Tuesday 12 December 2017
(AFP (eng) 08/14/17)
The "terrorist" attack on a restaurant in Burkina Faso killed at least 18 people including eight foreigners and seven locals, the country's foreign minister Alpha Barry said Monday. The foreigners killed in Sunday's attack included one Frenchman; one Canadian woman; male victims from Senegal, Niger, Lebanon and Turkey; and two Kuwaiti women, while three victims remain unidentified, he said.
(APA 08/14/17)
A terrorist attack on Sunday night in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou, left 18 dead and eight others wounded, according to an official source. According to the source close to the national gendarmerie, the attack occurred Sunday at around 9 pm against the Aziz Istanbul Café-Restaurant on Kwame Nkrumah Avenue in the heart of Ouagadougou. The Burkinabe Defense Forces (FDS), the source added, immediately intervened and neutralized (in the early morning) the terrorists who are believed to be two. The Director of Communications of the National Gendarmerie, Captain Herve Ye told the private radio station Omega that the assailants arrived on motorcycles and opened fire on the customers. For his part, Burkina Faso’s Communication Minister and Government Spokesman, Remi Fulgence Dandjinou,...
(Reuters 08/14/17)
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 18 people and wounded several during a raid on a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital overnight, but security forces shot dead both attackers and freed people trapped inside the building. "This is a terrorist attack," Communications Minister Remi Dandjinou told a news conference on Monday. Burkina Faso, like other countries in West Africa, has been targeted sporadically by jihadist groups. Most attacks have been along its remote northern border with Mali, which has seen activity by Islamist militants for more than a decade. A Reuters witness saw customers running out of the Aziz Istanbul restaurant in central Ouagadougou as police and paramilitary gendarmerie surrounded it, amid gunfire. A French citizen was...
(APA 08/14/17)
Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, on Monday, on his Tweeter page, praised his country’s Security Forces for their “bravery” in “neutralizing the perpetrators” of Sunday night’s terrorist attack that hit the “Istanbul Restaurant” in Ouagadougou, killing 18 people and wounding eight others. “I hail the bravery of our defense and security forces, whose commitment has made it possible to “neutralize the terrorists,” Roch Marc Christian Kabore tweeted. The President added that “the valiant people of Burkina Faso will oppose uncompromising resistance to terrorism and to the enemies of our country’s progress." For Roch Kabore, “the fight against terrorism is a long-term struggle. I therefore appeal to the vigilance, solidarity and unity of the whole nation to face the...
(BBC News Africa 08/14/17)
Gunmen have shot dead 18 people and injured others at a cafe in the centre of of the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, the government says. At least eight foreigners and seven locals were among those killed in Sunday's evening attack on the Aziz Istanbul cafe, the government added. The gunmen, thought to be jihadists, fired on customers on the terrace before making their way inside. Two attackers were killed in a siege which lasted into the morning. President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré condemned the "cowardly terror attack", saying the people of Burkina Faso would not give in to terrorism. The foreigners killed include two Kuwaitis, and one each from Canada, France, Lebanon, Nigeria, Senegal and Turkey, Burkina Faso's Foreign...
(APA 08/14/17)
France’s ambassador to Burkina Faso Xavier Lapeyre de Cabanes has expressed on social networks his country’s solidarity with Burkina Faso, after the attack on the “Istanbul” Restaurant in Ouagadougou, in which 18 people were killed and eight wounded. “I extend my condolences to the families of the victims and to the people of Burkina Faso after the horrific attack on the ‘Istanbul’ Restaurant. Compassionate France,” Lapeyre de Cabanes tweeted. On its website, the French embassy wrote: “Our embassy is kept informed by the permanent contact with local authorities. French residents in Burkina Faso and visiting French nationals registered on the Ariane security system were alerted by the embassy and urged to avoid the sector and reassure their loved ones. “France...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/14/17)
French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss the situation in Burkina Faso later on Monday with Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Kabore, after an attack on a restaurant in Ouagadougo which killed at least 18 people. "The president of the republic will hold talks during the day with his counterpart, President Roch Marc Kabore, in order to evaluate the situation," said a statement issued by Macron's office on Monday. The statement said France remained committed to working alongside countries in the region to fight against terrorist groups. French TV station BFM reported that one French citizen had been killed in the attack, although there was no immediate, official confirmation of this fatality.
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all, but that’s still subject to...
(Bloomberg 08/11/17)
Burkina Faso’s prime minister urged truck drivers to end a strike that’s halted all goods transports between the country’s two main cities and threatens to cause a fuel shortage. Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba met with truck drivers’ unions and apologized on behalf of his government for remarks made by Security Minister Simon Compaore that triggered the strike, his office said Thursday in an emailed statement. Trucks are barred from entering or leaving the capital, Ouagadougou, and the second-biggest city, Bobo-Dioulasso, causing a 30 percent increase in the fuel price at several gas stations in the capital. The indefinite strike began Wednesday after Compaore said publicly that policemen who’d beaten up a truck driver at the Togolese border shouldn’t feel...
