Algerian ambassador to South Africa Abd-El-Naceur Belaid called for stronger economic partnerships between Algeria and South Africa at an Algeria-South Africa trade and investment summit held in Johannesburg. Algeria and South AfricaThis is where the relationship with South Africa became so important. Lerato Matabage, CEO of Trade Invest Africa at the DTI, in particular, highlighted Algeria as the number one priority in North Africa for South African investment. Source: Embassy of Algeria South Africa, Export & Import Southern Africa magazineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
VW's Seat plans to expand in N. Africa, Latin AmericaDe Meo aims to increase Seat's operating margin to as high as 4.5 percent. BARCELONA -- Spanish automaker Seat will lead VW Group's expansion in North Africa as part of internationalization plans that may also include building cars in Mexico. Seat is seeking to expand its business in North Africa and Latin America in the next decade to stabilize earnings by reducing its reliance on Europe. Seat will "take the leadership role" in VW Group's new Algerian plant, de Meo said at the brand's annual earnings press conference here on Thursday. VW Group has formed a joint venture with Algerian sales partner SOVAC to assemble the Ibiza, VW Golf, VW Caddy and Skoda Octavia in Algeria.
Corporate News Chinese firms win Sh18bn tender for Isebania-Ahero road upgradeKeNHA director-general Peter Mundinia. FILE PHOTO | NMGTwo Chinese firms have been awarded Sh18 billion tender to rehabilitate and upgrade Isebania-Kisii-Ahero Road to bitumen standards. The Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) said China Henan International Corporation Group and the Third Engineering Bureau of China City Construction will undertake the rehabilitation of the 206km road. The second lot will be undertaken by Third Engineering Company at a cost of Sh9.4 billion. Running from Kisii to Ahero, it will include Oyugis-Kendu Bay, Misambi-Ekerenyo and Oyugis Gamba feeder roads among others.
King Mohammed VI has received in Rabat King Abdullah II of Jordan with whom he held talks on bilateral ties and latest developments in the Arab region. The Jordanian King is in Morocco as part of an official visit during which he will meet several Moroccan officials. In such a regional context and in a region beset by turmoil, Morocco and Jordan have emerged as hubs of stability. The two monarchies carried out reforms that help them eschew the chaos that plagued several countries after the Arab Spring. Morocco and Jordan held their first joint commission in 1998.
The U.S. Census Bureau is proposing changes to the way it categorizes race. According to the 2010 census, 72 percent of respondents said they were white. But the bureau defines "white" as a person with ancestral origins in "Europe, the Middle East or North Africa." The new plans would add a separate Middle East/North Africa box, which has sparked celebration and concern. Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Arwa Mahdawi (@ArwaM), writer for The Guardian, about the proposal and the historically ambiguous definition of "white."
Maverick federal MP Bob Katter has renewed his call for a Middle Eastern and North African migration ban following the London terrorist attacks. The grandson of a Lebanese migrant wants to stop people between Greece and India from moving to Australia and has backed One Nation leader Pauline Hanson's call to ban Muslim migration. Scroll down for videoMaverick federal MP Bob Katter wants to ban migration from the Middle East and North AfricaThe politician from far north Queensland has backed One Nation leader Pauline Hanson's call to ban Muslim migration, following the killing of four people in London by a lone wolf terrorist who drove towards pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge. He also accused the major parties of bringing in Muslims from the Middle East at the expense of more deserving minorities. His proposed ban on migration from the Middle East and North Africa would grant exemptions for minorities such as the Sikhs, Jews and Christians who are persecuted by Islamists.
INTRODUCTIONMr. Chairman and distinguished members of this Committee, I am honored to testify before you in my first year as the Commander of United States European Command (EUCOM). Enable the NATO AllianceAs the United States manages multiple strategic challenges, our enduring strength remains NATO, the most successful alliance in history. This unity is NATO’s center of gravity, and the United States must continue to support solidarity among the Alliance nations. Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States have begun deploying multinational battalion task forces to Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Poland respectively on a rotational basis. In order to realize this networked approach, EUCOM will support NATO efforts to expand the capability and capacity of Allied Joint Forces Command – Naples.
