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Monday 26 January 2015

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(Dw-World 01/24/15)
The world's population is constantly growing, and with it the interest of investors in Africa's arable land. The continent has vast untapped potential - but can local producers compete with foreign companies? The wind whistling through Berlin on Monday (19.01.2015) was icy. Three Italian tourists carefully navigated the frozen puddles on the sidewalk as they scurried to the Brandenburg Gate, ignoring the black limousines gliding past them in front of the exclusive Adlon Hotel. These limos were unloading delegates to the day-long "Agribusiness in Africa" conference, which aimed to bring together entrepreneurs and development experts from around the world. They hoped to answer the question: If African governments fail to invest the continent's youth and...
(Ips News 01/24/15)
Abu Dhabi — Diversification of Africa's electricity sources by embarking on renewable energy solutions - such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power - is being heralded as a solution to the continent's energy poverty. But although a number of countries are already reaping benefits from investment in renewables, there is concern that many of the countries are yet to exploit those resources. African ministers and delegates at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi from January 15-17 noted that a mere handful of countries in the continent are tapping into renewable energy resource. Some of the bottlenecks identified included lack of finance, lack of interest from investors and the desire by some to take on mega...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, Jan. (Xinhua) -- African economies will continue to grow in 2015 due to private investment and consumption which have been key drivers of gross domestic product (GDP) over the past years, according to the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP). Africa's GDP is expected to accelerate from 3.5 percent in 2014 to 4.6 percent in 2015 and 4.9 percent in 2016. In his presentation on the report on Thursday at the UN Economic Commission for Africa...
(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...
(Ventures Africa 01/22/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – CEOs representing some of Africa’s most attractive mining companies will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, from the 9th to the 12th February 2015, for the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba. The Indaba is a summit that brings together major mining players, and provides a platform for further investment around the continent. More than 900 mining corporates are already confirmed to attend the event. “For more than 20 years, Africa’s mining companies have played a pivotal...
(Ventures-Africa 01/21/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved a new round of financing worth $189.4 million for development projects covering important sectors in several member countries and also some Muslim communities in non-member countries. This came following the 302nd Board meeting of the lender, which held in Jedah, Saudi Arabia from Sunday, January 18 to Tuesday, January 20, 2015, under the chairmanship of IDB President Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali. The Board reviewed...
(UN.org 01/21/15)
Despite a sharp decline in oil prices, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest economic outlook today lowered growth expectations for this year and the next for most countries due to slowdown in investment, and urged governments and central banks to pursue economic stimulation policies and structural reforms to boost growth. According to its World Economic Outlook (WEO) update , the IMF now expects growth of 3.5 per cent this year, compared with the previous estimate of 3.8 per...
(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...
(Voice of America 01/20/15)
 
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JOHANNESBURG— Economic experts from across the African continent say this may be an exciting year for African economies, which could be ready to move out of their traditional roles and into new sectors. African nations have struggled for decades to go beyond their role as providers of basic raw materials, like oil, gas, minerals and agricultural products. Their efforts have had mixed success. While nations like South Africa and Kenya have managed to diversify their economies, others, like Angola and...
(Bloomberg 01/20/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa by almost 1 percentage point as falling oil prices curb output in the region’s biggest economy. The growth outlook in Nigeria, the continent’s largest oil producer, was lowered to 4.8 percent from 7.3 percent estimated in October, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook update released Tuesday in Beijing. Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is forecast by the IMF to expand 4.9 percent this year, down from a...
(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
(Bloomberg 01/17/15)
Niger said four people died in protests over the publication of cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad by French magazine Charlie Hebdo just over a week after journalists working for the publication were killed in Paris. Sudan and Mauritania also reported demonstrations, Kenya threatened to close a newspaper for reprinting the cartoon and Benin said the depiction was a provocation. The protests follow the Jan. 7 attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris in which gunmen killed 12 people...
