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Africa – Mobile – Solar panels that charge mobile phones: Fast, Durable, and Portable Solar Phone Charger to Empower All Regions of COMESA

From: News Release – African Press Organization (APO)

World Panel Zambia, Ltd. Celebrates Official Launch of Solar Chargers

Fast, Durable, and Portable Solar Phone Charger to Empower All Regions of COMESA

LUSAKA, Zambia, August 28, 2014/ — World Panel Zambia Ltd. ( launched the durable World Panel solar panels that charge mobile phones as fast as a wall plug. Held at Lusaka’s Taj Pamodzi Hotel, the launch was attended by senior Zambian government officials, COMESA free-trade group leaders, US embassy officers, African Development Bank officials and the CEOs of major Zambian mobile operators. The launch celebrated the first container of World Panels that arrived in World Panel Zambia’s Lusaka warehouse.


Photo: (World Panel Zambia CEO Jacob Sikazwe speaking about empowerment)

Photo: (Only smiles when a World Panel charges a rural cell phone)

The CEO, Jacob Sikazwe, a well-known Zambian business leader who led the creation and then chaired Zambia’s Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission said, “I’ve worked for many years to empower people in rural Africa to improve their economic well-being and opportunities in life. This utility-grade personal solar charger finally delivers on my dream to aid and empower people living without regular access to electricity.”

The first shipment contained thousands of World Panel 500 combo-pack units with the patented solar panel technology plus a bundled 5000-milliamp Powerbank and bright ten-bulb LED light. The technology will be distributed in rural and urban COMESA regions. The company indicated that it plans to ship one million World Panel units to the COMESA region in 2015.

John Anderson, the inventor and CEO of US-based World Panel Inc., gave the keynote speech at the event.  An expert in micro-solar technology and business sustainability, Anderson said, “with only 8% of rural Zambia connected to an electrical grid, our distributed green energy solution can significantly increase that level in three years at a fraction of the cost of traditional energy solutions. We are honored to deliver our first containers into Zambia.”

World Panel Facebook page:

Photo: (The Zambia management team with CEO Mr. Jacob Sikazwe (on left)

Photo: (The motivated support staff at the Lusaka headquarters!)

In prepared remarks read on behalf of Zambia’s Minister of Energy Christopher Yaluma, the Ministry’s Director of Energy Andrew Simwaba said, “I am pleased that this solution being launched today will help mitigate this power shortage because our people will be able to charge their phones and other devices no matter where they are located.” Recognizing this powerful green electrical solution for energy poverty, the Zambia Revenue Authority notified World Panel Zambia Ltd. that its application for zero customs and VAT has been approved.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of World Panel Inc.

Mr. Larry Tanning


Photo: (The well-attended launch event with the Ministry’s Director of Energy Andrew Simwaba (on right)

Photo: (Zambia CEO Jacob Sikazwe and USA CEO John Anderson with thousands of World Panels)

Photo: (Personal solar for all.  World Panel is a mobile electricity solution that provides consumers with the security of having power for their phones and batteries on the go or at home)

Photo: (Ms. Sandra Uwera speaking on behalf of COMESA with a personal endorsement of the technology)

Photo: (Mobile electricity for distributed energy solutions to the rural areas, powers phones onsite without the need to travel to the phone charging station)

Photo: (Plug into the sun!  Founder John Anderson charging a local consumers phone with the technology. Put sun into your phone, it’s easy and free)

About World Panel Inc.:

Boulder, Colorado, USA-based World Panel Inc. ( is a triple-bottom line company (people, planet, profit) founded by micro-solar and sustainability expert John Anderson. On a trip to Sub-Saharan Africa, it became apparent that mobile electricity was in demand, and cell phone charging was of particular interest.  Equipped with requests from citizens there that a charger be powerful, durable, affordable and portable, Anderson developed the patented World Panel to charge 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE handsets and tablets, and all USB devices.  A suite of chargers, based on the patented direct-from-the-sun technology are now being distributed into the COMESA and SADC countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.

World Panel Inc.

CESA: Combining solar with energy storage is the future of clean energy

From: FierceSmartGrid
August 13, 2014

Green Mountain Power (GMP) has begun construction on a “solar + storage microgrid” project in Rutland, Vt., — a project managed by Clean Energy States Alliance and Sandia National Laboratories. Microgrids like these can keep critical facilities, such as emergency shelters, firehouses and fueling stations, operating during power outages. Article

sbj; CESA: Combining solar with energy storage is the future of clean energy
From: FierceSmartGrid

Topics: Electricity Generation
CESA: Combining solar with energy storage the future of clean energy
August 13, 2014 | By Barbara Vergetis Lundin

Green Mountain Power (GMP) has begun construction on a “solar + storage microgrid” project in Rutland, Vt., which is being partially funded a federal-state-NGO partnership involving the State of Vermont; the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Electricity; and the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) — a project managed by Clean Energy States Alliance and Sandia National Laboratories. Microgrids like these can keep critical facilities, such as emergency shelters, firehouses and fueling stations, operating during power outages.
The site of Stafford Hills Solar Farm. Credit: Green Mountain Power

According to the DOE, the Stafford Hill Solar Farm is the first project to establish a micro-grid powered solely by solar and battery back-up, with no other fuel source. Further, Stafford Hill is the first to provide full back-up to an emergency shelter on the distribution network, as well as the first “solar + storage microgrid” to be developed on a brownfield site, contributing to brownfield redevelopment efforts in Vermont. The solar farm is sited at the closed Rutland City landfill, and is the first known solar storage project in the country to repurpose brownfield land once used to bury waste for the siting of renewable energy.

The 2.5 MW project incorporates 7,722 solar panels, helping GMP to reach its goal of making Rutland the Solar Capital of New England and Vermont to reach its renewable energy goals. It also incorporates 4 MW of battery storage, both lithium ion and lead acid, to integrate the solar generation into the local grid, and to provide resilient power in case of an outage.

The microgrid will provide resilient power to a Rutland school that serves as a public emergency shelter, as well as providing clean, distributed generation and resilient power to an urban community that is targeted for revitalization and suffers frequent storm-related power outages. Additional critical facilities may be supported in the future.

Stafford Hills is part of GMP’s larger vision of transforming Rutland into “The Energy City of the Future.”

“This project is a national model for the future of clean energy — combining solar with energy storage,” said Lewis Milford, president of Clean Energy Group, which manages the Clean Energy States Alliance. “Solar power and battery storage will provide clean reliable power to a school that serves as an emergency shelter, helping a community cope with loss of power in a future disaster. This new form of resilient power is what all communities need to protect themselves from power outages in severe weather events.”

