Monday 26 June 2017
(AFP (eng) 02/15/17)
Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than a half billion people live without electricity, trails the world in government policies that promote sustainable energy, according to a new World Bank report Wednesday. Much of the rest of the world, however, has made strides toward making energy broadly available, developing renewable power sources and increasing efficiency, the inaugural Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy report said. In a survey of 111 countries, the World Bank found that through 2015 nearly 80 percent had begun to adopt policies to expand electrical grids, connecting them to solar and wind generation, and to help make electric utilities creditworthy and financially viable while keeping energy prices down. More than a third of countries, home to 96 percent of...
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready to make a new deal to help Nigeria "in terms of military weapons." The statement said Trump also commended Buhari for the strides Nigeria is making against Islamist radical group Boko Haram, and invited Buhari to come to Washington at...
(AFP (eng) 02/13/17)
Six journalists, including three media owners, have been arrested in the Ivory Coast for "spreading false information" about a mutiny by security forces, their newspapers and the public prosecutor said. The move came after elite forces became the latest troops to protest over pay in recent weeks in the West African nation, firing into the air in the army barracks town of Adiake. "Regarding recent action taken by the military... we have come to believe that certain media organisations are spreading false information in a bid to encourage soldiers to revolt," said a statement from the public prosecutor broadcast on national television
(Bloomberg 02/13/17)
Local cocoa shippers in Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer, said more than 80 percent of the contracts they bought cannot be fulfilled after wrongly speculating that prices would rise, according to a person familiar with the matter. Local exporters have told industry regulator Le Conseil du Cafe-Cacao that they can’t honor commercial agreements for about 350,000 metric tons of beans, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information is confidential. After prices plunged, exporters can only ship about 50,000 tons, said the person. A spokeswoman for the CCC couldn’t immediately comment when contacted by phone. Eric Koffi, the regulator’s sales manager, didn’t answer a call for comment. Ivory Coast usually sells 80 percent of the...
(Ghana Web 02/10/17)
Cote D’ Ivoire on Thursday, February 9, protested what it describes as a threat from Ghana’s legal team to the President of the Special Chamber during its submission at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Germany. Cote D’ Ivoire is seeking to punch more holes in Ghana’s argument in the ongoing Maritime boundary case as it concludes its oral submission today, February 10. Ghana had already made its oral submission at the ten- day hearing, asking that the case be dismissed. Arguments Making a case for Ghana, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Ms Gloria Afua Akuffo noted that the fairness and goodness of equidistance as a method of delimitation, in the circumstances of the case, made...
(Agence Ecofin 02/10/17)
Ivorian ministry of agriculture and rural development has secured from the African Development Bank (AfDB) FCFA3.8 billion ($6.2 million), reads a note published by l’Agence ivoirienne de presse. “The grant which was provided in line with AfDB’s 2013-2017 Country Strategy Paper will be used to boost rural land management in the country. It will be used to establish Village Committees for Rural Land Management, curb inter-community conflicts, carry out sensitization campaigns on land legislation and land transfer rights for women, in addition to helping delineate 1,761 village territories in the Grand-Ouest and the North Eastern regions of Cote d’Ivoire,” says the note. The ministry said a previous financing helped buy 15 cars and 75 bikes which “will be delivered to...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first choice for regular Champions League entrants Coton Sport from northern Cameroon cotton town Garoua. Coton qualified for the 2008 final, losing to Al Ahly of Egypt, but have fared poorly recently with first round exits in the past two seasons...
(AFP (eng) 02/09/17)
The Ivorian government planned Thursday to pursue talks with elite troops responsible for President Alassane Ouattara's security in a bid to end a revolt by the special forces, a defence ministry official said. "Normally the discussions should resume this morning," the source told AFP after the mutineers began talks with top military staff following armed protests this week in their barracks town of Adiake, 90 kilometres (56 miles) east of Abidjan. Inhabitants of Adiake returned to business as usual on Thursday morning, as schools and shops reopened and soldiers were no longer firing in the air, several residents said by phone. "We can breathe this morning. Since 3:00 pm yesterday, the gunfire stopped and we haven't heard anything up to...
(AFP (eng) 02/09/17)
Salomon Kalou's missed spot-kick put hosts Borussia Dortmund into the German Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday as Hertha Berlin lost 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. The Ivory Coast striker gave Hertha a first-half lead in the third-round cup clash in Dortmund when he volleyed home on 27 minutes after the hosts made a slow start. But Dortmund raised the pace as Marco Reus equalised straight after the break while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a goal disallowed and Ousmane Dembele fired wide for Borussia. Dortmund kept up the pressure as the game went into extra time. However, they finished with 10 men when defender Sokratis was sent off in the 119th minute for dissent -- just before the final whistle --...
(Standard Digital 02/09/17)
Hundreds of business and political personalities yesterday attended a German-African economic summit in Nairobi, where German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Mueller talked about his “Marshall Plan” for Africa. The plan is “with Africa, not for Africa,” Mueller (pictured) said, stressing that it would be based on cooperation between equals rather than the principles of traditional development aid. The plan, which Mueller presented to the German parliament’s development committee on Wednesday, is based on fair trade conditions, investment and increasing aid for educational projects. One of the goals of the plan, which the German opposition received with scepticism, is to curb migratory flows from Africa to Europe. Mueller called on German companies to focus on Africa, which he...
(AFP (eng) 02/08/17)
Ivory Coast special forces troops fired in the air in the army barracks town of Adiake on Wednesday after weeks of trouble with mutinous soldiers over pay, residents said. "The shooting has started again. Today, it's market day, and they (the troops) told the women to return to their houses. Everyone is terrified, and holed up in their homes," a resident of Adiake told AFP by phone. The elite troops appeared to be angling for a deal with the government along the lines of one struck with mutinous soldiers in January that offered some of them large one-off lump sum payments. Tuesday's trouble in Adiake, located to the east of the commercial capital Abidjan, was the first protest action by...
