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Candidates must have extensive experience dealing with issues of governance, transparency, access to information and related-matters

TUNIS, Tunisia, November 22, 2013/ — The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) ( is calling for nominations of suitably qualified individuals to serve on the Appeals Panel of the Bank Group’s Disclosure and Access to Information (DAI) Policy.



Viber announces today the release of version 4.0 of its platform on iPhone and Android. This is an important update to the platform since it brings two, new core features including a brand new Sticker Market with many new stickers available for free and for purchase, and a new Push To Talkfeature for instant voice messaging. The release also provides support for Android tablets, taking advantage of the new form factor. Additionally, this is the first release in which Viber will introduce a monetization feature to its millions of users.



Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.®continues to strengthen its position as a leading global hotel operator in Africa with the signing of three new Sheraton hotels, marking the entrance of the company into Mauritania, Guinea and South Sudan by 2017. With these signings, Starwood is on track to increase its African portfolio by over 30% with more than 15 new hotels set to open over the next five years. This growth will add more than 5,000 guest rooms to the continent and create thousands of local employment opportunities.

Emphasizing the importance of the region as one of the world’s fastest-growing hotel and travel markets, Chief Executive Officer Frits van Paasschen and members of Starwood’s senior executive team just returned from visiting Africa for the fourth time in the last year. The team met with hotel owners, customers, government officials and investors in Rwanda, Guinea and South Sudan as the company remains focused on increasing its footprint in Africa.



Top power industry players and government officials from across Africa and abroad are set to converge in Cape Town from 17 – 19 March 2014, for the second POWER-GEN Africa and inaugural DistribuTECH Africa exhibition and conference.



In the search for sustainable anti-ageing active ingredients Oriflame (STO:ORI-SDB), the international beauty company selling direct, today announces significant investment in the cultivation of its own plant stem cell cultures. This innovative capability will allow Oriflame to develop powerful anti-ageing ingredients that can boost and rejuvenate ageing skin. The technique, at the leading edge of skincare science, is highly sustainable and 100% traceable. Plant stem cell technology also allows for the production of active ingredients that are completely safe and offer high purity, quality and effectiveness.

The sourcing of raw materials is of fundamental importance to Oriflame. As a company that has always respected environmental and ethical concerns, it is taking action to better manage natural resources and significantly lower its ecological footprint. Using plant stem cells carries a number of important benefits:




Acrow Bridge, a leading international bridge engineering and supply company, was recently invited by United States Trade Representative Michael Froman to join a high-powered group of U.S. companies doing business in Africa, including Citigroup, Dow Chemical, FedEx, GE and Microsoft. The business roundtable met during the 12th Annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum in Ethiopia to focus on how the U.S. government can further facilitate successful business relations between the U.S. and Africa.

At the Forum, which was widely attended by African government ministers and senior U.S. administration officials as well as African and U.S. business leaders, Ambassador Froman singled out Acrow as a successful example of America’s trade and investment relationship with Africa.



COLUMBUS, Ga. Sept. 9, 2013 (READING REASON/RR NewsWire) TSYS (NYSE: TSS), one of the world’s largest payment-services companies, announced today it will sponsor the annual AITEC Banking and Mobile Money COMESA exhibition and conference taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, during 11-12 September 2013.

The 2013 conference theme is ‘The Customer is King (and Queen).’ Both industry and banking experts will converge to discuss services in the areas of cards, mobile and microfinance, in addition to exploring how new technologies and service delivery channels can better serve the customer.

Malek Mroueh, director of regional business development in Asia, the Middle East and Africa for TSYS, will present a session titled: “From teens to benefit claimants: How prepaid can benefit in a range of scenarios.” He will outline strategies of prepaid usage as a payment tool that can deliver further benefits to the African marketplace and consumers.