CÔTE D’IVOIRE – On the 26 October, during Seedstars Abidjan, REMA won the Cameroon round of Seedstars World and will represent the country at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland. The event took place at Seedspace Abidjan, and 11 selected startups were invited to present their companies in front of the local jury panel.

The organisers of the 2018 edition of  African Development and Investment Convention (ADIC) holding on October 25-26th in Zurich, Switzerland has released its final agenda, and called for last minute registration to fill the remaining few spaces.

Michal Kotzé (PwC)

Africa Link Reports

SOUTH AFRICA – The 2018 financial year proved to be a challenging year for South African mining companies. Globally, the financial performance of the mining industry improved considerably from the previous year. That position was largely mirrored by South African bulk commodity producers with iron ore, coal, manganese and chrome performing well.

 

The African Development Institute of the African Development Bank has announced the implementation of the Next African Global IT Leaders Program under the aegis of the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP).

Events are being held around Switzerland on Saturday to mark the 30th anniversary of the 'Read and Write association, whose courses have helped 25,000 adults. September 8 is also International Literacy Day.

 

DR Congo’s lead production increased by 7.9% on a year-to-year basis to stand at 597,249 tons during H1, 2018, the country’s central bank revealed on 30, August 2018. According to figures reported by Reuters, cobalt and gold production has also risen by 37.6% to 52,941 tons and 15.8% to 17,948 KG respectively during the period under review.  

Sectorial experts from Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have called for the development of national policies for the popularization of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) which will increase the access to modern energy such as electric services and modern cooking fuels in the region.

The Directorate of Studies and Financial Forcasts in the Ministry of Economy and Finance, represented by its Director, Mr. Mounssif Aderkaoui, took part in the 10th plenary session of the OECD initiative on global value chains, held in Paris from June 26 to 27 2018. 

Further to its announcement of 27 April 2018 in respect of freezing orders filed against Mutanda Mining Sarl (“Mutanda”) and Kamoto Copper Company SA (“KCC”), subsidiaries of Glencore plc, by Ventora Development Sasu (“Ventora”), a company affiliated with Mr. Dan Gertler,  Glencore has carefully considered its legal and commercial options in connection with its dispute with Ventora and Africa Horizons Investments Limited (“AHIL”), also a company affiliated with Mr Dan Gertler, and its obligations to its various stakeholders, including its shareholders, customers and the communities in which it operates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”).  

Seedstars World 2018 Africa tour is now in Accra, Ghana, where ten of Ghana’s best seed-stage startups will compete on 13 July to represent the country at the annual Seedstars Summit holding in Switzerland where winner can win up to US$ 1 million in equity investments and other prizes.

Kinshasa – The Government of Japan has given US$1m.  to  the IOM to expand the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) national Ebola response to other provinces – Kinshasa, Mai Ndombe, Tshopo and South Ubangi – and scale up the response in Equator province according to IOM release.

President Uhuru Kenyatta today warned Kenyans against politicising the renewed efforts to rid the country of corruption and economic crimes.

Art Basel's renowned talks series, will once again bring together leading artists, gallerists, collectors, art historians, curators, museum directors and critics from across the world. Programmed for the fourth year by Mari Spirito, Founding Director of Protocinema, Conversations provides a platform for dialogues and discussions on current topics, offering diverse perspectives on collecting and exhibiting art and the wider artworld ecosystem.

The 3rd edition of the LAFF Festival (Lausanne Afro Fusions Festival), the first Afro-positive festival in Switzerland, will take place from 19 to 22 July 2018. We expect between 10,000 and 20,000 people. With the beautiful Place de l'Europe in Lausanne, in the district of Flon, this edition will be dedicated to local and international discoveries.