Africans doing business with Africans: conference explores continent’s trade potential

first_img23 May 2016A range of challenges must be overcome to ensure better trade and investment between African countries, as well as with the rest of the world. This was one of the conclusions of a panel discussion led by Dr Petrus De Kock, Brand South Africa’s general manager for research, at the Tshwane International Trade and Infrastructure Investment Conference (Titiic) held at the city’s CSIR International Conference Centre last week.The panel included Thomson Wilks Attorneys director Safiyya Akoojee, Portia Gumbu-Dube, head of business development at the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa, the Department of Trade and Industry’s chief director for Africa Lerato Mataboge, and Catherine Grant-Makokera of Tutwa Consulting.In his introduction, De Kock highlighted research indicating positive trends in African trade, particularly the dynamic growth of trade and investment between the Middle East and Asia region and African countries on the continent’s eastern seaboard.He also drew attention to the latest Ernst and Young (EY) Africa Attractiveness Survey, which revealed a huge boost in foreign direct investment (FDI) into traditionally small markets such as Rwanda – recent host of the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa – and Botswana.South African remains the top destination for investment, according to the EY survey, with Tshwane playing a vital role. The city ranked first for South Africa, out of 74 African metropoles, in the 2015 MasterCard African Cities Growth Index, thanks to its robust infrastructure investment and the access it provides to government structures.The panel was asked to offer workable ways to solve challenges to ensure these rankings were maintained and improved, across the whole continent.Lerato MatabogeThe DTI’s Mataboge said there were three main problems facing intra-African trade: lack of infrastructure, fragmented markets and inadequate diversity of industries. But, she said, solutions were being explored in partnership between private and public enterprises, including the DTI.The DTI, she said, worked with three key pillars to find solutions:Further integration of free trade between more African countries by reducing red tape. This meant more efficient border control processes, visa regulations and trade permissions.More cross-border infrastructure development, including improving road and rail systems.Building more capacity in regional and urban industrialisation, where municipalities were well positioned at micro level to engineer ways of doing business.The Trade Africa programme, a DTI initiative, is currently working to grow and strengthen bilateral trade between African countries. Mataboge said the ultimate goal was to involve all African countries, not only the larger regional players, in the continent’s economy. Vital to this was to inspire confidence in emerging economic players on the continent.Portia Gumbu-DubeGumbu-Dube of the Export Credit Insurance Corporation offered an innovative way to improve efficiency of cross-border trade in Africa. There should be an emphasis, she said, on language and cultural skills training, to supplement conventional trade, law and economics education. Graduates and new entrants into business in Africa should be proficient in the language, and have good knowledge of the culture and history, of countries they want to trade with. This would help them gain an upper hand in the market.Improved technical knowledge, particularly in new digital technologies, should also be ingrained during tertiary education. These were the kind of soft skills needed to complement the harder, more traditional business skills that lead to success, according to Gumbu-Dube. “We need to educate each other on how to do good cross-border trade,” she said.Catherine Grant-MakokeraAs a director at Tutwa Consulting, one of the Africa’s top trade consulting firms, Grant-Makokera emphasised the importance of cross-border trade facilitation – essentially helping all parties speak the same business language. Differing trade and business processes drove up costs and inhibited the production processes, reducing profits and jobs.Trade in Africa, she said, should not be done in isolation. Infrastructure should be uniform and automated across the board as “one line of communication that helps neighbours communicate and trade more effectively”.The key to this was more robust interaction between public and private enterprise, not only making mutually beneficial policies but ensuring these policies are properly put into practice.Safiyya AkoojeeA director at Thomson Wilk Attorneys, Akoojee outlined the role of international trade law and corporate litigation in improving trade between African countries. One challenge, in her experience, is that there was no longevity in investments. There had to be more security and assured confidence from partners in Africa to inspire international investors. Professional auditing and good legal assistance were key to making that happen.Akoojee agreed that there had to be more cultural understanding between African partners. While English remained an important business language, French- speaking Africa held a lot of potential for more business, so understanding the history and language of these territories would be an advantage. She added that conferences like Titiic were great opportunities for businesspeople to find out what was going on at grassroots level across the continent, with the added benefit of finding new opportunities to invest in projects.De Kock explained that there were more avenues for business to speak to governments about investments, to build and sustain strong relationships through individual business chambers or each country’s trade missions.The Titiic conference also included presentations on global trade and investment trends by Gaung Zhe Chen representing the World Bank, and thoughts on Africa’s business trends at ground level from CNN’s Africa business correspondent Eleni reporterlast_img read more

