Saturday 21 October 2017
(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 earlier this year, saying he would not be a candidate in the election. The People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has governed since Angola's hard-fought independence from Portugal in 1975, with Dos Santos taking power in 1979. The...
(Xinhuanet 09/26/17)
Joao Lourenco was sworn in as Angola's new president on Tuesday, taking over from the longtime leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos. The inauguration ceremony was held at Luanda's Republic Square, attended by 1,000 national and foreign guests, including 30 heads of state and government. Lourenco, 63, and the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) became the winners of the August 23 general elections, winning 61 percent of the votes. Among the dignitaries are the heads of state of South Africa, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Namibia, Cote d'Ivoire, Rwanda, Portugal and Zambia, Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Gabon and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy Chen Yuan also attended the inauguration ceremony. Under...
(AFP (eng) 09/26/17)
Angola's incoming president Joao Lourenco faces a slew of challenges that include dwindling oil prices, rampant poverty, soaring unemployment and the long shadow cast by his predecessor and his family. These are the key tasks that will confront him on his first day in the job on Tuesday: - Fix the economy - Angola has been in the grip of an unprecedented economic crisis for three years as the global price of oil has remained flat. Black gold provides 70 percent of Angola's revenues and almost all of its hard currency meaning that the country's budget has been thrown into the red by lacklustre international prices. After several years of booming growth, Angola's growth rate cooled in 2016 and will...
(AFP (eng) 09/26/17)
Critics of outgoing Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos accuse him of stripping his country of much of its vast oil wealth to enrich himself and his family. Dos Santos, who will step down on Tuesday after 38 years of iron-fisted rule, has appointed several family members to key economic jobs during his presidency. Banking, telecoms, media and most significantly oil are among the industries that have felt the far-reaching influence of the Dos Santos brood. "The president has privatised the state to benefit his family and a handful of associates," said investigative journalist Rafael Marques de Morais, who has been critical of Dos Santos' alleged plunder for many years. "For them it's above all about having cash at their...
(AFP (eng) 09/26/17)
Angola's new president, Joao Lourenco who will be sworn in Tuesday, is a former general who spent several years in the political wilderness after angling for the top job in the 1990s. Since then, Lourenco, 63, convinced key regime players he was the right man to succeed Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has ruled the oil-rich southwest African nation for 38 years. As the deputy president of the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) -- and defence minister until July -- Lourenco is now "part of the inner circle of power", said Didier Peclard, an Angola specialist at the University of Geneva. The MPLA won last month's election, carrying Lourenco to power as the party's presidential candidate. It...
(AFP (eng) 09/26/17)
Wildlife guards funded by the WWF and other conservation groups have carried out systematic abuses against tribes in central Africa, an activist group claimed on Monday. Survival International, a British rights group, published a report containing more than 200 reported incidents against the Baka and Bayaka Pygmies in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic since 1989. It claimed some of the world's largest conservation organisations, including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), have illegally evicted the tribes from their ancestral homelands "in the name of conservation".
(Reuters (Eng) 09/26/17)
Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd said on Tuesday it won a contract worth $240 million to provide a wide array of defense electronic systems to an unnamed country in Africa. The contract, which will be carried out over a two-year period, is comprised of Directed Infra-red Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems to protect aircraft from shoulder fired missiles, based on passive infrared systems, and includes missile warning systems, radio and communication systems, land systems, mini-unmanned air systems and helicopters upgrade.
(Macauhub 09/25/17)
The Angolan Ministry of Finance will issue a US$1.5 billion sovereign guarantee to secure financing for the construction of the Barra do Dande port, under a presidential decree published in the country’s Oficial Gazette. The presidential decree includes the granting of rights related to the construction and operation of the port facility, a contract that will be executed by Angolan company Atlantic Ventures in partnership with the management company of the port of Luanda, according to Angolan news agency Angop. Atlantic Ventures has been awarded the Barra do Dande port concession, which includes licensing, financing, design, remodeling, technical development and construction, as well as equipment, operation, maintenance, management and repair during the concession period. The area covered by the concession...
(The Citizen 09/25/17)
Angola held it’s national legislative elections on August 23, with the ruling Popular Liberation Movement of Angola (MPLA) securing the majority of the vote. President Jacob Zuma is expected to attend the inauguration of Angolan president-elect, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, the Presidency said on Monday. “South Africa and the Republic of Angola share a common history of the struggle against Apartheid, and strong multi-faceted bilateral ties exist between the two countries. This is not only evidenced through the fraternal political relationship, but also through the growing socio-economic and trade and investment relationship between the two countries,” the Presidency said. “Angola is one of South Africa’s largest trading partners on the continent of Africa with numerous South African companies involved in...
(Xinhuanet 09/25/17)
Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy Chen Yuan will attend the inauguration ceremony of Angolan President Joao Lourenco in Luanda on Sept. 26. Chen is vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang made the announcement here on Monday at a daily press briefing.
