Sunday 22 October 2017
(This Day Live 08/31/13)
As part of concerted efforts to bring about credible and sustainable solution to the scourge of maritime insecurity in Africa’s maritime domain especially in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG), Nigeria has entered into partnership with the naval forces of Spain, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Germany, Saudi Arabia, United States of America, Cameroon, Malaysia, France, Dubai, Togo, Pakistan, Canada, Tanzania, South Asia, Netherlands, South Africa and 17 the naval forces of 17 other countries. During the first of its kind maritime awareness partnership, which kicked-off Tuesday in Lagos, the naval forces of over 34 different countries that virtually relocated to Nigeria, pledged to take a united stand against the illegalities that take place in the maritime domain. Tagged ‘’Delivering Maritime Security to...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/13)
ABIDJAN | Fri Aug 30, 2013 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast cocoa exporters rejected a price structure proposed by the Coffee and Cocoa Council (CCC) regulator for the 2013/14 season, saying it underestimated the cost of doing business, and have called for government mediation, sources said on Friday. The main cocoa exporters -- including Cargill, ADM , OLAM and Armajaro -- have called for an increase of 27 CFA francs per kilo in the price structure from last year to take into account additional costs, notably in terms of transport and taxation. "We are asking for a 27 CFA franc increase in next season's benchmark because the costs were underestimated so much last year," said the head of one international cocoa...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/13)
ACCRA, Aug 30 (Reuters) - A court in Ghana on Friday rejected a request to extradite a senior ally of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, saying the warrant issued by Ivorian authorities was politically motivated. Justin Kone Katinan, Gbagbo's former budget minister, was arrested in August last year in Accra on an international warrant accusing him of masterminding the looting of banks in the Ivorian capital. Ivory Coast's decision to pursue Gbagbo's supporters for various crimes during the violent political standoff after the disputed 2010 election, has angered the opposition and made reconciliation efforts with the Gbagbo camp difficult. Gbagbo is awaiting trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity committed during...
(Ghana Business News 08/30/13)
The Osu Magistrate Court on Friday acquitted and discharged Justine Kone Katinan, the former Ivorian Minister, who was facing extradition to his home land. The court presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh, acquitted the ally of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo on the grounds that the charges were politically-motivated and the prosecution failed to establish any case against the accused. The Judge also said the Ivorian Parliament had purported that, Ivory Coast had signed the ECOWAS Extradition Treaty with Ghana but a list of countries, presented to the court showed the country’s name missing. The ruling was earlier scheduled for August 7, however, on the said date, Mr Mathew Amponsah, Chief State Attorney, filed an application arresting the judgment on...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/13)
PERTH | Fri Aug 30, 2013 (Reuters) - Australia's Sundance Resources (SDL.AX) expects to bring its $4.7 billion iron ore project in West Africa online by early 2018, despite the collapse of a takeover by China's Hanlong Group in April that many expected to doom the project. Giulio Casello, chief executive of Sundance, told Reuters in an interview that the company is also aiming to finalize an equity partner for the project and have off take secured by the end of the year. By early next year, Sundance expects to have selected a contractor for the development. Investors saw little hope for the future of the project when the Hanlong deal fell through, but Sundance has said it was talking...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/13)
JERUSALEM | (Reuters) - Israel plans to soon begin deporting migrants from Eritrea and Sudan, who number more than 50,000, back to the African continent via Uganda, officials said. Israel regards most of these Africans as illegal visitors crowding impoverished areas in search of jobs, and largely rejects the position of human rights groups that many fled their countries in search of political asylum. A statement late on Thursday from Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar said Israel would soon begin a staged process of deporting the migrants, most of whom crossed the border with neighboring Egypt - Israel's frontier with Africa - since 2006. Sa'ar said an agreement had been reached with an African country other than Eritrea and Sudan to...
(Ghana Business News 08/30/13)
Former UN Secretary-General Mr. Kofi Annan is calling for a link between tax authorities in Africa and global reforms to avoid tax evasion. According to the Ghanaian diplomat, African tax authorities suffer more among all regions struggling to prevent the erosion of tax bases. Mr. Annan made this known in an op-ed published by the Australian Financial Review ahead of G20 leaders’ commitment to discuss global tax reform when they meet in Russia next week. The op-ed was also on why Australia should work towards building a better mining partnership with Africa. “Tax authorities in all regions struggle to prevent the erosion of tax bases, but Africa struggles more than most,” Annan said. Mr. Annan stated “automatic information exchanges must...