(Ipp media 01/16/15)
The number of women suffering from cervical cancer in the Lake Zone has increased from 576 patients in 2013 to 1000 last year. Speaking to reporters yesterday Dr Richard Rumanyika, a specialist for cervical cancer from Bugando Hospital, said the disease is rapidly becoming a problem to many women in the Lake Zone. Dr Rumanyika said previously women who reported to the hospital with cervical cancer were 45 years old but currently even women aged 25 were also being diagnosed...
(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...
(Xinhuanet 01/15/15)
NAIROBI, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Lawmakers from the Great Lakes Region will meet in Kenya next week to discuss political and security challenges in the region, officials confirmed on Thursday. Kenya's Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro said the Fifth Plenary Session of the Forum of Parliaments of the 12-member International Conference of the Great Lakes Region will take place from Jan. 20 to 22 in Nairobi. Ethuro said the purpose of the meeting is to discuss the role of parliaments in...
(Xinhuanet 01/15/15)
NAIROBI, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The world seems to have double standard in dealing with many things, and there is no exception even when it comes to the issue of terrorism. Attacks in a Western metropolis always draw worldwide attention while those in Africa appear to have only limited repercussions. Following the terrorist attacks in France last week which claimed 17 lives, there was an unprecedented outpouring of grief and empathy from all corners of the world. Roughly at the same time, Nigeria lost an estimated 150 lives in Boko Haram's terrorist attack, but the news merely got a passing mention in major networks.
(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...
(BBC News Africa 01/14/15)
A whistle-blowing website which aims to expose politicians and businessmen who abuse power in Africa has been launched by media and campaign groups. AfriLeaks will give people a chance to leak sensitive information anonymously. The site's founders say it is an attempt to boost investigative journalism to expose widespread corruption and human rights abuses. It will also help circumvent growing surveillance by governments and corporate firms, they say. Afrileaks, made up of 19 media outlets and activist groups, says it...
(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...

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(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, Jan. (Xinhua) -- African economies will continue to grow in 2015 due to private investment and consumption which have been key drivers of gross domestic product (GDP) over the past years, according to the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP). Africa's GDP is expected to accelerate from 3.5 percent in 2014 to 4.6 percent in 2015 and 4.9 percent in 2016. In his presentation on the report on Thursday at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Adam Elhiraika, Director for Macroeconomic Policy Division at ECA, said rising middle class, improvement in the business environment and decreased cost of doing business are the major contributors to...
(Voice of America 01/20/15)
 
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JOHANNESBURG— Economic experts from across the African continent say this may be an exciting year for African economies, which could be ready to move out of their traditional roles and into new sectors. African nations have struggled for decades to go beyond their role as providers of basic raw materials, like oil, gas, minerals and agricultural products. Their efforts have had mixed success. While nations like South Africa and Kenya have managed to diversify their economies, others, like Angola and Nigeria, are largely known to investors as energy sources. But then oil prices fell. And fell. And continue to fall. And while that trend is clearly alarming to those energy producers, economists say this might represent an opportunity for resource-poor...
(Bloomberg 01/17/15)
Niger said four people died in protests over the publication of cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad by French magazine Charlie Hebdo just over a week after journalists working for the publication were killed in Paris. Sudan and Mauritania also reported demonstrations, Kenya threatened to close a newspaper for reprinting the cartoon and Benin said the depiction was a provocation. The protests follow the Jan. 7 attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris in which gunmen killed 12 people...
(Ipp media 01/16/15)
The number of women suffering from cervical cancer in the Lake Zone has increased from 576 patients in 2013 to 1000 last year. Speaking to reporters yesterday Dr Richard Rumanyika, a specialist for cervical cancer from Bugando Hospital, said the disease is rapidly becoming a problem to many women in the Lake Zone. Dr Rumanyika said previously women who reported to the hospital with cervical cancer were 45 years old but currently even women aged 25 were also being diagnosed...
(Xinhuanet 01/15/15)
NAIROBI, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The world seems to have double standard in dealing with many things, and there is no exception even when it comes to the issue of terrorism. Attacks in a Western metropolis always draw worldwide attention while those in Africa appear to have only limited repercussions. Following the terrorist attacks in France last week which claimed 17 lives, there was an unprecedented outpouring of grief and empathy from all corners of the world. Roughly at the same time, Nigeria lost an estimated 150 lives in Boko Haram's terrorist attack, but the news merely got a passing mention in major networks.
