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  1. 1. www.indoafricatimes.com Title Code: DELENG18579 • VOL. 1 • NO. 5 • Page 12 • Price `10 MONDAY | february 10, 2014 I am honored and humbled to succeed Bill Gates pg 05 Bharat Ratna to Tendulkar at the end of a glorious career pg 11 TURNING GREEN TO GOLD Pranab Mukherjee Inaugurates Asia-Africa AgriBusiness Forum COMOROS: A TRUE PARADISE ON EARTH pg 04 LESDEP: A PANACEA TO UNEMPLOYMENT pg 08 AFRICA ON MY SLEEVES President Pranab Mukherjee with President of FICCI Siddharth Birla and Senior Vice President of FICCI Jyotsna Suri during inaugural session Continued to page 03 pg 10 
  2. 2. 02 Wassupafrica MONDAY | FeBruARY 10, 2014 Expanding her Presence in Space E Lesotho and IMF co-host economic conference MASERU – The government of LESOTHO and the INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND, IMF, have hosted a ONEDAY-long conference in the capital, MASERU. RADIO LESOTHO says the LESOTHO Economic Transformation Conference has been officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister MOTHETJOA METSING. Prime Minister METSING says time has come to transcend the macro-fiscal stability and provide resources for strategic investments for economic growth that will have meaningful impact on the people. He says the National Strategic Development Plan has identified key economic sectors considered potential growth areas, ONE of which is commercial agriculture that is expected to complement tourism. IMF AFRICA Director ANTOINETTE SAYEH says even though LESOTHO is slowly recovering from the 2008 economic crisis with the help of the IMF, there are areas that still need some work. The conference in LESOTHO is expected to come up with solutions to challenges BASOTHO people encounter daily, since its goal is to achieve high and sustainable economic growth to improve lives. Mozambique and IMF to co-host regional conference MAPUTO: The INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND, IMF, and the government of MOZAMBIQUE will co-host a conference to take stock of Sub-SAHARAN AFRICA’s strong economic performance and the ongoing challenges in the region. RADIO MOZAMBIQUE says Delegates are expected to explore avenues to sustain the region’s current growth performance and share the benefits more widely among all the populations. IMF MOZAMBIQUE Director CHRISTINE LAGARDE says the Conference will provide a unique CHRISTINE LAGARDE, Director, IMF MOZAMBIQUE  the gathering is expected to take place from 29 to 30 MAY in the capital, MAPUTO. It says the AFRICA RISING CONFERENCE will also explore how to strengthen the partnership between the IMF and its AFRICAN member countries. The gathering brings together policymakers from AFRICA and beyond; and leaders from the private sector, civil society and academia. chance to address AFRICA’s achievements and the road ahead, while the IMF is looking forward to listening to all its partners on the continent. More countries of SubSAHARAN AFRICA have achieved strong growth and good performance in recent years; and the performance has increased standards of living and reduced poverty in many communities. —SABANews partner will join at the end of this phase to review and approve the outcome of the design phase, and hence support the activities of the next phases.” Commenting on it, Belal El-Leithy, Manager of NARSS’s earth observation ground receiving station stated, “Sat 2 will use modern technology to acquire images for uses in several sectors, including agricultural, geological, and environmental applications and research. We hope to be ready to launch Sat 2 in about three years.” Apart from satellites, the country also forecasts to base two new space bodies. The Egyptian Space Authority would be majorly accountable for space technology activities covering the research, design, manufacture, assembly and testing of satellites. In addition to this, Egypt’s interim president is said to be evaluating the proposal to establish a national state agency. Mr. Mokhtar articulated, “The state space agency of Egypt will be an independent entity and will directly answer to the presidency of Egypt. The agency would organize and govern Egypt’s space activities, aiming to stimulate the national economy, and cooperate with similar regional and international entities on sustainable development initiatives”. Mozambique to have a new port terminal MAPUTO: A ONE-BILLION cargo capacities of more than US-dollar multi-purpose port 200-THOUSAND tons. terminal of NACALA in the The terminal will mainly Northern MOZAMBIQUE province be used by the MOZAMBICAN of NAMPULA is due to start subsidiary of the BRAZILIAN operating this year. Group, VALE, which since 2011 RADIO MOZAMBIQUE says has operated a mine in MOATIZE the facility will have a storage –where it mines 11-MILLION tons capacity of 14-MILLION-500- of coal a year. —SABANews THOUSAND tons of coal mined from the MOATIZE Coal Basin in the TETE Province. It says a CHINESE firm is building a freight car dumper, while a pontoon is also being built to moor large draught ships with Zimbabwe needs to develop infrastructure to improve education HARARE: The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare in ZIMBABWE says infrastructure development is kwey to the growth of the education sector in the country. State radio, ZBC News, says NICHOLAS GOCHE has addressed a gathering to commission an Early Childhood Development Block and a Computer Laboratory at NYARUKUNDA Primary School in the MADZIVA Town of the northern district of SHAMVA. It says he has commended the school authorities for entering into public/private partnership for the information communication technology project. Minister GOCHE says the initiative compliments the vision of President ROBERT MUGABE to enhance E-learning in rural schools. The MASHONALAND CENTRAL Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, MARTIN DINHA, has also spoken of the importance of education in eradicating poverty. The Early Childhood Development Block and Computer Laboratory at the Northern ZIMBABWEAN school was built at a cost of 30-THOUSAND US dollars. —SABANews  GYPT: Subsequent to its launch of first satellite in 2007, Egypt now plans to instigate its second satellite for better scientific research and eye to set up a new space authority and national space agency by working with other African states. Titled as “EgyptSat 2”, the planned satellite will be manufactured, assembled and tested in the country only as expressed by Mohamed Medhat Mokhtar, Chair of the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS), Cairo. He added, “The design phase has been running for ten months successfully using Egyptian expertise. An expert foreign NICHOLAS GOCHE, Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare in ZIMBABWE Namibian Minister urges civil servants to work in harmony WINDHOEK: The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in NAMIBIA has called on his staff to work as a team and continue to contribute positively to the growth of the country. State radio, NBC News, says JOHN MUTORWA has delivered his Ministerial Policy Statement in the capital, WINDHOEK, where has also urged public servants to comply with the state Constitution and the national VISION 2030. He says 2014 should be regarded as a year of accountability not only for his staff, but also for employees of stateowned enterprises under the department. Minister MUTORWA says NAMIBIA’s major achievements during the previous year include realisation of a number of goals and objectives. He says some of them are the Green Scheme Irrigation Project, which increased production of maize, rice, wheat, vegetables and fruit, especially at the ETUNDA IRRIGATION SCHEME. Minister MUTORWA has revealed the government bought most of the produce from the farming scheme for the national Drought Relief Food Aid Program. Minister MUTORWA has also commended his staff in the veterinary services for their work in eradicating trans-boundary diseases. The NAMIBIAN minister says the development will help the ministry remove the Veterinary Cordon Fence; to enable farmers in northern communal areas have access to lucrative meat markets enjoyed by commercial farmers. —SABANews
