Monday 20 November 2017
(AFP (eng) 08/28/13)
The great democratic and economic strides made by African countries in the last decade risk being checked by aging leaders unwilling to pass the baton. For generations of foreign investors accustomed to the likes of Uganda's Idi Amin and the former Zaire's Mobutu Sese Seko, it took a while to shake off the stereotype of African leaders as psychotic kleptocrats hell-bent on retaining power. And not without justification. From 1960 to 2010, during 653 elections on the continent, the incumbent conceded defeat just 16 percent of the time, according to an African Development Bank study. But as better governance has swept from Senegal to Lesotho, the world's perceptions have slowly caught up. Investors who once fearfully dipped their toes in...
(Bloomberg 08/27/13)
A foreign exchange law in Angola has halved the amount of dollars auctioned by the central bank since June as the country considers letting its currency trade on international markets, a central bank official said. The Banco de Nacional de Angola said the amount sold at auctions has fallen to $200 million a week from $400 million in June, before oil companies were required to pay some suppliers in kwanzas, the local currency, Antonio Andre Lopes, a vice-governor of the bank, said in an Aug. 21 interview in his offices in Luanda, the capital. The kwanza traded at 95.7780 per dollar on Aug. 23. Angola, Africa’s second-biggest oil producer after Nigeria, passed a law last year that may funnel $25...
(The Herald Online 08/27/13)
The SADC community is likely to expedite the adoption of a new streamlined visa system after the regional bloc yesterday further committed itself to the introduction of the UNI-VISA system. This was the major outcome of the Ministerial Roundtable meeting that was held here at the UNWTO General Assembly yesterday. In an interview, outgoing Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Engineer Walter Mzembi said the UNWTO was impressed by the stance taken by the SADC community on a facilitative visa system. “We brought in the SADC chair Dr Joyce Banda wearing the hats of the entire 14 SADC member states. “I think she had a powerful policy statement that was tabled during the Ministerial round table which surprised even the...
(Angola Press 08/26/13)
Luanda - La circulation routière au pont jeté sur la rivière Congue, interrompue epuis la fin 2012 par écroulement, sera rétablie dans six mois, période à laquelle on prévoit la conclusion des travaux de construction d'un nouveau pont.Le vice-gouverneur provincial de Huambo, à la sphère technique et des infrastructures, Calunga Francisco Quissanga, a livré cette information à la siganture du contrat avec la compagnie qui effectuera le travail, dont le coût est estimé à 235.388.451 kwanzas, souligant qu'un travail de fond sera fait, qui passe par la contention des ravines, une fois que ce ponte avait déjà cible de trois réhabilitations. Selon Calunga, le gouvernorat de Huambo prendra des mesures administratives pour l'exploitation d'inertes tout au long de la rivière...
(Independent Online 08/26/13)
Luanda - President Jacob Zuma, Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila agreed at a meeting in Luanda on Friday that Angola would become more involved in training the DRC military to help it bring peace to the eastern part of the country. They met as fighting between the DRC army and M23 rebels continued around Goma, capital of the DRC’s troubled North Kivu province. The three leaders also agreed that a summit should be called within weeks of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) and the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region to discuss the outbreak of fighting and the progress of international and regional efforts to end it. Zuma...
(Voice of America 08/26/13)
DHL calls itself the “logistics company for the world,” providing transportation via rail, road, sea and air. And Company officials see Africa as a place where its business can boom. For that to happen, though, more international companies will need to invest in the continent and base their operations there. DHL’s Sumesh Rahavendra sees that happening. That’s one of the findings from a recent global technological conference sponsored by his company.“There’s quite a bit of evidence to that in terms of global companies starting to set up base in Africa. If you look at the likes of SAP or IBM or Hisense, which is the Chinese company, all of them are setting base in Africa and looking at how specifically...
(The Associated Press 08/26/13)
The United Nations world tourism body said Sunday it has chosen Zimbabwe to lead its Commission for Africa, the continent-wide group for tourism development for the next two years. The U.N. World Tourism Organization said that conflict-troubled Mali also joins the African tourism commission. Zimbabwe and Zambia are co-hosting the 155-nation tourism organization's summit, held every two years, at the resort of Victoria Falls on their common border. The six-day general assembly was formally opened by the two countries' presidents, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Michael Sata of Zambia. The United Nations said in a statement that July 31 elections in Zimbabwe, bitterly disputed over alleged rigging, "will be respected by the assembly." Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States...
