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As the Dow Chemical Company we are proud of our long standing history and heritage in Africa.  Since 1959, when we first set up a commercial presence on this continent, we’ve delivered a broad range of products to our local customers across many industries, including packaging, building and construction, oil and gas, and agriculture. We understand the importance of Africa to our future growth and business success and our proud that our solutions have been a part of industry growth in agriculture, infrastructure, energy and manufacturing. At Dow, we are passionate about our work and are constantly looking at ways to address many of the world’s most pressing challenges such as access to clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agriculture production. Dow has ten commercial offices, four manufacturing sites, and one technical service center located throughout the continent in Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana.

Dow combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. We are an integrated science and technology company with the scale and expertise to address global trends and create differentiated solutions for customers and society. Through our diversified, market-driven portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses, Dow continues to deliver a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture.

At Dow, we believe that connecting chemistry and innovation can generate new ways to solve challenges and exceed customer expectations. We believe that taking the extra step to be socially responsible does not hold us back, but instead sets us apart. We believe in the worth of our people, in the value of each individual employee and their differing experiences, backgrounds and perspectives. We believe in the power of difference. Every day, we strive to build a culture that embraces innovation, responsibility and diversity.

At Dow, we understand that our 49,500 talented employees are our strongest resource for making positive global impact. Our employees help us identify, understand and address society’s most pressing challenges.

As part of our 2025 Sustainability Goals, our employees have committed to positively impacting the lives of one billion people. Over the next 10 years, Dow employees worldwide have committed to applying their talents to positively impact the lives of others, enabling education and sustainable development one community at a time.

By engaging our employees, utilizing our innovative products and technologies, and leveraging our business expertise, we are able to determine how Dow can provide solutions to create sustainable communities throughout the world. The programs and initiatives we support succeed through courageous collaborations, capacity building and financial investments in the communities in which we operate.

This unique approach, which we call The Human Element, is the foundation for everything we do and is our commitment to drive innovation, strengthen our relationships with the communities where we operate, continue to improve our product stewardship and reduce our global footprint.  Our solution is science.  Our purpose is human.

For additional information, please visit www.dow.com

Ecobank - the Pan-African Bank

Ecobank is the leading pan-African bank with operations in 36 countries across the African continent. It has a larger African footprint than any other bank in the world. It is a full-service bank providing wholesale, retail, investment and transactional banking services to governments, financial institutions, multinationals, local companies, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and individuals.

The dual objective of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, parent company of the Ecobank Group, is to consolidate a modern pan-African bank and to contribute to the economic development and financial integration of the continent. Ecobank offers a natural advantage with its unmatched pan-African banking competencies, built up over the last 25 years.

Marshalling its impressively broad presence, its proficiency and its performance, the bank is intent on delivering sustainable returns and playing a catalytic role in the transformation of Africa. It continues to play a pivotal role as a recognised pioneer in financial integration and inclusive banking.

Geographically, Ecobank focuses on Middle Africa, currently operating in countries in West, Central, East and Southern Africa. These are: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Group also has a licensed operation in Paris and representative offices in Beijing, Dubai, Johannesburg, London and Luanda.

Overall, Ecobank employs over 17,000 people in 40 different countries in over 1,200 branches and offices. Its customers, numbering well over 10 million, have access to 2,690 automated teller machines and 13,800 point of service machines. The bank runs an integrated information technology platform, with all of its operations successfully migrated onto a single core banking application: Oracle FLEXCUBE.

In terms of specific business lines, Ecobank delivers its services through three customer-focused business divisions: Consumer Banking, Commercial Banking and Corporate and Investment Banking. An Integrated information technology platform operated by eProcess, the group’s technology subsidiary based in Accra, Ghana, supports these three business divisions.

Last but not least, sustainability lies at the core of the Ecobank’s mission. Its long-term success is intertwined with the sustainable development of the economies, societies and environment in which it operates. It takes an integrated and comprehensive approach to sustainability, which reflects its commitment to drive economic transformation in Africa while protecting the environment and being a socially responsible financial institution.

