Thursday 17 August 2017
(RFI(EN) 08/17/17)
The first hearing of the appeal of RFI Cameroon correspondent Ahmed Abba has been postponed without explanation, his lawyers have revealed. An appeal against Abba's 10-year prison sentence was supposed to start on Thursday 17 August but his lawyers were shocked to find his name had been taken off the military tribunal's list of hearings on Wednesday evening. "I think Ahmed Abba's name has been taken off the roll, I don't know why," his lawyer Clément Nakong told RFI, pointing out that the appeal was lodged three months ago. "International agreements that Cameroon has signed, Cameroon's constitution and the penal code all specify one should have one's case heard within a reasonable period of time."...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/14/17)
YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Cameroon has halved its levy on cocoa exports to boost revenues for farmers and exporters hit by a dive in global prices over the past year, the trade minister told Reuters. Bumper crops around the world have sent prices lower this season and in some parts of Cameroon the price that farmers receive has halved. A prolonged dry season has also impacted the quality of some beans, farmers have said. "The government has decided to reduce the cocoa export charge rate by 50 percent, from 150 CFA francs ($0.27) to 75 CFA francs per kilogram, as from August 1 2017," said Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana in an interview on Friday. The dip represents a change in government...
(IRIN 08/14/17)
Moustapha Bachir was watching a World Cup qualifying match in a bar when Boko Haram rolled into Amchide, in Cameroon’s Far North region. By the time they left, the jihadists had killed 30 people and torched homes and businesses. Bachir, 22, didn’t recognise any of the gunmen - he was too busy escaping - and neither did he expect to. Boko Haram was a largely Nigerian insurgent group, committed to a hardline Islamist solution to Nigeria’s perceived ills. Boko Haram...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(APA 08/11/17)
The‎ Nigeria, Cameroon Tripartite Commission says it has plans for the repatriation and reintegration of 58,000 Nigerian refugees in Cameroon. A communique issued at the end of its inaugural meeting on Thursday in Abuja, emphasised that such repatriation should be safe and dignified The Tripartite Commission comprises Nigeria, Cameroon and the UNHCR, It is meant to ensure the voluntary and dignified return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon in line with international best practice. The Communique was read by Hajia Sadiya Farouq, Federal Commissioner, National Commission For Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) and representatives of the Nigerian...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/10/17)
A celebrated Indian nun who rescues Cameroonian women from slavery in the Middle East has called for greater support for victims to help them recover from the horrors of being drugged, raped and abused. Sister Vanaja Jasphine says she has identified more than 200 women who have been trafficked from the central African nation and enslaved in the Middle East in recent years. The 39-year-old nun last year helped to bring home 14 trafficking victims, whom she refers to as...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/10/17)
A British explorer for mineral resources in Africa will on Thursday become the first venture of its kind to be listed on London's AIM market for growing companies, its CEO said. Following the recovery of the mining sector from a commodity price crash in 2015-16, a handful of new companies have listed. But smaller exploration companies known as project generators, which find assets but sell them on or agree joint ventures to develop them, have generally preferred the Canadian or...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the...
(APA 08/09/17)
APA - Douala (Cameroon) - Illegal trade, fraud, smuggling and counterfeiting cause a huge deficit in Cameroon’s economy, incurring an annual loss estimated at around CFA150 billion, according to figures published on Tuesday by the group GICAM. This situation is putting the entire Cameroonian economy in bad shape as both the public treasury and companies lose substantial sums of money. In view of this, employers are calling on all economic players to be involved in improving the business environment, given that “illegal trade poses a threat to the development of local businesses.
(APA 08/09/17)
APA-Douala (Cameroon) - The construction of an industrial and refrigerated slaughterhouse in Cameroon’s northern town of Ngaoundere will require an investment of five billion CFA francs, the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industry (MINEPIA) said on Tuesday. The construction of the facility, which is part of the government’s 2015 Triennial Contingency Plan (PLANUT), is expected to effectively meet the demand in a region considered as the country’s main livestock provider. With a capacity of 1400 square meters, the infrastructure...