(Voici 08/26/13)
The South African government says former President Nelson Mandela remains in critical but stable condition but his condition becomes "unstable" at times. The government said the ailing anti-apartheid icon who has been hospitalized since June has shown "great resilience" and that his condition "tends to stabilize as a result of medical interventions." In the Saturday statement, President Jacob Zuma urged South Africans to continue praying for the 95-year-old former leader. Mandela is hospitalized in Pretoria. He was admitted to a hospital on June 8 for a recurring lung infection. The former president's health has worsened in recent years. He had been in and out of the hospital for much of the past year. Mandela was elected to serve as South...
(Reuters 08/24/13)
Testimony in the trial of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai has produced salacious details about the opulent and supposedly corrupt lifestyle of the family of the once high-flying Communist Party aristocrat. But perhaps no tidbit has attracted as much attention as the piece of exotic meat Bo's son, Guagua, brought back from a visit to Africa in 2011. The trip was paid for by entrepreneur Xu Ming, once close to the Bo family and now detained, accused of paying bribes to Bo. The mystery meat was a given by Guagua to his father, according to written testimony at the trial from his wife, Gu Kailai, a transcript of which was published by the court. Gu said she did not remember...
(Xinhuanet 08/24/13)
The Japanese Defense Ministry is mulling to dispatch resident officials tasked with military information gathering to Africa countries in a move to strengthen its intelligence collecting capability in the countries, according to local media. The officials will be sent to seven African countries, namely Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa, and Brazil in South America from fiscal 2014 to obtain information over terrorism and other security issues, Japan's Kyodo News quoted government officials as saying. The defense ministry will include the costs in its budget request for fiscal 2014, said the report, adding that the ministry also plans to increase the number of such staff in European countries that have influence on Africa countries, such as Britain,...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/23/13)
OSLO | Fri Aug 23, 2013 (Reuters) - Statoil (STL.OL), one of the most successful oil explorers in recent years, sees offshore Angola and Russian shale as the industry's next big plays and considers U.S. shale oil overhyped, its exploration chief Tim Dodson said. The firm, which has expanded from its traditional North Sea base to all continents over the past decade, also expects to spend heavily on exploring in Brazil, Tanzania and the Arctic Barents Sea, possibly maintaining its record-high exploration budget, Dodson told Reuters in an interview. Statoil, already a top offshore producer, needs new discoveries as it aims to lift production by a quarter to more than 2.5 million barrels a day this decade, and diversify its...
(Bloomberg 08/23/13)
Angola, Africa’s largest oil producer after Nigeria, needs to cut its reliance on crude to buffer the economy as prices for the commodity are set to remain stable over the next three years, a central bank official said. The economy is forecast to expand 6.5 percent this year and between 7 percent and 8 percent in 2014, while oil trades at about $106 a barrel, Antonio Andre Lopes, a vice-governor of the Banco Nacional de Angola, said yesterday in an interview at his office in Luanda, the capital. Crude oil makes up 97 percent of the country’s exports and 80 percent of tax revenue. “The price of oil is a big threat so we need to diversify the economy to...
(Bloomberg 08/22/13)
Angola, Africa’s largest oil producer after Nigeria, needs to cut its reliance on crude to buffer the economy as prices for the commodity are set to remain stable over the next three years, a central bank official said. The economy is forecast to expand 6.5 percent this year and between 7 percent and 8 percent in 2014, while oil trades at about $106 a barrel, Antonio Andre Lopes, a vice-governor of the Banco Nacional de Angola, said yesterday in an interview at his office in Luanda, the capital. Crude oil makes up 97 percent of the country’s exports and 80 percent of tax revenue. “The price of oil is a big threat so we need to diversify the economy to...
