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Egypt Knocks Off South Africa, Becomes No1 Investment Destination In Africa

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Egypt has replaced South Africa and made it to the top of “Where to invest in Africa in 2018” list released by the Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

South Africa is now second on the list. RMB said in a report, “Egypt displaced South Africa because of its superior economic activity score and sluggish growth rates in South Africa, which have deteriorated markedly over the past seven years.”

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The top ten investment destinations include Morocco in the third place and Ethiopia in the fourth place.

In November 2016, Egypt started its economic reform program backed by the IMF after it had taken several measures, including the imposition of Value Added Taxes (VAT) and gradual removal of subsidies, to receive a $US 12 billion loan.

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Pan African Passport Is One Year Old, Has The Vibe Died?

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July 17, 2017 marks exactly a year since the African Union (A.U.) launched the African passport in Kigali, Rwanda.

The first copies were issued to Rwandan president, Paul Kagame and the then-A.U. President, Idris Deby Itno of Chad during the 27th A.U. summit held at the Kigali International Conference Center (KICC).

According to the immediate past A.U. Commission chair, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the initial plan was to issue the documents to African Heads of State, Foreign Affairs ministers and top diplomats.

She said back then that the A.U. has received massive calls to make the document available and therefore tasked governments to accept the challenge of issuing the African passports to their nationals within their own processes.

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At the heart of the passport is the free movement (visa-free) access across all A.U. member nations. The African passport will thus supersede all existing national documents.

The passport is a key component of the continental bloc’s Agenda 2063 action plan. It basically emphasizes the need for greater integration among members. It is built on freedom of movement agreements such as the 1991 Abuja treaty.

Questions worthy of note:

1. How many countries have started processes aimed at providing the African passport to their citizens?2. Can ordinary Africans realistically look forward to receiving copies by 2018 as projected by the A.U.?

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3. How will visa restrictions which affects most Africans play out in the general scheme of events?

Excerpts of the former A.U. Chair, Dlamini Zuma’s remarks in July 2016

“At the Summit in January 2016 this year, you decided that we must launch the African Passport. We are making this start with our Heads of State and Government, with Foreign Ministers, the leadership of the RECs and Organs.

“But, we’ve been overwhelmed by requests, and enquiries of other Ministers, officials, and Africans citizens to share in this privilege of holding an African passport.

“We will therefore suggest to the Summit for consideration, as we launch the African passport today, that we agree to create the conditions for Member states to issue the passport to their citizens, within their national policies, as and when they are ready.

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“It is therefore my distinct honour to present the African passports to the Chairperson of the African Union, His Excellency President Idriss Deby and to our Host, His Excellency President Paul Kagame.

“Our teams during the cause of the two days shall capture the details of other Excellencies Heads of State and Government, so that you too shall receive your African passports,” she concluded.

Shaban Abdur Rahman Alfa
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Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo
alfa.shaban@africanews.com

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Craig Murray, Former Ambassador Exposes The Attrocities Of The British Government (Must Watch)

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In this video Craig Murray, a former British Diplomat said, I worked in the British Foreign office. I became the British Ambassador. I was a British diplomat for 20 years. I was alway patriotic to be British. I was very very proud, I remember when I first became a British Ambassador and I first went out on my own flag car with the Union Jack flying on the front as the Ambassador.

I had a lump on my throat, it’s a proud moment for me. It was only 6 months and I discovered that in a country where I was Ambassador, we and Americans were shipping people in order for them to be tortured and some of them were tortured to death. Now as you may imagine, my world view changed.

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It was at the same time about a month later we invaded Iraq against the will of the Security Council. Not just without the will of the security council. But in the full knowledge that if we had gone to the security council, we would be voted down. I as a British diplomat, I saw all the internal memos that went through all that decision. I know for a certain.

“  Anybody who is voting ‘no’ is voting to support a psychologically flawed,   pathologica state, which is a danger to the world. A rogue state. A state prepared to go to war to make a few people wealthy.

I used to be head of FCO unit that monitored Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. I know for certain I can tell you they knew there weren’t any. It wasn’t a mistake, it was a lied. I think it is impossible to be proud of the United Kingdom. I think when we invaded Iraq, we did to the United Nations what Hitler and Mussolini did to the League of Nations. And I think what we’ve done since where the truth is often much hidden in the bombing.
If we look at Libya, disaster now. We bombed it. We killed fifteen thousand people (15000) when NATO bombed it. Something they never told you on the BBC. Did we make it better? No. I saw in Uzbekistan. I saw the gas contracts signed by Imron. A company called Unical, which George Bush Snr was on board.

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It’s a big gas pipeline from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan over Afghanistan down to the indian ocean. That was actually what the Afghan war was about. They had actually had talks with the Taliban and Unical to see if the Taliban would provide pipeline security.

The person who held those talks, the consultant of Unical was a certain Mr Kassi. Who after being employed by George Bush Snr as consultant went on to become president of Afghanistan. That was their plan B. The Taliban wouldn’t do it so they invaded. I’ve seen it on the inside. It’s almost always about control of resources. It is every bit as corrupt. I can tell you it is not an academic construct.

