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WASHINGTON/BRESCIA (CI Africa) (Update on May 18, 2017 to add interview with GE Power CEO Steve Bolze and Actis Senior Partner Torbjorn Caesar) —Aliaune “Akon” Thiam and Stanley Enow—the American and West African international hip-hop stars — are now joining forces to promote major hydroelectric power projects in the strategically vital West-Central African nation of Cameroon.
[Akon interviewed by Capitol Intelligence/CI Africa using CI Glass during the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC on August 4, 2014.]
Akon is in DC during the Energynet Powering Africa Summit to promote the work of his personally financed Solektra Int group that currently has a USD 1bn credit line for African nations to build-out electricity capacity through solar, mini-grid and now hydroelectric power plants.
Separately, Cameroonian hip hop artist and Motherland Empire co-founder Stanley Enow traveled to Washington, DC to attend the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference (CBCFALC) and itsPhoenix Awards Dinnerhosted by than PresidentBarack Obama and First LadyMichele Obama on September 17-19, 2015.
WASHINGTON (CI Africa) – Movie star George Clooney is taking on major Chinese economic interests in Hollywood in his battle for human rights and government kleptocracy in the failed state of South Sudan.
[George Clooney speaks Capitol Intelligence/CI Africa using CI Glass on China National Petroleum Corporation role in the South Sudan conflict following news conference at National Press Club in Washington, DC on September 12, 2016.]
Speaking to Capitol Intelligence/CI Africa, Clooney said he will not pull any punches highlighting any misdeeds by China’s state owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) because of the billions of dollars invested in Hollywood studios, films and movie theaters by China’s wealthiest businessman — Wanda Group Chairman Wang Jianlin.
WASHINGTON – (CI Africa ) (Updating on May 8 to include video interview with Somali Finance Mohamed Ibrahim)Telecom Italia, the listed Italian telecommunications group, discussed options regarding submarine fiber optic cable links between Somalia and Saudi Arabia at the IMF World Bank annual meeting.
[Somalia Finance Minister Mohamed Ibrahim speaks to Capitol Intelligence/CI Africa using CI Glass on Somalia private sector and Telecom Italia at IMF World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, DC. April 16, 2016]
During a meeting with than Somalian Minister of Finance and PlanningMohamud H. Sulieman, Telecom Italia head of Global Partnership Program discussed the company’s plans to participate in building a cable connecting Somalia and Saudi Arabia.
WASHINGTON/MILAN (CI Africa) – (Update to add interview with Ferrero Chairman Amb. Francesco Paolo Fulci on October 12, 2015) Cote D’Ivoire, the Western African nation, is seeking to build on its success of diversifying its economy from cocoa production and dependence on major chocolate producers, Cote D’Ivoire Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan and Trade and SME Minister Jean-Louis Billon.
[Cote’d Ivoire Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan and Trade and SME Minister Jean Louis Billon interviewed by Capitol Intelligence using CI Glass during the US-Africa Leaders Summit in DC, August 7, 2014]
WASHINGTON (CI Africa)- (Updated Oct. 26 to include interviews with Rep. Danny K Davis (D-Ill) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)) – Sierra Leone Finance Minister Dr.Kaifala Marah said he is seeking direct intervention by leading private sector CEOs to help stem the humanitarian disaster and economic fall-out from the hysteria surrounding the Ebola crisis.
[Sierra Leone Finance Minister Dr. Kaifala Marah speaks to Capitol Intelligence using CI Glass at IMF World Bank Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on October 11, 2014]
In an interview with Capitol Intelligence during the IMF World Bank, Marah said irresponsible media sensationalism about the Ebola outbreak is severely hampering efforts by the three affected countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea-Conakry to bring the outbreak under control.
WASHINGTON (CI Africa) – Pan-African listed financial group Ecobank Transnational International (NSE:ETIT) is becoming an increasingly appetizing acquisition target as new players such as Bob Diamond’s Atlas Merchant Capital and Qatar’s Qatar National Bank (QNB) aggressively build their footprint in the continent.
[Atlas Merchant Capital CEO and Founder Bob Diamond speaks to Capitol Intelligence using CI Glass at the IFC AI AfricaInvestor CEO Summit during the IMF World Bank Annual Meeting. Washington DC, October 9, 2014.]
Ecobank — with its 36 subsidiaries and major operations in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya — is being viewed as a bank well positioned to rival to its established competitors in South Africa such as Standard Bank and Nedbank and the largest foreign bank in Africa, Singapore-based Standard Chartered Bank.
HOUSTON/WASHINGTON (CI Africa) — Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke said oil companies should be required invest in non-natural resources private sector activities such as telecommunications (ICT), hospitals and manufacturing on a return on investment basis. [ Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke speaks to Capitol Intelligence using CI Glass at IHS CERAWEEK in Houston]
In an interview with Capitol Intelligence during the IHS CERAWEEK, Minister Alison-Madueke said that Nigeria had already set up a “template” with the Chinese for tying investment in non-oil activities with oil and gas exploration licenses and concession. Continue reading →
WASHINGTON (CI Africa ) (Update to include to interview with Democratic Alliance member Hlaganani Gumbi on August 3, 2015) – South Africa is seeking to promote more foreign investment in the IT and communications sector to fuel the country’s economic growth, South African President Jacob Zuma said.
[South African President Jacob Zuma speaking to Capitol Intelligence using CI Glass at the National Press Club. Washington, DC. August 4, 2014.]
Zuma said South Africa has already doubled the amount of annual direct foreign direct investment in 2014 to about USD 8bn from 2012 and sees investments reaching USD 10bn a year for the next four years.
WASHINGTON (CI Africa) – The Republic of Congo is keen to encourage foreign direct investment (FDI) in industry, services and agriculture, President Denis Sassou Nguesso told Capitol Intelligence.[President Denis Sassou Nguesso interviewed by Capitol Intelligence using CI VIEW at the National Press Cub.]
While FDI in the central African nation has to date been concentrated almost exclusively in the oil sector, the president is particularly keen to see investment in telecommunications, information technology and logistics. Continue reading →
HOUSTON/WASHINGTON (CI Africa) – (Update on Feb. 2, 2015 to add interview with Uganda Finance Minister Ugandan Minister Hon. Maria Kiwanuka) Uganda Minister of Energy and Mineral Development Hon Eng Irene Muloni said the African nation is planning to re-invest much of its oil revenue windfall into the country’s agriculture sector as way to provide sustainable growth to the country.
[Uganda Minister of Energy and Mineral Development Hon. Eng Irene Muloni speaks to Capitol Intelligence using CI Glass at IHS CERAWEEK in Houston]
Muloni told Capitol Intelligence that Uganda is seeking to transform “black gold” from oil revenues to “green gold” of a flourishing agriculture industry. Continue reading →
WASHINGTON (CI AFRICA) – Intel Corporation Chief Executive Brian Krzanich said the company’s stringent controls on minerals sourced in conflict areas such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo sets a best practice model for other private sector companies.
[Intel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich speaks to Capitol Intelligence using CI Glass at US Senate Foreign Relations Committee]
Speaking with Capitol Intelligence at a conference held at the US Senate, Krzanich said Intel Corporation made an early leadership decision regarding the sourcing of conflict minerals used in semi-conductors from places such as the DRC and the Great Lakes region.