Tuesday 24 October 2017
(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...
(The Jerusalem Post 07/15/13)
Sabine Haddad of the Population, Immigration, and Borders Authority says "anyone who desires to return can do so.” A group of around 15 Eritreans are set to return to their home country in the coming days, after spending the last year at the Saharonim detention center, the Hotline for Migrant Workers reported on Sunday. The hotline based their report on testimony from a number of detainees at the Saharonim center in the Negev, who said that they will be escorted on their return by the Eritrean Ambassador in Israel. While Sabine Haddad of the Population, Immigration and Borders Authority said Sunday that they are not commenting on the report, she sent a statement from the authority reading “infiltrators are leaving...
(Shabait 07/15/13)
Keren — The construction of two water reservoirs which has been underway along Dearit River in the environs of Keren city on the basis of joint venture between the residents and members of the People's Army has been finalized. Mr. Bereket Amlesom, agriculture expert in Keren sub-zone, pointed out that the 4-month joint undertaking, which also involved the Administration of Anseba region and experts from the Ministry of Agriculture, was conducted with a view to meeting the city's growing demand for potable water. Maj. Woldu Gebretinsae, Commander of the members of the People's Army in Keren, expressed appreciation for the active participation witnessed on the part of the residents, and that the experience acquired to this end is a stepping...
(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,...
(Shabait 07/15/13)
Assab — The inhabitants of Bihita village, Ber'asoli Administrative area, said that they are in a position to ensure durability of the potable water supply facility in the locality on the basis of popularizing prudent utilization. Among the inhabitants, Ms. Fatuma Isa, Ms. Fatuma Abdalla, Mr. Idris Isa Mohammed and Mr. Dawood Ali Arum explained that the community could adhere to judicious utilization of water through electing a committee in this connection. The community has also been striving to prevent diseases resulting from water contamination, and water resources in the area have had an encouraging impact in livestock farming. Reports indicate that the solar energy-powered potable water supply facility in the area was put in place in the year 2007...
(Shabait 07/15/13)
Hamelmalo — The Education Ministry's branch in Hamelmalo sub-zone indicated that the role of teachers, parents and stakeholders is a remarkable prerequisite in promoting the teaching-learning process. It made the remark at a meeting in which school directors, supervisors, parents committees and Area administrators took part. Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Mohammed-Jimi'e Ahmed, Head of the branch office, indicated that it looks forward to further accomplishments in this regard on the basis of preserving the prevailing virtues and encouraging integrated work. He further disclosed that noteworthy achievement has been made as regards educational outreach in connection with beginners from families who lead nomadic style of living. According to reports presented at the meeting, a total of 29 Adult Education stations...
(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...
(Voice of America 07/13/13)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is calling on African nations to boost their private sectors to advance intra-regional trade. UNCTAD’s new report on the Economic Development in Africa 2013 says reducing trade barriers alone is not enough to turn regional trade into a winning enterprise. In a newly published report, the UN Conference on Trade and Development says African governments must boost private industry and entrepreneurs if they are to compete successfully with foreign firms unencumbered by trade barriers. The report says Africa has a lot to do to catch up with the world's other intra-regional trading blocs. It notes that trade among African nations was low, just 11.3 percent of total trade in...
(Shabait 07/12/13)
io — The residents of Tio coastal semi-urban center, Araeta sub-zone, are engaged in extensive environmental hygiene campaign in collaboration with members of the People's Army with a view to preventing seacoast pollution, and thereby promoting community wellbeing. Among the participants, Ms. Kedija Humad Ardaitu, Mr. Mohammed Hassan and Ms. Eisha Mohammed, as well as Mr. Ali Mohammed Osman, Administrator of Tio Administrative area, indicated that the community has been striving in this regard for a long time. Ali Ahmed Gumhid, member of the People's Army, said that they have been collaborating with the inhabitants in various domains, and asserted that they would do their level best for the realization of the cherished goal. Mr. Ibrahim Ali, Administrator of the...
(Voice of America 07/12/13)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is calling on African nations to boost their private sectors to advance intra-regional trade. UNCTAD’s new report on the Economic Development in Africa 2013 says reducing trade barriers alone is not enough to turn regional trade into a winning enterprise. In a newly published report, the UN Conference on Trade and Development says African governments must boost private industry and entrepreneurs if they are to compete successfully with foreign firms unencumbered by trade barriers. The report says Africa has a lot to do to catch up with the world's other intra-regional trading blocs. It notes that trade among African nations was low, just 11.3 percent of total trade in...
(Shabait 07/11/13)
Massawa — Massawa Port Authority organized a 6-month practical and theoretical training course focusing on heavy machinery operating, motor maintenance, Material Management, Accounting and Secretarial Science for 114 veteran and new staff members. Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Mr. Kidane Zere, head of training in the Authority, indicated that it has been organizing various trainings on the basis of internal capacity, and that the current training was organized through a curriculum by the Education Ministry. He further disclosed that the trainees are expected to work on the basis of the knowledge and skills they have acquired. Mr. Dawit Mengisteab, General Manager of Massawa Port Authority, pointed out that the training could be effective thanks to the enthusiasm and integrated work...
(Voice of America 07/11/13)
LONDON — Malta has been forced to cancel the forced return of dozens of Somali migrants to Libya, after an emergency ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. The EU has criticized the attempted repatriation, but Malta has accused its European partners of a lack of solidarity. It comes after the Pope visited an Italian island earlier this week that's received thousands of migrants. Tired, hungry and dehydrated, 68 migrants who'd set sail from Libya were rescued by Maltese patrol boats Wednesday 50 kilometers off the coastline, after their vessel lost power. It's the second migrant boat to arrive in as many days. Maltese authorities had intended to send two planes back to Libya carrying 45 Somali migrants who...
