The African Guarantee Fund joins African Banker Awards as platinum sponsor capping a remarkable year for the fund

23.March.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

The African Guarantee Fund (AGF) ( was officially launched in 2012, as an initiative of the African Development Bank alongside the governments of Spain and Denmark to help financial institutions lend more to SMEs by providing guarantees against risk of defaults. In the last two years the AGF has added the Nordic Development Fund and France’s AFD as shareholders.

It has been a remarkable year for the Fund. Late last year it received an AA- rating from Fitch, something Felix Bikpo, the Fund’s CEO said would help attract new partners and help it better leverage its balance sheet as well as reduce the cost of capital for SMEs as it would be able to provide its services at a lower cost.

Earlier this month in London, the AGF signed a $74m re-guarantee agreement with GuarantCo that will enable it to further leverage its balance sheet to lend to SMEs servicing the infrastructure sector. Too often the constraints for SMEs is the lack of infrastructure such as power, connectivity or strong logistical nodes, and financing SMEs that are contributing to bridging this gap will have a twin effect of both supporting SMEs in the sector and other SMEs that will benefit from improved infrastructure.

Over the past 6 years, AGF has led the guarantee market in Africa by issuing financial guarantees enabling lending to the tune of USD $700 million to approximately 8,000 SMEs. As it continues to strengthen its capital base it intends to continue using its balance sheet to enable another $1bn of loans to this asset class, which Bikpo feels is the only one that can truly enable a truly diversified economy.

The African Guarantee Fund has this year taken the platinum sponsorship at the African Banker Awards (, the continent’s pre-eminent event recognising African’s best performing financial institutions. This year’s awards will take place in Busan, Korea during the AfDB’s annual meetings in May. The deadline for entering the awards has been extended until the 31st March across a range of categories including financial inclusion.

An interview with the CEO of the AGF, Felix Bikpo, will appear in the April issue of African Business.

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About the African Banker Awards

The African Banker Awards ( is the most recognized, respected and prestigious award ceremony recognising and rewarding excellence in the banking and financial sector in Africa. It is organised by African Banker magazine, published by IC Publications, one of Africa’s leading media and communications group. The Awards are held during the African Development Bank Annual Meetings, the most important gathering of African leaders in the development world. For more information visit

About the AGF

Officially launched on 1st June 2012, AGF ( is a Pan-African non-bank financial institution founded by the government of Denmark through the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), the government of Spain through the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). Agence Française de Développement (AFD) joined AGF in 2015 followed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) in 2016. AGF aims to promote economic development, increase employment and reduce poverty in Africa by providing financial institutions with guarantees and other similar or related financial products specifically intended to support SMEs in Africa. AGF has a rating of AA- by Fitch Ratings Agency.

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Virtual Reality Zones to transform the indoor themepark experience in Africa

23.March.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

Remember how you thought wearing flimsy 3D glasses in theatres would never catch on, now get ready to spend an entire day wearing VR goggles for your next adventure. Experts believe that the next big thing for entertainment and leisure industry especially in the Middle East and neighbouring region would be driven by virtual reality technology. Amusement Services International (ASI) will also unveil Industry's first ever operator-free VR attraction at the Dubai Entertainment Amusement and Leisure show 2018 (

African millennials are changing their consumer spending patterns, from markets to malls, where they can eat, socialize and get entertained at Family Entertainment Centers (FEC)s apart from shopping.

Virtual Reality (VR) the next big thing in electronic entertainment is all set to invade your favourite theme park. Technology in the contemporary world has amassed heights only seemed possible in the motion pictures. Soon theme park enthusiasts strapped with VR paraphernalia, will enter worlds that were literally impossible to recreate. Africa’s population is set to grow to 2.3 billion by 2050. In contrast to the rest of the world, however, its booming population is getting younger.

Sharif Rahman, CEO of International Expo Consults (IEC), organisers of the region’s largest entertainment and leisure show DEAL 2018 and an expert in the industry stated that, “Virtual reality isn’t just for gamers, geeks and technophiles. Globally the number of theme parks adopting VR technology as part of their offerings to increase attendance is rising. While VR tech is still unfamiliar to most of the stakeholders in this industry, the paradigm shift is inevitable”.

VR and associated concepts of augmented reality and modified reality have gone beyond just the headset. With the utilization of haptic feedback suits and laser aiming controllers in the middle of a physical location a user can experience a fully immersive experience. Such VR parks in Africa can attract people around the African region and the VR concept is fast catching up within the other countries.

