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As of 2050, a quarter of the world’s population (25%) will be in Africa, that in itself is a good enough reason to invest in Africa and for Africa to invest in education and workforce skill upgrade. Photo/Premium times opinion
  • By 2050, a quarter of the world’s population (25%) will be in Africa
  • Africa Investment Forum (AIF) raises US $31 billion in investment deals
  • Only 33 of Africa’s 51 countries have signed the single passport protocol and only four have ratified it

Come 2050, a quarter of the world’s population (25%) will be in Africa, that in itself is a good enough reason to invest in Africa and for Africa to invest in education and workforce skill upgrade.

In fact, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB), there are two other factors that beg for increased investment in Africa. First the fact that Africa holds 65% of the world’s virgin arable land and second, Africa, by far, hosts the world’s biggest known sources of renewable energy.

As AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina put it, “the future of Africa lies in investments, not aid.”

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The forum is being organised by the government of Barbados and the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) under the theme “One People, One Destiny: Uniting and Reimagining Our Future”.

Other conveners are the AfCFTA Secretariat, the Africa Business Council, the CARICOM Secretariat, and the Caribbean Export Development Agency.

The conference will give business communities in Africa and those in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region an opportunity to develop strategic partnerships and enhance bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, technology transfer, innovation, tourism, culture, and other sectors.…

  • The Ghanaian parliament has approved a proposal by the government to borrow up to US$750 million from Afreximbank
  • A seven-year portion of the loan is broken up into two parts: one for US$102.19 million with an interest rate of 6.49 per cent overall, including fees, and another for 101 million dollars with a rate of 9.55 per cent overall
  • In June, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta requested parliament to accelerate the authorisation of the loans

The Ghanaian parliament has authorised a proposal by the government to borrow up to US$750 million from the African Export-Import Bank for the 2022 budget.

In June, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta requested parliament to accelerate the authorisation of the loans.

However, differences have held up the process even though the country faces skyrocketing inflation, lacklustre economic growth and a tumbling local currency.

The vote by the deadlocked parliament eliminates a significant obstacle for the government of …

According to Deutschland, German companies long concentrated only on South Africa, but this is changing. Over the past eight years, the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) has opened not less than five new branch offices. Apart from South Africa, top investment destinations include Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Tanzania, and Mozambique.

Alongside their primary business, German companies are also involved in numerous initiatives to support the African economy and combat poverty. Germany's Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) has founded the "Skilled Workers for Africa" initiative in Botswana, Kenya, and Nigeria. Germany's successful dual vocational training model serves as an example in Africa. At the same time, Germans benefit from collaboration with local partners, who enable them to access new markets. Local shareholders are essential in some countries.

To strengthen their cross-continental network and promote a value and interest-based exchange, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung (HSS) supported by the…

The training programme was launched during the Intra-African Trade Fair 2021 (IATF2021), taking place in Durban, South Africa from November 17 to 21. For previously under-represented populations, the training programme strives to break down barriers to commerce.
The AfCFTA’s ‘How to Export with the AfCFTA training programme’ was designed with African businesses in mind. Small enterprises will be equipped with the tools they need to take advantage of the new trading climate and the AfCFTA’s operationalization.
In 2020, Afreximbank and ITC begun a trial programme in Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Rwanda as a test of this new programme concept. There were around 1,500 applications for the course within the first few days of its release, indicating a strong degree of interest in its subject.…

The pan-African payments infrastructure was commissioned after a successful pilot phase in the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) countries where live transactions were done instantly.

Afreximbank worked with the West Africa Monetary Institute (WAMI) to launch the system in the WAMZ.

Following this successful milestone, PAPSS is now engaged in advanced discussions with other national and regional institutions for its rapid expansion across the continent.…

AfCFTA Secretary General Wamkele Mene notes that a uniform payments platform will eliminate the costly process on converting currencies which contributes to the inefficient trade patterns on the continent.

In addition to this good news, the Covid-19 pandemic was a silver lining for Africa’s integration since the continent has to create its own solutions to its problems. As such, Africa needs not only to harmonise its financial systems but also step up productive and infrastructural integration.…