(The Africa Report 08/30/13)
George Ferreira Vice-president and chief operating officer, Samsung Electronics Africa. Samsung Electronics is preparing to beat its $10bn target for revenue from Africa in 2015. And according to George Ferreira - Vice-president and chief operating officer of Samsung Africa - the company is also looking at the possibility of setting up more assembly plants to avoid tariff barriers. The Africa Report: Is South Africa still your biggest African market, and do you expect it to be so for the new Samsung Galaxy S4? George Ferreira: For the S4, I would say that the South African market is probably on par with the Nigerian market, although I foresee that the Nigerian market should probably overtake the South African market in terms...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/30/13)
MIAMI | (Reuters) - Florida officials trying to eradicate the Giant African Land Snail, one of the world's most destructive invasive species, plan to deploy a new weapon in the battle - Labrador retrievers. State agriculture authorities say they hope the dogs will add to their success in fighting an infestation of the slimy snails, which were first spotted by a homeowner nearly two years ago and quickly swept through the Miami area. On Wednesday, officials said that since the start of an aggressive extermination campaign they have collected 128,000 of the snails, which can grow as big as rats and devour plants as well as stucco and plaster in a hunt for calcium they need to grow their big...
(UKzambians 08/29/13)
Leaders from the UK’s African diaspora are being invited to join a powerful new network aimed at supporting sustainable development across the African continent. Working in collaboration with Comic Relief and Unbound Philanthropy, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) aims to harness the power of the UK diaspora in order to combat persistent levels of poverty and unemployment among their communities in the UK and Africa. Over a period of more than a year, participants will be tasked with identifying and developing a ‘venture’ – business, social enterprise or project – that addresses a particular cause or issue they are passionate about. The new leadership programme will build on individuals’ knowledge and skills and add to the already extensive levels...
(International Business Times 08/29/13)
On the African continent, conflicts are often hard to define, pin down or contain. Political, ethnic or religious clashes often involve a kaleidoscope of groups, shifting alliances and varying aims -- not to mention deadly bloodshed, societal disruption and massive displacement. But what if you could use science and technology to map out conflicts across the continent, simplifying intelligence efforts and providing life-saving data for humanitarian groups or peace workers -- all in real time? That daunting task has been taken up by DigitalGlobe, a company headquartered in Colorado, which uses satellite imagery to "support a wide variety of uses within defense and intelligence, civil agencies, mapping and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, Internet portals and...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/13)
ABIDJAN | (Reuters) - Ivory Coast natural rubber producer Saph posted a 24 percent fall in first half net profit to 8.65 billion CFA francs ($17.66 million) on Tuesday which it blamed on lower rubber prices. Turnover dipped to 83.96 billion CFA francs from 88 billion in the same period last year, the company said in a statement posted on the website of West Africa's BRVM regional stock exchange.
(L'Inter 08/28/13)
A l'approche du congrès du Parti démocratique de Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI), la tension entre anti et pro-Bédié s'accentue, les premiers voulant évincer les seconds. Mais dans ce combat pour le contrôle du vieux parti, les adversaires du président sortant auront du fil à retordre. Il suffit de regarder le parcours de Konan Bédié pour s'en convaincre. Leader du PDCI depuis près de 20 ans, le successeur du président Félix Houphouët Boigny à la tête de ce parti a été ambassadeur de la Côte d'Ivoire, ministre de l'Economie et des Finances, député puis président de l'Assemblée nationale, avant d'accéder à la plus haute fonction de l'Etat, c'est-à-dire, président de la République de Côte d'Ivoire, de décembre 1993 au 24 décembre 1999,...
