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  1. 1. www.indoafricatimes.com Title Code: DELENG18579 • VOL. 1 • NO. 4 • Page 12 • Price `10 MONDAY | february 03, 2014 Growing hopes of finding oil in Seychelles My Bike has taken me to the Himalayas pg 12 pg 11 Attaining Energy, water and food Security for All ZAMBIA: A BECKONING INVESTMENT DESTINATION pg 04 AGRICULTURE: TALK OF THE TOWN pg 08 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 6-8 February, 2014 | Taj Palace, New Delhi, India transform THE shape of the African fashion industry pg 10 Continued to page 03
  2. 2. 02 Wassupafrica Walking on the The next Path of Success big outsourcing hub NIGERIA: Nigeria’s federal government has pledged to develop the country as the preferred outsourcing market hub, a destination in Africa and among leaders in service delivery and employment generation. The government’s objective is to be an outsourcing market hub in Africa providing over 100,000 jobs annually for its youths in over a period of three years. The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is geared up to work along the Nigerian Association of Information Technology Enabled Outsourcing Companies (NAITEOC) and other stakeholders in the IT sector to design a strategic plan for the implementation of the National Outsourcing policy that would bring about this worthy objective. NITDA’s acting Director General, Mr. Ashiru Daura, in the second National Outsourcing Conference, asserted, “One of the most significant achievements since the last conference was held in 2011, was the establishment of the Nigerian Association of Information Technology Enabled Outsourcing Companies (NAITEOC) as an umbrella body to coordinate and champion ITE outsourcing in the country.” He also added that India, China and U.S. are the key destinations of global Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Information Communication Technology (ICT), amounting for over 50 percent of the overall investment and that India’s share alone accounts to nearly $17.2 billion. NITDA foresees Nigeria to be at the top of the ladder in providing ICT solutions and outsourcing opportunities, keeping in mind AfDB supports Africa’s development with Pan-African University Project The booming continent, Africa has experienced a rising graph in terms of developments in different sectors that have taken place in the recent years. To further augment and boost these developments, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) have given their consent and approved equity of up to USD 25 million in the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund 2 (PAIDF 2). PAIDF2 is a Private Equity Fund that will majorly invest in projects which are specifically related to power, transport, water and sanitation, information and communication technologies (ICT) and healthcare infrastructure sectors throughout the continent. Worth to mention, in 2007 the bank approved an investment of USD50 million in the Pan-African Development Fund (PAIDF 1) having its prime focus only on the infrastructure projects. Harith General Partners (Harith) of South Africa was recognized as the fund manager of PAIDF 1. The investments made by PAIDF 1 awarded Africa with positive results like enhanced access to electricity, modern transport infrastructure, improved access to ICT services and created over 3,000 jobs across the continent. Commenting on it, Tshepo Mahloele, Chief Executive Officer of Harith General Partners expressed, “We are of the firm view that our continued partnership with AfDB will unlock even more game changing infrastructure projects as is evident with the likes of the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Kenya and the Henri Konan Bédié Toll Bridge in Abidjan.” Further adding to it, Samuel Ekue Mivedor, Manager of the Portfolio Division of the Bank’s Private Sector Department stated, “The Bank is building on the experience gained by Harith as a team over the past six years in order to invest strategically and pragmatically in power, transport, ICT, water and sanitation, as well as health infrastructure projects across the continent.” MONDAY | FeBruARY 03, 2014 the gigantic human resources and artistic skills and teeming youths. The effort has been taken observing that the present state of unemployment in the country according to National Bureau of Statistics is given at 23.9 percent of the total population. According to the statistics of the International trade Centre (ITC) reveals that by 2050, 80percent of the workforce worldwide will be working in services. The Chairman of NAITEOC, Mr. David Onu said that the lack of jobs in the country can be eliminated with rewarding employment in productive ventures, thus, making the country move forward. Not to mention, the current outsourcing industry of Nigeria employs around 10,000 Nigerians enabling effectiveness of government regulatory policies in place and contributory environment. A permanent livelihood for Siddi families’ Confirming to a report presented by the Union Ministry of Agriculture, it has brought into attention that one of the country’s biggest commercial sea cage farm initiated in April 2013 has approximately produced 2.5 tonnes of lobsters. The project partnered by both Siddi and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), was first commenced amongst the ancient African settlers, the Siddi community near Somnath in Gujarat. Around 20 Siddi families established a society with an endeavor to jointly work in the farm as partners. The revenue generated from 2.5 tonnes of lobsters rounded to about Rs. 26 lakh. In the forthcoming months, a second crop of lobsters in planned to be raised furnishing an equivalent amount of production and revenue. A senior ICAR official commented, “The programme has empowered Siddi families’ permanent livelihood from hunger to an income of about Rs. 15,000 month for 20 families in this phase.” Mozambique is a developing country. It has been rebuilding is economy since the end of a civil war in 1992. At the end of the last year Mozambican government has come up with Economic and Social Plan for 2014 introduced by Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina into the nation’s parliament among the assembly of the Republic. The plan is targeted for economic growth of eight percent i.e. a growth in ostensible GDP from the estimated final figure for this year of 15.365 billion US$ to marginally more than 17 billion US$. Keeping in observation the population projections from the 2007 census, this will increase GDP per capita from 631 to 680 dollars. This plan is also expected to intend for key macro-economic targets like to keep the average twelve monthly inflation rate during the year to no more than 5.6 percent, and to constitute net international reserves of 3.023 billion US$ enough to cover 3.7 months of imports of goods and services. The government also focuses on exports to rise to 4.774 billion dollars in 2014 i.e. a 21 percent increase on the projected figure of 3.788 billion dollars for this year. The government has also divided the projected growth in to various areas such as the design laid a target of 7.1 percent growth for agriculture. Increase in grain production is also estimated from 2.22 million tonnes to 2.29 million tonnes, a 3.4 percent rise. Cassava production is also expected to grow by 3.4 percent, from 5.81 to 6.01 million tonnes. And, pulses are focussed for 11.4 percent increase. Worth to mention, cotton production is designed to hike by 9.1 percent, from 100,000 to 110,000 tonnes. Hydrocarbon and mining production is expected to increase by eight percent and thermal coal production is expected to rise from 1.5 to 4.95 million tonnes, rise by 230 percent. Production of ilmenite is likely to hike by 16 percent from 905,000 to 1.05 million tonnes. And, cement production would be rising by 11.9 percent as five new factories are guessed to begin operating in 2014 at Maputo province.