Golmaal Again Movie Review: Fear and humour in this Ajay Devgn film have mixed results

first_imgGolmaal Again is one of the two big releases this Diwali, the other one being Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar. Will Golmaal Again match up to its predecessors? Here is our Golmaal Again movie review.Golmaal Again Cast: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Parineeti Chopra, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Kemmu, Arshad Warsi, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Tusshar KapoorGolmaal Again Director: Rohit ShettyGolmaal Again Rating: (2/5)In the fourth installment of the Golmaal franchise, director Rohit Shetty takes pains to have a story even though the goal is the same:  laugh at all costs. So we have Tabu narrating a “story worth listening to”. But is the story really that important in Golmaal?Golmaal Again!!! involves digging up the past of the familiar infamous five – Gopal (Ajay Devgn), Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor) and the two Laxmans (Kunal Khemu and Shreyas Talpade) – and getting them to revisit their roots now as manchild adults. The quintet heads to their orphanage in Ooty to attend the prayer meet of its deceased owner. Here they encounter the librarian-ghost seer (Tabu) and the Kareena Kapoor Khan substitute in Parineeti Chopra, whose job here is less to tickle the funnybone and more to smile as the house’s caretaker. It takes no less than three seconds to deduce the twist but then again suspense and intrigue are not Shetty’s forte. What he’s known for are flying stuntmen, high-flying cars, slapstick humour and lowbrow wordplay. He has cut down on the cars in the fourth Golmaal but uses the others excessively to present a loud horror comedy, one that of course refers to Ram Gopal Varma, Vikram Bhatt and Bipasha Basu.advertisementContinuing with the men-who-are-upto-no-good narrative, this time around the ensemble for all its machismo is easily spooked by the presence of a ghost in what’s an eyesore of a haunted mansion. The biggest phattu of the five is the temperamental Gopal who needs his lisping buddy, Laxman (Shreyas Talpade), to calm him down with a lullaby. The first half is all about Madhav, Laxman and Lucky constantly arguing and fighting with Gopal and Laxman resulting in slapstick gags with a few bizarre ones involving Nana Patekar’s voice. It’s one of the few consistently rewarding tropes used ending with the Patekar in a brief cameo.The second is far removed from the first as Shetty throws in greed, murder, revenge and melodrama in what’s essentially meant to be a laugh riot. It’s here that Chopra gets to explain her presence but for a key character with the most elaborate back story of the lot she is also the dullest part of the comedy. Tabu fares only marginally better walking about Ramoji Studio sporting a tattoo – “Your story isn’t over yet” whatever that means – and generally looking peeved. That’s because Golmaal is ultimately just men want to have some harebrained fun with other silly characters namely Vasuli Bhai (Mukesh Tiwari), Pappi Bhai (Johnny Lever), Babli (Sanjai Mishra), Pappu (Vrajesh Hirjee), Inspector Dande (Murali Sharma) all recurring to play a part in the nonsensical proceedings. Not all their efforts generate laughs. Instead the film is funniest when it isn’t afraid to take a dig at its ageing hero who is romantically interested in a woman decades younger than him until he gets a reality check. The commentary on how blind faith breeds fear is lost in the antics. Golmaal dutifully abides by its “No logic, just magic” tagline but the laughs here are not copious and the jokes fleeting.(the author tweets as @suhani84)ALSO WATCH: News Wiz 2017: Diwali Special with team of Golmaal 4last_img read more


