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Welcome to the 4th Anniversary Special Issue of THE TIMES OF AFRICA. This issue has its prime focus on 9th CII EXIM Bank Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership scheduled to be held from 17-19 ...

Welcome to the 4th Anniversary Special Issue of THE TIMES OF AFRICA. This issue has its prime focus on 9th CII EXIM Bank Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership scheduled to be held from 17-19 March 2013. The tremendous political, economic and cultural potential of the focus countries of the Conclave has been painted in this issue. We delve deep in our Special Report on to the Journey of the Conclave and also took a closer glance at ways to enhance effective cooperation and coordination between Africa and India. The current edition carries an important interview of Mr. Shyamal Gupta, Chairman, CII Africa Committee and Special Advisor, Tata International Ltd. There is more, so read on……..

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  • www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 3
  • EDITOR’S MESSAGE Dear Readers, “Change your thoughts and you change your world” said Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. We, at THE TIMES OF AFRICA, also believe that by changing our own perspective towards this rising continent- Africa, we can easily bring a lot of change. On the occasion of the 4th Anniversary of THE TIMES OF AFRICA, we are excited to release the first supplementary issue in French. It will surely provide an insightful to the francophone countries of Africa. As the delegation from African countries arrives in India for the 9th CII Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnerships, we emphasize the tremendous political, economic and cultural potential of different African countries. CII has worked for the past 8 years to increase project exports from India to African economies. The Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership has developed into a platform that has enhanced the presence of Brand India in the African economies. We delve deep in our Special Report on to the Journey of the Conclave so far with spotlight on the Focus Countries. We alsoKANCHI BATRA, Editor-in-chief, take a closer look at ways to enhance effective cooperation and coordination betweenThe Times Of africa Africa and India. The current edition carries an important interview of Mr. Shyamal Gupta, Chairman, CII Africa Committee and Special Advisor, Tata International Ltd. I will quote the words of the new President of Ghana, “There’s no denying the fact that even after 55 years, Ghana is still a young country”. We wish the new President success in his endeavors in bringing colours to this West African nation. This issue, we have put the spotlight on Zambia, A beckoning investment destination in Africa.The Conclave onIndia-Africa ProjectPartnership has Give an enhanced experience to your travel in West Africa, with the newly launched airlines, Gambia Bird. Find more compelling reasons to fly with the National Airlines of the Smiling Coast of Africa in our section Brands & Businesses. Also, the importancedeveloped into a of waste management is discussed in detail. In keeping with the Soccer spirit, find outplatform that hasenhanced the the FIFA World Player of the Year in the section Sports Special. There is more. So readpresence of Brand on……. Happy Reading!India in the Africaneconomies. Kanchi Batra Graphic Designer: Ranjeet Kumar For queries Photo Editor: V. K. Murti, Mohd. Sikandar call at: Secretary General: R.K. Mahna JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2013 Manager-Corporate Relations: +91 81307 96166 | +91 93119 64991 Surender Chauhan +91 93100 54991 | +91 85951 66626Editor-in-Chief: Kanchi Batra Marketing Executive: Surender Singh or write to us at:Regional Editor (Africa): R. C. Dhingra Public Relations Officer: Varsha PallaviAssociate Editor (French): Divya Malhotra editor@thetimesofafrica.com Executive Assistant: Shivpali TrehanContributing Editor: Albert Etsri Apemewoe Advisor: Dr. Jagdish C. Sobti ads@thetimesofafrica.comArt Director: Krishna Mohan subscription@thetimesofafrica.com VOLUME 5 Issue 1Graphic Designer & Visualizer: Dilip Aman RNI No: DELENG/2008/27856 feedback@thetimesofafrica.comTRINITY HEIGHTS EXIM PVT LTD. All rights reserved throughout the world (THE TIMES OF AFRICA).Owner/Publisher/Printer/Editor: Mr. Kirit Sobti Published from 2nd floor, Plot No. 7, 8 & 9, Garg Shopping Mall, Service Centre, Opp. Sector XI (Extn.), Rohini Phase-2,Delhi-110085, India. Printed at lipee scan pvt. ltd. 89 dsidc shed Okhla Phase 1, New Delhi.T: 91 11 4751 4751 F: 91 11 4751 4752Disclaimer: All views expressed in this issue are that of the authors. The publisher may not agree with the independent views expressed in this magazine. All disputes aresubject to the exclusive jurisdiction of competent courts and forums in Delhi/New Delhi only. 4 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • CONTENTSJANUARY-FEBRUARY 201332 Special Report Regulars CII EXIM Bank 7 | Letters to the Editor 12 | Business Bulletin Conclave 109 | Doctor’s Advice 111 | UN News Journey so far 116 | 10 Minutes - In Rendezvous With 121 | What’s on? 121 | Know More About Africa 122 | Spiritual Fruits8 Anniversary Special 60 In Focus 94 Brands & Businesses »» Zoomlion Ghana Ltd. »» Burkina Faso: Towards a13 Respected Contribution New Era of Growth and »» KSConsult »» Accra Compost and »» Shri Shyam Saran, Chairman, Opportunities »» Lesotho – The Kingdom in the Recycling Plant Research and Information System for Developing Sky »» Gambia Bird Countries and Senior Fellow »» South Sudan- A World of »» Mahatma Gandhi University Centre for Policy Research and Opportunities »» TPS Infrastructure Ltd. Former Foreign Secretary, India 73 Current Affairs26 Spotlight Country–Zambia »» Burundi, Egypt, Kenya, Liberia, 112 Business Conferences and Nigeria, Tunisia, Zambia Meetings Zambia- A Beckoning »» Interactive Session with Investment Destination 78 Sectoral Analysis Commerce, Trade & Industry Minister - Hon. Robert »» Lesdep - A Panacea to Sichinga, Zambia Unemployment »» Lesdep Spread Its Wings in Niger »» Economic Review »» Sector Profiles 114 Celebrations & Feasts »» Overview of Zambia’s »» 57th Anniversary of Investment Climate Independence of Republic of »» Tourism Sudan32 Special Report 84 In Rendezvous With... 117 Sports Special »» H.E. Mr. Desire Koumba, »» FIFA World Player of the Year – »» In Rendezvous With Mr. Syamal Ambassador, Embassy of the Lionel Messi Gupta, Chairman, CII Africa Republic of Gabon, New Delhi Committee and Special Advisor, Tata International Ltd. »» Shri. R.V. Kanoria, Past »» Republic of Burundi- Exploring President of Federation of 118 Different Strokes Indian Chamber of Commerce »» Empty Nest Investment Opportunities in and Industry, New Delhi Burundi »» Mohd. Imam Hasan Kazmi, »» Cameroon- Africa in Miniature Chairman, All India Imams »» Guinea Bissau – Plenty of Council, New Delhi 120 Fashion, Trends Potential »» Amb. James P Morgan, Deputy . & Customs »» Guinea Conakry – A Geological Head of Mission, Embassy of »» Glamazonia – A Miracle the Republic of South Sudan, Tribute to African »» Uganda-The Pearl of Africa New Delhi Beauty6 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Official Write to us: THE TIMES OF AFRICA values your feedback. Our endeavour is to keep working in progress to make THE TIMES Media OF AFRICA the preferred publication of the Africa-Indian business community. Send your comments to PartnerS We are felicitous to put in feedback@thetimesofafrica.com the picture the Embassies/ High Commissions who have THE TIMES OF AFRICA is a awareness on opportunities available appointed THE TIMES OF good magazine to follow for for reinforcement of relations between AFRICA as their Official Media the African Community. It has all the India and Africa. It is my hope that the Partner: latest updates and should be useful for publication continues to offer well- our business as well as you come to researched information concerning know which all corporates are growing Africa. I also wish to congratulate THE Botswana in Africa. TIMES OF AFRICA for moving with time by offering online editions on phones and computers. Burkina Deputy Branch Manager, AGS Four Winds Sandeep Marwah Faso First Counsellor, Embassy of Senegal, THE TIMES OF AFRICA has M. Abdoul Aziz Loum New Delhi been and continues to be an Comoros important advertising medium for all As a newly established African countries represented in India. Diplomatic Mission in India, We should all continue to support the we have been closely working with efforts of the Editor-in-chief to compile guinea this magazine which has substantially this much needed bi-monthly maga- contributed to the promotion of conakry zine which reflects and articulates the the country. Some of the Guinean aspiration of the African business com- dignitaries visiting India had been munity in India. giving interviews which were featured Niger in this magazine. I am gladly thankful Counsellor, High Commission of the to the magazine and to its entire staff Mr. Richard Frege Republic of Namibia, New Delhi SOUTH for their commitment in promoting Africa in India and in the world. SUDAN THE TIMES OF AFRICA plays an important role in creating Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea, India H.E. Mr. Alexandre Cece Loua Zambia Advertiser’s Index Kalsi overseas 39 FICCI 87 Tractors and farm equipment ltd IFC Goyum Screw Press 41 Tender Tiger 89 New Holland Agriculture (India Plant) 3 Mil India Ltd 45 Sand Seas Enterprises 91 Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. 5 International Tractors Ltd. 46,47 Computer Shopee 93 SIDBI 10,11 Modern Agro Engineering Works 51 PAL Biogenie cyber workes pvt ltd 101 AGS Four Winds 13 Indocorp 67 DAVP Advertisment 105 CRV Impex Pvt Ltd. 15,17,19 Health Square 73 TPS Infrastruture Ltd 106,107 Maxgrid securicor India Pvt. Ltd 20 Veenu Hi-Tech 75 Heal & Bliss Medical Tourism 108 VA Tech wabag Ltd 21 Fortish Healthcare 77 KIMMS 115 Saboo Millstones 24,25 Kam- Avida 81 Studioone 116 Eagle Stone & Care Centre 35 Getech Equipments International Pvt. Ltd. 83 KS Infosystems Pvt. Ltd. IBC Laxmi Publications P ltd 37 J. P. Mukherji & Associates Pvt. Ltd. 85 Zoomlion Ghana Ltd. BCThis index is provided as an additional service. The Publisher does not assume any liabilities for errors or omissions.www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 7
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  • Addressing gaps in MSME Eco-System About SIDBI Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), set up under Indian Parliament Act in 1990, acts as the principal financial institution for the promotion, financing and development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) under Government of India. SIDBI also coordinates the functions of other institutions engaged in similar activities in India. With over 22 years of experience, SIDBI channelized funds of over USD 44 bn to MSMEs, thereby benefiting more than 32mn persons directly and through a network of banks / institutions. As at 31/03/2012, the Banks overall asset portfolio is of over USD 10 bn and Networth of USD 1.1 bn. SIDBI is among top 30 development banks in the world. SIDBI has pioneered in :- Faster credit sanction by developing a unique Credit Appraisal and Rating Tool (CART) which was adopted by banks / FIs directly or indirectly. Developing and nurturing Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) to provide micro credit to the poor. Downscaling Model to enable banks to give loan to tiny / micro enterprises. Upscaling Model to enable MFIs to give loan to micro enterprises aiming to graduate from micro finance category. Developing private Business Development Services (BDS) providers for cluster development. Energy efficiency investment and Environment & Social (E&S) standards based finance to MSMEs and sustainable development of the MSME sector. E-Reverse factoring by setting up of NTREES - an electronic bills discounting platform, wherein by assigning credit limit to large corporate and discounting the receivables of their MSME suppliers on RTGS basis, the delayed payments aspects are addressed quickly in paperless mode. Providing Credit Guarantee to MSEs through Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE) Venture Capital through SIDBI Venture Capital Ltd. (SVCL) Credit Rating through SME Rating Agency of India Ltd. (SMERA) Technology transfer through India SME Technology Services Ltd. (ISTSL) Resolution of non-performing assets (NPAs) through India SME Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd. (ISARC) OUR SUBSIDIARIES / ASSOCIATES India SME Technology Series Ltd.Reach us @ thInternational Consultancy & Central Coordination Vertical, SIDBI, Videocon Tower, 12 Floor, Rani Jhansi Road,Jhandewalan Extension, New Delhi - 110055, India Ph: +91-11-23682474 E-mail:icc@sidbi.in
  • Addressing gaps in MSME Eco-System International Consultancy Partnering MSME Development Globally Our Areas of Consultancy for MSMEs Access to Finance v Innovative financial products and processes · MSME Finance, Micro Finance · Risk / Equity Capital · Credit Appraisal and Rating Tool (CART) · Downscaling / Upscaling Model v Capacity building / training of bankers. Setting up / strengthening of support institutions v SME Bank. v Credit Guarantee Mechanism. v Risk / Venture / Equity Capital v Credit Rating Mechanism. v Asset Reconstruction. Capacity Building of MSME sector v Cluster development /BDS Development v Rural Development v Entrepreneurship Development v Skill Development Facilitate MSMEs v Joint Ventures/ acquisition / mergers and amalgamations. v Technology Transfer Policy Making / Policy Advocacy v Framing suitable MSME policies to suit the countrys needs. v Prepare policy advocacy papers based on best international practices. OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSGermany Germany France Asian Development Bank
  • BUSINESS BULLETIN To give an African touch to their Smartphone, Liberian President and NobelApple® has denoted the As part of initiatives aimed at world leading handset laureate H.E. Ms. Ellenlaunch of the iTunes Store® developing Africa’s economy, manufacturer, Samsung has Johnson Sirleaf was chosenin India, South Africa, the African Development hinted it would start loading for 2012 Indira Gandhi PrizeRussia, Turkey and 52 Bank (AfDB) and researchers some African pictures, for Peace, Disarmament andadditional countries. Over 20 have launched a $63.24 videos, music and dialects Development for serving asmillion songs are available million AfDB-funded into its new handsets in the an illustration and inspirationfor customers to purchase initiative targeted to raise beginning of 2013. Africa to women in Africa &and download on the iTunes agricultural productivity and alone accounts for 40% of beyond and for ensuring theStore. The iTunes Store also lift millions of Africans the 10 million copies of return of peace, democracy,features artists including out of poverty. The five-year the original Galaxy Note development, security andAR Rahman in India, and initiative known as “Support handsets that Samsung has order in Liberia.Zahara in South Africa, to Agricultural Research for sold globally, but there isTaylor Swift and Coldplay, Development of Strategic hardly any African contentand world-renowned Crops in Africa” (SARD-SC) in terms of in-built ringtones,classical musicians including is a research, science, and language options, andLang Lang, Yo Yo Ma and technology development pictures in any of Samsung’sYuja Wang. initiative. hand held devices. Recently the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and African Capacity As the proliferation of Building Foundation (ACBF) smartphones in the AfricanTo propose a wholly owned AfDB has recently signed an have signed a funding region continues to addresssubsidiary in South Africa, agreement to provide two agreement totaling to US high bandwidth dataCoal India Limited (CIL) sovereign-guaranteed multi- $3 million to help out the demands, Alcatel-Lucenthas suggested the signing tranche lines of credit (LoCs) Member States build the has been deployed byof a Memorandum of of respectively US $500 capacities of the research Airtel Africa to evolve itsUnderstanding with the million to Bank of Industry based institutions. These data transport and mobileGovernment. The subsidiary (BOI) and of US $200 funds will definitely go a backhaul networks using.would be along the lines of million to Nigerian Export- long way in making sure The French vendor hasCIL’s Coal India Africana, Import Bank (NEXIM) to hold that research findings are been selected to help Airtelthe wholly owned subsidiary up to the transformation dispersed for the advantage supply IP-based networkingin Mozambique presently and extension of export- of various programmes in technology for broadbanddeveloping two coal blocks oriented small and medium the region. data and video services.in Tete province. enterprises (SMEs).12 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • RESPECTEDIndia andAfrica: CONTRIBUTION AGS FW_New-Dehli_AfricaTimes_2012_CTP.pdf 1 02/11/2012 12TDevelopmentPartnershipShri Shyam SaranChairman, Research and Information Systemfor Developing Countries and Senior FellowCentre for Policy Research and FormerForeign Secretary, India he history of India-Africa resources, they had valuable capacities, development cooperation experience and knowledge to share with reflects the philosophy un- one another. This could become a major derlying India’s engagement catalyst for growth in their countries. with other developing coun-tries in the post-colonial period. In theearly years after gaining political inde- Right from the outset, India saw Key Indian Programmes Cpendence in 1947, India played an ac- the developmental challenge as an Mtive role in promoting the final and total international responsibility. Economic Yelimination of colonial rule across the and technical assistance from developed CMworld. At the same time, the leaders of countries to developing countries MYIndia and other emerging, independent was considered an obligation, not CYcountries were conscious of the fact that charity. In its own modest programmes CMYpolitical independence would remain for assistance to other developingconstrained unless they became masters countries, India deliberately rejected Kof their economic destiny as well. In con- the donor-recipient paradigm andfronting this challenge, India proposed adopted the concept of developmenta two-track approach. The first was to cooperation instead. This had significantutilize the new instruments of inter- consequences:national governance, in particular the One, development cooperationU.N. to forge an international consensus incorporated the idea of partnership, ofbehind the principle that the economic working for mutual benefit rather thandevelopment of developing countries promoting a patron-client relationshipand the eradication of poverty across which suggested an unequal dependency.the world, was an international respon- Two, development cooperation wassibility, to be implemented through based on the priorities determinedmultilateral action. The other was the by the partner and not by the sourceprinciple of South-South Cooperation of funds or technical capacity. Theamong developing countries themselves, selection of projects and method ofto be pursued both bilaterally as well implementation was arrived at throughas multilaterally through the U.N. This a consultative process, not imposedprinciple was based on the recognition by a “donor”. Three, the objective ofthat while the newly independent devel- such cooperation would be to createoping countries were poor and lacked a higher level of capacities enablingwww.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 13
  • RESPECTED CONTRIBUTION the relationship to be expanded and personnel, impart specialized skills and plastic moulding, brick-making, among upgraded in subsequent stages. Instead know-how in different fields. In addition, others. Typically, the ITEC Division as- of prolonged dependency, the objective the ITEC programme facilitates study sists with project identification, the would be to create mutually beneficial visits to India by senior political leaders drawing up of a feasibility report, proj- interdependency. and decision-makers from developing ect implementation and the training of In the multilateral sphere, India countries to acquaint them with the local personnel to eventually manage has been a very active proponent of, opportunities India offers in enhancing and run the project on their own. It may and willing participant in programmes developing cooperation with these be noted that India’s project assistance such as the Colombo Plan , the Special countries. is not loaded with administrative ex- Commonwealth Assistance for Africa (2) Project Assistance: The ITEC penses to be borne by the recipient, a Programme (SCAAP) , the Technical Division has a modest programme for common practice in OECD aid. Assistance Programme of the U.N. and extending project assistance to develop- (3) Institution Building: Drawing its Specialized Agencies and activities ing countries, in particular, in the small from its own development experience. under the United Nations Developmet and medium industry sector. These may India sets great store by capacity- Programme (UNDP), United Nations include agricultural processing, manu- building and the promotion of skills. Trade Conference on Trade and facture of agricultural tools, carpentry While training of foreign personnel Development (UNCTAD) and the various in India and the deputation of Indian UN Regional Commissions. experts abroad are important means On the bilateral side, the Government to achieve this, a more sustainable, Pan-Africa e-Network of India established a new division in the long-term solution lies in the building Project Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to deal of appropriate institutions in partner The Pan-Africa e-Network is one of the with the whole gamut of development countries. These may include vocational best examples of the growing partnership cooperation, in 1961. This was known training institutes, entrepreneurship between India and Africa. It began as a as the Economic and Coordination development institutes, specialized visionary initiative of the former President Division. In 1964, the Indian Technical institutes to foster skills in specific of India, Dr. Kalam. It is one of the most and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) areas such as agriculture and ambitious projects for distance education programme was launched, as part of the animal husbandry, ICT and business and tele-medicine even undertaken in new Division, to manage India’s growing management, among others. Africa. In addition, the network is also development cooperation activities. The India spends $ 12 million on ITEC equipped to support e-governance, activities excluded were those involving activities annually. Since 1964, the e-commerce, infotainment, resource neighbouring countries, such as Nepal, cumulative figure on this account is $ mapping metrological and other services Bhutan and Sri Lanka, which continued 2.8 billion, with US $ 1 billion giving in African countries. A total of 47 African to be handled by the respective to Africa. 40% of the ITEC budget is countries have joined the project in two territorial divisions in the MEA. devoted to project assistance. It may be phases. The first phase was inaugurated noted that the Government of India has in February 2009, with 11 African empanelled 48 prestigious institutions countries signing up. The second phase The ITEC Programme pursues its to offer as many as 220 courses in a II.1 ITEC was launched in August 2010. mandate of promoting development wide variety of disciplines. In tele-education, the objective is cooperation through an interconnected (4) Scholarships: India has a long to impart quality education to 10,000 set of activities, which have now tradition of providing opportunites students in Africa over a 5-year period expanded significantly to merit a for higher education to students for in various disciplines. Some of the best separate division within the MEA: developing countries. These may be for educational institutions are participating. (1) Capacity building through graduate and post-graduate courses in Currently 2000 African students are prestigious Indian universities, covering already enrolled in several distance (i) the offer of technical training education programmes. slots to personnel from developing a wide range of disciplines in the In tele-medicine, on-line medical countries in the very large network humanities, science and technology and consultation with Indian medical of vocational and human resource professional areas such as engineering specialists is now available to African development institutions across India; and medicine. These scholarships medical practioners at the Patient End (ii) the deputation of Indian experts are administered through the Indian Location in Africa. to developing countries to train local Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), The project cost is $125 million11. 14 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • RESPECTED CONTRIBUTIONalthough some scholarships may also market but any subsequent expansion ofbe offered under the aegis of other sales depends upon the competitivenessinstitutions. Several universities also in terms of quality and price. Theoffer self-financing placements to development cooperation programmesforeign students and this number is now may include helping the Indian privateseveral times that of placements under sectors to hold regular expositions ofgovernment scholarships. Indian products in partner countries to It may be noted that several meet the information gap which is often CRVCentral Ministries of the Government a major constraint in developing marketof India have then own International in developing countries. In the case of IMPEX PVT LTDCooperation Divisions which promote Africa, in addition to such expositions,bilateral exchanges with their there are now regular India-Africa tradecounterpart in other developing and investment Conclaves, bringingcountries. Such exchanges involve joint potential buyers and sellers as well asprojects, capacity building programmes investment partners together.and visits of experts, which contribute In recent years, promoting Indiansignificantly to South-South Cooperation. investment in other developing countries has become a major component of South- South cooperation. The Government ofIn additional to the ITEC programme, India, in encouraging such investment,II.2 Lines of CreditIndia’s development cooperation counsels sensitivity to local culture andalso encompasses the extension of environmental concerns. Such venturesconcessional loans and credits as well should bring demonstrable developmentas outright grants to partner countries. benefits to the partner country inThese are administered by the Indian terms of employment generation, skillsMinistry of Finance in consultation with development and trade generation. Thisthe Ministry of External Affairs. These is particularly true of African countries.Lines of Credit and Grants may be to This Indian record in this respect hascover specific projects, to provide, in been positive.a limited number of cases, budgetarysupport or emergency disaster relief. III India-Africa Development India’s relations with the African PartnershipIndia’s approach to development continent go back a very long period inII.3 Trade and Investmentcooperation encompasses the our history, but it is our common strugglepromotion of trade and investment. against colonialism and apartheid that aSince such cooperation is not conceived more contemporary partnership tookas a donor-recipient or a patron- shape. Since the inception of India’s ITECclient relationship, our cooperation Programme and its ICCR Scholarshipprogrammes in developing countries Programme in the nineteen sixties, CRVare often designed, as an additional Africa has emerged as one of the India’sobjective, to promote bilateral trade and most important development partners. IMPEX PVT LTDinvestment, which would strengthen In the past 10 years, such partnershipSouth-South Cooperation and bring has significantly expanded in virtuallymutual economic benefits to the every category. This intensification haspartners. Indian credit lines to some been reflected in the holding of the T : +91 44 24995926African countries, have enabled Indian India-Africa Business Conclave annually F : +91 44 24995928vehicle manufactures to carve out since 2005. In the 6th such conclaveexpanding market for trucks and buses. held in 2011, some 800 delegates fromThe credit line enables entry into a new 35 African countries attended, includingwww.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 15
  • RESPECTED CONTRIBUTION several heads of state/governments, institutions in Africa, enabling both tele- 1. Education senior officials and business leaders, education and tele-medicine services. 2. Health who spent 3 days interacting with their The project cost is $125 million. 3. W ater and Sanitation Indian counterparts. The Confederation In recognition of the growing 4. C ulture and Sports; and of Indian Industry (CII), which is the importance of India-Africa ties and 5. Poverty Eradication lead organization for the Conclave, has prospects for much closer development The other broad areas of cooperation stated: cooperation, it was decided to convene identified are Tourism, Infrastructure, regular India-Africa Forum Summits and Energy and Environment and finally, the first such Summit was held in April Media and Communication. “Over the last six years, projects 2008 in New Delhi, the second in May This Framework for Cooperation in various areas have been discussed 2011 in Addis Ababa. These Summits is a unique initiative in the history and implemented. The Conclave has have “laid the foundation of a new of South-South cooperation, placing been successfully able to build a bridge architecture for a structured interaction development cooperation within a much between Indian and African business and cooperation between India and our broader context of overall relations leaders and officials. African partners in the 21st Century”. between India and African countries. The Conclave has developed into a The first Summit adopted a historic It looks at development not merely in platform that has enhanced the presence “Africa-India Framework for Cooperation economic terms but as a process that of “Brand India” in the African countries. , which sought to foster mutually is sustainable only if located within a Africa with its Look East policy has also beneficial cooperation in a very larger political, social and intellectual found the Conclave a credible access comprehensive format encompassing environment. India-Africa development point for appropriate technologies and It may be noted that India-Africa Economic Political Cooperation, cooperation is conceived in a unique partners”. trade expanded from $ 20 billion in Cooperation, Sciences, Technology three-tiered pattern, encompassing 2005-6 to 53 billion in 2010-11 and is Research and Development, Information bilateral, regional and pan-African targeted to reach $ 90 billion by 2015. and Communication Technology (ICT) cooperation. The regional commissions India’s development cooperation and Cooperation in Social Development in Africa, such as ECOWAS, COMESA and with Africa was significantly expanded and Capacity Building.Under Political SADC, are active participants in India- in 2005, when India became a full Cooperation, the Framework identified Africa cooperation. member of the Africa Capacity Building a number of areas where India would The document is ambitious in scope Foundation (ACBF) and was granted support Africa in meeting the latter’s and spells out a fairly detailed road map observer status in COMESA, SADC objectives of sustainable development, for implementation. and ECOWAS. A special outreach to prosperity and peace. These are Peace India committed US $ 5.4 billion in Francophone Africa was launched and Security and Civil Society and Good concessional credits to African countries through the Team 9 initiative, with a Governance at the Summit. view to promoting India’s economic To foster S&T cooperation, the As a follow up to the first Forum engagement with 8 French speaking Framework envisages “robust Summit, an India-Africa Ministerial countries. A sum of US $ 1 million networks” among leading institutes for meeting was held in New Delhi in was extended to ACBF towards its collaborative research and development March 2010. A 15-member African programmes for capacity building and for sharing of experiences Union delegation met together with sustainable development and poverty in development of appropriate a 42-member Indian delegation alleviation. To support the Team 9 technologies. A number of specific representing different Ministries, initiative a line of credit of $ 500 actions were also spelt out to encourage agencies and industry bodies, to chalk million was announced, along with a ICT collaboration, including the quick out an Action Plan to implement some $ 200 million credit line to NEPAD. At and effective implementation of the of the key decisions of the Summit and the initiative of the then President of flagship Pan-African E-Network project also to set a road map for the Second India, Dr. Kalam, India announced the which India has contributed, towards Summit scheduled in 2012. The meeting very ambitious Pan-African E-Network overcoming the digital divide in Africa. noted that among the proposals agreed project (see box 1) which would provide A very broad-ranging collaborative upon at the first Summit over $ 2 billion digital connectivity across Africa effort is envisaged under the rubric of project were under implementation. and also link Indian educational and “Cooperation in social Development and Among the specific projects agreed upon medical institutions with counterpart Capacity Building. These are: to be financed by credits from India 16 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • RESPECTED CONTRIBUTIONwere: specific projects for the participating1. Setting up of Human Settlement governments to consider for Institutes in 5 African countries . implementation. Among the meetings2. Establishment of Vocational Training convened so far are: Institutes in 10 African countries . »» India-Africa Business Partnership3. ndian assistance for a Pan-African I Summit (October 2011) Stock Exchange. »» India-Africa Workshop on4. $ 300 m credit line would be A Traditional Medicines (October made available for financing an 2011) CRV infrastructure project under »» India-Africa Conference on Indian IMPEX PVT LTD regional integration . Lines of Credit (November 2011)5. Strengthening capacity of the African »» India-Africa Strategic Dialogue Court on Human and People’s Rights. (November 2011) The Second Summit in Addis Ababa »» 3rd India-Africa Hydrocarbonin May 2011 expressed satisfaction over Conference (December 2011)the progress made in implementing the »» rafts Skill Development Workshop CFramework of Cooperation adopted in for Women (January 2012)the first Summit and adopted a follow-up »» pecial Session on Global Commons SFramework for Enhanced Cooperation. & Challenges (February 2012)This document agreed to continue and »» Science & Technology Ministers’expand cooperation in the various areas Conference (March 2012)identified at the first Summit, while »» raining programme for Secretary Tidentifying a few new initiatives to be Generals of African Chambers ofpursued. Commerce and Industry. It may be noted that in orderto ensure early implementation ofrecommendations emanating from India’s support to African countries III.1 ITECthese summits, several conferences and through ITEC training slots may be seenworkshops have been organized in the in the following Figure1:period September 2011 to March 2012. However, ITEC covers only part of These conferences/workshops a much larger range of civilian traininghave come up with a number of courses made available to African CRV IMPEX PVT LTD T : +91 44 24995926 F : +91 44 24995928 Source: Ministry of External Affairs (India)www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 17