  3. 3. Wassupafrica mONDAY | FeBruARY 03, 2014 03 i love ghana Get ready for the says mama 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit from page 01 forward, toward a greener and more sustainable future. DSDS 2014 will continue to feature Thematic Tracks, successfully introduced at DSDS 2013, rotating around precise issues in the areas of energy, water and food security. The jewel in the crown will be the Vice President of Seychelles, H.E. Mr. Danny Faure attending this mega event. Speakers from African countries at DSDS 2014 are: H.E. Mr. Belete Tafere, Minister of Environment and Forest, Ethiopia, Hon’ble Prof. Sospeter M Muhongo, Minister of Energy Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles on receiving the award on behalf of President Michel at DSDS 2013  over 50 countries and delegates from across continents. The Summit has progressed as an important congregation of leaders from the fields of polity, economy, academia and civil society to deliberate on issues related to sustainable development. It will be convoked under the tutelage of 'Attaining Energy, Water and Food Security for All' from 6-8 February, 2014 at Taj Palace, New Delhi, India. The 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit in its endeavor will catch out ways and Minerals, United Republic of Tanzania, Dr. Benard Muok, Acting Executive Director, African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Kenya, Dr. Fatima Denton, Co-ordinator - African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia, Dr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia, Mr. Achim Steiner, United Nations Under-Secretary-General & Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Kenya, Dr. Araya Asfaw, Executive Director, Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Centre & Network (HoA-REC&N), Ms. Roxanne O'Connell, Climate Resilience Partnership Programme – Project Manager, Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N), Ethiopia, Dr. Anthony Okon Nyong, Manager – Compliance and Safeguards Division, African Development Bank, Tunisia and H.E. Mr. Ali Yacoub Mahamoud, Minister of Energy & Water, Djibouti. Colonel James Alix Michel (born August 16, 1944) is a Seychellois politician who has been the President of Seychelles since April 16, 2004. Heretofore he served as Vice-President under his predecessor, France-Albert René, from 1996 to 2004. He began as a teacher, but became involved in the archipelago's booming tourism industry and joined René's political party before independence in 1976. After serving as the VicePresident for nearly eight years, starting in August 1996, Michel became President in April 2004, when René stepped down. At that point, Michel was René's longestserving cabinet minister. In the 13th edition of DSDS, TERI honored His Excellency Mr. James Alix Michel, President of the Republic of Seychelles, with the Sustainable Development Leadership Award 2013, in gratitude of his exceptional contributions en route for sustainable development in Seychelles and retaining the subjects of Small Island States on the global plan. TERI applauded President Michel for his fanciful and strong leadership in the execution of sustainable environmental, economic, and social programmes during challenging times, and recognizes the exemplary standards set by this charismatic personality for everyone else in the global community. The importance of the Blue Economy to humankind cannot be underestimated- said James President James at the first Blue Economy summit at the Abu Dhabi  First Blue Economy Summit in Abu Dhabi On opening the first Blue Economy summit at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec), United Arab Emirates, President of Republic of Seychelles said “We must not be afraid to set a new trajectory for development on our oceans and seas. We must not constrain our ambitions, even if experience tells us that change is difficult. It is in the face of such challenges that we must redouble our efforts.” The President was directing to 180 delegates from diverse parts of the world; and made strong observations that our oceans can unite us through friendship, through trade, through exchanges and as a shared space where we build our lives on a daily basis. He further added that Small Island Developing States (Sids) are usually the nations that are faced with least options with regard to economic sustainability. “The traditional notions of economic organization and models underscore our sense of isolation; they also bring to the fore our lack of opportunities. This is why this meeting on the Blue Economy is so crucial,” said the President. “The importance of the Blue Economy to humankind cannot be underestimated: over 70% of our planet is covered by ocean; 90% of the world’s trade in goods is conducted by sea. Oceans transcend states. They connect us all to each other. And we must harness these connections for development, not just enrichment. This is the crux of what it means to develop a Blue Economy: to create partnerships that allow us to harness our oceans for a paradigm shift in terms of action towards sustainable development,” said H.E. Mr. Michel.  Since 2001, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), has been annually devising the DSDS, a worldwide podium to ease the argumentation of awareness on all aspects of sustainable development. In the last 13th editions, it has appeared as one of the leading assemblies on subjects of global sustainability. This flagship event of TERI fetches together various Heads of State and Government, thought leaders, policy makers and academia to deliberate on numerous topics. To date, the Summit has entertained 36 Heads of State, Ministers from Dr. Uma Sen popularly recognized as ‘Mama’ has worked in Ghana for almost 45 years GHANA: Making India proud in Africa, an Indian lady doctor has explained the true meaning of devotion and has set a perfect example of true dedication for the people. Uma Sen popularly recognized as ‘Mama’ has worked in Ghana for almost 45 years spending half of her life rendering services as a specialist to Ghana’s people without a permanent residency permit. Presently, residing in a ward of the local hospital, she is being looked after by the staff of the Volta Regional Hospital at HO where she last worked. Observing her efforts, Joseph Teye Nuertey, regional director of the Ghana Health Service expressed, “This woman deserves to be properly honored by the country.” He also wrote to Ghana’s Health Minister to award her for her contributions made towards the country highlighting how she has trained enormous doctors in obstetrics and gynecology. Further, in a letter he articulated, “Dr. Uma Sen never married. She spent her life working in Ghana and has rendered meritorious service to the people of Ghana. It is our opinion that Dr. Uma Sen should be honored by the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service to serve as a motivation for foreign nationals working in the country. Dr. Uma Sen has no intention of going back to her country of birth and should therefore, be appropriately settled in the country, preferably in the Volta Region where she has many friends.” Ms. Uma Sen has immense love for Ghana. In an interview she said, “I love Ghana and cannot see myself living permanently in India; I would pay visits there but not go back. My love for Africa began when I was in college in India, and I remember entering an art of competition with a drawing of Africa, which won me an award.”
