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UBA Invests U.S $25 Million in Zambia Agro Sector

THE United Bank of Africa (UBA) has invested over US$25 million in Zambia's Agriculture sector in the last three months of 2015 to support diversification programmes and grow the country's economy.   UBA chief executive officer Stanley Ugwueze said the Bank had supported the country's agriculture sector by providing financial services of up to $25 million between October and December last year.   Mr Ugwueze said in an interview.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 13th April 2016

Zambia Signs Deal With China for Geological Mapping

THE Government has signed a five year agreement with China geological survey to carry out a geological mapping for Zambia.   The cooperation is expected to be beneficial as it will enhance geological, geophysical and geochemical data gathering in areas where the geological survey department has not conducted mappings.   Mines and Mineral Development Minister Christopher Yaluma said currently, only 61 per cent of the country was.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 13th April 2016

Africa: Intra-African Trade to Reach U.S. $250 Billion By 2021

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is to implement a new strategy aimed at driving industrialisation across Africa and increasing intra-African trade by, at least, 50 per cent in the next five years.   The Afreximbank Intra-African Trade Strategy, approved by the Board of Directors at its quarterly meeting in Johannesburg on Saturday, will see the Bank work with partners to ramp up trade among African countries to $250 billion.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 13th April 2016

Kenya: Cytonn Begins Construction of Sh2.5 Billion Housing Estate in Nairobi

Real estate and investment firm Cytonn has begun construction of its Sh2.5 billion lifestyle community in Ruaka on the outskirts of Nairobi.   The Alma, which is to be completed within three years, is targeting the middle to lower-middle income class with discerning tastes for modern day apartments.   Cytonn is offering the 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartment options for potential buyers.   "Our deal pipeline serves the.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 13th April 2016

Kenya: Deputy President Seeks Sh8 Billion for Roadworks

A team chaired by Deputy President William Ruto now wants governors to be given Sh8 billion for the construction and maintenance of county roads after they were denied funds in the Division of Revenue Bill, 2016.   The Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC), which brings together the two levels of government, has proposed that the allocation be included in the Bill, which is currently before the Senate, after being passed by.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 13th April 2016

Kenya: Two Geothermal Plants to Get Sh3 Billion Funding

The push for clean energy has received a major boost after a Sh3 billion ($29.65 million) concessional loan was approved to finance two geothermal power projects in Menengai with an estimated total output of 70 megawatts (MW).   A clean energy fund, backed by six multilateral development banks will provide the loan.   The Climate Investment Fund said the loan endorsed through its Clean Technology Fund component will help expand the.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th April 2016

Angola: 20,000 Hectares Made Available For Investment in Agriculture

Matala — Over 20,000 hectares of land have been made available for national and foreign entrepreneurs interested in investing in the agricultural sector in Matala Municipality, southern Huila Province, informed on Monday the Matala administrator, Miguel Vicente.   Speaking to ANGOP, after carrying out a field visit to the irrigated perimeter of Matala, Miguel Vicente said that the municipality has arable lands and abundant water.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th April 2016

Tanzania: Danish Envoy Urges More Investment in Agriculture

Dar es Salaam — Proper investment in agriculture using creative and innovative techniques can bring about the desired economic changes in the country.   This, however, requires stakeholders to identify factors that can be used to attract more youth to engage in the sector.   Denmark evoy to Tanzania, Mr Einar Jensen, gave the advice yesterday while launching the youth agrifood companies incubated at the Sokoine University.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th April 2016

Roadworks Estimated at Shs13 Billion Begin in Uganda

Kabale — Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda has cautioned contractors not to delay completion of government projects, especially in the road sector.   Dr Rugunda, who was last Friday presiding over a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction and tarmacking of three feeder roads in Kabale Municipality, said delayed government projects not only increase the cost of such projects but also delay delivery of services to the people who.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th April 2016

U.S.$2 Million Mosquito Net Factory Opens In Uganda

Kampala — Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde has commissioned a $2.3m (Shs7.82b) mosquito net factory with an annual production capacity of three million insecticide-treated mosquito nets.   Located in Luzira Industrial Park, M/s Sino Africa Medical Devices Company Limited in partnership with the Tianjin Yorkool International Co Limited manufactures polyester insecticidal treated mosquito nets for local consumption.   Ms Amelia.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th April 2016

South Africa: First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Forklift Unveiled

South Africa's hydrogen fuel cell industry received a boost on 31 March with the unveiling of a prototype hydrogen fuel cell forklift and refuelling station at Impala Refining Services in Springs, east of Joburg.   Over the past three years, Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats) has provided HySA Systems with funds of R6-million to enable the prototype development. Implats plans to use hydrogen fuel cell technology as its main source of.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 12th April 2016

Comesa Trains Food Distributors in East African Region

Ugandan small and medium-sized companies in the food value chain have received a boost from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) through the training of 80 firms.   The trained food distributors are expected to start providing products that meet international sanitary and phytosanitary standards. Ugandan companies will now be able to sell their food to supermarkets, hotels, as well as regional and international.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 11th April 2016



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