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Thursday 17 April 2014

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(PANA 04/17/14)
New York,US - The Trial Chamber IV of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday decided to vacate the date of 5 May 2014, initially scheduled for the opening of the trial in the case The Prosecutor v. Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain, on alleged war crimes committed in Sudan's Darfur region. An ICC statement sent to PANA in New York stated that the trial was postponed in view of logistic difficulties encountered. It said that the Chamber will decide in due course on the further steps to take, after receiving additional submissions of the ICC’s Prosecution and Registry, no later than 6 May 2014. PANA recalled that on 7 March 2011, ICC's Pre-Trial Chamber I...
(BBC News Africa 04/17/14)
Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief has said. Restricted competition has helped push up charges, according to research by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Money transfer company Western Union said that fees were set according to factors such as local taxes. The company "delivered much-needed services to individuals", it added. 'Duopoly' The research found that average fees of 12% to send $200 (£119) were twice the global average. Siddo Deva of Comic Relief said: "Imposing such high remittance fees from hard-earned income is hurting the African diaspora and,...
(PANA 04/16/14)
The second international conference and exhibition on hydrocarbons (CIEHC-2) ]opened on Monday in Brazzaville to assess new hydrocarbon resources and strengthen infrastructure in the oil sector to accompany Congo's 2012-2016 national development plan, says the Congolese Hydrocarbon ministry in a statement. Initiated by Congo, together with AME Trade Ltd UK, the conference which is due to end on 16 April, will enable participants to discover the huge potentials of the Congolese oil]industry.
(PANA 04/16/14)
Brazzaville, Congo - Africa’s science, technology and innovation week opened on Monday in Brazzaville. Several activities will be organized during the Week, such as the special session of the Association of African Ministers in charge of Science and Technology (AMCOST), the General Assembly of the African Academy of Sciences, the regional workshop of the Pan African Congress for Ethics and Bioethics (COPAB) as well as a fair during which know-how and technology used by inventors, innovators and traditional therapists in...
(PANA 04/16/14)
Regional integration is one of the main driving forces for industrialization in Africa, the executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Dr Carlos Lopes, said on Monday in Cotonou in a PANA interview. Regional integration has the potential to encourage trade and the movement of capital, which can favour the formation of regional blocs for growth and value added channels, particularly in the sector of strategic products, such as pharmaceutical products, he said. He said by harmonizing national...
(PANA 04/16/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The African Union (AU) is moving to advance peace mediation and conflict prevention efforts by working with relevant organisations to create regular points of contact. AU Commission Chairperson Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma, said advancing conflict prevention was critical to Africa’s efforts to stay peaceful. Dlamini-Zuma met the African Ombudsmen and Mediators Association (AOMA) to strategise on how to create a new nerve-centre for Africa’s peace mediation efforts, where she emphasized the role preventive diplomacy. Both sides resolved to...
(PANA 04/12/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has called for increments in the private equity funds investment in Africa to improve infrastructure. UNECA Executive Director, Carlos Lopes, said on Wednesday that the private equity funds performed better than listed stocks. 'Africa must find ways of scaling up the promotion of Africa-owned private equity funds and other financial services that encourage capital to remain in Africa,' Lopes said at a meeting of finance ministers and Central Bank...
(PANA 04/12/14)
Dakar, Senegal - A regional conference on aviation security in Africa opened on Wednesday in Dakar, Senegal, to address challenges and improve the safety of air transport in Africa. The conference is organized by Airports Council International-Africa Region (ACI-Africa) in collaboration with the Agence des Aéroports du Sénégal (ADS) and the Senegalese government. Chaired by the Senegalese Minister of Air Transport and Tourism, Oumar Gueye, the conference is on the theme, 'Safety intelligence against threats”. It will afford all airports...
(PANA 04/11/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - African finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors were meeting here Wednesday to discuss policies required to stop the excessive illegal flow of capital from Africa to tax havens around the world. Financial experts said Africa lost US$1.7 trillion in capital flight between 1970 and 2010 through tax cheats, stage-managed financial returns by multinational oil firms and funds spent on foreign universities and healthcare. Prof. Leonce Ndikumana of the University of Massachusetts in the US said the...
(Dw-World 04/10/14)
Italy says 4,000 boat migrants have made landings "non-stop" along its shores or have been rescued by ships over the past two days. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano has urged the EU to "take the situation in hand." Italy said on Wednesday that bids by thousands of boat migrants to cross the Mediterranean from northern Africa had become "glaring" with many more waiting in Libya. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said that two merchant ships had rescued two boatloads carrying 300 and...
(UN.org 04/10/14)
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has issued its first guidelines for the treatment of hepatitis C, a chronic infection that affects an estimated 130 million to 150 million people, in a bid to help improve access to more effective and safer medicines to those who need them. "The new guidance aims to help countries to improve treatment and care for hepatitis and thereby reduce deaths from liver cancer and cirrhosis," Dr. Stefan Wiktor, leading WHO's Global Hepatitis Programme,...
