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  • 1. www.indoafricatimes.com MONDAY | March 24, 2014 Title Code: DELENG18579 • VOL. 1 • NO. 11 • Page 12 • Price `10 pg 08 pg 11 pg 04 pg 05 Continued to page 03 pg 10 Cheers to Adeola Ariyo, Elizabeth Arden’s 1st African Brand Ambassador Green Mobile Tower Solutions in Ghana THE MAGICAL MAGNETISM OF KENYA Providing affordable housing Kenyan Kings back to home after a promising performance Meet Africa’s Richest Footballer Samuel Eto'o F rom being a very brilliant and talented youngster to the icon we know today, the 29 years old Cameroonian footballer, Samuel Eto’o who plays as a striker for English Premier League club Chelsea was recently named the richest footballer from the African continent by global football media title Goal.com. He is rich and even the richest African footballer. Eto'o's earning is projected at €85m (£70m) which is the most prominent amongst other African superstars. In the world’s top earners, the Cameroonian star is standing at the third step after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi who have occupied the first and second places respectively. According to Goal.com, Eto'o was able to take the fortunate position, cheers to the millions he earned at Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala previously heading for Chelsea last summer. It was a fortunate day (29 August 2013) for Eto'o when he signed a one year contract with English side Chelsea. He scored his first goal for Chelsea on 19 October 2013 against Cardiff City, in which he gave Chelsea the lead. In Chelsea's home Champions League match against Schalke on 6 November 2013, Eto'o scored twice in a 3–0 victory. In Eto'o's first league start of 2014, on 20 January, he scored his first hat-trick for Chelsea, earning the Blues a 3–1 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. On March 8, Eto'o opened scoring in Chelsea's 4-0 victory over Tottenham when Jan Vertonghen sent a backpass straight into his path. It was the 300th goal in his club career. Individual Awards of the Star:  African Player of the Year: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010  Pichichi Trophy: 2006  UEFA Club Forward of the Year: 2006  FIFA Club World Cup – Golden Ball 2010  Young African Player of the Year: 2000  ESM Team of the Year: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11  FIFPro World XI: 2005, 2006  UEFA Team of the Year: 2005, 2006  Russian Premier League Top 33 players – #1 Right Striker: 2012/13 I have tremendous love for Chelsea, I have a lot of respect for my leaders and my teammates, I love Chelsea fans, and I will keep on giving everything I have in order to defend the blues Samuel Eto'o
  • 2. Wassupafrica02 A ir Tanzania has made good of announcements made earlier in the year of an impending fleet upgrade when the airline last weekend presented their newly-leased Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet, registered as 5Y-WWA, to the public at their Dar es Salaam hub. The single class (all economy) 50-seater jet was reportedly leased from Kenyan company DAC Aviation which is based at Wilson Airport Tanzania and Burundi signed a Memorandum of Understanding under which a direct rail link will be constructed to connect Tanzania’s central rail line to Bujumbura.Prior to the diplomatic spat between Tanzania and Rwanda, caused by flippant remarks made by President Kikwete that Rwanda should sit down with the FDLR killer militias and negotiate a peace deal – impossible considering that the FDLR is sworn to destroy the new Rwanda and bring back the policies of genocide – Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi had been on the same wavelength to expand a railway line from Tanzania’s Isaka to Kigali and on to Bujumbura. That well-intentioned project, even though funding had already been lined up, has gone silent when in a new spirit of active and determined cooperation Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda signed various agreements to build a standard gauge railway from the port of Mombasa via Nairobi to Uganda’s capital of Kampala and on to Rwanda’s capital of Kigali. It, however, appears that this latest deal of the two East African Community member states, which are now often called the ‘Coalition of the Unwilling’ was launched to counter the railway plans of the other three member states, in either a snub or else serving notice that the two can go it Dar es Salaam Airport welcomes new aircraft at its hub Rwanda: top African destination for retailers Tanzania and Burundi sign separate railway deal and was manufactured in October 1999 before entering commercial service with Air Nostrum. DAC then acquired the aircraft according to information received in December 2012. The 14½-year-old jet is the first of overall three additional aircraft Air Tanzania proposes to add by mid this year. Prior to the arrival of the new jet did the airline operate an owned Bombardier Q300 aircraft on a limited domestic route network and a wet leased B737-200 which is reportedly due to be returned to the lessors when two CRJ700 aircraft are due to join the fleet in a few weeks’ time. These additional Bombardier jets will also be configured in a single class (all economy) cabin and offer 78 seats. Acting CEO Capt. Milton Lazaro was quoted to have said, when welcoming the airline’s new aircraft: “This aircraft received today is part of three aircraft we planned to acquire this year. The other two are expected to arrive between April and May this year. The addition of this aircraft to our fleet will enable us to open new frontiers and add more routes. With the expansion of our fleet our passengers will enjoy daily flights from Dar es Salaam to Mwanza. We will be going to Mbeya four times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. To Moroni, Comoros, we will fly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,” Air Tanzania is also working to launch additional domestic destinations, offering flights to among other towns Tabora, Kigoma and Mtwara. By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang h. Thome, ETN Africa Correspondent R wanda is the top destination for global goods and services suppliers, thanks to its focus on reforming the business climate and seeking to attract foreign investment, a new report shows. The 2014 African Retail Development Index developed by AT Kearney, a global consultancy, launched recently, indicates that although Rwanda is geographicallysmall,ithasahighly fragmented and increasingly more attractive market than African countries with larger economies. Nigeria, Namibia, Tanzania and Gabon are the other nations making the top five places of the inaugural index, which is acclaimed as a useful framework for retailers because it offers them attractive destinations for their business expansion. “With one of Africa’s fastest growing economies–an annual GDP growth of more than 8 per cent–Rwanda leads the ranking. Althoughsmallinlandareaandjust 20 years since the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Rwanda has an efficient government and strong macroeconomic indicators that opportunities for international retailers can offer basic packaged goods,” the report says. “Specifically, infrastructure reforms have focused on developing an efficient transport and road network and turning Rwanda into a regional logistics hub. With a low income per capita, most consumers base their shopping decisions on price and affordability, and are reluctant to change brands.” A handful of foreign enterprises operate in Rwanda at the moment, the largest being Kenyan retailer Nakumatt, but the report indicates that global retailers such as Wal- Mart and Carrefour are also eying the country’s market. The report further earmarks sub-Saharan Africa as “the next big thing” in retail business, with seven countries in the region making the top 10. It also paints a rosy picture of East Africa, citing its global attractiveness due to rapid population growth, urbanization and stable economies. “As retailers tiptoe into Africa, figuring out where to enter and how to begin is a daunting task. While Africa is becoming a serious investment option for retailers, questions on how to succeed there linger. It is with this in mind that AT Kearney embarked on its first African Retail Development Index,” Mirko Warschun, AT Kearney partner and co-author of the report, said. The report measured 48 countries in the sub-Saharan region and used data of 2012. The report shows that formal retail business in malls and shopping centres are still in early stages in most sub-Saharan African countries–with the exception of South Africa–limited to a handful of urban areas. It also indicates that although the majority of Africa, including Rwanda, Tanzania, Gabon and Ethiopia, have promising markets, their major retail markets remain small and informal. Botswana, Namibia and South Africa have Africa’s most advanced local and international retail presence, offering a wide range of products that target the middle class population. The report predicts that by 2020, nearly half of all Africans will be living in cities and their spending on consumer products will grow to almost $1 trillion. New Times alone should need arise. The new proposed railway line, which reportedly is due to cost over a trillion Tanzania Shillings, will connect Tanzania’s Uvinza with Burundi’s Msongati and it is further understood that the option to expand the new line into the Congo DR has been left open, as Tanzania is playing her political cards of forming her own transport corridor. This is seen to be done with the intent to compete with the northern transport axis from Kenya via Uganda and beyond, which includes also options to add on South Sudan, Eastern Congo and of course Rwanda, which is part and parcel of the standard gauge railway project. With the flurry of railway projects – a similar deal Tanzania signed to link the proposed new port near Tanga with a railway line to an equally new port in Musoma, Lake Victoria, and then connect by rail ferry to Uganda has also gone silent since the deck of cards in East Africa were reshuffled last year – it is now the question which ones will find willing financiers as, should all of them be built, the financial returns in the near and medium future, would be nowhere near to justify the expense, so here, as everywhere in East Africa, it is wait and see who and which project will in the end carry the day. Eturbo news MONDAY | March 24, 2014
