet, les camerounais profiteront très peu des grands avantages du SHARE et de l’économie collaborative (SHARE ECONOMY). Il est donc impératif pour les universités et les écoles de formation de mettre à la disposition de leurs étudiants des moyens de communication moins ou pas couteux afin qu’ils accèdent aux informations partagées à travers le monde, et pour qu’ils puissent s’intégrer dans les groupes de travail qui existent sur la toile. CAMTEL, ORANGE, MTN et autres doivent soutenir les universités et les écoles de formation en proposant aux étudiants des contrats d’abonnements à titre social.

 

Le boom des nouvelles technologies dans certains pays d’Afrique a permis l’émergence d’une économie numérique non négligeable, incarnée par de nombreuses startups et entreprises du net. Selon le magazine américain Forbes, « 10 millionnaires du net africains sont à surveiller de près ». Parmi ces millionnaires ne figure aucun camerounais. Abasiama Idaresit (Nigéria), fondateur et directeur exécutif de Wild Fusion (agence de marketing numérique), créée en 2010 cette entreprise est présente au Nigéria, au Ghana et au Kenya. En 2012, Wild Fusion a enregistré un chiffre d’affaires de 6 millions de dollars. Adii Pienaar (Afrique du Sud), directeur de Woothemes, une société spécialisée dans la production de thèmes et de plugins pour les plateformes WordPress et Tumblr. Cette société affiche aujourd’hui des revenus annuels supérieurs à 3 millions de dollars. Ayisi Makatiani (Kenya), créateur d’Africa Online, l’un des premiers fournisseurs de services internet du continent, en 1994. Il dirige désormais Fanisi Venture Capital Fund, un fonds d’investissement doté de 50 millions de dollars qui finance des projets en Afrique de l’Est. Gary Levitt (Afrique du Sud), fondateur et actionnaire principal de Mad Mimi, un service de mailing créé en 2008. Avec près de 150 000 utilisateurs professionnels et 1 milliard de messages par mois envoyés, Mad Mimi enregistre 6 millions de dollars de revenus annuels.

 

Ces quelques exemples montrent l’importance qu’on devrait accorder à la promotion des technologies de l’information et de la communication. Il est impératif de doter les jeunes camerounais, ambitieux et dynamistes, des moyens nécessaires aux créations et innovations. Parmi ces moyens, la connexion internet à bas prix est indispensable.

 

La nécessité d’un INTERNET POUR TOUS au Cameroun ne saurait être une affaire qui ne concerne que les entrepreneurs et créateurs. Même sur le plan culturel et démocratique, nous voyons que la connexion internet peut créer des valeurs positives au sein de la société. Elle renforce par exemple le dialogue interculturel et démocratique.

 

Notre enquête sur l’offre internet CAMTEL FAKO

Le 22 novembre 2013 nous publions l’article « CAMTEL FAKO OU INTERNET POUR LES RICHES ? ». Plusieurs sites web africains diffusaient alors ledit article lu par des milliers de personnes. Plus d’une trentaine de réactions nous parvinrent. Jusqu’à l’heure actuelle, nous recevons des coups de fil des internautes camerounais qui se plaignent sur CAMTEL et sa politique commerciale. Vu les mécontentements exprimés par ceux-ci face aux prix exorbitants des fournisseurs d’accès internet, nous poursuivons notre action pour défendre la vision d’un INTERNET POUR TOUS au Cameroun. Notre mission actuelle consiste à mener une grande enquête sur le produit CAMTEL FAKO.

 

Objectifs de l'enquête

Les fournisseurs d’accès internet et les services de télécommunication en général imposent des tarifications qui ne tiennent pas en considération le contexte socio-économique camerounais. Les consommateurs se retrouvent souvent sans instruments de protestation contre les prix exorbitants résultants de ce domaine. Au moment où partout ailleurs internet devient accessible à tous, nous observons une tendance contraire au Cameroun. D’une manière générale, cette enquête sur CAMTEL FAKO voudrait renforcer le rôle des consommateurs dans la prise des décisions en matière de tarification sur le marché de télécommunication.

