Africa Investment Forum 2023: West Africa aims to accelerate the construction of the Abidjan to Lagos highway

The Abidjan-Lagos highway project envisions a 1,081 kilometre highway linking five countries in West Africa – Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, October 3, 2023/ — Heads of State in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have decided to speed up the construction of the highway between Abidjan and Lagos, a project for which the African Development Bank ( is playing a leading role in mobilizing funding.

The Bank has already contributed USD 25 million to fund the preparatory phase of the project. Moreover, along with its partners, it mobilized USD 15.6 billion during the Africa Investment Forum (AIF) ( in 2022. The highway will link the most economically dynamic cities and ports and the most densely populated urban areas in West Africa.

Meeting on 9 July 2023, alongside an ECOWAS summit in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau’s capital, the leaders of Benin (Patrice Talon), Côte d’Ivoire (Alassane Ouattara), Ghana (Nana Akufo-Addo), Nigeria (Bola Tinubu) and Togo (Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé) – the countries the highway will cross – urged the ECOWAS Commission “to accelerate the completion of the detailed design study and the financial and implementation strategy and to produce the tender documentation to launch the construction phase” of the highway. 

They also instructed the ECOWAS Commission “to cooperate with the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) and the African Development Bank, along with other development partners and the private sector, to make sustained efforts to mobilize resources to fund the investment required to build the highway”. 

In a mark of their commitment to pressing ahead with the project, the leaders decided to set up the headquarters of the Abidjan-Lagos Committee Management Authority (ALCoMA) in Côte d’Ivoire. Made up of representatives from ECOWAS and the countries that will benefit from the highway, the ALCoMA is tasked with managing the project. 

In response, an initial round table of development finance institutions was organized with the ECOWAS Commission on 26 September 2023, at the headquarters of the African Development Bank in Abidjan.

The primary aim of the round table was to provide the main regional and international development finance institutions with the latest information on this major regional project. The meeting also served as an awareness-raising platform and “soft market test” for the project, to confirm the interest expressed by investors during AIF 2022 and take their recommendations and requirements into account. Meanwhile, efforts are underway to finalize the project’s technical studies in October 2023. 

The AIF is a transactional, multi-party, multidisciplinary platform designed by the African Development Bank and seven partners to raise capital for large-scale investments in Africa. Since its creation in 2018, the Forum has attracted USD 142.6 billion of investment commitments in Africa. 

The round table was a success, with 180 participants representing over 30 donors, including the EBID, the European Union, British International Investment (BII), the Belgian Development Agency (Enabel), the French Development Agency (AFD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), Africa 50, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the World Bank, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Afreximbank, Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO), the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the German, Canadian, Korean and Spanish cooperation agencies, among others. Institutions such as the MIGA (Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, a subsidiary of the World Bank Group), African Trade & Investment Development Insurance (ATIDI), TradeMark Africa and the Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub) were also represented at the round table.

“The next step will be to mobilize private investors and donors through market research sessions, once the technical design studies are complete,” commented Mike Salawou, Director of the Infrastructure and Urban Development Department at the African Development Bank. 

The Abidjan-Lagos highway project envisions a 1,081 kilometre highway linking five countries in West Africa – Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria. 

It was one of the ECOWAS priorities set out in its “Vision 2050”. It is also one of the projects included in the Priority Action Plan of the African Union’s Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), which is being implemented by the African Development Bank. 

The new corridor will link major ports and West Africa’s key urban areas of Lagos, Abidjan, Accra, Cotonou and Lomé. It will also help to boost trade and integration in West Africa, in particular by offering maritime port access to landlocked countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Chad) by linking to other corridors along the north-south axis.  

The highway will dynamize the transport network (roads, railways, ports and airports) in West Africa and supplement the Enugu-Bamenda corridor, which links south-eastern Nigeria in West Africa to south-western Cameroon in Central Africa. This will significantly speed up the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 

The highway will start in Bingerville, in the eastern suburbs of Abidjan, and end at Mile 2 (Eric Moore) in Lagos.  

The route between Abidjan and Lagos is home to 75 percent of commercial activities in West Africa. The transport sector represents 5 to 8 percent of the region’s gross domestic product and plays an essential role in economic development and job creation, especially for women and young people. 

