Jul 15, 2021

Ethiopian Airlines Cargo and Logistics Services and Liege Airport have announced that they have renewed their long standing partnership agreement until 2026.

Liege Airport, Belgium’s largest cargo airport and the 6th largest cargo airport in Europe, will continue to be Ethiopian Airlines cargo hub serving as a freighter gateway between Africa and Europe for the next five years. Ethiopian Airlines Cargo and Logistics Services, Africa’s largest cargo network operator, has been working with Liege airport for its freighter operations between Africa and Europe.

Ethiopian Airlines Cargo and Logistics Services Acting Managing Director, Mr. Enquanhone Minyashal said “We are glad to have renewed our partnership agreement with our long-standing partner airport at a time when we are registering tremendous growth in our cargo destinations and capacity. In collaboration with Liege Airport, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services has been providing fast and secure cargo transportation service across Europe and beyond for the last 15 years of successful cooperation. In the next five years, we will work to transform our freighter operation to serve Europe better with our renewed commitment with Liege Airport. As the largest pan African carrier, Ethiopian Airlines will continue to strengthen its partnership with Liege Airport to boost its freighter operations between Africa and Europe.”

Steven Verhasselt, VP Commercial of Liege Airport said “First of all, Liege Airport would like to congratulate Ethiopian Airlines and all its staff and partners a very happy 75th birthday. It is with great pride that we are part of the Ethiopian’s success story for almost 15 years and LGG will continue to be Ethiopian Airline’s cargo hub in Europe. Looking back from the start to where we are today, Ethiopian has already operated 15,000 freighter flights into LGG, approaching an incredible 1 Million Tonnes of cargo carried. Still, Steven Verhasselt highlights, this is the past and can be considered as a very impressive start. Today, we celebrate the future. Ethiopian and

LGG have renewed their partnership agreement that not only confirms the European Cargo hub in LGG for the next 5 years but also states that Ethiopian will become much more than an airline flying into LGG. In the future a dedicated cargo hub can be established in Liege North, for which Ethiopian was the launch customer to start with. We are very much looking forward to this next step that will help Ethiopian to serve its customers even better. More than ever, LGG will be the hub for Ethiopian and the main freighter gateway between Africa and Europe.”

According to the African Airlines Association’s (AFRAA) report, Ethiopian has been ranked first by passenger and cargo traffic in 2020. Ethiopian carried 500 thousand tons of freight and 5.5 million passengers through its main hub, Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

Ethiopian recently has been honored with gold award for the volume of cargo transported to and from Guangdong Airport in 2020 by Logistics of Guangdong Airport Authority Co. Ltd. during the seminar held in 2021 in Guangzhou. On the same month, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services won the World Air Cargo Customer Care Award 2021 during the virtual Air Cargo Weeks Award program held on 05 May 2021.

Ethiopian has been contributing in saving the world during this pandemic. So far, the airline has operated 450+ charter flights of PPE shipment to combat COVID 19 and transported more than 30 million doses of vaccine to more than 24 countries.

 Source: www.aviationghana.com

Jul 12, 2021

1.The unit price of the Antonov An-225 Mriya is between US$200million and US$250million.

2. The term Mriya refers to the word dream or inspiration in English.

3. It is bigger than an Airbus 380 airliner and the Boeing 747 Freighter.

4. The An-225 Mriya can fly at a maximum speed of 850km/h.”

5. It requires at least six crew: pilot, co-pilot, two flight engineers, navigator, and radio operator.

6. It is designed as a Strategic Airlift Cargo Aircraft.

7. It has a passenger capacity of 70.

8. It was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Ukrainian SSR within the Soviet Union during the 1980s.

9. Only one remains in operation

10. The Antonov An-225 Mriya the heaviest fixed wing aircraft in the world to carry 640t of cargo.

Ghana is one of the few countries where the aircraft has successfully transported strategic cargo.


Jul 12, 2021

For the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to achieve its main objectives of creating a single market for goods and services, promote industrial development and sustainable and inclusive socio-economic growth, African governments have been advised to embrace digitisation heavily.

Eric Osiakwan, the Managing Partner of Chanzo Capital, gave the advice when he spoke at a Business Executive Breakfast Series organised by MTN themed ‘Accelerating SME Growth and Development: The Role of Digitisation’.

