Focus will be on local businesses, products and services at upcoming Automechanika Johannesburg

Wide-ranging participation by large numbers of overseas exhibitors from a host of countries has been a feature of Automechanika Johannesburg since the first of these trade shows for the automotive aftermarket was staged at Expo Centre, Nasrec, in 2009. This all changes in favour of local exhibitors at Automechanika Johannesburg 2022, which takes place at the same venue from June 7-10. “Although the only international exhibitors currently signed up to come to Automechanika Johannesburg this year are from Germany, the […]

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Historic Memorandum of Understanding signed between 12 Private Sector Automotive Associations in Africa and Europe to develop the Automotive industry in Africa

A memorandum of understanding was signed virtually between 12 Automotive Associations within the ambit of the EU – Africa Business Forum 2022 on 16 February with the aim of driving the development of the Automotive Industry in Africa. The Automotive sector whilst key for the industrialisation of Africa is often associated with several challenges including, persistent market fragmentation, lack of regulatory alignment between African countries and the two continents, industrial and trade policies not conducive to local and foreign investment, […]

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VDMA: Strengthen relations with Africa!

V Commenting on the sixth Summit between the EU and the African Union on 17 and 18 February 2022, Ulrich Ackermann, Head of the Foreign Trade Department at VDMA, says: “It is important that this Summit lays the foundation for a deeper and comprehensive partnership between the EU and the African Union, especially in the areas of trade, infrastructure and climate change. Africa is our neighbouring continent with more than 1.3 billion people, making it an important partner region. It […]

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Speech by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina President, African Development Bank Group at the Twenty-Fifth Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union Addis Ababa, 5-6 February 2022

Mobilizing Financing for Africa’s Accelerated Economic Recovery, Development and Integration Your Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal and Chairperson of the African Union Your Excellency Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Our Gracious Host Your Excellencies Heads of State and Government Your Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the Africa Union Commission Your Excellency Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Representing the Secretary General of the United Nations Your […]

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Mozambique: African Development Bank Group approves $36 million grant for power scheme

…that includes refugees and internally displaced persons UN workers deliver relief items to internally displaced people in Corrane Site in Nampula Province. The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved a grant of $36 million to support a power scheme in Mozambique that also covers displaced persons and refugees. The Mozambique Energy for All Project will increase the number of residential connections to the electricity grid, enhance power exports and improve domestic and regional supply quality. […]

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Finance in Africa report: green, smart and inclusive finance

By Nina Fenton, Claudio Cali and Ricardo Santos The EIB, in partnership with Making Finance Work for Africa, surveyed 78 banks in sub-Saharan Africa in early 2021 to see how they are coping during the COVID-19 pandemic and to learn their views on climate risk, green finance and digital financial services. This work formed the basis of our new Finance in Africa report. The report also provides an in-depth analysis of the state of play in the microfinance, private equity […]

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Mainstream Renewable Power projects to deliver 1.27 GW of new wind and solar for South Africa

  Mainstream Renewable Power-led consortium has been awarded 50% of the total allocation in the latest round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) The win makes Mainstream Renewable Power the leading renewable energy company in South Africa, with over 2.1 GW awarded under the REIPPPP to date The twelve projects, across onshore wind and solar, will generate enough clean energy to power a third of the annual electricity demand of the City of Cape Town […]

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Case studies from Benin, Cameroon, Ghana and the Republic of Congo underline importance of regional integration to intra-Africa trade in wood products

Regional economic integration can boost trade in wood products among African countries, according to the findings of a new report produced by the African Natural Resources Centre of the African Development Bank. The report, Intra-African Trade in Wood Products – Case studies from Benin, Cameroon, Ghana and the Republic of Congo, published on 19 May, explores the role that forest value chains can play in advancing Africa’s development objectives. The continent’s significant forest resources are under-utilized, the report notes. Also, despite […]

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