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The Gambia and the African Development Bank Group to boost rice output and uplift youth and women entrepreneurs

BANJUL, Gambia, October 3, 2023/ — Gambian President Adama Barrow and African Development Bank Group ( head Dr Akinwumi Adesina pledged on Monday to work together to boost rice production and invest in the country’s vibrant youth and women entrepreneurs.

“The Russian-Ukrainian war presents an opportunity for us to solve the problem of food security. There’s no reason why Africans shouldn’t feed themselves,” President Barrow said, on the first day of Adesina’s two-day official visit to The Gambia. “We should commercialise our rice production to produce enough rice for our people.”

Local production currently meets less than 20% of the demand for rice, which is The Gambia’s staple food ( The African Development Bank Group is supporting the country’s efforts to produce 200,000 additional tons of paddy rice by 2028, reducing imports to zero.

In addition to support for women and youth entrepreneurship in a country where around 65% of the population is under the age of 25, Barrow also identified infrastructure, particularly road construction, as a critical area for the African Development Bank’s support.

“We are grateful for the African Development Bank’s support. The African Development Bank is our bank. We are doing a lot as a government, but we need the support of the bank to expand our work,” President Barrow said.

On the first official visit by an African Development Bank Group president for more than 20 years, Adesina described The Gambia as an important shareholder since it joined the institution in 1974.

“Since we have been supporting The Gambia, we have provided about $540 million in support,” Adesina said. He added: “Currently, our support is quite significant. It is about $282 million, which covers energy, inequality, agriculture, governance, water and sanitation, and support for youth and women.”

Adesina highlighted the importance of the Senegambia Bridge to cross-border trade. The bridge opened in 2019. He said: “I told President Barrow how pleased I am with the Senegambia Bridge, which the African Development Bank financed at the cost of about $104 million. It is a landmark piece of infrastructure. A beautiful bridge that has improved trade between Senegal and The Gambia and the rest of the West African region.”

The African Development Bank Group is helping to cushion The Gambia from some of the impacts of Russia’s war in Ukraine, including rising food insecurity and commodity prices. It has provided about $19 million to help the country produce more food, with the objective of achieving self-sufficiency in rice production.

Support for electricity in The Gambia will bring power to about 1.3 million people. The Bank Group’s Board has approved a new $21 million project that will increase rural access to electricity, as well as several other projects.

Adesina said: “I am excited by the president’s determination to support the youth of The Gambia, and I told him that the African Development Bank is ready and willing to support and finance the creation of what we call Youth Entrepreneurship Investment Banks. These will be new financial institutions that will support young Gambian entrepreneurs to thrive. And the president was very receptive to this… He wants to see a lot of work done to support women in The Gambia.”

The African Development Bank is also supporting the establishment of its Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) initiative in The Gambia. It will provide funding for financial institutions to lend money to women entrepreneurs at affordable rates.

“I commended the President’s efforts on infrastructure,” Adesina said. He added: “As he told me, there is no development without infrastructure, and I agree with him. He said the first, second, and third priorities for him are one and the same: infrastructure.”

The African Development Bank Group is uniquely positioned to continue providing long-term concessional financing and advisory services to The Gambia to accelerate structural transformation and address the drivers of fragility. This makes it one of the country’s preferred development partners.

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The Global Black Impact Summit (GBIS) 2023 to Highlight Scientific Pioneers, Trailblazers in the Black Community

The Black community has been responsible for some of the most influential contributions to science, medicine and technology, which the Global Black Impact Summit plans to recognize at its annual gathering

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, October 3, 2023/ — The Black community is home to some of the world’s leading scientific minds, demonstrating a rich and varied history of innovation, intellectual curiosity and an unwavering commitment to creating a better future. For many Black innovators, each step forward has been made possible only by the trailblazers that came before them, who overcame racial bias and discrimination to achieve tangible progress for all.

The Global Black Impact Summit (GBIS) ( – taking place on November 30-December 1, 2023 in Dubai, powered by the Black Impact Foundation and organized by Energy Capital & Power – serves to celebrate the achievements, contributions and potential of the Black community across a diverse range of industries. The scientific community, in particular, is home to innumerable Black pioneers and trailblazers that have made substantial contributions to their respective fields, changing the course of history through innovations in medicine, technology, agriculture, telecommunications, industry and aerospace, among others, and embodying the GBIS 2023 theme of #BlackExcellence.

