Tuesday 24 April 2018
(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...
(Afribiz 06/28/13)
GDP growth is expected to have declined to 5.5% in 2012 primarily because the country recorded no further mining project in that year and because there was an unanticipated drop in production at the Bisha mine. The decline in GDP could also be attributed to the reduction in the remittances from Eritreans in the Diaspora and the decline in the price of gold in 2011-12. Real GDP growth is projected at 7% in 2013 and 6.5% in 2014, driven by the onset of copper production at the Bisha mine and gold production at the Koka and Zara mines. If the political and governance issues do not improve and if the government continues to postpone policy and institutional reforms designed to...
(Voice of America 06/28/13)
President Barack Obama says the U.S. wants ties with Africa based on trade and partnership instead of aid and assistance. Obama made his comments at a news conference with Senegal's President Macky Sall in Dakar Thursday. Senegal is the first leg of his three-nation Africa tour to promote trade, investment and democracy. The president said the reason he traveled to Africa is because the continent is rising and he does not want the U.S. to miss the opportunity to broaden and deepen its relations in the region. "All too often, the world overlooks the amazing progress that Africa is making, including progress in strengthening democracy," he said. "Many African nations have made tremendous strides in improving democratic governance and in...
(Shabait 06/27/13)
Keren — The inhabitants of Halhal and Mai-Awalid Administrative areas, Anseba region, said that they are engaged in extensive soil and water conservation campaigns in collaboration with members of the People's Army with a view to making an impact on environmental stability. Accordingly, more than 700 Km-long terraces and a number of water catchment walls have been constructed, while olive, peach, mango and coffee seedlings that flourished were hoed through the community venture. Among the participants, Ms. Medina Idris and Ms. Halima Omar explained that the community members have acquired remarkable experience to this end, and that prior accomplishment has made remarkable impact on the environment and the restoration of erosion-hit areas. Mr. Berhane Kahsai, Administrator of Halhal semi-urban center,...
(AFP (eng) 06/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 27, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is on life support in hospital, a family elder said, as South Africa's president cancelled a trip abroad following a visit to the revered anti-apartheid hero's bedside. "Yes, he is using machines to breathe," Napilisi Mandela told AFP late on Wednesday after he saw the 94-year-old in the Pretoria hospital where he has been treated for a recurrent lung infection for nearly three weeks. "It is bad, but what can we do," added the elder who usually presides over family rituals and meetings. President Jacob Zuma late Wednesday abruptly cancelled a trip to neighbouring Mozambique after he visited Mandela, who has been in critical condition for several days. It is the first...
(Sudan Tribune 06/26/13)
Press freedom organization, Reporters Without Borders, has urged the government of Eritrea to respect the legitimate rights of the Eritrean people and to release all journalists being held indefinitely without charge. Reporters Without Borders made the calls in a report it submitted to United Nations Human Rights Council, on the ever worsening human right situation in Eritrea. United Nations Human Rights Council is set to examine the country's human right performance during the 18th Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session to be held in January and February of 2014. The UPR session is used to review the human rights performance of many repressive countries and, when necessary, remind them of their responsibilities. Eritrea's performance was last reviewed in 2009. The report...
(UN.org 06/26/13)
New HIV infections among children have been reduced by 50 per cent or more in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the United Nations agency spearheading the global AIDS response said today. Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia have reduced new HIV infections among children by half since 2009, while Tanzania and Zimbabwe are also making substantial progress. This is according to the latest progress report on the Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive (Global Plan), which was launched in July 2011 at the UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on AIDS. The Plan has two main targets for 2015: a 90 per cent reduction in the...
(Sudan Tribune 06/25/13)
President Salva Kiir repeated on Saturday his insistence that South Sudan is not interested in returning to war with neigbouring Sudan, asserting that the two countries need peace. The president made the remark during a meeting with the Eritrean foreign affairs minister, Osman Saleh Mohammed, who is currently visiting Juba. Mohammed told Kiir that Asmara is willing to assist the two Sudans in resolving the many issues that remain outstanding from the south’s independence in 2011, including oil and border disputes. Eritrea provided support to the former southern rebels that now govern the young nation, at points during the two decades civil war. However, relations between Asmara and Khartoum have improved in recent years especially after a recent report from...
