Sunday 18 February 2018
(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...
(BBC News Africa 07/05/13)
Malta has called for assistance from the European Union after rescuing 291 migrants from a drifting boat. The vessel was intercepted by Maltese patrol boats after coming from Libya. Among the 243 men and 48 women on board, at least two had gunshot wounds and others were nearly unconscious. Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat called EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy to appeal for solidarity, saying the burden of immigration to the EU should not fall on its smallest member. He said he hoped EU neighbours would show the same solidarity to Malta that it had shown to them when they received bailouts in recent years, according to a report in the Malta Independent. He did not specify what help...
(Voice of America 07/05/13)
LONDON — A new satellite system was launched into orbit last week that aims to bring high-speed Internet to remote communities across the globe. Its backers say it could have a big impact in rural parts of Africa by speeding up economic and social development. Others argue the huge amounts of money, however, should be spent on more basic needs. Lift-off for the O3b - or "Other 3 Billion" - satellite system occurred last week in French Guiana. The system goes "live" later this year when eight satellites will enter a lower orbit to provide a faster connection. Its backers include Google and the Development Bank of Southern Africa, among others. Founder Greg Wyler said the "Other 3 Billion" are...
(Ips News 07/04/13)
In February 2013, 20-year-old Mohamed*, like hundreds of thousands of other Eritreans, fled the brutal dictatorship in that East African nation in search of a better life in neighbouring Sudan. But for Mohamed and others like him, escaping into neighbouring countries has brought no end to their suffering. Many of them have become the victims of human traffickers and Mohamed’s family believes that this was his fate too. According to Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) “World Report 2013”, Eritrea is plagued by human rights abuses, and “torture, arbitrary detention, and severe restrictions on freedom of expression, association, and religious freedom remain routine.” In addition, military conscription is compulsory and can last for an indefinite period of time. The international NGO Freedom...
(Shabait 07/04/13)
Barentu — The Education Ministry's branch in Gash-Barka region has called for integrated efforts on the part of communities and government bodies as regards reinforcement of the impact of educational institutions. It made the call at an assessment meeting during which Mr. Haileab Hibtai from the branch office indicated that a program with a scope extending to the year 2017 has been charted in this connection. Also speaking at the meeting, Mr. Abdullahi Al-Amin, Head of social service in the region, called on pertinent bodies to extend a helping hand towards the realization of the cherished goal. Mr. Mohammed-Ali Ibrahim, Head of the branch office, pointed out on his part that the number of schools is on the rise vis-à-vis...
(The New Times 07/04/13)
Mushikiwabo was speaking yesterday in Kigali as a panelist at a national symposium that featured discussions about 50 years of Africa’s independence, Rwanda’s 19 years since the Liberation War, and the role of Africa’s unity in the economic development of the continent. Mushikiwabo said that Africans will have to end rampant corruption, insecurity, and reliance on too much of foreign intervention if they are to record better achievements in their freedom and economic status. “Colonialism has hampered our ability to think for ourselves,” the minister said as she highlighted some of the reasons behind the continent’s ills. She encouraged all Africans to strive to tell their own story if they are to succeed in developing themselves because the current situation...
(Ventures-Africa 07/03/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Tuesday said it has earmarked up to $3 billion for Africa’s power sector over the next 5 years. AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka, speaking from Dar Es Salaam, said the bank’s interventions will include investment loans, reforms, advisory and guarantees in the energy sector. This is part of the bank’s backing for President Barack Obama’s $7 billion Power Africa plan which Obama unveiled on Saturday in Cape Town, South Africa. The US-led power plan will pay more attention to advancing more access to power in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania. Blue chip companies including General Electric and Symbion Power will also invest an additional $9 billion. Kaberuka said AfDB will...
