The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was signed into law on May 18, 2000 as Title 1 of The Trade and Development Act of 2000. The Act offers tangible incentives for African countries to continue their efforts to open their economies and build free markets. [according to site editor's information]
Australia Awards aim to promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and other - e.g. African - countries through Australia’s extensive scholarship programs. The initiative aims to build a new generation of global leaders with strong links to Australia [according to the site editor's link, editorial staff ilissAfrica].
PROPARCO is a Development Financial Institution partly held by Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and private shareholders from the North and South. Its mission is to be a catalyst for private investment in developing countries which targets growth, sustainable development and reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Proparco is operating in Southern Africa from a regional office based in Johannesburg in South Africa. The regional office of Johannesburg covers the following Southern Africa countries: South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar. ... [according to site editor's information]
The United States African Development Foundation is an independent Federal agency established to support African-designed and African-driven solutions that address grassroots economic and social problems. It provides grants of up to $250,000 in grants to community groups and small enterprises that benefit under served and marginalized groups in Africa. USADF programs respond to local project requests by actively engage the local community group or enterprise in the design and implementation of the projects. ... [according to site editor's information]
The United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) is a new U.S. military headquarters devoted solely to Africa. It is designed to enable US government institutions to work in concert and with partners to achieve a more stable environment in which political and economic growth can take place. Africa Command will focus on war prevention rather than war-fighting. Africa Command intends to work with African nations and African organizations to build regional security and crisis-response capacity in support of U.S. government efforts in Africa. ... [according to site editor's information; editors ilissAfrica]
Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.
Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent’s development challenges. ... [according to site editor's information]
COMPETE is a regional program that is working to improve trade in 15 countries in East and Central Africa by harmonizing regional trade and transit policies and procedures, developing financial markets, supporting private sector trade associations, developing value chains in staple foods, cotton/textiles, and coffee and building capacity of regional businesses to take advantage of preferential trade opportunities.
Funded by USAID/East Africa COMPETE pursues an African, private-sector led reform agenda. ... [according to site editor's information]
The Competition Commission is a statutory body constituted in terms of the Competition Act empowered to investigate, control and evaluate restrictive business practices, abuse of dominant positions and mergers in order to achieve equity and efficiency in the South African economy. [according to site editors` information]
The newly formed Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) was established through the amalgamation of the Office of Companies and Intellectual Property Enforcement (OCIPE) and the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (CIPRO).The Commission is a juristic person, and as mandated by the Companies Act, 2008 (Act 71 of 2008), has jurisdiction throughout the Republic, is independent, and subject only to the Constitution and the law and any policy statement, directive or request issued to it by the Minister of Trade and Industry in terms of this Act. Main functions of the Commission:
*Registration of Companies, Co-operatives and Intellectual Property Rights (trade marks, patents, designs and copyright) and maintenance thereof
*Disclosure of Information on its business registers
*Promotion of education and awareness of Company and Intellectual Property Law
*Promotion of compliance with relevant legislation
*Monitoring compliance with and contraventions of financial reporting standards, and making recommendations thereto to Financial Reporting Standards Council (FRSC)
*Licensing of Business rescue practitioners
*Report, research and advise Minister on matters of national policy relating to company and intellectual property law ... [according to site editor's information]