  3. 3. Wassupafrica mONDAY | FeBruARY 10, 2014 Malawian President happy with state projects BLANTYRE: President JOYCE BANDA of MALAWI says development projects which her government is implementing have started to bear fruits. She says schemes like the A-Cow-A-Family, Farm Input Subsidy Program, and the Fertilizer Loan Program, are some of the initiatives for the President of MALAWI JOYCE BANDA  INDIA: An apex Chamber of India, Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Government of India organized “Asia Africa AgriBusiness Forum” with a vision to valve the huge business opportunities between the continents in the agriculture, agribusiness and food-processing zones. High profile dignitaries from 54 African countries and 41 from Asia were invited for the first ever Forum Feb 4-6 in New Delhi. The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the Asia-Africa AgriBusiness Forum on February 4, 2014 at FICCI Auditorium, New Delhi. “It could not have been a more opportune time to organize this event as agriculture and agri-business are dominating the global and regional agenda on economic transformation and development in Asia and Africa,” President Pranab said while inaugurating the forum. President Pranab further added by saying that time has come to translate the woes into business opportunities. “There is a need for both the continents to socio-economic development of MALAWIANS. President BANDA has also spoken on agriculture, saying a lot of people have access to the farm input subsidy program and fertilizer loans provided to farmer clubs; and initiative she says will ensure food security at household level. The MALAWIAN Leader was speaking at a development rally at MASINTHA ground in the capital, LILONGWE, where she also distributed maize and other foodstuffs to families affected by hunger. Comments by the President come as many people throughout in MALAWI are in dire need of food due to drought. Zimbabwe on seven-year malaria research HARARE: ZIMBABWE says it is conducting a SEVEN-year-long Malaria Research Program in collaboration with the JOHN HOPKINS MALARIA INSTITUTE. The Ministry of Health and Child Care Head of Epidemiology and Disease Control says the study results will be used to address the problem of malaria in ZIMBABWE and other Southern AFRICAN countries. PORTIA MANANGAZIRA says the selection of ZIMBABWE to conduct the program is a result of the country’s research capacity. She says some of the issues that will be looked into are vector behaviour of the mosquito, human behaviour towards malaria insecticide and drug resistance patterns. ZIMBABWE has managed to reduce the rate of malaria infection, and in 2010 achieved the ABUJA Target of a Malaria Incidence Rate; while it is also is in the process of entering the pre-elimination phase. —SABANews —SABANews FROM PAGE 01 overcome the challenges through symbiotic associations,” he alleged. The forum witnessed the attendance of esteemed personalities having expertise in numerous fields allied to agriculture and technology. The sessions elicited light on the thoughts, strategies and subjects of agriculture and its illustrious occurrence from other sectors especially the oil and gas zone. Preneet Kaur, Minister of State for External Affairs, asserted, “The agriculture sector in India, like any other country, is a livelihood for the population.” She added, “It is only by increasing employment generation and production, etc. that we can improve the per capita income and per capita revenue.” Moreover, in 2011-12 the growth rate for agriculture in India was recorded at 3.6% which have to be raised in upcoming years. "Agriculture land in Asia is under pressure from increasing population and urbanization. As such, there is an opportunity for responsible investment in agriculture by Asian countries in Africa," Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said in his address. He made strong points on farm investments in Africa which should be as per the norms laid down by the UN body Food and Agriculture Organization. Mr. Advait Chaturvedi, Executive Director, Overseas Infrastructure Alliance, when asked about his opinions on the current situation of agriculture, began by quoting, “I am not a businessman, I am a KISAAN.” He added by saying that oil & gas sector and agriculture cannot stand in the same basket   Zimbabwean opposition In trouble HARARE: Political commentators in ZIMBABWE say a letter written by the Deputy Treasurer General of the opposition MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGETSVANGIRAI, MDC-T Party, has further exposed the group. State radio, ZBC News, says they have described ELTON MANGOMA’s communication calling for the ouster of Party Leader MORGAN TSVANGIRAI as evidence the group can never solve its problems; even with a leadership renewal. because agriculture provides small outcomes but employs a larger population compared to oil & gas sector.” The session was truly a rare platform having four major banks from both the continents sharing the podium i.e. Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, NABARD and EXIM Bank of India. This maiden of FICCI has been cherished by all the accomplices resulting in large scale gathering of Asian, African delegation From L to R: Amb V.B Soni, Shri Sharad Pawar, Minister of Agriculture and Shri Siddharth Birla, President of FICCI Preneet Kaur, Minister of State for External Affairs In the alleged letter, Mr MANGOMA reportedly says the MDC-T is in dire need for new ideas, new thinking, a new trajectory and new stimulus. Political Analyst ALEXANDER RUSERO says the necessity of the leadership renewal is what has caused disgruntlement against Mr TSVANGIRAI’s own leadership. Another political expert, ALEXANDER KANENGONI, says it is not a surprise the MDC-T has failed–considering Mr MANGOMA’s revelations. Mr KANENGONI says Mr MANGOMA has revealed that during the party’s tenure in the inclusive government, its officials were concerned more with personal gains and mainstreamed their power bases. The letter by the ZIMBABWEAN opposition official reportedly calls for what the former Energy Minister says is a restoration of hope and confidence: a cause for leadership renewal. —SABANews 03 and other high dignitaries. The Forum has no doubt provided a unique business platform for industry leaders, policy makers, governments and other important stakeholders for collaboration on the huge potential for growth, development and business. Siddharth Chaudhary, Managing Director, Radikal Foods Ltd, believes that Africa has huge land but don’t have enough knowledge about the appropriate usage of that land. He further mentioned about the potential and opportunities present in Africa. Puneet Singh Thind, Founder & General Manager of Thind PLC gave a presentation highlighting his organization's unique efforts in Ethiopia by understanding the local conditions from the farmer perspective and concluded by saying that farming is not an easy task in India as well as in Africa. A Memorandum of Understanding between FICCI and African Asian Rural Development Organization. Delegates can catch this platform again to have such healthy interactions constructive for commercial growth as FICCI has decided to organize Asia – Africa AgriBusiness Forum annually from next year.