(BBC News Africa 06/25/13)
A Cardiff MP is calling for action amid claims people have been forced to pay tens of thousands of pounds to free African relatives from kidnappers. Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan met an Eritrean man who settled in the city and whose nephew was held by tribesmen. Church group Evangelical Alliance Wales says £70,000 in ransom money has been paid in eight cases connected to Wales. The Foreign Office said it has not had substantiated reports of UK residents being targeted to pay ransoms. The United Nations estimates that 36,000 Eritreans left the east African country last year, many heading to Israel and Egypt to flee poverty and other problems. It has described the growth of the kidnap and people...
(Shabait 06/25/13)
Hagaz, 25 June 2013 – A dam is being constructed in Hashferai, Hagaz sub-zone, with a view to enriching water resources in the area. Mr. Merhawi Tesfai from the Agriculture Ministry’s branch in the sub-zone indicated that the dam’s construction has been underway since April in collaboration with the inhabitants of the area and members of the People’s Army. Moreover, he voiced conviction that it would have significant impact in fostering agricultural activities in the area. Accordingly, 80% of the dam’s construction has been finalized, and it is due to provide ample water supply to the inhabitants of Fana, Badob, Hashferai, Ad-Alamin, Ad-Ahmed, Ad-Nisur and other Administrative areas, besides securing water resource potential for irrigation farming on 300 hectares. Among...
(National Mirror Online 06/25/13)
Africa has lost at least $200 billion in five decades to illegal fishing and another $100 billion in illegal bunkering since 2003. Speaking at the opening of the Summit of Heads of States and Governments of the Economic Community of Central African States, ECCAS, the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, and the Gulf of Guinea Commission, GGC, the African Union Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, warned that such incursion should not be allowed to continue. The summit with focus on maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea opened yesterday in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital with President Goodluck Jonathan in attendance, among 25 other African leaders. Jonathan, who had last week raised serious concern over crude oil...
(Sudan Tribune 06/24/13)
Eritrean refugees crossing to neighbouring Ethiopia are on the rise, while the number entering Sudan has dropped compared to the previous year, according to the United Nation Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Eritrean refugees flee to Ethiopia in larger numbers via 16 entry points where they get primary assistance and provided with temporary shelters before they are transferred to one of the many refugee camps in the country’s two bordering regions, Tigrai and Afar. Since January, the UNHCR and the government’s refugee agency, the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA), have registered over 4,000 Eritrean refugees. Currently Ethiopia hosts a record high nearly 72,000 Eritrean refugees in four camps in the northern Tigrai region and two others in the...
(Ventures-Africa 06/24/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Try trading Ethiopian birr (ETB) for American dollars (USD). You have to call one guy who calls another guy, says Messai, and then suddenly someone is at your door with the dollars you requested. New regulations on how many dollars a local bank can provide a person traveling outside the country has boosted the local informal market for dollars. Banking in East Africa can be an adventure in all sense of the word. In Tanzania, banking penetration sits just under 20 percent. In a working paper by the World Bank, 47 percent cited distance as a reason for not having an account. The country also ranked near bottom in bank branch penetration, averaging less than 0.5 bank...
(Africa Review 06/24/13)
At first it might not look like it, but the exchanges between Egypt and Ethiopia over the latter’s Renaissance Dam that the region witnessed these past two weeks, tell us a lot about the tensions defining what the East African Community will look like in the years to come. The dam on the River Nile, which Addis Ababa projects will cost $4.7 billion, will produce 6,000 Megawatts of power when fully developed, making it the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa, and the 14th largest in the world. Egypt, which has in the past threatened to go to war over its “rights” to the Nile’s waters, issued a stern warning. Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Bahaa-Eddin, arguing...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 24, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was critically ill in hospital on Monday after his condition suddenly deteriorated, leaving South Africans anxiously awaiting the latest news of their revered anti-apartheid icon. "The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement late Sunday. The frail 94-year-old was admitted to hospital over two weeks ago, in the early hours of June 8, for treatment for a lung infection. But after intensive treatment at Pretoria's Mediclinic Heart Hospital and some signs of improvement, his condition deteriorated. President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela on Sunday evening and was told by doctors "that the former president's condition had...

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