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(AFP (eng) 10/21/14)
Zimbabwe telecommunications giant Econet Wireless Global has bought the businesses of Russian phone operator VimpelCom in Burundi and the Central African Republic, the company announced Monday. "Our Mauritius-registered telecoms holding company... has acquired VimpelCom's two operations in Burundi and Central African Republic," said Craig Fitzgerald, Econet Wireless Global chief executive officer, in a statement. Confirming the deal, VimpelCom said in a statement that its subsidiary Global Telecom Holding had sold its entire stake in the Burundi and CAR operations to Econet for $65 million (50 million euros).
(Bloomberg 10/21/14)
Ebola’s economic effects in Africa are proving hard to quarantine even in the 49 of 54 countries that are untouched by the virus. Corporate events are being canceled, international investors are declining to visit and multinationals are on high alert. The International Monetary Fund yesterday cut its forecast for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa this year to 5 percent from 5.5 percent, due in part to “economic spillovers starting to materialize” from the outbreak. The ripple effects present a fresh challenge to Africa’s economic progress, which is heavily dependent on foreign investment and vulnerable to even slight shocks. Business and...
(Ventures-Africa 10/20/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The race to build hotels in Africa has never been bigger than it is today. Global hotel chain Marriot International’s recent announcement of a $1.5 billion Africa expansion plan stirred the market and a recent hotel conference on Africa. The capital investment will be used to build nine hotels, amounting to a 1,300 additional rooms, by 2015 and 30 additional hotels by 2020, adding another 5,550 rooms to the continent’s hotel room count. Marriot International’s construction plan...
(Cnbc Africa 10/17/14)
Africa’s vast amounts unexplored resources make it every investors dream, however, the continents real success lies in advancing women. Earlier this month the world celebrated The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, a day that recognises the vital role rural women play in improving agriculture and rural development. “When we give rural women access to productive agricultural and natural resources, we empower them. They, in turn, can contribute more to alleviating hunger and boosting the ability of their communities...
(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...
(Ventures-Africa 10/15/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes has called on the international financial community to provide Africa with more investments than aid, as it is obvious that the latter cannot help the emerging continent achieve its desired growth and development. Carlos was, on Monday, speaking at the opening of the Ninth African Development Forum holding in Marrakech, Morocco themed “Innovative financing for Africa’s transformation” with the aim of deriving measures to...
(AFP (eng) 10/14/14)
Tanzania said Tuesday it will grant citizenship to some 200,000 refugees from neighbouring Burundi, a move hailed by the UN refugee agency. "Those to be granted citizenship are refugees who have stayed in Tanzania since 1972 and have voluntarily opted to stay in the country," Home Affairs Minister Mathias Chikawe told AFP. More than 162,000 Burundian refugees are registered in Tanzania and have had children in the country, taking the number of those to be granted citizenship to up to...
(AFP (eng) 10/14/14)
Burundi said Tuesday it was certain that bodies found floating in a lake on its border had floated downstream from neighbouring Rwanda, despite repeated denials from Kigali. The appearance of the corpses over the past several months have sparked concern in a region scarred by decades of unrest and serious rights abuses. Officials say six bodies were found, although fishermen have reported seeing as many as 10 times that number. "We are confident these bodies were carried down into the...
(Ventures-Africa 10/14/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released last week, by IHS, a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. “Cote d’Ivoire intends on spending $4 billion on agriculture development in order to improve crop yields and, in four years,...
(Business Week 10/13/14)
Burundi last week saw the launch of the first mining activities for nickel at the Musongati site. It has an estimated 150 million tons of the metal. The ceremonies were chaired by the Burundi Second Vice-President Dr. Gervais Rufyikiri, in, Rutana Province, southern Burundi. The Musongati mine will be exploited in a joint enterprise called Burundi Musongati Mining (BMM). It is made of Burundi Mining Metallurgy International and the Burundi government. Dr. Gervais Rufyikiri described the event as a memorable...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/13/14)
Sixteen countries have alarming levels of hunger, with Burundi the worst affected, according to an annual index released on Monday which also reveals that 2 billion people worldwide suffer from "hidden hunger". Hidden hunger, which is a lack of vitamins and minerals, weakens the immune system, stunts physical and intellectual growth, and can lead to death. Burundi, which tops the Global Hunger Index for the third year in a row, is followed by Eritrea, East Timor and Comoros. Some 805...
