The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) was launched back in 2013. The forum’s main goal is to empower scientific skills for human development. It works by linking science to society, African policymakers authorities and worldwide tech stakeholders.The platform is one of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) with Robert Bosch Stiftung as the co-partner. The 2018 NEF competition is taking place now in Kigali Rwanda starting from today 26th March.
The Next Einstein Forum, Global African Academia
African countries are set to put their signature to an agreement that will launch the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Kigali, Rwanda, on Wednesday.
The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has estimated the agreement’s implementation could increase intra-African trade by 52 percent by 2022, compared with trade levels in 2010.
Here’s what you need to know about the biggest trade agreement signed since the World Trade Organisation (WTO) was established.
What is AfCFTA?
African heads of government agreed to establish a continental free trade area in 2012 and started negotiations in 2015.
The agreement is set to be signed by all 55 member states of the African Union, bringing together 1.2 billion people with a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of more than $2 trillion.
The draft agreement commits countries to removing tariffs on 90 percent of goods, with 10 percent of “sensitive items” to be phased in later.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa did not appear a stranger to the African Union as he strolled into the closing session of the African Continental Free Trade Area Business Forum in Kigali on Tuesday afternoon. In fact, there was a mild case of continental Ramaphoria in the audience of African businesspeople, politicians, officials and hangers-on as Ramaphosa declared:
“The issue of visas for Rwandese to South Africa, consider it as a matter that is solved.”
There were whoops and gasps from the room, then applause.
Just last month, former president Jacob Zuma wanted to hang on to the presidency a few months longer so he could introduce Ramaphosa to the AU and the Southern African Development Community.
Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo welcomed Ramaphosa warmly, and congratulated him, and also “all of the people in South Africa for their transition”.
A high-ranking member of the Nigerian delegation, when asked about his country’s views, said the rest of the continent shared in the South Africans’ relief at the transition.
At the close of the session with Ramaphosa, the announcer enthusiastically declared:
“Can you feel the change? Change is in the air!”
Source: Ramaphosa wants single currency for Africa | The Citizen
Also See This article about Ramaphosa
Listen to this video and then read Gaddafi’s Green Book and decide for yourself if he was a mad man as he has been portrayed by Obama et el. The man was killed and his country ruined along with the dream of a unified Africa.
This is a link to a copy of Gaddafi’s Green Book online
China has a plan to lift everyone out of poverty by 2020! 2020! What plan does the so-called richest country (USA) in the world have for eliminating poverty? None that I know of.
Decoding Xi’s report – Poverty relief
Source: Winning battle against poverty by 2020
China is kicking America’s butt. They have five and ten year plans to do stuff. What plans do we have? USA better get on the ball and stop laying on yesterday. The world is not waiting for us anymore.
Ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing on Thursday announced a new joint venture to roll out charging networks for electric vehicles, aimed at attaining a firm foothold in the country’s booming new energy car market.
Source: Didi plans charging stations for electric vehicles
California is close to passing a Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights that will guarantee comprehensive, common sense civil rights for survivors like me.
In March of 2015, I was sexually assaulted by a man I was dating. When I tried to stop his unprotected advances, he forced himself on me.
It’s hard to put into words exactly what one goes through after such a trauma. I think the best way to describe my experience is something akin to being on a roller coaster during an earthquake in the midst of a storm.
Source: Petition · We’re calling on Governor Brown to sign Californian rape survivor civil rights, AB1312, into law
There is a thriving counter-current of transnational African literary life that confounds rather than caters to an international taste for “digestible” fiction.
African literature is the object of immense international interest across both academic and popular registers. Far from the field’s earlier, post-colonial association with marginality, a handful of star “Afropolitan” names are at the forefront of global trade publishing.
Books like Chimamanda Adichie’s “Americanah” and “Half of a Yellow Sun”, Teju Cole’s “Open City”, Taiye Selasi’s “Ghana Must Go” and Yaa Gyasi’s “Homegoing” have confounded neat divisions between Western and African literary traditions. The Cameroonian novelist Imbolo Mbue captured a million-dollar contract for her first book, “Behold the Dreamers”. That’s even before it joined the Oprah’s Book Club pantheon this year.
Source: New African literature is disrupting what Western presses prize
African Beads are often seen as just a decorative item of jewellery, but the meaning and history of our African beads goes back many hundreds of years with complex uses that have evolved with the modern world. At first glance, the beads so commonly used in African culture are used for fashion, and you can find leg beads, ankle beads, neck beads, and waist beads. In Africa’s history, the beads have had numerous uses, from protection from illness, as a sign of maturity and menstruation for daughters as they come of age, or as a sign of important ancestry and family. African beads were also an important part of a marriage dowry, as woman would wear multiple beads and the only person allowed to remove them was the husband at night.
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