Wednesday 23 August 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/12/17)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Monday meet African leaders in Berlin on initiatives aiming to reduce the poverty and conflict driving a mass migrant influx to Europe. The idea is to team up African nations willing to reform with private investors who would bring business and jobs to a continent where instability or graft often scare off foreign companies. Merkel is hosting the initiative as part of Germany's presidency of the Group of 20 powerful economies, whose leaders meet in the northern port of Hamburg a month later. Invited to Berlin are Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the leaders of Ghana, Ivory Coast...
(APA 06/12/17)
Gambian Information and Communication Infrastructure minister Demba Ali Jawo insisted Monday in Dakar, Senegal, on the need for good training of journalists in the fight against violent extremism. “In the era of social networks, everyone can claim to be a journalist without prior training. The terrorist can use this platform to get their messages across. The journalist himself may be the victim of indoctrination. This was the case of Rwanda before the genocide. This is why good training of journalists is required. The journalist must be able to analyze the messages to remove the propaganda words. Freedom of expression is an inalienable right, but we must not abuse it to fall into propaganda,” Minister Jawo opined. He was speaking at...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/08/17)
More girls are completing secondary school across sub-Saharan Africa as attitudes change and state spending rises, but some of the most marginalized girls — like those married young or forced to work — are still missing out, education experts say. The percentage of girls completing secondary school has risen in all regions of Africa since 2005, said a recent report by the African Development Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the U.N. Development Program. Almost twice as many girls in East Africa and three times as many in Central Africa completed secondary education in 2014 as in 2005, according to the annual African Economic Outlook report, which was published at the end of last month. Yet more...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/17)
Building a network of African women leaders in fields ranging from business to politics could galvanize female leadership across the continent and boost peacebuilding efforts and good governance, the head of U.N. Women said on Tuesday. The African Women Leaders Network, which was launched last week in New York by the United Nations and the African Union Commission, hopes to drive more women into leadership roles, through mentoring, peer learning and harnessing contacts. By supporting women's leadership in Africa, the platform aims to galvanize their contributions to building and sustaining peace, improving political processes and driving social change, and realizing the U.N. global goals, according to U.N. Women. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), adopted in 2015, include targets on...
(AFP (eng) 06/06/17)
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said it has extended the mandate of its military mission in The Gambia. The force, consisting mainly of soldiers from neighbouring Senegal, was first sent to the small country in January to compel longstanding president Yahya Jammeh to relinquish power to his elected successor Adama Barrow. At a weekend summit in the Liberian capital Monrovia, the 15-nation body commended the "crucial role" played by the mission in keeping The Gambia secure but leaders took note of "the fragile situation" in the country and extended the mission for 12 months.
(Graphic Online 06/06/17)
The cedi outperformed the US dollar but tumbled against the euro and the British pound in the week ending June 2. The dollar was weighed by multiple negative sentiments, prompting it to slip against a basket of currencies on the international forex market. The cedi exchanged GH¢4.29 per dollar with a year-to-date depreciation of 2.20 per cent in the week under review. The British pound, however, outstripped the local currency despite its fluctuation on the international forex market. The local currency thus depreciated by 0.44 per cent to trade at GH¢5.53 per pound. It closed with a year-to-date depreciation of 6.43 per cent. The euro outperformed the local currency albeit its gloomy outlook on the international currency market. The 19-bloc...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete lifting of the blockage against Cuba," said Geingob. According to Geingob, the conference will lead to the development of the common African strategy in terms of support to Cuba. The delegates also called for the return of the Guantanamo Bay,...
(AFP (eng) 06/05/17)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday joined West African leaders at a summit in Liberia, where they hailed peacekeeping efforts in the region but warned about threats to stability. Netanyahu, who had visited east Africa in July 2016, vowed that they had "no better partner" than his country after he was received by Liberian President and outgoing head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. "Israel is coming back to Africa and Africa is coming back to Israel. I believe in Africa. I believe in its potential, present and future. It is a continent on the rise," said the Israeli leader. "Africans are seizing the future. Israel wants to seize this future with you...
(AFP (eng) 06/04/17)
A Gambian protester died of gunshot wounds Saturday, the day after being shot as supporters of former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh clashed with West African forces. Gambian information minister, Demba Ali Jawo, told AFP that a group of people had protested on Friday in Jammeh's home village of Kanilai, 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of the capital Banjul, over the presence West African ECOMIG forces in the area. "They were blocking roads and burning tyres in the streets," said Jawo. "They clashed with ECOMIG Forces who opened fire at them. One of the protesters that sustained injuries died today." Local resident Lamin Tamba named the dead man as Haruna Jatta and said he was one of six protesters shot on...
(The Point 06/02/17)
The minister of agriculture, Omar Jallow, has said the focus of the new government is to rebuild the agriculture sector to make farming a commercial venture by making it competitive and rewarding as a business. Agriculture is the highest contributor to the Gambia's gross domestic product (GDP) and 70 per cent of the population depends on it for their livelihood. However, the sector has suffered "a devastating, depleting effect" under the government of Yahya Jammeh, according to the agriculture minister. "For example, the country has dropped in purchasing peanuts as our cash crop from 200,000 tons in 1994 to just 35,000 tons last year," Hon. Jallow said. "Also, most of the qualified personnel of the sector are either dismissed or...
