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About a million coconut trees will be planted in Vanuatu in the next decade, as the country tries to get the most out of the important crop. The Agriculture Minister, Matai Seremiah, this week launched the National Coconut Strategy, which looks to replanting after Cyclone Pam. Mr Seremiah said the strategy would help ensure the greatest varieties are planted to ensure food security, resilience, and improve their economic viability.
More British companies will be encouraged to do business with their Nigerian counterparts, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright has assured. The envoy, who gave the assurance during his visit to Rack Centre, West Africa’s premium Data Centre in Ikeja, Lagos, expressed satisfaction with the level of development that the organisation has achieved in less than foru years of operation. Accompanied by a team from the Trade and Development section of the High Commission, Arkwright said it was interesting to hear that that the facility had not had a single downtime since its inception even as it upgrades frequently with seamlessly integration to the BladeRoom Technology.
The Government of Ireland has made an announcement through which it seeks to promote different vital sectors of Uganda’s economy. Sectors to be supported include agro processing, tourism, aviation and ICT. This was announced by Ireland’s Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh, at the Uganda Investment Authority offices in Kampala on Monday. McHugh was on the last day of his three-day inaugural visit to the African continent. During the visit, Ireland’s new 5-year strategic plan for Uganda was launched and it also includes engagement in the area of trade and investment promotion.