  4. 4. 04 CountryoftheWeek MONDAY | FeBruARY 10, 2014 comoros AT A GLANCE A TRUE PARADISE ON EARTH Official Name Union of the Comoros COMOROS Head of State H.E. Dr. Ikililou Dhoinine Capital Moroni Independence 6 July, 1975 Area 863 sq. miles (2,235 km2) Population (2012 est.) 737,284 Time Zone UTC+03:00 Country Dialling Code +269 C omoros Islands make an enigmatic, bizarre and alluring tourist destination. This is one of the most thrilling and exhilarating places and a true paradise for the energetic travellers. Comoros Islands are located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa. These islands are blessed with profound natural beauty and marvelous topography. Not only this, plentiful opportunities are on hand for investors investing in Comoros as the Government is in process of further promoting the country as an investment destination. The Eye-Catching Charm of Comoros There is a profusion of life in the sea around the Comoros. One can find the whole thing from giant whales, sharks, big manta rays, sailfish, and sunfish to lobsters, crabs and tiny shrimp. Deep water close to the islands, coral reefs, miles of sandy beaches, plus fresh water streams and shoreline springs endow with multiple habitats for the marine life. The Comoros archipelago is blessed with warm tropical weather, astonishing flora and fauna, astounding white sandy beaches, a prosperous culture, and a truly generous and welcoming population. Comorian beaches are conceived to be among the most beautiful in the world. The name of the islands comes from the Arabic word “qamar” emaning “moon”. Also branded as the Perfumed Islands, Comoros Islands are the world’s Currency Comorian franc Major Exports Vanilla, ylang-ylang, cloves, perfume oil, copra number one maker of the YlangYlang essence, an indispensable constituent in perfumes. Adding together, it is the world’s second largest producer of Vanilla. The “Islands of the Moon” furthermore put forward an array of outdoor activities & water sports like hiking, camping, diving, sailing, and for those who call for some recreation would definitely take delight in sunbathing on the whitesand seashore. Visitors to Comoros will be astounded by the incredible experience the Islands offer. The archipelago of the Comoros Islands consists of four islands: Ngazidja (Grande Comore), Mwali (Moheli), Nzwani (Anjouan), and Mahore (Mayotte). Islands of Exquisiteness An Attractive Investment Destination Comoros is a democratic country with a liberalized economy, which permits foreign entrepreneurs to function in a secure business atmosphere. The chief Comoros industries are centered in distilling perfume essence from ylang-ylang. Agriculture and fishing remain the principal economic activities for Comoros. The economy of the Comoros sprang up by an estimated 2.7% in 2012, despite the ongoing euro-area crisis. This growth was motivated by strong agricultural exports, continued strong foreign direct investment (FDI) in the transport sector (roads and ports) and domestic demand, endorsed by remittances from emigrants. The financial sector, dominated by banks, has recorded modest growth in recent years. In order to stimulate economic growth and enhance employment, the Comorian Government is in the process of further promoting the country as an investment destination. Sectoral Opportunities The agriculture sector is the foremost economic activity in the country, accounting for about 40% of the GDP. The economy of Comoros is highly dependent on exports of commercial crops, primarily vanilla, cloves and ylang-ylang. Comoros has been the leading country in the production of ylang-ylang for years. There is also substantial subsistence farming. Most farms are small, and about 62% of the population is reliant on agricultural production. The cultivators in the agricultural zone of Comoros, highlands, produce fair amount of products like rain rice, bananas, cassava, and sweet potatoes. The market is particularly important for fruit such as pineapple, mango, litchi or avocado, whose cultivation can be increased thanks to the favorable climate of the region. Agriculture & Food Industries The amazing fishery resources of the Comoros draw fishing and the processing of fishery products as an anticipating sector. Tuna is the main source of local fisheries. A broad variety of fish, however, is in attendance in Comorian waters, and untouched reserves of lobsters and octopus near the coast. This sector furnishes e n o r m o u s opportunities for investment not only in terms of augmented fishing capacity, but also more widely in the development of infrastructure and port facilities that support the sector. These investments could allow the expansion of semi industrial fishing. Comores Telecom launched a new communication service enabled by the Optic Fiber Eastern African Submarine System Consortium (EASSC), a system of 10,294km-long submarine fiber optic cable installed along the East Coast of Africa with ten landing stations in Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Comoros, Madagascar, Mozambique and South Africa. This project is one of the biggest investments which the Comorian Government has financed so far, amounting to a total investment of USD 264 million. Thanks to this initiative, Comoros now has the largest capacity of all submarine cable systems on the East Coast of Africa with speeds of 3.7 terabits per second. ICT Whether it’s linked to the building and development of roads, ports, or to maritime and air transport Infrastructure Major Imports Rice and other foodstuffs, consumer goods; petroleum products, cement, transport equipment Highest Mountain Karthala Language Arabic and French (both official), Shikomoro (Swahili/Arabic blend) Main Economic Sectors Agriculture (including hunting, forestry, and fishing) Industry (including manufacturing, construction, and power) Major Airports Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport and Ouani Airport between the islands of the archipelago, the Union of Comoros is a paradise of opportunities in infrastructure. Strongly linked to the tourism industry, real estate is furthermore a vast spring of promising investment opportunities in Comoros. Without a doubt, the archipelago is looking to build hotels, medical centres, and others. Plentiful opportunities are on hand for investors investing in Comoros. The Comorian investment market offers a plethora of investment avenues. Go and grab the possibilities and opportunities now!! Real Estate Fishing Advertiser's Index KIMMS..................................................................................... Page 01 Laxmi Publications.................................................................. Page 02 Modern Agro........................................................................... Page 02 SSP Pvt. Ltd............................................................................ Page 03 KS Infosystems....................................................................... Page 07 LESDEP ................................................................................... Page 08 THE TIMES OF AFRICA......................................................... Page 10 Heal & Bliss............................................................................ 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  5. 5. BusinessBuzz mONDAY | FeBruARY 10, 2014 I am honored and humbled to succeed Bill Gates Godrej's intention to take full control of Darling's businesses Godrej Consumer Products Ltd (GOCP.NS), Indian personal care products maker has revealed that it will surge its stake in Darling Group, an African hair-care firm that will give it control of the latter's Nigerian business. They have successfully come into an agreement to upsurge its 51 percent stake in Darling Group. The Indian company had handpicked a majority stake in Darling Group in June 2011 for 5 billion rupees ($79.8 million). The contract was planned to permit Godrej the chance to attain 100 percent in the African company Chances are promising to see Nissan Motor joining the likes of Maruti-Suzuki, Hyundai, and Honda in the race to get a share in the fast-growing compact sedan segment. As per Toru Hasegawa, Corporate Vice President, Africa, Middle East and India, "This is a growing segment in the Indian market and cannot be ignored." "The market is suddenly changing with the B+ hatchback segment growing 10% and the sedan too developing with the sub compact sedan segment doing really well. We need to be more agile," he said. At the Auto Expo the company said it is reviewing the market to takeoff its third brand after Datsun Go and Go Plus over the next few years in the fast rising Indian market where it targets to catch 10% market share by 2020. According to sources the company will be looking at the sub compact segment for the third launch. Nissan Motor in the race of sub compact segment  An American multinational, Microsoft Corporation