  4. 4. 04 CountryoftheWeek MONDAY | FeBruARY 03, 2014 ZAMBIA AT A GLANCE Official Name Republic of Zambia Head of State H.E. Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata Capital Lusaka Area 752,618 km2 Population 14,309,466 (est. 2012) Governement Presidential Republic with Representative democracy Time Zone (GMT) +2 hours Country Dialling Code +260 Currency Zambian kwacha (ZMW) ZAMBIA A BECKONING INVESTMENT DESTINATION Zambia’s economic performance in recent years has been positive with real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rising to 6 .8 percent in 2011 from 5.3 percent in 2005. This marked the sixth year in a row in which the economy grew above 5 percent. Zambia continued to recorded strong growth in 2011 mainly due to increased output in mining and quarrying, construction and agriculture. The Government put in place measures to diversify the economy from the traditional (copper and cobalt production) to non-traditional production and exports (products and exports other than copper and cobalt). The non-traditional products began to exhibit a positive and favorable performance in value terms in the country’s balance of payments. The export of these products more than trebled, their value increasing from U S$ 210 million in 2000 to U S$ 1,245 million in December 2011. ECONOMIC REVIEW OVERVIEW OF ZAMBIA’S INVESTMENT CLIMATE The country’s central location in the region, as well as a combination of the following key strengths makes it an ideal investment location: • Abundance of natural resources and manpower; • Political Stability since attaining independence in 1964; • Abolition of Controls on: prices, interest rates, foreign exchange rates, free repatriation of debt repayments; • 00 % repatriation of net 1 profits; • Guarantees and Security to investors with legislated rights to full and market value compensation; • Duty Free Access to Regional, wider African and the USA markets under SADC, COMESA/FTA and AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act) respectively; • Banking, Financial, Legal and Insurance services of international standard as well as a Stock Exchange; • Double Taxation Agreements with a number of European, North American, African and Asian countries; • Good place to work and live– subtropical climate and vegetation with plenty of water; • • Friendly people, mostly English speaking, with high literacy rate; Thriving Private Sector. SECTOR PROFILES Zambia is the world’s fourth largest producer of copper and holds six percent of the world’s known reserves thereof. Copper and cobalt, as the country’s traditional exports account for well over 70 percent of export earnings. These include gold and gemstones (e.g. emeralds, aquamarine, topaz, opal, agate and amethysts). 1. Mining The vast potential in the tourism sector in Zambia, with its natural beauty (including the Victoria Falls, which is one of the most renowned beautiful transcendental Seven Natural Wonders of the World) and the wealth of wildlife have yet to be fully exploited. 2) Tourism Although the agricultural sector employs more than half of the total labour force, only 15 percent of the arable land is under cultivation. Government encourages investment in commercial farming and has established farm blocks to facilitate investments in agriculture. 3) Agriculture The main manufacturing activities in Zambia are the Food, Beverages and Tobacco sub-sector. Support measures designed to aid manufacturing enterprises in non-traditional sectors are being implemented. 4) Manufacturing With its vast water resources and coal reserves, Zambia offers abundant investment opportunities for hydroelectric power generation, supply and distribution. 5) Energy Major surgery cases are usually referred to the Republic of South Africa. Investment opportunities for establishing specialized hospitals to treat such referral cases are, therefore, unexploited. 6) Health Major rail line links Zambia with Tanzania, is jointly owned by the Zambian and Tanzanian governments and is run by Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA). The Lusaka 7) Infrastructure and Livingstone International Airports are Zambia’s main airports. The smaller airports include Ndola, on the Copperbelt province and Mfuwe, in the Luangwa National Park. Currently three companies, the Zambia Electricity Supply 8) Telecommunications Major Exports Copper, Cobalt, Electricity, Tobacco, cotton yarn, loomstate fabric, acrylic yarn, toweling, chitenge Major Import Crude oil, fertilizer, consumer goods, machinery, transportation equipment, petroleum products, foodstuffs Corporation (ZESCO), the Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) and the Zambia Telecommunications Company (ZAMTEL) are licensed to operate optic fibre networks, and there are mobile telephone services namely Airtel Zambia, MTN and Cell-Z(a mobile segment of ZAMTEL). Climate Most of the country is classified as humid subtropical or tropical wet and dry, with small patches of semi-arid steppe climate in the south-west. Official Language English Natural Resources Copper, cobalt, coal, emeralds, gold, water, wildlife, forestry and hydropower Independence Day 24 October 1964
  5. 5. BusinessBuzz mONDAY | FeBruARY 03, 2014 05 India and China can go together into Promoting distance education Africa, says Prakash Hinduja A well-known International English language cable, satellite, digital television channel, CNN International recently announced to introduce a new programme spotlighting the African startups and entrepreneurs. The new programme titled as ‘Africa Start-up’ adding to ‘African Voices’, ‘CNN Marketplace Africa’ and ‘Inside Africa’ will be showcasing the events that are transforming the African continent and the people reflecting the African success story. Initially, the broadcasting of the new programme will be done weekly and then bi-monthly as a half hour special, highlighting numerous entrepreneurs in different African countries exploring their unique way of formulating business plans, raising capital and distributing products. On the launch, Deborah Rayner, Vice President (VP) and Managing Editor for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) at CNN International conveyed, “As the leading brand on the continent we are proud to continue finding new ways to tell the African story, in all its dimensions, to our international audiences. We look forward to this new strand reasoning both with African viewers and with viewers around the world. Africa is an important region for us as a global network, and ‘African Start-Up’ joins a strong stable of great programming.” Adding a golden string to it, a CNN website has also been launched with an endeavor to encourage more of user participation and will serve as a platform for beneficial ideas. in Africa Illustrious as the “the People’s University”, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) with its prime focus on open and distance education is discovering IGNOU to initiate educational collaborations and invited representatives of the African countries to have mutual meetings to further discuss about the matter. Amit Khare, Joint Secretary in the HRD Ministry advised that the programmes being offered under Prof M Aslam, IGNOU Vice Chancellor the PAN-African Project should be possibilities of collaboration in continued till the Centre takes African and Gulf countries in areas a decision on setting up of the of teaching-learning, research India Africa Virtual University. and training as conveyed by Prof Worth mentioning, the formation M Aslam, IGNOU Vice Chancellor of virtual university was planned after a conference of Ambassadors a couple of years ago with an and High Commissioners of African endeavor to craft an educational and Gulf countries. He stated link to enhance Indo-African that the conference motivated relations. Another Victory in Airtel’s crown  CNN: A new programme highlighting African entrepreneurs articulated that many investors globally are willing to bring investments amounting to billions of dollars into India, provided there is conducive environment for them. According to him, Africa presents a big opportunity for the Indian companies. Further, he stated, “Chinese companies are already making inroads there, but it can be easier for us because of long relationships between India and Africa. In fact, India and China can go together into Africa. There are huge opportunities in the entire African region. There are mines, minerals, oil, gas and a lot many things in that region, which India can explore with its huge skilled manpower pool. It will be a win-win situation.”  