(BBC News Africa 01/14/15)
A whistle-blowing website which aims to expose politicians and businessmen who abuse power in Africa has been launched by media and campaign groups. AfriLeaks will give people a chance to leak sensitive information anonymously. The site's founders say it is an attempt to boost investigative journalism to expose widespread corruption and human rights abuses. It will also help circumvent growing surveillance by governments and corporate firms, they say. Afrileaks, made up of 19 media outlets and activist groups, says it...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/12/15)
BEIJING Mon Jan 12, 2015 (Reuters) - China will not follow the path of "Western colonists" in Africa, its foreign minister said during a five-nation tour of the continent, parrying criticism that his country's hunger for resources has led to one-sided policies and damaging projects. China is Africa's biggest trade partner, and has sought to tap the region's rich resources to fuel its own economic growth over the past two decades. But Beijing's involvement has been called "neo-colonial" by some...
(Ips News 01/10/15)
United Nations — In a satirical piece titled 'An Unserious Look at the Year Ahead' in the Wall Street Journal last week, Hugo Rifkind predicts the price of a barrel of oil will fall so low that people across the world would start buying oil for the barrel - and throw the oil out. The journalistic spoof about the oil market may be an improbable scenario, but in reality the sharp decline in prices has generated both good and bad...
(This Day Live 01/09/15)
Abuja — Former Chief Economist of Goldman Sachs, Dr. Jim O'Neill, has said that although there is currently a high level of entrepreneurship spirit in the African continent, the right policies and attitude need to be put in place for rapid economic transformation to occur. Specifically, he called for an improved level of intra-trading among African countries, pointing out that unlike the Europeans, many African countries don't currently trade with one another but instead maintain a hostile relationship. He said...
(Voice of America 01/08/15)
The results of a new study published in the medical journal, The Lancet, asks how some of the 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa will pay to expand efforts to fight the AIDS epidemic as international donor budgets tighten. In South Africa, Botswana and Namibia, for example, AIDS funding comes primarily from domestic resources. But others such as Mozambique and Ethiopia depend heavily on foreign donors. Many countries in Africa most affected by HIV are trying to expand their prevention and...
(The New Times 01/07/15)
"I am a black guy from... ... ... " was one introduction during the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) held in Kigali last year, and which I attended. This statement really kept pricking my thoughts. After the meetings concluded, I could not resist the temptation to ask the gentleman the reason for his choice of words in his introduction. He told me that he grew up in an ultra-racist society which stuck, and became a habit to him after some...
(The Observer 01/06/15)
Today, our most beautiful home - Africa - prides in being free from colonisation or, put differently, in being in charge of her destiny. Indeed, whenever our leaders get the opportunity, they never miss to eulogize the sacrifices our forefathers made so we could be free. And the revolutionaries are always keen to sing this hymn and add a stanza of their own distinct heroic contribution to this legend of freedom unconstrained by tyranny and injustice. Yet injustice and tyranny...
(Xinhuanet 12/31/14)
MADRID, Dec. (Xinhua) -- More than 100 migrants entered Melilla early Tuesday morning after jumping the border fence of this Spanish city located on the north coast of Africa, local media reported on Tuesday. The incident happened at about 6:55 local time (0555 GTM). The group of migrants who entered Spain were part of a larger 200 people group who attempted to cross the border. Meanwhile, about 40 migrants remained on top of the six-metre border fence. The migrants were...
(PANA 12/30/14)
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Africa Regional Office has developed three Regional Initiatives (RI) aimed at speeding up efforts against food insecurity and malnutrition in Africa, with four countries including Angola, as pilot countries. According to a statement from the FAO regional office, made available to PANA here, the three other countries on the Regional Initiative to End Hunger in Africa by 2025 are Ethiopia, Malawi and Niger. The RIs have been designed to add value to existing development actions at country level by strengthening mobilization of resources for investing in agricultural priority programmes.
