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Friday 30 January 2015

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(AFP (eng) 01/30/15)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday told African leaders gathered for an annual summit to not cling to power and respect the wishes of their people. "People around the world have expressed their concern about leaders who refuse to leave office when their terms end. I share those concerns. Undemocratic constitutional changes and legal loopholes should never be used to cling to power," he said in a speech at the start of an African Union summit. "I urge all leaders, in Africa and around the world, to listen to your people. Modern leaders cannot afford to ignore the wishes and aspirations of those they represent." In October, chaos in Burkina Faso erupted as lawmakers prepared...
(Bloomberg 01/29/15)
(Bloomberg) -- African nations should consider cutting fuel subsidies and oil exporters must curb spending as a slump in crude prices takes its toll on government revenue, International Monetary Fund Manging Director Christine Lagarde said. An almost 60 percent drop in oil prices since June has forced policy makers in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude producer, to devalue the currency, raise interest rates to a record and consider shaving the 2015 budget by 8 percent. As President Goodluck Jonathan seeks re-election on Feb. 14, he’s avoided further cutting fuel subsidies that cost as much as $7 billion a year, after an attempt to do so in 2012 sparked protests. Subsidizing countries “should think about reducing and phasing out the oil subsidies,...
(Dw-World 01/29/15)
Boko Haram, Ebola, Central African Republic, South Sudan - African leaders have much on their agenda at their summit this weekend. At the top of the list is the creation of an anti-terrorism force. At the beginning of the week, the President of the African Union commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, picked Boko Haram as the top issue on the agenda of the AU summit to be held on January 30 and 31 in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. "We are deeply horrified...
(AFP (eng) 01/28/15)
Burundi is facing a mounting risk of unrest ahead of key elections and African leaders should stop President Pierre Nkurunziza from running for a third term, rights groups warned Tuesday. Burundi, a small nation in central Africa's Great Lakes region, emerged in 2006 from a brutal 13-year civil war and its political climate remains fractious ahead of the polls. "The situation in Burundi is spiralling out of control, with hundreds of civilians killed or disappeared, due to the ongoing political impasse over moves by President Nkurunziza to run for a third term," said a grouping of civil society organisations
(PANA 01/28/15)
Africa's leadership must do more and better for African youth, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told the 26th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union. Addressing the session at its opening session Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dlamini-Zuma suggested measures that could be taken as increasing investments in education in science and technology, skills development through vocational training and better treatment of teachers.
(African arguments 01/28/15)
I have vowed never to use the overused phrase 'Africa Rising' ever again, having long been somewhat cautious of the integrity of the projected growth rates and prospects for inclusive prosperity as I wrote here. However, while there is a lot to be positive about regarding African economic development, the commodity-driven stellar growth narrative is now being subverted by the oil price collapse. Using estimates produced by the World Bank, the falling oil price could hit African economies much harder...
(Daily Nation 01/27/15)
Uchumi Supermarkets will open 12 new branches in the East African region before the end of 2015. Speaking during the presentation of awards to Uchumi customers who participated in the Toboa Maisha na Uchumi promotion, CEO Jonathan Ciano said the retail chain would open four branches in Kenya, three in Rwanda, four in Tanzania and one in Uganda. Uchumi will open its doors in Limuru and Naivasha on March 1, and in Ukunda, Kwale County, a branch will open by...
(The Citizen 01/27/15)
Dar es Salaam. The European Union has expressed its concern about press freedom in Tanzania after the government banned the circulation of the regional weekly The EastAfrican last week. “It is the duty of the media to work within the law and to make every effort to adopt and adhere to professional standards. But press freedom and freedom to express opinions are fundamental rights of the people, which call for circumspection and proportionality in the application of the law,” the...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/27/15)
Tue Jan 27, 2015 ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traditional markets sell more than 85 percent of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa, and rather than replacing them with Western-style supermarkets, governments should train local vendors to improve food safety, researchers say. Contrary to popular conceptions, open-air local markets often have safer milk and meat than supermarkets in much of Africa, according to a book released on Tuesday by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Local vendors offer fresher products...
(Bloomberg 01/27/15)
Standard Chartered Plc (STAN), the British bank that has operated in Africa for more than 150 years, said the continent remains part of its consumer banking plans even as the lender reviews its global branch network. While the lender is considering closing branches as more customers migrate to online and mobile transactions, it is still Standard Chartered’s “ambition to be the leading international retail bank within our footprint in Africa, Asia and the Middle East,” Diana Layfield, Africa chief executive...
(East African Business Week 01/26/15)
BUJUMBURA, Burundi - The European Union has set aside €8 million ($5.7 million) for the Burundi Independant National Electoral Commission (CENI) through the Ministry of Finance. It is within the framework of the project ‘Support to the 2015 Electoral Cycle ‘. The signing of the agreement took place early last week between the Patrick Spirlet, Head of European Union Delegation in Burundi and Tabu Abdallah Manirakiza, the Burundi Minister of Finance and Economic Development Planning. Manirakiza said the overall objective of this new project is to provide a decisive contribution to the achievement of presidential
(Dw-World 01/24/15)
The world's population is constantly growing, and with it the interest of investors in Africa's arable land. The continent has vast untapped potential - but can local producers compete with foreign companies? The wind whistling through Berlin on Monday (19.01.2015) was icy. Three Italian tourists carefully navigated the frozen puddles on the sidewalk as they scurried to the Brandenburg Gate, ignoring the black limousines gliding past them in front of the exclusive Adlon Hotel. These limos were unloading delegates to...