 

L’enquête durera trois mois après son démarrage, si on enregistre un nombre assez important de personnes qui y participent. Dans le cas contraire, elle s’étendra sur 6 mois. Les données collectées seront soumises à une évaluation scientifique et professionnelle. Les objectifs spécifiques poursuivis sont les suivants :

 

Publication en ligne des résultats à partir d’une méthode interactive de présentation. En fonction des rubriques de l’enquête, on créera une interactivité et des éléments graphiques pour mieux présenter les résultats aux intéressés.

Elaboration et publication d’un rapport final. Nous contacterons les différents médias et les sites web d’informations pour une large diffusion de ce rapport.

Présentation des résultats de cette enquête aux responsables de CAMTEL, au MINPOST, à l’agence de régularisation des télécommunications au Cameroun et à l’agence de régularisation des prix sur le marché des télécommunications.

Nous allons saisir les décideurs politiques en contactant le parlement camerounais et leurs débutés.

Nous informerons aussi les autres fournisseurs d’accès internet des résultats de cette enquête.

L’enquête vise aussi à recueillir des informations sur l’utilisation d’internet au Cameroun à des fins statistiques.

 

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Douala 06 Mars 2014 – MTN Cameroon, leader du marché camerounais des télécommunications annonce que les résultats du Groupe MTN Group pour l’année 2013 ont été rendus publics mercredi 05 Mars 2014, à Johannesburg en Afrique du Sud par Sifiso Dabengwa, le Président Directeur Général du Groupe. Sifiso Dabengwa a ainsi révélé que le Groupe MTN a maintenu en 2013 ses bonnes performances de l’année précédente, notamment en enregistrant une croissance de 9,8% de sa base d’abonnés. Soit un total de 207,8 millions clients au 31 décembre 2013, dans les 22 pays où le pays est implanté en Afrique, en Asie et en Europe.

 

 

Le Cameroun a brillamment contribué à l’excellente performance annuelle du Groupe. MTN Cameroon s’illustre comme l’une de ses meilleures filiales, avec une croissance exceptionnelle de 19,2% de son parc d’abonnés, soit 8,7 millions de clients au 31 décembre 2013. MTN Cameroon gagne ainsi 1,4 millions de nouveaux abonnés en un an, grâce notamment à la stimulation du marché par des produits et services innovants, l’amélioration constante de la qualité du réseau, et l’extension de la chaîne de distribution avec l’ouverture de 5 nouvelles agences commerciales qui ont permis de décongestionner les points de vente et de rapprocher davantage le service des utilisateurs.

 

 

MTN Cameroon consolide ainsi son leadership sur les télécommunications au Cameroun, portant à 59% sa part de marché, soit 4 points de plus qu’en 2012.

 

 

Sur le plan financier, MTN Cameroon réalise en 2013 un chiffre d’affaires de 256 milliards FCFA, en augmentation de 11,8% par rapport à 2012. Le data contribue à ce revenu à hauteur de 6,4% grâce à des offres Internet attractives et des services à valeur ajoutée tels que MTN PLAY. Au cours de la même année, MTN Cameroon a investi plus de 40 milliards FCFA notamment pour l’extension de son réseau, avec la mise en opération de 191 nouvelles stations de base, BTS.

 

 

2013 aura également été une année exceptionnelle à plusieurs autres titres pour MTN Cameroon qui est devenue la première organisation accréditée au Cameroun par ‘’Investor In People’’ pour la qualité de sa gestion des ressources humaines. La filiale camerounaise a aussi consolidé sa suprématie dans le domaine de la responsabilité sociale au sein du Groupe MTN, en remportant pour la deuxième année consécutive, le Challenge des ‘’21 DAYS OF YELLO CARE’’.