  • 3. Wassupafrica 03 Experts call for more investment in research to boost coffee quality Mali begins rebuilding mausoleums from Timbuktu's 'Golden Age' South African Airways takes delivery of fourth new A320 aircraft Africa’s leading airline South African Airways (SAA) has taken delivery of two new Airbus A320 aircraft, bringing to six the number of narrow- bodied planes added to the SAA fleet in 2014. Commenting on the development SAA’s Country Manager for Australasia Tim Clyde-Smith said the new aircraft would greatly boost the airline’s capabilities on shorter routes within Africa while adding significantly to the quality of its product and service. They will also be more energy-efficient aircraft, reducing impact on the environment. “Our fleet renewal program forms a key plank of our new strategy, Gaining Altitude. Our fleet replacement program for SAA’s narrow-bodied fleet includes the acquisition of twenty A320 aircraft to replace our Boeing 737-800 aircraft and enhances our fleet to support SAA’s route expansion plans into Africa,” Tim said. “These latest new arrivals will give our customers the added pleasure of flying on brand new aircraft. Besides the improved on-board offering, customers can enjoy their flying experience knowing they are travelling on a more fuel- efficient aircraft, underscoring SAA’s commitment to being an environmentally responsible airline,” he said. “The latest two A320s arrived earlier in March, with another A320 (number five) expected in June, aircraft six and seven are expected to arrive in the third quarter and aircraft eight in the fourth quarter.” Tim said that in keeping with SAA’s initiatives towards weight reduction, products and material on the new A320’s are all made of lightweight materials adding to the airlines key strategy of being as environmentally-sustainable as possible. “We have also put a lot of work More investment in scientific research, innovations and market outlets is needed if the country’s coffee industry is to thrive amid tight market competition, coffee experts have said. The experts made the remarks, at the opening of a two- day coffee research symposium in Kigali organised by the National Agriculture Export Board (NAEB). The symposium drew participants from the US, UK, South Korea, South Africa, Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, among others. Experts said limited scientific research,pooragronomicpractices and rudimentary technological approaches in processing coffee are responsible for low prices fetched by local coffee on the international markets. NAEB head Local masons in Timbuktu started to lay down the first earthen bricks to reconstruct World Heritage mausoleums damaged when radical Islamists occupied the northern part of the country in 2012. “The rehabilitation of the cultural heritage of Timbuktu is crucial for the people of Mali, for the city's residents and for the world,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), marking the ceremony. Timbuktu was an economic, intellectual and spiritual capital and a centre for the propagation of Islam throughout Africa during the city's golden age in the 15th and 16th centuries. According to UNESCO, the three mosques into making both business class and economy cabins attractive and super comfortable for customers. These aircraft now offer a refreshed on-board experience through a number of special features.” "This includes South African- themed interior designed-cabins, generous configuration and better in-flight entertainment and facilities that make using and charging laptop computers and tablets easier. The new aircraft configuration is 24 business class and 114 economy class seats with a pitch of 39 inches in business and 31 inches in economy. Our business class are 2X2 abreast with each seat having a leg rest, adjustable headrest and recline of 7 inches allowing the seat to fold out into a cradle position. This gives superb comfort on up to four hour long regional trips with plenty of storage on both sides providing extra width.” “Our economy class seats have shared USB and PC power points and an adjustable headrest. With leather upholstery throughout the cabin. Colours used are dark beige and anthracite grey with touches of red and blue in our corporate colours.” "All seats (except for the first row) have an innovative special feature: the back shell has space to stow a PC tablet, with a USB power point that keeps a tablet powered during the flight, and PC power points in the centre console for additional laptop computer power. "In an environment where aircraft fuel has become our single biggest cost factor, the A320 has become the aircraft of choice for airlines looking to reduce their fuel bills. Newer aircraft embody the latest technologies, are more reliable, more productive and require less down-time for maintenance and repairs. Lower fuel burn means fewer carbon emissions and with the A320's low noise footprint, it's a good neighbour as well," Tim concluded. Eturbonews of coffee production unit, Celestine Gatarayiha, said pests and diseases, as well as poor soil fertility, are responsible for less production of coffee in the country. Susan Jackles, a professor of chemistry, food and nutrition at Seattle University, said: “You have to ensure that farmers are sensitised on good farming practices, prevailing market conditions in terms of demand and supply to produce good quality coffee.” Maraio Serracin, a coffee farmer and an agronomist at the US Rogers Family Company based in Africa, said ensuring quality coffee shouldbeacollectiveresponsibility of producers, suppliers and buyers. Agriculture minister Agnes Kalibata called on stakeholders in the value chain to invest more in finding solutions to the challenges threatening the sector. NAEB director-general George William Kayonga said they are currently designing a definitive approach to tackle the challenges. “We are engaging all stakeholders both at the grassroots and research level to come up with sustainable solutions for the sector. These will include more coffee washing plants, investing in field schools and equipping agronomists with tools to address poor farming practices,” Kayonga said. Coffee contributes 17 per cent of Rwanda’s total exports, but the exports dropped with receipts of $50 million in the first 11 months of 2013. This means the crop will decline by 9 per cent from $61m in 2012 (only December statistics are yet to be released). Currently, more than 400,000 smallholder farmers produce coffee and depend on the international market. About 42,000 hectares of land in Rwanda is cultivated with coffee. New Times and the sixteen mausoleums comprising the property are part of the former great city of Timbuktu that once numbered 100,000 inhabitants. The site was heavily destroyed by occupying extremists after fighting broke out in January 2012 between Government forces and Tuareg rebels. The reconstruction of the mausoleums is being carried out by Malian masons under the supervision of Imam of Djingareyber. The reconstruction, financed by Malian authorities and UNESCO, with contributions from Andorra, the Kingdom of Bahrain, Croatia and Mauritius, as well as logistical support from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), is expected to last one month. “Today's start of the reconstruction of Timbuktu's mausoleums is important as they constitute an inalienable feature of the city's identity whose very purpose is to protect its inhabitants,” said Albert Gerard Koenders, the Special Representative of the Secretary- General and head of MINUSMA. The fighting also destroyed parts of the Djingareyber Mosque, one of three madrassas comprising the University of Timbuktu. It is believed to have been built around 1327, mostly out of straw and wood with some limestone reinforcements. The emblematic El Farouk independence monument in the shape of a horse at the entrance to the city was also razed. Eturbonews  African Cup of Nations Top Scorer: 2006, 2008  African Cup of Nations All-Time Top Scorer  RCD Mallorca All-Time Top Scorer  Cameroon All-Time Top Scorer  Man of the Match: 2006 UEFA Champions League Final Cristiano Ronaldo is the world's richest footballer after topping the annual list of players' net worth compiled by Goal. com. Messi, who lost his Ballon d'Or crown to Ronaldo in January, came in second after inspiring Barcelona to the Spanish title and signing up for a range of lucrative endorsements. According to the Chief Editor, Goal.com Nigeria, Lolade Adewuyi, the Goal Rich List is collated by a team of analysts and takes into account all streams of revenue for active footballers over the course of their careers. "Only current professionals are eligible with the earnings of more than 200 contenders assessed before Goal's experts finalised on their selection," he added. The remaining list is made up of global superstars, who have accumulated huge wealth over momentous spells at the top of the professional game. Goal Rich List 2014 - Top 10 1.  Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid €148m (£122m) 2.  Lionel Messi, Barcelona €146m (£120.5m) 3. Samuel Eto'o, Chelsea €85m (£70m) 4. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United €84m (£69m) 5. Kaka, AC Milan €82m (£67.5m) 6. Neymar & family, Barcelona €80m (£66m) 7. Ronaldinho, Atletico Mineiro €78m (£64m) 8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paris St-Germain €69m (£57m) 9. Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus €63m (£52m) 10.Thierry Henry, New York Red Bulls €57m (£47m) FROM PAGE 01 mONDAY | March 24, 2014
