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(Ipp media 08/29/14)
President Jakaya Kikwete and his Burundi counterpart, Pierre Nkurunzinza, visit Mugikomero border post in Ngara District, Kagera Region late Wednesday. President Jakaya Kikwete has called upon Tanzanians living in the country’s border areas to protect and maintain beacons that partition her from its neighbours. He said the purpose of the landmarks is not to segregate Tanzanians from their friends and relatives in neghbouring countries, but to create a conducive and convenient way of enabling people in the respective countries to interact freely and legally in business and other social activities. The president made the call here yesterday when he was addressing a public rally that was followed by the start of an exercise to survey...
(PANA 08/29/14)
Burundians and Chinese travelling between the two countries will henceforth get free visa following the signature of an agreement to that effect, the Burundian External Relations and International Cooperation Ministry said in Bujumbura Thursday.
(PANA 08/29/14)
Economy - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the East African Community (EAC) have launched a a collaboration programme to improve the compilation and dissemination of government finance statistics, with the principal aim of meeting the fiscal data requirements associated with the upcoming East Africa Monetary Union (EAMU). In a statement made available to PANA here Thursday, the EAC said a five-day inaugural workshop for statisticians and economists from the EAC partner states to identify the needs for technical assistance...
(Voice of America 08/29/14)
NAIROBI— African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria's Boko Haram have not made as dramatic an advance as Islamic State, which controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. They have launched attacks across Africa, though, from Niger, Mali and Nigeria in the west to Somalia and Kenya in the east...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
The Confederation of African Football has declared there will be no further changes to September's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite some relocation requests over Ebola fears. It stated on its website: "Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain the only countries required to relocate their fixtures to neutral territories as a result of the situation of the Ebola virus." Cameroon had become the latest team to express fears over the outbreaks and asked for their qualifier in DR Congo to...
(African arguments 08/29/14)
The historic US-Africa Summit has now passed and it is worth making an early assessment of what it accomplished. Although it will be months before we know whether all the business, security and political commitments that were made are fulfilled, it was by most accounts a success and probably achieved a great deal more than observers expected. Prior to the Summit, critics claimed the Washington gathering was only being held to counter China's growing influence in Africa, but there would...
(Ipp media 08/28/14)
Small scale farmers cultivating maize, palm oil, banana, cabbage and tomatoes in Kigoma Region have a reason to smile after securing a big market for the crops in Burundi. This was revealed yesterday by Chairman of Kigoma based Women Platform, Doroth Takwe, at the just-ended meeting between chairpersons of nine platforms and the Tanzania Women Chamber of Commerce (TWCC). The other platforms are Tunduma, Sirari, Mtwara, Kigoma, Holili, Mutukula, Namanga and Mwanza. She said the market was obtained last week...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/14)
ADDIS ABABA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have renewed their commitment to strengthen partnership in support of the countries in Great Lakes Region. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, on Tuesday met with the newly-appointed UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, as the Special Envoy begins his new mission in the Great Lakes Region, said the AU in a...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/14)
NAIROBI, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan government said on Wednesday it is optimistic that the East Africa Community (EAC) will conclude the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPAs) with the European Union before the October 1 deadline. Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed told a media briefing in Nairobi the regional bloc and the EU are closer than ever before. "Most of the clauses have been agreed upon and want is remaining is just three sentences relating to export taxes and domestic...
(The Citizen 08/28/14)
Dar es Salaam. An oil comopany, Enoc Africa, is planning a major expansion programme in Tanzania. “We are planning to invest heavily in Tanzania and other East African countries and beyond between now and next year,” Enoc Africa managing director, Arshid Esmail said. Enoc Africa is a joint venture between Petro (T) Limited and Dubai’s Enoc Supply and Trading LLC, a subsidiary of Emirates National Oil Company owned by the government of Dubai. Currently, the company is actively participating in...
(Ips News 08/28/14)
Nairobi — Mary Wacu lived in the Rift Valley region for 10 years prior to the 2007/08 post-election violence that rocked Kenya after a disputed general election. "My husband was shot with a poisoned arrow, and my children hacked to death. Everything was burnt to ashes, I barely escaped with my life," she tells IPS. According to human rights organisations, the violence in this East African nation left an estimated 1,500 people dead and resulted in the rape of 3,000...
(BBC News Africa 08/27/14)
Burundi has set up an investigation after a number of dead bodies wrapped in plastic were found floating in a lake on its border with Rwanda. Fishermen say there are reports of dozens of unidentified bodies being spotted in recent weeks in Lake Rweru. It is not clear how they died. The regional authorities say their investigations indicate the victims were not from Burundi. But Rwanda police say no-one has been reported missing on the Rwandan side. ''The victims are...
