Monthly Archives: July 2017

DANGOTE STILL AFRICA’S RICHEST MAN AS NET WORTH FALLS TO $12.2 BILLION

ABUJA, Although, Africa’s richest man, Nigerian Aliko Dangote dropped to 105th on the 2017 Forbe’s real-time billionaires’ ranking, he maintains the lead in Africa, as the richest man.

Dangote, who was ranked 51st in 2016 with a net worth of $15.4 billion, currently has a net worth of $12.2 billion, africannews.com reports.

The businessman was ranked 37th richest man in the world in 2014 with a net worth of $25 billion.

The decline is attributed to the devaluation of Naira, the Nigerian currency.

There are 21 African billionaires living in Africa worth a combined $70 billion.

The next African on the is South African diamond magnate Nicky Oppenheimer who ranks 199th with $7 billion, followed by another South African, luxury goods tycoon Johann Rupert who ranks 237th with $6.1 billion.

Nigerian telecom tycoon Mike Adenuga ranked 250th with a net worth of $5.8 billion, followed by Egypt’s richest billionaire Nassef Sawiris ranked 269th and worth $5.6 billion.

Retail magnate South African Christoffel Wiese ranked 269th with a worth of $5.6 billion.

South Africa retains its dominance on the Africa list and is tied with Egypt for the largest number of individual billionaires.

Only two female billionaires in Africa made it on the list including daughter of Angola’s president Isabel dos Santos – who is Africa’s richest woman – and Nigeria’s Folorunsho Alakija, vice chair of Nigerian oil exploration company, Famfa Oil.

Tanzanian Mohammed Dewji is Africa’s youngest billionaire at age 41. He is CEO of conglomerate METL, which his father founded in the 1970s.

Onsi Sawiris of Egypt is the continent’s oldest billionaire at age 86 and the father of two other African billionaires — Nassef and Naguib Sawiris.

Thirteen out of Africa’s 21 billionaires have self-made fortunes, while the other eight inherited their fortunes.

They hail from 7 countries: South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco, Algeria, Angola, and Tanzania.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize signs visa waiver agreement with DRC

SA, DRC to sign visa waiver agreement

The Minister of Home Affairs, Prof. Hlengiwe Mkhize will on Monday, 31 July 2017, sign a visa waiver agreement with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Security of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadari.

South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo maintain good diplomatic and political relations. The highest expression of the quality and significance of these diplomatic relations is the annual Bi-National Commission (BNC) co-chaired by the Heads of State. In this regard, during the 10th Session of the BNC that took place in Pretoria in June 2017, both countries agreed that the signing of the visa waiver agreement should be concluded in July 2017.

Source: Government of South Africa

African Union Troops Ambushed in Somalia, Al-Shabab Says 39 Dead

MOGADISHU � Somalia’s al-Shabab insurgents and troops from the African Union peacekeeping mission clashed on Sunday, a senior military officer said, while the group said it had killed 39 soldiers.

The incident took place in Bulamareer district in Lower Shabelle region about 140 km southwest of Mogadishu.

The al-Shabab fighters ambushed a convoy carrying troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Col. Hassan Mohamed told Reuters.

“The ambush turned into a fierce fight between al-Shabab and AMISOM. We understand fighting is still going on but we do not have the figure of casualties,” he told Reuters.

Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabab’s military operation spokesman, said: “We have in hand 39 dead bodies of AU soldiers including their commander.”

The casualty figure could not be immediately independently verified.

Government officials were not available for immediate comment.

Al-Shabab, which wants to force out the peacekeepers, oust the Western-backed government and impose its strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia, has targeted the peacekeepers in the past.

Source: Voice of America

Gilbert Chagoury Announces US Government Settles Chagoury Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The US Government has agreed to settle Gilbert Chagoury’s pending lawsuit.  Mr. Chagoury filed the lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia in September of 2016, seeking to hold the government responsible for leaks of false information about Mr. Chagoury, allegedly from government files. The lawsuit charged that the leaks caused great damage to his reputation and property and denied his Constitutional right to due process.

As the complaint made clear, despite his well-known love of the United States and his numerous, generous charitable contributions over 35 years of visiting America, Gilbert Chagoury was denied a visa by the United States Department of State in 2015.  This decision was based on false information.  Anonymous employees of the US Government then leaked information to the media about the denial of Mr. Chagoury’s visa application, including the false information that led to the visa denial.  The resulting reputational harm made it difficult for Mr. Chagoury to do business in the United States.

