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G20, African countries explore opportunities to increase investments in Africa at Berlin conference

The President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, joined leaders from African countries and G20 members in Berlin on Monday to discuss opportunities to enhance the business environment and increase investment in Africa.
A common refrain on the opening day of the two-day conference – “G20 Africa Partnership – Investing in a Common Future” – hosted by Germany under its G20 Presidency was that Africa’s time has come and opportunities for investment on the continent abound.
In a session on the G20 Compact with Africa, which aims to increase investment opportunities, push for a more sustainable infrastructure as well as create jobs and employment in African countries, the Finance Ministers from Côte d’Ivoire, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia shared their views on opportunities for long-term stability and growth, alongside the Heads of the African Development Bank, World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

“The Compact with Africa is very important because of the changing lens through which we are looking at Africa,” said Adesina, who applauded German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her leadership in putting Africa at the top of the G20 agenda. “We are no longer looking at Africa through the perspective of just development. We are looking at Africa as an investment destination, and unlocking its huge potential. This is a great shift in mindset. Africa is a growth frontier.”

Adesina outlined the huge growth potential of the continent, in agriculture as a business, and in the processing of cocoa and cotton and not just exporting raw materials. “The secret of the wealth of nations is very clear: the nations that are poor are the ones that export raw materials, and the nations that are rich are the ones that actually add value. We think this is very critical to change the narrative.”

The Compact is a commitment by African countries to improve conditions for private investment. In cooperation with international organisations and bilateral partners, the participating African countries will develop tailor-made measures and instruments designed to make them more attractive to investors. Five countries have already committed to join: Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Rwanda. They are now being joined by Ghana and Ethiopia.

Day 1 of the G20 Africa partnership conference closed with international organisations and bilateral partners applauding Germany’s leadership and pledging their support for the Compact in the years to come.

A few hours earlier, President Adesina participated in the launch of the African Economic Outlook 2017 alongside Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Thomas Silberhorn, German Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ); and Claver Gatete, Rwandan Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, among other distinguished panelists.

Published by the African Development Bank, in partnership with the OECD Development Centre and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the 2017 edition of the African Economic Outlook focuses on unlocking the potential of entrepreneurship for Africa’s industrialization.

The new AEO report needs to be translated into action as soon as possible, said Adesina, who underscored the importance of securing a future for African youth.
“We want an Africa that is able to grow fast, that is able to create quality jobs, that is able to create hope for the young people on the continent, supported by investments to be able to turn their dreams into reality,” he said. “I don’t believe the future of Africa lies in Europe. I don’t believe that the future of Africa lies at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea either.
“Let’s work together to make Africa blossom. It’s in the interest of the world for this to happen for Africa.”

The African Century: Continent’s doubling population will shape everyone’s future

The global response to Africa’s burgeoning youth population will determine the course of history, according to a new report released today by The ONE Campaign ahead of the G20 “Partnership with Africa” conference in Berlin (June 12th and 13th).

‘The African Century’ shows that by 2050 Africa’s youth will outnumber the G20’s youth population and will bring with it huge opportunities – and requires everyone to work in partnership to seize this moment.

Without coordinated global action – in particular from African leaders and G20 countries – this opportunity will be lost, and the world risks severe consequences for regional and global stability.

However, through renewed action by African and G20 leaders investing into employment, education and empowerment,  sufficient jobs and chances for prosperity for this youth generation can be created and lead to an increase of $500bn for the African GDP for 30 years, which will also drive global growth.

Jamie Drummond, Co-Founder of ONE, said: “Africa’s population will more than double up to 2.5bn people until 2050 with half of them being under 25 years. By then Africa’s youth population will be ten times the size of European Union’s. What will this youth boom do, what will they think, what will they want? They will determine the future not just of Africa but Europe and the world – and we need to re-double our investments in their future now because it is also ours. This is why a historic new G20-Africa partnership is essential and must be agreed through Germany’s G20 summit.”

The ‘Partnership with Africa’ is a key theme of Germany’s G20 Presidency. As part of this theme, the ‘Partnership with Africa’ event will be a key moment – where the G20 will be presenting the “Compacts with Africa”.

