Saturday 18 November 2017
(Dw-World 10/21/13)
Angola has broken off its "strategic partnership" with Portugal. This has rattled Lisbon, which is now trying to salvage a promising export market that had gained in significance during the eurozone crisis. In recent years relations between Portugal and Angola had become close and intense. The former colony was exuding new-found economic strength and the former colonial master, battered by the financial crisis, was looking for new markets for its ailing businesses. A "strategic partnership" between the two seemed an ideal solution and the idea was initially vigorously pursued by the governments of the two Portuguese speaking nations. But on Tuesday (15.10.13) Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos dashed any hopes Portugal might have had about the future of that...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/21/13)
BRAZZAVILLE | (Reuters) - A group of Congolese soldiers who were seized last week by Angolan troops when they entered the Congo Republic have been freed, a senior local government official in Congo said. A detachment of Angolan troops crossed into neighboring Congo from Angola's oil-rich enclave of Cabinda and took up positions in several locations in Congo's Kimongo district, Congolese sources said. The incident highlighted tensions around Cabinda, which belongs to Angola but is separated from the main part of the country by Democratic Republic of Congo. Congo Republic borders the enclave to the north. The FLEC rebellion has fought a low-intensity guerrilla war there against Angola for decades. "Our soldiers have been freed and are, at this moment,...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/21/13)
ROME | Mon Oct 21, 2013 (Reuters) - More than 100 survivors of a shipwreck in which hundreds of African immigrants died burst through the gates of a holding center on the Italian island of Lampedusa on Monday in a protest against the refusal of authorities to allow them to attend a funeral ceremony for the victims. The survivors of the October 3 disaster tried to catch a ferry to the Sicilian city of Agrigento, where an official ceremony was held 200 km (125 miles) from the island, Italy's southernmost point. When an interior ministry official denied them permission to board the ferry, the protesters sat down in front of the tiny island's town hall, blocking a main roads. "One...
(The Guardian 10/21/13)
For too long the status quo has been to simply make knowledge available. But that's not enough, data must also be actionable. Nathaniel Manning reiterates the importance of open data. It is paramount to share data throughout the development sector, most importantly getting it into the hands of the technologists in the developing world. The sector would benefit tremendously by embracing a collaborative, open development model in which not only financial and human capital is shared with the developing world but also the rich value of information capital. Open data has a multiplier effect for development. The original work creates the benefit that it was specifically intended to do, and opening up the data produced from that work ignites entrepreneurship,...
(Sunday Independent 10/20/13)
Johannesburg - This week, for a second consecutive year, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s committee of eminent persons resolved there was no African leader deemed worthy of the $5 million (R49m) Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. It is the fourth time there has been no winner in its seven-year history. As in previous no-awards years, the decision has been met with curiosity and derision. There’s no denying the prestige, if not the quantum, of the award for recipients. Comprising $5m over 10 years and $200 000 annually for life thereafter, as well as a possible $200 000 extra each year towards the winner’s philanthropic activities, it is a substantial award. Mo Ibrahim, the Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire,...
(The New York Times 10/19/13)
FORT RILEY, Kan. — Here on the Kansas plains, thousands of soldiers once bound for Iraq or Afghanistan are now gearing up for missions in Africa as part of a new Pentagon strategy to train and advise indigenous forces to tackle emerging terrorist threats and other security risks so that American forces do not have to. The first-of-its-kind program is drawing on troops from a 3,500-member brigade in the Army’s storied First Infantry Division, known as the Big Red One, to conduct more than 100 missions in Africa over the next year. The missions range from a two-man sniper team in Burundi to 350 soldiers conducting airborne and humanitarian exercises in South Africa. The brigade has also sent a 150-member...
(Bloomberg 10/18/13)
Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’s criticism of former colonial ruler Portugal over Lisbon’s probes of Angolans shows he’s ready to exert the economic power of Africa’s second-largest oil producer. “Angola is important for Portugal as a source of investment, export markets and jobs,” Markus Weimer, an analyst at Control Risks, a London-based political risk analysis group, said in an Oct. 16 text message reply to questions. “Dos Santos, aware of Portugal’s reliance on Angola, is flexing his muscles.” Portugal’s relationship with Angola is “not well” and a planned “strategic partnership” in trade is at risk, dos Santos said in a state of the nation speech to open Parliament Oct. 15 in Luanda, the capital. A summit meeting between the...