One of the largest diversified groups in the world having their presence in almost all the sectors viz. banking, finance, oil & gas, media, real estate, healthcare amongst others, Hinduja Group is now eyeing African market as a promising platform to expand its operations in assorted sectors including automotive, technology and energy. Commenting on it, Prakash Hinduja, the group’s Europe Chairman expressed, “Hinduja group is expanding in a major way. We are expanding into Africa and there have been many meetings with leaders from African countries, including Senegal, Nigeria and South Africa to explore business opportunities in those places.” In the five-day World Economic forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, Hinduja conveyed that the group is planning expansion in terms of augmenting exports of Ashok Leyland vehicles to various African countries in a big way. He added, “Other sectors where we are planning to expand there (in Africa) include our information technology business and Houghton, which we have acquired recently. Besides, if sanctions against Iran are lifted, we will also look into exploring business in Iran.” After several meetings held with business and government leaders, he Airtel in Africa Ranked amongst the best 4 mobile service providers worldwide in terms of subscribers and with remarkable presence in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, Airtel has recorded one more achievement in its diary by winning the title of “African Operator of the Year” at the Comms MEA Awards 2013. Eminent guests including telecoms CEO’s vendors, ministers and regulators showed up at the eighth edition of the event. The award mainly aspires to recognize exceptional excellence among the telecoms sector across the Middle East and Africa. With other competitors in the race like MTN Group, Vodacom and Nedjma, Airtel took over the position as the best African Operator based. The winners were selected from a large number of nominations MTN: A new aura of broadband market in the country A leading mobile operator with a vision to deliver a new digital world to its customers, MTN group has entered into partnership with Rocket Internet famous a world’s largest internet incubator with an aim to stretch its online and digital services in the Middle East. With an endeavor to promote e-commerce and digital services in Africa, MTN group partnered with Rocket Internet and Millicom International Cellular in an action that would see each company holding equal stakes in the Africa Internet Holding (AIH). After the move, Sifiso Dabengwa, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at MTN group stated, “The agreement with Rocket marks yet another important milestone in our journey of pursuing digital business adjacencies as one of our key strategic priorities, to drive growth and value for our customers.” The fruitful partnership endeavors to bring together Rocket Internet’s expertise and proficiency in creating successful internet business models and MTN’s awareness about the domestic telecom markets. Further adding to it, Oliver Samwer, co-founder of rocket internet expressed, “I am very confident that this strategic partnership is going to accelerate the online shift in the Middle East. With joint forces, MEIH will develop its already existing ventures and will launch new companies even faster and more successfully.” by an insightful jury comprising of Akshay Lamba, chief architect and head of IT strategy at MTS; Milan Sallaba, managing director at Accenture Middle East; Erik Almqvist, partner and global head of operational consulting amongst others. Commenting on the awesome achievement, Mr. Manoj Kohli, MD and CEO (International) at Bharti Airtel conveyed, “We are humbled by this recognition and the trust that the international industry panel, consumers and other stakeholders have placed on Airtel since our entry into Africa in 2010. During the past three years, we have managed to serve more communities within the countries that we operate in and hopefully change their lives through not only the voice but also the data and mobile commerce services that we provide. The latter are increasingly becoming essential in Africa." Marked as the largest 3G and Mobile Commerce country footprint in sub Saharan Africa, Airtel Africa offers 3G services in nearly 14 African countries and Airtel Money services in 17 countries across the booming continent. Observing its escalating operations in the continent, Airtel Africa is believed to become Africa’s largest financial services provider in the near future. A survey by African Business magazine pointed out that though Airtel is a 3 year old bird in the Continent but is still positioned amongst Africa’s top ten most admired global brands. To book your Advertisement please email to ads@indoafricatimes.com or call at +91 8130796166
  6. 6. 06 FRANKLY SPEAKING Plug into the circuit of technology and get the battery fully charged The Power of telephony in Africa By kirit sobti, editor, iat editor@indoafricatimes.com According to IBM assessments, by 2015, total African mobile money transfers are predictable to surpass US$200 billion, which is estimated to account for around 18% of the continent’s GDP It is always advised to fully charge the phone for a long lasting battery, likewise it indispensable for an economy to acquire advanced technologies to lift its performance to a next level. Africa is switching for the better. In the past decade, Africa’s growth rates have silently been coming on those of Asia. There is no doubt to accept that technology is the touchstone of growth and expansion. Now, as mobile technology disseminates across Africa, groundbreaking techniques of using technology are renovating virtually every sector of life. In my opinion, it is now recognized that, Africa is a continent encompassed of diverse countries, each of which is emerging at a different rate. I have observed the marvelous gains telecommunication has carried to Africa, exclusively through wireless expertise, which has translated the businesses into mobile and global enterprises. In 1995 there were a projected 600,000 mobile phone subscriptions in Africa. A decade later this number rose to 87 million and in 2012 it was estimated that there were 735 million mobile subscriptions on the continent. This makes Africa currently the fastest growing and second-largest market for mobile phones in the world. It is interesting to note that only 10% of Africans have access to the internet, the lowermost percentage in the world. Yet, 50% of Africans have mobile phones and their insight is increasing swiftly. This signifies that mobile technology is the biggest podium in Africa, and can approach a wide range of income groups. According to a partnership study done by mobile phone firm Ericsson and Columbia University’s The Earth Institute, raising mobile phone penetration by just 10 percent augmented Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by around 1.2 percent in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania. As mobile penetration endures to nurture in these and other African nations, the leading upsurges in connectivity and the accessibility of data will deliver formerly extraordinary occasions for development and invention all over the technology sector and the continent’s key economy. I must spotlight the motive why mobile penetration is bringing about foremost modifications for Africa is for the changes it does not necessitate the identical level of infrastructure as previous forms of technology. By eradicating the requisite for luxurious infrastructure investments, mobile technology is opening up the continent in ways never thought to be antecedently thinkable. It is by this time becoming an indispensable instrument for small businessmen all around the continent. For example, mobile banking is catering MONDAY | FeBruARY 03, 2014 The new banking language of South Africa critical amenities to businesses positioned in areas deprived of the infrastructure for brickand-mortar banks. According to IBM assessments, by 2015, total African mobile money transfers are predictable to surpass US$200 billion, which is estimated to account for around 18% of the continent’s GDP. And this number does not comprise the fringe assistances to efficiency that mobile banking earns, such as eliminated time wasted through extreme travel