These agreements between a developed country and a developing country aim to improve foreign direct investment in Africa, to boost private sector generated jobs.

Currently, five countries are listed for the compacts: Côte d’Ivoire, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia.

ONE’s report, “The African Century” shows the compacts need to be expanded to Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and fragile states to be a successful tool for developing the continent. The average growth of the working-age population in fragile states and LDCs is with 77 percent much higher than in other African countries (60%).At the same time, these countries are determining the stability of entire regions.

Nachilala Nkombo, interim Executive Director of ONE in Africa said: “As the G20 focuses on Africa this year, it is important that they focus their partnerships and Compacts with Africa between 2017 – 2020 on investments and reforms that will accelerate the creation of millions of opportunities and jobs for Africa’s exploding population. The wider Africa must prioritise delivery of quality education – G20 partnership,  especially girls’ education as should be the empowerment of citizens to fight corruption. African heads of states at their July 2017 AU summit must agree on a set of investment targets to prevent a demographic disaster and ensure a dividend. African states urgently need the implementation of smart policies and targeted investments that focus on delivering education, employment and empowerment for its exploding youth population.   To better support Africa,  Europe must pass an anti-money laundering directive that helps African citizens track and follow the money sometimes stolen through corruption. Failure by our governments  and partners to grasp this opportunity will result in  deepening poverty, conflicts, terrorism and famine that will spill over international borders into Europe.”

GUBA Awards 2017- Consistency and the Celebration of Excellence

The virtue of consistency was manifested at the GUBA Awards 2017 which took place on Saturday the 3rd of June 2017, at the Intercontinental Hotel, o2, London. The biennial award in its sixth year, paid tribute to an array of trailblazers from various industries

The night commenced with an ode to Ghana by the Shekinah singers as they sang the Ghana national anthem.  Dynamic hosts Anita Erskine and Eddie Kadi welcomed the audience whilst acknowledging the theme of the night; ‘Celebrating Excellence’.

Ghanaian performer Wiyaala gave an energetic performance singing ‘Africa’ and ‘Rock my body’, thoroughly entertaining the audience and getting them on their feet.

An endorsement video from His Excellency – Nana Akufo-Addo, the President of the Republic of Ghana, was played to the audience.

“I have been a keen follower of the activities of GUBA and I must say they have done a brilliant job especially in helping to consolidate the economic, social and tourism link between the UK and Ghana. We should all stand ready to support GUBA. The cooperation between public and private sector players will only help to steer on Ghana’s development as we seek to create wealth, prosperity and jobs for our people” – he added

Other videos tribute from veteran broadcaster John Snow and Former First Lady Cherie Blair were also aired. A surprise Outstanding Achievement Award was given to Chris Hughton, manager of newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion FC.

The night was well attended by several dignitaries, directors and media personalities including: Minister for Tourism, Arts & Culture (Ghana) – Hon. Catherine Afeku, Francis Asenso-Boakye –Deputy Chief of Staff to the President and Political Assistant (Ghana), MP Dianne Abbott, Eugene Akwasi – Ayisi – Labour Party Cabinet Member Communities Haringey, GUBA Patron and Actor- Hugh Quarshie , Rahul Gopinath – Regional Director for Africa- ECOM Agroindustrial Corp, Iain Walker – New British High Commissioner to Ghana and X-factor finalists Reggie N Bollie to name a few.

Speaking on the journey of the GUBA Awards and the celebration of Ghana at 60, Mrs Dentaa Amoateng MBE (CEO) stated:

My theme to mark this milestone is the strategic virtue of consistency and to have the drive to maintain consistency, you need a vision. Here at GUBA, the tireless work of our dynamic volunteers as well as the energy and passion of my team motivates us to be consistent and to strive to succeed. Over the next two years GUBA will be focusing on ways to promote Diaspora relationships.

Lastly, a prestigious award was presented to Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom for his Excellence in Business by Warner Rootlep, AF of KLM General Manager UK & Ireland. The night ended with a medley from the Davidson band and was followed by a post event networking at the Sky Bar in the Intercontinental Hotel. Seven awards voted for by the public and thirteen Black Star Awards were given out in total.