(APA 08/09/17)
APA-Douala (Cameroon) - Cameroonian customs reportedly intercepted a large cargo of narcotics in the Taifara region in the far-north meant the Boko Haram terrorist sect, security sources said on Tuesday. The confiscated items were 600,000 Tramadol tablets bound for Nigeria "to meet the needs of the Boko Haram members," a source close to the investigation said. If the sponsors managed to escape, their accomplices were forced to turn themselves in and own up to narcotics smuggling, security sources continued, adding...
(AFP (eng) 08/09/17)
Former Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou on Tuesday slammed his successor Ahmad Ahmad over claims that Cameroon is not ready to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Malagasy Ahmad, who ended Hayatou's 29-year reign as CAF president last March, had said that the country's infrastructure "wasn't ready" to host the 2019 CAN and even suggested he may open a bidding process to other countries to help stage the event. "He (Ahmad) has to first come to see before speaking as he did," Cameroonian Hayatou, 71, told French radio station RFI. "Cameroon already has five stadiums, not to mention the ones which are in the process of being built. Nobody can say that Cameroon has done nothing.
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal...
(AfricaNews 08/08/17)
The U.S military is investigating Cameroon following allegations of torture on detained civilians. The allegations are contained in an Amnesty International report which says close to 100 cases of arrest and torture of civilians have been registered during Cameroon’s ongoing war against Boko Haram. Amnesty International says the abuses occured around Salak near Cameroon’s border with Nigeria and Chad and were allegedly carried out by Cameroon’s elite army unit -the Rapid Intervention Battalion. Pentagon officials also want to find the truth about allegations that U.S servicemen were present at the Cameroonian base while the tortured unfolded. Close to 300 U.S military personnel in Cameroon are helping the government...
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
Cameroon's football federation expressed their "consternation" on Monday in response to criticism from African Confederation president Ahmad Ahmad over their prospects of hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Ahmad had said on Saturday that the country's infrastructure "wasn't ready" to host the 2019 CAN and even suggested he may open a bidding process to other countries to help in putting on the event. "The Cameroonian federation has taken note with a profound consternation the recent statements from the CAF...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be...
(The Associated Press 08/04/17)
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The U.S. military has opened an inquiry into allegations that Cameroonian troops carried out torture and murder at a base where American troops were present, a U.S. spokesman said Friday. Amnesty International last month said it had documented 80 cases of abuse by Cameroonian troops at their Salak base in the country's Far North region. Amnesty alleged the abuses were carried out between 2013 and 2017 against people suspected of involvement with Nigeria-based Boko Haram extremists. Amnesty said U.S. troops were present at several locations within the Salak base...
(APA 08/03/17)
The new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Vera Songwe, on Thursday officially took office and is set to meet with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, among other dignitaries in Addis Ababa. According to a statement circulated by UNECA in Addis Ababa, the Cameroonian economist and banking executive is the first woman to ever serve in the office. Ms. Songwe, who arrived in Addis Ababa Wednesday night, was appointed earlier this year by United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, and takes over from former Executive Secretary Carlos Lopes. Ms. Songwe will also meet with Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu and other high-level officials, including
(APA 08/03/17)
More than 56 billion CFA francs have been invested to fund an agro-pastoral vocational training (AFOP) programme, with the financial backing of the French Development Agency (AFD), as part of a debt reduction and development contract (C2D), reliable sources told APA on Thursday. Implemented since 2008, this programme, whose main objective is to enhance the agro-pastoral and fisheries trades, has allowed the training of nearly 5,000 young people in several fields, including as farmers, master fishermen, training center instructors, agro-pastoral...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
The new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Vera Songwe, officially took office Thursday, the Commission said. Songwe, who arrived in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa Wednesday night, was appointed earlier this year by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and takes over from former Executive Secretary, Carlos Lopes. The Cameroonian economist and banking executive is the first woman to ever serve the post. She is set to meet with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, among...

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