These are the 2017 Africa CEO Forum award winners

At the 2017 Africa CEO Forum Awards, which took place yesterday, 20th March 2017 at InterContinental Geneva, Mohammed Dewji, Group CEO of MeTL (Mohammed Entreprise Tanzania Limited) was named the CEO of the year and Anta Babacar Ngom Bathily of Sedima won the award for Young CEO of the Year. Anta Babacar Ngom Bathily was awarded ‘Young CEO of the Year’ for her remarkable leadership skills as Executive Director of Sedima, Senegal’s leading agribusiness group. Created at last year’s Forum, the award recognises a promising young African business leader under the age of 45. Receiving the award, Ms. Ngom Bathily dedicated her award to “all women and young women.” She also dedicated the award to her father, who was present at the ceremony. The bank’s CEO Mohamed El Kettani received the prize from Amir Ben Yahmed, Founder and President of the Africa CEO Forum.

March 21, 2017 10:34 UTC

Why hospitality is at the heart of Africa’s economic development

In April 2016, figures from W. Hospitality Group’s Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey showed that 365 new hotels were under construction – adding 64,000 new rooms. Across most of the Gulf (with the exception of Bahrain), visiting executives almost always interface with expat workers in the hospitality sector. The acquisition is a prime example of how private equity investors can take advantage of Africa’s burgeoning hospitality sector. Education firstThe hospitality sector and its role in the value-chain is not merely a necessary accompaniment to economic growth or an afterthought to infrastructure development. This is how Africa’s hospitality sector should mature and where it has the capacity to add great value to wider socio-economic growth.

March 21, 2017 10:18 UTC

Most electronics in carry-on bags banned on flights to U.S. from 8 nations

The carriers are Royal Jordanian, Egypt Air, Turkish Airline, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, royal Air Marac, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways. However, CBS producers in Egypt and Turkey report that neither Turkish Air or Egypt Air have received official confirmation of the ban. Another aviation-security expert, Professor Jeffrey Price, of Metropolitan State University of Denver, said there were disadvantages to having everyone put their electronics in checked baggage. Most major airports in the United States have computer tomography (CT) scanners for checked baggage that create a detailed picture of a bag’s contents. All checked baggage must be screened for explosives.

March 21, 2017 10:07 UTC

U.S., Britain curb electronics on flights from Middle East, North Africa

REUTERS/Lucas JacksonAn Emirates Airlines ticket desk stands empty at JFK International Airport in New York, U.S., March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonAn Etihad plane stands parked at a gate at JFK International Airport in New York, U.S., March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonAn Etihad plane stands parked at a gate at JFK International Airport in New York, U.S., March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonTravelers wait at an Emirates Airlines ticket desk at JFK International Airport in New York, U.S., March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonA Turkish Airline plane stands on the runway at JFK International Airport in New York, U.S., March 21, 2017.

March 21, 2017 10:06 UTC

Africa Tech Summit London to connect Africa with Europe

The Africa Tech Summit London will take place on April 20, bringing together more than 200 tech leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, governments, trade bodies, media and leading ventures to drive investment and business between Africa and Europe. The summit is organised by Appsafrica and supported by Linklaters LLP, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and VConnect. “Our vision for Africa Tech Summit London was simple, to bring together leading tech companies, investors, and entrepreneurs to explore key sectors, connect relevant stakeholders and drive investment and business between Africa and the rest of the world,” said Andrew Fassnidge, founder of Africa Tech Summit London. “The positive response on last year’s inaugural event from leaders within the industry endorsed the need for such a platform in London. We are very excited to welcome back leading innovators, global investors, banks and mobile network operators from across Africa to connect in London for ATSLDN 2017, while also providing a platform for African ventures who want to expand globally.”

March 21, 2017 08:37 UTC



U.S., U.K. bar laptop carry-ons from Mideast, North Africa flights

They said the decision was prompted by “evaluated intelligence” about potential threats to airplanes bound for the United States. Early in his candidacy, Trump had called on barring Muslims from entering the United States. The travel ban was more severe, separating families and barring students from studying in the U.S. Details of the electronics ban were first disclosed by Royal Jordanian and the official news agency of Saudi Arabia. In its statement, Royal Jordanian said the electronics ban would affect its flights to New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal.

March 21, 2017 07:43 UTC

US bans electronic devices on some airlines

The US is poised to curb electronic devices on Middle East flights. FILE PHOTO | AFPPassengers travelling on certain US-bound foreign airline flights will have to check electronic devices larger than a cell phone once US authorities formalise a new ban in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, US officials told Reuters on Monday. Passengers would be allowed to carry in their checked luggage larger devices like tablets, portable DVD players, laptops and cameras. Royal Jordanian Airlines said in a tweet on Monday that US-bound passengers would be barred from carrying most electronic devices aboard aircraft starting Tuesday at the request of US officials, including those that transit through Canada. Saudia Airlines confirmed in a tweet that US transportation authorities had barred carrying larger electronic devices in cabin luggage.

