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Rezidor opens first Park Inn by Radisson in Rwanda

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th May 2017 The Rezidor Hotel Group has continued its African growth momentum with the unveiling of its first Park Inn by Radisson in Kigali, Rwanda, which is its fifth in East Africa. The newest four-star hotel, which is the second to be opened in the region this year, brings the hotel group’s African and... 

SA 'working on scrapping visas for all African citizens'

By: News24Wire      15th May 2017 South Africa is working towards allowing all African citizens to enter the country without visas – but at first “trusted travellers” like diplomats, officials, academics, business people and students will be the only ones to benefit. The Department of Home Affairs outlines the steps that will be... 

Mali ratifies Kigali Amendment on phasing out greenhouse-gas emissions 

By: African News Agency      5th April 2017 Mali has ratified the Kigali Amendment, a ground-breaking amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase out hydro-fluorocarbons, a major source of greenhouse-gas emissions, the United Nations environment agency has announced. “We urge more countries to follow suit in order to protect our climate,”... 

Volkswagen restructures to fill sub-Saharan Africa gaps

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 German car manufacturer Volkswagen has established Volkswagen Sub-Saharan Africa as a regional operation, in a move aimed at developing and strengthening the African market. The new region joins the existing regions of North America, South America and China, and forms part of Volkswagen’s... 

VWSA MD takes on regional responsibility; Rwanda to open VW plant

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2017 German car manufacturer Volkswagen has established Volkswagen Sub-Saharan Africa as a regional operation, in a move aimed at developing and strengthening the African market. The new region joins the existing regions of North America, South America and China, and forms part of Volkswagen’s... 

Automotive industry to achieve international standards with new gas

     10th February 2017 Honouring its commitment to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, specialty chemicals and gas company A-Gas South Africa will be phasing out commonly used high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants in its product range. 

Tanzania said to pick Mota, Yapi to build $1.1bn rail

By: Bloomberg     3rd February 2017 Tanzania chose Turkish construction company Yapi Merkezi Insaat VE Sanayi As and Portuguese building firm Mota-Engil SGPS SA to build a railway at a cost of more than €1-billion ($1.1-billion) to connect the East African country with landlocked neighbors, people familiar with the matter said. The... 

Agreement significant in phasing down ozone depleting substances

     3rd February 2017 Specialty chemicals and gas company A-Gas South Africa (SA) has hailed the signing of the Kigali Amendment on October 15, 2016 as an “historic international agreement” for the phasedown of commonly used, high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. 

Solar opportunities raised at exhibition

     27th January 2017 After the success of Solar Africa 2015, at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya, organiser of trade events Expogroup announced the return of Solar Africa 2017 from June 10 to 12. Expogroup highlights that one of the major challenges in the renewable energy... 

MTN partners with Engen to allow Rwandans to buy fuel using MTN Mobile Money

     15th December 2016 Engen customers in Rwanda can now purchase fuel, lubricants and other goods using MTN Mobile Money. With this launch, MTN Mobile Money customers will be able to make transactions at all 10 Engen service stations in Kigali, with an expected rollout to up-country service stations by early 2017.... 

WTO Member African countries must ratify trade facilitation agreement – AUC Commissioner

By: African News Agency      2nd December 2016 African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Fatima Haram Acyl called on African countries that are members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to ratify its Trade Facilitation Agreement. She said it created a blueprint for customs modernisation amongst its 162 members. 

SKA South Africa makes the cut as finalist for Bentley Systems’ awards

By: Ilan Solomons     21st September 2016 Global infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley Systems has announced the project finalists for its 2016 Be Inspired Awards. The annual awards honour the “extraordinary work” of Bentley users advancing infrastructure design, construction and operations worldwide. Ten independent jury panels... 

