Africa is believed to have out-performed the world since the turn of the millennium suggesting the notion that it is rising, and is the world’s next economic frontier. “But for who?” asks  Senyo Hosi in his speech delivered at the 3rd edition of African Development & Investment Convention (ADIC) held in Zurich on 25 - 26 October 2018 titled: Africa Rising Lacing Politics, Industry and True Partnership in policy for Development.

UAE – The International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU’s) 20th Plenipotentiary Conference  opened  on 29 October 2018 with a global call to the world to “act as one” to connect the world’s nearly four billion people who remain unconnected to the Internet. 

A pragmatic, mutually beneficial vision is under threat. Here's why it must be saved  Image: Reuters/James Akena

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The Global Compact for Migration, which is expected to be adopted in December, is the first ever attempt to develop an internationally shared vision of what safe, orderly and regular migration might look like, and how it could be achieved. The Australian government has recently signalled the possibility that it may withdraw from the process – which would make it the third UN member state after the US and Hungary to do so. There is a risk that others may follow, jeopardizing a fragile, hard-won consensus at its most critical stage.

Greenpeace Africa projects ‘coal kills’ message on Duvha coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga - South Africa

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SOUTH AFRICA – The world’s largest air pollution hotspot is Mpumalanga, South Africa revealed a ground breaking analysis of satellite data from 1 June to 31 August this year

CHINA – The world’s largest thin-film power solution company, Hanergy Mobile Energy Holdings Group (www.Hanergy.com), has announced that its subsidiary, Hanergy Glory Solar Technology has successfully delivered the latest solar powered electric express delivery cars (Solar Runner #1) to China’s top delivery companies, STO Express and ZJS Express on October 9, on the occasion of the 49th World Post Day

Akinwumi Adesina (photo AfDB)

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SOUTH AFRICA – The Africa’s infrastructure is expected to attract investment at the Forum holding in South Africa on November 7 – 9, 2018, a platform for sourcing funding for bankable African projects, brokering infrastructure deals and providing innovative financial solutions.

IOM and partners conduct biometric registration in Juba’s protection of civilians (PoC) sites. Photo: Karki/IOM

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SOUTH SUDAN – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team in South Sudan and partners recently concluded a biometric registration exercise which resulted in a total of 32,113 displaced people living in Juba’s two protection of civilian (PoC) sites being registered.

Mr Baloo Patel and Mr Alex Kyriakidis at the signing ceremony of Sankara Nairobi Autograph Collection Hotel (Source: Marriott International, Inc. 

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KENYA – Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s collection of passionately independent hotels, announced that it will soon debut the brand into Kenya with Sankara Nairobi slated to join the brand’s diverse and distinguished portfolio of over 150 independent hotels around the world.

Crowning of Seedstars Global Winner at Seedstars Global Summit 2018

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BOTSWANA – Seedstars World, the largest startup competition for emerging markets will be holding its dynamic pitch event for the fourth time on 9 November 2018 at the Botswana Innovation Hub.

NIGERIA – As the continent’s largest economy, international development experts, innovators and funders increasingly believe that Nigeria is positioned to provide a market-driven solution to one of the continent’s most significant challenges and opportunities: Affordable Housing.

The recipients of Africa Link Solidarity Awards 2018 from R – L: Next to Ambassador Osman Abufatima Mohammed is Mr. Matthias Meier Director Aiducation International Kenya, Mrs. Chantal Ebana representing Ambassador Léonard Henri Bindzi, Hellen Kahuga-Wakapa representing Ms. Sophia Bekele, VP Fepafrika Mr. Ueli Haller, Ambassador Claudinah Ramosepele, Mr. Augusto Moutinho representing Ambassador Osvaldo dos Santos Varela, next to him Ambassador Baba Madugu, and Johnson Oduwaiye, President / Editor-in-chief Africa Link

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Africa Link, a media organisation founded in April 2000, the publisher of Africa Link magazine, and Africalink Online received kudos at its inaugural annual symposium / 2018 SolidarityAwards event for the unique services rendered to the African community in Switzerland and Africa.

Omoyele Sowore

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If ever there was a party created for defying the odds, it would be the African Action Congress. Borne from a Movement that continually defies the odds, the AAC party has grown from a dream to becoming a powerful force; an unstoppable force which today saw the emergence of Omoyele Sowore as its presidential candidate.

The only interesting thing about Melania Trump’s Africa visit really was her pith helmet

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The purpose of Melania Trump’s recent trip to Africa seems not to be clear as the first US Lady , and in it is stated Reportin Dakar SenegalOctober 8, 2018

Recipients of the Awards (UPU)

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Switzerland – The Universal Postal Union (UPU) on 9 October 2018 presented awards to the top-ranking countries in its comparative development index, with Switzerland taking first prize in an awards ceremony hosted at UPU’s Berne, Switzerland, headquarters on World Post Day.

Aliko Dangote  and Lionel Barber (Financial Times)

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UNITED KINGDOM – Aliko Dangote says Africans must patronize African markets which is why the free trade agreements by African nations is the direction to go to strengthen African markets.

Chara Phoka receiving the medal from DDG Pascal Clivaz (UPU)

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Thirteen year old Chara Phoka from Cyprus has won the Universal Postal Union’s prestigious 47th International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People.

SWITZERLAND – António Vitorino of Portugal , 61 a former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs and Portugal’s former Minister of the Presidency and National Defence has succeeded United States William Lacy Swing, who served two five-year terms as Director General.

President Buhari and former South Africa’s president Thabo Mbeki (Today News Africa)

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday the anti-corruption war of his administration was not negotiable.He said it was a must for him to fight graft because that was one of the reasons he was elected.

USA – International business leader and founder of Aiteo Group Benedict Peters was awarded Africa’s Oil and Gas Leader of the Year at the Forbes Best of Africa Gala which held at Forbes Headquarters, New York City on September 27, 2018.

Like many refugees in Switzerland, Solomon Aklilu hasn’t got a job. But thanks to a government program, he can now do an internship and attend school.

 The winners jubilating (Seedstars)

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DRC: Seedstars World, the largest seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, brought its DRC round to a successful close during Seedstars Kinshasa. The event took place this Friday 21st of September, at the Headquarters of Ingenious City, and 11 selected startups were invited to present their companies in front of the local jury panel.

 Olayinka Oni, Chief Information Officer, Sterling Bank    (yplagos.com)

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NIGERIA:  Freshworks Inc. a US-based provider of cloud-based business software, recently announced its partnership with Nigeria’s prestigious Sterling Bank Plc as a client.

IVORY COAST: Opportunities for investment in Africa outweigh the obstacles, according to a report by leading African companies covered in the African Development Bank’s new Africa-to-Africa (A2A) Investment Report, the first ever report on inter-African trade published by the Bank.

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo Addo (Live Tv)

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The African Development Bank has approved a US$1.5 million grant from its Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), to assist Ghana’s renewable energy investment drive. The grant will support the Ghana government’s efforts to overcome technical, financial, regulatory and institutional barriers to scaling-up renewable energy investments in the country.