first_imgRain Plays Havoc with State Titles Horrendous weather conditions have marred the 2005 Junior State Cup with organisers having to cancel the event before all finals had been completed and declare joint premiers. After a starting the event bathed in sunshine on Saturday morning, conditions turned nasty and dangerous in the late afternoon. Organisers had kept watch on weather radars all day as fierce winds, hail and lightening strikes headed toward Thomas Dalton Park, Wollongong. Shortly after 3.30pm conditions became the major concern of the NSWTA as distance thunder and lightening approached. With 22 minutes gone in the time slot and with driving rain, gale force winds sweeping the fields and lightning strikes becoming dangerously close the NSWTA called a halt to all games and directed 7500 people on the park to the safety of covered areas. As the rains, lightning and winds picked up power was lost and the NSWTA had no choice but to cancel the rest of the days games as safety became paramount. This action meant an immediate restructure for the following day’s play with some 83 games needing to be slotted into Sunday’s schedule. After working through the evening to reschedule the event, Sunday got underway in overcast conditions and the occasional shower but in the most pleasant conditions fro the players. As organisers kept a watchful eye on the skies it seemed that the day would proceed without hiccup. Then once again the heavens opened as the finals commenced. Torrential rain continued throughout the final series and again player’s safety became an issue, not through lightning but due to the playing surface and hyperthermia in the bitterly cold storm. Again organisers were faced with a dilemma with only half the finals having been completed. At 4.45pm the General Manager of the NSWTA made a decision he described as his `toughest in the job’ when he cancelled the rest of play and declared joint premiers in all divisions where the final had not been played. “It is heart wrenching to make a decision that cost young children the opportunity to win a state championship on the field. However foremost in our minds has to be their safety and to that end it was the contributing factor in our minds” Russell stated. In the end some 12000 people had experienced the event and even with the severe weather interruptions it appears that most if not all went away with a positive take on the weekend. One parent we spoke to said “I am amazed that they nearly got though it all given the weather? The way they handled yesterday’s storm and getting people to safety was marvellous.” Russell however is now looking toward 2006. “We need to review our current format. We may need to make some changes given its size now. All or part of the event will be in Wollongong again, in what format I am not sure yet and we will have to make those decisions very shortly. However given what we faced this year I know the staff will work to make 2006 our best ever” Final Results (3-2 scoring system used. i.e. 3 pts first touchdown and 2pts for each following touchdown) Ayoub Cup (boys 10) Penrith 7 def Wagga 6 Boys 10’s Plate Peakhurst (2) 5 def Hornsby 0 Tirado Cup (girls 10) Manly Warringah 9 def Wollongong 0 Zabielo Cup (boys 12) Wagga & Penrith joint premiers Boys 12’s Plate Blacktown & Wollongong joint plate winners Vassallo Cup (girls 12) Manly & Parkes joint premiers Girls 12’s Plate Kiama & Taree joint plate winners Yiangou Cup (boys 14) Kiama 5 def Penrith 4 Boys 14’s Plate Manly 17 def St Georges Basin 2 Taylor Cup (girls 14) Wollongong 7 def Wagga 2 Girls 14’s Plate Tamworth def Kiama Wall Cup (boys 16) Western Suburbs & Taree joint Premiers Boys 16’s Plate Wagga & Parramatta joint plate winners Toohey Cup (girls 16) Central Coast 13 def Taree 0 Girls 16’s Plate Kiama 6 def Parramatta Galea Cup (boys 18) Western Suburbs & Penrith joint premiers Boy’s 18’s Plate Manly Warringah & Port Macquarie joint plate winners Rose Cup (girls 18) Cronulla & Wollongong joint premiers Girls 18’s Plate Tamworth & Wagga joint plate winners Club Championship 1st Penrith 79pts 2nd Wollongong 57 2nd Manly Warringah 57 3rd Wagga 50last_img

10 months ago​Leeds boss Bielsa: I will not panic buy

first_img​Leeds boss Bielsa: I will not panic buyby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is not in the mood to panic.The veteran coach believes they can get promotion with the players at his disposal.Leeds are top of the Championship by two points from Norwich City, with 26 games played.But Bielsa does admit it is tough to be without as many as seven players due to injuries and suspensions.”We are lacking players,” Bielsa is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. “If the club can bring in players, it will be only if they are better than the players that we have.”In the next few weeks, we will have Dallas, Berardi, Phillips, Brown, Bamford and Douglas with us, so among the absences, we will have a reduction.”That’s why I clearly say that if nobody comes, we will solve the problems anyway.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse readies for home opener against Detroit

