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Ghana’s Roberta Annan To Launch €100 Million New Investment Fund For Africa At 2018 Paris Peace Forum In Partnership With UN ITC & EU

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On November 12th 2018, the Ethical Fashion Initiative alongside African Fashion Fund and the European Commission (EC) will launch a ‘one hundred million euro fund’ (100million) the Impact Fund For Africa (IFFA) a new investment fund supporting African creatives working in the fashion and lifestyle industries.

Launching in Paris during the Paris Peace Forum, an initiative by French President Emmanuel Macron, with the attendance of over 84 Heads of States, The United Nations Secretary General and many dignitaries, the proposed fund will address the investments needed to leverage the power of creative and cultural industries to expand the social capital of Sub-Saharan African countries and thus contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, as well promote inclusive growth in these economies.

The Impact Fund for Africa (IFFA) will be managed by Roberta Annan Capital Partners (RACP) with members from the EFI serving as non-exec board members and managing the sustainability committee, which will contribute to the mobilisation of private capital for the financing of investments in support of the African creative and lifestyle industry.

For over ten years the Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) has invested in refining production systems that enable production with community groups of micro-entrepreneurs in target countries. Working in the luxury and lifestyle sectors supporting international companies such as Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney source high-quality and ethically-produced artisanal goods from some of the developing world’s most difficult environments.
AFF Founder, Roberta Annan says: “I am thrilled about this partnership with the EFI and the EU. I believe it will give African brands the indispensable funding and resources to participate competitively in the global fashion economy.”

EFI Chief Technical Advisor, Simone Cipriani says: “We are incredibly excited to launch this investment fund for Africa knowing the direct impact this investment will have on the growth of creative industries in Sub-Saharan Africa. To launch this at the Paris Peace Forum is fitting – ethical work, provides an alternative path for hundreds of thousands of people living in poverty, while lifting the continent’s vibrant creative sector.”

Showcasing the direct impact and potential of the fund, the fund will be launched on the 12th November (15:15-16:00, Press Room) with the presence of Ms. Roberta Annan, Managing Partner of Roberta ANNAN CAPITAL PARTNERS, Founder of the African Fashion Fund (AFF) and M. Simone CIPRIANI, Founder and Chief Technical Advisor of the Ethical Fashion Initiative (ITC). This launch will include a unique fashion show featuring three leading African designers on the 13th November (13-13:30, Agora), immediately followed by an interactive press-pitch led by Ms. ANNAN and Ms. Marjeta JAGER, Deputy-Director of the Development Office for International Cooperation (EC). The African designers selected to present their work are:

• Duaba Serwa – a contemporary Ghanaian fashion brand founded in 2011, the brand has been featured on CNN, Forbes, Vogue Italia and Deutsch Welle;

• Sophie Zinga – a socially conscious womenswear brand featuring hand-woven Senegalese cloth and semi precious stones;

• Chocolate by Kwaku Bediako – A Ghanaian fashion brand which draws inspiration from the rich Ghanaian culture, lifestyle, taste and preferences.

The chocolate brand has grown rapidly in this past few years due to detailing, passion to become the best custom made menswear fashion brand in Ghana.

Allocations for the proposed fund will come from private business and institutional sectors (family offices and foundations), with a component of seed funding and guarantee instruments from the EU and other international organizations. The private capital will be mobilised by EFI and AFF through institutional investors and private companies that will participate in investments. The fund seeks to create an investment potential to cover the gap between public intervention and business reality in the creative and fashion sectors of Sub-Saharan Africa.

About African Fashion Fund (AFF)
The African Fashion Fund (AFF), part of the Roberta Annan Capital Partners (RACP), focuses on education and capacity building for African brands. RACP is a registered Mauritius Company with subsidiaries to be registered in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Luxembourg. RACP focuses on Wealth Management and Impact investments. It has an Impact Investment portfolio, Frallain Group, a UK registered entity that provides risk capital to African brands and incorporates social iimpact within their brands ethos, providing a platform with industry experts in fashion, sales and distribution, PR and communication for the commercialization of these brands.

About the Ethical Fashion Initiative
The Ethical Fashion Initiative is a flagship programme of the International Trade Centre, a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation. The Ethical Fashion Initiative enables artisans living in urban and rural poverty to connect to top luxury lifestyle brands. The Initiative also works with the rising generation of fashion talent from Africa, encouraging the forging of fulfilling creative collaborations with artisans on the continent. The Ethical Fashion Initiative projects in Burkina Faso, Mali, Afghanistan are funded by the European Union. 2019 will mark the beginning of a new and innovative project, in Central Asia, East and West Africa.

