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Ecowas agrees to admit Morocco to West African body. West African regional group Ecowas has in principle approved Morocco's membership application despite the country being in North Africa. But Ecowas leaders meeting in Liberia said the implications of its membership still needed to be considered before Morocco could formally join. King Mohammed VI was not at the summit because Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been invited. Morocco's application comes after it rejoined the African Union in January. Morocco left the continental body in 1984 after it recognised the independence of Western Sahara.

Africa Live: Updates on African news throughout the day Morocco regards Western Sahara as part of its historic territory and has spent much of the last three decades trying to strengthen ties with Europe at the expense of relations with Africa. Image copyright AFP Ivory Coast President Alasanne Ouattara has confirmed that the decision had been agreed in principle but the details still had to be worked out. "I believe in Africa. Google Street View Adds 7 Countries from Africa to its Repository. You can also pay a virtual visit to the National Theatre of Ghana, which houses the National Dance Company, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the National Theatre Players. For a different kind of art, you can head over to Senegal’s African Renaissance monument, a bronze statue that rises 49 meters into the air.

Or you can look at natural landmarks like the pink-watered Lake Retba. Google partnered with the Uganda Wildlife Authority to virtually bring you to seven of that country’s most famous National Parks, home to various primate species and more than 600 species of birds. “We are excited that what began with a few South African cities in 2009, has now expanded to many other cities in 7 countries across the continent,” Google concluded, “From Cape Town to Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and now Ghana, Uganda and Senegal, we are glad that more people from around the world are turning to Street View to to get a glimpse of this beautiful continent.

Vast Database of African Rock Art Goes Online. LONDON, ENGLAND—The British Museum and the Trust for African Rock Art are partnering to make some 25,000 images of rock art available to the public. The database will contain images of remote and difficult to access sites that are rarely visited and are subject to deterioration. "The Museum wants to make Africa’s rock art available to both scholars and the general public alike," Elizabeth Galvin, curator of the African Rock Art Image Project, told the Independent. "We hope to both protect and share this remarkable history for free with a global audience. " The archive will include images from sites ranging from Libya to South Africa, and will include art dating from 10,000 B.C. to the early twentieth century.

Challenges Of Importing Ink Raw Materials For African Market - Covering the Printing Inks, Coatings and Allied Industries - Ink World. Access to raw materials by ink manufacturers in Africa remains a major challenge for companies operating in the market because nearly the entire demand is met through imports. The impact of importation of ink making raw materials is closely tied to the efficiency of Africa’s supply logistics and the volatility of local currencies, which have dictated the performance of the ink industry in recent years and are also likely to influence outcomes of ink companies’ investments both in the short and medium term.

“The majority of raw materials required for ink manufacturing is imported from outside Africa,” said Pieter Jordaan - Flint Group VP and GM, Africa in an email response. He said the reliance on raw material imports “provides unique challenges to the ink manufacturer as we have to consider the impact of the distance from the supply lines and volatility in currencies.”

Africa: E-Learning Market Doubles to U.S.$500 Million. African public-private partnerships are fast-tracking education improvement from primary school to university, potentially leveling the playing field for millions of students worldwide. In the face of electricity shortages and over-crowding, African public-private partnerships are integrating technology in education to enhance learning. Broadband supports tablets, laptops, and online courses to reach students with poor or no access to education, improve teacher training, and lower costs, according to a recent report by UNESCO. For example, Africa's e-learning market has doubled from 2011 to 2016, reaching USD 513 million, according to a report by market researchers Ambient Insights. South Africa is Africa's largest e-learning market, along with Angola, Nigeria, and Tunisia. "Africa is one the world's most dynamic education markets.

The Arabian Gulf states and South Africa enjoy strong trade ties, especially in electronics, construction, and defence. A World of Differences: Five Shifts Set to Shape the Future of Africa’s Entertainment & Media Industry. JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, -Mareeg- The Internet, video games, television, and filmed entertainment segments of sub-Saharan Africa’s entertainment and media industry are projected to continue to grow in the following years but the publishing industry is having to work very hard to make any headway, according to PwC‘s Entertainment and media outlook: 2016 – 2020 report (South Africa – Nigeria – Kenya) released today.