(The Citizen 08/27/14)
Arusha. The tourism industry is facing a crisis following reports of cancellations by visitors from overseas that have been triggered by a combination of factors, including the fear of the deadly Ebola fever outbreak, The Citizen has learnt. Yesterday, the East African Community (EAC) outlined measures to counter the deadly Ebola disease in the region. The fear of Ebola fever, especially in East Africa—where no case has been detected so far—is driven mainly by the fact that people in the...
(Southafrica.info 08/27/14)
Among Africa's policy wonks, under-performing trade across the continent within the region is a favoured subject. To unravel the puzzle, they reel off facts and figures at conferences and workshops, pinpoint trade hurdles to overcome and point to the vast opportunities that lie ahead if only African countries could integrate their economies. It's an interesting debate but with little to show for it until now. The problem is partly the mismatch between the high political ambitions African leaders hold and the harsh economic realities they face. Case in point: they have set up no less than 14 trading blocs to pursue regional integration.
(African arguments 08/27/14)
Before, during and after the US Africa summit one of the most frequently repeated factoids supporting the Africa Rising meme was that 'seven out of ten fastest growing economies are in Africa.' In reality this is both a far less accurate and much less impressive statistic than it sounds. More generally, narratives on African economic development tend to be loosely connected to facts, and instead are driven more by hype. The 'seven out of ten' meme derives from a data...
(The Citizen 08/26/14)
Dar es Salaam. The East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) has convened in Dar es Salaam for the first time. The sitting opened yesterday and is expected to end on September 5, according to Eala Speaker Margaret Zziwa. She told a news conference yesterday that the assembly, which usually sits in Arusha, was meeting in Dar es Salaam this time around to bring it “closer to the people”. “We want to have direct dialogue with the people on how the integration process is proceeding including talking to them on the benefits of integration,’’ she said.
(Xinhuanet 08/26/14)
ADDIS ABABA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- East African leaders at a summit of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Monday underscored the resolve to take action against those who obstruct the achievement of peace in South Sudan. IGAD leaders convened their summit on South Sudan in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa as the regional bloc continued efforts to mediate peace talks aimed at resolving the South Sudan crisis which erupted in December last year. The summit, chaired by Ethiopian Prime Minister...
(Xinhuanet 08/26/14)
CHANGCHUN, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The first of 41 trams for Ethiopia rolled off the production line on Tuesday in Changchun City, northeast China's Jilin Province. The tram will be put into service in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa where commuters only have a choice of buses or taxis at the moment, said Liu Gang, a manager with China CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co.. "We're bringing about 50 Ethiopian drivers and maintenance workers here for training next month," said Liu. With...
(Voice of America 08/26/14)
NEW YORK— Over the last two decades, New York City has seen a surge in immigration from Africa. But until recently, newcomers from Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana other West African nations mostly kept to their own communities. Today, these diverse cultures are coming together to celebrate their common roots, and to demand recognition as a force within the "Big Apple." Between the traditional drums, the vivid multicolored native dress, the many tribal dialects and the sheer...
(Bloomberg 08/25/14)
East African regional leaders set another deadline for South Sudan’s government and rebels to form a transitional administration as the warring parties signed a deal to implement a failing truce. Negotiators from President Salva Kiir’s administration and delegates led by his former deputy Riek Machar were given 45 days to agree on the interim government, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, or IGAD, said in an emailed statement. The decision was reached at a meeting today in Addis Ababa attended by...

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(PANA 08/29/14)
Burundians and Chinese travelling between the two countries will henceforth get free visa following the signature of an agreement to that effect, the Burundian External Relations and International Cooperation Ministry said in Bujumbura Thursday.
(PANA 08/29/14)
Economy - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the East African Community (EAC) have launched a a collaboration programme to improve the compilation and dissemination of government finance statistics, with the principal aim of meeting the fiscal data requirements associated with the upcoming East Africa Monetary Union (EAMU). In a statement made available to PANA here Thursday, the EAC said a five-day inaugural workshop for statisticians and economists from the EAC partner states to identify the needs for technical assistance to be provided by the IMF is underway at the Community headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. EAC heads of state in...
(Voice of America 08/29/14)
NAIROBI— African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria's Boko Haram have not made as dramatic an advance as Islamic State, which controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. They have launched attacks across Africa, though, from Niger, Mali and Nigeria in the west to Somalia and Kenya in the east...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
The Confederation of African Football has declared there will be no further changes to September's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite some relocation requests over Ebola fears. It stated on its website: "Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain the only countries required to relocate their fixtures to neutral territories as a result of the situation of the Ebola virus." Cameroon had become the latest team to express fears over the outbreaks and asked for their qualifier in DR Congo to...
(African arguments 08/29/14)
The historic US-Africa Summit has now passed and it is worth making an early assessment of what it accomplished. Although it will be months before we know whether all the business, security and political commitments that were made are fulfilled, it was by most accounts a success and probably achieved a great deal more than observers expected. Prior to the Summit, critics claimed the Washington gathering was only being held to counter China's growing influence in Africa, but there would...