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The system stinks, Westminster stinks. The British Government is deeply deeply immoral. They don’t care how many people they kill abroad if advances them and anybody who is voting ‘no’ is voting to support a psychologically flawed,   pathologica state, which is a danger to the world. A rogue state. A state prepared to go to war to make a few people wealthy. That’s why I say it’s not possible to be a decent person and vote ‘no’ and we shouldn’t be ashamed to say that.

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People Are Horrified That Facebook’s Hidden Inbox Is Hiding Incredibly Important Messages

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Facebook has a hidden message folder where it filters messages it thinks you don’t want to see — sometimes with serious and unintended consequences.

Users are complaining about not seeing messages from since-deceased family members, people reaching out to help them, and even people contacting them to let them know their friends have died.

Back in October 2015, the social network revamped its messaging system.

Previously, you had your “Inbox,” and an “Other” folder where messages from people who aren’t friends or friends-of-friends would end up. But it replaced this second folder with “Message Requests” — which let people you’re not connected with ask to be able to talk.

But what very few people realize is there is now also a third category of messages: Filtered Message Requests. These filtered messages are what Facebook thinks is spam, and so doesn’t even notify you about. They’re also not easy to find.

There has been a spate of articles over the last few days explaining how to access them. Judging by the reaction on Twitter, almost no one knew it was there.

 

A lot of the time, the feature appears to be fulfilling its purpose pretty well — protecting people from strangers’ spam they’ve got no interest in viewing.

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The message Daniel Emery received informing him his friend had died — and which he only discovered two months later.

But there have also been cases of it hiding far more important messages, meaning their intended recipients only see them when it’s far too late.

Former BBC technology journalist Daniel Emery contacted Business Insider after reading our story and checking the “filtered” folder out of curiosity.

He told us that back in February, the partner of an old college friend messaged him to tell him that his friend had died — but the message was filtered, so he only saw it today, two months later.

Emery said: “He was a friend of mine from when I was a student in Aberdeen. Used to be a good mate, obviously lost touch a few years ago, as you do.”

He had thought about reaching out, but never got round to it — and then saw the message letting him know his friend had “popped his clogs.”

“So its his partner — I don’t quite know who she is — picking up the pieces … it’s all a bit strange really.”

Emery’s not the only one to have experienced something like this.

Matt Spicer, from Bristol, England, said that his wife started crying after discovering the “filtered” inbox — because it contained a message sent by her cousin, who died before it was ever read.


And Brittany Knight wrote on Twitter that she lost her passport and missed the message from the person trying to return it to her due to the filter.


There are many more cases like this. Some are recent, while other messages appear to have been sent before the Filtered Message Requests inbox was introduced, and were then automatically moved to it once it was launched — all without ever being read.

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The situation is made doubly frustrating by the fact that one of the big reasons for the change to Message Requests (and Filtered Message Requests) is to prevent things like this happening.

Tony Leach, a product manager at Facebook, told TechCrunch back when Message Requests launched: “We’ve heard so many stories like estranged parents trying to get back in touch, or you lost your wallet and someone trying to get in touch with you … That’s why we want to replace that with a system that makes it a lot easier to catch the messages that you want to see.”

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Clearly, this hasn’t been a complete success.

But what can Facebook do about this? It’s a tricky one. If it errs on the side of caution, and filters more, then important messages will continue to fall through the cracks. But if it relaxes its filters, then more spam will likely get through too — and people will complain. (Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)

Daniel Emery, who missed the message telling him of his friend’s death, would like Facebook to modify its messaging feature to add a more straightforward spam folder.

“Gmail and Google, for all its flaws, has a pretty sensible system,” he told Business Insider. “There is a folder for spam, you can look into it if you want, you can pull things out. It’s not hidden from you, and I think the issue with this is it’s kind of a bit too much ‘nanny state.'”

He added: “Facebook is trying to be overprotective. Overprotective comes at a cost, and things like this happening are exactly that … hiding it is never a good thing.”

If you want to check your Filtered Message Requests in the mobile app, load up Settings, then click on “People,” then click on “Message Requests,” then click on “See filtered requests.” If you’re on the desktop version of Facebook, click on the drop-down Messages tab, then on “Message Requests,” then press “See filtered requests.” For more detailed instructions, read this.
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Facebook plans to buy M-Pesa, one of Africa’s largest mobile money platforms

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It was the first time that Mark Eliot showed envy on the largest Mobile money company on the planet. Mark made one of the largest buyouts in history when he bought social messaging company Whatsapp.

He also bought the premiere photo sharing app Instagram both of which have grown to over a billion monthly users making them the largest social networks and on top ten Websites on Alexa.

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What it means for Mpesa If Facebook finally manages to acquire Mpesa, it will become a global company. It will have advantage of a worldwide exposure through merging with Facebook and it will get world class infrastructure by the elites of the Tech business.

Charges will go down, most probably so low due to a large user base. The negotiations are ongoing and soon we may be cerebrating one of our own, changing lives around the globe.

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