King Mohammed VI has laid out Morocco’s migration policy which is based on a humane, voluntary, responsible and realistic approach focusing on solidarity and global management. This led to the African Agenda on Migration, unanimously adopted by the African Union Conference in January 2018. Therefore, “Our Morocco’s domestic and continental vision is fully in line with our international commitment, through the Global Compact. Both reflect a constant pursuit of innovative compromises between border management requirements and the protection of migrants’ human rights, between migration issues and development needs. He went on to say that migration is not a security issue – nor should it become one, affirming that a repressive migration policy will not be a deterrent, while insisting on the respect of migrants’ human rights.
December 10, 2018 13:41 UTC
he Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was formally adopted this Monday (Dec.10) at the intergovernmental conference on the global compact for migration held in Marrakech. The Pact aims to strengthen “cooperation on international migration in all their aspects”. Speaking on this occasion, Bourita highlighted the huge efforts made by Morocco to reach a global consensus on the issue of migration. The pact, which is about 40 pages long, “promotes international cooperation on migration between all relevant actors, knowing that no single state can handle the issue of migration alone”. “We will implement the Global Compact by cooperating bilaterally, regionally and multilaterally and by giving a new impetus to the global partnership, in a spirit of solidarity,” says the text.
December 10, 2018 13:41 UTC
The Nigerian Army has recommitted to supporting the brave officers, men, and women who are working daily to defend human dignity and advance the cause of freedom of Nigerians across the 36 states of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory. In a statement to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, however, noted with regret the situation in some areas in the North Eastern States of Nigeria where heinous acts of terrorism continue to be perpetuated by Boko Haram terrorists. In the statement signed by Brigadier General Sani Usman, the Nigerian Army appreciated the support and partnerships with local and international non-government organisations; specifically, the National Human Rights Commission whose human rights training programme have largely enhanced the human rights awareness and education of army personnel. This year’s Human Rights Day with theme “Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity”, marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document that enshrines the fundamental freedoms of religion, expression, peaceful assembly and association for all individuals, everywhere.
December 10, 2018 13:30 UTC
The Pact aims to strengthen “cooperation on international migration in all their aspects”. It is the first-ever inter-governmentally negotiated agreement to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner. Morocco was one of the first countries of the South to adopt a genuine solidarity-based policy regarding sub-Saharan migrants and refugees. This integrated policy, which is rooted in humanitarian values, is designed to make sure migrants’ rights and dignity are safeguarded. Banking on the success of its migration policy, Morocco took leadership in the African continent offering a humanistic approach in dealing with migration issues.
December 10, 2018 13:07 UTC
This is part of a major partnership with Telecom Egypt, which includes network infrastructure and data centres. The agreement was signed by Ahmed El Beheiry, CEO of Telecom Egypt, and Strive Masiyiwa, executive chairman of Liquid Telecom's parent company, Econet. Telecom Egypt will use the expanded network to connect Egyptian businesses to the rest of Africa, while also partnering with Liquid Telecom to build data centres across Egypt. These will be similar to some of the best-in-class data centres in SA, Liquid Telecom says. This follows an agreement in July with Telecom Egypt to mark the completion of Liquid Telecom's 'Cape to Cairo' network.
December 10, 2018 12:33 UTC
Investment worth 200 million dollars on the table24 fast-growing African companies have been selected to win a place in the DealRoom to be held at the Africa Forum 2018 on December 8 and 9th in Egypt. It is a special matchmaking platform for African companies developed and run jointly by Asoko Insight and IC Publications. To plug this gap we developed the DealRoom platform with Asoko Insight and launched it last year at Africa 2017. We are Looking for investment in Africa and we met many companies that are interesting.”The DealRoom at Africa 2018 will focus on companies from sectors including agri-processing, food and beverage, industrial manufacturing, consumer goods. http://amediaagency.com/app/uploads/2018/12/Africa-2018-Investment-Dealroom-2-Pager.pdfPlease find below information about the companies that have been selected and will pitch in the Deal Room.
December 10, 2018 10:59 UTC
Sawari Ventures announces $35m first closing of $70m North Africa fundEgyptian venture capital firm Sawari Ventures yesterday (9 December) announced a $35-million first closing of its $70-million Sawari Ventures North Africa Fund I (SVNFI). The Cairo-based VC firm made the announcement on the sidelines of the last day of the Africa 2018 Business Forum in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt. In a statement yesterday (9 December), Sawari Ventures stated that it aims to use the fund to invest in tech and knowledge-driven companies in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. The Sawari Ventures North Africa Fund I will focus on tech startups in Egypt, Tunisia and MoroccoThe VC also mentioned in the statement that it will soon announce the closing of an Egypt-only fund that will operate parallel to SVNFI. “This investment in the Sawari Ventures North Africa Fund I fully fits our mandate to support innovation, skilled job creation and access to essential services in the region,” he said.
