The colossus of Ramses II was moved from downtown Cairo to the GEM site in 2006, and in January 2018 was transfered to its final resting place, in the atrium of the Grand Egyptian Museum. Credit: Dana Smillie
Costing more than $1 billion, the museum will re-house and restore some of the country’s most precious relics. Its expansive, glass-fronted building offers sweeping panoramas of the Giza plateau and Great Pyramids, which stand just two kilometers away.
Source: Egypt’s treasures to receive a new $1 billion home
“No child should study in the dark”: Solar-powered school bags changing Cote d’Ivoire’s education
By Kylie Kiunguyu on November 1, 2018 — Evariste Akoumian, a 37-year-old Ivorian, invented the “Solarpak”, a schoolbag with a solar panel and a lamp, to improve the education of young schoolchildren from rural, non-electrified areas. Using the lamp, children can now comfortably study after dark.
Source: Solar-powered school bags changing Cote d’Ivoire’s education
NAIROBI, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) — One of Kenya’s oldest universities on Friday marked Confucius Institute Day in a glittering ceremony attended by hundreds of students, faculty members and civilians keen to learn about Chinese culture.
The Confucius Institute Day at Kenyatta University featured thrilling performances from students that included Chinese traditional and contemporary music, dance and costumes.
Zhuo Hao, a Chinese lecturer at Kenyatta University’s Confucius Institute, said it has raised the visibility of Chinese language and culture in Kenya since its establishment one decade ago.
“The Confucius Institute has made significant progress in teaching activities, cultural activities and media coverage,” said Zhuo, adding that more than 3,000 students had enrolled at Kenyatta University’s Confucius Institute.
Chinese entrepreneurs based in Kenya also attended the 5th Confucius Institute Day that showcased the time-honored beauty of Chinese performing arts and costume.
Source: Kenyan varsity marks Confucius Institute Day
In Rwanda, industry analysis estimates
that roughly 70% of the population have a cell phone, yet only 18% have access to electricity, according to the World Bank
Sketching the first design on a piece of paper, the entrepreneur devised a solar-powered kiosk that can be towed by bicycle and provides simultaneous charging for up to 80 phones.
Source: This solar-powered cart can charge 80 phones at once – CNN
Despite Western criticism of China’s presence in Africa, there is no denying the fact that the continent has maintained its growth momentum every year since China started to invest there. The Beijing summit shows that both sides want to maintain that momentum in pursuit of common prosperity.
Source: West’s bias not reflected in reality of African ties: China Daily editorial
The enormous investments China is pursuing in Addis Ababa have totally transformed the face of Ethiopia, a country once ranked among the poorest in the world. Today, Ethiopia is the only country in Africa that can manufacture its own leather shoes, thanks to support from China. This is the kind of friendship Africa has been yearning for.
Africa’s development can only be shaped by Africans. Europe and the US can therefore involve African leaders in designing the kind of investments and relations that fit them. If they continue condemning China on its relations with Africa, the continent’s ties with Beijing will only get stronger and thrive all the more.
Source: Marshall Plan for Africa or “Debt Trap?”
Chinese President Xi Jinping has offered a $60 billion aid package to African countries over the next three years, in response to the continent’s increasing debt distress — with no strings attached.
China’s investment plans include $5 billion in African exports, $10 billion for development, and $15 billion grants and interest-free loans. A $20 billion credit line will also be included, as well as emergency food aid, scholarships and vocational training, and increased agricultural development.
Source: China Offers $60 Billion to Africa With ‘No Strings Attached’
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
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