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Saturday 28 February 2015

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(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/15)
Nairobi — The World Bank is working with other development finance institutions to raise some $500 million to modernise weather and flood forecasting services in Africa. Daniel Kull, a disaster risk specialist with the World Bank, said it was talking to lenders, including the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank, about mobilising the funds to improve prediction, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. More accurate and timely warnings of extreme weather would help protect lives and assets from disasters, experts say. "Hydro-meteorological services are badly strained in Africa, but we need to go beyond just providing equipment for forecasting and data processing - we also need to take care of training of personnel and maintenance...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/27/15)
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has announced a one-year ban on the import of African ivory carvings ahead of next week's visit by Britain's Prince William, a strong critic of the ivory trade. China will halt approval for imports until late February next year, newsagency Xinhua reported on Thursday, citing the State Forestry Administration, which regulates the trade. The ban will affect carvings acquired after 1975, it added. Prince William has previously been critical of China over its consumption of ivory, while animal rights groups say the country's growing appetite for the contraband material has fueled a surge in poaching in Africa. "The move is to protect African elephants, and the one-year timeframe is designed to assess the effects," Xinhua said...
(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...
(Xinhuanet 02/26/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Sub-Saharan African countries will scale up investments in social programs like education and health to tackle poverty and inequality, ministers said on Wednesday Ministers, scholars and grassroot advocates attending a social development forum in Nairobi noted that endemic poverty, inequality and exclusion dims Africa's rising narrative. Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto opened the African ministerial forum that discussed innovative policy and funding options to accelerate socioeconomic transformation in the continent. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural...
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
YAOUNDE— Cybersecurity experts from the 10 member states of the Economic Community of Central African states (ECCAS) have met in Cameroon to determine ways of reducing cyber criminality and terrorism. The member states say the threat of terrorism is high and have agreed to improve collaboration and organizational commitment in fighting electronic crime. Cameroon has said it is investigating a network of cyber criminals who have penetrated computer systems and networks to hack into personal and corporate bank accounts.
(Xinhuanet 02/25/15)
NAIROBI, Feb.(Xinhua) -- Negotiations have been finalized in preparation for the launch of Africa's largest free trade area in May, officials said on Tuesday. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Assistant Secretary Kipyego Cheluget told a media briefing in Nairobi that the free trade zone will result from merger of the East African Community (EAC), Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and COMESA. "All the 26 member states in the three trading blocs have expressed great political will...
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
A new study suggests reforms to help improve United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world. It includes the better matching of mandates with mission capacity and resources, and clarifying expectations surrounding UN troop deployments. The goal of the report is to provide input to a UN review that will update peacekeeping operations. It sought feedback on potential reforms from stakeholders - including governments and policy makers -- in Africa and other world regions. New risks Among their concerns are new...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- African experts and scholars have acclaimed China's aid to boost the development of the African continent as the West's fantastic theories like "neocolonialism" and "China is exploiting Africa's resources" are floating up. "When the West labels Chinese aid and infrastructural projects in Africa as neocolonial it is a question of sour grapes," Professor Munene Macharia, Lecturer of International Relations with Kenya-based United States International University, told Xinhua in an exclusive interview.
(Xinhuanet 02/24/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. (Xinhua) -- The African Union on Monday urged the continent's governments to embrace the use of science in order to transform its agricultural sector. African Union (AU) Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Rhoda Peace Tumusiime told an agricultural forum in Nairobi that all known advances in humanity are based on appropriate investment in science and technology. "The African continent should therefore prioritize the role of science in order to improve its agricultural productivity," Tumusiime said during the...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/15)
KAMPALA, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Africa is benefiting from China's investment in infrastructure in the region as road and railway development coupled with enough power are key pillars in unlocking the continent's economic potential, experts said. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Elly Twineyo, a local economist and author of a book "Why Africa Fails" said most of the aid Africa gets from the West is consumption aid and goes into things like building capacities of human resource, governance and writing...
(Voice of America 02/23/15)
Commerce of the future will take place, increasingly, on the internet. But African countries worry they won’t be equipped to embrace this brave new digital world without help from outsiders and one another. Not enough Africans are getting online and developing websites, especially for businesses, delegates from the continent said earlier this month at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) conference in Singapore. “We are in an information economy and the internet is the currency of that economy,” ICANN fellow Onica Makwakwa of South Africa said.