 

 

D’après le Directeur Général, Karl Toriola, « les résultats excellents de MTN Cameroon en 2013, récompensent l’engagement des centaines d’employés qui constituent cette grande entreprise ; ils n’auraient pas été possibles sans la confiance et la fidélité des 8,7 millions d’abonnés qui croient en nos solutions simples, innovantes et convergentes pour répondre à leurs besoins de communication dans un nouveau monde digital». Selon Karl Toriola, «MTN Cameroon va doubler ses efforts en 2014 pour fournir aux clients des solutions Internet de de Voix bien plus attrayantes ainsi que des services financiers visant à faciliter leur quotidien dans le Nouveau monde digital ; le monde de demain. »

 

 

A propos de MTN Cameroon. Fournisseur de solutions de communications et de services de paiement ; installé au Cameroun depuis février 2000, suivant l’acquisition de CAMTEL Mobile. MTN Cameroon a, à Décembre 2013, 8,7% d’abonnés avec une part de marché de 59% ; il est classé parmi les cinq Entreprises les importantes au Cameroun.

 

 

En 14 ans d’activité, MTN CAMEROON a investi environ 600 Milliards de FCFA dans le développement et l’extension d’un réseau de télécommunication ultramoderne comprenant un millier de stations relais qui assurent la présence du réseau dans les 10 régions du Cameroun.

 

 

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L'Agence Nationale des Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication (ANTIC) a organisé les 13 et 14 juillet derniers au Palais des Congrès de Yaoundé, un séminaire de présentation du projet de Stratégie Nationale de Développement du e-Government au Cameroun.

 

 

Placé sous le haut patronage du Premier Ministre, Chef du Gouvernement, qui, pour la circonstance, s’est fait représenter par le Ministre des Postes et Télécommunications, Jean Pierre Biyitibi Essam, ce séminaire a permis au Dr. EBOT EBOT ENAW, Directeur Général de l’ANTIC, de préciser que la présente rencontre sert de cadre pour recueillir les observations et remarques des participants venus des administrations et organismes du secteur public, du secteur privé et de la société civile, en vue de l’adoption, de manière participative du projet de cette stratégie dont la vision se décline en « services publics pour tous, partout et en tout temps ».

 

Élaboré par l’ANTIC avec l’expertise des Dr. TOMAZ JANWOSKI et OJO ADEGBOYEGA de l’université des Nations unies, Institut Internationale de la Technologies logicielles ce projet de document de la Stratégie Nationale de Développement du e-Government qui est au centre de ce séminaire.

 

 

Comme la souligné le Ministre des Postes et Télécommunications, l’élaboration de la Stratégie Nationale de Développement du e-Government participe de la réalisation de l’une des grandes ambitions du Chef de l’Etat, celle de moderniser l’administration publique camerounaise, à l’orée du 3ème millénaire et de permettre au Cameroun d’atteindre les Objectifs du Millénaire pour le Développement.

 

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Imagine if instead of paying to attend a university, you could watch lectures, access reading material and interact with other students, all online and for free.

 

 

This is the idea of a massively open online course (MOOC).

 

 

It is a buzzword in universities and business schools across the world, and African universities and academics are considering how to open up their courses for free online.

 

 

The African Management Initiative (AMI) has developed Africa's first MOOC, aimed at providing courses in basic management skills.

 

 

Launchpad, a pilot involving several hundred people launched in late June in partnership with South Africa's Gordon Institute of Business Science.

 

 

The AMI will look for funds to develop courses in partnership with Lagos Business School in Nigeria and Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

 

"We want to make it as engaging as possible, but also low bandwidth," says Rebecca Harrison, who is developing the MOOC at AMI.

 

 

A report published in May and released at the 2013 eLearning Africa conference in Namibia found that 9 percent of the more than 400 academics surveyed thought the rise of MOOCs would be one of the major changes in e-learning in Africa.

 

Igor Lesko, open education specialist at the Open Course-Ware Consortium in South Africa, says they are particularly relevant for cash-strapped universities.

 

 

"They need to look for new ways of doing business. If you do get thousands of people interested and if you charge specific fees for examination or assessment, this could be quite a lucrative revenue stream," he says.

 

He points to the success of Brazil's FGV Online, which provided 1.4m courses from 2008 to May 2011.

 

 

As developing courses can be costly, Lesko thinks the key to keeping costs down will be to leverage existing open content into MOOCs.

 

 

Neil Butcher, open educational resources (OER) strategist at OER Africa, says MOOCs give institutions the potential to "free themselves from that model and to start creating educational systems that seek to achieve different goals."

 

 

He suggests universities stop competing with each other on content and construct a shared model of content across universities.

