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Tuesday 28 April 2015

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(Dw-World 04/28/15)
Like the proverbial ostrich who buries his head in the sand, African reporters and politicians seem blind to the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. A look at how the continent's press is addressing the issue. Tens of thousands of refugees risk their lives trying to get to Europe. Surprisingly this sort of news rarely makes front page in Africa. 'The migrant boat tragedy is not just Europe's problem,' a title by the 'Daily Maverick', a South African daily, silently screams. "The African Union communications department has been very busy lately, issuing statements on subjects as varied and diverse as the Sudanese elections, the killing of Ethiopian citizens by "Islamic State" (IS) in Libya, the xenophobic...
(AFP 04/27/15)
An international tribunal on Saturday ordered Ghana not to carry out any new oil drilling activities in waters disputed with Ivory Coast, pending a final judgement. The African oil-producing neighbours took their case to the Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea after months of fruitless negotiations. Abidjan had asked the body to suspend all ongoing oil exploration and exploitation by Ghana, but the interim ruling did not go as far that, saying doing so would risk "considerable financial loss to Ghana" and could possibly harm the marine environment. The body instead told Ghana to "take all necessary steps to ensure that no new drilling... takes place in the disputed area". The maritime border between the two countries...
(AFP 04/27/15)
Energy explorer Tullow on Monday said it was unaffected by an international tribunal ordering Ghana not to carry out any new oil drilling activities in disputed waters with neighbour Ivory Coast. "Development work on the TEN Project continues," the London-based multinational said in an emailed statement, referring to its three deepwater oil and gas fields off the Ghanaian coast. "The project is now over 55 percent complete with all 10 of the wells expected to be online at first oil...
(Xinhuanet 04/27/15)
NAIROBI, April 27 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on Monday called for governments to forge strategic linkages with multilateral agencies and private corporations in order to boost climate financing. UNEP Deputy Executive Director, Ibrahim Thiaw, said limited financing towards climate adaptation and mitigation programs threatens sustainability agenda globally. "The impacts of climate change will be felt in the long-term even if countries put a cap on carbon emissions. There is an urgency to deliver funding, technologies and knowledge required to enable countries adapt to this phenomenon," Thiaw said
(The Chronicle 04/27/15)
Growth of remittances to the Sub-Saharan Africa region is projected to slow to 0.9 percent in 2015, amounting to $33 billion, according World Bank's latest Migration and Development Brief. It said Nigeria alone accounts for around two-thirds of total remittance inflows to the region, but its remittances are estimated to have remained flat in 2014, at roughly $21 billion. The regional growth in remittances in 2014 largely reflected strong growth in Kenya (10.7 percent), South Africa (7.1 percent) and Uganda...
(CNN 04/27/15)
(CNN)The NBA announced Wednesday that it will play its first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa will tip-off against Team World and will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain. The Miami Heat star will lead a roster made up of first and second generation African players. Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles...
(Voice of America 04/25/15)
A recent report underscores the proliferation of cell phone use in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Pew Research Center survey, Africa has all but skipped the “landline stage of development.” The growth has been exponential. In 2002, only one tenth of the populations of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ghana owned a mobile phone, said Pew. “Across the seven countries surveyed, roughly two-thirds or more say they own a cell phone,” according to Pew. “Ownership is especially high in South Africa...
(Bloomberg 04/25/15)
United Nations officials criticized the European Union’s response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean Sea for emphasizing border protection without a comprehensive plan to resettle refugees. EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday pledged to send naval patrols to disrupt trafficking networks and destroy vessels before they’re used by traffickers. They also tripled their annual funding for the bloc’s Mediterranean border patrol and assistance measures to 120 million euros ($130 million). “Destroying boats is only a very short-sighted solution”...
(AFP 04/24/15)
Three people have died and 14 others required medical treatment after inhaling toxic fumes at a gold mine in Ghana, the company running the operation said on Friday. "We can confirm that three people have died out of the inhalation of toxic fumes from our underground operations," said a spokesman for the Shaanxi Mining Company Ltd, Maxwell Wooma. The firm, a subsidiary of the China Gold Resources Company Ltd, said the three were among 17 people who had to be...
(Myjoyonline 04/24/15)
Professor Mike Ocquaye, former Second Deputy Minority Leader, says the hybrid system where people from Parliament are selected for positions in the Executive is causing ineffectiveness in the legislature. “When our Parliament is hybrid in nature, which enables members of the Executive to be selected into Parliament, then naturally, the Parliament cannot really control the Executive,” he said.