(Voice of America 12/29/14)
JOHANNESBURG— One baby, many parents say, is a life-changer. Two billion babies can change the world. In the next 35 years, UNICEF predicts that Africa will see a massive baby boom -- so massive, that by the year 2050, four out of 10 people on this planet will be African. Between now and 2050, some 1.8 billion new Africans will be born. Africa is already home to one of the world’s youngest populations -- the African Union says about two-thirds of the continent's 1.1 billion people are younger than 35. Within the next few decades, an unprecedented number of youngsters will reach reproductive age.
(Voice of America 12/27/14)
The Italian Navy says it has rescued about 1,250 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea over the past few days. The Navy said Friday that the migrants were rescued in several different operations this week, most of them off the coast of Sicily. Media reports say at least one migrant was found dead. Italian officials say the condition of the migrants was generally good and that a Nigerian woman gave birth on board one of the rescue vessels. Italy has been...
(AFP (eng) 12/26/14)
Hassan Ibrahim, both physically and mentally disabled, staggers on his weakened legs as he pushes two huge packs of contraband goods loaded on a wheelchair. He is one of thousands of Moroccans toiling for a living in the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla -- two tiny specks of Europe at the northern tip of Africa which have the only two land borders between the two continents. When he gets his load across the border from Ceuta to Morocco, Ibrahim...
(PANA 12/20/14)
Africa’s food safety - The 2nd Pan African Workshop convened to review progress made on the implementation of Codex Alimentarius standards-internationally agreed upon food standards, to improve the safety and quality of the food consumed in Africa, is underway in Kampala, Uganda. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) African region said in a dispatch to PANA here Thursday that participants at the workshop, including African Union (AU) policy makers, noted that food-borne diseases impacted negatively on the continent’s economy. “Codex Alimentarius is about safe, good food for everyone – everywhere.
(Human Rights Watch 12/19/14)
New York — African countries expressed strong support for the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the 13th Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, the court's founding document, African and international organizations present at the session said today. The governments showed a more positive picture of Africa's relationship with the ICC than is often reflected in public debates, the organizations said. The ICC's Assembly of States Parties met from December 8-17, 2014, at the United Nations headquarters for its...
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports 2014 is the deadliest year on record for migrants fleeing conflict, political persecution and economic hardship. As the world marks International Migrants Day, IOM is calling for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and to stop smugglers from exploiting these vulnerable, desperate people. Death has always been an unfortunate part of migration. Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders around the world. This past year...

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(Dw-World 01/24/15)
The world's population is constantly growing, and with it the interest of investors in Africa's arable land. The continent has vast untapped potential - but can local producers compete with foreign companies? The wind whistling through Berlin on Monday (19.01.2015) was icy. Three Italian tourists carefully navigated the frozen puddles on the sidewalk as they scurried to the Brandenburg Gate, ignoring the black limousines gliding past them in front of the exclusive Adlon Hotel. These limos were unloading delegates to the day-long "Agribusiness in Africa" conference, which aimed to bring together entrepreneurs and development experts from around the world. They hoped to answer the question: If African governments fail to invest the continent's youth and...
(Ips News 01/24/15)
Abu Dhabi — Diversification of Africa's electricity sources by embarking on renewable energy solutions - such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power - is being heralded as a solution to the continent's energy poverty. But although a number of countries are already reaping benefits from investment in renewables, there is concern that many of the countries are yet to exploit those resources. African ministers and delegates at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi from January 15-17 noted that a mere handful of countries in the continent are tapping into renewable energy resource. Some of the bottlenecks identified included lack of finance, lack of interest from investors and the desire by some to take on mega...
(Ventures Africa 01/22/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – CEOs representing some of Africa’s most attractive mining companies will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, from the 9th to the 12th February 2015, for the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba. The Indaba is a summit that brings together major mining players, and provides a platform for further investment around the continent. More than 900 mining corporates are already confirmed to attend the event. “For more than 20 years, Africa’s mining companies have played a pivotal...