One of the most prominent black scientists of the early 20th century, George Washington Carver was an American agricultural scientist and inventor known for his innovations in farming, soil restoration, botany and crop science. Carver’s research led to the development of crop rotation and methods to prevent soil depletion, as well as the concept of permaculture, in which agricultural ecosystems are designed to be self-sufficient and sustainable. Other innovations by Black inventors that are still in use today include mobile refrigeration technology by Frederick McKinley Jones; the three-way traffic light by Garrett Augustus Morgan Sr.; video home security systems by Marie Van Brittan Brown; street mailboxes by Philip B. Downing; automatic elevator doors by Alexander Miles; and carbon light bulb filaments by Lewis Latimer.

Within the medical community, Black scientists have been the driving force behind groundbreaking discoveries and treatments of modern-day diseases. American research chemist Percy Lavon Julian was a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants, laying the foundation for the production of steroids and birth control pills, while Charles R. Drew created the first blood bank and received several awards for his work with transfusion medicine and long-term storage of blood plasma. Sierra Leonean biomedical scientist and physician Abioseh Davidson Nicol was the first to analyze the breakdown of insulin in the human body, a breakthrough discovery for the treatment of diabetes. Congolese microbiologist Jean-Jacques Muyembe was part of the team that investigated the first Ebola outbreak in the 1970s and led the research that designed one of its most effective treatments.

Black scientists have also been at the helm of advancements in aerospace and astronomy. Katherine Johnson was one of the first Black women to work as a NASA scientist and was brought onto the Space Task Group during the US-Soviet Union Space Race, becoming the first woman to participate in mission debriefings and actively contributing to the Freedom 7, Friendship 7, Apollo 11 and Apollo 13 spaceflights. Gladys West is another prominent female mathematician known for her development of the Global Positioning System, better known as the GPS, as well as seminal astronomical studies on Pluto and Neptune.

While substantial contributions to the fields of science, medicine and technology have been made, the Black community – and particularly Black women – continue to be underrepresented within STEM careers. As a result, GBIS 2023 will not only celebrate the unparalleled achievements and perspectives of the global Black community, but also identify and discuss pathways to drive innovation, catalyze change and foster #BlackExcellence across every discipline.

Join us at GBIS 2023, taking place in Dubai from November 30 to December 1, and be a part of this transformative event. To secure your participation at this important, high-level event, register now at

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Russia and South Africa join Forces to Tackle International Monopolies for the Sake of Food Security, Information Security, and Equal Access to Technologies

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, October 3, 2023/ — The SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL COMPETITION LAW, ECONOMICS & POLICY CONFERENCE took place on 28 and 29 September in Johannesburg, and it announced that Russia and South Africa will be promoting joint initiatives to control international monopolies for the sake of food security, information security, and equal access to technologies for BRICS ( countries.

The conference annually organized by the Competition Commission South Africa aimed to bring together experts, policymakers, and practitioners from around the world to discuss competition law, economics, and policy. This year’s theme was “Towards competitive markets, transformation and deconcentration” and it provided a platform for discussions on the challenges posed by monopolies to competition law and policy.

Russia and South Africa’s partnership comes at a time when international monopolies are increasingly becoming a concern for many countries. The two nations believe that it is important to work together to ensure that these monopolies do not harm their economies or their citizens.

“We see a lot of digital technology coming into trade, but global food value chains are also very important. I mean, the first parameter that affects the price of food is the import of inputs to produce the product. And this area has become very globalised. In the global trade segment, we are facing monopolisation of inputs: fertilizers, seeds, agrochemicals. On the one hand, global traders such as ADM, Bunge, Cargill rely heavily on financialisation through all sorts of new mechanisms. On the other hand, they are present in the trading segment and benefit from information asymmetry because they know what is happening on the ground in countries that import and export grain, oil or other important commodities. This is a new type of market power, close to that of the digital giants, who on the one hand control people’s attention and personal data and on the other hand take advantage of network effects”, – said Alexey Ivanov, Director of BRICS Competition Law and Policy Centre.