  • RESPECTED CONTRIBUTION »» pecial training courses (500 per S year): 449 and 929 utilised in 2010- Table 1: Civilian Training courses under ITEC and other Multilateral Schemes 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10 2008-09 2007-08 11 and 2011-12. 1. Afro-Asian Rural 70 55 55 55 50 Development Organisation III.3 Capacity building As per decisions taken at the India-Africa 2. Union African 30 13 13 13 10 institutions Forum Summits, India has committed 3. Pan African Parliament 20 5 5 5 3 to establishing about 100 capacity- 4. UNECA (UN Economic 30 15 15 15 10 building institutions to build and Commission for Africa strengthen capacities at the pan-African, 5. East African Community 25 10 10 10 10 regional and bilateral levels. Some of 6. Commonwealth Secretariat 75 75 75 75 75 the key institutions in the process of 250 173 173 173 158 implementation are listed below : Source: Ministry of External Affairs (India) »» ndia-Africa Institute of Information I Technology, Ghana »» India-Africa Institute of Foreign Trade, Ghana, Uganda »» India-Africa Institute of Education Planning and Administration, Burundi »» India-Africa Diamond Institute, Botswana »» ndia-Africa Civil Aviation Academy I (location to be decided) »» ndia-Africa Institute of Agriculture I and Rural Development (location to be decided) »» ndia-Africa University for Life and I Earth Sciences – Ibadan University, Nigeria Another major contribution to capacity building in Africa is India’s commitment to set up 10 vocational Source: Ministry of External Affairs (India) countries both under bilateral as well as training centres in Burkina Faso, multilateral schemes (see Figure 2 and Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Table 2: Profile of ICCR Table 1.) Gambia, Libya, Mozambique, Rwanda Scholarshipsinclude airfare and Zimbabwe. An Apex Planning Organization for Year Seats allocated Seats utilized Coal is being established in Mozambique, III.2 Scholarships & 2009-10 532 238 India also offers a number of scholarships which will also providing training in Fellowships 2010-11 532 207 and fellowships to students from Africa. mining technology. 2011-12 532 207 The figures for the past 4 years may be Another unique area of cooperation 2012-13 900 Admission process is seen in the Table 2. These scholars and between India and Africa relates to underway fellowships include travel expenses. 11 and 2011-12. 102 applications the setting up of Human Settlement Source: Ministry of External Affairs (India) »» ICCR Scholarships at Indian under process for 2012-13. Institutes in D.R. of Congo, Kenya, Universities »» .V. Raman Scientific Fellowships C Mauritania, Togo and Zambia to deal in »» pecial agricultural scholarships (75 S (104 per year): 85 and 79 utilised in a multi-disciplinary manner with the per year): 71 and 85 utilised in 2010- 2010-11 and 2011-12. challenge of rapid urbanization. 18 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • RESPECTED CONTRIBUTION India has also launched an initiativeof establishing and strengthening Table 5: India-Africa Tradecommon infrastructure and facilities for In US $ Millionpan-African development of some key Year Exports Imports Totalindustry sectors. Examples are: 2005-06 7.00 4.80 11.80»» ndia-Africa Food Processing Cluster I 2006-07 10.26 17.72 27.98»» ndia-Africa Textile Cluster I 2007-08 14.19 20.47 34.66 The location of these clusters is 2008-09 14.82 24.73 39.55under discussion. 2009-10 13.43 25.61 2010-11 20.85 31.95 39.04 52.80 CRV IMPEX PVT LTD trade has seen significant growth over»» ines of Credit (LoCs) have been an L the last 6 years (see table 5).III.4 Lines of Credit increasingly significant part of India- Africa development cooperation since 2003-04. The role of large emerging economies Conclusion»» They are concessional loans intended as a source of development funds to set up infrastructure projects and technology transfer has become and to share Indian experience in increasingly more salient. South-South developmental initiatives. cooperation is playing a more significant»» oCs have financed a wide range of L role in international development than projects in agriculture, irrigation, ever before as the ongoing financial food processing, rural electrification, and economic crisis is taking its toll IT and infrastructure such as roads, on the provision of financial and railways, cement and power. technical resources from traditional»» The objective is to create durable donor countries to the developing assets and build sustainable world. Such resource transfers are institutions. either flat or even declining. But even before the crisis the relative share of OECD countries in resource transfers to developing countries was already Table 4: Year-wise approvals and decreasing in percentage terms. This disbursements of Credit to Africa trend has only sharpened. In the recent [as on March 23, 2012] past, an OECD Report has found that USD million Year Approval Disbursed spending on development assistance 2002-03 10.00 - by the world’s major economies has 2003-04 100.00 - fallen for the first time since 1997. With 2004-05 99.87 49.90 there being little likelihood of an early 2005-06 1052.60 97.52 upturn in the advanced economies of 2006-07 141.50 234.72 US, Europe and Japan, it is expected 2007-08 524.50 338.50 that development assistance may fall CRV 2008-09 470.10 288.00 further from current levels precisely at 2009-10 486.50 352.66 a time when the challenge of poverty IMPEX PVT LTD 2010-11 1055.07 398.95 alleviation and eradication in the most 2011-12 1189.41 380.38 vulnerable countries in the world is ever Grand Total 5129.55 2140.64 more daunting than before.Developing Source: Ministry of External Affairs (India) countries in Africa are the worst affected. T : +91 44 24995926 It should also be noted that developmentIndia-Africa Trade F : +91 44 2499592821 out of 34 African LDCs have acceded assistance is only a small proportionPromotionto the India-Africa Duty Free Tariff of total financial flows to developingPreference (DFTP) Scheme.India-Africa countries. India has enhanced bothwww.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 19
  • RESPECTED CONTRIBUTION its concessional assistance as well as development cooperation. Nevertheless investment into Africa so as to make a countries of the North and South would Ghana-India Kofi Annan modest contribution to the development find a number of areas where they could Centre of Excellence in ICT of partner countries in the continent. join hands together in delivering much In recent years, there have been more meaningful and effective support Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of efforts to promote a collaborative to the development of developing Excellence in ICT, Ghana’s first Advanced approach among emerging countries countries, particularly in Africa. For Information Technology Institute works and traditional donors to meet the example, some of the aid agencies to stimulate growth of ICT Sector in challenge of international development. of OECD countries and multilateral ECOWAS. Established in 2003 through a The Busan conference convened in institutions such as the World Bank partnership between the Govt. of Ghana 2011 was a landmark meeting in this and UNDP, utilise the capacity building and Govt. of India, the State of the art regard.. It brought together all the major infrastructure available in India, to facility provides a dynamic environment train a large number of personnel for innovation, teaching and learning stakeholders together to deliberate on as well as practical research on the the issue of cooperation for development. from African countries through joint application of ICT4D in Africa. info@aiti- In addition to traditional donor countries, programmes. This practice could be kace.com.gh. representatives of emerging economies, extended in consultation with the non-governmental organisations and other, on the question of development recipient countries. philanthropic institutions were also cooperation. In view of these differences, In this context, exchange of present. What became abundantly clear it was agreed that traditional donor experiences and best practices among at Busan, however, were the differences countries and the new development development partners both from in the approach, modality and norms actors may find it difficult to agree the North and the South including followed by OECD countries on the one upon certain common global norms and multilateral institutions would be both hand and emerging economies on the practices with respect to the delivery of timely and rewarding. 20 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
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  • Address by Hon’ble President of India H.E. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee On the eve of 64th Republic Day of India powerful public-private partnership rate has more than tripled. The literacyOn the eve of our 64th Republic Day, I nourished by justice, liberty and equality. rate has increased by over four times.My Fellow Citizens:extend warm greetings to all of you in India did not win freedom from the After having attained self-sufficiency,India and abroad. I convey my special British in order to deny freedom to now we are net exporters of food-grain.greetings to members of our armed Indians. The Constitution represented Significant reduction in the incidence offorces, paramilitary forces and internal a second liberation, this time from the poverty has been achieved. Among oursecurity forces. stranglehold of traditional inequity in other major achievements is the drive gender, caste, community, along with towards gender equality.India has changed more in last six decades other fetters that had chained us for toothan in six previous centuries. This is long. No one suggested this would be easy.neither accidental nor providential; The difficulties that accompanied thehistory shifts its pace when touched This inspired a Cultural Evolution first quantum leap, the Hindu code bill,by vision. The great dream of raising a which put Indian society on the track to enacted in 1955 tell their own story. Itnew India from the ashes of colonialism modernity: society changed in a gradual needed the unflinching commitmentreached a historic denouement in evolution, for violent revolution is not the of leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru1947; more important, independence Indian way. Change across the knotted and Babasaheb Ambedkar to pushbecame a turning point for an equally weaves of the social fabric remains a through this remarkable legislation.dramatic narrative, nation-building. work in progress, impelled by periodic Jawaharlal Nehru would later describeThe foundations were laid through our reform in law and the momentum of this as perhaps the most importantConstitution, adopted on 26 January popular will. achievement of his life. The time has now1950, which we celebrate each year as come to ensure gender equality for everyRepublic Day. Its driving principle was In the last six decades there is much that Indian woman. We can neither evade nora compact between state and citizen, a we can be proud of. Our economic growth abandon this national commitment, for22 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • the price of neglect will be high. Vested Has corruption overtaken morality in of frontiers. But sponsorship of terrorisminterests do not surrender easily. The public life? Does our legislature reflect through non-state actors is a matter ofcivil society and the government must emerging India or does it need radical deep concern to the entire nation. Wework together to fulfill this national goal. reforms? These doubts have to be set at believe in peace on the border and are rest. Elected representatives must win always ready to offer a hand in the hope back the confidence of the people. The of friendship. But this hand should not beI speak to you when a grave tragedy has anxiety and restlessness of youth has taken for granted.Fellow Citizens:shattered complacency. The brutal rape to be channelized towards change withand murder of a young woman, a woman speed, dignity and order.who was symbol of all that new India India’s most impregnable asset is self- Fellow Citizens:strives to be, has left our hearts empty The young cannot dream on an empty belief. Each challenge becomes anand our minds in turmoil. We lost more stomach. They must have jobs capable of opportunity to strengthen our resolve tothan a valuable life; we lost a dream. If serving their own as well as the nation’s achieve unprecedented economic growthtoday young Indians feel outraged, can ambitions. It is true that we have come and social stability. Such resolve must bewe blame our youth? a long way from 1947, when our first nourished by an avalanche of investment, Budget had revenue of just over Rs.171 particularly in better and greaterThere is a law of the land. But there is also crore. The resource base of the Union education. Education is the ladder thata higher law. The sanctity of a woman is government today is an ocean compared can help those at the bottom to rise toa directive principle of that larger edifice to that drop. But we must ensure that the pinnacles of professional and socialcalled Indian civilization. The Vedas the fruits of economic growth do not status. Education is the mantra that cansay that there is more than one kind become the monopoly of the privileged transform our economic fortunes andof mother: birth mother, a guru’s wife, at the peak of a pyramid. The primary eliminate the gaps that have made oura king’s wife, a priest’s wife, she who purpose of wealth creation must be to society unequal. So far education has notnurses us, and our motherland. Mother is drive out the evil of hunger, deprivation reached, to the extent desired, to thoseour protection from evil and oppression, and marginal subsistence from the base most in need of this ladder. India canour symbol of life and prosperity. When of our expanding population. double its growth rate by turning today’swe brutalize a woman, we wound the disadvantaged into multiple engines ofsoul of our civilization. economic development. Last year has been a testing time for Fellow Citizens:It is time for the nation to reset its moral us all. As we move ahead on the path On our 64th Republic Day, there may becompass. Nothing should be allowed to of economic reforms, we must remain some reason for concern, but none forspur cynicism, as cynicism is blind to alive to the persisting problems of despair. If India has changed more in sixmorality. We must look deep into our market-dependent economies. Many rich decades than six previous centuries, thenconscience and find out where we have nations are now trapped by a culture of I promise you that it will change more infaltered. The solutions to problems have entitlement without social obligations; the next ten years than in the previousto be found through discussion and we must avoid this trap. The results of sixty. India’s enduring vitality is at work.conciliation of views. People must believe our policies should be seen in our villages, Even the British sensed that they werethat governance is an instrument for farms and factories, schools and hospitals. leaving a land which was very differentgood and for that, we must ensure good Figures mean nothing to those who from the one they had occupied. At thegovernance. do not benefit from them. We must act base of the Jaipur Column in Rashtrapati immediately, otherwise the current Bhavan there is an inscription: pockets of conflict, often described as “In thought faith...We are on the cusp of another generational “Naxalite” violence, could acquire far In word wisdom...Fellow Citizens:change; the youth of India spread across more dangerous dimensions. In deed courage...villages and towns, are in the vanguard In life service...of change. The future belongs to them. So may India be great”They are today troubled by a range of In the recent past, we have seen serious Fellow Citizens:existential doubts. Does the system offer atrocities on the Line of Control on The spirit of India is written in stone.due reward for merit? Have the powerful our troops. Neighbours may havelost their Dharma in pursuit of greed? disagreements; tension can be a subtext JAI HIND!www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 23
  • SPOTLIGHTCOUNTRY-ZAMBIA ZAMBIA A BECKONING INVESTMENT DESTINATIONMining TourismZambia is the world’s fourth largest producer of copper and holds six percent The tourism industry has grown over the recent past years,of the world’s known reserves thereof. Copper and cobalt, as the country’s with the establishment of hotels in the major tourist town oftraditional exports account for well over 70 percent of export earnings. These Livingstone and the city of Lusaka. The vast potential in theinclude gold and gemstones (e.g. emeralds, aquamarine, topaz, opal, agate and tourism sector in Zambia, with its natural beauty (includingamethysts). Zambia produces over 20% of the world’s emeralds. 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.Agriculture ManufacturingAlthough the agricultural sector The main manufacturing activitiesemploys more than half of the total in Zambia are the Food, Beverageslabour force, only 15 percent of the and Tobacco sub-sector. However Energyarable land is under cultivation. It the growth potential in other With its vast water resources and coal reserves, Zambiais because of this potential that the industries as well is vast. Support offers abundant investment opportunities for hydroelectricgovernment encourages investment measures designed to aid power generation, supply and distribution. The country hasin commercial farming and has manufacturing enterprises in well over 1,890 MW of hydroelectric generating capacity.established farm blocks to facilitate non-traditional sectors are being Proven coal reserves exceed 30 million tonnes and satisfyinvestments in agriculture. implemented. 9 per cent of energy demand.HealthGovernment and private hospitals and clinics provide health care. 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.26 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • SPOTLIGHT COUNTRY-ZAMBIA National Flag Coat of Arms FACTS ABOUT ZAMBIA Location: Located in the Southern African Zambia’s economic performance in recent years has been positive with real Gross ECONOMIC REVIEW Sub-region, Zambia is a landlinked country Domestic Product (GDP) growth rising to 6.8 percent in 2011 from 5.3 percent in bordered by the Democratic Republic of 2005. This marked the sixth year in a row in which the economy grew above 5 percent. Congo, Tanzania, Angola, Namibia, Malawi, Zambia continued to recorded strong growth in 2011 mainly due to increased Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana. output in mining and quarrying, construction and agriculture. The Government put Capital City: Lusaka Land Surface: 752,614 Km2 in place measures to diversify the economy from the traditional (copper and cobalt Population: 13.0 million, 39% living in urban production) to non-traditional production and exports (products and exports other areas. The annual population growth rate than copper and cobalt). The non-traditional products began to exhibit a positive is 2.8%, with a population density of 17.3 and favorable performance in value terms in the country’s balance of payments. persons per square kilometer. The export of these products more than trebled, their value increasing from US$ Independence: 24 October 1964 (from the 210 million in 2000 to US$ 1,245 million in December 2011. United Kingdom) Political and Legal System: A multi-party democratic system of government with a distinct separation of powers between the legislative (parliament), executive (cabinet) and judiciary (courts of law) organs of Government govern Zambia. Both the president (who must belong to a registered political party) and members of parliament are elected by the people and the president appoints, from within elected and nominated members of parliament, the cabinet ministers. Adult Literacy Rate: 82 percent Spoken Languages: English (official language), other main local languages are Mining activity in Zambia Bemba, Lozi, Nyanja and Tonga. There are about 70 other indigenous languages andInfrastructure dialects throughout ZambiaRail network remains the dominant mode of transportation (83.4 per cent) for goods on the local Religion: Christianity comprises the largestand international routes. Major rail line links Zambia with Tanzania, is jointly owned by the Zambian faith group. Minority faith groups are Muslimsand Tanzanian governments and is run by Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA). The and Hindus. The republican constitutionChipata-Mchinji Railway is under construction and will link Zambia with Malawi and Mozambique. recognizes Zambia as a Christian NationFurthermore there are more than 130 airfields, one third of which are Government-owned while Natural Resources: Copper, cobalt, coal,the rest are privately owned. The Lusaka and Livingstone International Airports are Zambia’s main emeralds, gold, water, wildlife, forestry andairports connecting the country with the region and the rest of the world. The smaller airports hydropowerinclude Ndola, on the Copperbelt province and Mfuwe, in the Luangwa National Park. Time Zone: The time Zone in Zambia is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +2 hours Business Hours: Business hours forTelecommunications government and private sector offices areZambia has access to the west coast Sat-3 cable to Europe via a fibre link with Namibia, which in from 08:00 – 13:00 hours and 14:00-17:00turn links with the South African fibre network, reaching Cape Town. Currently three companies, hours between Monday and Friday.the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO), the Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) and Real GDP Growth: 6.8 percent (2011)the Zambia Telecommunications Company (ZAMTEL) are licensed to operate optic fibre networks, GDP at current prices: US$ 19.6 billionand there are mobile telephone services namely Airtel Zambia, MTN and Cell-Z (a mobile segment (2011)of ZAMTEL). GDP per capital: US$ 1,463 (2011)www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 27
  • SPOTLIGHT COUNTRY-ZAMBIA OVERVIEW OF ZAMBIA’S INVESTMENT CLIMATE The country’s central location in the »» Friendly people, mostly English other than what they might already region, as well as a combination of the speaking, with high literacy rate; qualify for under the ZDA Act. following key strengths makes it an ideal »» hriving Private Sector. T investment location: »» bundance of natural resources and A Investments of US$ 500,000 manpower; The Zambia Development Agency INVESTMENT INCENTIVES and above in Priority Sectors/ »» Political Stability since attaining (ZDA) Act of 2006 offers a wide range Products* and Multi Facility independence in 1964; of incentives in the form of allowances, This category, in addition to being Economic Zones (MFEZ) »» Abolition of Controls on: prices, exemptions & concessions for entitled to the general incentives, is interest rates, foreign exchange rates, companies. entitled to the following incentives: free repatriation of debt repayments; »» Zero percent tax rate on dividends for »» 00% repatriation of net profits; 1 5 years from year of first declaration »» uarantees and Security to investors G of dividends; Investments of US$ 10 million with legislated rights to full and The first is that of investors who invest not »» ero percent tax on profits for 5 Z and above market value compensation; less than US$ 10 million in an identified years from the first year profits are »» uty Free Access to Regional, wider D sector or product. This category of made. For year 6 to 8 only 50 percent African and the USA markets under investors is entitled to negotiation with of profits are taxable and in years 9 SADC, COMESA/FTA and AGOA Government for additional incentives and 10 only 75 percent of profits are (African Growth and Opportunity Act) respectively; »» Banking, Financial, Legal and Zambia among Top 10 Economic Performers in World Bank Insurance services of international Business on Doing Business standard as well as a Stock Exchange; »» ouble Taxation Agreements with D Indicators 2008 2009 2010 2011 SSA a number of European, North Overall Ranking 116 99 90 76 7 American, African and Asian Starting a Business 82 72 93 57 3 countries; Dealing with 148 146 159 158 35 »» ood place to work and live – sub- G Construction Permits tropical climate and vegetation with Registering Property 125 94 94 83 11 plenty of water; Getting Credit 97 68 14 6 2 Protecting Investors 64 70 73 74 12 Paying Taxes 30 39 36 37 5 Trading Across Borders 160 157 157 150 27 Enforcing Contracts 86 88 87 86 15 Nchanga copper mine 28 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • SPOTLIGHT COUNTRY-ZAMBIA taxable; engineering products • Leather & leather products»» Zero percent import duty rate on raw • Copper products • Packaging & printing materials materials, capital goods, machinery • Iron ore and steel • Fertilizer including trucks and specialized • Cobalt • Cement motor vehicles for five years; • Other engineering products e. Tourism»» eferment of VAT on machinery and D g. Beneficiation of phosphates and any f. Processing of: equipment including trucks and other related material into fertilizer • agricultural products specialized motor vehicles. h. Beneficiation of rock materials into • forest products cement • non-ferrous metals & their i. Production and processing of raw products timber into wood products • gemstonesInvestments by Micro andLike the second category, this category is j. Production and processing of theSmall Enterprisesalso, in addition to the applicable general following products in the leatherincentives, entitled to the following sector: The fifth and last category is that of GENERAL INCENTIVESincentives: • Cattle hides investors who invest any amount in a»» For an enterprise in an urban area • Crust leather sector or product not provided for as the income shall be exempt from tax • Leather products a priority sector or product under the for the first three (3) years; k. Building of mini-hydro power Act. General Incentives are incentives»» For an enterprise in a rural area the stations available to investors investing in various income shall be exempt from tax for l. Education and skills training sectors of the economy. the first five (5) years. These incentives are provided for under the pieces of legislation falling a. Information and Communication under the Zambia Revenue Authority, MFEZ Priority Sectors are: Technology (ICT) namely: the Customs and Excise Act,Investments of Less than US$ • Development of computer software Income Tax Act and Value Added Tax500,000 in Priority Sectors /The fourth category is that of investors • Assembly/manufacture of ICT Act.Products*who invest less than US$ 500,000 in equipmenta sector or product provided for as a b. ealth Hpriority sector or product under the c. Education and skills training LEGAL FRAMEWORK FORZDA Act. This category is only entitled to d. Manufacture of: The Zambia Development Act assures INVESTMENT PROTECTIONgeneral incentives. • Machinery & machinery investors that property rights shall *Note: The Priority Sectors and components be respected. No investment of anyProducts are; • Iron & steel products description can be expropriated unlessa. Floriculture fresh flowers and dried • Electrical and electronic products Parliament has passed an Act relating flowers & components & parts thereof; to the compulsory acquisition of thatb. Horticulture fresh and dried • Chemicals & petrochemicals property. Also, in case of expropriation vegetables • Pharmaceutical & related full compensation shall be made atc. Processed foods wheat flour other products market value and shall be convertible at processed foods • Wood & wood products the current exchange rate. Zambia is ad. Beverages and stimulants • Palm oil & their derivatives signatory to the Multilateral Investment • Tea and tea products • Pulp, paper & paper board Guarantee Agency (MIGA) of the • Coffee and coffee products • Textile & textile products World Bank and other internationale. Production and the processing of • Transport equipment, component agreements. the following products in the textile & accessories This guarantees foreign investment sector • Clay-based, sand-based & other protection in cases of war, strife, • Cotton non-metallic mineral products; disasters, and other disturbances or • Cotton yarn • Plastic products in cases of expropriation. Zambia has • Fabric • Professional medical, scientific, & signed bilateral reciprocal promotional • Garments measuring devices/parts and protection of investment protocolsf. Manufacturing of the following • Rubber products with number of countries.www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 29
