Monday 11 December 2017
(Bloomberg 09/15/17)
Societe Generale SA, challenged on its home turf by Orange SA’s push into banking, is fighting back with a new mobile lender in Africa. The French lender started YUP, a new app for smartphones, in Senegal and Ivory Coast and plans to begin operating in four other sub-Saharan countries this year and next, the company said on Thursday. The bank aims to double its client base to 2 million in the region within three years. “Telcos have opened the way and they’ve gotten ahead,” Alexandre Maymat, who oversees Societe Generale’s operations in French-speaking Africa, said at a press briefing. “We’re catching up” by redefining the retail strategy and providing a broader offering than telephone companies. Chief Executive Officer Frederic Oudea...
(APA 09/14/17)
APA-Douala (Cameroon) - The Cameroonian and French navies, scheduled to conduct joint military exercises in the Gulf of Guinea, are currently coordinating their actions at the naval base in Douala, APA learned on Thursday in the port city. The Navies’ joint exercise, codenamed NEMO 17.6, aims at increasing security of the Gulf of Guinea. They are being conducted ahead of the holding in a few days in Dakar, Senegal, of an international symposium on maritime safety and security. In the past few days, operations of fake terrorist attacks, fires, drug and human trafficking acts have been taking place in the territorial waters of Cameroon, with the involvement of French and Cameroonian warships. During this journey in Central and West Africa,...
(AFP (eng) 09/13/17)
A young woman blew herself up on Wednesday in Cameroon's far north, killing four people and injuring another in an area frequently targeted by Boko Haram jihadists from neighbouring Nigeria. The attack happened in Sandawadjiri, just 15 kilometres (10 miles) from Nigeria's northeastern border, a security source in Yaounde said, adding that "a young woman blew herself up" in front of a mosque. The attack and the toll were both confirmed to AFP by a security source in the region. The Far North region, which borders Nigeria, has seen a resurgence in attacks blamed on Boko Haram after months of relative calm.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/13/17)
YAOUNDE (Reuters) - A girl with a bomb strapped to her walked into a mosque in northern Cameroon where it exploded, killing five worshippers in an attack bearing the hallmarks of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, authorities said. The girl of 12 or 13 years old arrived at the Sanda-Wadjiri mosque in remote Kolofata at the first call to prayer at between five and six a.m., the governor of Cameroon’s Far North region Midjiyawa Bakary told Reuters by telephone. “The men were bowed in prayer when she came,” Bakary said. “Five of the worshippers were killed and the bomber also.” He did not name any suspects, but Boko Haram has repeatedly used suicide bombers as well as strapping children with...
(Bloomberg 09/13/17)
Cameroon is taking steps to encourage farmers to grow better quality cocoa after a deterioration in last year’s crop resulted in lower prices for the country’s beans. About 90 percent of Cameroon’s cocoa exports in the season through July were classed as Grade 2, the second of three quality ratings for beans, according to Trade Minister Luc Magloire Atangana Mbarga. That compared with 97 percent previously and meant that Cameroonian cocoa was about 200 CFA Francs ($0.37) per kilogram cheaper than international prices for the chocolate ingredient, he said. Cameroon, the world’s fifth-largest cocoa producer, has distributed 1,800 new, modern dryers to farmers to help reduce the smoky smell and high moisture content that meant...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/13/17)
YAOUNDE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leaders of Cameroon’s indigenous forest peoples say their survival is at risk if they are further deprived of access to the lands that are the source of their livelihoods. Speaking in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé, indigenous representatives said they had experienced increasingly serious violations of their land rights by palm oil and other agro-industries, mining firms and timber concessions, as well as the process of creating protected areas on their ancestral lands. “This disturbing situation foreshadows a future where we, as indigenous peoples, will no longer have land,“ said Hélène Aye Mondo, president of Gbabandi, an organization of more than 50 indigenous Baka and Bagyeli communities. ”If we continue to lose our lands and forests, the...
(APA 09/13/17)
APA-Douala (Cameroon) - A new contingent of 1030 Cameroonian soldiers have recently joined the UN Integrated Multidimensional Mission for Stabilization in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), APA learned on Tuesday from the ministry of Defence (MINDEF). The new contingent is the fourth battalion of its kind deployed in CAR in a bid to beef up the ranks of their peacekeeping colleagues already in the country. Handing the national flag to the contingent, Cameroon’s minister of Defence (MINDEF) Joseph Beti Assomo urged the peacekeepers to be show professionalism and defend the honour of their country. "In your behaviour you must honour the flag and standards of Cameroon. This flag, sacred in essence for every citizen with a civic sense, must always...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday in Windhoek said that the aim of the event is to promote a holistic private sector engagement, raise a sense of ownership and accountability for heritage protection as well as transmission of World Heritage sites in Namibia and Africa. "To...
(Voice of America 09/12/17)
BUDUA, CAMEROON — The head of the multinational task force fighting Boko Haram says the war against the militants is being won, but warned that suicide bombings remain a threat, killing close to 400 people in Nigeria and Cameroon since April. Soldiers from the 7,800-person task force have been stationed in several towns and villages along the Nigeria-Cameroon border since those communities were liberated from Boko Haram a little over a year ago. The force's commander, Nigerian-born General Lucky Irabor, visited four communities along the border on Saturday to reassure local residents and rally the troops.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr Bayor,” AIBA said in a statement on Monday. It found Bayor had “committed serious and unacceptable violations of the AIBA Disciplinary Code” at the tournament in Congo Republic. AIBA said the ban was from all boxing activities and responsibilities and...