(Ventures-Africa 01/21/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved a new round of financing worth $189.4 million for development projects covering important sectors in several member countries and also some Muslim communities in non-member countries. This came following the 302nd Board meeting of the lender, which held in Jedah, Saudi Arabia from Sunday, January 18 to Tuesday, January 20, 2015, under the chairmanship of IDB President Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali. The Board reviewed...
(UN.org 01/21/15)
Despite a sharp decline in oil prices, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest economic outlook today lowered growth expectations for this year and the next for most countries due to slowdown in investment, and urged governments and central banks to pursue economic stimulation policies and structural reforms to boost growth. According to its World Economic Outlook (WEO) update , the IMF now expects growth of 3.5 per cent this year, compared with the previous estimate of 3.8 per...
(Voice of America 01/20/15)
 
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JOHANNESBURG— Economic experts from across the African continent say this may be an exciting year for African economies, which could be ready to move out of their traditional roles and into new sectors. African nations have struggled for decades to go beyond their role as providers of basic raw materials, like oil, gas, minerals and agricultural products. Their efforts have had mixed success. While nations like South Africa and Kenya have managed to diversify their economies, others, like Angola and...
(Bloomberg 01/20/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa by almost 1 percentage point as falling oil prices curb output in the region’s biggest economy. The growth outlook in Nigeria, the continent’s largest oil producer, was lowered to 4.8 percent from 7.3 percent estimated in October, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook update released Tuesday in Beijing. Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is forecast by the IMF to expand 4.9 percent this year, down from a...
(Bloomberg 01/13/15)
The former heads of Electricite de France SA’s renewable energy unit and a Dubai-based power plant builder plan to develop more than $500 million of renewable electricity assets in Africa. Access Infra Africa is being created by Paris-based Eren Developpement, founded by Paris Mouratoglou and David Corchia, and Access Power MEA, the companies said in a statement today. In 2012, Mouratoglou stepped down as chairman of EDF Energies Nouvelles and Corchia left in 2013 as chief executive officer. “Today in...
(Xinhuanet 01/08/15)
NAIROBI, Jan. (Xinhua) -- Mobile penetration in the sub- Saharan Africa region is expected to increase from 52 percent in 2012 to 79 percent in 2020, a new study by a global research firm revealed on Wednesday. The study by Frost & Sullivan shows that mobile broadband connections are now anticipated to quadruple from its 2012 figure to reach 160 million in 2016. "The introduction of affordable smartphones, specifically designed for the African market, has improved the market scenario, "...
(This Day Live 01/05/15)
Fresh from hosting Miss Commonwealth UK, the CEO and host of Princess Halliday Show (PHS), Princess Halliday, has commenced the recording of a new season of the internationally acclaimed TV programme, Princess Halliday Show. Princess as she's fondly called, produces, finances, and hosts Empower Africa. The Princess Halliday Show is an Empower Africa Initiative that showcases people who have demonstrated positivity against all the odds. These are individuals who, through tenacity and determination, have accomplished something great or have been...
(Ventures-Africa 01/03/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), a global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, partnered with new banks through expansion of its operations in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. This project was awarded to ICSFS by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank), which is one of the largest banks in Africa. Guaranty Trust Bank recently acquired Fina Bank, an East African Bank, which was subsequently rebranded and became a subsidiary of GTBank Plc. ICS BANKS was successfully...
(Spy Ghana 12/30/14)
During the course of 2014 there was much discussion about the phenomenal economic growth of various African nation-states. The Federal Republic of Nigeria was proclaimed by western financial publications to have attained the status of the largest economy on the continent. Inside the Republic of South Africa, where two decades earlier the masses of workers, farmers and youth had overthrown the dreaded apartheid system instituting a parliamentary structure with the African National Congress (ANC) being the dominant political force, the...
(Ips News 12/24/14)
The sharp decline in world petroleum prices - hailed as a bonanza to millions of motorists in the United States - is threatening to undermine the fragile economies of several African countries dependent on oil for their sustained growth. The most vulnerable in the world's poorest continent include Nigeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sudan - as well as developing nations such as Algeria, Libya and Egypt in North Africa. "In the long run, governments in these oil-exporting countries should...