  • SPOTLIGHT COUNTRY-ZAMBIA ZAMBIA’S TOURISM AMONG WORLD’S BEST Apart from the Victoria Falls, Zambian tourism takes into account seven waterfalls with awe inspiring and spectacular views. The country boasts a profusion of birds, abundant wildlife, and raw and pulsating wilderness. As Zambia prepares to co-host Beauty of Victoria Falls the United Nations World Tourism tourism hinges on the land of abundance pulsating wilderness. There are more Organization (UNWTO) General and it has one of the earth’s biggest than 740 bird species. It is a birder’s Assembly with Zimbabwe in August this waterfalls, the Victoria Falls, the mighty paradise too! Zambian tourism is the year, it is imperative to highlight Zambia’s Zambezi River, breathtaking lakes and land of glorious sunsets, friendly people, tourism potential for would-be delegates wetlands. Apart from the Victoria Falls, ancient traditions and mystic legends, of and tourists to appreciate. Zambia’s Zambian tourism takes into account the nature at its wildest and most exquisite. tourism potential lies in its vast tracts seven waterfalls with awe-inspiring and According to the Zambia Tourism of pristine land which include wildlife, spectacular views. Board tour guide, the country covers adventure activities, diverse culture and The country boasts a profusion of a total surface area of 752,614 square a rich national heritage. The country’s birds, abundant wildlife, and raw and kilometres. Zambia is generally a high 30 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • SPOTLIGHT COUNTRY-ZAMBIAElephants crossing the Luangwa River, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia plateau averaging between 1,060 metres northern part of the country, which (3,500 ft) and 1,363 metres (4,500 ft) is endowed with unspoiled natural above sea level. The water bodies are attractions. This area is known as the mainly from the three natural lakes in northern tourism circuit. Government northern Zambia namely Bangweulu, has so far invested KR100 million in Mweru and Tanganyika. The fourth is in the infrastructure development of the south, the exciting man-made Lake the Northern Tourism Circuit whichZambia’s diverse concentration of birds Kariba. When commissioned in the late encompasses Northern and Luapula 1950’s, Lake Kariba was the largest man- provinces. Livingstone, the hosting city made lake in the world. It measures 280 of the UNWTO, has a wide selection of kilometers long and 40 kilometers at its hi-action activities such as world-class widest. river rafting, bungi jumping into the However, as most tourism is deep gorge below the falls, canoeing concentrated in a limited number of safaris down the Zambezi, or even national parks including the South watching the breathtaking African Luangwa, Kafue, Lower Zambezi, sunsets on Lake Kariba. Mosi-o-Tunya and Kasanka, there are Zambia and Zimbabwe will co-hostAn exciting experience to ride and interactwith Zambian Elephants opportunities for investors to venture the 20th Session of UNWTO general into developing other parks as well. assembly this year, which is expected There is also considerable potential for to be a springboard for tourism small-scale investors looking to create development in Zambia. The General sustainable tourism projects that involve Assembly to be held from August 24 to the local community at a wider level. In August 29, has a mass of benefits which fact, Government has outlined a series includes boosting Zambia’s profile as of tourism-specific incentives including a meeting, incentive, conference and priority access to land allocation and event (MICE) destination on the global provision of other utilities. Zambia market. More than 155 countries willVisitors enjoying the wildlife of Zambia is best known for the walking safari be exposed to destination Zambia. The and rich wildlife populations. There event will draw international media is scope for development of private attention which will showcase Zambia’s wildlife estates given the availability of tourist products to the rest of the land in communal areas. The country world. Welcome to Zambia-a beckoning is also in the process of developing tourism destination of choice. and encouraging investments in the Source: Times of Zambia Zambia’s adventure activitywww.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 31
  • SPECIAL REPORT Confederation of Indian Industry Annual ConclaveT Strengthening India-Africa PartnershipsJOURNEY SO FAR!! he 1st CII-EXIM Bank The annual gathering enables the Indian 18-20 March 2012, the Conclave was Conclave on India-Africa and African leadership to take stock of addressed by the Hon’ble Vice President Project Partnership was the progress of the partnership and of Zimbabwe and the Hon’ble Prime held in the year 2005. The address future needs in this regard”. Minister of Central African Republic. initiative was launched by CII This was further reiterated when Mr. The increasing participation ofin partnership with EXIM Bank of India Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce, the African nations in the CII ledand with the support of the Ministry Industry & Textiles said “The annual Conclaves and the growing relevanceof External Affairs and the Ministry of Conclave has opened up innumerable of the platform has given shape toCommerce & Industry, Government cross-border business opportunities. policy dialogues of the Government ofof India. Over the last eight editions, it The presence of high-level delegations India, EXIM Bank and the Industry. CIIhas emerged as the pioneer event in was proof enough, of the importance membership has greatly benefited frombuilding partnerships and enhancing that Africa has attached to the Conclave”. the platform and as an institution. CIIthe economic engagement between the From the African side, Heads of State has shown its continuing commitmenttwo regions. and Senior Ministers have chosen the to the relationship. The effectiveness of the CII EXIM Conclave to bring focus to their country. The Annual CII Conclave in NewBank Conclave was best assessed by Mr. The Hon’ble Vice President of Burundi Delhi is scheduled at the end of thePranab Mukherjee, the then Minister of addressed the Conclave in 2007. In the Financial Year to ensure a strategicExternal Affairs, Government of India, year 2010, Hon’ble Vice President of push to the agenda evolved during thein his keynote address at 5th CII EXIM Ghana and the Hon’ble Prime Minister year through different outbound andBank Conclave in 2009. Mr. Mukherjee of Togo participated at the meet. The 7th inbound activities of CII. Since 2005, CIIsaid the Conclave has become a edition in 2011 had the participation of has organized 13 Regional Conclaves, inprestigious event for Indian and African Hon’ble Prime Minister of Mozambique Zambia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique,governments and industry to meet and and the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Togo. South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Uganda,explore new avenues of partnerships. At the latest, 8th edition held from Senegal, Tanzania, Namibia, and Nigeria.32 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • SPECIAL REPORT PROMOTING PARTNERSHIPS AT 3 LEVELS The essence of the CII Conclave has been to encourage Indian exporters to access the African countries and increase their presence in the region. A measure GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONAL ENTERPRISE »» ncreasing outreach of information on Indian enterprise in the identified I of success is the increasing participation sectors to Africa. level at the event. The other measure is »» ncreasing interaction between the Indian industry and Africa to address I the number of MOUs that are signed and specific opportunities. the value of projects that are discussed. »» iscussing possibilities for Indian participation on long term projects. D 1508 projects worth USD 103.88 billion »» Initiation of programs related to capacity building, including resource have been discussed in the 8 past mobilization for the same. editions. »» uilding upon the momentum gathered with the launch of the “India Africa B Forum Summit” and taking ahead the actionable agenda put forward during This multi-pronged target of the deliberations. increasing trade, investment and developmental activities requires a sustained and concentrated effort. The effort from CII has been to keep up the momentum and keep the Africa agenda Project Opportunities on the forefront of Indian exporters. The growing India-Africa economic 350 35 300 exchanges bear testimony to the tangible 30 250 25 benefits that have accrued from high 200 20 profile engagements at the conclaves. 150 15 The India growth story has found a 100 10 significantly larger following in Africa 50 5 in this period, evidenced by the growing 0 0 1st 2nd 4th participation of key African delegates at 3rd 5th 6th 7th 8th Conclave Conclave Conclave Conclave Conclave Conclave Conclave Conclave the annual conclaves. No. of Projects 178 103 300 153 193 157 204 220 Value (US$ Billions) 6 5.27 17 10.55 7.2 10.07 18.3 29.5 9th CII EXIM Bank Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnerships The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the growth of industry in India, partnering industry and government alike through advisory and consultative processes. CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry led and industry managed organization, playing a proactive role in India’s development process. Founded over 117 years ago, it is India’s premier business association, with a direct membership of over 7000 organizations from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 90.000 companies from around 400 national and regional sectoral associations. CII catalyses change by working closely with government on policy issues, enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and expanding business opportunities for industry through a range of specialized services and global linkages. It also provides a platform for sectoral consensus building and networking. Major emphasis is laid on projecting a positive image of business, assisting industry to identify and execute corporate citizenship programmes. Partnerships with over 120 NGOs across the country carry forward our initiatives in integrated and inclusive development, which include health, education, livelihood, diversity management, skill development and water, to name a few. The CII Theme for 20I2- 13, ‘Reviving Economic Growth: Reforms and Governance,’ accords top priority to restoring the growth trajectory of the nation, while building Global Competitiveness, Inclusivity and Sustainability. Towards this, CII advocacy will focus on structural reforms, both at the Centre and in the States, and effective governance, while taking efforts and initiatives in Affirmative Action, Skill Development, and International Engagement to the next level. With 63 offices including 10 Centres of Excellence in India, and 7 overseas offices in Australia, China, France, Singapore, South Africa, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 223 counterpart organizations in 90 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 33
  • SPECIAL REPORT In Rendezvous With... The India-Africa partnership has been a beacon of hope for greater South-South Cooperation Mr. Syamal Gupta Chairman, CII Africa Committee and Special Advisor, Tata International Ltd. has grown appreciably year-on-year cooperation in the energy sector and T which is an ample proof of the growing in the development and promotion of he Conclave on India-Africa relevancy of the event for both our alternative energy sources, as well as Project Partnership has regions. Last year, we saw the presence broaden the bilateral cooperation in developed into a platform of over 700 delegates from Africa. This R&D and skills development initiatives. that has enhanced the year we expect to receive an even The Conclave is also a key venue for presence of ‘Brand India’ in the greater number of friends from Africa at discussions on bilateral projects. Some African economies. What are your the Conclave. 1,508 projects worth $103.88 billion expectations from the 9th set of CII Each edition of the Conclave has have been discussed at the 8 conclaves Conclave? The annual CII-EXIM Bank Conclave contributed significantly toward held so far. This year, we will see a big on India-Africa Project Partnership is broadening the India-Africa economic spurt in these numbers too. indeed a huge confluence of thought and business partnerships, evidenced by leaders and decision makers from India the steady growth in our bilateral trade and the African states and serves as and investment flows. This year, perhaps How Confederation of Indian a credible platform for dialogue and we would focus on how to meet and Industry (CII) is committed to create business collaborations between Indian exceed the bilateral trade target of $90 a positive ambience for the emotive and African enterprises. Over the years, billion by 2015, identify a greater role engagements between Africa and the annual event has helped Indian for Indian industry in Africa’s regional India to move together for the mutual industry go beyond simple facilitation infrastructure programmes, such as benefits? of equipment supply toward partnering the Programme for Infrastructure CII steadfastedly promotes Indian African states in converting their natural Development in Africa (PIDA), find industry’s intrinsic stakeholder resources into productive assets. ways to leverage India’s farm expertise interest in Africa’s prosperity. Every Importantly, the participation to help Africa become the world’s year we organise a gamut of conclaves, of African delegates at the Conclave food basket, strengthen the bilateral conferences, and workshops in India 34 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • SPECIAL REPORTand Africa to facilitate multi-pronged skill & capacity building. You will appreciate that every onebusiness-to-business engagements and CII also organises India-Africa of our programmes and initiatives arepeople-to-people exchanges. Regional Conclaves in different African directed at both business expansion CII has 53 counterpart organisations capital cities. Since 2005, regional and sustainable development of ourin 27 African countries to facilitate conclaves have been held in Zambia, respective societies. At every stage weseamless exchange of information Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, South are conscious of the need to enhance thebetween Indian and African Industry. Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Uganda, Senegal, well being of 2.2 billion people living inBesides, we have strong links with Tanzania, Namibia and Nigeria. India and Africa.several investment promotion agencies Moreover, CII with the supportin African countries. of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), The CII Africa Committee drives Government of India, organises the Brief us about the high level politicalCII’s engagements with Africa. The Industrial Services Training Programme participation at the Conclave.Committee monitors the economic (ISTP) for senior representatives of Like every year, we have a galaxy ofpolicies of Indian and African states apex chambers of commerce / industrial political leaders attending the Conclave.and identifies the opportunities to associations from African countries. We will have the presence of H.E. Mrscale up Indian industry’s presence in Till date six ISTP programmes have K Museveni, President of Uganda, H.E.the African markets and build African been organised in New Delhi. We also Mr Joseph N Boakai, Vice Presidentbusiness presence in the Indian market. organise the India Africa Technology of Liberia, H.E. Dr. Guy Scott, ViceIt has four sub-committees, focused on Partnership Programme (IATPP) that President, Republic of Zambia, H.E. Mragriculture, power and infrastructure, helps enhance India’s technological Gervais Rufyikiri, 2nd Vice Presidentmining and natural resources and IT, partnership with Africa. of the Republic of Burundi, H.E. Mrwww.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 35
  • SPECIAL REPORT Philémon Yang, Prime Minister of developing countries in Africa. These across the length and breadth of Africa. Republic of Cameroon, H.E. Mr Daniel lines of credit are partly directed at Now, they are entering emerging and Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister of Cote expanding India’s export of product high-growth sectors like telecom, energy, d’Ivoire, H.E. Mr Rui Duarte Barros, groups identified as those with potential automobiles, healthcare, and the like, Prime Minister of Guinea Bissau, and to enhance trade between two regions. facilitated by more open FDI policies H.E. Mr Mohamed Said Fofana, Prime These include machinery and transport being pursued by African governments. Minister of the Republic Guinea. equipment, petroleum products, paper This is a very positive development as Senior ministers from Burkino Faso, and wood products, textiles, iron and increasing private participation in the Burundi, Cameroon, Central African steel, plastic and linoleum products, business sectors of Africa will result Republic, Chad, Congo (Democratic rubber manufactured products, agro in local capacity building, greater Republic), Congo (Republic), Cote products, chemicals and pharmaceutical knowledge sharing and transfer of d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Lesotho, products. The recipient countries in technologies and expertise, besides fast- Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Republic turn have been enhancing their exports tracking local employment generation and entrepreneurship. In the wake of these developments, Indian government agencies and corporates have also contributed to the manufacturing growth of many African economies through direct investments and effective knowledge and skill transfers. Today, as both regions aim to rapidly move up the global value of Guinea, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, to India, especially goods like petroleum, chain, there is a strong felt need to step Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe metallurgical goods, raw cotton, fruit, up bilateral collaborations in R&D and will lead their respective delegations at vegetables and preparations, chemicals, innovation, healthcare and education, the Conclave. non-metallic mineral manufactures, advanced technologies, manufacturing We will also have the participation precious stones, textile yarn, gold, nickel, excellence, SME development, of young parliamentarians from 20 and ferro-alloys. alternative energy development, water African states at the Conclave. As such, India is Africa’s fourth- conservation, green growth, food self- largest trading partner behind the sufficiency, among other key areas. EU, China and the US, and a significant The India-Africa partnership has investor across the continent. Bilateral been a beacon of hope for greater South- A large number of projects have trade reached $57 billion in 2011 and South Cooperation. Africa, like India, is utilized the Lines of Credit that have is targeted to reach $90 billion by 2015. firmly committed to the tenets of South- been announced for the Africa region South Cooperation, evidenced by the by the Exim Bank of India. How in increasing presence of business entities your opinion it will enhance the trade from the developing world in Africa, relations between Africa & India? Africa is strongly committed to As you know, Government of India and the growing trade and investment promote private sector initiatives pledged a $5-billion line of credit flows between African states and other and South-South Co-operation as key for development initiatives and an emerging and developing economies. engines of economic growth. How do additional $700 million for education This is greatly influenced by the shared you see Africa growing? and skill development in Africa during Several African states are witness history as well as the development the course of the Second India-Africa to economic reforms and liberalisation, challenges that confront all South Summit held in Addis Ababa. paving the way for greater private countries. Over the years, Exim Bank of sector participation in their growth In time, South-South Cooperation India has extended LOCs to regional process. Historically, Indian companies will contribute to Africa becoming the development banks in Africa and have spearheaded major watershed world’s food basket and a major global economically strong developing development projects and construction manufacturing hub. India will no doubt countries on commercial terms, besides of roads, railways, ports, airports and be a key partner to African states in this offering LOC at concessional terms to energy, power and engineering projects transformational journey. 36 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • SPECIAL REPORT Fact File Official Name: The Republic of Burundi Capital City: Bujumbura President: H.E. Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza Major Exports: Sugar, cotton, tea and coffee Major Imports: Foodstuff, petroleum products and capital goods Currency: Burundian franc Time Zone: UTC+02:00 Official Language: French and Kirundi Independence Day: 1st July, 1962 National Flag Coat of Arms Ministries Contact Details Ministry of Trade, Industry & Tourism P O Box 492 Bujumbura Burundi T- +257 22 259 717, +257 22 226317 F- +257 22 25 80 40, +257 22 22 5595 banaclet@yahoo.com, ntdodo@yahoo.fr Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock B.P 1850 Bujumbura, Burundi . T- +257 2222 2087 / +257 2222 5141 www.burundi-gov.bi/minagrie Ministry of Energy & Mines BP 745, Bujumbura, Burundi B T- +257 225909/21 32 66 F- +257 223337 www.burundi-gov.bi/ Ministry of Finance, Plans & Development BP 1830 Bujumbura, Burundi Exploring Investment Opportunities in Burundi T- +257 222 3988 F- +257 222 3827 www.burundi-gov.bi/economie urundi has shown to the world economy. The 2013 World Bank Doing Minister of External Relations and International Cooperation that the country is a privileged Business Report confirmed Burundi as Rue de etranger 65, Bujumbura, Burundi. BP 04 investment destination and, at the the Africa’s most improving nation in T- +257 7810 2020 F- + 257 7810 3030 same time, is embarking on boosting the easing the creation of business. Burundi info@burundi.nu http://www.burundi.dk 38 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • SPECIAL REPORToffers a promising venue for investments. region.” He added that the region shouldBurundi Investment Promotion Agency embark on value addition initiatives inis committed to furnish daily support agriculture through transformation andand assistance to investors by providing conservation, noting that it would boostaccurate information and updates on up to 95% of the region’s populationbusiness creation, substantial incentives who thrive on the sector.by the Investment Code provision, Also, the Government is in thepractical clues to set up a business plan, process of privatizing Burundi’sand, of course, making available relevant coffee industry – the largest source ofstatistical data. Overall, 3 sectors foreign exports and with many foreigni.e. Industry, ICTs and Agribusiness companies purchasing Burundian coffee,spearheaded 2012 investments in the interest in investing in this industryBurundi. is high. The magnetism of Burundi as a place Burundi has also spotted that theto invest relies on the improvement travel, tourism and hotel sector is aof the business environment by the sector with huge latent. The GovernmentGovernment. The efforts in ameliorating has taken several steps to develop itthe latter are focused on increasing the further. This is being done through acompetitiveness of the economy in order regulatory framework with policies,to enable the Burundian economy to take marketing and incentives geared toadvantage of the opportunities offered heighten the profile of the sector as oneby open markets. of the pillars of the economy. The sector Burundi is member of Economic depends heavily on manpower; it is anCommunities CEPGL, COMESA, EAC industry with a significant prerequisitetotaling more than 20 countries and on human interaction. Employment450 million consumers. Since 2008, the yielded across diverse demographicsprocess is started for the amalgamation (young, old, and women, men, skilledof these three communities into a single and unskilled) through this sector is oneregional community, (AEC) African of the best attributes put forward for itsEconomic Community. Indeed, the development in Burundi - as in otherintegration of Burundi in the Eastern developing countries in the world.African Community (EAC) and in the Development of this sector requiresCommon Market for Eastern and serious understanding of the complexitySouthern Africa (COMESA) represents of job creation, skills (soft and hard), asan opportunity in terms of Foreign well as knowledge transfer in a countryDirect Investment. The EAC increases like Burundi that is developing itsthe size of the market accessible to embryonic tourism industry.Burundian products and stimulates Hence, foreign investors in Burundithe diversification of local production. can count on sound business–conduciveOn the other hand, the country will be policy environment which guaranteesthe focal point of the trade within the equal and fair treatment of all foreignregional, link up the central Africa, the and local enterprises. Burundi has nooriental Africa and the southern Africa. economic or industrial strategies that According to a statement issued by discriminate against foreign investors.H.E. Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza, President The opportunities and challengesof the Republic of Burundi, “Greater currently facing Burundi are stronglyinternal market is necessary to increase linked to regional integration thatthe East African Community’s share forecast the creation of new realitiesin global trade and economy and for the direct foreign investments in theto spur new jobs for citizens of the country.www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 39
  • SPECIAL REPORT MESSAGE OF H.E. MR. ALOYS RUBUKA AMBASSADOR OF BURUNDI TO INDIA Let me first extend my heartfelt thanks to the whole team of “THE TIMES OF AFRICA” magazine for their superb work, and for allowing me to talk, in few words, about India - Burundi Cooperation and to have the opportunity to showcase various areas in which our country is ready to offer to the Indian investors. My sincere thanks should also go to the organising team of the 9th EXIM-Bank Conclave for the invitation given to us. His Excellency Gervais RUFYIKIRI, 2nd Vice President of the Republic of Burundi, is leading a big delegation which includes both Government and Private officials to the said Conclave. Since July, 2009 when Burundi opened its Diplomatic Mission in New Delhi, the bilateral relationship between our two countries has been cordial. Apart from the state visit of His Excellency Pierre NKURUNZIZA, President of the Republic of Burundi, in New Delhi, last year, Burundi has been responding positively to many conferences organised by Indian government. In 2008, our country attended the first India Africa Forum Summit held here in New Delhi and the second took place in Addis Ababa, the capital of the Republic of Ethiopia in 2011. These two summits have constituted important milestones in shaping new and much more dynamic relations between India and Africa in general and with Burundi in a particular way. Memorandums of Understanding have so far been signed between our two countries whether in health, education or rural development sectors; a second line of credit for farm mechanization and food processing has been granted and many projects of infrastructures and capacity building are in process. To the investors who wish to come to invest in Burundi, they should note that a new investment code including attractive incentives; and providing guarantees; a business environment constantly improving; and other many reforms in investment policies have been done for their advantages: Exoneration of charges incurred for acquisition of land; Corporate tax credit equivalent to 37% of the value of depreciable goods invested for any investment of at least BIF 100 million (app. USD 77,000); exemption from paying VAT(18%) on imported investment goods for any investment of at least 500 million (app.USD 385,000); and some other areas such as protecting investors, paying taxes, getting construction permits and resolving insolvency, just to mention a few, have been adjusted. Today Burundi ranks among the top countries whereby doing business facilities are at everyone`s reach. We are now progressing towards achieving a business environment that is both attractive and give-and-take economic growth. Located in the heart of Africa, on the crossroads of Central and Eastern Africa, Northern and Southern Africa, and being a member of some regional organisations like EAC and COMESA, Burundi provides a very huge market, more than 450 million consumers; to potential investors. Above all, Burundi distinguishes itself as an evergreen country, home of 6% of the world`s Nickel reserves and a huge variety of mineral resources which include gold, tin, tantalite, amongst others. Key sectors for investment include Agriculture; Manufacturing of metals and mining; Education; Health; Infrastructure; Housing and Tourism. The 9th CII EXIM BANK Conclave will give to Indian and Burundian Business people the opportunity to know more each other and will hopefully pave the way for strong waves of fruitful exchanges Thank You 40 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
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  • SPECIAL REPORT Fact File Official Name: Republic of Cameroon President: H.E. Mr. Paul Biya Capital City: Yaoundé Official Language: French Currency: Central African CFA franc Time Zone: UTC+01:00 Independence Day: 20th May,1972 National Flag Coat of Arms Africa in Miniature Cameroon is a developing country in central Africa that offers many natural and cultural attractions. Its profuse natural resources, favorable geographic position, and relative political stability has provided Cameroon to build one of the most thriving and flourishing economies in sub-Saharan Africa. Cameroon is steadily becoming a travel destination for the tourists. There are a number of attractive features that propose travelers the delight of basking the beauty of nature and also of pampering in fun and adventure. 42 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • C SPECIAL REPORT ameroon, officially the Republic of Cameroon is Immense Economic a country in west Central Cameroon has a rich and diversified Potential Africa. It is bordered by commodity-based economy. Agriculture Nigeria to the west; Chad was the sole engine of growth and to the northeast; the Central African foreign-exchange earnings until Republic to the east; and Equatorial the late 1970s when oil became the Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of primary engine of growth. Food and the Congo to the south. Cameroon is export crops, livestock, fishing and a developing country in central Africa forestry are the main foundation of the that offers many natural and cultural economy, accounting for about 29% attractions and because of its geological of GDP, employing some 50% of the Beauty of Mount Cameroon and cultural diversity; the country is active population, and generating more called “Africa in Miniature”. Natural than half of total export earnings. The features include beaches, deserts, petroleum and manufacturing sectors mountains, rainforests, and savannas. represent 20% of GDP. Of this the oil The highest point is Mount Cameroon in sector accounts for less than 5% of GDP the southwest, and the largest cities are but contributes 35% of government Douala, Yaoundé and Garoua. Cameroon revenue and export receipts. The is home to over 200 different linguistic secondary sector contributes 31% of groups. GDP and employs 15% of the population. Because of its modest oil resources Cameroon is the most important market and constructive agricultural conditions, in the Communauté économique et Cameroon has one of the best-endowed monétaire de l’Afrique centrale (CEMAC), primary commodity economies in sub- accounting for nearly half of the GDP. Technology revolutionizes agriculture in Cameroon Saharan Africa. New mining projects in diamonds, for example have attracted foreign investments. The country has Agriculture is prosperous and diverse, but Agriculture generally basked stability, which has largely unexploited. However, with only allowed the growth and development 13 percent of land in Cameroon classified of agriculture, roads, and railways, as as arable, food production has previously well as a petroleum industry. The met virtually all local requirements. Most country remains primarily agricultural, agricultural production is in the hands but it has gradually broadened into the of smallholders, with the exception of production of petroleum and lumber, rubber and palm, which are run under the and the provision of basic industries and plantation system. Millet, sorghum, rice, services. A busy market yam, cassava and plantain are produced QUICK VIEWÇÇ Rich and diversified commodity-based economy Mining Oil ChemicalÇÇ New mining projects Cameroon has rich deposits of Bauxite but remain Cameroon’s government has proposed Pharmaceutical in diamonds have unexploited; there are also deposits of iron ore and a 16 percent increase in its 2013 budget, and chemical attracted foreign prospective reserves of gold, diamonds, uranium, betting on a rebound in flagging crude process industries investments rutile, industrial clays and low-grade nickel and oil production to help fund it. The central are gradually cobalt. Tin is mined on a very small scale. It produces African state proposed a budget of 3,236 emerging in theÇÇ Ample deposits of 12,000 ct of diamonds and 20,000 oz of gold annually. billion CFA francs, up by 436 billion from country. This sector Bauxite Investment by large mining companies is needed to the 2012 budget, as it boosts spending has also attractedÇÇ16% increase in 2013 exploit underground riches. A new mining code is on infrastructure projects, including a major share of budget for crude oil planned to encourage foreign investors. hydropower developments. foreign investment. www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 43