(Ventures-Africa 10/13/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Compared to other regions of the world, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of female entrepreneurs. These women are mostly owners of small businesses and local community shops serving the unmet needs of their homes and consumers. This not only reshapes the incorrect perception that African women have marginal input in overall economic output, but a socio-economic conscious business environment that includes full support of women entrepreneurs could potentially bring millions out of poverty and reduce an...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/14)
Arrests, harassment, a clampdown on free speech: with less than a year before elections in Burundi, critics say the government is doing all it can clamp down on political challengers. Opposition figure Leonce Ngendakumana should know. The president of the Front for Democracy (Frodebu) party was sentenced this month to a year in jail for slander, after what he calls a "political trial" designed to remove him from the running ahead of the June 2015 polls. President Pierre Nkurunziza is...
(Business Day 10/11/14)
Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released Wednesday, by IHS Inc., a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the development of the agriculture sector is viewed by many countries as a way to: Diversify their economies away from...
(Ventures-Africa 10/10/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Lusaka Stock Exchange listed power distribution company, Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) is to invest over $18 million in upgrading its network in a bid to boost Zambia and DR Congo energy sector. “CEC owns the inter-connection between Zambia and DRC. We are building a duo circuit transmission line which will see the capacity of our inter-connector extended from 250 megawatts to 550 megawatts,” said CEC managing director Owen Silavwe. CEC operates and maintain a network comprising transmission, distribution and generation assets. The assets comprise an emergency power generation capacity of 80MW, transmission and distribution network of around 1,000 km of overhead power lines
(Reuters (Eng) 10/09/14)
Burundi’s annual inflation accelerated to 5.9 percent in August from 3.1 percent in July after costs for housing, water and energy rose sharply, official data showed on Tuesday. The International Monetary Fund had previously said inflation in the small central African nation was declining thanks to moderating international prices of food and fuel and stable monetary conditions. The price index for housing, water and energy jumped to 11.4 percent year-on-year in August from 4.9 percent in the previous month, Burundi's...
(The Guardian 10/09/14)
A survivor of the Burundi civil war and Rwanda’s genocide has led a community to rebuild healthcare in his home country. After surviving genocides in his native Burundi and next-door Rwanda, Deogratias Niyizonkiza found himself in New York, wondering what had gone wrong in his world and what could be done to put it right. Burundi, by any measure one of the world’s poorest countries, was afflicted by a horrific ethnic war that lasted more than a decade. The war...
(Ipp media 10/08/14)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Friday approved loans amounting to USD 98.22 million to finance the first phase of East Africa’s Centres of Excellence for Skills and Tertiary Education in Biomedical Sciences programme in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. A statement issued by the bank yesterday said the project aims to contribute to the development of relevant and highly skilled workforce in biomedical sciences to meet East African Community (EAC) immediate labour market...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/08/14)
(Reuters) - Standard Chartered (STAN.L) plans to hire at least 1,000 more staff in Africa in the next couple of years, an increase of more than 10 percent, even as its expansion elsewhere has slowed. Diana Layfield, Standard Chartered's chief executive for Africa, declined to specify where the extra staff would go, but picked out Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana as three of the most attractive markets. "Nigeria has to be close to the top of everybody's list (for expansion) .....
(Xinhuanet 10/07/14)
PARIS, Oct. (Xinhua) -- Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Monday hold the 14th session of Africa forum with a major focus on ways to make accelerating growth in African countries more robust and sustainable. Themed "By Africa, for Africa? Industrialisation and Integration for Inclusive Growth," participants would dig for adequate measures to help "African firms harness regional and global value chains to create new jobs," and implement "innovative territorial policies to promote balanced regional development and...