“Digital breaks barriers, digital solves corruption, digital creates enablement, and digital creates effectiveness and efficiency. So, there are so many benefits that if governments put their heads to – and begin to drive their economies toward – digitisation, it is going to create a strong, enabling environment that drives a lot of the entrepreneurship needed; which will create a lot of incentives entrepreneurs need to lead the solutions that will push the economies forward,” Mr. Osiakwan stated.

Speaking from his base in Kenya, he urged Africa governments to create the needed enabling environment for digitisation, which he observed will prove very critical to the success or otherwise of the continental free trade area.

For decades, regional integration in Africa has been hampered by the lack of political will exhibited by member-states, political instability, the multiplicity of memberships to Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and inadequate funding.

According to the African Union (AU), intra-African trade is estimated to increase by 52.3 percent (US$34.6billion) under the AfCFTA.

The free trade area will cover a market of 1.2 billion people and a gross domestic product (GDP) of US$2.5trillion across 54 member-states. The continental trading bloc is expected to be the world’s largest free trade area since the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) formation in terms of the number of participating states.

Ghana in 2020 handed over the secretariat of AfCFTA to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, at a ceremony in Accra.

Touching on the theme ‘Accelerating SME Growth and Development: The Role of Digitisation’, Mr. Osiakwan stressed that African governments need to create a policy framework for innovation so that the continent’s young entrepreneurs can envision creating new solutions to existing problems.

“We have seen a strong optimisation within the private sector, so it begs the question that if government were to become a strong enabler, would you have more companies and more opportunities in that area?” he stated.

Meanwhile, he commended the government of Ghana for embracing digitisation.

On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of McDan Group, Dr. Daniel McKorley, stated that digitisation has “brought us closer to success than we can ever imagine”.

The MTN Business Executive Breakfast Series is a quarterly platform created by MTN to discuss issues and proffer solutions to challenges facing the economy across all its sectors: including health, education, technology, SMEs and many more.


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Jun 23, 2021

Flights from South Africa will remain suspended until July 6, Emirates Airline has said.

Daily passenger flights to Johannesburg will operate but outbound services remain suspended.

In addition, passengers who have been to, or connected through, South Africa in the previous 14 days will not be permitted on any Emirates flights bound for Dubai.

The decision was “in line with government directives that restrict the entry of travellers originating from South Africa, into the UAE,” the airline said.


All Nigeria flights off

Passengers will also not be allowed to travel to, or from, Nigeria until further notice.

People travelling to and from Lagos and Abuja will not be accepted for travel, nor customers who have been to, or connected through, the West African country in the past 14 days.

Flights between the Emirates and Nigeria were first halted in March after a strain that was markedly more resistant to vaccines, similar to the South Africa strain, was detected.


India flights still back on

On Saturday, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster management said airlines were given the go-ahead to fly between India, Nigeria and South Africa from June 23.

Emirates said it would set out India flights soon, while Indian carriers were expected to put out flight details and tickets imminently.


Passengers from India will require a valid UAE visa to travel and must also have had both doses of a UAE approved Covid-19 vaccine.

They must also take a PCR test on arrival and agree to “institutional quarantine” until they receive the result. ( source: NUAE)


Jun 18, 2021
  • Operates to 124 destinations in July, close to 90% of pre-pandemic network
  • Restarts services to over half a dozen cities in coming month along with much anticipated launch of Miami
  • Expands A380 network to 15 cities operating 129 weekly services on 30 aircraft
  • Emirates is ramping up its operations and expanding services across its network to meet strong leisure travel demand over the summer, as entry restrictions ease for travellers.

The airline has been gradually and safely rebuilding its route network and advancing its strategy to optimise its presence in key markets to serve leisure and growing business travel demand, as well as segments of travellers visiting friends and relatives. Today, Emirates serves 115 global passenger destinations, and by the end of July, it will have recovered close to 90% of its pre-pandemic network, operating 880 weekly services across 124 cities.