The $10 million project is anticipated to be complete in mid-December.

For more:
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Africa’s Food Security: Bags2Bulk Project Will Enhance Zambia’s Food Security Through Improved Grain Storage and Reduced Post-Harvest Losses

From: News Release – African Press Organization (APO)

With 80% of Zambia’s maize produced by smallholder farmers, there is significant demand for improved grain storage facilities

LUSAKA, Zambia, August 7, 2014/ — AGCO (Your Agriculture Company, NYSE:AGCO) (, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, has launched a partnership with Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation (a US Agency for International Development-funded program) to reduce post-maize harvest losses and improve grain handling in Zambia.


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The new Bags2Bulk project will see AGCO and it partners, GSI Africa, Musika and Ybema Grain Services, introduce and sell 40 metal storage silos at grain trader level benefitting 12,000 smallholder farmers. In the first of several product demonstrations scheduled for Zambia’s Central and Eastern Provinces, more than 75 grain traders recently attended a roadshow in Mkushi to view the silos in action.

“With 80% of Zambia’s maize produced by smallholder farmers, there is significant demand for improved grain storage facilities,” says Nuradin Osman, AGCO Director Operations Africa and Middle East. “These producers primarily use recycled bags for storage, and it is estimated that 30% of grain is lost post-harvest as a result of rot, rodent and insect damage. The bulk silos, manufactured under AGCO’s GSI brand, will enable smallholder farms and traders to safely store larger quantities of maize in order to maintain grain quality. Added to this is the potential for them to make sales at a later date when prices may be more advantageous.”

Bags2Bulk is the first partnership between AGCO and Feed the Future, the US Government’s global hunger and food security initiative led by USAID. Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, a program under this initiative, funds off-the-shelf technologies to increase smallholder productivity and competitiveness.

Along with the supply of 2.5-500 tonne capacity silos, the scope of Bags2Bulk includes provision of product training and demonstrations, marketing and the facilitation of finance.

AGCO’s consortium of operational partners for Bags2Bulk includes GSI Africa, distributor for GSI grain storage and handling technology in Zambia; Musika, a Not For Profit Company which works to stimulate private sector investment in the smallholder market, and Ybema Grain Services, an accredited grain trader.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of AGCO Corporation.

Press contact:
Louisa Parker
Manager Institutional Funding & Stakeholder
Relations, Africa & Middle East
Tel: +44 02476852001

About AGCO
AGCO (NYSE: AGCO) ( is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery. AGCO supports more productive farming through a full line of tractors, combines, hay tools, sprayers, forage equipment, grain storage and protein production systems, tillage implements and replacement parts. AGCO products are sold through five core machinery brands, Challenger®, Fendt®, GSI®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra® and are distributed globally through approximately 3,100 independent dealers and distributors in more than 140 countries worldwide. Founded in 1990, AGCO is headquartered in Duluth, GA, USA. In 2013, AGCO had net sales of $10.8 billion.

AGCO Corporation


Writes Leo Odera Omolo in Homa-Bay own.

Poverty index in Rangwe constituency in general and Homa-BAY County in particular is the highest, and means and ways must be found of stamping out the abject of poverty in the area. And the only sensible and quickest way of enhancing the purchasing power of the locals is for the elected leaders in the region to support the proposed white sugar mill slated to be established in Rangwe as soon as the government give its okay for the project to start.

These views were expressed by the Rangwe MP George Oner at the weekend. Speaking during an exclusive interview with this writer in Kisumu city. He expressed the home that his fellow legislators fro the region, MCAS professionals, businessmen, traders and rural folks will join him in supporting the noble project which is said at lifting the standard of living of the residents of the regions involved.

The MP said the project has received wider support and unanimous blessing and backing from the County governments of Homa-Bay, Migori and Kisii. On completion and during its operational, the proposed new white sugar processing mills to be located at Aoch Muga in Gem West Location, Homa-Bay district will receive the bulk its raw cane material from Homa-Bay at the rate of 9 per cent, and 10 per cent from Migori, and Ndhiwa as well as the same percentage from the southern part of kisii and Kasipul constituency.

The youthful MP said the new mill will enhanced the income of the rural farming population in the region because there will be better schools, better and modernized health facilities such as private, hospitals. Rural farmer will have an easy access to market for their farm products next door as the purchasing power of the locals would be enhanced considerably.

The MP thanked the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Felix Kosgei who made an extensive toured the region on July 6th and personally listened to the pleas of the farmers and their cries for the project. The MP said he was too optimistic that president Uhuru Kenyatta’s government would soon sanctioned the licensing of the project so that the construction of the mill to start the earliest, and that the CS Kosgei would soon return to Homa-Bay County to officially officiate I the groundbreaking ceremony so that the construction work on the new mill could start immediately.

The MP also thanked the CEO of the Kenya sugar board Rosemary Mkok who accompanied the Agriculture CS Kosgei during his tour and the representative of the HOMA-bayanbd MIGORI county governments. H was also thankful to governors Cyprian Awiti of Homa-Bay and Zachary Okoth Obado of Migori county for the blessing of the new sugar project. He said the feasibility studies of the projects were completed several years ago. The developers had strictly observed the rules and regulations lay down by the KSB which stipulates that those intending to establish new sugar factory must ensure that the new facility is located in a location which is 40 kilometers apart from the existing factory in distance. In the case of the Rangwe project, it will be located about 46 kilometers from Sukari Industries in Ndhiwa and 41 kilometers from the Awendo based SONYSUGAR factory.

The MP, however, strongly abhorred the alleged secret maneuvers by an unnamed senior politician from the region who is reported to have raised an objection against the licensing of the new sugar mill under the pretext of flimsy and lame excuses, adding that such a leader should be classified and isolated as someone who is anti-development character.

Unemployment in our region is the highest and anyone who has the capacity of putting up a project of this magnitude should be highly appreciated and give the necessary assistance.

Meanwhile the former vice chairman f the defunct County council of the greater Southern Nyanza EX-Coun, Elisha Adeny Rachilo has threatened that he would mobilize about 100 elders from the region to travel to Nairobi and visit State house to petition President Uhuru Kenyatta and ask him to intervene on the matter with the view to ensure that the Homa-Bay sugar mill is licensed as soon as possible should there be any further delay in granting of the same.

Speaking on a different forum Ex Coun Adeny Rachilo said that the rate of unemployment among the youth in the region has reached an alarming proportion and because President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto are known to be totally committed to economically empowering the youth of this country his team would request the President to visit the region and see for himself what his people on the ground are saying about this most important economic project, the only one of its kind I the vast region.

