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Want Prosperity, Power and Patronage??
GO VOTE MALAWI:
The Warm
Heart of
Africa
Black Stars
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P
ower is a complex thing, momentary and
intangible to a man in crowd, and nearly
enduring when in hand of a politician. Still,
for one day the “power’ will fit in to the Aam Admi,
the Mango People. We all will have the magical stick
and will be asked to make a selection.
In democracy, this temporary swing of power
is named –Elections. And the power itself is called
– Vote. Even though action of voting is an individual
choice, it is generally inclined by the noise in open-
air. So how does one make an objective choice?
Religion, Past, Future, Morals, Economy, Ideology
or should one simply be a coward and succumb to
temporary space of explanations?
When the world’s largest democracy goes to
the polls from April 7 to May 12 the logistics are
mind-boggling. Over 800 million voters will pick
their representatives for the national parliament in
the capital New Delhi.
In India, the general election will be
held in nine phases, the longest election
in the country's history, to create the
16th Lok Sabha in India. Voting will
take place in all 543 parliamentary
constituencies of India to elect
Members of Parliament in the Lok
Sabha. The upshot of this election
will be confirmed on 16 May, before
the 15th Lok Sabha finalises its
constitutional mandate on 31 May
2014.
As per the Election Commission
of India, the electoral strong suit in
2014 is 81.45 crores (814.5 million),
the prime in the world. There is an
escalation of 10 crores (100 million)
freshly entitled voters. This also will
be the extensive and the expensive
general election in the history of the
country with the Election Commission
of India appraising that the election will
cost the exchequer Rs 3,500 crores, exclusive
of the expenses incurred for security and individual
political parties.
The Election Commission is charged up for the
epic nine-phase exercise that has few parallels in
ASSOCHAM
welcomes
the
Diplomats
Swahili
Fashion
Week
heading to
Kenya
Wassupafrica02
K
enya will progressively
get another 280 MW to
feed the electricity starved
country, as the latest of the geo
thermal plants at Olkaria, located
at the foot of Mt. Longonot in the
Great African Rift Valley, started
coming on line over the weekend.
An initial 70 MW will be followed
by a further 70 MW in April, when
all the connections to the national
power grid have been completed
before the full production capacity
can then enter the national power
distribution network. For long has
Kenya depended on hydroelectric
power plants but the constant
cycle of drought and excess rains
has made power production
less reliable and when the water
levels in the dams dropped during
drought cycles, the country
suffered rolling blackouts.
Geothermal energy production
is one of the focal points to
increase power generation output
in Kenya and with additional sites
already identified, more such
plants will be commissioned over
the coming years, giving Kenyans
A
new report issued on
26 March by the African
Development Bank says
there are three main actions that
governments and the Bank can
take together to bring an end
to conflict in Africa and help to
strengthen the Continent’s fragile
sates. Speaking to an audience of
Bank staff present for the report’s
release, the Head of the Secretariat
to the High Level Panel for Fragile
States, Sunita Pitamber, said: “We
are at a point where some of the
countries affected by deep conflict
and crises are on a steady path of
The second day of 'door to door'
visit of tourism establishments
on Praslin Island by Minister
Alain St. Ange, the Seychelles
Minister responsible for Tourism
and Culture accompanied by
Anne Lafortune, the PS for
Tourism, Sherin Naiken, the
CEO of the Tourism Board, Rose
Mary Hoareau, the Director of
Marketing at the Tourism Board
and Sinha Levkovic, the Director
Standards and Regulations at the
Department of Tourism proved
to be interesting and opened
the needed dialogue on a one to
one basis instead of just general
meetings with hotel General
Managers.
This new approach was
started few days back where a
series of hotels, large and small
were visited Minister St. Ange
and his delegation visited Amitie
Chalets, Le Tropique Villa, Ocean
Jewels, Villa Aya, Villa Cocotier
Self-Catering, Loulou Bungalows,
Villa de Mer, La Modestie, Villas
des Alizes, Dhevatara Beach Hotel,
Residence Praslinoise, Indian
Ocean Lodge, Palm Beach Hotel
and Britannia Guest House.
Kenya gets more
green electricity
Seychelles says the 'door to door' visit
of tourism establishments on Praslin
Island is a worthwhile exercise
AfDB says stronger governments and
private sector are keys to ending
fragility in Africa
not just more electricity – power
rationing has been notorious in
the past – but will also reduce the
cost of electricity as geothermal
production is among the cheapest
ways to generate.
The plant is located inside the
Mt. Longonot National Park but
as it has been there before the
park itself was created enjoys a
special status and does not collide
in its present format with tourism
activities.
Longonot is renown as an
adventure destination for both
Kenyans as well as foreign tourists
who come to climb the mountain,
use the bike trails or else hike
through the rugged terrain.
The Kenya Wildlife Service has
established an annual event there,
the Mt. Longonot Wheelbarrow
Race, from which charitable
contributions are raised besides
promoting the park as a key
weekend getaway location for
Nairobians.
By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang
H. Thome, ETN Africa
Correspondent
When he started the series of
visits Minister Alain St. Ange said
to the first hotel he stopped at:
“It was time for us to break away
from our traditional approaches of
holding meetings with big groups
of hotels. Normally we rallied
every-one in a room to listen to the
trade, but few spoke and we often
left the meetings unsure if we
had heard the views and opinions
of everyone. We knew that we
needed to hear of not only your
successes, but also hear firsthand
of your challenges. We felt it was
time to dedicate more time than
ever before to the industry and
meet you on a more personalized
basis. Seeing properties are one
thing, knowing properties is as
important for everyone’’. Minister
St. Ange said.
As he ended the first session
in a series he will be undertaking
on Praslin Island, Minister St.
Ange said that he had now
been updated on the prevailing
situation of tourism on Praslin
Island directly from the horse’s
mouth, not second hand, but
straight from the owners of small
'home grown hotels' network and
from General Managers of the
larger establishments. "We have
heard of aspirations of our small
hoteliers. We heard how they see
the bureaucratic structures in
place in different departments
that creates more costs for small
hotel owners. We were guided
to see first-hand how central
management decisions were too
often too distant from reality on
the ground" Minister St. Ange said.
The Minister for Tourism told
the press on Praslin that he was
ending the first in the series of
meetings on Praslin happy and
that he had seen positive results
from the call by the President
of the Republic for Seychelles to
claim back its tourism industry.
"We have more Seychellois than
ever before joining the tourism
industry. We have seen the small
Seychellois owned establishments
are promoting a creole welcome
and they are displaying a style
of tourism that is uniquely
Seychelles. It is very clear that as
a Government we need to work
tirelessly to encourage more
Seychellois to enter our world
of tourism. This will ensure the
industry that remains the pillar of
our economy is consolidated for
the long term because everyone
will defend and protect the tourism
industry" Minister St. Ange said.
Minister St. Ange assured the
Praslin Island Hoteliers that he
would be back in about two weeks
to continue his tour of hotels to
enable to meet every hotelier
of the island individually. He
also assured everyone that their
different points raised would be
raised with the different agencies
and departments concerned.
Seychelles is a founding
member of the International
Coalition of Tourism Partners
(ICTP)
Seychelles Ministry of
Tourism and Culture
recovery. But on the
other hand we have
seen new conflict and
new crises emerging on
the Continent.
After a year of
studying this question
with the goal of strengthening
Africa’s fragile states, “Ending
Conflict and Building Peace in
Africa: A Call to Action” delivers
three main messages.
First, fragility is different from
one place to the next and since
there is no single condition that
describes fragility everywhere,
there is no single remedy for
it, either. This means the Bank
must play a greater role in better
understanding the causes of
fragility and develop relevant
responses that target the specific
triggers of conflict.
Second, conflicts and crises
are profoundly political in nature.
Although the AfDB is apolitical,
it has strong convening power.
Thus, it should be part of post-
conflict negotiations to design
development efforts while the
political process is completed by
other relevant institutions
Third, governments need to
stabilize their economies and
deliver essential services as a way
to minimize the lasting effects
of conflict. This calls for strong
institutions and a well-developed
private sector, so this is where the
Bank and its clients need to focus
their efforts.
afdb
Alain St. Ange, Minister of Tourism
and Culture, Seychelles

MONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
Wassupafrica 03
Feedback received from Kampala’s
leading hotels confirm that this
year’s Earth Hour was observed by
switching off main lights – safety
and security lights did remain on in
line with regulatory requirements – in
public areas, as well as restaurants
between 2030 hours and 2130 hours
last evening. Patrons dined by candle
light, and bars and public areas were
lit by candles and in part solar-charged
lanterns, showing solidarity with this
World Wildlife Federation (WWF)-
sponsored event which unfolded
across the world.
From the Ugandan lodges it was
only GeoLodges which was swift
enough to confirm their compliance
while others left the opportunity go
to waste to make hay out of their
participation and get a positive mention
here.
Across the region, Serena Hotels
signaled participation in all their hotels,
resorts, and lodges and from Kenya,
Sarova Hotels and Sun Africa Hotels
confirmed that they, too, had their
main lights out as Earth Hour arrived in
the East African time zone.
From Nairobi, the InterContinental
Nairobi and the Boma Hotel confirmed
that their lights also went out, all
deserving a pat on the back on
behalf of the environment. Well done
to the Kampala Serena Hotel and
the Sheraton Kampala Hotel who
participated as well.
By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome,
ETN Africa Correspondent
ASSOCHAM welcomes
the Diplomats
Kampala’s leading
hotels observed
Earth Hour
FROM PAGE 01
I
t was a splendid evening when
ASSOCHAM (The Associated
Chambers of Commerce and
Industry of India) organized a
Commercial Counselors/Trade
Commissioners Meet on 29th
March 2014 in New Delhi, India.
ASSOCHAM, an Apex
knowledge chamber of the
country, has been assisting
conducive environment to tap the
business prospects between India
and rest of the World. Government
of India has been enormously
compassionate in its efforts.
It was an admirable occasion
furnished by the Chamber to
interact with the concerned
diplomats. It offered a prominent
podium to foster the international
linkages and to share, learn and
buildnewnetworksofopportunity.
Embassies/High Commissions
participated at senior level were
from SAARC, ASEAN, GULF, ARAB,
AFRICA, and WEST. Mr. D S Rawat,
Secretary General, ASSOCHAM
very well expressed his thoughts
during the event.
All the participants rated the
seminar very highly. They thanked
ASSOCHAM for this opportunity
which will help them in their
professional activity.
A
ir Uganda announced
recently an increase in
flights to a number of their
East African destinations effective
April 14. New is that Mombasa
will now be served five times a
week directly up from previously
four flights a week, cutting out
the en-route stop at Kilimanjaro.
This will be of keen interest to
the Ugandan business community
which imports over 90 percent of
all cargo via the Indian Ocean port
of Mombasa while visitors wanting
to enjoy the Kenyan beaches now
have more options to fly to the
coast where this year spectacular
deals are available for residents of
the East African Community.
Kilimanjaro will for now be
served three times a week, likely
to go to four soon in a joint code
share operation with Tanzania’s
Precision Air while under a
similar deal Dar es Salaam will
be served twice a day compared
to the previous one flight a day,
allowing day trips from Uganda
to Dar without the need of an
overnight stay and a special fare to
generate more traffic for the new
double daily service was
launched at US Dollars
165 return PLUS taxes
and fees.
The most recently
launched destination of
Mogadishu/Somalia will
also see the number of
weeklyflightsgoupfrom
three to four a week, a
sign of continued strong
demand on the route.
Jubawillseedoubledailyflights
continue except on Wednesdays
and Fridays, when three daily
flights connect Entebbe with South
Sudan’s capital city.
Nairobi flights will remain, for
the time being, on the same level
with three flights a day except for
Saturday when only two flights are
operated.
Bujumbura flights will also be
upped from the present four to five
a week and have been changed to
nonstop flights both ways.
Kigali in the meantime will,
for the time being at least, be
served by RwandAir operating a
flight codeshared with Air Uganda,
which allowed U7 to free aircraft
capacity needed to increase flights
elsewhere.
Air Uganda currently operates
a uniform fleet of Bombardier
CRJ200 jets in a single class
economy configuration of 50 seats
each. Word from the grapevine
however has it that a fleet increase
and aircraft type change may be
on the way with speculation rife
if Uganda’s quasi national airline
may upgrade from the CRJ200
to the larger CRJ700NextGen or
even the CRJ900NextGen, which
would allow them to bring their
acclaimed business class of the MD
87 days back.
By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang
H. Thome, ETN Africa
Correspondent
More flights to key destinations across
Eastern Africa
the world. The polls would be
viewed by observers from oodles
of developing countries eager to
acquire and embrace from India's
democracy.
"We are fully geared up to
conduct free and fair elections,"
a poll panel official said. He said
Chief Election Commissioner V.S.
Sampath and his colleagues were
touring various states to review
the preparedness.
"The challenge is in terms
of the geographical spread of
constituencies but the polling staff
is adequately trained," the official
added.
Youngistan, your vote is your
voice as an Indian citizen. Don’t
forget a vote from a rich has the
identical power as a poor person.
It’s your right and voice, to have
the say, who will be the future
most powerful leader in the world.
These elections are not just about
casting votes, they are your way of
molding our nation's future, and
yours.
It is the single most efficacious
method to make your voice be
heard. By not polling, you give
away your right to effect the
government overall. Select your
contestant prudently. There are
numerous matters to contemplate
when casting your vote. So every
vote has a meaning. Several
elections have been decided by a
single vote. Hence, it is significant
to vote to have your say about
what happens to you and to the
people in the country.
Mr. D. S. Rawat, Secretary General, ASSOCHAM
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mONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
L
ocated on the Great Rift
Valley in Central Africa, and
one of Africa's smallest
nations, Malawi is heartily known
as 'The Warm Heart of Africa' and
is swiftly budding as one of the
last unexplored treasures of the
continent. Malawi is not only the
Warm Heart of Africa, but also
the genuinely friendly, safe and in
many ways undiscovered heart of
Africa – an exclusive destination
that is just that little bit different
from its better – known neighbors.