(Dw-World 02/23/15)
The UN has set June as the deadline for moving from analog to digital transmission. Only a few African countries seem prepared for the change. Even the largest television markets on the continent are lagging behind. Staring at a blank TV screen has become a reality for most Kenyans, and many other African TV viewers could face the same fate come June 17. That is the deadline set by the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for television programs to be...
(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...
(IRIN 02/20/15)
London — Late last year the Italian government scrapped its Mediterranean search and rescue operation the Mare Nostrum after funding shortages. The project was partially replaced by Operation Triton - but the service is far more restricted than its predecessor, both in geography (the patrols only go up to 30 miles off the Italian coast) and budget (roughly a third of Mare Nostrum). Critics have said it could leave tens of thousands of migrants at far greater risk. The most common argument for the shift was deterrence.
(Bloomberg 02/20/15)
Pizza Hut knows a few things about fast expansion in emerging markets. In less than 25 years, the chain has added more than 1,300 restaurants across China. But Randall Blackford, the general manager of Pizza Hut’s operations in Africa, says the restaurant operator is taking its time expanding on the continent. In Africa, “we are a small company right now and will stay small for some time,” he says, eating pizza at one of his restaurants in Soweto township in...
(Bloomberg 02/19/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Mondelez International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, is seeking to boost African coffee output 50 percent by mid-2017 as part of a $200 million global program aimed at farmers of the bean. The project, called Coffee Made Happy, began this month in Africa with assistance for 24,000 Ethiopian small-holder farms, the company said on Wednesday. Deerfield, Illinois-based Mondelez’s initiative gives training in agronomy, financial literacy and promoting coffee farming to youth and women, he said. It plans to reach a million farmers worldwide over the next five years.
(SouthAfrica.info 02/19/15)
The African East-Asian Affairs (AEAA) journal of the Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) at Stellenbosch University is the first African journal on East Asian- Africa relations to be accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training, according to the university. "East Asia's relationship with emerging markets such as Africa, South America, South East Asia and Central Asia is still fairly new and Africa is an important player in this new field," explains Dr Ross Anthony, the interim director of...
(Bloomberg 02/18/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Mo Ibrahim, a Sudanese-born billionaire philanthropist, says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has once again painted the entire continent as a disaster zone. It’s a perception he’s been working to dispel since selling his African mobile-phone network for $3.4 billion in 2005 and founding the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to promote honest and accountable government. His primary tool: data. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance measures how well nations are developing their economies, safeguarding rights and guaranteeing the...
(The Star 02/18/15)
The African Union's 24th summit of the heads of state and government held in January passed a unanimous resolution to create an alternative court to replace the International Criminal Court. Africa and the ICC do not get along very well. This is a problem for the ICC considering that all their investigations are centered on African countries and all their suspects are African men. It is even more of a pity for Africa because the continent houses many warlords and...
(Voice of America 02/18/15)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday that 933 people had arrived on the island of Lampedusa over the previous 24 hours. These latest arrivals, thought to be African or Syrian, were among some 3,800 migrants rescued at sea since last Friday, according to IOM. More than 640 rescued migrants were taken to the town of Porto Empedocle on Sicily. According to Italy’s Ministry of Interior, 3,528 migrants arrived in the country by sea in January. Totals for February...

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(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/15)
Nairobi — The World Bank is working with other development finance institutions to raise some $500 million to modernise weather and flood forecasting services in Africa. Daniel Kull, a disaster risk specialist with the World Bank, said it was talking to lenders, including the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank, about mobilising the funds to improve prediction, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. More accurate and timely warnings of extreme weather would help protect lives and assets from disasters, experts say. "Hydro-meteorological services are badly strained in Africa, but we need to go beyond just providing equipment for forecasting and data processing - we also need to take care of training of personnel and maintenance...
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
YAOUNDE— Cybersecurity experts from the 10 member states of the Economic Community of Central African states (ECCAS) have met in Cameroon to determine ways of reducing cyber criminality and terrorism. The member states say the threat of terrorism is high and have agreed to improve collaboration and organizational commitment in fighting electronic crime. Cameroon has said it is investigating a network of cyber criminals who have penetrated computer systems and networks to hack into personal and corporate bank accounts.