(Bloomberg 10/18/13)
Tecmad Mining Services SARL is drilling at its Camutue diamond mine in the northeast of Angola, the world’s fourth-largest diamond producer, to test the feasibility of expansion, Site Director Colyn Purdon said. The kimberlite mine at Lucapa in Lunda Norte province, 825 kilometers (513 miles) east of Luanda, the capital, produces about 12,000 carats a month from more than 50,000 cubic meters of ore, Purdon said in an interview at the mine Oct. 13. The 13-hectare (32-acre) open pit is 45 meters (148 feet) deep with initial plans to extend to 115 meters while core samples are being taken to a depth of 150 meters to determine future viability, Purdon said. “We’re drilling down to plan where to go,” Purdon...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/13)
LUANDA, October 18, 2013 (AFP) - Angola, one of Africa's fastest growing economies, has adopted laws to govern future financial markets that it plans to launch beginning next year, an official said Friday. Plans to make Luanda a financial trading hub have been on the books for a long time, but have been delayed by technical problems as well as the lack of legal footing to guarantee transparency. Vera Daves, director of Angola's Capital Market Commission told AFP that four pieces of legislation adopted through presidential decrees now provide the legal framework necessary. With the laws on the books, the plan now is to launch a bond market next year, ahead of the opening of the stock market in 2016...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/18/13)
BRAZZAVILLE | (Reuters) - A detachment of Angolan troops crossed into neighboring Congo Republic earlier this week and has detained a group of Congolese soldiers, a senior Congolese officer said on Thursday. Angola's ambassador in Brazzaville said he was not aware of any Angolan troop movements inside Congo Republic and denied that his country's army was detaining Congolese soldiers. The incident highlights tensions around Angola's oil-rich Cabinda enclave, which is separated from the rest of Angola and surrounded by Congo Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo. Cabinda is home to the FLEC rebellion, which has fought a low-intensity guerrilla war against Luanda for decades.The Angolan soldiers entered Congo's Kimongo district from Cabinda on Sunday, Colonel Christian Sansa, a senior commander...
(Zimbabwe Independent 10/18/13)
The frosty relations between the International Criminal Court (ICC), which came into force on July 1 2002, and African leaders show signs of further deterioration with African leaders accusing The Hague of employing double standards against Africans. The conflict was sparked in July 2008 when the then prosecutor Moreno Ocampo applied for a warrant of arrest for Omar Al-Bashir, the sitting President of the Republic of Sudan. Al-Bashir was charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in the Darfur region of South Sudan. Since establishment, the office of the prosecutor (OTP) of the ICC has investigated eight cases involving alleged violations of international criminal law. Each of these investigations is related to situations in African countries, namely the...
(Voice of America 10/18/13)
UNITED NATIONS — Five countries have won two-year terms on the U.N. Security Council, including two potentially controversial countries. U.N. General Assembly President John Ashe announced the winners of the secret ballot vote. “Chad, Chile, Lithuania, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia are elected members of the Security Council for a two-year term beginning on 1 January 2014,” he said. They will replace outgoing members Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo. The seats are allocated regionally, and all five candidates had been agreed upon in advance within their regional groups, so they faced no competition. But they all were required to win a two-thirds majority approval of voting U.N. member states, which they did. Chad, Saudi Arabia and Lithuania have never served...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/13)
BUCHAREST, October 17, 2013 (AFP) - The president of the International Criminal Court said Thursday it has never targeted any African country, calling such criticism "regrettable". "We never chased any African country, we didn't do anything in this respect, they brought their own situation to us," Korean judge Sang-Hyun Song told AFP, speaking in English. His comments were the ICC's strongest response yet to accusations by made by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta at last week's African Union summit of "bias and race-hunting at the ICC". The African Union has called on the ICC to adjourn the crimes against humanity trials of Kenyatta and Kenya's Vice-President William Ruto. But Song strongly defended the court, speaking during a conference in Bucharest organised...