It is a landlocked country that was
formerly known as Nyasaland.
It is bordered by Zambia to
the northwest, Tanzania to the
northeast, and Mozambique on
the east, south and west.
Immense Investment
Opportunities
The Warm Heart of Africa
has immense investment
opportunities for investors in
its lap. It exhibits many of the
characteristics that emerging
market investors look for.
These opportunities have been
categorized by sector:
•	 Agricultural Sector
•	 Manufacturing Sector
•	 Other Sectors
Agriculture and Agro-
Processing
Commercial estate farming
offers wide scope for long-term
investment in agriculture. Most of
the traditional agricultural export
crops of tobacco, tea, coffee and
cotton are exported in a semi-
processed state. Opportunities
exist for investment into value
addition in these sub-sectors and
in other agricultural sub-sectors
of	chilies, macadamia nuts, cut
flowers and beans.
Cotton Production
Malawi has been a cotton
growing country since the colonial
era. Specific mention should be
MALAWI AT
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MALAWIThe Warm Heart of Africa
and mattress manufacturing.
Other Sectors
Among semi-precious stones
found in Malawi are Aquamarine,
Amethyst, and Tourmaline while
precious varieties include rubies
and sapphires.
Minerals include Uranium,
strontianite, Phosphate, Iron
Sulphides, Gypsum,	 C o a l ,
Limestone, Basnaesite, Pyroclore,
Bauxite, Titanium
sands, Kyanite, Graphite,
Corundum	 among others.
An opportunity exists to invest
in mining and processing of
these minerals. Other attractive
opportunities also exist in a
gems and jewelry plant with
the proposed objective of
buying, processing and selling
locally found gemstones on
international markets, as well as
manufacturing jewelry items.
Trade Agreements
A number of bilateral and
multilateral trade agreements
includes the African Free Trade
Zone, the Common Market for
Eastern and Southern Africa
(COMESA), the Southern Africa
Development Community (SADC)
Trade Protocol, bilateral trade
agreements between Malawi and
Zimbabwe, Malawi and South
Africa, Malawi and Botswana,
Malawi and Mozambique, Malawi
and China, Malawi and India, and
Malawi and Malaysia the Cotonou
Agreement between the European
Union (EU) and African Caribbean
Pacific (ACP) countries, and the
United States-African Growth
Opportunity Act (US-AGOA)
initiative for concessional exports
to the US market.
Benchmarking
Investment Climate in
Malawi
Credit Access: There is no
discrimination in terms of access
to credit in Malawi. Borrowing and
lending affairs stay in the hands of
banks and their clients.
Transportation System: In spite
of being a land locked country,
Malawi has a first-class road
network and railway services,
which join Malawian importers
and exporters to the significant
ports of Beira and Nacala in
Mozambique.
Safekeeping Investment: In
terms of physical property and
property rights protection, Malawi
is a signatory of the International
Convention for Settlement of
Investment Disputes (ICSID); and
Multilateral Investment Guarantee
Agency (MIGA), a World
Bank institution that operates
as an insurance organization,
which offers compensation to
multilateral investment losses.
Import/Export Policy: There is
no favoritism a propos the set of
laws leading imports and exports.
for investment in the manufacture
of accessories such as zippers,
buttons, and fastening which are
currently imported.
Garment Manufacturing
The Malawi garment industry
isveryyoungwithabout8garment
companies operating under the
export processing zones status.
More companies are required to
fullyutilizethecountry’sresources
and to more fully capitalize on new
trade opportunities arising from
the African Growth Opportunity
Act (AGOA) initiative offered
to Malawi by the United States
Government.
PhosphateFertilizerManufacturing
Phosphate fertilizers
constitute 20 percent (40,000
tons) of the total imports.
Domestic fertilizer production in
Malawi would reduce the price of
fertilizer and therefore encourage
the distribution of fertilizer to the
more remote areas of the rural
population.
Rubber Products Manufacturing
Malawi has rubber trees for
the production of latex rubber at
the rate of 1,300 tons per annum.
10% of the total tonnage is used
locally for tyre re-treading, paint
made of the cotton sector where
investment opportunities include:
cotton growing; cotton ginning;
spinning, weaving and knitting.
Investment opportunities exist
in commercial cultivation of
cotton through initiatives like
contract farming, village adoption,
cooperatives and associations etc.
Tea Production and Processing
Malawi is the pioneer of tea
growing in Africa and is the second
most important export crop for
Malawi contributing some 7.9%
of total export earnings. Tea is
exported to European, Asian and
American markets.
Arabica Coffee Production and
Processing
Arabica coffee is the fourth
most important export crop in
Malawi. Exports are made to
European markets, Asia markets
and American markets.
Manufacturing Sector
With the country’s efforts
to diversify the economy from
agriculture, a lot of opportunities
exist in the manufacturing sector
and these are:
Manufacture of Textiles
Accessories
There is considerable scope
Official Name
Malawi
Head of State
H.E. Dr. Joyce Banda
Capital
Lilongwe
Area
118,480 km²
Population
15,906,483
GDP (Purchasing Power Parity)
$14.58 billion (2012 est.)
GDP - Per Capita (PPP)
$900 (2012 est.)
GDP - Real Growth Rate
+4.3%
Annual Inflation Rate
+7.6%
Exports (Billion)
$860 million (2012 est.)
Exports - Commodities
Tobacco, tea, sugar, cotton, coffee,
peanuts, wood products, apparel
Imports (Billion)
$1.752 billion (2012 est.)
Imports - Commodities
Food, petroleum products, semi-
manufactures, consumer goods,
transportation equipment
Agriculture - Products
Tobacco, sugarcane, cotton, tea, corn,
potatoes, cassava (tapioca), sorghum,
pulses, groundnuts, Macadamia nuts;
cattle, goats
Industries
Tobacco, tea, sugar, sawmill products,
cement, consumer goods
MONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
BusinessBuzz 05
R
ecently, a company
representative of Apple
said that "there needs to
be more diversity in the emoji
character set" and that Apple
is "working closely" with the
Unicode consortium, the group
that specifies how all text and
characters show up on computers,
to make changes.
Hatts off to Oju Africa, an app
company centered in Mauritius,
currently open for download on
Google Play. The app is free, but
only well-suited with external
apps like WhatsApp and Twitter
for now.
The main intent of Oju Africa
is to craft an optimistic picture
of African cultures and people
that didn't previously exist on the
emoji platform.
There have been numerous
appeals to get Apple, which makes
the emoji for iPhone, to diversify
the portfolio for the past year or
so.
As written by Oju on its
website "At oju we have identified
a need, we Africans need a voice
in today’s modern world, a voice
that represents us in the computer
driven present and future.” "An
African voice that not only
understands the African way, but
supports all our diverse cultures
and bring to life all our emotions,
passions and our warmth as a
continent in a proudly African
way", he further added.
A
ccess Bank has anticipated
to raise its market share
in global trade podium
on import from $4.1 billion to
$6.4 billion to upkeep trade
and project-based financing for
customers. Head of SME Desk,
Oyediji Atoyebi, who unveiled
this lately at Access Bank’s 6th
edition of Power Breakfast titled,
“Capacity Building for Business
Owners,” said the institution’s
trade lines are currently at around
$1.5 billion, which, according to
him, was sufficient to support the
nation’s growing business needs.
He stated that Access Bank’s
global trade platform remains
strong and growing market share
– $3.3 billion in imports in 2010; $
6.5 billion in imports in 2011; $4.2
billion in imports in 2012; $4.1
The IMF has just released to the
general public its new toolkit for
assessing public debt sustainability
in countries that have access to
international capital markets.
The tool improves upon
the IMF's previous method of
evaluating how much public debt
emerging market and advanced
economies can safely carry. The
new approach takes a more
holistic view, assessing the level
and trajectory of debt, government
financing needs, and vulnerabilities
in the debt structure.
The IMF has been working to
overhaul its framework for public
debt sustainability analysis in
market access countries (MAC
DSA) over the past two years as the
issue of public debt has become
increasingly prominent. The global
financial crisis and more recent
developments have exposed not
only significant debt vulnerabilities-
particularly in advanced economies,
where such concerns had been
minimal-but also gaps in the
analytical capacity to assess and
foresee such risks. The new DSA
for market access countries aims
to close those gaps by scrutinizing
debt sustainability from several
different perspectives.
The revamped DSA pushes the
analytical frontier by introducing
new tools for comprehensive
risk assessment. In addition to
evaluating debt trajectories, as was
previously done, the new framework
also assesses the solvency and
liquidity risks stemming from high
levelsofpublicdebt,grossfinancing
requirements, and a country's debt
profile. For example, it compares
the public debt, financing needs,
and liquidity indicators to early
warning benchmarks intended to
flag potential vulnerabilities at an
early stage.
Clarity and transparency are key
features of the new DSA framework.
DSA results are displayed in
standardized charts and tables,
which facilitate cross-country
comparison. A heat map objectively
summarizes the analytical results,
with red, yellow, and green cells
indicating high, moderate, and low
risks respectively. Standard output
chart packages are available at
this link. The final assessment of
debt vulnerabilities is expected to
reflect the country-specific context-
therefore, where relevant, DSA
results provide country-specific
details and discuss factors that may
amplify or mitigate certain risks.
In IMF country reports, DSA
outputs are summarized in a heat
map and accompanied by a write-
up. Heat map colors are determined
by comparing debt levels, gross
financing needs, and debt profile
indicators against early warning
benchmarks. Red cells in the first
two rows indicate that baseline
debt-to-GDP and gross financing
needs-to-GDP ratios exceed
benchmark levels. In the last row,
the cell is green if its corresponding
debt profile indicator value is
less than the lower early warning
benchmark, red if it exceeds the
upper early warning benchmark,
and yellow if it lies in between.
Allafrica.com
Access Bank to be in top three by 2014 by market share
World Bank signs loan deal
for Kenya airport construction
IMF launches
new tool to
assess public
debt in market
access countries
N
ews that the World Bank
has signed a major loan
deal with the Kenya
government worth 17.5 billion
Kenya Shillings, all due to be
channeled into the reconstruction
and expansion of facilities at
the region’s main airport, Jomo
Kenyatta International, will be
received with some relief by
the aviation fraternity currently
working under difficult conditions
at the airport since the fire last
year in August destroyed the
entire arrivals section.
The World Bank’s country
director confirmed that the deal
was signed, which should allow
the Kenya Airport Authority
(KAA) to fast track tender awards
now that funds have been made
available.
No details about the grace
period, the level of interest or
the repayment period could be
obtained but it is thought that
the interest rates will be hugely
preferential over any form of
billion in imports in 2013 and
2014 projection of $6.4 billion.”
The firm, which has been
among the top four trade
financing banks in Nigeria by
price of initiated transactions and
foreign exchange (FX) applied,
would be among the top three
by 2014 by market share. On its
struggle to cultivate openings for
business and small and medium
enterprise on international trade,
Atoyebi said the Access Bank had
continued to grow and diversify
customer base to 500 plus active
trade customers across all major
economic sectors.
According to him, the bank
was the first bank to launch an
electronic e-Form M platform
in Nigeria via its trade services
platform with trade innovation
Adorable and Attractive African Emoji
an island nation off the southeast
coast of Africa, Apple should now
have somewhat of an outline on
this subject.
The company has advanced
a series of African emoji that are
solution platform for ensuring
that customers initiate and track
their transaction on an on-line real
time basis. The Head of SME desk
said, “We are today a preferred
partner with several first class
correspondent banks as we have
a very firm understanding of the
local market and the various
trade finance structures that
are acceptable to international
markets.”
commercial borrowing or even
project finance arranged by
contractors.
KAA has a few weeks ago
tendered for the demolition of the
entirearrivalscomplextopavethe
way for a major new construction,
and while no details have been
made public how long it may take
to announce the winning bidder
and then get working, it is widely
anticipated that by mid of this
year work will have started.
Meanwhile though was the
construction of a temporary
terminal building, made of
largely prefabricated elements,
awarded to a German company
and completion of that project is
expected by latest October this
year. JKIA presently processes
nearly 7 million passengers per
year, even though the initial
capacity on opening in 1978 was
only projected to reach 2.5 million
passengers, one reason why
passengers regularly complain
about the congestion and lack of
sufficient facilities when flying
from or transiting via Nairobi.
By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H.
Thome, ETN Africa Correspondent
mONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
T
he technological advancement, global
competition and changing business
scenario call for new challenges
in every field. To meet such challenges,
apart from occupational requirements,
development of additional skills is crucial.
Education has an immense impact on the
human society.
The African youth make up 40
percent of Africa’s population. Education
in Africa began as a tool to prepare the
local youth to take their place in their
respective societies. Among several areas
of cooperation between India and Africa, one important sector is
capacity building and human resource development.
As India’s capabilities and resource base has grown in these
areas, it has broadened the scope of cooperational activities in
capacity building with Africa. India is poised to set up a string of
higher education and training institutions in Africa. India is doing a
lot for the future of the continent and can transform the continent
through education.
India has pledged to build 100 training institutes all over the
continent at the last two India-Africa Forum Summits held in
New Delhi, India and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia respectively. It will
help build the industrial and managerial base of the continent by
spawning a new generation of entrepreneurs and an educated
middle class that will shape African resurgence in the time to come.
Not only the public sector but India’s private sector is now
encouraged to build partnerships for capacity building and human
resource development in Africa. Indian Universities has brought
up wide range of programs and courses designed to provide an
impetus to career seekers and equip them with communication and
linguistic proficiency.
A variety of services and programs are being offered for
students to help promote intellectual, social and cultural
development. India has developed a sizeable skilled and educated
manpower. It has emerged as a third largest skilled human resource
in the world due to substantial public investment in establishing
academic and professional institutions.