Meanwhile this writer made an extensive visit to Hom-Bay and Migori Counties over the weekend and conducted interviews with the stakeholders, politicians and opinion leaders who appeared to be unanimous in support of the Rngwe sugar mill project.

The writer visited Rongo, Awendo and Migori towns and wound up in Oyugis. The surety revealed that there would be close to 30,000 hectors of land readily available to be used as sugar cane growing zones, in areas covering Kodera and kotieno in Ksipul. Kagan nd Gongo Locations, Gem Central east and South locations ,Kamagambo West, north,Kitutu Chache South and North Bonchari and south Mugirango regiona. All these areas are potential for sugar cane growing and could produce as many as 60,000 hectare of sugar cane growing potential area which will br sufficient to sustain a larger sugar mill.



From: joachim omolo ouko
News Dispatch with Father Omolo Beste

Bernard from Nairobi writes: “Fr Beste I read your article on Safaricom tender recently online and it has prompted me to raise several concerns. The security CCTV tender was not passed in Parliament as required. This very Safaricom has a connection with Uhuru Kenyatta’s family Commercial Bank. During Mwai Kibaki’s regime this very Safaricom became controversial when Amos Kimunya was Finance Minister.

Please Father, can you give little bit of the historical background of Safaricom in Kenya. And now that Uhuru is the president if we are not very careful don’t you think Kenyans are going to be taken for a ride?”

Thank you for this concern Bernard. Yes, Uhuru Kenyatta’s assumption of the presidency has injected fresh energy into his family’s businesses, and with his power as president he can over rule the parliament.

Before I give historical background of Safaricom, I want to make it very clear that Commercial Bank of Africa is privately owned by twenty-six investors including the family of the Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s fourth president.

Originally the bank was founded in 1962 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania before branches were opened in Nairobi, Mombasa and in Kampala, Uganda. When Tanzania nationalised private banks in 1967, the bank moved its headquarters to Nairobi. Following political changes in Uganda in 1971, the bank sold its assets in that country.

In 1980, Bank of America acquired 84 percent shareholding, effectively buying out all the other SFOM partners. 16 percent shareholding in Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) remained in the hands of Kenyan investors. During the 1980s Bank of America divested from the bank, putting 100 percent shareholding in CBA in the hands of Kenyan nationals.

As of December 2010, the bank was one of the largest commercial banks in Kenya with assets of approximately US$913 million (KES:75.5 billion), with shareholders’ equity of approximately US$100 million (KES:8.3 billion).

The bank is not only the largest privately owned commercial bank in Kenya, according to its website, it also focuses on serving the banking needs of large corporations, diplomatic missions, NGO’S and high networth private clients including Safaricom.

Safaricom Ltd was formed in 1997 as a fully owned subsidiary of Telkom Kenya. Michael Joseph became the CEO in July 2000 when the company was re-launched as a joint-venture with Telkom Kenya but controlled still is by Vodafone, a giant British group that is one of the world’s largest mobile operators.

Mr Joseph arrived in Kenya in 2000 having spent a freezing winter in Hungary, where he had set up that country’s third mobile-phone network. He quickly decided to go after “pay as you go” customers, who pay for mobile airtime in advance.

But his most enduring achievement is likely to be M-PESA, a pioneering service that enables Safaricom’s customers to send money to each other by text message. Cheaper and faster than ordinary money transfers, it now moves $1.5m a day across Kenya, in mostly tiny transactions, and is being rolled out in India, Tanzania, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed him to head Maseno University. Joseph’s appointment started January 6 and is contained in a gazette notice No.399 dated January 2. He replaces Prof Florida Amakobe Karani, who has served for six year since her appointment in 2008.

As of May 27, 2013, Robert Collymore is the Safaricom CEO; succeeding Michael Joseph on November 1, 2010, after Joseph’s ten years as Safaricom CEO. Robert Collymore has spent most of his career in the telecommunications industry starting with British Telecommunications where he held a number of marketing, purchasing and commercial roles over a 15-year period.

It is widely believed that the former regime of Kibaki arm twisted Vodafone to shed off the 5 percent as a kickback to high-ranking officials in the regime. A WikiLeaks report stated that it was once owned by Nicholas Biwott, Charles Fidel Marshall, Gideon Moi and The Post Office. Safaricom’s initial public offering of stock, on the National Stock Exchange, closed in mid April 2008.

Mysteries persisted in November 2012 when Safaricom announced it would be offering a new mobile phone banking product in conjunction with the Commercial Bank of Africa, tapping into an underdeveloped financial services market. In 2014 Safaricom partnered with Britam and Changamka Micro Health to provide insurance to Kenyans with low income. It is known as Linda Jamii.

Since then the bank has grown to become the second largest in the retail market with its new mobile-banking product M-Shwari brand – developed jointly with Safaricom – and which has helped raise the number of the bank’s deposit accounts to more than five million from 34,884 in 2011.

Apart from CBA deal, in recent months, the Kenyattas have also awakened their hospitality giant Heritage Hotels East Africa with the appointment of seasoned hotelier Mohammed Hersi as chief executive and the announcement of an expansion plan that aims at giving it a presence in the Kenyan capital Nairobi for the first time.

Heritage Hotels owns the Voyager Resort in Mombasa and Tsavo, Interpids camps in Samburu and Maasai Mara as well as the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha. Mara Explorer Camp and the Kipungani Explorer in Lamu Island are also part of the establishment.

With this background Bernard, you can see the connection of Safaricom from Mwai Kibaki to Uhuru Kenyatta. What was started as a department of the former state-owned telecommunications, Kenya Post and Telecommunication Corporation is now raising lots of quarries, which is why CCTV tender and Kenyatta’s family bank among other interests.

Safaricom has also plans to provide WiFi internet connection in large malls, SMEs and government agencies in Kenya. It was the first company in East Africa to possess 3G Internet technology with recent success of 4G connectivity though they lacked the proper broadcast spectrum for the service.

Kenyatta family has also made significant investments in its media company, which is fighting to gain market share from established rivals. It has invested millions of shillings in the technology upgrade and in top talent to staff K24 TV, Kameme FM and The People Daily.

The family is also said to be establishing a strong presence in the mining sector where billions of shillings are expected to be made in the next decade following recent discoveries of valuable deposits such as oil, niobium, coal, gold and titanium. This can explain why people fight to be the president of this country called Kenya.

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
Tel +254 7350 14559/+254 722 623 578
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Business feature By Leo Oder Omolo in Homa-Bay Town.

Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno has come under the scathing criticism by the residents of Homa-Bay county for allegedly gross interference and trying to sabotage the planned multi billion white sugar Mill in the region

The resident are up in arms against the MP’s alleged maneuvers and canvassing against the Ministry of Agriculture and the Kenya Sugar Board recent approval of a the license for the establishment of the new sugar mill in parts of Rangwe constituency in Homa-BAY County

The residents of both Homa-BAY, Migori and Kisii Counties which stands to benefit a great deal from the planned sugar mill have vowed to petition President Uhuru Kenyatta to plead with him to intervene and ensure that the investors for the project are issued with the license as soon as possible.

The new white sugar mill ‘output when fully operational is expected to be 3000 metric tone of made sugar per day. Its construction cost is estimated to be around Kshs 4.6 billion. The new factory will offer job opportunities for close to 2,500 workers on direct employment while similar number of farmers will also benefit from their sugar cane products as out growers in the region covering Homa-Bay, Kisii and Migori counties.

The criticism of the Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno has come as the result of the recent visit by the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Felix Kosgei. The CS toured the region on July 6th. Kosgei was accompanied by the CEO of the Kenya Sugar Board Rosemary MKOK, Rngqwe MP George Oner two representatives of Homa-Bay and Migori County governments and a large number of cane farmers from Rongo,Rangwe and Southern Kisii regions. Kisi regions.

The CS led the group on a visit to the site of the proposed new sugar mill at Aoch Muga in south Gem location, Rangwe constituency in Homa-Bay county. ALso present at the public BARAZA WHICH WAS Addressed by the CS Kosgei were the representatives of the investors the entrepreneurs from Kisumu.

Kosegei disclosed at the meeting that application for the new mill would be approved. The CS said this after listening with his own ears what the residents, especially the potential out growers.

Kosgei advised the residents of the affected areas to shun politics and redouble their efforts in growing more sugar cane, and that he was satisfied that the people were yawning for the new mill to start its production the soonest.

The CSe promised that he wold write a letter of approval to the relevant authority when he get back to his Nairobi office.

However, following the publication of of news about the planned new sugar mill in the local media, the Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno is alleged to have started an aggressive canvassing with the higher echelon snd government offices and allegedly trying hard to sabotage the project under the pretext that he should be the one who should be given a license for establishing the new sugar mill in the area.

His is one song which the Rongo MP has been singing for the last 15 years, but he has never come forward with a tangible plan and a written application for the same. A source at the Nairobi offices of the KENYA sugar Board confided to this writer that their office has not received any application from Dalmas Otieno nor have received from any from any company Associated with him.

DALMAS Otieno IS CURRENTLY FACING LEAN TIME HAVIG RECENTLY DISAGREED WITH EH odm leader Raila Odinga might find it an up-hill task to initiate any sugar mill project even in his own Rongo constituency.

According to the ODM chairman in the Migori County branch Eng. Phillip Makabong’o

The Homa-Bay ‘s proposed new sugar mil has received the blessing of both Homa-Bay governor Cyprian Awiti and the Migori governor Ok0t Obado. And when operational, the mill will receive and crush 90 per cent of its row sugar cane from within Homa-Bay County with small percentage of raw materials from Migori and Southern Kisii farmers per cent from with the same percentage from out growers cane farmers from Southern Kisiii regions.

How can he come out full blast trying to stop this noble and important project which is aimed at empowering the community economically?

The MP had earlier announced for the formation of a new political movement called Kalausi, which has so far failed to take off from the ground.

Eng Makabong’o declared that Otieno is no longer ODM and the process to have him kicked out of Parliament is under way He termed the alleged MP’S interference in the proposed sugar mill project twould be a political suicide for him.


African wealthy individuals invited to invest in the USA and obtain US Green Card

From: Yona Maro


ArKay Beverages Inc. is Inviting African Wealthy Individuals to Invest in the USA and Obtain their US Green Card

If you are a foreigner investor and eligible, ArKay will help to get your US residence for you and your family

NEW YORK, July 17, 2014/ — ArKay Beverages Inc. (, the world’s first maker of alcohol free liquors, is inviting African wealthy individuals to invest in the USA in a new concept of ArKay Non Alcoholic Bar & Lounge that will serve food and non-alcoholic cocktails during the day and transform itself in a fun place at night.

“The reason behind ArKay expansion into “the non-alcoholic bar and lounge market” is obvious,
peoples want to have fun without having to drink liquor, with ArKay the party never stops!”, said Sylvie Grattagliano, President of ArKay Beverages.

According to the company, ArKay non-alcoholic bar & lounge will be serving up an assortment of high end coffee, sandwiches, salads, and even, croissant burgers. Not to mention, over 100 non-alcoholic cocktails .

ArKay non-alcohol bar and club will be very successful because ArKay is unique concept in its kind, ArKay anticipate opening hundreds of locations in the USA and overseas where consumers are trying to get away from liquors and still want to have fun.

The typical size of an ArKay N/A Bar and Club will be 250 square meters or 2,800 square feet, the cost to build and equip the unit is approximately one million dollars and the projected ROI should be 8 % yearly.

Investing in ArKay Beverages is an excellent opportunity for foreign investors for the following reasons:

– ArKay will take care of all permits.

– ArKay will take care of finding the best location.

– ArKay will train you and your team.

– ArKay is not a franchise, there is no fee or key money required to open ArKay N/A bar.

– ArKay is the world first alcohol free liquor company.

– ArKay has no competition.

– ArKay is inviting African investors to be part of this project.

If you are a foreigner investor and eligible, ArKay will help to get your US residence for you and your family. A minimum investment of USD 1 million is required. If you are interested in opening your own ArKay N/A bar and club.

This is not an offer to buy company stock or a franchise. All ArKay Non-alcoholic bars and boutique will be independently owned.

Terms and Condition may apply and change at any time.

For more information click on this link: , and/or please contact us:

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of ArKay Beverages Inc.


Sylvie Grattagliano
ArKay Beverages Inc.
401 East Las Olas Blvd.
Suite #1400.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 – USA

Tel + 1 954 536 8413


Yona Fares Maro

Institut d’études de sécurité – SA


WRITES our investigative Reporter

It has emerged that the super-conman who is reported to have swindled the SIAYAGOVERNOR Cornell RASANGA amoth and the headmistress of a Girls High SCHOOL in Rarieda once landed at the school’s compound in a helicopter in the comp0any of two white accomplices to impress the school management how important and how genuine he was with his fake ICT UN agency funded ICT project.