OSU then-freshman Erik Evans (43) defends a Maryland player in a game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is looking for payback from last year as it gets ready to square off against Detroit on Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for the Buckeyes’ home opener.Saturday’s game marks the first time the two teams have faced each other since the last year’s regular-season opener. Although the Scarlet and Gray put up a late fight, Detroit came out on top in that game, 9-8.OSU coach Nick Myers said he realizes his team will be looking to harness its hunger for payback and use it for extra motivation against the Titans.“I’d be lying to you if I told you the kids weren’t excited to get the opportunity to play Detroit,” Myers said. “That’s the beauty of sports, when you get (that) opportunity.”Senior midfielder and co-captain Kacy Kapinos shared his coach’s sentiments, knowing this game will be a battle.“Last year, that game didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to,” Kapinos said. “We know that any team can beat any team, any week, so we play every game like it’s a championship.”OSU will face a Detroit team that has certainly improved over the last few years, thanks in large part to the efforts of coach Chris Kolon. In his first year with the team in 2015, Kolon led the Titans to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship semifinals and the program’s first-ever winning record of 8-6.Detroit returns four starters, including sophomore attacker and 2015 MAAC Rookie of the Year Mark Anstead and two-time All-MAAC junior goalie Jason Weber. Anstead was second on the team in points in 2015 with 38, and Weber led the country for the second straight year with 14.43 saves per game.The Buckeyes are hoping to start the regular-season home schedule off right with a win. Redshirt junior midfielder and co-captain Tyler Pfister said he knows how important this game is.“Playing in front of a home crowd is obviously huge for us,” Pfister said. “We not only want to make our fans proud, but prove to ourselves what we know we can do.”Myers acknowledged the importance of the first home game, but he said he doesn’t want the team to get too ahead of itself.“The fact that we’re at home, in front of a home crowd, is something that adds to it,” Myers said. “I think at the end of the day, you have to focus on the task at hand.”Momentum after win at FurmanThe Buckeyes will look to capture the same magic they were able to harness in their 8-7 win at Furman.Junior midfielder John Kelly scored with four seconds left in the game to give OSU the win in the regular-season opener. Kelly caught the pass from junior attacker Austin Shanks and threw it in the back of the net while falling to the ground to complete the game-winner.“We know what (Kelly) can do, so it wasn’t a surprise necessarily,” Pfister said. “We had drawn it up in the huddle and knew what was going to happen — we just didn’t know how it was going to happen.”Though OSU did get the win, Myers said he realizes his team could have played better and has focused in practice this week on getting the team to play more up-tempo.“One of the themes this week for us has been playing more between the lines and creating more transition goals,” Myers said. “I’m really happy with the way the men have responded to it, and I feel like we’ve made some improvements.”An up-tempo attack, coupled with the Buckeyes balanced offensive attack, could prove to be the right formula to exact their revenge against Detroit in their upcoming game.Big Ten Players of the WeekJunior Jake Withers and sophomore Brendan Barger were recognized as Big Ten Players of the Week after the Buckeyes’ win at Furman.Withers was honored as the Big Ten Specialist of the Week after winning 14 of his 19 faceoffs, including all nine in the second and third quarters of the game. He also picked up a team-high nine ground balls in the win. This is Withers’ first time receiving the award.Barger was awarded the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after causing three turnovers in the game at Furman. He played a major role in the Buckeye defense that only allowed seven goals on 19 attempted shots. This is also Barger’s first time receiving the honor.What’s nextAfter Detroit, OSU is scheduled to travel to Amherst on Feb. 20 to go up against Massachusetts. The game is set to begin at noon. read more

Kepa Arrizabalaga I want to become a Chelsea legend

first_imgNew Chelsea signing Kepa Arrizabalaga intends to establish himself as a legend by winning lots of titlesThe Spain international completed a world record transfer for a goalkeeper after joining from Athletic Bilbao in a €80m deal on Wednesday.While only 23 years old, Kepa has made a name for himself in Spain for his performances at the San Mames over the years and had been strongly linked with a switch to Real Madrid in January before opting to remain at Bilbao.Kepa consulted his fellow Spaniard’s Cesar Azpilicueta, Alvaro Morata and Pedro over joining Chelsea and revealed the positive comments he received about the club.“I had excellent references from them about the club, knowing them and being able to talk to them has been a great support for me over the last few days,” he told Chelsea’s official app, The 5th Stand, via Sports Mole.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“And then of course there are many great players here, like N’Golo Kante, [Eden] Hazard, [Olivier] Giroud. It’s a squad full of fantastic players. We have a very exciting season ahead of us, so let’s go for it.”While he has just arrived at West London, Kepa is already aiming big.“All clubs need to fight to win titles and what all players want is to win. So what I would like is to win more titles for the club,” he said.“This is what I aspire to do. I would like to be remembered at this club when I leave years down the line as a goalkeeper that has helped the club win a lot of titles and gone down in history in that way.”Kepa’s move to Chelsea on Wednesday paved the way for Thibaut Courtois to complete his long-awaited transfer to Real Madrid.last_img read more

Benjamin Mendy named in Man City squad for Carabao Cup clash

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed that Benjamin Mendy has been included in the squad for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.The French full-back has been sidelined since November after he underwent knee surgery in Barcelona.It was an unwelcome blow for Mendy after missing most of his debut campaign at City due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on his right knee following his reported £52m move from AS Monaco in 2017.Nearly two weeks after announcing Mendy had returned to training, however, Guardiola has now named him in his squad that will travel to Burton Albion on Wednesday.“[Mendy is] in the squad for tomorrow,” said Guardiola on the club website. “He will travel with us. Maybe on the bench.“I would say with the results we have done last two years, we have not missed him too much but I would say we have missed him a lot.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“My feeling is he can give something extra. Hopefully, in the last part of the season and in the future we can use him.“He pushes from the outside on the left, he is unstoppable. Especially in the last third, he is so clever. He is clever when he does those kinds of actions.“In two seasons he played few and when we talk, practice he is not there. We will need some time to adjust his quality for what we need.”But City captain Vincent Kompany will not be available due to a “little injury”, although Guardiola did reveal that Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden will start in midfield.The Catalan coach also added that there will be a number of youngsters in the squad with City boasting a 9-0 aggregate lead over Burton for a place in next month’s final.The semi-final second leg between Burton and City will begin at 20:45 (CET) on Wednesday.last_img read more