(Daily Independent Nig 12/24/14)
Africa's first independent search engine a fact-finding website Africa Check, launched two years ago to promote accuracy in public debate and the media, has announced that it had hit a million visitors. Crossing the million mark "is symbolic for us. It is reaching a milestone moment in the number of readers," said Africa Check Editor Julian Rademeyer. The main point of the website is to promote transparency and push for "accuracy in public debate, and encourage honesty of politicians", he...
(Caj News Africa 12/20/14)
Lagos — The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)has restated its commitment to addressing the continent's infrastructure challenges. This follows the leading investment grade rated multilateral development finance institution, announced the close of a US$ 300 million dual tranche club facility arranged by a number of initial mandated lead arrangers. Among these are Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Deutsche Bank AG, FirstRand Bank Limited, Standard Bank of South Africa Limited and Standard Chartered Bank. The completion of the fund raising was simultaneously announced in Lagos and the United Kingdom.
(African Press Organization 12/18/14)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Tuesday, in Abidjan, Cote d‘Ivoire, launched the 2014 edition of its flagship publication, the African Development Report (ADR). The report, according to a statement posted on the organization’s website, is with the theme “Regional Integration for Inclusive Growth”. It said that Africa’s regional integration has been a key economic and political aspiration since the independence decade of the 1960s. The report is also an important pillar for the work of the AfDB, which is celebrating...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/08/14)
LONDON/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A growing middle class in sub-Saharan Africa is enticing European and South African insurers to buy local firms focussing mainly on life insurance and pensions, in the face of mature markets and strong competition at home. Rapid economic growth in countries such as Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria has increased the number of people with money to spend on insurance to protect their wealth, while regulatory changes are encouraging the growth of domestic savings and pensions. Several major...
(PANA 12/06/14)
African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma Tuesday decried lack of funding as the main crisis facing the implementation of Africa's development plans. Dlamini Zuma said Africa's grand visions like the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the upcoming Vision 2063, have failed to make substantial headway due to the lack of local financing sources. Speaking during a grand lecture in honour of Salim Ahmed Salim, former Secretary-General of the defunct Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the AU, Zuma said finding a way out of the financing crisis was critical for Africa.
(Reuters (Eng) 11/28/14)
Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to "Power Africa" would double electricity output on the world's poorest continent and bring "light where currently there is darkness". A year later, the U.S. president's flagship project for Africa has already achieved 25 percent of its goal to deliver 10,000 megawatts of electricity and bring light to 20 million households and businesses, according to its annual report. But the five-year plan has not...
(Bloomberg 11/27/14)
SABMiller Plc (SAB) and Coca-Cola Co. (KO) will combine bottling operations for non-alcoholic beverages in southern and eastern Africa, forming the continent’s largest Coca-Cola bottler and allowing the world’s second-biggest brewer to expand in soft drinks. SABMiller will hold 57 percent of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, with Coca-Cola holding 11.3 percent and Gutsche Family Investments owning the rest, the London-based maker of Grolsch and Peroni said in a statement today.

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(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 matches will be friendlies and won't have points on offer. The qualifiers will begin in June, and the 52 competing countries and regions will go straight into 13 groups of four teams each. The top...
(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 by the referee to stop the hosts from reaching the last-eight of the tournament. The Feguifut statement said experts had reviewed the video repeatedly and suggested it should have been allowed. “Feguifut officials have studied the video and they have...
(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...
(Goal 10/13/14)
Goals from Bongane Ndulula and Tokelo Rantie guided South Africa to a brilliant 2-0 victory over Congo in their 2015 Afcon qualifier in Pointe Noire on Saturday Ndulula netted his second international goal in just his third game for the national team, while Rantie scored his fifth international goal. The win rocketed Bafana to the top of Group A’s standings, leap-frogging Congo. South Africa now have seven points from three games, as the qualifiers reached the halfway stage. A good...