The airline will resume services to seven cities in July including: Venice on 1 July; Phuket, Nice, Orlando and Mexico City on 2 July; Lyon on 9 July and Malta on 14 July. Emirates will also launch flights to Florida’s second largest city and one of the world’s most popular holiday spots, Miami, starting 22 July.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive said: “Emirates is committed to keeping Dubai, businesses and communities around the world connected and we are working hard to rebuild our network and secure access to more destinations in partnership with various authorities and stakeholders. We are encouraged by the latest developments as many countries have begun to turn the page and reopen for international visitors, and we are seeing strong signs of pent-up demand wherever restrictions have eased.

Emirates is nimbly matching up flight services and identifying opportunities to grow our footprint, and provide customers more opportunities to safely get where they want to go this summer, offering best-in-class service, greater convenience and more choice.”

More flights to top destinations

Across its network, the airline will boost capacity and expand its schedules by layering on frequencies for the summer, connecting more customers with popular destinations and adding more choice and convenience as they plan their long-awaited holidays.

Emirates will be adding frequencies to 12 cities across Europe, Africa and North America as more destinations re-open for international visitors, and offer quarantine free travel. Emirates destinations with enhanced schedules for July and August include: German cities Munich, Dusseldorf and Hamburg; Zurich; Vienna; Prague; Madrid; Stockholm; Brussels; Lisbon; Chicago and Tunis. In Europe, the airline currently flies to more than 30 cities in 20 countries including popular holiday destinations Greece, Spain, Italy, France and Malta, which offer quarantine free arrivals.

In the United States, with rapid vaccine rollouts and the reopening of air travel at a rate outpacing the world, Emirates will continue to build its presence. With the addition of Miami to its network in July, Emirates will operate over 70 weekly flights to the US, offering over 26,000 seats across 12 gateways including Boston, Chicago, New York (JFK and Newark), Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC and Orlando. The airline is also ramping up its trans-Atlantic operations Milan-New York and Athens-Newark to meet large passenger volumes and high demand across its premium cabins.

An expanded A380 summer network

Emirates will also boost its A380 network this summer, bringing its flagship experience to 15 cities on 129 weekly services. During the summer, the airline plans to activate over 30 of its A380s to augment its 151 strong fleet of Boeing 777s. The Emirates A380 experience continues to be sought after by customers, with many going out of their way to book their travel on an Emirates A380 for its signature products, spaciousness, quietness and unmatched levels of comfort.

Emirates will be deploying the A380 to the following cities during the summer period: Cairo, Jeddah, Amman, Guangzhou, London Heathrow, Manchester, Frankfurt, Vienna, Paris, Munich, Moscow, New York JFK, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Toronto. Stepping up of deployment of the A380 demonstrates the importance of the aircraft to Emirates’ recovery and growth strategy. The A380 ensures the efficient use of capacity on high demand routes, and enables Emirates to deliver its sought-after A380 experience to more customers, helping the airline to maintain its leadership position in key cities across its network.

Emirates customers can rest assured this summer while travelling that their health and safety continued to be a top priority with the latest health and safety measures in place. When flying out of Dubai, customers can take advantage of contactless technology at nearly every step of their journey for an added layer of safety. The airline will also be boosting its digital verification capabilities, providing its customers even more opportunities to utilise the IATA Travel Pass this summer, and customers flying out of Dubai can also enjoy a paperless experience when verifying their Covid-19 related medical records as part of the airline’s tie-up with the Dubai Health Authority.

Emirates leads the industry with customer centric solutions that make travel planning stress free with even more generous and flexible booking policies, an extension of its multi-risk insurance cover, and helping loyal customers retain their miles and tier status.

SOURCE: thebftonline.com

Jun 15, 2021

Takatso, the consortium picked to buy a majority stake in SAA, could raise its stake if the airline runs out of money, ensuring that the government is off the hook for any possible future recapitalisation efforts.

The consortium, which is made up of private equity infrastructure investment fund Harith and aircraft-leasing company Global Aviation, will own 51% of the shareholding in the airline, while the government will retain 49%.

Takatso, the black-owned private sector consortium selected as the government’s preferred strategic equity partner for SAA, has big plans for the airline, including a possible listing on the JSE in the next few years, as it looks to change the fortunes of the airline, which recently emerged from a 16-month business rescue process.