(Ipp media 08/28/14)
Small scale farmers cultivating maize, palm oil, banana, cabbage and tomatoes in Kigoma Region have a reason to smile after securing a big market for the crops in Burundi. This was revealed yesterday by Chairman of Kigoma based Women Platform, Doroth Takwe, at the just-ended meeting between chairpersons of nine platforms and the Tanzania Women Chamber of Commerce (TWCC). The other platforms are Tunduma, Sirari, Mtwara, Kigoma, Holili, Mutukula, Namanga and Mwanza. She said the market was obtained last week...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/14)
ADDIS ABABA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) have renewed their commitment to strengthen partnership in support of the countries in Great Lakes Region. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, on Tuesday met with the newly-appointed UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, as the Special Envoy begins his new mission in the Great Lakes Region, said the AU in a...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/14)
NAIROBI, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan government said on Wednesday it is optimistic that the East Africa Community (EAC) will conclude the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPAs) with the European Union before the October 1 deadline. Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed told a media briefing in Nairobi the regional bloc and the EU are closer than ever before. "Most of the clauses have been agreed upon and want is remaining is just three sentences relating to export taxes and domestic...
(The Citizen 08/28/14)
Dar es Salaam. An oil comopany, Enoc Africa, is planning a major expansion programme in Tanzania. “We are planning to invest heavily in Tanzania and other East African countries and beyond between now and next year,” Enoc Africa managing director, Arshid Esmail said. Enoc Africa is a joint venture between Petro (T) Limited and Dubai’s Enoc Supply and Trading LLC, a subsidiary of Emirates National Oil Company owned by the government of Dubai. Currently, the company is actively participating in...
(Ips News 08/28/14)
Nairobi — Mary Wacu lived in the Rift Valley region for 10 years prior to the 2007/08 post-election violence that rocked Kenya after a disputed general election. "My husband was shot with a poisoned arrow, and my children hacked to death. Everything was burnt to ashes, I barely escaped with my life," she tells IPS. According to human rights organisations, the violence in this East African nation left an estimated 1,500 people dead and resulted in the rape of 3,000...
(BBC News Africa 08/27/14)
Burundi has set up an investigation after a number of dead bodies wrapped in plastic were found floating in a lake on its border with Rwanda. Fishermen say there are reports of dozens of unidentified bodies being spotted in recent weeks in Lake Rweru. It is not clear how they died. The regional authorities say their investigations indicate the victims were not from Burundi. But Rwanda police say no-one has been reported missing on the Rwandan side. ''The victims are...
(The Citizen 08/27/14)
Arusha. The tourism industry is facing a crisis following reports of cancellations by visitors from overseas that have been triggered by a combination of factors, including the fear of the deadly Ebola fever outbreak, The Citizen has learnt. Yesterday, the East African Community (EAC) outlined measures to counter the deadly Ebola disease in the region. The fear of Ebola fever, especially in East Africa—where no case has been detected so far—is driven mainly by the fact that people in the...
(The Citizen 08/26/14)
Dar es Salaam. The East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) has convened in Dar es Salaam for the first time. The sitting opened yesterday and is expected to end on September 5, according to Eala Speaker Margaret Zziwa. She told a news conference yesterday that the assembly, which usually sits in Arusha, was meeting in Dar es Salaam this time around to bring it “closer to the people”. “We want to have direct dialogue with the people on how the integration process is proceeding including talking to them on the benefits of integration,’’ she said.
(Xinhuanet 08/26/14)
CHANGCHUN, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The first of 41 trams for Ethiopia rolled off the production line on Tuesday in Changchun City, northeast China's Jilin Province. The tram will be put into service in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa where commuters only have a choice of buses or taxis at the moment, said Liu Gang, a manager with China CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co.. "We're bringing about 50 Ethiopian drivers and maintenance workers here for training next month," said Liu. With...
(Voice of America 08/26/14)
NEW YORK— Over the last two decades, New York City has seen a surge in immigration from Africa. But until recently, newcomers from Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana other West African nations mostly kept to their own communities. Today, these diverse cultures are coming together to celebrate their common roots, and to demand recognition as a force within the "Big Apple." Between the traditional drums, the vivid multicolored native dress, the many tribal dialects and the sheer...
(Bloomberg 08/25/14)
East African regional leaders set another deadline for South Sudan’s government and rebels to form a transitional administration as the warring parties signed a deal to implement a failing truce. Negotiators from President Salva Kiir’s administration and delegates led by his former deputy Riek Machar were given 45 days to agree on the interim government, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, or IGAD, said in an emailed statement. The decision was reached at a meeting today in Addis Ababa attended by...