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
African first ladies and activists hailed progress that some governments on the continent are making on gender equality. They met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “We used to have 23 percent female representation in parliament but, with the stroke of a pen it went up to 48 percent. So, we managed to double our female representation with that decision,” said Namibia’s first lady Monica Geingos at a roundtable invitation-only event co-hosted by the Global First Ladies Alliance (GFLA) and Facebook. Geingos credited the quota enacted by the ruling SWAPO party of her husband, President Hage Geingob. But she said a similar quota might be needed for Namibia’s private sector, where only 10 to...
(Xinhuanet 09/22/17)
Four Angola opposition parties decided on Thursday to take their seats in the National Assembly to play the democratic game. It was announced in a joint statement by the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), the Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola - Electoral Coalition (CASA-CE), Social Renewal Party (PRS) and National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA). Angola's opposition had previously challenged results of the August 23 elections, in which the ruling People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) won 61 percent of the votes. According to the FNLA president, Lucas Ngonda, who read the joint statement regarding the outcome of the electoral process, the parties recognized the good performance of the voters...
(Angola Press(En) 09/22/17)
Pope Francis sent on Wednesday a message to the Angolan President-elect, João Lourenço, congratulating him on his election and hoping that the new Head of State will have success and prosperity in the destiny of the Angola. According to the message, the Holy Father also wishes to strengthen ties of fraternal coexistence, a future of peace and blessings. As President-elect, João Lourenço has already been congratulated, among others, by the US State Department, the presidents of Russia, China, Portugal, France, Brazil, Cameroon, Guinea Bissau, Botswana and Togo. He also received congratulatory messages from the Angolan embassies in Mexico, Ghana, China, Canada and the Pan-African Parliament. João Lourenço will be inaugurated on September 23.
(Sudan News Agency 09/22/17)
The President of the Republic, Field Marshal, Omer al-Bashir has sent a congratulatory message to his Angolan counterpart, Mr. Joao Lorenzo, the President of the Republic of Angola, on his election as President of his country. The President of the Republic expressed his sincere congratulations to President Lorenzo, and his wished him success and for the Angolan people for further progress and prosperity. He expressed aspiration for further joint work to promote bilateral relations in all fields.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue to chikungunya, thrives in warmer climates than its malaria-carrying cousin, known as Anopheles, say researchers at Stanford University. In sub-Saharan Africa, this means malaria rates could rise in cooler areas as they heat up, but fall in hotter places that...
(Macauhub 09/21/17)
Angola LNG has signed a multi-year agreement with London-based Glencore Energy UK Limited for the sale of natural gas shipments to be placed around the world, according to a joint statement released on Wednesday. This is the third contract of the kind signed by Angola LNG this month, after the supply agreements signed with the Vitol energy products companies in Switzerland and with RWE Supply & Trading, based in Germany and with a strong presence in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Angola LNG is an integrated project for use of natural gas, with a processing unit, a maritime terminal and loading facilities, as well as the possibility of developing non-associated gas. The shareholders of Angola LNG Limited are Angola...
(Angola Press(En) 09/21/17)
Luanda - The constituent meeting of the Angolan Parliament's fourth legislature, for the period 2017/2022, will take place on September 28 and will be marked by the inauguration oaths of the newly elected MPs. This was said to the press on Wednesday by the spokesperson of the meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly (AN), Raul Lima. He added that on the same occasion, the speaker and vice speakers of the National Assembly, as well as the secretaries of the assembly, will be elected, following the speech of the speaker-elect, who will mark the opening of the IV legislature 2017/2022. During the meeting on Wednesday, the parliament speaker, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, wished that the IV...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Captured by militia and accused of being married to a Congolese government official, Kimpanga Caro could smell the fire she was told would be used to burn her decapitated head to ash. Caro, whose husband is a pastor not an official, was freed when one of the militiamen recognized her. She raced back home to find her husband in their ransacked village. They fled south, on foot with their five children, towards a country they heard was safe: Angola. Thirty thousand of her compatriots have made the same journey so far, among 1.4 million people driven from their homes in a year of violence in the central Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are signs that the...
(Angola Press(En) 09/21/17)
Luanda - At least USD 44 million is the positive net result obtained by the Sovereign Development Fund of Angola (FSDEA) in the last fiscal year 2016. According to a press release from FSDEA that ANGOP had access to Wednesday, with this result, the institution reaches profitability for the first time in less than four years since its operations began in October 2012. The Sovereign Fund also states that the profits made are the result of a prudent investment policy and the positive return on investments in agriculture and infrastructure. The document also states that during the review period the Angolan Sovereign Fund also recorded a reduction in operating expenses of 40 percent compared to 2015. Until December 31, 2016,...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will guarantee minimum sales volumes of the new combination pills using dolutegravir, a so-called integrase inhibitor that avoids the drug resistance that often develops with older treatments. In return the drugmakers, India-based Mylan Laboratories and Aurobindo Pharma, will agree the maximum...

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