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
A new study suggests reforms to help improve United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world. It includes the better matching of mandates with mission capacity and resources, and clarifying expectations surrounding UN troop deployments. The goal of the report is to provide input to a UN review that will update peacekeeping operations. It sought feedback on potential reforms from stakeholders - including governments and policy makers -- in Africa and other world regions. New risks Among their concerns are new...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/15)
KAMPALA, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Africa is benefiting from China's investment in infrastructure in the region as road and railway development coupled with enough power are key pillars in unlocking the continent's economic potential, experts said. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Elly Twineyo, a local economist and author of a book "Why Africa Fails" said most of the aid Africa gets from the West is consumption aid and goes into things like building capacities of human resource, governance and writing...
(Dw-World 02/23/15)
The UN has set June as the deadline for moving from analog to digital transmission. Only a few African countries seem prepared for the change. Even the largest television markets on the continent are lagging behind. Staring at a blank TV screen has become a reality for most Kenyans, and many other African TV viewers could face the same fate come June 17. That is the deadline set by the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for television programs to be...
(IRIN 02/20/15)
London — Late last year the Italian government scrapped its Mediterranean search and rescue operation the Mare Nostrum after funding shortages. The project was partially replaced by Operation Triton - but the service is far more restricted than its predecessor, both in geography (the patrols only go up to 30 miles off the Italian coast) and budget (roughly a third of Mare Nostrum). Critics have said it could leave tens of thousands of migrants at far greater risk. The most common argument for the shift was deterrence.
(SouthAfrica.info 02/19/15)
The African East-Asian Affairs (AEAA) journal of the Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) at Stellenbosch University is the first African journal on East Asian- Africa relations to be accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training, according to the university. "East Asia's relationship with emerging markets such as Africa, South America, South East Asia and Central Asia is still fairly new and Africa is an important player in this new field," explains Dr Ross Anthony, the interim director of...
(Bloomberg 02/18/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Mo Ibrahim, a Sudanese-born billionaire philanthropist, says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has once again painted the entire continent as a disaster zone. It’s a perception he’s been working to dispel since selling his African mobile-phone network for $3.4 billion in 2005 and founding the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to promote honest and accountable government. His primary tool: data. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance measures how well nations are developing their economies, safeguarding rights and guaranteeing the...
(The Star 02/18/15)
The African Union's 24th summit of the heads of state and government held in January passed a unanimous resolution to create an alternative court to replace the International Criminal Court. Africa and the ICC do not get along very well. This is a problem for the ICC considering that all their investigations are centered on African countries and all their suspects are African men. It is even more of a pity for Africa because the continent houses many warlords and...
(Voice of America 02/18/15)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday that 933 people had arrived on the island of Lampedusa over the previous 24 hours. These latest arrivals, thought to be African or Syrian, were among some 3,800 migrants rescued at sea since last Friday, according to IOM. More than 640 rescued migrants were taken to the town of Porto Empedocle on Sicily. According to Italy’s Ministry of Interior, 3,528 migrants arrived in the country by sea in January. Totals for February...
(Voice of America 02/17/15)
YAOUNDE— Central African leaders on Monday called for creation of a special fund to help countries affected by Boko Haram. Meeting in Cameroon’s capital, leaders discussed details of the regional force being deployed to combat the Nigerian insurgents, who have extended attacks to Niger, Cameroon and Chad. The ten-member Economic Community of Central African States agreed Monday to contribute most of the $100 million needed to combat the Nigeria-based Islamist militants. They also called for quick U.N. approval of a multinational force to pave the way for military involvement by other African nations.
(Bloomberg 02/17/15)
(Bloomberg) -- The rout in commodity prices to the lowest in 12 years will spur deeper spending cuts by the world’s biggest mining companies in Africa, hurting a region more reliant on mineral exports than any other on the planet. Miners will scale back spending by $20 billion this year, according to Macquarie Group Ltd., as they cut growth plans amid waning demand for raw materials. With projects planned during the decade-long commodities boom now being shelved, Africa is likely...
(PANA 02/16/15)
Yaoundé, Cameroon - The Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé, will on Monday host an extraordinary summit of heads of State and government from the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) devoted to the fight against Boko Haram, official sources told PANA on Sunday. The meeting is one of the recommendations adopted at the African Union summit held on 30-31 January in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. In a prelude to the meeting, experts of the ECCAS defence and security commission, as well as the council of ministers from the institution, met on 11-12 and 13 February in Yaoundé.