  • 4. K enya, officially the Republic of Kenya is a state in East Africa located on the equator with Indian Ocean to the south-east, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west and Ethiopia to the north. With a covering area of nearly 5, 82,650 km2, Kenya is world’s forty-seventh largest country after Madagascar. The country got its name from Mount Kenya illustrious as the second highest mountain in Africa. Owing to its location, it possesses a warm and humid climate. Nairobi, the capital and largest city of Kenya is designated as regional commercial hub and has a cool climate and gets colder being closer to Mount Kenya surrounded by snowcapped peaks. Presenting its speedy and steady economic growth, Kenya has recorded largest GDP in East and Central Africa. THE CITY IN THE SUN: NAIROBI Nairobi the capital city, and foremost economic, and cultural center of East Africa, is one of the leading and fastest growing cities inAfrica.Thename‘Nairobi’comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyirobi, which interprets ‘the place of cool waters’. Nevertheless, itiscommonlyknownasthe‘Green City in the Sun’. It is decorated with contemporary construction, world class restaurants, hospitals, modern shopping malls, ample private and public transportation, and universities and colleges. Nairobi is a contemporary city center, with stunning suburbs. The city is built on a plateau and it remains enjoyably cool year round. ESCALATING ECONOMIC GROWTH Kenya’s economy has revealed an escalating expansion in the last few years. It is being tagged as Eastern and Central Africa’s hub for Financial, Communication and Transportation services. Establishment of export processing truly resulted in an enhanced trade. Kenya exemplifies a ground affluent with opportunities for entrepreneurs engrossed in setting new businesses in the country.. The country is strategically located, making it a gateway to eastern and central Africa region. Foreign investors based in Kenya have the pro to penetrate East African Community and Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) markets. Besides this, Kenya is a member state of IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) and CEN – SAD (Community of Sahel – Saharan States) as well.  Prosperous in natural resources;  A completely liberalized economy granting free flow of trade and private investment; A PICTURE OF KENYA’S PRODUCTIVE SECTORS Kenya has demonstrated its strength in diverse sectors viz. infrastructure, agriculture, building and construction, energy and manufacturing and offer enormous business opportunities in these sectors. In comparison to KENYA AT A GLANCE Official Name Republic of Kenya Head of State H.E. Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta Capital Nairobi Area 5,82,650 km2 Population 43.18 million approx Governement Presidential Republic Time Zone GMT/UTC +03:00 Country Dialling Code +254 Currency Kenyan shilling Major Exports Tea, Coffee, Horticultural Products, Petroleum Products Major Imports Machinery, Transportation equipments, Iron & Steel, Resins, Plastics Climate Hot & Humid at the coast, temperate inland & very dry in the north and northeast parts of the country Official Language Swahili and English CountryoftheWeek04 KENYA Advertiser's Index Modern Agro Engineering Works .................................................. Page 02 Chadha Power ............................................................................... Page 02 SSP Pvt. Ltd ................................................................................... Page 03 MKU ............................................................................................... Page 05 Jet Airways...................................................................................... Page 07 The Times of Africa ........................................................................ Page 07 J.P. Mukherjee & Associates Pvt. Ltd. ............................................ Page 08 Mill India Ltd. .................................................................................. Page 10 Laxmi Publications (P) Ltd.............................................................. Page 11 Radeecal Communications ........................................................... Page 12 Indian Spinal Injuries Centre ......................................................... Page 12 THE MAGICAL MAGNETISM OF distribution and other service related sectors. It is regarded as the backbone of Kenya earning a huge share of foreign exchange and nearly 45% of government revenue. The sector comprises of crops, livestock, fisheries, land, water, cooperatives, environment, regional development and forestry sub sectors. Immense joint ventures opportunities are accessible for foreign investors seeking local counterparts, along with export-oriented agribusiness, horticulture and processing of oil crops. Building and Construction Although Kenya has experienced a robust growth in housing development during the last few years but still there is a lot of demand unmet in the urban areas. The constantly growing population andexpandingdemand for affordable houses acts as the motivating drivers and presents opportunities in the construction of residential, commercial and industrial buildings including low cost housing. Manufacturing and supply of raw materials used in construction is another area of interest that provides ample business to the investors. Manufacturing With its great potential and contribution to country’s wealth, employment creation and poverty elevation, manufacturing is among the key productive sectors of Kenya. The sector aspires to strengthen production capacity of domestically manufactured goods, boost the share of products in regional market from 7 to 15 per cent and develop niche products for existing and new markets. The country is blessed with a wide range of minerals but is still unexplored due to inadequate knowledge and lack of appropriate mining technologies. Many mining focused investment policies and Private Public Partnerships (PPP) are taking place to increase the flow of investment in mining and also investors can focus on value addition through direct or joint venture partnerships. Energy In Kenya, the renewable energy sector is most vigorous. The energy policy in the country aspires to save more of energy and supply adequate quantities at reasonable costs. Petroleum, electricity and wood are the main forms of energy on which the country is dependent. Alternatively, wind, solar and biogas are utilized as energy sources. Fulfilling nearly 87% of the country’s requirements petroleum is the key source of commercial energy. its neighbors, Kenya has a well- developed social and physical infrastructure. Infrastructure Over the last decade infrastructure contributed nearly half a percentage to Kenya’s annual per capita GDP growth. Currently, as compared to other countries in Africa the infrastructure has relatively enhanced. Infrastructure is in limelight as enormous projects have been taken up by government to develop the infrastructural status and also it offers significant investment opportunities to all the investors. The government also welcomes innovative ideas from the prospective investors that would further aid to improve the country’s infrastructure. Agriculture Agriculture is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Kenyan economy and contributing almost 26% to its GDP and 25% indirectly throughitstieswithmanufacturing, WHY KENYA?  Fully liberalized economy (no exchange controls);  Business friendly regulatory reforms for improving the regulatory framework;  Cordial hospitality and warmth of the people;  Tax Treaties and Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements such as Multilateral Trade System (MTS), ACP Cotonou Agreement and the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act allows Kenyan exports to take benefit from world markets under a number of duty reduction programmes;  It’s stability regardless of changes in its political system;  Accessibility to highly skilled, educated and trained work force;  Its prime location in East Africa and developed infrastructure attracts immense investors with access to regional markets entailing over 385 million consumers; MONDAY | March 24, 2014
