The Heads of Diplomacy of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) want the choice of Guinea-Bissau's president to be free. In a statement issued following a meeting held this week in New York, it was stressed that the Guinean people should freely and sovereignly choose their president. The country prepares the sixth presidential elections of 25 years of democracy history, which should take place on November 24th.
The plan for implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) was discussed by several Zambian entities. This week's meeting served to validate the agreement and also to revise the country's project.
Environment programs developed by native communities in Guinea-Bissau and Brazil received a UN award. The projects gained prominence by involving local people and indigenous peoples and received the Ecuador Prize, which distinguishes innovative solutions to address the challenges of climate change. The award was presented to the Kisêdjê Indigenous Association, the Roraima Indigenous Council of Brazil, and the management board of Guinea-Bissau's Urok Community Protected Marine Area (AMPC).
African startups will be able to participate for the first time in the Facebook Connectivity program, which supports companies that are creating innovative solutions to deliver faster, cheaper and better Internet services and connectivity to people across Africa.
Brazilian exports of mechanical capital goods totaled US$ 824.26 million in August, a 2.6% reduction over July and 15.7% over August last year. Year-to-date foreign sales were $ 6.1 billion, down 5.1% from January-August 2018, according to data released by the Brazilian Machinery and Equipment Industry Association ( Abimaq).
The Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID) wants to invest in chicken production in Sudan. To this end, it seeks Brazilian partners for the business. "Sudan has a good climate, similar to Brazil, and consumer culture has changed, producing on the spot facilitates consumption," says company chairman and board member Mohammed Obaid Almazrooei. He also revealed that he even prospected a partnership with Brazilian companies three years ago, but has not yet been successful.
The travel and tourism segment contributed 8.5% to African GDP in 2018, equivalent to US$ 194.2 billion. This growth record has placed the continent as the second fastest-growing tourism region in the world, second only to the Asia Pacific region. Changes in visa access laws and further improvements in cross-border facilitation are among the causes of this growth. The information comes from a study developed by the Nigerian e-commerce platform Jumia.
106,000 women are expected to benefit in four northern states of Nigeria through a women's empowerment program run by the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) and the Nigerian government. By the end of 2019, some N1.1 billion (about $ 2.8 billion) will be invested in the program, which offers financial aid and training programs for women in underserved regions.
The tourism market is booming in Africa, and with that, several hotel chains invest in the continent. During the Africa Hotel Investment Forum this week in Ethiopia, companies have been discussing market expansion and making deals.