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Le Franc CFA : Sa mort attendue depuis sa création ?

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Matthieu Remonnay, fondateur chez Afrique Business Info

PARIS, France, le 22 Mai 2020,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- “Cette fin symbolique devait s’inscrire dans un renouvellement de la relation entre la France et l’Afrique” déclarait hier Sibeth Ndiaye, porte parole du Gouvernement français.

Le Franc CFA a déclenché les passions en France et en Afrique car il reste lié, au moins au niveau symbolique, à la politique coloniale française qui prévalait avant les années 60. L’Eco remplacera le Franc CFA dans 8 pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest : Le Bénin, le Burkina Faso, la Côte d’Ivoire, la Guinée-Bissau, le Mali, le Niger, le Sénégal et le Togo. Cette nouvelle monnaie fait déjà l’objet de nombreuses critiques et pourtant ses défenseurs soulignent une réforme monétaire régionale importante : Elle met fin à l’obligation de dépôt de la moitié des réserves de change de la Banque centrale des Etats d’Afrique de l’Ouest auprès de Trésor public français.

L’Institution qui ne sera plus cogérée avec la France devra prendre de lourde décision dans un contexte de crise économique causée par la pandémie du COVID-19. De nombreux Etats ont déjà sollicité la suppression de leur dette et des soutiens financiers face aux recettes de plus en plus faibles. Le tourisme est l’un des secteurs les plus touchés avec les mesures de confinement et la fermeture des frontières décidées par les autorités africaines.

La parité fixe de l’Eco avec l’euro est un principe qui a résisté à la “mort” du franc CFA. Les 8 Etats africains de cette nouvelle union monétaire devront peut-être convaincre les autres voisins africains comme le Nigéria pour concurrencer les autres monnaies et pour maîtriser l’évolution de sa valeur.

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MEET THE WINNERS OF AFRICA.COM’S BRILLIANT AFRICAN INNOVATIONS AGAINST COVID-19 COMPETITION

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a “Shark Tank” style competition

Dr Wale Aduosun
Dr Wale Aduosun

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 27, 2020 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Six finalists were chosen from a wide field of applicants to compete on today’s Brilliant African Innovations Against COVID-19, a “Shark Tank” style contest in which entrepreneurs competed for prizes. The judges for the competition were Juliet Ehimuan, Director, West Africa-Google; Andile Ngcaba, Founding Partner and Chairman of Convergence Partners; Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner of Chanzo Capital; and Adrian Vermooten, Head of Digital Innovation, Standard Bank. In addition, over 2,000 audience members voted for their innovator of choice. The audience vote counted for 25% of the total points awarded, while the judges’ votes counted for 75% of the total points awarded.

To see the winners at the emotional moment they learned that they won the competition, please click here. (https://youtu.be/Li_tGyILcCc)

Laud Anthony Basing
Laud Anthony Basing

The first prize was awarded to Laud Basing of Ghana, founder of Incas Diagnostics for his rapid Covid-19 test, which is combined with a comprehensive app that incorporates symptom assessment, data capture of test results, tracking of patient location using GPS signals, and dissemination of all of this information to public health authorities. Laud Basing receives a $500 prize; mentoring by Harvard Business School Professor of Entrepreneurship, Tarun Khanna; and a $5,000 media package from Africa.com. To see Basing’s two minute video submission for the competition, click here. (https://youtu.be/DltFAenJAu4)

The contest judges were so compelled by the strength of the finalists that they decided to award additional prizes to the two finalists who were tied for second place. One of the two second prize winners was Mary Mwangi of Kenya, founder of Data Integrated, for her Epesi Trip Planner, an app that allows tuk-tuk (public bus) passengers to book a ride and pay online ahead of time, thus avoiding densely populated lines to board buses, and the payment of fares electronically, thus avoiding human contact associated with the use of cash. To see Mwangi’s two minute video submission for the competition, click here. (https://youtu.be/dnYPhAaa-zM)

Mary Mwangi
Mary Mwangi

The second finalist tied for second prize was Dr. Wale Adeosun of Nigeria, founder of Wellvis, which uses machine learning to help patients assess their risk for COVID-19, and depending on the outcome, educates patients about the virus, and recommends next steps using a telemedicine platform. The COVID-19 Triage Tool assists the larger medical community, and society, by reducing unnecessary calls and visits to clinics and hospitals. To see Adeosun’s two minute video submission for the competition, click here. (https://youtu.be/DW1uogppnb0)

Mwangi and Adeosun each won $250 and a $2,500 media package from Africa.com. Mwangi won a mentoring session with Adrian Vermooten, Head of Digital Innovation at Standard Bank. Adeosun won a mentoring session with Juliet Ehimuan, Director – West Africa, Google.

