UN urges Africa to prioritize manufacturing for sustainable development

NAIROBI. — The United Nations on Tuesday urged African governments to prioritize the manufacturing sector in order to achieve sustainable development. Emmanuel Kalenzi, representative for Kenya, Eritrea, South Sudan, Comoros and Seychelles at United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), told journalists in Nairobi that in the past, the continent tended to concentrate on the social sectors such as education and health. “African governments should prioritise productive sectors such as the manufacturing sector because they tend to provide jobs as well as products and services that are needed to support other sectors,”…

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What’s The Future Of Manufacturing? An Expert View

By Cameron Wilson Manufacturing is changing fast. Advances like 3D printing, virtual design technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and more integrated communication between the actors in the entire production chain are creating new opportunities. “In the past we’ve had mass production as a major manufacturing paradigm, and we’ve had lean manufacturing,” said Li Zheng, Professor, PhD Supervisor and Vice President at Tsinghua University in Beijing. “But now we’re seeing a new paradigm.” In that paradigm, engineers, scientists, designers and everyone else involved in manufacturing can do things they could only dream…

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At the heart of innovation

: At the leading-edge in products and processes, Noberasco has chosen Markem-Imaje as its printing partner. SmartDate X60 printers are operating on the lines of the new site of Carcare, ensuring quality and reliability. Strong points include the benefits of SMILE long-term leasing and Markem-Imaje’s solution-provider approach.   Each year, in Carcare in the province of Savone (Italy), Noberasco produces over 15 000 tonnes of soft fruit and 12 000 tonnes of dried fruit. Managed by the Noberasco family since 1908, the company is an icon of the successful ‘made…

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Hytec sponsors 5th container library for Mandela Libraries Project: Papong Primary School, Limpopo

As part of The Hytec Group’s commitment to education and social upliftment in South Africa, Hytec has partnered with the Mandela Libraries Project for the fifth time to supply a fully stocked and containerised library for the Papong Primary School in the Limpopo Province. Hytec gives back to the communities they operate in. By empowering the children of Burgersdorp, Limpopo and encouraging early learning literacy, this creates a strong vision of an educated nation.   Hytec’s R290 000 donation covered a 12×3 meter converted, insulated container with shelving, doors, windows and…

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Schneider Electric participates in French-South African Business Forum

Albert Fuchet, Cluster President for Schneider Electric Anglophone Africa will participate at the French-South African Business Forum on Thursday 4 October 2018, where he will take part in the panel discussion ‘A New Approach: Building skills for the Future’, with the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Buti Manamela.   “Schneider Electric South Africa (SESA), has a dedicated sustainable development programme that focusses on creating Access to Energy and Access to Education.” explains Fuchet. “The panel’s themes of Education, Vocational Training and Entrepreneurship, mirror the dedicated efforts of our…

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Adesina wraps up Canada visit with a plea in Calgary: “Africa cannot be ignored”

Risk is important but it should not be an excuse not to invest in Africa” “Given the size of its markets, growth, and huge potential across multiple sectors, Africa cannot be ignored.” This was the African Development Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina’s message at a public and private sector investor roundtable on Thursday in Calgary. Addressing institutional investors, private sector representatives and provincial government officials in Alberta, Adesina said “We want to make sure investment in Africa can mirror a smooth plane touchdown and that your journey into Africa is not…

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the dti Welcomes Rolls-Royce Investment at South African Airways Technical

The Acting Deputy Director-General responsible for industrial development at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti)Ms Thandi Phele has welcomed the investment by Rolls-Royce at South African Airways Technical (SAAT). Phele welcomed the investment during the opening of Rolls-Royce’s first lease engine storage facility in Africa today. “This partnership between Rolls-Royce and SAAT is critical in many respects. It will not only allow SAAT the ability to store engines this facility in compliance with engine manual requirements of Rolls-Royce; but equips it with the capability and capacity to offer…

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Market Access Still Poses a Challenge for Black Industrialists

Market access and penetration of established sectors of the economy still poses a challenge for most Black Industrialists trying expand their products and services locally and internationally. These were some of the pleads coming from the beneficiaries of the Black Industrialists Scheme (BIS) to government attending the Inaugural Black Industrialists Roundtable Dialogue hosted by the Minister of Trade and Industry, in Pretoria. The purpose of the dialogue was to facilitate and foster open discussion between the government and the private sector, including beneficiaries of the Black Industrialists Scheme (BIS), on…

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Government, social partners pull together to save and create jobs

Thursday, October 4, 2018 Day one of the Jobs Summit in Gauteng kicked off with the signing of a framework agreement that will be a lodestar to revive the economy, save jobs and create new ones. The agreement details a comprehensive set of actions to be taken by government, industry and social partners to create much needed employment, protect existing jobs, grow South African exports and boost domestic demand by encouraging the buying of local products. “The framework provides the outline of an emerging social compact to grow an inclusive…

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World’s first all-inclusive Supply Chain Compendium to be officially launched in Ghana

Africa’s first ever appointed professor extraordinaire for supply and value chain management, Prof. Douglas Boateng, is set to launch the world’s most-sought-after Supply Chain Management (SCM) compendium on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at Labadi Beach Hotel. The Second Edition of the book titled “Executive Insight Series: Compendium of Supply Chain Management Terms” contains thousands of definitions to help the public and private sector officials understand and apply aspects of the supply chain management thinking to their respective value chains, support industrialisation and competitiveness, and improve service delivery quality. Commenting ahead…

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