 

 

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World Bank has approved a Sh17.5 billion ($203.5 million) loan geared towards the reconstruction of Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) arrivals terminal which was destroyed by a fire disaster in August last year.

 


The fire left thousands of travelers trapped, disrupting international flights for a few days, thus forcing the Kenyan Airports Authority (KAA) to set up a temporary arrangement for international passengers by using a reserved part of the domestic terminal so as to avoid grounding operations at the airport, which is a major tourism hub and key contributor to Kenya’s economy.

 


The cause of the fire was attributed to electrical faults and its demolition and reconstruction was recommended by structural engineers.

 


The World Bank loan is earmarked for the construction of a temporary arrivals terminal valued at Sh2.37 billion ($27.6 million) while the rest will go into the construction of a permanent international arrivals lounge facility in terminal 4 and preparing the KAA’s crisis response team.

 


“The additional financing will support the government to restore operations at Kenya’s premier international airport and also to improve the preparedness of Kenya Airports Authority to respond to disasters such as last year’s fire emergency,” Diarietou Gaye, World Bank’s Country Director for Kenya said.

 


Built in 1978, the Nairobi-based international airport was projected to cater for 2.5 million passengers, but as at last year, its capacity had expanded to about 6.3 million passengers.

 


JKIA is the busiest international airport in East Africa with a schedule of more than 40 international flights, serving as a major cargo carrier for the exportation of produce. The reconstruction will expand the airport’s international terminals and help cater to increasing movement of people, goods and capital in the region.

 


 

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The Rockefeller Foundation and the World Bank collaborate to empower Ghana’s IT and IT enabled Services Industry to hire Ghanaian youth

 

 

Ghana, March 24th, 2014 – The Rockefeller Foundation has announced a $3.8 million grant to the Ghanaian government in partnership with the World Bank to support the establishment of world class facilities that will attract IT and IT enabled firms, including Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firms to Ghana and create jobs for Ghanaian youth.

 

 

The grant complements the World Bank’s US$5 million provided under the eGhana Project and is part of the Foundation’s Digital Jobs Africa initiative launched in 2013; the initiative is a $100million initiative aimed at improving 1 million lives through ICT skills and jobs for high potential but disadvantaged youth.

 

 

As a result of this grant, a new mini ICT Park to be located in central Accra will be completed by August of this year, and is expected to have the potential of providing direct and indirect employment to over 10,000 people, primarily youth, who have few alternative job opportunities.

 

 

Recent research funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and issued by the Dalberg Institute identifies access to real estate as the primary barrier to expanding the BPO sector in Ghana, and thus hinders creation of new jobs for an increasingly unemployed youth population. This grant will help address that constraint directly by providing the funds for the Ghanaian government to create a world class Facility. The proposed centre is expected to function as a mini-ICT park, whose impact is expected to move Ghana up the ranking among the Tier 2 countries, but most importantly the IT and IT enabled services (ITES) sector is deemed most likely to absorb large numbers of unemployed and disadvantaged youth.

 

 

“As the Rockefeller Foundation enters its second year of our $100m Digital Jobs Africa initiative, we applaud the commitment of the Ghanaian government for steering the hiring at this new state of the art ICT Park towards poor and vulnerable youth – which will help to achieve our ultimate goal of impacting the lives of 1 million people through digital jobs for disadvantaged youth. This project will transform the landscape of Ghana’s IT /ITES sector while ensuring that disadvantaged youth are the ultimate beneficiaries. When young people are empowered economically, the entire nation will benefit,” said Mamadou Biteye, Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation Africa Regional Office.

 

 

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Christian Ngan left Cameroon in 2002 to study in Paris, and was then employed by French firms in private equity and investment banking. But in 2012, he made the life-changing decision to quit his job and move back to Cameroon to start Madlyn Cazalis, a bio-cosmetics company that produces natural body oils, lotions and soaps for the Cameroon market, as well as some neighbouring countries in Central Africa.

 


Ngan, now aged 30, is also the founder of Goldsky Partners Advisory, a small financial advisory firm in Cameroon, and he expects that he will be involved in more ventures during the course of his career. How we made it in Africa asks the young serial entrepreneur about why he saw potential in Cameroon for his two companies, his entrepreneurial journey, and his advice to others who are looking to do business in the country.