(Ips News 01/24/15)
Abu Dhabi — Diversification of Africa's electricity sources by embarking on renewable energy solutions - such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power - is being heralded as a solution to the continent's energy poverty. But although a number of countries are already reaping benefits from investment in renewables, there is concern that many of the countries are yet to exploit those resources. African ministers and delegates at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi from January...
(AFP (eng) 01/23/15)
A Burundi radio station boss, who broadcast the alleged confession of a man who claimed he was among the killers of three Italian nuns, was placed in solitary confinement in prison Thursday, activists said. Bob Rugurika, director of the popular independent African Public Radio (RPA), was arrested earlier this week on charges of "complicity" in the nuns' murders after broadcasting the purported confession of the man who claimed he was one of the killers. The three Roman Catholic nuns, Lucia...
(Ipp media 01/23/15)
Arusha. The East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) yesterday announced major changes in its rules of procedures but retained Arusha as it permanent seat. The Eala headquarters have been retained in line with the treaty that established the East African Community (EAC) which is based here. The affirmation of Arusha remaining the seat of the regional Parliament took effect on Wednesday after a vote. Eala has been holding sessions here since Monday. However, regular sessions of the Assembly would continue to...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, Jan. (Xinhua) -- African economies will continue to grow in 2015 due to private investment and consumption which have been key drivers of gross domestic product (GDP) over the past years, according to the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP). Africa's GDP is expected to accelerate from 3.5 percent in 2014 to 4.6 percent in 2015 and 4.9 percent in 2016. In his presentation on the report on Thursday at the UN Economic Commission for Africa...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
MALABO, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt. According to the continental football body's statement, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana are competing to replace strife-riven Libya who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals for security concerns. The CAF also announced that the host nation will play games in the qualifiers, but its...
(Ventures Africa 01/22/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – CEOs representing some of Africa’s most attractive mining companies will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, from the 9th to the 12th February 2015, for the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba. The Indaba is a summit that brings together major mining players, and provides a platform for further investment around the continent. More than 900 mining corporates are already confirmed to attend the event. “For more than 20 years, Africa’s mining companies have played a pivotal...
(Ventures-Africa 01/21/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved a new round of financing worth $189.4 million for development projects covering important sectors in several member countries and also some Muslim communities in non-member countries. This came following the 302nd Board meeting of the lender, which held in Jedah, Saudi Arabia from Sunday, January 18 to Tuesday, January 20, 2015, under the chairmanship of IDB President Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali. The Board reviewed...
(UN.org 01/21/15)
Despite a sharp decline in oil prices, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest economic outlook today lowered growth expectations for this year and the next for most countries due to slowdown in investment, and urged governments and central banks to pursue economic stimulation policies and structural reforms to boost growth. According to its World Economic Outlook (WEO) update , the IMF now expects growth of 3.5 per cent this year, compared with the previous estimate of 3.8 per...

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(Dw-World 01/29/15)
Boko Haram, Ebola, Central African Republic, South Sudan - African leaders have much on their agenda at their summit this weekend. At the top of the list is the creation of an anti-terrorism force. At the beginning of the week, the President of the African Union commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, picked Boko Haram as the top issue on the agenda of the AU summit to be held on January 30 and 31 in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. "We are deeply horrified by the tragedy Boko Haram continues to inflict on our people. Kidnapping young girls from school, torching villages, terrorizing whole communities and killing. A localized group, now we see it further into West Africa and...
(AFP (eng) 01/28/15)
Burundi is facing a mounting risk of unrest ahead of key elections and African leaders should stop President Pierre Nkurunziza from running for a third term, rights groups warned Tuesday. Burundi, a small nation in central Africa's Great Lakes region, emerged in 2006 from a brutal 13-year civil war and its political climate remains fractious ahead of the polls. "The situation in Burundi is spiralling out of control, with hundreds of civilians killed or disappeared, due to the ongoing political impasse over moves by President Nkurunziza to run for a third term," said a grouping of civil society organisations
(The Citizen 01/27/15)
Dar es Salaam. The European Union has expressed its concern about press freedom in Tanzania after the government banned the circulation of the regional weekly The EastAfrican last week. “It is the duty of the media to work within the law and to make every effort to adopt and adhere to professional standards. But press freedom and freedom to express opinions are fundamental rights of the people, which call for circumspection and proportionality in the application of the law,” the...
(AFP (eng) 01/23/15)
A Burundi radio station boss, who broadcast the alleged confession of a man who claimed he was among the killers of three Italian nuns, was placed in solitary confinement in prison Thursday, activists said. Bob Rugurika, director of the popular independent African Public Radio (RPA), was arrested earlier this week on charges of "complicity" in the nuns' murders after broadcasting the purported confession of the man who claimed he was one of the killers. The three Roman Catholic nuns, Lucia...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, Jan. (Xinhua) -- African economies will continue to grow in 2015 due to private investment and consumption which have been key drivers of gross domestic product (GDP) over the past years, according to the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP). Africa's GDP is expected to accelerate from 3.5 percent in 2014 to 4.6 percent in 2015 and 4.9 percent in 2016. In his presentation on the report on Thursday at the UN Economic Commission for Africa...
(The Citizen 01/20/15)
Dar es Salaam. As global oil prices continue to fall, with the latest projections putting a barrel at below $46 by April, consumers in East Africa are paying lower but contrasting prices. According to a survey conducted by The Citizen in the five East African countries, fuel prices are lowest in Kenya followed by Tanzania. However, prices in Tanzania, which is East Africa’s second largest economy, would have been even lower if fixed costs on petroleum products – currently averaging...