Indian government policy led to liberal
university education and the subsequent
rapid development of the educational
research and training. These experiences
are relevant for African countries.
Therefore, India is a suitable partner
to contribute in the capacity building and
development of human resource in Africa.
As it is Africa is rich in natural resources.
It needs skilled human resources and
technology to accelerate its economic
growth.
Recognizing the advance stage of India
in developing Science, Technology and
Innovation policies and strategies thereof,
during 1st India-Africa Science and
Technology Ministerial Conference and
Tech Expo on 1-2 March 2012 at New Delhi,
India, it was agreed that India would serve the Commission of the
African Union and Regional Economic Communities by providing
training and other capacity interventions towards ameliorating
policy enabling environment in African countries. Prior to this in
2011, India has committed to promote high education institutes in
four sectors - information, communication and technology in Ghana,
planning and administration in Burundi, foreign trade in Uganda
and India-Africa institute for diamonds in Botswana, which is the
biggest producer for diamonds in the continent.
An additional $700 million was pledged to establish new
institutions and training programmes. Of this, $185 million is in the
field of science and technology.
Worth mentioning, the African Development Bank supports
every phase of education, the cornerstone of the health-
employment social wellbeing architecture. It catches education as a
long-term process that commands long-term investment. The Bank
bestows to international efforts to provide a quality education to all
children by supporting its regional member countries in building
schools, training teachers and providing learning materials and
equipment.
The focus on infrastructure also extends to fragile states
where the Bank supports considerable school construction and
reconstruction as part of its efforts to provide these countries with
viable public services. The thrust of the Bank’s Higher Education
Science and Technology Strategy is to promote excellence, and to
target the transition from school to work.
Given the growing needs and demand for high-level skills and
research in science and technology and insufficient resources,
the Bank focuses its support on national and regional centers of
excellence such as the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology
and the Benin’s Regional Public Health Institute. Since 2008, the
Bank also houses the Association for the Development of Education
in Africa, which promotes African education research and evidence-
based policy advocacy.
At the 22nd World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, Minister
of Education for Ghana stressed the need for distance learning
programs. Science, Technology and Innovation is opening up
opportunities which might enable Africa to leapfrog development
through education. In the words of Mr. Ricaud Gervais Auckbur,
Representative from the Ministry of Education, Mauritius “ I want
to see African countries working together to make the dream
‘Broadband for all in Africa’ become a reality for everyone in the
continent- to provide access to affordable communication for
education and socio-economic development.”
The Government of India, through the Indian Council for
Cultural Relations (ICCR), offers about
2325 scholarships under 21 scholarship
schemes. Of these scholarships, 500 are
exclusively for African countries. There
are students in India under these schemes
from about 80 countries. Most of the
scholarship holders come from developing
countries in Asia, Africa, South and Central
America.
The Indian Council for Cultural
Relations (ICCR) administers its own
scholarship schemes apart from which
it also functions as an agency for other
schemes on behalf of the Ministry of
External Affairs and the Ministry of
Finance of the Government of India.
Education in Africa began as a tool to
prepare the local youth to take their place
in their respective societies. Among several
areas of cooperation between India and Africa, one important
sector is capacity building and human resource development. As
India’s capabilities and resource base has grown in these areas
it has broadened the scope of cooperation activities in capacity
building with Africa. Both the public and private sector of India are
encouraged to build partnerships for capacity building and human
resource development in Africa.
FRANKLY SPEAKING06
Cross-Continental
Educational Collaboration
On the academic front,
my department is committed
to increasing the production
of graduates in engineering,
the natural sciences, human
and animal health sciences,
and teacher education in
line with my performance
agreement with the
President.
Mr. Rajeshwar Jeetah
Minister of Tertiary Education, Science,
Research and Technology, Mauritius
Mr. Blade Nzimande
Minister of Higher Education
& Training, South Africa
By kirit sobti,
editor, iat
editor@indoafricatimes.com
Hope@Africa and Hope International,
two related international networks
set on jointly promoting human
development and tackling major societal
challenges in Africa and in the rest of
the world, were recently launched in
Stellenbosch.
With the endeavors of Hope@
Africa, a collaboration between seven
leading African universities, and Hope
International, a collaboration between
Stellenbosch University (SU) and four
Swedish universities, the lives of nearly
millions can be enhanced.
At the launch event at Stellenbosch
University, Professor Russel Botman,
SU rector and vice-chancellor, said
"Teachers are key in this process.
According to UNESCO, Africa needs 2
million new teachers by 2015. There is
also an urgent need to provide training
for millions of current teachers who are
either under- or unqualified. Clearly,
universities should play a key role in
improving the training and ongoing
professional development of teachers.
But conventional brick-and-mortar
approaches are not good enough
anymore. We need to use technology to
extend the reach and richness of learning
and teaching beyond the physical
classroom. This is exactly the kind of
challenge that Hope@Africa will be
tackling."
The complete aim of the Hope
International network is to upsurge
collaboration within higher education
en route for a rise in understanding
and awareness of the major challenges
facing the global community. The
Hope International network will get
together higher-education institutions
to cooperate on ways to bestow to the
long-term accomplishment of global
development goals.
Professor Botman also said that it
is predominantly pleasing that Hope@
Africa and Hope International are
launched together. "We took a firm
decision to harness the synergies
between the two to gain more traction.
So, this is an historic occasion -
universities in the global south and north
taking hands for human development
everywhere. Our mission is one of hope
because we refuse to accept the reality
at hand as the beginning and end of
everything. We refuse to abandon the
next generation to despair. Many of them
face the bleak prospect of a future that is
no different to their past or present. We
can make a difference - using our work
in unlocking and sharing and applying
knowledge. Now that is a goal enriching
our work with a deeper sense of meaning
and purpose."
Africa calls
for 2 million
new teachers
Economic and social
development in the country
must rest with education,
hinting at overall educational
reform at the tertiary level and
stating that foreign investment
is the key to structuring a
knowledge hub.
MONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
TRAVEL&tourism 07
M
adhya Pradesh often designated
as the "Heart of India" is home to
a rich cultural heritage and has
innumerable monuments, large plateau,
spectacular mountain ranges, meandering
rivers and miles and miles of dense forests
offering a unique and exciting panorama of
wildlife in shady surroundings.
Madhya Pradesh is a state in central
India. Its capital is Bhopal, the largest city is
Indore and historical capital is Gwalior. It is
nicknamed as the "heart of India” due to its
geographical location in India. In 1956, this
state was reorganized and its parts were
combined with the states of Madhya Bharat,
Vindhya Pradesh and Bhopal to form the
new Madhya Pradesh state with Bhopal as its
capital. This state was the largest state of India
by area until 2000. In 2000, the Chhattisgarh
region was split to create
a new state, and Rajasthan
became the largest state
of India.
Bhopal, capital of
MadhyaPradeshisalovely
combination of scenic
beauty and historicity.
Bhopal Tourism presents
a happy mix of Hindu
and Islamic cultures and
combines both North
Indian and South Indian
influences.
Mandu signifies a
love story of a Muslim
Prince with a local poor
shepherd girl that brings
the mythological touch to
Mandu. Mandu, a small
townontheedgeofMalwa
Plateau, is surrounded by
forestsandhasahistorical
significance. Antiquity
and Artistry merges here
and this mix is displayed by some marvelous
structures and monuments like Alamgir,
Bhangi, Rampol, Darwaza and Tarapur Gate.
Mandu is one of the few places where the very
rare Baobab tree grows.
Khajuraho Group of Monuments
The name Khajuraho, in ancient times
known as "Kharjuravāhaka", is derived
from the Sanskrit words kharjura = date
palm and vāhaka = "one who carries". The
renowned Khajuraho group of monuments
is one of the amazing tourist places in India.
The world famous Khajuraho has the biggest
team of ancient Hindu
as well as Jain sacred
temples, popular for
their sexual statues
and were influenced
by the Tantric school
of thought. Sculptors
of Khajuraho depicted
all aspects of life.
Khajuraho group of
monuments are broadly
classified into three
groups viz. Western
Group of Temples,
Eastern Group of
Temples and Southern
group of Temples.
Western Group of
Temples constitutes
Kandariya Mahadeo
temple, Chaunsath
Yogini temple,
Chitragupta temple and
the most prominent
structure is of the
KandariyaMahadeotemplewhichisdedicated
to Lord Shiva.
Eastern Group of Temples comprises a
cluster of Hindu and Jain temples and lies
close to the Khajuraho village. Parsvanath
Temple is the largest jain temple in this
group.
Southern Group of Temples is situated
5 km away from the Khajuraho village. The
fine Chaturbhuj Temple is the most famous
in this group and has an intricately carved
image of Vishnu ji.
THE HEART OF INCREDIBLE INDIA
Madhya Pradesh
Quick Fact:
It is positioned in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
These monuments date back to 1000 AD.
Best Time to Visit:
September to March is the best time to visit.
Did You Know?
It has been acknowledged as a world heritage site
by UNESCO. The monuments and temples were
built during the reign of Chandella Dynasty.
Must Go:
Go out for shopping. Relish the Khajuraho festival
and Mahashivratri festival.
Must Watch:
Kandariya Mahadeo, Chaunsat Yogini,
Lakshamana Temple, Vishwanath Temple,
Chaunsat Yogini, Chitragupta Temple,
Matangeshwara Temple, Adinatha Temple,
Brahma temple, The Vamana temple Ghantai
Temple, Parsavanatha Temple, Javari temple, the
Duladeo Temple and Chaturbhuj Temple.
mONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
TALKINGTECHNOLOGY08
W
ith a modest beginning,
K.S. Infosystems Pvt.
Ltd. came into existence
with a vision to cater to all ICT
solutions at extreme peripherals.
The main objectives pursued
since its incorporation include
assembling, networking, trade &
distribution, annual maintenance
contracts and consultancy
services for turnkey projects in
relation to hardware, software,
audio-video either singly or in
collaboration with other body in
India or abroad.
Services Offered:
•	Annual maintenance contract
(AMC)/ after sales support
•	 Facility Management Services
•	 Software Licences
•	Information Technology
Consulting
•	Designing, Consulting 
Integration of Information
Technology/ Profession A.V.,
Electronics Security Solution
•	 ERP Solution
•	Customized Software
Development
•	 E-Learning
•	 Knowledge Training Centre
Success Stories:
Revenue Collection
Taking a step towards
establishing a fool-proof 
efficient tax system. Its unique
software named KS Collect
which concentrates on revenue
mobilization has been designed
 implemented in Ghana in the
cities like Kumasi, Obuasi, Dormaa,
Koforidua, Kasoa, Mankasiem,
Ashaiman, etc.
iTicketing  Security Systems
Unique concept of using
technologies used never before for
crowd management. As executed
for 26th MTN African Cup of
Nations in Ghana, 2008. To this
date, K.S. Infosystems has its name
in the management of the most
prestigious football tournament
– MTN Africa Cup of Nations
(CAN'08) and other tournaments
like Zenith Cup, etc. held in Ghana
in collaboration with our local
partner Turnstile Prints Ltd.
K.S. Infosystems undertook the
control of the entire stadia gates
and printing of entry tickets with
unique technologies like RFID
chips, holograms  colour coding
 for the security at the turnstiles
by introducing access cards which
were the first of its kind to be used
in any part of Africa.
Unified Billing for Telecom
Sector
Monitoring application for
the billing systems of mobile
operators to enhance Government
revenue KS Infosystems have the
IT integration solutions which
would help the Government to
keep the track on the amount of
Tax that should be collected from
the various Mobile Operators. By
this software Government would
be able to monitor the Call Detail
Records (CDR) of each call logged
by their Telecom Operator billing
engines.
Assembly Plant of Laptops,
Desktops  Mobiles
Milestone towards setting
up of IT Products Assembly
Plant K.S. Infosystems has set up
an Assembly Plant of Desktops,
Laptops  Mobiles in Ghana. The
production of Desktops  Laptops
is 10,000 each per month and
mobiles 100,000 per month
approximately.
Mobile Repair Training
State-of-the-art technology
in mobile phone repairing. K.S.
CONNECT
WITH THE
MAGICAL
WORLD OF ICT
Infosystems launched a state-of-
the-art technology center housing
the latest mobile phone repairing
equipment in The Gambia,
Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal
and Guinea Conakry. Its unique
technology includes application of
ICT in mobile phone maintenance,
servicing, repairs, assembling and
entrepreneurial skills.
Setup of Smart Classroom
Technology Enhanced
Classrooms. K.S. Infosystems have
set up a Smart Classroom  AV
Equipment in Africa Institute of
Sanitation  Waste Management
 Liberty American School in
Ghana.
When it comes to satisfying
business demands and challenges,
we supply the world's most
superior Information and a
Communication Technology (ICT)
products, services and solutions.
E-mail: support@ksinfosystems.com
Website: www.ksinfosystems.com
MONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
TRYSOMETHINGNEW 09
Ingredients
	• Macaroni (boiled):-½ packet
	• Potatoes (boiled and mashed):-½ kg
	• Eggs:-4
	•	Chicken (boiled):-250 gm
	•	Black pepper powder:-1 tbsp
	•	Green onions (chopped):-½ bunch
	•	White cumin powder:-1 tbsp
	•	Bread crumbs:-2 cups
	•	Chinese salt:-½ tsp
	•	Garlic paste:-1 tbsp
	•	Salt:-To taste
	•	Oil: - for frying
Tools Required
	•	Spatula
	•	Medium bowl
	•	Deep bottomed pan
Serving Suggestions
Serve hot with green chutney or
tomato sauce.
Career Fair Muzaffarpur
Career Fair Muzaffarpur is going
to be a vital event that will focus
on the importance associated
with career routes. There are
professional who are going to
gather here from different parts
of the world and students who
are looking for the right career
option. It is going to take place in
Muzaffarpur, Bihar and the time is
for two consecutive days.