(Voice of America 08/26/13)
DHL calls itself the “logistics company for the world,” providing transportation via rail, road, sea and air. And Company officials see Africa as a place where its business can boom. For that to happen, though, more international companies will need to invest in the continent and base their operations there. DHL’s Sumesh Rahavendra sees that happening. That’s one of the findings from a recent global technological conference sponsored by his company.“There’s quite a bit of evidence to that in terms of global companies starting to set up base in Africa. If you look at the likes of SAP or IBM or Hisense, which is the Chinese company, all of them are setting base in Africa and looking at how specifically...
(The Associated Press 08/26/13)
The United Nations world tourism body said Sunday it has chosen Zimbabwe to lead its Commission for Africa, the continent-wide group for tourism development for the next two years. The U.N. World Tourism Organization said that conflict-troubled Mali also joins the African tourism commission. Zimbabwe and Zambia are co-hosting the 155-nation tourism organization's summit, held every two years, at the resort of Victoria Falls on their common border. The six-day general assembly was formally opened by the two countries' presidents, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Michael Sata of Zambia. The United Nations said in a statement that July 31 elections in Zimbabwe, bitterly disputed over alleged rigging, "will be respected by the assembly." Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States...
(Voici 08/26/13)
The South African government says former President Nelson Mandela remains in critical but stable condition but his condition becomes "unstable" at times. The government said the ailing anti-apartheid icon who has been hospitalized since June has shown "great resilience" and that his condition "tends to stabilize as a result of medical interventions." In the Saturday statement, President Jacob Zuma urged South Africans to continue praying for the 95-year-old former leader. Mandela is hospitalized in Pretoria. He was admitted to a hospital on June 8 for a recurring lung infection. The former president's health has worsened in recent years. He had been in and out of the hospital for much of the past year. Mandela was elected to serve as South...
(Reuters 08/24/13)
Testimony in the trial of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai has produced salacious details about the opulent and supposedly corrupt lifestyle of the family of the once high-flying Communist Party aristocrat. But perhaps no tidbit has attracted as much attention as the piece of exotic meat Bo's son, Guagua, brought back from a visit to Africa in 2011. The trip was paid for by entrepreneur Xu Ming, once close to the Bo family and now detained, accused of paying bribes to Bo. The mystery meat was a given by Guagua to his father, according to written testimony at the trial from his wife, Gu Kailai, a transcript of which was published by the court. Gu said she did not remember...
(Xinhuanet 08/24/13)
The Japanese Defense Ministry is mulling to dispatch resident officials tasked with military information gathering to Africa countries in a move to strengthen its intelligence collecting capability in the countries, according to local media. The officials will be sent to seven African countries, namely Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa, and Brazil in South America from fiscal 2014 to obtain information over terrorism and other security issues, Japan's Kyodo News quoted government officials as saying. The defense ministry will include the costs in its budget request for fiscal 2014, said the report, adding that the ministry also plans to increase the number of such staff in European countries that have influence on Africa countries, such as Britain,...
(AFP (eng) 08/22/13)
From Cameroon to Ivory Coast, Kenya to the DR Congo, traders in counterfeit drugs do a thriving business with the utmost cynicism and sometimes at the cost of human lives. "Street medication kills. The street is killing (safe) medication," declares a banner outside a pharmacy in the Cameroonian capital Yaounde, where the dangerous trade is rampant. The market is saturated with counterfeit anti-malaria drugs, painkillers, antibiotics and even rehydration serum. No domain of the pharmaceutical industry is spared by illicit manufacturers and traffickers, according to reports gathered by AFP offices across Africa. "That's powerful Diclofenac (an anti-inflammatory), which is the bestseller," says Blaise Djomo, a street vendor at Yaounde's central market. "And this is Viagra, which Cameroonians are really wild...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/21/13)
(Reuters) - Tanzania-focused miner African Barrick Gold pinned its turnaround hopes on a new chief executive on Wednesday, appointing industry veteran Bradley A Gordon to replace Greg Hawkins at the helm of the struggling group. The FTSE 250 company, whose poor performance meant it was under pressure even before a gold price rout began in April, said Gordon's appointment would be effective immediately. Gordon, who has worked in the gold mining industry for 30 years, was previously CEO of Intrepid Mines, the Canadian and Australian listed precious metals exploration and development company with primary operations in Indonesia. Analysts welcomed the change, and said Gordon's his lack of African experience was balanced by his ability to manage difficult operations. "The announcement...

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