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   27 March 2018 Issue 223 - Women in Mining




Women in Mining - A Bloodless Diamonds Social Initiative

The Women in Mining project is a social engineering exercise that aims to empower Previously Disadvantaged South African women to acquire equity in the Diamond mining and beneficiation industries.  
The project is an initiative of the Bloodless Diamond franchise in association with The Diplomatic Society and is motivated by a desire to meaningfully contribute to the sustainable development of the South African nation.
In this the centenary year of the birth of freedom icon and former President Nelson Mandela, the empowerment and emancipation of women is fundamental to this project and the legacy of Nelson Mandela.  It is engineered to empower South African women who were previously excluded and disadvantaged to acquire equity in the diamond mining and beneficiation industries.



African Continental Free Trade Area

President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the historic adoption by the African Union of an Agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as a new beginning for the continent that will catapult African countries and companies to much higher levels of growth.
President Ramaphosa has undertaken that South Africa will become a signatory to the agreement once the legal and other instruments associated with AfCFTA are processed and ratified by South African stakeholders and Parliament.  The agreement was adopted today, Wednesday 21 March 2018, by the 10th Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, hosted his Norwegian counterpart, Secretary-General Marienne Hagen, in Pretoria on 23 March 2018. The High Level Consultation meeting took place within the framework of the 1996 Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Political Consultations between the two countries.
On 22 March State Secretary Marianne Hagen addressed a business seminar in Johannesburg. She said that Economic diplomacy and promotion of trade and investment are very high on the Norwegian Government's list of priorities and that Norway would like to see more trade and investment both ways. Norway has become a prosperous country, she said, not despite being an open economy, but because it is open to trade and investments.

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