Date: 07-08 Apr 2014
Venue: Hotel Park Muzaffarpur,
Muzaffarpur, India
Today’s Women Expo
Chandigarh
Today’s Women Expo
Chandigarh is a five day event
that is scheduled to be held in
Chandigarh in India. This show
will bring together professionals
from the industry and offers
them a great platform for the
development and advancement
of the sector. This show also
presents the professionals with a
great platform to discuss about
the latest opportunities and new
developments that have been
produced in the sector.
Date: 09-13 Apr 2014
Venue: Parade Ground, Chandigarh, India
WatechAsia
Watech Asia is one of the prime
water technology sector trade
shows in India. The event serves
up convenient opportunities for all
participants to take a collective
look at all the latest innovations
and technological advancements
from this industry.
Date: 09-11 Apr 2014
Venue: Bombay Convention  Exhibition
Centre (BCEC), Mumbai, India
Chemspec India
Chemspec India is a prime
exhibition that deals in serving
chemicals and dyestuffs which
are used by diversified industrial
sectors. The researchers and
chemical analysts of several
renowned firms will display
standard quality of chemicals and
also make sure that the relevant
usage and advantages as well as
applications are explained to each
of the attending professionals.
Date: 10-11 Apr 2014
Venue: Bombay Convention  Exhibition
Centre (BCEC), Mumbai, India
Fashionista Lifestyle
and Fashion Exhibition –
Nagpur
Fashionista Lifestyle and Fashion
Exhibition - Nagpur is one of the
most comprehensive fashion
accessories sector trade shows
in India. The show is attended by
several distinguished business
professionals on a regular basis
and the latest fashion trends and
concepts are deliberated in detail
here.
Date: 11-13 Apr 2014
Venue: Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur, India
Boutiques of India-
Wedding  Lifestyle
Raipur
This event will be hosted at Hotel
Babylon Inn, a luxury hotel service
provider in the heart of the Raipur
city. It has participants from places
like Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata,
Chandigarh, etc. We have sarees,
designer salwar suits, lehengas,
bags, real jewellery, artificial and
fashion jewellery, footwear, home
dacor, gifts.
Date: 12-13 Apr 2014
Venue: Babylon Inn, Raipur, India
upcoming
Calmness and Tolerance act like air - conditioning
in a room; they increase man’s efficiency.
THOUGHT OF
THE WEEK
Macaroni Cutlet
Indian Cuisine
1.	What is your hobby?
आपके शौक कया है?
2. I am glad to see you.
मैं आपको देख के खुश हूँ |
3.	Which is your favourite cuisine?
अापका पसंदीदा भोजन कौन सा है?
4.	Please help me.
कृपया मेरी मदद करो |
5.	I am in a meeting, can you please
call me later.
मैं एक सभा में हूँ, तुम मुझे बाद में
फोन कर सकते हो?
Handy French
 	High in vitamins  minerals
	High in amino acids  fatty
acids
	 It is an Adaptogen
	 Helps with digestion
	 Helps in detoxification
	 Alkalizes the body
	Improves cardiovascular
health
	 Boost the immune system
	 Great for the skin
	Disinfectant, anti-biotic,
anti-microbial, germicidal,
anti-bacterial, anti-septic,
anti-fungal  anti-viral
	 Helps reduce inflammation
	Weight loss – A secondary
effect.
picture of the week
The Governor of Punjab, Shri Shivraj Patil and the Secretary, Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ms. Nita
Chowdhury presented an award to the Nagar Rajbhasha Karyanvayan Samiti (NRAKAS) Chandigarh, at the inauguration
of the Joint Official Language Conference for Northern Regions, at Chandigarh on March 31, 2014

Flag Name Capital Currency Official Language
South Africa
Pretoria
(administrative/
executive)
Cape Town (legislative)
Bloemfontein (judicial)
South African
rand
Afrikaans, English, Southern
Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern
Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana,
Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
South Sudan Juba
South
Sudanese
pound
English
Sudan Khartoum
Sudanese
pound
Arabic, English
Swaziland
Mbabane
(administrative),
Lobamba
(royal and legislative)
Lilangeni English, Swati
Prepration Method
1.	In a mixing bowl, combine macaroni,
chicken and potatoes together.
2.	Put the dark pepper powder, white
cumin powder, chopped green onions,
salt and Chinese salt. Mix well.
3.	Take little mixture on your palm and
shape into cutlets.
4.	Now dip these prepared cutlets into
well beaten eggs and then coat with
breadcrumbs.
5.	Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan and
deep fry the cutlets.
	Which country in Africa is
famous for sculptures?
	Cote d’ Ivoire
	The flagship of Nigeria
tourism industry is popularly
known as?
Obuda Cattle Ranch
	What is another name of
Lake Malawi?
Lake Nyasa
	Botswana’s most popular
traditional game is?
Stalking
	Which national park of Africa
is known as “Smoke That
Thunder”
Victoria Falls National Park
	Which Africa country is often
called “Giant of Africa”
Nigeria
	The Capital and chief port of
Tunisia is?
Tunis
	Zanzibar is the world’s chief
supplier of ?
Cloves
	Lesotho lies exactly within
which country?
South Africa
Know More About Africa
Macaroni Cutlets are an interesting variation of the vegetable cutlets
Top 12 Benefits
of
Aloe Vera
The name of Africa, according
to some scientists, comes from
the name of a tribe that lived in
the north of the continent, and
was called afrigami.
mONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
THEFASHIONISTAS10
E
ast Africa’s most successful
fashion festival, the Swahili
Fashion Week, is preparing to
make a full appearance in Kenya as
a mainstream event, starting from
April 5 of this year.
Mustafa Hassanali’s erstwhile
vision, which resulted in the first
Swahili Fashion Week to be launched
in 2008 in Dar es Salaam, has now
established itself as the region’s
foremost fashion and accessories
event giving local designers a
platform to showcase their creations
and make a name for themselves in
the international arena.
While the venue and program
are still to be announced, the SFW
organizers have set a deadline for
applications by Kenyan designers
to send in their particulars by
February 28 to designers@
swahilifashionweek.com or use their
website www.swahilifashionweek.
comto download the relevant forms.
Expect to hear more about
this event in coming weeks as the
program takes shape and the lineup
of designers and models is made
public.
By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang
H. Thome, ETN Africa
Correspondent
Using movies to narrate African stories
R
ecently in Lagos,
stakeholders in the
industry were in their
maximum essence as African
movie stars and international
spectators touched on the
prominent Eko Hotels for
the Africa Magic Viewers
Choice Award (AMVCA). The
event, which was in its second
edition, was put together by
MultiChoice in company with
Amstel Malta. The Managing
Director of M-Net Africa, Biola
Alabi, said it was perceived to
encourage talent and nurture
the film industry. The event,
which was fundamentally a
podium to diagnose and reward
the endeavors of African
movie stars and those behind
the cameras with votes from
viewers, was more of uniting
the stars from different African
countries than a competition
among them. At the event, they
switched pleasantries with
a promise to continue to use
movies to tell African stories
and correct the West's negative
impressions about Africa.
It was a splendid evening
after witnessing the thrilling
enactments from dancing
groups and artists such as
Davido and Flavour, who kept
the audience excited with his
'Ada ada' and his other popular
songs witnessed artists and
producers, film directors going
Swahili
Fashion Week
heading to Kenya
home with their prominent
awards for their hard work in
acting and film production. The
night was almighty in many
esteems as brand owners of
Amstel Malta lived up to their
billing with their sponsorships
as performers and actresses who
have heard about themselves
but have not met got the
opportunity to meet, discussing
new opportunities while photo
journalists were on hand to click
their cameras on the celebrities.
When AfricaMagic and
MultiChoice proclaimed the birth
of the AMVCA to recognize and
appreciate not only veterans in
the Nigerian film industry, but
also to encourage budding film
producers on both traditional
and new media in the African
continent, one could virtually
slice the excitement in the air
with a blunt knife.
Over the years, the award has
not only feted the African stars
but has furnished viable platform
for growth and positioning.
There were a total of 29 awards
in diverse categories. Nigeria,
the host country, won 18 out of
the 29 categories of the awards.
Ghana won five awards including
Best Movie 2013, Kenya won five,
while Zambia got one. However,
South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda,
and The Gambia, which were
also on the nominees list, did not
win any award.
Osita Iheme from Nigeria
with his performance in ‘The
Hero’ won the Best Actor in
Comedy category. Best Actor
in Drama award was sealed by
Tope Tedela from Nigeria in
the film, 'A Mile from Home.'
Olufunke Ayotunde Akindele,
nicknamed Jenifa, won the Best
Actress in Comedy award while
Nse Ikpe-Etim, Nigerian actress
best known for her ability to
internalize her characters beat
other African actresses and
Nigerian actresses to win the
Best Actress in drama with her
performance in Journey to Self.
MONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
SPORTS2WATCH 11
Black Stars want to do better than
previous World Cup campaigns says
Ex-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah
Algeria says it can
take over 2017
Afcon
Ex Ghana captain Stephen Appiah
believes the Black Stars are
determined to excel beyond their
previous campaigns at the World
Cup in Brazil. Ghana made it to
the Round of 16 in their debut
participation in the World Cup
Juventus ace Kwadwo Asamoah
has promised to give his all for
Ghana at the 2014 FIFA World Cup
finals.
Asamoah has been explosive
for the Serie A champions where he
is striving in a makeshift left-back.
The Black Stars will be hoping for
a spill over at the tournament in
Brazil.
“When we get to the World Cup
we will show the whole world
what we are made of,” Asamoah
said to BBC
“I am one of the key players in
my country and I will give it my all
to ensure make it out of the group.
“One way of doing that is to
ensure we approach every game
with the strong hunger and desire
finals in 2006 in Germany.
The Black Stars bettered this
record by going a place further by
finishing in the quarter finals of the
last edition four years ago in South
Africa. Then coached by Serbian
Milovan Rajevac, the Black Stars
Americans the psychological edge
going into the shootouts which
they eventually won.
Former Ghana skipper Stephen
Appiah who led the side to the
previous World Cup campaigns
however believes from his
interactions with the players and
officials that the current crop are
even more determined to progress
further this term.
“Talking to the players – and I
had a chat with Kwesi Appiah – I
think they want to do more than
what we did in 2006 and 2010,” he
told GHANAsoccernet.com.
“So definitely the preparation is
going to be different; it is going to
be more than how we prepared in
2006 and 2010.
“I think there are going to be
some friendly games in May, they
will tour and we'll see how it goes.
“We have tasted it once and
twice and this time everybody, not
only the players but Ghanaians, the
coaches – everybody's goal is to go
further than the quarter finals.”
Ghana will open its campaign
in the tournament that kicks off
in June against the USA before
facing Germany and Portugal in
subsequent group games.
Modern Ghana
I will give my all for Ghana at the World Cup- Kwadwo Asamoah
With the security situation still
precarious in Libya, Algerian
officials are pressing to take over
the hosting of the 2017 Africa
Cup of Nations.
Caf are yet to decide whether
the tournament should be moved
from Libya, where sectarian
violence has weakened efforts
to return the country to normalcy
after the 2011 civil war.
Algerian Minister of Sports
Mohamed Tahmi said that his
country was ready to step in if
Libya eventually lost the right to
organise the showpiece.
“Algeria has the necessary
infrastructure to host the 2017
Africa Cup of Nations. And we
also have the experience to
organise such huge events,”
Tahmi said.
“But we are waiting and
watching the situation. This issue
concerns primarily the Algerian
football federation and the
Confederation of African Football,
who should decide whether the
games can be held in Libya or to
be moved to another country.”
Algeria shares a common
border with Libya, but Libyan
teams mostly play their home
matches in Tunisia.
Al Ahli Benghazi’s lone goal
victory over Egypt’s Al Ahly last
weekend in the Caf Champions
League took place in Tunisia.
www.algeria.com
to succeed knowing that every
victory sends us closer to our goal.
“We will not bother ourselves
with semi-final target we will just
try to enjoy our game and have fun
during game.
“We will sing in our team
bus and create the union that is
were just a penalty kick away from
making history by becoming the
first African side to make it through
to the semifinals of the tournament.
But striker Asamoah Gyan
missed the vital kick against
Uruguay - giving the South
required to excel at this level.”
Asamoah made his debut for
Ghana in 2006 under Claude Le
Roy and was part of the Ghana
team which reached the quater
final stage at the 2010 World Cup in
South Africa.
Modern Ghana
Black Stars charging up for FIFA 2014
Star of Ghana: Kwadwo Asamoah


mONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
ENCOUNTER WITH EDITOR12
What are the achievements of
the Government in the context of
economic reform and openness to
cooperation and foreign investment?
Togo has experienced a socio-political
crisis over fifteen years. Throughout
this period no real reform could not be
carried out. With the coming to power
in 2005 of His Excellency GNASSINGBE
ESSOZIMNA, a national seminar was
organized in December 2005 in order
to make an inventory of the Togolese
economy. To render into action the
conclusions and recommendations
of this seminar, the President of the
Republic created on February 15th, 2008
the Permanent Secretary in charge of
Monitoring Policy Reforms and Financial
Programs whose mission is to monitor
and support the various departments and
state institutions in the conception and
implementation of reforms, coordinate
the interventions of technical and
financial partners and ensure the
implementation of the commitments
made by Togo towards its partners.
Several economic reforms have been
carried out for this purpose.
The consolidation of public
finances, which aims by 2030 to align
the management system of public finance
of Togo in international standards to
accelerate its development process and
make it an emerging country;
Financial audit and corporate
restructuring and state banks: It was
to assess the internal country debt which
helps to pay more than 23 billion CFA
francs for its discharge. The audit of
state-owned banks (BTCI, UTB, BTD, BIA-
Togo) and large enterprises (NSCT, SNPT,
CEET) continues;
Restructuring of the system of
public procurement, control and fight
against corruption. With the adoption
and implementation of the Law on Public
Procurement, the Togolese Government
shows its commitment to respect
procedures procurement and good
governance;
Operationalization of the Court of
Auditors for the proper management of
the state budget.
