The Pan Africa media conference , in Nairobi, brought together prominent personalities in media, business, governments, civil society, and academia across the world.
Some of the 40 eminent guests lined up to grace the event include the Aga Khan, Nobel laureate Prof Wangari Maathai, former South Africa’s president Thabo Mbeki, telecom investor Mo Ibrahim, and former UN secretary general Kofi Annan. The conference key theme is Reflections on the past, present, and prospects for the future.
UN employees who have Aids will benefit from a comprehensive medical and health care programme at the Aga Khan Hospital. In a deal between Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi Klaus Topfer and Mr Stephen Batts, the Aga Khan Health Service in East Africa chief executive, the employees will be advised on the use of anti-retroviral drugs and nutrition.They and their families will also will benefit from counselling services.
Uganda is going ahead with plans to privatise the Nile Hotel International Ltd (NHIL) despite a court battle between the government and Tunisia's Tahar Fourati.This is the second time the hotel is being concessioned by the Privatisation Unit. The hotel complex was in October 1994 partly sold to Tahar Fourati. A dispute ensued and Tahar Fourati lodged a case to have their money refunded.
Kenya will host a major international media meeting in June.
It will be the 52nd Congress of the International Press Institute, a global network of editors, media executives and leading print and broadcasting journalists, and will be held over four days - June 1 to 4 - in Nairobi.
It will also be the third time for Nairobi to host the annual IPI event.
Speaking at the Congress's media launch yesterday, the IPI Kenya host committee announced it would be opened by President Mwai Kibaki.
It is being described as an 'ocean of thanks,' a 'great phenomenon' and 'unbelievable opportunity' given to Africa by the United States. The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), initiated by the administration of former President Bill Clinton, is making significant industrial development and job creation changes in Africa.Mehdi Bawa, administration manager of Alltex Limited EPZ, a garment manufacturer in Kenya enjoying an unlimited duty-free American market, says AGOA will enable Africa to boost its industrial revolution.
THE INDUSTRIAL Promotion Services (IPS) graduate management development programme, which was started in Kenya in 2001, will soon be extended to Tanzania and Uganda.The objective is to recruit and train top-flight young graduates to develop into outstanding executives to manage IPS companies in East Africa. IPS is an affiliate of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). Through equity investment, AKFED promotes private-sector initiatives that provide employment and improve living conditions in Africa and Asia.