and queuing. Google, for its part, strategies to sell 200 million of its Android phones in Africa and it is likely that by 2016 there will be a billion mobile phones on the continent. Not only this, by linking remote areas, mobile phones permit farmers to retain a record of price variations in crops and fundamentals, allowing them to get the finest transaction when buying or selling. It also permits them to access more buyers and sellers, stopping a local monopoly from developing. As estimated by World Bank, the African economy has been growing at a rate of about 5 per cent a year for the past decade and, it is foretold to cultivate more swiftly than that of any other continent over the next five years. The thriving and prosperous information and communications technology sector, and predominantly the speedy progress of mobile communications, is accredited with having driven much of this extraordinary economic enlargement. There is qualm that mobile phones have transformed the African continent in diverse fields like Banking, Activism, Education, Entertainment, Disaster Management, Agriculture and Health. Confirming to “The Mobility 2014” research study conducted by Arthur Goldstuck’s World Wide Worx well supported by First national Bank, it reflected the enhanced consumer interest in mobile banking especially when facilitated by cellular technology. It is according to Dashboard Marketing Intelligence joint managing partner, Peter Searll, who is mainly responsible for the fieldwork that presents the data for analysis. The study spotlighted significant shifts in the banking environment. For instance, majority of South Africans access their bank accounts through ATMs. Expressing her views on the same, she stated, "When it comes to banking, mobile has become mainstream and is still the major growth space. As the slides below show, the channel utilised depends on the transaction type and that consumers are still more prepared to use cellphone banking for information purposes than actually transact. Airtime - with 58% of users claiming to have bought it - is the main purchase while only 10% of users claim to have made a once-off payment to a store and only 6% have bought something delivered to them later.” Further, she added, “But, while it will perhaps take a while for cellphone bankers to feel comfortable and make more payments and purchases, I think it very positive that nearly a third has sent money to someone. This becomes even more important when read in conjunction with the fact that 37% of non-cell phone bankers claim they would use cellphone banking in 2014. If they do, that will represent a growth rate of 33% and could have major impact on the banking industry - and retailers linking with the industry in years to come.” Also, the ration of respondents who claimed to have used mobile money facilities offered by the financial institutions in the last 3 months summed only 9% of the interviewees whereas respondents who claimed to have used mobile money facilities supplied through retailers in the past 3 months equaled 21%. The key difference between the two groups is that 73% of those transacting through the financial institutions (mobile money) are also cellphone bankers compared to 30% for those transacting through the retail outlets. Moreover, she and usage patterns. Astute businessmen will read these and see opportunities a said, “"I can see why the Mobility 2014 report would fascinate businessmen from all consumer sectors, not only bankers. Investigating consumers' relationship with their mobile devices, it reveals shifts in consumption plenty." Mobile phones are having a profound impact on so many levels of society in Africa – communication, banking, entertainment. In terms of access, it is like no other ICT before. Obviously radio and television are huge, and play a massive role, but they are broadcast media, whereas mobile technology is an interactive medium. MTN's investment and innovations in building a consistent pan-African brand experience across 16 countries on the continent is an exemplary standard for building not just African brands, but a global brand in Africa that delivers beyond just the service but plays a catalytic role in Africa's growth. Mr. Steve Vosloo Mr. Thebe Ikalafeng Senior Project Officer, UNESCO Mobile Learning Division Brand Finance Africa Chairman and Brand Africa Founder
  7. 7. mONDAY | FeBruARY 03, 2014 TRAVEL&tourism 07 FACT FILE B est Time to Visit: January, February and September Things to Do: Climbing, Wildlife watching and Hiking Nearest Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport N earest Railway Station: Giza metro station, Cairo Metro Eternal, Enchanting, Endless….. Tanzania for you!! Here’s A home to the famous Roof of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, ample of diverse landscapes, enriching cultures, swarming species of wildlife and historical sites outlines Tanzania. It is the finest place to discover the largest and deepest lakes in the world. Sandy, clear and natural beaches can be best found in Tanzania. Tanzania is positioned to the south of the equator, on the coast of the Indian Ocean sharing border with Kenya and Uganda. This country demonstrates a breathtaking landscape comprising of three physiographic regions namely the islands and the coastal plains to the east, the interior saucer-shaped plateau and the highlands. The Great Rift Valley is another attraction that adds charm to the scenic view of the country as it runs from north east of Africa through central Tanzania. Dar es Salaam is the capital of Tanzania and is prominent for the major sea port for Tanzania Mainland. It is crowned as East Africa’s largest country. It has a treasure of national parks, game reserves and conservation areas where infinite animals, birds and insects can be observed. One can relax and feel the peace on the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia. Snorkel or Scuba dive on the dazzling reefs of marine parks and reserves where countless color fishes, turtles and sharks are seen. Tanzania has a great history of tribal, colonial and Arabic habitation. Olduvai Gorge, located within Serengeti National Park awards a tourist with the study about mankind’s first step on the ladder of human evolution. The journey to Zanzibar is incomplete without a visit to House of Wonders. Tanzania not only exceeds in excellent history but is a country of full of life towns and cities where there are plenty of activities to enjoy. Arusha, designated as the safari capital of Tanzania where tourists mingle, before departing for their journey Tourist at Mount Kilimanjaro to the mountains. Dar es Salaam has a huge natural harbor and has many eye-catching points that depict its colorful past. The administrative city, Dadoma is located in the centre of Tanzania. The Shinning Mountain: Mount Kilimanjaro Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest and the most attractive tourist place in Tanzania. It is an astonishing and elegant peak in Africa and one of the leading single freestanding mountains in the world. The name Mount Kilimanjaro originated from Swahili words Kilima Njaro which means “Shinning Mountain” as displayed on its famous ice cap at the top. Due to its hypnotizing beauty and geological setup, the mountain is in limelight. Stationed 5000 metres above an open rolling plain, Mount Kilimanjaro is the topmost free-standing mountain. It is made of 3 autonomous peaks namely Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira shrouding a total area of 4000 kms. Kibo showcases mesmerizing snow-capped glaciers wrapping the entire peak and is the highest amongst the three and have a strange pull that attracts many tourists. Kilimanjaro has a treasure of flora and fauna with almost 3000 plant species and 140 mammal species. It also has a wealthy diversity of ecosystems, chiefly vegetation types that to a large extent depends upon the rainfall and has a typical equatorial day-time climate due to its location near the equator. Mt. Kilimanjaro is considered as an imperative river basin for both Tanzania and Kenya. The southern and the south-eastern forest slopes figures the major upper catchments of Pangani River renowned as one of Tanzania’s largest rivers, which drains into the Indian Ocean near Tanga. If you have ever thought about making the climb, this is the time to do it. One can enjoy Kilimanjaro walking through seven official trekking routes by which people ascend and descend Mt. Kilimanjaro- Lemosho, Machame, Marangu, Mweka, Rongai, Shira and Umbwe. Amongst the others, Machame is considered as the most picturesque and hilly route. The whole trek can be completed in six or seven days. The Rongai is the easiest and least charming of all the camping routes. The Marangu is also trouble-free but remains very busy as the ascent and descent routes are the same. Exploring Kilimanjaro Trek 1) ll kinds of ecological systems are found A on the mountain varying from cultivated land to rain forests and moorland to alpine desert. 2) triking snow caps of the mountain are S declining day by day and have almost lost more than 80% of their mass since 1912. It is forecasted that it may be completely ice free within next 20 years according to scientists. 3) he oldest person to surmount Mt. T Kilimanjaro was 87 year old Frenchman Valter Daniel. Interesting Facts: 
