Friday 20 October 2017
(CNN 10/08/13)
(CNN) -- Sub-Saharan Africa's economic renaissance is fueling an investment drive by fast food joints looking to tap the continent's growing middle class. The likes of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Domino's pizza are opening up in African growth markets from Nigeria to Angola to give consumers a taste of U.S. cuisine. Elias Schulze, managing partner of The Africa Group, a boutique Africa-focused investment consultancy, said U.S. takeout stores are rapidly becoming "aspirational brands" for cosmopolitan Africans with disposable income. He said: "An upwardly mobile, confident, Western-leaning and young consumer class bodes well for an American burger boom." And the battle for the African market is well underway. This year, Yum! Brands -- owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza...
(BBC News Africa 10/08/13)
Africa has 55 billionaires, far more than previously thought, Nigeria-based Ventures financial magazine says. They include three women - the mother of Kenya's president, a daughter of Angola's president and a Nigerian oil tycoon and fashion designer. The richest man is Nigeria's Aliko Dangote, with a fortune of $20.2bn (£12.5bn), Ventures said. The list is likely to reignite debate about inequality between rich and poor people in Africa, correspondents say. In April, the World Bank said the number of people living in extreme poverty in Africa had risen in the past three decades from 205 million to 414 million. 'Conservative estimate'. A report earlier this month by research group Afrobarometer suggested that economic growth in Africa was primarily benefiting a...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/07/13)
JOHANNESBURG | Mon Oct 7, 2013 (Reuters) - Sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth should increase to 5.3 percent next year, with strong private and public investment underpinning the region's robust performance, the World Bank said on Monday. The bank lifted its forecast for 2014 from the 5.1 percent projected earlier this year. The region was expected to grow 5.5 percent in 2015, up from a previous forecast of 5.2 percent, it said in its bi-annual 'Africa's Pulse' report. Growth for this year is forecast at 4.9 percent, higher than last year's 4.2 percent. The figure is more than double the bank's 2.3 percent estimate for global growth in 2013, underscoring the attractiveness of the continent for investors. But African countries could...
(AFP (eng) 10/07/13)
PARIS, October 7, 2013 (AFP) - Environmental campaigners WWF filed a complaint on Monday against a British oil company accused of intimidating the local population and endangering wildlife in the oldest nature reserve in Africa. The wildlife charity claims that Soco International's oil exploration activities in and around Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo put "people, animals and habitats at risk" and violate international guidelines issued by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in a complaint to that organisation. "The only way for Soco to come into compliance with the OECD guidelines is for the company to end all exploration in Virunga for good," said Lasse Gustavsson, executive director of conservation at WWF International. "We...
(AFP (eng) 10/07/13)
LAGOS, October 7, 2013 (AFP) - There are far more African billionaires than previously thought, Ventures magazine said Monday in a report on the continent's mega-rich, but the number of Africans living in extreme poverty has also shot up. Previous Africa-rich-lists named as few as 16 billionaires, but Ventures said its exhaustive research had identified at least 55 on a continent where the wealthy often fiercely protect details about their fortunes. The pan-African business magazine said it was able to uncover dozens of new billionaires by using "on-the-ground knowledge" to overcome hurdles that may have "hampered" other researchers. Of the 55, 20 are Nigerian, including several oil barons, while South Africa and Egypt boast nine and eight respectively. Ventures' supported...
(The Associated Press 10/05/13)
CAIRO (AP) — "For too long, many nations, including my own, tolerated, even excused, oppression in the Middle East in the name of stability... We must help the reformers of the Middle East as they work for freedom, and strive to build a community of peaceful, democratic nations." — President George W. Bush in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Sept. 21, 2004. Almost a quarter-century ago, a young American political scientist achieved global academic celebrity by suggesting that the collapse of communism had ended the discussion on how to run societies, leaving "Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government." In Egypt and around the Middle East, after a summer of violence and upheaval, the discussion,...
(AFP (eng) 10/04/13)
ADDIS ABABA, October 4, 2013 (AFP) - African leaders will debate the continent's "relationship" with the International Criminal Court at a special summit on October 11, officials said Friday, amid growing opposition to the tribunal. The 54-member African Union has accused The Hague-based ICC of singling out Africans for prosecution and has previously called for the court to drop crimes against humanity trials of Kenya's leadership. "They will discuss African relationship with ICC," the deputy head of the AU's executive branch, Erastus Mwencha, himself a Kenyan, told AFP. Diplomats say member states of the court, which was founded primarily to try genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, are expected to discuss a possible united pullout from the ICC. African...