About the Paris Peace Forum
The Paris Peace Forum is an independent NGO, formed in 2018 after the original impetus came from President Macron in the summer of 2017. The first edition of the Paris Peace Forum (11-13 November 2018) will be inaugurated by Heads of State and Government, or their representatives, from the 84 countries invited by the President of the French Republic to participate in the commemorations alongside other political leaders invited for the occasion

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For more information
ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative
Chloé Mukai E: [email protected]
W: www.ethicalfashioninitative.org
F acebook: ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative
Instagram: @ethicalfashion
Twitter: @_ethicalfashion

African Fashion Fund
Bose Anaboye E: [email protected]
W: www.africanfashionfund.com
Instagram: africanfashionfund
Twitter: FashionFundAFR

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KNUST Petroleum Engineering Students Visit Rigworld Training Centre

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Final year students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) over the week paid a familiarization tour of the ultra-modern Rigworld Training Centre (RTC) located at Kejebil in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region.

The students, who were all from the Petroleum Engineering Department of the KNUST paid the visit to the training centre to expose them to hands-on practical knowledge and experience of safety training in the oil and gas as well as other areas within the extractive industry.

Senior Instructor at the RTC, Gina Donn observed the centre had invested heavily in building advanced simulators to provide realistic training focused on safety as well as building local capacity.

We deliver more than textbook theory. RTC is an asset that would help increase safety and productivity in the extractive industry while building local capacity, skills and development, she said.

Bismark Odame, Quality Health, Safety and Environmental Advisor at the RTC, who doubles as Health, Safety and Environment Instructor emphasized the centre had excelled in providing a wide-range of client focused safety training services and products to offshore and mining companies.

He said, We plan and tailor training to the reality of the people we train. The company believes in constant development, improving its training and facilities all the time.

Assistant Research Fellow at the Petroleum Engineering Department of the KNUST, Anthony Hammer explained the rationale for their visit.

They are final year students and very soon they would go to the job market so they are embarking on the tour to be exposed to the other aspects or components which is the field work, Hammer remarked.

He expressed satisfaction saying the purpose for their visit had been achieved as the students were exposed to the practical aspect of the theories they have been learning at school.

KNUST Petroleum Engineering Students Visit Rigworld Training Centre

The KNUST Assistant Fellow stated, They have learnt that before working in an offshore facility, you need to obtain the minimum safety standard from a certified organization. They have also been educated on other safety issues in the offshore oil and gas business.

The Rigworld Training Centre, which is an indigenous Ghanaian company with International Standards Organization (ISO) 9001:2015 Oil and Gas accredited safety training centre offers safety training services to organizations in the offshore oil and gas industry.

The centre is fully equipped with advanced simulators, helipad and water survival training pool, medical centre, prime onsite accommodation, a restaurant and a fitness centre.

The RTC can boast of top international training experts with operational experience who had been selected to lead the programs which also includes Lifting Competence Training.

Among the Health and Safety Environment (HSE) courses the centre offers include Basic Offshore Safety Induction Emergency Training (BOSIET), Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) and Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System.

The rest are National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) as well as Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Enditem

Kindly take a tour at the plush Rigworld Training Centre

Source: News Ghana

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Photos: CapeMay Properties Unveils “209 Signature Apartments”.

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Capemay Properties a subsidiary of the Kasapreko Group Limited has unveiled an audacious 209-room apartments projects codenamed, ‘’The Signature Apartment’’ at a ceremony in Accra, Ghana.

CAPEMAY Properties, a full services Real Estate Company focused on delivering quality buildings at competitive prices, good rental yield for investors and excellent customer service is the first real estate company under the conglomerate Kasapreko Group which is seeking to give Accra’s growing urban population the opportunity to own decent and rewarding accommodation properties.

The 209-room apartment will be built by Italian construction firm Michelleti Group and expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2021.

Addressing an impressive ceremony of businessmen, journalists and members of the hospitality industry at the plush Kempinski GoldCoast City Hotel, The Managing Director of the Company Eunice Adjei-Bonsu said, the project was inspired by the Group Chairman Dr Kwabena Adjei’s philosophy for excellence. She added that, her outfit has passion to redefine urban living and make an indelible mark on Accra’s skyline.

‘’ Our concept for the signature apartments is very different from what other real estate companies offer to the Ghanaian market. We are offering our clients sophisticated amenities. The Signature Apartment offers you everything at your fingertips. We seek to deliver to our clients an apartments which guarantees return on investments for continued years’’ Mrs Adjei Bonsu added.

The Signature Apartment is a finesse styled, luxurious properties equipped to deliver service point of view from a concierge service and in-residence dining to a dedicated residential management team offering unmatched customer service to its clients.

Amenities include; roof top swimming pool and bar, fitness center and steam room,. Others are a Lawn tennis court, Ballet and Yoga studio, Library Movie theater, Bowling alley, hair and nail salon, and a 24 -hours security service,

The rest are Private underground parking, Ground level swimming pool, Indoor and Outdoor playground, Spa, Karaoke studio, Cafe ,restaurants, Corporate meeting rooms, Pharmaceutical drugstore, grocery stores as well as concierge services which completes its state of the art status.