 


What was the inspiration behind your decision to move back to Cameroon to start a bio-cosmetics company?

It seems a bit weird to say, but I felt like I woke one morning and my vision changed. On one side, Europe was facing a financial crisis and I did not have a social life. On the other side, Africa was booming and my dreams seemed more feasible over there.

 


Why did I pick the cosmetics industry? First, because of the influence of my mother. She is a pharmacist and I often witnessed her take care of her patients when I was younger. She would assess their problems and give them concrete solutions. Secondly, because I went to Cameroon in 2010 and noticed that skin bleaching products were thriving on the market and that the women were buying very dangerous substances. They were taken advantage of by people who were ready to do anything to make money. I am not against making money, but I am for doing it in an ethical and responsible way. Furthermore, African women really invest a lot in their beauty and care because they value their appearance but there are not many products done and commercialised by Africans.

 


Was starting a business in Cameroon what you thought it would be?

My answer might surprise some but yes, it ended up being exactly how I thought it would be. I really had to prepare myself psychologically before I decided to return to Cameroon. I put myself in the skin of someone who people will try to discourage, of someone who will be criticised, of someone who will have to face unhappy customers and the administrative burden. Today, the customer satisfaction level is above 95%.

 


However, the Cameroonian business environment is not the easiest: there are not many initiatives to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs), a high administrative burden, a lack of clarity when it comes to legal documentation and a lot of issues related to the quality of service. In spite of all those imperfections, entrepreneurs should still work hard to forge their own destiny, overcome those challenges and prompt the public sector to put together structural reforms to improve the current system. Regardless, it is still very encouraging to see more young Cameroonians taking the entrepreneurship route every day.

 


Tell us about the potential for cosmetic companies and products in Cameroon.

Cameroon is a country with an incredible amount of resources but many of those are not exploited. Our climate, our wildlife and our flora can make people envious. Today, many realise the importance of healthy products issued from biological agriculture. There is a middle class slowly taking shape and consumers who have less interest in imported products of lower quality.

 

Africans want products that look like them and that can make them proud.

 


Currently, the market can be divided in three main categories: the major multinationals already present in Africa; some industrial African groups that have emerged in the last 10 or 20 years; and a scattered number of artisan producers. We are somewhere in-between the last two categories with the ambition to be part of the first at some point. We are creating a market that does not currently exist in Cameroon. We are offering professionalism, a service of quality and a brand Madlyn Cazalis that will make a lot of Africans proud within the next few years.

 


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If you want an idea of what Nigeria can offer the world's more fearless investors, raise a glass to South African supermarket chain Shoprite. Last year, its seven Nigerian branches sold more Moët & Chandon champagne than its 600 South African stores combined.

 

Nigeria may be best known for Islamist militants, bomb attacks, advance fee fraud and large-scale oil theft, but with a population of 170 million and a decade of annual growth rates around 7%, it also offers some outsized returns for investors willing to take the risk.

 

Just ask FTSE-listed Afren, whose share price shot up 9% in November when it discovered a "giant" oilfield in Nigeria, which is already the continent's biggest energy producer.

 

But it is not just the traditional, grubby business of oil extraction that stands to make a mint. A youthful population is showing glimmers of a consumer boom: last year Nigeria overtook Ireland to become the biggest market for Guinness, while brands from Porsche to men's luxury clothes brand Ermenegildo Zegna have scrambled to open shops recently.

 

"It's caught on with investors. They recognise that there's a resemblance to what we saw in Asia [in the 1980s] and those who missed the incredible growth story [there] now have the opportunity to invest in the next growth story," said Charles Robertson, global chief economist at Renaissance Capital.

 

The group forecasts that Nigeria's GDP will hit $5tn (£3tn) by 2050, which would be on a par with Japan today as the world's third-biggest economy. A statistical rebasing exercise next month – in which the base year for calculating GDP will be changed from 1990 to 2008 – could lead Nigeria to rival South Africa for the spot of the continent's largest economy, with a value of close to $400bn. That would mean the economic output of Lagos, the vibrant commercial hub, alone overtaking Ghana.