“If you consider the plans we have for SAA in the next three to five years and you consider the growth that is possible, we believe it will be a listable entity,” said consortium chairperson Tshepo Mahloele in an interview on Friday.

“It is an iconic brand that we should be able to use to promote more inclusivity. It will be part of the whole confidence-building exercise of getting the general populace to participate in the ownership of this iconic brand.” (SundayTimes/ BDaylive)


Jun 15, 2021


At the just ended Egyptian African Businessmen Association (EABA)’s African Women’s Conference organized under the theme: “the role of the African woman in promoting inter-regional trade post covid-19” held virtually on zoom with participants from most African countries and beyond; I made a strong business case for the African continent arguing it is about time African’s tell our own stories the African way.

Speaking on the topic the role of human resources in supporting African Businesswomen to boast intra continental trade post covid-19, it is vital to know decisive action from government, policy makers, stakeholders, entrepreneurs and all people of goodwill will support the realization of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and the African Unions agenda 2063.

This is because beyond the numbers and negotiations, we need decisive actions and collective efforts of the African people to reach this realization. We have all come to the acceptance that AfCFTA is a legal instrument which seeks to create a single market for Africa. Just as AfCFTA represents much more that trade integration, I believe it also seeks to promote that significant milestone journey to African’s integration and development serving as a catalyst for new ways of doing business, producing, working and trading within Africa and the rest of the world.

To appreciate the role of human resources in supporting African business women to boost continental trade post covid-19, you will agree with me that HR plays a key role in the developing, reinforcing and culture change of an organization. Remuneration (pay), performance management, training and development, recruitment and onboarding become great ways we seek to reinforce those values of the company as essential elements of our business culture.

The same way, to project clearly the new African business culture, we should be interested in good performance management indicators, great wealth generation and creation mechanism as means to supporting our own citizens to create and generate wealth from within the African continent where the grass is supposed to be greener always as a result of all the rich natural mineral resources available to the continent.

As it stands now, there is a worrying trend where we see owners of wealth and resources including but not limited to gold, diamond, cocoa and several other minerals leaving them to journey to the west to beg for support. Could it be that, we are unaware of our fortune and wealth? To create a positive and sustainable African centered agenda, it must be driven by African people who must be walked along the new African continental business culture discovery agenda I call it to appreciate the mission, vision and value statement of the leadership, in order to support drive that change. For us to attain that integrated, prosperous and peaceful African agenda driven by its own citizens, the African story must be told the African way.

As put forward by Walt Disney, you can design, create and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it takes people to make the dream a reality.There must be a conscious effort to promoting economic growth for the continent. To make this a reality for Africa, we must focus on the complete African-ization of our body, soul and mind. We have to start from the very basic things we do not see to be perhaps relevant.

Let’s take a look at our reading and learning materials used in educating our citizens. Who writes that African story for our use? Which personalities, heroes and celebrities do we print on our pupils learning and reading materials (exercise books) for use in our educational system? What efforts are made to document all our inventions and patents as original ideas from the African people for the African continent? We can increase the number of days we appear in our own local African print and attire to work to support create jobs for instance.

Economic growth as most economists will explain comes from increasing the quality and quantity of the factors of production which consist of the four broad types such as land, labour, capital and entrepreneurship. Beyond this, the two main sources of economic growth will be assessed from growth in the size of the workforce and growth in the productivity of that workforce where productivity could be a function of output per hour worked for that workforce.

To increase the overall size of the economy, only strong productivity growth can increase ourper capital GDP and income. As a result, we must work to support the transformative African agenda by calling on all and sundry to put hard work above all else as hard work never kills. In as such as a greater percentage of its employees will be pretending to be working most especially within the civil service space and others as governments and other employers also pretend to be paying. At the end of the day, the take home pay earned cannot take most of the workers home. A major cause for corruption and nepotism in our dear African continent.

The complete African-ization of our body, soul and mind should cause us to patronize our own products and services. The quality issues and branding agenda must be supported with policy measures to encourage start-ups and small businesses scalability efforts. We can as well consciously learn success stories from other African countries and apply. We do not always need to reinvent the wheel. Our best bet will be to tailor this success stories to fit our own contextual agenda.