  • 5. BusinessBuzz 05 First Refrigerator with “Power Cut Evercool” Technology launched into Ghana Market Green Mobile Tower Solutions in Ghana Africa is booming and many major companies are eyeing the continent for investment and enhancement. According to sources, seven major telecom operators across Africa and Middle East, inclusive of Vodafone Group and Bharti Airtel would be sharing their network infrastructure with an aim to provide Internet to rural communities and decreasing the price of mobile services. Global telecom body GSM Association (GSMA) stated, “senior leaders from seven major mobile operator groups, serving 506 million customers across Africa and the Middle East, plan to cooperate on network infrastructure sharing initiatives." The contributing seven operators comprise of Etisalat Group, Bharti Airtel, MTN Group, Orange, Vodafone Group, Ooredoo Group and Zain Group. GSMA Director General Anne Bouverot asserted, "Unique mobile subscriber penetration is only 40 percent in Africa and the Middle East, lower than the global average of 47 percent, so we need to work together to expand the reach of mobile." Meanwhile, in 47 countries of Africa and the Middle East, where many of the unconnected population live in rural areas, the operators mutually manage 76 mobile network operations across it. Also, as stated by Bharti Enterprises MD and Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the GSMA board, Manoj Kohli, the cooperation validates that the industry is dedicated to revolutionizing in regard to serve the billions living in the rural areas." A ccessing fresh foods has proven to be difficult for many households in Ghana as many have constantly had to throw away food from their refrigerators due to frequent power cuts. In a bid to salvage the situation, LG Electronics, a global leader in Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances has launched its new premium range of refrigerators with patented Power Cut Evercool technology unto the Ghanaian market. The event which was held at Coconut Groove Regency Hotel was aimed at meeting the needs of Ghanaian consumers suffering from long power cuts who feel the need to have fresher foods for healthy daily life. LG Evercool Refrigerator retains freshness and keeps food and vegetables fresh for 7 hours. Vihaan Networks Ltd (VNL), an Indian telecom equipment-maker has stepped up to enhance and power a communications revolution in Africa especially targeting Africa’s villages and remote locations. VNL is ready for the initiative with its innovative, green mobile tower solutions to better-off the communications scenario. Recently, a glitter has been added to the crown of VNL i.e. Ghana has joined the client list of the enterprise. Ghana chose VNL's solar-powered ‘WorldGSM’ mobile tower architecture, an environment- Major telecom operators to serve in Africa and Middle East MTN to spend 311 million Ghana cedis to improve network quality Evercool refrigerator has a Triple cooling system with 3 evaporators. The main evaporator works with power and other 2 evaporators works without power. During power cut, compressor stops compressing refrigerant and instead the 2 evaporators on the sides take over to keep circulating cool air. This circulation enables longest cooling even in fridge for 7 hours, based on third party test by Intertek. Intertek is the leading provider of quality, safety, testing, inspection and certification. Announcing the launch of, the new range of refrigerators, Mr. C.H. Park, Branch Manager, LG Electronics Africa, said. LG Evercool refrigerator retains freshness in the refrigerator section, keeping food and vegetables cool for up to 7 hours even during long power cuts. It comes with Tower LED, Multi air flow, Convertible box for optimal temperature from -10C to 40C which is being controlled by exclusive cold air duct for a suitable condition for food. In addition to these, there is also a moist balance crisper box which controls the humidity level in the box in order for the vegetables and fruits to stay fresh for a long time.It also sports a high gloss finish creating an opulent glow that accentuates the décor of the consumers’ living space.” “We manufacture products that fit the needs of Ghanaian consumers and this launch is another benchmark innovation based on customer’s insights.” Also Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Pranab Mohanty, Vice President, Somotex Ghana Limited said: “With LG Ever cool Refrigerators we are sure that households will manage to keep their food fresh and healthy during power outages. This unique LG patented technology offers Cooling Retention up to 7 hours in the refrigerator and 10 hours in the freezer portion to keep food fresh and healthy.” Modern Ghana Mobile operator, MTN is set to invest GH¢311 million to improve network quality and carry out some expansion works for this year. The plan was contained in MTN's Group’s financial performance for last year. The result also showed that the operator still leads the industry with 12.9 million subscribers accounting for a little over 50 per cent of total mobile market. The recent surge in usage of internet data also appears to benefiting MTN greatly, as it contributed about 80 percent of the total revenue for the mobile operator for last year and also accounted for almost 5 million of their subscribers. The mobile network operator says "efficient execution of our extensive capital expenditure (capex) programme significantly improved network quality and capacity, and facilitated higher voice and data traffic." Commenting on MTN Group results, Group President Sifiso Dagbenwa said, “MTN is focused on delivering a distinct customer experience by improving network quality and capacity as well as providing value-added products targeted at our different customer segments. We continue to transform our organisation through cost optimisation and increasing operational efficiency which will help the delivery of sustainable returns for all our stakeholders.” He stated that MTN is committed to working towards its "vision to lead the delivery of a 'bold, new Digital World' to our customers and made good progress in the execution of our strategy in 2013." "Over the medium term, our priorities are driving growth beyond voice, creating a distinct customer experience while ensuring that we optimise costs", he adds. Ag CEO Cynthia Lumor, commenting on Ghana's performance said, “as market leaders we are happy to see the sustained growth in our business. We are committed to the continuous improvement of the network and we will continue to partner with the relevant stakeholders to ensure we exceed the expectations of our customers." Modern Ghana friendly and cost-effective mobile system which is believed to deliver affordable services in villages. According to Rajiv Mehrotra, founder chairman and CEO of VNL, “The plan is to promote access to electronic services including broadcasting, the Internet, multimedia service and basic telephony in unserved areas of rural Ghana.” VNL has already spread its wings and marked its presence in Nigeria, Uganda and Benin, and is in talks with other African nations to position its economical and green telecom solutions. VNL has positioned its revolutionary network in Bolivia and Peru, Latin America. Meanwhile, Mr. Mehrotra asserted that the solution offered to the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication and Entel has been broadly tested in the country. After a successful pilot project for demonstration of the capabilities of its mobile GSM solutions in rural areas of Alwar (Rajasthan) in 2011, VNL was awarded a completion certificate by India's Universal Service Obligatory Fund. Rajiv assured, “We will be a major player in expansion of telecom services in rural areas.” Modern Ghana Rajiv Mehrotra, founder chairman and CEO of VNL  mONDAY | March 24, 2014
  • 6. FRANKLY SPEAKING06 Africa is a matchless continent. The fact that agriculture is identified as the lifeblood of Africa, this sector utilizes 65 percent of Africa’s labor force and scores for 32 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Agricultural GDP growth in sub Saharan Africa has stimulated from 2.3 percent per year in the 1980s to 3.8 percent per year from 2000 to 2005. Africa’s population rate has gone up very swiftly. The continent is anticipated to hit 1.2 billion people by 2050. Agricultural presentation has meliorated since 2000, but development is not yet speedy enough. Agriculture is vital for sub-Saharan Africa’s growth and for achieving the Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty by 2015. The connotation of agribusiness for wealth formation in Africa has been extensively acknowledged in recent years. There is no doubt that Africa is well braced to become the Future Food Basket of the World and is definitely the way to wealth in Africa. Cotton production has always been an imperative feature in driving economic growth in Africa. ‘White Gold’ is considered as the heart of the continent. The fact that it is presently producing just about 5% of the world’s cotton does not put in the picture the full story when it comes to Africa’s potential. Africa is soliciting Agriculture and Food Processing Majors to associate and hold agriculture related activities. The continent is a hopeful and optimistic investment heart for many Indian Food and Agriculture companies. There are plenty of grounds to switch all your attention and harvest the fruits in the agricultural sector of Africa. The liberalized economies of the continent with fertile land access and leased land concept work as a magnet to the investors. The Indian agriculture technology companies perceive Africa as the land of limitless opportunities. There is a noteworthy attendance of Indian agricultural firms and food processing companies in Africa. No doubt, there is immense scope for Indian companies to build forward linkages like contract farming helping the agri sector in Africa to put together agri supply chain with processing plant or retailing business, according to an industry observer. The Government of India too is playing the role of a catalyst in assisting its food and agriculture companies to boost their presence in Africa. India is cheering to place Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in Africa which will not only permit fund infusion but approach to enhanced technology from India to Africa. AARDO which is one of the initial illustrations of South-South cooperation in rural development in the Afro-Asian region is an independent inter-governmental organization constituting country governments of Africa and Asia. Worth to mention, India-Africa Partnership in Agriculture, a new initiative was very recently launched dwelling of Indian Council What is the Way to Wealth in Africa? At Sonalika, we are perfectly poised to offer Complete Agriculture Solutions to the African Farmer and play an active role in bringing about a Green Revolution with our extensive product range which is Affordable, Adaptable & Appropriate. H.E. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee President of India Mr. Rajiv Wahi Senior President-International Business, Sonalika Group Company of Agriculture Research (ICAR), International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and International Agriculture Consulting Group (ICAG). Undoubtedly this podium will make available expertise and experience to support African countries in discovering answers to their food, agriculture and development challenges. Additionally, a global strategic partnership was declared by the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama in 2010. This partnership aspires to perk up agricultural efficiency and support market institutions in Kenya, Liberia, and Malawi. The initiative led by USAID and National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM), is a component of a three-year training programme and one of numerous actions ensuing from the global strategic partnership. Naming India-Africa partnership a "new paradigm" of South-South cooperation for a contemporary Africa, India and over 40 countries of the African continent recently adopted an action plan for enhanced cooperation. The two sides adopted the Plan of Action of the Enhanced Framework for Cooperation ahead of the forum summit scheduled next year in 2014. India is setting up 80 new capacity building institutions in African countries that would lend a hand in the expansion process in Africa. On the pan- African level, India is building six institutes as part of India-Africa Forum Summit-II (IAFS) framework. By kirit sobti, editor, iat editor@indoafricatimes.com T rade between India and Africa has a long and illustrious history. Agriculture, a dominant sector of Indian economy got a new life after the successful implementation of Green Revolution. The revolution transformed the scenario of agriculture sector in India making it the net exporter of food grains. Agriculture is one of the sector where Africa could benefit from cooperation with India. Today, Africa is where India was decades ago and seeks India as a potential partner for economic and other developments in the continent. India's peculiar earnings from Africa is estimated to grow four-fold to $160 billion by 2025 observing the potential it has in kitty. With superior presence in sectors such as IT, agriculture, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods, India’s chances to augment enhances literally, according to a McKinsey report. Likewise, the report "Joining Hands to Unlock Africa's Potential: A New Indian Industry-led Approach to Africa" reveals that India can aim to capture almost 7% of the IT services market, 5% of the FMCG space, 10% of the power sector, and 2-5% of the agri-allied services business in Africa. While launching the report, Noel Tata, Chairman of CII's Africa Committee asserted, "We believe India's strengths and experience of operating in similar capital constrained conditions will be of great value to Africa. Africa needs constructive foreign investment and holds the promise of long-term business for India.” McKinsey & Company’s Director, Rajat Gupta also quoted "IT services, agriculture, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods - these are the key to India boosting Africa revenues four times to $160 billion by 2025". Furthermore, the report notes that African nations are in an urgent need of constructive foreign investment and Indian industry with experience and talent in hand could significantly contribute to Africa’s development as a solutions-partner to African nations by establishing talent and skill development, producing employment and developing infrastructure. All in all, the report points out that Indian industry needs to persistently involve with governments and businesses, intensely surface opportunities through sector and country studies while building an open syndicate of interested companies in advance and use funding from low cost countries. Joining Hands to Unlock Africa's Potential The Accelerating Green Revolution programme in Africa seeks to achieve a quantum jump in productivity and production levels. India, which had witnessed a Green Revolution in the Sixties, is now moving towards an ‘Evergreen Revolution’, recognizing the positive role that information technology can play as powerful catalyst for sustainable agricultural development. A Vivacious Sector by 2015 • Vibrant agricultural markets within countries and between regions in Africa; • Farmers actively taking part in the market economy and delighting good access to markets so that Africa, capitalizing on its comparative and competitive advantages, becomes a net exporter of agricultural products; • A more equitable allocation of wealth for rural populations - in terms of higher real incomes and relative wealth. Rural populations will have more equitable access to land, physical and financial resources, and knowledge, information and technology for sustainable development; • Africa as a strategical player in agricultural science and technology, meeting the growing needs and demands; • Environmentally sound agricultural production and a culture of sustainable management of natural resources. • SMEs tend to employ low-income workers The Government of India too is playing the role of a catalyst in assisting its food and agriculture companies to boost their presence in Africa MONDAY | March 24, 2014
  • 7. TRAVEL&tourism 07 I n d i a B e g i n s H e r e a t PUNJAB P unjab, a home to five rivers is bordered by the Indian states; Himachal Pradesh to the east, Haryana to the south and southeast, Rajasthan to the southwest as well as Pakistani province of Punjab to the west. Punjab is certainly a primarily agricultural state and enjoys the natural benefits of fertile soils and abundant waters. Embroidered with a distinct blend of rural and urban flavours, the land of heritage, architecture and nature has a lot to offer to a tourist eye. The Government of Punjab, to enhance rural tourism, has identified a cluster of four villages on the banks of river Sutlej. Punjab is widely famous for its spicy, enriched with love food and no other food can out-do cuisines of Punjab. It has an enormous variety of mouth-watering vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian delicacies. The spice content ranges from minimal to pleasant to high, depending on the persons taste. Punjabi dishes like Palak Paneer, Rajma Chawal, Chhole Bhature are all relished by people of all communities. Aqsa Mosque, located in Qadian, is a huge attraction in terms Islamic community. It was built in 1876 and is the first ever Ahmadiyya mosque. It has only three walls with houses starting right next to it. Qadian is a blooming city full of shopping destinations even Bahishti Maqbarah also witnesses’ high tourist attractions. It has a unique legacy with a host of Gurudwaras, forts, history of Sikhism. Also, the Government of Punjab has identified a cluster of four villages on the banks of river Sutlej, to enhance rural tourism and has come up with a plan to connect six historical cities by road; Mega Darbar Circuit. Even though, Punjabis account for less than 2.5% of the Indian population, they are one of the most prosperous races in India. Their per capita income is twice the national average. Amritsar, the capital is among the most cherished sites in the world. Amidst it stands variety of tourist destinations without which your trip cannot be over. GOLDEN TEMPLE Sri Harminder Sahib, delineated as “Golden Temple” is the major pilgrimage destination around the world. The most sacred Sikh shrine is covered with real gold and is surrounded by a ‘holy tank’ consisting of ‘immortal nectar’. Midnight provides a stunning view of the temple with its reflection in the “Amrit Sarovar”. The four gates for entrance symbolize the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions. The main entrance has verses from the Guru Granth Sahib inscribed on the doorway; also the north entrance is under a Victorian clock tower known as the Darshani Deori. The Gurudwara is a two storey marble structure reached by a causeway known as Guru’s Bridge. The architecture of the Gurudwara is a blend of Hindu and Muslim art. Adjacent to the Gurudwara the Jallianwala Bagh came into being as a historic spot when a horrific shootout by a British General took place killing hundreds of innocent people and number of people jumped into a well to escape the firing. The place reminds one of the terror and insanity of East India Company and Punjab’s sacrifice to the struggle for freedom of India. When the scent of fertile land touches a chord, when the spell bounding land of Gurus, Pirs and warriors leaves you mesmerized, when Punjabi’s open-mindedness and tradition of hospitality binds you in a bond of love, you are in PUNJAB !! mONDAY | March 24, 2014