Applications have opened for the first Fincluders Startup Challenge to be held outside of Europe, with fintech entrepreneurs from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) eligible for the US$15,000 competition. Organised by the Technical Assistance Facility of the SANAD Fund for MSME, the event is modelled on a first installment of the challenge held in Berlin last year. The SANAD Technical Assistance Facility will offer finalists a trip to Jordan and accommodation during mentoring sessions conducted by fintech industry experts. SANAD Technical Assistance Facility committee chairman Ines Ebrecht said the Fincluders Startup Challenge served as a natural extension of SANAD’s technical assistance activities. Such funding helps ensure startups can finance the critical phases of their product and business development,” Ebrecht said.
FLINT – The International Institute and Foreign Languages Center at Mott Community College (MCC) will host a Middle East & North Africa Cultural Fair March 30 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Event Center on the Flint campus. Participants will receive a passport to “travel” through the Middle East and North Africa learning about a rich cultural history through food, music, art, games, language and conversation. The Cultural Fair will feature Arabic students at MCC teaching participants how to write their name in Arabic and sharing basic cultural facts. There will be a trivia game and selfie station with props and cultural regalia, and a Henna table where participants can get a Henna tattoo. Additionally, there will be a station with Syrian refugees who are willing to talk about their experiences as refuges and recent immigrants.
Economy & Politics Fear of the dead derails bid to buy land for cemetery in NakuruNakuru County has set aside Sh80 million for the purchase of land to set up cemeteries. “We want to buy parcels of land in Subukia, Naivasha and Nakuru where the cemeteries had already filled up,” he said. Nakuru County has set aside Sh80 million for the purchase of land to set up cemeteries, according to the official. Sh40 million was set aside in the current financial year and a similar amount in the next budget. Other challenges cited by the county health official include specifications required like topography and distance.
Italian car part maker, Sogefi, announced that it will build its first industrial site in Africa in Tangiers to manufacture two new models of engine filters“The plant, which will start operating at the beginning of 2018, will manufacture two different models of engine filtration systems (a metal diesel filter and an oil filtration module) for original equipment manufacturing (OEM) and original equipment spares (OES) for various vehicle types,” SOGEFI said in a statement. The new factory will stretch over a surface area of 10,000 square meters in the Tangiers free zone and will employ 120 people, the statement said. The company added that potential new business initiatives currently under negotiation could increase the size of the plant to 25,000 square meters and the number of employees to 300, noting that “total investment could reach €10 million.”The statement highlights the growing car industry in Morocco, which braces to see production rise to 1 million vehicle per year by 2025. Sogefi (CIR group), founded in 1980 and listed on the Milan Stock Exchange, is a company which operates in the automotive components sector in three business areas in which it is a world leader: filters, suspension components, and engine air and cooling systems. Present in 21 countries with 42 production plants, Sogefi is partner to the most important car manufacturers worldwide.
Libyan influential tribes have been deserting the UN-backed unity government to join the side of east-based army commander Khalifa Haftar, increasing therefore the influence of the self-style Field Marshal in the challenge-awash North African country, reports say. The influence of Russian mouth-piece in the Libyan crisis is becoming alarming in the West. Several other influential tribes including Mshait, Obeid, Fwakher and Drasa have also aligned themselves with Haftar. Several tribes have joined Haftar’s side because of his animosity against Tripoli Grand Mufti Sheikh Sadiq Ghariani, , reports say. It is reported that there are over 140 influential tribes and clans in Libya, but only thirty tribes have a great political influence.
Algeria: Ailing President appears on TV, but uncertainty persistsThe North Africa Journal – March 22, 2017- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika reappeared in a brief video broadcast by national television, showing him meeting Maghreb and African affairs minister Abdelkader Messahel to discuss regional affairs. Rumors about the health of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika have resurfaced again after Spanish foreign minister Alfonso Dastis left Algiers without meeting with him. After the cancellation of the visits of the Iranian president and the German chancellor, many observers fear the worse may have happened to Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Furthermore, and perhaps more drastically, there are still no clear contenders for the succession of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The military remains very powerful in Algeria, despite the fact that the intelligence structure was attached to the presidency.
BERLIN: Germany said on Wednesday it has no plans to introduce restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming from some Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as the United States and Britain have announced. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said the government had been informed about the U.S. measures. "German airports are not affected by the measures. Comparable rules are not planned in Germany at the moment," said the spokesman. (Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Writing by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Alison Williams)