(APA 09/11/17)
The first edition of the International Marathon of Douala (MID) on 29 October, 2017 will feature more than 500 athletes, organizers announced Saturday under the supervision of the Cameroonian Federation of Athletics (FECATHLETISM). Athletes coming from Cameroon, the rest of Africa and some European countries will cover the distance of 42.195 km in the streets of the five districts of Cameroon’s commercial capital. Sponsored by legendary Cameroonian athlete Sarah Etongue, more than ten times champion of the Ascension of Mount Cameroon and renamed the “Race of Hope”, MID will be coupled with the Family Hike organized by Tara Sports & Events with the support of the Urban Community of Douala (CUD). The Family Hike event, whose aim is to promote...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope to look past Brexit turmoil. “Even if I hadn’t had the money put aside, I would have found a way to pay for it,” said Corrie, 50, who estimates the business she runs with her husband would have lost 10,000...
(Voice of America 09/08/17)
Cameroon’s government has ordered the reopening of dozens of schools in the north that were deserted following attacks by Boko Haram. But turnout has been low amid continued security concerns. It was quiet Thursday morning at the government primary school in Tiriwa, a village 13 kilometers from Fotokol, a town on the Cameroon-Nigeria border. The government ordered the school reopened this week, but no one has shown up for class. The school was closed after Boko Haram fighters attacked the village in April 2015. The assailants shot and burned to death about 30 civilians and wounded another 50. The surviving villagers escaped. In all, the Boko Haram insurgency has displaced about 200,000 people in northern Cameroon since the attacks first...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist group. “Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment” presents the results of a two-year UNDP Africa study on recruitment in the most prominent extremist groups in Africa. The study reveals a picture of a...
(APA 09/07/17)
Cameroonian head of state Paul Biya is scheduled to visit the Far North region in the coming days, against the backdrop of intensified attacks by the Nigeria-based terrorist group Boko Haram, sources have announced. The trip by President Paul Biya is meant to "boost" the spirits of the Cameroonian forces fighting Boko Haram, believed to be on its last legs. The Far Northern region of Cameroonian has witnessed renewed spate of deadly attacks by Boko Haram members who sneak into the country. The quarterly magazine “L'œil du Sahel” reported that Paul Biya who declared war on Boko Haram in May 2014 in France, has been the target of criticism for failing set foot
(Bloomberg 09/07/17)
African Rainbow Minerals Ltd., the miner chaired by South Africa’s richest black businessman, will pay a record dividend this year as rising iron-ore and manganese prices boosted earnings at its ferrous unit. ARM will pay investors 6.50 rand a share, almost triple that of the previous year, and its 11th consecutive dividend, the Johannesburg-based company said in a statement Thursday. The company benefited from a 45 percent increase in prices received for exported iron ore and 93 percent more for its manganese. While ARM is “confident in the long-term outlook for commodities,” the company said prices will “remain volatile” this year. The rand, in which ARM pays most of its costs, has strengthened against the dollar this year, reducing earnings...
(APA 09/06/17)
APA-Douala (Cameroon) - The use of drones by the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram has aroused concerns in Cameroon, where authorities fear an increase in the number of terrorist victims in the Far-North region, security sources told APA on Tuesday. According to a source close to the ministry of Defence (MINDEF), the use of drones by the faction of Al Barnaoui, one of the two sections of Boko Haram, is a "source of concern". The source confirmed the use of such devices by this branch of Boko Haram, for the very first time in late August in the Nigerian State of Borno, near the Allagarno forest, one of the strongholds of the extremists. The first drone, which overflew a position...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/06/17)
When frequent flooding became too much for the residents of Nkolbikok, a neighborhood in Cameroon’s capital, they decided to take matters into their own hands – with gloves and wheelbarrows. Some of the 6,000 inhabitants now carry out daily trash pickups and monthly cleanups of the swampy area’s once trash-choked wetlands and blocked drains, a measure they decided on themselves after failing to get outside help to solve the problem. The push has been particularly important as climate change leads to more extreme downpours, some of which last five hours at a time...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/06/17)
YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Crop-eating fall armyworms have attacked nearly 37,000 hectares of maize in northern Cameroon, officials said on Wednesday, accentuating an already dire humanitarian crisis provoked by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram’s cross-border insurgency. More than two dozen African nations have reported outbreaks of the invasive Central American variety of the pest, which is harder to detect and eradicate than its African counterpart. They have now spread to all of Cameroon’s 10 administrative regions, though maize crops in the Extreme North region have only been heavily affected since July, Deputy Agriculture Minister Clementine Ananga Messina told Reuters. “The armyworm attack endangers the entire maize sector and is creating serious risks of food insecurity, because it’s the most commonly...
(AFP (eng) 09/05/17)
A spurt in attacks by Boko Haram Islamists has claimed nearly 400 lives since April in Nigeria and Cameroon, double the figure of the previous five months, Amnesty said Tuesday. The increasing use of suicide bombers -- often young women and girls forced to carry and detonate explosives in crowded areas -- has killed at least 381 civilians in the two countries, the rights group said in a statement. "Boko Haram is once again committing war crimes on a huge scale, exemplified by the depravity of forcing young girls to carry explosives with the sole intention of killing as many people as they possibly can," said Alioune Tine, Amnesty International's director...

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