The experts concluded that the main task today is to aggregate the negotiating power of regional players. It is about how antimonopoly authorities can actually strengthen their leverage over large companies. Experts suggest creating a kind of antimonopoly protocol between the BRICS countries. The BRICS antitrust protocol – an agreement that provides for a more substantive level of cooperation and specific mechanisms for joint investigations, for example, in the area of global mergers and acquisitions. Global companies inevitably come to the jurisdiction of developing countries, but they do not share information with regulators. They are not providing the same set of data to the regulators. They are essentially manipulating, and that is not fair.

The logical step in such a situation would be to establish a regional regime where global companies have to come to all agencies at the same time with the same information and disclose what is happening globally.

“We must of course act locally, but we must also think globally and act through co-operation. It is very good that Africa has the African Antimonopoly Protocol, which allows us to act on a continental scale. I think there should be something similar at the BRICS level, at least when it comes to global mergers. For example, Bunge is buying Viterra, and this is a really big merger, but they are not yet filing documents with the BRICS countries, they are not coming to share information and explain what is actually happening”, – Ivanov explained the case.

The conference also included a meeting of the heads of antimonopoly agencies of the BRICS countries with the participation of a Russian delegation headed by Andrey Tsyganov, Deputy Head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia. This proves the high level of suggested initiatives. These initiatives will promote fair competition in the global economy, regulations to prevent abuse of dominant positions by international companies.

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Congolese President Confers National Honors on Afreximbank President and Executive Vice President

President Nguesso told the audience that President Oramah and Dr. Elombi were being honoured for services rendered to the Congolese nation
BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the), October 3, 2023/ — H.E. President Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of Congo conferred one of the country’s most prestigious national honours, the Officer of the Congolese Order of Merit, on Prof. Benedict Okey Oramah, President & Chairman of the Board of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) (, and Dr. George Elombi, the Executive Vice President, Governance, Legal and Corporate Services.Conferring the honours in his capacity as Grand Master of the National Orders at the decoration ceremony, President Nguesso told the audience that President Oramah and Dr. Elombi were being honoured for services rendered to the Congolese nation.The ceremony featured the reading of the decree of appointment by President Nguesso followed by the official presentation of the decoration medals to Prof. Oramah and Dr. Elombi.Witnessing the ceremony were Mr. Bruno Jean Richard Itoua, the Congolese Minister for Oil & Gas, and Mr. Ludovic Ngasé, Minister for Budget, Public Accounts and Public Portfolio.Afreximbank has been an active supporter of the development of the Congolese economy and has disbursed an aggregate of US$1.4 billion to entities operating in the finance, oil and gas and the medical services sectors.Recently, the Bank also signed an agreement to provide a US$300 million facility to Trident OGX Congo in a transaction expected to raise the Republic of Congo’s crude oil production by an estimated 30 per cent.
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African Development Bank names Malinne Blomberg as Country Manager for Tunisia

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, October 3, 2023/ — The African Development Bank Group ( has appointed Ms Malinne Blomberg, a Swedish national, as Country Manager for Tunisia in addition to her current roles as Deputy Director General for North Africa and Country Manager for Libya and Mauritania.

Blomberg, a seasoned development finance professional with more than 25 years of experience, has served extensively in policy dialogue, portfolio and project management, advisory services, resource mobilization and outreach in both public and private sectors.

Through financial diplomacy, she built her career at the African Development Bank around partnerships with governments, the private sector and wide-ranging stakeholders to scale up financing and investments for Africa’s transformation. She joined the Bank in 2008 as a financial management specialist in the Water and Sanitation Department. She later headed its division covering West and Central Africa.

Blomberg was previously the Bank’s Country Manager for Egypt, where she managed a portfolio of $3 billion.

She also worked in the Agriculture and Agribusiness Department, focusing on climate finance. Her work has spanned Africa’s five regions, covering business development, structuring innovative investment projects and special initiatives, and promoting private sector participation with a focus on infrastructure.

Before joining the Bank, Blomberg worked for Arthur Andersen Business Consulting in the United Kingdom and on assignments in other global financial hubs as a manager in the financial services industry through 2001. In Uganda from 2003 to 2007, she served as Financial and Institutional Advisor to the ministry of Water and Environment, supporting national efforts to strengthen institutional effectiveness and fund utilization and managing the ministry’s multi-donor trust fund.

