The Young African Leaders Initiative has sent thousands of young African leaders to the US to help give them some skills, but most importantly to give them a network. They go back home and start businesses, they start initiatives, they start NGOs. We're trying to water these plants so that they grow into very strong trees in these communities — and they're already there. The few thousand that went to the US are hugely outnumbered by the network we maintain virtually — hundreds of thousands that want to know more about the US, that want information about energy, or engineering or legal or medical fields. We also have regional leadership centers where young Africans can come and have access to these resources. It's ultimately going to be African entrepreneurs that create those jobs. It may be an American or foreign investor that creates some of the impetus for it. … [Read more...] about What is the US up to in Africa?
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"Companies that depend heavily on EU-related preferences in the UK market need to keep a watchful eye on developments in Europe; and on negotiations between the UK and their own country on future arrangements," says Matthew Stern at DNA Economics in Pretoria. … [Read more...] about UK-Africa summit: Wooing Africa after Brexit
Kenya's trade split between the UK and the rest of the EU "is almost 50-50 and the country will have to strike a good deal with both the UK and the EU because it depends on both markets to sell its tea, fresh produce and other agricultural products," says economist Tony Watima. … [Read more...] about May in Africa: UK prime minister’s mission to woo continent after Brexit
At least 120 countries are backing the roadmap, that would see countries set a deadline of 2015 to sign a new global legally binding treaty – the first since the 1997 Kyoto protocol – with emissions targets that would apply from 2020. The fortnight-long negotiations are scheduled to end on Friday night, though they may carry on into Saturday morning. … [Read more...] about Durban COP17: Connie Hedegaard puts pressure on China, US and India
China's role so far at the talks has been ambiguous. Minister Xie Zhenhua, who heads the delegation, caused a small flurry of excitement when he spoke on Monday of China's willingness to participate in a "legal document". But as other countries were quick to point out, there is no clarity on what this could mean. Both the US and the EU warned that the Chinese position – that developed countries should agree to a legally binding agreement to cut emissions but China and other developing countries could get away with weaker commitments – appears unchanged. … [Read more...] about Durban talks unlikely to result in climate change deal