Judicial reforms are:
Modernization of justice to provide
more security to private investors
including foreign
Operationalization of the Court of
Arbitration for Togo with the financial
support of the Investment Climate
Facility for Africa (ICF) (CATO) for the
resolution of disputes by mediation
between the economic operators.
The private sector is a key sector in
the process of business development.
What is the level of development of
this sector?
The private sector is a vital link in
the economic chain of Togo. The highest
political authorities are aware of this and
that is why a department responsible for
promoting the private sector is created
within the government. Moreover, it
should be noted that our economic fabric
is characterized by a high proportion
of Small and Medium Scale / Small
and Medium Industries (SMEs / SMIs)
are creators of the majority of jobs
and national wealth. It also occupies a
prominent place in the GDP. According
to the figures, the contribution of this
sector in GDP is between 70 and 80%.
Ultimately, the private sector in Togo is
getting better and better. The Togolese
Government and all stakeholders are
determined to implement the whole
system to achieve the objectives of the
Strategy for Accelerated Growth and
Employment Promotion (SCAPE). The
private sector is present in all areas
especially in the productive sectors of the
mining industry of air transport (which is
now the Lomé Hub ASKY company in the
mobile mines, the energy and finally in
the construction or Togolese companies
involved in the work brilliantly and
implementation of new infrastructure
such as road construction.
Which areas you appear promising for
the investment of Indian companies?
Energy problems and water are acute
that’s why that particular emphasis
should be given to:
»» Solar energy in rural areas, solar
energy is renewable and available it is
interesting to intensify its use in rural
areas;
»» The treatment of water in rural areas;
»» Light industry food industry, an area
where our countries can acquire the
simpler Indian technology transfer and
more suited to Africa.
Your last words.
Cooperation India - Africa is on track.
This is justified by the massive presence
of African countries as well as hundreds
of Indian Industries at the 9th conclave. It
augur well for a better tomorrow through
increased Indian intervention in the
process of economic development of our
country and especially our country Togo.
I sincerely hope that these three days of
meetings will again be an opportunity
to strengthen this cooperation through
the creation of new partnerships
between industry and national and
private economic operators and the
achievements of agreements of major
projects of national or sub-region.
Togo is implementing business climate reforms to demonstrate its openness to
foreign investment. Minister of Commerce and Private Sector Promotion, speaks
to Kanchi Batra, Sub Editor, Indo Africa Times about Togo as a favoured
investment destination.
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
“Set up a company in Togo in 24 hours”
H.E. Mrs. Essossimna
Legzim BALOUKI
Minister of Trade
and Private Sector
Promotion, Togo
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MONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014

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  • 1. www.indoafricatimes.com MONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014 Title Code: DELENG18579 • VOL. 1 • NO. 13 • Page 12 • Price `10 pg 11 pg 04 pg 10 pg 02 Continued to page 03 Seychelles getting ready for International Carnival pg 03 Want Prosperity, Power and Patronage?? GO VOTE MALAWI: The Warm Heart of Africa Black Stars want to do better P ower is a complex thing, momentary and intangible to a man in crowd, and nearly enduring when in hand of a politician. Still, for one day the “power’ will fit in to the Aam Admi, the Mango People. We all will have the magical stick and will be asked to make a selection. In democracy, this temporary swing of power is named –Elections. And the power itself is called – Vote. Even though action of voting is an individual choice, it is generally inclined by the noise in open- air. So how does one make an objective choice? Religion, Past, Future, Morals, Economy, Ideology or should one simply be a coward and succumb to temporary space of explanations? When the world’s largest democracy goes to the polls from April 7 to May 12 the logistics are mind-boggling. Over 800 million voters will pick their representatives for the national parliament in the capital New Delhi. In India, the general election will be held in nine phases, the longest election in the country's history, to create the 16th Lok Sabha in India. Voting will take place in all 543 parliamentary constituencies of India to elect Members of Parliament in the Lok Sabha. The upshot of this election will be confirmed on 16 May, before the 15th Lok Sabha finalises its constitutional mandate on 31 May 2014. As per the Election Commission of India, the electoral strong suit in 2014 is 81.45 crores (814.5 million), the prime in the world. There is an escalation of 10 crores (100 million) freshly entitled voters. This also will be the extensive and the expensive general election in the history of the country with the Election Commission of India appraising that the election will cost the exchequer Rs 3,500 crores, exclusive of the expenses incurred for security and individual political parties. The Election Commission is charged up for the epic nine-phase exercise that has few parallels in ASSOCHAM welcomes the Diplomats Swahili Fashion Week heading to Kenya
  • 2. Wassupafrica02 K enya will progressively get another 280 MW to feed the electricity starved country, as the latest of the geo thermal plants at Olkaria, located at the foot of Mt. Longonot in the Great African Rift Valley, started coming on line over the weekend. An initial 70 MW will be followed by a further 70 MW in April, when all the connections to the national power grid have been completed before the full production capacity can then enter the national power distribution network. For long has Kenya depended on hydroelectric power plants but the constant cycle of drought and excess rains has made power production less reliable and when the water levels in the dams dropped during drought cycles, the country suffered rolling blackouts. Geothermal energy production is one of the focal points to increase power generation output in Kenya and with additional sites already identified, more such plants will be commissioned over the coming years, giving Kenyans A new report issued on 26 March by the African Development Bank says there are three main actions that governments and the Bank can take together to bring an end to conflict in Africa and help to strengthen the Continent’s fragile sates. Speaking to an audience of Bank staff present for the report’s release, the Head of the Secretariat to the High Level Panel for Fragile States, Sunita Pitamber, said: “We are at a point where some of the countries affected by deep conflict and crises are on a steady path of The second day of 'door to door' visit of tourism establishments on Praslin Island by Minister Alain St. Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture accompanied by Anne Lafortune, the PS for Tourism, Sherin Naiken, the CEO of the Tourism Board, Rose Mary Hoareau, the Director of Marketing at the Tourism Board and Sinha Levkovic, the Director Standards and Regulations at the Department of Tourism proved to be interesting and opened the needed dialogue on a one to one basis instead of just general meetings with hotel General Managers. This new approach was started few days back where a series of hotels, large and small were visited Minister St. Ange and his delegation visited Amitie Chalets, Le Tropique Villa, Ocean Jewels, Villa Aya, Villa Cocotier Self-Catering, Loulou Bungalows, Villa de Mer, La Modestie, Villas des Alizes, Dhevatara Beach Hotel, Residence Praslinoise, Indian Ocean Lodge, Palm Beach Hotel and Britannia Guest House. Kenya gets more green electricity Seychelles says the 'door to door' visit of tourism establishments on Praslin Island is a worthwhile exercise AfDB says stronger governments and private sector are keys to ending fragility in Africa not just more electricity – power rationing has been notorious in the past – but will also reduce the cost of electricity as geothermal production is among the cheapest ways to generate. The plant is located inside the Mt. Longonot National Park but as it has been there before the park itself was created enjoys a special status and does not collide in its present format with tourism activities. Longonot is renown as an adventure destination for both Kenyans as well as foreign tourists who come to climb the mountain, use the bike trails or else hike through the rugged terrain. The Kenya Wildlife Service has established an annual event there, the Mt. Longonot Wheelbarrow Race, from which charitable contributions are raised besides promoting the park as a key weekend getaway location for Nairobians. By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, ETN Africa Correspondent When he started the series of visits Minister Alain St. Ange said to the first hotel he stopped at: “It was time for us to break away from our traditional approaches of holding meetings with big groups of hotels. Normally we rallied every-one in a room to listen to the trade, but few spoke and we often left the meetings unsure if we had heard the views and opinions of everyone. We knew that we needed to hear of not only your successes, but also hear firsthand of your challenges. We felt it was time to dedicate more time than ever before to the industry and meet you on a more personalized basis. Seeing properties are one thing, knowing properties is as important for everyone’’. Minister St. Ange said. As he ended the first session in a series he will be undertaking on Praslin Island, Minister St. Ange said that he had now been updated on the prevailing situation of tourism on Praslin Island directly from the horse’s mouth, not second hand, but straight from the owners of small 'home grown hotels' network and from General Managers of the larger establishments. "We have heard of aspirations of our small hoteliers. We heard how they see the bureaucratic structures in place in different departments that creates more costs for small hotel owners. We were guided to see first-hand how central management decisions were too often too distant from reality on the ground" Minister St. Ange said. The Minister for Tourism told the press on Praslin that he was ending the first in the series of meetings on Praslin happy and that he had seen positive results from the call by the President of the Republic for Seychelles to claim back its tourism industry. "We have more Seychellois than ever before joining the tourism industry. We have seen the small Seychellois owned establishments are promoting a creole welcome and they are displaying a style of tourism that is uniquely Seychelles. It is very clear that as a Government we need to work tirelessly to encourage more Seychellois to enter our world of tourism. This will ensure the industry that remains the pillar of our economy is consolidated for the long term because everyone will defend and protect the tourism industry" Minister St. Ange said. Minister St. Ange assured the Praslin Island Hoteliers that he would be back in about two weeks to continue his tour of hotels to enable to meet every hotelier of the island individually. He also assured everyone that their different points raised would be raised with the different agencies and departments concerned. Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture recovery. But on the other hand we have seen new conflict and new crises emerging on the Continent. After a year of studying this question with the goal of strengthening Africa’s fragile states, “Ending Conflict and Building Peace in Africa: A Call to Action” delivers three main messages. First, fragility is different from one place to the next and since there is no single condition that describes fragility everywhere, there is no single remedy for it, either. This means the Bank must play a greater role in better understanding the causes of fragility and develop relevant responses that target the specific triggers of conflict. Second, conflicts and crises are profoundly political in nature. Although the AfDB is apolitical, it has strong convening power. Thus, it should be part of post- conflict negotiations to design development efforts while the political process is completed by other relevant institutions Third, governments need to stabilize their economies and deliver essential services as a way to minimize the lasting effects of conflict. This calls for strong institutions and a well-developed private sector, so this is where the Bank and its clients need to focus their efforts. afdb Alain St. Ange, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Seychelles  MONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
  • 3. Wassupafrica 03 Feedback received from Kampala’s leading hotels confirm that this year’s Earth Hour was observed by switching off main lights – safety and security lights did remain on in line with regulatory requirements – in public areas, as well as restaurants between 2030 hours and 2130 hours last evening. Patrons dined by candle light, and bars and public areas were lit by candles and in part solar-charged lanterns, showing solidarity with this World Wildlife Federation (WWF)- sponsored event which unfolded across the world. From the Ugandan lodges it was only GeoLodges which was swift enough to confirm their compliance while others left the opportunity go to waste to make hay out of their participation and get a positive mention here. Across the region, Serena Hotels signaled participation in all their hotels, resorts, and lodges and from Kenya, Sarova Hotels and Sun Africa Hotels confirmed that they, too, had their main lights out as Earth Hour arrived in the East African time zone. From Nairobi, the InterContinental Nairobi and the Boma Hotel confirmed that their lights also went out, all deserving a pat on the back on behalf of the environment. Well done to the Kampala Serena Hotel and the Sheraton Kampala Hotel who participated as well. By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, ETN Africa Correspondent ASSOCHAM welcomes the Diplomats Kampala’s leading hotels observed Earth Hour FROM PAGE 01 I t was a splendid evening when ASSOCHAM (The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India) organized a Commercial Counselors/Trade Commissioners Meet on 29th March 2014 in New Delhi, India. ASSOCHAM, an Apex knowledge chamber of the country, has been assisting conducive environment to tap the business prospects between India and rest of the World. Government of India has been enormously compassionate in its efforts. It was an admirable occasion furnished by the Chamber to interact with the concerned diplomats. It offered a prominent podium to foster the international linkages and to share, learn and buildnewnetworksofopportunity. Embassies/High Commissions participated at senior level were from SAARC, ASEAN, GULF, ARAB, AFRICA, and WEST. Mr. D S Rawat, Secretary General, ASSOCHAM very well expressed his thoughts during the event. All the participants rated the seminar very highly. They thanked ASSOCHAM for this opportunity which will help them in their professional activity. A ir Uganda announced recently an increase in flights to a number of their East African destinations effective April 14. New is that Mombasa will now be served five times a week directly up from previously four flights a week, cutting out the en-route stop at Kilimanjaro. This will be of keen interest to the Ugandan business community which imports over 90 percent of all cargo via the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa while visitors wanting to enjoy the Kenyan beaches now have more options to fly to the coast where this year spectacular deals are available for residents of the East African Community. Kilimanjaro will for now be served three times a week, likely to go to four soon in a joint code share operation with Tanzania’s Precision Air while under a similar deal Dar es Salaam will be served twice a day compared to the previous one flight a day, allowing day trips from Uganda to Dar without the need of an overnight stay and a special fare to generate more traffic for the new double daily service was launched at US Dollars 165 return PLUS taxes and fees. The most recently launched destination of Mogadishu/Somalia will also see the number of weeklyflightsgoupfrom three to four a week, a sign of continued strong demand on the route. Jubawillseedoubledailyflights continue except on Wednesdays and Fridays, when three daily flights connect Entebbe with South Sudan’s capital city. Nairobi flights will remain, for the time being, on the same level with three flights a day except for Saturday when only two flights are operated. Bujumbura flights will also be upped from the present four to five a week and have been changed to nonstop flights both ways. Kigali in the meantime will, for the time being at least, be served by RwandAir operating a flight codeshared with Air Uganda, which allowed U7 to free aircraft capacity needed to increase flights elsewhere. Air Uganda currently operates a uniform fleet of Bombardier CRJ200 jets in a single class economy configuration of 50 seats each. Word from the grapevine however has it that a fleet increase and aircraft type change may be on the way with speculation rife if Uganda’s quasi national airline may upgrade from the CRJ200 to the larger CRJ700NextGen or even the CRJ900NextGen, which would allow them to bring their acclaimed business class of the MD 87 days back. By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, ETN Africa Correspondent More flights to key destinations across Eastern Africa the world. The polls would be viewed by observers from oodles of developing countries eager to acquire and embrace from India's democracy. "We are fully geared up to conduct free and fair elections," a poll panel official said. He said Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath and his colleagues were touring various states to review the preparedness. "The challenge is in terms of the geographical spread of constituencies but the polling staff is adequately trained," the official added. Youngistan, your vote is your voice as an Indian citizen. Don’t forget a vote from a rich has the identical power as a poor person. It’s your right and voice, to have the say, who will be the future most powerful leader in the world. These elections are not just about casting votes, they are your way of molding our nation's future, and yours. It is the single most efficacious method to make your voice be heard. By not polling, you give away your right to effect the government overall. Select your contestant prudently. There are numerous matters to contemplate when casting your vote. So every vote has a meaning. Several elections have been decided by a single vote. Hence, it is significant to vote to have your say about what happens to you and to the people in the country. Mr. D. S. Rawat, Secretary General, ASSOCHAM  mONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
