How Feasibility Studies Help Your Business to Succeed

[Monitor] A friend has some money and a vague idea of business to invest in. How does he determine his next course of action? Many people will proceed to start the business basing on the assurance of a friend who tells them, “With such a business you c…

[Monitor] A friend has some money and a vague idea of business to invest in. How does he determine his next course of action? Many people will proceed to start the business basing on the assurance of a friend who tells them, "With such a business you can never go wrong." Never mind that the person giving the assurance may have no knowledge or experience of the business.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Awany Hoping to Take His Opportunity With Cranes

[Monitor] Kampala -KCCA defensive pillar Timothy Awany is determined to show he remains an important player for the Uganda Cranes as it prepares for the Afcon engagement in Gabon this monTimothy Awany (R) is challenged by David Kizza in a domestic league game. Photo by Ismail Kezaala  th.

[Monitor] Kampala -KCCA defensive pillar Timothy Awany is determined to show he remains an important player for the Uganda Cranes as it prepares for the Afcon engagement in Gabon this monTimothy Awany (R) is challenged by David Kizza in a domestic league game. Photo by Ismail Kezaala  th.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Zambia Sets Indaba For $6 Billion Batoka Gorge

Zambia will next month hold a High Level Regional Investment Conference to mobilise resources for the Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Power Scheme which is estimated to cost US$ 6 Billion and produce 2, 400 Mega Watts to be shared equally … Continued

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Zambia will next month hold a High Level Regional Investment Conference to mobilise resources for the Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Power Scheme which is estimated to cost US$ 6 Billion and produce 2, 400 Mega Watts to be shared equally between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Zambia’s Finance Minister Felix Mutati has disclosed that among the speakers at the Batoka Regional Investment Conference will be The President of The African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina. In May, 2016, Zambia hosted the 51st ADB Annual Meetings whose Theme was “Climate Change and Energy.†The conference will also attract Multilateral Development Financial Institutions (DFI’s), Bilateral Cooperating Partners and Local, Regional and Multinational Private Sector Organisations – with a view of marketing the financing requirements of the Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Power Scheme through the Independent Power Producer Arrangement (IPPA). Mr. Mutati recently attended the 34th session of the Zambezi River Authority Council of Ministers Meeting in Victoria Falls Town, Zimbabwe, where the Council considered a report by the Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Power Scheme transaction advisors, Ernst and Young, and mapped out a strategy on project development. The council comprises Ministers responsible Finance and Energy from Zambia and Zimbabwe. “During the construction phase, 6,000 jobs will be created and a further 1,200 permanent green jobs during the operational phase, split equally between both countries,†Mr. Mutati has said. The Zambian Minister of Finance has said, upon completion, “the project will significantly increase base load power exports to the regional Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) energy generation mix,†adding that, “it will also help address the power crisis by reducing load shedding and spurring additional investment in industrial development in the region.†Mr. Mutati affirmed that “the model being adopted will ensure that Batoka produces the cheapest power in Africa and so we are excited to get it going especially that the sovereign budgets of the two partner countries will not be affected since the project will be financed by the international market.†Meanwhile Zambia’s Energy Minister David Mabumba has said the Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Power Scheme is key to regional integration and an important component of the diversification and industrialisation drive which the Zambian Government has embarked upon. “To ensure that we increase our power pool for future uses and export, there is need for the Zambezi River Authority to think outside the box and explore solar and geo-thermo options for power generation,†commented Mr. Mabumba. And Zimbabwean Minister of Finance and Economic Development Patrick Chinamasa has expressed festive gratitude at the relations between Zambia and Zimbabwe, adding that, “feasibility studies for the project are now over so it is now time to step-up resource mobilisation for the Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Power Scheme.†“In the case of Kariba, we have found the money and rehabilitation of both the dam and the spillway will soon commence,†assured Mr. Chinamasa. The Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Power Scheme construction phase is expected to commence in 2017/2018 under an arrangement between Zambezi River Authority [co-owned by Zambia and Zimbabwe] and international financiers. The Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Power Scheme is expected to increase power generation capacity for Zambia and Zimbabwe by a sum of 2,400 Mega Watts. The site of the Batoka Gorge Hydro Power Scheme is located across the Zambezi River on the international boundary between the sovereign states of Zambia and Zimbabwe, 54 Kilometers downstream of the Victoria Falls. The existing Kariba Dam Hydro Electric Power Station is located upstream on the second largest man-made lake in the world, Kariba, and produces 1, 470 Mega Watts. To ensure smooth PREPARATORY WORKS, the World Bank administered multi-donor trust fund for Co-operation International Waters in Africa in 2016 allocated finances to the project through a grant of US$6 Million. The development of the project is in three phases. Part one involves updating engineering feasibility studies, carrying out of environmental impact assessment studies, and addressing institutional legal aspects of the project. Phase two comprises resource mobilisation and tendering while phase three will involve financing support works related to construction and commissioning. The proposed scheme includes a 181- meter high dam, radial gated crest type spillway, and two underground power stations located in each country with installed capacity of 1, 200 Mega Watts EACH [Zambian side and Zimbabwean side]. MINISTRY OF FINANCE The post Zambia Sets Indaba For $6 Billion Batoka Gorge appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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South Sudan Economy Gets U.S.$ 105 Billion Budget Support