has named Satya Nadella as the third CEO of Microsoft, as he bestows a persistent energy for invention and an essence of teamwork to a fresh character. The shining star of IndiaNadella joined Microsoft 22 years ago as he discovered how openly Microsoft endows people to do enchanted things and eventually make the world a better place to live in. Many companies, he says, “aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance.” Nadella, 46, son of an IAS officer who was secretary to the former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao was born in Hyderabad, India. With his continuous hunger to learn new things; this gentleman is now standing proudly as the CEO of Microsoft. “One of the things that perhaps excites me the most is when I come across something at work, whether it’s somebody who’s really done a great feature in software, come up with a fantastic idea in pricing or done a great customer program, or just an approach to their job that is innovative or brought teams together - and I just, wow, I marvel every day at how people can excel – and that’s what really gets me going.” he added. With a standpoint grounded on more than two decades at Microsoft as someone who pressed to make energetic modifications happen, both in the company’s products and its culture, Satya Nadella says he is both “honored and humbled” to succeed Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer as the third CEO of Microsoft. Vodafone Ghana standing one step ahead of competitors The promising and exciting figures by the National Communication Authority (NCA) of Ghana has come out which approve that mobile operator Vodafone Ghana The compact sedan segment has by now grasped some stroke at the ongoing Auto Expo held from February 5 to 11 where Tata Motors and Hyundai created buzz with their newly launched compact sedans. Both Maruti and Honda already have products in the segment priced in the R 5.7 -7.77 lakh range. Further, highlighting the standing of India, where Nissan is comparatively a fresher, the company said it has done well to inaugurate its brand existence so far and is assured of collecting more volumes going forward. Setting the pace in AfricaA new study by IBM H.E. Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya and IBM Research-Africa Director Mr. Kamal Bhattacharya at the opening ceremony for Africa’s first IBM research in Nairobi, Kenya  Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft after 5 years at a prearranged valuation. As per a statement given by the company, the move is in line with Godrej's intent to take full control of Darling's businesses. Indian consumer product makers like Godrej have been occupied buying up possessions in Africa, where the outlay is on the rise, in an effort to offset rising costs and fierce competition squeezing profits at home. retail/wholesale, retail banking, IBM has recently broadcast the telecommunications and tourism. outcomes of a new study entitled This embodies a giant opening ‘Setting the pace in Africa: How IT for African businesses if they are leaders deliver on the potential ready to grasp it. Conversely, the of emerging technologies’, which IBM study found that absence of ascertained that while nearly 87% expertise adoption is averting of African IT leaders place new expertise such as analytics, cloud, many African businesses from attaining growth and progress. mobile and social media as being IBM General Manager for acute to business realization, only 53% are aggressive with adoption. East Africa, Nicholas Nesbitt was quoted by saying that This report also affirmed that 36% of the African businesses “The primary reasons for not moving on adoption were a embracing emerging technologies could be considered “Pacesetters” need for technology leaders to play a greater role in strategic amongst their peers in terms of business leadership, a lack of their focus on listing and quickly IT skills development across adapting technologies. Sectors the continent, and information attached for development include has augmented its subscriber base to 1,357 million, comparing to 13,90% of the total market share by end November 2013. Country’s recognized operators, Glo, captured 2,86% of the market by enhancing the volume of subscribers from 269,615 to 279,054. It is interesting to note that according to GhanaWeb report MTN, Airtel, Tigo and Expresso have all apparently lost subscribers. MTN’s base is said to have reduced from 4,762, 030 in October to 4,624, 583 by end November. This epitomizes a fall in market share from 48,30% to 47,37%. Airtel Ghana in fact felt a drop in numbers as well and ensured what is equivalent to 19,57% of the total market share. At the same time Tigo and Expresso also lost market share, with the former securing 15,89% and the latter 0,42% of the market. security concerns.” African businesses acknowledged as Pacesetters in the IBM survey take a very different approach to addressing IT concerns. “Africa is characterized by an innovative mindset, and a billion-strong market ready for innovative products and solutions,” Nesbitt further added. “Regardless of individual realities, the opportunity for business growth through IT adoption cannot be denied. The Pacesetters in Africa’s business community have seen the potential and taken action to help them realize it. With the right strategy, their peers can follow suit.” 05 SRL Diagnostics en route to Africa The healthcare arm of Fortis, SRL Diagnostics with the mission to become the first choice diagnostics provider for customers in all markets they operate is now planning expansion into fast-growing markets of Africa and CIS countries. Enjoying nearly 40% share of the organized diagnostic market in India, it is all set to commence labs and collection centres in countries like Congo, Kenya and Nigeria. Also, it is looking forward for tie-ups in CIS countries. Presently, associated with a local partner will be making an investment in the Democratic Republic of Congo to operate and run five diagnostics labs (radiology and lab medicine). The revenue earned by the diagnostic sector from the East African market estimated to be $80 million in 2009 which is anticipated to rise at 12.4% compounded annually to $183 million by 2016. Commenting on it, Sanjeev Vashishta, Chief Executive expressed, “At the moment, the company has a capacity utilization of a little over 50 per cent. Expansion of reach through opening more collection points and introducing new tests would help in filling the capacity at a little cost.” Bearing an endeavor to become the largest diagnostics company in India, SRL acquired Piramal Diagnostics for Rs. 600 crores in 2010. Further, he added, “Unfortunately, the diagnostics industry in India is not regulated at the moment. It is the hour of the need if we want to provide quality services to the masses. Good quality diagnosis will help in accurate prognosis and early and effective treatment. The government should look at making accreditation mandatory for the diagnostic service providers.” To book your Advertisement please email to ads@indoafricatimes.com or call at +91 8130796166
  6. 6. 06 FRANKLY SPEAKING Fulfilling the Role of Gatekeeper! By kirit sobti, editor, iat editor@indoafricatimes.com It is domineering that the continent spends considerably in media studies “A free press is at the absolute core of equitable development, if you cannot enfranchise poor people, if they do not have a right to expression, if there is no searchlight on corruption and inequitable practices, you cannot build the public consensus needed to bring about change.” These are the Golden words of James D. Wolfensohn, former President of the World Bank. The media can be an influential power for transformation in both developed and developing economies. It is competent enough to efficaciously achieve the functions of watchdog, gatekeeper and agenda setter. Without doubt it can mend governance by educating and nurturing citizen consciousness of social matters, empowering populations to hold their governments to account, curbing corruption, and forming a civic medium for discussion. But what is the scenario in Africa? What is the standing of media awareness in Africa at present when definite trends in progress towards maturity are steadily being recorded in other parts of the world? Africa is confronted with the challenge to integrate the continent into the information society. On my meeting with Dr. Richard Sezibera, Secretary General of EAC, he highlighted the critical importance of media by saying “The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first objective should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” The world is very fast undergoing the democratization of the media scenery. This revolution is captivating diverse modes. There is, for instance, the mounting role of mobile phones fitted out with still and video cameras. These devices are ascertaining to be influential