(Ventures-Africa 07/11/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – African business leader and philanthropist Tony O. Elumelu joins President Goodluck Jonathan as part of a high powered delegation accompanying the Nigerian leader on a state visit to China from 11 to 12 July 2013. The visit, which will include a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping, will have Mr Elumelu and other business leaders, including Folorunso Alakija, Femi Otedola and Oba Otudeko, representing Nigeria’s business interests, thus emphasising President Jonathan’s commitment to leveraging the private sector to drive both development and trade and investment links between China and Africa. Speaking at the investment forum, which attracted over 700 potential investors, their Nigerian counterparts and several governors as well as the Ministers for Trade and Investment, Aviation...
(Voice of America 07/10/13)
Only seven of the 53 African Union countries who pledged to commit at least 10 percent of their national budgets to investment in agriculture in 2003 have reached that goal. Aid organizations say that investment in agriculture is key to breaking the cycle of food insecurity and crisis in West Africa. As the declaration approaches its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, the aid groups are calling on AU countries to renew their commitment to the Maputo Declaration. In 2003, 53 African heads of state agreed to allocate at least 10 percent of their national budgets to investment in agriculture and livestock by July 2008. Ten years later, only seven countries - Burkina Faso, Niger, Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Malawi and Ethiopia -...
(Shabait 07/09/13)
The National Association of Teachers conducted 6th Conference last weekend at the City Hall. Mr. Isaac Tesfagiorgis, Chairman of the Association, indicated that it has been working on priority basis as regards improving teachers’ wellbeing on the basis of enhancing relations with stakeholders, besides the efforts made to expand international relations through taking part in conferences in Sudan, the DRC, Brazil and South Africa. He further outlined the current challenges of the Association, and called on the members to demonstrate hard work in their career and be committed to national development programs and organizational objectives. The participants of the conference conducted in-depth discussion on the working constitutions of the Association following the presentation of financial report, and adopted decision to...
(Shabait 07/09/13)
Fishermen in Tio semi-urban center said that they would back up national endeavors of ensuring food security, besides engaging in joint ventures focusing on prevention of seacoast pollution. Among the fishermen, Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Wala, Mr. Mohammed Hassan Farana, Mr. Mahmoud Ahmedin and Mr. Yusuf Ahmedin expressed readiness to extend a helping hand towards effective and sustainable harnessing of the nation’s marine resources. The fishermen further called for the overhaul of an ice factory in the area. Moreover, Mr. Hussein Gumhid, member of the Fishermen’s Association in the Southern Red Sea region, called on the pertinent bodies to enhance collaboration with it.
(Ghana Business News 07/09/13)
African airlines enjoyed nearly a 10% rise in traffic in May 2013 as global passenger growth trend continues, according to an industry report. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says African airlines’ traffic climbed 9.8% in May which was the second highest among the regions. The report notes that African carriers are benefiting from a sustained increase in trade through developing links to Asia and the Middle East, as well as strong GDP growth in local economies, particularly in Western Africa. “Capacity rose 7.4% in May, raising load factor 1.4 percentage points to 66.2%,” said IATA’s passenger traffic report. In terms of air freight, African carriers grew just 0.2% in May, but growth trend, according to the airline association, was...
(Sudan Tribune 07/08/13)
Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki said that a broader scope and an all-embracing strategic solution is crucial to attain a durable deal in resolving outstanding CPA issues between Sudan and South Sudan. Afwerki made the comments while conferring with visiting EU Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan, Rosalind Marsden at the presidential palace in Asmara last Thursday 4 July. Despite South Sudan’s peaceful secession from Sudan in July 2011, post-split key issues remain unresolved. In September last year, Presidents of Sudan and South Sudan signed a series of agreements in Addis Ababa including security arrangements, oil and on the rights of citizens in the two countries. However the agreements remain far from implementation due distrust and lack of political commitment...
(Shabait 07/08/13)
Mensura — The Health Ministry's branch in Mensura sub-zone has called on the inhabitants to enhance participation in endeavors as regards malaria control. It made the call at a meeting with community representatives and civil servants during which it was stated that promotional and community sensitization activities in this connection have made significant impact in raising community awareness. Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Mebrahtu Yemane, head of the branch office, indicated that the role of communities is a major prerequisite in avoiding swamp areas which constitute the main habitat for mosquito breeding. Among the participants, Mr. Abdurahman Hussein and Ms. Tirhas Berhane pointed out that the community possesses admirable awareness as regards the impact of environmental hygiene in lowering morbidity...
(Ventures-Africa 07/08/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Ideas rule the world and in this age, innovation is key. Businesses thrive on Eureka! moments, as innovation has become the benchmark for excellence. For most businesses/entrepreneurs the effective application of ideas determines whether a startup progresses to a multi-billion dollar company, a la Google, Facebook, Apple, or goes bust! African entrepreneurs have also tapped into the endless stream of Eureka! moments and have turned ideas to million-dollar businesses - ask iROKOtv, Justin Stanford or Kamal Budhabatti to name a few. On Africa’s Most Innovative Companies today, we feature Rasello, a company which helps you “manage, understand and communicate better to the people that matter most to your business.” There is no major reason behind the name...

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