  • SPECIAL REPORT yielding around 20% of export revenue, and employing some 55,000 people Major exports from India Major imports from in the country. There is though, a great to Cameroon Cameroon to India untouched prospective in the forestry sector. Cameroon could be one of the »» Pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals »» Petroleum crude chief exporters of timber and other »» Transport equipment »» Wood and wood products wood products. Recent reforms and the »» Plastic and linoleum products »» Metaliferrous ores and scraps government’s ban on the export of all »» Inorganic chemicals »» Iron and steel for both domestic consumption and for ideal terrain and low rates of disease unprocessed timber have resulted in exports to countries within the central among stocks. increased processed timber production African region. The main cash crops, and export, but a 30% decline in which provide about 40 per cent of unprocessed timber. Cameroon was Cameroon exports, are cocoa (Cameroon With forests and woodland making previously the largest producer of logs in Forestry is the world’s fifth-largest producer), up nearly 78 per cent of the country’s Africa, almost 60 per cent of which were coffee and cotton. Livestock raising is a area, the forestry sector is the country’s exported. significant sub-sector, benefiting from second largest export earner after oil, Lom Pangar Dam to ameliorate the country’s USD 42 million LOC electricity potential extended by EXIM Bank to Cameroon Energy is needed for economic growth, for improving the quality of life and for increasing The dam is having a capacity of 6 billion m3 of water which allows regulating the flow for cassava plantation opportunities for development. Cameroon of the Sanaga, in the medium term, to increase project is definitely committed to the growth and the production capacity of existing plants like expansion of the energy sector to improve Edea and Song Loulou and to supplement the access to electricity in rural areas and large hydroelectric development of this great river in cities. Cameroon has launched the Lom Pangar longer term. ADB has invested a total of 32.19 Hydroelectric Dam Project in order to improve billion francs CFA (13.37%) in the financing plan the electricity potential of the country. H.E. of the project, whose overall cost is 240.9 billion Mr. Paul Biya, President of the Republic of CFA francs. According to the Cameroonian Cameroon has welcomed the predominant role authorities, "ADB is the first partner of the played by the Group of the African Development country in the energy sector". ADB estimates Mr. T.C.A. Ranganathan, Chairman and Bank and also praised the World Bank (WB), 3500 of jobs which will contribute to the Managing Director with H.E. Mr. Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, Minister of Economy, the French Development Agency (AFD), the project. In addition, it will increase access to Planning & Regional Development, Cameroon Development Bank of Central African States electricity, lower production costs and attract At the behest of the Government of India, (BDEAC) and the European Investment Bank new investors. Moreover, the project is going Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) (EIB), who contributed in the execution of this to affect areas such as urbanization, education, extended a Line of Credit (LOC) of USD 42 million project. health, security of goods and persons. to the Government of Cameroon, for financing Cassava Plantation Project in Cameroon. This Investment in two new banks is the second LOC extended by Exim Bank to Cameroon. The first LOC of USD 37.65 million Minister of Finance, H.E. Mr. Alamine Ousmane the system of rural finance and encourage was extended for financing (i) Maize Farm Mey has made an announcement that the job creation across the country. They are Plantation Project (USD 18.77 million) and Cameroonian Government has released 20 supposed to facilitate such access to finance by (ii) Rice Farm Plantation Project (USD 18.88 billion CFA francs, or 30.5 million, to form the farmers and promoters of small and medium million). Under the LOCs, Exim Bank reimburses capital of two new institutions, the Cameroon enterprises (SMEs), in a country where 60% 100% of contract value to the Indian exporter, Rural Financial Corporation (Carfic) and of the population lives from agriculture and upfront upon the shipment of goods / provision the Bank of Cameroonian SMEs (SME BC). 90%of companies are SMEs. With this opening, of services. Exim Bank’s LOCs afford a risk-free, Both institutions should start working this the Government hopes to reduce the volume of non-recourse export financing option to Indian year. The two new entities will aim to fortify imports through a revival of national production. exporters. 44 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
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  • SPECIAL REPORT H.E. Mr. Philemon Yang, Cameroon’s Prime Minister Sonara Oil Refinery Oil search begins in Moabi block gets funding The Government of Cameroon has engaged period of three years. This will comprise in According to the General Manager, Charles PERENCO Cameroon, an affiliate of the the reprocessing and interpretation of existing Metouk of Sonara Oil Refinery, it will obtain PERENCO Group, to carry out oil exploration on 3G seismic data and the drilling of two wells 75 billion CFA francs ($164 million) from eight the Moabi block (former Mondoni Concession), to a minimum depth of 1,100 metres with a banks to finance the various expansion projects situated offshore in the Rio Del Rey basin corresponding investment estimated at 35 that it has in the pipeline. Cameroon sole crude covering a total surface area of 137.13 square million US dollars. The programme could be oil processor Sonara Oil Refinery gets funding kilometers. This follows a Production Sharing extended to two other additional periods of to the tune of $164 million in a bid to finance its Contract signed at the headquarters of the two years each depending on the results of expansion plans. National Hydrocarbons Corporation (NHC) the first period. The drilling of one exploration In a statement given by the General in Yaounde on January 15 in a ceremony well each is previewed to a minimum depth of Manager, the refinery, that is located at Limbe, chaired by the Minister of Mines, Industries 1,100 metres during the extension. The total about 350 kilometers (217 miles) southwest and Technological Development, Emmanuel minimum investment for the three periods of the capital, Yaounde, proposes to ramp up Bonde. The Executive General Manager of NHC, totaling seven years is estimated at 65 million its capacity to 4 million metric tons by 2015 Adolphe Moudiki, signed with the Minister for US dollars. The Group is present in Cameroon from the current 2.1 million tons. The lenders Cameroon while Denis Clerc-Renaud, General through PERENCO Cameroon and PERENCO comprise of U.K.-based Standard Chartered Manager of PERENCO Cameroon, signed for Rio Del Rey affiliates with a present operated Plc (STAN), Societe Generale (GLE) SA’s unit his Group. The terms of the Production Sharing cumulative production of 45,000 barrels per in Cameroon, Lome-based Banque Atlantique Contract stipulate that PERENCO will realise day accounting for 75 per cent of the total and Commercial Bank Cameroon, Metouk said. a work programme on the land for a first national daily production. The refinery, which is presently involved only in the processing of light crude, following its expansion will equip itself to be able to refine Transformation of the transport sector heavy crude, similar to the variety that is pumped in Cameroon, he said. The African Development Fund, the indirectly, the population of states located in the concessional window of the group of African eastern part of Nigeria in view of the regional Development Bank has approved a loan of nature of the Project. The project involves approximately $ 73 million for developing the the rehabilitation of 150 km of roads and also region of South-West Cameroon by improving includes related activities on the development road that links Kumba to Mamfe. This road is of rural roads, rehabilitation of socio-economic of strategic significance. Without a doubt, it is infrastructure and the promotion of youth an extension of the Bamenda-Enugu corridor employment. The involvement of ADB Group between Cameroon and Nigeria (funding from represents nearly half of the total project ADB Group) to the economic capital, Douala. cost, estimated at USD 167 million. Other The main beneficiaries are the populace of the co-financiers are the Development Bank of three departments of the region of South-West Central Africa (49 million) and the Republic of Sonara Oil Refinery Cameroon (about 1.5 million people), but also Cameroon (45 million USD). 48 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • I SPECIAL REPORT would like to convey my facilitations to the team of THE TIMES OF AFRICA who is bringing out a very useful and colourful magazine on the African continent. This is a special issue of the Times of Africa magazine on the 9th CII EXIM Bank Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership, and Republic of Cameroon is participating as a “Guest Country”. We are expecting large number of official and business delegation from Cameroon under the leadership of Prime Minister of Cameroon followed by the Ministers from Agriculture and Rural Development, Social Affairs, Public Works and Small and Medium Size Enterprises and many more. We are submitting many projects and need Indian industry participation in terms of joint venture, investment, transfer of technology and setting up manufacturing units in Cameroon. Since, Cameroon hasMr. R K Mahna not yet opened their diplomatic office in India, so they have appointed me to deal with Indian industry, government as well as with EXIM Bank and other financialDesignated institutions on their behalf in India.Representative of Republic of Cameroon has cordial relations with India and bilateral trade with India during 2011-12 stood USD 720.80 millions. Because of its modest oil resources andThe Ministry of favorable agricultural conditions, Cameroon has one of the best-endowed primary commodity economies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 1990, the Government has embarked on various IMF and World Bank programs designed to spur businessEconomy, Planning investment, increase efficiency in agriculture, improve trade, and recapitalizeand Regional the nation’s banks. The IMF is pressing for more reforms, including increasedDevelopment, budget transparency, privatization, and poverty reduction programs. Subsidies for electricity, food and fuel have strained the budget. New mining projects – inRepublic of diamonds, for example – have attracted foreign investment, but large ventures will take time to develop. Cameroon is rich in natural resources- Petroleum, Bauxite, IronCameroon ore, Timber and Hydropower. In the agricultural sector Cameroon grow – Coffee, Cocoa, Cotton, Rubber, Bananas, Oil Seed, Grains, Cassava, Livestock, and Timber. Republic of Cameroon invites Indian business community to make their investments and set up their manufacturing units in the country. I would also like to congratulate the Editor-in-chief of the magazine for his best and sincere efforts in promoting and highlighting the Africa-India relations, forthcoming events, business news from the last couple of years. Thank Youwww.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 49
  • SPECIAL REPORT Fact File Official Name: The Republic of Guinea-Bissau President: H.E. Mr. Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo Capital City: Bissau Major Exports: Cashew nuts, fish, shrimp, ground nuts, peanuts, palm kernels, sawn lumber Major Imports: Foodstuffs, machinery and transport equipment, petroleum products Currency: West African CFA Franc Time Zone: Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) Official Language: Portuguese G Independence Day: 24th September, 1973 Plenty of Potential National Flag Coat of Arms uinea-Bissau is one of Africa’s member of the African Union, Economic Latin Union, Community of Portuguese smallest states with a little Community of West African States, Language Countries, La Francophonie population and is composed Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the and the South Atlantic Peace and of the mainland part and thousands of Cooperation Zone. small islands on the Atlantic shore. It The Government is in the course of is categorized an economy dependent getting backing from the World Bank, primarily on the export of cashew nuts in international financial partners and CONTACT DETAILS OF MINISTRIES raw form, potash mining and subsistence the West African Development Bank Ministry of Energy, Industry and fishing and farming. As the sixth largest (BOAD); a program of rehabilitation of Natural Resources Caixa Postal 269 Bissau, Guinea producer of cashew nuts in the world, the infrastructural sector. In addition, T- (245) 322 37 65, (245) 720 18 63 / 661 53 83 the industry represents 20 percent of to deepen the structural reform in the F- (245) 322 37 65 bubakarjalo@yahoo.fr, sanca_oapi@yahoo.fr Guinea-Bissau’s total GDP as well as infrastructural sector, the Government 85 percent of all jobs in the country. It is planning to open financial bids for Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, Youth and Sports provides a modest living for most of long-term leasing contract (contract Caixa Postal 338 Bissau, Guinea Guinea-Bissau’s farmers and is the main d’affermage) of the infrastructure utility T- (245) 665 42 16 F- (245) 252 785 / 202 244 foundation of foreign exchange. The lack and create an independent regulatory filipeguilhermel@hotmail.com of cashew nut processing facilities in the agency. Ministry of Commerce, Industry, country has also caused their cashew The country is committed to join the Tourism and Artisans nuts to be sold well below international growing band of African nations that are Caixa Postal 1024 Bissau, Guinea T- +245 32 02 171 market prices. Guinea-Bissau is a rapidly moving up the economic gears. F- +245 32 06 062 comercioturismo@sol.gtelecom.gw 50 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • SPECIAL REPORTWith its miles of unspoilt white beaches,good arable land and virtually untappedmineral resources, Guinea-Bissau islooking for investors in the tourism,agriculture and mining sectors. The main industries in the countryare the following ones:»» ice milling R»» rtisanal production of cooking oil A (groundnut and others)»» rocessing of cashew nuts P»» eer and soft drinks B»» pirit S»» ropical-fruit juice T»» ight metal-related mechanic L Guinea- Bissau: The sixth largest producer of cashew nuts in the world»» onservation of fishing produce C the map of dynamic Africa but this small the geography to grow at a reasonable»» eramics C country has no shortage of investment rate. It has an abundance of high-quality»» oultry P opportunities. Nevertheless, Guinea- land and favourable rainfall. Its rich»» ood industries W Bissau has considerable potential. mineral deposits, exotic biodiversity,»» nergy production E According to the World Bank “The fishing and tourism potential could Guinea-Bissau has largely fallen off country has the natural resources and provide diverse sources of income.”www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 51
  • SPECIAL REPORT Fact File Official Name: The Republic of Guinea President: H.E Prof. Alpha Condé Capital City: Conakry Major Exports: Bauxite, Iron Ore, Diamond, Gold, Agricultural products(Coffee, Pineapple etc) Major Imports: Oil products, Metals, Transport equipments, Foodstuffs, Textiles and Grains. Currency: The Guinean franc Time Zone: No UTC/GMT offset (UTC+0) Official Language: French Independence Day: 2nd October, 1958 National Flag Coat of Arms CONTACT DETAILS OF MINISTRIES Ministry of Economy and Finance BP 579 Conakry Guinea T- +224 30 45 21 20 Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Guineans Abroad BP 2519 Conakry Guinea T- +224 30 45 12 70 F- +224 30 41 16 21 A Geological Miracle Ministry of International Co-operation BP 1210 Conakry Guinea T- +224 30 43 37 40 The West African Nation, Guinea Conakry is all set to attend F- +224 30 43 39 38 coopguinee@yahoo.fr the 9th CII EXIM Bank Conclave on India-Africa Project Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Partnerships. A high profile delegation from both private sector Tourism BP 468 Conakry Guinea and government is arriving to participate in this mega event T- +224 30 45 40 79 F- +224 30 41 39 90 which would be addressed by Hon’ble Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Ministry of Livestock Farming Mohamed Said Fofana. The delegation would be discussing a BP 576 Conakry Guinea T- +224 30 46 44 06 list of projects as mentioned with the Indian counterparts. 52 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • SPECIAL REPORT SUBSECTOR LIST OF PROJECTS WHERE INDIAN PARTICIPATION IS REQUIRED No of Order Amount in Project Name Status By Priority millions USD 1 PDR Forécariah Phase II 26.11 study available 2 Improved rice production for food self-sufficiency 28.5 study available Agriculture 3 Projects of the development of irrigation in guinea 70 study not available 4 Project to support rural development of Gaoual ` 31.5 study not available and Koundara 4 Projects SUBTOTAL 156.11 1 Pan-African network of online services 21.6 study not availableTélécommunication - Connection of 10 universities 14 study not available - Connection of 8 hospitals 7.6 study not available 2 ITC acces centers (350 acces centers) 17.5 study not available 2 Projects SUBTOTAL 60.7 1 Construction and equipments of the University 15 study available libraries in Guinea Higher education 2 Laboratory equipment of basic level and 6 study not available specialized laboratories 2 Projects SUBTOTAL 75 Technical 1 Construction and equipment of eight regional 8 study available education schools of arts and craft, 1 Project SUBTOTAL 85 1 Studies, construction and equipment of 5.7 study available the school of excellence of Dubékra 2 Design, construction and equipment of 3.8 study available Pre-university a high school of girls in Forécariah education 3 Construction of 2,000 classrooms. 42 study available 4 Construction and equipment of laboratories 1.6 study available 5 Construction and equipment of virtual libraries 2.6 study available in 8 regions 6 Construction and equipment of 38 school 7.8 study available health centers 6 Projects SUBTOTAL 63.5 1 Design and construction of the 110 KV 35 study available transport line Matoto-Tombo Energy 2 Rehabilitation of Hydropower plants 60 study available (Garafiri-Great Falls - Donkey -) 3 Phase3:Rehabilitation and extension of networks distribution of regional capitals Faranah NZérékoré Kanakan, Labé 30 study availablewww.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 53
  • SPECIAL REPORT SUBSECTOR LIST OF PROJECTS WHERE INDIAN PARTICIPATION IS REQUIRED No of Order Amount in Project Name Status By Priority millions USD 4 Design and construction of the Hydroelectric LOKUA + transport line + Rural Electrification 53 study not available 5 Design and construction of the hydropower plant of Kogbedou (Upper Guinea) 83 study available 6 Strengthening positions of the fonts of sonfonia, Matoto and Maneya 25 study available Hydraulic for 7 225 kV interconnection line between Maneya and villages Matoto 30 study available 8 Barrage Hydroélectrique in Daboya 28.8 current study 9 Projects SUBTOTAL - SECTEUR DE LENERGIE 344.8 1 Hydraulic projects in the villages of 19.2 study available NZérékoré, Lola and Yomou 2 Hydraulic projects in the villages of Kérouané, 16.1 study available and mandiana 3 Hydraulic projects in the villages of Gueckedou 23.25 study available and Kissidougou 3 Projects SUBTOTAL 58.55 1 Implementation of the Convention on Biological 30 study not available Environment Diversity in Guinea 1 Project SUBTOTAL 30 1 Sériba Madinagounas road 55 study available 2 kankan-Kérouané-Beyla-Yomou roads 77 study available 3 Development of the expressway into 2X2 lanes 40 study available Public works 4 Rehabilitation of the national 202 study available road-Mamou-Dabola Kouroussa 5 Work on the road Boké-Quebo 55 study available 6 Work on the roads labé- tougué-Dinguiraye-Siguiri 90 study available 7 Construction of 4 bridges 4 in place of ferry 13.74 study available 8 road Labé - Mali - Kédougou 166.71 study available 9 Development of the transversa lT 7 9 study available South into 1X2 ways 9 Projects SUBTOTAL 708.45 1 Renovation and extension of Donka Hospital 56.2 study available Health 2 Project to build four regional hospitals 56.6 current study 2 Projects SUBTOTAL 112.8 39 projects TOTAL GENERAL 1,695 For more details contact: Embassy of the Republic of Guinea, 26, Poorvi Marg, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi 110057 Tel: +91 11 46540211/ 46540213 Fax: +91 46544440, Email: ambaguineedelhi@gmail.com 54 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • SPECIAL REPORT M y country, the Republic of Guinea, its President, Professor Alpha Condé and my Government are pleased for the participation of a Guinean Delegation to the 9th Conclave on the Partnership Project between India and Africa. MESSAGE OF H.E. MR. The presence of a Guinean delegation from such level and consistency is the symbol of the excellence of our relations with India and our commitment to the cause of MOHAMED African Continent which is engaged in a mutually beneficial partnership with India, the Asian subcontinent with the momentum of economic and technical development SAID is captivating the world. FOFANA I salute and congratulate the Government of India and the Confederation of Indian Industry for having initiated this successful interaction context between the PRIME Government and the Indian and African private sector to create conditions for economic growth and wealth with the enormous potential that have both partners. Long been absent from this conclave, the Guinean participation is the result of a MINISTER OF successful democratic process, the most important and historic step was the election in November 2010 of Professor Alpha Condé as President of the Republic THE REPUBLIC after decades of democratic deficit in the country. Thus the government’s foreign policy on the basis of the return of the country to the international arena and the OF GUINEA CONAKRY subsequent opening of a diplomatic mission in New Delhi contributed substantially to facilitate the participation of our country to this important meeting of the economic diplomacy. My Government proposes to India and to different economic sector of India a selection of major projects we would like to see the realization for the well-being of the people of Guinea. Famous for its mineral potential, Guinea also has an agricultural potential and hydro-energy which are priceless in an attractive business environment. Come invest in Guinea, our doors are open. Your investments are secured. The rule of win-win basis is our creed. Thank you.www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 55
  • SPECIAL REPORT Fact File Official Name: The Republic of Uganda Official Language: English President: H.E. Mr. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Independence Day: 9th October,1962 Capital City: Kampala Major Exports: Agricultural products, coffee, tea, cotton, copper, oil, fish, cotton, tobacco Major Imports: Capital equipment, vehicles, petroleum, medical supplies, cereals Currency: Ugandan Shilling National Flag Coat of Arms Time Zone: UTC+03:00 Ministries CONTACT DETAILS Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development Plot 2/12 Apollo Kaggwa Road P.O.Box- 8147 Kampala, Uganda T- +256-414-707000 F- +256-414-230163 http://www.finance.go.ug Ministry of Foreign Affairs P.O.Box 7048, Kampala 2A/B Apollo Kaggwa Road Kampala 256 Uganda T- +256-414-345661, +256-414-257525 F- +256-41-258722/232874 info@mofa.go.ug http://www.mofa.go.ug Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development Kampala Road P .O.Box 7270 Kampala, Uganda T- +256 414-349342, +256 41 311111 F- +256 41 234732 info@energy.go.ug, psmemd@energy.go.ug http://http//www.energyandminerals.go.ug/ Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry & Fisheries PO Box 102 Entebbe, Uganda T- +256 41 320300 F- +256 41 321047 psmaaif@infocom.co.ug http://http//www.agriculture.go.ug/ T Ministry of Defence PO Box 132 Bombo, Uganda T- +256 41 435 6550 F- +256 41 435 6641 spokesman@defenceuganda.mil.ug http://http//www.defenceuganda.mil.ug he Pearl of Africa, strategically of the most stable and peaceful countries Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda located at the heart of Sub- in Africa. The stability in the country’s has launched a series of pro-market Saharan Africa within the East policies and society has had a positive policies which liberalized the economy, African region has recently turned 50. impact on its economy. Determined to attracting greater investment inflows. Uganda has long been regarded as one revitalize the economy H.E. Mr. Yoweri The country which is gifted by nature 56 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • SPECIAL REPORTis endowed with substantial natural glass, fertilizers, plastics etc. The actively participated in Uganda’sresources, including ample fertile land, industrial sector is being rehabilitated economic development over the past fiveregular rainfall, and mineral deposits to resume production of building and decades, and today, Uganda is home tolike copper, gold. construction materials, such as cement, about 22,000 PIO and Indians, imparting Recently the East African country reinforcing rods, corrugated roofing greater connectivity with Ugandans.has been named as the bird watching sheets, and paint. Domestically produced Indians and persons of Indian origin playdestination for 2013. The distinctive consumer goods include plastics, soap, a key role in the Ugandan economy in theattraction of Uganda as a tourist cork, beer, and soft drinks. manufacturing, trade and service sectors.destination arises from a variety of its The discovery of oil in the country Indian businesses employ thousandsgame stock and its unspoiled scenic has seen the arrival of international of Ugandans and are among the largestbeauty. Uganda offers an interesting giants like UK’s Tullow Oil and France’s taxpayers in Uganda.contrast ranging from the wide East Total in the sector. This is expected to The bilateral Indo-UgandanAfrican plains and expansive savanna bring investments of up to $ 10 billion relationship has been nurtured throughgrasslands. The country offers a wide into Uganda. In a move to ensure that a stream of high level visits over therange of bird species for viewing the value addition of the extracted years, which have boosted cooperationin addition to numerous sporting crude takes place within the country, across a number of areas. In recentopportunities such as mountain climbing the government has put in place a years, economic cooperation has grownand water sports including white water refinery project. This is expected to rapidly. Bilateral trade now is close torafting. result in greater investment and higher $500 million, going up more than four Agriculture is the most important employment. Given its immense natural times since 2006-07. India’s exportssector of the economy, employing over wealth, the future potential of its oil to Uganda increased by almost 5080% of the work force. Coffee accounts reserves and its continued natural percent in 2011-12 over the previousfor the bulk of export revenues. Uganda’s advantage in agriculture, the Ugandan year. Indian companies were the secondeconomy is poised to grow by 4.5 percent economy looks set to move ahead at full largest source of FDI in Uganda induring the Financial Year ending June 30, stream. 2011. The sectors of engagement are2013 up from 3.4 percent GDP growth pharmaceuticals, transport equipment,in 2012. According to a recent survey, agro-processing machinery, etc.Uganda has been ranked as the most Booming Uganda-Indiatransparent country in terms of budget Relations between India and Uganda relationsopenness in the East African region. began with the arrival of over 30,000 Seven (7) reasons why you Opportunities include commercial Indians in Uganda in the 19th century should invest in Uganda?farming and value addition, as well as who were brought there to constructthe manufacture of inputs and supply the Mombasa–Kampala railway line. The »» Predictable Environmentof agricultural machinery. Fish and two countries enjoy warm and close »» Fully Liberalized Economyfish products are the leading foreign »» Strong natural Resource Base ties based on development aspirations »» Government Commitment to Privateexchange earner for Uganda in the and membership of the commonwealth. Sectornon-traditional exports category. With People of Indian Origin (PIO) have »» Trainable Labourover 4.9 million hectares of rich forest »» Security of Investmentvegetation, Uganda possesses abundant »» Investment Incentivespotential in areas like timber processingor export manufacture of high qualityfurniture/wood products and variouspackaging materials. Uganda’smanufacturing sector has grown steadilyover the last five years at an estimatedaverage of 7.7% annually. Opportunitiesexist in virtually all areas ranging frombeverages, leather; tobacco basedprocessing, paper, textiles and garments,pharmaceuticals, fabrication, ceramics Crown Crane- The National Bird of Ugandawww.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 57
  • IN FOCUS NIGER MALI Ouagadoughou BURKINA FASO BENIN B GHANA IVORY COAST TOGO Burkina Faso:Towards a new era of growthand opportunities urkina Faso is located in the per capita is the eight largest at US$ 506 in heart of West Africa and has a 2010. population of roughly 16 million Burkina Faso has a favourable, innovative inhabitants. It is the 4th largest and attractive legal and regulatory framework populated market in Economic for the protection, security and promotion Community of West African States (ECOWAS). of investments. It has a common currency The market size of Burkina Faso in the high with UEMOA which is freely convertible income segment (US$ 20,000-45,000 annual with a fixed parity in relation with the Euro. household income) is 1 million households. It It has a young, dynamic and enterprising is evolving and growing at a very rapid pace. population as well as an abundant and hard- Furthermore, Burkina Faso has the highest working work force. The country’s political rate of urbanization in the ECOWAS, making it and institutional stability, its sustainable and an extremely attractive consumer market for healthy macroeconomic context makes it a retail investments. It provides access to 287 prime choice for investors. million consumers as an ECOWAS member Burkina Faso has a significant untapped with a combined GDP of US$ 530 billion as economic potential which can be exploited in on March 2010. At 5.8% Burkina Faso’s GDP almost all the sectors the major ones being as growth rate is highest in the ECOWAS. Its GDP follows:60 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • IN FOCUS The supply of meat through stock production is below the high domestic and sub-regional demand. The milk production is insufficient to meet the domestic demand while there is also a demand at the sub-regional level. To increase production in these sectors there is an opportunity to set up modern livestock farms, to improveAgriculture is the main livelihood of Africa. There is scope for introduction seed for forage crop, setting up artificialabout 80% of the population and its of genetically modified organic cotton insemination centers and deployment ofcontribution to the GDP in 2008 was culture and for setting up cotton fiber modern infrastructure.20%. Old methods of agriculture are processing units.still in practice and the government Fruits and vegetables accounted foris actively seeking to modernize the 4.5% of the GDP in 2009 with Frenchagricultural process. Only 1/3rd of beans, tomatoes, onions, potatoes,the 9 million hectares of arable land is mangoes, sesame, peanuts and cashewunder cultivation. Cotton is the chief being the major crops. These cropsagricultural product and Burkina Faso is present a huge potential for foodthe top cotton producer in Sub Saharan processing plants. Burkina Faso is a mineral rich country and in addition to mineral resources like zinc, manganese, copper, iron etc. there are gold deposits almost everywhere in the country. In fact over the past few years gold has become an important export from Burkina Faso. There has been major liberalization in this sector mines can be exploited by the private sector.www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 61