(Xinhuanet 08/25/14)
MOMBASA, Kenya, Aug. (Xinhua) -- African police chiefs are due to meet in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa from Monday to share vital information on terrorists, drug dealers and poachers. Kenya's Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo said on Sunday the five-day meeting is expected to bring police commanders and heads of criminal investigations from 17 countries in Africa to share intelligence on the emerging security threats in the region. He said security experts from Germany, Turkey, France, Algeria and...
(Ipp media 08/23/14)
For the first time under its rotational principle the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) resumes business tomorrow in Dar es Salaam with members debating on the Integration (Education) Bill, 2014. EAC partners’ states are looking to create a common qualifications framework for harmonisation of education courses across the region and mutual recognition of qualifications. The EAC Integration (Education) Bill, 2014 will be tabled for the second and third reading. However, the EALA will receive and consider reports from various Committees...
(PANA 08/23/14)
Fourteen years after the introduction of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) by the US government to facilitate trade with the continent, a Nigerian business group has frowned at a situation whereby America is dictating the price of what they buy from Nigeria. The local media Thursday quoted the Director General of the National Association of Chambers of Commerce Industries, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Mr. John Isemede, as saying AGOA had not be quite beneficial to the country because...
(PANA 08/23/14)
The presently inadequate number of pathologists in the East, Central and Southern Africa region should not deter efforts to institute quality assurance measures for improving the profession and laboratory services that go with quality health care, according to Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein. Addressing the 12th Biannual Conference of the Association of Pathologists of East, Central and Southern Africa (APECSA) in Arusha, Tanzania, Shein said the grouping had a crucial role of ensuring continuous professional development in all pathology disciplines...

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(Southafrica.info 08/27/14)
Among Africa's policy wonks, under-performing trade across the continent within the region is a favoured subject. To unravel the puzzle, they reel off facts and figures at conferences and workshops, pinpoint trade hurdles to overcome and point to the vast opportunities that lie ahead if only African countries could integrate their economies. It's an interesting debate but with little to show for it until now. The problem is partly the mismatch between the high political ambitions African leaders hold and the harsh economic realities they face. Case in point: they have set up no less than 14 trading blocs to pursue regional integration.
(African arguments 08/27/14)
Before, during and after the US Africa summit one of the most frequently repeated factoids supporting the Africa Rising meme was that 'seven out of ten fastest growing economies are in Africa.' In reality this is both a far less accurate and much less impressive statistic than it sounds. More generally, narratives on African economic development tend to be loosely connected to facts, and instead are driven more by hype. The 'seven out of ten' meme derives from a data exercise done in 2011 by The Economist. The exercise excluded countries with a population of less than 10 million and...
(Business Week 08/22/14)
KAMPALA, Uganda - Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, a former Managing Director of the World Bank, believes Africa has to find a way of building on the enormous human, natural and mineral resources to become a vibrant continent. Giving the keynote speech at the annual Bank of Uganda Joseph Mubiru Memorial Lecture last week, Ramphele said it is essential for African governments to break away from the vicious cycle of extractive dominance. Politics that define in and out groups into a virtuous...
(PANA 08/20/14)
Africa has experienced substantial growth in its middle class over the past 14 years, according to a study by Standard Bank. The report, entitled 'Understanding Africa’s middle class', found that there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa’s top economies this year, up from 4.6 million in 2000 and 2.4 million in 1990 - an increase of 230% over 14 years. However, of the total number of households across these focal economies, 86% of them remain within...
(Think Africa Press 08/20/14)
This US-Africa Leaders Summit, held at the start of this month, fell at a time of rising concern over the sustainability of Africa's economic emergence. In particular, many watch with excitement, as well as anxiety, at the ravenous investor interest in African debt and in new joint ventures that aim to serve the continent's consumers. The boom in investment has been so striking of late that these flows could soon be Africa's leading source of hard currency. However, while these...
(Dw-World 08/19/14)
African governments are sealing their ports and airports in an attempt to halt the spread of Ebola. But will fever checks and entry bans really make any difference? With more than 1,100 dead and 2,100 suspected cases of Ebola, authorities in many African countries are holding their breath. Many are nervous, and some have begun to isolate themselves. From Tuesday onwards, Kenya Airways has suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Ivory Coast is no longer allowing ships from Ebola-hit...
(RFI(EN) 08/19/14)
African technology has migrated to Europe with the launch of the mobile money technology M-Pesa in Romania. M-Pesa, which means mobile money in Swahili, is credited with transforming the lives of millions of Africans who do not have access to conventional banking services. It uses text messages to send and receive money through mobile phones. Since its debut in Kenya seven years ago, the service has registered nearly 17 million users. Vodafone, the company which developed the technology, hopes it...
(Voice of America 08/16/14)
The World Health Organization has not posted any regulations regarding lead in cookware, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has said there’s really no safe level of lead exposure. Ashland University and Occupational Knowledge International conducted the research in Cameroon that appears in the journal Science of the Total Environment. “I must say we literally stumbled upon this," said Perry Gottesfeld, Occupational Knowledge International’s executive director. "We were working in Cameroon for the past four years. We had been...