 

Despite a decade of breakneck growth, two-thirds of Nigerians still endure crushing poverty.

 

After decades of false starts, Nigeria is slowly addressing its feeble electricity generation. It still produces only enough to power one vacuum cleaner for every 25 inhabitants.

 

"Nigeria cannot be ignored any more as an investment destination, but I'm not convinced [the Mint group – four countries identified as emerging economic giants, the other members being Mexico, Indonesia and Turkey – is] where it fits in," said Samir Gadio, an emerging markets strategist at Standard Bank.

 

"If you take a closer look, Nigeria is the least developed, trails in terms of manufacturing base and displays limited economic diversification."

 

Gadio said that the government relies on oil for up to 80% of its income. Shocking education levels – especially in the north, where one report found only a fraction of 16-year-olds could add up two numbers – have provided a way in for the Boko Haram Islamists. The attacks have sometimes shut down swaths of the north, prevented truck drivers from delivering goods there and prompted traders to flee south.

 

Along the southern shores, too, where 2m barrels of oil are pumped each day, militancy has increased amid anger as decades of oil wealth have failed to trickle down to people living in the heart of the oil industry in the Niger Delta.

 

Corruption and lack of transparency pushed Nigeria down nine places to 147 out of 189 countries on the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business index this year. Business people say local oligarchs have such a stranglehold on most sectors of the economy that it is impossible to operate unless you "know someone".

 

"If you don't have the right person holding your hand in this country, you're going to get your fingers burnt," said the director of a multinational food brand.

 

But some see potential progress from a low base.

 

"The challenges we have here, if you look at them differently, they're actually opportunities," said former bank chief executive officer and business magnate Tony Elumelu. "For example, infrastructure is a limiting factor but it's also an opportunity for investors."

 

His gleaming glass and chrome office overlooks the leafy Lagos suburb of Ikoyi, which nicely sums up how Nigeria's economic growth has failed to radiate. Tucked behind high walls, there are more millionaires living in this part of Lagos than anywhere in Africa, and most cities in the world. But the potholes are some of the city's worst and flooding caused by blocked drains quickly turns roads into rivers, where sometimes barefooted fruit-sellers can be seen wading through with baskets on their heads.

 

Clearly, there's a lot that needs doing – and no doubt plenty of money to be made doing it.

 

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The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a total of US$200 million budget support to Lagos State for the ongoing reforms pertaining to fiscal sustainability, budget planning, budget execution, and the investment climate in Lagos State.

 

 

The first in a proposed series of two development policy operations, the donation builds upon the policy reforms initiated under a previous Bank supported program.

 

 

World Bank said that over the last decade, Lagos State has undertaken a wide range of reforms that have improved governance, reduced crime, and helped to bring millions out of poverty.

 

 

According to the World Bank, the goal of this program is to assist Lagos State in sustaining the strong momentum it has achieved in improving public services, facilitating inclusive growth, and reducing poverty.

 

 

“This includes measures to monitor and manage financial risks more effectively, ensure adequate growth in revenues, get better value for money in public expenditures, and improve institutions and processes for land registration and development permits”.

 

 

World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, said,   “Lagos State has sustained rapid growth and achieved what many would not have believed possible, and has managed to reduce its poverty headcount from 57% in 2004 to 23% in 2010.

 

 

“However, it still faces significant challenges going forward in sustaining its economic growth and reducing poverty. This program will provide critical budgetary support to Lagos State to help the government continue key reforms in budgetary planning, execution, and improving the business climate,” she said.

 

 

The program the World Bank said supports a number of specific measures that aim to increase the returns to budgetary resources in Lagos State, including the implementation of progressive new Procurement and Audit laws, a stronger link of planned budgetary allocations with development priorities, and the rollout of a computerized system that will allow more efficient and transparent financial management.

 

 

The operation also supports key reforms for the investment climate, particularly in land registration, as well as greater capacity in Lagos State to monitor financial risks.