(Myjoyonline 04/24/15)
MP for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo Markin says the financial situation of former MPs disproves a popular perception that MPs are corrupt. Short of examples, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP said he has seen former colleagues who 15 years later are having a hard time making ends meet let alone flaunting a wealthy lifestyle. He was reacting to an NCCE research which found that about 90% of 2,910 respondents think that MPs are corrupt. The report also said 48% of...
(Myjoyonline 04/24/15)
A mining accident at Gbani mining community in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region has claimed three lives, police say. The miners are said to have inhaled toxic gases from explosives used in the minerals prospecting activity. Upper East Region Correspondent, Albert Sore, told Joy News Friday police have commenced investigations into the tragedy. He reports that at least ten people were trapped in the mining pit where the poisonous gas entered - although this number is yet...
(Myjoyonline 04/24/15)
The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that six Ghanaians were part of some twelve Christians thrown overboard a boat heading to Italy following a religious row. According to the Ministry, only three of the drowned Ghanaians have been identified by the help of four survivors of the high seas incident. The incident, which was reported by international news networks such as the BBC, indicated that all the migrants thrown overboard were feared dead. However, the Foreign Ministry says its investigation reveals...
(Ghana Web 04/24/15)
The airport police have launched a search for a 25-year-old private security officer for allegedly killing a house help for refusing him sex. The suspect, Adams Rahman, who works with Akaa Security Company - a private security company located at Adabraka, Accra - reportedly committed the act after the deceased, identified as Safia Seidu, 25, purportedly rejected his sexual overtures. Confirming the story to DAILY GUIDE, Chief Superintendent Yao Tetega, the Airport District Police Commander said the incident occurred at...
(Xinhuanet 04/24/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April (Xinhua) -- With the 1st edition of the specialized technical committee (STC) meeting on social development, labor and employment, African officials are deliberating on ways of addressing challenges in the area of social protection on the African continent. The Meeting has been organized on 20-24 April by the Department of Social Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC) under the theme, "Social Protection for Inclusive Development," at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.
(Voice of America 04/24/15)
 
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WASHINGTON— The world is winning the fight against malaria. Millions of lives have been saved in the past 10 years ... lives mostly of children under the age of five. A potential vaccine is being tested. But the World Health Organization reports that new developments threaten a decade's worth of work. The gains against malaria began when then-U.S. President George W. Bush started the President's Malaria Initiative, a program that provided millions of dollars and encouraged other donor countries and...
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
ACCRA, April (Xinhua) -- For West African countries to overcome their sanitation challenges, they need to adopt self- sustaining sanitation models, an expert has recommended. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Lakhdar Boukerrou, regional director for the West Africa Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WA-WASH) , said the Post-2015 development agenda should focus on sanitation, equally as it focuses on water. WA-WASH is an initiative by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for Ghana, Niger and Burkina Faso. Boukerrou...
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April 23 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) have reiterated their commitment to deepening partnership in the area of peace and security. Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, on Tuesday met with Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-president of the European Commission.
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
JAKARTA, April (Xinhua) -- Leaders from Asian and African nations met here on Wednesday for an Asian-African summit under the theme of "Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity." Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in his opening speech, called for a new world economic order for the emerging economies. The management of the global economy could not be left only to the three international financial institutions of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank,...
(Ghana Web 04/22/15)
The once shining star of Africa, Ghana, is facing a real and serious risk of falling into a state which may make it extremely difficult to pay its debts on time. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has put Ghana into the category of countries that are few steps away from falling into the league of High Debt Distress Countries (HDDC). According to the IMF, Ghana was put into this category after its debts in relation to taxes, revenue, exports crossed...

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(Dw-World 04/28/15)
Like the proverbial ostrich who buries his head in the sand, African reporters and politicians seem blind to the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. A look at how the continent's press is addressing the issue. Tens of thousands of refugees risk their lives trying to get to Europe. Surprisingly this sort of news rarely makes front page in Africa. 'The migrant boat tragedy is not just Europe's problem,' a title by the 'Daily Maverick', a South African daily, silently screams. "The African Union communications department has been very busy lately, issuing statements on subjects as varied and diverse as the Sudanese elections, the killing of Ethiopian citizens by "Islamic State" (IS) in Libya, the xenophobic...
(AFP 04/27/15)
An international tribunal on Saturday ordered Ghana not to carry out any new oil drilling activities in waters disputed with Ivory Coast, pending a final judgement. The African oil-producing neighbours took their case to the Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea after months of fruitless negotiations. Abidjan had asked the body to suspend all ongoing oil exploration and exploitation by Ghana, but the interim ruling did not go as far that, saying doing so would risk "considerable financial loss to Ghana" and could possibly harm the marine environment. The body instead told Ghana to "take all necessary steps to ensure that no new drilling... takes place in the disputed area". The maritime border between the two countries...
(Xinhuanet 04/27/15)
NAIROBI, April 27 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on Monday called for governments to forge strategic linkages with multilateral agencies and private corporations in order to boost climate financing. UNEP Deputy Executive Director, Ibrahim Thiaw, said limited financing towards climate adaptation and mitigation programs threatens sustainability agenda globally. "The impacts of climate change will be felt in the long-term even if countries put a cap on carbon emissions. There is an urgency to deliver funding, technologies and knowledge required to enable countries adapt to this phenomenon," Thiaw said
(Bloomberg 04/25/15)
United Nations officials criticized the European Union’s response to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean Sea for emphasizing border protection without a comprehensive plan to resettle refugees. EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday pledged to send naval patrols to disrupt trafficking networks and destroy vessels before they’re used by traffickers. They also tripled their annual funding for the bloc’s Mediterranean border patrol and assistance measures to 120 million euros ($130 million). “Destroying boats is only a very short-sighted solution”...
(AFP 04/24/15)
Three people have died and 14 others required medical treatment after inhaling toxic fumes at a gold mine in Ghana, the company running the operation said on Friday. "We can confirm that three people have died out of the inhalation of toxic fumes from our underground operations," said a spokesman for the Shaanxi Mining Company Ltd, Maxwell Wooma. The firm, a subsidiary of the China Gold Resources Company Ltd, said the three were among 17 people who had to be...
(Myjoyonline 04/24/15)
A mining accident at Gbani mining community in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region has claimed three lives, police say. The miners are said to have inhaled toxic gases from explosives used in the minerals prospecting activity. Upper East Region Correspondent, Albert Sore, told Joy News Friday police have commenced investigations into the tragedy. He reports that at least ten people were trapped in the mining pit where the poisonous gas entered - although this number is yet...
(Myjoyonline 04/24/15)
The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that six Ghanaians were part of some twelve Christians thrown overboard a boat heading to Italy following a religious row. According to the Ministry, only three of the drowned Ghanaians have been identified by the help of four survivors of the high seas incident. The incident, which was reported by international news networks such as the BBC, indicated that all the migrants thrown overboard were feared dead. However, the Foreign Ministry says its investigation reveals...
(Ghana Web 04/24/15)
The airport police have launched a search for a 25-year-old private security officer for allegedly killing a house help for refusing him sex. The suspect, Adams Rahman, who works with Akaa Security Company - a private security company located at Adabraka, Accra - reportedly committed the act after the deceased, identified as Safia Seidu, 25, purportedly rejected his sexual overtures. Confirming the story to DAILY GUIDE, Chief Superintendent Yao Tetega, the Airport District Police Commander said the incident occurred at...
(Voice of America 04/24/15)
 
00:00
WASHINGTON— The world is winning the fight against malaria. Millions of lives have been saved in the past 10 years ... lives mostly of children under the age of five. A potential vaccine is being tested. But the World Health Organization reports that new developments threaten a decade's worth of work. The gains against malaria began when then-U.S. President George W. Bush started the President's Malaria Initiative, a program that provided millions of dollars and encouraged other donor countries and...
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
ACCRA, April (Xinhua) -- For West African countries to overcome their sanitation challenges, they need to adopt self- sustaining sanitation models, an expert has recommended. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Lakhdar Boukerrou, regional director for the West Africa Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WA-WASH) , said the Post-2015 development agenda should focus on sanitation, equally as it focuses on water. WA-WASH is an initiative by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for Ghana, Niger and Burkina Faso. Boukerrou...
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April 23 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) have reiterated their commitment to deepening partnership in the area of peace and security. Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, on Tuesday met with Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-president of the European Commission.
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
JAKARTA, April (Xinhua) -- Leaders from Asian and African nations met here on Wednesday for an Asian-African summit under the theme of "Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity." Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in his opening speech, called for a new world economic order for the emerging economies. The management of the global economy could not be left only to the three international financial institutions of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank,...
(Ghana Web 04/22/15)
The new Patriotic Party ( NPP) wants to make sure that the third and final attempt by Nana Akufo-Addo to become the President is a successful one. To this end, the party has formed a small committee to find ways and means of ensuring that Nana benefits from the support base of the smaller political parties. A credible source within the committee told the Daily Dispatch that, so far it has succeeded in planting ‘political landmines’ in the Convention Peoples...
(Myjoyonline 04/22/15)
Children's NGO, Child Rights International is pushing for the prosecution of the headmaster of the St. Johns Grammar Senior High School, Emmanuel Ofoe Fiemawhle for stopping three final year students from writing a WASSCE exam because they kept bushy hair. The Ghana Education Service (GES) has asked that the 3 students be registered and prepared to write the paper in the November WAEC remedial examinations. That decision has been criticized by groups which are seeking punishment for the headmaster. Speaking...