(APA 08/10/17)
Bank of Africa (BOA) Burkina Faso, a subsidiary of the banking group of the same name, realized a net banking income of 17.258 billion CFA francs (about US$27.612 million) in the first quarter of 2017, the Ouagadougou-based bank told APA on Wednesday. Compared to the first half of 2016 when it stood at 16.132 billion CFA francs, this time income grew by 6.98 percent. As for the bank’s total balance, it stood at 752.9 billion CFA francs, up by 12 percent compared to June 30, 2016. BOA Burkina Faso’s overheads increased by 8.75 percent, from 6.786 billionCFA francs in 2016 to 7.379 billion CFA francs a year later. The bank’s gross operating income grew by 4.56 percent to reach 8.745...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in adulthood. It had a brain...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal of establishing a true partnership for the future", Lighthizer said. "By lowering barriers and tackling other constraints that impede trade and investment, we are poised to see U.S.-Africa trade flourish", he said, underscoring that "much more work needs to be...
(Bloomberg 08/08/17)
Burkina Faso announced an infrastructure development plan that aims to create jobs and boost economic growth in the country’s impoverished northern region, where jobless youths have become prime recruitment targets for Islamist militants. The 455 billion CFA francs ($819 million) project will prioritize the building of schools, roads, medical facilities and water infrastructure, Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba told reporters Thursday in the northern city of Tongomayel. The funds will be disbursed to small and medium-sized businesses to boost employment and prevent the radicalization of young people, Thieba said. Burkina Faso is fighting an insurgency in its northern Sahel region where most of 33 militant attacks since 2015 took place
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's 3,000m steeplechase - though American...
(APA 08/03/17)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has expressed satisfaction with Burkina Faso’s economic performance, pending a new three-year program in 2018. The Ministry of Economy and Finance said despite the security problems and social tensions, the IMF has been impressed with what it saw as a good macroeconomic management, acceleration of the GDP growth rate at 5.9 percent in 2016, against 4 percent in 2015, as well as tax revenue mobilization at 15 percent of GDP, signifying an increase of 0.8 percent compared with two years ago. Under the 2017 forecast, the IMF forecasts real GDP growth to increase to around 6.5 percent in the medium term. To this end, the Fund has encouraged the Burkinabe government to implement structural and...
(APA 08/03/17)
The new president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad is expected in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou on Thursday for a visit which will last until 6 August, the country’s football federation told APA on Wednesday. During the course of his trip, the new Malagasy boss of CAF will meet the authorities, the executive committee of the Burkina Faso Football Federation and the Mogho-Naaba or supreme leader of the Moose ethnic groups. The head of the African football governing body will witness the men’s and women’s finals of the Faso Cup. He will also field questions at a press conference in a hotel in the capital Ouagadougou. Upon arrival at Ouagadougou airports on July 3 around 7:45 pm,...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year, while exports gained 3 percent to 47 billion U.S. dollars. Transport equipment has become a bright spot in China's exports to African countries, with that of ships, trains and aerospace equipment up 200 percent, 161 percent and 252 percent respectively,...
(AFP (eng) 08/02/17)
French and German support for a regional Sahel force to battle jihadists will persuade other European nations of the benefits of backing the counter-terror measure, Germany's defence minister said Tuesday. Ursula von der Leyen spoke to journalists in Bamako after talks with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, arriving six days after a helicopter crash in the country's north killed two German crew who were monitoring clashes for the United Nations mission to Mali. Von der Leyen said the discussion had centred on the autumn deployment of the force from the so-called "G5 Sahel" countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger)
(Agence Ecofin 08/02/17)
In Burkina Faso, the ministry of Power announced that the Zagtouli photovoltaic power plant is 90% complete and that it will start operating “very soon”, Xinhua reports. Situated in Zagtouli, in the suburb of Ouagadougou, the plant will comprise 129,600 panels of 260W, generating a total of 33.7MW to meet 10% of the current demand of the country’s distribution network. It will also be one of the largest solar plants in sub-Saharan Africa. For a cost of FCFA46 billion or $78 million, the project’s main investors are the European Investment Bank, Agence française de développement and the European Union. Burkina Faso’s average power demand is 220MW while the nation currently produces only 177MW. The country meets this deficit with imports...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys his beans from Monmouth Coffee Company in Borough Market. "I love it because of the relatively higher acidity level. It keeps me active in the afternoons." Customers willing to pay a premium for African brews, known for their floral, fruity...

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