Despite a relative slower growth projection for the industry, the Outlookforecasts that South Africa’s entertainment and media industry is expected to grow from R125.7 billion in 2015 to R173.3 billion in 2020, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.6%. The Outlook presents annual historical data for 2011 – 2015 and provides annual forecasts for 2016 – 2020 in 11 entertainment and media segments for South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya Digital spend is expected to drive the overall growth. Nigeria Kenya Five key shifts emerge amid the continuing disruption Shift 1. Shift 2. Africa: Pan-African Filmmakers Seeking Funds to Improve the Industry. By Tea Correspondent The Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) is seeking to raise $200 million from partners over the next two years to fund the continent's audiovisual and cinema sector.

The funds will be used to establish centres of excellence in the five regions - East Africa, North Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa -- and the locations will be decided by the African Council of Ministers of Culture. The money will be used to improve the quality and quantity of films, documentaries and other forms of audiovisual productions and create market channels for selling the films. The funding plan is one of the key planks of the Ambika Afrika Safari Film Festival (AASFF) to be held in Nairobi from October 12-19, 2016.

The festival - themed "The Africa We Want: One Africa, One Vision, One Destiny" - will have a series of events including film screenings, the Africa Film Finance Summit and the Africa Film Forum. Africa: Pan-African Filmmakers Seeking Funds to Improve the Industry. Agribusiness TV is Mobile in Africa | AgWired. During this year’s IFAJ Congress I met again with Inoussa Maïga, an agricultural journalist from Burkina Faso. This young entrepreneur brought my attention to a big project he’s involved with called, “Agribusiness TV.” This is the first web tv channel designed for mobile phones and dedicated to youth who succeed and innovate in the agricultural sector of Africa. You can get their mobile app here: Google Play – Apple App Store Agribusiness TV is starting with video reports in 4 countries in West and Central Africa: Burkina Faso, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon. In each of these countries, a multimedia journalist works on the production of video reports on successful young entrepreneurs along the value chain.

Agribusiness TV aspires to gradually cover other African countries. Caroline HIEN, 25 years, did not know how to read or write. Caroline used to go to the market in Cote d’Ivoire and see that fruits were rotting there. Coverage of the IFAJ Congress is sponsored by. Africa - the 'next Asia' for fashion, report finds. Euromonitor International has published a new report entitled Apparel and Footwear in 2016: Trends, Developments and Prospects. It has found that the global apparel and footwear industry remains strong, posting over 5% value growth in 2015 - slightly up from the previous year.

Asia Pacific remains the world's largest regional apparel and footwear market. Despite slowing growth, sales in the region still grew by $30bn in 2015. However, The Middle East and Africa is set to be the most dynamic region for apparel and footwear over 2015 to 2020 with value sales of $134bn by 2020. Apparel and footwear analyst of Euromonitor, Bernadette Kissane, commented: “In apparel and footwear, the differences between emerging and developed markets are significant. Developed markets reported value and volume growth of 2%, while emerging markets witnessed value growth of 8% and volume at 3% in apparel and footwear during 2015. Textiles and west African culture. The sound of young urban Africa is set to take over the world’s pop charts — Quartz.

London has long been one of the world’s most influential pop culture centers, particularly with fashion and music. It’s had everything from the Sex Pistols to the West Indian rhythms of Notting Hill Carnival to today’s grime scene. But the pop sound of modern London is about to take a distinctly African flavor with the launch of the UK’s first Afrobeats music radio station. The Beat FM, a popular Lagos radio station, will start broadcasting from a north London community radio license today (Mar. 28).

It will be the UK’s gateway to the rhythmic and hypnotic hip-hop influenced music of Africa’s fast-growing youthful cities like Accra, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Lagos. The idea of an African music station launching in London might have seemed a little ambitious not too long ago. Chris Ubosi, CEO of Megalectrics, parent company of the Beat FM, says Beat FM London will be looking to provide a platform where African music is readily available to a growing market. Not your Dad’s Afrobeat. Forbes Africa TV to launch in April. Forbes Africa will launch its first global TV platform, Forbes Africa TV, with the flagship show 'My Worst Day', anchored by award winning Forbes Africa and Forbes Woman correspondent, Peace Hyde in April 2016.