allies with the internet in transforming the global media landscape. Consequently, from Morocco, to Pakistan, Iraq, South Korea, Tibet-China and, lately Iran, tape of violent protests, clashes and even terrorist attacks are promptly captured by camera phones and uploaded onto the internet with YouTube, Face book, Myspace and Twitter internet platforms. In the African continent, as in many other parts of the world, the media acts as an important characteristic in enlightening and notifying the audience a propos the subject matter and happenings. Specifically, during the time of natural and man-made disasters the media frequently has a fortuitous twin role, together with reporting the event itself and performing as a catalyst for evoking responses. Thus, the media is a vital actor for issuing warnings of disasters; for notifying government officials, relief organizations and the public to potential dangers; for collecting and communicating material apropos affected areas; and for easing deliberations about disaster preparedness and response. This is a significant period in Africa’s history. The story of famine, war, and ailment that was its label in the media for decades has specified an approach to one of hopefulness, development and return on investment. The continent’s middle class is growing with more people predictable to live in urban areas. Industrialized and developing economies are dating the continent. There is accumulative discovery of oil, gas and other vital minerals in the continent. Africa claims of a vast coastline-the Indian Ocean rim, which has become a planned global trade gateway. How can we forget the endeavors of Government of India to strengthen the multidimensional relations prevailing between Africa and India through Africa-India Forum Summit which is envisioned to reflect the modalities to fortify the cooperation ties between the two partners in the capacities of Economic; Political; Science, Technology, Research and Development; Social Development and Capacity Building; Tourism; Infrastructure, Energy and Environment and Media and Communication. After meeting an official of AUC, who was in India to adopt the Joint Action Plan of the Enhanced Framework for cooperation of the 2nd IndiaAfrica Forum Summit, the official highlighted the importance of media in the country and expressed his desire to further enhance the level of cooperation on this subject. All the developments taking place in the continent indicate prospects and intimidations with a long-lasting influence on the public, infrastructure, culture, diet, governance and communication with other continents. It is hence domineering that the continent spends considerably in media studies to allow it to recognize and exploit developing opportunities as well as steer around threats on two levels: continentally and individual country platform. MONDAY | FeBruARY 10, 2014 African and Indian media to go hand in hand Media industry in Africa is believed to be amongst the fastest growing industries. During a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia media leaders from the African continent commended their Indian colleagues to invest in the continent’s ICT sector. India’s flourishing media business was a major topic of debate at the threeday African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) organized by the African Media Initiative (AMI) and the Ethiopian National Organizing Committee (NOC). Experiencing remarkable growth and progress in the media business, Africa has witnessed significant investments in the imperative sector with outstanding presence of India. Roukaya Kasenally, Director of programmes and knowledge management at AMI expressed that with active participation of India in the prosperous and flourishing sector like media communications, media in mobile and media in technology amongst others in Africa will endow with great benefits to both. She added, “So I think the idea is to understand how do we get those (Indian) companies into this new energy and how do we trickle it down to our people. I also think it is all about how do we understand the partnership and how do we craft the partnership and how do we make it much more a partnership of equals”. According to her, the media becomes important for reflecting the African rebirth through its own voice. In line to this, Indian media organizations other than investing can also assist in showcasing the success story of Africa’s development. Commenting on it, she stated, “So the point is how can we, through the media, can help tell our stories through the new form of partnership and how to create an alternative understanding of the continent”. Moreover, she articulated, “We often hear talk about what Africa has to offer while if you look at the statistics on trade and export you always see that Africa is exporting a lot of its raw material but is not producing enough of its own by way of value addition. So when we look at partnerships with India, we need to be very cautious and understand how we can do it in a way that is a win-win partnership”. Enjoying the biggest newspaper market in the world, India having more than 90,000 newspapers and over 700 satellite channels, it can prove to a great platform to spotlight and highlight Africa as a promising and flourishing continent. Both India and Africa have common history, struggles and challenges. India is a hub of skilled personnel and with the help of media, technology and other ICT tools, both the countries can learn from each other. Nearly 100 journalists from Africa have visited India, in addition, another 45 young African journalists have undergone short duration training courses in India. To enhance Africa's footprint in the Indian mainstream media, we are collaborating with various organizations to have agency reporters in select African cities. M r. Albertus Aochamub President SABA Mr. Salman Khurshid Minister of External Affairs
  7. 7. TRAVELtourism mONDAY | FeBruARY 10, 2014 07 FACT FILE B est Time to Visit: July to November Things to Do: Balloon Safaris, Walking Safaris, Bird Watching and Game Reserves. Nearest Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nearest Seaport: The Seaport of Mombasa KENYA K Home of African Wildlife Safari The enthusiasm of Safari is still alive in the hearts of people there. The saga of evening drinks around a campfire and nights under canvas with the distant roar of a lion in the African night can still be found in Kenya. A safari in Kenya means more than just witnessing wild animals. It offers the person an opportunity to experience the wild world where the charming natural environment and the interaction between the species keep you hypnotized. Kenya is well-known for Africa’s Big Five (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo) and this is the finest place in the entire Experience the Wildlife of Kenya • Lamu • Kisumu • Aberdares • Lake Nakuru • Amboseli • Tsavo • Maralal • Kakamega • Mount Kenya The Masai Mara lies in southwestern Kenya sharing border with Tanzania. The reserve is positioned in the Rift Valley with Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains running down the southern end. The Mara River runs through the reserve (north to south) presenting wealth of hippos and crocodiles. Most of the part of Masai Mara is built of hilly grassland which is nourished by bountiful rain, especially during the wet months between November and June. The Masai Mara National Park is the most remarkable and most visited reserve in Kenya. It offers mesmerizing views, as reflected in the film “Out of Africa” much of which was recorded here, an exceptional density of animals including “The Big Five” (lions, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros) and many variety of plains game. Another thrilling feature is the annual movement of wildebeests, zebras and gazelles from the plains of the Serengeti that cross the Tanzanian border and rivers to arrive at the Mara’s grasslands from June, followed by carnivores like lion, Masai Mara continent to observe these five splendid species in their natural environment. Kenya, being acclaimed as the original safari country has over 40 national parks being established specially for protection and conservation of wildlife and natural habitat. The national parks are being maintained by Kenya Wildlife Service. Below are the top tourist destinations in Kenya. Each location is unique and there are tailored tours to help you make the most of your visit: • Nairobi • Mombasa • Masai Mara • Samburu  enya is designated as “Home of African Wildlife Safari” and has a treasure of flora and fauna. Kenya is one of the world’s preeminent tourism destinations, recognized for its exceptional diversity of landscapes, wildlife and has a wide collection of animal species varying from the Big Five to tiny creatures. Kenya is a world in itself comprising of comprehensive green fields, tropical beaches, opaque equatorial forests, snow