(Myjoyonline 04/22/15)
The Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, established to deal with the dispute concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean will deliver its Order in the provisional measures phase of the case on Saturday, 25 April 2015. A statement from the tribunal said Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, President of the Special Chamber, will read the Order at a public sitting which will be held at 3 p.m...
(Myjoyonline 04/22/15)
The state has dropped its case against entertainment personality Kwesi Kyei Darkwah (KKD) who was standing trial for rape. The state dropped the case against KKD at a hearing at an Accra High Court Wednesday. A seven-member jury was expected to be constituted to hear the rape charges brought against KKD Wednesday. But before the hearing could begin, State Prosecutor filed a Nolle Prosequi paving the way for the court to discharge the broadcaster. The Airport Police arrested KKD on...
(Myjoyonline 04/22/15)
Indonesia's Supreme Court has turned down final appeals from two death row prisoners who are among 10 drug convicts awaiting executions by firing squads. The appeals for judicial review by Serge Areski Atlaoui from France and Martin Anderson of Ghana were rejected at hearings on Tuesday, said court panelist Suhadi, who uses a single name. Atlaoui's appeal was rejected because the three-judge panel found no mistake in the previous verdicts by lower courts, while Anderson failed to present new evidence...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/15)
(Reuters) - Leaders of Asian and African nations called on Wednesday for a new global order that is open to emerging economic powers and leaves the "obsolete ideas" of Bretton Woods institutions in the past. Their calls came at the opening of a meeting of Asian and African nations in Jakarta to mark the 60th anniversary of a conference that made a developing-world stand against colonialism and led to the Cold War era's non-aligned movement. Among the leaders listening were...
(Xinhuanet 04/21/15)
JAKARTA, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Foreign ministers from Asian and African countries have vowed to combat terrorism and drug trafficking ahead of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference. "The ministers see the importance of peace and stability and the need to strengthen and combat transnational crime including terrorism and drug trafficking," said Retno Marsudi, foreign minister of the host nation Indonesia, on Monday. During their speeches, a number of ministers stressed the importance of stepping up efforts to fight terrorism. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour said "terrorism and violent extremism" continued to affect the world.
(Xinhuanet 04/21/15)
JAKARTA, April 21 (Xinhua) -- The Asian African Business Summit (AABS) kicked off here on Tuesday morning with Indonesian President Joko Widodo delivering a brief opening speech. "I believe this forum will be a facility for the business sector to materialize Bandung Spirit through strengthening of mutually-benefiting cooperation on trade and investment that give contribution to the acceleration of economy and prosperity of the people on the two continents,"said the president. Bandung Spirit, which was put forward at the first...

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(AFP 04/27/15)
Energy explorer Tullow on Monday said it was unaffected by an international tribunal ordering Ghana not to carry out any new oil drilling activities in disputed waters with neighbour Ivory Coast. "Development work on the TEN Project continues," the London-based multinational said in an emailed statement, referring to its three deepwater oil and gas fields off the Ghanaian coast. "The project is now over 55 percent complete with all 10 of the wells expected to be online at first oil already drilled," it added, saying the first barrels were expected in mid-2016. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday ordered Ghana to stop new oil projects until a...
(The Chronicle 04/27/15)
Growth of remittances to the Sub-Saharan Africa region is projected to slow to 0.9 percent in 2015, amounting to $33 billion, according World Bank's latest Migration and Development Brief. It said Nigeria alone accounts for around two-thirds of total remittance inflows to the region, but its remittances are estimated to have remained flat in 2014, at roughly $21 billion. The regional growth in remittances in 2014 largely reflected strong growth in Kenya (10.7 percent), South Africa (7.1 percent) and Uganda (6.8 percent). The level of remittance dependency varies across countries. Remittances in the Gambia, Lesotho, Liberia and Comoros equal about 20 percent of GDP in 2013, the latest available data. Remittance flows to the region are expected to pick up...
(Voice of America 04/25/15)
A recent report underscores the proliferation of cell phone use in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Pew Research Center survey, Africa has all but skipped the “landline stage of development.” The growth has been exponential. In 2002, only one tenth of the populations of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ghana owned a mobile phone, said Pew. “Across the seven countries surveyed, roughly two-thirds or more say they own a cell phone,” according to Pew. “Ownership is especially high in South Africa...
(Xinhuanet 04/24/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April (Xinhua) -- With the 1st edition of the specialized technical committee (STC) meeting on social development, labor and employment, African officials are deliberating on ways of addressing challenges in the area of social protection on the African continent. The Meeting has been organized on 20-24 April by the Department of Social Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC) under the theme, "Social Protection for Inclusive Development," at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.
(Ghana Web 04/22/15)
The once shining star of Africa, Ghana, is facing a real and serious risk of falling into a state which may make it extremely difficult to pay its debts on time. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has put Ghana into the category of countries that are few steps away from falling into the league of High Debt Distress Countries (HDDC). According to the IMF, Ghana was put into this category after its debts in relation to taxes, revenue, exports crossed...
(Voice of America 04/18/15)
DAR ES SALAAM— Jaki Kweka is that rare breed of gourmet chocolatier. She makes fine chocolate in Africa using local African ingredients. Other African companies such as Ghana's Golden Tree use local cocoa but import milk powder and sugar. Multinationals such as Nestle mass-produce chocolate in South Africa for the continent's consumers and source ingredients globally. But few firms match Kweka's ideal — she uses Tanzanian beans and local sugar to make organic chocolate that is 100 percent African. She packages her bars in recycled maize husks for extra authenticity.
(Bloomberg 04/18/15)
Abengoa SA inaugurated the first desalination plant in West Africa that will make seawater potable for a half-million people in Ghana’s capital, Accra. The Seville, Spain-based energy and environment company said Friday the plant will provide 60,000 cubic meters a day of drinking water using saltwater-purifying technologies that will be sold to Ghana Water Co. under a 25-year build-own-operate-transfer model. At least 230 million people worldwide use desalinated water a day for supplies, it said.
(Xinhuanet 04/16/15)
Financial stability risks have risen amid a moderate and uneven global economic recovery, and are harder to assess and address after they have rotated to parts of the financial system, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned Wednesday. “Divergent growth and monetary policies have increased tensions in global financial markets and caused rapid and volatile moves in exchange rates and interest rates over the past six months,” Jose Vinals, director of the IMF’s monetary and capital markets department, said at a...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/15)
(Reuters) - Africa-focused insurance company Old Mutual (OML.L) said on Wednesday that it had appointed Standard Bank (SBKJ.J) executive Bruce Hemphill to lead the company, replacing Julian Roberts. Hemphill, currently chief executive of Wealth, Insurance and Non-Bank Financial Services at Standard Bank, the largest African banking group by assets and earnings, was previously chief executive of Liberty Group. Roberts would remain as chief executive until Hemphill's start date, which is anticipated to be during the fourth quarter, Old Mutual said...
(Bloomberg 04/14/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa this year by 1.25 percentage points as plunging oil prices force exporters to curb spending plans. Gross domestic product is estimated to expand 4.5 percent, down from 5 percent in 2014, the Washington-based lender said in its World Economic Outlook. Further weakening of growth in China or Europe could reduce demand for African exports and curtail foreign investment in infrastructure and mining, it said. Nigeria and Angola, Africa’s biggest oil producers, are among the hardest hit by an almost halving in crude prices since June.
(Spy Ghana 04/13/15)
About 36,000 new businesses have been targeted to be grown across 161 districts under the Rural Enterprises Programme (REP) as part of the government’s push to fight poverty. Trade and Industry Minister, Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah, said this would be done through the combination of employable skills training, apprenticeship and master craftsmen training. The programme is being jointly funded by the Ghana Government, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). Dr. Spio-Garbrah said his outfit...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/10/15)
(Reuters) - When it opened in 1963, Ghana's oil refinery symbolized pride and hope for the first African country to escape colonial rule. Now the plant stands idle in a sign of the economic shadow that has crept over one of the continent's brightest stars. The discovery of oil in Ghana in 2007, added to its gold and cocoa wealth and its other major asset, stable democracy, gave it a chance to start catching up with oil giant Nigeria and...
(Xinhuanet 04/10/15)
JAKARTA, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Diplomats on Friday urged all nations to renew their efforts and commitments to tackle development issues affecting the global politics and economy prior to the 60th anniversary of the Asia Africa Conference (AAC) next week. Ambassadors and diplomats from countries, which initiated the AAC in 1955, said at a forum that challenges faced by the framework have been shifting from promoting independence, international recognition and equality to resolving global economic slowdown, security and energy concerns. "
(Xinhuanet 04/09/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- Telecommunications firm, Airtel Africa, on Monday announced the launch of a cross-border money- transfer service for customers between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Rwanda. In a statement issued in Nairobi, the mobile firm, which operates in 17 countries across Africa, said the service will facilitate increased remittances and regional trades at very low cost with ubiquitous distribution network. "This offering will raise the level of convenience in cross- border payments across the three countries with a ubiquitous
(Xinhuanet 04/08/15)
ACCRA, April (Xinhua) -- Fiscal policy think tank, Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) took government of Ghana to the cleaners here on Tuesday over a projected 2.7 billion Ghana cedis (750 million dollar) loss in the 2015 annual budget. IFS said the loss could have been avoided if government had taken pragmatic steps to hedge petroleum pricing before the fall in global crude prices. Last month Finance Minister, Seth Terkper told parliament that Ghana stood to lose about 2.7 billion...
(Spy Ghana 04/08/15)
Newmont Ghana is urging cooperation from the Ghana Mineworkers Union (GMWU) to help reach a mutually beneficial, equitable and economically sustainable labour agreement, given the challenging business conditions the company and gold mining industry face.wpid-Newmont-Ghana.jpg ”We remain ready to continue good-faith negotiations with the GMWU to protect the interests of workers through the long-term sustainability of our operations and the ongoing creation of shared value for all of our stakeholders,” says Pascal Kanbonnabah, Newmont’s Regional Vice President, Human Resources, in...
(Ghana Web 04/08/15)
Peasant farmers have appealed to financial institutions to give them flexible loans to enable them to procure machinery and fertiliser to increase their yields. They said high interest rates on loans and the failure by many financial institutions to offer loans to them had denied many farmers the opportunity to engage in commercial farming. The President of the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG), Mr Abdul-Rahman Mohammed, made the call during a roundtable by the farmers and financial institutions in...
(Business Day 04/08/15)
People speak about Africa as "the mobile continent" so frequently that it has become a cliché. People throw the phrase around as if it explains everything, without interrogating what Africans do with their mobile devices. One attempt to change that comes courtesy of technology research outfit World Wide Worx, which has published the results of its survey of 3,500 mobile phone users in five of Africa’s major markets — SA, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Uganda. The survey reveals unsurprisingly that...
(Vibe Ghana 04/07/15)
Ghana will hit the target of 1.2 million metric tonnes of cocoa beans by the end of the 2014/15 cocoa season. The Suhum District Cocoa Officer of the Health and Extension Division of COCOBOD, Mr. Michael Gyasi, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview at his office at Suhum in the Eastern Region. He explained that records available indicate that the nation’s production is below one million metric tonnes, and it is expected that by the end of...
(Spy Ghana 04/07/15)
Internationally recognised Singaporean economist, Dr. Victor Kor has a positive verdict on the Ghanaian economy, saying that despite the current challenges, there is ‘very good hope’ for Ghana. “I think all the indicators shows that you all have very good hope…Indications look good your global competitiveness as a country and economy look good just because you have good infrastructure, educational, man power…,” he told the Republic newspaper in an exclusive interview on sidelines of the just concluded SADA Business forum...

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(CNN 04/27/15)
(CNN)The NBA announced Wednesday that it will play its first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa will tip-off against Team World and will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain. The Miami Heat star will lead a roster made up of first and second generation African players. Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.
(Xinhuanet 03/11/15)
ACCRA, March 11 (Xinhua) -- The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has shown its worry about reports that some local players are betting away the fortunes of their clubs. Media reports are rife about the rise in soccer betting by players and some officials of clubs playing in the local league. A premier league club coach Mohammed Gargo has accused his players of involving in sports betting, something which he says has accounted for the poor performance of the club in the league campaign. Speaking at a press conference in Accra on Tuesday, the president of the GFA, Kwesi Nyantakyi, said the association is worried about the canker which has crept into the body fabric of football administration in Ghana. "The...
(Starrfmonline 03/10/15)
Prominent economist, Dr. Kofi Amoah has kicked against Ghana’s prospective hosting of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, describing it as a ‘misplaced priority’. Ghana is one of three shortlisted countries vying for the hosting rights for the next edition of the tournament. The West African giants are going head-to-head against Gabon and Algeria following reports of the withdrawal of Egypt who were originally amongst the shortlisted countries. But Dr. Kofi Amoah, who chaired Ghana’s last hosting of Africa’s flagship...
(APA 03/06/15)
Week 10 of the Ghana Premier League will be underway this weekend and leaders Ashanti will travel to face Aduana Stars, looking to get back on the winning track after their 2-2 draw with Heart of Lions in last round. However their mission won’t be easy against second-placed Aduana who will be aiming to reduce the gap to three points in case of victory. Heart of Lions will be hosting WAFA and only one point is seperating the two sides...
(Xinhuanet 03/03/15)
ACCRA, Mar. (Xinhua) -- The General Secretary of the Gambia Football Federation (GFF) Abass Bah is in Ghana to study the operations of the Ghanaian FA. The move forms part of the objectives of Gambia's newly elected football executives to develop their human resource and other areas of the game, according to a release by the GFA on Monday. Bah said his two weeks stay in Ghana will offer him the opportunity to study the GFA's administrative systems to understand...
(Xinhuanet 03/03/15)
ACCRA, Mar. (Xinhua) -- The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is in search of new teams to replace Nigeria for its proposed friendly game on March 29 after FIFA canceled the much-anticipated friendly last week. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had earlier announced that the Super Eagles would play Bolivia on March 26 in Uyo, and then take on the Black Stars on March 29 in London. But the friendly has now been stymied. World football governing body FIFA last Friday...
(Xinhuanet 02/27/15)
ACCRA, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Ghana has named its final squad for the 2015 Africa Youth Championship scheduled for Senegal next month. The head coach of the Black Satellites Sellas Tetteh released his final 21-man squad for the tournament which begins from March 8 and ends on March 22 in the West African nation. Ghana is three-time African U-20 champions and will be aiming for a fourth title. The Black Satellites who are currently fine-tuning in Turkey have been paired...
(Ghana Web 02/26/15)
Accra Hearts of Oak have to delay their travel plans to Benin because of non-availability of funds to cater for their trip. A contingent of 23 players, 7 technical team members and other club officials were expected to depart Accra on Thursday, February 26, 2015 to Benin to play AS Police in the return leg of the CAF Confederation Cup. Hearts won the first leg 1-0 in Accra and is expected to play the return encounter on Saturday 28th February...
(BBC News Africa 02/26/15)
Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be postponed from January to June to help move the 2022 World Cup. A Fifa taskforce has recommended the World Cup is played in November and December to avoid Qatar's hot summer. "The African confederation has automatically and nicely agreed it will not organise the Nations Cup in January 2023," Valcke said. "It will have to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations to June." The 2022 World...
(Spy Ghana 02/24/15)
Information making rounds indicates that Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga has been sacked. Unconfirmed report shows that Mahama Ayariga has been reassigned from the Sports Ministry to another Ministry yet to be known. Reports also indicate that his failure to give a proper account on the expenditure spent by the Black Stars at the just ended AFCON may have called for his dismissal. Mahama Ayariga also accused Ghanaian journalists demanding details about the expenditure incurred for the AFCON of asking him...
(Spy Ghana 02/18/15)
The Ghana Olympic Committee is mourning the passing of an accomplished leader in the Olympic Movement and a former President of the GOC, Dr. Yaw Nkansa-Gyane. Dr. Nkansa-Gyane died on 12th January, 2015 in Accra, aged 87. His final funeral rights will be held on Saturday, 21st February in Accra. He played a fundamental role in promoting sports and the Olympic Movement in Ghana and on the world stage. He served as a Vice President of the International Amateur Boxing...
(Ghana Web 02/18/15)
Andre Dede Ayew is willing to commit his future to boyhood club Olympique Marseille but not to a reduced salary. The 25-year-old is one of the big earners in the books of the cash-strapped Stade Velodrome side. The Ghana international’s future with the club where he has been nurtured from childhood still remains in the balance as he has just three months left on his contract. “In my head, everything is open. If I must leave then I shall. But...
(Myjoyonline 02/11/15)
After weeks of public speculations, the Sports Ministry has eventually revealed that government approved about GH₵17.9million to fund Ghana’s participation in the AFCON 2015 event in Equatorial Guinea. Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga revealed the figures while taking questions on the floor of Parliament Wednesday. The minister had expressed unwillingness to reveal details of the budget before the tournament. He had asked that Ghanaians wait until after the tournament when he would reveal the details of the expenditure. Ghana placed second...
(Spy Ghana 02/11/15)
Many are those who believe that the AFCON finals should not be the recipe of the Black Stars. A lot of football analyst and pundits have voiced their opinions over Ghana’s inability to win the AFCON trophy though they have reached the AFCON finals nine times. Ghana Black Stars is a national team that has a lot of history in Africa since 1920. The Black Stars have played in 19 Africa Cup of nations and the Black Stars has won...
(Xinhuanet 02/10/15)
ACCRA, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Ghana's senior national soccer team the Black Stars arrived home after winning silver at the just- ended 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Equatorial Guinea. The Black Stars lost 9-8 to Ivory Coast in a dramatic penalty shoot-out Sunday night in the Equatorial Guinea city of Bata. The team, officials and government delegation touched down at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra Monday afternoon, to a rousing welcome by hundreds of soccer fans. They were...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/09/15)
Andre Ayew wasted no time on Saturday rebuffing any talk of revenge on behalf of his father when he plays for Ghana against the Ivory Coast in Sunday’s African Nations Cup final. The storyline of French-based Ayew brothers Andre and Jordan winning the title which eluded their father Abedi Pele when the two countries last met in the final, in 1992, was probed by reporters. But the 25-year-old Andre, the elder of the brothers who plays for Olympique Marseille, scowled...