(Voice of America 08/13/14)
Beijing — In July, nations known as the "BRICS," Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, announced the creation of a new, $100 billion development bank (NDB). The project is aimed at lending money to developing nations for investments, much like how the American and European-backed International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank operate. Liu Haifang, a professor at Peking University's Center for African Studies, said the bank will provide developing countries with more options for financing. "Finally they got some alternative sources to get funding for infrastructure and they do not come with these conditionalities.
(Xinhuanet 08/11/14)
ADDIS ABABA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The World Bank and African Union (AU) Commission signed a 25-million-U.S.-dollar grant to support development of the AU Commission and other AU organs. The grant was signed in Washington on Friday by Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, according to a AU statement released on Saturday. The funding will strengthen capacity of the AU Commission to facilitate economic development and transformation by improving institutional efficiency,...
(PANA 08/09/14)
Brussels, Belgium - The European Union (EU) on Wednesday launched the first phase of a programme for Africa’s integration, with an initial budget of 415 million Euros for the period 2014 to 2017, official sources said in Brussels. In a press statement, the European Commission said that the programme, which targets integration in North Africa, Southern Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, will ensure better coherence in the management of development programmes, by creating synergies between the EU development cooperation and other...
(PANA 08/09/14)
The World Bank Group Tuesday committed US$ 5 billion in new technical and financial support for energy projects in six African countries which have partnered with President Obama's Power Africa Initiative. The countries are Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania, the Group said in a news dispatch from its headquarters in Washington. Making the announcement on the second day of the first US-African Leaders' Summit, World Bank Group President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, said the new financial commitment was...
(PANA 08/08/14)
Washington DC, US - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a Presidential Memorandum, entitled: 'Establishing a Comprehensive Approach to Expanding Sub-Saharan Africa's Capacity for Trade and Investment', to enhance business transactions in Africa. A White House statement, circulated at the US-Africa Business Forum segment of the ongoing US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington DC, said that the memorandum,which was directed to US heads of executive department and agencies, was meant to coordinate their activities on trade and investments in Africa.
(Bloomberg 08/06/14)
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim indicated today that African “demand for access to power” may lead the lender to support coal projects on the world’s poorest continent. “We are very sensitive to the idea that Africa deserves to have power,” Kim said, referring to the possibility of supporting coal projects. “There’s never been a country that has developed with intermittent power.” Africa is experiencing an “almost energy apartheid,” where two-thirds of the population lacks access to power, Kim said...
(BBC News Africa 08/06/14)
US companies have pledged $14bn (£8.3bn) of investment in Africa in areas such as energy and infrastructure, US President Barack Obama has said. The announcement came at the first US-Africa Leaders' Summit, attended by over 40 African heads of state. The summit is an effort to strengthen US ties with Africa as China increases its African investments. Mr Obama also hosted a dinner for African leaders at the White House. The deals announced on Tuesday included a $5bn partnership between...
(PANA 08/06/14)
Washington DC, US - US President Barak Obama Tuesday established The President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa to promote broad-based economic growth and job creation in the US and Africa. The Council will also encourage US companies to trade with and invest in Africa. Speaking at the US-Africa Business Forum, as part of the US-Africa Leaders Forum in Washington DC, Obama said the US recognized that Africa was a region of growing economic opportunity and innovation and aimed...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/05/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - African leaders urged the United States on Monday to renew a trade benefits program giving duty-free access to billions of dollars of African exports for 15 years, saying it would help cement trade relations and boost development in the region. South African President Jacob Zuma, one of nearly 50 African leaders in Washington to attend a three-day summit, said the renewal of the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) when it expires next year was one of the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/05/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Electric Co (GE.N) on Monday pledged to invest $2 billion in Africa by 2018 to boost infrastructure, worker skills and access to energy, an announcement timed to coincide with a U.S. summit meeting of nearly 50 African leaders. U.S. companies still have opportunities to catch up to China, Europe and Japan, who have made bigger strides in investing in the fast-growing continent, GE Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt said. "The growth is real. I think, for...
(Bloomberg 08/04/14)
ThankGod Agbagu views the paved roads and skyscrapers that have sprung up in Lagos, Africa’s largest city, as the signs of a brighter future. “That’s development, progress,” the 30-year-old tailor said in a July 30 phone interview from Nigeria’s commercial capital. “I definitely see many opportunities out there. Things may not really get better in my lifetime but maybe it will for those that come after us.” A two-decade surge in growth in Africa suggests the poorest continent is starting...
(PANA 08/02/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - An Italian firm, Scienza Per Amore, has announced the introduction of a food security project in Africa, seeking to cut food wastage by turning unused animal feed into biofuel and processing of foods to improve nutrition. A delegation from the Rome-based firm, which also runs a humanitarian project to improve food security, arrived in Addis Ababa, for a meeting with the African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy, Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, to discuss the project. 'Our goal...

