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Sunday 22 January 2017

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(AFP (eng) 01/21/17)
Reigning champions the Ivory Coast will need to beat the Morocco of their former coach Herve Renard to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after a second draw in as many games on Friday. The Ivorians had to come from behind twice to draw 2-2 with DR Congo in Oyem in the day's early game with Wilfried Bony and Geoffrey Serey Die getting their goals. Later, Renard's Morocco came from behind to defeat Togo 3-1 at the same venue with Aziz Bouhaddouz, Romain Saiss and Youssef En-nesyri netting after Mathieu Dossevi had opened the scoring. DR Congo are top of Group C with four points and know a draw with Togo in their...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/17)
Defending champions the Ivory Coast had to come from behind twice to draw 2-2 with the Democratic Republic of Congo Friday in a lively Africa Cup of Nations clash. The result in northern Gabonese town Oyem kept the Congolese top of Group C with four points from two matches followed by the Ivorians with two. Togo have one point and Morocco, their opponents later Friday in the second match of a double-header, are pointless. Neeskens Kebano and Junior Kabananga scored for the Congolese and Wilfried Bony and captain Geoffrey Serey Die were the Ivorian scorers.
(Bloomberg 01/20/17)
Political risk seems to be hounding bond investors wherever they go. In Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer of cocoa, a mutiny in the army has destabilized the government, sending its debt to the world’s worst performance. President Alassane Ouattara’s grip on the 40,000-member armed forces appeared to be slipping, with many soldiers who helped to bring him to power in 2011 saying he has failed to deliver the promised pay bonuses or improve their living conditions. Moses Mozart Dzawu
(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Ivory Coast's government on Wednesday pleaded for calm as deadly protests by angry security forces and troops spread across the country, shutting down the main port of Abidjan. In a bid to quell the rising unrest, which on Tuesday left four soldiers dead, the government pledged to improve the troops' livelihoods. "Nothing can be done so long as there is chaos," Interior Minister Hamed Bakayoko said after a cabinet meeting over the crisis. He called the growing tension "alarming", adding...
(Ghana Web 01/19/17)
The International Tribunal sitting on the case between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire will determine the case before the end of 2017. A press release issued on the ITLOS website said the date was fixed after Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire had filed their memorials and responses, respectively. The statement indicated that preliminary issues on whether or not Ghana should be stopped from all activities at the disputed area were resolved in April 2015. The dispute was submitted by way of a...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Two mutinous soldiers were killed in Ivory Coast's administrative capital Tuesday, as troops staged protests in several cities, firing shots in the air and terrifying residents. The soldiers' deaths in Yamoussoukro were the first since a revolt among troops over pay erupted on January 5, stoking security fears in the world's top cocoa producer. One soldier was "killed by the (loyalist) Republican Guard" in Yamoussoukro, a military source told AFP. The Republican Guard is an elite military force linked to...
(Bloomberg 01/18/17)
Cocoa shippers in Ivory Coast halted exports after gendarmes disrupted operations at the West African nation’s largest port in the second day of renewed unrest among military personnel, according to a person familiar with the matter. The disruptions in the world’s biggest cocoa producer occurred at the port in the commercial capital, Abidjan, said the person, who asked not to be identified because he is not allowed to speak publicly. Gendarmes who usually guard entrances closed some gates, the person...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has rejected offers from Chinese Super League clubs that would have paid the Ivorian around £430,000 a week ($533,000), reports said on Tuesday. Toure is out of contract at the end of the season and has been approached by clubs from China who have been splashing on a host of star signings in recent months. The 33-year-old is said to have been the subject of interest from China last year. He snubbed those offers and...
(Ghana Web 01/18/17)
Hearing of the dispute concerning the delimitation of the maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean has been scheduled for hearing from February 6 to 16, 2017. The President of the Special Chamber constituted to deal with the dispute, Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, will preside over the hearing. Other members of the panel are judges Rüdiger Wolfrum of Germany and Jin-Hyun Paik of the Republic of Korea. Ad hoc judges Thomas Mensah, Ghana, and Ronny Abraham,...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
The Chinese government's decision to terminate ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017 marked a critical milestone in the journey toward eliminating poaching and other threats to Africa's elephant species, a conservationist group said on Wednesday. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) hailed China for taking bold measures to revitalize global efforts to save African elephants whose numbers had declined this decade due to poaching and climatic stresses. "The recent announcement by the central government of...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Elite loyalist troops from Ivory Coast on Tuesday killed a mutinous soldier in the administrative capital Yamoussoukro, a military source said. The soldier's death was the first since a mutiny over pay erupted in second city Bouake on January 5. That mutiny ended in an agreement last week with the government, and soldiers involved in the initial protests started receiving their payments Tuesday. Enraged that they were excluded from the deal, other troops took to the streets of Yamoussoukro and...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Mutinous soldiers took to the streets of Ivory Coast's administrative capital Yamoussoukro and second city Bouake, firing shots in the air and terrifying residents, witnesses and an AFP journalist said Tuesday. "They're driving through the city in army trucks. They're snatching vehicles," said Ahmed Ouattara, who owns a car repair shop in Yamoussoukro. Several residents of the central city confirmed his report. "I decided to go home," resident Koffi Germain said. "We're hiding, there's a lot of shooting," a civil...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Ivory Coast's mutinous soldiers took to the streets in the administrative capital Yamoussoukro, firing shots in the air and terrifying residents, several witnesses told AFP on Tuesday. "They're driving through the city in army trucks. They're snatching vehicles," said Ahmed Ouattara, who owns a car repair shop in Yamoussoukro. Several residents of the central city confirmed his report. "I decided to go home," resident Koffi Germain said. "We're hiding, there's a lot of shooting," a civil servant told AFP on...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Ivory Coast made a disappointing start to their Africa Cup of Nations title defence Monday when held 0-0 by lowest Group C seeds Togo in Gabonese town Oyem. Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier came close to breaking the deadlock with two minutes remaining, heading a cross narrowly wide in a match that failed to sparkle. The result maintained a trend of stalemates in the 2017 tournament, which kicked off two days ago, with four of the first five matches failing...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Defending champions the Ivory Coast and Morocco on Monday became just the latest strongly fancied teams to fail to deliver at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. The Ivorians were held 0-0 by Togo -- 21 places below them in the African rankings -- after a duel that produced little excitement for a small crowd in the northern town of Oyem. Morocco, also considered potential champions under twice Africa Cup-winning coach Herve Renard, paid for a goalkeeping blunder as...
