| Africatime
Friday 24 March 2017
(Agence Ecofin 12/20/16)
Organized by the Alliance Pour Refonder la Gouvernance en Afrique (ARGA), a structure based in Dakar (Senegal), a reflection workshop on migration-induced land challenges took place on December 15 in Korhogo, in the Northern part of Cote d’Ivoire. This was reported by l’Agence Ivoirienne de Presse. Regrouping about 50 academics and experts of migration, the workshop aimed to determine issues faced by migrants in regards to access to lands and its use. The session’s objective was also to find adequate solutions to these issues. “The experts, mainly researchers and national, but also foreign, consultants, will try to analyze the various forms of migration, then propose solutions to the conflicts that result from the phenomenon, as according to the event’s organizers,...
(AFP (eng) 12/20/16)
When Rose Kariuki first felt a lump on her left breast, the spectre of cancer -- a disease she had only heard of on television -- was the last thing on her mind. "To me, cancer was nowhere near us. It was shocking, I feared death, I feared so many things," the 46-year-old Kenyan school teacher told AFP. Rose is one of a growing number of Africans suffering from cancer, one of the lifestyle diseases -- along with diabetes and heart problems -- proving increasing deadly on the continent. A World Health Organisation (WHO) survey released Tuesday showed that most Africans had at least one risk factor for developing one of these diseases, such as smoking, a lack of exercise,...
(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.
(Reuters (Eng) 12/19/16)
Voters in Ivory Coast cast their ballots in parliamentary polls on Sunday as the main opposition party sought to break President Alassane Ouattara's near monopoly of the legislature in the West African nation. The Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), the largest opposition party, has largely boycotted politics since a 2011 war which saw then President Laurent Gbagbo, its founder, ousted and many of its leaders jailed. "We are confident that after this legislative vote, the FPI will make a remarkable and important return with a parliamentary majority," FPI President Pascal Affi N'Guessan told Reuters. The FPI is fielding 186 candidates for the 255 parliament seats and is expected to make a strong showing. Ouattara's supporters hold about 85 percent of seats...
(AFP (eng) 12/18/16)
Ivory Coast votes on Sunday in legislative elections that President Alassane Ouattara hopes will strengthen his parliamentary majority to help keep the world's top cocoa producer in the economic fast lane. The weeklong election campaign was peaceful, but the authorities have ordered some 30,000 security forces into the streets in the wake of scattered incidents in recent months, including attacks on police posts. "Give me a strong majority to enable me to speed up the work that I have set as an objective in the four years to come," Ouattara said in a TV broadcast, playing up his economic achievements to win support among the 6.2 million eligible voters. The country was long the star economic performer in the region...
(AFP (eng) 12/16/16)
The number of migrants feared to have died this year has soared to nearly 7,200 -- a more than 20-percent increase over 2015 -- with most of the fatalities in the Mediterranean, IOM said Friday. In total, 7,189 migrants and refugees have died or remain missing on migratory routs around the world, the International Organization for Migration said. That number is already 1,449 more than in all of 2015. And since it represents an average of 20 deaths per day, another 200 to 300 people could perish by the end of the year if the trend continues, the Geneva-based IOM warned in a statement. The Mediterranean Sea routes, used so far this year by nearly 360,000 people seeking a new...
(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.
(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 is fiercest it produces far more than the Grid can use, and the excess power goes to waste. "It's like you have a Ferrari and you run a small car," says Massimiliano Salaorno, plant manager of Solar Capital De Aar...
(AFP (eng) 12/14/16)
Family planning helps people in Africa to be healthier and wealthier, as women without contraceptives become locked in "a cycle of poverty," Melinda Gates told AFP as a conference on the topic was held in Ivory Coast. "When a woman has access to contraceptives she can lift herself out of poverty, and if she doesn't have access to contraceptives, it locks her inside a cycle of poverty for the rest of her life," said the wife of Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates, whose foundation is very active in the field. Family planning has "huge health benefits for the woman and for her children, and it has economic benefits," Gates told AFP by telephone from the Ivorian economic capital Abidjan...