(Unhcr 07/02/13)
Nothing has deterred Somali refugee Hali Shukri Ibrahim from her passion to get an education. Not an early forced marriage, nor war, nor separation from her parents, husband and baby son, nor exile. In fact, the 26-year-old says becoming a refugee gave her the prized opportunity to study, and stoked her ambitions. Goals that back home, in Mogadishu, capital of then war-torn Somalia, would have been limited to raising a large family, she says. Now a Grade 12 student at an Eritrean government high school near her home in Umkulu Refugee Camp, Hali is dreaming big. "I want to study hard, go to the university and become a doctor," she says. "When I came to Eritrea, I could hardly speak...
(Voice of America 07/02/13)
President Obama is on the last leg of his three-nation tour of Africa, aimed at promoting U.S. trade with the continent. As Washington turns a fresh eye toward a continent that Obama describes as about to “take off," U.S. government officials and investors alike will find that geopolitical rival China has already made huge strides there. China’s footprint in Africa is huge. The 20-story African Union tower (in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia) which Beijing donated to the continental group is a testament to the size of Beijing’s ambition. “Every country, as it achieves global greatness, seeks to leave behind major landmarks that become evidence of its ascendance into global power," said Wole Soboyejo. Winston Wole Soboyejo spoke...
(Voice of America 07/01/13)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — U.S. President Barack Obama has outlined a new model for U.S. engagement with Africa, supporting greater economic opportunity and democracy, and African-led solutions to security. At the University of Cape Town, Mr. Obama presented a broad picture of his goals for U.S.-Africa policy, including assistance, trade and investment, health, and security cooperation. The speech was framed around the legacy Obama said former president Nelson Mandela has left for the continent. The most frequently used words and phrases in President Obama's speech in Cape Town on June 30, 2013. Courtesy of wordle.netThe most frequently used words and phrases in President Obama's speech in Cape Town on June 30, 2013. Courtesy of wordle.net. ​Earlier he and his...
(The Associated Press 06/30/13)
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — President Barack Obama on Sunday will announce a new initiative to double access to electric power in sub-Saharan Africa, part of his effort to build on the legacy of equality and opportunity forged by his personal hero, Nelson Mandela. Obama, who flew from Johannesburg to Cape Town Sunday, will pay tribute to the ailing 94-year-old Mandela throughout the day. The president and his family will visit Robben Island, where the anti-apartheid leader spent 18 years confined to a tiny cell, including a stop of the lime quarry where Mandela toiled and developed the lung problems that are ailing him today. The White House said Obama's guide during his tour of the island will be...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/29/13)
U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela as he flew to South Africa on Friday but played down expectations of a meeting with the ailing black leader during an Africa tour promoting democracy and food security. White House officials hope Obama's three-nation tour of Africa - his first substantial visit to the continent since taking office in 2009 - will compensate for what some view as years of neglect by America's first black president. The health of Mandela, the 94-year-old former South African president clinging to life in a Pretoria hospital, dominated Obama's day even before he arrived in Johannesburg. "I don't need a photo op," Obama told reporters aboard Air Force One after leaving Senegal...
(AFP (eng) 06/29/13)
PRETORIA, June 29, 2013 (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will not visit his political hero Nelson Mandela in hospital, out of deference for the anti-apartheid icon's "peace and comfort," a US official said Saturday. Obama and his wife Michelle will however spend time with Mandela's family to comfort them in a difficult time, the official said, as the US leader arrived in Pretoria for talks with President Jacob Zuma. "The President and First Lady will meet privately with members of the Mandela family to offer their thoughts and prayers at this difficult time," the official said on condition of anonymity. "Out of deference to Nelson Mandela's peace and comfort and the family's wishes, they will not be visiting the...
(Sudan Tribune 06/28/13)
The Eritrean government has offered $500,000 to Ginbot 7, an exiled Ethiopian opposition political organisation designated by Ethiopia as terrorist entity, according to a report on a US-based Ethiopia opposition media outlet. In an audio recording of an interview with the group’s chairman, leaked to Awrambatimes.com, Berhanu Nega admits that he received the the funds. Nega has since accused the ruling party the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) of trying divert the attention of the public from the problems facing the country. In the 2005 general elections Nega was elected as mayor of Addis Ababa after the but was sentenced to death, in absentia, along with four others after Ethiopian government revoked his pardon request. In the audio Nega...

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