Commenting on her appointment, Blomberg said: “As Country Manager for Tunisia, I am looking forward to deepening the strategic partnership between the Bank and the Country, and expanding the Bank’s support, especially in light of climate change and global events requiring new approaches and fast implementation for transformative results.”

African Development Bank President Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, said: “Ms. Blomberg is a proven results-oriented leader with extensive experience in leading country programme operations. As the current Deputy Director General for the North Africa Region, coupled with her experience serving as Country Manager for Egypt, Libya and Mauritania, Ms. Blomberg possesses in-depth knowledge of the region. She will help to ensure the continuity of high-level proactive policy dialogue to further strengthen the Bank’s partnership with the government, private sector and other development partners to generate more opportunities for financing and investments in Tunisia, a very important hub for the North Africa Region.”

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Nkrumah-Mandela Leadership Conference

Nkrumah-Mandela Leadership Conference

Africans Rising in collaboration with other organizers humbly invites your media house to Nkrumah-Mandela Leadership Conference tomorrow 20th and 21st Sepember at the Great Hall, University of Ghana, Legion. The conference is a 2 day convening bringing together decision-makers and participants that will be drawn from across the African continent.
The maiden edition of the Conference will be organised in Ghana as part of activities marking the Nkrumah Memorial Day. This event is in line with the African Union’s 40-year transformational Agenda for the continent ending in 2063.

The Conference is being organized by the Kwame Nkrumah Centre for Ideology, Governance & Leadership (Afraka Forward) in collaboration with Africans Rising, Institute of African Studies (University of Ghana), Africa Youth Improvement Foundation, Rastafari Council of Ghana, and a group of young Pan Africanists who are based in Ghana and South Africa and working together. You can join the conference by registering here. Read more about the conference on :

Flock Eventing Platform will join African Energy Week (AEW) 2023 as an Official Partner

Demonstrating the power of strategic partnerships, Flock Eventing Platform has joined African Energy Week 2023 as its official partner

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, September 5, 2023/ — The African Energy Chamber (AEC) ( is delighted to announce that Flock Eventing Platform will join African Energy Week (AEW) 2023 as a partner, which is scheduled to take place from October 16–20 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

With a proven track record of executing successful events in over 36 countries worldwide and thousands of attendees benefiting from its various apps, Flock Eventing Platform is a trusted name in the event management industry. The company has a history of listening to the specific needs of event managers and providing a platform that caters to those needs while remaining cost-effective.

As a global company with offices in South Africa, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the USA, Flock Eventing Platform is revolutionizing the way event planners manage events, from pre-planning to post-event management. Its event management system and mobile apps, equipped with over 20 integrated features, are designed to enhance engagement, improve communication with attendees, and streamline event management.

Flock Eventing Platform’s core values perfectly align with those of the AEC. They share a commitment to embracing courage, fostering continuous learning, inspiring others, and delivering excellence consistently and punctually. The company’s innovative solutions and unwavering dedication to service empower events of varying scales to establish a strong and effective digital presence.

The partnership with Flock Eventing Platform is poised to elevate AEW 2023 by enhancing attendee experiences, improving event management, and expanding its digital reach. This collaboration reflects AEC’s commitment to delivering a top-notch energy event while ensuring efficiency, accessibility and engagement for all participants.

“Harnessing the potential of strategic partnerships is essential for propelling events within the African energy sector. Collaborations like the partnership with Flock Eventing Platform exemplify a commitment to delivering world-class energy events. By joining forces, we amplify the ability to provide innovative, engaging, and efficient platforms that drive meaningful conversations and connections. Together, we empower the industry with the tools and opportunities it needs to thrive,” states NJ Ayuk, the Executive Chairman of the AEC.

By partnering with AEW 2023, Flock Eventing Platform aims to provide essential support to enhance the overall event experience for attendees, exhibitors, and organizers. The company’s expertise makes it a valuable addition to the AEW 2023, and its commitment to excellence aligns with the goals of this premier energy event.

