width="250"AFRICA: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Congo (Republic of), Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé & Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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the first human beings probably evolved out of africa around ethiopia 160000-200000 year ago -welcome to our roots

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Africa in beijing latest apl zimbabwe 1 2; mar senegal namimbia us hub china-africa



Tuesday, October 13, 2020

ghana

 


Sustainable development across the globe will hinge on the African continent – for nowhere else will population growth be as rapid in the years to come. Educational institutions across the continent need to be engaged in preparing highly skilled engineers from Africa, for Africa, to promote sustainable patterns of industrial development. Under the ETH for Development (ETH4D) initiativeETH Zurich’s partnership with Ashesi will serve as a key model.

Lecturers and professors from Ashesi University and ETH will teach in tandem, while helping Ashesi build capacity and set up its first Master’s degree program. At the same time, ETH will be learning about the everyday life and needs of students from across Africa. Read More.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

 most banking for the poor is banking for small agriculture- does farm publish which countries it has connections with and what sort of associations it connects with- i ask because i agree big data for small farmers has had many ups and downs - eg the foundation arm of intel thought it was doing this - but didnt accomplish what it hoped;  i have reasons for expecting tanzania may be right time right place for your work- i am much more confused by monitoring kenya or ethiopia for the last 10 years chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk



Wednesday, September 16, 2020

 i am still trying to understand where the collaboration happens among the 30 universities of osun/soros- where ashesi s the only african member


there seems to be feedback from about 4 of the universities leadership teams that wanted to play radical roles
1 covid has attacked both the safety of their members and in some cases their business model
2 the hoped for real meetings where trust is needed to share curricula or understand each organisation's own sustainability crisis hasnt happened- in particular vienna was very big for soros he was trying to move his 31 year university there because politics in his city of birth budapest turned very hostile to his global solidarite after the refugee problem embroiled hungary- top people at european union have been so careless and indeed hateful to soros
3 in spite of all the investment and economist reputations of soros boards there isnt one expert helping with all the challenges of 30 universities coming together
4 for all these reasons what models you already have on collaboration would be useful to understand - the vice chancellor of arizona state seems to be the practice leader of we need to be accelerating collaboration change not the opposite
5 complicating things is external diaries - vincent chang at brac university had hoped to twin with ban ki moons diaries on climate and citizenship- these had been tuned to cop26 glasgow which has been postponed for a year
6 my analysis of whats going on at un is that at least 10 movements are prepping the way to change america if the election changes leadership- what the plan b is i dont know-there are so many digital solution tipping points- 2021 will be the most dangerous i have lived through if trump returns- and its even money he will- in my view guterres is telling his most transformative digital movements stay silent until we see what happends to usa at end of 2020- i assumne the president of ghana as co-chair of sdgs eminents is in guterres inner loor-?
7 in 2015 the blum center at berkeley was very edgy on all sorts of things that mattered to me from bangladesh to latino movements both inside usa and tp latin america- blum is an old time billionnaire and has the ethical gravitas of albright- what i dont know is if eg he has kamala harris ear- we have a desperate problem none of india-americans, carribean americans , black americans local or diaspore let alone latino or chinese have the same most urgent agendas- and i am not going to assume kamala knows what any of these peoples most need at community levels unless the briefs are delivered to her office by someone she listens to and prepped by real movements - does yours represent all african diaspora or just ghana- although wise has done 7 days of summits and is launching 40 voices on transforming education- there has been little from africa and what there has been has not united -tell me if you want me to seng a longer summary of what wise has done this year and aims to do next

8 yesterday there was a great itu presentation hosted by un itu geneva led by from microsoft seatlle ai earth - are you already connected with that ? if ashesi has a list  of which "content" collaborations at microsoft or itu or other tech hubs you expect students to scale it would help to see those

AI for Earth is a part of the AI for Good Series.

The future will see large parts of our lives influenced by Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. Machines can execute repetitive tasks with complete precision, and with recent advances in AI, machines are gaining the ability to learn, improve and make calculated decisions in ways that will enable them to perform tasks previously thought to rely on human experience, creativity, and ingenuity.

We have less than 10 years to solve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). AI holds great promise by capitalizing on the unprecedented quantities of data now being generated on sentiment behaviour, human health, commerce, communications, migration and more.