December 10, 2018 10:52 UTC
Boko Haram is a thing of the past in Bauchi State – GovernorThe Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar has described the Inclusive Basic Delivery and Livelihood Empowerment Program for Northeast Nigeria as the first all-inclusive approach being made to find a lasting solution to the insurgency in North-eastern Nigeria. He discussed developments and the role of the state government in implementing this programme with CNBC Africa’s Wole Famurewa.
December 10, 2018 09:00 UTC
Companies Italian who cheated Kenyans of Sh450m goes to HarareMr Carl Esprey. “African Cannabis is a Toronto-based company incorporated in British Columbia in 2018 to deal in the production, cultivation, extraction and export of medical cannabis in multiple African countries,” the company said in market disclosures. The reverse takeover of Trius Investments, in an all-stock deal, could see African Cannabis position itself to benefit from the trading frenzy in marijuana stocks. African Cannabis says it is holding a medical cannabis licence in Lesotho and has entered into a joint venture with a Zimbabwean State-owned company in order to obtain a licence in that country. “African Cannabis is in discussion with multiple other countries in Africa to develop the industry and ultimately produce medical cannabis at multiple sites across the African continent,” the company said.
December 10, 2018 06:45 UTC
Liquid invests £8 billion in Egypt telcoms expansionfrom AHMED MOOLA in Cairo, EgyptCAIRO, (CAJ News) – LIQUID Telecom is investing Egypt £8 billion (US$400 million) in the North African country over the next three years to boost Telecom Egypt’s network infrastructure and data centres expansion exercise. The investment announced at the Africa 2018 Forum follows the completion of Liquid Telecom’s ‘Cape to Cairo’ link. Liquid Telecom’s investment would enable the company significantly expand its position as a connectivity and cloud solutions provider in North Africa, serving businesses in the region with world-class network and data centre services. We want to reach Dakar before (Egypt) President El-Sisi finishes his term,” Masiyiwa said. Following an initial investment of $50m in data centres and cloudservices, Liquid Telecom plans to invest an additional $350m in broadband and financial inclusion initiatives, as well as high capacity data centres.
December 10, 2018 06:22 UTC
The Convener of the Northern Elders’ Forum, NEF, Professor Ango Abdullahi, in a statement signed by himself and issued on Saturday in Kaduna, said the northern leaders have dumped their support for Buhari. Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha had on Tuesday said two powerful people are frustrating her husband’s effort in running the affairs of the country. “As things stand today, we in the NEF do not believe that Nigeria’s cause will be helped by Buhari’s re-election in 2019. That is why we have decided to pick one of the other presidential candidates from the North for next year’s contest. We have moved and our votes will not be based on the sentiment of tribe or religion but strictly on performance.”
December 10, 2018 06:00 UTC
In this year’s GTI, conflict remains the primary driver of terrorism in most countries throughout the world, with some African countries recording the largest increases in the number of deaths from terrorism in 2017. In total, there were 18,814 deaths from terrorism in 2017, a decrease of 27 per cent from 2016. Globally, Afghanistan posted the highest deaths from terrorism in 2017, surpassing Iraq. The Middle East felt the most impact of terrorism, followed by North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Scroll through to find out the five African countries that were most affected by terrorism in 2017:
December 09, 2018 20:03 UTC
The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, arrived in Marrakesh Sunday to take part in the Intergovernmental Conference that will adopt formally the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The UN Chief, flanked by President of the General Assembly María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration Louise Arbour will open the high-level conference on Monady Dec.10. The UN expects the presence of at least twenty Heads of State and Government at the Marrakech Conference that it considers “a stepping stone”. The two day Conference features a plenary debate, during which Member States will confirm their political commitment to the Global Compact for Migration. This naturally opens the way for the implementation of the Global Compact in the country”, he said.
December 09, 2018 19:18 UTC
Moroccan authorities have seized more than a ton of cocaine and captured seven involved people who are linked to an international criminal network specialized in trafficking cocaine between Latin America, Morocco, and Europe. According to the Moroccan Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), which announced on Saturday this operation, the cocaine was concealed in a Morocco-registered truck. During this major drug-busting operation, Moroccan police seized two inflatable boats, a GPS, a hydraulic engine and two 4×4 vehicles. In 2017, Morocco seized record 2.84 tons of cocaine. Morocco works closely with the United States and European partners to combat drug trafficking.
December 09, 2018 17:37 UTC
Posted on Monday, 10 December 2018 08:54By ReutersEgypt's Carbon Holdings has secured $1.25 billion in financing to build a giant petrochemicals complex in the Red Sea port of Ain Sokhna. The Tahrir Petrochemicals Complex, a $10.9 billion project, would be the largest in the Middle East and is expected to create 48,000 jobs. The statement cited Carbon Holdings CEO Basil El-Baz as saying the company had signed several financing agreements worth $5.4 billion. Double Egypt's exportsCarbon, a private company, signed the contract to build the complex in June. The Tahrir Petrochemicals Complex, which is being funded by credit agencies in the United States, Britain and Germany, is Egypt's first naphtha cracker and will produce different types of petrochemicals used to make various consumer and industrial goods.
December 09, 2018 17:37 UTC