Africa Best Practice Business Forum to Kick-off in Lomé

first_imgThe Africa Best Practices Forum which is also intended as an exchange and a business platform will bring together African and international experts, public and political officials, private sector executives and stakeholders to Lome, Togo to share their experiences with reforms that stimulate growth and employment in the sub-region.The forum is organized by the Pan-African bank Ecobank, recruitment agency AfricSearch and company Ellipse Communication which are working together with support from the World Bank and the West African Development Bank (BOAD), which is dedicated exclusively to improving the business framework and environment in Africa.  “This forum will be an arena for discussions among public and private sector decision-makers in Africa. It will deepen a dialogue on the dissemination of best practices, one that is more important now than ever before,” asserts Didier Acouetey, founder of the recruitment agency AfricSearch.  Two hundred (200) persons are expected in Lomé, Togo. They include Cheikh Hadjibou Soumaré, President of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) Commission, Christian Adovelande, President of BOAD, Hervé Assah, World Bank representative for Togo, Alioune Sall, Executive Director of the think tank African Futures Institute, Cody Lee, Director of the Singapore Business Federation, Felix Bikpo, Chief Executive Officer of African Guarantee Fund, Jean-Louis Ekra, President of Afreximbank, Amadou Kane, former Finance Minister of Senegal, and Momar Nguer, Africa Director of Total Supply & Marketing.  Delegations from Morocco, Rwanda and Singapore will attend. The subjects addressed during the two-day forum will include legal and administrative reform, government modernization, and creation of an environment favorable to private sector development and integration of multilateral instruments.  A special session will be devoted to innovative reforms. Various tried and tested models from around the world will be analyzed in a round table. Finally, a session will be dedicated to new financing methods such as PPP, financial markets and private equity.  “Because the level of investment depends on reforms undertaken by African states, there is an urgent need to accelerate these reforms to promote social and economic change, with the private sector acting as a lever,” concludes Arsène Johnson, the forum sponsor. The forum will begin on the 26 to 27 of February, 2015.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SOCU Prosecutor a no-show

first_imgPradoville land saleThe Special Organised Crime Unit’s (SOCU) prosecutor was a no-show in court on Monday when the Pradoville land sale case was called at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Chief MagistrateAnn McLennanPeople’s Progressive Party Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali, is before the court as a result of trumped-up political motivated charges for allegedly selling State lands under market value, was present in court with his lawyers when the matter was called. After the prosecutor failed to make an appearance, Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan adjourned the case to September 27, 2019. Ali’s lawyers informed the Chief Magistrate that they intend to file proceedings in the full court for a stay in the matter.High Court Judge Dawn Gregory, on Friday last did not grant a stay order.Ali is facing 19 charges in relation to the sale of land in the ‘Pradoville 2’ Housing Scheme between 2010-2015. He was serving as Housing Minister during the time.last_img read more