THe fake ICT project coordinator and fake investor once flew in an helicopter and landed in the school with two Whiteman whom he claimed had come from the donor and UN agency just to intimidate the school management and impress upon them how important person he was. His two white companions did not talk or utter any word. The man using the presumed name as Prof. Ngugi addressed the students’ teachers at the school assembly. However, his two white companion did not speak. The group were lavishly entertained with executive meal and alcohol beverage at the school’s expense.

The Headmistress of St Mary’s Lwak Girls HIGH school took the man into confidence and even allocated him a temporary building for his accommodation and even allowed him the use of the school’s facilities such as stationery, rubber stamps and even access to cheque book as if he was not a member of the staff.

The fake investor late while using the school stationery sent out LPOs to suppliers in Kisumu City made some orders for computers. and other equipment worth millions of shilling and he mysteriously disappeared into thin air;

At the same time it emerged that the Siaya governor who gave the man the introduction letter to the school had followed it with a cautionary note and asked the Headmistress to analyze the man and his big claims before entering into any serious business deals. The man according o those who interacted with him was too talkative and talks big things, whiCh appeared to be fdar away from the truth. but the head school teacher ignored the advice from the governor’s office.

The suppliers who were duped to believe the man thought they were in for roaring and booming business and rushed in their supplies. Some of the laptops ended up being distributed to girl-friends of the on man and not all were given to schools as originally planned, and the matter sounded like an American Hollywood movies.

The suppliers have now moved to auctioneers and sought for their assistance in recovering the millions of shillings worth of supplies the made to the school. The invoices and delivery notes were dully signed by the headmistress jointly with the fake investor who turned out to be a super-con man and put the head of one og the prestigious Roman Catholic Mission’s sponsored girls High school in NYANZA REGION.

Africa: World Business Leaders Gather in Nigeria for Bayelsa Investment and Business Forum

From: News Release – African Press Organization (APO)

Making Bayelsa state the Dubai of Africa

LAGOS, Nigeria, July 2, 2014/ — The Bayelsa State Government of Nigeria ( says it has concluded arrangements to host global business leaders between 16th and 18th July, 2014, at its maiden investment and economic forum with the theme ‘Unlocking Bayelsa State’s Economic Potentials’.


Photo 1: (Barrister Kemela Okara, Hon Commissioner for Trade, Industry and Investment, Bayelsa State)

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Disclosing this at a press briefing in Lagos, the State Commissioner of Trade, Industry and Investment, Barrister Kemela Okara said the Forum was in line with the present administration’s economic blueprint of a private sector driven economy which he said some foreign investors were already tapping into.

“Our expectation”, he said, “is that potential investors from different parts of the world, within Nigeria and Bayelsans in the Diaspora will come and take advantage of the various opportunities that exist in Agriculture, Aquaculture, Oil and Gas, ICT, Tourism and Hospitality, and Power”.

He further said that in line with the administration’s vision of making the state the Dubai of Africa the government was creating an enabling environment complete with adequate security, infrastructure and an investor-friendly legal framework.

Some on-going projects which the Commissioner said would delight potential investors include the Agge Deep Seaport, the Cargo Airport, the World class diagnostics centre, a multi-billion naira 5-star hotel as well as the free trade zone the state government is planning to establish where there will be non-application of local taxation.

In the same vein, the Director General of the Bayelsa Investment Promotion Agency, Freda Murray-Bruce said that the choice of Bayelsa as host of many international events in the last two and half years evidently attests to the fact that it is the most peaceful state in the country.

Highlighting the achievements of Governor Seriake Dickson’s administration, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the chief press secretary disclosed that the state was now generating N1billion as internally generated revenue (IGR) per month, representing about 1000 per cent increase; a figure projected to hit N6billion in the next few years. This, he noted, could only be achieved by inviting investors, both foreign and domestic, to invest.

Noting the relevance of the power sector to the economy, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Investment, Cyril Akika disclosed that the government, in addition to the present power supply is planning to generate 3000 megawatts to boost power supply in the state.

Daniel Iworiso-Markson

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Bayelsa State Government of Nigeria.

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Energy Access and Security in Eastern Africa – Status and Enhancement Pathways

From: Yona Maro

A report by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), which assesses the state of energy access and security in 14 States of the Eastern Africa Region by employing energy access and security assessment methodologies was launched on 10th June in Kigali, Rwanda.

The report entitled “Energy Access and Security in Eastern Africa – Status and Enhancement Pathways” investigates on issues of energy technology, energy resources governance, energy and the environment, energy trade and the impact of energy on the macro-economy. It also reviews, in depth, the issues of energy access and security based on regional analysis, and case studies of Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Sudan and Uganda. It suggests pertinent recommendations on enhancing the state of energy access and security in the sub-region.

The share of the population with access to electricity in Eastern Africa is among the lowest globally. The report cites for example, that in South Sudan, a mere 1 percent of the population has access; in Burundi 2 percent; in DR Congo 9 percent; and in Uganda 12 percent. The regional access level of 27% is also below the level for middle-income countries (a policy aspiration of member States) of 82%. “Structural transformation aspiration of member States will need to overcome the energy access bottleneck impairing the pace of industrial development,” the report says.

The report further notes that due to limited progress in transition from traditional biomass as a main source of energy, since 1990 there has been a forest stock decline of 20% in Ethiopia, Somalia and Tanzania, nearly 40% in Uganda and Burundi and between 4-8% in DR Congo, Eritrea, Kenya and Madagascar, leading to household energy challenges.

Reflecting on energy security in the petroleum sub-sector, the report highlights that the region nearly exclusively relies on imported refined petroleum, with declining regional refining capacity and increasing consumption levels (increased by 63% in the last decade). Oil import is now taking a large share of GDP in member States, diverting financial resources from development. The needs for a regional and country framework on energy security management are discussed.

Yohannes Hailu, the Economic Affairs Officer in Charge of Energy at UNECA. “Energy trade with neighboring countries and regionally is an untapped opportunity in Eastern Africa” “Countries in the region which have the capacity to generate more power, given their energy resource potential, should increasingly look at regional energy trade opportunities that would mutually benefit all the economies of the region.” he added.

Hailu further noted that regional opportunities for energy sector development would have to be supplemented by greater efforts at the country level to develop indigenous energy resources, along with a national strategy and framework for energy security management.

Corruption: The Unrecognized Threat to International Security

From: Yona Maro

Corruption is typically seen as a pathology, a fraying at the edges of a system or, at worst, a sign of system failure. Consequently, much of the work to devise remedies is entrusted to aid agencies and local civil society actors, whose hard-fought efforts strive for small-scale, concrete successes. These interventions tend to be focused on remedying technical deficiencies or building capacity.