  • 8. TALKINGTECHNOLOGY08 I n the 50 years of development the world over, there has been a tremendous increase of urban population due to the inflow of the rural masses looking for work. The task of providing affordable housing to this influx presents new challenges to getting projects ready in record time using the conventional method of Brick and Mortar, because – • It is time consuming; • There is a shortage of skilled workforce; • They produce a lot of Waste of construction material due to unskilled handling; • The delays causes costs escalations. Further conventional construction methods put an enormous stress on the environment. These stresses are mainly: • Soil and agricultural land degradation; • Loss of forests and wild lands; • Air pollution and • Depletion of non- renewable energy sources and minerals. Over the years it can be seen that these stresses lead to climate changes and natural disasters. To minimize this stresses and to achieve sustainable developments, concepts of green building evolved since building construction activity accounts for major exploitation of natural resources that leads to environmental stresses. Sahyadri Industries Ltd (SIL) has come out with alternative sustainable building products which do away with the use of wood and conventional method of building components which are substitute to wood and energy intensive component like burnt brick, concrete, sand, water etc. Sahyadri products can be used in the construction of cost effective houses under mass housing projects of the governments in developing countries. Sahyadri housing systems (Sections and fibre cement boards) can be designed to build Eco-Homes in 2, 3 or more rooms apartments, its modular designed component system facilitating expansion from one to three or more rooms. The fibre Cement boards are mainly cement bonded cellulose fibre boards. Cement acts as binder to the fibres which give them good tensil strength. The fire resistance properties of cement fibre boards are also very good. This system produce specific components for buildings based on the design, includes designing and producing a uniform type of building or a group of building variants, which can be produced with a common assortments of component. Such building includes school, parking garage, gas station, low cost housing, shopping malls/ complexes etc. Where there is a high demand for houses, and availability of quality raw material and man-power required, use of prefabricated Sahyadri wall panels would facilitate timely and cost effective construction. “Prefabricated modular designs bring speed, quality and efficiency into construction, and is an important and definitely an essential part in the future of the construction industry, not only in India, but all over the world,” comments Mr. M. Satyanarayan, President of SIL. “SIL is looking forward to revolutionize the mass housing industries not only in India but Globaly.” Sahyadri building products help construction in their innovative ways thus reduce construction costs without compromising on the quality of housing in scheduled time. To summarize, predesigned buildings manufactured in factory controlled environment using eco- friendly green materials will suit not only the India but the world over, because of its sustainability and economy it offers not only in costs but saving on time and other environmental issues, giving the world a better place to live in. Providing affordable housing SAHYADRI INDUSTRIES LTD. (An ISO 9001-2008 Certified Company) Contact: Mr. M. Satyanarayana, President (Mktg.): +91 9373022295, +91 9404965694 Swastik House, 39-D, J.N. Road, Gultekdi, Pune 411 037, Maharashtra (India) Tel.: +91 20 2644 4625/ 26/ 27, Fax: +91 20 2644 4624 E-mail: mastyanarayan@silworl.in, info@silworld.in, Website: www. silworld.in, www.ecopro.co.in Sahyadri dreams of housing every family in the country MONDAY | March 24, 2014
  • 9. TRYSOMETHINGNEW 09 Prepration Method 1. In a big bowl add refined flour and salt to taste. Now make a well in the center of the flour and add egg, butter and milk into it. 2. Blend with a whisker nicely until no lumps remain and the batter is of pouring consistency. 3. To make the filling in a separate bowl combine coconut, caster sugar, nutmeg powder and cashew nuts and mix them well. Heat oil in a pan. 4. Add one ladle of batter into the pan and Ingredients • 1 cup refined flour, (maida) • 1 egg, (anda) • 2 tbsp Butter, (makhan) • 300 ml milk, (doodh) • 200gm coconut, grated, (kasa hua nariyal) • 2 tbsp castar sugar (Cheeni) Beauty Vision India Beauty Vision India is known to be the perfect platform where the professionals who deal in beauty and cosmetic industry come together to display the best and unique range of cosmetics, hair products, nail enamels, and lot more. The spa professionals are extremely satisfied by the demonstrated range of products and their positive reaction has motivated the organizers to bring back this show in future. Date: 26-28 Mar 2014 Venue: Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Mumbai, India International Leather Goods Fair The International Leather Goods Fair (ILGF), India's leading fair for leather goods will be held at Milan Mela Complex, Kolkata. Organized by India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO). The fair will showcase all kinds of leather goods like handbags, purses, wallets, sports goods, leather upholstery, industrial leather goods, finished leather and lining leather, components & accessories of leather goods. Date: 27-29 Mar 2014 Venue: Milan Mela Ground, Kolkata, India Gujarat Travel Mart Gujarat Travel Mart is one of the most comprehensive travel and tourism sector trade shows in India. The show is held over a period of three days and is attended by a large contingent of leading professionals from the tourism, hospitality, travel and leisure sectors. More than 200 professional exhibitors participate in the event on a regular basis and an extensive array of holiday packages, travel agency services etc. Date: 27-29 Mar 2014 Venue: Mahatma Mandir Exhibition Centre, Gandhinagar, India The Pink Carpet This event showcases products like Designer Wear, Designer & real Jewelery, Designer Home Decor & Artifacts, Luxury Footwear, Exclusively Designed Gifts & traditional Crafts, Photography, Designer & fashion Accessories etc. in the Gems & Jewelry, Fashion Accessories industries. Date: 28-29 Mar 2014 Venue: Chandigarh Hotel Taj, Chandigarh, India The Kidtown Fair Exhibition If you have a product or service that targets kids then we look forward to your participation at the kidtown fair at world trade centre, cuffe parade. Do not miss the opportunity to market it through our target specific platform- the kidtown fair which has been planned on a weekend to pull in the maximum crowd. You can avail of this cost effective method by registering for a booth with us. Date: 29-30 Mar 2014 Venue: Mumbai World Trade Centre, Mumbai, India Bodypower Expo Mumbai Bodypower Expo Mumbai is a 2 day event being held from 29th March to the 30th March 2014 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, NSE Complex in Mumbai, India. This event showcases products like fitness products, health and wellness products and items, nutrition products, and more etc. in the Medical & Pharmaceutical, Sporting Goods, Toys & Games, Ayurvedic & Herbal industries. Date: 29-30 Mar 2014 Venue: Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, India upcoming Goan Coconut Pancakes Indian Cuisine spread it around by tilting the pan on all sides gently. 5. Cook for 2 minutes until the underside of the crepe is cooked, flip the crepe and cook it on the other side as well. Remove in a plate. 6. Now take a crepe and add some filling in its center. Fold the crepe from both ends and secure the ends in place with a toothpick. 7. Similarly fold all the crepes and put them in a serving plate. Dust some sugar and cocoa powder on top, drizzle with honey and serve hot. The first Great Pyramid of Giza, the most extraordinary building in history, was a staggering 481 feet tall - the equivalent of a 40-storey building. It was made of 2.3 million blocks of limestone and granite, some weighing 100 tons. If every step is taken in the remembrance of God, just imagine how much fortune there is in every moment THOUGHT OF THE WEEK 1. Good Luck!!! शुभकामनायें | 2. Please give me something to eat. मुझे कुछ खाने को दे दीिजए| 3. Let’s go out for a vacation चलो घूमने चलते है| 4. Who is your idol in life? आपके जीवन का आदश कौन है? 5. Kindly give us your approval. कृपया हमें अपनी मंजूरी दे| Handy Hindi is great for your health? 7 reasons why  Can help prevent cholesterol build up  May help you live longer and healthier  Can prevent hearing loss  Can help prevent osteosporosis  Can stop onset of Alzheimer’s  Boosts exercise training and performance  Makes you happier picture of the week H.E. Mr. Alexandre Cece Loua, Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea to India with Mr. Sharad Jaipuria, President, Mr. Gupta, Vice President, Mr. Saurabh Sanyal, Executive Director, PHD Chamber at Ambassador's Meet organized by PHD Chamber  FLAG NAME CAPITAL CURRENCY OFFICIAL LANGUAGE Namibia Windhoek Namibian dollar English Niger Niamey CFA franc French Nigeria Abuja Naira English Rwanda Kigali Rwandan franc Kinyarwanda, English French • ¼ cup cashewnuts, finely chopped, (kaju) • ¼ tsp nutmeg powder, (jaiphal powder) • 4 tsp oil, (tel) • Salt to taste, (namak) • 1 tbsp icing sugar to garnish • 1 tbsp cocoa powder to garnish • 4 tbsp honey to garnish, Know More About Africa  Which country is known as the country of honest people? Burkina Faso  Northern and Southern tip of Africa is? Egypt (Northern) and South Africa (Southern)  The National flower of Mauritius is? Trochetia Bautoniana (Boucle d’ Oreille)  Which country is called as the “Roof of Africa”? Lesotho  Africa is famous for its game reserve, where is Amboseli Game Reserve located? Kenya  Which is the most popular sport in Africa which was introduced during colonial times? Soccer (football)  Which is the Egypt’s most populated city in Africa? Cairo  Which Nigerian wrote The Ant Hills of the Savannah? Chinua Achebe  The first African to win the Nobel Peace Prize? Albert John Luthulu, South African Civil Rights Leader, 1960  Which commonly seen bird in Southern Africa has a head shaped like a hammer? The Hammerkop  What does the word "zimbabwe" mean in the Shona language? House of Stone RED WINE mONDAY | March 24, 2014
