Holy See cultural cooperation with China, E-commerce eyes growth in Africa, Record railway in Kenya
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MIGRANTS BECOME CITIZENS: ITALY SCORES RECORD IN EUROPE
A new European citizen out of five became Italian in 2016, according to a study published by the Ismu Foundation. The report emphasizes that last year was a record year for Italy. In 2016 Italian citizenship acquisitions by migrants were 205,000, some 27,000 more than in the previous year. Albanians and Moroccans turned out to be the major groups to meet the requirements.
ORDER OF MALTA: DEFEND RIGHTS OF MINORS THREATENED BY WAR
“We must look to the future knowing that the weakest, the children are always the first victims”, Dominique de la Rochefoucauld-Montbel, Grand Hospitaller of the Order of Malta, said in Rome at a conference for the protection of minors threatened by conflicts. The Order of Malta has recently also launched health care projects in Erbil, Iraq. According to Unicef, as of today there are some 230 million children threatened by wars worldwide.
CULTURAL COLLABORATION WITH CHINA STARTS FROM VATICAN MUSEUMS
The gift of two artworks by contemporary painter Zhang Yan signalled the start of a cultural collaboration between the Vatican Museums and China. The paintings were handed over to Pope Francis by Zhu Jiancheng, Secretary General of China Culture Industrial Investment Fund. The agreement envisages the sharing of skills in study, research and restoration, first of all to enhance the Chinese collection of the Vatican Museums.
AFRICA: JUMIA PARTNERS WITH MASTERCARD, E-COMMERCE EYES GROWTH
Jumia, Africa’s most important e-commerce platform, has signed an agreement with MasterCard group aimed at increasing the share of electronic credit card transactions at the expense of cash payments at delivery. Founded in Nigeria in 2012, Jumia operates in 23 countries throughout the continent. On the platform today, between 65 and 95 percent of transactions still take place with payment on delivery and not online.
KENYA. NAIROBI-MOMBASA RAILWAY LINE INAUGURATED
A new railway linking the capital Nairobi with Mombasa, Kenya’s main port, has been hailed by the local press as the biggest project since independence. Built by Chinese companies, the new line costed 3 billion dollars. It replaces the Lunatic Express: a 472 kilometer long service inaugurated by the British, criticized for its slowness but also beloved for its colonial charm, especially by foreign tourists.