North Africa is re-emerging as a major travel and tourism force in Africa, after a dip in the last few years. Since the Arab Spring protests in late 2010, concerns over security slowed travel to key North African countries. However, an analysis of seat capacity for travel to the top ten international airports in Africa shows significant growth in flight arrivals to the continent with North Africa accounting for much of the growth. Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco all saw more than a 20% increase in international arrivals in the first half of 2017. Overall, Asia Pacific has accounted for the highest increase in international arrivals despite making up only 8% of the market.
August 17, 2017 08:48 UTC
Spain's coastguard has rescued about 600 migrants in just 24 hours, as the country sees a spike in migrant arrivals. The migrants, who were sailing across the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco, were found in 15 vessels, including a jet ski. The majority were form North Africa and the Sub-Sahara region.
August 17, 2017 08:26 UTC
Spain's maritime rescue service has saved more than 600 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Morocco in the past 24 hours, making it one of its busiest days so far this year. The service said it rescued 16 migrants early Thursday in the Strait of Gibraltar, a narrow passage that separates Spain from Morocco. On Wednesday, its vessels rescued 601 migrants, including two in a canoe and six in a beach paddle boat. The service said of the 601, 432 migrants were rescued in the Strait and 169 further east in the Mediterranean. More than 9,000 migrants have reached Spain by sea so far this year, more than the total for all of 2016.
August 17, 2017 08:02 UTC
Hikma also has exclusive rights to manufacture and commercialise Takeda's Dexlansoprozole in its MENA markets, with the exception of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt. Hikma's existing license agreement with Takeda in respect of Lornoxicam tablets (anti-inflammatory/ pain), has been expanded beyond Saudi Arabia and Jordan to cover Hikma's other MENA markets. The new agreement builds on a long-standing strategic partnership between Hikma and Takeda. In turn, Danilo Cassani, Takeda's Vice President and Area Head Near East, Middle East & Africa said, "At Takeda, we put patients at the centre of everything we do. New innovative products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as our presence in Emerging Markets, fuel the growth of Takeda.
The report confirms that mobile phones have well and truly become a part of our daily lives. “We started this research because we know professionally and personally how integrated mobile phones are in our lives. These insights highlight how people in the Middle East and North Africa are changing as consumers,” said Matthew Robarts, MD for Effective Measure Middle East and North Africa. 4 per cent of respondents reported not reading content on mobile devices at all. Female respondents most commonly own Apple mobile devices as opposed to male respondents who most commonly own Samsung mobile devices.
South African performance artist/educator Kieron Jina understands this very well and has been engaging with the Berlin art and theatre scene for a few years now. He shares his unique experiences of Berlin, Germany. What has been your living or working experience of Berlin? The longest I’ve lived in Berlin was two months for a performance residency and creation of a collaborative cross-continental performance show. I have however been to Berlin twice a year for the past five years and continue to do so because of work.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is on track to export RM50bil halal products by 2020 from RM42.18bil last year, aided by more entrepreneurs increasing their presence in the global market, said Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin. He said despite the global economic downturn, demand for halal products, especially food and beverages, remained high with China continuing to be the biggest importer, followed by Singapore and Indonesia. "Next month, we will fly to Saudi Arabia to finalise this cooperation to jointly leverage the halal industry. Besides Saudi Arabia, we will also work with the Japanese to develop the industry there," he said. Halfest ASEAN, or Halal Fiesta ASEAN 2017 will take place from Aug 23-27 at the MINES International Exhibition and Convention Centre and is expected to attract 100,000 visitors.
August 17, 2017 07:51 UTC
AP Moller – Maersk sees double digit increase in Q2 Transport and Logistics revenueAugust 17, 2017: Recovering from the June cyber attack, AP Moller – Maersk has reported strong numbers in Q2, 2017. In Q2, the revenue of AP Moller - Maersk grew by 8.4 percent to $9.6bn year on year, mainly due to higher freight rates in Maersk Line. The underlying profit in Q2 improved from $134m to $389m with Maersk Line contributing with an underlying profit of $327m. Moller - Maersk in Q2 was mainly driven by a profitable Maersk Line due to continued recovery in the container market and focus on restoration of profitability. “Maersk Line is again profitable delivering in line with guidance, with revenue growing by $1bn year-on-year in the second quarter.
August 17, 2017 07:07 UTC
Controversy gores first SA rhino horn auctionBy TINTSWALO BALOYIJOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SOUTH Africa’s first ever legal auction of rhinoceros horn has sparked tensions between conservationists and the man behind the momentous yet controversial auction. Van’s Auctions will auction the horn online from Monday. The main markets for trafficked rhino horn are Vietnam and China, where the horn is believed fictitiously to have medicinal properties. “This sale of rhino horn is inexcusable,” said Dr Joseph Okori, IFAW Director for Southern Africa. Hume has been quoted as saying the profits from the sale of the horn would help him better protect his rhino populations.