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(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 says Africa has more than enough talented riders to achieve this. 58-Year-old Boyer made Tour de France history himself when he was the first American to participate in the legendary annual bicycle race in 1981...
(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 for the clash on Sunday. However, coach Adel Amrouche, who was also on the terrace serving his second match ban...
(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...
(Xinhuanet 06/14/14)
BUJUMBURA, June (Xinhua) -- Measures have been taken to ensure security around gatherings and in neighborhoods throughout the Burundian territory where people will be watching the World Cup, Burundian National Police Spokesman Hermenegilde Harimenshi told Xinhua on Thursday. "The World Cup is a big event that attracts crowds of people around TV screens. It's a particular event that requires tight security because a simple security error becomes an opportunity for criminals," said Harimenshi. He said that security measures that have...
(PANA 03/13/14)
The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Mr. Issa Hayatou, has nudged African teams heading to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to strive to reach the last four. PANA reports that no African team has ever gone beyond the quarter-final stage of the four-yearly global football extravaganza. But Hayatou said a last-four berth by any of Africa's flagbearers in Brazil would be an icing on the cake for the successes which African football has recorded, especially...
(PANA 02/28/14)
The African Football Confederation (CAF) will cover the costs of training, at the CAF Excellence Centre in Mbankomo, for the African teams to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the continental football governing body said. CAF is also calling on the entire African continent to support the five teams that qualified for Brazil 2014 which kicks off in June. The five countries are Cote d'Ivoire, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. In a news dispatch from the CAF headquarters in...
(AFP 02/02/14)
CAPE TOWN, (AFP) - Libya won their first continental tournament Saturday after beating Ghana in the African Nations Championship 4-3 on penalties when their final ended 0-0 after extra time. Excellent goalkeeping by the Mediterranean Knights' Muhammad Nashnoush and a poorly-aimed attempt that went wide from Ghana's Joshua Tijane clinched the victory following a lacklustre game. A fast-paced start raised expectations of an energetic clash, but play slowed after the first 15 minutes and failed to recover. The match ended...
(PANA 01/30/14)
Bloemfontein, South Africa - Nigeria's head coach Stephen Keshi has hailed the country's home-based senior national team, the Super Eagles, despite its loss to the Black Stars of Ghana in Wednesday's semi-final of the ongoing 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa. The teams resorted to penalties after playing goalless in regulation and extra time, with the eventual 4-1 result ending the dreams of African champion Nigeria to also lift the CHAN silverware 'This team has been about six...
(CNN 01/10/14)
(CNN) -- Yaya Toure's African reign will stretch into a third year after the Manchester City midfielder was named the continent's best footballer once again. The Ivory Coast star was crowned Footballer of the Year by the Confederation of African Football at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday. Toure pipped compatriot Didier Drogba, who plays for Turkish outfit Galatasaray, and Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel to the crown. The 30-year-old becomes only the second player to win three...
(Leadership 01/10/14)
In less than 24 hours, African football stars will kick off the CHAN tournament, which is meant for footballers plying their trade in the African continent. Africa has always produced some of the finest footballers of different generations, such as Roger Milla, Abedi Pele, Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o, Fredrick Kanoute, Michael Essien, Mikel Obi, Yaya Toure, Vincent Enyeama and the list goes on. These players have graced the European football with African flair, power and...
(BBC News Africa 12/02/13)
The winner of this year's BBC African Footballer of the Year award will be revealed at 1735 GMT on Monday. The shortlist of Yaya Toure, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was announced three weeks ago. African football fans selected their choice for the award, voting online and by text messages. You can find out result later today live on the BBC's Focus on Africa radio and television programmes and on this website. No player on...
(CNN 10/26/13)
(CNN) -- Is Sepp Blatter angling for another term as head of world football? The 77-year-old vowed at the 2011 FIFA presidential elections, where he stood unopposed after a bribery controversy ruled out his only rival, that this would be his fourth and final four-year stint in office. However, this week he hinted that he has "a mission" to fulfill and said he feels "young enough to be in this office." And he fueled speculation that he may stand again...
(BBC News Africa 09/06/13)
A total of seven places in the African play-offs for the 2014 World Cup will be decided this weekend. The campaign that has been made all the more dramatic because a number of matches have been overturned by football's world governing body Fifa. Only Algeria , Egypt and Ivory Coast will definitely be in the draw on 16 September for the final round of play-offs for Brazil next year. Ghana host Zambia in the first of the weekend's final group...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/13)
Women's sprinting has entered a new era, declared African duo Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare after they won the continent's first ever medals in a women's world 200 metres final on Friday in Moscow. Ahoure, 25, took her second silver of the World Athletics Championships, having become the first African woman to win a medal in the world 100m final, in a photo finish with Okagbare behind Jamaica's 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Both of them...
