Wednesday 24 May 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/13)
African finance ministers told their rich nation counterparts at weekend meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to work harder and faster to kick-start their economies to avoid a prolonged slump that could undermine strong growth in the developing world. "We are concerned," Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said at the meetings of global finance leaders. "If we continue to see slow growth in the euro zone, which provides a large market for many African countries, and is coupled with a slowdown in emerging economies, then we will become more vulnerable," Okonjo-Iweala told a news conference of African finance ministers. "We need to insist that our partners in other parts of the world work harder and faster." Despite...
(The Point 04/19/13)
Gambian dissident Kukoi Samba Sanyang, who was on Wednesday expelled from Senegal, has blamed the Senegalese security forces rather than President Macky Sall for his expulsion. Speaking to the BBC on Thursday from Bamako, the Malian capital, Sanyang recounted how a contingent of security forces took him from his residence in Dakar with the claim that they wanted to talk to him about his residence status in the country. However, he said, instead of taking him to a ‘safe house’ as they promised, they took him to the airport where they later put him on board a Kenya Airways flight to Bamako. “They did not even allow me to collect my things from my residence,” he complained. However, Sanyang, who...
(Senegambianews 04/19/13)
Raleigh, NC, USA—Gambians from across the United States plan to host a massive demonstration before President Yahya Jammeh’s $3million lush Potomac mansion probably stolen from the impoverished people’s wealth or alleged drug proceeds from South American kingpins whose heavy presence in the mini West African state has been a subject of grave concern among Gambians. The Washington, DC headquartered DUGA-Democratic Union of Gambian Activists under the stewardship of Ousainou Mbenga, calls on all Gambians and friends of The Gambia to flock to 9908 Bentcross Drive, Potomac MD 20854 tomorrow Saturday where his distraught compatriots will be protesting before the African despot’s mansion. The massive demonstration intends to highlight President Jammeh’s harrowing authoritarianism that has been progressively worsening even since seizing...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth should accelerate to more than 5 percent over the next three years, far outpacing the global average, but the region must do more to convert this into reducing poverty, the World Bank said on Monday. In its latest Africa's Pulse analysis of prospects for the region, the bank saw increased investment, high commodity prices and a pick-up in the global economy driving this expected growth surge in the world's poorest continent. It said foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to Sub-Saharan Africa were projected to increase to record levels each year over the next three years, reaching $54 billion by 2015. This compared to $37.7 billion in 2012, a 5.5 percent increase in a year when FDI...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/10/13)
Carlyle Group (CG.O) is looking at a number of banks in east and west Africa for a potential investment, its Africa co-head said on Wednesday, as the U.S. private equity firm focuses on the continent's growing consumer market. Carlyle, which last year invested in a pan-African grain trading firm, has recently signed a second deal, Marlon Chigwende also told the Reuters Africa Investment Summit. "Banking is very interesting today, and that is the general statement across a lot of sub-Saharan Africa," Chigwende told the Reuters Africa Investment Summit in Johannesburg. "Certainly, there are several opportunities of fast-growing banks, good management teams, interesting market positioning." Although private equity is still at a nascent stage in Africa, investor interest in the fast-growing...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
"BRICS, Don't Carve Africa" reads a banner in a church hall in downtown Durban where civil society activists have gathered to cast a critical eye at a summit of five global emerging powers. The slogan evokes the 19th Century conference in Berlin where the predominant European colonial states carved up the African continent in a scramble historians see as epitomizing the brash exploitative capitalism of the time. Decades after Africans threw off the colonial yoke, it is the turn of the blossoming BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa to find their motives coming under scrutiny as they proclaim an altruistic-sounding "partnership for development, integration and industrialization" with Africa. Led by that giant of the emerging powers,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
President Barack Obama hosts the leaders of four African nations this week, all of which are cited in a new report for effectively increasing spending on agriculture to combat extreme poverty and hunger. The report by the ONE Campaign, an anti-poverty group co-founded by Irish rockers Bono and Bob Geldof, said Senegal, Malawi, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone either met or were close to meeting targets for increased budget spending on agriculture. All of the countries, except Cape Verde where there is little data, are also on track or close to meeting a U.N. target of halving extreme poverty by 2015, the report said. The African leaders will visit the White House on Thursday to showcase their fledgling democracies, but...
(The New York Times 03/26/13)
BEIJING — As President Xi Jinping of China continues his first overseas trip as his country’s leader, arriving in South Africa late on Monday after Russia and Tanzania, he meets with much goodwill – but also some concern among Africans that China may be a “new colonial power,” extracting resources and selling manufactured goods, as I reported on Sunday. China knows it. In a speech in Tanzania, Mr. Xi sought to calm the concerns, as my colleagues Chris Buckley and Jeffrey Gettleman reported. “China frankly faces up to the new circumstances and new problems in Sino-African relations,” Mr. Xi told an audience of Tanzanian politicians and officials in Dar es Salaam, the country’s economic hub and a center of government,...