The AI for Good series is the leading action-oriented, global & inclusive United Nations platform on AI. The Summit is organized every year in Geneva by the ITU with XPRIZE Foundation in partnership with over 35 sister United Nations agencies, Switzerland and ACM. The goal is to identify practical applications of AI and scale those solutions for global impact.
9 there was also a great digital finance brief the peoples money which has integrated with 3 years of digital cooperation movements led by guterres and advised by eg melinda gates, jack ma and on this latest panel the ceo of ant finance- apparently zimbabwe has successfully launched a sme stockmarket- the director of central bank of kenya says he will apply the un's best advice to digital money for communities- dounlechecking how these go forward -is that somehing ashesi will do?

Saturday, August 22, 2020

rwanda

from discussion at untad summer school with soros youth scholars
is it possible for developing countries government to define "data is a national property" to impose laws to control big tech corporations?

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Yes! Rwanda has done it. India is in process. Barcelona is another model. People are starting to wake up.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

ethiopia and african exchanges with china

some references from todays unctad/ysi/ineteconomics summer school on china-africa
http://www.sais-cari.org/ hopkins china=africa research

africans need to understand each of china's development banks - the fact that they don't slot into american definitions is often because the breton woods model of aid is stuck in 60 + year old rules not relevant to modern development
https://thediplomat.com/2020/08/china-the-world-bank-and-african-debt-a-war-of-words/
china development bank  -ref 1
China Exim Bank has been participating in the G-20 initiative and has concluded agreements with a number of countries.
Our data on China-Africa loan commitments suggest that China Exim Bank has provided close to 75 percent of all Chinese loan commitments in the DSSI-eligible African countries (excluding Angola, which we discuss below) and China Development Bank only 5 percent. Chinese commercial banks and companies account for the rest.
a representative from gov of ethiopia, arkebe okubay has a lot of experience- africans would be wise to link to that before worrying about rumors team trump has tried to spread

Sunday, July 19, 2020

help list bracs largest partners in africa

help update our notes on world's largest coalition-economy for women of the sdg generation


 eg in uganda, mastercard case

The MasterCard Foundation and BRAC Launch $46.7 Million Scholars Program for 5,000 Secondary Students in Uganda


BRAC joins The MasterCard Foundation’s 10-year global Scholars Program to develop next-generation African leaders
Kampala, Uganda – BRAC, a global development organization founded in Bangladesh in 1972, has partnered with The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program to launch a national-level scholarship program in Uganda, providing academically promising students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds with access to a quality education. Over an eight year period, The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at BRAC will enable 5,000 talented students to complete secondary school and transition into higher education. The program also provides students with leadership development, work skills, social and emotional competencies, and experience in community service.
Selected scholars will emerge as the face of changing Uganda – a new generation of mentors, role models, policy makers, entrepreneurs, civil servants and NGO leaders who can combine their intellectual acumen with empathy and humility to build the country’s future.
Uganda is the world’s youngest country, with a median age of 14. For Uganda’s “youth bulge,” the need for access to a quality education is clear. Even with government efforts at providing universal secondary education, students still pay fees to cover the cost of attendance and educational expenses. This obstacle is even more acute for students from poor households. Geographic location and gender further limit access to education, as students from rural areas receive fewer years of education, as do girls compared to boys.
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder and chairperson of BRAC, was on hand at a launch event in Kampala on May 3. “One reason for my optimism about Uganda is the energy and enterprise of the country’s young people, one of the greatest assets any society can have. Government, civil society and the private sector need to harness this energy by engaging directly with young leaders.”
“Enabling young students in Uganda to complete their secondary education enhances their personal and economic empowerment, and capacity to become active leaders of change in their communities,” says Reeta Roy, President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation. “We are thrilled that BRAC is joining us to advance access to education of Ugandans who will contribute to equitable economic growth and positive social impact.”
The programme will reach both O-Level scholars who will enter Senior One (S1) and receive support for six years (3,400 scholars), and the A-Level scholars who will enter at Senior Five (S5) and receive support for two years (1,600 scholars) in 77 districts. The programme also aims to ensure 60% of the scholars are girls.
With a total investment of approximately $46.7 million over eight years from The MasterCard Foundation, BRAC Uganda has already evaluated the first round of applications received in November 2012. The Scholars were selected through a robust multistage screening process involving stakeholders at the community and national levels. After reviewing 14,000 applicants through multiple stages of screening, 613 Scholars from 49 districts have received support in the first quarter of 2013.
BRAC entered Uganda in 2006 and has become the country’s largest NGO, with 200 offices and nearly 2,500 employees, in large part due to the continued partnership with The MasterCard Foundation. BRAC has established working relationships with the Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sports, and with schools, teachers, and communities to create a strong network of collaboration.
As a partner in The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, BRAC joins a global network of education institutions and non-profit organizations who share a commitment to serving disadvantaged youth. Partners in the program will develop best practices to educate and mentor economically disadvantaged young people and transition them to the workforce.