More information on Ecobank can be found at www.ecobank.com

GE in Africa

GE first started operating in Sub-Saharan Africa over 100 years ago. However in 2011, we decided to renew our focus to meet Africa’s current and future needs. Our footprint in sub-Saharan Africa now consists of over 2,600 employees, revenues of about $3.3 billion dollars (2015) and operations in 25 countries. GE’s main operations in SSA are in Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Ghana, Mozambique and Kenya where its SSA Headquarters is located.

A key partner in supporting SSA’s socio-economic growth, GE operates in the Oil & Gas, Power, Transportation, Healthcare, Renewables, Energy Connections and Aviation sectors.

Partnership with Governments and local companies form a very important part of GE’s growth in SSA. We have signed MOUs with the Governments of several countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, Angola and Ghana to develop infrastructure projects, including sustainable energy solutions, providing efficient and reliable transportation as well as improving access to quality healthcare. These MOUs involve significant investments in creating jobs and human capital development.

To keep up with GE’s activities in Africa, visit and subscribe to www.gereportsafrica.com

IPP Media

Rethinking The Role of African Media in the Wake of Terrorism Threats

Nearly two decades ago, when the US-led coalition launched the war against Osama Bin Laden and Taliban forces in Afghanistan, airing exclusive Al-Qaeda footages smuggled into our newsrooms was an act of scooping the big story of the day. 

Al-Qaeda recorded and smuggled their propaganda video footages to major Western and Arab media. These footages were televised as major stories around the globe and were also picked by African based TV stations as part of news programming. Our journalists did so with a belief that they were telling the story of the other side, which is often skipped, or ignored.

Few years later Osama Bin Laden, Mullah Omar Mohamed were celebrities around the world thanks to the best media coverage they received from some of the world’s leading media outlets. They became celebrities, but also their propaganda deeply penetrated into the ears and hearts of the would-be terrorists.

Today, as terrorism becomes a global scourge and major threat to human civilization, we still have smuggled video from terror factions like Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab, Isis, Al-Qaeda and their likes. In a bid to get the exclusive inside story of the other side, some media have allowed their journalists to be embedded with terror groups.

As the media compete globally to capture the essence of the terrorism coverage, so does the growing criticism of our brand of journalism, in which we give the platform to barbaric terror groups, hoping that in so doing we are fulfilling our noble journalistic cardinal principle of balancing the story by giving both sides a hearing.

The question we need to ask today as we celebrate the best Africa can offer in this year’s CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards is whether our media are doing good journalism by offering unlimited platforms to Barbaric groups like ISIS, or are we just acting as the agents to propagate their propaganda across the globe?

The biggest challenge is how much should we offer in terms of coverage without glorifying such barbaric acts against humanity? Where do we draw the demarcation between journalism and propaganda, or cheap promotion of the terrorists’ agenda? When our journalists receive in their newsroom, a smuggled video footage showing Isis’s Mohamed Emwanzi beheading a kidnapped Japanese aid worker, or the brutal murder of a hijacked western journalist, what decisions should we take before airing or reporting the story?

The World Health Organization (WHO) in the African Region

The World Health Organization (WHO) in the African Region contributes to a better future for people in the 47 Member States (countries) in the region. Good health lays the foundation for vibrant and productive communities, stronger economies, safer nations and a better world. Our work touches lives around the world every day.

As the lead health authority within the United Nations system, we help ensure the safety of the medicines and vaccines that treat and protect us, the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. We aim to provide every child, woman and man with the best chance to lead a healthy and fulfilled life and strive to combat all diseases.

The Organization provides leadership, shapes the research agenda, sets norms and standards, and monitors health trends and is renowned for its promotion of evidence-based interventions to tackle diseases.

WHO’s impartiality in setting standards and norms for the improvement of health means many countries can rely on its standards in health systems, health promotion, disease prevention and control as well as in child and maternal health, among others. WHO’s unique global and regional convening power provides a critical platform for engaging partners and other stakeholders on topical regional and global health development issues.

To enable everyone to attain the highest possible level of health, WHO provides experienced public health expertise to support countries and builds the capacity of national governments. In carrying out our work, we listen to countries, carry out research, monitor health trends and address public health problems to protect human health.  

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