(Voice of America 01/20/15)
 
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JOHANNESBURG— Economic experts from across the African continent say this may be an exciting year for African economies, which could be ready to move out of their traditional roles and into new sectors. African nations have struggled for decades to go beyond their role as providers of basic raw materials, like oil, gas, minerals and agricultural products. Their efforts have had mixed success. While nations like South Africa and Kenya have managed to diversify their economies, others, like Angola and...
(Bloomberg 01/17/15)
Niger said four people died in protests over the publication of cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad by French magazine Charlie Hebdo just over a week after journalists working for the publication were killed in Paris. Sudan and Mauritania also reported demonstrations, Kenya threatened to close a newspaper for reprinting the cartoon and Benin said the depiction was a provocation. The protests follow the Jan. 7 attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris in which gunmen killed 12 people...
(The Citizen 01/16/15)
Arusha. Former Prime Minister Joseph Warioba will head an election observer team from the East African Community (EAC) in Burundi. EAC Secretary-General Richard Sezibera made the announcement as the international community is getting increasingly concerned about violence which has claimed thousands of lives in the country. Dr Sezibera told reporters here that the team would also include former EAC Secretary-General Amanya Mushega from Uganda. He said the Burundi situation was worrying amid fears that the situation would deteriorate further with...
(Ipp media 01/16/15)
The number of women suffering from cervical cancer in the Lake Zone has increased from 576 patients in 2013 to 1000 last year. Speaking to reporters yesterday Dr Richard Rumanyika, a specialist for cervical cancer from Bugando Hospital, said the disease is rapidly becoming a problem to many women in the Lake Zone. Dr Rumanyika said previously women who reported to the hospital with cervical cancer were 45 years old but currently even women aged 25 were also being diagnosed...
(Dw-World 01/15/15)
Mounting violence in Burundi is adding to concern over an already volatile political climate. The government and the opposition are trading accusations, while rights groups warn that basic freedoms are being restricted. A wave of violence has been sweeping the Central African country of Burundi for weeks. Heavy clashes between the military and rebels have left scores of people dead. Unidentified assailants dressed in military fatigues killed several members of the ruling party in early January. Meanwhile the political climate...
(Xinhuanet 01/15/15)
NAIROBI, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The world seems to have double standard in dealing with many things, and there is no exception even when it comes to the issue of terrorism. Attacks in a Western metropolis always draw worldwide attention while those in Africa appear to have only limited repercussions. Following the terrorist attacks in France last week which claimed 17 lives, there was an unprecedented outpouring of grief and empathy from all corners of the world. Roughly at the same time, Nigeria lost an estimated 150 lives in Boko Haram's terrorist attack, but the news merely got a passing mention in major networks.
(The Citizen 01/14/15)
Arusha. The East African Community (EAC) yesterday urged Tanzania and Kenya to amicably resolve the dispute caused by the decision to deny Tanzanian-registered tour vans entry into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi. EAC Secretary-General Richard Sezibera told journalists in his office that it was the wish of the regional organisation to see the issue resolved swiftly and amicably for the benefit of the region. “We will encourage anything that will facilitate regional integration,” he said. However, Dr Sezibera...
(BBC News Africa 01/14/15)
A whistle-blowing website which aims to expose politicians and businessmen who abuse power in Africa has been launched by media and campaign groups. AfriLeaks will give people a chance to leak sensitive information anonymously. The site's founders say it is an attempt to boost investigative journalism to expose widespread corruption and human rights abuses. It will also help circumvent growing surveillance by governments and corporate firms, they say. Afrileaks, made up of 19 media outlets and activist groups, says it...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/12/15)
BEIJING Mon Jan 12, 2015 (Reuters) - China will not follow the path of "Western colonists" in Africa, its foreign minister said during a five-nation tour of the continent, parrying criticism that his country's hunger for resources has led to one-sided policies and damaging projects. China is Africa's biggest trade partner, and has sought to tap the region's rich resources to fuel its own economic growth over the past two decades. But Beijing's involvement has been called "neo-colonial" by some...
(Ips News 01/10/15)
United Nations — In a satirical piece titled 'An Unserious Look at the Year Ahead' in the Wall Street Journal last week, Hugo Rifkind predicts the price of a barrel of oil will fall so low that people across the world would start buying oil for the barrel - and throw the oil out. The journalistic spoof about the oil market may be an improbable scenario, but in reality the sharp decline in prices has generated both good and bad...
(This Day Live 01/09/15)
Abuja — Former Chief Economist of Goldman Sachs, Dr. Jim O'Neill, has said that although there is currently a high level of entrepreneurship spirit in the African continent, the right policies and attitude need to be put in place for rapid economic transformation to occur. Specifically, he called for an improved level of intra-trading among African countries, pointing out that unlike the Europeans, many African countries don't currently trade with one another but instead maintain a hostile relationship. He said...
(Voice of America 01/08/15)
The results of a new study published in the medical journal, The Lancet, asks how some of the 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa will pay to expand efforts to fight the AIDS epidemic as international donor budgets tighten. In South Africa, Botswana and Namibia, for example, AIDS funding comes primarily from domestic resources. But others such as Mozambique and Ethiopia depend heavily on foreign donors. Many countries in Africa most affected by HIV are trying to expand their prevention and...