  • IN FOCUS This sector contributed 12.2% to the GDP development of animal feed concentrate The rate of urbanization in 2009 was in 2007. Agro food, beverage products, for livestock and poultry, establishment 20%. The national policy aims at textiles, raw hide and skin are the chief of produce processing plants for oilseeds, converting towns to economic growth industrial sectors. The government fruits and vegetables and setting up of and development centers and ensuring is keen to promote private industrial textile industries. access to lodging for the population. investments and has established new The social housing programme of industrial zones in towns and on the the government to construct 10,000 sites of growth centers. Keeping in houses has received funding from mind the importance of agriculture the Government of India with 80% and livestock in the country there is of the work being sourced to Indian potential for setting up food processing companies. Keeping in mind the units for milk and meat, building of governments focus to make Burkina refrigerated slaughterhouses, setting Faso a strong emerging country, there up leather goods manufacturing plants, is huge scope to set up commercial and industrial activity zones. The Government has fully opened There is an increasing demand for this sector (fixed telephony, cellular broadband connectivity and despite telephony and internet) to competition there being seven internet service and also set up the Regulatory Authority providers to the public, the supply for Electronic Communications (ARCE). remains widely under consumer expectations. There is potential for investment in building the network of the national territory through optical fiber, building the regional network, development of Wireless Fidelity (Wi- Fi), Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WIMAX) and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and also for the development of electronic cash. In March 2004, the Government adopted in favour of private investors in this sector. a project to partially disengage the state It also adopted a policy of complete liberalization allowing private sector stakeholders to invest in the production and distribution of electricity. A legislation was adopted that enabled the building of energy production infrastructures by the private sector through options such as “Build Operate Transfer” (B.O.T). This has potential for investors to build high capacity solar plants, thermal power plants and construction of hydro-electric projects. 62 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • IN FOCUSIn its determination to make Burkina Faso a strong emerging economic nation the Government has adopted a Strategy forAccelerated Growth and Sustainable Development (SCADD) under which it has launched some key projects that will improve theinfrastructure of the nation. These important projects are as hereunder.A well developed transport system plays Côte d’Ivoire. The project falls within extend it up to Niamey in consultationa very relevant part in the growth of a the framework of the implementation with the Niger authorities. In addition,nation and realising its importance, the of the Regional Economic Programme a new railway line will be built betweenroad network in the country is also set (REP) and will be funded with nearly Abidjan and Ouagadougou with a trackto expand linking major cities within $ 1.3 billion CFA francs on the Fund of gauge of 1435 mm to comply withthe country and also to neighbouring Assistance to Regional Integration (FAIR) international standards. Accordingcountries; leading to a potential not only of the Union. Feasibility studies will soon to an agreement between the twoin road construction but also in supplying be undertaken for the commencement of countries the Republic of Côte d’Ivoiremass transport buses. Many important the project. The Governments of Burkina will also provide regular electricity andprojects are on the anvil, the chief among Faso and Côte d’Ivoire also signed an hydrocarbons to Burkina Faso a pipelinethem being a highway link between agreement to rehabilitate the railway is therefore being built between the twoOuagadougou and Yamoussoukro in line between Abidjan-Ouagadougou and nations to transport natural gas.Burkina Faso is served by ten Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso. The The Ouessa Dam is one of the mostinternational air carriers and presently Government of Burkina Faso, with the important projects as it has triplehas two international airports at support of its technical and financial benefits on the hydro electric, hydro partners has decided to construct a new agricultural, pastoral sector. It will International Airport at Donsin which have a production capacity of 100GWH. is located 30 km northwest from the Studies for this project have already city of Ouagadougou. The bulk of the been undertaken and at an estimated funding for the implementation of this cost of construction of US$ 320 million, project has already been finalized. The the Ouessa Dam will create an important airport is expected to be operational water supply and will have a direct from 2017. impact on the growth of agriculture and fishing industries.Bagré is a locality in east central Burkina project of the government’s programme A major project of rural electrificationFaso, 240 km from Ouagadougou; it is 30 of developing growth poles in the which is expected to cost approximatelykilometers from the border with Ghana country to improve competitiveness and US$ 104601827.10 and will provideand 40 kilometers from that of Togo promote economic diversification in electricity to 87 villages has beenthus providing existing access to large Burkina Faso. undertaken by the Government. Studiesnational and regional consumer markets. The aim is to develop commercial have already been undertaken for thisThe Government has spent more than agriculture, food processing, privatise project and a Line of Credit agreementUS$ 200 million for the development fish farming and provision of services has been signed with the EXIM Bank ofof the economic infrastructure in this to Bagré by national and international India for its financing.town as studies undertaken show investors from the private sector and A large bulk of the implementationthe enormous potentiality of the area. also by operators of Small and Medium will be undertaken by Companies fromSince 2010, Bagré has become the pilot Scale Industries. India.www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 63
  • LESOTHOIN FOCUS Fact File Official Name: Kingdom of Lesotho Capital City: Maseru Area: 30 335 sq. km Population: 1.8 million (2009 est) THE KINGDOM IN THE SKY Languages: Sesotho and English Independence Day: 4 October, 1966 Monetary Unit: Loti, plural Maloti; at par with South African Rand (ZAR) Real GDP growth: 4.1% (2012 est) National Flag Coat of Arms L The cone-shaped Qiloane Mountain esotho is a politically stable, Maluti, providing a spectacular scenery democratic, and independent for visitors to the Mountain Kingdom, country situated at the Southern no doubt, it rightly deservers its epithet tip of Africa and completely as “The Switzerland of Africa”. Lesotho encompassed by its only neighbor the is one of the only three remaining Republic of South Africa. The Kingdom Monarchies in Africa, headed by King in the Sky is endowed with temperate Letsie III as the Head of State. Lesotho healthy and invigorating climate which was formerly a British protectorate is totally free from the tropical diseases, until she gained independence on Basotho hat given its elevation from approximately 4th October 1966. For the first time the Right Honorable The Prime Minister 1500m to 3500m above sea level. Thus, since independence, following the Dr. Motsoahae Thomas Thabane. diseases such as yellow fever, bilharzias 26th May 2012 general election which and malaria are not prevalent in failed to produce the winner with Lesotho. The country is blessed with absolute majority, a tripartite coalition Lesotho welcomes and encourages Business Opportunities a beautiful range of mountains, the government was formed and headed by potential investors on a Public Private 64 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • IN FOCUSPartnerships (PPP) basis in the following Mine and Liqhobong Diamond Mine.focus sectors: The effective functioning of the Lesotho is known as a source of large Health health system requires an effective and high quality diamonds. Recently infrastructure development. Currently all Letšeng Diamond Mine has produced theLesotho’s agricultural sector contributes pharmaceutical products are imported biggest diamond since the last 13 yearsAgricultureless than 10% to the GDP but about into Lesotho. Opportunity lies in the and was the 15th largest diamond found82% of the population still depends on manufacture of disposable syringes for in the whole world.it. This sector, however, boasts a massive immunization, manufacture of latexpotential that only requires appropriate condoms used in the managementtechnologies and the capital equipment. and control of the spread of HIV/Aids, The Government of Lesotho policy is Infrastructure disposable latex gloves and other health to develop the infrastructure in almost services accessories. all the sectors to upgrade and expand It’s over a decade since the government airports, railways, roads, industrial andEducation has introduced free primary education commercial sites and buildings. In the as an initiative to promote the motto Lesotho offers a wide spectrum of past years the Lesotho’s Highland Water Tourism“Education for All”. Lesotho has two major tourism ranging from nature parks, Project (LHWP) through construction Mokorotlo Hut in Maseru Capital The Man Made Wonder-Mohale Dam Snow Capped Maloti Mountains game reserves, pony tracking and of Katse and Mohale dams, and roads holiday resorts situated at the foot of the made a huge impact on both social and beautiful mountains of the Kingdom. economic life of the Basotho people. The choice for recreational activities is enormous. Visit one of the lodges, right on top of the mountains, and enjoy The abundance of crystal clear water, Water the beauty. From Malealea lodge, for referred to as the “White Gold of example, you can be able to go through Lesotho”, remains unharnessed, which the “Paradise of the Pass”. From there means there is a high potential that tourists get a spectacular view of the Lesotho can supply water to all theBeautiful view of Maletsunyane Fallsuniversities, The National University of ‘Roof of Africa’. people of the Southern African region.Lesotho and Limkokwing University. The The current construction of the twoGovernment of Lesotho attaches high additional dams of Metolong and Polihalipriority to implement best practices in The mining industry has come into (Mokhotlong) ensure adequate supply of MiningTechnical and Vocational Education and picture by reopening three mines namely these water resources. This is a lucrativeTraining. Letšeng Diamond Mine, Kao Diamond opportunity for investors in constructionwww.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 65
  • IN FOCUS works and water harvesting, including manufacturers of water pipes. a. Access to Markets: Lesotho is Why Lesotho? a member of two regional trade agreements: The Southern African Over the past years the demand for Customs Union (SACU) and the Energy electricity is rising significantly. So there Southern African Development is a need to generate more electricity Community (SADC). There are also using renewable resources of energy to other arrangements outside the counter for the shortage. Currently, the region which include the agreement 603 Carrat White Diamond, “The Promise” system to tax complaint firms, to ease cash flow constraints. (ii) Tariff Rebates and Duty Free Lesotho manufacturers obtain duty and Access to global markets. quota free access to the SACU, USA, EU and SADC. The Letseng Diamond Mine in Lesotho Lesotho Electricity Authority (LEC) is with the EU under Cotonou Most of the industrial properties in c. Investment Facilitation the regulatory body assuring supply and arrangements and with the US under Lesotho are owned by Lesotho National distribution of electricity in the country. AGOA. Development Corporation (LNDC). LNDC industrial estates can be found in four urban districts of Leribe (Maputsoe), b. Enabling Environment for Lesotho has the door to limitless and Maseru, Mafeteng and Mohales’s Hoek. Foreign Trade and Investment Business vast trade and investment opportunity in LNDC, at the request of potential knitted fabric mill, leather and footwear »» % tax on income generated from 0 investors, can assist any investors in (i) Attractive tax rates manufacturing, assembly of consumer exporting manufactured goods establishing a business in Lesotho. electrical and electronic appliances, food outside of SACU The range of services offered by LNDC processing and water bottling, plastic »» maximum manufacturing tax rate a to potential investors includes the products, resource-based projects of 10% on profits derived from sales following: (ceramic ware, brick making, sandstone within SACU and mining of minerals), environmental »» o withholding tax on dividends n projects (waste recycling) and distributed by manufacturing firms »» eserving a name of company r Getting business started infrastructure development. to local or foreign shareholders »» egistering a company r »» no advanced corporate taxes are paid »» etting a manufacturing license g by companies on the distribution of »» egistering for tax r manufacturing profits »» egistering for municipal rates r Conducive Investment In its efforts to create an environment »» easy repatriation of manufacturing Environment conducive to investment, Lesotho’s profits government established a one - stop »» VAT rate of 14% (ensuring »» Visitors Visas Immigration Issues shop aimed at shortening registration harmonization with RSA). However, »» Residence permits and licensing procedures for foreign Lesotho Revenue Authority has »» months border concessions 6 companies. introduced flexible VAT payment (Lesotho) 66 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • IN FOCUS QUICK VIEW SOUTH SUDAN ÇÇJuba is eyeing its vast and virgin agricultural lands for growth ÇÇ Large potential for aquaculture development ÇÇ South Sudan exports timber to the international market ÇÇThe world’s longest river, the River Nile, flows through South Sudan W Photo Credit: www.farmafrica.org A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES ith independence in July 2011, South Agribusiness in South Sudan became both South Sudan is a country with vast Sudan the newest and the natural resources and huge agricultural most oil-dependent potential, with more than 90% of the Official Name: Republic of South Sudan country in the world. As a new nation land being suitable for farming and 50% President: H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit created in this magnificent techno-age of is prime agricultural land. South Sudan Capital City: Juba the 21st century, the Republic of South is lining up huge projects in agriculture Official Language: English Sudan is committed to strengthen its to diversify its economy. Currency: South Sudanese Pound foreign relation through trade initiatives. Time Zone: East African Time (GMT+3) Being a new nation, she is now a witness Area: 619,745 square kilometres. The Second Agricultural Trade to economic growth models of new was held in November 2012 which Mineral Resources: Include petroleum, Fair and Conference of South Sudan emerging world economies. Given that brought together local, regional and iron ore, gold, silver, copper, aluminium, South Sudan is a new country, vast international agriculture stakeholders coal, uranium, chromium ore, copper, investment opportunities abound such as farmers, cooperatives, investors, zinc, mica, diamond, quartz and tungsten in sectors like agriculture, road and international donors to discuss the Independence Day: 9th July, 2011 structural construction, housing, main challenges and opportunities of telecommunication, manufacturing the agricultural sector and also to find pharmaceuticals, power generation, out ways for a win-win arrangements National Flag Coat of Arms mining, education, tourism and fisheries. to reduce poverty and to support the 68 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • IN FOCUSfarmers with profitable protection. could be classified as organic. citizen Private Investors can get hold Forestry: South Sudan exports of leaseholds up to 99 years. It is alsoEcological zones in South Sudan have the timber to the international market. Some possible for them to access communal Crop Production and Horticulture:ability for crop production. In particular, of the states with the best known teaks land by making an official agreementthe greenbelt zone has high agricultural and natural trees for timber are Western with the community, including thepotential, as there are two cropping Equatoria and Central Equatoria. promotion of alternate business modelsseasons. The main crops currently Furthermore, the forests provide for the that cater to the needs of the localgrown in South Sudan include maize, production of high quality oils, such as populations such as giving communitiessorghum, finger millet, cassava, sweet shea, as well as Gum Arabic. These are an equity stake in the venture. Thesepotato and groundnuts. By improving also areas of high biodiversity with large, agreements must be sanctioned by theproductivity and expanding the area diverse populations of flora and fauna. land authorities and must follow certainunder cultivation, the new government Fisheries and Aquaculture: The rules.aims to raise annual staple-food crop world’s longest river, the River Nile,production. Main fruit varieties include flows through South Sudan and alsobananas, plantain, pineapple, mango furnishes large latent for development Business Opportunities inand citrus whilst the main vegetable of fisheries. There is large potential for As indicated above, South Sudan has an Agriculturevarieties are onion, okra, cabbage, aquaculture development in Central enormous agricultural potential wortheggplant, pumpkin and cucumber. Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria, Western exploring. The sharpest opportunities Livestock: Livestock form a vital Equatoria, Northern Bahar Gazal, are in cereals, oilseeds, sugar, export/and essential part of the lives of over Western Bahar Gazal and Warrap States. cash crops (horticulture -fruits andtwo thirds of the South Sudanese Land Tenure: In South Sudan, the vegetables- floriculture, coffee and tea),population. In particular, it is a chief land belongs to the people. The Land animal products (meat, dairy and leather),source of livelihoods in the flood plains, Act (2009) classified land ownership fisheries (tilapia, Nile perch and catfish,semi-arid and pastoral areas. In the past, into three categories, Communal Land, fish farms and processing facilities)meat was exported from South Sudan to Public Land and Private Land. Land and forestry (huge future for hardwoodthe Middle East. Presently, the majority that belongs to the Community is and softwood –teak, eucalyptus, pines).of the meat now produced in the country owned collectively in perpetuity. Non- Conceivably, the best business model to follow for an agricultural investor or entrepreneur willing to tap this potential is through Joint Ventures (JV’s). These JV’s can vary somewhat in their makeup. They could be with farmer Photo Credit: www.agfairsouthsudan.org organizations, with local private sector business men, with local and/or foreign companies already established in South Sudan and with Government owned corporations. Contract growing is also a good possibility.Prosperous Agri-business in South Sudan "We will be producing all types of differentSteel factory to open in Juba building materials locally here. Since we will be producing locally, we will have competitiveConstruction industry in South Sudan may soon Ramula" about 10 km along Juba Kajo keji price." Meanwhile the Undersecretary ofexperience a boost as steeling manufacturing road. The factory besides production of steel Commerce, Industry and Investment Mr. Simonfactory is set to launch operations in Juba products such as iron sheets and bars will also Nyany Anei has urged more investors to comein this year. Edward International Company be producing electric cables, paints, water and invest in the Republic of South Sudan. "WeLtd. started operations in January 2012 and pipes, and plastic water tanks. According to need more industries for the development ofnow it has established a factory across "Koru the General Manager, Kirolos Edward Assad, South Sudan", he appealed.www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 69
  • IN FOCUS Trade office at Juba International Airport opened by Ministry of Commerce An office at Juba International Airport has standards of goods entering the country as well existing office at the key border entry points been instituted by the Ministry of Commerce, as to ensure people importing the goods have such as Kaya, Nimule with the border to Industry and Investment to observe and keep all the necessary documents to do business in Uganda and Nadapal to Ethiopia. an eye on the follow trade between South Sudan the country. The trade office was formally opened and the region. Commerce Undersecretary, Mr. In the meantime, the Director General by the Mr. Simon Nyany Anei, Commerce Simon Nyany Anei underlined the importance of Taxation Stephen Matatia said the Juba Undersecretary on behalf of the Minister of of the office saying it will help to check the International Airport office adds to the already Commerce Hon. Garang Diing Akuong. South Sudan sings contract agreement for Pipelines Feasibility Study The contract agreement was signed between Months and will be submitted to the Ministry customers successfully execute major the South Sudan Ministry of Petroleum and of Petroleum and Mining for approval. industrial and infrastructure projects. In Mining and the ILF, a German company on Mr. Andreas Linke, ILF Project Director; its more than 40-year long corporate pipelines feasibility studies on both Ports was very impressed for the trust and confident development ILF has continued to extend through Lamu Port in Kenya and Ethiopia – given to ILF by the Government of the Republic the scope of its activities and expertise to Djibouti Port in which the project will start of South Sudan. Mr. Andreas stated that the embrace new and diversified engineering immediately. The Undersecretary of the company will do its best and expertise for the disciplines. South Sudan shut its oil production Ministry of Petroleum and Mining, Mr. Machar project to succeed in the time given. and export through the Sudan more than a Aciek Ader announced to the public that ILF is an International engineering year ago after Khartoum government has this project will be completed within Six (6) and consulting firm and helps demanding been stealing South Sudan oil. South Sudan will export its Crude Oil through the Lamu Port by the end of 2014 South Sudan has evinced optimism about the passing through neighbouring Kenya, in what in a series of post secession disputes. H.E. prospect of exporting its crude to international is an evident effort to avoid using the port of Gen. Salva Kiir, President of the Republic of markets by 2014 using an alternative pipeline neighbouring Sudan with which it is engaged South Sudan last year travelled to Kenya to participate in the breaking and laying down foundation for the construction of Lamu port. The team from the Kenyan government working on the site had come to Juba to brief the government of the progress of the work. According to the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, Mr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the policy will guide petroleum and mining activities, as well as the operation of the Ministry and partners, particularly in laying out procedures and processes relating to granting contracts to international and national companies wishing to invest in the petroleum and mining sector. The Kenyan government had managed to get some funds from World Bank and the African Development Bank to start the work. The Minister expressed optimism that the country could export its oil via the Kenyan transport link by 2014 if construction started Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (Ethiopia), President Mwai Kibaki (Kenya) and President Gen. Salva immediately after completion of feasibility Kiir (South Sudan) during the launch of the Lamu port project on March 3, 2012 studies on the proposed route. 70 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • IN FOCUS REQUIREMENTS FOR VISAS TO SOUTH SUDAN »» Provide original and certified copies of required »» onfirm your round ticket and your tour itinerary. C documents. »» ll visitors to South Sudan must register with the A »» ocuments that are issued in language other than D Directorate of Immigration, Passport and Nationality English must be accompanied with an official English within (seven) days of arrival to avoid a fine upon translation. departure. Hotels owners will perform the registration. »» ecent two (2) original and clear colored passport size R Evidence of registration is a Directorate stamp in the photographs. passport. »» opy of Passport, Temporary Permit and Nationality ID C »» or Indian citizens, an application made in person F card. requires three days and postal applications normally »» f you are employed, letter from your employer stating I take about five days. For other nationalities, applications your purpose of visit to South Sudan, plus company can take up to six weeks. valid identity card. »» our passport has to be valid for six month before Y »» you intend to visit business/organization or the If applying for visa. Government of South Sudan provide a letter of invitation approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Visa Issuing Days & Time DAYS - SUBMITTION TIME COLLECTION TIME - DAYS and International Cooperation South Sudan. Monday - 12:00 – 01:00 pm 02:00 – 03:00 pm - Wednesday »» business people, details of your business For Wednesday - 12:00 – 01:00 pm 02:00 – 03:00 pm - Friday appointments, business intentions and License. Friday - 12:00 – 01:00 pm 02:00 – 03:00 pm - Monday Multiple Entry Visa Visa Fees »» Diplomats S.N TYPE OF VISA USD $ REMARKS »» Non Governmental Organizations (NGOS) 1 Single Entry Visa (1 month) 100 »» Religious Missions 2 Multiple Entry Visa NA Only on approval by immigration authorities in the Rep. of Single Entry Visa South Sudan »» Issued to all the other categories 3 Diplomatic Visa NA Gratis Courtesy: Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan, Farm House No. F-50D, Radhey Mohan Drive, Bandh Road, Jonapur, New Delhi- 110047, India NOTE: 1. The visa fees MUST be in US Dollars. 2. The visa fee is non-refundable if the application is rejected. contact details of ministries in SOUTH SUDAN Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Ministry Of Health Ministry of Parliamentary Investment P Box 88, Juba, Southern Sudan Juba .O P Box 81, Juba, Southern Sudan Juba .O P Box 73, Juba Undo Elisa Mukasi, South .O. T: +211 811 820678, T: +249-912-830-482 / Sudan +211 811 820134 +256-477-105-103 T: +249-914-113-105 / infomohgoss@gmail.com golyooo@yahoo.com, +249-927-627-635 http://www.mohgoss.com juliaduany@ymail.com kitoelisa@yahoo.com, maryakeck@yahoo.com http://www.commerce-goss.orgwww.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 71
  • CURRENT AFFAIRS Burundi INDIA NABL ACCREDITED ISO 15189 : 2007 M-0349Mounting exports in thecountry This offer is customised only for subscribers of this magazine. Kindly bring along a copy of the same while availing the discount Consult our wellness expert right away for anyAs per a statement issued by an official of public partnership” at the Musee Vivant health related query.the East African Community, Burundi’s de Bujumbura in Bujumbura, Burundi. Completeexports within the East African region According to the United Nations RADIOLOGY and PATHOLOGYhave continued to increase by more African Economic Outlook report facilities availablethan 15% while imports have been for 2012, the post-conflict situation Facilities & Servicesdeclining. This clearly indicates that remains a handicap for Burundi, and MRI | CT Scan | X- ray | DEXA Scan | EEGwith enhanced peace and security in prevents it from enjoying a favourable ECG | Mammography | Colour Doppler Echocardiography | Ultrasonographythe country, Burundi was enjoying external environment. “However, the PFT | TMT | Pathology | Health Check-upspeace dividends through reconstruction economy made progress, with stable Value Offerings:of local production base. growth, at 4 % in 2011, almost the Home Collection | SMS Alerts The EAC Director of Customs and same as in 2010 which was at 3.9 %, E-mail Reports | Comparative Reports Unique Patient ID | Customer InteractionTrade, Mr. Peter Kiguta said that “In the policies implemented a timorous Patient Portal2011, Burundi recorded a substantial attempt at controlling inflation, whichincrease in its share of EAC trade to stayed in single digits,’ says the report4.2% having grown the share from seen by East African Business Week.2.6% recorded in 2010”. Kiguta The UN report said that agriculture issaid this at the opening of the 13th the mainstay of the Burundi economy,edition of the EAC Jua Kali/Nguvu Kazi making up over 36.4 % of GDP, mainly For any queries:exhibition under the theme “Promoting through coffee and tea crops. CoffeeJua Kali/Nguvu Kazi through innovation, exports represent 70 % of the state’s Call 011 - 4539 7788competitiveness, investment and private foreign exchange. or SMS ‘HEALTHSQUARE’ to ‘56070’ for Free Sample Collection AVAIL 20% DISCOUNT* P RO R & D LE FO E ICK AILAB VICES P AV FRE ILITY SER GY FAC IOLO HealthSquare RAD Unit of Spry Health Care Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi: H-1A, Ground Floor, Main Market Road, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016 T: 011-45317777/15 E: hauzkhas@myhsquare.com Gurgaon: B-1, Greenwoods City, Sector-45, Gurgaon-122001 T: 0124-4555777/700 E: hsgurgaon@myhsquare.com W: www.myhsquare.comMr. Peter Kiguta, Director General, Customs & Trade, East African Community *Conditions Applywww.thetimesofafrica.com january-february 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 73
  • CURRENT AFFAIRS Egypt Kenya Suez Canal New frontier for Regional investors opens up Project to bring with the launch of ample job Konza ICT City opportunities The Director-General of Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat, Mugo Kibati, said investors had responded positively to Konza ICT City which many According to the Minister of Housing New Urban attribute to the buzz created by innovation like Safaricom’s M-Pesa Communities, Mr. Tarek Tawfiq, a project for money transfer system on the global stage. The Konza ICT City is developing towns around Suez canal region is one of the theme projects and is expected to make Kenya a newly underway which will secure one million job industrialised economy in 17 years, breaks ground with the promoters opportunities and bring in over LE100 billion. reporting that they have already attracted investors from around the The project is imagined to be a world industrial, world. He said “many investors are interested but the ground breaking logistic and service centre which includes all ceremony and the launching of the master plan will help a lot. We shipment services. The Minister added six have investors from Asia, Europe and America expressing interest.” Egyptian Governorates including the Suez Canal Konza Technopolis Development Authority Chairman John Ngumi said Towns, Sharqiya, and the Sinai Twin Governorates the ground breaking ceremony by President Mwai Kibaki would open will be the first to benefit by the project’s services. the door for the recruitment of an executive team and engagement Ten world companies have applied to take part with presidential candidates who are key to the project’s continuity in that project, which will also include setting after the transition. “We want to invite all the presidential aspirants up factories to train the people in Sinai to work so that they can see for themselves what we want to achieve in the therein. coming years,” said John Ngumi, a veteran investment banker now with Johannesburg-based Standard Bank Africa, who was tapped to mid-wife the project. The phase will be enforced side by side with infrastructure advancement that is estimated to cost Sh26 billion ($300 million) and which is ongoing at the 5,000-acre land in Konza, 60 kilometres from Nairobi. Suez Canal Axis Development Project A view of Konza Technology City 74 THE TIMES OF AFRICA january-february 2013 JANUARY-FEBRUARY Follow us on
  • CURRENT AFFAIRS LiberiaNo Tax on Rice and Cement VEENUH.E. Ms. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President the causes of increases in the price ofof Liberia has issued with immediate strategic commodities, and recognizedeffect Executive Order Nos. 45 and the need to curb the continuous increases46, suspending tariffs on two of the in the price of rice, the country’s staple,country leading essential communitiesi.e. Rice and Cement. The Government to make it affordable for public purchase. To give confidence to the establishment Hi-techof Liberia, in its aspiration to continue of local industries to supply goods to thebringing relief to the public, is extending general public, the Government granted About UsExecutive Order No. 19, suspending the certain incentives to them, including We a r e a g l o b a l p r o j e c timport tariff on rice as classified under CEMENCO, for the production of cement. engineering company engagedtariff Nos. 1006.30.00 (in packing of The Government also acknowledges in turnkey engineering and foodmore than 5kg or in bulk); 1006.30.00 the need to protect the consuming processing projects as well as supply projects. Our operations(in packing of at least 5kg); and public by extenuating the adverse span 3 continents. An1006.40.00 (broken rice) under the effect from the global price increase in international business withRevenue Code of Liberia Act 2000 with certain strategic commodities, including presence in Asia, Africa andimmediate effect. cement, the cost of which proceeds to Europe, we undertake all kind of Food Processing & Engineering Explaining the removal, the Executive rise on the market to the disadvantage Projects on adhoc as well asOrder states that the Government carried of the consumers and the national Turnkey basis.on an assessment and evaluation of reconstruction efforts. OUR EXPERTISE Nigeria I.Q.F. Plants R.O. Plants & Water Bottling LinesAgricultural Transformation Juice with Jam/Agenda to bring in 3.5 Ketchup/ Paste Plantsmillion jobsAccording to H.E. Mr. Goodluck donor community, Nigeria’s agricultureJonathan, President of Nigeria “Nigeria will further drive economic growth andis undergoing rapid changes in its unlock new opportunities for millions ofagriculture sector. We have stopped our farmers and agribusinesses.”viewing agriculture as a development Nigeria’s Agricultural Transformationprogramme, but now as a business that Action Plan (ATAP) furnishes acan assure food security, create wealth comprehensive government strategy toand generate jobs. “Private sector reduce the cost of food imports, broaden F-6, 1st Floor, St. Soldier Tower,investments are rising significantly as the economy and develop rural areas of PVR Vikas Puri, New Delhi-18 (INDIA)a result of our bold policy reforms,” the the country. Over the next five years, it +91 98 91 98 3434President was quoted as saying. He is expected that the plan will create 3.5 vuppal@hotmail.comadded: “I am confident that with the million jobs along the agricultural valuesupport of the private sector and the chains. www.veenuhitech.comwww.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 75