But in a range of countries around the globe, corruption is the system. Governments have been repurposed to serve an objective that has little to do with public administration: the personal enrichment of ruling networks. And they achieve this aim quite effectively. Capacity deficits and other weaknesses may be part of the way the system functions, rather than reflecting a breakdown.

This structural dynamic—together with the strong correlation between acute corruption and breaches of international security—suggests that corruption may be a higher-stakes problem than has been commonly thought. Foreign and defense policymakers, as well as multinational corporations, need to mainstream consideration of corruption into their decisionmaking processes.

But currently, Western governments and key business actors are not well set up to respond in this holistic way. Information on the organization, manning, and practices of kleptocratic networks in key countries is not systematically gathered. Corruption is not on the agenda for high-level bilateral exchanges. Experts and specialized departments working on the issue are rarely at the table when critical decisions are made. They are insufficiently resourced even to carry out the relatively marginal tasks they are assigned. And relationships or cooperation models come in too few varieties, precluding subtle or creative ways of furthering anticorruption priorities so an all-or-nothing approach prevails.

Yona Fares Maro

Institut d’études de sécurité – SA

Philips introduces innovative ultra-mobile ultrasound system ‘VISIQ’ in Kenya

From: News Release – African Press Organization (APO)

Philips introduces innovative ultra-mobile ultrasound system ‘VISIQ’ in Kenya to bring high quality, affordable healthcare to a wide range of clinicians

• Tablet-sized miniaturized ultrasound system enables incredible portability; VISIQ is a clinical innovation that addresses local needs

• The fifth consecutive Cairo to Cape Town roadshow continues focus on mother and child care

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 18, 2014/ — Royal Philips (AEX: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) ( today unveiled its new ultra-mobile ultrasound system VISIQ ( to the Kenyan market during the Nairobi leg of its annual pan-African Cairo to Cape Town Roadshow ( Currently in its fifth consecutive year, the roadshow enables Philips to engage in dialogue with customers, governments, NGOs and media to ascertain a better understanding of each country’s unique requirements and to develop relevant technology to support their needs on maternal and infant care.

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The size of a tablet, the VISIQ is the first ultra-mobile system from Philips. It provides high quality images for expectant mothers wherever care is taking place. VISIQ ( exemplifies Philips commitment to more cost effective, simplified, patient-focused health care innovations with high clinical performance.

By launching this new system in Kenya, Philips continues to demonstrate its dedicated support to the Kenyan Ministry of Health in its mission to reduce child mortality rates, improve maternal health, meet the UN Millennium Development Goals 4 & 5 and revitalize Kenya’s health infrastructure as part of Kenya’s Vision2030 (

Maternal screening allows for early detection of complications

According to the Philips Fabric of Africa trends report (, women in Africa are at significant risk of premature death, with particular high mortality rates recorded in pregnancy. Women in semi-urban and rural areas across Kenya (in fact all of Africa) often die due to preventable complications during child birth as they have no access to ultrasound screenings to detect critical conditions. Many of these deaths can be diagnosed with basic imaging technology.

One of the benefits of VISIQ is that it is portable and easy to use so it’s available for expectant mothers in remote areas who wouldn’t otherwise have access to this type of innovative technology. “It makes me proud to see how Philips’ cost-effective, easy to operate ultrasound systems can make a real difference in Africa. It shows that meaningful innovations can contribute to saving people’s lives,” says Peter van de Ven, Vice President & General Manager, Philips Healthcare Africa. “Improving access to healthcare is high on the Philips agenda in Africa and we are very eager to contribute to the Vision2030 goals of the Kenyan government to improve access to quality care for all Kenyans. VISIQ allows clinicians to provide ultrasound in a variety of clinical environments, offering soon-to-be parents the comfort of having regular pre-natal check-ups.”

Designed for the needs of the Kenyan market

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diagnostic imaging is crucial in healthcare. Many countries in the developing world cannot afford to purchase expensive high technology imaging equipment despite the urgent need to use imaging resources in these countries.(1) “There is a growing global focus on cost effective systems, smaller footprints and imaging equipment which is both easier to operate but has improved clinical functionality. The Philips VISIQ has been specifically designed with this in mind and embodies Philips’ image quality legacy, driving innovation and efficiency in ultrasound imaging. VISIQ provides high quality images for quick and reliable diagnostic decision making,” summarizes, Peter van de Ven.

VISIQ’s unique combination of mobility, ease of use and image quality, will enable clinicians to perform ultrasound examinations across a variety of clinical settings. Small outpatient clinics or community centers can carry out comprehensive obstetric and abdominal scans themselves rather than referring patients to regional ultrasound centers. This enables fast diagnosis and treatment. Approximately ten times smaller than a traditional ultrasound machine and with reduced energy consumption, VISIQ can also be used in community care programs in remote rural areas for screening, triage and fetal well-being scans, all of which helps to address the critical issue of maternal and infant care in Kenya.

Maternity screening camp to enable early detection of complications

As per previous years, Philips is organizing a maternity screening camp during the Cairo to Cape Town roadshow jointly with African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) ( in Kibera; the largest informal settlement in Nairobi. For a majority of the expectant mothers in this community, this screening camp will be their first ever opportunity to have a scan. This will ensure that any complications are detected in advance of labour. Philips will be providing ultrasound equipment, including the VISIQ system and clinical specialists for the camp, whereas AMREF, through its referral programme with the local public hospitals, will take care of any complications detected during the screening.

Philips is also organizing a roundtable discussion as part of its ‘Fabric of Africa’ campaign (, on the topic of “Innovations in Rural Healthcare” and will organize clinical training workshops on topics including fetal monitoring, infant warming, jaundice management and clinical ultrasound. Over the course of three days, Philips will train close to 120 local healthcare professionals, increasing the quality of healthcare workforce in Kenya.

The fifth pan-African Cairo to Cape Town roadshow

Nairobi is the fourth stop on Philips’ annual flagship Cairo to Cape Town Roadshow ( (from 14th April to 3rd September 2014) which focuses on two key challenges facing Africa today – the need for energy-efficient lighting and the revitalization of African healthcare infrastructure. Philips remains consistently committed to reducing child mortality and improving maternal health, linked to the current UN Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 (MDGs) ( In contribution to the Post-2015 Development Agenda (, Philips calls for improving universal access to healthcare and reducing the double-disease burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as additions to the current MDGs. The Roadshow will make its way across seven countries and ten cities in Africa. The next stop will be in Lagos, Nigeria on the 8th of July.