(Voice of America 02/16/15)
ROME—Italy's coast guard went to the rescue of at least 1,000 migrants in difficulty in the sea between Europe and North Africa on Sunday, the third operation of its kind in as many days. The coast guard said it had plucked more than 130 people from two rubber boats about 180 kilometers (110 miles) south of the island of Lampedusa so far, and was working to save eight more vessels. “We are certainly at more than 1,000 migrants” involved in...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/14/15)
Conflict Armament Research (CAR) is currently active in 13 war-affected regions - including Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Syria - CAR deploys small investigation teams into armed conflicts to identify and trace the supply of conventional weapons. We do this to enable the international community to understand and regulate arms supplies more effectively, challenging the threat that arms-fuelled war and insurgency pose to development in large parts of the world.
(The Guardian 02/14/15)
The African Union Commission (AUC)'s proposal for the establishment of a single African air transport market by 2017 has received support of African ministers of transport. Speaking at a meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa recently, the Transport Minister of the country, Dipuo Peters, who hosted transport ministers from around Africa said the meeting was part of a ministerial working group to the establishment of a single air transport market in Africa. According to the online report, the outcome of the...
(Ips News 02/13/15)
Harare — Hidden by the struggles to defeat Ebola, malaria and drug-resistant tuberculosis, a silent killer has been moving across the African continent, superseding infections of HIV and AIDS. World Cancer Day commemorated on Feb. 4 may have come and gone, but the spread of cancer in Africa has been worrying global health organisations and experts year round. The continent, they fear, is ill-prepared for another health crisis of enormous proportions. By 2020, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO),...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/12/15)
Wed NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Children across Africa face unacceptably high levels of physical, sexual and emotional violence at home, at school and in the streets, researchers specializing in children's rights said on Wednesday. Some 92 percent of pupils interviewed in Togo, 86 percent in Sierra Leone, 73 percent in Egypt, 71 percent in Ghana and 60 percent in Kenya said they had experienced violence from teachers and classmates, according to a report by the African Child Policy...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/12/15)
MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish court on Thursday accused 16 law enforcement officers of using disproportionate force against African refugees who were trying to swim to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, a spokesman for Spain's Civil Guard said on Wednesday. At least 12 people drowned in the incident a year ago, which triggered widespread protests and led the European Commission to question why police had fired rubber bullets at the immigrants while they were in the sea. The formal accusation...
(Voice of America 02/11/15)
Italian authorities say at least 29 African migrants have died of hypothermia while crossing the Mediterranean in freezing weather and rough seas. The Italian coast guard says it found seven people dead when it answered a distress call from the migrants' boat off Libya late Sunday. It says 22 others died on a vessel that brought the migrants to the island of Lampedusa through waves as tall as nine meters high. All 29 victims were men from sub-Saharan Africa. Another...

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(Reuters (Eng) 02/27/15)
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has announced a one-year ban on the import of African ivory carvings ahead of next week's visit by Britain's Prince William, a strong critic of the ivory trade. China will halt approval for imports until late February next year, newsagency Xinhua reported on Thursday, citing the State Forestry Administration, which regulates the trade. The ban will affect carvings acquired after 1975, it added. Prince William has previously been critical of China over its consumption of ivory, while animal rights groups say the country's growing appetite for the contraband material has fueled a surge in poaching in Africa. "The move is to protect African elephants, and the one-year timeframe is designed to...
(Xinhuanet 02/26/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Sub-Saharan African countries will scale up investments in social programs like education and health to tackle poverty and inequality, ministers said on Wednesday Ministers, scholars and grassroot advocates attending a social development forum in Nairobi noted that endemic poverty, inequality and exclusion dims Africa's rising narrative. Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto opened the African ministerial forum that discussed innovative policy and funding options to accelerate socioeconomic transformation in the continent. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized the forum. "As a continent, we need to start a new conversation on development models that are viable and trickles down to the grassroots," Ruto told ministers. Ruto stressed that a paradigm shift in governance and management...