 

 

“The achievements of Lagos have inspired and boosted the hopes of other States that have initiated similar programs leading to knowledge sharing among them. The program is designed to support Lagos State in its endeavour to sustain its accomplishments,” said John Litwack, Program Task Team Leader and Lead Economist at the World Bank.

 

 

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United Nations has agreed to support Kenya with Sh102 billion ($1.2 billion) for the development of specific areas of its economy over a period of four years.


The support package will be spearheaded by the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), which would utilise different strategies through its agencies to help reduce cost while boosting efficiency and capacity development in key sectors of Kenya’s economy.


“This new approach is intended to ensure that the support by the U.N. agencies is indeed aligned to our aspirations and development priorities as a country,” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said.


The UN funds will target quality education, social protection, food, hygiene, sanitation and HIV/AIDS. It will also be directed towards combating poverty, creating conducive business environment and providing jobs for youths through capacity and skill development at both national and county levels.


“With additional resources being channelled to strengthen key institutions, leadership and human resource capacity and effective accountability systems, at both the national and county levels, we will be on our way to winning the battle of extreme poverty and inequality,” Mr Kenyatta asserted.


The partnership between UN and Kenya is designed to support the country’s Vision 2030 which is aimed at transforming Kenya into an industrialized middle-income nation, providing a high quality of life and a secure and clean environment for its people.


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The 10th session of the C2D-funded ACEFA held March 27 to evaluate the path covered.

 

 

Stakeholders of the programme to improve the competitiveness of family agro-pastoral production (ACEFA) have said the programme in 2013 financed 1,817 projects in the maize, pig and poultry sectors to the tune of FCFA 5.52 billion, extended its tentacles to all the ten regions of the country and deployed effective advisory disposition to 20 additional Divisions. It also recruited and trained 834 new counsellors and supported 3,156 farmer groups.

 

 

The balance sheet of 2013 was presented on Thursday March 27 during the project's 10th steering committee meeting in Yaounde chaired by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Jean Claude Eko'o Akouafance. Besides assessing the path covered, the steering committee meeting was also to chart the way forward for efficiency in the ongoing year.

 

 

It emerged from the Thursday's session that efforts are on course to move from the 30 Divisions that the programme covers to 43 before the year ends, recruit 464 new agents and reinforce the functioning of the platform. With the first funding for projects (about 962) of them for phase two of the programme estimated at FCFA 4.2 billion, stakeholders are bracing up to take the number of farmer organisations supported to 10,812.

 

 

The programme financed with funds from the French Debt-relief Development Contract, C2D, is government's tool to intensify and modernise family production systems to surmount challenges of food security and job creation. Its activities seek to professionalise production and farmer organisations, modernise the production tools as well as generate jobs.

 

 

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Excelsior Group’s Foundation and the Kenya Association of Private Hospitals (KAPH) have reached an agreement to improve healthcare accessibility for 30 percent of Kenya’s population.

Private sector networks account for more than 50 percent of Kenya’s healthcare providers serving the needs of Kenyans living on lower incomes.

Through this new initiative, Excelsior Group has agreed to support KAPH’s dialogue with the business community and strategic partners, to address such issues as regulation enabling, affordable treatment, shortage of skilled professionals and improving access to capital.

“By supporting KAPH, we seek to stem the vicious poverty cycle and continue our work to transform healthcare in Kenya by building leadership amongst the private healthcare sector,” said Dr. Felix Olale, Chairman of Excelsior Group and CEO of Wellness Group.

“Our Foundation’s focus is to develop and invest in human capital,” Dr. Olale added.

50 percent of Kenyans pay for healthcare out of pocket, according to the IFC. When individuals earning a dollar a day or less become ill, their first action will be to wait to see if there’s a recovery, then attempt to find payment for treatment by divesting of their assets or seeking a loan.

This frequently leads them to sink into destitution, justifying the assumption that ill health perpetuates poverty and depletes income levels.

Under the MOU, Excelsior Foundation has agreed to set up a secretariat, help with its administration and support KAPH in its sustainability strategy.

KAPH’s facilities are located across most of the counties in Kenya including Nairobi, Naivasha, Meru, Mombasa, Kijabe, Nanyuki, Kisumu, Kisii, Thika, Eldoret, Embu, and Athi River.

 

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