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Unholy alliances: Organized crime in Southern Africa

From: Yona Maro

The growth of illicit networks and organized crime in Africa are interwoven into the narrative of independence and statehood on the African Continent. In Africa, as with the world as a whole, criminal activity has integrated itself into the legitimate economy, and the line between legitimate and illegitimate behaviours is increasingly blurred.

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The objective of the meeting was to serve as a platform to better understand and assess the way that organized crime is engaging with governance, democracy, statehood, human security and development. By bringing together policymakers, practitioners and analysts dealing with these challenges, the Global Initiative hopes to develop a working network among relevant actors and share information that, in turn, can translate into more effective strategies to combat transnational organized crime in the region, or potentially more broadly. While the experiences, trajectories and contexts of each country, and the prevalent organized crime flows and structures with which it is grappling are different, a number of key themes emerged over the course of the meeting:
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Yona Fares Maro
Institut d’études de sécurité – SA


From: Charles Banda

A recent statement from the Governor of the Bank of Zambia on the challenges facing the Zambian economy, especially the Kwacha.


June 10, 2014

The Bank of Zambia wishes to take this opportunity to update the public on recent developments in the foreign exchange market and the measures that have been taken to stabilize the recent instability in the Kwacha. As a result of additional measures implemented on May 30, 2014, the exchange rate has shown signs of stability over the past week.

Let me first of all state that Zambia’s economic fundamentals remain sound.

It is our view that the rate of depreciation of Kwacha witnessed over the past few months is not consistent with economic fundamentals.

Early this year, the Central Statistics Office revised the GDP numbers for the year 2010, to take into account the changes in the economy since 1994.

Based on these revised GDP numbers, in 2013 the economy registered growth of 6.7%. It is anticipated that growth will remain above 6% in 2014 and even higher over the medium term.

As we have indicated before, the prospects for the mining, agriculture, construction, manufacturing and tourism sectors are all bright. We expect these sectors to continue being strong drivers of growth and this is being supported by the strong investment in the transport and energy infrastructure that the Government is currently undertaking.

Our mandate at the Bank of Zambia is to achieve price and financial system stability. For the year 2014, our inflation objective is to attain an end-year inflation target of 6.5%. From the beginning of the year, inflation has generally been on an upward trend with the annual inflation rate rising from 7.1% in December 2013 to 7.8% in May 2014.

Factors contributing to these inflationary pressures include the depreciation in the exchange rate from the third quarter of 2013, higher food prices during the lean period between October 2013 and March 2014 prior to the crop harvest and the increase in fuel prices. More recently, the announcement that electricity prices are likely to be raised, will also add to inflationary pressures.

Having said this, we are confident that the increased investment in the electricity sector supported by economic tariff rates will bring the benefit of higher exports and more stable power supply, which ultimately will support export diversification, exchange rate stability, greater productivity in industry and lower inflation.

We are all aware that inflation is a corrosive influence on any economy and mostly hurts the poorest. The depreciation of the exchange rate is a strong driver of inflationary pressures and is, therefore a threat to the achievement of our inflation objective.

Some of the factors that have contributed to the depreciation in the exchange rate include but are not restricted to: a noticeable reduction in the supply of dollars to the market, particularly from the mining sector, which accounts for the bulk of foreign exchange supply. Over the first
quarter of 2014, we also noticed deterioration in the current account balance to a deficit of US $260.7 million from a surplus of US $28.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. The deterioration was largely accounted for by higher service payments.

Over the fourth quarter of 2013 and into the first quarter of 2014, there has also been a significant build-up of liquidity. This liquidity has supported demand for foreign exchange – and has ultimately led to the measures taken to tighten monetary policy. Developments in the international financial markets have also impacted on the Kwacha, as the strengthening of the dollar has led to a corresponding weakness in the Kwacha through financial flows.

It is because of the importance we attach to maintaining low inflation, that the Bank of Zambia has taken strong measures to address the rising inflation trend and the instability in the foreign exchange market by significantly tightening monetary policy.

In March 2014, the Monetary Policy Committee raised the BoZ policy rate by 50 basis points to 10.25%. The statutory reserve ratio was also increased to 14.0% from 8.0%, to help address the
high liquidity levels in the market. In April, we announced a further increase in the policy rate to 12.0%.

On May 30, 2014, the Bank of Zambia took further measures to tighten monetary policy by increasing the rate on the overnight lending facility to 10 percentage points above the policy rate from 6 percentage points. Further, the Bank has widened the application of statutory reserves to include Government deposits and Vostro accounts held by foreign financial institutions. The Bank of Zambia will also now require Banks to comply with statutory reserve requirements on a daily basis and not on an average basis as was previously the case.

In addition to these measures the Bank of Zambia has also intervened in the foreign exchange market to improve supply of foreign exchange. This is in line with its policy of managing volatility in the exchange rate, rather than targeting a specific level of the exchange rate.

With the measures we have taken, we have seen some stabilisation in the exchange rate over the past few days. We will remain alert to ensure that we achieve our objective of a flexible and market-determined exchange rate that reflects market fundamentals and promotes macroeconomic stability.

In addition to measures taken to tighten monetary policy, we have also had in-depth discussions with stakeholders in the financial sector. These discussions have focused on the foreign exchange market in general and the operations of the interbank market in particular. It is clear that working with the banking sector, there is a need to improve the efficiency of the foreign exchange market by eliminating the structural rigidities that have emerged. Some of these rigidities include the concentration of sources of supply, and the lower sales of foreign exchange, particularly by the mining sector.

The Bank of Zambia will continue to address the key structural constraints in the financial sector. We are confident that efforts to develop our financial markets and make the interbank foreign exchange market more efficient, coupled with the continued strong growth in non-traditional exports, will promote a diversified supply of foreign exchange and help achieve greater resilience in the foreign exchange market.

In conclusion, we wish to assure the general public that the Bank of Zambia and the Government are committed to maintaining macroeconomic stability and ensuring that the year of our golden jubilee becomes a stepping stone towards inclusive growth.

BOZ Governor

(Source: Bank of Zambia)

There are too many holes, as usual, in Gondwe’s statements. We will leave to others to explore. But it is striking that Gondwe appears to believe the tightening measures are responsible for the relative stability of the Kwacha we have seen over the last week.

In fact the simple reason the Kwacha has stabilised is because GRZ has asked the IMF to provide a bailout programme which will ultimately lead to austerity measures and downward management of the government budget deficit. In other words GRZ appears to have concluded that it needs policy credibility but handing over some degree of control over its fiscal plan to an external foreign body that the wider investor community is likely to have confidence in. It is an extraordinary admission of its ineptitude, but one which appears to be temporarily working.