capped mountains and have a lot more to explore. The excellent geographical diversity in Kenya got birth from the Great Rift Valley. The gap is bounded by volcanoes; Kenya is Africa’s authentic safari destination fascinating explorers, adventurers and travelers for centuries. Wildlife in Kenya leopard, cheetah and hyena , and surrounded by vultures as their journey unfolds. Explore and Experience the Masai Mara Reserve ■ Game Drives – Game drives are made to take tourists more close to the rich wildlife in the Masai Mara. It provides a chance to view wild animals in their natural habitat as they go about their daily activities. Game drives are done during day or night time. Night game drives are however not allowed in the reserve. ■ alking Safaris – Walking Safari is W undoubtedly one of the most interesting, exciting and in-demand activities in Kenya. It is the finest way to truly experience Kenya’s wildlife. Walking through the dense forests let you explore the wild more minutely and in its purest form. ■ Hot Air Balloonig: It is the most famous amusement activity that presents a wonderful experience to the tourists. The balloons usually fly at dawn and last about an hour. 1) The best time to visit and enjoy is between July and October when the wildebeest and zebra are found the most there and offers a great encounter with lions, cheetahs and leopards. 2) he best time to view animals is either at T dawn or dusk. Interesting Facts
  8. 8. 08 TALKINGTECHNOLOGY MONDAY | FeBruARY 10, 2014 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 many African countries. It is generally recognized that the development of relevant skills is an important instrument for improving the productivity of any developing country. Education and skills can open doors to economically and socially rewarding jobs and can help the development of small informalsector businesses. Ultimately, developing jobrelated competencies among the youth and the vulnerable is recognized as crucial to progress in reducing poverty. The development of job-related skills is, therefore, not only part of the country’s human resource strategies but also of their economic-growth and povertyreduction strategies. The Local Enterprise and Skills Development Programme (LESDEP), is a specialized employment creation programme that seeks to provide the requisite skills, tools and training for the youth which eventually renders them self-employed. The late President of Ghana, His Excellency John Evans Atta Mills launched the LESDEP Programme on the 27th April 2011 with the aim of creating jobs and rapid sustainable national development. During the launch, the President stressed on the importance of the initiative as playing a critical role in the Government’s efforts to develop the human resource base of the country, and he was very optimistic that LESDEP would provide the needed support for the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises. Since its inception, it has received great support from the Government of Ghana. Under the auspices of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, the programme has made significant strides in creating jobs, providing the requisite training and providing tools and machineries for numerous beneficiaries across the country to kick-start their various businesses. In collaboration with the Municipal and District Assemblies, LESDEP has boosted entrepreneurial skills among the youth in alleviating the canker of unemployment in the country and instilling the urgency of selfemployment, self-sustenance and youth empowerment. LESDEP is definitely not superfluous and no mere replication of any other programme. It is a well thoughtout, well-planned, a well-equipped programme that will surely create jobs that pay, to enable people be highly skilled to be self-reliant to be able to contribute to the national economy. Since its inception, LESDEP has created a staggering number of 2 lakhs direct and indirect jobs with a good number of youth benefiting in diverse ways across Ghana from the programme. It has repositioned itself as the pathway to an exciting, new era of business development and entrepreneurship after achieving unparalleled milestones in terms of dispersal of technical and entrepreneurial skills among the youth within the country. 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. For Timothy, all seemed lost until LESDEP opened in the Volta Region. Now he is extremely proud to be in charge of a booming business and being able to provide for his family and most importantly, provide employment for other unemployed persons. Another proud beneficiary of the programme, Alhassan Zakaria who is a 36 year old man was one of the persons who took frantic steps to register with the programme and train under a module. He went through the procedures, processes and training of LESDEP, and after a successful completion of the training, he was 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 the Madina market and its environs for refuse collection. SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS • Mobile Repair Training Center • CADD Courses • Beauty Salon • Agro Processing and Packaging • Revenue Collection • Machine Maintenance • Home Appliances / Electrician • Machine Shops / Motor Winding • Office Automation/ PC Software and Computer Fundamentals • Fisheries • Dairy Technology • Food Processing/Food Catering • Construction Equipment • Oil Extraction and Processing • Tailoring • Hardware and Networking • Radio and TV Repair LOCAL ENTERPRENEUR SKILL DEVELOPMENT EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM  INCUBATOR TRAINING SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISES HAND HOLDING BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Let’s not create JOBS Let’s create JOB creators                  The late President of Ghana, John Evans Atta Mills launched LESDEP on 27th April 2011 
  9. 9. TRYSOMETHINGNEW mONDAY | FeBruARY 10, 2014 THOUGHT OF THE WEEK If we get involved in fears about the future, we shall miss the chances that the present offers us. African Cuisine Ingredients Original recipe makes 6 servings • 12 chicken thighs 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 2. In a medium bowl, combine chutney and dry soup mix. Mix together. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper to taste. Place seasoned chicken pieces in a 9x13 inch baking dish and pour chutney mixture over chicken. Prepration Method Fruit (Chutney Chicken) • 1 (12 ounce) jar hot chutney • 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix 3. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 60 minutes, or until chutney sauce has turned brown and crunchy. Serving Suggestions Serve with rice and a green salad if desired. Find out the cities in Libya Benefit Apples Protects your heart, prevents constipation, blocks diarrhea, improves lung capacity, cushions joints Apricots Combats cancer ,controls blood pressure, saves your eyesight, shields against alzheimer's, slows aging process G L T A I Y B A D J A Q T O I H B N Z A W Y A H Artichokes Aids digestion,lowers cholesterol, protects your heart, stabilizes blood sugar, guard's against liver disease M P L S A A O E T O T B Battles diabetes, lowers cholesterol, helps stops strokes, controls blood pressure, smoothens skin F I Z A N R O A A S R E Avocados Q R S B I F A U R A U N Bananas Protects your heart, quiets a cough, strengthens bones, controls blood pressure, blocks diarrhea Y T Z R W A M W H T S G R N W A A Y V B U P E H R U D T L T A L N Z B A G Q C A I S A M A O Z Z W D H H D N W H H A O I R Beans Prevents constipation,helps hemorrhoids, lowers cholesterol,combats cancer, stabilizes blood sugar Beets Controls blood pressure,combats cancer, strengthens bones,protects your heart, aids weight loss Blueberries Broccoli N O U Q U R B U T D T I A T Q D A R N A H B Strengthens bones, saves eyesight, combats cancer, protects your heart, controls blood pressure Cabbage K Combats cancer, protects your heart, stabilizes blood sugar, boosts memory, prevents constipation Combats cancer, prevents constipation, promotes weight loss, protects your heart, helps hemorrhoids Cantaloupe Handy Hindi SABHA YAFRAN BANI WALID SABRATAH ZAWYAH BENGHAZI SURT ZLITAN DARNAH TARHUNAH ZUWARAH MISRATAH TRIPOLI SALAAM NALUT Saves eyesight, controls blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, combats cancer, supports immune system AJDABYIA TUBRUQ I would like to meet you. मैं तुमसे िमलना चाहता हूँ Where are you from? आप कहां से हैं? What is your mother tongue? आपकी मातृभाषा कया है? Have a nice journey. आप की या ाा शुभ हो | The Union Minister for Commerce Industry, Shri Anand Sharma meeting the Vice President of Zimbabwe, Ms. Joice T.R. Mujuru, in Harare on February 03, 2014  Niagara Falls could fill 4,000 bathtubs every second. Capital Date: 10-12 Feb, 2014 Country: India Venue: Bombay Convention Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Mumbai, India