Thursday 19 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/18/17)
Rent-a-room giant Airbnb said Tuesday that it had provided accommodation for 1.2 million visitors to Africa over the last year -- double the previous year as tourism expands across the continent. The website now offers more than 100,000 accommodation options in Africa, global public affairs director Chris Lehane said on a visit to Johannesburg. "It's an incredibly rich and diverse continent, an incredibly dynamic place, certainly a big part of our future," Lehane told AFP. Airbnb was founded in 2008 and offers accommodation ranging from single bedrooms to whole homes in 65,000 cities in 191 countries. The company announced Tuesday that it would invest $1 million (850,000 euros) in Africa by 2020 to "promote and...
(Xinhuanet 10/17/17)
Angolan President Joao Lourenco said Monday in Luanda that he envisages an end to national monopolies and other wrong doing of the Angolan economy. The president was addressing a State of the Nation speech at the opening of the first Session of the Parliament's IV Legislative Year after the general election of August 23. Lourenco said his Government will establish a legal environment that facilitates business, free initiative and competition that secures the consumers' rights. He highlighted that a competition law will be submitted to Parliament soon. The head of State underlined that he will also guarantee fiscal incentives for companies that are willing to invest in the countryside, particularly those that contribute to reduce regional asymmetries and poverty and...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
Angola's new president unveiled a programme of corporate tax sweeteners on Monday intended to boost foreign investment and ease the oil-rich country's dependence on the lacklustre price of crude. "We expect to adopt tax incentives for businesses that invest in the country," President Joao Lourenco said in his first address to parliament since taking office following the August 23 vote. "Our country is in a difficult economic and financial situation due to the drop in oil prices on the international...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
A plane that crashed in a remote corner of Angola last week killing all seven people onboard was downed by bad weather, authorities said on Monday. The Brazilian-built Embraer aircraft operated by Air Guicango and bound for Luanda crashed on Thursday after taking off from Dundo in the northeast near the Congolese border according to Angola's fire service. "We have found the wreckage of the plane and the bodies of the seven victims... we are continuing to look for the...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Dakar (Senegal) - The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration. AfDB President Adesina will receive...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
All seven passengers and crew were killed when a plane bound for the Angolan capital Luanda crashed in a remote corner of the country, emergency services said Friday. The Brazilian-built Embraer aircraft operated by Air Guicango crashed on Thursday after taking off from Dundo in the northeast near the Congolese border, said fire brigade chief Felismino Ndumba. "The aircraft left Dundo at 4:58pm (1558 GMT) for Luanda. We lost contact shortly after take off," Ndumba told AFP by phone. "Despite...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is set to accelerate to 3.4 percent next year, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday, citing Nigeria's recovering oil and agricultural sectors. The IMF said in its latest World Economic Outlook report that the region would grow by 2.6 percent this year after 1.4 percent in 2016. "Growth is expected to rise gradually," it said, while noting that the rate would be uneven and "barely above population growth". GDP in the west African powerhouse Nigeria...
(AFP (eng) 10/06/17)
In Mabor, a dusty and neglected corner of Luanda, the sound of a catchy beat rising means only one thing to the area's youngsters: time to dance the kizomba. The Angolan dance is gaining worldwide popularity and has a committed contingent of students in Mabor who are drawn to class by its romantic rhythms. "Stop! Boys stay still, only the girls move now. Like that, that's good!" said instructor Vitor Especao, wearing a bright purple shirt as he guided his...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/05/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT.N) plans to spend $50 million over the next five years to add 100 hotels to its chain in Africa, it said on Thursday, joining other chains keen to tap growing business and international travel on the continent. One property will open in the Kenyan capital Nairobi by the end of this year and another in the Rwandan capital Kigali in 2018, it said in a statement. There was 11 percent growth in...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - The African Union (AU) will on Thursday endorse reports and recommendations on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARWE) made by experts and senior officials in a meeting held on Monday and Tuesday. The endorsement will take place during the ministerial session of the AU’s Specialized Technical Committee on ARWE that opened on Thursday in Addis Ababa under the theme “Improve environmental sustainability and transform agriculture to ensure food and nutrition security.” These include policy papers...