This way, we will be supporting solve our unemployment issues. The subject matter on technical vocational education and training is of great importance to this discussion, coupled with the digitization and the awareness creation about the future of work conversation helping us to act local but thinking global will be a great step in the right direction to supporting us attain that new African brand.

Come to think of it, AfCFTA represents a major opportunity for countries to boost growth, reduce poverty and broaden economic inclusion. Implementing AfCFTA would lift 30 million Africans out of extreme poverty and boost the incomes of nearly 68 million others who live on less than $5.50 dollar a day. It will as well boost Africa’s income by $450 billion by 2035 representing a gain of 7% whiles adding $76 billion to the income of the rest of the world. Increasing Africa’s exports by $560 billion, mostly in manufacturing as well as promoting equal work for equal pay shooting lager wage gains for women (10.5%) than for men (9.9%) knowing when women win we all win as a society. AfCFTA implementation should boost wages for both skilled (10.3%) and unskilled workers (9.8%) as put forward by the World Bank.

The implementation should be able to support the African continent see the biggest improvements in countries with currently high poverty rates. A greater implementation of the agreement should see West Africa see the biggest decline from 12 million representing more than a third of the total for all African in the number of people living in extreme poverty. Same way, Central Africa would see a decline of 9.3 million, Eastern Africa for 4.8 million, Southern Africa for 3.9 million and countries with the highest initial poverty rates would see the biggest declines in poverty rates. Particularly for Guinea-Bissau, the rate would decline from 37.9% to 27.7%. Same for Mail, we will see a decline from 14.4% to 6.8% and for Togo we will see a decline from 24.1% to 16.9%.

It is great to realize also that, most employees may be jobless as a result of the covid-19 pandemic and its related job loss issues; but are not really worthless and must be treated with some respect and dignity. For fewer sectors facing job losses, government will need to be ready to support workers with adequate safety nets and policies to retain workers, and increase the readiness of the workforce to take advantage of new opportunities.

The digital agenda must be high on our drawing board as more jobs move online currently. We must as a people focus on the digital transformation strategies to creating jobs and contribute to achieving the set agenda 2063. We must remove barriers to innovation that prevents smaller firms from competing in the digital age.

Women and youth account for majority of the population as such concrete policy measure and investments are needed for them. Africa’s recovery from covid-19 must enhance Africa’s resilience. As a block, trade of all types of goods and services will support achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and the agenda 2063 of the African Union. As we anticipate trading under AfCFTA, the effective implementation of all the known factors will include support for women and the youth for us to succeed. The smartest thing to do is to invest in women and girls because when women success we all succeed.

To reduce poverty in sub Saharan African for instance, aside all known factors women must be allowed to become key decision-makers. This is because a world where we invest in girls and women looks prosperous, more economically stable and full of healthy mothers and newborns. This is the new Africa we want. Let’s support create that ideal Africa together. Join me pledge to telling the African story the African way.

Baptista is a human resource professional with a broad generalist background. Building a team of efficient & effective workforce is her business. Affecting lives is her calling! She is a Hybrid Professional, HR Generalist, strategic planner, innovative, professional connector and a motivator. You can reach her via e-mail on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You can follow this conversation on our social media pages Facebook / LinkedIn/ Twitter / Instagram: FoReal HR Services. I am on Instagram – Sarahtistagh |Twitter – Sarahtista Call or WhatsApp: +233(0)262213313. Follow the hashtag #theFutureofWorkCapsules #FoWC

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Jun 14, 2021

The African Fashion Foundation hosted the first of its kind Creative Industry Retreat in Accra. The event which was organized by the African Fashion Foundation coincided with the NGO’s 10-year existence and celebration of the International Year of the Creative Economy.

It attracted various industry players and stakeholders including fashion curators, designers, influencers and creatives from over 10 countries across the continent and the diaspora to connect and discuss ways of collaborating and pushing Africa’s creative industry forward.

Themed ‘Building a Sustainable Value Chain for Africa’s Creative Industry’ the three-day retreat was lined up with a series of curated activities including an arrival dinner, talk sessions, launch of sustainability project, visit to Kantamanto, luncheons, Industry Retreat Pop-up among others.