The GUBA Awards 2017 winners are:

  • Ghanaian Alumni Award – Holy Child Past Students Association (HOPSA)
  • Charity of the Year Award – Action Through Enterprise (ATE)
  • Professional of the Year Award – Joshua Siaw
  • Made in Ghana Award – Peini Skincare
  • Efie Ne Fie Award – Vanetta & Vemilleon Ackah – Kiddie Garden Nursery International
  • Business Start-up of the Year – Purete Nature

GUBA Black Star Awardees

  • Maidie Arkutu – Female Influential Leader Apostle
  • Dr. Kwadwo Safo  – Innovative Pioneer
  • Anas Aremeyaw Anas – Exceptional Journalist
  • Dr. Michael K. Obeng – Humanitarian Spirit
  • Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom – Excellence in Business, Ghana
  • Mr & Mrs Mensah (Uncle John’s Bakery) – Enterprising Business Award
  • Dr. Kwaku Oteng – Outstanding Industrialist
  • Dr Kofi Amoa-Abban – Young Oil & Gas Entrepreneur
  • Kelvin Doe – Young African Innovator
  • Dr Nii Dzani – Influential Economist
  • Dr Jason Sarfo-Annin – Student Achiever of the Year
  • Mrs Ivy Manly-Spain – Female Excellence in Oil and Gas Award
  • Chris Hughton – Outstanding Achievement Award

ECOM Ghana were the title sponsors of this fantastic event and we give special thanks as well as to all our other sponsors and partners.

Category Sponsors: uniBank Ghana, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Imperial Homes, Kingsby London, ABN TV and Radio. CEO Dinner Sponsor: PayAngel.

Media Partners: ROK TV, VOX Africa TV, Starr Radio UK, Hot Digital Online FM, Rising Africa, Afropulp Magazine, The Voice Newspaper, Glam Africa, ABN TV and Radio, GHOne TV, Starr FM, OK FM, Peace FM, Adom TV, UTV, Hot Digital Online FM, Ahomka FM, FAB Photography, AKLASS photography, SWAG of Africa, Screen Nation, Inspirational You, Premier Productions, 7 Media Photography and Ernest Simons Photography.

Partners: Final Effects Studios, NAS Studios, Anita Erskine Media, Precise Marketing, E-Volution International, Plant It Events, Groupe Nduom, MakeUp Ghana, Uncle John’s Bakery, Snaptcha and Full of Goodness. Material Sponsors: Vlisco, Kente Queen. Outfit/Accessories sponsors: A-COTE Collections, Jay Renkyi, Emma Bird Accessories and Gaknobi Collections. Travel Sponsor: Faze 2 Services

The National Diversity Awards 2017 – TWO WEEKS TO GO UNTIL NOMINATIONS & VOTING CLOSES!!!

In two weeks time nominations and voting will close for The National Diversity Awards 2017! An astonishing 14,000 people have taken the time to tell us about the life changing work being carried out by local heroes and community groups.

Voting closes on Friday 09th June – Why wait? Submit an entry today!

CLICK HERE TO MAKE A NOMINATION

How to submit a vote?

Our interactive nomination site allows you to view latest nominees, submit a new nomination, view our nomination map and vote for existing nominees!

To make a new nomination, simply select the award category you wish to nominate for, enter the details required and submit!

To vote to for an existing nominee, enter their name into the ‘search for nominee by name’ section. Our site will then present a selection of suggested profiles for you to choose from. Once you have found the profile you are looking for, enter your reason for voting and submit.

Tickets are now on sale for The National Diversity Awards!!!

Join us for the most spectacular celebration of diversity on Friday 08th September in the fantastic city of Liverpool. The breathtaking Anglican Cathedral will once again play host to the UK’s largest diversity awards for an evening filled with inspirational role models, celebrity guests and dynamic performances.

To secure you place at the National Diversity Awards 2017, please click here

A word from Graham Norton
Comedian, Television & Radio Presenter
‘’Promoting and celebrating diversity is close to my heart which is why I am thrilled to support The National Diversity Awards! I want to wish all of this year’s nominees the best of luck for the ceremony, you all deserve to win!’’

WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards 2017 shortlist shines a spotlight on 200 remarkable women changing the face of business across the UK 

WeAreTheCity are proud to announce the shortlist for their 2017 Rising Star Awards.
The Rising Star Awards, now in their third year, are the only awards to solely focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level. Through these annual awards they celebrate 100 individual female contributors who represent the future leaders and role models of tomorrow across twenty different industries. They hope that by raising the profile of shortlisted nominees and winners, and will also encourage organisations to consider how they strengthen the development of their female pipeline and provide opportunities for their female workforce to climb the ranks within their organisations.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

Win Tickets to the IAAF World Championships!

A leading Caribbean bank is conducting an online survey to seek the views of our readers to help them improve the products and services they offer. The research is being conducted in conjunction with research agency HPI Research.

The Voice Newspaper would be grateful if you could take around 15 minutes to fill out this simple survey and when completed, you will be automatically entered into a prize draw with the opportunity to win two tickets to the IAAF World Championships in August 2017.

To complete the survey please click the following link and, if you have any problems, please copy and paste the link into your browser: https://ourvoice.co.uk/survey2/?ID=1309&qs=1

All of your answers will be treated in the strictest confidence, in accordance with the Market Research Society Code of Conduct and not passed on to any third parties. They just want to hear your opinions and views, and these will be used for research purposes only. The survey will remain open until 2nd of June.

If you have any questions please get in touch by sending us an email toresearchsurveys1@gmail.com

MISS GHANA UK 2017 – AUDITIONS NOW OPEN!

It’s that time of the year again ladies! The search is on to crown the next Miss Ghana UK 2017. So if you think you’ve got what it takes to win the crown, then read on -> -> ->
DATE
 Sunday  4th June 2017
VENUE
Dance Studio
Woodhouse College
Woodhouse Road,
North Finchley
London
N12 9EY
How to get there
Driving use: N12 9EY
Tube: Piccadilly line to Bounds Green then bus 221 towards North Finchley or Edgware (stops outside college)
Tube: Northern Line to Finchley Central then bus 13, 460 to North Finchley then 5 mins walk or buses 134, 221
Buses: 134, 221(from outside Argos) stops outside the college
Buses that goes near college with short walk   13, 43, 125,263, 382,
British Rail: Great Northern to New Southgate then bus 221 towards North Finchley or Edgware (stops outside college)
TIME
 2.30pm sharp
ATTIRE
Blue Skinny Jeans, White vest top, Black heeled Sandals.
Please bring ID

PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL AND TOYOTA USA SIGN ON AS CO-PRESENTING SPONSORS OF THE 2017 PAN-AFRICAN WEEKEND NYC

The Pan-African Weekend to celebrate the best of the pan-African community with women’s forum, networking events, and formal awards gala

Prudential Financial Inc. and Toyota USA have signed on as co-presenting sponsors of the 2017 Pan-African Weekend produced by Face2face Africa.

In its 6th annual edition, the Pan-African Weekend is a multi-day event that highlights and celebrates the best of the pan-African community. The action-packed schedule includes the Pan-African Women Forum, the IAAPA Networking Mixer, and the closing Jazz Brunch.

The highlight of the weekend is the FACE List Awards, the most prestigious celebration of pan-African achievement in the Unites States, where pioneers and trailblazers of African descent are honored for their contributions and impact on society.

The Pan-Weekend Weekend has given us the unique opportunity to tell a new narrative on people of African descent in this country and around the world. We are proud to have Prudential returning for the second consecutive year as presenting sponsor, and we are thrilled that Toyota will be joining them this year as co-Presenting Sponsor.  Both companies have demonstrated their unyielding commitment to empowering and equipping members of our community with the tools and resources that we need to change our story”, said CEO of Face2face Africa Isaac. O. Babu-Boateng.

The 2017 Pan-African Weekend kicks off Thursday, July 13th, and concludes on Sunday, July 16th.