March 21, 2017 07:18 UTC

European, North Africa ministers seek to curb Libya migrant flows

EU looks to limit migration from Libya After blocking the main migrant route from the Middle East, the EU will this week seek ways to check a feared spring surge from Libya and North Africa across the Mediterranean. Interior ministers from Algeria, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Libya, Malta, Slovenia, Switzerland and Tunisia took part in the meeting, along with European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos. Experts say some of the equipment requested by Libya would fall foul of a UN embargo on arms imports into the country. France’s Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux stressed the importance of making sure the Libyan coastguard lives up to its EU training. But critics warn against planned repatriations of asylum seekers to Libya, a country where allegations of torture, rape and murder are rife.

March 21, 2017 06:45 UTC

U.S. bans laptops, tablets on some flights from Middle East, North Africa - Xinhua

WASHINGTON, March 20 (Xinhua) -- The United States is banning electronic devices such as laptops and tablets from cabin luggage on certain flights originating from eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa, local media reported. Passengers will be barred from putting laptops, tablets, digital cameras and other large electronics in their carry-on luggage. Only cell phones and approved medical devices would be excluded from the ban. The ban will apply only to foreign carriers including the Royal Jordanian Airlines. The ban had been under consideration since the U.S. government learned of a threat several weeks ago, the Reuters reported, quoting a U.S. official.

March 21, 2017 04:07 UTC

Report: U.S. to ban in-flight electronics on planes coming from North Africa

The United States plans a new ban on in-flight electronic devices aboard airplanes flying from at least 10 locations in the Middle East and North Africa, according to reports. American officials tell the Associated Press that the ban, which will be announced on Tuesday, covers nonstop flights from Egypt originating in Cairo, and those from Casablanca in Morocco. The AP said the new ban was confirmed by Royal Jordanian Airlines. The reason for the ban remained a mystery as well, as there was little confirmation of any credible threats that might have prompted the move. A high-level U.S. source, however, said security officials had been considering the ban for weeks for that reason, according to Reuters.

March 21, 2017 02:26 UTC

Most electronics banned on US-bound flights from Middle East, North Africa

The ban was revealed today in statements from Royal Jordanian Airlines and the official news agency of Saudi Arabia. Royal Jordanian said the electronics ban affects its flights to New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal. David Lapan, a spokesman for Homeland Security Department, declined to comment. The Transportation Security Administration, part of Homeland Security, also declined to comment. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly phoned lawmakers over the weekend to brief them on aviation security issues that have prompted the impending electronics ban, according a congressional aide briefed on the discussion.

March 21, 2017 01:18 UTC

Laptops banned on flights to US from Middle East, North Africa - The Rakyat Post

WASHINGTON, 21 March 2017:US authorities are planning to ban passengers travelling on certain US-bound foreign airline flights from carrying into the cabin larger electronic devices in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, US officials said yesterday. A separate government official confirmed an Associated Press report that the ban will impact 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Passengers would be allowed to carry larger devices in their checked luggage like tablets, portable DVD players, laptops and cameras. Saudia Airlines confirmed in a tweet that US transportation authorities had barred carrying larger electronic devices in cabin luggage. Homeland Security secretary John Kelly called congressional lawmakers this weekend to notify them of the plan, congressional aides said.

March 21, 2017 00:22 UTC

US bans laptops, tablets from cabins on flights from Middle East, North Africa

Other airlines affected by the rule are: Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudia Airlines, Kuwait Airways and Royal Air Maroc. The US began talking with affected airlines Sunday, one US official on the briefing call said. The Federal Aviation Administration bans the storing of spare lithium ion batteries that are not installed from cargo holds. “They can’t cover everything, they can’t control all vulnerabilities,” said Richard Bloom, an aviation security and terrorism expert at Embry – Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. The affected airports are: Queen Alia International Airport, Cairo International Airport, Ataturk International Airport, King Abdulaziz International Airport, King Khalid International Airport, Kuwait International Airport, Mohammed V Airport, Hamad International Airport, Dubai International Airport, and Abu Dhabi International Airport.

March 21, 2017 00:10 UTC

Morocco: New Prime Minister likely to reduce PJD Islamist party role in government

Morocco: New Prime Minister likely to reduce PJD Islamist party role in governmentAfter firing Abdelilah Benkirane, King Mohammed VI asked the PJD’s number two, Saadeddine El-Othmani to form a new government. He is starting his cabinet negotiations on Tuesday, March 21, talking first to the bosses or the Modernity and Authenticity Party (PAM), the second biggest party in parliament after PJD. Then onto the third party, the old Istiqlal party, followed by the pro-monarchists of the RNI. The grassroots in his party have been frustrated by the loss of power, despite the PJD’s popularity and position in parliament. And so now that Benkirane saved his face, we expect El-Othmani to reduce the PDJ’s position in government even more.

March 20, 2017 21:56 UTC

Algeria: Major controversy over replacement of Sonatrach CEO

Algeria: Major controversy over replacement of Sonatrach CEOThe North Africa Journal – March 20, 2017 – The CEO of the Algerian company Sonatrach is a very powerful man. Today (March 20), Sonatrach CEO Amine Mazouzi was fired just two years after his appointment, and was quickly replaced by Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour, a former executive at Brown & Root Condor, a Sonatrach subsidiary. All major Algerian and foreign media have reported that Ould Kaddour was sentenced by a military court in 2007 to no less than three years in prison. Firstly no one really knows who appointed Mr. Ould Kaddour. This saga is also happening after the presidency managed to sideline the DRS intelligence services, which spearheaded investigations on oil sector scandals before the presidency decided to shut it down.

March 20, 2017 20:32 UTC




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