Today, in settling with Mr. Chagoury, the US Government stipulates that Mr. Chagoury does not now and never has appeared on the specially designated nationals (SDN) list and therefore the government has not blocked his assets. The government further acknowledges that no US financial institutions are precluded from conducting business with Mr. Chagoury.

In settling with Mr. Chagoury, the US Government also recognized that unauthorized leaks to the media may violate federal law and could be subject to different types of punishment or disciplinary action.

“I am pleased that the US Government has officially recognized that I am not and have never been on the SDN list, and that this matter that began due to someone spreading false and injurious information about me is finally closed,” Chagoury said.  “As I have often said, I have loved America my whole life because it was the land of freedom and justice. I started coming to the United States over 35 years ago and have done everything I can to help America over my long career. I hope that this agreement with the government will help me repair my reputation and will allow me to move forward from this unfortunate episode.”

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Le programme Global Excellent Operator (Excellent opérateur mondial) de XCMG met en évidence les technologies intelligentes

XUZHOU, Chine, 28 juillet 2017 /PRNewswire/ — XCMG, une des principales sociétés manufacturières mondiales, a lancé le quatrième programme Global Excellent Operator (le « Programme »), au sein du XCMG Technician College (le lycée professionnel de XCMG), où 71 apprentis en provenance de neuf pays ont participé à des séances de formation conduites par des experts et des instructeurs expérimentés.

Trainees from nine countries have joined a series of training sessions led by experienced experts and instructors of XCMG.

En plus des formations classiques telles que la simulation des opérations et de l’assemblage des composants, ce quatrième programme a mis l’accent sur les technologies intelligentes dans les machines de construction. Les apprentis ont visité deux bases de fabrication intelligentes de chargeurs et machines pour le béton de XCMG et ont ainsi pu acquérir une connaissance approfondie de la qualité de XCMG.

« Au cours de cette séance, les apprentis auront accès au système de formation intégré et intelligent de XCMG, un système de fabrication à l’ère de l’internet. Nous espérons qu’ils pourront s’inspirer du savoir-faire et de la recherche constante en matière d’innovation de XCMG, tout en constatant les atouts de notre entreprise en matière de fabrication intelligente et de qualité internationale », a déclaré M. Wang Min, président de XCMG.

Le programme comprend trois cours, sur le fonctionnement des chargeurs, le fonctionnement des camions pompes et les ingénieurs de service à l’international, d’une durée de huit à 25 jours. XCMG a conçu des modèles de formation personnalisés pour tous les apprentis, qui incluent une intégration à la culture de l’entreprise, l’enseignement de la théorie, l’expérience sur le terrain, un forum d’échange avec des experts industriels et des activités autour d’une expérience particulière.

Ces séances accueillent des apprentis internationaux en provenance du Canada, de Mongolie, de l’Ouganda, du Kenya, de Birmanie, du Bangladesh, d’Indonésie et des Émirats arabes unis. XCMG a prévu des activités supplémentaires de renforcement des équipes et d’expérience culturelle dans le but de présenter l’histoire, la culture et les coutumes populaires de Xuzhou, tout en tissant des liens d’amitié.

« XCMG est une société bien rodée, qui se définit par sa culture caractéristique, sa prise en compte humaine et ses équipes aux excellentes qualités professionnelles », a dit M. Isaac Muisyo, venu du Kenya pour effectuer un stage de technicien de maintenance à l’international.

Le Programme fait partie des 14 projets de positionnement précis de XCMG dans la campagne mondiale de santé publique « For Better Life » (Pour une meilleure vie), dont ont bénéficié 303 apprentis à travers le monde, parmi lesquels 149 opérateurs et 156 ingénieurs de maintenance à l’international. XCMG a également travaillé avec 54 distributeurs à l’étranger et des lycées professionnels locaux, dans le but d’accueillir 76 ateliers de maintenance des produits, répondant ainsi à l’engagement de l’entreprise envers l’éducation.

À propos de XCMG

Créée il y a 74 ans, XCMG est une société manufacturière multinationale qui fabrique des machines lourdes. Elle occupe actuellement la neuvième place mondiale dans l’industrie des machines de construction. La société exporte dans plus de 177 pays et régions du globe.

Pour en savoir plus, veuillez consulter : www.xcmg.com, ou les pages de XCMG sur FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedIn et Instagram.

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