(AFP (eng) 01/07/15)
Gunmen in Burundi dressed in military fatigues executed three ruling party activists in a bar, police said Tuesday, the latest attacks to spark alarm months ahead of elections. The attack -- which saw gunmen burst into the bar, push the men to the ground and shoot them, after which they torched the local party office -- follows heavy clashes between the army and rebels last week in which some 100 insurgents were reportedly killed. The army has said the rebels had planned a major offensive to destabilise the country ahead of elections due in May and June.
(AFP (eng) 01/07/15)
People in Burundi's hilltop village of Rwesero know well the impact of war after decades of conflict, but fear of fresh violence is growing after rebel battles ahead of elections this year. In the hills around Rwesero last week, Burundi's army clashed with well equipped rebel fighters, with soldiers claiming some 100 insurgents were killed. The army has said the rebels had planned a major offensive to destabilise the country ahead of elections due in May and June. "We are...

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(AFP (eng) 01/30/15)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday told African leaders gathered for an annual summit to not cling to power and respect the wishes of their people. "People around the world have expressed their concern about leaders who refuse to leave office when their terms end. I share those concerns. Undemocratic constitutional changes and legal loopholes should never be used to cling to power," he said in a speech at the start of an African Union summit. "I urge all leaders, in Africa and around the world, to listen to your people. Modern leaders cannot afford to ignore the wishes and aspirations of those they represent." In October, chaos in Burkina Faso erupted as lawmakers prepared...
(Bloomberg 01/29/15)
(Bloomberg) -- African nations should consider cutting fuel subsidies and oil exporters must curb spending as a slump in crude prices takes its toll on government revenue, International Monetary Fund Manging Director Christine Lagarde said. An almost 60 percent drop in oil prices since June has forced policy makers in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude producer, to devalue the currency, raise interest rates to a record and consider shaving the 2015 budget by 8 percent. As President Goodluck Jonathan seeks re-election on Feb. 14, he’s avoided further cutting fuel subsidies that cost as much as $7 billion a year, after an attempt to do so in 2012 sparked protests. Subsidizing countries “should think about reducing and phasing out the oil subsidies,...
(PANA 01/28/15)
Africa's leadership must do more and better for African youth, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told the 26th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union. Addressing the session at its opening session Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dlamini-Zuma suggested measures that could be taken as increasing investments in education in science and technology, skills development through vocational training and better treatment of teachers.
(African arguments 01/28/15)
I have vowed never to use the overused phrase 'Africa Rising' ever again, having long been somewhat cautious of the integrity of the projected growth rates and prospects for inclusive prosperity as I wrote here. However, while there is a lot to be positive about regarding African economic development, the commodity-driven stellar growth narrative is now being subverted by the oil price collapse. Using estimates produced by the World Bank, the falling oil price could hit African economies much harder...
(Daily Nation 01/27/15)
Uchumi Supermarkets will open 12 new branches in the East African region before the end of 2015. Speaking during the presentation of awards to Uchumi customers who participated in the Toboa Maisha na Uchumi promotion, CEO Jonathan Ciano said the retail chain would open four branches in Kenya, three in Rwanda, four in Tanzania and one in Uganda. Uchumi will open its doors in Limuru and Naivasha on March 1, and in Ukunda, Kwale County, a branch will open by...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/27/15)
Tue Jan 27, 2015 ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traditional markets sell more than 85 percent of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa, and rather than replacing them with Western-style supermarkets, governments should train local vendors to improve food safety, researchers say. Contrary to popular conceptions, open-air local markets often have safer milk and meat than supermarkets in much of Africa, according to a book released on Tuesday by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Local vendors offer fresher products...
(Bloomberg 01/27/15)
Standard Chartered Plc (STAN), the British bank that has operated in Africa for more than 150 years, said the continent remains part of its consumer banking plans even as the lender reviews its global branch network. While the lender is considering closing branches as more customers migrate to online and mobile transactions, it is still Standard Chartered’s “ambition to be the leading international retail bank within our footprint in Africa, Asia and the Middle East,” Diana Layfield, Africa chief executive...
(Dw-World 01/24/15)
The world's population is constantly growing, and with it the interest of investors in Africa's arable land. The continent has vast untapped potential - but can local producers compete with foreign companies? The wind whistling through Berlin on Monday (19.01.2015) was icy. Three Italian tourists carefully navigated the frozen puddles on the sidewalk as they scurried to the Brandenburg Gate, ignoring the black limousines gliding past them in front of the exclusive Adlon Hotel. These limos were unloading delegates to...
(Ips News 01/24/15)
Abu Dhabi — Diversification of Africa's electricity sources by embarking on renewable energy solutions - such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power - is being heralded as a solution to the continent's energy poverty. But although a number of countries are already reaping benefits from investment in renewables, there is concern that many of the countries are yet to exploit those resources. African ministers and delegates at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi from January...
(Ventures Africa 01/22/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – CEOs representing some of Africa’s most attractive mining companies will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, from the 9th to the 12th February 2015, for the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba. The Indaba is a summit that brings together major mining players, and provides a platform for further investment around the continent. More than 900 mining corporates are already confirmed to attend the event. “For more than 20 years, Africa’s mining companies have played a pivotal...
(Ventures-Africa 01/21/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved a new round of financing worth $189.4 million for development projects covering important sectors in several member countries and also some Muslim communities in non-member countries. This came following the 302nd Board meeting of the lender, which held in Jedah, Saudi Arabia from Sunday, January 18 to Tuesday, January 20, 2015, under the chairmanship of IDB President Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali. The Board reviewed...