  8. 8. 08 TALKINGTECHNOLOGY AGRICULTURE: TALK OF THE TOWN ASIA-AFRICA AGRIBUSINESS FORUM (AAAF) February 4-6, 2014 at Hotel Kempinski Ambience, New Delhi Today, African Agriculture is a Hot Topic. It is and will stay as a fundamental development driver for the African continent which would assist both the continent's economic system and its populace. A recent report from the African Development Bank Group has observed that progresses in agriculture would have a straight and optimistic impression on poverty. The development impact of agricultural productivity growth for the African region is hard to over-emphasize, the authors penned. Africa has the potency to become a food exporter through a mixture of state-of-the-art technology, enhanced infrastructure and superior technical teaching. Asia and Africa are poised to be the future food baskets of the world. There is increased global attention on these continents as they not only offer immense business opportunities in the agrifood sector but also because they will be critical for the long term food security of the world. For the Asian and African countries themselves, this sector has assumed great significance as it is critical for livelihood generation, accelerating economic growth, and reducing poverty. As South-South cooperation gathers momentum, agriculture will be at the heart of this cooperation. Realizing the importance of the AgriBusiness and food processing sector, AAAF is an endeavor to bring together the Government, entrepreneurs and institutions from across Asia and Africa for exchange of knowledge, technology, best practices and most importantly building long term partnerships for mutual growth. This innovative programme is being organized by Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) in partnership with the Government of India from February 4-6, 2014 at Hotel Kempinski Ambience, New Delhi. Leading international organizations like African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank and EXIM Bank will bring in the global perspective to the forum. India-Africa AgriBusiness Forum will witness participation of Agriculture Ministers from Asia Africa, senior industry leaders from the two continents, policy makers, regional economic blocs, major funding agencies and agribusiness and food processing institutions to promote greater international cooperation in this sector This Initiative of FICCI would assist in: • Expanding Trade; • Improving agricultural efficiency; • Finding new markets; • Investing in infrastructure for agricultural growth; • Rural growth and development; • Building institutional tie ups; • Enhancing partnerships between Africa and Asia. Forum Highlights: • Three day international conference • Two day exhibition • Prescheduled B2B meetings Who should attend? • CEO • Importers/ Exporters/ Consultants • Heads- Business Development • Agric Commodity Boards • Policy Makers, Researchers and • Scientists • Funding Institutions Investors • Senior Government Dignitaries • Agriculture Trade Regulatory Agencies • Multilateral Organizations Key Takeaways: • Forging new business partnerships • Networking with agriculture ministers • Procurement agencies and key policy makers • Opportunity to interact with multilateral organizations • Explore project financing and funding options MONDAY | FeBruARY 03, 2014 • Sharing of new best practices and new technologies Established in 1927, FICCI is one of the largest and oldest apex business organizations in India. FICCI’s history is closely interwoven with India’s struggle for independence, industrialization and emergence as one of the most rapidly growing global economies. FICCI has contributed to this historical process by encouraging debate, articulating the private sector’s views and influencing policy. A not-for-profit organization, FICCI is the voice of India’s business and industry. FICCI draws its membership from the corporate sector, both private and public, including MNCs; FICCI enjoys an indirect membership of over 2, 50,000 companies from various regional chambers of commerce. FICCI provides a platform for sector specific consensus building and networking and is the first port of call for Indian industry and the international business community. FICCI ’s vision is to be the thought leader for industry, its voice for policy change and its guardian for effective implementation and to enhance the efficiency and global competitiveness of the Indian industry and to expand business opportunities both in domestic and foreign markets through a range of specialized services and global linkages. About FICCI
  9. 9. TRYSOMETHINGNEW mONDAY | FeBruARY 03, 2014 Sometimes the greatest contribution you can make is to give regard. Indian Cuisine Cucumber Dosa Is a nutritious dosa made up of cucumber which helps to reduce acidity. Prepration Method 1. Separate the soaked rice from water and add green chilies, cucumber, salt, turmeric powder and coconut to it. Blend the mixture into a semithick batter using a blender. 2. Heat up the pan and put some oil in it. 3. Now spread the batter on the pan in circle. 4. Dust some oil on top and cook Tools Required • Spatula • Medium-sized bowl Ingredients • Rice (immerse in water for 4 hrs.): 1 cup • Cucumber (peeled and chopped into big slices): 1 • Frying pan • Blender • Coconut: 1 cup • Turmeric powder: ½ tsp. • Green chilies: 4 • Salt to taste • Oil for roasting it properly from both sides till the colour changes to light brown. 5. Cucumber Dosa is prepared and ready to serve. Serving Suggestions The delicious cucumber dosa can be served with any chutney/sauce/dahi or any side dish. picture of the week Flag Name The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Mauritius, Mr. Cader Sayed Hossen meeting the Union Minister for Petroleum Natural Gas, Dr. M. Veerappa Moily, in New Delhi on January 30, 2014. Capital Currency N'Djamena CFA franc French Arabic Comoros Moroni Comorian franc Comorian Arabic French Brazzaville CFA franc Official language Chad CFA franc (Congo-Brazzaville) Handy French Nothing special Rien special I’m looking for John. Je cherche John. French Sango French African Embassies and High Commissions in india Name of Embassy: Embassy of Cote d Ivoire Ambassador: H.E. Mr. Sainy Tiemele Address: 63, Poorvi Marg, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi-110057 Telephone: +91-11-46043000 Fax: +91-11-46043031/32 Name of Embassy: Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo Ambassador: H.E. Mr. Francois Balumuene Address: B-3/61, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi-110029 Telephone: +91-11-41660976, 26183354 Fax: +91-11-41663152 Name of Embassy: Embassy of Republic of Djibouti Ambassador: H.E. Mr. Youssouf Omar Doualeh Address: E-12/6, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi 110057 Telephone: 011-46721111 What’s new? Quoi de neuf? Can you help me? Pouvez vous m’aider? The objective of this mission is to explain the opportunities available at Mauritius. Mauritius Board of Investment, Mauritius (BoI) has realized the immense potential in looking separately at South India and is keen on facilitating two way investment flow not only between South India and Mauritius but also use Mauritius as a safe conduit in dealing with Africa. Date: Feb 04, 2014 Country: India Venue: Hotel ITC Grand Chola, Rajendra Hall, Guindy, Opp. to SPIC, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India IAAPI AMUSEMENT EXPO IAAPI Amusement Expo 2014 will be held at Bombay Exhibition Centre for three consecutive days. This B2B event will attract industry stalwarts and key market players from amusement industry to showcase their innovative products and services. Date: 05 - 07 February 2014 Country: India Venue: Bombay Convention Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Mumbai, India International Industrial Expo-Chandigarh Industrial Expo will provide numerous opportunities for you to interact with an anticipated 15000 plus visitors per day from different segments of the industry. To help guide attendees to booth quickly we have organized exhibits in pavilions that are geared towards specific Industries, Technologies and Solutions. India Salt Conclave 2014 Bangui See you later! A plus tard! Session with Mauritius Delegation B2B Meetings Venue: Parade Ground, Chandigarh, India Central African Republic Congo upcoming Date: 07 - 09 February 2014 Country: India  Green tea, red wine and olives may also help protect you against breast cancer. It’s thought that the antioxidants help protect you from environmental carcinogens such as passive tobacco smoke. 