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Sunday 24 May 2015

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(Voice of America 05/23/15)
 
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The African Growth and Opportunity Act — a trade provision that allows thousands of products from African countries to enter the U.S. tax-free — is due to expire in September. While the U.S. Senate has recently passed legislation to extend the Act for another 10 years, it still has to go through the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, many say the program has only benefited a few sub-Saharan African countries and needs some revisions. When President Obama visited Africa two years ago, people were visibly excited. But local business owners such as Sadiya Gueye of Senegal hoped the U.S. leader would address export barriers, which, she thinks, remain too high for small businesses like her clothing...
(Ipp media 05/23/15)
Harare — Nompumelelo Tshabalala, 41, emerges from her dwarf 'shack' made up of rusty metal sheets and falls short of bumping into this reporter as she bends down to avoid knocking her head against the top part of her makeshift door frame. "This has been my home for the past 16 years and I have lived here with my husband until his death in 2008 and now with my four children still in this two-roomed shack," she told IPS. Tshabalala lives in Diepkloof township in Johannesburg, South Africa, in a densely populated informal settlement - a euphemism for slums, where an estimated 15 million of the country's approximately 52 million people live, according to UN-Habitat, the U.N. agency for human...
(AFP 05/22/15)
Highly successful Africa Cup of Nations coach Claude le Roy adjusts his sights Saturday toward the 2016 Rio Olympic Games football qualifiers. His Congo Brazzaville team enter the competition against 1992 bronze medalists Ghana at Accra Sports Stadium in the first leg of a second-round eliminator. The two-leg winners secure a showdown with Nigeria, who at the 1996 Atlanta Games became the first African winners of the football tournament. Veteran France-born Le Roy takes a strong squad to Ghana, including...
(Xinhuanet 05/22/15)
JOHANNESBURG, May (Xinhua) -- Africa is loosing over 50 billion U.S. dollars each year through illicit financial outflows, the bulk of which are made by multinational companies, former South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Thursday. In his address to the 6th session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand, Johannesburg, Mbeki said multinational companies were illegally moving billion of dollars out of Africa, depriving the continent of the much needed cash. "It is estimated that over the last...
(Xinhuanet 05/21/15)
SHANGHAI, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists have succeeded in isolating and cloning heat-tolerant genes from African rice strains, which could help develop rice varieties that can withstand climate change brought by global warming. Lin Hongxuan, an academician with the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said on Thursday that high heat, normally temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius, reduces rice production. Heat stress can strain rice proteins and cause the plant to wither.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/21/15)
Chinese fishing boats have been illegally fishing off West Africa, Greenpeace said on Wednesday, adding that Chinese companies expanded operations in Africa from 13 vessels in 1985 to 462 vessels in 2013, but the government said they are within the law. One fifth of China's distant water fishing fleet now operated in Africa, Greenpeace said in a report, and was dominated by bottom trawlers, "one of the most destructive fishing gears in the modern fishing industry." Over a 10-year period,...
(Bloomberg 05/20/15)
Duncan Howes, a foreign exchange trader at Barclays Africa Group Ltd., has been suspended, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The bank process regarding Howes’ suspension isn’t yet completed, the person said Wednesday, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential. The person declined to say when Howes was suspended or give a reason for the action. Howes, who is based in Johannesburg, said he has sought legal advice and couldn’t comment further when contacted by mobile phone on Wednesday.
(Ipp media 05/20/15)
Speakers from across Africa and around the world will meet on the 20th and 21st May in Dar es Salaam for the 2015 Africa Prosperity Summit, hosted by the Legatum Institute. The Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to spread prosperity around the world through revitalising capitalism and promoting stable democracies. The two‐day Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hotel will be a unique opportunity for those directly involved in driving Africa’s prosperity to share their success stories,...
(Daily Maverick 05/19/15)
This week, delegates from across the world are meeting at the University of Johannesburg to discuss financial transparency and human rights. It sounds boring, but tackling illicit financial flows from Sub-Saharan Africa is gaining attention. If nothing is done the majority of people will likely remain poor while a tiny percentage benefits, and benefits big. Stories on the illicit financial outflows from Africa often focus on the numbers, simply because they are astounding. A Global Financial Integrity report conservatively estimates...
(This Day Live 05/18/15)
Johnannesburg, South Africa — The aviation market in Africa could yield revenue of over $20 billion in the next 10 years if African states deploy more funds to develop air transport sector in their countries through the modernisation of airport infrastructure, the implementation of open skies for Africa, an off shoot of Yamoussoukro Declaration, and manpower development. This, according to aviation experts is because Africa is like a beautiful bride to the world in terms of economic development; it is described as the last frontier and the continent that has the highest economic growth rate with great potential of higher growth in the coming years.
(Xinhuanet 05/16/15)
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, May (Xinhua) -- African Union (AU) ' s plan to put its standby force into effect by December is set to fall through due to funding problems, a senior official confirmed on Wednesday. Briefing reporters on the sidelines of an AU meeting in the Zimbabwean resort of Victoria Falls, Head of Peace Support Operations Division at the AU Commission, Sivoyile Bam, indicated that the African Standby Force (ASF) might not be able to reach its full capacity...
(Xinhuanet 05/16/15)
ADDIS ABABA, May (Xinhua) -- China says it is committed to collaborating with African countries and international stakeholders in combating illegal wildlife trade. Speaking at a workshop on "addressing wildlife trafficking" on Thursday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, La Yifan, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia noted that the Chinese government has been taking various measures to address illegal ivory trade and to protect wildlife resources. He said China works closely with African governments and other regional and international bodies to address...