To welcome industry players and fashion stakeholders both locally and internationally, an arrival dinner was organized at Olma Colonial Suites on May 19, 2021. Hosted by Media Personality Vanessa Gyan and fashion curator Nuel Bans, it was a night of rich cultural display, amazing food, great ambience, great music, intriguing conversations and networking with top fashion icons and industry players across Africa and the diaspora including Nigeria, Ethiopia, Cote D’Ivoire, Senegal, Tanzania, UK, USA amongst others.

Ghanaian Entrepreneur and Founder of African Fashion Foundation, Roberta Annan noted that the main aim of the retreat was to get many creative African stalwarts together to discuss how they can align and work together to protect and create a sustainable future for the industry.

Addressing guests Roberta expressed: “10 years ago, I moved back to Africa with a dream to support Africa’s creative economy. The journey over the past ten years has been exciting yet challenging. When I started African Fashion Foundation, I had to fund projects myself without any support.

But I am proud of the strides we have been able to accomplish and the impact we have made. What you see tonight is the result of an idea my team and I came up with a few months ago and I am glad you were able to join us for such a historic event. I look forward to what the next ten years holds for Africa’s creative economy.”

Some of the personalities in attendance were Roberta Annan, African Fashion Foundation; Adama Paris of Adama Paristudio; Elie Kuame of Maison Elie Kuame; Emmanuel Okoro of Emmy Kasbit; Daniel Ilorin of Emmy Kasbit; Nisha Kanabar of Industrie Africa; Adebayo Oke-Lawal of Orange Culture; Mahlet Teklemariam of Adis Ababa Fashion Week; Writer & Humanitarian Rozan Ahmed; Fredericka Brooksworth of Fashion Scholar; Viola Labi founder of Woven Worldwide; Ebuka Omaliko of Omaliko Studios; Samuel Otteng of fashion design label, Otteng.

Others in attendance included Makeeba Boateng, Member of the Interim Board for Creative Arts under Ghana’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Arts & Founder of Fashion Forum Africa; Fashion icon and media personality KOD; Media Personality Dzifa Gray; CEO of Mi Prime Entertainment, P. Y. Addo-Boateng; Storyteller & Filmmaker Maame Adjei; Renown Fashion Writer, Ekow Barnes; Ghanaian fashion designers Oheneba Nana Yaw Boamah (Abrantie The Gentleman); Alima Bello of Bello Edu; Quophi Akotua of Quophi Akotua Ghana; Entertainment & Lifestyle Blogger, Ameyaw Debrah; US-based designer Clavon Leonard; US-based Writer & Director Candace Vernon; Former Director, office of digital and design innovation at Impact Hub Accra, Gideon Raji of Women’s Choice Awards among others including fashion influencers and creative professionals.

On Thursday, May 20, 2021, the retreat officially kickstarted with a series of talks at Bondai Restaurant & Bar moderated by top fashion consultant and curator, Arieta Mujay Barg. Panelists included Roberta Annan, Emmanuel Okoro, Rozan Ahmed, Frederica Brooksworth, Adama Paris, Viola Labi, Nuel Bans, Maame Adjei, Nisha Kanabar, Ekow Barnes, Bolaji Animashaun, Kweku Nimo, Fred Deegbe, Farida Alabo-Moffet.

Other industry stakeholders and guests present were Adebayo Lawal of Orange Culture, Elie Kuame, Mahlet Teklemariam, Makeeba Boateng, Daniel Olurin of Emmykasbit, Mayowa Ayodele, Mama Luu, Ghanaian actor, Harold Amenyah, PanAfrican Ambassador & TEDx Speaker, Ivy Prosper, Founder of The Shop Accra, Eyetsa Lorraine Ocloo, Elorm Sika Amankwa, Fashion PR Consultant, Faith Senam Ocloo among others.

Roberta Annan explained that the idea for the retreat was to enhance economies of scale for Africa’s creative economy by investing in infrastructure and providing more opportunities and platforms for creatives and designers to compete globally.

Discussions focused on issues within the creative economy as a way to gain perspective from participants’ experiences and exchange ideas to foster industry collaboration. Topics discussed were The Creative Economy in Africa, African Sustainability vs the Rest of the world; Inter Trade Africa-Fostering Collaboration amongst the Creative Industry; The African Diaspora: How do we forge real links? The Future of African Creativity and African Luxury.