(Voice of America 08/21/13)
HARARE — Southern African leaders are calling for the West to lift all sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe after endorsing President Robert Mugabe's victory in disputed elections last month.At the July gathering of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Malawi President Joyce Banda, who chairs SADC, said Zimbabweans had "suffered enough."The call comes before Mugabe has been sworn in, extending his 33-year-long rule for another five years.Mugabe's spokesman on Monday said the 89-year-old leader would take the oath of office on Thursday if the country’s Constitutional Court clears him. The country's electoral commission declared Mugabe the winner, defeating Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai 61 to 34 percent in the hotly-disputed election July 31. Just last week, Tsvangirai withdrew his election challenge, arguing...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/21/13)
(Reuters) - Tanzania-focused miner African Barrick Gold pinned its turnaround hopes on a new chief executive on Wednesday, appointing industry veteran Bradley A Gordon to replace Greg Hawkins at the helm of the struggling group. The FTSE 250 company, whose poor performance meant it was under pressure even before a gold price rout began in April, said Gordon's appointment would be effective immediately. Gordon, who has worked in the gold mining industry for 30 years, was previously CEO of Intrepid Mines, the Canadian and Australian listed precious metals exploration and development company with primary operations in Indonesia. Analysts welcomed the change, and said Gordon's his lack of African experience was balanced by his ability to manage difficult operations. "The announcement...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/21/13)
LONDON | Wed Aug 21, 2013 (Reuters) - Tanzania-focused miner African Barrick Gold on Wednesday named industry veteran Bradley A Gordon as its new chief executive, succeeding Greg Hawkins who has resigned to pursue other opportunities. African Barrick was under pressure even before a gold price rout began in April, hit by illegal mining, power generation problems and strikes, issues which forced it to warn in February that output would shrink for a fifth straight year. Gordon, who has worked in the gold mining industry for 30 years, was previously CEO of Intrepid Mines, the Canadian and Australian listed precious metals exploration and development company with primary operations in Indonesia. African Barrick initiated a review of its operations earlier this...
(AFP (eng) 08/20/13)
African immigrants warned Monday of a rise in racist attacks in Morocco, as hundreds gathered outside a morgue holding the body of a Senegalese man who was murdered last week. Some 250 people, mostly Senegalese immigrants, gathered outside the morgue in Rabat, where the man's remains were taken after he was stabbed to death on a bus in the Moroccan capital last Monday. Anna Bynes, a Senegalese student at Rabat university, said the attack was the latest in a string of racist violence targeting sub-Saharan Africans. "It is the last straw... The other day it was a Congolese man killed on a bus in Tangiers. Then a Gabonese woman was raped. Today a Senegalese has been killed." The police on...
(Angola Press 08/19/13)
Brasília - L'ambassadeuir d'Angola au Brésil, Nelson Cosme, a adressé dimanche, un message de condolánces au président de l'Assemblée Nationale, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, dans lequel il manifeste sa tristesse et celle des travailleurs de la mission diplomatique par la disparition physique du député du MPLA, Alfredo Furtado de Azevedo Júnior.“Le député Alfredo Júnior, a été depuis les premieres heures de notre indépendance, des intérêts supérieurs du peuple angolais, fait qui lui a valu l'indication pour diverses postes dans l'appareil de l'Etat, à l'Assemblée Nationale et dans la diplomatie angolaise, ayant représenté le pays au Mouvement International de la Jeunesse, à Budapest, en Hongrie", souligne le message.Avec le décès du député Açfredo Junior, le pays perd un défenseur...
(Angola Press 08/19/13)
Luanda — The secretary of State for Institutional Matters, Adão de Almeida, left Sunday morning for the eastern Lunda Sul Province, in the ambit of the cycle of conferences being promoted by the Territory Administration Ministry aimed at presenting in the eastern region of the country Uganda's experience in organising local elections. Speaking to ANGOP, at the 4 de Fevereiro International Airport, the secretary of State said that for the conference, which is to open on Monday in Saurimo City, he is being accompanied by a team of specialists from Uganda, as well as by senior cadres of his department. "The goal of this cycle of lectures is to collect as many elements and experiences as possible from other countries,...
(Angola Press 08/19/13)
Luanda — About 44 foreign citizens were detained on Saturday night by the Angolan National Police (PNA) in Cacuaco municipality in Luanda for their illegal entrance to the country. Speaking to Angop on Sunday, the spokesman of the general police command, sub-commissioner, Arestofanes dos Santos, said that this figure includes 22 citizens are from Conakry Guinea, 10 from DR Congo and the others are from Congo Brazzaville, Mali, Guinea Bissau and Senegal. According to a source, the foreigners, including two women and one child, were arrested at 9. 45 minutes p.m at the mouth of Bengo River. According to him, the police will stregnthen their operational actions to prevent this kind of activities.

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