(Xinhuanet 02/25/15)
NAIROBI, Feb.(Xinhua) -- Negotiations have been finalized in preparation for the launch of Africa's largest free trade area in May, officials said on Tuesday. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Assistant Secretary Kipyego Cheluget told a media briefing in Nairobi that the free trade zone will result from merger of the East African Community (EAC), Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and COMESA. "All the 26 member states in the three trading blocs have expressed great political will...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- African experts and scholars have acclaimed China's aid to boost the development of the African continent as the West's fantastic theories like "neocolonialism" and "China is exploiting Africa's resources" are floating up. "When the West labels Chinese aid and infrastructural projects in Africa as neocolonial it is a question of sour grapes," Professor Munene Macharia, Lecturer of International Relations with Kenya-based United States International University, told Xinhua in an exclusive interview.
(Xinhuanet 02/24/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. (Xinhua) -- The African Union on Monday urged the continent's governments to embrace the use of science in order to transform its agricultural sector. African Union (AU) Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Rhoda Peace Tumusiime told an agricultural forum in Nairobi that all known advances in humanity are based on appropriate investment in science and technology. "The African continent should therefore prioritize the role of science in order to improve its agricultural productivity," Tumusiime said during the...
(Voice of America 02/23/15)
Commerce of the future will take place, increasingly, on the internet. But African countries worry they won’t be equipped to embrace this brave new digital world without help from outsiders and one another. Not enough Africans are getting online and developing websites, especially for businesses, delegates from the continent said earlier this month at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) conference in Singapore. “We are in an information economy and the internet is the currency of that economy,” ICANN fellow Onica Makwakwa of South Africa said.
(Bloomberg 02/20/15)
Pizza Hut knows a few things about fast expansion in emerging markets. In less than 25 years, the chain has added more than 1,300 restaurants across China. But Randall Blackford, the general manager of Pizza Hut’s operations in Africa, says the restaurant operator is taking its time expanding on the continent. In Africa, “we are a small company right now and will stay small for some time,” he says, eating pizza at one of his restaurants in Soweto township in...
(Bloomberg 02/19/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Mondelez International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, is seeking to boost African coffee output 50 percent by mid-2017 as part of a $200 million global program aimed at farmers of the bean. The project, called Coffee Made Happy, began this month in Africa with assistance for 24,000 Ethiopian small-holder farms, the company said on Wednesday. Deerfield, Illinois-based Mondelez’s initiative gives training in agronomy, financial literacy and promoting coffee farming to youth and women, he said. It plans to reach a million farmers worldwide over the next five years.
(African arguments 02/17/15)
Does Economics have an Africa problem? Yes, says Griewe Chelwa in a post for the blog Africa is a Country. Earlier this year, the Economist deservedly got in a lot of trouble for not being able to come up with any women on their so-called list of 25 most influential economists. It further spurred a needed debate about how big the problem of discrimination against women in economics is. How big is the Africa problem in Economics? Chelwa points out...
(Bloomberg 02/17/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd., a Dublin-based clean-energy developer, and Actis LLP agreed to work together to develop $1.9 billion of solar and wind power projects across Africa. Their venture, called Lekela Power, intends to provide 700 megawatts to 900 megawatts of wind and solar power by 2018 and is 40 percent owned by Mainstream and 60 percent by Actis, Barry Lynch, Mainstream’s managing director of onshore procurement, construction and operations, said today by e-mail. They expect an investment...
(Daily Maverick 02/13/15)
How can you tell the difference between the Mining Indaba and the Alternative Mining Indaba? One trick is to look for people who are actually miners, or who come from mining-affected communities. If there are any around, chances are good that you’re at the Alternative incarnation. Another trick is to ask people if they paid up to R23,000 for a ticket to the event. If the answer is ‘yes’, then they’re at the Mining Indaba. REBECCA DAVIS has been at...
(Voice of America 02/12/15)
NAIROBI— Crowdfunding is a way to raise money from a large number of people via the Internet to fund a project. The concept is well established in the West, but is still new in Africa. A World Bank project in Kenya has launched a mentorship program to help business owners take advantage of crowdfunding, which some say could help replace the kind of aid they currently receive from NGOs. Marion Moon started her organic fertilizer business, Wanda Organic, three years...