first_imgRAPHOE NOTES WEEK ENDING 2nd March 2013Raphoe Family Resource Centre INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAYEvery year on 8th March, the world celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD). IWD provides a common day for globally recognising and applauding women’s achievements as well as observing and highlighting gender issues and inequalities. This year on Friday 8th March from 10.30am – 12.30pm the Raphoe Family Resource Centre will mark International Women’s Day with an exhibition of work carried out by local artists and the classes of St. Eunan’s and the Central National Schools. The work produced is aimed at celebrating and honouring women both locally and internationally. Tea/Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.“FIT FOR LIFE”The aim of this free 5 week programme is to develop a safe space for young people between 12-15 years of age where they will learn more about the issues which are affecting or may affect their life. Objectives of the programme include raising young people’s self-esteem, developing understanding of the complexity of feelings and the ability to manage them more effectively, enabling young people with knowledge about physical and emotional health and developing coping strategies for dealing with issues affecting their physical and emotional health. Through the programme it is anticipated that young people will recognize the relationship between thoughts, feelings and actions, appreciate differences in how people feel about things, being able to talk about feelings effectively, examine their actions and know their consequences, use “I” messages instead of “You”, which will help young people blame less and take responsibility for their role within relationships. Week 1 will focus on Physical Health-the dangers of smoking; Week 2-Emotional Health: Anti-bullying and Peer Pressure; Week 3-Physical Health: Alcohol and Drugs; Week 4-Emotional Health: Friendships and Relationships; Week 5-Physical Health: Stress and Anger Management.The programme starts on Wednesday 13th March at 7.00pm followed at 8pm by the usual Youth Cafe activities. For further information please contact any of the Youth Team on 074 9145796.MONDAY MORNING DROP-INThe Monday morning drop-in continues in the Family Resource Centre from 10.30am-12.30pm each Monday so why not call in when you are passing for a cup of tea and a chat or bring a newspaper or book and relax in a warm friendly environment. The Family Resource Centre has a book library and you can swop a book anytime you are in. We look forward to seeing youFRIDAY’S NIGHTS AT THE FRC:-The next Movie nite will be held on Friday 8th March from 7.00 – .Parents/guardians are very welcome to come along to help supervise. THE EXCHANGE PROJECTThe Family Resource Centre has been invited by the Playhouse in Derry to participate in an exciting cross-border and cross-community youth project for young people aged between 12 and 16 years of age.Up to 150 young people from 5 youth projects in Donegal and 5 in Derry will be involved in developing a Urban Arts Project in each of their areas as well as each project ‘twinning’ with a project on a cross-border basis. The young people themselves will decide on their own Urban Arts Project, whether that might be animation, D-Jaying, mural painting, production of a DVD or a drama sketch.A field trip to each of the community projects will take place at the end to celebrate the achievements. The Exchange Project commences in March when youth leaders will undertake 30 hours of community arts training, followed by 8 weeks of contact time in each project with a professional community arts practitioner during April and May. In July the cross-border partnership work will take place while in August a 4 day Urban Arts Project will be developed with all 150 young people participating in the one location with the celebratory field trip taking place in September.If you are in the 12-16 years age bracket and would like to take part please contact Diane on 074 9145796. As places are limited it is advisable to book your place early.COUNSELLING SERVICESRaphoe Family Resource Centre is now in a position to offer a free and confidential weekly counselling service to the general public. This person-centred service will be for those experiencing Bereavement/Loss, Separation, Abuse, Mental Health Difficulties and issues around sexuality. It will operate on an appointment basis only. Contact 086 3601718 after 7.00 p.m.LITTLE SMILES WITH BIG DREAMSLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meet every Wednesday morning at 10.30am –12 noon in the Family Resource Centre. Anyone who is in care of a child where it is an aunt / uncle/ childminder or grandparent is welcome. The kiddies can get involved in Messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults. Parent and Toddler are a great way to enhance your little one confidence and meet others their age. A light lunch is provided and a small cost of 50 cent per family.WOMEN’S GROUPWomen’s group next meeting is due to take place 25th March at 8.00 p.m.WEEKLY EMPLOYMENT LISTRaphoe Family Resource Centre receives an updated weekly employment list and if you are interested in receiving this list please contact 074 9145796 or call into the Centre for more details.BIRTHDAY PARTIES AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS:Do you know that Raphoe Family Resource Centre is available for children’s birthday parties and special occasions? To find out more please contact the Centre on 074 9145796.Raphoe Tidy Towns Appeal 2013Raphoe Official Bronze Medal Award Winner 2011 & Silver Medal Winner 2012.It’s that time of year again when we begin to think about Spring cleaning and tidying up. The Tidy Towns are seeking the help of our entire community as in past years. What can you do to help Raphoe for this year’s Tidy Towns Competition ? You couldKeep your area litter free, Remove weeds or overgrowth from boundary wallsPaint your homes/properties & Tidy your Gardens, Keep green areas well mown and tidyPut out hanging baskets or window boxes, Respect Wildlife & Recycle your wasteIf you own a derelict property please have it cleaned up, Donate paint, flowers or shrubs for the town.If you wish to sponsor bedding plants for the Summer it would be very much appreciated this year especially. A Sincere Thank You from the Committee, Supervisor & Staff of Raphoe Tidy Towns Ltd for all your help over the years. Together we can make Raphoe a better place to live, work, visit and play in, today and into the future.For further information on our work please contact the Raphoe Tidy Towns Office on 9145692.RAPHOE SCOUT GROUPSpecial thanks goes to Donegal Mayor Cllr. Frank Mc Brearty for his very generous donation to Raphoe Scout Group from his Councilors Members Development Fund.FRIENDS OF LIFFORD HOSPITAL TABLE QUIZThe Friend of Lifford Hospital is running a Table on Friday 22nd March 2013 in Friel’s Hotel Raphoe. 4 per team entry fee €20.00 per team. Starting at 9.30 p.m. sharp. Great prizes on the night 1st prize Donegal GAA signed shirt. Please come along and support this worthy cause. Everybody Welcome.RAPHOE BADMINTON CLUBRaphoe Badminton Club’s Annual Badminton Tournament continues in the Recreation Hall with usual events run. Finals will be played on Friday 8th March. For further details contact Joe Magee 074 9145451 after 7.00 p.m., or Sammy Magee on 0749145444 or check out the Raphoe Badminton Club page on Facebook.RAPHOE BOXING CLUBOn Friday last 18 members of the Raphoe Boxing Club and 18 members of the Two- Castles Boxing Club Newtownstewart teamed up and travelled to Connamara Co. Galway for a residential weekend as part of the Donegal County Councils Riverine Project which is funded by the International Fund for Ireland. Everyone had an excellent weekend that included squad training, sparing sessions and sea kayaking trip. Both clubs would like to convey a very special thanks to Coleman O’ Flartey and everyone at the training facility, and everyone who treated us with great generosity at our acccomadation over an unforgettable weekend and hopefully we can return to Connamara next year.Raphoe Coach and matchmaker Gary Mc Cullagh is now at an advanced stage with the 14 bout programme for the club’s forthcoming major tournament in the Cathedral Hall on Friday 15th March and more details of the tournament will appear in the press next weekST. MARYS GAELIC 4 MOTHERS & OTHERSTraining every Wednesday Night at 8:15p.m.If you are 18 years and over and would like to get fit, learn a new skill,have fun and meet new friends then this is the team for you!Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to every Thursday to meet the print deadline.DD LOCAL: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: March 2nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD LOCAL: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more