[Monitor] Kampala -South Sudan President Salva Kiir has received an offer of $105 billion (Shs378 trillion) for budget and project support from a Luxembourg-based investment fund, three years after donors turned off the aid taps following the outbreak …

[Monitor] Kampala -South Sudan President Salva Kiir has received an offer of $105 billion (Shs378 trillion) for budget and project support from a Luxembourg-based investment fund, three years after donors turned off the aid taps following the outbreak of war in the world's youngest nation.

source: AllAfrica News: South Sudan

Museveni Urged Not to Intervene in Kasese Massacre Trials

[Monitor] Kasese -Kasese District NRM executive chaired by former Defence minister Dr Crispus Kiyonga has asked President Museveni not to shield suspects in the Rwenzururu violence from prosecution if lasting peace is to prevail in the mountain region.

[Monitor] Kasese -Kasese District NRM executive chaired by former Defence minister Dr Crispus Kiyonga has asked President Museveni not to shield suspects in the Rwenzururu violence from prosecution if lasting peace is to prevail in the mountain region.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Kambwili Toasts 48th Birthday With PF Flavoured Cake

Former Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili was a little cryptic in his birthday message as he posted cake with the Patriotic Front all over it. Kambwili is currently in a multi faceted war in the ruling PF with Luanshya Mayor Nathan … Continued

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Former Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili was a little cryptic in his birthday message as he posted cake with the Patriotic Front all over it. Kambwili is currently in a multi faceted war in the ruling PF with Luanshya Mayor Nathan Chanda on one side while in a larger battle he is fighting new comers in the ruling party that he believes have knocked off old timers off the gravy train. Below is what the Roan Member of Parliament posted: Today is my birthday. First of all I would like to thank the almighty for adding another year, birthdays are extremely special and we are blessed to see the years go by. A big thank you to my children for organising such a thoughtful cake, my passion and drive baked into a cake, what a wonderful gesture. The post Kambwili Toasts 48th Birthday With PF Flavoured Cake appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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There Has Been a Dramatic Shift in the African Media Landscape

[Vanguard] Eloine Barry is a trusted multiskilled and multilingual communication professional. With a proven track record in building and managing PR businesses, Eloine understands the importance of a strong narrative, clear messages and a compelling d…

[Vanguard] Eloine Barry is a trusted multiskilled and multilingual communication professional. With a proven track record in building and managing PR businesses, Eloine understands the importance of a strong narrative, clear messages and a compelling delivery. Her knowledge skills of the global PR industry and key trends affecting communications practice was honed from her early starts in PR Newswire, a leading news agency based in New York. Her specialization on the media landscape in Africa has helped shape a direc

source: AllAfrica News: Cote d'Ivoire

Presidency Begins Payment of N5,000 Monthly Stipend to Poor Nigerians in 9 States

[Vanguard] More than one year after it came on board, the president Mohammadu Buhari led administration has commenced payment of N5,000 monthly stipends it promised to poor Nigerians.

[Vanguard] More than one year after it came on board, the president Mohammadu Buhari led administration has commenced payment of N5,000 monthly stipends it promised to poor Nigerians.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria