Tuesday 17 October 2017
(The Guardian Nigeria 07/21/13)
DESPITE the fall in productivity of Africa’s agriculture over the years occasioned by seasons of under-investment and an ill-advised structural adjustment, there is yet a lot to be done to feed the continent’s huge and fast-growing population. Global figures in agriculture and research agree, as they met in Accra, Ghana that ‘funding to agriculture, to universities and to research centres fell steadily and steeply,’ leading to a reversal of the many gains of the past. Dr. Kanayo Nwanze, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President articulated as much when he addressed the Sixth Forum of Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA) summit in the Ghanaian capital during the week. He said, “Our universities lost good people. The quality of education declined,”...
(The Africa Report 07/20/13)
Cominco Resources is upbeat about its phosphate project in Congo-Brazzaville's Kouilou province. Congo-Brazzaville may soon have a further route to diversification of its economy, as Cominco Resources plans to produce phosphates and eventually fertiliser. The British Virgin Islands-registered miner is developing the Hinda project. Hinda's deposits contain more than 500m tn of phosphates at 11.1 percent concentration, and the company has only explored 25 percent of the site. "This is a tier one resource", says Colin Ikin, Cominco's non-executive director, who sees a firm market for the proposed 4m-tn-per-year production in the first phase of the mine's development. "Food prices are high, Asian demand for meat is pushing up prices, US supply is going down and Indian importers are looking...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/20/13)
(Reuters) - The African Union will form a new 3,600-strong peacekeeping mission for Central African Republic (CAR) to step up efforts to stabilize the fractious country, officials said on Friday. Admore Kambudzi, secretary of the AU's Peace and Security Council, said an existing regional peacekeeping mission known as MICOPAX would be rolled into the larger new force from August. He said its mandate would be to protect civilians and help stabilize the country and restore the central government in the former French colony, which is rich in gold and diamonds. Central African Republic, a nation of 4.5 million at the heart of the continent, has suffered decades of instability. Seleka rebels toppled the president in March, causing chaos and a...
(Bloomberg 07/19/13)
MagIndustries Corp. (MAA) asked China Development Bank for $1 billion in financing for what the company says is one of the world’s largest undeveloped potash projects located in the Republic of Congo. The Mengo deposit, about 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) northeast of the port city of Point-Noire, is expected to produce 1.2 million metric tons of the fertilizer annually and cost $1.36 billion. “The Mengo potash project aims to create a production base for world-class fertilizer,” said Longbo Chen, chief executive officer of the Toronto-based company, according to a statement distributed by Congo’s Mines Ministry yesterday. East China Engineering Science and Technology Co., the general contractor on the project, is expected to finish construction of the production plant by 2015,...
(Mining Weekly 07/17/13)
PERTH (miningweekly.com) – A scoping study by junior Equatorial Resources has indicated that an initial capital investment of $114-million would be required to develop the Mayoko-Moussondji iron project, in the Republic of Congo. The study evaluated the three-staged development of the project, incorporating both a hematite and magnetite resource. Stage 1 of the project would see the development of a 500 000 t/y operation, based on the maiden hematite resource of 102-million tonnes, at 40.6% iron, while Stage 2 would see the project ramping up to two-million tonnes a year, within 18 months. “The scoping study has identified an immediate pathway to a two-million-tonne-a year hematite mining operation producing a premium product transported by the existing railway and port facilities,”...
( 07/17/13)
Africa’s oil and gas industry is poised for momentous growth despite its grappling with severe stresses of a challenging economic and political environment on the continent, fuelled by poor physical infrastructure, corruption, an uncertain regulatory framework, and a lack of skills, according to a review issued by PwC. PwC’s ‘Africa oil and gas review’ of developments in the African oil and gas industry is the third in a series of reviews of the sector by the tax, assurance and advisory solutions firm. Uyi Akpata, PwC Africa oil and gas industry leader/deputy country senior partner, Nigeria, says: “The challenges facing oil and gas companies operating in Africa are diverse and numerous. Political interference, uncertainty and delays in passing laws, energy policies...
(AL Jazeera 07/16/13)
Executive council meets in Nigerian capital to review progress made in combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The African Union executive council is meeting in the Nigerian capital to take stock of progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The conference, which opened in Abuja on Friday, will also address challenges encountered in the campaign against the three diseases. "It is timely that we review the implementation of the various declarations and plans of action adopted in the course of the last decade," Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Ghebreyesus told the conference, according to the African Union's website. Ghebreyesus said Ethiopia was proposing to establish an "African Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (African–CDC) or Health Commission for Africa...
(AFP (eng) 07/15/13)
African leaders called for increased funding Monday to contain HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as a continental health summit opened in Nigeria's capital. Among the 10 heads of state in attendance was Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Nigeria is a member of the ICC and has a legal obligation to arrest Bashir but defended the invitation by saying it did not have the authority to bar him from an African Union summit. UN Population Fund executive director Babatunde Osotimehin pointed to key gains made against the diseases over the last decade. In 2001, "HIV treatment in Africa was almost non-existent. Just 11 years later,...
(Sunday Independent 07/15/13)
This week Nelson Mandela celebrates his 95th birthday. Thebe Ikalafeng reflects on this man's. vision for Africa, and how he created an enabling environment for Thabo Mbeki to express our identity on the continent. Throughout its history, South Africa has had a dichotomous relationship and identity with “Africa”. Apartheid South Africa was the pariah that united Africans against the last white rule – the final frontier in the decolonisation of Africa. Post-apartheid, fellow Africans have flooded the most industrialised and wealthiest sub-Saharan African nation in search of a better life, and an expectation of “payback” for the years of support during the apartheid years. But they have not always been met with an expected embrace, mainly because of the perception...

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