(UN.org 01/21/15)
Despite a sharp decline in oil prices, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest economic outlook today lowered growth expectations for this year and the next for most countries due to slowdown in investment, and urged governments and central banks to pursue economic stimulation policies and structural reforms to boost growth. According to its World Economic Outlook (WEO) update , the IMF now expects growth of 3.5 per cent this year, compared with the previous estimate of 3.8 per...
(Bloomberg 01/20/15)
Egyptian private-equity company Qalaa Holdings SAE is investing $70 million to accelerate the movement of rail cargo carried from East Africa’s busiest port, as it faces competition from a new Chinese-backed link. Qalaa controls Rift Valley Railways Ltd., the operator of a railway built almost a century ago running from Kenya’s Mombasa port to neighboring Uganda. It covers a portion of the same route as a new rail line under construction from Mombasa, designed to speed up freight-transit times, cut...
(Voice of America 01/20/15)
 
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JOHANNESBURG— Economic experts from across the African continent say this may be an exciting year for African economies, which could be ready to move out of their traditional roles and into new sectors. African nations have struggled for decades to go beyond their role as providers of basic raw materials, like oil, gas, minerals and agricultural products. Their efforts have had mixed success. While nations like South Africa and Kenya have managed to diversify their economies, others, like Angola and...
(Bloomberg 01/20/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa by almost 1 percentage point as falling oil prices curb output in the region’s biggest economy. The growth outlook in Nigeria, the continent’s largest oil producer, was lowered to 4.8 percent from 7.3 percent estimated in October, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook update released Tuesday in Beijing. Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is forecast by the IMF to expand 4.9 percent this year, down from a...
(Bloomberg 01/13/15)
The former heads of Electricite de France SA’s renewable energy unit and a Dubai-based power plant builder plan to develop more than $500 million of renewable electricity assets in Africa. Access Infra Africa is being created by Paris-based Eren Developpement, founded by Paris Mouratoglou and David Corchia, and Access Power MEA, the companies said in a statement today. In 2012, Mouratoglou stepped down as chairman of EDF Energies Nouvelles and Corchia left in 2013 as chief executive officer. “Today in...
(Xinhuanet 01/08/15)
NAIROBI, Jan. (Xinhua) -- Mobile penetration in the sub- Saharan Africa region is expected to increase from 52 percent in 2012 to 79 percent in 2020, a new study by a global research firm revealed on Wednesday. The study by Frost & Sullivan shows that mobile broadband connections are now anticipated to quadruple from its 2012 figure to reach 160 million in 2016. "The introduction of affordable smartphones, specifically designed for the African market, has improved the market scenario, "...
(This Day Live 01/05/15)
Fresh from hosting Miss Commonwealth UK, the CEO and host of Princess Halliday Show (PHS), Princess Halliday, has commenced the recording of a new season of the internationally acclaimed TV programme, Princess Halliday Show. Princess as she's fondly called, produces, finances, and hosts Empower Africa. The Princess Halliday Show is an Empower Africa Initiative that showcases people who have demonstrated positivity against all the odds. These are individuals who, through tenacity and determination, have accomplished something great or have been...
(Ventures-Africa 01/03/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), a global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, partnered with new banks through expansion of its operations in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. This project was awarded to ICSFS by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank), which is one of the largest banks in Africa. Guaranty Trust Bank recently acquired Fina Bank, an East African Bank, which was subsequently rebranded and became a subsidiary of GTBank Plc. ICS BANKS was successfully...
(Spy Ghana 12/30/14)
During the course of 2014 there was much discussion about the phenomenal economic growth of various African nation-states. The Federal Republic of Nigeria was proclaimed by western financial publications to have attained the status of the largest economy on the continent. Inside the Republic of South Africa, where two decades earlier the masses of workers, farmers and youth had overthrown the dreaded apartheid system instituting a parliamentary structure with the African National Congress (ANC) being the dominant political force, the...

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(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
MALABO, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt. According to the continental football body's statement, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana are competing to replace strife-riven Libya who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals for security concerns. The CAF also announced that the host nation will play games in the qualifiers, but its matches will be friendlies and won't have points on offer. The qualifiers will begin in June, and the 52 competing countries and regions will go straight into 13 groups of four teams each. The top...
(SouthAfrica.info 01/19/15)
Top South African cycling outfit Team MTN-Qhubeka has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Tour de France - the first African team ever to do so in 101 years. The 22 teams riding in the race were announced by the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) last week. Along with the 17 World Tour teams, five wild card teams also issued - including one to the South African team. This year will be the first time in the race's 101 year history that a team from Africa will participate. 'Historic moment' "To receive a wild card for the Tour de France is a dream come true for the entire MTN- Qhubeka p/b Samsung team, while it is also a historic...
(BBC News Africa 01/15/15)
An African-registered team will compete in the Tour de France for the first time this summer. The MTN-Qhubeka outfit from South Africa is one of five teams granted wildcard invitations alongside the 17 World Tour entries. The team has previously stated its desire to mark Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July with a specially-designed kit if it was invited to take part. The 102nd Tour gets under way in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 4 July. Grand Tour stage winners Edvald Boasson...
(Daily Trust 12/22/14)
Football without superstars is like tea without sugar, like bread without butter, or beans without dodo (fried plantain). We are in the season of celebrating the super stars, the players whose light has shone brightest in the football constellation. Next January, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will elect its winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014. The event has become very significant for the players because it shoots their status and profile sky high, onto a new pedestal of respect and prospect of additional fortune! In the final list of five players for the 2014 African award there are a few surprise inclusions.