(Xinhuanet 05/15/15)
ISTANBUL, May 15 (Xinhua) -- World energy experts called Friday on the G20 countries to increase their investments in Africa to solve its electricity crises. The appeal was made at the 6th International Energy Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. More than 400 energy experts are taking part in the event. Experts agreed at the forum that G20's primary aim under the presidency of Turkey should be the integration of Africa with the rest of the world in the energy field. Almost...
(Voice of America 05/15/15)
YAOUNDE— Communication professionals from across Africa are resolving to project a positive image of the continent. Experts gathered by the 40-year-old Africa Public Relations Association (APRA) say the Western world mostly focuses on negative issues in Africa, even while there are so many positive things happening in the continent. Bernard Solo, lecturer at the University of Calabar in Nigeria, said Africa's image has been painted by Western media outlets in particular as that of a continent that is riddled with...
(Ips News 05/13/15)
Augusta and Syracuse — Not even a month has passed since over 700 hundred migrants lost their lives in their attempt to reaching the shores of Italy and the media spotlights have already faded on the island of Sicily, Italy's southern region and main gateway to Europe. Yet, the migration flows have not stopped. Five days ago, on May 3, 300 people arrived in the port of Augusta, in the province of Syracuse, and among them were 19-year-old Ahmed and...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/12/15)
For many of the past five years, Marthe Efoulan, a 42-year-old farmer in Meyomessala, in southern Cameroon, has been fooled into planting her crops too soon. Rain has come unusually early in February, and Efoulan – used to planting when the rain begins – puts in her maize crop. But then the rains stop as quickly as they came, putting her young crop in peril. “My three-weeks-old maize crop all withered,” she complained of this year’s crop. Farmers across Central...
(Guinea Ecuatorial Press 05/12/15)
Late last April, Pierre Moussa, President of the CEMAC Commission (Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa), visited the headquarters of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. According to the statement issued by the entity, the various consultation meetings allowed Pierre Moussa to resume the dialogue with key officials responsible for the programs and projects of the partnership between the AfDB and the CEMAC. Moussa's visit also helped revitalize the dialogue on regional integration in Central Africa...
(Caj News Africa 05/12/15)
Cape Town — Thousands of attendees from around the globe have converged in South Africa for the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa to explore measures of securing the future development of the continent’s power and water industries. The event, said to be the biggest such gathering in the sectors in the continent, has resumed at the Cape Town International Conference Centre, where it will run until Thursday. Scheduled to attract some 5 000 attendees, the event will...
(Bloomberg 05/11/15)
Protests in African countries from Burkina Faso to Burundi have been sparked by youthful populations with little hope of employment and by leaders who have in some cases ruled for decades. The discontent, which began in Burkina Faso in October, spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo in January, and has now crossed the continent to Burundi, prompting regional leaders to call an emergency meeting after two weeks of protests and at least 14 deaths.
(Xinhuanet 05/11/15)
ADDIS ABABA, May 11 (Xinhua) -- China's cooperation with Africa on industrialization development in African countries will have multifaceted benefits to the continent, noted a renowned Ethiopian scholar during a recent interview with Xinhua. Stating that industry is a very important component of any developmental growth, the scholar hailed China's cooperation and support to Africa in the industrial development of the continent as an important step towards addressing poverty and boosting economies. Costantinos BT Costantinos, Chairman of Ethiopian Infrastructure &...

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(Voice of America 05/23/15)
 
00:00
The African Growth and Opportunity Act — a trade provision that allows thousands of products from African countries to enter the U.S. tax-free — is due to expire in September. While the U.S. Senate has recently passed legislation to extend the Act for another 10 years, it still has to go through the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, many say the program has only benefited a few sub-Saharan African countries and needs some revisions. When President Obama visited Africa two years ago, people were visibly excited. But local business owners such as Sadiya Gueye of Senegal hoped the U.S. leader would address export barriers, which, she thinks, remain too high for small businesses like her clothing...
(Ipp media 05/23/15)
Harare — Nompumelelo Tshabalala, 41, emerges from her dwarf 'shack' made up of rusty metal sheets and falls short of bumping into this reporter as she bends down to avoid knocking her head against the top part of her makeshift door frame. "This has been my home for the past 16 years and I have lived here with my husband until his death in 2008 and now with my four children still in this two-roomed shack," she told IPS. Tshabalala lives in Diepkloof township in Johannesburg, South Africa, in a densely populated informal settlement - a euphemism for slums, where an estimated 15 million of the country's approximately 52 million people live, according to UN-Habitat, the U.N. agency for human...
(Bloomberg 05/20/15)
Duncan Howes, a foreign exchange trader at Barclays Africa Group Ltd., has been suspended, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The bank process regarding Howes’ suspension isn’t yet completed, the person said Wednesday, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential. The person declined to say when Howes was suspended or give a reason for the action. Howes, who is based in Johannesburg, said he has sought legal advice and couldn’t comment further when contacted by mobile phone on Wednesday.
(Xinhuanet 05/16/15)
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, May (Xinhua) -- African Union (AU) ' s plan to put its standby force into effect by December is set to fall through due to funding problems, a senior official confirmed on Wednesday. Briefing reporters on the sidelines of an AU meeting in the Zimbabwean resort of Victoria Falls, Head of Peace Support Operations Division at the AU Commission, Sivoyile Bam, indicated that the African Standby Force (ASF) might not be able to reach its full capacity...