(Daily Observer 06/02/17)
The director general of The Gambia Livestock Services has unveiled that plans are in the offing to construct over 100 boreholes in a bid to provide watering points for livestock across the country. Dr. Duta Fofana, who was speaking in a recent meeting between staff of the Ministry of Agriculture and livestock dealers in the West Coast Region, said a sum of US $45 million has been earmarked for this ambitious project. He pointed out that so far there are five boreholes being dug under the Nema project, to be followed by the construction of additional 30 boreholes in various regions of the country. "Being concern about livestock development, the minister has assigned us to develop proposal of $45 million...
(The Point 06/02/17)
The Gambian leader, President Adama Barrow, would leave The Gambia at midday tomorrow, Saturday, to attend the 51st meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State and Government Summit. The daylong meeting takes place on the 4th June 2017 in Monrovia, Liberia. A press release from the State House said those invited to see the president off are requested to be at the airport half an hour before the scheduled departure for the usual ceremonies.
(Xinhuanet 06/02/17)
Fifty-four African Union member states will convene the 5th Continental Conference of Solidarity with Cuba in the Namibian capital from June 5-7, said an Naminian official on Thursday. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, said the aim of hosting the conference in Namibia is to intensify solidarity and to strengthen bounds of friendship between the people of Cuba and the progressive peoples throughout the African Continent. Namibia's President Hage Geingob will open and address the conference, which will run under the theme, "Intensifying Solidarity and continuing the legacy of Fidel and Che". The conference, which will also be attended by a Cuban delegation, will also recognize the important work done in support of...
(AFP (eng) 06/01/17)
One in five children born with a twin sibling in sub-Saharan Africa dies before the age of five -- three times the rate among singletons, said a study Thursday. Almost two-thirds die in the first month of life -- often succumbing to the after-effects of a difficult birth or entering the world too early or underweight, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal. And while rates of under-five deaths in the sub-Saharan African region have declined over two decades, the improvement has been much slower for twins than for single-borns. "Twins account for 10.7 percent of all under-five deaths and 15.1 percent of neonatal (newborn) deaths in the region and these percentages are increasing," the study said. "The...
(AfricaNews 05/31/17)
Gambian security forces will undergo a training programme in June on freedom of expression and the safety of journalists to improve their capacity to uphold rights of citizens. Facilitated by the British human rights organization, Article 19, with the support of UNESCO and funding by EU’s Governance Programme, the training will be held between June 5 to 10. “The training aims to improve the capacities of security forces in the Gambia to guarantee freedom of expression and the safety of journalists in the context of the implementation of the UN Plan of Action on The Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity,” UNESCO said in a statement on Monday. The targeted security forces were not stated and the number...
(Washington Post 05/31/17)
The old man’s house had become a camp for the displaced. In the back yard, groups of women boiled water for rice. Small children skittered across the dirt, running into the bedroom, where they careened around the long, skinny legs of Elijah Karama. “Because of the conditions, they are mine to take care of,” said Karama, 57, more tired than proud. By conditions, he meant Boko Haram’s destruction of vast areas of northeastern Nigeria, and the hunger crisis that has followed. This city of about 1 million has absorbed an additional 1 million people who fled the Islamist militants who burned their villages and kidnapped hundreds of children. In Maiduguri, the vast majority of the displaced aren’t living in U.N...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home. However, the two-day meeting got overshadowed by a suicide bombing in northern England on Monday that killed 22 people, and also got bogged down by lengthy discussions on the merit of free trade and the 2015 Paris Agreement to tackle...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/17)
Entertainment | France | film | festival | Cannes | Zambia | witchcraft Cannes, France | AFP | Friday 5/26/2017 - 14:01 UTC+3 | 615 words by Katy Lee Being accused of witchcraft is no laughing matter in Africa -- but movie director Rungano Nyoni decided a dose of humour was just what was needed to tackle a problem rampant in parts of the continent. Set in Zambia, the sharp satire "I Am Not A Witch" has premiered to strong reviews at the Cannes film festival, taking aim at the blatant sexism behind accusations that overwhelmingly target women. White tourists are seen gawping at women detained in a "witch camp" in the movie, taking pictures of them as if they're...
(AFP (eng) 05/24/17)
For decades, The Gambia has built a reputation as a haven for tourists willing to pay for sun, sand, sea... and sex. But its tourism board has ambitious plans to give a makeover to this tiny west African nation known until now to tourists mainly for muscular young men selling themselves on beaches to much older women from Europe. Abdoulie Hydara, director-general of the Gambia Tourism Board, dreams of his nation becoming the next Kenya or Zimbabwe -- African countries whose wildlife and nature attract well-heeled visitors from across the globe. "We need to develop new products on the way, while maintaining and improving what we already have," Hydara told AFP, enthusing about the country's little-known chimpanzee colony and varied...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/24/17)
When U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders of the world's seven major industrialized nations gather in Sicily on Friday, they will enjoy a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea, but won't get any glimpse of boats full of migrants. A common sight off Sicily in recent years, the authorities have banned all migrant landings on the island during the Group of Seven Summit for security reasons, telling rescue vessels that pick them up at sea to take them to the mainland during the two-day meeting. Out of sight does not mean out of mind. Italy chose to host the summit in Taormina, on the cliffs of eastern Sicily, to concentrate minds on Europe's migrant crisis and to seek ways...

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