ABOUT BRAC

BRAC, a development organization founded in Bangladesh in 1972, is a global leader in creating opportunities at scale as a means to end poverty. With more than 100,000 employees, it is the world’s largest non-governmental organization, touching the lives of an estimated 126 million in 11 countries using a wide array of antipoverty tools such as microfinance, education, healthcare, legal rights training and more. BRAC USA is a US affiliate created in 2007 to advance and support BRAC’s global mission.

ABOUT THE MASTERCARD FOUNDATION SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program provides academically talented yet financially disadvantaged young people, particularly from Africa, with access to quality and relevant secondary and university education. Students selected for the Program receive a holistic set of financial, social, and academic supports throughout their education and during their post-graduate transitions. The Program consists of a global network of education institutions and non-profit organizations, who together believe that education is a catalyst for social and economic betterment. The Program aims to educate 15,000 young people, and enable them to contribute to the economic growth and social of development in their countries of origin.

ABOUT THE MASTERCARD FOUNDATION

The MasterCard Foundation is an independent, global organization based in Toronto, Canada, with more than $6 billion in assets.  Through collaboration with partner organizations in 49 countries, it is creating opportunities for all people to learn and prosper.  The Foundation’s programs promote financial inclusion and advance youth learning, mostly in Africa.  Established in 2006 through the generosity of MasterCard Worldwide when it became a public company, the Foundation is separate and independent from the company.  Its policies, operations, and funding decisions are determined by its own Foundation Board of Directors and President and CEO.  To learn more about the Foundation, please visit www.mastercardfdn.org.

Friday, July 17, 2020

livesmatter.city john lewis from youngest speaker, 23. at luther's king match on washington, to fractured skull for marching over the bridge to selma to the conscience of the washington dc dies

Sunday, April 12, 2020

joanna a quick search of african news channels led me to this- maybe you already know all about it but just in case timelines are urgent- it might be interesting to see if you wise and rwanda can talk- if rwanda real summit on african edu aug 21 is interrupted by virus can a virtual one be hosted https://edu-au.org/upcoming-activities/innovating-education-in-africa-expo-2020 it seems next planning virtual debate related to this is april 21 - see clause 9 https://au.int/en/pressreleases/20200409/communique-bureau-specialized-technical-committee-education-science-and

Saturday, April 11, 2020

egypt new capital and special economic zone

 new capital begun 2015

from zdnet- A website for the project promises that "the new capital is developed with the strategic vision for a smart city integrating its smart infrastructure to provide many services to citizens".

This vision includes: smart monitoring of traffic congestion and accidents, smart utilities to reduce consumption and cost, smart buildings and energy management including a focus on renewable energy and using IoT to save power consumption, as well as "building optical-fiber infrastructure connecting every building using FTTX technology".

Plans for a 90-square-kilometers solar (35-square-miles) farm are also part of the mix.

Alongside this, the government has announced that it intends to make the New Administrative Capital the first cashless city in the country.

The development of e-commerce, which it's hoped will be stimulated by this move, and mobile money are big strategic priorities for the government. At present, there are around 20 million active mobile payment accounts in the country, but the Egyptian Central Bank wants to double this in the next two years.

FINANCIAL AND OTHER CHALLENGES

Although plans are progressing, there have been some bumps in the road. Reuters reported last year that the "project is struggling to raise funds and needs to overcome other challenges after investors pulled out".

