Ford Middle East has once again been recognized as one of the region’s most attractive companies to work for at the LinkedIn Talent Awards 2017. Follow > Disable alert for Ford Disable alert for LinkedIn Disable alert for Mervyn Fraser Follow >Ford Middle East and Africa has once again been recognised as one of the region’s most attractive companies to work for at the LinkedIn Talent Awards Middle East, following last year success in the same category, taking home the award for Best Employer Brand. In 2015, Ford was also named one of LinkedIn’s “Top 50 Most In Demand Employers in Middle East and North Africa”. The LinkedIn Talent Awards evening was an exclusive event gathering executives from leading companies in the Middle East and North Africa to be inspired, meet peers and celebrate success. In the UAE, Ford Middle East and Africa is also the most-followed automotive company on LinkedIn, highlighting the attractiveness of the brand to prospective employees.
October 19, 2017 10:30 UTC
North Korea’s government has relied for decades on illicit trade to fill its coffers, but a new report notes what appears to be a recent rise in Pyongyang’s trafficking of illegal wildlife from African nations. North Korea is finding itself increasingly squeezed by international sanctions imposed to try to stop the nation’s nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs. WATCH: Report: North Korea's Illicit Trade Network Hits Africa's Vulnerable WildlifeBut one source of illicit income hits an especially vulnerable group, Africa’s elephants and rhinos, which are targeted by poachers trying to satisfy the Asian market’s demand for ivory and rhino horn products. Researcher Zachary Donnenfeld of the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies says many African nations are reluctant to cut those ties. Governments with close ties to North Korea don’t particularly want to inflame tensions.
October 19, 2017 06:11 UTC
The PeopleThe people of Uganda are some of the world’s population that has gone through some very harrowing experiences. They took jobs as teachers, farm hands, maids and any and all kinds of jobs that were available to make ends meet. For those left behind in Uganda, HIV/Aids soon took over where Idi Amin left off and whole villages were almost wiped off. You just need to meet the Ugandans to fully appreciate what a special people they are. It makes no sense to visit a place, admire its animals and landscape and not take the time to know the people who own the place.
October 19, 2017 03:56 UTC
The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, on Wednesday commended Morocco for its “great” presidency of the COP22, begun in Marrakech in November 2016. The UN official deemed that the Pre-COP in Nadi was “successful with the involvement of all delegations who came with an open mind and a constructive attitude”. She noted however that “negotiations will be complicated in view of the nature and diversity of the issues to be raised” in Bonn, during the COP23, next November 6 through 17. The ministerial meeting, co-chaired by Salaheddine Mezouar and the Prime Minister of Fiji, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, respectively presidents of COP22 and COP23, served as a platform for high-level political discussions on the main issues of the COP23 negotiations. It also discussed the operationalization of the Paris Accord and reaffirmed the signatory countries’ commitment to take significant steps to advance the implementation of the Marrakech roadmap.
October 18, 2017 21:56 UTC
Landmapp, an Accra-based agri-tech start-up, provides landholders (particularly smallholder farmers) with a one-stop-shop land documentation service, allowing them to register their properties under their name. The documentation is compliant with Ghanaian regulations and customary traditions, and can be used as collateral for accessing agricultural loans. Selling our first 10 land documents to smallholder farmers and asking them why bought it. We were too eager to go to a second market before having proved the first one fully. So instead we made Ghana our main focus and expect to launch our second market later than planned.
October 18, 2017 18:33 UTC
This Nivea Ad Promising "Visibly Lighter Skin" Is Reigniting a Conversation About Skin Bleaching On the ContinentNivea has come under fire for an advertisement promoting skin lightening, but the incident also opens up a broader discussion about marketing trends and consumer demand on the continent.
October 18, 2017 17:15 UTC
Khalid Al-Zaidi said his client is also preparing his political comeback, adding that Libyans still support him. Head of the UN Special Mission in Libya last month said all Libyans including Saif are allowed to take part in the new political plan of action with presidential and general elections as climax next year. Zaidi noted that Saif will soon erect an international organization to sue Qatari senior officials, including former Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, before the ICC. Doha leagued with NATO to ouster Gaddafi in the 2011 revolution, which has left the country with no central administration. A decision to hand over Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani has to be made by the UN Security Council.
October 18, 2017 14:26 UTC
King Mohammed VI received on Tuesday at the royal palace in Rabat the personnel envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Sahara, Horst Köhler, who visited Morocco as part of a regional tour including Tindouf, Algiers and Nouakchott. Horst Köhler, a former president of Germany, also met Prime Minister Saâdeddine El Othmani and Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita. Köhler’s tour, his first since he took up his functions early September, seeks to unlock talks on the regional dispute over the Sahara. After his tour and contacts in the region, the UN envoy will report back to the UN Security Council on October 24. He was appointed last August by UNSG Antonio Guterres as his new personal envoy for the Sahara in replacement of Christopher Ross, whose tenure failed to score any breakthroughs in negotiations on the Sahara issue.
