| Africatime
Sunday 30 April 2017
(Macauhub 12/14/16)
The National Assembly of Angola approved a bill designed to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of forest areas and Angolan terrestrial wildlife. The bill establishes the legal systems of access and sustainable use of forest resources and wildlife and replaces legislation dating from 1955 and 1957, before the independence of Angola. The new law also establishes the general principles and rules of protection and management of forest resources and terrestrial fauna and ecosystems, ensuring that they are used and explored in a sustainable, integrated and responsible way. The law also aims to ensure the contribution of forests and wildlife, and related activities, for food security, meeting basic needs, job creation and gradual
(Macauhub 12/14/16)
The Angolan beverage company Sociedade de Distribuição de Bebidas de Angola (Sodiba) announced the opening from January 2017 of a drinks factory, located in Bom Jesus, in Luanda, with a production capacity of 144 million litres per year. The chief executive of Sodiba, José Carlos Beato said the plant, with an area of ​​40 hectares, represents an investment of US$150 million. Jose Beato said that besides the production and distribution of beer the new plant will produce Sodiba bottled water, spirits, soft drinks, squashes and concentrates. The first drink to be produced will be Sagres beer with the approval and indication of Sociedade Central de Cervejas (SCC) and the Heineken Group, as part of a Trademark License Agreement. Sodiba will...
(AFP (eng) 12/14/16)
Family planning helps people in Africa to be healthier and wealthier, as women without contraceptives become locked in "a cycle of poverty," Melinda Gates told AFP as a conference on the topic was held in Ivory Coast. "When a woman has access to contraceptives she can lift herself out of poverty, and if she doesn't have access to contraceptives, it locks her inside a cycle of poverty for the rest of her life," said the wife of Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates, whose foundation is very active in the field. Family planning has "huge health benefits for the woman and for her children, and it has economic benefits," Gates told AFP by telephone from the Ivorian economic capital Abidjan...
(Independent Online 12/13/16)
The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (Aaam) has entered into a partnership to assist Angola establish its own automotive industry. Jeff Nemeth, the chairman of Aaam and president and chief executive of the Ford Motor Company’s sub-Saharan Africa region, said that, similar to what the association had done in Kenya, it had offered during a recent trip to Angola to partner with the government in a consultative role. Nemeth said he told the Angolan government that Aaam, with General Motors, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen, BMW and Ford, could bring a lot of experience to the discussion and could help devise a roadmap. Aaam’s aim is to unlock the economic potential of the African continent by promoting a policy environment that is...
(AFP (eng) 12/13/16)
The cocktails keep flowing by the pool on the tourist strip, but in The Gambia's markets many African migrant traders are packing up their businesses and heading home. The international community is piling pressure on President Yahya Jammeh to leave power after 22 years and hand over to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election two weeks ago only for Jammeh to later reverse his original concession of defeat. Of the economy's two main sources of investment from abroad, tourism appears to be weathering the country's political storm far better than the thousands of petty traders who move to The Gambia from the rest of west Africa. President-elect Barrow told AFP on Monday claims that tourist numbers could be...
(AFP (eng) 12/09/16)
Angola is expected to formally announce the end of President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos' controversial 37-year rule Saturday, and name a successor to lead the ailing African oil-producing country. News of the veteran leader's impending retirement, announced on state radio on December 2, has made front page news in Angolan newspapers all week. But the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), in power since 1975, has officially remained silent on the matter. On Saturday, on the 60th anniversary of its founding, the party is expected to confirm that Dos Santos, 74, will not seek another term as president in the 2017 party elections.
(Le Monde 12/09/16)
Dozens of politicians, diplomats, military and intelligence chiefs, members of the opposition and leading business figures were wiretapped across the continent. This rare overview of modern satellite espionage could hardly be less technical and abstract, for it not only names the victims of intercepts but also reveals the scale of a surveillance operation spanning an entire continent. That continent is Africa. New documents shown to Le Monde, in collaboration with The Intercept, from the data cache of the former NSA (National Security Agency) operative Edward Snowden, originally given to Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, offer unprecedented insight into information on twenty African countries collected by GCHQ, the British intelligence service, between 2009 and 2010. Dozens of lists of intercepts examined...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/07/16)
As the darkness falls on the plains around Bunambiyu, a remote village in Tanzania's northern Shinyanga region, Elizabeth Julius switches on her solar lantern to finish sewing clothes for her customers. Not long ago, nightfall would have forced her to close her tailoring shop, or use a smoky kerosene lamp. But with the solar-powered lamp, Julius can now sew for as long as she wants. "Solar energy has entirely changed my life. I use it at work and at home, yet it doesn't cost me anything," said the 29-year-old entrepreneur and mother of two. "I often wake up at night to work because I need the money to support my family," she said. Julius and her husband, Zablon, used to...
(APA 12/06/16)
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says Africa can yield benefits from commodity-based industrialization and agro-alliance with new policy approaches, according to a statement issued here Tuesday. The ECA has on many editions of its annual Economic Report made a push for the developmental state and a return to planning, arguing that the strong role of the state is key to fostering Africa’s structural transformation. The acting ECA Executive Secretary Abdalla Hamdok spoke on the need for new policy approaches to incentivize agricultural production in activities and sectors with higher returns. In his remarks at the opening of the African Economic Conference on the theme, Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth, Hamdok said: “Our desire for structural transformation...
(Voice of America 12/05/16)
Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has led the oil-rich nation for 37 years, will not stand for re-election in next year's polls. State radio said Friday that the ruling MPLA party has decided that the minister of defense, Joao Lourenço, will be the party´s presidential candidate in the 2017 elections, scheduled for August. A source in the MPLA Central Committee confirmed to VOA's Portuguese to Africa Service that Lourenço, not dos Santos, will be the party´s candidate. Dos Santos, 74, has led Angola since 1979 and is the second longest-serving ruler in Africa, behind only Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea. The president has previously said he will leave national politics in 2018, but this is the most tangible...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming home fans. Desire slotted in from close range after a beautiful lob from team mate Ngozi Okobi hit a Cameroonian defender and fell on her path with six minutes to the end of the game. The remaining duration and three...