(Xinhuanet 12/15/14)
NAIROBI, Dec. (Xinhua) -- The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup 2014 edition will not be held in 2014 owing to lack of a venue to host the tournament. CECAFA President Leodegar Tenga told journalists on Sunday in Nairobi after the association' s Extra-Ordinary General Assembly that the rising costs of holding the tournament was the sole reason the annual event will not take place. "At this time of the year we hold the...
(Tanzania Daily News 12/10/14)
The national football team, ‘Taifa Stars’ second string side failed to culminate the ‘Uhuru Day’ celebrations with victory, after suffering a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Burundi U-23 national side at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday. In the day that Tanzania Mainland was marking its 53rd independence anniversary, many soccer fans had expected that the youthful national side would emerge victorious against Burundi, following weeks of intensive drills in Bulyanhulu and Dar es Salaam respectively...
(Independent Online 12/09/14)
Monaco – An African bid to stage the Olympic Games for the first time will get widespread sympathy in the IOC after its new reforms, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said. With Durban in South Africa considering a run for the 2024 Games, Bach said in an interview that it was up to Africa to make a “feasible” case. “This depends on Africa,” Bach said when asked when the first Olympics would be held in Africa. Reforms passed by the International...
(BBC News Africa 11/14/14)
It will be almost impossible to stage the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on time, says the man who organised the 2008 tournament in Ghana. Morocco was due to stage the 2015 Cup but was removed as host after expressing fears over the Ebola virus. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) insists the tournament will go ahead on time, starting on 17 January. But Dr Kofi Amoah told the BBC: "It could be a sham. I don't think there is...
(BBC News Africa 11/12/14)
The new hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be named in "two or three days", says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf president Issa Hayatou revealed the timeframe in a live interview with TV channel France 24 on Tuesday. Hayatou added that the tournament dates remained 17 January to 8 February. It was announced earlier on Tuesday that original choice Morocco would not host because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent. Morocco had asked to postpone the competition until 2016 but Caf refused and expelled them from the finals.
(The New York Times 11/12/14)
Fear of the spread of Ebola has now thrown Africa’s most important soccer tournament into disarray. Morocco was removed Tuesday as host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and expelled from participating in the biennial championship after it sought to delay the 16-team event, concerned about a spread of the virus. No replacement host has yet been named for the tournament, which is scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8. The expulsion of Morocco was announced by the Confederation...
(PANA 11/11/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Several innovations reported in recent years from across Africa bode well for the continent striving to get skills that meet its industry requirements in the 21st century, economic and labour experts meeting in Addis Ababa said on Saturday. But some basics must be in place for Africa to have the capacity to take advantage of what is happening globally in technology and innovation, according to Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice President of the African...
(BBC News Africa 11/10/14)
The five-man shortlist for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 has been revealed. Title holder Yaya Toure has been nominated for the sixth consecutive year, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama and Gervinho. The winner will be decided by fans of African football, who have until 18:00 GMT on Monday, 24 November to vote for their choice. Or to vote for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 by SMS, text the number of the player...
(PANA 10/07/14)
The qualifying series for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is set to resume next weekend, after a month-long break, PANA reported Sunday. The first set of two group matches were played last month, and two more matches are slated to be played this month. Match day three will be next Friday and Saturday, while Match day four will be four days later, on 15 Oct. After this month's matches, there will be two more matches to go, in November,...
(The New Times 10/07/14)
Head coaches and technical directors of African national teams have hailed progress in African football but emphasised the need to make improvements which would see an African team win a Fifa World Cup. The resolution was among the many passed by the coaches, who meet in a two-day conference held in Cairo, Egypt last week. It was organised by FIFA and CAF to review and learn from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Rwanda was represented by Amavubi head coach...
(Dw-World 09/04/14)
As the continent gears up for its African Nations Cup qualifiers, concerns are growing that the deadly disease could ruin the games. Some argue soccer players and fans from Ebola-hit countries could spread the virus. The message from Africa's soccer governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was clear: Ivory Coast will be expelled from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they refuse to host Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in their qualifier on Saturday (06.09.2014). CAF's statement prompted Ivory Coast to allow the match to be held in Abidjan after all.
(PANA 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(RFI(EN) 07/29/14)
No black African cyclist has ever taken part in the Tour de France. The most prestigous cycling event in the world ended in Paris on Sunday, and Team Africa Rising hopes to bring an African team to the Tour in the near future. Team Africa Rising wants to be the first hundred percent African team to race the European circuit and eventually take part in the Tour de France. Speaking to RFI, Jock Boyer, the founder of Team Africa Rising...
(Xinhuanet 07/17/14)
NAIROBI, July (Xinhua) -- Kenya Harambee Stars drew 0-0 with Burundi in Nairobi on Tuesday in a friendly when captain Victor Wanyama picked up a straight red card which might rule him out of the crucial 2015 Africa Nations Cup qualifier match against Lesotho on Sunday in Maseru. Already Kenya's number one goalkeeper Arnold Origi of Norwegian top tier side Lillestrom SK pulled out of the game after his club declined to release him. Kenya will be travelling to Maseru...
(The Point 07/05/14)
Football lovers in Africa are generally disappointed about the early exit of Africa's five representatives in the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. But the signs were already there for such a development. And squabbles over finances and administrative arrangements are a large contributing factor. However, since FIFA allocated 1.5 million dollars to each of the 32 participating teams, the payment of bonuses to African players should not be a problem, if based on prior agreement, which should be available...
