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By Amina Abdul Salam

An international event, dedicated to the development of start-ups, of digital transformation and innovation, was held in Paris from May 24 to 26, 2018. For the first time, this forum hosted a specific stand for African innovation, Afric@Tech, where African start-ups were able to present their solutions.

As a partner of the individual’s health journey around the world, Sanofi hosted African start-ups specialised in this field.

In the framework of Afric@Tech, Sanofi launched last February three challenges to start-ups working on the African continent, in order to identify the 10 best start-ups which tackled the issue of revolutionising healthcare practices in Africa.

Those three challenges aimed at elaborating innovative solutions to improve the access to healthcare in Africa, notably through:

– Earlier diagnostics of non-communicable diseases;
– A promotion of tele-medicine in order to improve access to healthcare;
– An improvement of the education of health professionals in the field of chronic
diseases.

Jon Fairest, Director of Sanofi in Africa, declared: "We are glad to see the enthusiasm triggered by this contest, which perfectly corresponds to Sanofi’s strategy of encouraging open innovation in Africa. We want to provide concrete support to entrepreneurs concerned with healthcare stakes on the continent, by contributing to the development of the most innovative local initiatives.”

Around 190 start-ups sent their applications. The jury studied each case according to five criteria: a concrete proof of positive results in at least one African country, the maturity of the project, the relevance of the solution, the potential of the market and of the business model, skills, expertise and experience of the team, and finally the scientific feasibility.

The 10 selected start-ups were:
• Informed Healthcare (Egypt)
• Appenberg Digital Publishing
(South Africa)
• Bisa (Ghana)
• GiftedMom (Cameroon)
• KEA Medicals (Benin)
• MedTrucks (Morocco)
• Otrac (Nigeria)
• Sagitarix (Kenya)
• Vula Mobile (South Africa)
• Yapill (Pan Africa)

Alexis Moyrand, Chairman and Managing Director of Sanofi Egypt and Sudan, welcomed this selection andsaid: “We are very proud that Egypt is represented within this challenge. This displays the vision and talents living in Egypt, who work every day to improve the health of their fellow citizens.”

Selected start-ups will take part to the Sanofi in Africa Lab in Afric@Tech. They will present their projects to a jury, and will be able to make the demonstration of their solutions in front of the audience.

Awarded projects will be offered the opportunity to benefit from a Sanofi financial support, training and mentoring programme in order to prepare an eventual collaboration with one of Sanofi’s departments in Africa.

 

CAIRO, June 1, 2018 (MENA) – Egypt's Trade and Industry Minister Tarek Qabil asserted that Egypt is exerting great efforts to enhance its economic partnership with all African countries in order to reach overall and sustainable development in Africa.

This came in his speech Thursday during a panel session that was held under the title “Towards reaching radical change in Africa” that was organized by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) to discuss strategies required to strengthen Egyptian-African trade and review the latest development concerning the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2018) to be held in Cairo on December 11-17.

The panel was also attended by former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, Afreximbank President Benedict Oramah, CEO Sweidi Electric Ahmed el Sweidi and a number of Egyptian and African officials and businessmen.

During the discussion, the minister asserted the importance of benefiting of the deep-rooted political, historical, economic and social relations between Egypt and the African countries via increasing Egyptian exports to Africa.

He also said that his ministry had set an overall strategy and work plan to support intra-African trade. He pointed out that the ministry had opened the first logistic center in Kenya to double Egyptian exports to the African countries, adding that the ministry will establish other logistic centers in various African courtiers.

The minister said Africa comes at a top ranking as per luring foreign direct investments which hit dlrs 55 to 60 billion during 2016.

Qabil said the Ministry offers a 50 percent reduction in the costs of shipment to Africa with the aim of activating trade movement between Egypt and all African countries.

The minister praised the efforts exerted by the African Union and all development partners to set up an African free trade area, terming it as a main step towards achieving regional integration.

Qabil said the Ministry, represented by the Export Promotion Authority, will exert its utmost efforts to support the African Trade Fair, noting that such exhibition will be an important platform for the private and governmental sectors as well as all the African business communities to exchange information on investment potentials in the black continent. The fair, which is expected to group 55 African countries, will provide a chance for clinching trade deals that could further buttress inter-African trade in light of the decrease of the trade volume from dlrs 63.4 billion in 2016 to dlrs 38 billion in 2017.