AEW is the AEC’s annual conference, exhibition and networking event. AEW 2023 will unite African energy policymakers and stakeholders with global investors to discuss and maximize opportunities within the continent’s entire energy industry. For more information about AEW 2023, visit

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Tanzania Energy Congress 2023 Hosts Oman JSRS eMarketplace (JeM) to Foster Bilateral Opportunities in Oil, Gas, Liquefied natural gas (LNG), and New Energies

The JeM is a pioneer in showcasing JSRS Certified Companies globally

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, September 5, 2023/ — The 2023 Tanzania Energy Congress (, scheduled for September 20-21, proudly announces the inclusion of the Oman JSRS eMarketplace (JeM) as part of its annual international conference and exhibition. This collaboration underscores the commitment of Oman and Tanzania-Zanzibar to strengthen economic ties and capitalize on opportunities in oil, gas, LNG, and new energies for mutual growth and sustainable development.

Under the patronage of Hon. Dr. Doto Biteko Mashaka, (MP), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy of the United Republic of Tanzania, the Congress is a significant global energy sector meeting in the East African region. A key highlight of this year’s international Exhibition is the inclusion of the Oman JSRS eMarketplace (JeM), a unique digital showcase featuring suppliers certified by Oman’s Ministry of Energy & Minerals’ Joint Supplier Registration System (JSRS).

The partnership between Oman and Tanzania-Zanzibar is built on shared interests, strong diplomatic relations, and a mutual commitment to sustainable development. With abundant natural resources and a strategic geographic location, both nations aim to drive economic prosperity while ensuring environmental sustainability.

The collaboration emphasizes the potential of the oil and gas sectors. Oman’s expertise in these domains coupled with Tanzania-Zanzibar’s emerging potential offers a unique opportunity for growth and diversification.

The Oman JSRS eMarketplace (JeM) Country Pavilion at the Tanzania Energy Congress provides an avenue for Omani and Tanzanian energy sector companies to collaborate, form business partnerships, investments, and project alliances. JeM enhances interaction between the two countries’ companies and fosters experience sharing.

The JeM is a pioneer in showcasing JSRS Certified Companies globally. The JeM Tanzania is digitally enabled by the JeM Mobile App, offering a seamless connection between Congress Delegates and Oman’s O&G Operators, Buyers, and Sector Partners to promote business cooperation.

JeM Tanzania is a golden opportunity for Tanzanian companies to explore and interact with their Omani counterparts and maximize their experience drawn over many years.

Clean energy is a focal point in this collaboration, with an emphasis on LNG. Oman’s experience in LNG production can play a pivotal role in aiding Tanzania-Zanzibar in establishing their LNG facilities, fostering economic growth while minimizing carbon emissions.

Furthermore, the partnership aims to drive innovation in new energy technologies. Focus on research and development in renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal power aligns with the goal of a greener and more resilient economy. These efforts are expected to attract global investors and bolster energy security for both nations.

The partnership’s positive impact extends beyond economic growth, creating opportunities for cultural exchange and tourism. Mr. Suleyman Al Harthy, ICV Manager at Business Gateways International, emphasizes the potential for sustainable opportunities that benefit future generations.

This collaboration positions Tanzania-Zanzibar as catalysts for strategic energy industry growth in East Africa. The Congress will focus on key updates, including the Linid LNG megaproject, EACOP pipeline developments, and renewable power proposals, inviting international investors to contribute to Tanzania’s sustainable energy economy.

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Canon in Partnership with Broadcast System Solutions (BSS) Unveil Exclusive Showcase for Pro-Imaging Portfolio: A New Destination for Canon’s Cutting-Edge Products and Solutions

The launch of the exclusive showroom in partnership with BSS underlines our dedication to prioritizing customers in Egypt, delivering an immersive and informative experience

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, September 5, 2023/ — Canon Central and North Africa (, in collaboration with BSS (Broadcast System Solutions) in Egypt, proudly announces the inauguration of the new showroom. This marks a significant milestone in the brand’s unwavering commitment to providing cutting-edge, technology-driven imaging solutions to our valued customers across the African continent. The showroom was inaugurated by Canon Executive Vice President, DRBG Stefano Zenti, along with the esteemed presence of Somesh Adukia, Managing Director of Canon Central and North Africa, and Tareq Eid, CEO of BSS, on September 4th, 2023.