(AFP (eng) 09/29/17)
Government shutdowns of the internet have cost sub-Saharan Africa about $237 million since 2015, according to a study released Friday, as authorities increasingly implement planned disruptions. At least 12 countries have had internet shutdowns, often before elections or when protests erupt, with mobile internet networks most recently suspended in Togo during opposition demonstrations. "Internet disruptions, however short-lived, undermine economic growth, disrupt the delivery of critical services, erode business confidence, and raise a country’s risk profile," the CIPESA report said. The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) released its...
(Xinhuanet 09/28/17)
The 220 new Angolan legislators elected following the general elections on August 23 took the oath of office Thursday in Luanda. The constitutive session of the National Assembly was presided over by Speaker Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, who was also re-elected as Speaker on Thursday. The IV Legislature of the National Assembly (2017/2022) counts on 150 parliamentarians of the ruling People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), 51 of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) and 16 of the Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola - Electoral Coalition (CASA-CE). The Social Renewal Party (PRS) has two seats and the National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA) one.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/28/17)
Angola’s first new president in almost four decades vowed to rebuild an economy devastated by falling oil prices and fight corruption at his inauguration on Tuesday. João Lourenço told thousands of supporters in Luanda he would also tackle gaping inequality in Africa’s second largest oil producer – though analysts have already raised doubts about his ability to make far-reaching change. “No one is so rich and powerful that they cannot be punished and no one is so poor that they cannot be protected,” he said to loud applause. No one is so rich and powerful that they cannot be punished and no one is so poor that they cannot be protected.
(Angola Press(En) 09/28/17)
The first vice-president of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, Wednesday in Luanda stressed the need to see reinforced cooperation relations between Angola and Cuba and their peoples. The Cuban leader's desire was expressed to the press at the end of the meeting with the MPLA secretary general, Paulo Cassoma, who congratulated him on his party's victory in the general elections held last August 23. He stressed that the victory of the...
(Financial Times 09/28/17)
Albert Woodfox spent 44 years in solitary confinement in Louisiana. At 1,440 square feet, Albert Woodfox’s new house is nearly 27 times the size of the place he called home for more than four decades. When he meets me at the door, one of America’s most famous prisoners is smiling brightly, and squinting into the Louisiana sun. He has reason to be happy. It has been a year and a half since he was released after serving nearly 44 years...
(AFP (eng) 09/27/17)
The leader of Angola's main opposition party UNITA said Wednesday he would quit following defeat in last month's election, which he alleges was rigged in the ruling party's favour. Isaias Samakuva, 71, took over UNITA after longtime rebel leader Jonas Savimbi was killed in 2002, a death that marked the beginning of the end of Angola's bloody 27-year civil war. "I told Angolans before and during the election campaign that after the vote I would give up the role as...
(Bloomberg 09/27/17)
Joao Lourenco was sworn in as president of Angola in a ceremony marking the first leadership change in almost four decades in sub-Saharan Africa’s second-biggest oil producer. The 63-year-old former defense minister takes over from Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who steps down after 38 years in office but will continue to lead the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola until next year. The MPLA won 61 percent of votes in elections last month, securing 150 seats in the 220-member parliament. “Joao Manuel Goncalves has been named president of the republic following general elections that expressed the will of the people,” Rui Ferreira, chairman of Angola’s Constitutional Court
(Bloomberg 09/27/17)
Studio 189, a label founded by actress Rosario Dawson and fashion executive Abrima Erwiah, is reinvesting in its African roots. It’s hard enough to build a fashion brand, let alone an empire. Rare is the person who makes a mission of using fashion to build communities. Such is the case with Studio 189, a label founded by longtime friends Abrima Erwiah (formerly a marketing executive at Bottega Veneta) and Rosario Dawson (an enduring star most recently seen in Netflix’s Marvel...
(AFP (eng) 09/26/17)
Jose Eduardo dos Santos's 38-year reign over Angola finally came to an end Tuesday when his hand-picked successor Joao Lourenco was inaugurated as president at a ceremony in Luanda. Lourenco read an oath in which he vowed "on my honour to devote myself" to the role of president, as he took power after the ruling MPLA party won last month's election. Dos Santos, who was at the ceremony but is reportedly in poor health, surprised many by announcing his retirement...

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