Power TD Expo Power TD Expo will be a two day event and it will be held in New Delhi. Product launches, conference and networking opportunities will be some of the highlight of this show. The participants of this show will share their views about policies, regulations, government incentives, infrastructure up gradation, technological improvements and financing issues associated with the power transmission sector in India. Date: 12-13 Feb 2014 Country: India Venue: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India HR Conclave 2014 The objective examines the broad impact of new trends that are reshaping both HR in the business and the business of HR. These new trends of managing human resources are redefining how human capital leaders and professionals create value for the organizations they serve. Date: Feb 13 -14, 2014 Country: India Venue: Hotel Clarks Amer, CBCC, Hotel Clarks Amer, Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India International Mining Exploration, Mineral Processing Technology Machinery Exhibition International Mining Exploration, Mineral Processing and Machinery Exhibition (IME) offers unparalleled business opportunities for the mining and minerals industry. The exhibition will be held with an unprecedented display of Mining Machinery, Equipment, Mineral Processing procedures, Latest technology their innovative applications, Safety Rescue Equipment and Communication Logistics etc. Travel Tourism FairDelhi What are you doing? तुम कया कर रहे हो? Name Oil Gas World Expo Date: 13-16 Feb 2014 Country: India Venue: Salt Lake Stadium Grounds, Kolkata, India picture of the week Flag upcoming Oceantex is one of the top oil and gas sector trade shows in India. The show serves as a convenient platform for noted professionals from this sector to directly interact with each other and deliberate upon the latest trends and innovations from this sector. PLAY ON WORDS WHY EAT FRUITS AND VEGGIES? 09 Currency It is much easier to prevent cancer than to cure it. Live food contains the live enzymes so needed by the body each day. So eat plenty of live fruits and a big salad today with lots of your favorite vegetables. And avoid processed foods. Official language Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Bangui CFA franc French Sango Yamoussoukro (official) N'Djamena CFA franc French Arabic Abidjan (seat of government) Moroni Comorian franc Comorian Arabic French CFA franc Brazzaville CFA franc French Travel Tourism Fair Delhi (TTF) is India's leading exhibition for the travel tourism industry. Since 1989, it provides an annual opportunity for organizations from India and abroad to showcase their products and services to a large cross section of the travel trade and consumers across major markets in India. Date: 13-15 Feb 2014 Country: India Venue: Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India The Great Indian Heritage Fest 2014 Heritage Tourism: “Travelling to experience the places and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past, “Definition by The National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States Within Gujarat there are a wide variety of historic forts, palaces, mosques, temples, and places of historical importance in India's struggle for independence. Date: Feb 15-16, 2014 Country: India Venue: Ampitheatre, Sayaji Garden, Vadodara, Gujrat, India
  10. 10. 10 THEFASHIONISTAS MONDAY | FeBruARY 10, 2014 Beauty Tips for Beautiful African Skin beautiful skin reflects total body health. now the wait is over for a beautiful complexion. our experts share the tips for african skin that will help your skin glow! C For the upkeep of natural glow in your skin, it is vital to carry out a steady cleansing schedule every day. It is highly suggested that you execute right cleansing in the morning and before bedtime. Use a soap or skin treatment product intended not only for black skin, but specific type of skin as well i.e. oily, dry, etc. Never use hot water to wash your face, as it tends to dry out the skin prominently. leansing Black Skin It is needed to do all possible to maintain your skin, mainly during the summer months. Black women are very much prone to melanoma and other forms of skin disorder, so safeguard is a must. Essential beauty tips for black woman are: • the time wear sun block All when going outdoors in the sun. • se hats and sunglasses to U protect your skin • Wear light colored outfit that deflects the sun's rays and protects your skin • Check regularly for spots and imperfections on your skin and call a skin care professional who reads the complex nature of black skin if something problematic develops. Protecting Black Skin G Initially, the exceptional range of handbags were launched on ASOS with prices starting under $100. Elaborating on the collection, Westwood’s website states, “All styles have been created using recycled canvas, reused roadside banners, unused leather off-cuts, and recycled brass, produced in Kibera slum (Nairobi’s biggest), where discarded metal like padlocks and car pieces are collected then melted down”. These bags are classy and eco-friendly iving birth to a new line of eco-friendly handbags created from recycled materials, British fashion designer and environment activist Vivienne Westwood with an endeavor to promote ethical fashion has truly brought a new boom in the fashion industry. Manufactured in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the stylish classy handbags will feature a diverse range of styles from unisex rucksacks to tote bags and clutches. The launch of this new line is Westwood’s earnest contribution to the Ethical Fashion Initiative, a collective project between the UN and the World Trade Organization. The masterpieces are shaped from recycled canvas, reused roadside banners, and leather off-cuts and is cautiously created by communities of women affected by extreme poverty. Choosing a Skin Lightener Skin lighteners can yield miraculous results, but it is necessary not to use products containing any steroids. These products can lead to permanent redness or thinning of the blood vessels lying beneath the skin. Use skin lightening product that diminishes the production of melatonin naturally. Exercise and Eating Habits for Black Women The basic to looking fabulous all the time is regular exercise regime, improving your eating habits and drinking plenty of water. While your favourite food dishes may be awesome and probably irresistible, they can appear to be silent killers like heart disease, hypertension and diabetes that are killers popular to run unrestrained in the black community. Maintaining your weight should be your ultimate target to strive for. Maintain a mesmerizing smile by eradicating or reducing your intake of tea, coffee, soda, and other tooth-staining meals and beverages. If you find yourself down with sadness and can't do without it, try restricting your intake by having a few small drinks using a straw. Retain a Mesmeric Smile Don’t use skin care products comprising potential inflammatory components like alcohol, perfumes, and dyes that can damage your skin. One or two skin care regimens is suggested in a day, but anything more than that will just dry up the skin. More Tips AFRICA ON MY SLEEVES A frica has served as a foundation of encouragement and creativity for many and now geared up to push the boat out of the continent’s talent to encourage those that have set foot on the continent and those that have daydreamed about its beauty. Providing a gateway for designers to exhibit the supreme quality fashion motivated by the miscellany and beauty of the African continent, Africa on My Sleeves is all set to take place in New Zealand this year with the motive of introducing two key initiatives that will further facilitate a gateway for designers to the international fashion realm. Launched in 2013, certain changes have been instigated by Africa on my Sleeve Limited to expedite growth and development for designers. Commenting on this, Makanaka Tuwe, founder of Africa on My Sleeve expressed, “The scope and vision of the organization has grown exponentially taking into consideration the needs of designers as well as the transforming socioeconomic climate within the fashion industry. The times are changing and after the first show we saw it fit to continue to evolve and redefine ourselves. Onwards and upwards!” Broadly, two major initiatives have been commenced to open up the doors for the designers to the international fashion kingdom. The first is the annual show presenting a great opportunity for designers to showcase and promote themselves on a sincere platform to attract buyers and gather media attention. The items displayed at the fashion show will be made accessible for purchase via an online store and will be collectively owned by Africa on My Sleeve and the respective designer. Africa on My Sleeve is about celebrating the African culture through fashion.