The show brings the brand’s unique journalistic style and glitz to the silver screen and focuses on the most challenging day in the lives of some of the most successful and enterprising business leaders of our time. The show features Africa’s business powerhouses in a way never seen before. “You always hear about the success stories of Africa’s biggest moguls but this is the first time we find out the darkest days in business for some of the most successful industry leaders and how they overcame it. The show will air on the CNBC Africa platform, with a total distribution to over 5 million homes through the DSTV platform. The show is in partnership with Zenith Bank. In just four years, value of African art value has risen by an incredible 200% | MG Africa Mobile. OVER the last four years African art value has risen by a whopping 200%, this according to Giles Peppiatt, Bonham’s director of African Art. In an interview with Mail and Guardian Africa, Giles explained that “when [Bonhams] first started offering Modern African Art, about six years ago, the price levels were modest.

But prices have risen as collectors [have] become engaged in the market…offering the work in the international market in London has shown “western/northern” collectors the quality of this work and they have responded with enthusiasm [which has in turn] had a dramatic effect on the prices.” This was confirmed with the recent staggering £870,000 price (currently about $1.26m) achieved for the latest Irma Stern painting offered in London; “Arab in Black”.

The picture that helped to save Nelson Mandela’s life as it was once sold to help fund his legal defence. Peppiatt said after the sale of the “Arab in Black”, that “once again [Bonhams’] top prices command all others. Le cinéma nigérian à l'assaut des salles du monde - divers - Vidéos. Battle lines drawn for Africa’s streaming TV eyeballs. When Naspers, Africa’s biggest media company, recently acquired online video-on-demand ShowMax, some pundits questioned why they had done it. They wondered about the wisdom of this move considering the fact that international on-demand streaming movie heavyweight Netflix was rumoured to be targeting Africa in its drive to expand to 200 countries. It also didn’t make sense for Naspers to set up competition between companies in its own group, they said.

Naspers owns pay TV giant MultiChoice, which has subscriber services in 49 countries in Africa and operates sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest pay-TV service, DStv. One report billed the move as ShowMax versus DStv: The fight is on. But a clue to their real intent lay in Naspers’ results announcement, in which it reported that video-entertainment services “now reach 10.2m homes across the African continent… revenues were R22.6bn and profits relatively flat”. And then… Bloomberg revealed the bigger picture. But back to ShowMax. Africa to set up business network. 18 May 2015 Global and African chief executive officers will launch an exclusive continental business network for Africa's regional infrastructure development on 1 June, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa. WEF on Africa takes place in Cape Town from 3 to 5 June.

Infrastructure is Africa's top priority, according to the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad), one of the drivers of the Continental Business Network. With low levels of intra-regional economic exchange and the smallest share of global trade, Africa is the least integrated continent in the world. Nepad says infrastructure inefficiencies are costing Africa billions of dollars annually and are stunting growth. Bridging the gap in infrastructure is thus vital for economic advancement and sustainable development. However, this can only be achieved through regional and continental co-operation and solution finding.

Chinese learn more about African Film and TV. By Miroslav Atanasov, Ph.D., Renmin University of China Literature and visual arts are an inspiration to the human soul and windows to the world. They are some of the best ways for a culture to get to know another. In the age of globalization and sophisticated technology, visual art is a useful tool for cross-cultural exploration. With a tremendous increase in exchanges between China and African countries, the need has arisen for greater mutual understanding to reduce stereotypes. Accordingly, on December 11, Zhejiang Normal University (ZNU) in Jinhua, Zhejiang Province opened a center for research in African Film and TV. The center's director, Liu Hongwu, said, "Chinese people's understanding of Africa is still limited, and many Africans often equate China to nothing more than food and martial arts. " ZNU had launched African studies in the early 1990s.

CCTV studios in Nairobi, Kenya bring African news from an African perspective to international audiences. Media companies finally understand: The future of African TV is mobile. Experts Say Africa Needs Better PR. Top 5 predictions for the African PR and communications industry in 2016. Shortwave IT! | Digital TV takes up signals Africa's progress – Eutelsat. BONNES PRATIQUES : ARCHITECTURE EN TERRE | ACP Cultures + Kunlé Adeyemi: We are living in interesting times in Africa. Kunlé Adeyemi: We are living in interesting times in Africa.