(PANA 10/07/14)
The qualifying series for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is set to resume next weekend, after a month-long break, PANA reported Sunday. The first set of two group matches were played last month, and two more matches are slated to be played this month. Match day three will be next Friday and Saturday, while Match day four will be four days later, on 15 Oct. After this month's matches, there will be two more matches to go, in November,...
(The New Times 10/07/14)
Head coaches and technical directors of African national teams have hailed progress in African football but emphasised the need to make improvements which would see an African team win a Fifa World Cup. The resolution was among the many passed by the coaches, who meet in a two-day conference held in Cairo, Egypt last week. It was organised by FIFA and CAF to review and learn from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Rwanda was represented by Amavubi head coach...

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(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 perform at a Nobel Prize ceremony, Hakim. Other acts billed to perform at the show, which will be watched live all over the world, include the Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa, sensational singing group, Uhuru; pan African group, Cirque...
(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...
(Dw-World 01/24/15)
The world's population is constantly growing, and with it the interest of investors in Africa's arable land. The continent has vast untapped potential - but can local producers compete with foreign companies? The wind whistling through Berlin on Monday (19.01.2015) was icy. Three Italian tourists carefully navigated the frozen puddles on the sidewalk as they scurried to the Brandenburg Gate, ignoring the black limousines gliding past them in front of the exclusive Adlon Hotel. These limos were unloading delegates to the day-long "Agribusiness in Africa" conference, which aimed to bring together entrepreneurs and development experts from around the world. They hoped to answer the question: If African governments fail to invest the continent's youth and...
(Ips News 01/24/15)
Abu Dhabi — Diversification of Africa's electricity sources by embarking on renewable energy solutions - such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power - is being heralded as a solution to the continent's energy poverty. But although a number of countries are already reaping benefits from investment in renewables, there is concern that many of the countries are yet to exploit those resources. African ministers and delegates at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi from January 15-17 noted that a mere handful of countries in the continent are tapping into renewable energy resource. Some of the bottlenecks identified included lack of finance, lack of interest from investors and the desire by some to take on mega...
(Ventures Africa 01/22/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – CEOs representing some of Africa’s most attractive mining companies will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, from the 9th to the 12th February 2015, for the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba. The Indaba is a summit that brings together major mining players, and provides a platform for further investment around the continent. More than 900 mining corporates are already confirmed to attend the event. “For more than 20 years, Africa’s mining companies have played a pivotal...
(Ventures-Africa 01/21/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved a new round of financing worth $189.4 million for development projects covering important sectors in several member countries and also some Muslim communities in non-member countries. This came following the 302nd Board meeting of the lender, which held in Jedah, Saudi Arabia from Sunday, January 18 to Tuesday, January 20, 2015, under the chairmanship of IDB President Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali. The Board reviewed...
(Voice of America 01/20/15)
 
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JOHANNESBURG— Economic experts from across the African continent say this may be an exciting year for African economies, which could be ready to move out of their traditional roles and into new sectors. African nations have struggled for decades to go beyond their role as providers of basic raw materials, like oil, gas, minerals and agricultural products. Their efforts have had mixed success. While nations like South Africa and Kenya have managed to diversify their economies, others, like Angola and...
(Bloomberg 01/20/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa by almost 1 percentage point as falling oil prices curb output in the region’s biggest economy. The growth outlook in Nigeria, the continent’s largest oil producer, was lowered to 4.8 percent from 7.3 percent estimated in October, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook update released Tuesday in Beijing. Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is forecast by the IMF to expand 4.9 percent this year, down from a...
(Bloomberg 01/17/15)
Niger said four people died in protests over the publication of cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad by French magazine Charlie Hebdo just over a week after journalists working for the publication were killed in Paris. Sudan and Mauritania also reported demonstrations, Kenya threatened to close a newspaper for reprinting the cartoon and Benin said the depiction was a provocation. The protests follow the Jan. 7 attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris in which gunmen killed 12 people...
(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...
(BBC News Africa 01/14/15)
A whistle-blowing website which aims to expose politicians and businessmen who abuse power in Africa has been launched by media and campaign groups. AfriLeaks will give people a chance to leak sensitive information anonymously. The site's founders say it is an attempt to boost investigative journalism to expose widespread corruption and human rights abuses. It will also help circumvent growing surveillance by governments and corporate firms, they say. Afrileaks, made up of 19 media outlets and activist groups, says it...