(Zimbabwe Independent 06/21/14)
AT the Brazil 2014 World Cup shorn of African heroics so far, with the singular exception of Ivory Coast, Cameroon went down fighting on Wednesday, but unfortunately, among themselves! After hitting the headlines on the eve of football's global super show for staging an industrial action over bonuses for their participation, the West Africans hogged the limelight for all the wrong reasons yet again. This time it was violence and unmitigated failure in an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Croatia. All...

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(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.
(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to perform at a Nobel Prize ceremony, Hakim. Other acts billed to perform at the show, which will be watched live all over the world, include the Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa, sensational singing group, Uhuru; pan African group, Cirque...
(Leadership 11/20/14)
It was another night of glamour and panache as this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The grand finale of the festival, which kicked off amid gaiety on Sunday, November 9, held at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, with top Nollywood stars, producers, directors and stakeholders from Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world in attendance. Leading Nollywood stars at the event...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Despite sparse resources and limited institutional support, the world will soon wake up to Africa's ingenious new artists, according to some of the continent's leading exponents taking part in London's Contemporary African Art Fair. The four-day event -- the largest such fair outside Africa -- opens on Thursday and showcases the work of over 120 artists in the grand setting of Somerset House in the heart of the British capital in a bid to reach a global market. Some 27...
(News Day 10/10/14)
IT was a night of fun and of course lots of glitz and glamour at The Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots launch on October 5 at The Whippet in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa. After the unexpected burning down of the former BBA house also located in Johannesburg, viewers and audiences were naturally eager to see how this new venue would turn out and with no doubt Big Brother did not disappoint. The usual presenter, Ik Osakioduwa, popularly known as Ik,...
(The Guardian 12/30/13)
Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt. At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated...
( 12/17/13)
BBnZ Live turned the entire Accra metropolis upside-down with the maiden edition of the Afro-Beats Festival held at the Independence Square in Accra over the weekend. An ecstatic crowd made up of over 60,000 Ghanaian music fans from all walks of life including students from all Ghanaian second cycle and tertiary institutions thronged the venue to partake in the event. The three-day Afro-Beats Festival was an all night affair which provided non-stop entertainment till the break of dawn. It kicked...
(AFP 11/09/13)
LAGOS, November 9, 2013 (AFP) - The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opens in Nigeria on Sunday and although it is still in its infancy, organisers hope that with time it can become the continent's Cannes. Seventy films from across the continent will be screened in a series of venues over seven days in the southern coastal city of Calabar, which Nigeria has tried to promote as an emerging cultural hub. "For an African film to come out in Cannes...
(CNN 09/20/13)
London (CNN) -- The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features - all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses. But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion...
(Bloomberg 01/29/15)
(Bloomberg) -- African nations should consider cutting fuel subsidies and oil exporters must curb spending as a slump in crude prices takes its toll on government revenue, International Monetary Fund Manging Director Christine Lagarde said. An almost 60 percent drop in oil prices since June has forced policy makers in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude producer, to devalue the currency, raise interest rates to a record and consider shaving the 2015 budget by 8 percent. As President Goodluck Jonathan seeks re-election on Feb. 14, he’s avoided further cutting fuel subsidies that cost as much as $7 billion a year, after an attempt to do so in 2012 sparked protests. Subsidizing countries “should think about reducing and...
(Dw-World 01/24/15)
The world's population is constantly growing, and with it the interest of investors in Africa's arable land. The continent has vast untapped potential - but can local producers compete with foreign companies? The wind whistling through Berlin on Monday (19.01.2015) was icy. Three Italian tourists carefully navigated the frozen puddles on the sidewalk as they scurried to the Brandenburg Gate, ignoring the black limousines gliding past them in front of the exclusive Adlon Hotel. These limos were unloading delegates to the day-long "Agribusiness in Africa" conference, which aimed to bring together entrepreneurs and development experts from around the world. They hoped to answer the question: If African governments fail to invest the continent's youth and infrastructure and provide longer-term loans...
(Ips News 01/24/15)
Abu Dhabi — Diversification of Africa's electricity sources by embarking on renewable energy solutions - such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power - is being heralded as a solution to the continent's energy poverty. But although a number of countries are already reaping benefits from investment in renewables, there is concern that many of the countries are yet to exploit those resources. African ministers and delegates at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi from January...
(Ventures Africa 01/22/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – CEOs representing some of Africa’s most attractive mining companies will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, from the 9th to the 12th February 2015, for the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba. The Indaba is a summit that brings together major mining players, and provides a platform for further investment around the continent. More than 900 mining corporates are already confirmed to attend the event. “For more than 20 years, Africa’s mining companies have played a pivotal...
(Ventures-Africa 01/21/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved a new round of financing worth $189.4 million for development projects covering important sectors in several member countries and also some Muslim communities in non-member countries. This came following the 302nd Board meeting of the lender, which held in Jedah, Saudi Arabia from Sunday, January 18 to Tuesday, January 20, 2015, under the chairmanship of IDB President Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali. The Board reviewed...
(Voice of America 01/20/15)
 
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JOHANNESBURG— Economic experts from across the African continent say this may be an exciting year for African economies, which could be ready to move out of their traditional roles and into new sectors. African nations have struggled for decades to go beyond their role as providers of basic raw materials, like oil, gas, minerals and agricultural products. Their efforts have had mixed success. While nations like South Africa and Kenya have managed to diversify their economies, others, like Angola and...