(Voice of America 02/10/15)
 
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WASHINGTON— Energy experts say there is an urgent need for more public and private investment to bring more electricity to Africa. They say governments need to work with the private sector to bridge power capacity gaps. While sub-Saharan Africa has enormous untapped resources of gas, oil, coal, geothermal, solar, hydro and wind power, World Bank experts say one out of three Africans lives without electricity. Stephen Njiru, a director of Kenya’s Geothermal Development Company and an energy advisor to the...
(Bloomberg 02/06/15)
(Bloomberg) -- As Ivory Coast prepares to sell sub-Saharan Africa’s first Eurobond of 2015, the strengthening dollar risks curbing issuance across the continent as debt payments for governments grow more expensive. Sales will probably decline from last year’s record $16 billion as issuers fret about exchange rates amid the drag placed on local economies by slumping oil, according to Rand Merchant Bank. Last year, Ghana, Zambia, Ethiopia and Kenya were among countries that took advantage of all-time low borrowing costs...
(Bloomberg 02/05/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Orange SA has explored various acquisitions in Africa including assets owned by Bharti Airtel Ltd., as the French company seeks to bolster its business in the region, according to people familiar with the matter. France’s largest phone company has held on-and-off again discussions with potential partners as it moves ahead with a plan to group its emerging-market operations into a single unit, the people said. No deal is imminent and there are no formal negotiations underway, the people...
(The Wall Street Journal 02/04/15)
Companies and government officials are illegally moving as much as $60 billion out of Africa each year, according to a report released Sunday, depriving the world’s poorest continent of capital and tax revenue that could spur faster economic growth. A joint panel run by the United Nations and the African Union and led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki released a report describing the methods some companies use to send money out of the continent illicitly. The losses are...
(AL Jazeera 02/03/15)
More than a trillion dollars is said to have flowed illegally out of Africa over the past 50 years, a sum roughly equivalent to all of the official development assistance received during that same period. And the problem is not only continuing, it's getting worse. A new report estimates that Africa is currently losing as much as 60 billion dollars a year in what's called Illicit Financial Flows. It's a conclusion reached by a joint panel run by the United...
(SouthAfrica.info 02/03/15)
African equity capital markets (ECM) posted their highest level of activity in the past five years in 2014, with a significant increase in both transaction volume and capital raised compared to the previous year, according to a report issued by financial services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on 2 February. PwC's inaugural publication, IPO Watch Africa 2014, found that $11-billion (about R128-billion) was raised in 2014 in equity markets across the continent, almost equal to the $11.1-billion raised in the whole of...
(Voice of America 02/02/15)
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA— More than $60 billion leaves the African continent every year through illicit financial flows, and the amount keeps on growing. A report with recommendations for African countries was presented Sunday. A new report says African countries need to take concrete measures to stop billions of dollars from illegally being moved out of the continent each year. The report by a joint United Nations and African Union panel focuses on the illicit financial flows used to move the...
(Bloomberg 02/02/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Investors in African Eurobonds face losses of more than $10 billion because of the weakness of currencies on the continent, according to a report published on Wednesday by U.K. research center the Overseas Development Institute. “Today’s economic environment in sub-Saharan Africa is similar to the boom that preceded the bust in the debt crises in Africa and Asia in the 90s when western governments and banks wrote off billions of pounds of debt,” Judith Tyson, ODI research fellow...

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(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 Cup is set to finish in late December and the African Cup had been scheduled to start in mid-January 2023. Valcke said the aim of postponing the continental event was "to avoid there being a...
(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 round of qualifying last summer only to be reinstated because Rwanda fielded an ineligible player. They then upstaged champions Nigeria to qualify for the finals in Equatorial Guinea, where they finished top of a group that also contained the hosts...
(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...
(BBC News Africa 11/10/14)
The five-man shortlist for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 has been revealed. Title holder Yaya Toure has been nominated for the sixth consecutive year, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama and Gervinho. The winner will be decided by fans of African football, who have until 18:00 GMT on Monday, 24 November to vote for their choice. Or to vote for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 by SMS, text the number of the player...
(Times Live 10/16/14)
Congo-Brazzaville coach Claude Le Roy has accused South African coach Shakes Mashaba of making an obscene gesture following their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Polokwane on Wednesday night. Le Roy, who was made to share the spoils of a goalless draw at Peter Mokaba Stadium, threatened to report Mashaba to Fifa and the Confederations of African Football (Caf) for a gesture he could not repeat "in front of ladies". "I'm shocked by the behaviour of the head coach...