(Xinhuanet 05/16/15)
ADDIS ABABA, May (Xinhua) -- China says it is committed to collaborating with African countries and international stakeholders in combating illegal wildlife trade. Speaking at a workshop on "addressing wildlife trafficking" on Thursday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, La Yifan, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia noted that the Chinese government has been taking various measures to address illegal ivory trade and to protect wildlife resources. He said China works closely with African governments and other regional and international bodies to address...
(Voice of America 05/15/15)
YAOUNDE— Communication professionals from across Africa are resolving to project a positive image of the continent. Experts gathered by the 40-year-old Africa Public Relations Association (APRA) say the Western world mostly focuses on negative issues in Africa, even while there are so many positive things happening in the continent. Bernard Solo, lecturer at the University of Calabar in Nigeria, said Africa's image has been painted by Western media outlets in particular as that of a continent that is riddled with...
(Ips News 05/13/15)
Augusta and Syracuse — Not even a month has passed since over 700 hundred migrants lost their lives in their attempt to reaching the shores of Italy and the media spotlights have already faded on the island of Sicily, Italy's southern region and main gateway to Europe. Yet, the migration flows have not stopped. Five days ago, on May 3, 300 people arrived in the port of Augusta, in the province of Syracuse, and among them were 19-year-old Ahmed and...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/12/15)
For many of the past five years, Marthe Efoulan, a 42-year-old farmer in Meyomessala, in southern Cameroon, has been fooled into planting her crops too soon. Rain has come unusually early in February, and Efoulan – used to planting when the rain begins – puts in her maize crop. But then the rains stop as quickly as they came, putting her young crop in peril. “My three-weeks-old maize crop all withered,” she complained of this year’s crop. Farmers across Central...
(Bloomberg 05/11/15)
Protests in African countries from Burkina Faso to Burundi have been sparked by youthful populations with little hope of employment and by leaders who have in some cases ruled for decades. The discontent, which began in Burkina Faso in October, spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo in January, and has now crossed the continent to Burundi, prompting regional leaders to call an emergency meeting after two weeks of protests and at least 14 deaths.
(Xinhuanet 05/11/15)
ADDIS ABABA, May 11 (Xinhua) -- China's cooperation with Africa on industrialization development in African countries will have multifaceted benefits to the continent, noted a renowned Ethiopian scholar during a recent interview with Xinhua. Stating that industry is a very important component of any developmental growth, the scholar hailed China's cooperation and support to Africa in the industrial development of the continent as an important step towards addressing poverty and boosting economies. Costantinos BT Costantinos, Chairman of Ethiopian Infrastructure &...
(Voice of America 05/09/15)
JOHANNESBURG— The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on African countries to invest more in strengthening their health systems. WHO Director for the Africa region, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti says the 2015 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health currently receiving additional inputs from stakeholders, will go a long way in helping countries deal with communicable diseases and epidemics affecting millions of people.
(This Day Live 05/08/15)
MainOne, a communications services company and operator of the premier Tier III Data Centre in West Africa, MDX-I, has been chosen to lead the African panel on localising Content and Data Traffic in Africa at a plenary session of the International Telecoms Week to be held in Chicago from May 10th to May 13th, 2015. With the theme: ' Localising Data Traffic and Content in Africa', the session, will highlight the growth in Internet traffic in Africa and how the...
(BBC News Africa 05/08/15)
A trial of a malaria vaccine that targets the most dangerous variety of parasite that causes the disease has shown some positive early results. The vaccine, developed at Oxford University, was 67% effective in a study of 121 men in Kenya, it found. Encouraging results have now been recorded for two malaria vaccines, after 20 years of research. Recent tests of a different vaccine in more advanced trials showed signs of it working in young children. With about 1,300 children...
(The New York Times 05/05/15)
Denis Sassou-Nguesso, president of the Republic of Congo, smiled broadly as he set fire to more than five tons of illegally hunted elephant tusks this week in Brazzaville, the nation’s capital. The ivory had been seized from poachers across the country, and, fueled by similarly poached timber, the bonfire Wednesday was intended as a public condemnation of a crisis that has ravaged the continent’s resources. Officials are determined to keep the pressure on traffickers, both outside the government and in...
(Voice of America 05/05/15)
Wave after wave of migrants have been rescued from rubber dinghies and rickety fishing boats in the Mediterranean over the last three days, with thousands ferried to Italy's southern shores. Italian officials struggled Monday to find room in shelters in Sicily and the mainland for the nearly 6,800 refugees they said had been rescued at sea off the coast of Libya. The Italian navy said a woman, in labor when she was rescued Sunday, gave birth to a daughter on...
(AFP (eng) 05/04/15)
Security reasons cited as the reason behind the ban, according to an Islamic association. Congo-Brazzaville has banned Muslim women from wearing the full face-veil in public, citing security reasons, an Islamic association said. "The interior minister [Raymond Zephirin Mboulou] notified us of the decision to prohibit Muslim women from wearing the full veil. The decision was taken in order to prevent any act of terrorism and insecurity," El Hadj Abdoulaye Djibril Bopaka, who heads the Islamic Supreme Council of Congo-Brazzaville,...