  • CURRENT AFFAIRS Tunisia Zambia IFC to invest Government to spend K3 up to $ 48 Billion in Dairy Equipment million in In the year 2013, government will investment and expansion of the sector. Amen Bank invest more than K3 billion to buy dairy equipment for small scale dairy The Ministry will carry out a lot of projects all aimed at boosting the farmers across the country. Ministry agriculture sector. One particular one The International of Agriculture and Livestock, Director is where K3 billion will be spent on Finance Corporation In Charge of Livestock, Dr. Benson buying of equipment for small-scale (IFC, World Bank Mwenya said the money would come farmers across the country through Group) proclaimed from the 2013 Budget. He said the their respectable cooperatives and milk its intent to invest move was aimed at growing the sector to collection centres. Mwenya said that up to $ 48 million increase its contribution to the national the Zambian milk has still remained in the capital of economy. Speaking in Lusaka during his uncompetitive on the regional market the Tunisian bank presentation at the national annual Dairy in terms of pricing. According to him, Mr. Jim Yong Kim, Amen Bank with Forum, Dr. Mwenya said only about 15 Zambian milk was more competitive in President, World Bank its priority to hold per cent of the country’s dairy potential quality because of it having low bacterial up local SMEs and job creation. On the was tapped leaving room for increased count. occurrence of the visit to Tunisia, Mr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC) announced it has signed an agreement Zambia with Amen Bank to support SMEs and help create jobs in Tunisia. IFC and two funds it manages (IFC Capitalization New rebased currency Fund and Africa Capitalization Fund) will invest up to $ 48 million in the launched in the country capital of Amen Bank, representing approximately 10% of the capital. The With a call on the business community, The new currency became legal international institutions accompany and to keep the prices of goods and services tender on 1st January 2013 and will advise the bank in risk management and unchanged, the new Zambian currency, be circulated side by side with the governance. 2,444,000 new shares at a Kwacha and Ngwee, has been launched. old currency for six months to allow nominal 5 dinars will be issued soon for The currency was revealed at a striking the public to entirely flip to the new the new investor by Amen Bank, which ceremony which was held in Lusaka currency. In his key note address, the is listed on the Tunis Stock Exchange. at the new Government Complex by Finance Minister noted that the steps With this transaction, IFC brings to the Minister of Finance, Mr. Alexander taken by the Bank of Zambia to prepare 105 million commitments in Tunisia. Chikwanda. the country for the currency change will In 2012, it has invested $ 9.8 million The new currency comprises of six proceed with minimal or preferably no in the Canadian operator Candax, and notes with features such as the African hitches. The launch was attended by is committed to provide 20.16 million Fish Eagle, coat of arms, freedom statue, senior government officials, diplomats dollars in the Maghreb Private Equity trees and animals while there are four accredited to Zambia, officials from Fund III, a private equity fund managed coins minted with a coat of arms, a bird both the notes printing company, G&D by Tuninvest. IFC is also present capital of and animals representing the abundant of German and South African mining TAV Tunisie, including operating Enfidha wildlife and tourism potential of the company and CEOs of Banks and Public Airport and BIAT, another Tunisian bank. country. and Private Institutions. 76 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • SECTORAL ANALYSIS LESDEP A PANACEA TO UNEMPLOYMENT Understanding Youth, Unemployment and Skills in Africa African countries are working towards improving the quality and skills levels of the youth. With the increasing recognition to the activities of LESDEP, it is enhancing competitiveness and contributing to social inclusion, decent employment, and poverty reduction in Ghana. LESDEP is putting its whole hearted effort to expand its footprints to Benin, Liberia and Burkina Faso amongst other African countries.78 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • SECTORAL ANALYSIS It is generally recognized that the Today, unemployment seems to be the youth which eventually renders them development of relevant skills is an most serious developmental challenge self-employed and self – sufficient. important instrument for improving the confronting the nation, so much so that, The late President of Ghana, His productivity of any developing country. it has become, according to the Afro- Excellency John Evans Atta Mills Education and skills can open doors to barometer, the number one concern launched the LESDEP Programme on the economically and socially rewarding of Ghanaians, that they wanted the 27th April 2011 with the aim of creating jobs and can help the development Government to address. jobs and rapid sustainable national of small informal-sector businesses. According to World Bank, one of development. During the launch, the Ultimately, developing job-related the realistic methods of addressing President stressed on the importance competencies among the poor, the youth the unemployment challenge is the of the initiative as playing a critical role and the vulnerable is recognized as political commitment to implement and in the Government’s efforts to develop crucial to progress in reducing poverty. monitor employment targets agreed the human resource base of the country, The development of job-related skills is, upon in the national development policy and he was very optimistic that LESDEP therefore, not only part of the country’s frameworks and under the stewardship would provide the needed support for human resource strategies but also of and guidance of the late President the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises their economic-growth and poverty- John Evans Atta Mills, the issue of to play an active role in the drive for reduction strategies. Generally, investing unemployment in the country is being national economic growth. in knowledge and skills is seen by many addressed through the Local Enterprises Since its inception, it has received Governments as the cornerstone of and Skills Development Programme great support from the Government developing an employable and globally (LESDEP). of Ghana. Under the auspices of the competitive work force. A skilled and Ministry of Local Government and knowledgeable work force improves Rural Development and the Ministry the investment climate because skilled The Local Enterprise and Skills of Finance and Economic Planning, the Origin of Lesdep in Ghana workers create an attractive economic Development Programme (LESDEP), programme has made significant strides environment for investors. Strategies is a specialized employment creation in creating jobs, providing the requisite to promote national growth should programme that seeks to provide the training and providing tools and emphasize skills development for requisite skills, tools and training for the machineries for numerous beneficiaries the sectors with the most promising employment prospects if they are to have a maximum impact. The importance of employment to human sustenance and a country’s development cannot be overemphasized. To a nation, employment is not only as a catalyst to growth but also a means to poverty reduction. To the individual, employment does not only improve the quality of life but also provides opportunities for self fulfillment. In Ghana, the significance of employment is underscored by the recognition of the right to work not only as a basic human right, but also as a constitutional right. Article 24 (1) of the 1992 Constitution, for instance, defines this right as an economic right: The late President of Ghana, His Excellency“Every person has the right to work,” and John Evans Atta Mills launched the LESDEP Article 34 (2) even makes it obligatory Programme on the 27th April 2011 with the aim on the Government to report annually of creating jobs and rapid sustainable national the realization of the right to work. development.www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 79
  • SECTORAL ANALYSIS across the country to kick-start their the country. In other words it opened to planned, a well-equipped programme various businesses. In collaboration with all eligible Ghanaians. that will surely create jobs that pay, to the Municipal and District Assemblies, It is providing entrepreneurial skills enable people be highly skilled to be self- LESDEP has boosted entrepreneurial for the unemployment in the areas reliant to be able to contribute to the skills among the youth in alleviating of architecture, agriculture, finance, national economy. the canker of unemployment in the mobile phone repairs, local garment and country and instilling the urgency of self- fashion, beauty care, event organisation employment, self-sustenance and youth and management, window/sliding Since its inception, LESDEP has created Remarkable Achievement empowerment. door creation, bead making, transport, a staggering number of over 60,000 In 2012, the Government of Ghana local food and catering service, and jobs with higher number of youth invested GH¢ 84 million into the Local fish farming/fisheries, fashion and benefiting in diverse ways across Enterprises and Skills Development mechanics. Skill development and Ghana from the programme. It has Programme to reduce unemployment in training are also offered in ICT, and repositioned itself as the pathway the country to the barest minimum. The Telecommunication. It offers tools and to an exciting, new era of business private sector associated with LESDEP equipment to the already skilled-yet- development and entrepreneurship has also provided the needed expertise unemployed people, the vocational and after achieving unparalleled milestones and resources over the period to ensure technical school graduates who have in terms of dispersal of technical and that the programme remains a success acquired the necessary skills in school entrepreneurial skills among the youth but are without jobs. Such support base within the country. can then be accessed by such people in Under the aegis of the Government, the country to help them set-up their LESDEP has been able to raise Bridging the Unemployment The LESDEP initiative is aimed at businesses in becoming self-employed productivity, competitiveness and Gap providing the requisite training for the and self-reliant. encourages the development of small unemployed to acquire the skills in It ensures the continuous monitoring and medium enterprises that provides a order to become self-employed as well and evaluation of enterprises for large number of jobs. It is strengthening as attain the leverage and resources those who are registered under the the Human Resource base as well as to employ others. Acquisition of skills programme as an essential training enhancing business start-up capacity under the LESDEP is made easier due tool that involves records and book and employability of the labour force in to the availability of equipment and keeping. The programme also offers the Ghana. machinery which will facilitate and registered members clientele-service The following is just a few statistics expedite skill-development. LESDEP training in all its fields of training. of some modules under the programme: is non-partisan and is opened to all LESDEP is definitely not superfluous »» Within the year under review, 2012, persons of different political divide, and no mere replication of any other 44,735 beneficiaries out of a total religious and ethnic background across programme. It is a well thought-out, well- registration of 68,073 have been 80 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • SECTORAL ANALYSIS Timothy D. Mawulawoe Mr. Timothy D. Mawulawoe is in his sixties and hails from the Ve community in the Volta Region. Twenty two years ago, he suffered from a devastating fire incident which culminated in the amputation of his legs. At a point, getting a three square meal for him and his kids became such a tumultuous experience and dejection, frustration and anger characterized his daily life. For Timothy, all seemed lost until LESDEP opened in the Volta Region. He proceeded to the LESDEP offices with much zeal and confidence, hoping that the programme will be a cure to his long suffering. After going through the requisite processes and training to manage and operate a corn mill, LESDEP provided Timothy with an equipped corn mill. Now he is extremely proud to be in charge of a booming business and being able to provide for his family and most industry and also aid transportation importantly, provide employment for other unemployed persons. on the volta lake and various fishing Mr. Alhassan Zakaria communities; Alhassan Zakaria is a 36 year old man and is a proud beneficiary of the programme. During »» 15 trucks were provided to the Ghana the inception of LESDEP in April last year, he was one of the persons who took frantic steps Co-operative Butchers Association to to register with the programme and train under a module. He went through the procedures, help reduce transportation cost and processes and training of LESDEP, and after a successful completion of the training, he was make meat more accessible, hygienic provided with the equipment he requested for, a minivan dumper (bola taxi) to commence his business. Mr. Zakaria is now a proud owner of a minivan dumper (bola taxi) that plies along and cheaper for the people; the Madina market and its environs for refuse collection. »» Under the year of review, the provided with skills training in equipped in the photography programme has given much vocational, entrepreneurship and module. These beneficiaries were attention to people with disabilities business development services. The given a camera, mobile printer and by supporting 947 with skills trainees have also been provided other accessories; training and start-up equipment; with set-up equipment to start their »» new types of four wheel trucks in À »» ESDEP in collaboration with the L own businesses in various trades; the range of 4, 3, and 2 tons have Institute of Local Government »» 1 ,851 motor tricycles have been been introduced. 200 of these have distributed to beneficiaries of also been given to beneficiaries; the program to do business and »» 20 pieces of outboard motor have 7 contribute to the enhancement of been given to beneficiaries under the “LESDEP programme to be rural transportation across the fisheries module to boost the fishing expanded” country; H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, »» 4 35 different types of vulcanizing President, Republic of Ghana machines have also supplied to beneficiaries and they are making brisks business; »» 500 sachet water producing machines have been given to beneficiaries for the establishment and production of quality sachet water; »» 3 00 dongfeng trucks have also been given to various beneficiaries for the establishment of businesses in food transportation from the interland’s to the big cities, sachet water distribution, among others; »» 1,541 beneficiaries have been 82 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • SECTORAL ANALYSIS Studies organised Entrepreneurship maintenance along with a target higher Africa’s multi-faceted development seminars in all 10 regions for than 60,000. It has also made special challenges will be difficult to address unemployed graduates and is arrangement to support the special without an explicit consideration of currently providing assistance and groups such as persons with disabilities, the issue of skills and human capacity. mentorship for a number of them head potters, etc. LESDEP has the power to change Africa. who showed interest in starting their President John Mahama has It can empower the youth and can utilize own businesses. reiterated his commitment to expand African potentials, skills and resources the existing job creation programmes for development effectiveness. in the country in order to accommodate In a nutshell, to effectively addressVision 2013 lays out an important map more unemployed youth in the coming the vast skills shortages in variousVision for 2013for the future of LESDEP. It is committed years. According to a statement issued African countries, they are requiredto introducing new value addition skills by H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, to put coordinated efforts as taken bybased businesses. After achieving such President, Republic of Ghana, “LESDEP Ghana through LESDEP which is brimfulremarkable success , it is working on programme will be expanded and with specialized employment creationenhancing skills training to maximize enhanced to provide meaningful programmes. This analysis of THElocal economic opportunities along employment to Ghanaians.” He said TIMES OF AFRICA provides a snapshotwith strengthening collaboration among LESDEP will continue to provide those of the technical and skill development instakeholders. LESDEP is entrusted to who graduate from the programme with Ghana through LESDEP. This review alsoestablish regional mini assembling the needed machines to start up their explores specific socio-economic issuescentres to speed up assembling and own businesses. such as Youth Employment.www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 83
  • INTERVIEWIN RENDEZVOUS WITH... Gabon Gabon is one of Africa’s most prosperous countries QUICK VIEW ÇÇ Sixth largest oil producer H.E. Mr. Desire Koumba Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Gabon, New Delhi in Sub-Saharan Africa ÇÇ Rich deposits of manganese and iron ore Considerable foreign support has helped Gabon to be one of the prosperous and stable African countries. In an exclusive interview with H.E. Mr. Desire Koumba, Editor-in-Chief, THE TIMES OF AFRICA an overview of the country having ÇÇTransformation of Gabon into an economic power Ambassador of the Republic of Gabon to India shared with Kanchi Batra, ÇÇ Projects on hydroelectric power plants abundant natural resources and his vision to enhance the booming relationship between Gabon and India. Excellency, please comment on the booming relationship education, Tele- medicine etc. What further developments between Gabon and India. have you made in this sector? Many thanks for giving me the opportunity to once again Gabon is one of those countries who immediately talk to THE TIMES OF AFRICA. The bilateral relations between participated in this project when it was inaugurated in 2009. India and Gabon are very cordial at the moment. The Embassy I do remember, H.E. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, of Gabon was established in India in the year 2008 to show the during his tenure as the Foreign Minister interacted with will of the Republic of Gabon to intensify the relationship with the African counterparts and among them was the Gabonese India. We have had a lot of interactions with the Indian public Minister also as they talked of the ways and means to develop and private sector and today I am happy to tell you that there are this project. We have been trying to take advantage of this asset a good number of Indian businessmen going to Gabon either to in tele- education and tele- medicine. Omar Bongo University in open some businesses or to settle down. For your information, Gabon has signed an agreement with Amity University in India. as part of the diversification of our economy, the government Also we have gone into a very heavy project of modernizing our of Gabon has opened a Special Economic Zone aimed at giving hospitals in order to equip these hospitals with state-of-the-art a value addition to our raw materials. Accordingly, we are technologies. inviting Indian companies to take advantage of the S E Z which offers them very attractive terms and conditions to invest in the country. How attractive is the tourism sector of Gabon for the Indian investors? Gabon is a resource-rich country and the sixth largest oil producer in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is well endowed with Gabon is among the first 15 African countries to have implemented the Pan African e- network projects like Tele- 84 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • IN RENDEZVOUS WITH...arable land, forest, and mineral resources. It has extraordinarybiodiversity, as well as rich deposits of manganese and ironore. Gabon has a lot of possibilities that it is offering to theprospective Indian investors. We have natural landscape, floraand fauna which are coupled with the fact that we are oneof these rare African countries who are set to develop eco-tourism. We have devoted 11% of our national territory to thecreation of 13 natural parks.‘Industrialization of Gabon’ is one of the main objectives of the Gabonese President. What are your views on the same? Since taking office in October 2009, His Excellency AliBONGO ONDIMBA, the President of Gabon has been carryingout vast economic reforms meant to transform our countryinto an emerging economy by 2025, based on the followingthree pillars:»» Gabon Vert ( green Gabon), to sustainably develop the country’s natural resources;»» Gabon Industriel ( industrial Gabon), to process locally our minerals and export high value added products;»» Gabon des Services ( service orientated Gabon), to develop the Gabonese workforce and infrastructures.Recently, the African Development Bank has approveda loan of €57 million for the development of the energysector in Gabon. How in your opinion it will allow thecountry to boost its economic growth? Yes, that’s true. African Development Bank has approveda loan for €57 million. It has been given for a project whichconsists of two run-of-river hydroelectric power plants. Despitea high electricity access rate of up to 83 percent, the Gabonelectricity sector still faces frequent electricity shortages. TheGovernment’s objective is to increase generating facilities from373 MW to 1200 MW by 2020. We are hopeful that this projectwill yield good fruits.Gabon is committed to diversify its economy to becomean emerging economic power by 2050 via its sustainabledevelopment strategy referred to as Gabon Emergent.Kindly shed some light on this programme? Under the “Emerging Gabon” strategy launched by theGabonese Government under the leadership of incumbentPresident, H.E. Mr. Ali BONGO ONDIMBA, the idea is to transformGabon into an economic power by 2025. Consequently, sincecoming to power in 2009, he has been implementing reformswith a view to enhancing the business climate to attractinvestment.www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 85
  • IN RENDEZVOUS WITH... india FICCI is creating a brilliant platform for the Indian and African business community to achieve their best QUICK VIEW ÇÇ FICCI is the voice of India’s Shri. R.V. Kanoria business and Industry Past President of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi ÇÇThere is tremendous scope of mutual growth in the There is no doubt that FICCI is the voice of India’s business and Industry. It is agricultural sector between putting in their whole hearted effort to contribute to the growing engagements and India and Africa ÇÇThe India Show in Ghana for the development of new ideas and strategies to keep adding to the friendly was a tremendous success ties between Africa and India. In a candid interview with the Past President of discussed with Kanchi Batra, Editor-in-Chief, THE TIMES OF AFRICA about ÇÇ Africa has the inherent Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Shri R.V. Kanoria strength to generate its own foreign exchange FICCI’s vision in increasing the business linkages between Africa and India. in 11 states in India and 8 countries across the world. They are organizing regular meets between the African and Indian Being the past President of FICCI, please share with us business community. Annually they have Pan African meet, your experience and journey? My association with Federation of Indian Chamber of regional meet and so on. Last year, in 2012, FICCI organized Commerce and Industry (FICCI) started at a very young age as “The India Show” in Accra, Ghana which was a tremendous I have served 30 years on the FICCI Committee. I am a second success. All in all, it is creating a brilliant platform for the generation FICCI President as my father was also a President Indian and African business community to be equal partners in 1971. It’s a very humbling experience and a journey full of in growth and development. learning. It’s a very satisfying feeling to be able to add to the cause of business, to the cause of upliftment of society and it is a job which requires a selfless determination. The Department of Science & Technology and Ministry of External Affairs through FICCI launched the C V Raman International Fellowship programme. How is How is FICCI committed to contribute to the growing FICCI extending the opportunity for Africans to conduct engagements and for developing new ideas and strategies collaborative research with leading research groups in for Africa and India? Indian universities? FICCI is actually creating a completely new thrust on This prestigious fellowship programme is part of India’s Africa. I have been and will always be a part of Africa as I have engagement with African nations and is aimed at further in some ways fallen in love with Africa. FICCI has its presence strengthening the bond between India & African through 86 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • IN RENDEZVOUS WITH... Science & Technology collaboration. Last year, we had two day I believe that FICCI’s role as a responsible business conference of India-Africa S&T Ministers at Vigyan Bhawan in organization should focus itself for the development of Africa New Delhi. African researchers have praised the fellowship as by utilizing the talent & diversity of the Indian business being mutually beneficial to both India and Africa, according experience in being able to provide efficient and technologically to the observations received from them. The technology being sound methods of production, manufacturing etc. offered by India to the African nations is easy to use and very cost effective. Now we are embarking upon a programme for capacity building. The lines of credit given by Government of India have played a very important role towards the promotion of business across the continent. I would appreciate your Africa is strongly committed to promote private sector comments on the same. Any line of credit which is granted provided it is at a initiatives and south-south co-operation as key engines reasonable cost will always be effective. Most of the African of economic growth. How do you see the booming countries today are facing the problem of foreign exchange as relationships between Africa and India? I think that the relationship between Africa & India has yet they continue to remain import dominant economies where to mature into a more strategic relationship. At present, a very their daily needs are met through imports. There is a need reasonable number of Indian business people are moving to for them to generate their own foreign exchange. I think, Africa and using it as an opportunity to invest and get better these lines of credit are a part of the solution. But the African returns for their business. I think, there is tremendous scope countries need to do more in attracting FDI. Africa has the of mutual growth and cooperation in the agricultural sector inherent strength to generate and sustain its own foreign between India and Africa and this is one area where I believe exchange. that the private and public sector of India and Africa can work together to create a more strategic partnership in the area of food security. Africa has now 54 sovereign countries and each Last message……. country is endowed with its own natural resources. I believe I do wish that we are able to make a difference to business there is an opportunity to tap and harness these resources between Africa & India. FICCI is continuously assisting Indian including the huge potential of the human resources for the business people in their entry into Africa. I would like to invite development of Africa. Value addition must take place in Africa people who are interested to invest in Africa to take up FICCI’s so that the standards of living within Africa can get better and membership and to take advantage of our expertise in African poverty can be reduced. continent in increasing their business linkages. Kanchi Batra (L) presenting the times of africa mug to Shri R. V. Kanoria 88 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
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  • IN RENDEZVOUS WITH... INDIA Islam is a religion of peace, prosperity & justice QUICK VIEW ÇÇ Islam is based on the notion of peace ÇÇ It is useful to bring moral and ethical Mohd. Imam Hasan Kazmi change for development Chairman, All India Imams Council, New Delhi ÇÇ Focus should be on technical and modern educational institutions Islam is based on the notion of peace as an essential element. It is ÇÇ Need to enhance and conceived as a religion of peace and we have to spread this message to adopt democracy in African countries each corner of the world. This interview with the Chairman of All India Imams Council will show some aspects of Islamic teaching of peace. University. We have many world known universities in India like Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, Jamia Millia What are the cultural similarities between the African and Islamia amongst others and countless African students are Indian Islam? Islam is not a new religion, but the same truth that God coming for their higher studies. revealed through all his prophets. Both in Africa and India, There is a need to establish more universities of Indian Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness, and type in African countries. I would like to request our the majority have nothing to do with the extremely grave events Government, especially our Foreign Minister Mr. Salman which have come to be associated with their faith. Muslims in Khurshid to look into this matter. He should also pay a visit India have made a great impact on the African Muslims. to African countries as this is the continent in which we can Islam believes in fostering unity amongst its followers. Four have Indian impact. So, in this way we can enhance the image schools of thoughts are there in India like Hanafi, Shafi, Hanbali of Muslims as a whole. or Maliki. Africans also follow the same exercise. All in all, there are many similarities between African and Indian Islam. What according to you is the significance of education for Indian Muslims? Indian and African Muslims have tried their best in How Indian and African Muslims can come together for establishing religious institutions. At present the need is much better upliftment of Muslims and human employment? Some African countries have Arabic as their national focused on the technical and modern educational institutions. language. For instance, Sudan has Arabic as their official We should focus more on technical education. language. Many Indian students are studying in University of Children are the future and the future lies in their hands Khartoum in Sudan. I am very happy to tell you that my Professor, but they can only achieve this promise through the acquisition who is also my idol has done his doctorate from Khartoum of knowledge. More of engineering college; medical college 90 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • IN RENDEZVOUS WITH...should be established here in India. This is the need of hour, This is a very important question you raised. Islam doesas without education we cannot do anything, we cannot go for not permit anyone to take anybody’s innocent life. Islam is notwork. addicted to war, and jihad is not one of its “pillars,” or essential practices. When Islam says like this then who are these Talibanes to take people’s life, who are these Taliban’s to make people’s lifeThere are various Indian and African Islamic banks who are hell. People who are doing such type of extremism activitiesworking for the empowerment of the Muslim community. are 100% against Islam. They are harming Islam; they haveWhat according to you is role of these banks in the tarnished the image of Islam. It is our duty to stand firmlyempowerment and development of these communities? I am not an economist. But, according to my knowledge, against such practices.Islamic banks are based on investment, they are non- interestbank. Islam does not allow exploiting any person. They areuseful to bring moral and ethical change for development in As the Chairman of Imams Council, what would be yourthese countries. message for the Muslims in Africa? It is a growing business as it caters to the financial needs of Islam is a religion of peace, prosperity & justice. Wethe people without conflicting with their social and religious should do justice in a proper way; we should propagate peacevalues. Overall, these Islamic Banks are putting their whole wherever we live. Moreover, democracy and secularism is anhearted effort to bring prosperity to the developing countries. essential step for gaining, for making achievements, for making your future bright. So, there is a need to enhance, to adopt democracy in African countries which is lacking in comparison with our country.As you have mentioned that Islam is a peaceful religionthen why Talibanes are harming the image of Islam?www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 91