Rwanda plans $85m petroleum products depot

By: John Muchira     19th August 2016 Landlocked Rwanda plans to build a $85-million petroleum products depot as it seeks to increase the country’s strategic fuel reserve from 70-million litres to 150-million litres by 2018. “Maintaining adequate fuel reserves is one of the key measures towards safeguarding national security and... 

Tanzania signs loan deal with China for crossborder rail project

By: John Muchira     12th August 2016 Tanzania has signed a $7.6-billion concessional loan agreement with Export-Import Bank (Exim) of China to finance the construction of the standard-gauge railway line project connecting it with Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The 2 561 km line will run from Dar es... 

South Africa leads Africa in women's economic rights

By: News24Wire      19th July 2016 The AU has awarded South Africa the prize for being the best country in Africa in advancing women’s economic rights. It was, however, trumped by Rwanda when it came to political rights for women. 

Summit brings governments, operators and investors together

     24th June 2016 Regional and international stakeholders for East and Central Africa's transport infrastructure sector will be gathering once again at the seventh East & Central Africa Roads & Rail Infrastructure Summit 2016 (Roads & Rail 2016) to be held on September 27 and 28 in Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania. 

Ramaphosa: Infrastructure a key economic driver

By: News24Wire      13th May 2016 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has mooted investments in the infrastructure and ICT sectors in South Africa and Africa. Ramaphosa was wooing potential investors at the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF Africa) in Kigali in Rwanda. In a session on how innovative partnerships can bridge... 

Tanzania aiming to become East Africa’s regional transport hub

By: John Muchira     13th May 2016 Tanzania is determined to implement transport infrastructure megaprojects in a bid to become East Africa's regional transport hub. The country, which is investing massively in port, airport and railway projects, has earmarked $445.6-million in the current financial year budget for the... 

Special Africa Hub will help deliver multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects

By: African News Agency      11th May 2016 The formation of a special hub to drive multi-billion dollar infrastructure investment was announced at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, on Wednesday. The Sustainable Development Investment Partnership (SDIP) announced the creation of a dedicated Africa hub... 

Tough global conditions suit the rise of African Champion economies, says Deloitte

     9th May 2016 With Africa’s positive economic outlook under pressure, intra-African multinational champions are well suited to develop the skills, expertise and scale to compete for a bigger piece of the global economy’s last frontier. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth... 

Ramaphosa to lead SA delegation to World Economic Forum in Rwanda

By: African News Agency      9th May 2016 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will this week lead a high-level government and business delegation to the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa scheduled for Rwanda’s capital Kigali from Wednesday. The Presidency on Monday said Ramaphosa will lead the delegation to the three day WEF... 

WEF to focus on Africa’s role in a digital world

By: African News Agency      6th May 2016 Africa’s place in a global economy where machine learning is starting to rival manpower and prosperity is built on the ingenuity of people rather than natural resources, will be the focus of the twenty-sixth World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda, from May 11 to 13. The event will... 

WEF leaders campaign to bring Internet to all in Africa

By: African News Agency      4th May 2016 Members from more than 90 hubs of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community, extending from Cape Town to Cairo, are driving a campaign to ensure that all Africans can enjoy the economic and societal benefits of Internet access, the WEF said on Wednesday. The Shapers, a worldwide network... 

IoT could help increase agri productivity by 70%, says Deloitte report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd May 2016 By 2050, agricultural productivity in Africa has the potential to increase by 70%, through technological innovation leveraged by the Internet of Things (IoT). This would meet the continent’s growing food demand which, based on population growth, is set to grow by 70%, according to a Deloitte US... 

African trade corridors have potential to spur development, drive transformation

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2016 The role of business in the successful and sustainable operation of trade corridors is being recognised by researchers and national governments, says a range of African trade and investment professionals. Trade corridors spur development and drive the transformation of economic sectors and even... 

African trade corridors have potential to spur development, drive transformation

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2016 The role of business in the successful and sustainable operation of trade corridors is being recognised by researchers and national governments, says a range of African trade and investment professionals. Trade corridors spur development and drive the transformation of economic sectors and even... 