Meanwhile, Afreximbank President Benedict Oramah underlined the importance of focusing on the challenges facing inter-African trade as well as the establishment of an African free trade area. He pointed out that Cairo will be the first station for the promotion campaign of the African Trade Fair. The campaign will also include four countries namely South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ivory Coast, he added.

CAIRO, April 27, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt is keen on boosting communications with the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR). These remarks were made on Friday by the Egyptian delegation to the 62nd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, that kicked off on Wednesday and will run until May 9 in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

Human rights have topped Egypt’s priorities after January 2011 and June 2013 revolutions, during which Egyptians called for freedom, dignity and the establishment of a democratic regime based on human rights and fundamental freedoms, said the Egyptian envoy.

Egypt has submitted a report on the overall developments pertaining to human rights conditions in the country. The report also highlighted Egypt’s keenness to present its periodical reports in this regard on time.

Egypt is going through a critical phase in which it is keen on promoting human rights, a move that coincides with its battle against terrorism, said head of the human rights sector at the foreign ministry Ambassador Wael Nasr Eddine, who also led the Egyptian delegation.

 

PARIS, April 25, 2018 (AFP) -  French tycoon Vincent Bollore was detained yesterday as part of a corruption investigation into his group’s activities in West Africa where it operates several ports, legal sources told AFP.

The 66-year-old head of the Bollore Group was taken into custody in the Paris suburb of Nanterre for questioning about how the group obtained contracts to run Lome port in Togo and Conakry port in Guinea, the sources said on condition of anonymity.

The news that the magnate was being questioned in the latest probe into French business dealings in former colonies in Africa caused Bollore group stocks to tumble over 8 per cent in Paris on Thursday.

The 195-year-old company, which has interests in construction, logistics, media, advertising and shipping, issued a statement denying “any illegal actions” in its African operations.

Its director general, Gilles Alix, and a senior executive from its communications subsidiary Havas, Jean-Philippe Dorent, were also taken into custody, a judicial source said.

Investigators are probing allegations that the group corrupted officials to clinch the Lome and Conakry port concessions in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

The ports are among several operated by Bollore’s African logistics arm, which also has several African rail concessions.

By the Gazette Editorial Board

FOR the fifth consecutive day, Saturday, forty seven professors of Al-Azhar University’s Faculty of Medicine had been providing multiple medical care services to thousands of people in Chad’s eastern region of Wadi Fira that borders the Sudan.

Supported by a sufficient number of aides, pharmacists and nurses, the professors whose fields of specialisation cover as many as 24 branches of medicine had been discharging their duties 12 hours a day from 09.00am to 09.00pm as part of Al-Azhar University’s medical convoy to sisterly Chad, the landlocked Central African country that shares borders with five countries: Libya to the north, the Sudan to the east, the Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon to the west and the Central African Republic to the south.  

Until Saturday, the convoy had managed to examine more than 15,000 people, giving priority to the elderly and critical cases, conduct 342 surgeries and dispense medicines to patients, per an illustrated Egynews report.  

The choice of the convoy’s destination, the enthusiastic attitude of the high-powered medical team and the support staff and the diversity of the team’s fields of specialisation all symbolised Egypt’s genuine orientation of consolidating its ties with other countries of the continent especially through bolstering the spirit of African solidarity, enriching joint African action, and expanding development-based partnerships.

As the convoy was heading to Wadi Fira, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri was in Bujumbura for talks with his Burundian counterpart Ezechiel Nibigira and to call upon President Pierre Nkurunziza for a consideration of ways to enhance the multi-faceted relations between Egypt and countries of the River Nile Basin and all other African countries.

Day after day and in deeds before words, Egypt reasserts its genuine keenness on the furtherance of relations with countries all across the continent especially through the building of development-oriented partnerships and the constant widening of the scope of co-operation at both bilateral and continental levels.

CAIRO, April 21, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt mainly seeks to achieve unity of the African continent and unify its stances at the international level, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR) Makram Mohamed Ahmed said on Saturday.

The SCMR chief made the remarks at the opening of the 51st training course for the African young journalists speaking in different languages, which is held under the theme “brotherhood and unity”.

The workshop is organized by the SCMR in cooperation with the African Journalists Union, under the supervision of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.

“We are keen on turning the unity and development of the joint South-South interests into reality,” the SCMR chief said, adding that the African press should serve this goal.

Ahmed further said that the council will launch a new website to serve as a communication platform for African journalists within a few months.

 

 

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