(Ghana Business News 08/05/13)
The draw for the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) will take place on Monday, September 16 in Cairo, Egypt, organizers have announced. According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the ceremony will be held at its headquarters in the Egyptian capital. The draw will see 16 teams divided into four groups of four teams each for the tournament billed for South Africa next year from January 11 to February 1. Ghana’s local Black Stars booked their place at the...
(Southafrica.info 07/22/13)
The 100th edition of the world's most famous cycle race, the Tour de France, which ended in Paris on Sunday, had a distinctly African flavour to it, with Daryl Impey becoming the first South African to pull on the yellow jersey, and overall winner Chris Froome having strong Kenyan and South African connections. Froome, born in Kenya, educated in South Africa and now a British citizen riding for a British team, became the first rider from Africa to win the...
(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 with either the government or the opposition, and a handful of correspondents for the foreign press, including an al-Jazeera reporter, Mohamed al-Mesalma, who was shot by a sniper. Six journalists died in Egypt. Half of...
( 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 off on Friday on a promising note and lived up to maximum expectation, shaking the capital with scintillating performances from...
(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...
(Voice of America 08/29/14)
NAIROBI— African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria's Boko Haram have not made as dramatic an advance as Islamic State, which controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. They have launched attacks across Africa, though, from Niger, Mali and Nigeria in the west to Somalia and Kenya in the east. The success of Islamic State could shape the thinking of African Islamists, said Andrew Muzonzini, Zimbabwe's head of external intelligence and a member of the African Union's Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
The Confederation of African Football has declared there will be no further changes to September's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite some relocation requests over Ebola fears. It stated on its website: "Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain the only countries required to relocate their fixtures to neutral territories as a result of the situation of the Ebola virus." Cameroon had become the latest team to express fears over the outbreaks and asked for their qualifier in DR Congo to be moved. Earlier this month Caf told Sierra Leone and Guinea to move their home matches, and the latter arranged...
(BBC News Africa 08/27/14)
Burundi has set up an investigation after a number of dead bodies wrapped in plastic were found floating in a lake on its border with Rwanda. Fishermen say there are reports of dozens of unidentified bodies being spotted in recent weeks in Lake Rweru. It is not clear how they died. The regional authorities say their investigations indicate the victims were not from Burundi. But Rwanda police say no-one has been reported missing on the Rwandan side. ''The victims are...
(Voice of America 08/26/14)
NEW YORK— Over the last two decades, New York City has seen a surge in immigration from Africa. But until recently, newcomers from Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana other West African nations mostly kept to their own communities. Today, these diverse cultures are coming together to celebrate their common roots, and to demand recognition as a force within the "Big Apple." Between the traditional drums, the vivid multicolored native dress, the many tribal dialects and the sheer...
(BBC News Africa 08/19/14)
Africa's elephants have reached a tipping point: more are being killed each year than are being born, a study suggests. Researchers believe that since 2010 an average of nearly 35,000 elephants have been killed annually on the continent. They warn that if the rate of poaching continues, the animals could be wiped out in 100 years. The work is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Lead author George Wittemyer, from Colorado State University, said: "We are...
(Voice of America 08/16/14)
The World Health Organization has not posted any regulations regarding lead in cookware, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has said there’s really no safe level of lead exposure. Ashland University and Occupational Knowledge International conducted the research in Cameroon that appears in the journal Science of the Total Environment. “I must say we literally stumbled upon this," said Perry Gottesfeld, Occupational Knowledge International’s executive director. "We were working in Cameroon for the past four years. We had been...
(Voice of America 08/14/14)
The African continent is primed for a massive baby boom within the next four decades, a shift that the United Nations’ children’s agency says represents both a challenge and a huge opportunity. By the year 2050, UNICEF predicts in a report released this week, Africa will be home to about 41 percent of the world’s births. By that time, one in four people on this planet will be African. The boom is caused by several factors. Africa is already home...
(BBC News Africa 08/13/14)
Africa's under-18 population will swell by two-thirds to reach almost a billion by 2050, a new UN report says. The findings show a "massive shift in the world's child population towards Africa", it says. Its projections indicate that by 2050, about 40% of all children will be in Africa, up from around 10% in 1950. This is despite the fact that child mortality rates in Africa will remain high, it says. The continent currently accounts for about half of child...
(CNN 08/11/14)
(CNN) -- West African nations are turning to drastic measures in a desperate effort to stem the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Guinea has closed its border with Sierra Leone, a border police official told CNN. Meanwhile, the Zambian government banned arrivals of people from countries where there has been an Ebola outbreak, as a preventive measure to stop the virus from entering the country. "All delegates from any of the countries affected by Ebola Virus disease are restricted...
