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Monday, 25 September 2017

In his first annual address to France’s ambassadors on Tuesday 29 August, Emmanuel Macron announced that France would commit official development assistance of 0.55% of gross national income by 2022. The AFD welcomed the announcement, however it is still below the UN’s targets. Oxfam also points out that this announcement contradicts the budget cuts announced in this sector in the short-term. ‘Africa is not only a continent of crises. It is a continent of the future. We cannot leave it alone,’ President Macron told ambassadors on Tuesday at the Elysée Palace. The French President does not intend to go back on French commitments in this area. France currently spends between 0.37% and 0.38% of its gross national income (GNI) on official development assistance.

GreenWish Partners (‘GreenWish’), an independent renewable energy producer in Africa, has announced the signature of a partnership with Orange to implement the energy transition of its telecommunications towers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This partnership will see GreenWish and its operating partner Sagemcom deploy hybrid solar power generation solutions that combine solar energy, battery and diesel in support of greater energy efficiency. This first tranche of 250 telecom towers across the whole of the DR Congo marks the launch of a new electricity supply model for Orange in the country. This model, known as ESCO (Energy Services Company), has already been launched in India and the United States.

As a prelude to the opening of the 7th African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), the Ivorian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Ly Ramata Bakayoko, chaired a workshop on the role of research and innovation in the African agricultural transformation process, allowing her to take stock of national agricultural research, according to abidjan.net. In terms of bilateral and multilateral cooperation, the minister cited the Competitive Fund for Sustainable Agricultural Innovation (Fonds compétitif pour l’innovation agricole durable – FCIAD), with a budget of 5 billion CFA francs (€7.6 million), the Renewed Partnership for Development Research (Partenariat rénové pour la recherche au service du développement – Presed), with the financing of three projects in the field of agricultural research for a total of 255 million CFA francs (€342,000) in the framework of France’s debt reduction programme led by the French Development Agency (AFD), while the second debt reduction programme has earmarked funding of 1.21 billion CFA francs to develop agricultural research.

The Bolloré Consortium has been designated for the partial take-over of Necotrans’ activities in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Cameroon and Burkina Faso. This was the decision handed down by the Commercial Court of Paris on 25 August 2017, in the context of its judgement on insolvency proceedings of the Necotrans group, Bolloré’s main rival in Africa, mainly in the management of port terminals, the oil and gas sector, and mining logistics.

Friday, 08 September 2017

There’s no such thing as too much chocolate—and now, a fourth type could get people eating even more. Swiss cocoa giant Barry Callebaut announced its latest offering, the Ruby chocolate, which comes in a shade of trendy millennial pink. The chocolate’s color, like its flavor, is completely natural and is extracted from the Ruby cocoa bean itself. Unlike dark, milk, and white chocolate, the Ruby chocolate stands out with a berry-fruit flavor and is neither “bitter, milky, or sweet”. Its texture is reported to be of “luscious smoothness.” Scientists invented the chocolate in the company’s research and development centers in France and Belgium. The Ruby bean hails from various regions worldwide, including Ivory Coast, Brazil and Ecuador, reports Today.