09 African Grey Parrots have vocabularies of over 200 words. Name of Embassy: Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt Ambassador: H.E. Mr. Khaled Ali El Bakly Address: 1/50-M, Niti Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-110021 Telephone: 26114096, 26114097, 26117200, 26873818, 26887126 Fax: +91-11-26885922 India Salt Conclave 2014 will be organized jointly by CII, Indian Salt Manufacturers Association (ISMA) and Salt Commissionerate, Government of India with the support of Ministry for Commerce and Industry, Government of India. The main objective would be to revive the salt industry in the country by up gradation and modernization through mechanization and to update the participants on the latest developments. The event will have participants from salt manufacturers, exporters, traders, equipment manufacturers, packagers etc. across the country. Date: Feb 08, 2014 Country: India Venue: Hotel Hyatt Regency, India National Agriculture fair cum exhibition Krishi Vasant 2014 Government of India in collaboration with Government of Maharashtra with cooperation of State Governments and ICAR is organizing “National Agriculture Fair cum ExhibitionKrishi Vasant”. Exhibition with theme pavilions under different segments along with seminars, workshops, kisan goshthies, Live Crop Demonstration and cultural events will be organized during the five days event. More than one lakh farmers from various states, national/ international delegations, business representatives are expected to visit the event. Date: 9 - 13 February 2014 Country: India Venue: Central Institute of Cotton Research, National Highway No 7, Nagpur Wardha Road, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
  10. 10. 10 THEFASHIONISTAS MONDAY | FeBruARY 03, 2014 Being a lover of bargaining… Sarojini Nagar is also a favourite spot of mine Q1: Which is your favorite fashion destination? Definitely South Africa…..South Africans have an amazing sense of fashion perfectly blending modernity with the fashions of days gone by. Q2. From where do you like to shop in Delhi? I mostly stick to Marks and Spencer in Ambiance Mall…as they have clothes that fit me well. But being a lover of bargaining… Sarojini Najar is also a favourite spot of mine….you can really find nice unique pieces there. Plus the experience of shopping there is beautiful. Q3. Your style statement? Classic hairstyles (especially Spanish hair buns) and antique earrings. Q4. What would be that one special thing that would catch your attention? Unique earrings pieces Q5. Cosmetics or chic dresses: what gives you more satisfaction? Chic dresses. Q6. Which is your favorite brand? Apart from Marks and Spencer, I love Fashion express from South Africa and Peacock from UK. Q7. Name 5 things that you always carry in your handbag? My mini bible, lip balm, tissue, hand sanitizer and mint. Q8. Having a body tattoo is very common these days. Is it also a fashion for you? Yes!!!! I have tattoos!! Most people are shocked when they find out I have such body arts. But mine are personal and easily covered by clothing. Q9. Rank according to your preference: 1) jewelry 2) dress 3) hairstyle 4) make up. 1) Dress 2) Hairstyle 3) Jewelry 4) Make up Q10. A fashion tip for others? You create your own unique fashion. By blending a variety of pieces you can really make a beautiful fashion statement. We are all unique in our own way so let us also be unique in our fashion choices Q11. Last accessory you bought? My Vera Wang glasses Q12. What color you always prefer to wear? Tough one…love blue, green and purple Q13. Heels, platform or flattie? Depends on the occasion…everyday wear flatties….to add glamour heels… Q14. If you buy one thing tomorrow, what should it be? A new phone!!! Been using the one I have for 5 years…seriously need an upgrade…plus a button is missing. Q15. One word to describe Seychelles? Sublime (Photo Credit: Serena Gataora) I want to transform the status and shape of the African fashion industry One of the bags designed by Pamela Samasuwo-Nyawiri Bringing a new aura in the fashion industry with her creative thinking, Pamela Samasuwo- Nyawiri, a UK based Zimbabwean fashion accessory designer has marked her place in the nominee list of the esteemed Vogue and Muuse Talents Young Vision Accessories Award for 'The Best Emerging International Fashion Accessories Designer'. Identifying the most prominent emerging designers in the fashion industry, the award aspires to celebrate the development of fashion globally. Making Africa proud, she is the first African to make her way through the nomination process leaving behind 10,000 talented accessory designers to be among the remaining 180 for the 2014 award. Commenting on the nomination, she expressed her humbleness for the extensive support received adding that her main goal was to transform the status and shape of the African fashion industry. She further stated, “People often question why I don't use African print in my designs. I think Africa can be represented in so many beautiful ways, using different materials. Africa is not about the print, it is how you story tell as a designer.” Going through various phases, 50 finalists will be selected in the first phase of the contest through public voting. The 50 designers with the most votes will be presented to Vogue Senior Fashion Editor and Vogue Talents Editors will ultimately select the winner. The deadline for voting is February 17th 2014 at 12 noon GMT. Further, 10 finalists will enter the final round of voting to find the people's choice winner, and this takes place on Vogue from February 26th to March 5th 2014.  Patsy, a tall, stylish, soft-spoken yet daring young lady is an exceptional amalgamation cherishing hidden splendour of talent, grace and panache and the confidence of being herself. She is a career diplomat, and completed her undergrad in political science and History, in South Africa with a one year exchange at Bard College in New York. She completed her first post graduate studies at the University of Oxford as a Chevening Scholar. She is currently undertaking another post grad, a Masters in Global Diplomacy with University of London via long distance. Patsy Mandy Moustache, Second Secretary, Seychelles High Commission, New Delhi, India The Magic of HAts and Caps The temperature in the city is dipping; beat it in fashionable style with hats and caps making a U-turn this season to leave you spellbound. This winter season don’t just go with the crowd, stand out. Try something new!! Let’s have a look on the trending hats and caps of the season: backwards for a nine to nine look i.e. morning till evening. Newsboy Hat: The newsboy hat can be flaunted at casual as well as dressy events. TIP: Do throw on a newsboy cap to balance out a chunky loose sweater. Fedora: Generally, a men’s hat, fedora is the talk of the town this season adding to style and keeping your head warn with perfect fit. And, the best thing, you can’t go wrong in black fedora with minimal accessories. No attire is ample without one. This season try a fedora in an on-trend shade like a deep red or midnight blue. TIP: Don’t wear a fedora that doesn't fit you. Beret Hat: The beret is also a classic yet tranquil option for hat lovers. Try darker toned hats with a flavour of lively colours. The hat protects from the sun also. TIP: Choose beret you can wear Beanie: A bold, boyish, bright beanie is a cool way to break up the monochromatic shade of your dress like Dree Hemingway. TIP: Wear a loose-at-the-top beanie with tight skinny denims. 