Especially in the Middle East and northern Africa market, footfalls at indoor theme parks and family entertainment centers at the malls increase during the summer months. VR parks would enjoy a similar popularity not only because of the cyclical and weather dependent nature of the outdoor theme parks in the region but also because of the intensive and immersive experience offered. Such parks would allow for round-the-year operations since they aren’t guided by an uncontrollable factor-the climate. Theme parks in other parts of the world aren’t affected by such issues.

“Virtual reality (VR) has been widely spoken about as the next big thing in the industry. We have now seen a full-fledged VR Park in Dubai and we will also see VR attractions adorn FECs in the coming days. In addition to VR, arcade games and simulators will still attract consumers. We have few new adventure and escape concepts that we are showcasing at DEAL 2018. These concepts will bring in another level of family engagement,” said Prakash Vivekanand, Managing Director, Amusement Services International LLC.

“With the help of VR technology, we can recreate imagery and create situations which we couldn’t before. VR parks or VR based rides in theme parks have emerged all over the world including North America, Europe and Asia. Even in Dubai, there are many options for VR based rides in Hub Zero, Sega Republic, Magic Planet among others, but an exclusive VR based theme park like the recently launched project by Emaar in Dubai Mall would prove to be a game changer,” concluded Mr. Rahman.

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International Expo-Consults LLC (IEC) is an internationally recognized trade show management company with an impressive track record of over 20 years of operations in the Middle East and Asia Pacific region. The Exhibition arm of the Dubai-based conglomerate, the Falak Holding; IEC is the organiser of key exhibitions including Sign and Graphics Imaging (SGI), and the Dubai Entertainment, Amusement and Leisure show (DEAL). Falak Holding has been an industry pioneer for the last 30 years having diversified business interests including real estate development; retail – sports, fashion, home furnishings; exhibitions, medical diagnostics, trading and many more as part of its portfolio. Falak Holding is also a key stakeholder and investor in the prestigious Dubai Sports City project. For more information on DEAL please log on to

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Port Louis ranked best city in Africa for expats, according to Mercer’s 20th Quality of Living Survey

23.March.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

– Port Louis ranks 83rd globally in the overall Quality of Living, making it the best city in Africa
– Durban retains its top position as the best city in South Africa

Mercer (, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and careers, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), ranks Port Louis the best city in Africa, according to their 2018 Quality of Living Survey. Port Louis is in 83rd place in the global rankings and number one in Africa. The Mauritian city is followed by Durban (89), Cape Town (94) and Johannesburg (95).

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Africa’s top city

“Similar to the 2017 rankings Port Louis retains its top position for Africa with Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg ranking just below the island city, according to our Quality of Living ranking. Quality of living is amongst the important factors that companies weigh when they prepare a long-term strategy around where they should expand and locate global staff,” said Carl Van Heerden, Principal at Mercer and Global Mobility Leader for Africa.

Van Heerden added :  “A city’s place in the rankings is dependent on local living conditions, which are analysed according to a wide variety of factors which reflect their importance to expatriates. Appropriate infrastructure, health facilities, safety and security are some of the important aspects that make a city attractive to both talent and businesses.” 

The Mercer Quality of Living survey, which was first published in 1994, is conducted annually to enable multinational companies and other organisations to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments.

Global ranking

Vienna tops the ranking for the 9th year running and is followed by Zurich (2), Auckland and Munich in joint 3rd place. In 5th place, Vancouver completes the top five and is the highest ranking city in North America. Singapore (25), Dubai (74) and Montevideo (77), are the highest ranking cities in Asia, Middle East and Latin America, respectively. 

This year, Mercer provides a separate ranking on City Sanitation, which analyses cities’ waste removal and sewage infrastructure, levels of infectious disease, air pollution, water availability and quality, which are equally important to those who choose to work and live in these cities.

Victoria (58th) ranks highest on the African continent for City Sanitation, followed by Durban (73) and Port Louis (80). Johannesburg is in 81st place, while Cape Town is at 84 on the City Sanitation list.

Honolulu tops the City Sanitation ranking, followed by Helsinki and Ottawa in joint second.

Van Heerden concludes: “Mercer’s Quality of Living survey has become a critical point of reference for multinational companies, which need a full view of the conditions on the ground when considering assigning mobile employees. Our methodology allows multinational employers to provide their expatriates with fair and consistent expatriate compensation packages, when looking to expand into other markets.”

Mercer produces individual cost of living and rental accommodation cost reports for each city surveyed.