The property’s starting price is from US$ 64500 studio apartment to $300,000 bedroom and penthouse apartment.

The amenities will be fitted by global player, Bosch electronics and its country director has promised a top class furnishing of the property and aims for a longer and robust retrofitting systems.

The Founder and Group Chairman of Kasapreko Company ltd, Dr. Kwabena Adjei in his remarks said, his philosophy for quality has been his hall mark and the launch of the Signature Apartments is to change the real estate marketing by providing a unique service which are missing in the real estate environment in Ghana.

Dr, Adjei stressed that, Capemay’s overall objective is to provide quality, decent rewarding and affordable homes for Ghana’s growing middle class. He further invited investors to take advantage of Ghana’s growing economy.

The concept is inspired by Ghana’s Adinkra symbol ‘Mframadan’ which denotes strength and sturdiness. The architecture is unlike anything found on the African continent. It is a highly ambitious and intriguing development, aimed at representing the pinnacle of refined African living providing location, leisure and luxury- A hallmark of African Excellence.

With its unique design the signature apartments is located at Tetteh Quarshie-Circle opposite the Accra Mall. It is ten minutes’ drive from the Kotoka International Airport. The property provides easy access to the city’s central business district.

The signature residence is luxury with sophistication, rising 13 stories and offering panoramic views, our unique property offers owners unparalleled service and amenities rich life style, featuring exquisite residence designated to meet the most discerning needs of its clients.

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Nana Appiah Expresses Disappointment In His Friends And Associates.

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Nana Appiah Mensah’s empire is near a collapse as he battles his way through his tough times with the regulatory authorities (BOG and SEC).

This is no news, but, the silence of his friends and associate sounds troubling as he laments of being left alone in this struggle. Could he also be suffering from the popular saying, ”no money no friends”. Who are these friends and associates if I may ask.

In the late hours of today, the business executive took to his Instagram page to register his displeasure amidst treats by his customers to stage a demonstration as they are not happy with how things are going with respect to the payment of their investment dividend and principal.

He stated categorically that he will live with the shock at the silence of his friends and associates and not the temporary slay of his foes and asked his detractors to seek the facts and gave a little insight into the operations of Menzgold for the past five years.

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South African Airways Cargo Makes Difference In Lives Of Needy Children This Festive Season.

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South African Airways (SAA) freight division, SAA Cargo (SAAC), is the proud airfreight partner of The Love Quilt Project (LQP), the US-based non-profit organization that helps vulnerable children in South Africa and the US.

As part of being a responsible corporate citizen SAAC when contacted once again by LQP through its New York office, jumped at the opportunity to extend a helping hand to the less fortunate.

As a result, SAAC recently transported over 100 handmade quilts from the US on behalf of LQP. Many of these quilts were handed over in Pretoria to children who are orphaned and affected by the HIV/Aids pandemic on November 17, 2018. More quilts will be given to children in the Western Cape on Saturday, November 24th.

SAAC is a specialist division of South African Airways, focusing on freight movement worldwide. It makes use of the belly space of SAA’s passenger aircraft and its dedicated Boeing B737-300 freighters.

Justice Luthuli, SAAC’s General Manager (Acting) says, “SAA Cargo has a long-standing relationship with The Love Quilt Project and is proud to be associated with an organization that makes a great impact on many children’s lives. In 2016, we were honored to have supported LQP by helping to bring their quilts to South Africa. We consider it a privilege to have once again partnered with the organization to bring hope and show love to these children through the beautifully handmade quilts.”

SAAC, in partnership with LQP, has transported over 400 quilts over the past five years for the benefit of the children.

Gretchen Ginnerty, President of LQP says, “LQP uses the healing power of love to change the lives of vulnerable and orphaned South African children, many of them affected by HIV and AIDS.”

“American children send messages of love expressed through art to brighten lives and help heal these children. These messages are created on fabric squares stitched into beautiful quilts that are given to children in need. LQP teaches tolerance and compassion, and through this initiative, the children are taught about the healing power of love and its ability to positively impact the world,” explained LQP President.

“This project is in line with our belief that, ‘love is the common thread that binds us all together as humans,’” Gretchen concluded. In a spirit of reciprocity, the South African children receive this same lesson before they receive their quilts and also create art squares for quilts to be given to American children affected by HIV/AIDS.

South African Airways (SAA) is the leading carrier in Africa, serving 57 destinations, in partnership with SA Express, Airlink, and its low-cost carrier, Mango, within South Africa and across the continent, and nine intercontinental routes from its Johannesburg hub.

Source: SAA Group Corporate Affairs

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