( 03/15/13)
Nomination kicks off ahead of Gambia's local government election - Gambia's Independent Electoral Commission Thursday began receiving nomination papers from candidates contesting in the West African nation's local government election, slated for April, PANA reported, citing a statement from the electoral body. The Commission indicated that the nomination of candidates would be held from 14-16 March. It was further revealed that 14 March is set aside for the candidates running on the ticket of the ruling party, the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), while independent and opposition candidates will file their nomination papers in the remaining days. PANA learnt, however, from reliable sources that most of the opposition parties have planned to boycott the local government election. Gambia's...
(Senegambianews 03/15/13)
A Freedom Radio interview of a young Gambian female about her experiences, tell the story of Kanilai village. For in Kanilai, the times, they are a changing. In fact, in Kanilai, they began to change more than a decade and half ago. Situated in the southern forests of the Gambia, the changes in Kanilai are not of the good kind. This unlikely southern Gambia village, where collapsed straw fences and mangled mud-walls once complemented windowless mud huts and grass houses, the times bluster with the endless celebration of life, but also of a nightmare that plays out much like a horror-filled dream. And, among the tree-tops in and outside of Kanilai village, parades of colorful birds, in far fewer numbers,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/13)
Catholics in Africa and Asia on Thursday greeted the election of Pope Francis from Argentina as a historic breakthrough that would pump the developing world's vital energy into a struggling Church and amplify the voice of the planet's poor. While there was disappointment that Pope Benedict's successor did not come from the African or Asian continents, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's Third World origins spurred hopes of a kindred spirit among Catholics from Manila to Maputo. Argentina, in Latin America's southern cone, is as far from Africa and Asia as Europe, the prime source of previous pontiffs. But these rapidly developing southern continents of the globe, where poverty still looms large, are now home to the world's fastest growing Catholic communities. African...
(The Point 03/14/13)
The Independent Electoral Commission will today start the nomination process of candidates for the forthcoming Local Government Elections, beginning first with the ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction, APRC. The nominations, to be followed by the two weeks official campaign period, will run from Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th March 2013. A media release from the IEC said Friday 15th March will see the nomination of candidates for the opposition National Reconciliation Party (NRP). The release added that Saturday 16th March will see the nomination of candidates for the Peoples Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS), independent candidates and any candidate from any other party. While the APRC has named its candidates for the mayoral seats in Banjul...
(Afrol News 03/13/13)
Baboucarr Ceesay released - Detained Gambian journalist Baboucarr Ceesay has been released from custody without being charged with any crime, PANA confirmed from here Tuesday. According to sources in Banjul, the Gambian capital, Ceesay was released on Monday, after spending three days in detention at the headquarters of the country's National Intelligence Agency (NIA). The NIA personnel reportedly told the journalist before his release that his case was still under investigation. This is the second time that Ceesay has been arrested and detained by the Gambian authorities. He was first arrested and detained last September, along with another journalist, Abubacarr Saidykhan, after attempting to stage a peaceful demonstration over the execution of nine prisoners in The Gambia.
( 02/28/13)
Gambia's football referee Papa Bakary Gassama has been shortlisted among 21 African referees as part of a list of 52 pre-selected for the 2014 World Cup to take place in Brazil. Born on 2 February 1979, Papa is one of Gambia's outstanding referees who have officiated high profile matches in the sub-region and the continent. Papa was awarded the 2011 SJAG Referee of The Year award. He was part of 84 officials appointed by FIFA who featured in the London 2012 Olympic Football tournament.He and Tunisia Jedidi Slim were the two central referees from Africa. He has also officiated a Caf Nations Cup up to semi-final and played most of the crucial games of the tournament, which made him to...
(VOA News 02/19/13)
Gambians Monday celebrate the 48th independence anniversary of their country from the United Kingdom. President Yahya Jammeh declared Friday and Sunday as national days of prayer for continued peace, progress, security, harmony and stability in the country. But, opposition leader Ousainu Darbo of the United Democratic Party said Gambians have nothing to celebrate because Jammeh has failed to improve the lives of ordinary Gambians. He said Gambians have been subjected to abject poverty and a lack of freedom under 19 years of Jammeh’s rule. “Nothing has happened that improves the lives of the ordinary citizens. In fact, we are declining in abject poverty day by day. There is hunger to the extent that the majority of families live on one...

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