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Wafacash and WorldRemit expand partnership to offer instant money transfers across West and Central Africa

Wafacash and WorldRemit expand partnership to offer instant money transfers across West and Central Africa

Morocco-based financial services company Wafacash is scaling up operations with leading digital money transfer service WorldRemit to offer instant money transfers across West and Central Africa. The companies already work together in Morocco and Senegal, but will expand into Cameroon, Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger and Cote D’Ivoire before the end of the year. The new […]

France still forcing 14 African countries to pay colonial tax

France still forcing 14 African countries to pay colonial tax

80% of the 10 countries with the lowest literacy rates in the WORLD among adults are in francophone Africa. Namely: Benin (40%), Burkina Faso (26%), Chad (34%), Côte d’Ivoire (49%), Guinea (29%), Mali (23%), Niger (29%), and Senegal (42%). This spectacular result is achieved after over 150 years of French colonization! During the almost 200 […]

AU Chairman President Alpha Conde Urges African Leaders to Cut Ties with France

AU Chairman President Alpha Conde Urges African Leaders to Cut Ties with France

Guinea’s president, who also serves as African Union (AU) chairman, has called on African countries to “cut the umbilical chord with France” so as to initiate the continent’s development. Speaking at the 12th International Salon of Agriculture, held in Morocco’s northern city of Meknes late Monday, Alpha Conde harshly criticized western countries — singling out […]

Men and Women Farmers in Benin Are Responding Differently to Climate Change

Men and Women Farmers in Benin Are Responding Differently to Climate Change

As climate change brings with it increased extreme weather events, one of the pressing issues for Africa’s farmers will be how to address these challenges. One dimension to be factored in is that men and women farmers are responding to the pressures differently. The Conversation Africa’s Samantha Spooner asked Grace Villamor about her research on […]

Waiting for a Fibre Upgrade and Price Drops Before Its Users Make the Big Move to Digital Services

Waiting for a Fibre Upgrade and Price Drops Before Its Users Make the Big Move to Digital Services

With certain notable exceptions (Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal), Francophone countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have been slow to move to greater data use. The legacy of monopoly state-owned telcos has acted as a brake on this transition. Russell Southwood spoke to Robert Aoud, Founder and CEO, Isocel Telecom about the upgrades he has planned. When did […]

The Germany-Africa Business Forum (GABF) adds former Benin President to roster of high-level speakers

The Germany-Africa Business Forum (GABF) adds former Benin President to roster of high-level speakers

The Germany-Africa Business Forum, the first ever privately held event exclusively dedicated to strengthening trade and investment ties between Germany and Africa, has confirmed the participation of former Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi at its Berlin conference on March 23, 2017. Mr. Boni Yayi, a banker and former politician, was Benin’s president between 2006 and […]

Benin Sees China As Leading Foreign Trade Partner During Fourth Quarter 2016

Benin Sees China As Leading Foreign Trade Partner During Fourth Quarter 2016

China ranks as ninth importer and fourth exporter country of Benin during the fourth quarter 2016, the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Analysis (INSAE) said in its quarterly review issued on Sunday. During the considered period, China imported over 1,149 tons of goods valued 5.7 billion CFA Francs (9.2 million U.S. dollars) from Benin […]

Benin To Get US$15 BILLION in 2021: African Trade Insurance Agency

Benin To Get US$15 BILLION in 2021: African Trade Insurance Agency

Benin is a country on the rise led by a newly appointed businessman-come President, H.E. Patrice Talon. Last week, the President launched a five-year program that is aligned to Benin’s Vision 2030 that places Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) at the core. The program sets out a strategy to attract US$15 billion of investments and to […]

Honouring Women in Science: The 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science

Honouring Women in Science: The 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science

For the past 18 years, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme has encouraged, promoted and honoured women scientists all over the world. More than 2,500 researchers from 112 countries have been distinguished for their extraordinary discoveries and supported at key moments in their careers. Impacting the lives of people around the planet, their discoveries […]

RwandAir Launches Flights to Cotonou

RwandAir Launches Flights to Cotonou

At exactly 1:45 pm local time last Friday, RwandAir’s CRJ Bombardier Q 900 Next generation took to the skies as the airline launched its maiden flight to Cotonou, Benin. On board were more than 50 passengers most of them business personalities and tourists. The business community hailed the national carrier’s decision to fly to Benin […]

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