(PANA 04/09/14)
Brazzaville, Congo - The Congolese Police have launched an operation to crack down on criminals involved in burglaries, rape and other crimes in the Congolese capital this year. The operation, dubbed 'Mabta' (the Slap), which would last for six months, would involve a total of 1,200 police officers who control the identity of the people on the streets with the increasing number of refugees coming from the Central African Republic (CAR) since the beginning of the crisis in that country...
(PANA 04/09/14)
The Congolese capital, Brazzaville, will host from 14 to 18 April, Africa’s cience, Technology and Innovation Week, according to an official statement issued on Monday. Organized by the African Union (AU) and the Congolese Ministry of Scientific Research and Technological Innovation, the Week will bring together top researchers, inventors and innovators of the African continent. Several activities will be organized during the Week, such as the special session of the Association of African Ministers in charge of Science and Technology...
(Voice of America 04/09/14)
PENTAGON — Twenty years after close to one million people were slaughtered in the Rwandan genocide, U.S. military officials are confident that forces are better positioned to prevent a repeat of such mass slaughter. But, Washington is still concerned about security across the African continent. Fears run rampant across much of the Central African Republic, where 2,000 people have been killed in ethnic violence since December, and some African peacekeepers already have pulled out. But U.S. defense officials say the...
(Awoko 04/09/14)
African leaders at the just concluded EU-African summit are now back in their respective countries bathing in warmer climate than the sluggish spring weather in Paris. But they have smiles to compensate for this, at the summit as one delegate confessed ”met all expectations.” Crucial issues which had pricked most African countries took centre stage and there was the readiness of the EU to assist. Touted as a way to forge increased trade with African countries, the summit went into...
(Voice of America 04/09/14)
A new study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine finds that no sub-Saharan African country will meet the U.N. Millennium Development goal for sanitation, and that many are lagging behind achieving the target for clean drinking water as well. According to a joint report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF last year, more than 2 billion people - or one-third of the world’s population - will remain without access to improved sanitation by 2015. The Millennium...
(Xinhuanet 04/08/14)
DUBAI, April (Xinhua) -- China has played a positive role in redefining Africa and helped the once despaired continent to get back on track, the president of the Cairo-based African Export- Import Bank Jean-Louis Ekkra said here on Monday. Ekkra made the remarks to Xinhua at the third annual Dubai precious metals conference which is held under the theme "Engaging with Africa," adding that Chinese firms are investing in nearly all countries of the continent. "China provides both financing and...
(Voice of America 04/08/14)
The World Health Organization is highlighting the annual observance with information about the increasing threat of vector-borne diseases. More than half the world's population is at risk from diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis and yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors. Vector-borne diseases affect the poorest populations, particularly where there is a lack of access to adequate housing, safe drinking water and sanitation. Malnourished people and those with weakened immunity are especially susceptible.
(IRIN 04/08/14)
Johannesburg — Satellite and other new technologies could be deployed to help predict disease outbreaks and give us more time to devise strategies to counteract them, suggests the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which cites examples of how weather information can be used in the battle against deadly pathogens. In Botswana, it says, an early warning system based on rainfall data forecasts malaria incidence up to four months ahead - malaria outbreaks are associated with inter-annual and...
(PANA 04/07/14)
Brazzaville, Congo - The Congolese government said in Brazzaville on Friday that it would strengthen vigilance at its borders following the Ebola epidemic in Guinea, spreading to other parts of West Africa. The Director-General of Health Services, Alexis Elira Dokekias, said in a statement that the measures taken included strengthening control of incoming flights from other West African countries. According to him, there was also the need to reactivate prevention messages, given that the Ebola virus caused casualties a decade...

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(PANA 04/17/14)
New York,US - The Trial Chamber IV of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday decided to vacate the date of 5 May 2014, initially scheduled for the opening of the trial in the case The Prosecutor v. Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain, on alleged war crimes committed in Sudan's Darfur region. An ICC statement sent to PANA in New York stated that the trial was postponed in view of logistic difficulties encountered. It said that the Chamber will decide in due course on the further steps to take, after receiving additional submissions of the ICC’s Prosecution and Registry, no later than 6 May 2014. PANA recalled that on 7 March 2011, ICC's Pre-Trial Chamber I...
(BBC News Africa 04/17/14)
Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief has said. Restricted competition has helped push up charges, according to research by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Money transfer company Western Union said that fees were set according to factors such as local taxes. The company "delivered much-needed services to individuals", it added. 'Duopoly' The research found that average fees of 12% to send $200 (£119) were twice the global average. Siddo Deva of Comic Relief said: "Imposing such high remittance fees from hard-earned income is hurting the African diaspora and,...
(PANA 04/16/14)
The second international conference and exhibition on hydrocarbons (CIEHC-2) ]opened on Monday in Brazzaville to assess new hydrocarbon resources and strengthen infrastructure in the oil sector to accompany Congo's 2012-2016 national development plan, says the Congolese Hydrocarbon ministry in a statement. Initiated by Congo, together with AME Trade Ltd UK, the conference which is due to end on 16 April, will enable participants to discover the huge potentials of the Congolese oil]industry.