"We need very extensive financing," it quoted Ahmed Zaki Abdeen – a retired general who heads the company building the new city – as saying. "And the state doesn't have money to give me."  As a result, around 20% of investment to date has come from overseas.

According to Abdeen, China has contributed up to $4.5bn towards the costs and China State Construction Engineering is also training 10,000 Egyptian construction workers.

SEE: Tech in Egypt: Here's what you need to know about Middle East's biggest market

Interestingly, writing in Daily News Egypt last year, Matt Walker of MTN Consulting, has stated that much of China's contribution is in the form of loans, and that "Chinese banks are lending funds only to buy Chinese equipment".

And, of course, building in the desert also brings with it other challenges. One obvious example, which Reuters highlighted, is that "the city will consume an estimated 650,000 cubic meters a day of water from the North African nation's scarce resources".


Up to now, only two special economic zones have been established under the SEZ Law: the Suez Canal Special Economic Zone (SCZone), which was ...
Egypt[edit]. The North West Suez Special Economic Zone (SSEZ) is located at the Red Sea, 45 km south of Suez. It is served ...
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The Media Public Free Zone, in suburban Cairo, for example, hosts radio and television companies, while the Shebin El Kom Public Free Zone is mostly populated by the textile spinning and weaving industry. Other zones include those in Port Said, Alexandria, Nasr, Suez, Ismailia and Damietta.

In addition to free zones system, Egypt introduced more investment opportunities by creating the new special economic zones under the Special Economic Zones Law No. 83 of 2002. This article intends to give an overview of the law and the economic zones created to date.

The Special Economic Zones Law No. 83 of 2002 (“the SEZ Law”)

The SEZ Law aims at creating special economic zones to serve as international business hubs. It also aims at utilizing both national and foreign investment to develop industries and exports in order to earn foreign currency, as well as developing new and high technology industries. The economic zones will have a positive social impact through generating thousands of new employment opportunities. The SEZ Law stipulates a number of incentives and guarantees to spur investments and labour opportunities in the country. The following diagram explains in a nutshell the types of incentives and guarantees introduced by the Law:

The SEZ Law is based on the concept of a one-stop shop, providing the establishment of a sole governing body (i.e. the Economic Zone Authority) overseeing investment matters within each zone. This body is competent to carry all government mandates and issue required licences. It provides simplified taxation and customs systems and removes restrictions on foreign ownership. In addition, the law sets out efficient licensing procedures and effective frameworks for the resolution of disputes.

Up to now, only two special economic zones have been established under the SEZ Law: the Suez Canal Special Economic Zone (SCZone), which was established in 2015, and the second the Golden Triangle Economic Zone (GTZone), established in late 2017.

The Special Economic Zones

1. The Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone)
The SCZone is a premier services and trade hub offering investment opportunities in various economic sectors including logistics, industry, ICT, renewable energy, business parks and real estate developments as well as infrastructure services and transport links developments. Its target industries include automotive assembly and components, chemicals and petrochemicals, construction and building materials, textile and readymade garments, and agribusiness and food processing.

The SCZone resides along the banks of the newly-expanded Suez Canal, connecting two oceans and two seas. More than 8% of global trade passes through the canal every year. The strategic location of SCZone on the main trade route between Europe and South Asia permits it to offer competitive production cost and makes it the most comprehensive market access programme in the region.

Spanning 461 km2, the SCZone has four unique zones and six strategically-located ports. The four zones are:

  1. Ain Sokhna, set aside for heavy industry and renewable energy manufacturing (being near Egypt’s windiest region);
  2. East Port Said, allocated to light industry and logistics;
  3. Qantara West, a coastal area reserved for logistics; and
  4. East Ismailia, targeted at agri-business, textiles and ICT industries.

The six ports are at East and West Port Said; Ain Sokhna; Adabiya; Al Tor; and Al Arish. The planned expansions of these ports will increase their capacity for handling maritime traffic and for offering related services such as shipbuilding, stevedoring, bunkering, vessel scrapping, and recycling.

