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Jack Ma urges African entrepreneurs to take advantage of digital economy


JOHANNESBURG – Jack Ma, the founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, on Wednesday encouraged young African entrepreneurs to take giant leaps in solving challenges facing the continent and take advantage of the digital economy, saying that opportunities lie where people complain.

Ma was speaking at the launch of the “Netpreneur Prize” initiative in Johannesburg. The initiative has been established to create a community of 1,000 young e-commerce entrepreneurs from developing countries years to receive grants totalling U.S.$10 million by 2030.

“When I started my company in 1994 people said, ‘Jack, you are telling a lie, there is no such thing as ‘internet’. You can’t register this company.’ To prove I was not a liar, I invited people to my room and we waited three hours to download the…

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Sudan urges African mediation to resume Two Areas talks



Member of government team, Osman Andu, has appealed to the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to invite the two sides for a final …
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Monson: A former BYU receiver, a black non-Mormon, urges the school he loves to recruit African-American players an…


BYU is stuck in a hard spot, a hard spot of its own making.

And Margin Hooks knows it.

The former Cougar wide receiver, who ranks fifth — with 189 catches, 2,841 yards — on BYU’s all-time receptions and receiving-yards list, loves the school for which he played from 1996 to 2000, loves it so much he’s called for it to change the way it approaches and treats some of its athletes, athletes of different backgrounds and ethnicities, particularly African-Americans not steeped in the Mormon tradition.

Many of those athletes, such as Hooks himself, arrive in Provo in culture-shock mode, having to rapidly adapt to the LDS Church-owned university’s overall environment, its idiosyncrasies, its behavioral code.

“I didn’t even know what BYU was,” he says.

Officials and…

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Obama urges Africa to do more to stem brain drain


JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Former U.S. president Barack Obama advised talented young Africans on Wednesday to drive change at home rather than emigrating, and urged their governments to do more to curb a brain drain.

Former US President Barack Obama speaks during his town hall meeting for the Obama Foundation at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 18, 2018. Themba Hadebe/Pool via REUTERS

Obama, whose Kenyan-born father studied in the United States but later returned home to work as an economist, described the phenomenon of the best minds leaving for global centers abroad as “a real issue”.

“More and more not only are we seeing concentrations of wealth, we are seeing concentrations of talent in various global centers, whether it is Shanghai or Dubai,” said…

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IATA urges Caribbean stakeholders to work together


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently urged stakeholders in the Caribbean to work to maximize the benefits of aviation connectivity.

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Approximately half of the tourists who visit the Caribbean arrive via aircraft, making the industry vital to tourism. Airlines also connect Caribbean islands to the mainland when there are natural disasters.

Aviation contributes 14 percent of the Caribbean economy, $35.9 million in gross domestic product, and supports 1.6 million jobs.

“Aviation can do much more if governments work with industry to maximize the value aviation delivers,” Peter Cerda, IATA regional vice president for the Americas, said at Aviation Day Caribbean. “Unfortunately, too many of the region’s governments still see air travel primarily as a…

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Nigeria’s ex-leader urges Africa to initiate periodic reforms in governance – Xinhua


ABUJA, June 27 (Xinhua) — Former Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday called on African leaders to initiate periodic reforms in governance.

Speaking at a forum in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja, Obasanjo, a highly influential African leader, identified “security and stability, good governance, and poverty reduction” as three major areas in which Africa needs urgent reforms in order to boost relations with partners including China.

“In these three areas, we can examine what has been the achievements of China at home and what China promises in the immediate future for itself, its neighbors and its partners further afield like those of us in Africa,

“Africa can learn a lesson from China – of peace, security, and stability at home; as a foundation for other development at home…

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