(PANA 04/16/14)
Brazzaville, Congo - Africa’s science, technology and innovation week opened on Monday in Brazzaville. Several activities will be organized during the Week, such as the special session of the Association of African Ministers in charge of Science and Technology (AMCOST), the General Assembly of the African Academy of Sciences, the regional workshop of the Pan African Congress for Ethics and Bioethics (COPAB) as well as a fair during which know-how and technology used by inventors, innovators and traditional therapists in...
(PANA 04/16/14)
Regional integration is one of the main driving forces for industrialization in Africa, the executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Dr Carlos Lopes, said on Monday in Cotonou in a PANA interview. Regional integration has the potential to encourage trade and the movement of capital, which can favour the formation of regional blocs for growth and value added channels, particularly in the sector of strategic products, such as pharmaceutical products, he said. He said by harmonizing national...
(PANA 04/16/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The African Union (AU) is moving to advance peace mediation and conflict prevention efforts by working with relevant organisations to create regular points of contact. AU Commission Chairperson Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma, said advancing conflict prevention was critical to Africa’s efforts to stay peaceful. Dlamini-Zuma met the African Ombudsmen and Mediators Association (AOMA) to strategise on how to create a new nerve-centre for Africa’s peace mediation efforts, where she emphasized the role preventive diplomacy. Both sides resolved to...
(PANA 04/12/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has called for increments in the private equity funds investment in Africa to improve infrastructure. UNECA Executive Director, Carlos Lopes, said on Wednesday that the private equity funds performed better than listed stocks. 'Africa must find ways of scaling up the promotion of Africa-owned private equity funds and other financial services that encourage capital to remain in Africa,' Lopes said at a meeting of finance ministers and Central Bank...
(PANA 04/12/14)
Dakar, Senegal - A regional conference on aviation security in Africa opened on Wednesday in Dakar, Senegal, to address challenges and improve the safety of air transport in Africa. The conference is organized by Airports Council International-Africa Region (ACI-Africa) in collaboration with the Agence des Aéroports du Sénégal (ADS) and the Senegalese government. Chaired by the Senegalese Minister of Air Transport and Tourism, Oumar Gueye, the conference is on the theme, 'Safety intelligence against threats”. It will afford all airports...
(PANA 04/11/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - African finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors were meeting here Wednesday to discuss policies required to stop the excessive illegal flow of capital from Africa to tax havens around the world. Financial experts said Africa lost US$1.7 trillion in capital flight between 1970 and 2010 through tax cheats, stage-managed financial returns by multinational oil firms and funds spent on foreign universities and healthcare. Prof. Leonce Ndikumana of the University of Massachusetts in the US said the...
(Dw-World 04/10/14)
Italy says 4,000 boat migrants have made landings "non-stop" along its shores or have been rescued by ships over the past two days. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano has urged the EU to "take the situation in hand." Italy said on Wednesday that bids by thousands of boat migrants to cross the Mediterranean from northern Africa had become "glaring" with many more waiting in Libya. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said that two merchant ships had rescued two boatloads carrying 300 and...
(UN.org 04/10/14)
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has issued its first guidelines for the treatment of hepatitis C, a chronic infection that affects an estimated 130 million to 150 million people, in a bid to help improve access to more effective and safer medicines to those who need them. "The new guidance aims to help countries to improve treatment and care for hepatitis and thereby reduce deaths from liver cancer and cirrhosis," Dr. Stefan Wiktor, leading WHO's Global Hepatitis Programme,...
(PANA 04/09/14)
Brazzaville, Congo - The Congolese Police have launched an operation to crack down on criminals involved in burglaries, rape and other crimes in the Congolese capital this year. The operation, dubbed 'Mabta' (the Slap), which would last for six months, would involve a total of 1,200 police officers who control the identity of the people on the streets with the increasing number of refugees coming from the Central African Republic (CAR) since the beginning of the crisis in that country...
(PANA 04/09/14)
The Congolese capital, Brazzaville, will host from 14 to 18 April, Africa’s cience, Technology and Innovation Week, according to an official statement issued on Monday. Organized by the African Union (AU) and the Congolese Ministry of Scientific Research and Technological Innovation, the Week will bring together top researchers, inventors and innovators of the African continent. Several activities will be organized during the Week, such as the special session of the Association of African Ministers in charge of Science and Technology...
(Voice of America 04/09/14)
PENTAGON — Twenty years after close to one million people were slaughtered in the Rwandan genocide, U.S. military officials are confident that forces are better positioned to prevent a repeat of such mass slaughter. But, Washington is still concerned about security across the African continent. Fears run rampant across much of the Central African Republic, where 2,000 people have been killed in ethnic violence since December, and some African peacekeepers already have pulled out. But U.S. defense officials say the...
(Awoko 04/09/14)
African leaders at the just concluded EU-African summit are now back in their respective countries bathing in warmer climate than the sluggish spring weather in Paris. But they have smiles to compensate for this, at the summit as one delegate confessed ”met all expectations.” Crucial issues which had pricked most African countries took centre stage and there was the readiness of the EU to assist. Touted as a way to forge increased trade with African countries, the summit went into...