(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 safer and cleaner air. Sulphur particles emitted by diesel engines are considered to be a major contributor to air pollution and are ranked by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as one of the top global health risks associated with heart...
(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, tourism appears to be weathering the country's political storm far better than the thousands of petty traders who move to The Gambia from the rest of west Africa. President-elect Barrow told AFP on Monday claims that tourist numbers could be...
(AFP (eng) 12/12/16)
A mother from a working-class district of Abidjan watches fearfully while the physiotherapist presses down on the thorax and abdomen of her crying, struggling baby to help him breathe. Under the health worker's expert hands, the infant gradually expels the secretions clogging up his lungs through his nose and mouth. His mother looks astonished and the therapist keeps working until her child's airways are completely clear. Respiratory physiotherapy is critically needed in Ivory Coast where pneumonia is second only to malaria as a killer of babies and toddlers. The charity Agis (Association Graine d'Ivoire et Sante), founded in 2010 by Aboubakar Sylla, a physiotherapist himself, trains volunteer staff in the massage techniques to serve the poorer neighbourhoods of the commercial...
(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 proof of this. Arison Tamfu, of the Cameroon Journal, was named winner of the award for English-language media for an investigation into a promise by President Paul Biya to gift laptops to "each student of a public or private university...
(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 (National Security Agency) operative Edward Snowden, originally given to Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, offer unprecedented insight into information on twenty African countries collected by GCHQ, the British intelligence service, between 2009 and 2010. Dozens of lists of intercepts examined...
(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, yet it doesn't cost me anything," said the 29-year-old entrepreneur and mother of two. "I often wake up at night to work because I need the money to support my family," she said. Julius and her husband, Zablon, used to...
(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 to incentivize agricultural production in activities and sectors with higher returns. In his remarks at the opening of the African Economic Conference on the theme, Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth, Hamdok said: “Our desire for structural transformation...
(Agence Ecofin 12/05/16)
Cote d’Ivoire will implement from 2016 to 2020 a program to improve access to drinking water. The project, which falls under the country’s National Development Programme, will cost, according to Prime Minister Danial Kablan Duncan, “CFA260 billion ($420 million) of which CFA68 billion ($109 million) for rural hydraulics”. During the 7th edition of the International Forum on Access to Drinking Water held this week in Abidjan, the Prime Minister said the water program aims to insure that 82.5% of the territory average, 60% of rural areas and 85% of urban areas, has access to drinking water. Despite having abundant water resources, Cote d’Ivoire has a water mobilization capacity of around 77 billion m3/yr, including 39 billion m3 of surface water...
(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. ENGLAND YAYA TOURE (Manchester City) The Ivory Coast midfielder endured a frustrating end to a bad week as City were beaten 3-1 by title rivals Chelsea. Toure came on as a 76th-minute substitute with City trailing 2-1 and was unable...
(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 home fans. Desire slotted in from close range after a beautiful lob from team mate Ngozi Okobi hit a Cameroonian defender and fell on her path with six minutes to the end of the game. The remaining duration and three...
(AFP (eng) 12/02/16)
Didier Drogba's charity foundation to help causes in Africa has been cleared following an investigation into "serious regulatory concerns". The Charity Commission launched a probe into the Didier Drogba Foundation earlier this year after the Daily Mail claimed just £14,115 ($17,764, 16,668 euros) out of £1.7 million donated to the former Chelsea star's charity had actually been used in Africa. In the article, the Mail claimed that £439,321 was spent putting on "lavish" fundraising parties attended by celebrities, and more than £1 million "languished" in bank accounts. But Drogba, who currently plays for Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer, said he had spent his own sponsorship earnings first and planned to use UK fundraising money for future projects. And the...

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