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(AFP (eng) 10/14/14)
Tanzania said Tuesday it will grant citizenship to some 200,000 refugees from neighbouring Burundi, a move hailed by the UN refugee agency. "Those to be granted citizenship are refugees who have stayed in Tanzania since 1972 and have voluntarily opted to stay in the country," Home Affairs Minister Mathias Chikawe told AFP. More than 162,000 Burundian refugees are registered in Tanzania and have had children in the country, taking the number of those to be granted citizenship to up to 200,000, according to government documents. Tanzania hosted one of the largest refugee populations in Africa, sheltering hundreds of thousands of Burundians who fled ethnic violence. Burundi, a small nation in Africa's Great Lakes region, emerged...
(AFP (eng) 10/14/14)
Burundi said Tuesday it was certain that bodies found floating in a lake on its border had floated downstream from neighbouring Rwanda, despite repeated denials from Kigali. The appearance of the corpses over the past several months have sparked concern in a region scarred by decades of unrest and serious rights abuses. Officials say six bodies were found, although fishermen have reported seeing as many as 10 times that number. "We are confident these bodies were carried down into the lake from Rwanda," Burundi's Attorney General Valentin Bagorikunda told reporters. He said the corpses were washed down the Akagera river,...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/13/14)
Sixteen countries have alarming levels of hunger, with Burundi the worst affected, according to an annual index released on Monday which also reveals that 2 billion people worldwide suffer from "hidden hunger". Hidden hunger, which is a lack of vitamins and minerals, weakens the immune system, stunts physical and intellectual growth, and can lead to death. Burundi, which tops the Global Hunger Index for the third year in a row, is followed by Eritrea, East Timor and Comoros. Some 805...
(The Guardian 10/09/14)
A survivor of the Burundi civil war and Rwanda’s genocide has led a community to rebuild healthcare in his home country. After surviving genocides in his native Burundi and next-door Rwanda, Deogratias Niyizonkiza found himself in New York, wondering what had gone wrong in his world and what could be done to put it right. Burundi, by any measure one of the world’s poorest countries, was afflicted by a horrific ethnic war that lasted more than a decade. The war...
(Ipp media 10/08/14)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Friday approved loans amounting to USD 98.22 million to finance the first phase of East Africa’s Centres of Excellence for Skills and Tertiary Education in Biomedical Sciences programme in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. A statement issued by the bank yesterday said the project aims to contribute to the development of relevant and highly skilled workforce in biomedical sciences to meet East African Community (EAC) immediate labour market...
(Xinhuanet 10/07/14)
PARIS, Oct. (Xinhua) -- Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Monday hold the 14th session of Africa forum with a major focus on ways to make accelerating growth in African countries more robust and sustainable. Themed "By Africa, for Africa? Industrialisation and Integration for Inclusive Growth," participants would dig for adequate measures to help "African firms harness regional and global value chains to create new jobs," and implement "innovative territorial policies to promote balanced regional development and...
(AFP (eng) 10/06/14)
Rebels gunmen in Burundi said Monday they had killed six soldiers in an attack north of the capital, but the government said the only death was one insurgent. Rebel spokesman Felix-Jean Ntahonkuriye, from a splinter faction of the National Liberation Forces (FNL), said gunmen stormed an army outpost around dusk on Sunday some 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of the capital Bujumbura, killing six soldiers. "They took guns and ammunition," he told AFP, with the gunmen fleeing into swamplands along...
(The Citizen 10/06/14)
Arusha. The East African Community (EAC) partner states have not yet agreed on the benchmarks for issuance of work permits and now trade unions want them to be processed within 30 days and fees for getting them abolished. “Processing time for the handling of work permits should be shortened to a maximum of 30 days”, Francis Atwoli, the chairperson of the East African Conferderation of Trade Unions (EATUC), stressed. Speaking to reporters after a meeting of regional officials here, he...