(CNN 08/08/14)
(CNN) -- One of the many questions surrounding the revelation that Americans Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol received a little-known, experimental serum for their Ebola infection is: "Why did we hear nothing about it earlier, and how did they gain access to it?" Ebola has no cure, although potential medications and vaccines are in various states of development. The serum ZMapp, an experimental product of Mapp Biopharmaceutical, hasn't been tested in humans, which means it doesn't meet a primary requirement for FDA approval -- so its obscurity is no surprise.
(BBC News Africa 08/06/14)
US companies have pledged $14bn (£8.3bn) of investment in Africa in areas such as energy and infrastructure, US President Barack Obama has said. The announcement came at the first US-Africa Leaders' Summit, attended by over 40 African heads of state. The summit is an effort to strengthen US ties with Africa as China increases its African investments. Mr Obama also hosted a dinner for African leaders at the White House. The deals announced on Tuesday included a $5bn partnership between...
(Voice of America 08/06/14)
WHITE HOUSE — One goal of the African leaders' summit in Washington is to build on a strategic relationship that the United States has established in Africa as the continent faces a range of security threats. From establishing drone bases to training African troops, the U.S. has expanded its security relationship with Africa in recent years. The aim is to help African governments combat extremist groups like Boko Haram in Nigeria, al-Shabab in East Africa and militants in the Sahel...
(Voice of America 08/05/14)
The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is working to strengthen ties with Africa at a three-day summit in Washington for some 50 African heads of state. Monday's opening forums touched on a range of issues including security, health, the environment and corruption. At one panel focused on trade, South African President Jacob Zuma urged the United States to renew the trade agreement, African Growth and Opportunity Act, when it expires next year.
(Voice of America 08/04/14)
WASHINGTON — President Obama will be welcoming more than 50 African leaders for a three-day U.S.-Africa summit to begin August 4 in Washington, D.C. Not invited are the presidents of four countries with a record of human rights violations: Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Central African Republic. The leaders of Sierra Leone and Liberia have canceled their trips because of the Ebola outbreak in their countries. At the summit, the U.S. is expected to unveil nearly $1 billion in business deals, more funding for peacekeeping, and commit billions more dollars to food and power programs in Africa.
(Voice of America 08/04/14)
An outspoken member of the African Diaspora has called on African leaders taking part in a Washington summit to meet with them. Chika Onyeani, publisher and editor-in-chief of the African Sun Times newspaper and chairman of the Celebrate Africa Foundation, acknowledged he’s not speaking for the whole African Diaspora. But, he said it remits an estimated $70 to $80 billion each year to Africa. Onyeani said African leaders should give the Diaspora the same respect they give to other groups...
(Amnesty International 08/01/14)
Burundi’s ruling party is perpetrating a relentless campaign of intimidation against government critics and its youth wing is carrying out crimes with impunity ahead of next year’s election, warns Amnesty International in a report published today. ‘Locked down: A shrinking of political space’ explores a crackdown on freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly and a sharp increase in politicized violence in Burundi linked to the ruling National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) party. “The government’s clampdown on free expression and peaceful assembly has serious implications for human rights ahead
(Bloomberg 08/01/14)
Burundi said it’s allowing political dissent in the run up to next year’s elections amid rising concern that the government is cracking down on opposition groups. An Amnesty International report accusing Burundi’s authorities of intimidating critics and failing to prevent politically motivated violence is untrue and an attempt to undermine the country’s reputation, government spokesman Philippe Nzobonariba told reporters yesterday in the capital, Bujumbura. “Freedom of expression and freedom of association are largely guaranteed in this country, but the laws...
(BBC News Africa 07/31/14)
Reporting in PLOS Medicine, researchers found that for every 1,000 children who received the vaccine, an average of 800 cases of illness could be prevented. And in continuing trials it went on to provide protection some 18 months after the injections were given. Manufacturers GSK have now applied for regulatory approval - making this the first vaccine to reach this step. Malaria affects millions of people worldwide and results in 800,000 deaths each year - the majority in children under five who live in sub-Saharan Africa.
(Voice of America 07/31/14)
DAKAR, SENEGAL — Agricultural experts say that small-scale farmers in Africa can play a key role in ending food insecurity in the region - if they are included in the value chain. Small-scale farmers produce an estimated 80 percent of the continent’s food each year, but most lack the capacities to sell their crops in commercial markets. Sub-Saharan African countries continue to import more food each year than they export. An estimated 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated farmable land...
(BBC News Africa 07/30/14)
Burundi's ruling party is waging a "relentless campaign of intimidation" against its critics ahead of presidential elections next year, Amnesty International says. Its youth wing was responsible for attacking and killing opposition supporters, the rights group said. The CNDD-FDD party has not has yet commented on the allegation. Burundi is recovering from a brutal civil war that ended with President Pierre Nkurunziza's election in 2005. Speculation is rife that he intends to run for a third term in the June...

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