(The Independent 10/16/13)
In the middle of one of the most severe droughts in decades an estimated 1.5 million people in southern Angola, and more than 778,000 people in northern Namibia, do not currently have enough food or water, according to the UN. With the threat of hunger, disease and lost livelihoods growing daily, local civil society organisations are now warning that unless more is done to help communities build resilience to such erratic changes in the climate, this part of Africa could become the next Sahel, which was hit with severe drought and famine in 2010. When I visited families of semi-nomadic farmers in south west Angola earlier this year, it was already clear that most of their crops were not going...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/16/13)
LUANDA | (Reuters) - Angola's President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos said on Tuesday relations with Portugal were unhealthy, reflecting tensions in a planned "strategic partnership" between Africa's number two oil producer and its former colonial ruler. Portugal is Angola's main source of imports and Portuguese companies are very active in banking and construction in the huge African country. In turn, Angolan investors have snapped up large stakes in top Lisbon-listed companies. Angola is second only to Nigeria as an African oil producer and its rapid growth has given Portuguese firms and workers opportunities to escape severe economic problems at home. But relations between the two states were "not well," Dos Santos, who has been in power since 1979, told parliament...
(Dw-World 10/16/13)
The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership has no winner in 2013 - for the fourth time in five years. The award, set up by Sudan-born telecoms tycoon Mo Ibrahim in 2007, goes to a democratically elected African leader who demonstrated exceptional leadership, served their mandated term and left office in the last three years. It carries a $5 million (3.7 million euro) prize paid over 10 years and $200,000 annually for life from then on, with a further $200,000 per year available for 10 years for good causes backed by the winner. The London-based Mo Ibrahim foundation also publishes the Ibrahim Index of African Governance. Deutsche Welle spoke to a former award winner and president of Botswana about...
(Times of swaziland 10/16/13)
MBABANE –The power of nutrition to transform individuals, societies and economies will be the highlight in today’s celebration to mark World Food Day. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) will further highlight the need to make nutrition central to all development efforts. WFP Country Director Heather Hill said the cost of hunger in the Swaziland study, published in July this year, showed that economic losses associated with under nutrition total E783 million annually. These results, Hill said, highlighted the need for all sectors including education, health, agriculture, finance and social affairs to consider the benefits, both social and economic of prioritising child nutrition today and in the future. WFP has many years of collaboration in food security and nutrition with...
(African arguments 10/16/13)
African economies are generally growing - we know that and it can be well-documented through trusted economic data. But is African governance also rising? That's the question that the Mo Ibrahim Foundation seeks to answer every year through its Index of African Governance. And the answer is yes. The big number this year's report showcases is that 94 percent of the continent's people live in countries that have experienced overall governance improvement since 2000. So, it's pretty clear that the general trend is up. However, this is a complex index based on large quantities of data, so from it we can determine several different indicators (not all of which are increasing). Broadly, these are classified (by the Index) within 4...
(CNN 10/16/13)
New York (CNN) -- An alleged al Qaeda operative accused of playing a role in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania pleaded not guilty Tuesday to terrorism charges brought against him in federal court in New York. As Abu Anas al Libi walked into court to face the charges, his hands were shackled, his hair was short, and he sported a red, bushy beard, graying around his face and chin. He moved slowly and appeared unsteady. He told the court he was 49, but he looked 10 to 15 years older. His family told CNN he suffers from hepatitis C. Judge Lewis Kaplan signed a medical order for care. Wearing gray sweatpants, a black, long-sleeved shirt and...
(News Day 10/14/13)
Sub-saharan African economies are expected to register growth in 2014 due to strong growth buoyed by domestic demand in most of the region, the International Monetary Fund has said. According to the recent World Economic Outlook, growth in the region remained robust in 2012-13. “Growth in sub-Saharan Africa remained robust in 2012–13 and is expected to accelerate somewhat in 2014 reflecting strong domestic demand in most of the region,” the IMF said. “Nevertheless, spillovers from sluggish external demand, reversal of capital flows, and declines in commodity prices are contributing to somewhat weaker growth prospects in many countries relative to the April 2013 WEO. Polices should aim to rebuild room for policy maneuvering where it has been eroded, and more broadly...

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