(PANA 10/06/14)
The Ebola spread to the US has created fears that US aviation authorities could slap travel restrictions, which would signal a major crisis for African airlines struggling to make profits, analysts warned in a report on Thursday. DaMina Advisors, an African political risk advisory service firm, warned that with the first US confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in Texas and growing public pressure on the Obama administration to restrict US airline travel to West Africa, the financial viability of a number of already struggling domestic African airline carriers may be under threat.
(PANA 10/06/14)
African football governors must seriously address organisation and administration aspects of football management for the continent to move higher up in global football, Cameroon coach Volker Finke has said. 'If we want to move forward we must professionalise everything around the team,' Finke said at the just-concluded two-day conference in Cairo, Egypt, that reviewed Africa's performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The conference, which brought together African coaches and technical directors, was organised by FIFA and CAF,...
(The New Times 10/03/14)
African governments have been reminded that as they celebrate the gains and achievements made in information and communications technology (ICT) and Internet penetration, they should bear in mind the challenges stalking further development of the two. Dr Hamadoun Toure, the secretarygeneral of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), said the key challenges include affordability of broadband and the new cyber security threats that users are now exposed to as a result of the connections made. Dr Toure was yesterday speaking at the launch of the second annual Smart Rwanda Days in Kigali.
(The Citizen 10/03/14)
Arusha. The East African Community (EAC) says it is worried by the frequency of natural disasters and losses they cause in the region. The region was not only vulnerable to the hazards, especially those related to climate, but has insufficient capacity to cope or mitigate them. “The frequency and intensity of climatic disasters is on the rise as a result of climate variability and change,” said the acting director of Productive Sectors in the Community, Mr Moses Marwa. Speaking at...
(Voice of America 09/30/14)
Johannesburg — The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has released its annual index of governance in Africa. The report shows continued small improvement continent-wide, although performance varied greatly from country to country. This year's annual Mo Ibrahim African Governance Index came as something of an anticlimax: many of the 52 nations maintained their spots from last year, with tiny Mauritius at the top and volatile Somalia at the bottom. The charitable foundation said it has moved back the date for awarding the...
(Business Week 09/29/14)
BUJUMBURA, Burundi - The government and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have signed a grant for $1 million and another for $30 million for supplementing basic food supplies. The money is under the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, a fund managed by IFAD for the implementation of the National Program for Food Security and Rural Development in the regions of Imbo and Moso whose total cost is $57.9 million. According to a press release issued on the...
(Xinhuanet 09/27/14)
BUJUMBURA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The trial of Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, chairman of the Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Rights of Detainees (APRODH) was on Friday put into deliberation at the First Instance Court in the Burundian Municipality of Bujumbura. During the trial, judges analyzed the medical report on Mbonimpa's health conditions in order to grant him a release on bail as requested by his lawyers. "The prosecutor and the judges realized that Mbonimpa's health conditions have been...
(Xinhuanet 09/27/14)
BUJUMBURA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The United States has expressed its "deep concern" regarding the discovery more than 40 corpses bound and wrapped in plastic bags on Lake Rweru that borders Burundi and Rwanda, urging both countries to conduct a full investigation, a press release from the U.S. Embassy in Burundi said Friday. According to the press release, several countries also raised concerns about those deaths during the interactive dialogue with the working group on enforced or involuntary disappearances that was...
(PANA 09/27/14)
The African Union (AU) has pledged to push for the implementation of policies to stop international companies operating in lucrative economic sectors in Africa, where violation of human rights is rampant, to respect the laws safeguarding workers rights. AU Commissioner for Political Affairs Aisha Abdullahi said policies would be in place across Africa to ensure all firms abide by common code of conduct that guarantees the protection of workers’ rights. “All too often, human rights concerns have fallen by the...
