South African startups i-Pay and Retail Engage, as well as Tunisian startup Expensya, are among the 14 companies from eight countries selected to join the global Endeavor network at the recent 77th International Selection Panel (ISP) in Dubai. Endeavor works to catalyse long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs worldwide. The startups, alongside counterparts from countries including Argentina, Ecuador, Indonesia and Spain, were chosen to join Endeavor’s network by a panel that included top business leaders and investors from around the world, drawn from Endeavor’s extensive network of board members, mentors, and supporters. “The Dubai selection panel provided a fantastic opportunity to bring the Endeavor network and entrepreneurs together in one of the fastest growing cities and entrepreneurship ecosystems in the world,” said Endeavor co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Linda Rottenberg. We’re excited to welcome new Endeavor Entrepreneurs from MENA, Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America.”
March 13, 2018 09:11 UTC
ARVs shortage hits conflict-torn Libyafrom AHMED ZAYED in Tripoli, LibyaTRIPOLI, (CAJ News) – AT least one person has died of HIV/AIDS complications and seven others admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) as a result of shortages of anti-retroviral (ARVs) medicines in Libya. The ARVs emergency has been confirmed at the Benghazi Centre for Immunology and Infectious Diseases. In Benghazi, more than 400 people living with HIV, including children, receive treatment at the centre in Benghazi. In 2018, they did not receive their treatment due to the acute shortage of the life-saving ARV drugs. Last year, WHO provided the Benghazi centre with ARVs sufficient for the over 400 patients to cover the treatment for a year.
March 13, 2018 04:30 UTC
Yemeni Jews at a wedding party (AFP/File Photo)The Israeli government intends to unseal historical Jewish Agency documents regarding immigration from North Africa, said Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Sunday. “There is no reason that material that deals with the history of the state should not be revealed. We will go over the material and make recommendations to publish it, so long as there are no sensitive issues pertaining to the security of the state,” Shaked said. As such, Shaked said that she would hold a meeting in a month to discuss the opening of the documents. According to the documentary, the state purposefully pursued “mechanisms of deception and coercion, which they applied to those who were, in their eyes, worthless,” in settling Mizrahi immigrants.
March 13, 2018 02:03 UTC
Ife Ogunfuwa with agency reportAfrica’s two biggest markets saw extremely strong growth in the shipment of smartphones and feature phones, up 19.9 per cent quarter-on-quarter in Nigeria and 27.0 per cent in South Africa. The global technology research and consulting firm’s Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows smartphone shipments were down to 20.3 million units for the quarter. In the feature phone space, shipments totalled 33.4 million units, up 3.1 per cent QoQ after decreasing in the previous quarter. Year on year, the feature phone market was up 9.9 per cent. IDC’s research shows that 4G phones are growing in popularity, finally accounting for a majority share of the smartphone market at 56.8 per cent.
March 12, 2018 23:03 UTC
The Sephardic Synagogue Magen David in Washington expressed its gratitude to King Mohammed VI for launching a restoration project of cemeteries of Moroccan-born Jews. A ceremony was organized by the Synagogue during which participants lauded the lofty actions of the King to preserve the Moroccan Jewish heritage at home and abroad. In 2010, King Mohammed VI initiated a program to repair hundreds of ancient synagogues and cemeteries scattered throughout Morocco. Since then, the kingdom has spent millions of dollars to repair nearly 200 of these sites. In 2011, in the wake of the Arab spring, Judaism became enshrined in the country’s new constitution as a key part of Moroccan identity.
March 12, 2018 19:07 UTC
Football federations of African countries have expressed outspoken support for Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup in a tough competition against its mighty rival: the joint North American bid (US, Canada and Mexico). The President of the Guinea-Bissau’s Football Federation, Manuel Nascimento, said his country will vote for Morocco staging the 2026 World Cup. “The 2010 World Cup was successfully hosted in Africa. We can do it again.”Algeria’s Federation president, Kheireddine Zetchi, has also confirmed support for Morocco’s bid, while adding that they would provide help should Morocco ask for it. “World Cup 2026: Co-Hosting rejected by FIFA after 2002 (also applied in 2010 and 2018).
March 12, 2018 18:56 UTC
Israel intends to unseal controversial documents detailing the discriminatory treatment suffered by Jewish immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East in the early decades of the state’s establishment. “There is no reason that material that deals with the history of the state should not be revealed,” said Shaked, who is on the Knesset committee for archive materials. The documentary was produced by David Deri, whose parents experienced the negative treatment when they arrived in Israel from Morocco. The state of Israel reportedly dispersed the non-European Jews to remote areas of the country and didn’t give them the same housing, education and employment opportunities, Jerusalem Post reports. She described the documents as revealing “mechanisms of deceit and coercion” which included using collaborators, misrepresentation and intimidation.