(Voice of America 04/09/14)
A new study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine finds that no sub-Saharan African country will meet the U.N. Millennium Development goal for sanitation, and that many are lagging behind achieving the target for clean drinking water as well. According to a joint report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF last year, more than 2 billion people - or one-third of the world’s population - will remain without access to improved sanitation by 2015. The Millennium...
(Voice of America 04/08/14)
The World Health Organization is highlighting the annual observance with information about the increasing threat of vector-borne diseases. More than half the world's population is at risk from diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis and yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors. Vector-borne diseases affect the poorest populations, particularly where there is a lack of access to adequate housing, safe drinking water and sanitation. Malnourished people and those with weakened immunity are especially susceptible.
(IRIN 04/08/14)
Johannesburg — Satellite and other new technologies could be deployed to help predict disease outbreaks and give us more time to devise strategies to counteract them, suggests the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which cites examples of how weather information can be used in the battle against deadly pathogens. In Botswana, it says, an early warning system based on rainfall data forecasts malaria incidence up to four months ahead - malaria outbreaks are associated with inter-annual and...
(PANA 04/07/14)
Brazzaville, Congo - The Congolese government said in Brazzaville on Friday that it would strengthen vigilance at its borders following the Ebola epidemic in Guinea, spreading to other parts of West Africa. The Director-General of Health Services, Alexis Elira Dokekias, said in a statement that the measures taken included strengthening control of incoming flights from other West African countries. According to him, there was also the need to reactivate prevention messages, given that the Ebola virus caused casualties a decade...
(PANA 04/07/14)
The executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Carlos Lopes, says time has come for Africa to make the switch to a green economy. “Greening has to be more than a slogan. It needs to be part of Africa’s ambition for a transformation that is premised on a different path from what others walked before,” Lopes says on his blog. “We are at a juncture where most of the world has already been industrialized. Now its Africa’s...

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(Xinhuanet 04/08/14)
DUBAI, April (Xinhua) -- China has played a positive role in redefining Africa and helped the once despaired continent to get back on track, the president of the Cairo-based African Export- Import Bank Jean-Louis Ekkra said here on Monday. Ekkra made the remarks to Xinhua at the third annual Dubai precious metals conference which is held under the theme "Engaging with Africa," adding that Chinese firms are investing in nearly all countries of the continent. "China provides both financing and know-how to explore the vast opportunities in Africa," said Ekkra. It was also thanks to China' s contribution that Africa has become the second fastest growing region in the world after Asia, Ekkra added. In...
(PANA 04/04/14)
African economists have wound up a two-day meeting in Addis Ababa on the steps required to stop the illicit flow of funds with a call for an African Criminal Court to deal with financial crimes. They also called for the repatriation of US$400 billion held by African Central banks abroad. “We have been seen as a weak continent. But we have the resources to make Africa the source of global capital and create the kind of life we want for ourselves,” said Esther Koimett, the Investment Secretary at the Kenyan Treasury, after chairing a meeting of top Treasury and Central...
(Bloomberg 04/03/14)
Robert Diamond, former head of Barclays Plc (BARC), plans to sell corporate loans in sub-Saharan Africa to international investors through his new financial-services venture, Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Ltd. (ATMA) Securitizing loans will open up one of the fastest-growing regions in the world to institutional investors and provide capital to businesses operating there, Diamond, 62, said in an interview in Johannesburg yesterday. “International investors have already crossed the Rubicon in that they’re interested in Africa,” he said. “Now it’s a question...
(Premium Times 03/31/14)
The bulk of Africa's losses to illicit financial flows annually were through various schemes by multinational companies to evade and avoid the payment of corporate tax in their areas of operations. Findings by the African Union high-level panel on illicit financial flows showed that what the continent has been losing annually through illicit financial flows is more than what it receives in development aids from abroad or foreign direct investment combined. The panel, chaired by former South African President, Thabo...
(PANA 03/26/14)
Despite important economic progress and agricultural successes, Africa remains the world’s most food insecure continent, with relatively low levels of agricultural productivity, low rural incomes and high rates of malnutrition, FAO said here Monday. As the Organization’s 28th Regional Conference for Africa takes place in Tunis, FAO is calling on African ministers of agriculture for action in priority areas to accelerate increased investment and broad-based transformation in support of smallholder farmers, including rural youth and women. Africa has recorded continuous...
(Bloomberg 03/14/14)
Credit Suisse Group AG is deploying investment bankers to woo African entrepreneurs as the second-biggest Swiss bank tries to build its wealth-management business on the continent. Those bankers offer services from capital raising to trade finance and mergers and acquisitions advice, John Wright, a managing director and market leader for Africa at Credit Suisse, said in an interview in Cape Town. “We have a dedicated group of investment bankers embedded within private banking,” said Zurich-based Wright. “They have the mission...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/14)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Pan-African lender Ecobank grew too fast in a short space of time, its biggest shareholder said on Wednesday, potentially signaling a slowdown in the rapid expansion that has taken the financial institution to 35 countries. Elias Masilela, chief executive of the Public Investment Corporation, said the bank, whose chief executive Thierry Tanoh was ousted by the board on Tuesday, needed to devote as much attention to governance as to growth. "The institution grew too fast in a...