(Voice of America 10/04/13)
The boat accident near the Italian island of Lampedusa that resulted in what is feared to be more than 300 deaths is part of a broader problem involving African migrants who risk dangerous voyages to seek a better life. Jumbe Omari Jumbe, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, says there are four "gates" used by Africans who are trying to escape their homelands or the continent. Recent Maritime Accidents Involving Migrants. -October 3, 2013: Estimates of 300 people dead or missing after boat catches fires and capsizes near Italian island of Lampedusa. -September 27, 2013: At least 21 asylum seekers, mostly from the Middle East, killed after boat bound for Australia sinks off Indonesia's coast. -December 18, 2012:...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/04/13)
Oct 4 (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics is betting on a top-end refrigerator designed not to lose its cool in Africa as a way into the continent's consumer markets, where there is growing demand for prestige products which meet local needs. The refrigerator comes with a sticker saying it is "Built for Africa", meaning that while it is basically the same flagship product on sale elsewhere in the world it has been tailored to suit local conditions. The South Korean firm's strategy is simple, and increasingly followed by a number of multinational firms looking to sell in an expanding African market - lay off the cut-rate goods, launch major products in Africa at the same time as the rest of the...
( FOROYAA Newspaper 10/03/13)
Recapping a week of debate by senior Government officials on crafting a new global development agenda integrating economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection, General Assembly President John Ashe said today it is now up to United Nations Member States to “find the common ground as a basis for moving forward with decisive action.” “In the real world in which we live, such healthy compromise is the best outcome of our joint effort. We are the ones responsible for finding such common ground,” Mr. Ashe said in his remarks at the close of the Assembly’s 2013 General Debate, for which he chose the theme, “The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!” The General Debate, which opened on 24 September, provided...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/03/13)
BRUSSELS/MONTREAL | (Reuters) - European countries expressed support for an "imperfect" compromise to curb global aviation emissions on Wednesday but still face pressure to drop a key demand - to be able to apply the EU's carbon trading scheme to foreign air carriers. Delegates to the U.N.'s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are meeting in Montreal to try to hammer out a global agreement to set a path toward creating a global market-based mechanism by 2020 that would help limit growing carbon emissions in the sector. Debate at the U.N. body's triennial assembly on Wednesday focused on the most contentious aspect of a global deal - a framework to allow national or regional market-based schemes to apply to airlines before...
(Soir Info 10/03/13)
Le jeudi 26 septembre 2013, le sous-quartier « Ghetto », à Marcory-Anoumanbo, a enregistré un grave incendie. Et, avec à la clé, la mort atroce d'un innocent bébé qui a cramé dans les flammes. En effet, nos sources rapportent qu'il est environ midi, lorsque l'incendie se déclare dans ce sous-quartier mal famé, avec les maisons essentiellement faites en baraque. C'est d'ailleurs la nature de ces « planques » qui favorise l’œuvre dévastatrice à laquelle se livre ce grave incendie. Panique totale au sein des habitants qui courent dans tous les sens. Qui, pour sauver sa peau. Qui, pour épargner les biens matériels. Dans tout ce tohu-bohu, quelqu'un trouve tout de même l'idée d'alerter les sapeurs-pompiers. Les soldats du feu réussissent...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/03/13)
ROME | Thu Oct 3, 2013 (Reuters) - The Italian coast guard launched an operation to rescue scores African migrants on Thursday after at least three drowned when their boat sank off Sicily, officials said. A coast guard official said 60 people had been saved but more than a hundred remained in the water and the death toll was expected to rise. Those rescued came from sub-Saharan Africa, the mayor of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa said. Their boat sank off the island just four days after 13 migrants drowned when their boat foundered off eastern Sicily.