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Mercer produces worldwide Quality of Living rankings annually from its Worldwide Quality of Living Surveys ( Individual reports are produced for each city surveyed. Moreover, comparative Quality of Living indexes between a base city and host city are available, as are multiple-city comparisons. Details are available at

The data was largely analysed between September and November 2017, and it will be updated regularly to account for changing circumstances. In particular, the assessments will be revised to reflect significant political, economic, and environmental developments.The list of rankings is provided to media for reference, and should not be published in full. The top 10 and bottom 10 cities in either list may be reproduced in a table.

The information and data obtained through the Quality of Living reports are for information purposes only and are intended for use by multinational organisations, government agencies, and municipalities. They are not designed or intended for use as the basis for foreign investment or tourism. In no event will Mercer be liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance of the results obtained through the use of, or the information or data contained in, the reports. While the reports have been prepared based upon sources, information, and systems believed to be reliable and accurate, they are provided on an “as-is” basis, and Mercer accepts no responsibility/liability for the validity/accuracy (or otherwise) of the resources/data used to compile the reports. Mercer and its affiliates make no representations or warranties with respect to the reports, and disclaim all express, implied and statutory warranties of any kind, including, representations and implied warranties of quality, accuracy, timeliness, completeness, merchantability, and fitness for a particular purpose.

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Mercer also helps municipalities to assess factors that can improve their quality of living rankings. In a global environment, employers have many choices about where to deploy their mobile employees and set up new business. A city’s quality of living can be an important variable for employers to consider.

Leaders in many cities want to understand the specific factors that affect their residents’ quality of living and address those issues that lower a city’s overall quality-of-living ranking. Mercer advises municipalities by using a holistic approach that addresses the goals of progressing towards excellence and attracting both multinational companies and globally mobile talent by improving the elements that are measured in its Quality of Living survey.

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Customer from Saudi Arabia is 100,000th visitor to the GROHE Truck Tour

23.March.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

  • With a total of four mobile showrooms, GROHE has been on the road in Europe and the Middle East since March 2017
  • So far, the XXL trucks have covered approximately 150.000 kilometres in 33 countries

GROHE (, the world's leading manufacturer of sanitary fittings, welcomed the 100,000th visitor to its innovation tour through Europe and the Middle East. GROHE employees congratulated Muneem Al Fashtaki in front of the GROHE XXL truck in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The sales manager of Al Falaj Trading Est., a medium-sized distributor of the region, visited the mobile showroom in order to find out about the latest GROHE innovations. Representing all visitors to the GROHE trucks, he received a small gift of a GROHE Power & Soul shower set that allows switching between four different spray patterns by one click.

Distance Corresponds To More Than Three Circumnavigations Of The World

Since March 2017, GROHE has been on the road in Europe and the Middle East with a total of four mobile showrooms. So far, the trucks have covered approximately 150.000 kilometres in
33 countries. The current route equates to more than three circumnavigations of the world. Inside the trucks, private and professional visitors can gain insights into GROHE’s latest innovations, test the products and take part in open trainings. For 2018, about 800 information events are planned.

Expert Team Advises on How GROHE’s Product Highlights Work

From AquaSymphony, the most luxurious shower in the world, to the GROHE Blue and GROHE Red water systems, to the GROHE Sensia Arena shower toilet and our smart water sensor and control unit GROHE Sense and SENSE Guard: GROHE’s latest product highlights can be found in the XXL trucks. They are there so that the visitors can familiarize themselves with the products and try them out. In addition, a team of specialists gives advice in personal expert discussions on product features and offers useful installation tips.

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Colloquium on the challenges and prospects of political reforms in West Africa (2015-2017)

23.March.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

The United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) is organizing, on 26-27 March 2018 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, a colloquium, on “the challenges and prospects of political reforms in West Africa (2015-2017)”.

This colloquium, which is part of UNOWAS support activities to the countries of the sub-region, will deal with the series of political reforms initiated since 2015. It will address the contexts, causes, and triggers of reforms. It will also make a diagnosis of successful political reforms and those that have failed.

The colloquium will bring together more than 50 experts and participants, representatives of the sixteen West African countries, as well as representatives of regional and international organizations such as the AU, ECOWAS, and the civil society.

Journalists and representatives of press agencies are invited to cover the opening ceremony, which will see the participation of:

  • The Representative of the President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire,
  • The Representative of the African Union
  • The President of the ECOWAS Commission
  • The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas,
  • The Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Côte d'Ivoire, Babacar Cissé

Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire)       

When: Monday 26 march at 9h00

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U.S. Adds South Sudanese Oil Entities to Department of Commerce Entity List

23.March.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

Today (March 21 2018), the United States is taking action against fifteen South Sudanese oil-related entities whose revenues have contributed to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan. This action reflects the U.S. commitment to doing all it can to protect the innocent people of South Sudan. 

