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Post 2015 Development Agenda Report Launched

Mr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa has called for a more bold agenda for Africa – one that takes into account the existing continental frameworks.

Mr. Carlos Lopes said this during the launch of the high level panel of the post-2015 Development Agenda, held at the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa on Monday.

Our continent faces unique challenges…


Added by Sebastian Vlugt on August 7, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

[Vacancies] Africa Business Communities is looking for webmasters, journalists and sales managers for its operation in Accra, Ghana

Africa Business Communities is a fast-growing company based in The Netherlands. As an internet company we are present in all African countries in:

• Media

• Social Networking

• Marketing Services

• PR

• Market Research

• Recruitment

For the expansion of the Accra office we are looking for:

• Webmasters (experienced in business reporting)

• Journalists (experienced in business reporting as well as in online…


Added by Sebastian Vlugt on November 23, 2012 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

African Women in Business Challenge 2012

Participate in the 3rd edition of the Business Plan Competition for African women entrepreneurs


The competition is open to women entrepreneurs of all African countries who have created a business plan, which fulfills the eligibility…


Added by Sebastian Vlugt on March 20, 2012 at 3:06pm — No Comments

[Business Lead] Ghana: Partners wanted for business launch

My company Herbalife is a globally positioned organisation and we are excited about entering the market in Ghana  in the next few months. In advance of the  launch we are spearheading things by contacting business

people to help us establish a local network, we will then be running a series of introductory interviews in various towns and cities in Ghana , thereafter we will be initiating business training prior to the launch.


We're looking for business minded people interested… Continue

Added by Sebastian Vlugt on June 15, 2011 at 11:34am — 1 Comment

Africa Business Confidence Index continues to show growth

Manufacturing index 53.8 and non-manufacturing index 57.1, both numbers still indicating growth for the 5th consecutive month; manufacturing down by 0.9 percentage points; non-manufacturing 1.1 percent point higher compared to April.

Amsterdam, June 2, 2011. The Africa Business Confidence Index (ABCI) for May shows growth in both the index for manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors in Africa. The difference compared to April in the manufacturing…


Added by Sebastian Vlugt on June 2, 2011 at 8:11am — 1 Comment

[Vacancy] Chief Executive, ExplainerDC - Accra

ExplainerDC is Ghana’s leading web development, internet marketing and web hosting company. We service more than 100 clients in Ghana and abroad such as Vodafone, The UN and SGS. Our projects range from corporate websites to information portals and marketing campaigns. We also operate e-ventures such as YellowPages, and have recently set up a state-of-the-art Data Centre. This year we are…


Added by Sebastian Vlugt on April 18, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Third Accra Business Club Networking Event

Networkmembers, let's meet!

It is my pleasure to announce

The Third Accra Business Club Networking Event

Today: Tuesday 3 May 2011 - 18:00


Osu Food Court

021-78 23 07

Oxford Street Osu

Accra Ghana

You are more than welcome to join us. Please confirm your attendance by sending an e-mail to Bas Vlugt -…


Added by Sebastian Vlugt on April 18, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

[Vacancies] Bi-lingual (French-English) webmaster, journalist, operations manager in Accra

Africa Business Communities is looking for bi-lingual (French-English):

- webmaster

- online journalist

- online operations manager

for the Accra office (Asylum down)

Please note that we are looking for people who are perfect in French in both speech and writing.

That means that we in fact are looking…


Added by Sebastian Vlugt on April 11, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Africa Business Confidence Index reflects private sector resilience

Manufacturing index 60.3 and non-manufacturing index 58.9, both indicating expansion; manufacturing higher than February; non-manufacturing slightly lower than previous month

The Africa Business Confidence Index (ABCI) for March shows growth in both the index for manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors in Africa. The difference compared to February in the indices for manufacturing shows a plus of 2.2 and for non-manufacturing a decrease of…


Added by Sebastian Vlugt on April 1, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

SPARK AFRICA - Making profit from waste in Ghana

Plastic waste is an enormous problem in Ghana. Everywhere you look there's plastic waste on the side of the road. The Dutch-Ghanaian recycling company Cyclus has found a way to create a cleaner environment, create jobs and make profit from waste at the same time. A student shows how plastic bottles can be used to create furniture. An artistic and useful way to recycle waste.