(Bloomberg 03/12/14)
African Barrick Gold Plc (ABG) slumped the most in 14 months in London trading after its parent, the world’s biggest producer of the metal, sold a 10 percent stake. The unit of Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX) fell as much as 17 percent, the largest drop since Jan. 8, 2013. The parent sold 41 million shares to institutions for $188 million, cutting its stake to 64 percent less than four years after an initial public offering. “This sale confirms that the...
(Bloomberg 03/11/14)
Japaul Oil & Maritime Services Plc plans to raise $400 million to $500 million this year to allow the Nigerian company to expand its offshore business in Africa. Japaul is studying loans, bonds, stocks or a combination of all three to raise money after appointing a consulting firm a month ago, Chief Executive Officer Jegede Paul said in Lagos. The company, now in Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, plans to buy ships and equipment to expand in “about...
(PANA 03/11/14)
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is to hold an Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) Consultative Roundtable and a side event on the Science Agenda in Africa 17-18 March in Durban, South Africa. FARA said in a statement made available to PANA here Monday that former Chairperson of the African Union Commission Jean Ping will be the guest speaker. It said the two events would hold on the sideline of the 10th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/02/14)
(Reuters) - The main shareholder in Ecobank (ETI.LG), one of the biggest banks in sub-Saharan Africa, called on Saturday for its Ivorian chief executive Thierry Tanoh to be dismissed immediately. The South African government-owned Public Investment Corporation's (PIC) demand was made in a letter to the interim chairman of the bank, which is headquartered in Togo and is listed in Nigeria and Ghana and on the West African regional bourse BRVM. Four senior executives called several weeks ago for Tanoh...
(Voice of America 02/28/14)
A senior official at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) says the organization is encouraged by an agreement between heads of state from Uganda, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ethiopia to join the group’s free trade program, a decision taken at the just-concluded summit. The heads of state and government that attended the COMESA summit, which ended Thursday, in the DRC capital, Kinshasa, include Joseph Kabila, Michael Sata, Yoweri Museveni, Joyce Banda, Robert Mugabe, Omar...
(Vanguard 02/28/14)
Marc Wegerif coordinates Oxfam's Economic Justice campaign in East Africa, working with partners to bring about fair policies for small farmers, pastoralists and communities affected by climate change. He is based in Tanzania. He was in Nigeria recently as part of his work on Female Food Hero award. Oxfam is working in a number of countries where they are rolling it out as a way of celebrating women's contribution to agriculture and food security. In this interview with JIMOH BABATUNDE,...
(PANA 02/27/14)
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) hold the key to Africa's growth, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), DHL Express for sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Charles Brewer, said. The private BusinessDay reported Tuesday that the CEO supports the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which forecasts economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa in 2014 to be slightly higher than 2013. “This growth, coupled with the more than one billion consumers on the continent who spend US$600 billion annually, as well as having the fastest growing middle...
(The Africa Report 02/27/14)
Many of the continent's largest retailers are dialling back their expansion plans and looking to make smaller advances closer to home. In a year that saw many African retailers pushing ahead with plans to expand on the back of growing consumer demand, 2013 was tempered by tougher conditions for consumers in the continent's biggest market, South Africa. While the honeymoon is not yet over, a degree of reality has certainly appeared in the valuations of retailers listed on the Johannesburg...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/14)
Beijing (AFP) - China-Africa trade totalled more than $200 billion last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday, highlighting the Asian powerhouse's burgeoning trade and investment ties with the continent. "In 2013, Chinese-African trade surpassed the $200 billion mark for the first time, making China Africa's biggest trading partner," Xi told visiting Senegalese President Macky Sall, adding that Chinese direct investment in Africa grew 44 percent. "That all stands witness to the endlessly renewed vitality of Sino-African friendship, to the...
(Bloomberg 02/21/14)
Barclays Africa Group Ltd. (BGA) is outperforming its South African peers for the first time in three years after backing out of a chase for market share in unsecured lending helped stem bad loans and boost profit. The bank is the only stock on the six-member FTSE/JSE Africa Banks Index to show gains this year through yesterday’s close, rising 1.5 percent, compared with the gauge’s 7 percent decline. Even so, it’s still the cheapest lender, trading at 8.8 times estimated...
(PANA 02/20/14)
A conference on agricultural micro-insurance in West Africa will be held on Thursday in Paris on the theme 'Agricultural micro-insurance in West Africa: Realities and perspectives”, the organizers said in a statement on Tuesday. The conference will take stock of agricultural micro-insurance in the world and discuss the emergency and dissemination conditions of that system in West Africa, according to the statement received by PANA in Cotonou. Organizers note that the initiatives that aim at improving access of peasant farmers...