  • IN RENDEZVOUS WITH... SOUTH SUDAN South Sudan is now open for business QUICK VIEW ÇÇ South Sudan seceded Amb. James P. Morgan on July 9, 2011, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan, New Delhi becoming the Republic of South Sudan A new nation was born in July 2011, South Sudan, after decades of THE TIMES OF AFRICA, the Deputy Head of Mission from the Embassy ÇÇ A virgin land, full of untapped resources struggle for freedom from the north. In a candid interview to ÇÇ Agriculture potential is enormous of South Sudan in New Delhi, discussed with Kanchi Batra, Editor-in-Chief ÇÇThe investment laws furnish attractive fiscal the kind of assistance they need from India to make the country promising regimes for investment as it is still a virgin land, full of untapped resources. no hitches even with Sudan that we have separated from. Prior to independence, there were numerous South Sudanese in the Brief us about this new nation in the African continent north and vice versa. We are just trying to be good neighbours South Sudan. Thank you for this opportunity given to me to brief the working to maintain good relations even though we live in readers of this interview about South Sudan. South Sudan is separate countries. We want to play the role of peace makers not new on the map of the world; South Sudan has been there and become partners of peace in the whole African continent since time immemorial. It is a landlocked country in east- and the world at large. central Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the east, Kenya to the southeast, Uganda to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the southwest, the Central African Republic to Talking about the investment climate in South Sudan, how the west and Sudan to the north. After decades of struggle for conducive it is for investment? How would you propose to freedom, South Sudan seceded on July 9, 2011, becoming the Indians to come and invest in your country? Republic of South Sudan following a referendum that passed Indians have been very successful in Uganda, Kenya, with 98.83% of the vote. Tanzania and in many other African countries. I would like to mention that South Sudan is now open for business and we would like Indians to bring their skills, technology, and experience to invest in this nation which is just virgin, a nation What is the current state of relationship of South Sudan that is completely new. with other different countries of Africa? Our belief is to coexist with anybody in the world. We have The Government of South Sudan has taken particular steps 92 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • IN RENDEZVOUS WITH...to cultivate an environment conducive to investment. The The Embassy is working on to bring a lot of promotionalinvestment laws furnish attractive fiscal regimes, protection materials for people who would not be able to travel right way.of industrial and intellectual property, credible guarantee of In the beginning of 2013, we would be launching those kindslegal security, customs duties exemptions as well as reduced of things.bureaucracy. We are inviting Indians to come and see the place andget acquainted to the situation. The Embassy of the Republic What according to you is the role and importance of theof South Sudan here in New Delhi is going to play this role by infrastructure in the development of the economy?giving visa to any interested Indian businessman who would Since the colonial power left South Sudan in 1956,like to come to South Sudan. since then there had never been any development. After independence, we are now struggling to put infrastructure in place because we recognize that infrastructure is most crucial for development. 50 years of war has made a very big setbackIs the Embassy of South Sudan getting enquires from for us but, we are working on it already and this is an area alsoIndian corporate in order to go to South Sudan? There was a very big Indian delegation which was invited that we are asking our friends in India to help us in this area ofto South Sudan by the Western Equatoria State Government. infrastructure in South Sudan. Recently, there was a delegationWhat we do is to issue the interested Indian businessmen of Indian business people mostly were of Government side andvisa. That will be an exemplary kind of investment that Indian few of business people who met our President and this was onepeople would like to do in South Sudan. of the issues that were put on the table.Tourism is one of the largest and dynamically developing Any other sector where you think India could play a majorsectors of external economic activities. What steps are role in South Sudan? There are many areas. We have a very vast land forbeing initiated by your Embassy to promote this sector in agriculture. We have always asked India, how they succeeded inIndia? The country has a number of notable and renowned tourist feeding its big population. India has the relevant knowledge, thedestinations. It is very magnetic and very interesting. South technical know how, and experience in the area of agriculture.Sudan as I said, is a land that is virgin, nothing has ever been Our land is very fertile, we do not even need fertilizers, and wedone on it. First of all we have the gift of Nile which is the have rainfall which last for 8 to 9 months in a year, all in all verylongest river in the world, three quarters of the Nile is within suitable climatic conditions prevails in the country. AgricultureSouth Sudan. We have large populations of elephants, buffaloes, potential is enormous. Apart from agriculture, we have enoughgiraffes, chimpanzees and forest monkeys, hippos, hyenas, oil exploration to take place in South Sudan. Apart from oil, wegazelles, zebras, ostriches and lions. You might have seen them also have gold, we also have cement these are the areas, it hason discovery channel, I think it is better for you to come and see so many things that any interested persons can be able to findit live on the ground in South Sudan. where their interest lies in South Sudan.www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 93
  • BRANDS & BUSINESSES 〈 〈 We give back to society through capacity building, environmental education and donation to vulnerable groups.94 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • BRANDS & BUSINESSESDr. Joseph SiawDAgyepongOver the years, Dr. Agyepong has won the admiration and recognition for his entrepreneurialacumen, diligence, hard work and contribution to the social and economic developmentof Ghana. The enormous effort of Zoomlion Ghana Ltd, towards the attainment of a cleanand healthy environment continues to receive high profile recognition, both locally andinternationally. r. Agyepong’s efforts have for his efforts towards environmental recently with the Golden Image Award. been recognized by the sanitation and education in the country. He was honoured by the President of national government and Dr. Agyepong has also been Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Monrovia have been awarded with awarded by the Millennium Excellence for the work his Company Zoomlion has the “Order of the Volta,” Foundation, with the “Leadership in been doing in that country.which is one of the highest awards given Industry” Prize alongside distinguished Dr. Agyepong has also been awardedto statesmen by the government in people like the Chairman of the Electrical by the Entrepreneurial Foundation ofGhana for exemplary activities. This was Commission of Ghana Dr. Kwadwo Afari Ghana, body that awards hardworkingin the year 2008 and it was for founding Gyan in December 2010. entrepreneurs in Ghana as the Bestthe company Zoomlion and training He was also a Finalist in the Masters Entrepreneur of the year 2011, whilepeople to sweep our own streets with Category of the Ernst and Young West in 2010; Zoomlion was adjuged the Bestpride and dignity. Africa Entrepreneur of the year award Environmental Sanitation company by The Kwame Nkrumah University of in 2011. the same organization.Science and Technology in 2011 also Dr. Agyepong has also been In the year 2011, Dr. Agyepongconferred a doctorate degree on him honoured by the Liberian government was adjudged the most influential CEOwww.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 95
  • BRANDS & BUSINESSES Achievements and accolades of the great personality in Ghana by an opinion poll conducted as part of the company’s development number of sanitation and health clubs by one of Ghana’s leading Television and strategic position. This is indicated in basic schools across the country to stations, ETV. by the company’s mission statement train children as peer educators on Furthermore Zoomlion has been which in part emphasizes the adoption environmental sanitation. It is the belief honoured by the Tema Achievers of sustainable environmental sanitation of the company that if children are Foundation for the company’s excellent practices, by the introduction and concretise on the need to imbibe good delivery of services in the Tema utilization of simple but modern sanitary habits, they in turn will educate metropolis. technologies and methods of waste their colleagues and families, thereby »» Furthermore, Zoomlion has management at affordable and effecting behavioural change in the also been adjudged excellent in competitive rates. society. Customer service activities by the For instance Zoomlion’s CSR value First Customer service awards held statement clearly states “We give back in Ghana by a Consumer based to society through capacity building, Public Education on organization environmental education and donation Zoomlion since its inception has been Environmental Sanitation »» n addition to these, the Times of I to vulnerable groups.” It is against playing a pivotal role in educating Africa a magazine which focuses on this background that Zoomlion has various communities on the need to India- Africa business relations has undertaken the following CSR activities keep their surroundings clean. This is also honoured him. done through the use of mass media, »» n 2011, Zoomlion was adjudged I group and interpersonal forms of the “most marketing oriented As a part of our Corporate Social communication. The programme Zoom Captains’ project company” by the Chartered Institute Responsibility, Zoomlion has initiated which is in collaboration with various of Marketing Ghana, (CIMG) a highly the Zoom Captains Project, which trains Ministries has received good patronage prestigious marketing body in women in the operation of earthmoving in both urban and rural settings. Ghana. equipment. Twenty five (30) women »» gain as far back as the year A who joined Zoomlion as sweepers and 2004, Jospong Printing press was tricycle riders are now earthmoving Support for vulnerable groups honoured by the Ghana Club 100, as equipment operators working in various Zoomlion provides support be it and national programmes. the company was adjudged as one of final disposal sites in the country. cash or kind to vulnerable groups the best 100 companies in Ghana The women have also received and institutions such as prisons, further training in Zoomlion’s leprosy hospitals as well as provide equipment suppliers companies in environmental sanitation services to China to further enhance their skills. the government and people of Ghana CORPORATE SOCIAL Mr. Agyepong believes in the important national days and during RESPONSIBILTY Development oriented CSR concept international conferences among primarily in which CSR projects is seen The Company has also formed a others. Zoom Kids Clubs 96 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • BRANDS & BUSINESSESG and promised to continue delivering the role they play to promote customer quality services to customers and the excellence in Ghana. He also touched on nation at large. the need for Ghanaian businesses to use Mrs. Orhin said the company has a customer service to position themselves vision to provide its cherished clients in this very competitive market. including Metropolitan, Municipal and Zoomlion Ghana Limited has District Assemblies as well as ministries received numerous awards from Departments, Agencies, corporate international and local sources since its entities and individual households with inceptipn over six years ago. Earlier in iant waste management what she terms as five-star service the year, Zoomlion’s CEO Dr Joseph Siaw company Zoomlion Ghana delivery and hence is proud to receive Agyepong, was adjudged the overall Limited has been honored the award. Best Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 at third The Ghana Mr. Hector Wulff, the Executive by The Entrepreneurial Foundation of Customer Service Week Director and Coordinator of OCSEG Ghana, an Entrepreneurship focusedand Awards ceremony at the British was of the view that, organizations like civil society organisiation in Ghana.Council Hall in Accra. The Company ZoomLion were doing great services to Established in January 2006,was inducted into the Hall of Fame of communities in this country with their Zoomlion Ghana Limited has excelled inthe Organisation for Customer Service services and that, the time has come for its area of operation and has previouslyExcellence in Ghana (OCSEG). them to be recognized. been awarded by the Ghana Government, Other Award winners include, Bank Prof Charles Blankson, a special Millennium Excellence Foundation,of Africa, Toyota Ghana, TV3, Akroma guest to the ceremony from CIMA-UK Ernst and Young West Africa, CharteredPlaza of Takoradi, Tema Spinal Clinic and a lecturer at GIMPA also spoke Institute of Marketing Ghana, The Timesamong others. Mrs Isabella Gyau Orhin, on the Theme “Achieving Customers of Africa Magazine Based in India, Firstthe Communications Manager for Service Excellence in Ghana, The role Ghana Customer Service Awards, TemaZoomLion who received the award on of Stakeholder”. He explained what Excellence Awards, ETV, KNUST amongbehalf of management in an interview services are, who a customer is, and others.www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 97
  • BRANDS & BUSINESSES programs, providing training in between interested allied skills development, course mapping, organizations articulation, international scholarships, ™™ Exchange of academic information top up degrees and faculty resourcing. and material KSconsult has got into strategic ™™ Assistance in promoting agreements with the leading collaboration in fields of education educational establishments of Delhi KSconsult is proud to state that it A / NCR region and is providing first has established a regional center of hand information to African students Mahatma Gandhi University in The KSconsult Education Alliances frica, the world second pertaining to internationally acclaimed Gambia which would cater to more than largest continent degrees in Medicine, Allied Sciences, 15000 students yearly. We are looking is brimming with Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, forward to replicate this successful opportunities and scope Management (Business & Finance), endeavor in Senegal, Ghana, Burkina of development in the Telecom Management, Architecture, Faso, Sierra Leone, Guinea Conakry and 21st century. The economic growth has Mass Communication, Hospitality, Liberia lead to an environment for prosperity, Travel, Tourism and Law. To name a KSconsult, the biggest education reforms and development in the entire few: advisory for African continent, with continent. Education, the mainstay ™™ Sharada University, Greater Noida its Mission Admission 2013 is looking of any enterprising nation is now ™™ Manav Rachna International forward to provide single-window- gathering momentum. University, Faridabad access of all education related KSconsult has established its ™™ Noida International University, information to Indian and African credentials in the area of education Greater Noida students and impart authentic solutions consultancy and facilitation in India and ™™ Global Business School, Noida to them using best practices and in abroad within a year of its inception. These universities in collaboration strict compliance with the International Our current focus is providing with African counterparts also intend to standards and laid down norms. assistance to universities / institutes in operate undergraduate/Postgraduate Our objective is to hold hands, guide India and abroad to foster alliances and engineering/Management program and counsel young minds in choosing the take definitive steps Towards Global under the university credit transfer right career, college and university. We Education while opening new frontiers based on mutually agreed academic and believe that we can make a difference for Admissions of African students. administrative criteria and standards. in the education scenarios of Africa and The division is diligently fostering Apart from admissions we also on the other hand promote India as a Afro-Indian alliances with educational pursue the following trades to be in line preferred education destination. The establishments in Africa to provide with our mission statement students can avail first world education authentic solutions to students, ™™ Establishment of institutes, in third world prices. teachers, educationists, colleges/ universities in African continent With this noble intent, we hope to institutes/ universities and education ™™ Facilitation of exchange of faculty provide innovative solutions to the promoters in career guidance, updating and administrative staff Indo-African students in line with the knowledge through development ™™ Help in signing of agreements requirement of the millennium. 98 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • BRANDS & BUSINESSES ACCRA COMPOST AND RECYCLING PLANT Unique solution to mounting waste in GhanaI n the rapidly urbanizing global society, every day, and out of this only 1800 tonnes facility when fully operational will solid waste management is a key are collected daily, leaving a deficit of 400 provide about 500 job opportunities challenge facing all the world’s cities. tonnes uncollected. with other thousands of employment In West Africa in general and Ghana It is in this light that the Accra Compost opportunities through the supply chain. in particular, the issue of collection, and Recycling Plant Limited has been set ÆÆ T he facility will improve on sanitation bymanagement and disposal of solid waste up to lift the provision of waste management reducing health hazards created by thecontinues to feature prominently in major services in the country. Accra Compost present practice of anarchic dumpingtowns and cities across the region. Waste Limited is a subsidiary of Jospong Group of waste in the open, causing regularmanagement, a chief component of of Companies which was established drainage blocked channels resulting inenvironmental sanitation, has over the in 1995 in response to increasing need fatal flooding.years in Ghana been a major annoyance and demand for quality products and ÆÆ T he facility will provide a more efficientof successive central governments and services in the different sectors of Ghana’s and effective means of recoveringlocal authorities. While the growth of towns vibrant economy. Accra Compost Limited recyclable materials to sustainand cities has resulted from increased is an integrated waste processing and indigenous recycling companiespopulation coupled with increased recycling company established to collect, with raw materials and compost forsocioeconomic activities, there has not sort, process and recycle solid and liquid agronomic purposes. This will cut downbeen a commensurate increase in essential waste and produce organic manure for the importation of soil conditionersinfrastructure and logistics for effective and agronomic purposes in Ghana and West (inorganic) into the country, as compostefficient waste management services to be Africa. The Plant is indeed set up to provide is a better replacement (organic), not todelivered. structured processing and management of mention of the many investors that the Waste management in Accra is limited liquid and solid waste including domestic facility will attract, thus the demand onto collection, dumping and nothing further. waste, hospital waste, industrial waste and foreign currency for imports will reduce.All existing landfill sites in the region have e-waste. At present there is a major trouble ÆÆ B etter sanitation is directly relatedexceeded their maximum capacity resulting with recognition and acquisition of landfills to economic growth. The resultantin severe environmental crisis from for dumping of waste and it is expected reduction in medical costs, will alsoimproper disposal of waste. Discharging that the Plant will eventually eliminate the allow greater investments and fundsof liquid waste into the sea and other need for landfill dump sites. The Plant will channeled into other economicwater bodies is an extremely crude and also address the problem of plastic waste ventures.environmentally unsafe practice which through sorting, collection, processing ÆÆ Productivity in the nation’s workforceis surprisingly becoming an acceptable and recycling of such waste. Apart from would be boosted as the loss of labourdisposal alternative. The direct correlation sharing its knowledge, technical and through sickness will be reduced.between bad sanitation and disease is scientific experience in the field of waste ÆÆ The facility will make enormous a fact that cannot be overlooked. It is management, the Accra Compost and contributions to the government, intherefore not surprising that sanitation Recycling Plant, will also be the focal point terms of corporate tax.related diseases are the most common for training and research in the provision of ÆÆ T he project while relieving the MMDA’smortal ailments in the country. In recent effective waste processing and recycling. off financial and social cost will alsotimes, statistics have shown that Accra contribute to the achievement of thealone generates about two thousand two Prosperity to the Nation millennium development goals onhundred (2,200) tonnes of solid waste ÆÆ he ultra modern solid waste treatment T sanitation. For more details contact Accra Recycling & Compost Plant, PMB MD 214, Madina – Accra, Email: Info@acarpghana.com, Website: www.acarpghana.comwww.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 99
  • Enhanced Era for Travel aroundBRANDS & BUSINESSES West Africa W The Smiling Coast of Africa gets its own National Airline GAMBIA BIRD est Africa’s Smiling Ocean. For an improved era for travel With the assistance of Germania, the Coast is the gateway around West Africa, the new Gambian German airline with focus on leisure and to the continent’s National Airline Gambia Bird started ethnic traffic, Gambia Bird commenced smallest country. its operations on 22 October 2012. its operations from Banjul with a single The Gambian people The magnificent coastline of Africa’s 144-seat A319. The passenger carrier are known for their friendliness and smallest country, with its luxurious launched its UK route in October hospitality. The fact that makes the beach resorts, bustling fishing villages 2012 with a single 138 seater A319- country unique is its weather, wonderful and stunning nature reserves, is not only 100 aircraft (business and economy beaches and friendly people that live the attraction for beach-bound travellers, class seats) which flew from Banjul there. The Gambia punches way above it also offers a real opportunity to International Airport London Gatwick its weight in terms of attractions. With a soak up the atmosphere amongst the on the 24th October. A second aircraft population of under two million people heaving markets and its vibrant culture. joined their fleet in December of the and covering an area around the same The capital, Banjul, is also home of same year. size as Qatar, The Gambia is the smallest the country’s busiest airport, Yundum Very recently, the Airlines has offered country in mainland Africa. It is almost International, which for much of the past 40 free tickets to the general public fully surrounded by Senegal apart from decade has handled around 300,000 to mark the beginning of its maiden a short stretch of coast on the Atlantic annual passengers. flight from Accra to the Malian capital 100 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • BRANDS & BUSINESSES is these very challenges that provide the springboard for a successful airline. We are not offering a low-cost airline. Our aim is to build a reputation for quality and reliability via our scheduledBamako. The airlines says it has taken Explaining the company’s vision, the and punctual services with a choice ofthe project to bring in a new direct route Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Karsten affordable ticket options. Importantly,between Accra to Bamako as part of its Balke, said “The origins of Gambia Bird we want to build an airline that embodiesquest to make travel within West Africa stem from leveraging our business the wonderful warmth of the Gambianeven more practicable, opportune and model which is founded in highly people, for at the end of the day it is thatfeasible. successful charter operations, to create total exceptional experience that will Company officials said that “Gambia a scheduled airline. We utilize a lean make people want to fly with us againBird is pioneering a new and improved structure that outsources specialist and again.”era for travel around West Africa and support functions, such as technical Gambia Bird Airlines is also live onthe introduction of this new direct air and engineering, to expert providers Amadeus, the Global Distribution Systemconnection between Accra and Bamaho and this enables us to get on with what which is visible for booking at all traveldelivers more compelling reasons to fly we do best – running an airline. Market agencies, airlines and institutions withtoday.” intelligence told us that economically Amadeus access. “This new strategic route presents the West African region is poised to grow Gambia Bird Airlines also continuesopportunity to fly every Tuesdays and at a phenomenal rate over the coming to offer Premium and Economy classThursdays easing travel between Ghana years and, whilst we acknowledge there flights to Banjul, Dakar, Accra, Manrovia,and Mali and catering better business are significant challenges within the Freetarm, London-Gatwick, Barcelonapeople, tourists and domestic travelling”. region’s infrastructure to overcome, it and Bamako through the week. Gambia Birds flight schedule can be downloaded from www.gambiabird.comwww.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 101
  • Mahatma Gandhi is an inspiration for millions of people all over the world for his principles, vision & knowledge102 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • BRANDS & BUSINESSES F ollowing the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi, the the institution own program by following all norms and University is committed to make a difference standards of the concern authorities. in the field of education. Mahatma Gandhi 1. International Association of Universities: University (MGU) is a leading Indian educational IAU, founded in 1950, is the UNESCO-based worldwide institution, with an acknowledged reputation for association of higher education institutions. It brings excellence in research and teaching which was established together institutions and organizations from some 120 through Meghalaya State legislative Act, 2010. Mahatma countries for reflection and action on common concerns Gandhi University is empowered to award degrees as and collaborates with various international, regional and specified by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under national bodies active in higher education. section 22 of the UGC Act 1956. 2. Knowledge Partner with World Bank: To achieve its objective of providing world class Mahatma Gandhi University is proud to be partnered up education to its students, MGU has set up a state- with World Bank’s programme on climate change. (C4C) is of-the-art campus in Meghalaya and offers Graduate, a campaign, a coalition, and a community that cares about Post-graduate and Research Programs in a range of climate change. The goal of C4C is to raise awareness contemporary subject areas. MGU’s distance education about climate change issues around the world. With the initiative encompasses the latest developments in the help of our broad coalition of partners (including Mahatma provision of distance education and extensively leverages Gandhi University), we are kick starting an interactive technology to provide students a rich learning environment dialogue on climate change issues. that mimics the learning experience of traditional face-to- 3. University Grants Commission- Sri Lanka: face education. Needless to add that distance education Mahatma Gandhi University is approved from University is a boon for students who are not able to complete their Grants Commission of Sri Lanka for providing its programs studies on regular basis due to lack of time, finance or in Sri Lanka as well. The University Grants Commission distant location from universities. (UGC) is the apex body of the University System in Sri Lanka The University has emerged as a global university which was established on 22nd December 1978 under the with boasting distinctive strengths in education and Universities Act No. 16 of 1978. The functions of the UGC entrepreneurship. As a platform for excellence in teaching, are; planning and coordination of university education, learning & administration, state-of-the-art information allocation of funds to Higher Educational Institutions technology is extensively used in M.G.U, contributing to (HEIs), maintenance of academic standards, regulation of the development of well trained graduates, post graduates the administration of HEIs and regulation of admission of and doctorates to meet the professional manpower needs students to HEIs. of not just India but the world. It has built up an enviable 4. Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), track record of delivering education across the globe Mauritius: Mahatma Gandhi University is acknowledged and its programs are currently available in countries like from TEC in Mauritius. The Tertiary Education Commission Mauritius, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, (TEC) has the statutory responsibility to determine the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Kuwait, Sri Lanka, Philippines, recognition and equivalence of academic or professional Hong Kong, Thailand, UK and the United States. qualification at the postsecondary education level obtained Mahatma Gandhi University is also open to approved in or outside Mauritius. University has added new innovative ideas for students to make their learning process ‘easy & interesting’, some of them are as mention below ™™ Self Learning Material (SLM) ™™ Dictionaries of specialized subjects ™™ Online career counselling ™™ E-Learning ™™ IT Simulations ™™ Industry Speakers ™™ Video Lectures ™™ Online On-demand Examination ™™ Self assessment Tests ™™ Dynamic Web-Portal ™™ Online Admission Facility ™™ Skill development programs ™™ Learning Management System (LMS) ™™ Multi-Entry and Multi-Exit Facility ™™ E-Library ™™ Student Placement Serviceswww.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 103