By placing these entities on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Entity List, the United States will impose a license requirement on all exports, re-exports, and transfers of any U.S.-origin items to those entities.  The names of these specific entities will be published in the Federal Register on March 22. Technical questions regarding the details of today’s action should be addressed to the Department of Commerce.

The listed entities are a source of substantial revenue for the Government of South Sudan.  Unfortunately, the South Sudanese Government, and corrupt official actors, use this revenue to purchase weapons and fund irregular militias that undermine the peace, security, and stability of South Sudan rather than support the welfare and current emergency food needs of the South Sudanese people.  We call on the region and broader international community to join us in limiting the financial flows that fuel the continuing violence in the country.

The Government of South Sudan can do better.  The United States expects it, as well as the armed opposition, to fulfill their commitments to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and to their own people to cease hostilities, allow unimpeded humanitarian access, and pursue a negotiated peace in good faith.  As the largest donor of aid to South Sudan, the United States is proud to uphold humanitarian values and deliver vital assistance.  The Government of South Sudan must not squander that generosity and should take concrete steps to provide for the vast needs of the South Sudanese people.

Today’s actions are part of our ongoing effort to hold to account those who foment violence, commit human rights violations, obstruct the peace process, or engage in illicit financial activities against the interest of the South Sudanese people. We remain prepared to take additional actions, including sanctioning those who threaten the peace and security of South Sudan.

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Arrest of anti-Balaka leader Jean-Francis Diandi by Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA)

23.March.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

The United States commends the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) for its recent arrest of anti-Balaka leader Jean-Francis Diandi. We applaud MINUSCA for taking strong, decisive action to end the threat of armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) and will continue to support MINUSCA and its leadership in their efforts to advance peace and stability in CAR.

The United States is disturbed by the anti-Balaka’s call to attack MINUSCA. We condemn all forms of violence and urge the anti-Balaka to cease these calls immediately.

We commend President Touadera for his efforts to advance justice and accountability, in order to attain a sustainable peace and national reconciliation in CAR. We reiterate our commitment to working closely with President Touadera and the international community to ensure that the future of CAR is bright.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Modernise Zambian Embassies

23.March.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary for Administration Dr. Ronald Simwinga has said the Ministry has embarked on a project to equip all the 38 Zambian Missions abroad with modern facilities that are conducive for diplomats to work, so that they can rise to the challenge of being diplomats in the 21st century.

And Dr. Simwinga has commended Zambia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom His Excellency Mr. Muyeba Chikonde and his staff for the good work they are doing to raise the Zambian flag high in Economic and Political Diplomacy in the United Kingdom and other countries of extra accreditation.

Dr. Simwinga commended High Commissioner Chikonde and his staff after he received a supplement that was published in one of the UK’s wide-read Newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

On 28th February 2018 The Daily Telegraph contained in its newsprint in the Business pull out a special feature on Zambia entitled “A Giant Awakes” with an exclusive interview on His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. The supplement covers an array of topics and interviews with various decision makers in key Ministries, the private sector, the Bank of Zambia and the Industrial Development Cooperation (IDC). In addition to the mainstream areas of investment, the publication celebrates Zambia’s rich cultural heritage and its unity in diversity.

Dr. Simwinga is currently in London attending a preparatory meeting for the forth coming Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit scheduled for the 16th– 20th April 2018.

In an interview after addressing diplomats at Zambia House on Tuesday, Dr. Simwinga said embassies represent the face of Zambia to the outside world

and for many people, it is the first point of contact with its government, therefore, it was imperative for government to ensure a favorable work environment for diplomats.

“To all the diplomats in our different embassies, there is something being worked on to improve the conditions under which you work in terms of work environment and the tools of the trade. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wants to equip all the 38 Missions with the right work environment, with the right equipment, we want our diplomats to operate from buildings that are conducive for diplomats to do their work, we want them to have the right tools, in terms of computers, transports, office accommodation and housing so that they can rise to the challenge of being diplomats in the 21st century,” he said.

And Dr. Simwinga has called upon Zambians in the diaspora to partner with Zambian embassies to help expand Economic Diplomacy as directed by President Edgar Lungu.