(Voice of America 05/02/15)
PENTAGON— Africa Command is the newest geographic command in the U.S. military structure, and despite the vast size of the African continent it helps secure, it is also the smallest military command. Africa Command, or AFRICOM for short, has only one base in Africa, and its headquarters is on a completely different continent, in Germany. Still, the command carries out hundreds of operations per year aimed at making Africa a more stable place to live. How it began AFRICOM was...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/02/15)
(Reuters) - Four years after launching a campaign to get young Senegalese to vote, journalist Fadel Barro found himself in a dark prison cell over 4,000 km (2,500 miles) from home in Democratic Republic of Congo, accused of fomenting insurrection. His journey and brief incarceration in March show how youth movements have linked up across francophone Africa to push for change in a region still dominated by "Big Men" leaders, and how some deeply entrenched governments are resisting. Barro and...
(Xinhua 04/30/15)
NAIROBI, April (Xinhua) -- The UN on Tuesday urged the African countries to invest in the services sector so as to boost employment opportunities. UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Associate Economic Affairs Officer Ottavia Pesce told an investment conference in Nairobi that the expansion services sector tends to go hand in hand with economic expansion.
(Xinhuanet 04/29/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have signed a partnership agreement on the fight against terrorism and violent extremism in Africa. The AU Commission and the General Secretariat of OIC signed the agreement in Istanbul, Turkey, on the margins of the Summit for Peace organized on the occasion of the commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of Gallipoli, according to a statement from AU on Tuesday. The agreement is...

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(Xinhuanet 05/22/15)
JOHANNESBURG, May (Xinhua) -- Africa is loosing over 50 billion U.S. dollars each year through illicit financial outflows, the bulk of which are made by multinational companies, former South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Thursday. In his address to the 6th session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand, Johannesburg, Mbeki said multinational companies were illegally moving billion of dollars out of Africa, depriving the continent of the much needed cash. "It is estimated that over the last 50 years, Africa lost in excess of 1 trillion dollars in illicit financial outflows," he said. "The figure of 50 billion U.S. dollars is therefore an underestimate as it excludes such elements as trade in...
(Xinhuanet 05/21/15)
SHANGHAI, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists have succeeded in isolating and cloning heat-tolerant genes from African rice strains, which could help develop rice varieties that can withstand climate change brought by global warming. Lin Hongxuan, an academician with the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said on Thursday that high heat, normally temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius, reduces rice production. Heat stress can strain rice proteins and cause the plant to wither.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/21/15)
Chinese fishing boats have been illegally fishing off West Africa, Greenpeace said on Wednesday, adding that Chinese companies expanded operations in Africa from 13 vessels in 1985 to 462 vessels in 2013, but the government said they are within the law. One fifth of China's distant water fishing fleet now operated in Africa, Greenpeace said in a report, and was dominated by bottom trawlers, "one of the most destructive fishing gears in the modern fishing industry." Over a 10-year period,...
(Ipp media 05/20/15)
Speakers from across Africa and around the world will meet on the 20th and 21st May in Dar es Salaam for the 2015 Africa Prosperity Summit, hosted by the Legatum Institute. The Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to spread prosperity around the world through revitalising capitalism and promoting stable democracies. The two‐day Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hotel will be a unique opportunity for those directly involved in driving Africa’s prosperity to share their success stories,...
(Daily Maverick 05/19/15)
This week, delegates from across the world are meeting at the University of Johannesburg to discuss financial transparency and human rights. It sounds boring, but tackling illicit financial flows from Sub-Saharan Africa is gaining attention. If nothing is done the majority of people will likely remain poor while a tiny percentage benefits, and benefits big. Stories on the illicit financial outflows from Africa often focus on the numbers, simply because they are astounding. A Global Financial Integrity report conservatively estimates...
(This Day Live 05/18/15)
Johnannesburg, South Africa — The aviation market in Africa could yield revenue of over $20 billion in the next 10 years if African states deploy more funds to develop air transport sector in their countries through the modernisation of airport infrastructure, the implementation of open skies for Africa, an off shoot of Yamoussoukro Declaration, and manpower development. This, according to aviation experts is because Africa is like a beautiful bride to the world in terms of economic development; it is described as the last frontier and the continent that has the highest economic growth rate with great potential of higher growth in the coming years.
(Xinhuanet 05/15/15)
ISTANBUL, May 15 (Xinhua) -- World energy experts called Friday on the G20 countries to increase their investments in Africa to solve its electricity crises. The appeal was made at the 6th International Energy Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. More than 400 energy experts are taking part in the event. Experts agreed at the forum that G20's primary aim under the presidency of Turkey should be the integration of Africa with the rest of the world in the energy field. Almost...
(Caj News Africa 05/12/15)
Cape Town — Thousands of attendees from around the globe have converged in South Africa for the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa to explore measures of securing the future development of the continent’s power and water industries. The event, said to be the biggest such gathering in the sectors in the continent, has resumed at the Cape Town International Conference Centre, where it will run until Thursday. Scheduled to attract some 5 000 attendees, the event will...
(Times of Zambia 05/07/15)
The African Development Bank (AfDB)'s fund portfolio for renewable energies in Africa increased by 10 per cent to US$200 million in the last five years. According to the 2014 report launched by the bank on Monday, the portfolio size multiplied by 10 during the last five years and was now worth more than $200 million. Most project funding has been implemented by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through AfDB since 2008. The report said the relatively young portfolio had 28 projects over 30 countries on the continent, according to the 2014.