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(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...
(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...
(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 Cup is set to finish in late December and the African Cup had been scheduled to start in mid-January 2023. Valcke said the aim of postponing the continental event was "to avoid there being a...
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
YAOUNDE— Cybersecurity experts from the 10 member states of the Economic Community of Central African states (ECCAS) have met in Cameroon to determine ways of reducing cyber criminality and terrorism. The member states say the threat of terrorism is high and have agreed to improve collaboration and organizational commitment in fighting electronic crime. Cameroon has said it is investigating a network of cyber criminals who have penetrated computer systems and networks to hack into personal and corporate bank accounts.
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
A new study suggests reforms to help improve United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world. It includes the better matching of mandates with mission capacity and resources, and clarifying expectations surrounding UN troop deployments. The goal of the report is to provide input to a UN review that will update peacekeeping operations. It sought feedback on potential reforms from stakeholders - including governments and policy makers -- in Africa and other world regions. New risks Among their concerns are new...
(Voice of America 02/23/15)
Commerce of the future will take place, increasingly, on the internet. But African countries worry they won’t be equipped to embrace this brave new digital world without help from outsiders and one another. Not enough Africans are getting online and developing websites, especially for businesses, delegates from the continent said earlier this month at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) conference in Singapore. “We are in an information economy and the internet is the currency of that economy,” ICANN fellow Onica Makwakwa of South Africa said.
(Bloomberg 02/20/15)
Pizza Hut knows a few things about fast expansion in emerging markets. In less than 25 years, the chain has added more than 1,300 restaurants across China. But Randall Blackford, the general manager of Pizza Hut’s operations in Africa, says the restaurant operator is taking its time expanding on the continent. In Africa, “we are a small company right now and will stay small for some time,” he says, eating pizza at one of his restaurants in Soweto township in...
(Bloomberg 02/19/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Mondelez International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, is seeking to boost African coffee output 50 percent by mid-2017 as part of a $200 million global program aimed at farmers of the bean. The project, called Coffee Made Happy, began this month in Africa with assistance for 24,000 Ethiopian small-holder farms, the company said on Wednesday. Deerfield, Illinois-based Mondelez’s initiative gives training in agronomy, financial literacy and promoting coffee farming to youth and women, he said. It plans to reach a million farmers worldwide over the next five years.
(Bloomberg 02/18/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Mo Ibrahim, a Sudanese-born billionaire philanthropist, says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has once again painted the entire continent as a disaster zone. It’s a perception he’s been working to dispel since selling his African mobile-phone network for $3.4 billion in 2005 and founding the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to promote honest and accountable government. His primary tool: data. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance measures how well nations are developing their economies, safeguarding rights and guaranteeing the...
(Voice of America 02/18/15)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday that 933 people had arrived on the island of Lampedusa over the previous 24 hours. These latest arrivals, thought to be African or Syrian, were among some 3,800 migrants rescued at sea since last Friday, according to IOM. More than 640 rescued migrants were taken to the town of Porto Empedocle on Sicily. According to Italy’s Ministry of Interior, 3,528 migrants arrived in the country by sea in January. Totals for February...
(Voice of America 02/17/15)
YAOUNDE— Central African leaders on Monday called for creation of a special fund to help countries affected by Boko Haram. Meeting in Cameroon’s capital, leaders discussed details of the regional force being deployed to combat the Nigerian insurgents, who have extended attacks to Niger, Cameroon and Chad. The ten-member Economic Community of Central African States agreed Monday to contribute most of the $100 million needed to combat the Nigeria-based Islamist militants. They also called for quick U.N. approval of a multinational force to pave the way for military involvement by other African nations.
(Bloomberg 02/17/15)
(Bloomberg) -- The rout in commodity prices to the lowest in 12 years will spur deeper spending cuts by the world’s biggest mining companies in Africa, hurting a region more reliant on mineral exports than any other on the planet. Miners will scale back spending by $20 billion this year, according to Macquarie Group Ltd., as they cut growth plans amid waning demand for raw materials. With projects planned during the decade-long commodities boom now being shelved, Africa is likely...