(PANA 09/25/14)
A new initiative announced Tuesday at the UN Climate Summit in New York is expected to reduce dependency on fossil fuels in eastern and southern Africa at a time when regional demand for electricity is estimated to at least double over the next quarter century, a document circulated at the summit stated. Also, a second initiative, coordinated by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), aims to deliver a cleaner energy mix for up to 4.7 million people on the frontlines of climate change in so-called small island developing States. The document signed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said:
(Business Week 09/24/14)
BUJUMBURA, Burundi - The 2013 World Bank Report on Burundi was launched last week by the Second Vice-President, Dr. Gervais Rufyikiri Titled ‘From Aid to Trade: Regional integration as an engine of growth’ the report shows that economic growth in 2013 was estimated at 4.5%. This represents an increase of 0.5 points compared to the year from 2012. Dr. Rufyikiri said, “Burundi is still in need of multi-faceted support and guidance of its technical and financial partners, like the World...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/24/14)
New Delhi — An event aimed at promoting trade and investment between India and Africa has been postponed due to concerns over the deadly Ebola outbreak, India's foreign affairs ministry said on Wednesday. The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed more than 2,800 people in West Africa. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that between 550,000 and 1.4 million might be infected in the region by January. The India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) was due to take...

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(AFP (eng) 10/21/14)
Zimbabwe telecommunications giant Econet Wireless Global has bought the businesses of Russian phone operator VimpelCom in Burundi and the Central African Republic, the company announced Monday. "Our Mauritius-registered telecoms holding company... has acquired VimpelCom's two operations in Burundi and Central African Republic," said Craig Fitzgerald, Econet Wireless Global chief executive officer, in a statement. Confirming the deal, VimpelCom said in a statement that its subsidiary Global Telecom Holding had sold its entire stake in the Burundi and CAR operations to Econet for $65 million (50 million euros).
(Bloomberg 10/21/14)
Ebola’s economic effects in Africa are proving hard to quarantine even in the 49 of 54 countries that are untouched by the virus. Corporate events are being canceled, international investors are declining to visit and multinationals are on high alert. The International Monetary Fund yesterday cut its forecast for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa this year to 5 percent from 5.5 percent, due in part to “economic spillovers starting to materialize” from the outbreak. The ripple effects present a fresh challenge to Africa’s economic progress, which is heavily dependent on foreign investment and vulnerable to even slight shocks. Business and...
(Ventures-Africa 10/20/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The race to build hotels in Africa has never been bigger than it is today. Global hotel chain Marriot International’s recent announcement of a $1.5 billion Africa expansion plan stirred the market and a recent hotel conference on Africa. The capital investment will be used to build nine hotels, amounting to a 1,300 additional rooms, by 2015 and 30 additional hotels by 2020, adding another 5,550 rooms to the continent’s hotel room count. Marriot International’s construction plan...
(Cnbc Africa 10/17/14)
Africa’s vast amounts unexplored resources make it every investors dream, however, the continents real success lies in advancing women. Earlier this month the world celebrated The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, a day that recognises the vital role rural women play in improving agriculture and rural development. “When we give rural women access to productive agricultural and natural resources, we empower them. They, in turn, can contribute more to alleviating hunger and boosting the ability of their communities...
(Ventures-Africa 10/15/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes has called on the international financial community to provide Africa with more investments than aid, as it is obvious that the latter cannot help the emerging continent achieve its desired growth and development. Carlos was, on Monday, speaking at the opening of the Ninth African Development Forum holding in Marrakech, Morocco themed “Innovative financing for Africa’s transformation” with the aim of deriving measures to...
(Ventures-Africa 10/14/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released last week, by IHS, a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. “Cote d’Ivoire intends on spending $4 billion on agriculture development in order to improve crop yields and, in four years,...