All SCZone investors benefit from a one-stop shop to streamline the registration, licensing and granting of permits in the form of the Suez Canal Economic Development General Authority. The SCZone Authority has been given autonomy over all matters in the zone except national security. Accordingly, investors may count on it for licensing, tax collection and utilities provision.

Since its establishment, SCZone has already attracted a number of investors. For instance, China’s Tianjin Economic-Technical Development Area (TEDA) Corporation, a Chinese state-owned entity that specialises in developing free zones in China, entered into an agreement with the SCZone Authority. In addition, the Chinese company Jushi signed a contract for planned expansions by the company in Ain Sokhna zone with an investment of US$60 million in an area of 90,000 square meters.
In January 2016, 32 Chinese companies started operating in SCZone, with a total investment of $400 million. In this regard, the Chinese President announced that the Chinese government would be investing up to $2.5 billion in 100 companies in SCZone.

The Russian government has also confirmed investment and started developments amounting to $107.8 million spread across 398 companies in engineering, machinery, shipbuilding and food near East Port Said.

During the World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh, the SCZone Authority signed seven contracts with several international companies. The deals include a $3.5 billion contract with a consortium of real estate companies for the industrial development of 5.5 million square meters of land in Ain Sokhna.

An agreement was also signed for the $500 million financing of the Sonker Bunkering Company and DP World Sokhna’s liquid bulk terminal at Port Ain Sokhna. The terminal will be used to import and store gasoil and liquefied petroleum gas in the third basin of Port Ain Sokhna. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Finance Corporation and CIB announced in 2016 that they were providing $341 million of the project’s cost to Sonker.

A number of UAE investors have also invested in SCZone. In November 2017, DP World entered into a partnership agreement with the SCZone Authority to develop an integrated industrial and residential project at Sokhna. The agreement will establish a joint venture between SCZone (51%) and DP World (49%) with DP World managing the zone; it is projected to start in the first quarter of 2018.

2. The Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone (GTZone)
The Golden Triangle is the second economic zone created by the Egyptian government after the SCZone. Presidential Decree No. 341/2017 established the Golden Triangle Economic Zone in Upper Egypt (in the Al Qoseer – Safaga – Qena – Qeft region) as an economic zone of a special nature. Spanning 2,228,754.25 feddan (over 2 million acres), the GTZone is expected to lead to substantial investments in Upper Egypt, especially in the fields of mining, general industry and the tourism sector. According to the government’s announced plans, 65% of the project will be composed of modern industrial hubs whilst 35% will be residential, commercial, and touristic.

The GTZone already has basic infrastructure including railroads between Qina and Safaga; three ports, at Qusayr, Safaga, and Al Hamrawen; three airports, Luxor, Hurghada, and Marsa Alam; and numerous main roads including Safaga-Qina, Qusayr-Koft, Marsa Alam-Edfo and the Red Sea Road. These are predicted to assist the swift development of the economic zone.
The area between Qusayr, Safaga, and Qina is filled with untapped mineral wealth, including limestone, phosphate rocks, glass sand, shale rocks, and gold. Existing residential cities are available to increase labour and housing capacities. The area can also be developed into a tourist destination, with beaches in Safaga and Qusayr, or the areas nearby in Hurghada, El Gouna, and Marsa Alam.

On 16 August 16 2017, the Prime Minister issued Decree no. 1788 of 2017 establishing the General Authority for the GTZone (GTZone Authority) as the regulatory authority responsible for administering the zone, and having its headquarter in Safaga.

Immediately after the establishment of the GTZone, Safaga issued tenders for infrastructure developments, including desalination projects and power generation projects funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to develop the region.

The Safaga desalination project is under the Public Private Partnership program developed by the Egyptian Government. The Safaga desalination project is expected to have an investment cost worth EGP 450 million. Another desalination project in Hurghada was also launched with estimated investment cost of around USD 52 million.

The Safaga mining port, which is expected to have vessel capacity of 60,000 tons, has issued a tender for development of an industrial port focusing on mining. The first phase of the project is the construction of the infrastructure necessary to expand the port and its activities. The second phase will involve the operational aspect of the port. The project is estimated to have an investment cost of EGP 3.8 billion, with the EBRD to finance consultancy, and the International Finance Cooperation (IFC) as the transaction advisor.

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