Africa.com reviews African Union Expo

African-Union-Expo-3-1024x768For an inside look at Go Africa Network and African Union Expo LLC’s first annual African Union Expo, which also featured the U.S. Small Business Administration’s InnovateHER competition for female entrepreneurs, check out this blog post on Africa.com highlighting the event’s themes!

Here is an excerpt from the review:

At its core, the event organizers—African Union Expo LLC and Go Africa Network—sought to provide a platform for businessmen and political leaders from across Africa and the United States to exchange news and views on promoting trade and investment opportunities across a variety of sectors.

Participants got to partake in breakout sessions on key topics pertaining to entrepreneurs including understanding the importance of a business plan, developing a marketing plan, using technology licensing and joint ventures and preparing for e-commerce.

But what struck me was that they had subtly started a new trend. Although the competition is in its second year, it is the first time it was hosted as a live event in Manhattan and New York City. As soon as the competition started, it was clear right away that the event was all about the women.

Go Africa® Ginjan® Berry Martini or Go Africa® GingerBerry Martini (new)

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Ingredients: 

Teisseire French Syrup all natural Raspberry Syrup

Premium vodka

Ginjan® Premium brand organic ginger juice

Directions:

In a Collins glass, add a ¼ ounce Teisseire French Syrup all natural Raspberry Syrup; fill with ice and add 2 ounces of premium vodka and 4 ounces of Ginjan® brand ginger juice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass.  Enjoy!

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Addis Ababa — The President of the United States of America Barack Obama will on Tuesday 28 July 2015, pay an official visit to the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

President Obama will be the first U.S. President to ever visit the African Union.

Upon arriving to the AU Headquarters, President Obama will hold a bilateral meeting with the African Union Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Commissioners.

 President Obama is also due to deliver a speech to the continent from the Nelson Mandela Hall at the AU Conference Centre, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Doctor-on-demand service Pager raised the funds from the movie star’s venture-capital fund and another investment group.

Pager a Manhattan-based doctor-on-demand service, has raised $14 million in Series A funding from Maryland-based New Enterprise Associates and Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures.

The funding will be used to expand to cities outside New York, including San Francisco within two months, and to upgrade the company’s technology, said co-founders Gaspard de Dreuzy and Philip Eytan. Mr. de Dreuzy and Mr. Eytan founded the company in May 2014 with Oscar Salazar, a co-founder of Uber. Other investors in the round included Goodwater Capital, Lux Capital and Montage Ventures.

The service, available in all five boroughs, gives patients the option of forgoing the emergency room or an urgent-care center and summoning a doctor for a house call for treatment of, for example, common infections such as bronchitis. A home visit costs $50 for first-time users and $200 thereafter. Patients can consult a doctor by phone for $25 and exchange text messages with photos in the case of a condition such as a rash or insect bite.

The goal, said Mr. de Dreuzy, is delivering care at the time and place that people need it.

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A new agreement has been signed between Kenya and the United States increasing Visa validity period for Kenyans travelling to the US to five years.

This will be welcome news to students, temporary visitors, business people and tourists travelling to the US as they have been hitherto restricted to a one year visa period.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) allowing a Visa duration was among four separate agreements signed on Friday between the two countries aimed at deepening bilateral relations.

 The agreements were signed between Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ms Amina Mohamed and US Secretary of Commerce Ms Penny Pritzker.

The extension of Visa validity period has been among the leading concerns from Kenyans who had appealed for a consideration between the two governments.

The two countries also signed pacts on infrastructure development and health during a ceremony at Harambee House. Read more

The Go Africa® Punch

Go Africa® Punch

Recipe by Ibrahima &  Mohammed Diallo

Ingredients:

Premium rum

Orange bitters

Ginjan® Premium brand organic ginger juice

Directions:

Fill a rocks glass filled with ice, add 3 dashes of Orange bitters, add 2oz of premium spiced rum, stir with a cocktail spoons, then fill with Ginjan®  Premium brand organic ginger juice and stir until very cold. Garnish with a cherry and orange stick. Enjoy!

The Ginjan® martini

Ginjan® martini

Receipe by Ibrahima &  Mohammed Diallo

Ingredients: 

4-5 mint leaves

Agave syrup (preferably organic)

Premium vodka

Ginjan® Premium brand organic ginger juice

Directions:

In a Collins glass, muddle mint with a couple of dashes of agave syrup;; fill with ice and add 2 ounces of premium vodka and 4 ounces of Ginjan® brand ginger juice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a fresh mint leave, by smacking the mint leave flat to release the aromas and floating it on top of the cocktails. Enjoy

 

 

Go Africa® Martini

Ingredients: 

Papaya  or Mango Juice (preferably organic)

Premium vodka (Grey Goose® or similar premium vodka)

Ginjan® Premium brand organic ginger juice

Directions:

In a Collins glass, add a ¼ ounce of Papaya  or Mango Juice; fill with ice and add 2 ounces of premium vodka and 4 ounces of Ginjan® brand ginger juice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass.  Enjoy!

Go Africa® Martini

Go Africa® Martini

The Go Africa® Martini

The Go Africa® Martini

warned that a delay would have caused significant disruption to the export cycle and endangered tens of thousands of jobs in Africa

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The US government has granted a long-term extension to a major US-Africa trade programme on 29 June, a move welcomed by African textile and apparel manufacturers.

President Obama signed into law a bill reauthorising the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) for another 10 years. Since 2001, the non-reciprocal trade programme has allowed more than 6,400 items from around 40 sub-Saharan African countries to be imported into the US without duties or quotas.

The African textile and apparel sector, one of the main beneficiaries of the scheme, had urged the US government to proceed with the extension of AGOA well ahead of its expiration in September. Industry bodies warned that a delay would have caused significant disruption to the export cycle and endangered tens of thousands of jobs in Africa.

US imports of apparel manufacturing products from Agoa countries dropped by 5.6 percent to $225m in the first quarter of 2015, according to the latest available statistics from the US Department of Commerce. More decline is expected for third quarter of the year, according to Paul Ryberg, president of the African Coalition for Trade, a US organisation which represents African companies mostly in the textile and apparel sector and that has lobbied for the extension of Agoa.

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Writing in the journal Science

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Researchers have announced an advance that could double the capacity of fiber-optic circuits, potentially opening the way for networks to carry more data over long distances while significantly reducing their cost.

Writing in the journal Science on Thursday, electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego proposed a way to extend the range that beams of laser light in fiber-optic glass wires can travel and, in theory, achieve that dramatic improvement.

One way to understand the challenge of sending data through fiber-optic circuits is to imagine a person shouting to someone else down a long corridor. As the listener moves farther away, the words become fainter and more difficult to discern as they echo off the walls.

A similar challenge confronts the designers of networks that carry data. Beams of laser light packed densely in fiber-optic glass wires need to be both amplified and recreated at regular intervals to send them thousands of miles. The process of converting the optical ones from light to electricity and then back again is a significant part of the cost of these networks. The process also limits how much data they can carry. Read more