The full video of competition will soon be available on virtualconferenceafrica.com.
Thank you to Convergence Partners for joining Africa.com to fund the prizes.

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PAN AFRICA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS XCHANGE ESTABLISHED BY ETHICORE

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 28th, 2020 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Leading African Government Affairs firm, ETHICORE is proud to announce the formation of Africa Government Affairs Xchange (Africa GX: www.africagx.com). This coincides with Africa Month and Africa Day (25 May 2020), commemorating the founding of the Organisation of African Unity 57 years ago in 1963.

Africa GX is the only multi-country African government affairs alliance of its kind, specialising in public policy, legislative, regulatory, government relations and public affairs for clientele in Africa. Founded and exclusively convened by ETHICORE, Africa GX aims to be the largest strategic alliance of owner-managed African government affairs firms and expert advisors operating according to high ethical standards.

ETHICORE Founder and CEO and Africa GX President, Abdul Waheed Patel
ETHICORE Founder and CEO and Africa GX President, Abdul Waheed Patel

According to ETHICORE Founder and CEO and Africa GX President, Abdul Waheed Patel:
“We are proud to establish Africa GX as a unique milestone, further positioning ETHICORE and our elite partners, as providers of high-quality government affairs services and strategic counsel to African and international clients. Over the past decade we have cultivated enduring bilateral strategic partnerships with reputable firms and professional advisors of high pedigree and integrity, in various African countries. Africa GX consolidates this and advances ETHICORE’s strategy to be the leading Pan-African government affairs firm, transcending borders in collaboration with our partners.”

On inception, Africa GX weaves a presence across 27 African countries in Sub-Saharan, Francophone, Anglophone, Lusophone and North Africa. This includes:
1. Benin
2. Burkina Faso
3. Botswana
4. Cameroon
5. Central African Republic
6. Côte d’Ivoire
7. Chad
8. Democratic Republic of the Congo
9. Ethiopia
10. Egypt
11. Gabon
12. Ghana
13. Guinea
14. Guinea Bissau
15. Kenya
16. Mali
17. Mauritania
18. Morocco
19. Niger
20. Nigeria
21. Rwanda
22. Senegal
23. South Africa
24. Tanzania
25. Togo
26. Zambia
27. Zimbabwe

According to Patel: “Professional government affairs consulting and advisory services in Africa is nascent. Africa GX differentiates ETHICORE and our partners, creating a competitive advantage for our clients that is unrivalled in Africa. As a bespoke continental alliance, we provide local expertise to service clients across the African continent, appropriately tailored and sensitive to each country. It embodies our collective contribution to pragmatically advance the aspiration for greater African integration and unity.”

Today more than ever, specialised African government affairs expertise is imperative to advancing the tenets of participatory democracy and Africa’s democratic dividend. Africa GX upholds responsible and constructive government relations, public policy and regulatory advocacy, which is evidence based and contributes to impactful decision-making by African governments, Parliaments and regulators.

African countries and economies are seized with immense opportunities and challenges in pursuit of national development plans, advancing the African Union’s Agenda 2063, deepening economic integration by implementing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and coordinating COVID-19 response measures.

Africa GX will be expanding its footprint into all 55 African Union members states by growing the alliance through new memberships, partnership and affiliations.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Ethicore.

About ETHICORE
Founded in 2009, ETHICORE Political Lobbying is a decade young pioneering African Government Affairs firm headquartered in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. ETHICORE specialises in providing professional government affairs consulting and advisory services, helping companies and organisations to interpret, navigate, constructively engage with and positively contribute to public policy, legislative, regulatory, governmental and parliamentary decision-making. The firm has a track record of supporting more than 107 clients across 15 different industry sectors in multiple African countries. Africa GX is a wholly owned subsidiary of ETHICORE.

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LIVE STREAM: Former Norwegian Prime Minister Brundtland on Pandemic Leadership

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May 27 2020 (IPS)

Between 2002 and 2004, the World Health Organization (WHO) faced the first pandemic of the globalized 21st century, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Under the leadership of Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland and through epidemiological, clinical, and logistical coordination, the WHO facilitated a strong and ultimately successful response to the outbreak. Today, the WHO is facing the coronavirus pandemic in an even more globalized and urbanized world, further complicating response and coordination efforts. What similarities do these two pandemics share, and what lessons in leadership might we be able to learn from the past?

The post LIVE STREAM: Former Norwegian Prime Minister Brundtland on Pandemic Leadership appeared first on Inter Press Service.

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Chicago Council on Global Affairs

 

Gro Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of Norway; Former Director-General, World Health Organization. Moderated by Catherine Bertini.

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