  11. 11. SPORTS2WATCH mONDAY | FeBruARY 10, 2014 11 Bharat Ratna to Tendulkar at Good turnout for Golf the end of a glorious career This is the biggest honour. Extremely delighted at getting this award. I want to reiterate again that I want to dedicate this award to my mother and all other mothers of India who sacrificed their aspirations so that their children's dreams come true He is a magnet for the cricket fans not only in India, but also around the world. Yes we are Sachin Tendulkar talking about the God of CricketSachin Tendulkar. Three cheers to him on getting the honor of Bharat Ratna Award. India's President Pranab Mukherjee has felicitated the country's highest civilian honour at a dazzling ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 4th Feb. There was no boundary to the celebrations and enthusiasm of the fans of Tendulkar and to the whole nation. Tendulkar is the first sportsman to win the award and at 40, the youngest. Former recipients’ of this prestigious award includes India's first PM Jawaharlal Nehru, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and former PMs Rajiv and Indira Gandhi. In attendance for this occasion was the charismatic presence of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, his wife Gursharan Kaur, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Ministers Sushil Kumar Shinde, A.K. Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge and Rajiv Shukla Tendulkar bowed out of international cricket after his 200th Test match- 24 years and one day after his first. In total he played in 664 international matches and has scored 34,357 runs and made 100 centuries. India bags the highest number of medals at Lusofonia Games Recently Goa hosted the 10day long Lusofonia Games at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Fatorda, South Goa with participation by 12 nations and more than 700 athletes. Portuguese Commonwealth nations viz Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea- Bissau, Goa (India), Macau (China), Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and Sri Lanka participates at this mega event. The Indian team participated as Goa (India). Athletes from 12 nations took part in nine sporting fields including athletics, basketball, beach volleyball, football, judo, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball and wushu. Indian participants made the country proud as they got hold of 37 Gold, 27 Silver and 28 Bronze Medals with a total of 92 medals proudly wearing on their chest. With this, India put up their finest enactment so far. Lusofonia Games 2014 Goa Medal Tally (Medal Table) Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total India 37 27 28 92 Portugal 18 20 12 50 Macau 15 9 14 38 Sri Lanka 7 11 13 31 Angola 5 8 14 27 Mozambique 4 4 5 13 Brazil 2 1 3 6 Guinea-Bissau 2 1 0 3 Cape Verde 1 6 5 12 Sao Tome and Principe 0 1 0 1 Timor-Leste 0 0 1 1 It was a splendid moment for YOLANDA Mubaiwa when laurelled as the Mashonaland East and West Championship tournament champion at Warren Hills recently. The Royal Harare golfer beat several top players in the opening event of the women golf season. This fab player finished on 160, after two rounds, to beat over 40 other players. Loice Chingono was runner-up after she shot 171 while Aulia Alfazema was third. Junior golfer Danielle Bekker finished fourth. One of the tournament organizers, Patricia Makurumure, said they had a very competitive event spiced by a good turnout. She further added by saying We had a strong field, which was competitive, and the players had good scores despite coming from the holidays.” Icing on the cake was by Sheldon Steyn lining up for the biggest names on Africa's premier professional tour this season after earning his Sunshine Tour card at Bloemfontein Golf Club in South Africa. Steyn ended in 29th place and was just a shot inside the cut for the Sunshine Tour cards. The qualifying procedure for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Morocco by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) has been settled on. It will begin with 30 nations in the starting rounds to settle in seven countries that will further go up to the group stages. The other 21 countries of the 51 applicants have been given byes into the group stage. It will further split into 7 groups, with top two in each pool and the finest thirdplaced country succeeding for the finals along with hosts Morocco. The qualified countries for group stages are Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Tunisia, Algeria, Angola, Cape Verde, Togo, Egypt, South Africa, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Niger, Guinea, Senegal, Sudan The teams in the initial qualifiers are Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Botswana, Malawi, Uganda, Mozambique, Benin, Sierra Leone, Congo, CAR, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Liberia, Gambia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Namibia, Burundi, Lesotho, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Chad, Sao Tome, Seychelles, Comoros, Mauritius, Swaziland, Eritrea, Mauritania and South Sudan. B e t w e e n May and August the preliminary rounds of the qualifying process will be played, with the final phase taking place from 5 September until 26 November. The draw will take place on 27 April in Cairo, Egypt and not in Morocco as earlier announced. The Caf executive committee also declared that six countries have bid to host the 2019 Nations Cup and three for the 2021 edition. Algeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Guinea, DR Congo, and Zambia all submitted dossiers for 2019. The official candidates for the 2021 edition are Algeria, Ivory Coast and Guinea. The Golden Teams of Caf
  12. 12. 12 ENCOUNTER WITH EDITOR MONDAY | FeBruARY 10, 2014 Rwanda is one of the countries that have made tremendous progress over the last 10 years, enabling it to transform its economy towards a service - oriented one. In an exclusive interview to Kanchi Batra, Sub-Editor, Indo Africa Times, the High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda, H.E. Mr. Ernest RWAMUCYO highlighted the good performance made by the country and the endeavors of the government to guide its economy towards the preferred path of transformation. In your representation as the new High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda to India, how would you comment on the development of IndoRwandan relations and what is your vision to further develop these ties? The bilateral relations between India and Rwanda are excellent. There is a lot happening in terms of corporation between the two countries. The Government of India is working with the Government of Rwanda to establish entrepreneurship incubation facilities. We are getting substantive support from EXIM Bank for energy generation program and investment in other areas of infrastructure and agriculture. The trade and investment between the two countries continues to grow. Today, Rwanda is the fastest growing economy in East Africa. How would you propose to Indian investors to invest in your country? Rapid and optimistic actions taken by the Government have effectively steered Rwanda towards a steady growth and positive outlook. The World Bank foresees an affirmative outlook for Rwanda, with growth projected at 7 percent in 2013 and 7.5 percent in 2014. Over the last five years, Rwanda has been consistently ranked as a top re-former by the World Bank in doing business. Rwanda has been ranked as one of the country where there is least incident of corruption, not only in Africa but also in the rest of the world. There is a huge potential in agriculture, infrastructure, tourism, ICT and tele-communication industry. Is the Government ready to bring in certain incentives to further attract FDIs? Stability of business is the foremost incentive offered to investors. Rwanda offers a striking environment to operate in or to run a business from. We have an investor friendly climate by way of simple taxation, development of industrial parks and free trade zone, and creation of stock exchange. It now takes 1 day to start business compared to 45-days average on the African continent, and 13-days for the rich countries to start a business. What projects is the Government planning to come up so as to increase employment opportunities for the youth of Rwanda? Establishment of entrepreneurship incubation facilities is basically to train new and upcoming entrepreneur, provide them skills and technology that will enable them to create their own jobs. We have a target of creating at least 200,000 new farm jobs as a part of the Rwanda’s vision 2020 and we hope that we would be able to hit this target with an increasing rate of economy. There is a program called LESDEP which is also dedicatedly focusing on youth employment. Any collaboration with them? We have signed a MoU with LESDEP. They have been to Rwanda; we have H.E. Mr. Ernest RWAMUCYO High Commissioner, High Commission of the Republic of Rwanda, New Delhi, India  Striking environment to operate in or to run a business from allocated full-fledged facilities to train our youth to be entrepreneur and provide them with necessary equipments as we have trainees ready to be trained. I hope that this will grow into a big entrepreneurship development program particularly for our youth. Rwanda is most commonly dubbed as ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’ with fascinating tourist attractions. How do you take this platform to showcase the tremendous tourism pleasure in Rwanda? You have made a very wide point that tourism is one of the biggest revenue generators of the economy. We actually want to increase the volume of Indian tourist to Rwanda. We make it easy for people to visit Rwanda, we are able to issue visa within hours of giving applications. Connectivity to Rwanda by air has become increasingly easy. There are so many airlines flying to Rwanda, so it is easy for people to connect. Along with investment promotion, we are doing a lot of tourism promotion. Owner / Publisher / Editor: Mr. Kirit Sobti from 3rd Floor, Plot No. 3, Block PSP-IV, Service Centre Opp. Sector-11 (Extn.), Rohini, Delhi-85 Printed at LIPEE SCAN PVT. LTD. 89 DSIDC SHED Okhala Phase 1, New Delhi