(AFP (eng) 02/20/14)
BEIJING, February 20, 2014 (AFP) - China-Africa trade totalled more than $200 billion last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday, highlighting the Asian powerhouse's burgeoning trade and investment ties with the continent. "In 2013, Chinese-African trade surpassed the $200 billion mark for the first time, making China Africa's biggest trading partner," Xi told visiting Senegalese President Macky Sall, adding that Chinese direct investment in Africa grew 44 percent. "That all stands witness to the endlessly renewed vitality of Sino-African...
(Bloomberg 02/20/14)
MTN Group Ltd. (MTN), Africa’s biggest mobile-phone company, said 2013 earnings per share jumped 25 percent to 30 percent, boosted by a foreign exchange gain of about 1.1 billion rand ($99.5 million) The increase was mainly a result of a 2.3 billion rand currency gain in MTN Mauritius, the Johannesburg-based company said in a statement today. MTN made a foreign exchange loss of about 2.7 billion rand the previous year. MTN is the second-biggest provider of mobile phone services to...

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(PANA 03/13/14)
The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Mr. Issa Hayatou, has nudged African teams heading to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to strive to reach the last four. PANA reports that no African team has ever gone beyond the quarter-final stage of the four-yearly global football extravaganza. But Hayatou said a last-four berth by any of Africa's flagbearers in Brazil would be an icing on the cake for the successes which African football has recorded, especially in the past 26 years of CAF. 'What will make me happy now, after all these achievements will be to get even more successes for African football,' CAF's media outlet quoted Hayatou to have said...
(PANA 02/28/14)
The African Football Confederation (CAF) will cover the costs of training, at the CAF Excellence Centre in Mbankomo, for the African teams to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the continental football governing body said. CAF is also calling on the entire African continent to support the five teams that qualified for Brazil 2014 which kicks off in June. The five countries are Cote d'Ivoire, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. In a news dispatch from the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, the Confederation said it has decided to make it's Excellence Centre in Cameroon available to the five teams...
(AFP 02/02/14)
CAPE TOWN, (AFP) - Libya won their first continental tournament Saturday after beating Ghana in the African Nations Championship 4-3 on penalties when their final ended 0-0 after extra time. Excellent goalkeeping by the Mediterranean Knights' Muhammad Nashnoush and a poorly-aimed attempt that went wide from Ghana's Joshua Tijane clinched the victory following a lacklustre game. A fast-paced start raised expectations of an energetic clash, but play slowed after the first 15 minutes and failed to recover. The match ended...
(PANA 01/30/14)
Bloemfontein, South Africa - Nigeria's head coach Stephen Keshi has hailed the country's home-based senior national team, the Super Eagles, despite its loss to the Black Stars of Ghana in Wednesday's semi-final of the ongoing 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa. The teams resorted to penalties after playing goalless in regulation and extra time, with the eventual 4-1 result ending the dreams of African champion Nigeria to also lift the CHAN silverware 'This team has been about six...
(CNN 01/10/14)
(CNN) -- Yaya Toure's African reign will stretch into a third year after the Manchester City midfielder was named the continent's best footballer once again. The Ivory Coast star was crowned Footballer of the Year by the Confederation of African Football at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday. Toure pipped compatriot Didier Drogba, who plays for Turkish outfit Galatasaray, and Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel to the crown. The 30-year-old becomes only the second player to win three...
(Leadership 01/10/14)
In less than 24 hours, African football stars will kick off the CHAN tournament, which is meant for footballers plying their trade in the African continent. Africa has always produced some of the finest footballers of different generations, such as Roger Milla, Abedi Pele, Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o, Fredrick Kanoute, Michael Essien, Mikel Obi, Yaya Toure, Vincent Enyeama and the list goes on. These players have graced the European football with African flair, power and...
(BBC News Africa 12/02/13)
The winner of this year's BBC African Footballer of the Year award will be revealed at 1735 GMT on Monday. The shortlist of Yaya Toure, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was announced three weeks ago. African football fans selected their choice for the award, voting online and by text messages. You can find out result later today live on the BBC's Focus on Africa radio and television programmes and on this website. No player on...
(CNN 10/26/13)
(CNN) -- Is Sepp Blatter angling for another term as head of world football? The 77-year-old vowed at the 2011 FIFA presidential elections, where he stood unopposed after a bribery controversy ruled out his only rival, that this would be his fourth and final four-year stint in office. However, this week he hinted that he has "a mission" to fulfill and said he feels "young enough to be in this office." And he fueled speculation that he may stand again...
(BBC News Africa 09/06/13)
A total of seven places in the African play-offs for the 2014 World Cup will be decided this weekend. The campaign that has been made all the more dramatic because a number of matches have been overturned by football's world governing body Fifa. Only Algeria , Egypt and Ivory Coast will definitely be in the draw on 16 September for the final round of play-offs for Brazil next year. Ghana host Zambia in the first of the weekend's final group...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/13)
Women's sprinting has entered a new era, declared African duo Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare after they won the continent's first ever medals in a women's world 200 metres final on Friday in Moscow. Ahoure, 25, took her second silver of the World Athletics Championships, having become the first African woman to win a medal in the world 100m final, in a photo finish with Okagbare behind Jamaica's 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Both of them...