(Business Week 10/13/14)
Burundi last week saw the launch of the first mining activities for nickel at the Musongati site. It has an estimated 150 million tons of the metal. The ceremonies were chaired by the Burundi Second Vice-President Dr. Gervais Rufyikiri, in, Rutana Province, southern Burundi. The Musongati mine will be exploited in a joint enterprise called Burundi Musongati Mining (BMM). It is made of Burundi Mining Metallurgy International and the Burundi government. Dr. Gervais Rufyikiri described the event as a memorable...
(Ventures-Africa 10/13/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Compared to other regions of the world, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of female entrepreneurs. These women are mostly owners of small businesses and local community shops serving the unmet needs of their homes and consumers. This not only reshapes the incorrect perception that African women have marginal input in overall economic output, but a socio-economic conscious business environment that includes full support of women entrepreneurs could potentially bring millions out of poverty and reduce an...
(Business Day 10/11/14)
Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released Wednesday, by IHS Inc., a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the development of the agriculture sector is viewed by many countries as a way to: Diversify their economies away from...
(Ventures-Africa 10/10/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Lusaka Stock Exchange listed power distribution company, Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) is to invest over $18 million in upgrading its network in a bid to boost Zambia and DR Congo energy sector. “CEC owns the inter-connection between Zambia and DRC. We are building a duo circuit transmission line which will see the capacity of our inter-connector extended from 250 megawatts to 550 megawatts,” said CEC managing director Owen Silavwe. CEC operates and maintain a network comprising transmission, distribution and generation assets. The assets comprise an emergency power generation capacity of 80MW, transmission and distribution network of around 1,000 km of overhead power lines
(Reuters (Eng) 10/09/14)
Burundi’s annual inflation accelerated to 5.9 percent in August from 3.1 percent in July after costs for housing, water and energy rose sharply, official data showed on Tuesday. The International Monetary Fund had previously said inflation in the small central African nation was declining thanks to moderating international prices of food and fuel and stable monetary conditions. The price index for housing, water and energy jumped to 11.4 percent year-on-year in August from 4.9 percent in the previous month, Burundi's...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/08/14)
(Reuters) - Standard Chartered (STAN.L) plans to hire at least 1,000 more staff in Africa in the next couple of years, an increase of more than 10 percent, even as its expansion elsewhere has slowed. Diana Layfield, Standard Chartered's chief executive for Africa, declined to specify where the extra staff would go, but picked out Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana as three of the most attractive markets. "Nigeria has to be close to the top of everybody's list (for expansion) .....
(Business Week 10/06/14)
KAMPALA, Uganda - East African Community (EAC) Presidents will be in London on October 20 to court top institutional investors. Institutional investors are the giants of the international money market sitting on several hundreds of billions of dollars of their clients money. They are represented by pension funds, mutual funds, money managers, insurance companies, investment banks, commercial trusts and endowment funds. According to a press release, President Museveni, will showcase the 14 projects at The Global African Investment Summit (TGAIS)...
(Business Week 10/06/14)
Africa is ripe for investment, a fact that is being acted upon by Abu Dhabi companies with increasing regularity. Etihad Airways just announced that it would expand its African presence with the launch of a daily service to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Earlier this month, Trojan General Contracting, part of the Royal Group owned by Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is participating in a $16 billion programme to build roads and railways across West Africa. These companies are not...
(Kenya Star 10/02/14)
ATHENS- Marine researchers hope that fish farming - the process of raising fish in ponds for food - can help African countries overcome chronic food shortages. Scientists from the Athens-based Hellenic Centre for Marine Research are working on ways to improve fish farming in Europe, and now have been asked to do the same to alleviate food shortages in Africa. The governments of Kenya and Sierra Leone approached the European Union for assistance with fisheries. Hellenic Centre director Evangelos Papathanassiou explains this is a joint European-African project.
(Bloomberg 10/01/14)
Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, said further deals with the Investment Corp. of Dubai may run into billions of dollars after the Emirati holding company invested $300 million in his cement business last month. “We have also agreed to invest in other other ventures in oil and agriculture,” Dangote said today in an interview at a conference in Dubai. “They already have a seat on our board. This could run into billions of dollars.” ICD is exploring opportunities to work...