March 12, 2018 17:37 UTC
Qatar has reaffirmed its support to Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara and underscored that any settlement of the regional dispute over the territory needs to respect the North African country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. This renewed support came in the joint statement issued Monday in Rabat at the end of the 7th session of the Moroccan-Qatari High Joint Cooperation Commission held under the co-chairmanship of Head of Government Saâd Eddine El Othmani and Qatar’s Premier and Interior Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa AlThani. “The settlement of the regional conflict around the Sahara must be based on the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco and on the respect of its territorial and national integrity”, underlined the Qatari side in the joint statement. During the first Morocco-GCC summit held in Riyadh in April 2016, the member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council had expressed rejection of any act that may affect Morocco’s supreme interests, on top of which the Moroccan Sahara issue. King Mohammed VI who was attending the summit had voiced pride and appreciation for the constant support GCC members have been giving Morocco for the defense of its territorial integrity, saying that “the question of the Moroccan Sahara has always been the cause of Gulf countries as well.”In the joint statement, the Qatari side also commended the leading role played by King Mohammed VI in preserving peace and stability in Africa and in consolidating the pillars of sustainable development in the continent and subsequently fulfil the aspirations of Africans for greater progress and prosperity.
March 12, 2018 17:26 UTC
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is ending his first diplomatic trip early and flying back to Washington Monday because of new developments in the administration's approach to North Korea. The news comes as President Donald Trump announced he would be accepting a meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. If the meeting occurs, Trump would become the first sitting US president to ever meet with a North Korean leader. But the White House says the North has to take "concrete" steps on denuclearization in order to ensure the meeting takes place. While on the plane, Mattis said he's planning to stay in his lane and not discuss the diplomatic efforts to convince North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.
March 12, 2018 16:30 UTC
Experts in Algeria are working on a project to include North African couscous on UNESCO's world heritage list. To raise awareness and protect the signature dish of North Africa, what could be better than a UNESCO classification? The fact is, couscous, or seksu in Berber, is not just a simple stew-topped semolina dish, nowadays available around the world. Algerian women prepare couscous for the Berber New Year, 'Yennayer', in January 2018 (AFP)For starters, couscous is customarily made from durum wheat semolina, and more rarely from barley semolina. Some would settle in the sub-Saharan Sahel, where they would grow millet to produce semolina and couscous.
March 12, 2018 15:00 UTC
Yesterday marked the 105th anniversary of the death of Harriet Tubman; one of the pivotal forces behind the civil rights movement. This was also the day where a public park space that housed the bronze replicas of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, two Confederate Army generals was rebranded to Harriet Tubman Grove. According to The Baltimore Sun, many, including the descendants of Harriet Tubman and city officials gathered at Wyman Park Dell for the monumental ceremony. Overwhelmed. Tubman named Amarinta Ross at birth, died on March 10, 1913, in Auburn, New York.
March 12, 2018 14:37 UTC
Featuring a stellar line-up of speakers, the global thought leadership platform shed light on how digital revolution is impacting all aspects of the wider financial industry. “In a world of accelerating change, businesses across industries are constantly impacted by the evolving needs of the market. In addition, while the regulatory environment continues to undergo reforms, the payments security landscape is growing bigger by the day,” said Khalid Elgibali, division president, Middle East and North Africa, Mastercard. “While the more pronounced impact is felt in the banking and financial services industry, technology and innovation offer us solutions to overcome these challenges and capitalize on the opportunities. In addition to the insightful sessions, Mastercard’s banking partners were recognized for their efforts in driving innovations in payments technology in their respective markets across twelve award categories focusing on products and solutions, safety and security, loyalty and marketing programs, and more.
March 12, 2018 14:15 UTC
A generation of Syrian children face psychological ruin and ever increasing danger, with child deaths soaring by 50% last year and the number of young soldiers tripling since 2015. During the first months of 2018 there has been a sharp escalation in violence in Idlib, eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus and in Afrin on the Turkish border. Médecins Sans Frontières says 15 of the 20 hospitals and clinics it supports in eastern Ghouta have been hit by airstrikes or shelling. “Their [Assad regime’s] strategy is brutally clear,” said Ghassan Chamsi, a resident in the Douma neighbourhood of eastern Ghouta. However, Idlib and eastern Idlib, despite sustained attacks, remain formidable obstacles to a leadership that has pledged to return all of Syria to central control.
March 12, 2018 13:56 UTC
Applications are open to the annual Anzisha Prize for Africa’s next generation of entrepreneurial leaders, with this year’s edition to feature a pan-African tour of talks presented by young entrepreneurs. This year’s prize also sees the launch of the Anzisha Prize Tour – a series of talks by Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs, on their business lessons learned. Those interested in speaking at or attending the tours should contact the Anzisha Prize team. “The Anzisha Prize has been running for more than five years and we are at a stage where we can showcase the success of very young entrepreneurs so they can serve as relatable and reachable examples to their peers,” said Melissa Mbazo, programmes manager for Anzisha Prize. “A key goal for the Anzisha Prize is to celebrate the power of youth-led businesses in Africa to create jobs and viable livelihoods.
March 12, 2018 11:15 UTC
Africa’s smartphone market experienced a quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) decline of 6.4% during Q4 2017, according to the latest insights announced today by International Data Corporation (IDC). In the feature phone space, shipments totaled 33.4 million units, up 3.1% QoQ after decreasing in the previous quarter, Year on Year (YoY), the feature phone market was up 9.9%. Combining smartphones and feature phones together, the overall Africa mobile phone market saw shipments of 53.7 million units in Q4 2017, which represents downturns of 0.7% QoQ and 2.6% YoY. IDC’s research shows that 4G phones are growing in popularity, finally accounting for a majority share of the smartphone market at 56.8%. Demand for feature phones is expected to remain strong, although IDC expects vendors to drive smartphone uptake by offering more features in affordable price bands.
March 12, 2018 10:30 UTC