Located in the new BSS (Broadcast and System Solutions) Service Center in 14 B Hassan EL-Emam, Al-Mantaqa Aloula, Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, the unique format of the showroom sees a complete move away from conventional showrooms of the past to a tactile and immersive experience where customers can ‘touch-and-try’ Canon products and solutions. They also can engage directly with product experts and experience turnkey pro-imaging solutions before committing to any purchases.

“The showroom’s strategic integration within the BSS (Broadcast and System Solutions) service center, renowned for its cutting-edge pro-imaging partnership with Canon, perfectly embodies our unwavering commitment to a customer-centric approach in Egypt, said Somesh Adukia, Managing Director of Canon Central and North Africa. “The collaboration with BSS underlines Canon’s relentless dedication to providing an immersive platform for customers to meticulously assess Canon’s pro-imaging cameras and equipment’s, empowering them with firsthand experiences to make informed purchase decisions. This initiative stands as a testament to our determination to showcase the remarkable capabilities and advantages of Canon’s latest technological innovations.”

“At the core of this extraordinary showroom is our dedication to meeting the needs of customers by presenting Canon’s comprehensive pro-imaging product range, encompassing PTZ (Pan-tilted Zoom), ENG (Electronic News Gathering), Cinema, and the EOS R mirrorless lineup, all for an unparalleled hands-on engagement,” said BSS CEO, Tareq Eid. “The uniqueness of this showroom is that while it showcases Canon’s products, its shared location with the BSS Service Center offers customers the opportunity to enjoy a tour of the latest Canon products while taking advantage of BSS’s level-three service support for cameras, DSLRs, mirrorless pro-video equipment, and lenses.”


The exclusive showroom stages a comprehensive lineup and immersive experience for engineers and enthusiasts alike, providing customers in Egypt with front-row access to the latest leading-edge video solutions and innovative technology. It will serve as a platform to showcase Canon’s state-of-the-art technology, giving customers and enthusiasts access to holistic solutions rather than single products.

The showroom will provide access to innovative solutions for Canon’s target audience in Egypt, encompassing professionals in sectors such as media, entertainment, government, production, and education. Showcased Canon products include pro-imaging cameras and equipment, the innovative EOS R mirrorless camera range, ENG (Electronic News Gathering) solutions, the cinema lineup, IP (Internet Protocol) solutions, PTZ (pan, tilt and zoom) cameras, and multicam setups.


Canon has taken strategic measures to position itself as a cornerstone of innovative imaging solutions across various sectors in Egypt. By comprehensively grasping the unique requirements and challenges of the Egyptian market and its industries, Canon has tailored its offerings to provide optimal solutions, all of which will be showcased at the Experience Centre.

In addition to the recent, highly successful Canon Multicam Show, the showroom will not only exhibit Canon’s remarkable products but also play a pivotal and ongoing role in driving and championing the much-needed digital technology shift within Africa’s multimedia industry.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA).

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About Canon Central and North Africa:
Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) ( is a division within Canon Middle East FZ LLC (CME), a subsidiary of Canon Europe. The formation of CCNA in 2016 was a strategic step that aimed to enhance Canon’s business within the Africa region – by strengthening Canon’s in-country presence and focus. CCNA also demonstrates Canon’s commitment to operating closer to its customers and meeting their demands in the rapidly evolving African market.

Canon has been represented in the African continent for more than 15 years through distributors and partners that have successfully built a solid customer base in the region. CCNA ensures the provision of high quality, technologically advanced products that meet the requirements of Africa’s rapidly evolving marketplace. With over 100 employees, CCNA manages sales and marketing activities across 44 countries in Africa.

Canon’s corporate philosophy is Kyosei ( – ‘living and working together for the common good’. CCNA pursues sustainable business growth, focusing on reducing its own environmental impact and supporting customers to reduce theirs using Canon’s products, solutions and services. At Canon, we are pioneers, constantly redefining the world of imaging for the greater good. Through our technology and our spirit of innovation, we push the bounds of what is possible – helping us to see our world in ways we never have before. We help bring creativity to life, one image at a time. Because when we can see our world, we can transform it for the better.

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