(Caj News Africa 05/06/15)
Johannesburg — Next week’s Aviation Africa 2015 will underscore the immense potential of the African aviation market, organizers said. The two-day event is slated for May 10 at Le Meridien Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “If you look at the sheer potential of just a handful of African airlines, routes and airports, you realise just how enormous an impact Africa can have on the future of aviation, and moreover you can clearly see just how beneficial a progressive aviation industry...
(Xinhuanet 04/29/15)
TRIPOLI, April (Xinhua) -- Libyan Islamist-backed parliament General National Congress (GNC) on Tuesday rejected a draft peace solution proposed by the UN special envoy to Libya. "The draft given by Bernardino Leon, head of the UN mission to Libya, will be totally rejected. We demand the international envoy to reconsider the way it works," Omar Ehmedan, a member of the GNC, announced the decision in a press conference. Libya has been witnessing a frayed political process after the 2011 turmoil which toppled its leader Muammar Gaddafi.
(Voice of America 04/28/15)
YAOUNDE— Central African ministers in charge of economic integration have drawn up a program to eventually merge the regions two economic blocks -- the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC), and the Economic Community of Central African states (ECCAS). The ministers say the two structures are getting too expensive to run and their conflicting roles make integration difficult. The result is that the region has remained one of the poorest in the world despite its plentiful natural resources.
(The Chronicle 04/27/15)
Growth of remittances to the Sub-Saharan Africa region is projected to slow to 0.9 percent in 2015, amounting to $33 billion, according World Bank's latest Migration and Development Brief. It said Nigeria alone accounts for around two-thirds of total remittance inflows to the region, but its remittances are estimated to have remained flat in 2014, at roughly $21 billion. The regional growth in remittances in 2014 largely reflected strong growth in Kenya (10.7 percent), South Africa (7.1 percent) and Uganda...
(Voice of America 04/25/15)
A recent report underscores the proliferation of cell phone use in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Pew Research Center survey, Africa has all but skipped the “landline stage of development.” The growth has been exponential. In 2002, only one tenth of the populations of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ghana owned a mobile phone, said Pew. “Across the seven countries surveyed, roughly two-thirds or more say they own a cell phone,” according to Pew. “Ownership is especially high in South Africa...
(Xinhuanet 04/24/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April (Xinhua) -- With the 1st edition of the specialized technical committee (STC) meeting on social development, labor and employment, African officials are deliberating on ways of addressing challenges in the area of social protection on the African continent. The Meeting has been organized on 20-24 April by the Department of Social Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC) under the theme, "Social Protection for Inclusive Development," at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/15)
(Reuters) - Africa-focused insurance company Old Mutual (OML.L) said on Wednesday that it had appointed Standard Bank (SBKJ.J) executive Bruce Hemphill to lead the company, replacing Julian Roberts. Hemphill, currently chief executive of Wealth, Insurance and Non-Bank Financial Services at Standard Bank, the largest African banking group by assets and earnings, was previously chief executive of Liberty Group. Roberts would remain as chief executive until Hemphill's start date, which is anticipated to be during the fourth quarter, Old Mutual said...
(Bloomberg 04/14/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa this year by 1.25 percentage points as plunging oil prices force exporters to curb spending plans. Gross domestic product is estimated to expand 4.5 percent, down from 5 percent in 2014, the Washington-based lender said in its World Economic Outlook. Further weakening of growth in China or Europe could reduce demand for African exports and curtail foreign investment in infrastructure and mining, it said. Nigeria and Angola, Africa’s biggest oil producers, are among the hardest hit by an almost halving in crude prices since June.
(Xinhuanet 04/10/15)
JAKARTA, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Diplomats on Friday urged all nations to renew their efforts and commitments to tackle development issues affecting the global politics and economy prior to the 60th anniversary of the Asia Africa Conference (AAC) next week. Ambassadors and diplomats from countries, which initiated the AAC in 1955, said at a forum that challenges faced by the framework have been shifting from promoting independence, international recognition and equality to resolving global economic slowdown, security and energy concerns. "
(Xinhuanet 04/09/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- Telecommunications firm, Airtel Africa, on Monday announced the launch of a cross-border money- transfer service for customers between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Rwanda. In a statement issued in Nairobi, the mobile firm, which operates in 17 countries across Africa, said the service will facilitate increased remittances and regional trades at very low cost with ubiquitous distribution network. "This offering will raise the level of convenience in cross- border payments across the three countries with a ubiquitous
(Business Day 04/08/15)
People speak about Africa as "the mobile continent" so frequently that it has become a cliché. People throw the phrase around as if it explains everything, without interrogating what Africans do with their mobile devices. One attempt to change that comes courtesy of technology research outfit World Wide Worx, which has published the results of its survey of 3,500 mobile phone users in five of Africa’s major markets — SA, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Uganda. The survey reveals unsurprisingly that...

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(AFP 05/22/15)
Highly successful Africa Cup of Nations coach Claude le Roy adjusts his sights Saturday toward the 2016 Rio Olympic Games football qualifiers. His Congo Brazzaville team enter the competition against 1992 bronze medalists Ghana at Accra Sports Stadium in the first leg of a second-round eliminator. The two-leg winners secure a showdown with Nigeria, who at the 1996 Atlanta Games became the first African winners of the football tournament. Veteran France-born Le Roy takes a strong squad to Ghana, including four of the players who reached the 2015 Cup of Nations quarter-finals in Equatorial Guinea. The quartet with senior national squad experience are goalkeepers Christoffer Mafoumbi and Pavelh Ndzila, defender Sagesse Babele and striker Sylvere...
