Sunday 22 April 2018
(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...
(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...

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