(New Vision 01/17/17)
“I can tell you that rats destroy up to 60% of health equipment in Africa,” Ssali said. Ssali sought to highlight the dangers that exist when biomedical engineers are not consulted in the management of health equipment including x-rays and CT scans. For instance, he narrated, cables of a CT scan installed at one unnamed facility were eaten up by rats, costing the institution over $5,000 to replace. Biomedical engineers are professionals who maintain and repair machines for diagnosing medical...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Ivory Coast's former prime minister Daniel Kablan Duncan was sworn in Monday as the west African nation's first vice president, taking up a post created under constitutional changes approved in November. At a ceremony in the presidential palace, Duncan, 73, pledged to work with President Alassane Ouattara to "help Ivory Coast become an emerging nation by 2020". Duncan was named vice-president last week, after he and his government resigned following legislative elections in December in the world's top cocoa producer. He was replaced by Amadou Gon Coulibaly as the new prime minister.
(Reuters (Eng) 01/16/17)
Disgruntled soldiers in Ivory Coast reached an agreement with the government late on Friday resolving a dispute over bonus payments that had threatened to reignite a nationwide army mutiny, negotiators for the mutineers said. There was no confirmation of the deal from the government, and it was not immediately evident that the terms had been accepted by the rank and file, who took to the streets in Bouake, the second largest city, and other locations on Friday. Soldiers, most of...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Yaya Toure is adamant Manchester City can still end the season as Premier League champions even after a humiliating 4-0 defeat by Everton left them 10 points behind leaders Chelsea. Sunday's reverse at Goodison Park prompted City manager Pep Guardiola to put an end to his side's title hopes by saying top spot was now out of the question. "The first one, yeah," said Guardiola when asked if finishing top of the table was no longer possible. "The first one...

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(Bloomberg 01/20/17)
Political risk seems to be hounding bond investors wherever they go. In Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer of cocoa, a mutiny in the army has destabilized the government, sending its debt to the world’s worst performance. President Alassane Ouattara’s grip on the 40,000-member armed forces appeared to be slipping, with many soldiers who helped to bring him to power in 2011 saying he has failed to deliver the promised pay bonuses or improve their living conditions. Moses Mozart Dzawu
(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared over the past eight years, with much of the continent living in the shadow of a violent extremist group: al-Shabab in Somalia and East Africa, Islamic State (IS) in Libya, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali, the Lord's...
(Ghana Web 01/19/17)
The International Tribunal sitting on the case between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire will determine the case before the end of 2017. A press release issued on the ITLOS website said the date was fixed after Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire had filed their memorials and responses, respectively. The statement indicated that preliminary issues on whether or not Ghana should be stopped from all activities at the disputed area were resolved in April 2015. The dispute was submitted by way of a...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Two mutinous soldiers were killed in Ivory Coast's administrative capital Tuesday, as troops staged protests in several cities, firing shots in the air and terrifying residents. The soldiers' deaths in Yamoussoukro were the first since a revolt among troops over pay erupted on January 5, stoking security fears in the world's top cocoa producer. One soldier was "killed by the (loyalist) Republican Guard" in Yamoussoukro, a military source told AFP. The Republican Guard is an elite military force linked to...
(Ghana Web 01/18/17)
Hearing of the dispute concerning the delimitation of the maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean has been scheduled for hearing from February 6 to 16, 2017. The President of the Special Chamber constituted to deal with the dispute, Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, will preside over the hearing. Other members of the panel are judges Rüdiger Wolfrum of Germany and Jin-Hyun Paik of the Republic of Korea. Ad hoc judges Thomas Mensah, Ghana, and Ronny Abraham,...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
The Chinese government's decision to terminate ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017 marked a critical milestone in the journey toward eliminating poaching and other threats to Africa's elephant species, a conservationist group said on Wednesday. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) hailed China for taking bold measures to revitalize global efforts to save African elephants whose numbers had declined this decade due to poaching and climatic stresses. "The recent announcement by the central government of...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Elite loyalist troops from Ivory Coast on Tuesday killed a mutinous soldier in the administrative capital Yamoussoukro, a military source said. The soldier's death was the first since a mutiny over pay erupted in second city Bouake on January 5. That mutiny ended in an agreement last week with the government, and soldiers involved in the initial protests started receiving their payments Tuesday. Enraged that they were excluded from the deal, other troops took to the streets of Yamoussoukro and...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Mutinous soldiers took to the streets of Ivory Coast's administrative capital Yamoussoukro and second city Bouake, firing shots in the air and terrifying residents, witnesses and an AFP journalist said Tuesday. "They're driving through the city in army trucks. They're snatching vehicles," said Ahmed Ouattara, who owns a car repair shop in Yamoussoukro. Several residents of the central city confirmed his report. "I decided to go home," resident Koffi Germain said. "We're hiding, there's a lot of shooting," a civil...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Ivory Coast's mutinous soldiers took to the streets in the administrative capital Yamoussoukro, firing shots in the air and terrifying residents, several witnesses told AFP on Tuesday. "They're driving through the city in army trucks. They're snatching vehicles," said Ahmed Ouattara, who owns a car repair shop in Yamoussoukro. Several residents of the central city confirmed his report. "I decided to go home," resident Koffi Germain said. "We're hiding, there's a lot of shooting," a civil servant told AFP on...
(New Vision 01/17/17)
“I can tell you that rats destroy up to 60% of health equipment in Africa,” Ssali said. Ssali sought to highlight the dangers that exist when biomedical engineers are not consulted in the management of health equipment including x-rays and CT scans. For instance, he narrated, cables of a CT scan installed at one unnamed facility were eaten up by rats, costing the institution over $5,000 to replace. Biomedical engineers are professionals who maintain and repair machines for diagnosing medical...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/16/17)
Disgruntled soldiers in Ivory Coast reached an agreement with the government late on Friday resolving a dispute over bonus payments that had threatened to reignite a nationwide army mutiny, negotiators for the mutineers said. There was no confirmation of the deal from the government, and it was not immediately evident that the terms had been accepted by the rank and file, who took to the streets in Bouake, the second largest city, and other locations on Friday. Soldiers, most of...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/14/17)
Disgruntled soldiers in Ivory Coast reached an agreement with the government late on Friday resolving a dispute over bonus payments that had threatened to reignite a nationwide army mutiny, negotiators for the mutineers said. There was no confirmation of the deal from the government, and it was not immediately evident that the terms had been accepted by the rank and file, who took to the streets in Bouake, the second largest city, and other locations on Friday. Soldiers, most of...
(AFP (eng) 01/12/17)
French troops deployed in Mali have arrested a key suspect in a deadly beach attack in Ivory Coast that left 19 people dead last year, Malian security sources said Thursday. The French military confirmed its troops had carried out an arrest on Monday. "French troops ... arrested a mastermind of the attack on Grand Bassam," a Malian security source said. On March 13 last year, three assailants armed with grenades and assault rifles stormed three hotels in Grand Bassam, a...
(AFP (eng) 01/08/17)
vory Coast soldiers on Sunday ended a two-day mutiny in the second city Bouake and other key areas after reaching a deal on their demands for pay rises, housing and faster promotion. "There has been no firing since Saturday night," a local journalist in Bouake said. "Traffic has resumed this morning and the shops have reopened." One of the leaders of the mutiny in the world's top cocoa producer said he was "happy with the turn of events" after soldiers returned to their barracks. "All we are asking is for the president to be attentive to the living conditions of soldiers," he said on condition of anonymity.
(AFP (eng) 01/07/17)
Gunshots rang out inside a military base in an upscale neighbourhood of Abidjan on Saturday in the latest bout of unrest following a mutiny by troops in the north over wages. "Shots were heard here in Abidjan at the Akouedo military base," a newsflash on national television said, referring to a camp in the northern sector of the city, which is Ivory Coast's economic capital. Troops closed off a large junction near the Akouedo base, leaving all roads leading to the camp gridlocked with traffic and hampering access to several neighbouring districts, witnesses and an AFP correspondent said.
(AFP (eng) 01/07/17)
Ivory Coast's defence minister on Saturday headed to the northern city of Bouake where troops have seized control, firing rocket launchers in the streets in an angry protest over pay. As the country's second city, Bouake was the headquarters of an armed rebellion that broke out in 2002 and split Ivory Coast in two until 2011. The unrest erupted in the early hours of Friday morning with troops demanding hefty pay rises, and the protests quickly spread to other cities,...
(AFP (eng) 01/06/17)
Soldiers demanding more pay and housing rose up in several cities around Ivory Coast on Friday, raiding arms depots and taking control of streets, residents and officials said. The uprising began in Bouake, the country's second city and onetime rebel stronghold, where heavy weapons fire was heard in the streets, before spreading to two other major urban centres. In Bouake, soldiers "broke into the armoury of the 3rd Battalion", arming themselves with rocket-launchers and other weapons mounted on pickup trucks,...
(AFP (eng) 01/06/17)
Demobilized soldiers in the town of Bouake, located in central Ivory Coast, have seized weapons from police stations and taken up positions at entry points into the city. A local journalist and a military officer confirmed to Reuters news agency that gunfire erupted as the former soldiers went on rampage overnight. Bouake was once the center of control of rebels after the failed overthrow of Laurent Gbagbo. “The city is under the control of former (soldiers) who fired shots around 2 a.m. (0200 GMT) while taking arms from the city’s police stations,” said the army officers, who spoke by telephone from Bouake
(Reuters (Eng) 01/06/17)
Gunfire erupted overnight in the central Ivory Coast city of Bouake as demobilized soldiers seized weapons from police stations and took up positions at entry points into the city, military sources said on Friday. Heavy shooting was heard at around 2 a.m. (0200 GMT) before later easing, residents said, and sporadic gunfire continued into the late morning. "The city is under the control of former (soldiers)," said an army officer, who spoke by telephone from Bouake. "There are many of...
(AFP (eng) 01/04/17)
Italy vowed Wednesday to increase deportations of migrants whose asylum requests have been rejected, after a riot in a reception centre sparked by the death of a young woman. The country, which has been on the frontline of migrants arriving across the Mediterranean from North Africa, is pushing for an agreement with Niger and a renewed deal with Tunisia to facilitate returns. "We have saved many lives but we cannot accept rule-breaking. We need to speed up deportations," Foreign Minister...

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(Bloomberg 01/18/17)
Cocoa shippers in Ivory Coast halted exports after gendarmes disrupted operations at the West African nation’s largest port in the second day of renewed unrest among military personnel, according to a person familiar with the matter. The disruptions in the world’s biggest cocoa producer occurred at the port in the commercial capital, Abidjan, said the person, who asked not to be identified because he is not allowed to speak publicly. Gendarmes who usually guard entrances closed some gates, the person said on Wednesday. “Gendarmes are firing in the air,” Ibrahim Traore, who works near the port, said by phone. “They are shooting at the port’s gendarmerie station.” Aboubacar Ouattara, a spokesman for the port, didn’t...
(AFP (eng) 01/07/17)
Trucks carrying thousands of tonnes of cocoa have been blocked in the main port of Ivory Coast, the world's top producer, as authorities have temporarily stalled exports, sources said Friday. There are nearly "700 trucks blocked here at the port in Abidjan," Ivory Coast's economic capital, said Moussa Kone, head of the national cocoa producers' union. He said trucks filled with cocoa have also been stranded in San Pedro, the country's second port, for several days. "Since December 22, we have been coming here in trucks filled with cocoa but are not being received by the authorities at Abidjan port,"
(Agence Ecofin 01/06/17)
Indian firm Aaviskaar Venture Management Services (AVMS) has announced plans to raise between $100 million and $150 million for Africa investments. “We will start the fund-raising around the middle of 2017 and we expect to close it in 2018,” said Vineet Rai, founder of Intellecap-Aavishkaar group. The new African fund will focus on investing on African low-income groups, especially in the agriculture, finance and financial technology sectors. “We will use the sow-tend-reap strategy of multiple round investing and will be...
(BBC News Africa 01/03/17)
An electricity grid for the whole village Problem: A total of 1.3 billion people worldwide currently don't have electricity, according to Yale Environment 360. Getting people in rural areas on to the national grid is proving too difficult and traditional solar panels generate meagre amounts of energy. Solution: Steamaco makes solar and battery micro-grids which can work for a whole village. They are small electricity generation and distribution systems that operate independently of larger grids. How it works: Micro-grids are...
(Voice of America 12/30/16)
2016 was predicted to be a tough year for African economies, and it delivered. Traditional economic leaders faltered this year amid a storm of falling commodity prices, unpredictable and destructive weather like droughts and floods across large swaths of the the continent. Slow economic growth in China, a major investor and trading partner, only added to their challenges. “This year, you’ve seen the two Africas: the commodity exporters going through tough times, while the non-commodity exporters being more resilient,” Nigerian...
(Bloomberg 12/29/16)
Cocoa is piling up at ports and warehouses in Ivory Coast, the world’s biggest producer, after a plunge in futures prices prompted some exporters to suspend purchases. Trucks carrying cocoa are queuing to deliver beans at inland buying stations and the largest ports in Abidjan and San Pedro, according to four shippers familiar with the matter. Some smaller exporters stopped purchasing and their larger peers are running out of storage space, leaving an estimated 125,000 tons of beans without a...
(AFP (eng) 12/28/16)
Its lower cost has made it popular in commercial food production, but after being blamed for deforestation in Asia, palm oil plantations are now getting a similar rap in Africa. The sheer scale of land required is having an impact in Gabon, Cameroon and the Congo Basin, environmentalists say. With financing coming from American, European and Asian agri-businesses, palm bunches are cultivated then cut from trees and sent to factories where oil is extracted by hot pressing. But the production...
(The Herald Online 12/27/16)
The end of 2016 provides an opportunity to take stock of Africa’s recent economic performance and future prospects. It’s been a tumultuous year for some African countries largely due to a commodities crisis and a global economic slowdown.Yet there were still pockets of good growth which displayed the huge potential of the African continent. And 2017 looks to be the year the countries hardest hit by the crisis seek to recover from the economic reversals of the past few years...
(The Citizen 12/21/16)
Tanzania is among some African countries which may see a drop in development aid as the US is likely to expand fiscal stance and cut spending during Donald Trump's presidency, a new report shows. The move by the world's largest economy will affect dependent countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and DRC according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) latest report released in London yesterday. In its Economic Insight: Africa Q4 2016, the accountancy...
(Agence Ecofin 12/20/16)
West Africa’s cotton output should increase by 19% in the 2016-17 season, according to forecast by the United States Department of Agriculture. It will rise to 1.9 million Mt from 1.6 million Mt the previous season. The main countries that will contribute to this increase are Burkina Faso, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire and Chad. Burkina’s will produce 20% more cotton over the period considered than in the last (581,000 Mt), thus 700,000 Mt. Burkina will thus remain the region’s leading cotton...
(Agence Ecofin 12/20/16)
French women and girl (15-35 yrs) clothing brand Jennyfer has opened its first store in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. In a statement, the brand said “collections offered in the new store will be the same as those sold in every other Jennyfer store worldwide, at affordable prices”. Mainly present in North Africa where it has more than ten stores, Jennyfer’s arrival in Ivory Coast falls in line with its expansion strategy across Africa and sub-Saharan Africa especially. Created in 1986, the...
(CNN 12/15/16)
In the sleepy, sun-blasted town of De Aar in central South Africa, a mighty force is stirring. The largest solar plant in Africa, Middle East and the Southern hemisphere was inaugurated here earlier this year, a 175-megawatt facility that spreads over almost 500 hectares. The facility is the brainchild of Solar Capital, led by hotel magnate turned solar evangelist Paschal Phelan, which ploughed $400 million into the venture. The plant supplies power to the National Grid, but when the heat...
(Lusaka Times 12/13/16)
Both international and local media outlets have reported that five countries in West Africa have resolved not to import dirt fuels from Europe any more. This comes in the wake of whistle blower watch dog report that European refineries were exploiting weaker regulatory frameworks in Africa by exporting diesel containing very high levels of Sulphur content. And the United Nations (UN) has commended the move by the above countries in that it will help more than 250 million people breathe...
(AFP (eng) 12/13/16)
The cocktails keep flowing by the pool on the tourist strip, but in The Gambia's markets many African migrant traders are packing up their businesses and heading home. The international community is piling pressure on President Yahya Jammeh to leave power after 22 years and hand over to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election two weeks ago only for Jammeh to later reverse his original concession of defeat. Of the economy's two main sources of investment from abroad,...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/07/16)
As the darkness falls on the plains around Bunambiyu, a remote village in Tanzania's northern Shinyanga region, Elizabeth Julius switches on her solar lantern to finish sewing clothes for her customers. Not long ago, nightfall would have forced her to close her tailoring shop, or use a smoky kerosene lamp. But with the solar-powered lamp, Julius can now sew for as long as she wants. "Solar energy has entirely changed my life. I use it at work and at home,...
(APA 12/06/16)
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says Africa can yield benefits from commodity-based industrialization and agro-alliance with new policy approaches, according to a statement issued here Tuesday. The ECA has on many editions of its annual Economic Report made a push for the developmental state and a return to planning, arguing that the strong role of the state is key to fostering Africa’s structural transformation. The acting ECA Executive Secretary Abdalla Hamdok spoke on the need for new policy approaches...
(Xinhuanet 11/29/16)
Experts in capital markets are advocating the acceleration of the bourses markets across Africa in order to drive economic growth on the continent. Speaking at the opening of Africa securities exchanges conference in the Rwandan capital Kigali on Monday, experts emphasized that capital markets are becoming more important to African economies because they help raise funds for long term investment which will drive Africa into middle income status. Rwanda hosts the 20th African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) annual conference from...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/16)
Above the sacks of seeds and coal, three kerosene lamps gather dust in the tiny shed that Kenyan chicken farmer Bernard calls home. He prefers to use solar energy to light up his evenings, listen to the radio or watch television, after abandoning a diesel generator he said was expensive to maintain and burned fuel too quickly. "Solar panels are a good, cheap solution," he told AFP. Across the continent, consumers are opting for their own off-grid solar solutions to...
(The Guardian 11/19/16)
At COP22, the African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, tells of strategies to improve energy supplies and fight the impact of climate change “We lose 5% of our potential GDP every year, and African industries cannot be competitive without access to electricity,” says Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank. “I believe that’s why we can’t break away from reliance on exporting our raw materials – new industries will only go to where there’s power.” He is speaking on...
(Forbes 11/14/16)
Africa will have 1-billion mobile subscriptions by the fourth quarter of 2016, while data use will drive the next phase of growth in Africa’s telecoms market, according to researchers Ovum. Mobile subs will reach 1.02-billion by the end of 2016 and will reach 1.33-billion by 2021, says Matthew Reed, Ovum’s practice leader, for the Middle East and Africa. “The take-up of mobile broadband will rise strongly, as operators continue to roll out 3G and 4G LTE networks and as smartphones...