October 18, 2017 11:03 UTC
Morocco recorded “significant progress” in the field of human rights in conformity with its constitutional commitments, said the EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2016. The report points out to the legislative reforms undertaken by Morocco to protect human rights, strengthen the rule of law and promote democratic practices. In this regards, the report highlights the legislative activity undertaken in Morocco in support of key fields such as migrant rights, women’s rights, the reform of the judiciary and the penitentiary system. On women’s rights, the document indicates that Morocco approved in 2016 the setting up of the Authority for Equality and Fight against Discrimination (APALD). It also recalled that in 2016, Morocco has launched the second phase of regularization of illegal migrants.
October 18, 2017 11:03 UTC
The Moroccan government announced the upcoming setting up of a ministerial committee to review the current development model, which has so far failed to curb regional disparities. The launch of the committee was announced by Head of the Government Saad Eddine El Othmani at the Weekly Government Council. He explained that the new body will be tasked with putting forward proposals and new ideas to address shortcomings in terms of managing public affairs as the current model has reached its limits. The creation of the new committee comes less than a week after King Mohammed VI’s speech at the opening of the Parliament autumn session in which he lambasted local officials for failing to meet citizens’ aspirations and called for a new development model. “Although Morocco has made tangible progress, which is recognized throughout the world, we have to admit that our national development model no longer responds to citizens’ growing demands and pressing needs; it has not been able to reduce disparities between segments of the population, correct inter-regional imbalances or achieve social justice,” the King said in the speech.
October 18, 2017 10:52 UTC
Huawei and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services are sending a second batch of 10 South African students on a two-week study and cultural exchange trip to China. For the second year running technology giant Huawei’s CSR programme, Seeds for the Future, is sending 10 South African students on a two-week study and cultural exchange trip to China. This was made possible by the partnership between Huawei and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, with the support of the Chinese embassy. Like South Africa, China has a rich and diverse culture, along with a colourful history. See Using Brand South Africa material.
October 18, 2017 08:03 UTC
Virtual teaching to transform SA education standardsBy STAFF REPORTERJOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – LEARNING outcomes at rural and underperforming schools in South Africa are set for a major improvement as virtual teaching becomes a reality through new education technology. Vodacom, the mobile network operator, and the Department of Basic Education, on Tuesday took the digitalisation of education national a step further through the demonstration of the ‘Virtual Teacher’ platform in Midrand, north of Johannesburg. Speaking at the event, Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, said government was working with Vodacom to address some of the challenges facing the country’s education system, particularly in remote and underachieving schools. The technology enables live interaction with the remote audience through a texting question-and-answer facility for written responses during the lesson. Vuyani Jarana, Chief Officer at Vodacom Business, said the Virtual Education offering marked a major restructuring of the economics of the higher education system.
October 18, 2017 06:33 UTC
EU anti-terror chief Gilles de Kerchove on Tuesday called for a boosted exchange of information with Tunisia, which has seen its nationals involved in deadly attacks abroad and on its soil. During a visit to Tunis, for talks with Tunisian ministers, the EU official said that the flow of information across the Mediterranean “is functioning well” but could be improved. Tunisians have also carried out deadly attacks in Europe, including Berlin and the French towns of Nice and Marseille. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group, but French investigators have not found any evidence linking it to the jihadists. “One of the main subjects is to become more and more precise in the detection of the tipping point,” the EU commissioner told a press conference in Tunis.
October 18, 2017 03:00 UTC
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), which is convening its 137th General Assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia, has approved Morocco’s proposal to include on the agenda an emergency item on the ongoing humanitarian crisis of the Rohingya, Burma’s Muslim minority. The Moroccan proposal, supported by Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh, Kuwait, Iran, Sudan and Turkey, won 1,027 votes, according to the official news agency MAP. The 1,700 MPs participating in the IPU Assembly welcomed the proposal because of the suffering, persecution, discrimination and displacement endured by the Rohingya minority. A statement from the Moroccan House of Councilors, which is represented at the IPU General Assembly, had announced that the Moroccan delegation made a proposal in the framework of a discussion on the theme: “The fight against violence and discrimination against the Rohingyas in Myanmar: Inter-Parliamentary Union”. “The choice of this theme by the Moroccan Parliament confirms the Kingdom’s constant position with regard to the humanitarian crisis faced by the Rohingya minority in Myanmar,” the statement had stressed.
October 17, 2017 18:22 UTC
Rystad Energy: Northwestern Africa leading exploration activityBy Aatisha Mahajan on 10/17/2017OSLO -- Conventionally, African exploration has been focused in Nigeria, Egypt and Libya; most other frontiers were either underexplored or not explored at all. Exploration efficiency clearly highlights that overall exploration was a success in both East and West Africa. From 2013 to 2014 most of the discovered volumes in Africa were uniformly distributed between East, West and North Africa. All the major discoveries, like Ahmeyim and Yakaar, come from Senegal and Mauritania in North West Africa with operators including Kosmos Energy and BP. Thus, we can conclude that in the last couple of years, considerable value has been added through exploration in North West Africa as compared to the rest of Africa.
October 17, 2017 15:00 UTC