(Bloomberg 01/20/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa by almost 1 percentage point as falling oil prices curb output in the region’s biggest economy. The growth outlook in Nigeria, the continent’s largest oil producer, was lowered to 4.8 percent from 7.3 percent estimated in October, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook update released Tuesday in Beijing. Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is forecast by the IMF to expand 4.9 percent this year, down from a...
(Bloomberg 01/17/15)
Niger said four people died in protests over the publication of cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad by French magazine Charlie Hebdo just over a week after journalists working for the publication were killed in Paris. Sudan and Mauritania also reported demonstrations, Kenya threatened to close a newspaper for reprinting the cartoon and Benin said the depiction was a provocation. The protests follow the Jan. 7 attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris in which gunmen killed 12 people...
(Dw-World 01/15/15)
Mounting violence in Burundi is adding to concern over an already volatile political climate. The government and the opposition are trading accusations, while rights groups warn that basic freedoms are being restricted. A wave of violence has been sweeping the Central African country of Burundi for weeks. Heavy clashes between the military and rebels have left scores of people dead. Unidentified assailants dressed in military fatigues killed several members of the ruling party in early January. Meanwhile the political climate...
(BBC News Africa 01/15/15)
An African-registered team will compete in the Tour de France for the first time this summer. The MTN-Qhubeka outfit from South Africa is one of five teams granted wildcard invitations alongside the 17 World Tour entries. The team has previously stated its desire to mark Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July with a specially-designed kit if it was invited to take part. The 102nd Tour gets under way in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 4 July. Grand Tour stage winners Edvald Boasson...
(BBC News Africa 01/14/15)
A whistle-blowing website which aims to expose politicians and businessmen who abuse power in Africa has been launched by media and campaign groups. AfriLeaks will give people a chance to leak sensitive information anonymously. The site's founders say it is an attempt to boost investigative journalism to expose widespread corruption and human rights abuses. It will also help circumvent growing surveillance by governments and corporate firms, they say. Afrileaks, made up of 19 media outlets and activist groups, says it...
(Bloomberg 01/13/15)
The former heads of Electricite de France SA’s renewable energy unit and a Dubai-based power plant builder plan to develop more than $500 million of renewable electricity assets in Africa. Access Infra Africa is being created by Paris-based Eren Developpement, founded by Paris Mouratoglou and David Corchia, and Access Power MEA, the companies said in a statement today. In 2012, Mouratoglou stepped down as chairman of EDF Energies Nouvelles and Corchia left in 2013 as chief executive officer. “Today in...
(World Bulletin 01/06/15)
A U.N. diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Monday's strikes were intended primarily to free up positions from which MONUSCO and Congolese troops can attack the FDLR. United Nations and Congolese troops launched strikes on Monday against remnants of a Burundian rebel group based in the rugged borderlands of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a U.N. military spokesman said. The strikes targeted the National Liberation Forces (FNL), but a U.N. diplomat said they were mainly aimed at clearing the...
(World Bulletin 01/05/15)
Burundi's army killed 95 attackers from an unidentified group based in neighbouring Congo that wants to move across the border and launch ambushes to try to disrupt this year's elections, a spokesman said on Monday. Colonel Gaspard Baratuza, citing documents found during the week-long fighting, said the group planned to set up a base in the Kibira forest in northern Burundi, from where it would mount the attacks. Burundi is due to hold parliamentary and local elections on May 26,...
(Ventures-Africa 01/03/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), a global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, partnered with new banks through expansion of its operations in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. This project was awarded to ICSFS by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank), which is one of the largest banks in Africa. Guaranty Trust Bank recently acquired Fina Bank, an East African Bank, which was subsequently rebranded and became a subsidiary of GTBank Plc. ICS BANKS was successfully...
(World Bulletin 12/30/14)
Six separatists were killed Tuesday in clashes between the Burundian army and gunmen from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that erupted in Burundi's northwestern Cibitoke province, according to a military source. Heavy gunfire can still be heard, particularly in the hills of Nyamabuye Mubimbi, located in the Murwi district of Cibitok on the border with the DRC, Burundian army spokesman Col. Gaspard Baratuza said "The attackers, whose numbers are estimated at around 200, wanted to cross the Congolese border...
(PANA 12/30/14)
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Africa Regional Office has developed three Regional Initiatives (RI) aimed at speeding up efforts against food insecurity and malnutrition in Africa, with four countries including Angola, as pilot countries. According to a statement from the FAO regional office, made available to PANA here, the three other countries on the Regional Initiative to End Hunger in Africa by 2025 are Ethiopia, Malawi and Niger. The RIs have been designed to add value to existing development actions at country level by strengthening mobilization of resources for investing in agricultural priority programmes.
(Voice of America 12/29/14)
JOHANNESBURG— One baby, many parents say, is a life-changer. Two billion babies can change the world. In the next 35 years, UNICEF predicts that Africa will see a massive baby boom -- so massive, that by the year 2050, four out of 10 people on this planet will be African. Between now and 2050, some 1.8 billion new Africans will be born. Africa is already home to one of the world’s youngest populations -- the African Union says about two-thirds of the continent's 1.1 billion people are younger than 35. Within the next few decades, an unprecedented number of youngsters will reach reproductive age.
(Voice of America 12/27/14)
The Italian Navy says it has rescued about 1,250 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea over the past few days. The Navy said Friday that the migrants were rescued in several different operations this week, most of them off the coast of Sicily. Media reports say at least one migrant was found dead. Italian officials say the condition of the migrants was generally good and that a Nigerian woman gave birth on board one of the rescue vessels. Italy has been...
(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.

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