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(AFP (eng) 01/21/17)
Reigning champions the Ivory Coast will need to beat the Morocco of their former coach Herve Renard to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after a second draw in as many games on Friday. The Ivorians had to come from behind twice to draw 2-2 with DR Congo in Oyem in the day's early game with Wilfried Bony and Geoffrey Serey Die getting their goals. Later, Renard's Morocco came from behind to defeat Togo 3-1 at the same venue with Aziz Bouhaddouz, Romain Saiss and Youssef En-nesyri netting after Mathieu Dossevi had opened the scoring. DR Congo are top of Group C with four points and know a draw with Togo in their...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/17)
Defending champions the Ivory Coast had to come from behind twice to draw 2-2 with the Democratic Republic of Congo Friday in a lively Africa Cup of Nations clash. The result in northern Gabonese town Oyem kept the Congolese top of Group C with four points from two matches followed by the Ivorians with two. Togo have one point and Morocco, their opponents later Friday in the second match of a double-header, are pointless. Neeskens Kebano and Junior Kabananga scored for the Congolese and Wilfried Bony and captain Geoffrey Serey Die were the Ivorian scorers.
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has rejected offers from Chinese Super League clubs that would have paid the Ivorian around £430,000 a week ($533,000), reports said on Tuesday. Toure is out of contract at the end of the season and has been approached by clubs from China who have been splashing on a host of star signings in recent months. The 33-year-old is said to have been the subject of interest from China last year. He snubbed those offers and...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Ivory Coast made a disappointing start to their Africa Cup of Nations title defence Monday when held 0-0 by lowest Group C seeds Togo in Gabonese town Oyem. Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier came close to breaking the deadlock with two minutes remaining, heading a cross narrowly wide in a match that failed to sparkle. The result maintained a trend of stalemates in the 2017 tournament, which kicked off two days ago, with four of the first five matches failing...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Defending champions the Ivory Coast and Morocco on Monday became just the latest strongly fancied teams to fail to deliver at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. The Ivorians were held 0-0 by Togo -- 21 places below them in the African rankings -- after a duel that produced little excitement for a small crowd in the northern town of Oyem. Morocco, also considered potential champions under twice Africa Cup-winning coach Herve Renard, paid for a goalkeeping blunder as...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Yaya Toure is adamant Manchester City can still end the season as Premier League champions even after a humiliating 4-0 defeat by Everton left them 10 points behind leaders Chelsea. Sunday's reverse at Goodison Park prompted City manager Pep Guardiola to put an end to his side's title hopes by saying top spot was now out of the question. "The first one, yeah," said Guardiola when asked if finishing top of the table was no longer possible. "The first one...
(AFP (eng) 01/14/17)
Yaya Toure suggests Manchester City can forget about winning the Premier League this season if they fail to beat Everton this weekend. The Ivorian veteran's assertion that City have no more room for error appears to be shared by his team-mates judging by the performances in their first two matches of 2017. They overcame the sending off of Fernandinho -– his third in his last six appearances -– to beat Burnley 2-1 in the Premier League on January 2, then...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
New-look Ivory Coast are preparing to defend the Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off in Gabon on Saturday, buoyed by encouraging results and impressive form from new recruit Wilfried Zaha. The Crystal Palace flier hopes to make an impact in a competition that boasts Europe-based stars like Riyad Mahrez of Algeria, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Sadio Mane of Senegal. Zaha is a timely addition as many former stars like the Toure brothers Kolo and Yaya have retired and...
(AFP (eng) 01/11/17)
Football: We will raise our game, vows Ivorian Kalou Fbl | Afr | 2017 | CIV | Kalou Libreville, Gabon | AFP | Wednesday 1/11/2017 - 04:15 UTC+2 | 355 words Veteran striker Salomon Kalou believes the Ivory Coast will raise their game after a poor qualifying campaign and win a second successive Africa Cup of Nations title. The Elephants looked anything but defending African champions as they struggled to make the 2017 tournament in Gabon from a group including...
(AFP (eng) 01/11/17)
Ivory Coast want Crystal Palace flier Wilfried Zaha to replace injured Gervinho as they try to become only the fourth country to successfully defend the Africa Cup of Nations title. Egypt have achieved the feat three times in the 60-year-old African football showcase and Ghana and Cameroon once each. But two of those successful defences came when the competition was in its infancy with much smaller fields than the 16 teams who will challenge for glory in Gabon from Saturday...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final. Zambia failed to qualify this time, but the Ivorians will be among the favourites again when the competition returns to the central African state with the first fixtures scheduled for Saturday. AFP Sport rates the chances of the 16 challengers for the $4 million (3.8 million euros) first prize (last three competitive results...
(AFP (eng) 01/05/17)
Yaya Toure has challenged Manchester City to put a smile back on Pep Guardiola's face with a dominant display in Friday's FA Cup third-round clash at West Ham. Guardiola was in a tetchy mood following City's 2-1 win over Burnley on Monday as he grumbled about the way officials treat his team and embarked on a series of fractious post-match interviews. Adding to the growing sense that the City boss is struggling to find his feet in English football, in...
(AFP (eng) 01/05/17)
Flying Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha looks set to make his Ivory Coast debut after he was named in their final 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday. The 24-year-old is among several Premier League stars included by coach Michel Dussuyer for the January 14-February 5 tournament in Gabon, where the Ivory Coast are defending champions and among the favourites to retain their crown. Dussuyer last week named a 24-man provisional squad and it is defender Ousmane...
(AFP (eng) 12/29/16)
A cluster of Premier League stars including Eric Bailly and Wilfried Zaha was named Wednesday in defending champions the Ivory Coast's 24-player squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations. Crystal Palace winger Zaha features in the list released by the team's French manager Michel Dussuyer despite playing two games for England. But as those caps were both in friendlies the 24-year-old remains eligible to line up for the country of his birth. He made it plain to the Ivorian Football Federation in november that he wanted to play for Ivory Coast rather than the Three Lions of Gareth Southgate.
(AFP (eng) 12/05/16)
African stars Yaya Toure of Manchester City, Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City and Sadio Mane of Liverpool suffered English Premier League misery at the weekend. Ivorian Toure came off the bench as City fell 3-1 at home to leaders Chelsea, five days after he was charged with drink driving. Algerian Mahrez was substituted in an embarrassing 2-1 defeat for Leicester at Sunderland while Senegalese Mane scored before being taken off as Liverpool crumbled to a shock 4-3 loss at Bournemouth...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming...
(AFP (eng) 11/22/16)
Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier will not be allowed into Britain to face Arsenal in their Champions League clash on Wednesday after British authorities revoked his visa, the French club said. "Paris Saint-Germain is stunned by this incomprehensible situation that attacks the very integrity of the UEFA Champions League," the club said on Tuesday, adding it was because of the Ivory Coast international's September conviction for assaulting a police officer outside a Paris nightclub.