  • 4. L ocated on the Great Rift Valley in Central Africa, and one of Africa's smallest nations, Malawi is heartily known as 'The Warm Heart of Africa' and is swiftly budding as one of the last unexplored treasures of the continent. Malawi is not only the Warm Heart of Africa, but also the genuinely friendly, safe and in many ways undiscovered heart of Africa – an exclusive destination that is just that little bit different from its better – known neighbors. It is a landlocked country that was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, and Mozambique on the east, south and west. Immense Investment Opportunities The Warm Heart of Africa has immense investment opportunities for investors in its lap. It exhibits many of the characteristics that emerging market investors look for. These opportunities have been categorized by sector: • Agricultural Sector • Manufacturing Sector • Other Sectors Agriculture and Agro- Processing Commercial estate farming offers wide scope for long-term investment in agriculture. Most of the traditional agricultural export crops of tobacco, tea, coffee and cotton are exported in a semi- processed state. Opportunities exist for investment into value addition in these sub-sectors and in other agricultural sub-sectors of chilies, macadamia nuts, cut flowers and beans. Cotton Production Malawi has been a cotton growing country since the colonial era. Specific mention should be MALAWI AT A GLANCE CountryoftheWeek04 Advertiser's Index Modern Agro Engineering Works .................................................. Page 02 Chadha Power ............................................................................... Page 02 SSP Pvt. Ltd ................................................................................... Page 03 Linc Pens ....................................................................................... Page 05 Jet Airways...................................................................................... Page 07 The Times of Africa ........................................................................ Page 07 MKU ............................................................................................... Page 08 Mill India Ltd. .................................................................................. Page 10 Prakash Amusement ...................................................................... Page 10 NewTech Engineers ....................................................................... Page 10 Laxmi Publications (P) Ltd.............................................................. Page 11 Paranthaman ................................................................................. Page 11 Radeecal Communications ........................................................... Page 12 Indian Spinal Injuries Centre ......................................................... Page 12 MALAWIThe Warm Heart of Africa and mattress manufacturing. Other Sectors Among semi-precious stones found in Malawi are Aquamarine, Amethyst, and Tourmaline while precious varieties include rubies and sapphires. Minerals include Uranium, strontianite, Phosphate, Iron Sulphides, Gypsum, C o a l , Limestone, Basnaesite, Pyroclore, Bauxite, Titanium sands, Kyanite, Graphite, Corundum among others. An opportunity exists to invest in mining and processing of these minerals. Other attractive opportunities also exist in a gems and jewelry plant with the proposed objective of buying, processing and selling locally found gemstones on international markets, as well as manufacturing jewelry items. Trade Agreements A number of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements includes the African Free Trade Zone, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Trade Protocol, bilateral trade agreements between Malawi and Zimbabwe, Malawi and South Africa, Malawi and Botswana, Malawi and Mozambique, Malawi and China, Malawi and India, and Malawi and Malaysia the Cotonou Agreement between the European Union (EU) and African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) countries, and the United States-African Growth Opportunity Act (US-AGOA) initiative for concessional exports to the US market. Benchmarking Investment Climate in Malawi Credit Access: There is no discrimination in terms of access to credit in Malawi. Borrowing and lending affairs stay in the hands of banks and their clients. Transportation System: In spite of being a land locked country, Malawi has a first-class road network and railway services, which join Malawian importers and exporters to the significant ports of Beira and Nacala in Mozambique. Safekeeping Investment: In terms of physical property and property rights protection, Malawi is a signatory of the International Convention for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID); and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), a World Bank institution that operates as an insurance organization, which offers compensation to multilateral investment losses. Import/Export Policy: There is no favoritism a propos the set of laws leading imports and exports. for investment in the manufacture of accessories such as zippers, buttons, and fastening which are currently imported. Garment Manufacturing The Malawi garment industry isveryyoungwithabout8garment companies operating under the export processing zones status. More companies are required to fullyutilizethecountry’sresources and to more fully capitalize on new trade opportunities arising from the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) initiative offered to Malawi by the United States Government. PhosphateFertilizerManufacturing Phosphate fertilizers constitute 20 percent (40,000 tons) of the total imports. Domestic fertilizer production in Malawi would reduce the price of fertilizer and therefore encourage the distribution of fertilizer to the more remote areas of the rural population. Rubber Products Manufacturing Malawi has rubber trees for the production of latex rubber at the rate of 1,300 tons per annum. 10% of the total tonnage is used locally for tyre re-treading, paint made of the cotton sector where investment opportunities include: cotton growing; cotton ginning; spinning, weaving and knitting. Investment opportunities exist in commercial cultivation of cotton through initiatives like contract farming, village adoption, cooperatives and associations etc. Tea Production and Processing Malawi is the pioneer of tea growing in Africa and is the second most important export crop for Malawi contributing some 7.9% of total export earnings. Tea is exported to European, Asian and American markets. Arabica Coffee Production and Processing Arabica coffee is the fourth most important export crop in Malawi. Exports are made to European markets, Asia markets and American markets. Manufacturing Sector With the country’s efforts to diversify the economy from agriculture, a lot of opportunities exist in the manufacturing sector and these are: Manufacture of Textiles Accessories There is considerable scope Official Name Malawi Head of State H.E. Dr. Joyce Banda Capital Lilongwe Area 118,480 km² Population 15,906,483 GDP (Purchasing Power Parity) $14.58 billion (2012 est.) GDP - Per Capita (PPP) $900 (2012 est.) GDP - Real Growth Rate +4.3% Annual Inflation Rate +7.6% Exports (Billion) $860 million (2012 est.) Exports - Commodities Tobacco, tea, sugar, cotton, coffee, peanuts, wood products, apparel Imports (Billion) $1.752 billion (2012 est.) Imports - Commodities Food, petroleum products, semi- manufactures, consumer goods, transportation equipment Agriculture - Products Tobacco, sugarcane, cotton, tea, corn, potatoes, cassava (tapioca), sorghum, pulses, groundnuts, Macadamia nuts; cattle, goats Industries Tobacco, tea, sugar, sawmill products, cement, consumer goods MONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
  • 5. BusinessBuzz 05 R ecently, a company representative of Apple said that "there needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set" and that Apple is "working closely" with the Unicode consortium, the group that specifies how all text and characters show up on computers, to make changes. Hatts off to Oju Africa, an app company centered in Mauritius, currently open for download on Google Play. The app is free, but only well-suited with external apps like WhatsApp and Twitter for now. The main intent of Oju Africa is to craft an optimistic picture of African cultures and people that didn't previously exist on the emoji platform. There have been numerous appeals to get Apple, which makes the emoji for iPhone, to diversify the portfolio for the past year or so. As written by Oju on its website "At oju we have identified a need, we Africans need a voice in today’s modern world, a voice that represents us in the computer driven present and future.” "An African voice that not only understands the African way, but supports all our diverse cultures and bring to life all our emotions, passions and our warmth as a continent in a proudly African way", he further added. A ccess Bank has anticipated to raise its market share in global trade podium on import from $4.1 billion to $6.4 billion to upkeep trade and project-based financing for customers. Head of SME Desk, Oyediji Atoyebi, who unveiled this lately at Access Bank’s 6th edition of Power Breakfast titled, “Capacity Building for Business Owners,” said the institution’s trade lines are currently at around $1.5 billion, which, according to him, was sufficient to support the nation’s growing business needs. He stated that Access Bank’s global trade platform remains strong and growing market share – $3.3 billion in imports in 2010; $ 6.5 billion in imports in 2011; $4.2 billion in imports in 2012; $4.1 The IMF has just released to the general public its new toolkit for assessing public debt sustainability in countries that have access to international capital markets. The tool improves upon the IMF's previous method of evaluating how much public debt emerging market and advanced economies can safely carry. The new approach takes a more holistic view, assessing the level and trajectory of debt, government financing needs, and vulnerabilities in the debt structure. The IMF has been working to overhaul its framework for public debt sustainability analysis in market access countries (MAC DSA) over the past two years as the issue of public debt has become increasingly prominent. The global financial crisis and more recent developments have exposed not only significant debt vulnerabilities- particularly in advanced economies, where such concerns had been minimal-but also gaps in the analytical capacity to assess and foresee such risks. The new DSA for market access countries aims to close those gaps by scrutinizing debt sustainability from several different perspectives. The revamped DSA pushes the analytical frontier by introducing new tools for comprehensive risk assessment. In addition to evaluating debt trajectories, as was previously done, the new framework also assesses the solvency and liquidity risks stemming from high levelsofpublicdebt,grossfinancing requirements, and a country's debt profile. For example, it compares the public debt, financing needs, and liquidity indicators to early warning benchmarks intended to flag potential vulnerabilities at an early stage. Clarity and transparency are key features of the new DSA framework. DSA results are displayed in standardized charts and tables, which facilitate cross-country comparison. A heat map objectively summarizes the analytical results, with red, yellow, and green cells indicating high, moderate, and low risks respectively. Standard output chart packages are available at this link. The final assessment of debt vulnerabilities is expected to reflect the country-specific context- therefore, where relevant, DSA results provide country-specific details and discuss factors that may amplify or mitigate certain risks. In IMF country reports, DSA outputs are summarized in a heat map and accompanied by a write- up. Heat map colors are determined by comparing debt levels, gross financing needs, and debt profile indicators against early warning benchmarks. Red cells in the first two rows indicate that baseline debt-to-GDP and gross financing needs-to-GDP ratios exceed benchmark levels. In the last row, the cell is green if its corresponding debt profile indicator value is less than the lower early warning benchmark, red if it exceeds the upper early warning benchmark, and yellow if it lies in between. Allafrica.com Access Bank to be in top three by 2014 by market share World Bank signs loan deal for Kenya airport construction IMF launches new tool to assess public debt in market access countries N ews that the World Bank has signed a major loan deal with the Kenya government worth 17.5 billion Kenya Shillings, all due to be channeled into the reconstruction and expansion of facilities at the region’s main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International, will be received with some relief by the aviation fraternity currently working under difficult conditions at the airport since the fire last year in August destroyed the entire arrivals section. The World Bank’s country director confirmed that the deal was signed, which should allow the Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) to fast track tender awards now that funds have been made available. No details about the grace period, the level of interest or the repayment period could be obtained but it is thought that the interest rates will be hugely preferential over any form of billion in imports in 2013 and 2014 projection of $6.4 billion.” The firm, which has been among the top four trade financing banks in Nigeria by price of initiated transactions and foreign exchange (FX) applied, would be among the top three by 2014 by market share. On its struggle to cultivate openings for business and small and medium enterprise on international trade, Atoyebi said the Access Bank had continued to grow and diversify customer base to 500 plus active trade customers across all major economic sectors. According to him, the bank was the first bank to launch an electronic e-Form M platform in Nigeria via its trade services platform with trade innovation Adorable and Attractive African Emoji an island nation off the southeast coast of Africa, Apple should now have somewhat of an outline on this subject. The company has advanced a series of African emoji that are solution platform for ensuring that customers initiate and track their transaction on an on-line real time basis. The Head of SME desk said, “We are today a preferred partner with several first class correspondent banks as we have a very firm understanding of the local market and the various trade finance structures that are acceptable to international markets.” commercial borrowing or even project finance arranged by contractors. KAA has a few weeks ago tendered for the demolition of the entirearrivalscomplextopavethe way for a major new construction, and while no details have been made public how long it may take to announce the winning bidder and then get working, it is widely anticipated that by mid of this year work will have started. Meanwhile though was the construction of a temporary terminal building, made of largely prefabricated elements, awarded to a German company and completion of that project is expected by latest October this year. JKIA presently processes nearly 7 million passengers per year, even though the initial capacity on opening in 1978 was only projected to reach 2.5 million passengers, one reason why passengers regularly complain about the congestion and lack of sufficient facilities when flying from or transiting via Nairobi. By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, ETN Africa Correspondent mONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
  • 6. T he technological advancement, global competition and changing business scenario call for new challenges in every field. To meet such challenges, apart from occupational requirements, development of additional skills is crucial. Education has an immense impact on the human society. The African youth make up 40 percent of Africa’s population. Education in Africa began as a tool to prepare the local youth to take their place in their respective societies. Among several areas of cooperation between India and Africa, one important sector is capacity building and human resource development. As India’s capabilities and resource base has grown in these areas, it has broadened the scope of cooperational activities in capacity building with Africa. India is poised to set up a string of higher education and training institutions in Africa. India is doing a lot for the future of the continent and can transform the continent through education. India has pledged to build 100 training institutes all over the continent at the last two India-Africa Forum Summits held in New Delhi, India and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia respectively. It will help build the industrial and managerial base of the continent by spawning a new generation of entrepreneurs and an educated middle class that will shape African resurgence in the time to come. Not only the public sector but India’s private sector is now encouraged to build partnerships for capacity building and human resource development in Africa. Indian Universities has brought up wide range of programs and courses designed to provide an impetus to career seekers and equip them with communication and linguistic proficiency. A variety of services and programs are being offered for students to help promote intellectual, social and cultural development. India has developed a sizeable skilled and educated manpower. It has emerged as a third largest skilled human resource in the world due to substantial public investment in establishing academic and professional institutions. Indian government policy led to liberal university education and the subsequent rapid development of the educational research and training. These experiences are relevant for African countries. Therefore, India is a suitable partner to contribute in the capacity building and development of human resource in Africa. As it is Africa is rich in natural resources. It needs skilled human resources and technology to accelerate its economic growth. Recognizing the advance stage of India in developing Science, Technology and Innovation policies and strategies thereof, during 1st India-Africa Science and Technology Ministerial Conference and Tech Expo on 1-2 March 2012 at New Delhi, India, it was agreed that India would serve the Commission of the African Union and Regional Economic Communities by providing training and other capacity interventions towards ameliorating policy enabling environment in African countries. Prior to this in 2011, India has committed to promote high education institutes in four sectors - information, communication and technology in Ghana, planning and administration in Burundi, foreign trade in Uganda and India-Africa institute for diamonds in Botswana, which is the biggest producer for diamonds in the continent. An additional $700 million was pledged to establish new institutions and training programmes. Of this, $185 million is in the field of science and technology. Worth mentioning, the African Development Bank supports every phase of education, the cornerstone of the health- employment social wellbeing architecture. It catches education as a long-term process that commands long-term investment. The Bank bestows to international efforts to provide a quality education to all children by supporting its regional member countries in building schools, training teachers and providing learning materials and equipment. The focus on infrastructure also extends to fragile states where the Bank supports considerable school construction and reconstruction as part of its efforts to provide these countries with viable public services. The thrust of the Bank’s Higher Education Science and Technology Strategy is to promote excellence, and to target the transition from school to work. Given the growing needs and demand for high-level skills and research in science and technology and insufficient resources, the Bank focuses its support on national and regional centers of excellence such as the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology and the Benin’s Regional Public Health Institute. Since 2008, the Bank also houses the Association for the Development of Education in Africa, which promotes African education research and evidence- based policy advocacy. At the 22nd World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, Minister of Education for Ghana stressed the need for distance learning programs. Science, Technology and Innovation is opening up opportunities which might enable Africa to leapfrog development through education. In the words of Mr. Ricaud Gervais Auckbur, Representative from the Ministry of Education, Mauritius “ I want to see African countries working together to make the dream ‘Broadband for all in Africa’ become a reality for everyone in the continent- to provide access to affordable communication for education and socio-economic development.” The Government of India, through the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), offers about 2325 scholarships under 21 scholarship schemes. Of these scholarships, 500 are exclusively for African countries. There are students in India under these schemes from about 80 countries. Most of the scholarship holders come from developing countries in Asia, Africa, South and Central America. The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) administers its own scholarship schemes apart from which it also functions as an agency for other schemes on behalf of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Finance of the Government of India. Education in Africa began as a tool to prepare the local youth to take their place in their respective societies. Among several areas of cooperation between India and Africa, one important sector is capacity building and human resource development. As India’s capabilities and resource base has grown in these areas it has broadened the scope of cooperation activities in capacity building with Africa. Both the public and private sector of India are encouraged to build partnerships for capacity building and human resource development in Africa. FRANKLY SPEAKING06 Cross-Continental Educational Collaboration On the academic front, my department is committed to increasing the production of graduates in engineering, the natural sciences, human and animal health sciences, and teacher education in line with my performance agreement with the President. Mr. Rajeshwar Jeetah Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology, Mauritius Mr. Blade Nzimande Minister of Higher Education & Training, South Africa By kirit sobti, editor, iat editor@indoafricatimes.com Hope@Africa and Hope International, two related international networks set on jointly promoting human development and tackling major societal challenges in Africa and in the rest of the world, were recently launched in Stellenbosch. With the endeavors of Hope@ Africa, a collaboration between seven leading African universities, and Hope International, a collaboration between Stellenbosch University (SU) and four Swedish universities, the lives of nearly millions can be enhanced. At the launch event at Stellenbosch University, Professor Russel Botman, SU rector and vice-chancellor, said "Teachers are key in this process. According to UNESCO, Africa needs 2 million new teachers by 2015. There is also an urgent need to provide training for millions of current teachers who are either under- or unqualified. Clearly, universities should play a key role in improving the training and ongoing professional development of teachers. But conventional brick-and-mortar approaches are not good enough anymore. We need to use technology to extend the reach and richness of learning and teaching beyond the physical classroom. This is exactly the kind of challenge that Hope@Africa will be tackling." The complete aim of the Hope International network is to upsurge collaboration within higher education en route for a rise in understanding and awareness of the major challenges facing the global community. The Hope International network will get together higher-education institutions to cooperate on ways to bestow to the long-term accomplishment of global development goals. Professor Botman also said that it is predominantly pleasing that Hope@ Africa and Hope International are launched together. "We took a firm decision to harness the synergies between the two to gain more traction. So, this is an historic occasion - universities in the global south and north taking hands for human development everywhere. Our mission is one of hope because we refuse to accept the reality at hand as the beginning and end of everything. We refuse to abandon the next generation to despair. Many of them face the bleak prospect of a future that is no different to their past or present. We can make a difference - using our work in unlocking and sharing and applying knowledge. Now that is a goal enriching our work with a deeper sense of meaning and purpose." Africa calls for 2 million new teachers Economic and social development in the country must rest with education, hinting at overall educational reform at the tertiary level and stating that foreign investment is the key to structuring a knowledge hub. MONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
  • 7. TRAVEL&tourism 07 M adhya Pradesh often designated as the "Heart of India" is home to a rich cultural heritage and has innumerable monuments, large plateau, spectacular mountain ranges, meandering rivers and miles and miles of dense forests offering a unique and exciting panorama of wildlife in shady surroundings. Madhya Pradesh is a state in central India. Its capital is Bhopal, the largest city is Indore and historical capital is Gwalior. It is nicknamed as the "heart of India” due to its geographical location in India. In 1956, this state was reorganized and its parts were combined with the states of Madhya Bharat, Vindhya Pradesh and Bhopal to form the new Madhya Pradesh state with Bhopal as its capital. This state was the largest state of India by area until 2000. In 2000, the Chhattisgarh region was split to create a new state, and Rajasthan became the largest state of India. Bhopal, capital of MadhyaPradeshisalovely combination of scenic beauty and historicity. Bhopal Tourism presents a happy mix of Hindu and Islamic cultures and combines both North Indian and South Indian influences. Mandu signifies a love story of a Muslim Prince with a local poor shepherd girl that brings the mythological touch to Mandu. Mandu, a small townontheedgeofMalwa Plateau, is surrounded by forestsandhasahistorical significance. Antiquity and Artistry merges here and this mix is displayed by some marvelous structures and monuments like Alamgir, Bhangi, Rampol, Darwaza and Tarapur Gate. Mandu is one of the few places where the very rare Baobab tree grows. Khajuraho Group of Monuments The name Khajuraho, in ancient times known as "Kharjuravāhaka", is derived from the Sanskrit words kharjura = date palm and vāhaka = "one who carries". The renowned Khajuraho group of monuments is one of the amazing tourist places in India. The world famous Khajuraho has the biggest team of ancient Hindu as well as Jain sacred temples, popular for their sexual statues and were influenced by the Tantric school of thought. Sculptors of Khajuraho depicted all aspects of life. Khajuraho group of monuments are broadly classified into three groups viz. Western Group of Temples, Eastern Group of Temples and Southern group of Temples. Western Group of Temples constitutes Kandariya Mahadeo temple, Chaunsath Yogini temple, Chitragupta temple and the most prominent structure is of the KandariyaMahadeotemplewhichisdedicated to Lord Shiva. Eastern Group of Temples comprises a cluster of Hindu and Jain temples and lies close to the Khajuraho village. Parsvanath Temple is the largest jain temple in this group. Southern Group of Temples is situated 5 km away from the Khajuraho village. The fine Chaturbhuj Temple is the most famous in this group and has an intricately carved image of Vishnu ji. THE HEART OF INCREDIBLE INDIA Madhya Pradesh Quick Fact: It is positioned in the state of Madhya Pradesh. These monuments date back to 1000 AD. Best Time to Visit: September to March is the best time to visit. Did You Know? It has been acknowledged as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The monuments and temples were built during the reign of Chandella Dynasty. Must Go: Go out for shopping. Relish the Khajuraho festival and Mahashivratri festival. Must Watch: Kandariya Mahadeo, Chaunsat Yogini, Lakshamana Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Chaunsat Yogini, Chitragupta Temple, Matangeshwara Temple, Adinatha Temple, Brahma temple, The Vamana temple Ghantai Temple, Parsavanatha Temple, Javari temple, the Duladeo Temple and Chaturbhuj Temple. mONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
  • 8. TALKINGTECHNOLOGY08 W ith a modest beginning, K.S. Infosystems Pvt. Ltd. came into existence with a vision to cater to all ICT solutions at extreme peripherals. The main objectives pursued since its incorporation include assembling, networking, trade & distribution, annual maintenance contracts and consultancy services for turnkey projects in relation to hardware, software, audio-video either singly or in collaboration with other body in India or abroad. Services Offered: • Annual maintenance contract (AMC)/ after sales support • Facility Management Services • Software Licences • Information Technology Consulting • Designing, Consulting Integration of Information Technology/ Profession A.V., Electronics Security Solution • ERP Solution • Customized Software Development • E-Learning • Knowledge Training Centre Success Stories: Revenue Collection Taking a step towards establishing a fool-proof efficient tax system. Its unique software named KS Collect which concentrates on revenue mobilization has been designed implemented in Ghana in the cities like Kumasi, Obuasi, Dormaa, Koforidua, Kasoa, Mankasiem, Ashaiman, etc. iTicketing Security Systems Unique concept of using technologies used never before for crowd management. As executed for 26th MTN African Cup of Nations in Ghana, 2008. To this date, K.S. Infosystems has its name in the management of the most prestigious football tournament – MTN Africa Cup of Nations (CAN'08) and other tournaments like Zenith Cup, etc. held in Ghana in collaboration with our local partner Turnstile Prints Ltd. K.S. Infosystems undertook the control of the entire stadia gates and printing of entry tickets with unique technologies like RFID chips, holograms colour coding for the security at the turnstiles by introducing access cards which were the first of its kind to be used in any part of Africa. Unified Billing for Telecom Sector Monitoring application for the billing systems of mobile operators to enhance Government revenue KS Infosystems have the IT integration solutions which would help the Government to keep the track on the amount of Tax that should be collected from the various Mobile Operators. By this software Government would be able to monitor the Call Detail Records (CDR) of each call logged by their Telecom Operator billing engines. Assembly Plant of Laptops, Desktops Mobiles Milestone towards setting up of IT Products Assembly Plant K.S. Infosystems has set up an Assembly Plant of Desktops, Laptops Mobiles in Ghana. The production of Desktops Laptops is 10,000 each per month and mobiles 100,000 per month approximately. Mobile Repair Training State-of-the-art technology in mobile phone repairing. K.S. CONNECT WITH THE MAGICAL WORLD OF ICT Infosystems launched a state-of- the-art technology center housing the latest mobile phone repairing equipment in The Gambia, Burkina Faso, Niger, Senegal and Guinea Conakry. Its unique technology includes application of ICT in mobile phone maintenance, servicing, repairs, assembling and entrepreneurial skills. Setup of Smart Classroom Technology Enhanced Classrooms. K.S. Infosystems have set up a Smart Classroom AV Equipment in Africa Institute of Sanitation Waste Management Liberty American School in Ghana. When it comes to satisfying business demands and challenges, we supply the world's most superior Information and a Communication Technology (ICT) products, services and solutions. E-mail: support@ksinfosystems.com Website: www.ksinfosystems.com MONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