Speaking on the partnership with Face2face Africa, Dorinda Walker, Prudential Financial’s Vice President of Consumer Strategy and Key initiatives said:

Prudential’s ongoing sponsorship of Face2face Africa’s Pan-African Weekend is not just about discussing the type of financial services we provide. We’ve been able to share educational information with Pan-African community members on how to save, invest and reach their long-term financial goals. The attendees leave the Pan-African Weekend with Prudential top of mind, knowing that we are ready, willing, and able to work with them to achieve prosperity and peace of mind.

This year, Toyota USA has also joined the Pan-African Weekend as the official auto sponsor.

Toyota is proud to be a sponsor of Pan African Weekend, an event that celebrates the individuals in the Pan African community who are committed to transforming society,” said Mia Phillips, National Manager- Brand, Multicultural & Crossline Marketing Strategy.

For more information on the Pan-African Weekend, visit: panafricanweekend.com or contact info@f2fafrica.com.

REGISTER HERE

Ghanaian-British Entrepreneur Runs U.K.’s 1st African Fine-Dining Food Brand

While African cuisine may be extremely popular locally, it is yet to be appreciated globally in fine-dining. In addition, lovers of African cuisine often find it difficult to access real African food overseas.

It is this under-representation that motivated Adwoa Hagan-Mensah, a Ghanaian-born British entrepreneur, to incorporate real West African cuisine in to London’s food culture.

For Hagan-Mensah, who now owns East Jollof London (EJL), a highly successful luxury catering company in the U.K., her story is of turning passion into a profitable venture.

Her Beginnings

Samples of cuisines prepared by Eat Jollof London. Photo credit: Eat Jollof London

Speaking to Face2Face Africa in a recent interview, Hagan-Mensah explained that the idea to start a catering company came when she was in college in the U.K.

As a foreign student, Hagan-Mensah had to work hard to make ends meet since she needed money for her school fees and general upkeep.

So she decided to start cooking and delivering food to fellow students as a part-time job. Hagan-Mensah started with British cuisines but would occasionally throw in some West African staples for a change.

Eventually, she realized that students from other countries had a real appetite for West African dishes, and this gave her the courage and inspiration to start the first Ghanaian street food stall, Jollof Pot, in London.

“At university, I paid my rent cooking and delivering pre-packed West African dishes to students,” Hagan-Mensah says. “It was then I realized my passion was in West African food and catering, and [I] have never looked back.”

For Hagan-Mensah, her mother, who taught her how to cook at a tender age and continued to have her cook during school holidays, serves as her chief inspiration for West African dishes.

“To this day, I am unable to cook small for small numbers. She inspired me to be inventive with Ghanaian ingredients and she continues to be a huge inspiration to this day,” Hagan-Mensah adds.

Her Big Break

In 2012, Hagan-Mensah appeared on BBC2’s program “The Restaurant,” a popular British reality TV series where a group of couples compete for a chance to set up a restaurant financially

A waitress at Eat Jollof London. Photo credit: Eat Jollof London

backed and personally supported by French chef Raymond Blanc.

Jollof Pot, which she co-founded with her husband Lloyd Mensah 15 years ago, has since been renamed Spinach & Agushi and has street stands at Portobello Road in Notting Hill, Exmouth Market in Farringdon, and Broadway Market in Hackney.

All these outlets operate under the umbrella company Eat Jollof London, which specializes in corporate events and weddings.

By offering luxury catering and fine-dining services, Hagan-Mensah is paving the way for West African cuisine to be given the Michelin star treatment it deserves.

Unique Cuisine

A chef preparing food at Eat Jollof London. Photo credit: Eat Jollof London

According to Hagan-Mensah, Eat Jollof London serves both the millions of Africans living in the U.K. as well as foreign clients who want to have a taste of real West African cuisine. A lot of her African clients want to enjoy the real food flavors they grew up with — albeit with a look and taste that is different from home cooking.

“Our chef spent a lot of time tweaking traditional dishes and adding the EJL flare to each dish. [The] presentation of each dish is also a very important aspect of what we do,” says Hagan-Mensah.

Among the many unique West African dishes that EJL prepares, jollof rice is the most popular, with Hagan-Mensah revealing that they had to bring in chefs from several West African countries, including Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, the Gambia, and the Ivory Coast, to help reinvent the dish.

