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  • Africa: Experts Explore Infrastructure and Cooperation to Improve Lives

    BOTSWANA, 2017/11/01 Addis Ababa — African economies require structural transformation to attain sustained increase that trickles down to all its peoples, an official from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) told experts gathered at the organization’s Ethiopian headquarters. Soteri Gatera, who heads the ECA’s Industrialization and Infrastructure Section, says only such “inclusive” economic increase will help resolve the “persistent social economic problems” Africa faces.
  • Africa's Infrastructure Spending Drops

    ANGOLA, 2017/08/20 Africa's infrastructure investment spending decreased in 2016 compared 2015, according to Deloitte 2016 African construction trends statement. In 2016, 286 projects worth 50m and additional were being built in Africa, down from 301 in 2015. The fall in in general capital price was $51bn — from a total of $375bn in 2015 to a total of 324bn in 2016.The statement, released on Tuesday, said there were 109 projects worth a total of $140bn in Southern Africa in 2015. For 2016, project numbers had fallen to 85, worth $93bn. “Africa has seen a downturn in both the number and price of projects included this year, in contrast to previous years,” said Jean-Pierre Labuschagne, Deloitte Africa infrastructure and capital projects leader.
  • Construction materials provide foundation for Gabon’s growth

    GABON, 2016/11/24 Amidst a continued push by the government to expand housing stock and road networks, Gabon is building a number of new cement and steel factories to boost domestic production of construction materials and reduce the trade deficit. Today, with the exception of cement, some 90% of Gabon’s building materials are imported from Europe and China. Into the mix
  • sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa

    AFRICA, 2016/05/22 Until recently, the major thrust of AVN's work has been in Burkina Faso, and over the border in neighbouring regions of southern Mali. But three years ago, we started getting requests from several organisations for sending trained VN master masons from Burkina Faso to work on projects in Senegal. Of these requests, the majority significant has been in the region of Matam in north-eastern Senegal: the construction of a technical training centre and annexes (La maison des énergies) in Thiangol, close to the Senegal river, launched in January 2009, with financial sponsorship from the Communauté de Communes Val de Drôme (CCVD), France.
  • Russia to establish industrial zone for Suez Canal in Egypt

    EGYPT, 2015/08/30 Russia is still determined to establish an industrial zone, and lend Russian expertise to build a nuclear power plant in Egypt, President Vladimir Putin said in a joint press conference with President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in Moscow on Wednesday. "We discussed several economic topics related to bilateral trade such as admitting [Egyptian] local currency in trade dealings within the Eurasian Economic Union," Putin said. Putin said the two leaders as well discussed increasing wheat exports to Egypt, which is the major Russian wheat importer.
  • 'New Suez Canal' Celebrations Echoed in Egypt's Capital

    EGYPT, 2015/08/07 A celebratory mood presided over Cairo's streets from the early hours of Thursday, as the country braced for the inauguration of the "New Suez Canal". Scores of citizens took to the streets, flaunting Egyptian flags of different sizes inclunding posters of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Sisi meanwhile arrived to Ismailia on Thursday afternoon donning military fatigues aboard the 150 El-Mahrousa Yacht, the initial ship to pass through the Suez Canal next its inauguration in 1869. The president later changed into a civilian suit as he attended the inauguration ceremony.
  • Morocco: 'vertical city' to see the light in Sahara

    MOROCCO, 2015/05/02 The project has been drafted, although it has not been defined yet in all its parts. It is now necessary to understand whether it will be possible to find investors - mainly from abroad - who are interested and willing to spend. The idea is to create a ''vertical city'', a 450-meter-high tower to be set up in the Moroccan desert to host dozens of shops, offices, luxury homes, a hotel, bars and restaurants, as well as scientific offices for weather forecasts. The projects is being studied by French architects - OXO Architects - who published it on their website to promote it, garnering hundreds of contacts.
  • Egyptian Presidential Hopeful Aims to Resolve Dam Dispute

    EGYPT, 2015/03/05 It is an audacious $4.8 billion project undertaken by one of the world's poorest nations. At the construction site in the Benishangul region of Ethiopia near the Sudanese border, some 8,500 workers are labouring tirelessly each day to build the gigantic Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. At the same time as completed in 2017, the dam will generate 6,000 megawatts of electricity for domestic consumption and export. On the surface, the 558 ft tall dam -- Africa's biggest hydropower project -- belies Ethiopia's financial muscle. The GDP per capita in Ethiopia is only $475. The late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who laid the foundation stone in 2011, said the dam would be built without begging for money from donors. Since again, construction has progressed steadily using money from local taxes, donations and government bonds. Ethiopians abroad and at home contributed the initial $350 million, with government workers contributing amounts equivalent to a month of their salaries.
  • Egypt selected a consortium of Egyptian and the Persian Gulf companies

    EGYPT, 2014/08/21 Egypt selected a consortium of Egyptian and the Persian Gulf companies Tuesday to develop the government's mega project to transform the Suez Canal waterway into a hub of international investment and free trade zones, officials said. Egyptian authorities say the massive development plan is badly needed to help boost an economy that has been ravaged by three years of political turmoil. The Suez Canal is a key source of revenue for Egypt, bringing in around $5 billion annually. Canal Authority chief Moheeb Mamish said the Dar al-Handasah - a leading Mideast design, architecture and engineering consultancy registered in Bahrain - was chosen from 14 candidates to develop the project. He did not give the price tag for the project.
  • China has given Mauritania close to 15 million Euros for the construction of a hospital

    MAURITANIA, 2014/05/14 China has given Mauritania close to 15 million Euros for the construction of a hospital in the eastern region of Kiffa, an official source said on Sunday. The hospital's foundation stone was laid on Saturday by Mauritania's Health Minister Ahmedou Ould Hademine Ould Jelvoune and China's ambassador to Mauritania Chen Gonglai. The hospital with a capacity of 150 beds, will be constructed within the next 36 months by a Chinese company that is by presently operating in Mauritania.