(AL Jazeera 02/08/17)
The EU must espouse a transnational approach with a clear development agenda that replaces its current security policy. One year ago, 22-year-old Patrick left Douala, the largest city in Cameroon, to become a football star in Europe. A talented midfielder and an ambitious young man, Patrick felt compelled to reach Europe to help him to realise his dreams. But, as he passed through Agadez in Niger, which has become a major transit hub for migrants taking the Central Mediterranean route, reality proved to be grimmer than he had anticipated. Patrick and two of his male relatives, also travelling from Douala, were beaten, robbed and held captive by organised predatory groups. Finally, their tumultuous journey came to an end in Algeria,...
(AFP (eng) 02/07/17)
Ivorian special forces troops fired in the air in towns in the north and south of the country on Tuesday, weeks after soldiers and security forces mutinied over pay in the west African nation. The gunfire follows deadly protests across the country last month that left four dead, shut down Abidjan port -- one of Africa's biggest -- and disrupted business in the world's top cocoa producer. The angry troops appeared to be angling for a deal with the government along the lines of one struck with mutinous soldiers in January that offered some of them large one-off lump sum payments. The first reports of protest action by the elite special forces on Tuesday came from the barracks town of...
(Bloomberg 02/07/17)
Ivory Coast, the world’s largest cocoa producer, is asking for compensation for losses from exporters that defaulted on contracts this season. Shippers that couldn’t fulfill their commercial agreements will have to reimburse industry regulator Le Conseil du Cafe-Cacao if defaults resulted in losses, according to a copy of a letter obtained by Bloomberg and sent by the CCC to a company in default in recent weeks. The companies will lose access to Ivory Coast cocoa auctions until the compensation is paid. It’s not clear how many letters were sent and which companies received them. The CCC’s letter was reported earlier by Reuters. Marian Coulibaly Dagnogo, a spokeswoman for the regulator, didn’t return phone calls seeking comment. Ivory Coast usually auctions...
(AFP (eng) 02/06/17)
An international tribunal on Monday began hearing arguments in a dispute between Ghana and Ivory Coast over a contested maritime boundary that cuts through lucrative offshore oil fields. The area is believed to hold the biggest hydrocarbon resources discovered in west Africa over the last decade. The neighbours have asked the Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to rule on where the border lies exactly, with Ghana arguing there is no need to deviate from a decades-long "mutually agreed and recognised" boundary line based on equidistance. Ivory Coast however claims the border is not properly demarcated and accuses Ghana of carrying out oil exploration activities in Ivorian maritime zones. Both sides will lay out their case in...
(Bloomberg 02/06/17)
Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. is expected to raise about $500 million for its new African investment fund, attracting less than its original goal as investor interest in the region proved weaker than anticipated, according to people familiar with the matter. The Toronto-based insurer sought to raise as much as $1 billion at $10 a share for Fairfax Africa Holdings Corp. in an initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange, according to a regulatory filing in December. Fairfax said it had secured as much as $416 million in commitments for the African venture from both its own funds and partners, including the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, a Canadian pension fund and CI Investments Inc., according to the...
(Xinhuanet 02/03/17)
T20 Africa Conference, the meeting for the G20 think tanks and African countries, ended on Friday in Johannesburg with a commitment to accelerate cooperation between the G20 and Africa. The three-day conference aimed to chart a course for the future cooperation between Africa and the G20. The day ended with the formulation of the communique which will be given to the current G20 chair Germany. The communique will also be the reference for further discussion between Africa and T20. T20 comprises of the G20 think tanks. Dr. Christine Hackenesch, researcher at the German Development Institute (DIE) said, "There was an agreement that there must be a continuous and sustained engagement between G20 and Africa because there is a strong dependence...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/02/17)
African leaders have backed a "strategy of collective withdrawal" from the International Criminal Court (ICC), but it came with unspecified reservations, an African Union official said on Wednesday after this week's African Union summit. The official did not give details about the strategy or the reservations, but it highlights broad antipathy towards the court among Africans who feel the ICC unfairly targets them. A document seen by Reuters before the summit proposed a co-ordinated withdrawal unless the ICC was reformed. It included a call for "regionalization" of international law, a reference to proposals for an African war crimes court. Almost a third of the ICC's 124 members are African, and a withdrawal by a large number of them would cripple...
(AFP (eng) 02/01/17)
Ivory Coast's cashew producers called Wednesday for a fixed price that would allow them to make money this year, after a "disastrous" last season for the world's biggest producer of the tasty nuts. In 2016 the country produced 725,000 tonnes at the start of the harvest season, marred by clashes between farmers which left 33 people dead. Ivory Coast beat India last year while global production is 2.9 million tonnes, according to figures from the Cotton-Cashew Council, which manages the sector. Over the same period the price paid to producers was 350 CFA francs (0.53 euro) per kilo, seen as low compared to neighbouring countries. This year they want a "sale price which makes money," industry officials said days before...
(AFP (eng) 02/01/17)
Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has refused an offer to join Corinthians of Brazil that would have included generous wages and a bullet-proof car. The Ivory Coast star, 38, is out of contract after a spell at Montreal Impact and was offered $120,000 (110,000 euros) a week, a 24-hours-per-day translator, six return tickets to Europe -- and a bullet-proof car. Drogba said on Twitter on Wednesday that he had spoken with the Corinthians president Roberto de Andrade to decline the offer. "I'm very honoured... but it doesn't feel like the right move for me at this time," wrote Drogba. The club thanked the player for showing an interest. "Life is made on choices and this renowned player will head for...

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