  • 10. New fashion house opens in Kimironko THEFASHIONISTAS10 Africa Fashion Week is soon to get in town of Nigeria. The organizers of the fashion week are in an endeavor to bring fashion train to Nigeria to give talented Nigerian designers an innovative platform to flaunt their creativeness to global audience. After three successful editions of Africa Fashion Week, it is all groomed to provide Pearl Look Nigeria 2014 got the audience by curiousness with a shoulder-to-shoulder competition among three very beautiful finalists in the first week of March in Lagos, Nigeria. The event was judged by Jane Celiers, Yvonne Nwosu and Reze Bonna and Bukola Anthony became the lucky winner who took home the title, subsequent to her predecessor Julia. In March 2014, the Pearl Look modelling and fashion competition kicked off at N igerian model Adeola Ariyo has been selected as the first ever African Ambassador for Beauty organization Elizabeth Arden. The 28 year old will be taking over the duties of the Elizabeth Arden South African Ambassador Lerato Moloi, whose supremacy centered only in South Africa. Adeola Ariyo has new job responsibilities in Elizabeth Arden’s campaigns for Visible Difference, Skin Illuminating and Perfectly Nude SPF15, all while she is under the mentorship of Lerato Moloi. Adeola, born in Lagos to a Nigerian mother and Ghanaian father, began her modelling career at the age of 13 and since then has been on the runway for various shows like the London Fashion Week, Johannesburg Fashion Week, Arise Fashion Week, and Cape Town Fashion Week. Also, she participated in the 2005 running of Face of Africa where she made her place in top 5 finalists and has featured in many magazines like Marie Claire and Glamour Magazine. According to Managing Director of the brand, Corne Nel, the brand is committed to the credence that “To be beautiful is the birth right of every woman and as a company we want to celebrate each woman’s unique beauty through individuality, diversity and original expressions of beauty.” He added, “Adeola has all of these qualities and as a prestige beauty brand we wanted to choose a spokesperson that African women could identify with.” After being selected as the brand Ambassador, Adeole asserted, “Being chosen as an Elizabeth Arden Brand Ambassador in Africa is an incredible honour.” She noted, “Elizabeth Arden herself was an entrepreneur, women’s advocate and a champion for holistic beauty, inspiring women all over the world. I am proud to be associated with a brand that embodies such important values.” Africa Fashion Week London soon to get in town of Nigeria Bukola Anthony takes home the Pearl Look Nigeria 2014 title designers with an opportunity to gather national attention and awareness of their own. According to officials of fashion week, the imperative platform permits people to see what African fashion has in its kitty and what it can contribute to growth of fashion globally. May 2014 has been decided as the month of fashion for Nigeria with African Fashion Week scheduled for May 17 and May 18, 2014 at Intercontinental Hotel, Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. The founder of AFW London, Ronke Ademiluyi said,“AFW Nigeria believes in emerging talents and our core aim is providing visibility platforms for new talents, who would otherwise not have the means to gather national attention and awareness of their own.” The event is said to be graced by eminent personalities such as Chief Folusho Alakija, Abba Folawiwo, Chief Molade Okoya, Senator Daisy Danjuma, Hon. Abike Dabiri and many more. The African Fashion Week Nigeria is being organized in cooperation with Abiola Okoya of Mibod Global Resources and is produced by Sola Oyebade of Mahogany Productions and Toyin Lawani of Tiannah‘s styling academy. Adeola Ariyo  Cheers to Adeola Ariyo Elizabeth Arden’s 1st African Brand Ambassador Rwandan fashion designer Colombe Ndutiye Ituze has teamed up with Canadian born St. Louis Johanne to open a new fashion house. Doda Fashion House located in Kimironko was officially launched in a colourful ceremony attended by Rwanda top fashion designers and models. Speaking during the event, Johanne said they also have plans to open a fashion school in the country. Prominent fashion houses represented at the event included, Glo Creations of Gloria Kamanzi, Iola Fashion House of Hagana Efue, St. Louis Fashion owned by Johanne, Uzuri Fashion House of Kevine and Ysolde and Inkanda House of Patrick Muhire. Colombe said Doda Fashion House is not only going to produce quality materials for Rwanda’s top fashion houses but will also train women to embrace skills in the burgeoning Rwanda fashion industry. Colombe added that there has been tremendous growth of fashion industry over the last few years with more fashion houses springing up. “What we need now is skilled manpower and the proposed fashion school is going to provide that so that more women can come on board and be self-employed,” Colombe said. Johanne said that when she arrived in Rwanda six years ago, there were just a handful of fashion houses but more have come up over the last few years. “Rwanda is a beautiful country and her people love fashion. What is needed now is to harness the fashion industry so that more people can access quality products produced by Rwandans themselves,” added Johanne. Efua Hagan of Iola Designs, a designer of handbags welcomed the new addition in fashion industry, saying that the opening of Doda Fashion House was a positive indication that Rwanda fashion industry is growing. “In Africa, we still have a long way to go when it comes to the fashion industry. However, Rwanda has seen improvement of the industry with quality products being produced now.” New Times the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Lekki Expressway, Lagos. Not to mention, the event is the brainchild of Nigerian supermodel Doyin Hastrup. Bukona was crowned with 2014 Pearl Look ‘Best Runway Model’, while Obi Blessing won the 2014 Pearl Look ‘Beauty Queen’. Pearl Look Nigeria 2014 is yet another innovative endeavor in the African fashion industry providing the enthusiastic, new talent to come up and showcase what they have got. Bukola Anthony posing for a picture after winning the pageant  MONDAY | March 24, 2014
  • 11. SPORTS2WATCH 11 Kenyan Kings back to home after a promising performance Algeria proved its mettle in boxing battle Disi wins silver in Carnaval half marathon K enyan victorious 2014 Africa Cross Country Championships team returned to their homeland after its stars promising performance at the tournament. Kenya flounced all eight gold medals in yet another commanding performance that left 25 other nations just to bow to the kings. Soon after arrival, the squad of 24 runners and seven officials were treated to a luxurious luncheon in their honour. The squad put in its best efforts for their crowning achievement at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in March 2014. In a recurrence of their achievement at the 2010 World Cross and 2011 Africa Cross, the team won four individual and four team gold medals. The only defeat was at junior men bronze and junior women silver individual medals being eluded from their clinch. The team beared the hopeful eyes of its fans having ascended to four world titles and two continental crowns as a junior, now the time was for two-time World Cross junior titleholder, Faith Chepng'etich and as always she bagged the top medal on her first foray as a senior in cross country. On victory, the 20-years-old Faith asserted, "I'm happy because I graduated well from junior to senior since it's not easy to go through all the stages from Youth Algeria is the new talk of town in the boxing world. On March 7, 2014 Algeria emerged as the overall winner of the 4th edition of the African boxing championship concluded in Yaounde. Every Algerian boxer excelled in all the As he intensifies preparations for this year’s Commonwealth Games in Scotland, long distance runner Dieudonne Disi won a silver medal in the Carnaval half marathon in France. Disi, who has been training at Kenya’s high altitude camp at Iten since January, finished second to Burundian Abraham Niyonkuru after clocking 1:4:43. Morocco’s Chakir Boujattaoui won bronze, while another Rwandan Gervais Hakizimana, who is based in France, finished fourth. With his first race of the year, Disi is set to return to the rift valley to continue training alongside other Kenyan athletes in order to gain the competitive edge. Disi, who turns 34 years in November, to senior and win." She captained the senior women team told Capital Sport having won her race in 25:33.02 ahead of teammates Janet Kisa (25:41.30), Alice Aprot (25:46.48) and Edith Chelimo (26:02.48) who sealed the perfect ten. Also, the former Winners' High School student is all geared up at medaling at the Scotland Commonwealth Games this summer having failed to scale the podium at the London 2012 Olympics and Moscow 2013 World Championships. She said, “I will give it my best and make sure I and Hellen Obiri, who won bronze at 2013 Moscow World Championships bring medals to boys, girls and junior category matches by winning a total of 12 medals i.e. seven in gold, three in silver and two in bronze. In a celebratory mood, the Algerian technical director, Mourad Mezine asserted, "It is a historic performance. The success demonstrates advances made by Algerian boxing. We came with 13 boxers and won 12 medals. I am very satisfied because