By Liz Hampton and Erwin Seba
SANTA FE, Texas – A 17-year-old student dressed in a trench coat and armed with a shotgun and pistol opened fire at his high school outside Houston on Friday, killing nine students and a teacher, before surrendering to officers, authorities said. Santa Fe High School, southeast of Houston, joined a long list of U.S. campuses where students and faculty have been killed in a spray of gunfire. The Texas shooting stoked the nation’s long-running debate over firearms ownership and came about three months after 17 teens and educators were fatally shot in Parkland, Florida.
Students said the gunman, identified by law enforcement as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, opened fire in an art class shortly before 8 a.m. Students and staff fled and a fire alarm triggered a full evacuation. Classmates described Pagourtzis as a quiet loner who played on the football team. On Friday, they said, he wore the trench coat to school in Santa Fe, about 30 miles (50 km) southeast of Houston, on a day when temperatures topped 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius). Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Pagourtzis obtained firearms from his father, who had likely acquired them legally, and also left behind explosive devices.
KIGALI, Rwanda, March 13, 2018/ — The Africa Innovation Summit (AIS II), which will take place from 6-8 June 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda, under the esteemed patronage of His Excellences President Paul Kagame and Pedro Pires (ex-President of Cabo Verde), announced a call for applications to innovators across Africa whose solutions have the potential to solve the continent’s challenges.
The AIS II seeks innovative and disruptive solutions to the major challenges facing African countries, which include energy access, water, food insecurity, health systems, and governance. As a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue and actions, AIS II will bring together people with the power to act, from all parts of the continent and elsewhere, including Heads of States and Governments, Ministers, corporates, innovators, investors, policy makers and academics, researchers, as well as policy, science and technology experts, with the aim of building robust ecosystems for innovation in Africa to ensure Africa’s structural transformation.
Dr. Olugbenga Adesida, co-Director of AIS, indicated that “AIS provides more than a robust and dynamic platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue, but rather a catalyst for “Made in Africa” innovations that are already addressing the challenges faced on the continent, but need assistance to take root and scale across the continent.”
The AIS has partnered with Enterpriseroom, a transformation consultancy specializing in starting, sustaining, and accelerating businesses, to drive the sourcing and selection of up to 50 Innovations across the continent, to be showcased at the Summit. The CEO of Entepriseroom, Tracey Webster, said “We are delighted to partner with the AIS and believe the innovations selected to be showcased at the Summit will have a unique opportunity to engage the right stakeholders when it comes to discussing and unlocking blockages in the eco-system that are preventing solutions from going to scale, or ideas being commercialized.” AIS firmly believes that the solutions are in Africa and innovators need to be at the table architecting a conducive environment for Innovation to thrive in Africa.
AIS is therefore calling all African innovators to apply for this unique opportunity. The innovators selected must meet the following criteria:
- Know or have an innovative idea or solution that can drive positive change in Africa and;
- The solution must be at a critical stage: either ready to commercialize or ready to scale.
The identified innovators will meet influential people, policy makers, and investors who are ready to discuss Africa’s development challenges and ways to solve them. They will also have the opportunity to interact with like-minded African innovators and change agents who are driving a new era of change in Africa.
Applications and additional information can be found on the AIS website: https://goo.gl/gYCCyq
Applications close Friday, 30 March 2018.
KIGALI, Rwanda, March 8, 2018/ — This June the Africa Innovation Summit (AIS) will bring together about 1,000 innovators, entrepreneurs, policy makers, business and political leaders, as well as academics, researchers and investors who are “thinkers and doers” to join minds for three days in the land of thousand rolling hills Kigali, Rwanda to reflect on how Africans can innovate to address the pressing challenges facing the continent, such as water, energy, food security, health, governance and poverty.
This is a three-day event of inspiring talks, dialogues, hands-on exploration, and futures oriented analysis aimed at mobilizing and inspiring stakeholders to undertake collective actions to promote innovation and the building of robust innovation ecosystems in Africa able to provide the enabling environment to finally address the perennial challenges facing the continent.
The AIS is an exciting and dynamic event that is focused on “how to promote innovation in Africa.” The AIS promotes “synthesis” and it is not simply a tech-oriented platform. The AIS will include an Exhibition Track with up to 50 Start-ups and SMEs to showcase “Made in Africa” innovations to address the challenges facing the continent.
So come participate and work with us to build the AIS into a continental platform for the promotion of innovation in Africa.
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, January 17, 2018/ — The launch of the African Development Bank’s 2018 flagship African Economic Outlook (AEO) report, the first to ever be released in January of a calendar year and at the Bank’s Headquarters in Abidjan will be lived streamed on Facebook as follows –
The African Economic Outlook bridges a critical knowledge gap on the diverse socio-economic realities of African economies through regular, rigorous, and comparative analysis. It provides short-to-medium term forecasts on the evolution of key macroeconomic indicators for all 54 regional member countries, as well as analysis on the state of socio-economic challenges and progress made in each country. It represents African Development Bank staff economists’ analyses of African economic development during the previous year and near term. It has become the main flagship report for the African Development Bank, as well as reference material for policy makers, researchers, investors, key private sector players, civil society organizations, development partners, and many others interested in Africa’s development.
Given a rapidly changing Africa and international economic order, the Bank has revamped the Outlook to enhance its policy relevance while ensuring that it serves the Bank’s operations well. Three main changes are evident.
First, to increase the AEO’s timeliness, we are moving to an earlier release date so that the Bank, as a leading African institution, would be among the first to provide headline numbers on Africa’s macroeconomic performance and outlook. We plan to launch the AEO in mid-January of every year.
Second, to facilitate advocacy and policy dialogue, the 2018 AEO is being shortened to a maximum of four chapters and about 140 pages, down from more than 300 pages.
In addition to the release of the main African Economic Outlook report on January 17, 2018, the Bank will produce five independent African sub-regional Economic Outlooks in May 2018, with each report focusing on priority areas, and providing analysis of respective economic and social landscapes. The sub-regional reports will also highlight issues of pressing current interest.
Consistent with previous reports, the Bank’s country economists will also prepare detailed and much longer Country Notes for the May release, together will a full set of updated growth projections. For the January release, each one page Note will provide a country profile with key recent developments and prospects.
Thematic coverage of previous editions
Edition Thematic title
2004 Energy Supply and Demand
2005 Financing of Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Development
2006 Promoting and Financing Transport Infrastructure
2007 Access to Drinking Water and Sanitation in Africa
2008 Technical and Vocational Training
2009 Information and Communication Technology across Africa
2010 Public Resource Mobilization and Aid
2011 Africa and its Emerging Partners
2012 Promoting Youth Employment
2013 Structural Transformation and Natural Resources
2014 Global Value Chains and Africa’s Industrialization
2015 Regional Development and Spatial Inclusion
2016 Sustainable Cities and Structural Transformation
2017 Entrepreneurship and Industrial Development