(AFP (eng) 11/21/16)
Didier Drogba and the Montreal Impact face a showdown with rival Toronto in Tuesday's first leg of the Major League Soccer semi-finals, which also features a Seattle-Colorado opening matchup. The conference finals will determine what two teams advance to the December 10 MLS Cup final, with either Toronto FC or the Montreal Impact set to become the first Canadian club in the championship match. "It's the kind of game that can be a fantastic experience for football in Canada," Impact...
(AFP (eng) 11/21/16)
Yaya Toure made a dramatic return to the English Premier League at the weekend by scoring both goals for Manchester City in a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace. It was the first league start of the season for the giant Ivorian midfielder after being sidelined over a row between his agent and manager Pep Guardiola. Another African to bag a Premier League brace -- his first since 2006 -- was Nigerian Victor Anichebe for Sunderland in a 3-0 victory against...
(AFP (eng) 11/16/16)
A much-changed France team was held to a goalless draw by African champions the Ivory Coast in a friendly in the northern city of Lens on Tuesday. The Ivorians came closest to breaking the deadlock at a packed Stade Bollaert-Delelis in the 11th minute when a fierce strike by the Basel left-back Adama Traore smashed against the post and Salomon Kalou converted the rebound, only for the offside flag to deny the Hertha Berlin striker. France struggled to create chances and were denied what would have been a record

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(AFP (eng) 01/04/17)
As many African women spend much of their spare time in hair salons, Ivory Coast's chief librarian, also a woman, came up with a brainwave scheme to help them read and learn to read. Crammed on shelves between hair extensions, untangling creams and straightening lotions, a total 23 hair salons now offer customers a range of books on loan from the National Library. "Libraries are practically non-existent in our suburbs and the ones that do exist get very few visitors, and rarely women," said chief librarian Chantal Adjiman, who launched the project in 2012. With little time on their hands between work and childcare, most women simply do not have the opportunity to seek out...
(AFP (eng) 12/15/16)
Four privately owned TV channels have been authorised to operate in Ivory Coast, a major step in opening up the country's audiovisual sector after half a century of state monopoly, it was announced Thursday. The High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HACA), in charge of the liberalisation programme, said in a statement the four had been selected at the end of a bidding process launched in late May. The four were named as Life TV, Optimum Media Cote d'Ivoire, Societe Audiovisuelle de Cote d'Ivoire and Sorano-CI. Operations are likely to start in 2017. State TV, known by its acronym of RTI, has been accused by the country's political opposition of failing to provide access for dissenting views.
(AFP (eng) 12/09/16)
Journalists from Cameroon and Ivory Coast on Thursday won Africa's top fact-checking awards for investigating government claims that turned out to be false. Manfei Anderson Diedri, of the website Eburnietoday.com, scooped the francophone award for an eight-month investigation into a land dispute in central Ivory Coast. Diedri uncovered that while Abidjan claimed it had ownership of 11,000 hectares of land granted to a Belgian company for industrial rubber plantations -- which villagers claimed was their property -- there was no...
(AFP (eng) 11/15/16)
"Some people said I'd wasted my life, that I should be a doctor, do something else," recalls Aboudia, an Ivorian painter with international fame and a big show this month in Abidjan. Aboudia grew up as Abdoulaye Diarrasouba, a youth who still readily speaks Nouchi, the street dialect of working-class districts in Ivory Coast's economic capital. Though today he often abandons his easel in the city for cramped aircraft seatback tables and art galleries in Paris, London and New York, Aboudia remains close to his roots and his current exhibition hosted by the Fakhoury Foundation is called "Mogo Dynasty".
(AFP (eng) 10/21/16)
Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in an industry otherwise battered by falling CD sales and rampant piracy. A recent study of the entertainment sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) accountants showed rapid earnings growth in many African countries, fuelled largely by live performances by local artists. "Consumers are increasingly wanting local content," Vicki Myburgh, a PwC director who conducted the study released last month, told AFP. "The Nigerian music market... will (soon) grow at...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/16)
Raised on the backstabbing intrigue of 1980s American soaps "Dallas" and "Dynasty", and later, the heady drama of South American telenovelas, Africans are enjoying a surge in local TV content they can finally identify with. It took a while, but in the past decade local programming has soared in sub-Saharan Africa's key economies, a rise driven by both foreign satellite networks and television stations on the continent. This growth has delivered up local shows such as Kenya's comedic "Real Househelps...
(AFP (eng) 09/23/16)
A century after the project was conceived in the throes of racial segregation, and a few months before the first black US president leaves office, the African American Museum in Washington opens Saturday. Here are key facts about the first national museum devoted entirely to showcasing African Americans' life, history and culture. - 1915: A project 101 years old The effort to open, in the US capital, a museum dedicated to the history of the black community "began more than...
(The East African 09/10/16)
The Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) is seeking to raise $200 million from partners over the next two years to fund the continent's audiovisual and cinema sector. The funds will be used to establish centres of excellence in the five regions - East Africa, North Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa -- and the locations will be decided by the African Council of Ministers of Culture. The money will be used to improve the quality and quantity...
(Voice of America 07/04/16)
To the beat of African drums, a few dozen people gathered at Dallas City Hall Friday to officially kick off the three-day African Film Festival. The event showcases films made by Africans, as well as a few made by non-Africans about issues important to different regions of the continent. City officials hailed the new festival as an expression of the increasing ethnic and cultural diversity in Texas’ second-largest city. Regina Hill Onyeibe, the Africa Liaison for the City of Dallas...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/28/16)
Africa's largest provider of pay-television services Naspers (NPNJn.J) has kept prices on the continent unchanged to halt a decline in subscriber numbers, its chief executive said on Monday. Naspers, the biggest listed firm on the continent, which sells access to popular American series and blockbuster movies in 50 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean via its Multichoice unit, reported an 18 percent rise in full-year profit on Friday, but flagged pay-TV as a drag on its performance. Weaker currencies...
(Fraternité Matin 06/27/16)
En déclinant ses émissions de vacances, le groupe de médias de service public a fait des annonces de taille. La saison estivale 2016 de la Radiodiffusion télévision ivoirienne (Rti) s’annonce plus que chargée au niveau des émissions grand-public, avec comme fait majeur, le retour du mythique concours d’orchestres, Podium. Avec, toutefois, un bémol, car elle ne sera diffusée qu’à partir d’octobre, donc à la rentrée. En attendant d’en savoir plus sur la forme et la programmation qui n’a pas été...