(Bloomberg 01/13/15)
The former heads of Electricite de France SA’s renewable energy unit and a Dubai-based power plant builder plan to develop more than $500 million of renewable electricity assets in Africa. Access Infra Africa is being created by Paris-based Eren Developpement, founded by Paris Mouratoglou and David Corchia, and Access Power MEA, the companies said in a statement today. In 2012, Mouratoglou stepped down as chairman of EDF Energies Nouvelles and Corchia left in 2013 as chief executive officer. “Today in...
(Ventures-Africa 01/03/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), a global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, partnered with new banks through expansion of its operations in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. This project was awarded to ICSFS by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank), which is one of the largest banks in Africa. Guaranty Trust Bank recently acquired Fina Bank, an East African Bank, which was subsequently rebranded and became a subsidiary of GTBank Plc. ICS BANKS was successfully...
(PANA 12/30/14)
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Africa Regional Office has developed three Regional Initiatives (RI) aimed at speeding up efforts against food insecurity and malnutrition in Africa, with four countries including Angola, as pilot countries. According to a statement from the FAO regional office, made available to PANA here, the three other countries on the Regional Initiative to End Hunger in Africa by 2025 are Ethiopia, Malawi and Niger. The RIs have been designed to add value to existing development actions at country level by strengthening mobilization of resources for investing in agricultural priority programmes.
(Voice of America 12/29/14)
JOHANNESBURG— One baby, many parents say, is a life-changer. Two billion babies can change the world. In the next 35 years, UNICEF predicts that Africa will see a massive baby boom -- so massive, that by the year 2050, four out of 10 people on this planet will be African. Between now and 2050, some 1.8 billion new Africans will be born. Africa is already home to one of the world’s youngest populations -- the African Union says about two-thirds of the continent's 1.1 billion people are younger than 35. Within the next few decades, an unprecedented number of youngsters will reach reproductive age.
(Voice of America 12/27/14)
The Italian Navy says it has rescued about 1,250 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea over the past few days. The Navy said Friday that the migrants were rescued in several different operations this week, most of them off the coast of Sicily. Media reports say at least one migrant was found dead. Italian officials say the condition of the migrants was generally good and that a Nigerian woman gave birth on board one of the rescue vessels. Italy has been...
(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.
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports 2014 is the deadliest year on record for migrants fleeing conflict, political persecution and economic hardship. As the world marks International Migrants Day, IOM is calling for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and to stop smugglers from exploiting these vulnerable, desperate people. Death has always been an unfortunate part of migration. Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders around the world. This past year...
(The Voice 12/16/14)
DAKAR— France urged African nations on Monday to step up cross-border cooperation to tackle security challenges from Islamist groups in southern Libya to Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, as it seeks to scale back its military commitments on the continent. Amid budgetary pressures at home, France is looking to reduce security commitments in Africa. It is scaling back the 2,000 troops it deployed a year ago to curb Christian-Muslim violence in Central African Republic, a former colony.
(Voice of America 12/09/14)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization reports there has been a dramatic fall in the number of malaria deaths since 2000 and the number of cases is also steadily going down. Sub-Saharan Africa bears the brunt of malaria, with 90 percent of global deaths occurring there. But this year’s World Malaria Report says Africa’s population has grown by 43 percent since 2000, with fewer people getting infected. WHO Global Malaria Program Director Pedro Alonso says the number of people infected fell...
(Voice of America 12/04/14)
Scientists have been making rapid advances in studies of genetic variations in European and East Asian populations. Now, populations in Africa, the cradle of the human race, are getting the same treatment. The African Genome Variation Project set out to discover more about how variations in DNA can help in understanding patterns of disease, ultimately leading to better treatments. Working with other institutions, including partners throughout Africa, the Genome Variation Project has collected and analyzed genetic information from nearly 3,000 individuals representing the diversity of the African experience over many millennia

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