(Congo-Liberty 08/17/13)
Encore une fois le Congo de « Monsieur Denis Sassou NGuesso, fils, filles & neveux », est bon dernier de la classe et, encore une fois, la direction prise ne semble pas, de toute évidence, être la bonne. Les raisons, nous le verrons, en seront toujours les mêmes : la cupidité et l’intérêt personnel du même groupe de personnes. L’Autocrate congolais, par les décisions prises lors du Conseil des ministres du 08 Août dernier, a dit se préoccuper des générations...
(Ghana Business News 08/05/13)
The draw for the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) will take place on Monday, September 16 in Cairo, Egypt, organizers have announced. According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the ceremony will be held at its headquarters in the Egyptian capital. The draw will see 16 teams divided into four groups of four teams each for the tournament billed for South Africa next year from January 11 to February 1. Ghana’s local Black Stars booked their place at the...
(Southafrica.info 07/22/13)
The 100th edition of the world's most famous cycle race, the Tour de France, which ended in Paris on Sunday, had a distinctly African flavour to it, with Daryl Impey becoming the first South African to pull on the yellow jersey, and overall winner Chris Froome having strong Kenyan and South African connections. Froome, born in Kenya, educated in South Africa and now a British citizen riding for a British team, became the first rider from Africa to win the...
(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 with either the government or the opposition, and a handful of correspondents for the foreign press, including an al-Jazeera reporter, Mohamed al-Mesalma, who was shot by a sniper. Six journalists died in Egypt. Half of...
(Spy Ghana 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 off on Friday on a promising note and lived up to maximum expectation, shaking the capital with scintillating performances from...
(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 04/17/14)
Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief has said. Restricted competition has helped push up charges, according to research by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Money transfer company Western Union said that fees were set according to factors such as local taxes. The company "delivered much-needed services to individuals", it added. 'Duopoly' The research found that average fees of 12% to send $200 (£119) were twice the global average. Siddo Deva of Comic Relief said: "Imposing such high remittance fees from hard-earned income is hurting the African diaspora and, more importantly, their families and communities in the countries of origin." Fees charged to Africans...
(Voice of America 04/09/14)
PENTAGON — Twenty years after close to one million people were slaughtered in the Rwandan genocide, U.S. military officials are confident that forces are better positioned to prevent a repeat of such mass slaughter. But, Washington is still concerned about security across the African continent. Fears run rampant across much of the Central African Republic, where 2,000 people have been killed in ethnic violence since December, and some African peacekeepers already have pulled out. But U.S. defense officials say the fact that African forces have been able to intervene is a sign things are slowly improving. “The African forces that...
(Voice of America 04/09/14)
A new study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine finds that no sub-Saharan African country will meet the U.N. Millennium Development goal for sanitation, and that many are lagging behind achieving the target for clean drinking water as well. According to a joint report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF last year, more than 2 billion people - or one-third of the world’s population - will remain without access to improved sanitation by 2015. The Millennium...
(Voice of America 04/04/14)
LONDON — African and European Union leaders have wrapped up a two-day summit aimed at improving trade ties, but the talks in Brussels were overshadowed by the worsening crisis in the Central African Republic. Over the past 10 days, U.N. officials say more than 60 people have been killed in sectarian violence in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui. Recent violence there and in other C.A.R. cities has prompted tens of thousands of Muslims to flee their communities. The European...
(BBC News Africa 04/04/14)
Belgium's gay Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo has called on African leaders to respect the rights of minorities, including homosexuals. It was intolerable that people were "persecuted for their origins, their sexual orientation, their religion and their convictions", he said. Mr Di Rupo was addressing African and European leaders attending the EU-Africa summit in Brussels. Nigeria and Uganda have toughened anti-gay laws this year. Their presidents - Goodluck Jonathan and Yoweri Museveni - are at the summit, which is discussing...
(Dw-World 03/29/14)
European and African leaders from some 70 nations are seeking to improve political and economic cooperation between their two continents at a two-day Brussels summit. EU Afrika Gipfel Merkel 02.04.2014 Brüssel The meeting comes as the European Union (EU) officially unveils plans to send 1,000 troops to the strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR) to bolster African and French forces already in the country. Christoph Hasselbach is a senior DW editor specializing in European affairs who is in Brussels for the...
(UN.org 03/29/14)
Getting more African youths involved in agriculture and investing in the continent's vulnerable small family farmers will be pivotal to improving nutritional and economic well-being in the years to come, a sensor United Nations official said today, citing water scarcity and conflict as some of the biggest challenges to achieve food security in the region by 2025. "The region's economic growth rate is above the global average and most of the world's fastest-growing economies are in Africa," noted José Graziano...
(Voice of America 03/22/14)
JOHANNESBURG — As the world observes World TB Day on March 24 to raise awareness of the fight against tuberculosis, South Africa is struggling to conquer its top killer. Activists say more focus is needed on poor communities as drug resistant strains take hold and wreak havoc. With 80 percent of the country's young adults already infected with TB, health experts say there is no time to lose. This year South Africa commemorates World Tuberculosis Day under the theme "finding, treating and curing TB in hard to reach communities."