(Business Week 09/29/14)
Until the East African Community signed the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union last week, Kenya’s fresh produce exporters were sweating buckets. In very simple terms, an EPA is a reciprocal arrangement that neither country or economic bloc will impose taxes on the imports of the other. The EU is Kenya’s leading market for fresh flowers and other horticultural produce, with annual sales topping a billion US dollars. The same can be said for other East African countries,...
(Business Week 09/29/14)
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Serengeti Breweries Limited (SBL) has said it will take advantage of the Common Market Protocol in the East African Community to sell its new Jebel Coconut drink. SBL’s Managing Director, Steve Gannon told East African Business Week during the official launching in Dar es Salaam last week, they will first target the Tanzanian consumers before venturing to Nairobi, Kampala and Kigali. “The brand was firstly created to suit the Tanzanian consumers in market but we...
(Business Week 09/29/14)
DUBAI, UAE - The Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also United Arab Emirates Vice-President, is hosting the Second African Global Business Forum which is by invitation only and organized by The Economist publication. The event (AGBF) takes place this week starting Wednesday and several African Heads of State have confirmed attendence. The theme is ‘New Realities – New Connections’.
(Xinhuanet 09/26/14)
NAIROBI, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Africa could become a single air transport market that will remove the need for bilateral air services agreements by early 2016, the industry lobby said on Wednesday. African Airlines Association (AFRAA) Secretary General Elijah Chingosho told Xinhua that the regulatory texts and legal institutional framework are scheduled to be finalized in October. "Guidelines will soon be formulated that will enable the African Union to carry out negotiations among the various trading blocs with a view to...

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(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, before the emergence of the qualified teams. The top two finishers from each of the seven groups, plus the best third-placed team, will pick the tickets to the 16-team 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals...
(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 Stephen Constantine and technical director Lee Johnson. Reflecting on the technical aspects of Brazil 2014, there was a general feeling...
(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...
(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...

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(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 galleries from around the world are represented at "1:54" -- named after the number of countries in Africa -- and the event has doubled in size since it debuted last year. "What is exciting about...
(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, introduced audiences to this year’s edition with a stunning cabaret performance of the official Big Brother theme song. It was...
(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 10/21/14)
Ebola’s economic effects in Africa are proving hard to quarantine even in the 49 of 54 countries that are untouched by the virus. Corporate events are being canceled, international investors are declining to visit and multinationals are on high alert. The International Monetary Fund yesterday cut its forecast for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa this year to 5 percent from 5.5 percent, due in part to “economic spillovers starting to materialize” from the outbreak. The ripple effects present a fresh challenge to Africa’s economic progress, which is heavily dependent on foreign investment and vulnerable to even slight shocks. Business and political leaders say the virus is making overseas partners nervous and in some cases hurting...
(Ventures-Africa 10/20/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The race to build hotels in Africa has never been bigger than it is today. Global hotel chain Marriot International’s recent announcement of a $1.5 billion Africa expansion plan stirred the market and a recent hotel conference on Africa. The capital investment will be used to build nine hotels, amounting to a 1,300 additional rooms, by 2015 and 30 additional hotels by 2020, adding another 5,550 rooms to the continent’s hotel room count. Marriot International’s construction plan for 2014 and 2015 still trails more aggressive developers, such as Radisson Blu and Hilton, who plan to build 60...
(Cnbc Africa 10/17/14)
Africa’s vast amounts unexplored resources make it every investors dream, however, the continents real success lies in advancing women. Earlier this month the world celebrated The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, a day that recognises the vital role rural women play in improving agriculture and rural development. “When we give rural women access to productive agricultural and natural resources, we empower them. They, in turn, can contribute more to alleviating hunger and boosting the ability of their communities...