(CNN 04/27/15)
(CNN)The NBA announced Wednesday that it will play its first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa will tip-off against Team World and will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain. The Miami Heat star will lead a roster made up of first and second generation African players. Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.
(BBC News Africa 02/26/15)
Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be postponed from January to June to help move the 2022 World Cup. A Fifa taskforce has recommended the World Cup is played in November and December to avoid Qatar's hot summer. "The African confederation has automatically and nicely agreed it will not organise the Nations Cup in January 2023," Valcke said. "It will have to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations to June." The 2022 World...
(AFP (eng) 02/02/15)
A lapse in concentration and a lack of experience prevented Congo Brazzaville from continuing their dream Africa Cup of Nations run into the semi-finals, according to coach Claude Le Roy. On Saturday, they were 2-0 up on DR Congo with 25 minutes remaining in their quarter-final tie in Bata before crumbling and bowing out 4-2 against their bigger neighbours. That they got that far at all was remarkable -- Congo were knocked out on penalties by Rwanda in the second...
(AFP (eng) 01/30/15)
Thievy Bifouma has risen to the occasion at this Africa Cup of Nations and is now bidding to help Congo Brazzaville extend a fairytale run with qualification for the semi-finals on Saturday. "Congo have some very good players and Bifouma is certainly one of them. He is a very quick, a very dangerous striker," warned DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge ahead of the derby meeting between the nations in the quarter-finals in Bata. The 22-year-old French-born striker is blessed with...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
MALABO, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt. According to the continental football body's statement, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana are competing to replace strife-riven Libya who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals for security concerns. The CAF also announced that the host nation will play games in the qualifiers, but its...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/15)
Equatorial Guinea have lodged an official complaint with Africa Cup of Nations' organisers CAF claiming a conspiracy was behind their disallowed goal in the opening 1-1 draw with Congo Brazzaville. Skipper Emilio Nsue’s lob in the 74th minute was disallowed for offside by African Referee of the Year Bakary Papa Gassama from Gambia. Television replays later showed it was a poor decision and the Equatorial Guinea football federation (Feguifut) alleged on the government's official website that this was a plan...
(SouthAfrica.info 01/19/15)
Top South African cycling outfit Team MTN-Qhubeka has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Tour de France - the first African team ever to do so in 101 years. The 22 teams riding in the race were announced by the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) last week. Along with the 17 World Tour teams, five wild card teams also issued - including one to the South African team. This year will be the first time in the race's 101...
(APA 01/17/15)
Equatorial Guinea had the honor to host the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations finals to replace Morocco who withdrew from hosting the event. Therefore, they will have the adventage of playing at home next to their supporters. The National Thunder will be relying on the experienced Iván Salvador Edú who plays for FC Valencia and Emilio Nsue (Middlesbrough) as well as young talents such as Rubén Belima (Real Madrid B) and Enrique Boula Senobua (FC Mallorca B). But it remains a question whether their new coach Esteban Bekcer who was appointed two weeks before the start of the tournament
(The Guardian 01/15/15)
The Congo team, arriving in Equatorial Guinea for the Africa Cup of Nations, have been forced to search for accommodation because of a shortage of rooms for players and staff. Claude Le Roy, the manager of Congo, has claimed that he and his squad, as well as his backroom staff, have found it difficult to secure a room and even when they do, they have been beset with problems, such as a lack of running water or exposed cables. Speaking...
(BBC News Africa 01/15/15)
An African-registered team will compete in the Tour de France for the first time this summer. The MTN-Qhubeka outfit from South Africa is one of five teams granted wildcard invitations alongside the 17 World Tour entries. The team has previously stated its desire to mark Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July with a specially-designed kit if it was invited to take part. The 102nd Tour gets under way in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 4 July. Grand Tour stage winners Edvald Boasson...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/15)
Veteran French coach Claude Le Roy, who is preparing to take part in a record eighth Africa Cup of Nations, has seen it all in his many years working on the continent. The 66-year-old, who will lead outsiders Congo Brazzaville into their first Cup of Nations since 2000, says securing qualification for the tournament in Equatorial Guinea can go down as arguably his best achievement yet in the African game. "Yes, I'm proud, perhaps all the more this time because...
(AFP (eng) 12/22/14)
Congo Brazzaville and Cape Verde will meet in a friendly on January 10 as part of their preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations, organisers revealed on Monday. The match will be played at the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor in the Senegalese capital Dakar. Congo, who are in Group A at the finals along with hosts Equatorial Guinea, Burkina Faso and Gabon, will train at the famous Diambars academy in Senegal from January 2 to 13. Cape Verde will be...
(Daily Trust 12/22/14)
Football without superstars is like tea without sugar, like bread without butter, or beans without dodo (fried plantain). We are in the season of celebrating the super stars, the players whose light has shone brightest in the football constellation. Next January, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will elect its winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014. The event has become very significant for the players because it shoots their status and profile sky high, onto a new pedestal of respect and prospect of additional fortune! In the final list of five players for the 2014 African award there are a few surprise inclusions.
(Independent Online 12/09/14)
Monaco – An African bid to stage the Olympic Games for the first time will get widespread sympathy in the IOC after its new reforms, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said. With Durban in South Africa considering a run for the 2024 Games, Bach said in an interview that it was up to Africa to make a “feasible” case. “This depends on Africa,” Bach said when asked when the first Olympics would be held in Africa. Reforms passed by the International...
