Sunday 22 October 2017
(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...
(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 at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's 3,000m steeplechase - though American...
(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 entrepreneurs, agro-pastoral consultants, senior technicians in cooperative enterprise management, senior water management technicians, senior infrastructure technicians, rural equipment and water management, agricultural and livestock technicians. While the first two phases of the AFOP programme have been successful, the third one,...
(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 other senior dignitaries in Addis Ababa Thursday. Songwe will also meet with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu and other high-level officials, as well as the Ambassador of Cameroon, Jacques Alfred Ndoumbe-Eboule, who's also the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps. Songwe...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year, while exports gained 3 percent to 47 billion U.S. dollars. Transport equipment has become a bright spot in China's exports to African countries, with that of ships, trains and aerospace equipment up 200 percent, 161 percent and 252 percent respectively,...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys his beans from Monmouth Coffee Company in Borough Market. "I love it because of the relatively higher acidity level. It keeps me active in the afternoons." Customers willing to pay a premium for African brews, known for their floral, fruity...
(Voice of America 08/01/17)
The African Union Peace and Security Council has urged Cameroon to ensure the repatriation of Nigerian refugees fleeing Boko Haram is done on a voluntary basis. Hundreds of refugees, most of them children, complain they are thirsty and hungry as they leave Cameroon on their way back to Nigeria. They are escorted by troops from the multinational joint task force fighting the Boko Haram insurgency. Cameroon Red Cross official Joseph Guisso is among the humanitarian staff accompanying the refugees. He said the military escort is necessary because Boko Haram fighters can surprise them at any moment. He said they have confidence in the task force and strongly believe the killings will end soon. The soldiers told VOA Boko Haram has...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands in 2015. The British broadcaster said the bribery was revealed by a former employee, Paul Hopkins. At the time, BAT said “we do not tolerate corruption in our business, no matter where it takes place.” The SFO investigation adds to...
(APA 07/31/17)
APA - Douala (Cameroon) - Funds put at the disposal of municipalities by the Cameroonian government as part of its decentralization policy amount to CFA400 billion, the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Devolution (MINATD) disclosed on Monday. It made the disclosure on the occasion of a forum held as part of the 6th Exhibition of Government Action (SAGO). It said the monies cover the last seven years after the government decided to allocate them to municipalities since 2010, a date that heralded the transfer of powers to decentralized entities. However, according to Emile Andze Andze, the President of Cameroon’s United Towns and Cities (CVUC) such funds are insufficient to stimulate local development. Andze speaking as a spokesperson for the forum...
(AfricaNews 07/29/17)
Cameroonian President Paul Biya has declared Friday and Saturday a national day of mourning in honour of the soldiers who died after a military vessel capsized on July 16, 2017. The vessel was carrying 37 soldiers when it capsized off the coast of the Bakassi peninsula near the border with Nigeria. Only three of the soldiers were rescued by an emergency team that tracked traces of fuel to the vessel, the defense ministry said at the time. It is believed that the boat capsized because it was overloaded, but authorities say the cause is still unknown. President Biya signed the decree on Thursday and ordered that all flags...
(APA 07/28/17)
APA-Yaoundé (Cameroon) - Cameroon president Paul Biya has declared a two-day national mourning starting this Friday throughout the country, in memory of the 34 soldiers of the Rapid Intervention Battalion who died on July 16 when their “Mundemba” boat sank off Debunsha in the South-West. The flags shall be lowered both in the interior of the country and in its diplomatic and consular representations abroad. Meanwhile, Minister of Defense Joseph Beti Assomo is presiding over this Friday a tribute ceremony to the victims in the economic metropolis, Douala and on behalf of the President Biya.
(APA 07/28/17)
APA-Yaoundé (Cameroon) - Cameroon's Finance minister, Alamine Ousmane Mey has suspended five officials of the tax and treasury departments who were named in an extensive network involving “ghost workers” blamed for at least CFA 1.3 billion in losses to the state. Reliable sources told APA on Friday that the suspensions and dismissals from the public service without legal proceedings are a precautionary measure in view of “serious misconduct” or “breach of professional ethics”. The individuals concerned had not only fraudulently increased the wages of state employees, but also forged false documents for the promotion of some 700 civil servants, sources said.
(APA 07/28/17)
APA-Douala (Cameroon) - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Ahmad Ahmad, is expected in Cameroon in mid-August. It will be part of an official visit upon the invitation of the Cameroonian government, APA reported on Friday. According to reliable information, the Malagasy who will be on his first trip to Cameroon since his election at the helm of Africa’s football governing body will hold talks with President Paul Biya. While in Cameroon, the CAF boss will also assess preparations by Cameroon to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AfCON). He will also discuss the increase from 16 to 24 teams to participate in the next continental football tournament. According to some observers, Cameroon will be unable to guarantee...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Barclays reported a 1.2 billion pound ($1.57 billion)attributable first half loss on Friday after taking a 2.5 billion pound hit from the sale of its Africa business and calling an end to its restructuring. The British bank said it had made a 1.4 billion pound loss on the sale of 33 percent of Barclays Africa Group, and took a further 1.1 billion pound impairment charge on the sale. Barclays in June cut its stake in Barclays Africa Group to 15 percent, ending more than 90 years as a major presence in the continent as it shifts its focus back to Britain and the United States. The losses from the sale of unwanted assets including the Africa business showed the costs...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/27/17)
DOUALA, Cameroon (Reuters) - One person was killed in Cameroon when a freight train operated by state rail company Camrail derailed, less than one year after another Camrail train crash killed 79, an official said on Thursday. Nine cars left the tracks on Wednesday near the town of Makondo, about 140 km (87 miles) west of the capital Yaounde, said an official at Camrail, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak about the crash. "The train was carrying hydrocarbon products. Five cars completely overturned," he said.

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