(Ventures-Africa 10/15/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes has called on the international financial community to provide Africa with more investments than aid, as it is obvious that the latter cannot help the emerging continent achieve its desired growth and development. Carlos was, on Monday, speaking at the opening of the Ninth African Development Forum holding in Marrakech, Morocco themed “Innovative financing for Africa’s transformation” with the aim of deriving measures to...
(Ventures-Africa 10/14/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released last week, by IHS, a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. “Cote d’Ivoire intends on spending $4 billion on agriculture development in order to improve crop yields and, in four years,...
(Ventures-Africa 10/13/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Compared to other regions of the world, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of female entrepreneurs. These women are mostly owners of small businesses and local community shops serving the unmet needs of their homes and consumers. This not only reshapes the incorrect perception that African women have marginal input in overall economic output, but a socio-economic conscious business environment that includes full support of women entrepreneurs could potentially bring millions out of poverty and reduce an...
(Ventures-Africa 10/10/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Lusaka Stock Exchange listed power distribution company, Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) is to invest over $18 million in upgrading its network in a bid to boost Zambia and DR Congo energy sector. “CEC owns the inter-connection between Zambia and DRC. We are building a duo circuit transmission line which will see the capacity of our inter-connector extended from 250 megawatts to 550 megawatts,” said CEC managing director Owen Silavwe. CEC operates and maintain a network comprising transmission, distribution and generation assets. The assets comprise an emergency power generation capacity of 80MW, transmission and distribution network of around 1,000 km of overhead power lines
(The Guardian 10/09/14)
A survivor of the Burundi civil war and Rwanda’s genocide has led a community to rebuild healthcare in his home country. After surviving genocides in his native Burundi and next-door Rwanda, Deogratias Niyizonkiza found himself in New York, wondering what had gone wrong in his world and what could be done to put it right. Burundi, by any measure one of the world’s poorest countries, was afflicted by a horrific ethnic war that lasted more than a decade. The war...
(Voice of America 09/19/14)
ADDIS ABABA— African children are facing disproportionately high levels of violence, according to a new report by the African Child Policy Forum. The study calls for more coordinated action to prevent violence against children. The new report, released Thursday, said African children are subjected to extremely high levels of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and current laws and policies have not been able to tackle this issue. African Child Policy Forum Executive Director Theophane Nikyema said a coordinated response is needed. “There has not been much focus on the prevention side when it comes to child protection
(Voice of America 09/10/14)
NAIROBI— A new report by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) says that while farmers in many parts of the world regularly harvest up to five tons of maize per hectare, those in Africa harvest just one ton on average. Outdated farming practices combined with inherently low soil fertility has been blamed for the low yields. Many countries in Africa often face food shortages, as farmers struggle to grow enough produce for the entire population. A new...
(BBC News Africa 09/08/14)
Three elderly Italian nuns have been killed at their convent in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. The motive for the killings is not yet known. Police in the city say they have detained two suspects, according to Reuters news agency. The nuns were named as Lucia Pulici, aged 75, Olga Raschietti, aged 82, and Bernadetta Boggian, aged 79. Their bodies were discovered at separate times, with earlier reports stating that two nuns had died. On its website, the Catholic diocese...
(Voice of America 09/02/14)
Africa’s mineral, timber and oil wealth has been highly sought – and fought over – for years, mainly by Western nations. Today, though, Africa has become a strong trading partner for China, which surpassed the United States in 2009 and whose bilateral trade reached $210 billion in 2013. In February, China’s President Xi Jinping hosted Senegal's President Macky Sall and told him this fast-growing trade relationship with Africa "stands witness to the endlessly renewed vitality of Sino-African friendship, to the...
(PANA 08/30/14)
Ethiopia is intensifying the hunt for new markets within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), a significant step that is expected to usher in a new era of trade liberalisation. Ethiopia, which last March pledged to complete the process of joining the regional market's Free Trade Area (FTA) by December 2014, hopes to tap the growing regional market to expand the market to the country's growing industries. Ethiopian state media reported the government of Ethiopia had finalized...
(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...
(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...

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