Gearing for Vision 2063: the case for Africa’s modernisation

     13th April 2016 The African Union’s articulation of its 2063 vision for the continent has created a compelling call to action for public and private sector players across regions to partner for the growth and development of Africa and her people. Transforming the vision into a tangible reality will require far... 

East Africa moves to introduce electronic monitoring of goods in transit

By: John Muchira     8th April 2016 Three East African neighbouring countries are set to introduce an electronic system to monitor goods in transit as part of efforts to boost trade and plug tax evasion loopholes. Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have announced that, from  June, all cargo in transit from the port of Mombasa to the Ugandan... 

Dmg events acquires Exhibition Management Services (Pty) Ltd South Africa

     22nd March 2016 One of the world’s leading event companies, dmg events, has announced the acquisition of long established Pan African exhibition organiser Exhibition Management Services Pty Ltd (EMS) – headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. dmg events is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail &... 

Rwanda’s Cimerwa targets mid-2018 for full output at cement plant

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th March 2016 Rwanda’s sole cement producer Cimerwa, which is 51%-owned by JSE-listed PPC, expects production at its new 600 000 t/y modern dry process plant, at its head office in Bugarama, to ramp up to full capacity by mid-2018. Speaking to Engineering News Online during a plant tour, PPC international... 

Rwanda plans inland clearing port to bolster trade

By: John Muchira     5th February 2016 Landlocked Rwanda plans to construct an inland clearing port to boost trade and accelerate economic growth. Trade and Industry Minister Francois Kanimba says the country's government has awarded a 25-year concession to Dubai Port World to build and operate the new Kigali Logistics Platform. 

Kigali water project, Rwanda

By: Sheila Barradas     15th January 2016 The project comprises the development, design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a 40 000 m3/d bulk water production facility. 

Proposed Rwandan office development awarded 6-star green rating 

By: Natalie Greve     8th December 2015 Marking the first Rwanda-based development to achieve the highest certification in green building standards, the proposed 19-storey Nobelia Office Tower, in Kigali, has been awarded a 6-Star Green Star building rating by the Green Building Council of Rwanda. This followed the completion of the... 

WSP Green by Design achieve first Six Star rated green building in Rwanda

     8th December 2015 WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa, one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies in Africa, has achieved a six star rating for its Nobelia Office Tower in Kigali, Rwanda. This is not only the first Six Star rated green building in Rwanda, but on the entire continent outside of... 

East Africa oil, gas discoveries will lead to greater economic growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th July 2015 Not only were new oil and gas (O&G) discoveries in East Africa a catalyst for investment into road, rail and pipeline infrastructure, but they also contributed to the region’s economic growth, with growth of 5.5% projected for this year and an estimated 6% to 7% for 2016. Over the past ten years,... 

African cities highlighted as cities of opportunity, but Joburg will fall short 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th July 2015 The emerging social order will see Africa build its megacities; however, South Africa’s economic powerhouse, Johannesburg, would likely fall to the wayside as other emerging cities on the continent take the stage as “cities of opportunity”. Africa was poised to unlock 12 megacities and 100 new... 

Africa’s rail industry assembles in Joburg

By: Dylan Stewart     26th June 2015 Remodelling public–private partnerships (PPPs), financing rail infrastructure and light rail as an alternative for passengers and intermodal networks for supply chain efficiency are a few of the topics that will be covered at the eighteenth yearly Africa Rail 2015 event, which will be held at... 

North African cities offer greatest opportunity – PwC

By: Natalie Greve     17th March 2015 A report by professional services firm PwC investigating Africa’s most “dynamic” and “future-focused” cities has identified North African cities Cairo, in Egypt, Tunis, in Tunisia, Algiers, in Algeria, and Casablanca, in Morocco, as well as South Africa’s Johannesburg as those offering the... 

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