(APA 06/10/16)
Une campagne de lutte contre la violence sur les enfants sur le continent africain dénommé « End violences against Children in Africa » a été lancée, jeudi, à Abidjan par la presse ivoirienne à travers le réseau des acteurs des medias pour les droits des enfants (RAMEDE-CI). « Les violences faites aux enfants font partie des maux auxquels nous devons apporter des éléments de réponses appropriés », a relevé Mamadou Doumbia, le président du Conseil d’administration du RAMEDE-CI. Selon lui,...
(L'Intelligent d'Abidjan 06/01/16)
Korédé Odjo-Bella, directrice de Vibe Radio a animé un petit-déjeuner de presse le vendredi 27 mai 2016. Objectif de cette rencontre, donner les challenges de la radio et expliquer la campagne publicitaire en cours. La radio a démarré une campagne de communication depuis le 27 avril 2016. « Ce sont plus de 200 spots de 30 et 20 secondes qui sont diffusés sur les chaînes de télévision nationales et internationales et sur Fréquence 2 », a expliqué Korédé Odjo-Bella. Selon...
(AFP (eng) 05/14/16)
On a choice spot overlooking Washington's most stately monuments, a new museum swathed in bronze will showcase the tragedy and triumph of black America. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, 100 years in the making and now almost ready, will fill a gaping void: until now the city had no grand-scale museum dedicated solely to this chapter of US history. Slave cabins, a blacks-only train car from the segregation era and exhibits on the Reverend Martin Luther...
(AFP (eng) 05/03/16)
The drummer for popular Ivory Coast music group Magic System has drowned in an accident at a seaside resort in the country, the band announced Tuesday. A family member said Didier Bonaventure Deigna died "trying to save a person from drowning". Magic System said in a statement it "announces with regret and deep sorrow the death of its drummer and conductor Didier Bonaventure Deigna, known as Pepito, last Sunday May 1 by drowning in Jacqueville," in southern Ivory Coast, aged...
(BBC News Africa 05/03/16)
The drummer of Ivory Coast's famous Magic System band has drowned at the age of 46, the group has said in a Facebook post. Didier Deigna, known by the stage name Pepito, drowned at a beach in the small town of Jacqueville in southern Ivory Coast on Sunday, it said. Magic System are particularly popular in French-speaking West Africa and in France. Reports say Pepito died while trying to save another person who was drowning. "For the last 16 years,...
(APA 04/26/16)
Les journaux quotidiens ivoiriens parus, mardi, sur toute l’étendue du territoire, commentent la cherté de la vie et annoncent le décès de Parfait Gohourou, haut cadre de l’administration territoriale ivoirienne. Cherté de la vie, augmentation des factures d'eau et d'électricité : ‘'c'est un problème qui va être réglé'', rassure le ministre du commerce Jean-Louis Billon, selon Fraternité Matin. M. Billon, ajoute le confrère, a expliqué que ‘'les pouvoirs publics ont pleine conscience des difficultés qu'éprouvent les Ivoiriens''. En dépit l'assurance...
(BBC News Africa 04/25/16)
The influential Congolese musician Papa Wemba has died aged 66 after collapsing during a concert. Video from the show in Ivory Coast showed him slumped on stage behind a group of dancers, before they rushed to his aid. His pioneering blend of African, Cuban and Western sounds became one of Africa's most popular music styles. Wemba also toured around the world, and recorded with British artist Peter Gabriel. "I would put him in the same bracket as Fela Kuti when...
(Voice of America 04/25/16)
Papa Wemba, one of Africa's greatest musicians and known around the world as the king of Congolese rumba, died early Sunday after collapsing on stage at a music festival in the Ivory Coast, officials said. He was 66. Papa Wemba had performed three songs at the Urban Musical Festival Anoumabo (FEMUA) in Abidjan before collapsing in front of thousands of fans, organizers said. Fellow performers rushed to his aid, but he died before reaching the hospital, officials said. The cause...
(AFP (eng) 04/24/16)
Papa Wemba, one of Africa's greatest music stars, has died after collapsing on stage during a festival in the Ivory Coast, the concert organisers said Sunday. Papa Wemba, who was known as the "king of Congolese rumba" for helping to bring the highly popular sound to an international audience, was 66. The flamboyant singer died after performing three songs at the Urban Musical Festival Anoumabo (FEMUA) in Abidjan, the organisers said on their website. Papa Wemba, who was born in...

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(Bloomberg 01/20/17)
Political risk seems to be hounding bond investors wherever they go. In Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer of cocoa, a mutiny in the army has destabilized the government, sending its debt to the world’s worst performance. President Alassane Ouattara’s grip on the 40,000-member armed forces appeared to be slipping, with many soldiers who helped to bring him to power in 2011 saying he has failed to deliver the promised pay bonuses or improve their living conditions. Moses Mozart Dzawu
(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared over the past eight years, with much of the continent living in the shadow of a violent extremist group: al-Shabab in Somalia and East Africa, Islamic State (IS) in Libya, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali, the Lord's...
(Bloomberg 01/18/17)
Cocoa shippers in Ivory Coast halted exports after gendarmes disrupted operations at the West African nation’s largest port in the second day of renewed unrest among military personnel, according to a person familiar with the matter. The disruptions in the world’s biggest cocoa producer occurred at the port in the commercial capital, Abidjan, said the person, who asked not to be identified because he is not allowed to speak publicly. Gendarmes who usually guard entrances closed some gates, the person...
(RFI 01/14/17)
The 27th Africa-France Summit kicked off on Friday in the Malian capital Bamako with more than 30 African heads of state meeting French officials to discuss the threat of jihadists in the Sahel region and improve democracy in Africa. the meeting is also an opportunity for French president François Hollande to showcase his legacy. The choice to hold the 27th Africa-France summit in Mali is not insignificant. Bamako is where president François Hollande first revealed himself as an international statesman,...
(Huffingtonpost 01/10/17)
And it’s ironic given the growing consensus that Beijing is the U.S. president-elect’s enemy number one. Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We’re here to answer your most pressing, puzzling, even politically incorrect questions, about all things related to the Chinese in Africa and Africans in China. The election of Donald Trump has introduced a new era of uncertainty in global politics, especially...