(Leadership 11/14/14)
Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel, has been cleared to feature in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Congo at the Stade Municipal in Pointe-Noire tomorrow. The midfielder’s position was initially reported to be in doubt after being excluded from Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League match at NK Maribor and Barclays Premier League game against QPR. But Super Eagles spokesman, Ben Alaiya, insisted that the 27-year-old is ready to take part in the important AFCoN qualifier against Congo’s Red...
(BBC News Africa 11/14/14)
It will be almost impossible to stage the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on time, says the man who organised the 2008 tournament in Ghana. Morocco was due to stage the 2015 Cup but was removed as host after expressing fears over the Ebola virus. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) insists the tournament will go ahead on time, starting on 17 January. But Dr Kofi Amoah told the BBC: "It could be a sham. I don't think there is...
(BBC News Africa 11/12/14)
The new hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be named in "two or three days", says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf president Issa Hayatou revealed the timeframe in a live interview with TV channel France 24 on Tuesday. Hayatou added that the tournament dates remained 17 January to 8 February. It was announced earlier on Tuesday that original choice Morocco would not host because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent. Morocco had asked to postpone the competition until 2016 but Caf refused and expelled them from the finals.
(The New York Times 11/12/14)
Fear of the spread of Ebola has now thrown Africa’s most important soccer tournament into disarray. Morocco was removed Tuesday as host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and expelled from participating in the biennial championship after it sought to delay the 16-team event, concerned about a spread of the virus. No replacement host has yet been named for the tournament, which is scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8. The expulsion of Morocco was announced by the Confederation...
(Pana 11/11/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Several innovations reported in recent years from across Africa bode well for the continent striving to get skills that meet its industry requirements in the 21st century, economic and labour experts meeting in Addis Ababa said on Saturday. But some basics must be in place for Africa to have the capacity to take advantage of what is happening globally in technology and innovation, according to Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice President of the African...

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(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a venue devoted to the indigenous art of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas that is sometimes criticised for having "colonial undertones". The exhibition, titled 'Masters of Sculpture from Ivory Coast', features nearly 330 historical and...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/15)
Timbuktu, which won seven Cesar awards -- France's version of the Oscars -- on Friday tells the story of northern Mali under the control of jihadists, in a foreshadowing of the rise of the Islamic State group. Among its haul, it scooped the coveted best film and best director gongs for Mauritania's Abderrahmane Sissako. The ancient caravan town of the title, often a by-word for otherworldly remoteness, was seized by armed Islamists who cut a swathe through the west African nation's vast desert for most of 2012. It was liberated in a military intervention led by former colonial power France, but sporadic violence remains a problem and it is still potentially one of the most dangerous parts of the region...
(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.
(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to...
(Leadership 11/20/14)
It was another night of glamour and panache as this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The grand finale of the festival, which kicked off amid gaiety on Sunday, November 9, held at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, with top Nollywood stars, producers, directors and stakeholders from Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world in attendance. Leading Nollywood stars at the event...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(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...
(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,...
(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...
(Voice of America 05/23/15)
 
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The African Growth and Opportunity Act — a trade provision that allows thousands of products from African countries to enter the U.S. tax-free — is due to expire in September. While the U.S. Senate has recently passed legislation to extend the Act for another 10 years, it still has to go through the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, many say the program has only benefited a few sub-Saharan African countries and needs some revisions. When President Obama visited Africa two years ago, people were visibly excited. But local business owners such as Sadiya Gueye of Senegal hoped the U.S. leader would address export barriers, which, she thinks, remain too high for small businesses like her clothing...
(Xinhuanet 05/21/15)
SHANGHAI, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists have succeeded in isolating and cloning heat-tolerant genes from African rice strains, which could help develop rice varieties that can withstand climate change brought by global warming. Lin Hongxuan, an academician with the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said on Thursday that high heat, normally temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius, reduces rice production. Heat stress can strain rice proteins and cause the plant to wither.
(Voice of America 05/15/15)
YAOUNDE— Communication professionals from across Africa are resolving to project a positive image of the continent. Experts gathered by the 40-year-old Africa Public Relations Association (APRA) say the Western world mostly focuses on negative issues in Africa, even while there are so many positive things happening in the continent. Bernard Solo, lecturer at the University of Calabar in Nigeria, said Africa's image has been painted by Western media outlets in particular as that of a continent that is riddled with...
(Voice of America 05/09/15)
JOHANNESBURG— The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on African countries to invest more in strengthening their health systems. WHO Director for the Africa region, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti says the 2015 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health currently receiving additional inputs from stakeholders, will go a long way in helping countries deal with communicable diseases and epidemics affecting millions of people.
(BBC News Africa 05/08/15)
A trial of a malaria vaccine that targets the most dangerous variety of parasite that causes the disease has shown some positive early results. The vaccine, developed at Oxford University, was 67% effective in a study of 121 men in Kenya, it found. Encouraging results have now been recorded for two malaria vaccines, after 20 years of research. Recent tests of a different vaccine in more advanced trials showed signs of it working in young children. With about 1,300 children...
(The New York Times 05/05/15)
Denis Sassou-Nguesso, president of the Republic of Congo, smiled broadly as he set fire to more than five tons of illegally hunted elephant tusks this week in Brazzaville, the nation’s capital. The ivory had been seized from poachers across the country, and, fueled by similarly poached timber, the bonfire Wednesday was intended as a public condemnation of a crisis that has ravaged the continent’s resources. Officials are determined to keep the pressure on traffickers, both outside the government and in...