(Voice of America 10/02/13)
A leading member of Ivory Coast opposition says the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) arrest warrant for Charles Ble Goude will undermine any attempt to stabilize the country. Ble Goude was the leader of a militia loyal to former President Laurent Gbagbo called the Young Patriots. The court is trying the former president for alleged crimes against humanity in the post-election violence three years ago. The youth group is accused of coordinating attacks against critics of Gbagbo’s former government. Kone Katinan, a former minister in charge of budget and spokesman of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, said the warrant is proof of the ICC’s bias against the opposition. “This warrant is the last evidence that we cannot trust this court, it...
(Voice of America 10/02/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The African continent has some of the fastest growing economies in the world, but that growth is not translating into lower rates of poverty. A new survey by Afrobarometer, an independent research project that measures the social, political and economic atmosphere in Africa, shows that the majority of Africans are still deprived of the basics -- clean water, food, cooking fuel and medicine. Afrobarometer says poverty levels have barely improved in the past decade despite an average five percent growth in gross domestic product in the same period. This, according to its latest public opinion survey conducted in 34 African countries between October 2011 and June 2013. Some 76% of the more than 50,000 people surveyed reported that...
(AL Jazeera 10/02/13)
Survey says African countries have failed to reduce poverty despite economic growth experienced over the past decade. Improved economic growth over the past decade in Africa has failed to reduce poverty in a majority of countries on the continent, a new study has revealed. The Afrobarometer survey, released on Tuesday, said that despite playing host to some of the world's highest economic growth rates, many Africans still reported shortages of basic needs, including water, food, healthcare and cash. "Meeting their basic daily needs remains a major challenge for a majority of Africans, even at a time when their countries are reporting impressive economic gains," the survey found, citing data retrieved from the citizens of 16 African countries over the past...
(BBC News Africa 10/01/13)
The International Criminal Court has made public an arrest warrant for Ivorian ex-minister Charles Ble Goude over war crimes allegations. He is wanted by the ICC for alleged crimes against humanity during violence which erupted following disputed elections in Ivory Coast in 2010. Some 3,000 people lost their lives in the crisis after ex-President Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept defeat. Mr Ble Goude has denied leading pro-Gbagbo militias in violent attacks. The arrest warrant, issued in December 2011 but only now made public, describes Mr Ble Goude as a member of Mr Gbagbo's "inner circle". The ICC said the 40-year-old, currently detained in Ivory Coast, is suspected of murder, rape, persecution and other inhuman acts committed between December 2010 and...
(Voice of America 10/01/13)
The International Criminal Court has unsealed an arrest warrant for Charles Ble Goude, an alleged organizer of the 2010-2011 post-election violence in Ivory Coast. The ICC accuses Ble Goude of coordinating attacks against civilians believed to oppose then-Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo. It says Ble Goude, who led Gbagbo's Young Patriots movement, had the power to control militias that attacked specific ethnic or religious communities in Abidjan and in western Ivory Coast. The warrant says he also helped recruit and arm thousands of volunteers for the militias, which operated in concert with the army. More than 3,000 people died in Ivory Coast after Gbagbo refused to concede defeat in the 2010 election, setting off six months of unrest. Former president Gbagbo...
(AFP (eng) 10/01/13)
The International Criminal Court issued a warrant against ex-Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo's youth leader almost two years ago, the tribunal said in a statement.Charles Ble Goude, once known as the "Street General", is detained in Ivory Coast and wanted by the ICC for alleged crimes against humanity during the 2010-2011 post-election violence.Goude, 40, "allegedly bears individual criminal responsibility, as indirect co-perpetrator, for four counts of crimes against humanity, namely murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence, persecution, and other inhuman acts" allegedly committed in Africa's largest cocoa grower between December 2010 and April 2011, the Hague-based ICC said. As part of former Ivorian president Laurent Ggagbo's inner circle, Goude, leader of the often violent "Young Patriots" militia, "allegedly had...
(Voice of America 10/01/13)
LONDON — The past week's terrorist attacks in Kenya and Nigeria have renewed attention on militancy and terrorism in Africa. It's a rising trend, and a difficult one to reverse. The September 21 attack on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall by Somalia's al-Shabab militants was a shocking event in generally peaceful Nairobi. A week later across the continent, the midnight killing of dozens of students at a college in Nigeria was equally shocking, but less surprising. There, the government is at war with the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram. Rising militancy in Nigeria and Somalia, as well as Mali, Libya, and several other African countries, has killed thousands in terrorist attacks and civil wars. And for the most part, it is...

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