To reiterate its commitment towards sustainability, AFF’s fashion sustainability project, Recycle, Rework, Reuse was launched during the retreat at The Lotte, Accra. Showcased during the Sustainable Innovation Summit in March 2021, the project was in collaboration with four young African fashion brands.

The project which seeks to address the issue of fashion waste and sustainable product life cycles features the works of Omaliko Godson Ebuka of Maliko Studios, Omafume Niemogha of Peperrow, Samuel Otteng of Otteng and Dalanda Detta Soumare of Maison Detta. The project underscored the immense prospects of second-hand clothing and the need for fashion designers to realize its immense potential and leverage on that to produce quality and sustainable clothing.

Guests were also taking on tour to Kantamanto, Ghana’s premier trade hub for second-hand clothing to gain first-hand experience interacting with vendors within the value chain.

The Industry Retreat Pop-Up was organized in partnership with The Lotte, Accra. Hosted by Adama Paris, the shopping experience featured several African fashion brands like Emmykasbit, Pepper Row, Victoria Grace Fashion, Otteng, Maliko Studios, Elie Kuame, Maison Detta, Even Luna, Adama Paris Studio among others. In attendance were Adeline A.A. Kufour, Dentaa Amoateng, Claudia Lumor, Aisha Ayensu and Vanessa Bannerman of Christie Brown, Christal Beeko, PY Addo-Boateng, Oheneba Nana Yaw Boamah (Abrantie The Gentleman, Doris Asomaning of Luxuria Lifestyle Ghana.

The retreat was climaxed on Saturday 22nd May,2021 with an exhibition of Kenneth Ize’s Loom Project at Mhoseenu Studios in Accra. Themed “A Redesign of the Kenneth Ize Loom”, the exhibition showcased the redesign of the traditional weaving loom by Ize and industrial designer, Nifemi Marcus-Bello of Lagos-based brand nmbello Studio. The exhibition was hosted by IFFAC Investment Holdings, in association with the African Fashion Foundation

Source: thebftonline.com

Jun 09, 2021

Ghana’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has taken Ghana’s campaign to be a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council a notch higher by calling on the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres at the UN headquarters in New York.

Madam Ayorkor Botchwey used the occasion to brief the UN scribe about what Ghana intends to do when elected onto Security Council, which includes promotion of peace and security, scaling up the fight against terrorism and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, climate change and helping to reduce unemployment in Africa.

The UN Secretary General was also informed by the foreign minister of the decision by DRC to withdraw from the race to be elected onto the UN security.

The development paves way for the two countries, Ghana and Gabon to get the nod to represent Africa on Friday, June 11, 2021, when election is held. Africa has two slots on the ten non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council.

The UN Security Council has five permanent seats, which is held by the US, UK, France, Russia and China and ten non-permanent seats– membership of which changes every two years.

Source: aviationghana.com

Jun 09, 2021

My conversation today is an insight with the Marketing Manager of Ghana’s Accra city Yaw Mamphey. He beliefs the pandemic has offered the hospitality sector an opportunity to build a sustainable market with the domestic market as its main pillar.

Yaw has over 10 years experience as a Top–Performing hospitality and guest-oriented professional, steering business development, operational efficiencies and strategic sales and marketing initiatives for hotels and resort properties. He had always provided leadership for the teams he works with. Execute a “clear vision and voice” to align with high ethical standards and cultures of discipline that value integrity and transparency in the core business.

He played a key role in sales & marketing in leading countryside and city hotel properties to unprecedented market share, revenue and profit. Increased revenue within the first year at the Accra City Hotel property. Developed a high-performing team that led Accra City Hotel to the highest market share and profit in last few years of operation. This helped in aiding the hotel to earn 20 Awards & Accolades for Excellence in the first 2 years of assignment at Accra City Hotel. Yaw in the course of his career been bestowed with the awards below

  • “Most Admired Hospitality Professional” 2020 – Hospitality Awards Ghana
  • “Best Marketing Director - Africa” 2019 - Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards
  • “Most Admired Sales & Marketing Director” 2019 - Hospitality Awards Ghana
  • “Excellence in Marketing Management” 2018 – The Bizz Awards


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