  11. 11. SPORTS2WATCH mONDAY | FeBruARY 03, 2014 11 My Bike has taken me to the Himalayas What are your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called? My name is Elaine, I am a Namibian National - some call me El, Scarlett, Helena but, I prefer being called Elaine Who is your all-time favourite championship team or player in any sport? My all-time favourite championship team is The Stormers, Western Province, South Africa. The full back Joe Pieterson is my favourite rugby player. Which player’s poster did you have on your wall as a child? Dwayne Johnson – Wrestler- The Rock delivered by a Stork (big bird) or airplane What is your favourite sports memory of all times? The very first F1 India Grand Prix held on the Buddha Track What is one word to describe a BIKE? Awesome – Life to Ride What is the one sports venue you want to visit before you die? Malaysia Motocycle Grand PrixWorld Championship – Sepang Circuit What sort of music do you listen to? I like to listen to various kind of music from Gospel, to Classic, Rock, Metal, Hip hop, Bollywood What do you think about more than anything else? That I am so fortunate and grateful for the love and support of my family and friends and the grace of God who carries me always safe where ever I go. What was the strangest thing you believed in as a child? The strangest thing I believed in as a child was that babies was If you would eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be? The lack of mechanical expertise on the RE but, I will work on it this year. SOUTH AFRICA: Ten Sports and Ten Cricket broadcaster, Taj Television Limited (TTL), a Dubai based company has attained the élite television rights across Asia and the Middle East for cricket South Africa matches until 2020. Now, with this recent procurement Taj Television possesses the regional broadcast rights for matches organized by five international cricket boards: South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. In a statement, Atul Pande, CEO, TTL stated, “We’re extremely pleased to have won the commercial rights of Cricket South Africa. This is a testament to our commitment to the game of Cricket and fans as we cement our relationship with Cricket South Africa.” He further added, “Through our television channels Ten Cricket and Ten Sports, our website www.tencricket.com and various wireless platform initiatives, we are confident of taking the rights of Cricket South Africa to new heights by working along the various partners and are committed to set new benchmarks in broadcasting and distribution.” Ten Sports and Ten Cricket to air Cricket South Africa Where is the most exotic place your bike has taken you? Himalayas - Lahdakh – World highest Motorable road, Pangong lake – Most amazing water colours, glaciers, nature’s most amazing scenery (17 days- 5000km) Rajastan - Rann Off Klutch – white sand (salt), dunes, camels (7 days3400km) Delhi – Chennai – Mountain rides (14 days- 4500km) What do you like to do in your free time away from biking? Going to the gym to work out and associate with friends, reading, watching movies, playing guitar, listen to music, going to Church. Best thing about Namibia. The bountiful sunshine, clear skies, friendly people, family and friends, abundance of wildlife and a rich diversity of geological phenomena, a solid modern infrastructure and diverse traditional cultures a land of peace, stability and good governance. Best thing about India. Incredible India, booming economy, rich and diverse cultures, friendly people and wonderful supportive friends.  Life is a TRIP full of surprises. Biking is a groovy fashion to stay energetic for your entire life. From early on in childhood to late in adulthood, many individuals adore the activity of biking. A Speedy Singh, a Namibian National, Elaine Frege told IAT about her experience of bike riding in India. She is a member of the India Bull Riders of Delhi for the past two years as well. Elaine Frege, Namibian National Netball crazy, Katrina to boost sports in Africa Katrina Davey, a 17 year old netball lover has inclined her talents in the development of sports in the continent by raising USD 4,101 (3,000 euros) to account for break of a year. A Solihull (a town in England) sixth form netball player is all set to fly to Malawi in September, this year to be a volunteer teaching assistant and sports coach in a village at the southern end of Lake Malawi. Davey has attained England netball coaching and umpiring awards while playing in National Premier Division Three with Leamington Ladies. Leamington Ladies is based at Leamington RFC’s Moorfields ground. Asking about her plans, she said, “Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and yet boasts the world’s fifth best netball team.” She added, “I was impressed to see them in action at an international tournament at the NEC. I’m looking forward to helping develop sport in a developing nation and hope the experience will be a great foundation for university and my future career.” Katrina Davey in the recent past has jagged up more than 750 hours as an umpire and volunteered as a coach for local junior netball clubs. The enterprising St. Martin’s School student has already raised USD 410.34 (300 euros) in the first month of her appeal to support her placement in southeast Africa. She started her fund-raising website last month and is also busy preparing for her A-level examination and initially, looks forward to complete a degree in sports management following her African adventure. broadcasters and their viewers.” In a statement, Thomas Bach the president of IOC quoted, “This agreement reflects the global appeal of the Olympic Games, and our aim is to reach audiences in all regions across the globe with the best broadcast offering. We want to not only generate viewership for sports where African athletes already perform successfully, but also boost appeal for Olympic sports gaining popularity on the continent.” The executive director of summer sports for Infront Sports Media, Stephan Herth stated, “We would like to thank the IOC for trusting in our broadcast distribution experience and ability to extend the spirit and scope of Olympic programming to an even broader audience. Our ambition is to encourage the growth of sport in Africa with a dedicated broadcast product and continue to advocate the Olympics as a worldwide event. We are looking forward to delivering the Winter Olympics to television screens in so many countries in Africa for the first time in 2014.” The spirit of Olympic broadcasting in Africa Infront Sports Media has been licensed with broadcast rights by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in sub- Saharan Africa for the year 2014. The event Olympic Winter Games in Russia this year, the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in China along with the 2016 Games of the Olympiad in Brazil will be broadcasted by Infront Sports Media. The company also eyed exclusive broadcast rights for free-toair television as well as non-exclusive Internet and mobile broadcast rights. The agreement of licensing involves more than 40 territories in the region, including Botswana, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Uganda. Richard Carrion, a member of IOC, asserted, “Infront has acquired the rights and will now work to sublicense those rights to broadcasters in the region to ensure excellent coverage of the Olympic Games for sports fans. The partnership with Infront allows us to take advantage of its network across the continent, supported further by a tailor-made editorial plan for African
  12. 12. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is committed to promote the sustained growth and balanced development of the region and of the member states. In a candid interview to Kanchi Batra, Sub-Editor, IAT the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Seychelles H.E. Mr. Jean Paul Adam talked about the vision of the country to enhance and boost the bilateral relations with India. The Minister mouthed on the domains where India’s contribution would be rewarding. MONDAY | FeBruARY 03, 2014 H.E. Mr. Jean Paul Adam Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Seychelles  12 ENCOUNTER WITH EDITOR Growing hopes of finding oil in Seychelles Talking about the booming relations between Seychelles and India, what are the specific efforts of your Ministry to further enhance the friendship ties between both the countries? The relations between Seychelles and India are very cordial and excellent as there is natural affinity after sharing the same ocean. In recent years, we have developed very strong partnership based on shared security. We share the same vision of peace and prosperity that involves working together to improve the bio-diversity prospects by fighting against piracy and also by preventing illegal fishing. I think the great opportunity that India offers to us is the democratization of the technology. So, there is a lot going on in the business community which I think will be of great interest for Indian investors. How developed is the private sector of Seychelles? In Seychelles, we have a sizeable community of Indian origin people. We import a lot of our agricultural produce from India and we also export certain things to India like metal, fish and so on. There is a very strong culture of trade between the two countries. We believe a lot more is possible, particularly if we could enhance the maritime trade links because smaller countries like Seychelles are disproportionately affected by the fact that big maritime trading companies do not necessarily focus on them. I think if the possibility of a direct cargo ship coming to Seychelles could open, it would be beneficial. What about the issue of piracy in Seychelles? Through the strong partnership that we have with India and also with other partners such as European Union, we have been able to make a sizeable dent in the effects of piracy. There has been a very strong turn because with the assistance from India, we have stood up very strongly to say that if you are a pirate you will be either arrested or there would be military action taken against you. The number of piracy attacks has been diminished dramatically and this is why I think through the partnership that we have developed is going forward which looks at having maritime highways that are safe. We would also be setting up a Coastal Surveillance Radar System with the Automatic Identification System. This would help track unidentified vessels in the seas and help curb piracy. As we are aware that Seychelles has formed an image of unique destination for tourism. What all are the efforts from your Government in order to attract tourists from India? The traditional tourism in Seychelles has been Europe focused because of our colonial past. But, now the trend definitely is looking at India. A lot of people in India know about Seychelles in a general way but, they are not aware of the amenities offered by Seychelles. We are working very hard to develop this as a partnership. In which all particular sectors investment will be particularly fruitful for the Indian investors to invest in? Seychelles is a very small country but we take it is an opportunity rather than a difficulty. It’s true that some companies, they look at the size of the market and neglect it but on the other hand it has a very advanced market in terms of services. We are a part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) which has a potential market of half a billion people in that region. Talking about the health sector, what is the level of medical services available in the Seychelles? We are amongst the best in Africa but a lot of Seychellois travel to India for medical tourism because India has some of the best in the world. So, I would say there is a real opportunity for Indian medical professionals or companies involved in medical sector to look at establishing branches in Seychelles. 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