South Africa, Nigeria top Africa’s gambling business. Les jeunes créateurs qui font briller la mode africaine. African Cuisine: The Changing Fortunes of The African Food Label. Naspers is launching a Netflix competitor in the US and Europe. Mobile set to shake up Africa’s magazine markets. Il suffirait de trois fois rien pour que la mode africaine habille tout le monde. Africa's entertainment and media industry on the rise. Digital fuels growth in Africa’s entertainment and media industry. Edun’s Made-in-Africa Project Expands. Q&A: Who Are The Leading African Art Buyers? Les hommes, la mode et la diaspora - BBC Afrique. 2020 : qui seront les leaders de la presse écrite en Afrique subsaharienne ? Comment la mode "made in Africa" commence à séduire. The Rise of Mobile Gaming Across Africa. Triggerfish launches $3.5m pan-African Story Lab - The Patriotic Vanguard.

Paytoo et Infenix s’associent pour le transfert d’argent en afrique. Afrostream, le Netflix africain, accélère, Médias. L’Afrique, une « terre inconnue » pour Google Maps - Actualité en Guinée Conakry. The Africa the media never shows you - in pictures | Global Development Professionals Network. #HeartAfrica pulls emotional strings. Télévision : qui est prêt pour la TNT en Afrique ? From underdog to key player: A look at StarTimes' growth in African PayTV markets - Ventures Africa. Agility lance un concours photo pour refléter l'Afrique moderne. African Public Relations Association - Membership Home. Africa: 'the next China' for contemporary art - Business Insider. Why Africa's mobile games should become powerful marketing tools #MWA2015 - Memeburn. Africa 2030, the next 25 years: From video games, eco-buildings, robotics, and cycling.

Rising African Film Industries: The Nollywood-South Africa Axis. African Superheroes Show Up Increasingly In Online Gaming. Africa’s Biggest TV Market Kicks Off With More Participants. Le marché du jeu vidéo africain évalué à plus de 300 milliards Fcfa. Aflix extends service to 30 African countries. Publicis Groupe rachète trois agences de communication en Afrique du Sud.

Marketers, Agencies Eye Booming Africa for Expansion | Agency News. Advertising in Africa. The 10 Most Powerful African Media Moguls. Dawn Rowlands, Aegis Media Sub-Saharan Africa talks about their growth in Africa. Les Africains marquent des points dans les jeux vidéo. GeoPoll Unveils First Overnight TV Ratings Service In Five African Countries In Time For World Cup. Startup africaine : L’Afrique d’Aujourd’hui Créatrice d’Images Et d’Envies Avec Yeelenpix | Entrepreuneuriat. Mobile Music Streaming for Africa - iNamibia. Worldreader: Taking the E-Book Revolution to Africa. Marché audio-visuel en Afrique: tendances 2012 et projets d' Africafilms.tv en 2013. Extensia Ltd | Africa: Mobile Internet Usage to Increase At Twice the Global Rate in Five Years in Sub-Saharan Africa. Epic app targets improved content distribution for African media houses. 10 Africans making waves in technology. 100 tech hubs across Africa: where are the new innovation hotspots?

Extensia Ltd | Nigeria: Easy Taxi app to come pre-installed on Galaxy S5. Africa’s tech hubs on the rise | BiztechAfrica Mobile,Technology & IT News Africa. Outsourcing online jobs to Africa. African content will fast forward connectivity growth. In 3.5 Years, Most Africans Will Have Smartphones. Regional & Global Round up: Bitcoin plunges, PesaPal launched in Malawi. Rocket Internet continues its African onslaught with Jumia Uganda. Rocket Internet’s African e-venture expands to Uganda - Evigo.com. Africa's great 'white spaces' – tech's new frontier. Internet : en Afrique, la croissance sera exponentielle. Spinlet, the iTunes of Africa, hits 650K subscribers — and is targeting 50M users by 2016. Video on demand poised to change how Africa watches - Pan African Visions | Pan African Visions.

Africa’s mobile phone e-learning transformation | Features. Ghanaian start up heads to Silicon Valley. Pan Africa Networks To Invest Ksh.6.3 B In Digital Transmission Infrastructure. Animation: Africa's Answer to Pixar Takes Off. Voice tech helps Africa get online. Africa, the Next Fashion Capital? Atim Oton at TEDxDumbo.

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