  • BRANDS & BUSINESSES AWARDS& ACHIEVEMENTS Mahatma Gandhi University has been awarded "Best Innovation in Open and Distance Learning for K-12 and Higher Education" in World Education Summit 2012 which was held at Hotel Le Merdian in New Delhi on 23rd July, 2012. The Summit is the most renowned & popular Education summit where the leading Universities and Educational Institutions from all around the World participated and showcased their new methodologies and innovations in the area of education. The initiatives taken by the University were highly appreciated by the august gathering at the Summit consisting of prominent personalities such as ‘Shri Subodh Kant Sahay’- Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India, ‘Prof S S Mantha’- Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), ‘Shri E Ahamad’- Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Government of India, ‘Prof Sudhir K Jain’- Director, IIT Gandhinagar, ‘Dr. Sunil Nawaratne’- Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Government of Sri Lanka, ‘Prof. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai’- Executive Vice President, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, Government of Kerala, Kerela and many more. Also, the University has recently been listed in Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU). It is a non-profit organization of higher learning institutions that are primarily concerned with education at a distance, namely, education in which the systematic teaching and the communication between student and teacher or institution take place mainly by a variety of media. AAOU was founded in 1987 by a number of open universities in the Asian region who realized the significant contribution of distance education in democratizing the provision of learning opportunities to mankind. With this prestigious membership from Recognized Education Body in ASIA, MGU can enroll more students at international context as well There is no doubt that Mahatma Gandhi University will students to take best advantages of their educational be The University of Choice for the students of India opportunities, MGU promises to become one of India’s and abroad for being forward thinking, socially sensitive leading universities. It seeks to identify and remove & responsible and for using advance information and restraints on students’ learning process, so that aspirants communication technology tools to create, preserve and may explore their capabilities and interests and develop disseminate knowledge. With its continuous efforts to their full intellectual and human potential. With the morals provide inimitable standards of learning, to create and & ideals of the heroes of past, the University is entrusted disseminate excellence in knowledge and to enable its to build leaders of tomorrow. 104 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • Realising Dreams Building Futures Better Connectivity Smt. Sonia Gandhi Dr. Manmohan Singh Over 46,000 Chairperson, UPA Prime Minister habitations connected through all-weather roads Scholarship Schemes Scholarships to about 63 lakh minority students and 48 lakh SC students in 2011-12 Mid Day Meal Scheme Over 10.54 crore children being ú provided hot cooked meals in schools Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan 28,000 primary schools and 6000 upper primarydavp 22111/13/0101/1213 schools opened Ê´ÉEòÉºÉ EòÒ Eò½þÉxÉÒ ú Universal Immunisation ¦ÉÉ®úiÉ ÊxɨÉÉÇhÉ EòÒ VÉÖ¤ÉÉxÉÒ 2.5 crore children vaccinated Janani - Shishu Suraksha Karyakram Over 1 crore Ministry of Information and Broadcasting pregnant women Government of India benefitted
  • INFRASTRUCTURE LTD Sifting through the mounting problem of waste TPS Infrastructure Limited 9001-2008 Company and is maintenance requirement. TPS stands out in the arena of waste manufacturing various machines Infrastructure Ltd. has set up management solutions with its in technical collaboration with modern service centers in some broad range of equipments. M/s some of the leading European A frican Countries. All the Ashok Leyland, a leading Truck Manufacturers. The organization necessary tools and spare parts Manufacturer in India and M/s TPS can offer project reports / advice on have been stocked for support of Infrastructure Ltd., has made waste management system for the the machines. Expert Engineers headway in strengthening the city, suggests the right mix of from these companies are also Waste Management System in equipment for collection and posted there to extend service Ghana alongwith M/s Zoomlion transportation of garbage, garbage support and impart necessary Ghana Ltd., who are one of the transfer stations, garbage sorting training to the local service staff. leading Waste Management plants, landfill site management, experts and service providers in processing and recycling of waste Similar arrangement including Ghana. material. localized manufacturing can be extended to other countries in TPS Infrastructure Ltd. is one of The Garbage Compactors and other Africa. Presently TPS Range of the leading manufacturers of Waste Management Equipments equipments are operating Waste Management Equipment in supplied from India to Ghana have successfully in India, Ghana, India having its manufacturing been very well received and Angola, Tanzania, Chile, Srilanka, plants around New Delhi. The appreciated by the users as they South Africa, Nigeria, Maldives, organization is a Certified ISO – are very rugged with minimal Bangladesh, Nepal etc. For Further details / Enquiries, you may please write to:- Mr. ROHIT KAKAR – VICE PRESIDENT (MARKETING), M/s TPS INFRASTRUCTURE LTD. 84, M Block Commercial Complex, Greater Kailash -II, New Delhi-110 048 Mobile No.00 91 9810415227, Ph : 91-11-2921 4007, 2921 2101, 4163 8293, Fax : 91-11-2921 6856 E-mail : rohitkakar@tpsmfg.net, tps@tpsmfg.net, tps@tpsmfg.com, Web Site : http://www.tpsmfg.com106 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • Truck Mounted Refuse Compactor Truck Mounted Refuse Compactor Truck Mounted Hook Loader Truck Mounted Dumper Placer Truck Mounted Suction cum Jetting Machine Truck Mounted Suction Machine Truck Mounted Suction cum Jetting Waste Transfer Station Recycler Truck Mounted Sweeping MachineSelf Propelled Sweeping Machine Ride On Sweeping Machine Mini Garbage TipperM/s TPS INFRASTRUCTURE LTD.84, M Block Commercial Complex, Greater Kailash-II, New Delhi-110 048, IndiaPh : 91-11-2921 4007, 2921 2101, 4163 8293 Fax : 91-11-2921 6856E-mail : rohitkakar@tpsmfg.net, tps@tpsmfg.net, tps@tpsmfg.comWeb Site : http://www.tpsmfg.com
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  • DOCTOR’S ADVICEHIV (human immunodeficiency virus) the HIV does not spread? infection and AIDS? What is HIV and AIDS? What are the situations in which What are the symptoms of HIVinfection has spread to every country The virus does not spread through casual Many people do not develop symptomsin the world. Approximately 40 million contact such as preparing food, sharing after they get infected with HIV. Otherspeople are currently living with HIV towels and bedding, or via swimming pools, have a history of a flu-like illness withininfection, and an estimated 25 million have telephones, or toilet seats. Transmission of several days to weeks.These symptomsdied from this disease. HIV stands for the diseases by tears, sweats and urine is not usually disappear on their own within ahuman immunodeficiency virus- a slowly few weeks. After that, the person feelsreplicating virus that causes acquired normal and has no symptoms. Thisimmunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). asymptomatic phase often lasts for years.After getting into the body, the virus kills Many people with HIV do not know theyor damages cells of the body’s immune are infected. it is likely that 20% of HIV-system. AIDS occurs when the virus has positive individuals are unaware of theirdestroyed so much of the body’s defenses infection.The progression of disease variesthat immune-cell counts fall to critical widely among individuals. This state maylevels or certain life-threatening infections last from a few months to more thanor cancers develop. 10 years. During this period, the virus continues to multiply actively and infects and kills the cells of the immune system.There are several possible ways in which The virus destroys the cells that are theHow does HIV transmitted?the virus can enter human body. primary infection fighters, a type of white»» Most commonly, HIV infection blood cell called CD4 cells. Even though is spread by having sex with an the person has no symptoms, he or she infected partner. The virus can enter is contagious and can pass HIV to others the body through the lining of the through the routes listed above. vagina, vulva, penis, rectum, or mouth AIDS is the later stage of HIV infection, during unprotected sex. People who when the body begins losing its ability to already have a sexually transmitted fight infections. Sometimes, the diagnosis diseases, such as syphilis, genital of AIDS is made because the person has herpes, chlamydial infection, human unusual infections or cancers that show papillomavirus (HPV), gonorrhea, or how weak the immune system is.The bacterial vaginosis, are more likely to infections that happen with AIDS are acquire HIV infection during sex with called opportunistic infections because an infected partner.»» HIV frequently spreads among injecting -drug users who share needles or HIV-AIDS they take advantage of the opportunity to infect a weakened host. The infections include (but are not limited to)pneumonia syringes that are contaminated with possible. The virus is also unlikely to be caused by Pneumocystis;brain infection blood from an infected person. spread by contact with saliva, unless it is with toxoplasmosis which can cause»» Women can transmit HIV to their contaminated with blood. trouble thinking or symptoms that mimic babies during pregnancy or birth, a stroke;widespread infection with a TB when infected maternal cells enter bacteria ,yeast infection of the swallowing the baby’s circulation, or through HIV? tube (esophagus) which causes pain with Do insect bites spread the breastfeeding. From the start of the HIV epidemic, swallowing;widespread diseases with»» IV can spread in health-care settings H there has been concern about HIV trans. certain fungi like histoplasmosis, which through accidental needle sticks or mission from biting and bloodsucking can cause fever, cough, anemia, and contact with contaminated fluids. insects, such as mosquitoes. However, other problems.A weakened immune»» Very rarely, HIV spreads through studies conducted worldwide have shown system can also lead to other unusual transfusion of contaminated blood or no evidence of HIV transmission from conditions:lymphoma in (a form of cancer blood components. All blood products mosquitoes or any other insects. When of the lymphoid tissue) in the brain, which are tested to minimize this risk. If an insect bites a person, it does not inject can cause fever and trouble thinking;a tissues or organs from an infected its own or a previously bitten person’s or cancer of the soft tissues called Kaposi’s person are transplanted, the recipient animal’s blood into the next person bitten. sarcoma, which causes brown, reddish, or may acquire HIV. Donors are now Rather, it injects saliva, which acts as a purple spots that develop on the skin or in tested for HIV to minimize this risk. lubricant so the insect can feed efficiently. the mouth.It has been noticed that 80% ofwww.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 109
  • DOCTOR’S ADVICE deaths in AIDS patients are due to these on or under the skin or inside the drugs. infections and the other 20% die of HIV mouth, nose, or eyelids »» I f you work in a health-care field, infection itself. »» emory loss, depression, and other m follow recommended guidelines for neurological disorders protecting yourself against needle However, no one should assume they sticks and exposure to contaminated to cause AIDS? are infected if they have any of the above fluids. How long does it take for HIV Prior to 1996, scientists estimated that symptoms. Each of these symptoms can be »» I f you have engaged in risky behaviors, about half the people with HIV would related to other illnesses. Again, the only get tested to see if you have HIV. develop AIDS within 10 years after way to determine whether you are infected »» T he risk of HIV transmission from becoming infected. This time varied greatly is to be tested for HIV infection. a pregnant woman to her baby is from person to person and depended on significantly reduced if the mother many factors, including a person’s health takes medications during pregnancy, status and their health-related behaviors. Treatment? labor, and delivery and her baby takes What is the HIV/AIDS Since 1996, the introduction of Over the past years, several drugs have medications for the first six weeks powerful antiretroviral therapies has become available to fight both the HIV of life. In consultation with their dramatically changed the progression infection and its associated infections physician, many women opt to avoid time between HIV infection and the and cancers. These drugs are called highly breastfeeding to minimize the risk of development of AIDS. There are also other active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) and transmission after the baby is born medical treatments that can prevent or have substantially reduced HIV-related cure some of the illnesses associated with complications and deaths. However, AIDS, though the treatments do not cure medications do not cure HIV/AIDS. Prognosis? What is HIV/AIDS AIDS itself. Because of these advances Therapy is initiated and individualized There is no cure for HIV infection. Before in drug therapies and other medical under the supervision of a physician who we had any treatment for the virus, treatments, estimates of how many people is an expert in the care of HIV-infected people with AIDS lived only for a couple will develop AIDS and how soon are being patients. A combination of at least three of years. Fortunately, medications have recalculated, revised, or are currently drugs is recommended to suppress the substantially improved the outlook and under study. virus from replicating and boost the survival rates. Prevention efforts have As with other diseases, early detection immune system. Antiretroviral viral sharply reduced HIV infection in young of infection allows for more options for drugs stop viral replication and delay the children and have the potential to sharply treatment and preventative health care. development of AIDS. Pregnant women limit new infections in other populations. who are HIV-positive should seek care »» Medications have extended the average immediately because HAART therapy life expectancy, and many people with infected with HIV? reduces the risk of transmitting the virus HIV can expect to live for decades How can one tell if he/she is The only way to know if one is infected is to the fetus. with proper treatment. An increasing by getting tested for HIV infection. One number have a normal life expectancy cannot rely on symptoms to know whether if they adhere carefully to medication or not he/she is infected. Many people infection? regimens. How can we prevent HIV who are infected with HIV do not have any Despite significant efforts, there is no »» edications help the immune system M symptoms at all for 10 years or more. effective vaccine against HIV. recover and fight infections and The following may be warning signs of The only way to prevent infection by prevent cancers from occurring. advanced HIV infection: the virus is to avoid behaviors that put you Eventually, the virus may become »» apid weight loss r at risk, such as having unprotected sex or resistant to the available drugs, and the »» dry cough sharing needles. manifestations of AIDS may develop. »» recurring fever or profuse night sweats »» ave sex with a single partner who H »» rugs used to treat HIV and AIDS D »» rofound and unexplained fatigue p is uninfected. Mutual monogamy do not eliminate the infection. It is »» wollen lymph glands in the armpits, s between uninfected partners important for the person to remember groin, or neck eliminates the risk of sexual that he or she is still contagious even »» iarrhea that lasts for more than a d transmission of HIV. when receiving effective treatment. week »» se a condom in other situations. U »» hite spots or unusual blemishes on w Condoms offer some protection if used For any query or suggestions/comments, please contact by email: the tongue, in the mouth, or in the properly and consistently. Occasionally, Dr R.P. Vashist throat they may break or leak.Condoms made Director, Heal and Bliss Health Care dr.vashist@ksgco.org »» pneumonia of latex should be used. Dr. Jagdish C Sobti »» ed, brown, pink, or purplish blotches r »» o not share needles or inject illicit D Consultant Child Specialist Chief Medical Advisor-Heal & Bliss Email: jagdishcsobti@yahoo.com 110 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • UN NEWSNew UN programmeto improve livelihoodsof thousands of farmersin South Sudan Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United NationsSome 30,000 vulnerable such as maize, cassava, displacement have taken households affected byfarmers in South Sudan cowpeas and sorghum. their toll on farmers’ access food insecurity throughwill be able to benefit from “The importance of to quality seeds and other improving the availabilitya new United Nations seeds to the food security planting materials, and and access of locallyprogramme that aims to and livelihoods of South eroded their knowledge of produced quality seed onimprove their livelihoods by Sudan’s farmers and rural seed production techniques, the market, but also aimsboosting the quality of the communities is very high,” which undermine crop to improve the incomesseeds they use to produce said the head of the Food productivity. and capacity of seedkey crops. and Agriculture (FAO) Today, more than 90 per producers,” said the Project The $612,000 office in Juba, Sue Lautze. cent of South Sudanese Officer with FAO Southprogramme, which will “Despite widespread food farmers still depend on Sudan, Joseph Okidi. Thebe implemented with the insecurity, the country is the informal seed system, project will include seedsupport of France and committed to ensuring which is based primarily fairs, capacity developmentSouth Sudan’s ministry food security for all, as on saved seeds, social for seed enterprises, andof agriculture, will target soon as possible. Seeds networks, and local training for farmers. It willseveral states for one year, are a critical component markets. Typically, farmers also increase the amount oftraining farmers in the to realizing this important use saved seeds from one land dedicated to quality-production, storage and ambition.” season to the next, which seed multiplication, which ismarketing of quality seeds According to FAO, lessens the genetic purity currently very limited.and cuttings of staple crops decades of conflict and of the seed. In 2011, FAO and The programme will France implemented a increase the availability and similar programme in South quality of seeds to South Sudan, which led to the Sudan’s most vulnerable production of more than farmers in the states of 350 tons of quality seeds Central Equatoria, Western and planting materials, and Equatoria, Lakes, Western injected some $300,000 Bahr el Ghazal and into the local economy. Northern Bahr el Ghazal. It With the new programme, will also provide assistance the agency is hoping to to 400 seed producers. build on the previous “Through the project, success. FAO aims to not only A South Sudanese farmer, sows the seeds for her maize crop for next year Source: United Nation Information reduce the number of Center for India and Bhutanwww.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 111
  • BUSINESSCONFERENCES & MEETINGST Hon. Minister making a strong point while addressing the Indian business community Interactive session with Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister, Hon. Robert Sichinga, Zambia he High Commission of to India. The floor was then taken up Minister said ample opportunities are on the Republic of Zambia, by the Hon. Minister, Robert Sichinga hand for the potential foreign investors. New Delhi organized an highlighting the main thrust of his The Government is putting their whole interactive session with Hon. visit to India as to attend the Global hearted effort to co-host the UNWTO Robert Sichinga, Minister of Partnership Summit in Agra. General Assemble with Zimbabwe. Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia Zambia’s Commerce, Trade Further he added ‘Zambia is a beautiful, and the Indian business community. and Industry Minister says the peaceful and most stable country in the The session was well attended by the Government has stepped up efforts whole Africa’. The Government is geared leading corporate of India like Mahindra to attract international investors to towards building infrastructure. The & Mahindra, Overseas Infrastructure the country. Hon. Minister said that business community has a choice either Alliance, Mohan Group, Sonalika President Michael Sata’s Government to go fully private or through Public Tractors amongst others. is implementing policies to create, Private Partnership. The session commenced with encourage and protect a better It was an open invitation extended the welcome remarks by Amb. Susan environment for business investment. by the Minister to Come and Invest in Sikaneta, High Commissioner of Zambia Highlighting the beauty of Zambia, Zambia. Minister poses for a group picture after the session A view of attendees112 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • BUSINESS CONFERENCES & MEETINGS entrepreneurship. It is a public-private partnership under the Ministry of Vocational Training & Employment and aims at creating local enterprises that would drive the creation of jobs and the economic growth of the country. An initiative that has created 200000 jobs across Ghana is poised to make a difference in the Republic of Niger by assisting people across the country to take advantage of this endeavor by acquiring and enhancing their skills in various vocations. Mr. Rohit Khattar CEO, Lesdep T expressed his gratitude to the Government of Niger in the presence of media for the support and encouragement in making LESDEP, Niger a reality and assured that his team would not leave a single stone unturned to make it a huge success. “Together we can change the course of the Niger and make a difference,” he Lesdep Spread Its said, and called on the media to be part of the evolution. Wings in Niger The present dignitaries at the function lauded initiative and called for continued support of the program to he new chapter of Local achieve the desired results. Enterprises and Skills He reiterated the honorable Development Program President’s commitment to expand the (LESDEP) has initiated in existing job creation programs in the the Republic of Niger under country in order to accommodate more the aegis of Ministry of Vocational unemployed youth in the coming years. Training & Employment, Niamey. The He also insisted that people who want to honorable Minister, who was present benefit from the program must therefore during the inauguration, strengthened register at the district level adding Government’s commitment to the “You choose which profession you development of the youth and working want to learn and then we’ll put you capital of the nation. in the profession with the necessary He commended the President H.E. Mr. machine or equipment needed” he Issoufou Mahamadou for this initiative added while addressing the media. and emphasized on new innovative job This initiative would create more creation modules that are introduced to than 50000 jobs in its first phase once augment the existing ones and thereby fully implemented. Mr. Khattar as an increase the employability of the skilled ending note emphasized that fact that labor. skilled labor is the mainstay of any LESDEP has repositioned itself developing economy, hence that is what as the pathway to an exciting, new Lesdep is looking forward to achieve in era of business development and the Republic of Niger.www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 113
  • Celebrations & Feasts 57th Anniversary of Independence Hotel The Grand of Republic of Sudan Vasant Kunj, New Delhi A joyous moment at the cake cutting ceremony H.E. Dr. Hassan E. El. Talib, Ambassador of Ambassador of Gabon, Namibia and Sudan to India standing with the chief guest Benin sharing a light moment Invitees standing for the National Anthem Chief guest for the evening expressing his views at the Ambassador of Sudan interacting with the chief guest H.E. Dr. Hassan E. El. Talib addressing the invitees celebration of national Day of Sudan114 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2012 january-february 2013 Follow us on
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  • SPORTS SPECIAL FIFA ‘WorldPlayer of the Year’ Award goes to Lionel Messi Fourth consecutive award toA the star from Argentina s a much anticipated award for an astonishing 91-goal year for Barcelona and Argentina in 2012, Lionel Messi has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award. Messi, 25, beat his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo of Spanish champion Real Madrid and Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta, who starred as Spain won the 2012 European Championship. Speaking in Spanish, at an awards ceremony in Zurich, Messi said “To tell the truth, this is really unbelievable to get the fourth award. I am so nervous,” though he wore a black tuxedo jacket with a white-spotted pattern in an unexpectedlyflamboyant touch. Messi’s fourth award lifted him above three-time FIFA winners Zinedine Zidane of France and Brazil’s Ronaldo.The old Ballon d’Or trophy for players in Europe was won three times by France great Michel Platini, and Netherlands forwardsJohan Cruyff and Marco van Basten. Messi received 41.60 percent of the points in votes cast by national team coaches and captainsplus invited journalists, who gave their top-three lists from an original slate of 23 players. Ronaldo got 23.68 percent and Iniestascored 10.91 percent.www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 117
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  • FASHION TRENDS & CUSTOMS GLAMAZONIA A Tribute G to African Beauty In association with the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Fashion AFRICANA presented GLAMAZONIA, a photography exhibition by renowned Paris-based photographer Mario Epanya. rounded in 2001, Fashion Collaborating with the August inspired hairstyles, garments, and AFRICANA feasts the Wilson Center for African American accessories, and proffers tribute to exquisiteness and Culture, Fashion AFRICANA has African beauty. Epanya’s photographic diversity of the African presented GLAMAZONIA, a photography images emphasize his African heritage Diaspora through Design, exhibition – by renowned Paris-based and imprison the aesthetics of African Dance, Music and Exhibitions. Utilizing photographer Mario Epanya, born in ceremonial and special occasion dress. Africa’s diverse cultural inheritance Cameroon. He is one of the world’s This exhibition also features African- and legacy, the show reflects the vitality most renowned fashion photographers, inspired sculptural work by Vanessa of the creative human spirit and has who has encouraged an ongoing global German and Thaddeus Mosley, and showcased the diverse talents of fashion dialogue in 2010 when he proposed the garments by Fashion AFRICANA. designers and artists from all over the launch of Vogue Africa. GLAMAZONIA The GLAMAZONIA opening took world including Africa, Europe and the presents artistic and creative air to place on December 8, 2012 as the feature United States. The intent of Fashion this continuing discussion, a vehicle installation at Fashion AFRICANA. AFRICANA is to share the fortune and to help change our perception of the The exhibition runs through April 30, richness of African textures, ethos and physical ideal. The exhibition boasts 2013, August Wilson Center for African history through the language of fashion. images of black women with African American Culture, Pittsburgh.120 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
  • KNOW MORE ABOUTWHAT’S ON AFRICA Q1. Which lake of Africa is considered as world’s second largest lake in volume the depth as well?Jouvenal Centre, Accra, GhanaDate: 06 - 10 March 2013 Offshore West AfricaCOUNTRY: Algeria Conference & Exhibition Lake Tanganyika Q2. ………………………….. are the oldestVenue: Palais des Exposition dAlger, Date: 19 - 21 March, 2013 inhabitants of North Africa.Pins Maritimes COUNTRY: GhanaFlowtech Venue: Accra International Conference Centre, Accra The Berber, since3000 BCDate: 09 - 11 March, 2013 Q3. Which animals migrate at riversCOUNTRY: Egypt Boland Motor and Home Expo in Kenya?Venue: Cairo International Convention & Date: 22 - 24 March, 2013 Exhibition centre (CICC) COUNTRY: South Africa Venue: Ven der stel sports grounds, 1 Du WildebeestTransport Infrastructure Q4. Who are considered the oldestMozambique Toit Street, Stellenbosch inhabitants of South Africa?Date: 11 - 14 March, 2013 Rand ShowCOUNTRY: Mozambique Date: 28 March - 01 April, 2013 COUNTRY: South Africa An African tribe: San Q5. The world’s longest river NileVenue: Serena Polana Hotel is formed by juncture of which twoIscb Africa Asbcb Conference Venue: Johannesburg Expo Centre, CNR small rivers?on Bioinformatics Rand Show and Nasrec Roads NasrecDate: 13 - 15 March, 2013 Indo Mauritius Trade & CulturalCOUNTRY: Tunisia Exhibition The White Nile and the Blue Nile Q6. In which sea the Nile River drainsVenue: Tunis Science City Date: 05 - 15 April, 2013 into? COUNTRY: MauritiusEbenezer Soola Conference onCommunication Venue: FOM Exhibition centre, Mahebourg, Grand Port, MauritiusDate: 13 - 16 March, 2013 The Mediterranean Sea at theCOUNTRY: Nigeria The Arusha International Gem, northeastern edge of Africa Q7. Which is the largest island inVenue: University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Jewelry & Minerals Fair Africa and 4th largest in world?Nigeria Date: 16 - 19 April, 2013 COUNTRY: TanzaniaFranchise Libya Venue: Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge , Madagascar Q8. Which African country is similarDate: 15 - 17 March, 2013 Arusha, TanzaniaCOUNTRY: Libya in size to France? Botswana Renewable EnergyVenue: TBA, Tripoli, Tarabulus, Libya ExpoHostex Gauteng Date: 24 - 25 April 2013 Kenya Q9. Which is the prominent religionDate: 17 - 20 March, 2013 COUNTRY: Botswana to be followed in North Africa?COUNTRY: South Africa Venue: Botswana Conference &Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Exhibition Center, GaboroneMaude Street Sandown Islam Zimbabwe International Trade Q10. The largest war in the AfricanAITEC Banking & Mobile Money Fair history.West Africa Date: 23 - 27 April, 2013 Date: 19 - 20 March 2013 COUNTRY: ZimbabweCOUNTRY: Ghana The Second Congo War, which Venue: Zimbabwe International ExhibitionVenue: Accra International Conference Centre , Bulawayo began in 1998 and officially ended in 2006www.thetimesofafrica.com JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 THE TIMES OF AFRICA 121
  • SPIRITUAL FRUITS Swami Veda Bharti was initiated into one of the highest paths of meditation and yoga by his master, Swami Rama of the Himalayas in 1970. He guides yoga and meditation groups in 30 countries from all continents. Read on an exclusive interview with this spiritual personality. SWAMI VEDA BHARTI and not from situations. All the potential is within a human being. There are some What are the principle teachings of who have realized that potential, they Raj Yoga? Yoga has become a popular set have risen up and they have guided the of exercises. The word Yoga means world. Gandhi was a very ordinary young ‘connection’. The mental connection man but something awakened him and between the soul and Supreme Soul he realized that potential. My own Guru or the remembrance of the Supreme Swami Rama relates his experiences Soul by the soul is called meditation or with the great teachers who guided his Raj Yoga. The ultimate goal is to find life, including Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, your true self. I have trained all my Sri Aurobindo, and Ramana Maharshi. students to keep a positive attitude. I Living with the Himalayan Masters is don’t want personal publicity. I want to one of the documents of Swami Rama’s remain anonymous and give credit to spiritual quest, which showed him that the founders of the tradition and it is to direct experience is the source of real them who I pay homage. knowledge. After spending over 67 years Recently you have been to Africa. How enabling individuals to embrace the was your experience there? In the year 1952, I went to East idea of meditation, peace through Africa. But at that time, I did not get to the practice of yoga and meditation, know much, but slowly my interest grew how are people responding to your and when I visited to the West African teachings? At my Ashram in Rishikesh, I receive countries like Ghana, Togo, Benin and around 2000 people from 30 different Burkina Faso, two things impressed countries from all continents who come me amongst others. The multiplicity of up to seek this advice and I help them as cultures, languages, rituals, worship, and much as I can. the ways of giving spiritual training is immensely deep. One fortunate thing that is happening in Africa is that people who have studied in western universities, The current situation of world is are coming up and presenting their that the most of the people have lost traditional cultures in front of others, hope in Government; there is a lot the same way the Indian scholars and of competition. How should people philosophers are doing with the Indian respond to this? Hope has to come from within one self culture.122 THE TIMES OF AFRICA JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2013 Follow us on
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