(Voice of America 05/05/15)
Wave after wave of migrants have been rescued from rubber dinghies and rickety fishing boats in the Mediterranean over the last three days, with thousands ferried to Italy's southern shores. Italian officials struggled Monday to find room in shelters in Sicily and the mainland for the nearly 6,800 refugees they said had been rescued at sea off the coast of Libya. The Italian navy said a woman, in labor when she was rescued Sunday, gave birth to a daughter on...
(AFP (eng) 05/04/15)
Security reasons cited as the reason behind the ban, according to an Islamic association. Congo-Brazzaville has banned Muslim women from wearing the full face-veil in public, citing security reasons, an Islamic association said. "The interior minister [Raymond Zephirin Mboulou] notified us of the decision to prohibit Muslim women from wearing the full veil. The decision was taken in order to prevent any act of terrorism and insecurity," El Hadj Abdoulaye Djibril Bopaka, who heads the Islamic Supreme Council of Congo-Brazzaville,...
(Voice of America 04/28/15)
YAOUNDE— Central African ministers in charge of economic integration have drawn up a program to eventually merge the regions two economic blocks -- the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC), and the Economic Community of Central African states (ECCAS). The ministers say the two structures are getting too expensive to run and their conflicting roles make integration difficult. The result is that the region has remained one of the poorest in the world despite its plentiful natural resources.
(CNN 04/27/15)
(CNN)The NBA announced Wednesday that it will play its first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa will tip-off against Team World and will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain. The Miami Heat star will lead a roster made up of first and second generation African players. Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles...
(Voice of America 04/24/15)
 
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WASHINGTON— The world is winning the fight against malaria. Millions of lives have been saved in the past 10 years ... lives mostly of children under the age of five. A potential vaccine is being tested. But the World Health Organization reports that new developments threaten a decade's worth of work. The gains against malaria began when then-U.S. President George W. Bush started the President's Malaria Initiative, a program that provided millions of dollars and encouraged other donor countries and...
(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a...
(Voice of America 04/18/15)
International health officials say just two capsules a day of Vitamin A reduces the chance of a child dying by 22%. Children without iodine lose 13 IQ points and stay one year less in school. Efforts to promote child health support vitamin and mineral supplements to rectify the problem. They also support breast-feeding and foods fortified with health-enhancing nutrients. But many high-impact programs are under-funded. The new Power of Nutrition fund aims to change all that. The new effort will...
(Bloomberg 04/14/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa this year by 1.25 percentage points as plunging oil prices force exporters to curb spending plans. Gross domestic product is estimated to expand 4.5 percent, down from 5 percent in 2014, the Washington-based lender said in its World Economic Outlook. Further weakening of growth in China or Europe could reduce demand for African exports and curtail foreign investment in infrastructure and mining, it said. Nigeria and Angola, Africa’s biggest oil producers, are among the hardest hit by an almost halving in crude prices since June.
(Voice of America 04/14/15)
CHICAGO— The United States and the African Union signed an agreement on Monday to create the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, signed a memo of cooperation formalizing the collaboration between the African Union Commission and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
(Voice of America 04/14/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— While indigenous people from central African countries attended a meeting in Cameroon to promote their respective traditions, languages and cultures, Yaounde is taking measures to bring formal education to the nomadic Mbororos and Pygmies. The Ngoimo Baka pygmy community lives deep in the tropical forest of eastern Cameroon. The natural environment is their only source of livelihood. Every evening, villagers assemble at their chief's courtyard to listen to stories and roast meat caught nearby. This day, chief Bengoula...
(Voice of America 04/13/15)
Italian navy and merchant ships rescued a group of almost 1,000 migrants from three overcrowded boats about 48 kilometers from the coast of Libya. One person died before the rescue workers reached the boats. The migrants sent a distress call by phone Friday and were being taken to the island of Lampedusa, following rescue operations conducted into Saturday. In a dawn operation on Saturday, two Albanians, ages 28 and 42, were arrested after police identified them as the smugglers in charge of a boat carrying 37 would-be Syrian and Kurdish migrants, including five women.
(Voice of America 04/08/15)
MOSCOW/JOHANNESBURG— Russia is pursuing costly state oil and platinum projects in Africa despite an economic crisis at home, hoping they will bolster sales, including of arms, for businesses hit by Western sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. Moscow has mostly focused on building ties with Asia since the U.S. and European Union sanctions came into force last year, but the Africa deals signal a desire to rebuild what was a big market for its weapons and technology during the Soviet era.
(Voice of America 04/04/15)
JAKARTA— Indonesia said Thursday that it was ready to host the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Asia-Africa summit, which will bring delegations from dozens of countries to Jakarta this month. Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, widely known as Ahok, told reporters that preparations were under way to make the capital presentable. "We have completely cleaned the underpasses on toll roads, illegal buildings have been demolished and the occupants are being moved to public housing," he said.
(Bloomberg 04/04/15)
The African Petroleum Producers Association, which represents oil and gas producers from Algeria to South Africa, called for a cut in oil output globally. The group also includes the continent’s biggest producers, Nigeria and Angola. It’s starting an initiative, led by Angola and Algeria, to seek collaboration between members of OPEC and other oil producers to reduce output and stabilize oil prices, which have halved since the end of June. APPA wants “to set up a platform of commitment at...

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