The consequence is that the market now, for the moment, appears to believe that fiscal consolidation will now take place e.g. wages will continue to be frozen, no significant reckless spending will occur, etc. Whether President Sata will toll the IMF line is anybody’s guess. The way the government is currently organised is quite chaotic with no central intellectual centre.

There also increasing political fractures within PF, and with the possibility of an election looming, and more pressure for pre-2016 spending, it should soon become clearer that IMF programme will hardly provide the silver bullet needed to restore confidence. Much more needs to be done to on the politics.

Gondwe of course is the man in the middle. And an obvious challenge he is facing is that because he has never taken Economics 101. So he does not even realise that MARKET FUNDAMENTALS is actually a broad term in economics which includes not only the things he has mentioned such as inflation and interest rates, but also the state of the government’s budget deficit and the level of business and investor confidence.

One suspects that once the facts concerning Zambia have been absolved by all the relevant players in the next two or three weeks the downward trajectory of the Kwacha will resume. This has always been the pattern over the last three years.

By the way, it is interesting the economic growth projection now been downgraded! It was 7% in the 2014 budget. We are now talking about 6%. That is definitely the wrong direction. Zambia needs at least double digit growth to reduce poverty.

Don’t let internet companies hoard the wealth of big data

From: Yona Maro

WHAT is a tweet worth? Not a lot, but it stacks up. Twitter, which has yet to turn a profit, was valued at an eye-watering $18.1 billion when it made its stock market debut last week – far more than many tried and tested companies.

What underpins this value? As Twitter users were quick to point out, it is their contributions. An online gizmo allowing tweeters to estimate how much they had personally generated went viral: New Scientist staff reported credits from a measly $1 to a handy $847.
That was mostly a joke. But it highlights the gulf between the value people place on their own information – and the value that others do. Most individual bits of data are worthless; it’s only in the aggregate that they become valuable. And we get valuable online services in exchange for handing over our data.

But this transaction is starting to feel more myopic than pragmatic. Twitter’s investors may be betting on advertising revenue, but the company’s trove of data can be used to analyse everything from the stock market (including, perhaps, its own share price) to food safety. That may, in the long run, prove more lucrative.

So far, much of this data has been relatively accessible. But it may not stay that way. Internet companies have started giving users greater control over their personal data. But they may start to restrict access as it grows more valuable: after all, they have their sky-high valuations to defend.

Yona Fares Maro

Institut d’études de sécurité – SA

A Stronger Role of the Private Sector in Achieving Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Developing Countries

From: Yona Maro

Having a decent job is widely recognised as the best way out of poverty. The private sector provides some 90 per cent of jobs in developing countries, and is thus an essential partner in the fight against poverty. It is also needed as an investor in sustainable agricultural production if the world is to meet the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050. And through innovation and investment in low-carbon and resource-efficient solutions, it will have a major role to play in the transformation towards an inclusive green economy. Given the private sector’s potential for generating inclusive and sustainable growth in developing countries, private stakeholders including businesses, financial intermediaries, associations and workers and employers organisations are emerging as ever more active in the development field, both as a source of finance and as partners for governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and donors.

Yona Fares Maro

Institut d’études de sécurité – SA

Tanzania, Burundi to launch One-Stop Border Post soon

From: Abdalah Hamis

Tanzania and Burundi have moved steps closer towards being the first countries in the East African Community (EAC) to operationalize the One Stop Border Post (OSBP) concept at Kabanga/Kobero .

The pilot operation is scheduled to commence in June of this year following completion of temporary structures on site and the installation of ICT systems at the border between the two countries, an achievement realised thanks to financial support from Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA).

Other than the financial support, the OSBP has also been made possible based on the bold decision by the governments of the two countries to sign the OSBP Bilateral Agreement back in 2011.

The Bilateral Agreement enables the countries to implement the OSBP concept while waiting for OSBP law, which is in the offing.

According to the tentative timetable released during a recent bi-lateral meeting between Tanzania and Burundi in the town of Gitega, Burundi, the OSBP operations on a pilot basis could start as early as 7th June, 2014.

The launching of the OSBP operations at the border will be a huge relief to travelers and traders from the two countries as they will now only stop once for customs formalities instead of twice, thereby cutting cost and time spent at the border. Clearance will also improve thanks to envisioned automation of operations at the post.

Under the OSBP concept, people entering Burundi will by-pass the Kabanga border post (Tanzania customs and immigration offices) and proceed to Kobero in Burundi where Tanzanian customs and immigration officials will work side by side.

Likewise those entering Tanzania will by-pass Kobero and stop only at Kabanga where officials of both countries will be working side by side.

According to Customs Officials Adelius Francis (Tanzania) and Bigirimana Felix (Burundi), on average, the border serves between 50 and 70 trucks per day, with more traffic moving from Tanzania into Burundi.

“Sometimes we attend to more than 100 trucks…it depends on the day,’ lamented Bigirimana who works at the Kobero border post.

Fully fledged OSPB operations at Kabanga/Kobero will begin when the construction of permanent structures completed.

TMEA’s Manager for OSBPs Israel Sekirasa told participants of the bilateral meeting who visited the border on 14th May, 2014 that the construction of the OSBP at Kabanga is expected to be completed by December this year.

He said that the construction of permanent facilities at Kobero on the Burundi side has not started but the country plans to use the modest buildings currently used for the pilot project until further notice.


From: Yona Maro


Africa is a rich continent. Some of those riches – especially oil, gas and minerals – have driven rapid economic growth over the past decade. The ultimate measure of progress, however, is the wellbeing of people – and Africa’s recent growth has not done nearly as much as it should to reduce poverty and hunger, or improve health and education.

To sustain growth that improves the lives of all Africans, the continent needs an economic transformation that taps into Africa’s other riches: its fertile land, its extensive fisheries and forests, and the energy and ingenuity of its people. The Africa Progress Report 2014 describes what such a transformation would look like, and how Africa can get there.

Agriculture must be at the heart that transformation. Most Africans, including the vast majority of Africa’s poor, continue to live and work in rural areas, principally as smallholder farmers. In the absence of a flourishing agricultural sector, the majority of Africans will be cut adrift from the rising tide of prosperity.

To achieve such a transformation, Africa will need to overcome three major obstacles: a lack of access to formal financial services, the weakness of the continent’s infrastructure and the lack of funds for public investment.?The Africa Progress Report 2014 describes how African governments and their international partners can cooperate to remove those obstacles – and enable all Africans to benefit from their continent’s extraordinary wealth.

Yona Fares Maro
Institut d’études de sécurité – SA

Yona Fares Maro
Institut d’études de sécurité – SA