Hagan-Mensah is currently considering opening branches in Ghana and Nigeria. She has also established the Ghana Super Club, a bimonthly dinner, to taste traditional Ghanaian flavors in Kent.

Article via Face2FaceAfrica

KINGSBY LONDON LTD PARTNERS WITH GUBA AWARDS

Renowned gold merchants – Kingsby London Ltd are category sponsors of the 6th annual GUBA Awards, taking place on Saturday 3rd of June 2017, at the Intercontinental Hotel, o2, London. Kingsby London will be sponsoring the GUBA Professional of the Year award.

Kingsby London Ltd is an independent bullion dealer that operates outside the banking system. By offering gold ingots in smaller units, their aim is to make investment grade gold affordable and accessible to the wider public. Their ingots range from 1 gram to 100 gram in size and are presented in an enclosed security case that can be instantly authenticated by downloading the CertiEye application on your smartphone.

Each ingot case is printed with a unique serial number issued by The Assay Office London; matching the number imprinted in the bullion bar to act as a certificate. Their business partnership with the Assay Office London also means that every ingot carries the world renowned ‘Leopard’s head’ hallmark also historically known as the ‘Kings Mark’. Kingsby Bars will be available to purchase online from June.

Kingsby London Ltd also offers fine jewellery under the trading name – Kingsby Diamonds. With variations of silver, platinum, white, yellow and rose gold, customers are able to customise their engagement and wedding rings to reflect their personal taste, style and budget. Each Kingsby diamond is independently certified by the leading international gemmological laboratories.

Speaking on the sponsorship, Managing Director of Kingsby London Ltd, Maximus Afriyie-Barwuah states:  “GUBA Awards celebrates excellence and promotes personal and collective growth. As an aspirational luxury brand that shares these common values we are proud to be a sponsor. We continue to bridge the gap between Africa and the International Community and endeavour to create added value in our activities. GUBA is an ideal partner in facilitating these objectives.’’

CEO of GUBA Enterprise Dentaa Amoateng MBE adds: “GUBA Awards is pleased to have Kingsby London. Kingsby London’s unique investment grade bars is a wonderful addition to the GUBA 2017 Awards.”

Kingsby Diamonds ensures their diamonds are sourced ethically from reputable suppliers in line with the Kimberley process treaty established in 2003 to stem the flow of conflict diamonds. To find out more about investing in gold bullion bars visit www.kingsbylondon.com . For customised engagement and wedding rings go to www.kingsbydiamonds.com.

GUBA 2017 Awards promises to be an elegant and entertaining evening. Tickets are currently available at www.gubaawards.co.uk/ticket

Technical Education Key To Country’s Future…

Nana Akufo-Addo tells student audience that country must invest in education to prosper

Technical higher education will be one of the driving forces in Ghana’s industrial revolution, according to the nation’s president.

In a recent speech to students at Ho Technical University, Nana Akufo-Addo told them the country’s goals will be achieved through the work that goes on in institutions such as theirs.

“If the ambitions we have for this country are going to come into fruition, a great deal of it depends on what is going to happen in places like this,” he said. “You are going to be at the centre of the industrial revolution of our country.”

Mr Akufo-Addo, who was speaking as part of a two-day working visit to Ghana’s Volta Region, said that his government was prioritising education – particularly technical provision – to improve the economy, the government of Ghana’s website reported.

Ghana would continue to be poor if it maintained its position as a nation reliant on the production of raw materials, he warned.

At the same event, GhanaWeb reported him as saying that countries formerly similar to Ghana were now “places of prosperity and development” as a result of committing “a lot of resources” to developing their education systems, with “technical and scientific” provision at the forefront.

“[Technical education] is the key to our future,” Mr Akufo-Addo said. “Whatever we can do to support your development, to make it relatively easy for you to study hard and to get the information to be able to contribute to the progress and development of the country, the Akufo-Addo administration is going to do exactly that.”

john.elmes@timeshighereducation.com

Source: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/ghana-president-technical-education-key-countrys-future#survey-answer