(AFP (eng) 12/02/16)
An Angolan court was on Friday shown automatic weapons allegedly used in a coup attempt against long-ruling President Jose Eduardo dos Santos in January. The 35 accused men, said to be former fighters from the UNITA opposition group, appeared in court dressed in brown uniform on the first day of their trial in Luanda. Two other men are still being sought by police. An indictment read out by judge Joao Carlos Eduardo Agostinho said the men were arrested on January 30 and 31 close to the presidential palace and the public television and radio station. It said they had eight guns, as well as knives and bayonets. The men were accused of plotting "to take over (the television station) after...
(Angola Press(En) 12/02/16)
The Thai ambassador to Angola, Pornchai DanvivaThana, reaffirmed Wednesday in Luanda his country's interest in training Angolan technicians in the field of agriculture, with emphasis on increasing rice production. Speaking to Angop, the non-resident diplomat said he discussed with Angolan Secretary of State for Cooperation Ângela Bragança the possibility of training Angolan staff in his country, a major producer and exporter of this grain. According to him, Angola has great agricultural potential and the two countries will develop a project to exploit the existing potentialities to ensure safety and food sustainability. He said of having the approval of the Secretary of State for Cooperation, missing only the details with the Angolan Ministry of Agriculture were missing. The diplomat also informed...
(Macauhub 12/02/16)
The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) has granted a loan of US$4.5 billion to Angola to finance the construction of the Caculo Cabaça hydroelectric dam, under a contract signed on Wednesday in Beijing, the Angolan press reported. Finance Minister Archer Mangueira, who signed the loan contract on behalf of Angola, said the dam’s construction project is considered to be structural and is included in the public investment programme. It is expected to allow exports fo electricity produced on the Kwanza River to Namibia or South Africa. Mangueira isvisiting China, having already met with the Deputy Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen, with whom he discussed issues of a bilateral nature and the need to speed up the approval process...
(Voice of America 12/02/16)
Activists are using the women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon to campaign for the protection of the continent's forests and animal species. The campaign, called “Sports for Nature," is spearheaded by conservationist groups who say some of Africa's natural resources are on the verge of going extinct. In Yaounde, birds sing at a makeshift park near the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, one of the sites of the 2016 women's football African Cup of Nations. Conservationist Nevielle Tanyi points toward a crocodile walking nearby and describes the danger it poses to workers trying to maintain a pond. "When we provoke the crocodile to leave the pond area, it goes toward the side where there is no water and it normally...
(AFP (eng) 12/01/16)
Eleven countries, meeting Wednesday on security in central Africa, urged the Democratic Republic of Congo's opposition to back a deal that could keep its president in office far beyond his official mandate. Leaders or their representatives from the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) met in Libreville, the capital of Gabon. "The conference called on those political and social forces (in DRC) which have not yet done so to join the October 18, 2016 political agreement, which is aimed at strengthening social cohesion and the holding of calm democratic elections," a statement said. DRC President Laurent Kabila, whose tenure is scheduled to end December 20, has been elected to two terms
(Xinhuanet 11/30/16)
Over 250 women security officers from 37 countries across Africa attending Africa Regional Convention of Women in Security Organs here vowed to step up efforts to stamp out gender-based violence (GBV) in the continent. The convention, organized according to the Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD), was designed to redraw strategies for women officers to play their role in the fight against crimes, especially child abuse and violence against women and girls. At the two-day event that opened Monday, the women officers from police, military and prison services called for more workshops and regular conferences and establishing anti-GBV centers in all member countries of KICD. They also called for prioritizing countries that need more attention in fighting violence against women and...
(Xinhuanet 11/29/16)
Experts in capital markets are advocating the acceleration of the bourses markets across Africa in order to drive economic growth on the continent. Speaking at the opening of Africa securities exchanges conference in the Rwandan capital Kigali on Monday, experts emphasized that capital markets are becoming more important to African economies because they help raise funds for long term investment which will drive Africa into middle income status. Rwanda hosts the 20th African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) annual conference from November 27 to 29 dubbed: "The Road to 2030: Making the African Capital Markets Relevant to the Real Economy." The three-day meeting has brought together more than 300 global and regional experts and stakeholders in capital markets, regulators, law firms...
(AFP (eng) 11/28/16)
Southern African leaders paid glowing tributes to the late revolutionary icon Fidel Castro, but if one country will forever be heavily indebted to his leadership of Cuba, it is Angola. Castro sent tens of thousands of troops when oil-giant Angola became embroiled in a proxy war between the United States and Russia who were vying for Cold War supremacy. Having gained independence from Portuguese colonial rule in 1975, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) government faced a civil war against the rival National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). Castro supported the MPLA, which was fighting US- and apartheid-backed UNITA. It culminated in the 1988 Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, in southern Angola, an epic confrontation...
(Washington Post 11/28/16)
Following his release after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela made sure one of his first trips abroad was to Havana. There, in the Cuban capital in 1991, Mandela lavished his host, Fidel Castro, with appreciation. Castro, said Mandela, was a “source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.” The scene might seem paradoxical in some corners of the West. How could the global symbol of African liberation and democracy say such a thing about a man whose death last Friday provoked exiles who fled repressive Cuban rule to dance in Miami's streets? How could Mandela — imprisoned by South Africa's apartheid rulers — find common ground with Castro, who cleared his way to absolute power in Cuba by jailing untold...

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