Tuesday 17 October 2017
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50 countries. China has pledged that it would, in three years, train 200,000 technicians and provide 40,000 training opportunities in China, and will offer 30,000 government scholarships, he said. Stating that 1,100 Ethiopian candidates are invited this year to attend short-term...
(Business in Cameroon 08/22/17)
(Business in Cameroon) - On 18 August, while hosting members of the new executive bureau of the Employers’ Group of Cameroon (Groupement Patronal du Cameroun - Gicam), the most important employers organisation in the country, the Minister of Finance (Minfi), Alamine Ousmane Mey, revealed that the government would, starting from 21 August 2017, disburse a total of FCfa 180 billion for companies. According to the Minfi, this decision, which is the result of an order from the president of the Republic, is meant to service the internal debt of the State. This is, among others, about paying off the invoices of the State’s suppliers and reimbursing VAT credits, for a total of FCfa 100 billion. Concurrently, in front of the...
(Business in Cameroon 08/22/17)
(Business in Cameroon) - On Sunday 20 August 2017, technicians from Eneo, a company owned by the British investment fund Actis, moreover holder of the concession for the public electricity service in Cameroon, started the work to connect the Maroua thermal plant to the North interconnected grid (RIN - réseau interconnecté Nord), thereby signalling the completion of the installation of the plant, which had taken place since the end of July, according to a manager at Eneo. This energy structure, constructed by the British company Aggreko, has a production capacity of 10 MW, and will enable to supplement the production unit of the Lagdo dam (72 MW) in periods of sharp increase in the electricity demand in the three northern...
(Xinhuanet 08/22/17)
African officials on Monday called for urgent infrastructural development and regional integration to boost the continent's economy. At the Infrastructure Africa 2017 in Johannesburg, Zambian Minister of Finance Felix Mutati encouraged Africans to speedily address infrastructural deficit. "We have to inject some sense of urgency in ourselves. If we remain captured by business as usual, we are headed for disaster," said Mutati at the opening ceremony of the two-day event. "Competitiveness in Africa is being constrained by infrastructure deficit. We need about 93 billion U.S. dollars every year to address the infrastructure gap in the continent. We need to urgently implement projects," he said. Mutati said Africa has to narrow focus to innovative financing and design, better use of existing...
(Bloomberg 08/21/17)
GreenWish Partners, a renewable energy company run by a former Morgan Stanley executive, is planning to invest $800 million on solar-powered telecommunications towers across Africa. The project could fuel economic growth by providing power for essential services. Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest rates of energy access in the world and is home to about half of the world’s 1.2 billion people without reliable electricity, according to the International Energy Agency. The problem extends to businesses as well as households, cutting into productivity and growth. “We reduce the total cost of power by 30 percent,” said Charlotte Aubin-Kalaidjian, the founder and chief executive officer of GreenWish, who was formerly a managing director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. “Smaller towers can run...
(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." Abba, who was Cameroon correspondent...
(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 had arrived in Amchide in a convoy of pick-ups, and fled back across the common border the same day when Cameroon’s Rapid Intervention Battalion showed up. That was three years ago, at a time when Boko Haram was morphing into...
(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 next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all, but that’s still subject to...
(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 Cameroon's "children". A rising number of African women are heading to the Middle East for domestic work, driven abroad by the lack of jobs at home, rights activists say. Yet many have their passports confiscated and end up trapped in...
(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 Australian exchanges. "We will be the only listed project-generator business that has a focus on Africa," Steven Poulton, chief executive of Altus Strategies, told Reuters. Poulton had told Reuters in May he planned to list the company's shares. The aim...
(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 word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in adulthood. It had a brain...
(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 can handle 250 animals per day. Equipped with a conservation component, the industrial and refrigerated slaughterhouse paves the way for the industrialization of the bovine sector, and has a mechanism for the marketing of all the parts of slaughtered animals...
(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 that the drugs are believed to be used for young girls and boys to carry out suicide bombing. The smugglers who transported 12 boxes of 500 packages with the 600,000 Tramadol tablets had concealed the illicit drugs in food products...
(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 of establishing a true partnership for the future", Lighthizer said. "By lowering barriers and tackling other constraints that impede trade and investment, we are poised to see U.S.-Africa trade flourish", he said, underscoring that "much more work needs to be...
(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 president who claims that, in their current state, no site in Cameroon is ready to host the CAN," said Fecafoot in a statement sent to AFP. "Fecafoot is vividly concerned by the fact those opinions were passed before even the...

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