“Economic Diplomacy gives a new focus window for Zambians in the diaspora to get involved with embassies, particularly here in the UK. Zambians abroad have a big role to play and now that the embassies are geared to dovetail with the economic growth strategy of the country, this provides a great opportunity for the diaspora to utilise the facilities being offered in the embassies,” he said.

He said a lot of Zambians in the UK were running successful businesses and implored them to partner with the embassy in an effort to develop the country.

“We have a number of Zambians that are running very successful businesses, in the UK, the United States and China. This opens an opportunity for them to partner with embassies and bring their entrepreneur ideas. The relationship between the embassies and the diaspora provides a great conduit for ideas and its ideas that get transformed into enterprises, enterprises create jobs and jobs, create income and income is Gross Domestic Product (GDP),” he said.

Dr. Simwinga said it is the responsibility of Zambians both at home and abroad to work together to develop Zambia adding that it is Zambians who will build Zambia.

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The Voice Afrique Season 2 : The Live Shows Are About To Kick Off!

22.March.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

After the Blind Auditions, the Battle and the Knockout Rounds, VOXAFRICA ( announces the exciting Live Shows.

The competition is fierce and the 16 final contestants are known!

The Voice Afrique will run over 4 more weeks on VOXAFRICA francophone Africa and Europe platforms, every Saturday at 20h00 GMT :

  • 24 March 2018: Road to the live shows
  • 31 March 2018: The Live Quater Final
  • 07 April 2018: The Live Semi-Final
  • 14 April 2018 : The Live Final

The show will be rebroadcasted Sunday at 20h30 GMT on VOXAFRICA and on the local partnering TV channels: Tuesday on RTI2 , Wednesday on RTB, Thursday on Canal 2 and Friday on ORTB.

Hosted by charismatic Maestro Claudy Siar, The Voice Afrique welcomes Josey and Youssoupha to the coaching panel alongside Singuila and Lokua for the live shows. Due to scheduling constraints, coaches Charlotte and Asalfo will not attend the live shows. Their respective team members will be taken care by Ivorian singer Josey and french rapper of Congolese origin, Youssoupha.

Deloitte is the company in charge of certifying the entire voting process for The Voice Afrique Francophone Season 2 during the Live Shows.

Welcome #EquipeJosey and #EquipeYoussoupha in The Voice Afrique Season 2 from March 31st 2018!

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Launching of the “Support to Hosting Communities Affected by South Sudanese Refugees in White Nile State”

22.March.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

Through the support of the Government of Japan, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Sudan has launched today the project to Support to Hosting Communities Affected by South Sudanese Refugees in White Nile State. The project aims to deliver safe, clean and accessible market places as centers for the hosting communities and South Sudanese refugees in Aljabalain Locality, White Nile State, Sudan that prevent widespread of diseases including Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD). The project will also enhance self-reliance of the hosting communities and South Sudanese refugees particularly youth and women through on-the-job training of self-help construction through the improvement of market places in Aljabalain.

The Project Launching Ceremony was held in Khartoum on 21 March 2018, Mr. Wael Al-Ashhab, Head of UN-Habitat Sudan Country Programme, welcomed the guests and assured that the UN-Habitat is committed to work with the governments and partners and emphasized the need to support communities as a whole, in civil societies, local governments and private sectors, to ensure seamless transition from the emergency response to long-term solutions, and to prevent deterioration of living environment and health condition for the future.

Mr. Wael underlined the huge challenge in Sudan, caused by significant number of the population consists of Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs), refugees and returnees those who need urgent humanitarian assistance, durable solutions and development support. Particularly, a large number and unexpected influx of South Sudanese refugees fled into Sudan has been radically increasing, and high percentage of the refugees are temporary accommodated to White Nile State that severely impacted the hosting communities.

Mr. Wael thanked the Government of Japan for the support the project in Sudan that contributing broader aspects of the town, including living environment, livelihood and health to ensure that both South Sudanese refugees and the hosting communities can live in dignity.

H.E. Mr. Shinji Urabayashi, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of the Sudan, said in his statement, “It is very important to bring both the refugees and the local community members together, and involve them in bettering their own living environment. Also, I believe this co-working process will lead to creating a harmonious integration between the community members and the refugees” and praised the government of Sudan and the government of Sudan for their generosity in accepting the South Sudanese refugees.

Mr. Abdel Hameed Musa Kasha, The Governor of the White Nile State expressing gratitude to the Government of Japan for supporting this important project, and the strong commitment of the Ministry as well as the White Nile State to engage substantively and provide full support to the project in White Nile State.

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