Tag Archives: Partnerships

Real partnerships with African nations take more than money. That’s an advantage for the US

Money drives China’s foreign policy. Strong bilateral relationships, however, require more than investment deals. As China overlooks the importance of culture and community relations in pushing investment projects, our government should seize the opportunity to show that for all of its past faults, the United States offers a far better model of aid and partnership.

In countries throughout Africa and elsewhere, China has poured money into railroads, roads and other infrastructure projects – often will little integration with local communities. Instead, workers, materials, and even restaurants are brought from China, forming isolated communities that spring up to complete the work.

The projects themselves have often been criticized as “debt trap…

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Caribbean nations urged to own their tourism partnerships

The Caribbean has to begin to own its partnership with foreign investors in the tourism product.

This, according to Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Dr Hubert A. Minnis, who said this is necessary to create jobs and alleviate poverty in Caribbean nations.

Dr Minnis made the comment while delivering his keynote address at the opening of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) State of Tourism Industry Conference 2018 on Tuesday night in the Atlantis, Bahamas.

“Travel and tourism is one of the largest and fastest growing sectors, but question why the Caribbean never really attracted many of the tourism-related businesses outside of the region,” the Bahamas PM said.

He outlined that in delivering domestic, regional and international services we must ensure greater…

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Jamaica urges partnerships to tackle climate impacts, economic fragility in small islands

Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak

NEW YORK, USA — Galvanizing an effective global fundraising campaign to address climate change and achieve sustainable economic growth is key for small island developing states (SIDS), Andrew Holness, prime minister of Jamaica, told world leaders at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.

Holness expressed concerns over his country’s vulnerability to a raft of social, economic, environmental, financial and trade-related hazards.

“Together with persistent challenges linked to climate change and more frequent intense weather events; these all impact the pace of our development,” he told world leaders gathered in New York for the…

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Ambitious new Innovation Partnerships with African countries

A series of ambitious new Innovation Partnerships between the UK and Africa are expected to stimulate significant economic growth and support the creation of thousands of new jobs.

The partnerships, announced by the Prime Minister as the UK strengthens ties with the region, will be established in African countries with growing tech sectors where there are young, expanding populations with ideas and innovations developing at a rapid pace.

Building on the UK’s already-strong investment in science and research in Africa, the partnerships will enable UK and African entrepreneurs to share skills and ideas, and encourage future trade.

The increased engagement comes after the Department for International Trade announced the appointment of a dedicated HM Trade Commissioner to Africa. Emma…

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Partnerships needed for sustaining African cities

[ACCRA] Partnerships involving researchers, policymakers and industry should be promoted to help address challenges facing urbanisation in Africa and foster sustainable cities, a conference has declared.

The conference on sustainable cities, which was held this month (3-6 July) in Ghana and attended  by experts mainly from the academic and government institutions, called for people-centred approach in planning and implementing urbanisation agendas in Africa.

According to the conference, doing so will nurture sustainability and help the continent to achieve UN’s Agenda 2030, particularly Sustainable Development Goal  11, which focuses on sustainable cities and communities.

Advancing debates on current challenges and exploring future pathways for sustainable cities in Africa, the delegates…

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African News Agency signs new partnerships with African media entities – The Citizen

The African News Agency (ANA) has signed partnership agreements with media entities from East and West Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region in an effort to build a common news platform across the continent to take the African agenda to a world class standard.

Addressing his counterparts, ANA chief executive Grant Fredericks said, “This week was ANA’s attempt to draw you into the BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa] fold, to open up doors to opportunity, partnership, innovation, and possibilities.”

Leonard Chikadya, managing director at Times New Media Group based in Malawi, said Africa should tell its own story, and for many years, if not generations, Africa had relied on the West to define the narrative for Africa.

“When I was contacted by…

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