(Voice of America 03/15/14)
A new report says ending persistent hunger and undernutrition should be top development priorities. The International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI, has released its annual Global Food Policy Report. IFPRI has set a goal of 2025 for ending hunger and undernutrition. The U.N. estimates more than 840-million people still go hungry every day, while over two-billion have a deficiency of essential micronutrients, such as iron, Vitamin A and zinc. Although very high, those figures actually represent an improvement in recent...
(Voice of America 03/11/14)
On January 24th, African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma released her vision for Africa’s future. The African Agenda 2063 seeks to rekindle the passion for Pan-Africanism. It calls for promotion of peace and stability, expansion of agricultural production, inclusive economic development and industrialization, and mainstreaming women and youth participation in African Union activities. On Saturday (March 15), Africans worldwide are being invited to attend a conference call to discuss Dlamini-Zuma’s vision. Chika Onyeani, publisher of the New York-based African Sun...
(BBC News Africa 03/07/14)
Judges at International Criminal Court (ICC) are due to give their verdict at the war crimes trial of Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga. He is accused of being behind the 2003 massacre of more than 200 villagers in the gold-rich Ituri province of north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Other charges include sexual slavery, rape and enlisting child soldiers. Mr Katanga, who was transferred to The Hague by the Congolese authorities in 2007, denies the allegations. The fighting in Ituri, which...
(BBC News Africa 03/07/14)
Warmer temperatures are causing malaria to spread to higher altitudes, a study suggests. Researchers have found that people living in the highlands of Africa and South America are at an increased risk of catching the mosquito-borne disease during hotter years. They believe that temperature rises in the future could result in millions of additional cases in some areas. The research is published in the journal Science. Prof Mercedes Pascual, from the University of Michigan in the US, who carried out...
(Voice of America 02/28/14)
A senior official at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) says the organization is encouraged by an agreement between heads of state from Uganda, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ethiopia to join the group’s free trade program, a decision taken at the just-concluded summit. The heads of state and government that attended the COMESA summit, which ended Thursday, in the DRC capital, Kinshasa, include Joseph Kabila, Michael Sata, Yoweri Museveni, Joyce Banda, Robert Mugabe, Omar...
(Voice of America 02/27/14)
As malaria rates decline across much of Africa, a new study seeks to fight another problem. Drug-resistant bacteria are a growing concern as antibiotics have become the automatic choice for treating a child with a fever. Research from Tanzania, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that most illnesses are caused by viral infections. Antibiotics do not kill viruses, and overuse of these important drugs is decreasing their effectiveness. Success and challenge Until recently, malaria has been so...
(BBC News Africa 02/25/14)
At least 300 African migrants have stormed a border fence in an attempt to cross into the Spanish territory of Melilla from Morocco, officials say. Morocco security forces clashed with the migrants, leaving 27 people wounded, they added. Ninety-six migrants were arrested, while about 100 managed to cross over, the officials said. Melilla is a major crossing point for sub-Saharan Africans seeking work or asylum in Europe. Together with a second Spanish enclave, Ceuta, it is the European Union's only...
(UN.org 02/24/14)
The next wave of investment and innovation in Africa will be driven by the need for new energy resources, wealth generation and job creation, the head of the United Nations environment agency told regional leaders, making a case for the need to place value on natural resources. "As the continent undergoes such unprecedented development, wealth accounting and the valuation of ecosystem services are critical to Africa's future growth," Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, Achim Steiner, told the high-level...
(Voice of America 02/19/14)
DAKAR — For decades, distribution of vaccines in Africa and other warm regions has been hampered by the need to keep the vaccines refrigerated - a major challenge in remote areas without electric power. But the World Health Organization says a new vaccine aimed at preventing meningitis A can withstand temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius, and was found to be 100 percent effective during a trial study in Benin. Researchers said that health workers in Benin have successfully immunized...
(The Guardian 02/18/14)
Rich countries switch focus to funding businesses to help farmers and improve food security under the New Alliance. Rich countries are in the midst of a major reshuffle of aid priorities as more turn towards the private sector and look to fund business opportunities in poor countries. Investors have increasingly targeted African farmland since the 2008 food, fuel and financial crises. Grow Africa, a "partnership platform" which helped to gather companies' commitments under the New Alliance for Food Security and...
(BBC News Africa 02/12/14)
"The human race and everything in the world will be poorer for ever" if elephants, rhinos or tigers become extinct, William Hague has said. The foreign secretary was speaking to BBC Radio 5 live ahead of a conference in London aiming to boost enforcement of the law and curb demand in the trade of endangered species products. The summit could be a "turning point" in this "great moral cause", he said. But ultimately an "African-led solution" was needed, Mr Hague...
(BBC News Africa 02/12/14)
Experts from around the world are gathering in London to discuss "the global crisis" in the wildlife trade. Conservationists say animal trafficking is reaching unprecedented levels and species such as rhinos, elephants and tigers are under threat of extinction. The aim of the meeting, hosted by the Zoological Society of London, is to find new ways to protect animals and reduce demand for wildlife products. An action plan will be fed into another meeting hosted by the UK government. This...

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