August 17, 2017 07:07 UTC
Pharmaceutical company Hikma now offers its vital products to Middle East and North AfricaHikma Pharmaceuticals PLC (Hikma) has announced its new licensing agreement with Takeda Pharmaceuticals to expand its distribution and products to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). “We are pleased to be building on our partnership with Takeda to bring important medicines to the MENA region. The new agreement will build on a long-term strategic relationship between Hikma and Takeda, leveraging Hikma’s substantial sales and manufacturing presence in MENA and extensive experience of building brands in the region. A spokesman for Takeda commented: “We put patients at the centre of everything we do. As such, our partnership with Hikma is a testament of our commitment to offer patients world-class cardiovascular and metabolism medicines while keeping focus on our therapeutic areas of oncology and gastroenterology.”
August 17, 2017 06:56 UTC
Xina Solar One: South Africa’s first energy sale windows projectSpanish multinational corporation, Abengoa has achieved practical completion for Xina Solar One, its third solar thermal plant in South Africa. The innovative technology solutions company has developed the 100MW Xina Solar One, which uses parabolic trough technology to generate renewable and dispatchable power from the sun. The power plant also features a thermal energy storage system using molten salts that can store the necessary energy for a further 5.5 hour supply, and thereby assisting in meeting the country’s peak demand. Xina Solar One, located in the Northern Cape Province, is bordered to the north by Kaxu Solar One. Read more...Kaxu Solar One was the first power plant in operation that featured parabolic trough collector technology, a 100MW output and 2.5 hours of thermal molten salt storage.
August 17, 2017 06:45 UTC
The African fintech space is different to more developed markets in that startups in the sector are building a whole new infrastructure as opposed to tweaking an existing system. “Traditional structures have left the African population severely untapped when it comes to financial services.”This is a view shared by Gerhard Oosthuizen, chief information officer (CIO) of another South African fintech company Entersekt. As such, there are a lot of innovative services coming out with financial services offerings,” he said. Oosthuizen said there was a need for a better support network for African fintech startups, though there are a number of incubators and partners around. Support is increasingly being offered by traditional banks, more and more of which are open to working with and collaborating to fintech startups.
August 17, 2017 06:00 UTC
Maniruzzaman School of Law, University of Portsmouth and Yanal Abul-Failat LXL LLP focused their OGEL 3 (2017) - Energy Law and Policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Special Issue on the region which has been the leading global energy supplier for decades. But the geopolitics of energy is gradually shifting its course and the region's traditional energy power base is being constantly challenged. MassariRenewable Energy Policy in Lebanon: Practical Apertureby M. Takieddine, G. Fattal, N. KilziRenewable Energy Policy in Saudi Arabiaby M.N. AlshalfanThe Israeli Gas Framework in Regional Context: Stabilisation Clauses in Natural Gas Contracts Around the Levant Basinby S.M. NasarreEmerging Framework of Energy Governance in the MENA Regionby S. ElfvingThe Prospective Roles of the 2015 International Energy Charter to the MENA Region with Influence in its Energy Laws and Policiesby C.N.
August 17, 2017 03:00 UTC
The rescued migrants were in 15 vessels including toy paddleboats and a jet ski and included 35 children and a baby. The UN says more than 9,000 people have arrived in Spain so far this year - three times as many as the previous year. Pressure on ItalyThe numbers heading for Spain are dwarfed by the boatloads that have sailed to Italy this year. In June, about 5,000 people were rescued in one day in the Mediterranean off Libya, Italian coastguards said. But in July the number crossing to Italy dropped by 57% compared with June, according to the EU's border agency, Frontex.
August 17, 2017 01:21 UTC
We can’t consider the “Dunkirk” whitewashing controversy without at least mentioning the recent resurgence of white nationalism. That was the year, of course, in which the British army had to stage its dramatic retreat from France during the famous Battle of Dunkirk. This point became clear when British-based writer Sunny Singh wrote a piece for the Guardian skewering Christopher Nolan’s film “Dunkirk” — which is certainly not on the side of the Nazis — for alleged historical whitewashing. In fact, soldiers from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and elsewhere were key to delaying the German attack. In fact, while Britain and other allies were licking their wounds after Dunkirk, the Indian Army picked up the slack in North Africa and the Middle East.”
August 16, 2017 22:52 UTC