(BBC News Africa 01/03/17)
An electricity grid for the whole village Problem: A total of 1.3 billion people worldwide currently don't have electricity, according to Yale Environment 360. Getting people in rural areas on to the national grid is proving too difficult and traditional solar panels generate meagre amounts of energy. Solution: Steamaco makes solar and battery micro-grids which can work for a whole village. They are small electricity generation and distribution systems that operate independently of larger grids. How it works: Micro-grids are...
(Voice of America 12/30/16)
2016 was predicted to be a tough year for African economies, and it delivered. Traditional economic leaders faltered this year amid a storm of falling commodity prices, unpredictable and destructive weather like droughts and floods across large swaths of the the continent. Slow economic growth in China, a major investor and trading partner, only added to their challenges. “This year, you’ve seen the two Africas: the commodity exporters going through tough times, while the non-commodity exporters being more resilient,” Nigerian...
(Bloomberg 12/29/16)
Cocoa is piling up at ports and warehouses in Ivory Coast, the world’s biggest producer, after a plunge in futures prices prompted some exporters to suspend purchases. Trucks carrying cocoa are queuing to deliver beans at inland buying stations and the largest ports in Abidjan and San Pedro, according to four shippers familiar with the matter. Some smaller exporters stopped purchasing and their larger peers are running out of storage space, leaving an estimated 125,000 tons of beans without a...
(The Globe and Mail 12/23/16)
The Square Kilometre Array will be the world’s most powerful radio telescope, opening new frontiers in our understanding of the universe. But the builders have to contend with an unforgiving climate and other formidable challenges first, In the desolate rocky plains of the Great Karoo, the dangers are endless. Scorpions and puff adders are underfoot. The harsh sun beats down, interrupted only by occasional lightning storms. Temperatures range from stifling heat to freezing cold. But at night, in the vast...
(Bloomberg 12/19/16)
Officials in Ivory Coast started counting ballot papers after Sunday’s national polls, which may see the opposition pick up seats in a return to parliament after boycotting the previous vote. President Alassane Ouattara’s ruling coalition, the Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace, along with hundreds of independent candidates, contested 225 seats against the Front Populaire Ivorien, which was created by ex-President Laurent Gbagbo. The FPI boycotted previous parliamentary polls and a constitutional referendum in October, and some of its hardliners don’t acknowledge Ouattara, 74, an Ivy League-educated former International Monetary Fund economist, as president.
(CNN 12/15/16)
In the sleepy, sun-blasted town of De Aar in central South Africa, a mighty force is stirring. The largest solar plant in Africa, Middle East and the Southern hemisphere was inaugurated here earlier this year, a 175-megawatt facility that spreads over almost 500 hectares. The facility is the brainchild of Solar Capital, led by hotel magnate turned solar evangelist Paschal Phelan, which ploughed $400 million into the venture. The plant supplies power to the National Grid, but when the heat...
(Le Monde 12/09/16)
Dozens of politicians, diplomats, military and intelligence chiefs, members of the opposition and leading business figures were wiretapped across the continent. This rare overview of modern satellite espionage could hardly be less technical and abstract, for it not only names the victims of intercepts but also reveals the scale of a surveillance operation spanning an entire continent. That continent is Africa. New documents shown to Le Monde, in collaboration with The Intercept, from the data cache of the former NSA...
(Voice of America 12/02/16)
Activists are using the women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon to campaign for the protection of the continent's forests and animal species. The campaign, called “Sports for Nature," is spearheaded by conservationist groups who say some of Africa's natural resources are on the verge of going extinct. In Yaounde, birds sing at a makeshift park near the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, one of the sites of the 2016 women's football African Cup of Nations. Conservationist Nevielle Tanyi points toward...
(Washington Post 11/28/16)
Following his release after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela made sure one of his first trips abroad was to Havana. There, in the Cuban capital in 1991, Mandela lavished his host, Fidel Castro, with appreciation. Castro, said Mandela, was a “source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.” The scene might seem paradoxical in some corners of the West. How could the global symbol of African liberation and democracy say such a thing about a man whose death last Friday...
(The Guardian 11/23/16)
Rulers of the DRC, Burundi, Zimbabwe and others say tide has turned after Obama’s efforts to promote democracy abroad. As the sun rose over Kinshasa on 9 November, Martin Fayulu was awoken by a phone call from a relative in the US telling him to switch on his television – Donald Trump appeared set to become the next US president. Fayulu, an opposition politician at the forefront of recent protests calling for elections to be held on time in the...
(The Guardian 11/19/16)
At COP22, the African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, tells of strategies to improve energy supplies and fight the impact of climate change “We lose 5% of our potential GDP every year, and African industries cannot be competitive without access to electricity,” says Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank. “I believe that’s why we can’t break away from reliance on exporting our raw materials – new industries will only go to where there’s power.” He is speaking on...
(Voice of America 11/18/16)
An Ivory Coast court has ruled that former first lady Simone Gbagbo will be tried in absentia for crimes against humanity after she and her defense team refused to appear. Her husband, Laurent Gbagbo, is being tried at the Hague, but Ivory Coast refused to transfer his wife. Now amid uncertainty over the future of the ICC in Africa, her trial may point to some of the challenges national courts face in dealing with these cases. As the judge announced...
(Forbes 11/14/16)
Africa will have 1-billion mobile subscriptions by the fourth quarter of 2016, while data use will drive the next phase of growth in Africa’s telecoms market, according to researchers Ovum. Mobile subs will reach 1.02-billion by the end of 2016 and will reach 1.33-billion by 2021, says Matthew Reed, Ovum’s practice leader, for the Middle East and Africa. “The take-up of mobile broadband will rise strongly, as operators continue to roll out 3G and 4G LTE networks and as smartphones...
(The Toronto Star 11/11/16)
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Canada has committed to a three-year deployment in Africa that will be reassessed each year to ensure it has an “enduring” impact. Canadian troops headed to Africa will operate in dangerous territory where peacekeepers have been killed, says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. In an exclusive interview with the Star from Vancouver Sajjan said Canada has committed to a three-year deployment that will be reassessed each year to ensure it has an “enduring” impact. It will...
(Dw-World 11/09/16)
Africans across the continent followed the US presidential election with keen interest. While some fear that a Trump presidency could have disastrous consequences, others remain cautiously optimistic. Tanzania's President John Pombe Magufuli was one of the first African leaders to congratulate Donald Trump on his election victory. "Tanzanians and I assure you of continued friendship and cooperation," he wrote on his Twitter account. Burundi's controversial leader Pierre Nkurunziza - the subject of intense US and international criticism for his decision...

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