  • 9. TRYSOMETHINGNEW 09 Ingredients • Macaroni (boiled):-½ packet • Potatoes (boiled and mashed):-½ kg • Eggs:-4 • Chicken (boiled):-250 gm • Black pepper powder:-1 tbsp • Green onions (chopped):-½ bunch • White cumin powder:-1 tbsp • Bread crumbs:-2 cups • Chinese salt:-½ tsp • Garlic paste:-1 tbsp • Salt:-To taste • Oil: - for frying Tools Required • Spatula • Medium bowl • Deep bottomed pan Serving Suggestions Serve hot with green chutney or tomato sauce. Career Fair Muzaffarpur Career Fair Muzaffarpur is going to be a vital event that will focus on the importance associated with career routes. There are professional who are going to gather here from different parts of the world and students who are looking for the right career option. It is going to take place in Muzaffarpur, Bihar and the time is for two consecutive days. Date: 07-08 Apr 2014 Venue: Hotel Park Muzaffarpur, Muzaffarpur, India Today’s Women Expo Chandigarh Today’s Women Expo Chandigarh is a five day event that is scheduled to be held in Chandigarh in India. This show will bring together professionals from the industry and offers them a great platform for the development and advancement of the sector. This show also presents the professionals with a great platform to discuss about the latest opportunities and new developments that have been produced in the sector. Date: 09-13 Apr 2014 Venue: Parade Ground, Chandigarh, India WatechAsia Watech Asia is one of the prime water technology sector trade shows in India. The event serves up convenient opportunities for all participants to take a collective look at all the latest innovations and technological advancements from this industry. Date: 09-11 Apr 2014 Venue: Bombay Convention Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Mumbai, India Chemspec India Chemspec India is a prime exhibition that deals in serving chemicals and dyestuffs which are used by diversified industrial sectors. The researchers and chemical analysts of several renowned firms will display standard quality of chemicals and also make sure that the relevant usage and advantages as well as applications are explained to each of the attending professionals. Date: 10-11 Apr 2014 Venue: Bombay Convention Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Mumbai, India Fashionista Lifestyle and Fashion Exhibition – Nagpur Fashionista Lifestyle and Fashion Exhibition - Nagpur is one of the most comprehensive fashion accessories sector trade shows in India. The show is attended by several distinguished business professionals on a regular basis and the latest fashion trends and concepts are deliberated in detail here. Date: 11-13 Apr 2014 Venue: Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur, India Boutiques of India- Wedding Lifestyle Raipur This event will be hosted at Hotel Babylon Inn, a luxury hotel service provider in the heart of the Raipur city. It has participants from places like Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Chandigarh, etc. We have sarees, designer salwar suits, lehengas, bags, real jewellery, artificial and fashion jewellery, footwear, home dacor, gifts. Date: 12-13 Apr 2014 Venue: Babylon Inn, Raipur, India upcoming Calmness and Tolerance act like air - conditioning in a room; they increase man’s efficiency. THOUGHT OF THE WEEK Macaroni Cutlet Indian Cuisine 1. What is your hobby? आपके शौक कया है? 2. I am glad to see you. मैं आपको देख के खुश हूँ | 3. Which is your favourite cuisine? अापका पसंदीदा भोजन कौन सा है? 4. Please help me. कृपया मेरी मदद करो | 5. I am in a meeting, can you please call me later. मैं एक सभा में हूँ, तुम मुझे बाद में फोन कर सकते हो? Handy French  High in vitamins minerals  High in amino acids fatty acids  It is an Adaptogen  Helps with digestion  Helps in detoxification  Alkalizes the body  Improves cardiovascular health  Boost the immune system  Great for the skin  Disinfectant, anti-biotic, anti-microbial, germicidal, anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-fungal anti-viral  Helps reduce inflammation  Weight loss – A secondary effect. picture of the week The Governor of Punjab, Shri Shivraj Patil and the Secretary, Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ms. Nita Chowdhury presented an award to the Nagar Rajbhasha Karyanvayan Samiti (NRAKAS) Chandigarh, at the inauguration of the Joint Official Language Conference for Northern Regions, at Chandigarh on March 31, 2014  Flag Name Capital Currency Official Language South Africa Pretoria (administrative/ executive) Cape Town (legislative) Bloemfontein (judicial) South African rand Afrikaans, English, Southern Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu South Sudan Juba South Sudanese pound English Sudan Khartoum Sudanese pound Arabic, English Swaziland Mbabane (administrative), Lobamba (royal and legislative) Lilangeni English, Swati Prepration Method 1. In a mixing bowl, combine macaroni, chicken and potatoes together. 2. Put the dark pepper powder, white cumin powder, chopped green onions, salt and Chinese salt. Mix well. 3. Take little mixture on your palm and shape into cutlets. 4. Now dip these prepared cutlets into well beaten eggs and then coat with breadcrumbs. 5. Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan and deep fry the cutlets.  Which country in Africa is famous for sculptures? Cote d’ Ivoire  The flagship of Nigeria tourism industry is popularly known as? Obuda Cattle Ranch  What is another name of Lake Malawi? Lake Nyasa  Botswana’s most popular traditional game is? Stalking  Which national park of Africa is known as “Smoke That Thunder” Victoria Falls National Park  Which Africa country is often called “Giant of Africa” Nigeria  The Capital and chief port of Tunisia is? Tunis  Zanzibar is the world’s chief supplier of ? Cloves  Lesotho lies exactly within which country? South Africa Know More About Africa Macaroni Cutlets are an interesting variation of the vegetable cutlets Top 12 Benefits of Aloe Vera The name of Africa, according to some scientists, comes from the name of a tribe that lived in the north of the continent, and was called afrigami. mONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
  • 10. THEFASHIONISTAS10 E ast Africa’s most successful fashion festival, the Swahili Fashion Week, is preparing to make a full appearance in Kenya as a mainstream event, starting from April 5 of this year. Mustafa Hassanali’s erstwhile vision, which resulted in the first Swahili Fashion Week to be launched in 2008 in Dar es Salaam, has now established itself as the region’s foremost fashion and accessories event giving local designers a platform to showcase their creations and make a name for themselves in the international arena. While the venue and program are still to be announced, the SFW organizers have set a deadline for applications by Kenyan designers to send in their particulars by February 28 to designers@ swahilifashionweek.com or use their website www.swahilifashionweek. comto download the relevant forms. Expect to hear more about this event in coming weeks as the program takes shape and the lineup of designers and models is made public. By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, ETN Africa Correspondent Using movies to narrate African stories R ecently in Lagos, stakeholders in the industry were in their maximum essence as African movie stars and international spectators touched on the prominent Eko Hotels for the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award (AMVCA). The event, which was in its second edition, was put together by MultiChoice in company with Amstel Malta. The Managing Director of M-Net Africa, Biola Alabi, said it was perceived to encourage talent and nurture the film industry. The event, which was fundamentally a podium to diagnose and reward the endeavors of African movie stars and those behind the cameras with votes from viewers, was more of uniting the stars from different African countries than a competition among them. At the event, they switched pleasantries with a promise to continue to use movies to tell African stories and correct the West's negative impressions about Africa. It was a splendid evening after witnessing the thrilling enactments from dancing groups and artists such as Davido and Flavour, who kept the audience excited with his 'Ada ada' and his other popular songs witnessed artists and producers, film directors going Swahili Fashion Week heading to Kenya home with their prominent awards for their hard work in acting and film production. The night was almighty in many esteems as brand owners of Amstel Malta lived up to their billing with their sponsorships as performers and actresses who have heard about themselves but have not met got the opportunity to meet, discussing new opportunities while photo journalists were on hand to click their cameras on the celebrities. When AfricaMagic and MultiChoice proclaimed the birth of the AMVCA to recognize and appreciate not only veterans in the Nigerian film industry, but also to encourage budding film producers on both traditional and new media in the African continent, one could virtually slice the excitement in the air with a blunt knife. Over the years, the award has not only feted the African stars but has furnished viable platform for growth and positioning. There were a total of 29 awards in diverse categories. Nigeria, the host country, won 18 out of the 29 categories of the awards. Ghana won five awards including Best Movie 2013, Kenya won five, while Zambia got one. However, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and The Gambia, which were also on the nominees list, did not win any award. Osita Iheme from Nigeria with his performance in ‘The Hero’ won the Best Actor in Comedy category. Best Actor in Drama award was sealed by Tope Tedela from Nigeria in the film, 'A Mile from Home.' Olufunke Ayotunde Akindele, nicknamed Jenifa, won the Best Actress in Comedy award while Nse Ikpe-Etim, Nigerian actress best known for her ability to internalize her characters beat other African actresses and Nigerian actresses to win the Best Actress in drama with her performance in Journey to Self. MONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
  • 11. SPORTS2WATCH 11 Black Stars want to do better than previous World Cup campaigns says Ex-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah Algeria says it can take over 2017 Afcon Ex Ghana captain Stephen Appiah believes the Black Stars are determined to excel beyond their previous campaigns at the World Cup in Brazil. Ghana made it to the Round of 16 in their debut participation in the World Cup Juventus ace Kwadwo Asamoah has promised to give his all for Ghana at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals. Asamoah has been explosive for the Serie A champions where he is striving in a makeshift left-back. The Black Stars will be hoping for a spill over at the tournament in Brazil. “When we get to the World Cup we will show the whole world what we are made of,” Asamoah said to BBC “I am one of the key players in my country and I will give it my all to ensure make it out of the group. “One way of doing that is to ensure we approach every game with the strong hunger and desire finals in 2006 in Germany. The Black Stars bettered this record by going a place further by finishing in the quarter finals of the last edition four years ago in South Africa. Then coached by Serbian Milovan Rajevac, the Black Stars Americans the psychological edge going into the shootouts which they eventually won. Former Ghana skipper Stephen Appiah who led the side to the previous World Cup campaigns however believes from his interactions with the players and officials that the current crop are even more determined to progress further this term. “Talking to the players – and I had a chat with Kwesi Appiah – I think they want to do more than what we did in 2006 and 2010,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com. “So definitely the preparation is going to be different; it is going to be more than how we prepared in 2006 and 2010. “I think there are going to be some friendly games in May, they will tour and we'll see how it goes. “We have tasted it once and twice and this time everybody, not only the players but Ghanaians, the coaches – everybody's goal is to go further than the quarter finals.” Ghana will open its campaign in the tournament that kicks off in June against the USA before facing Germany and Portugal in subsequent group games. Modern Ghana I will give my all for Ghana at the World Cup- Kwadwo Asamoah With the security situation still precarious in Libya, Algerian officials are pressing to take over the hosting of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Caf are yet to decide whether the tournament should be moved from Libya, where sectarian violence has weakened efforts to return the country to normalcy after the 2011 civil war. Algerian Minister of Sports Mohamed Tahmi said that his country was ready to step in if Libya eventually lost the right to organise the showpiece. “Algeria has the necessary infrastructure to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. And we also have the experience to organise such huge events,” Tahmi said. “But we are waiting and watching the situation. This issue concerns primarily the Algerian football federation and the Confederation of African Football, who should decide whether the games can be held in Libya or to be moved to another country.” Algeria shares a common border with Libya, but Libyan teams mostly play their home matches in Tunisia. Al Ahli Benghazi’s lone goal victory over Egypt’s Al Ahly last weekend in the Caf Champions League took place in Tunisia. www.algeria.com to succeed knowing that every victory sends us closer to our goal. “We will not bother ourselves with semi-final target we will just try to enjoy our game and have fun during game. “We will sing in our team bus and create the union that is were just a penalty kick away from making history by becoming the first African side to make it through to the semifinals of the tournament. But striker Asamoah Gyan missed the vital kick against Uruguay - giving the South required to excel at this level.” Asamoah made his debut for Ghana in 2006 under Claude Le Roy and was part of the Ghana team which reached the quater final stage at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Modern Ghana Black Stars charging up for FIFA 2014 Star of Ghana: Kwadwo Asamoah   mONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014
  • 12. ENCOUNTER WITH EDITOR12 What are the achievements of the Government in the context of economic reform and openness to cooperation and foreign investment? Togo has experienced a socio-political crisis over fifteen years. Throughout this period no real reform could not be carried out. With the coming to power in 2005 of His Excellency GNASSINGBE ESSOZIMNA, a national seminar was organized in December 2005 in order to make an inventory of the Togolese economy. To render into action the conclusions and recommendations of this seminar, the President of the Republic created on February 15th, 2008 the Permanent Secretary in charge of Monitoring Policy Reforms and Financial Programs whose mission is to monitor and support the various departments and state institutions in the conception and implementation of reforms, coordinate the interventions of technical and financial partners and ensure the implementation of the commitments made by Togo towards its partners. Several economic reforms have been carried out for this purpose. The consolidation of public finances, which aims by 2030 to align the management system of public finance of Togo in international standards to accelerate its development process and make it an emerging country; Financial audit and corporate restructuring and state banks: It was to assess the internal country debt which helps to pay more than 23 billion CFA francs for its discharge. The audit of state-owned banks (BTCI, UTB, BTD, BIA- Togo) and large enterprises (NSCT, SNPT, CEET) continues; Restructuring of the system of public procurement, control and fight against corruption. With the adoption and implementation of the Law on Public Procurement, the Togolese Government shows its commitment to respect procedures procurement and good governance; Operationalization of the Court of Auditors for the proper management of the state budget. Judicial reforms are: Modernization of justice to provide more security to private investors including foreign Operationalization of the Court of Arbitration for Togo with the financial support of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF) (CATO) for the resolution of disputes by mediation between the economic operators. The private sector is a key sector in the process of business development. What is the level of development of this sector? The private sector is a vital link in the economic chain of Togo. The highest political authorities are aware of this and that is why a department responsible for promoting the private sector is created within the government. Moreover, it should be noted that our economic fabric is characterized by a high proportion of Small and Medium Scale / Small and Medium Industries (SMEs / SMIs) are creators of the majority of jobs and national wealth. It also occupies a prominent place in the GDP. According to the figures, the contribution of this sector in GDP is between 70 and 80%. Ultimately, the private sector in Togo is getting better and better. The Togolese Government and all stakeholders are determined to implement the whole system to achieve the objectives of the Strategy for Accelerated Growth and Employment Promotion (SCAPE). The private sector is present in all areas especially in the productive sectors of the mining industry of air transport (which is now the Lomé Hub ASKY company in the mobile mines, the energy and finally in the construction or Togolese companies involved in the work brilliantly and implementation of new infrastructure such as road construction. Which areas you appear promising for the investment of Indian companies? Energy problems and water are acute that’s why that particular emphasis should be given to: »» Solar energy in rural areas, solar energy is renewable and available it is interesting to intensify its use in rural areas; »» The treatment of water in rural areas; »» Light industry food industry, an area where our countries can acquire the simpler Indian technology transfer and more suited to Africa. Your last words. Cooperation India - Africa is on track. This is justified by the massive presence of African countries as well as hundreds of Indian Industries at the 9th conclave. It augur well for a better tomorrow through increased Indian intervention in the process of economic development of our country and especially our country Togo. I sincerely hope that these three days of meetings will again be an opportunity to strengthen this cooperation through the creation of new partnerships between industry and national and private economic operators and the achievements of agreements of major projects of national or sub-region. Togo is implementing business climate reforms to demonstrate its openness to foreign investment. Minister of Commerce and Private Sector Promotion, speaks to Kanchi Batra, Sub Editor, Indo Africa Times about Togo as a favoured investment destination. 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 “Set up a company in Togo in 24 hours” H.E. Mrs. Essossimna Legzim BALOUKI Minister of Trade and Private Sector Promotion, Togo  MONDAY | APRIL 07, 2014