(Bloomberg 02/17/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd., a Dublin-based clean-energy developer, and Actis LLP agreed to work together to develop $1.9 billion of solar and wind power projects across Africa. Their venture, called Lekela Power, intends to provide 700 megawatts to 900 megawatts of wind and solar power by 2018 and is 40 percent owned by Mainstream and 60 percent by Actis, Barry Lynch, Mainstream’s managing director of onshore procurement, construction and operations, said today by e-mail. They expect an investment...
(Voice of America 02/16/15)
ROME—Italy's coast guard went to the rescue of at least 1,000 migrants in difficulty in the sea between Europe and North Africa on Sunday, the third operation of its kind in as many days. The coast guard said it had plucked more than 130 people from two rubber boats about 180 kilometers (110 miles) south of the island of Lampedusa so far, and was working to save eight more vessels. “We are certainly at more than 1,000 migrants” involved in...
(Voice of America 02/12/15)
NAIROBI— Crowdfunding is a way to raise money from a large number of people via the Internet to fund a project. The concept is well established in the West, but is still new in Africa. A World Bank project in Kenya has launched a mentorship program to help business owners take advantage of crowdfunding, which some say could help replace the kind of aid they currently receive from NGOs. Marion Moon started her organic fertilizer business, Wanda Organic, three years...
(Voice of America 02/11/15)
Italian authorities say at least 29 African migrants have died of hypothermia while crossing the Mediterranean in freezing weather and rough seas. The Italian coast guard says it found seven people dead when it answered a distress call from the migrants' boat off Libya late Sunday. It says 22 others died on a vessel that brought the migrants to the island of Lampedusa through waves as tall as nine meters high. All 29 victims were men from sub-Saharan Africa. Another...
(Voice of America 02/10/15)
 
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WASHINGTON— Energy experts say there is an urgent need for more public and private investment to bring more electricity to Africa. They say governments need to work with the private sector to bridge power capacity gaps. While sub-Saharan Africa has enormous untapped resources of gas, oil, coal, geothermal, solar, hydro and wind power, World Bank experts say one out of three Africans lives without electricity. Stephen Njiru, a director of Kenya’s Geothermal Development Company and an energy advisor to the...
(Voice of America 02/07/15)
GENEVA— February 6 is International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, and the World Health Organization is joining a chorus of voices demanding an end to this injurious procedure, still widely practiced in the developing world. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a dangerous procedure that can cause severe physical problems, including complications in childbirth, maternal deaths, heavy bleeding, and infertility. It also can result in psychological and sexual problems. The international community considers FGM to be a gross...
(Bloomberg 02/06/15)
(Bloomberg) -- As Ivory Coast prepares to sell sub-Saharan Africa’s first Eurobond of 2015, the strengthening dollar risks curbing issuance across the continent as debt payments for governments grow more expensive. Sales will probably decline from last year’s record $16 billion as issuers fret about exchange rates amid the drag placed on local economies by slumping oil, according to Rand Merchant Bank. Last year, Ghana, Zambia, Ethiopia and Kenya were among countries that took advantage of all-time low borrowing costs...
(The Guardian 02/05/15)
Kimani Maruge was 84 when he started school – after the government introduced free primary education. His story inspired a film but was not unique, says Lee Mwiti. Earlier this month Google used its famous doodle to celebrate the anniversary of Kimani Maruge’s first day of school – at the ripe old age of 84. At the time the Kenyan student was the oldest person to start primary school, earning his place in the Guinness World Records. He first attended...
(Bloomberg 02/05/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Orange SA has explored various acquisitions in Africa including assets owned by Bharti Airtel Ltd., as the French company seeks to bolster its business in the region, according to people familiar with the matter. France’s largest phone company has held on-and-off again discussions with potential partners as it moves ahead with a plan to group its emerging-market operations into a single unit, the people said. No deal is imminent and there are no formal negotiations underway, the people...
(Voice of America 02/05/15)
Most young women who are at the highest risk of contracting the AIDS virus do not use drugs designed to prevent HIV infection, even when they're offered. That’s the conclusion of a new study that looked at so-called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, in thousands of women in Africa. Among those who take PrEP every day, the risk of HIV infection is greatly reduced — up to 92 percent lower compared with those who do not use pre-exposure prophylaxsis. The strategy...

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