The documentary series SPARK AFRICA is produced by Africa Interactive, a fast… Continue

Added by Sebastian Vlugt on February 16, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Africa Business Panel publishes First Africa Business Confidence Index

Manufacturing index 63.88 and non-manufacturing index 61.33 both indicating expansion

Africa Business Panel has published the first pan African Business Confidence Index (ABCI). The index measures business confidence in the manufacturing and non-manufacturing private sector…


Added by Sebastian Vlugt on February 4, 2011 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Interview: Pieter van Twisk on Africa Interactive

Africa Interactive is the world's market leader in professional video content produced by local African reporters. Africa Business Communities met with CEO Pieter van Twisk in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Please introduce your company to…


Added by Sebastian Vlugt on January 24, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Showcase your company or business plan in Africa Business Communities News

In co-operation with VC4Africa we start an interview series with young African entrepreneurs who recently have start up business or want to do so soon.

These interviews we publish in Africa Business Communities News, our weekly Africa Business Newsletter with over 25,000 subscribers…

Added by Sebastian Vlugt on January 10, 2011 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Interview: Chani Otuteye on Dibest Consult

Chani Otutey is CEO of Dibest Consult in Ghana. Africa Business Communities and Chani Otutey met in Accra.

Kindly introduce your company

'Dibest Consult Limited, a Ghanaian management and marketing consulting firm, provides clients with management consulting solutions and advice. Dibest Consult… Continue

Added by Sebastian Vlugt on December 3, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Wanted: Full time journalist/editor in Accra - Ghana

For our operations in Accra, Ghana we have a vacancy for a

Full time journalist/editor

We are looking for:

- A young, ambitious journalist

- Specialized in African Business

- English speaking (preferably bi-lingual with French or Portuguese)

- Familiar with market research

- Ready to learn and work hard

- A communicator with open mind

The job is about:

- Publishing on African Business


Added by Sebastian Vlugt on November 4, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Liberia: New life for old rubber trees

IRIN NEWS. At first glance it looks like a fully grown tropical forest, but among the thick undergrowth, the trees still stand in lines, their trunks deeply scarred. This was once a productive rubber plantation; now it is part of Liberia’s estimated 600,000ha of overgrown and moribund rubber farms.

To fell the trees and clear the land for replanting means backbreaking labour, followed by a long wait until the new trees grow big enough to be tapped. But for a Canadian renewable… Continue

Added by Sebastian Vlugt on June 21, 2010 at 8:37pm — No Comments

Ghana: Soccer-nomics and material prosperity: understanding the psychology of a nation

By J. Atsu Amegashie. "Why do Ghanaians expect our football to be world class but not our political leadership?" This was a question posed to me by a friend.

After a 1-1 draw against Australia at the on-going world cup in South Africa, Ghana's Black Stars moved to the top of group D with four points. Yet, most Ghanaians were not happy with the performance of the Black Stars; we want to be one of the best soccer nations in the world. Some were even outraged at the disappointing… Continue

Added by Sebastian Vlugt on June 21, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Opening speech First Accra Business Networking Event

Golden Tulip Hotel Accra

20 May 2010

Ladies and gentlemen, a big welcome to you all.

You have come from all kinds of places, next to Ghana that is: Benin, Nigeria, South Africa, Germany, The Netherlands, UK, USA and Canada.

A special welcome to my friend Arjen Westra, who flew in all the way from Nairobi, Kenya.

My name is Bas… Continue

Added by Sebastian Vlugt on May 20, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Wanted: Full time webmaster in Ghana

Africa Business Communities is opening office in… Continue

Added by Sebastian Vlugt on May 7, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Wanted: Freelance reporters in Ghana with expertise on African Oil & Mining

For a paid assignment in the UK Africa Interactive is searching for:

Experienced freelance reporters in Ghana

with expertise on

African Oil & Mining

Are you qualified and interested? Please send your CV as soon as possible to Seb Vlugt:

Do you know qualified reporters who might be interested? Please forward this… Continue

Added by Sebastian Vlugt on May 7, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

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Ghana's economy to get major boost from World Bank

The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today approved US$150 million budget support for Ghana.

Russia, Ghana to cooperate in energy production

Petroleum Minister Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah and Mr Alexander Novak, Russia’s Energy Minister, have pledged to continue facilitating the cooperation between Ghanaian and Russian companies in the area of energy and petroleum.

Ghana ready to set up Export and Import Bank

President John Dramani Mahama on Monday stated that the establishment of a Ghana Export and Import Bank (EXIM) would move the country from import-dependent to a large-scale exporter.

[Ghana] Coca-Cola celebrates 100yrs of iconic contour bottle

Beverage giant Coca-Cola Bottling Company has celebrated a century of its iconic bottle, the bottle which has been the unique selling point for the brand.

World Bank Ghana's Country Director Bows Out

The country director of the World Bank for Ghana, Yusupha B. Crookes, is set to move out after almost three years of service in Ghana.

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