that represents 95 per cent success.” Meanwhile, Morocco dominated the event in the women category followed by Algerian in terms of medals won. Unfortunately, Cameroon the Nigeria beats China at Costa Rica 2014 first game Burkina Faso triumphs International Dialogue Basketball Cup Nigeria's U17 Women football team defeated China 2-1 to begin their Costa Rica 2014 U17 Women's World Cup campaign on a bright note in Group D on March 17, 2014 in Alajuela. Nigeria started on front foot when in the 7th minute Chiwendu Ihezuo botched to connect with a ball across the face of goal and wasted another brilliant goal opportunity in the 14th minute. At the 19th minute before converting 21st minute chance, Rasheedat Ajibade went on to miss a goal scoring opportunity. Goalkeeper Oyebubuchi Okeke made a brilliant save in the 28th minutes while at the other end Aminat Yakubu and Rasheedat Ajibade both wasted their chances to double the lead for Nigeria in the 37th and 45th minutes respectively. Soon, the Asian side resumed the other half revitalized by putting the Nigerian goalkeeper Onyinye Okeke to test in the 48th minute only for Uchenna Kanu to head home Mary Ologbosere's cross at the 60th minute to double the lead for Nigeria. Rasheedat Ajibade became Flamingoes first goal hero and Man-of- the-match winner expressing gladness at grabbing the award and swore to perform better in succeeding games and make Nigerians proud. After the match, head coach of the Nigeria U17 Women's team, Bala Nikyu appreciated the team work and resilience of his ladies to ensure victory against their opponents. Bala asserted, "I don't want to mention any player because they all did well, its team work. They played for themselves to win." Burkina Faso has marked its presence as the overall winners of the International Basketball Dialogue Cup in Abuja, with Canada in second and Philippines in the third place. The event witnessed the gracious presence of the Ambassador of Philippines who gave the trophy to Team Burkina Faso for its triumph and other high ranking officials of other countries that participated. This International Basketball Dialogue Cup is a yearly event organized by Ufuk Dialogue Foundation. Amazingly, this year's edition of the tournament, the maiden tournament was attended by seven countries residing in Nigeria namely, Burkina Faso, Canada, Indonesia, Philippines, USA, Turkey and Nigeria. The tournament is also an endeavor for uniting the world and bringing the participating countries together. The President of UFUK Dialogue Foundation also inspires other countries to participate in the next edition of the basketball tournament. our country if we will make it to the squad." Kampala contingent also witnessed Moses Mukono and Agnes Jebet who won the men and women junior titles ensuring all national champions returned home with the top medal. Not to mention, Eritrea's Berhane Afewerki (22:56.45) was like a faint glow in a lost dark tunnel as he was the only individual among the Kenyans to nick individual bronze. In the same vein, head coach David Letting commended his charges leaning them to form the core of future Kenya teams to international events such as World Youth and Youth Olympics Games scheduled for Nanjing, China in August. Though, Athletic Kenya (AK) President Isaiah Kiplagat, urged coaches and agents not to uncover young athletes to many races to avoid them burning out before they build careers. Kiplagat asserted, "Our athletes who won in Kampala are very young and this is their first ladder so I can comfortably say we have a team to depend on in future." He added, "I'm pleading to the coaches please don't destroy the athletes before they attain their potential to represent the country by taking them to many competitions since they have to be around for at least some time to survive in this sport.” host country recorded a very disappointing performance on the continental scene but gradually reigned supreme in the Zone 3 regional competition by winning four medals. The African championship took place from March 2 to March 7, 2014. It is the first competition to be organized by the boxing federation after the re-election of Bertrand Mendounga, in preparation for the upcoming African games in Botswana. has indicated his intention to win a medal in this year’s edition before he retires. The Glasgow Games are likely to be his last major international championships and he hopes training from Kenya’s ‘home of champions’ will boost his chances of quitting the sport on a high. In an interview with Times Sport recently, Disi said, “I hope to win a medal in Glasgow. And Iten is the place that can put me in a winning shape, both mentally and physically.” The former 10,000m national champion also said he plans to compete in different European marathon events between March and May before the Glasgow Games. New Times mONDAY | March 24, 2014
  • 12. ENCOUNTER WITH EDITOR12 As the High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa to India, how would you take the bilateral relationship between India–South Africa ahead and how in your opinion this co-operation can be further strengthen? Thank you for giving me this opportunity to enlighten you on the subject of South Africa’s foreign policy with respect to trade. We already have bilateral agreements with India. It is the matter of common knowledge that we are a member of BRICS which is an association of five major emerging national economies including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The Government of South Africa has set in motion a chain of incentives intended to attract new businesses. A number of South African companies have already made their presence in India. Investment from India to South Africa is accounted to be US$7 billion and the trade from South Africa to India is US$15 million. Participation of Indian companies in South Africa is on hike. Please bestow us an insight? In South Africa, we have big brands of Indian companies like Tata Group, Aegis Global, Agni Steel, UB Group, Genpact, Ashok Leyland, Cipla and many more. We are keen to see the presence of more and more Indian countries. South Africa and India have much to offer each other. As you are aware, South Africa has well- developed infrastructure in terms of roads, railways, buildings, sea. Because of our geographic strategic location, Indian companies can access markets in Latin America as well. Hence, the importance to accelerate the completion of the INDIA-SACU preferential trade agreement increases. SACU (Southern African Customs Union) where five Southern African countries participates in Customs Union, provides access to Indian Companies for trade and to discuss tourism to and from the region. Medical tourism in South Africa is on hike. We have quite exotic flora and fauna. It is a home of ‘Big Five’ which refers to five of Africa’s greatest wild animals - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. All in all, South Africa is a ‘World’ in one country. Excellency, as you have mentioned that South Africa is one of the most charming and fantastic countries in Africa, what are your measures to sell this tourism destination in India? South African Tourism Board has already established its office in Mumbai. We are planning to open our office in New Delhi as well. We have South African flights flying to Mumbai and we are eager to explore the possibilities of South African flights to Chennai, thus providing a huge room for expansion. In 5th BRICS Summit, all members agreed to invest $100 bn. How this bank will serve you as reserve pool? The $100 billion amount actually is for contingent reserve arrangement; its purpose is to protect BIRCS countries from hazardous effect of global recession. Although global recession has receded but the after effects of global recession is still with us. Renewable energy is becoming a favored pick of energy generation technology in South Africa. How well do you think it will catch the attention of investors? Without doubt, South Africa is elevating in the technology towards the green age. Today, we are classified amongst the top 10 countries in the world in terms of green age. We are on a stage where we should start talking to Indian companies while engaging different Chambers of Commerce and Industries to bring attention to what South Africa owns. Brief us about South Africa National Development Plan: Vision for 2030. South African National Development Plan is what we can call a revolution. It’s a revolution in South Africa’s approach towards its economic development. It provides a long-term perspective. The NDP aims to eradicate poverty and diminish inequality by 2030. According to the plan, South Africa can realize these goals by describing the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, raising the capacity of the state, and encouraging leadership throughout society. South Africa is a politically stable nation with plentiful natural resources, well capitalized banking system, developed regulatory systems as well as research and development capabilities. On the whole, the investment environment stays encouraging. In an exclusive interview with H.E. Mr. France Kosinyane Morule, High Commissioner of South Africa to India, the envoy told INDO AFRICA TIMES about his aspiration to see the attendance of more and more Indian companies in his country. Owner / Publisher / Editor: Mr. Kirit Sobti from 3rd Floor, Plot No. 3, Block PSP-IV, Service Centre Opp. Sector-11 (Extn.), Rohini, Delhi-85 Printed at LIPEE SCAN PVT. LTD. 89 DSIDC SHED Okhala Phase 1, New Delhi South Africa is a World in one Country H.E. Mr. France Kosinyane Morule High Commissioner, High Commission of the Republic of South Africa, New Delhi, India  MONDAY | March 24, 2014