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From The Ashes Of Conflict



Like the fabled phoenix rising, Côte d’Ivoire has risen from the proverbial ashes quickly gaining a reputation for undertaking one of the fastest economic recoveries following a protracted civil war. In just seven short years, Côte d’Ivoire has become a significant regional economic hub in West Africa. The country has enjoyed greater political stability, which has contributed to strong economic recovery.

Since 2012, Côte d’Ivoire has continued to average an annual GDP growth rate of between 8-9%. The country’s continued strong growth can be attributed to its National Development Plan (2012-2016) that supports the objective of sustained private sector and inclusive growth. Given that economic growth is projected to continue around 8% for the next three years, largely driven by increased domestic demand and higher investment levels, it is of little surprise that Côte d’Ivoire is ranked as one of the five fastest growing economies in the world.

It, therefore, gives me great pleasure to welcome readers to our Forbes Africa’s second edition of Rising Cote d’Ivoire 2017/2018 Country Focus. This issue highlights the country’s continued economic progress and showcases its push for greater economic diversification. Also highlighted in the Thought Leaders series are several of the successful women executives at the helm of businesses in Côte d’Ivoire who are making a difference.

We are excited to bring you this update on the country’s progress and expect to be hearing more from one of Africa’s hidden jewels in the future. Bienvenue en Côte d’Ivoire!


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New Landmark For Chart-Topping Discovery Sport




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• Discovery Sport topped Land Rover sales chart in 2017, selling 126,078 units
• Record-breaking single-year sales for any Land Rover in the past 70 years
• Special edition celebrates success of Land Rover’s fastest-selling SUV

South Africa, 30 May 2018 – Land Rover has enhanced its record-breaking Discovery Sport range with a new special edition.

The new Landmark Edition salutes Discovery Sport’s success as the fastest-selling Land Rover of all time – coinciding with the brand’s year-long 70th anniversary celebrations. The Landmark comes in a unique colour and trim combination, and is available with the Td4 132kW diesel 2.0-litre Ingenium engine.



Finbar McFall, Global Product Marketing Director, said:
“The Discovery Sport is loved by customers because it demonstrates the breadth of Land Rover’s ability, offering unrivalled all-terrain capability with the versatility for up to seven people and a premium interior. We have sold more than 350,000 Discovery Sports globally since its introduction in 2014, with 126,078 models sold in 2017 – the best single-model annual sales in Land Rover’s 70-year history.”

The first model to be built on Land Rover’s 70th birthday on 30 April was a Discovery Sport, at Land Rover’s Halewood plant in Merseyside. This vehicle will be used to support a number of projects in 2018, starting with a community resilience project in Scotland which will be announced in June.

The Discovery Sport Landmark is available in three colours: Narvik Black, Corris Grey and Yulong White, all crowned with a Carpathian Grey contrast roof. It features a sporty and dynamic front bumper, with Graphite Atlas exterior accents and 19 inch Style 521 ‘Mantis’ wheels in Gloss Dark Grey. The interior features Ebony grained leather seats and an Ebony headliner, complemented by dark grey aluminium finishers around the centre stack.

The Land Rover Discovery Sport Landmark Edition will be available from September 2018.


About Land Rover

Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true ‘breadth of capability’ across the model range. Defender, Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover, Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque each define the world’s SUV sectors, with 80 per cent of this model range exported to over 100 countries.

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The Jewel Of Africa

“Zimbabwe has lagged behind in many areas as a result of isolation for the past 16, 18 years. Now we are saying to the world: Zimbabwe is open for business.” Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa




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‘The Jewel Of Africa’

“Zimbabwe has lagged behind in many areas as a result of isolation for the past 16, 18 years. Now we are saying to the world: Zimbabwe is open for business,” Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa

In January 2018, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, President Mnangagwa announced that Zimbabwe was open for business again, abandoning all isolationist policies in order to revolutionise the nation’s economy and build up the country to its full potential. President Mnangagwa administration’s focus lies in providing a stable political environment, while improving ease of business and reinforcing agricultural, mining, ICT and tourism sectors. “We are re-engaging with the world, making friends and moving towards development,” emphasises Vice President General Constantino Chiwenga. In order to enhance ease of doing business, the government has implemented several legal, institutional and administrative reforms, such as the National Investment Policy while establishing the one-stop shop Investment Centre. Minister of Finance, Hon. Patrick Chinamasa elaborates, “under the new dispensation we are also reforming state enterprises, we believe that any growth must be private-sector-driven.”


Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector accounts for 50 % of employment in the country’s GDP as well as 25 % of total annual exports. The government aims to continue its food self-sufficiency by increasing utilisation of the land and productivity through mechanisation and modernisation of the sector.


Zimbabwe has the second largest platinum and chrome deposits, and an immense wealth with over 60 minerals and 800 mines with a capacity to earn US$18 billion per annum. The new dispensation is intent on ensuring investor friendly mining policies and consequently has been rapidly growing its economy with mining investors as major players. The recently signed US$ 4.2 billion platinum investment agreement by Karo Resources is the largest investment in Zimbabwe’s mining to date and will directly create 15,000 jobs.


The development of ICT infrastructure and harnessing of technology-driven innovation in all sectors of the economy has been key to the development of the economy. The National Backbone Optic Fibre Project led to the construction of The TelOne Data Centre, a powerful and reliable information nerve centre that ensures the efficiency and data security of enterprise operations. “We are building an infrastructure that we can then use for everything that requires technology. We think this is important, not only for providing communication platforms for the community, but more significantly for financial inclusion,” explains Minister of ICT Supa Mandiwanzira.


The Zimbabwean National Tourism Master Plan seeks to boost foreign and domestic tourism while leveraging private-sector led investment to maximise the country’s numerous tourist attractions and natural wonders. “Tourism accounts for about 11.9 percent of the national GDP but we think its contribution can grow up to 15 percent,” states Managing Director of Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Dr Karikoga Kaseke. The Ministry of Tourism has allocated a US$15 million Revolving fund to facilitate tourist activities.


Zimbabwe’s shift from a closed economy to an open, productive and peaceful one has rapidly had its effect on the country. President Mnangagwa’s vision is optimistic, convincing and transparent. “We have the qualities and the environment in which this country can be a jewel again. We must build the Zimbabwe that we want. Let us be united and peaceful, but let us be honest: hard work is the only key to achieve that vision.”

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South African public invited to pledge and #strideforgood




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Johnnie Walker, in partnership with Million Men March, Tswharanang Legal Advocacy Centre and Lifeline, held an event on Saturday at the iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge in support of an abuse-free society by pledging to do what they can to eradicate the causes and effects of women and children abuse for not only 16 days, but for all 365 days of the year. The South African public is also invited to pledge their support to eradicate the causes and effects of abuse for all 365 days of the year by pledging their support on

Alcohol has long been associated in many parts of the world with enjoyment and celebration. At Johnnie Walker, our brands are made with pride, but are also made to be enjoyed – responsibly. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Violence against women is often related to the irresponsible use of alcohol.

Representatives from Diageo, Million Men March, Tswharanang Legal Advocacy Centre and Lifeline, on Nelson Mandela Bridge. (Photo supplied)

Several studies from low- and middle-income countries show that men who misuse alcohol are 1.6 to 4.8 times more likely to perpetrate intimate partner violence than men who do not misuse alcohol. Fortunately, research also shows that violence against women is predictable and preventable. By identifying the social, cultural, legal and economic factors that influence such violence, it is possible to predict its occurrence and to understand how to prevent it.

The Striding Men event is just one of the many initiatives Johnnie Walker will champion to promote responsible drinking and combat alcohol misuse. Johnnie Walker is proud to invite South Africa to participate and contribute towards 365 days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children by continuing to promote responsible drinking in South Africa.

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