Friday 15 December 2017
(Voice of America 07/17/13)
West African regional leaders plan to open an extraordinary two-day summit on Wednesday in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. Sonny Ugoh, communications director for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), says the leaders will consider the latest political and security situation in Mali in the run-up to that country’s July 28 presidential election. “They will review the political health of the organization and member states, the economic health of the region, and give directive as to what initiative they think we should take, in order to address whatever challenges they determine that we need to address,” said Ugoh. He says Burkinabe President Blaise Compaoré will brief other heads of state about the situation in Mali. Mr. Compaoré mediated talks between...
( 07/17/13)
Africa’s oil and gas industry is poised for momentous growth despite its grappling with severe stresses of a challenging economic and political environment on the continent, fuelled by poor physical infrastructure, corruption, an uncertain regulatory framework, and a lack of skills, according to a review issued by PwC. PwC’s ‘Africa oil and gas review’ of developments in the African oil and gas industry is the third in a series of reviews of the sector by the tax, assurance and advisory solutions firm. Uyi Akpata, PwC Africa oil and gas industry leader/deputy country senior partner, Nigeria, says: “The challenges facing oil and gas companies operating in Africa are diverse and numerous. Political interference, uncertainty and delays in passing laws, energy policies...
(AL Jazeera 07/16/13)
Executive council meets in Nigerian capital to review progress made in combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The African Union executive council is meeting in the Nigerian capital to take stock of progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The conference, which opened in Abuja on Friday, will also address challenges encountered in the campaign against the three diseases. "It is timely that we review the implementation of the various declarations and plans of action adopted in the course of the last decade," Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Ghebreyesus told the conference, according to the African Union's website. Ghebreyesus said Ethiopia was proposing to establish an "African Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (African–CDC) or Health Commission for Africa...
(AFP (eng) 07/15/13)
African leaders called for increased funding Monday to contain HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as a continental health summit opened in Nigeria's capital. Among the 10 heads of state in attendance was Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Nigeria is a member of the ICC and has a legal obligation to arrest Bashir but defended the invitation by saying it did not have the authority to bar him from an African Union summit. UN Population Fund executive director Babatunde Osotimehin pointed to key gains made against the diseases over the last decade. In 2001, "HIV treatment in Africa was almost non-existent. Just 11 years later,...
(Sunday Independent 07/15/13)
This week Nelson Mandela celebrates his 95th birthday. Thebe Ikalafeng reflects on this man's. vision for Africa, and how he created an enabling environment for Thabo Mbeki to express our identity on the continent. Throughout its history, South Africa has had a dichotomous relationship and identity with “Africa”. Apartheid South Africa was the pariah that united Africans against the last white rule – the final frontier in the decolonisation of Africa. Post-apartheid, fellow Africans have flooded the most industrialised and wealthiest sub-Saharan African nation in search of a better life, and an expectation of “payback” for the years of support during the apartheid years. But they have not always been met with an expected embrace, mainly because of the perception...
(The Economist 07/12/13)
WEARING green-and-blue pyjama bottoms, Amadé Ouérémi casually bantered with government soldiers and posed for mobile-phone pictures as he entertained them recently at his encampment in the Mount Peko national park, in the west-central part of Ivory Coast. Mr Ouérémi’s personal militia, believed to number at least 100, had occupied the protected forest for more than a decade. A few hours later, government soldiers arrested him, dragging him kicking and screaming into a blue van. “Why am I the only one accused of crimes?” he said. “They want to eat without me.” Ever since Ivory Coast’s short but murderous crisis after a disputed election in 2010, Mr Ouérémi enjoyed close relations with the rebels who have now become the national army...
(Business Week 07/12/13)
A foundation founded by Didier Drogba, the Ivory Coast soccer player, will invest 2.5 million pounds ($3.8 million) building hospitals in the west African nation. The project, the foundation’s biggest since it started in 2007, will lead the construction of at least five health centers for women and children in Yamoussoukro, the capital, and the cities of Abidjan, San Pedro, Man and Korhogo, Guy Roland Tanoh, the general secretary of the Didier Drogba Foundation, said in a phone interview yesterday. The money, 80 percent of which has already been raised, will come from charity galas organized in London. Drogba, 35, won the European Champions League with Chelsea in 2012 and currently plays for Turkish club Galatasaray. He has served as...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/12/13)
Stronger-than-expected cocoa production in Ivory Coast would drive economic growth of around 9 per cent this year, supported by higher public infrastructure spending and rebounding private investment, President Alassane Ouattara said. A robust post-war economic recovery will help Ivory Coast to tap international markets with a $500-million (U.S.) bond issue by October, Mr. Ouattara said in an interview, appealing to the opposition to heal war wounds. Ivory Coast was racked by a 2011 civil war in which 3,000 people were killed and tens of thousands more displaced after former president Laurent Gbabgo refused to recognise Mr. Ouattara’s election victory. Mr. Ouattara, who won the conflict with French support, has since steered a dramatic recovery in francophone West Africa’s economic powerhouse...
(BBC News Africa 07/12/13)
Everton have signed Wigan striker Arouna Kone on a three-year deal after meeting a £6m release clause. Newcastle and Everton both met the clause in the 29-year-old's Wigan contract but the Ivorian has opted to move to Merseyside. He will link up again with manager Roberto Martinez, who left Wigan at the end of the season. Kone scored 11 Premier League goals for last season's FA Cup winners who were relegated to the Championship. Kone said: "Every player dreams of playing for a bigger club and coming here is a big step up for me. "I hope to be able to fulfil all my dreams and get as far as I can through hard work. "I hope to score as...
(AFP (eng) 07/12/13)
Faced with the dilemma of trying to save a protected forest, which had become home to thousands of people, Cote d'Ivoire has turned to brute force. Soldiers, some armed with rocket launchers, and bulldozers were sent in to reclaim the southwestern forest of Niegre. In a swift operation last month, the army completely razed the small town of Baleko-Niegre, tucked away in the tropical forest of the Sassandra region, about 360km west of the commercial capital Abidjan. Little was spared: brick houses and clay huts were flattened, and the local school, church and marketplace were demolished. Camps deeper into the forest were also destroyed. The government says the operation was to save forests’ woodland from illegal exploitation by people, often...
( 07/02/13)
Every year an estimated 210 million people use illicit drugs with about 200,000 of them dying annually. Drug use and drug trafficking are not only a health threat but also threaten global stability and socio-economic development across the world. This was contained in a release from the Abibimman Foundation, International Day of the African Child and Youth (IDAY Ghana), AYICC –Ghana, and Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP-Ghana). The release was signed by Kenneth Nana Amoateng, Chief Executive Officer, Abibiman Foundation. The release was in commemoration of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which fell on June 26th, 2013, and organized under the theme, "Make Health Your New High In Life Not Drugs." It said illegal...

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