Shippers councils in Africa are pushing for a harmonisation of the systems and information used to track cargo movement in the respective countries, as part of efforts to reduce the cost of shipping in the continent.
Foreign aid may be “going local,” but much more needs to be done to create the right conditions for local partnerships to take hold and succeed in the long run.
That was one key takeaway from the first-ever Devex Partnerships Forum held in Nairobi, Kenya, recently.
“We need local solutions for local problems for local communities,” said Mamadou Biteye, who oversees operations in Africa for the Rockefeller Foundation, the event’s lead sponsor.
The forum, Biteye noted, is an important start to what should become an ongoing conversation about localisation and how organisations — both local and international — can achieve sustainable results through partnership.
The need for this conversation is what prompted Devex to gather in Nairobi some of the industry’s leading thinkers and doers. All in all, the event brought together more than 200 representatives from 44 exhibiting organisations and 150 participants from African development organisations.
Local development has taken the front seat, said Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-chief of Devex, during his opening remarks. And development work has never been more challenging or more necessary, Biteye added.
“Innovation is no longer about going it alone,” Biteye said. “There is a good deal to learn, replicate, build from and scale. We will need to join our hands together to maximise our impact,” he added.
Style aficionados now have less to worry about keeping their wardrobe stocked with unique pieces of wares and accessories that make them stand out at different occasions, thanks to the launch of MyAsho.com and MyAshomarket.com, a twin online fashion store.
Sterling International Limited, manufacturers and exporters of specialised automotive, industrial and marine paints, is to export some of its products to the East African market before the close of the year.
The African Innovation Foundation, which aims at encouraging innovations that contribute to sustainable development in Africa, has issued a call for applications for the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2014.
Labour and Alternative Dispute Resolution consultant, Mr Austin Gamey is livid with the almost wholesale implementation of Market Premium in the country and wants the government and the Fair Wages and Salary Structure administrators to stop the practice forthwith.
Ford has demonstrated its supremacy in the global automobile industry as it unveiled its Evos concept and announced two new Ford Models for 2014 at the Johannesburg International Motor and Truck Show (JIMS) last Wednesday.
Alhaji Radhid Pelpuo, Minister of State in-charge of Private Sector Development, presenting the overall Best Exporter 2012 award to Mr Emmanuel Teiko, Finance Director of the company at the recent awards ceremony organised by the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), at the State Banquet Hall in Accra.
A deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP), Mr Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, has stated the government’s intention to help plug visible loopholes in the tax system in its quest to mobilise more resources for national development.