(AFP (eng) 02/07/15)
Ivory Coast face what is likely to be their sternest test of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations when they tackle Ghana Sunday in what has been dubbed the 'dream' final. Two of Africa’s football powerhouses are in dire need of a continental trophy after long, frustrating waits. Ghana have won the Cup of Nations four times but their last conquest was 33 years ago, while the Ivorians only triumph was in 1992 and, ironically, it was at the expense of Ghana. Ivory Coast beat their west African neighbours 11-10 on penalties after 120 minutes of action did not produce any goals in Dakar.
(AFP (eng) 02/07/15)
In Equatorial Guinea, Andre Ayew has not only shamed his critics but also moved a step closer to matching the class of his father, the legendary Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew. In 2008, when he made his Africa Cup of Nations debut on home soil, he was criticised by the fans with some suggesting he was only in the squad because of the influence of his famous father. But a year later he made history when he led his country in Egypt...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/06/15)
Malabo - Ghana have called for stiff action against Nations Cup hosts Equatorial Guinea after several Ghanaian supporters were injured in attacks by home fans during Thursday's semi-final between the two countries. “It's a pity that this dark cloud overshadows our success and we really need to see some stiff action taken by the Confederation of African Football (CAF),” said Kwesi Nyantakyi, president of the Ghana Football Association who is also a senior CAF executive. At least five Ghanaian fans...
(BBC News Africa 02/06/15)
The Africa Cup of Nations semi-final between Ghana and hosts Equatorial Guinea was described as a "war zone" after play was suspended for more than 30 minutes because of crowd trouble. Players ducked bottles thrown from the stands, Ghana fans sought safety behind a goal, riot police used tear gas and a helicopter hovered over the stadium. "It's now like a war zone," the Ghana Football Association (GFA) tweeted, claiming "barbaric acts of vandalism" and "unprovoked violent attacks" had taken...

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(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a venue devoted to the indigenous art of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas that is sometimes criticised for having "colonial undertones". The exhibition, titled 'Masters of Sculpture from Ivory Coast', features nearly 330 historical and...
(Starrfmonline 03/10/15)
Dr. Phil is wading into the fray in the on-going battle between Nick Gordon and the family of Bobbi Kristina Brown. The talk show host recently conducted an emotional, revealing interview with Gordon, and now Dr. Phil is sitting down with ET's Kevin Frazier to talk about the volatile situation. "I went to Atlanta to interview Nick. When I got there, the interview became an intervention," Dr. Phil explained. "When we get to Atlanta, his lawyers, who we were talking to, said, 'Listen, he is out of control. We are afraid that he is going to be dead if something doesn't happen. We can't control him.'" According to Dr. Phil, Gordon's behavior was erratic during the intervention. "He'd go from...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/15)
Timbuktu, which won seven Cesar awards -- France's version of the Oscars -- on Friday tells the story of northern Mali under the control of jihadists, in a foreshadowing of the rise of the Islamic State group. Among its haul, it scooped the coveted best film and best director gongs for Mauritania's Abderrahmane Sissako. The ancient caravan town of the title, often a by-word for otherworldly remoteness, was seized by armed Islamists who cut a swathe through the west African...
(Ghana Web 02/18/15)
Talent Ghanaian child music star, Esi, has said fondly how much she has missed missing music genius Castro. The Hiplife artist, whose real name is Theophilus Tagoe, went missing, along with friend Janet Bandu in July, 2014. Born Elizabeth Esi Awotwi, the rising star who revealed Castro helped her write her debut single, Dream, is hopeful the musician would “come back soon”. “I don’t know. Uncle Castro was so nice to me and I miss him so much. I want...
(Ghana Web 02/04/15)
The lady with a charming voice on radio, Doreen Andoh, host of Joy Fm’s mid-morning show, Cosmopolitan Mix, has become the latest celebrity to add her voice to the growing complaints over the erratic supply of electricity in the country. Doreen has said the current situation has been giving her “high blood pressure.” She told her listeners on Monday that she had not had electricity for three days with absolutely no explanation from the power suppliers. “…Let’s not deal with...
(The Guardian 01/26/15)
Ghanaian Highlife artiste, Nana Quame visited e.TV’s The Late Nite Celebrity Show to enumerate some of the challenges he is facing after a long hiatus. With seven albums under his belt, Nana Quame revealed “It’s not easy getting artistes to feature on my songs currently. "Many of these artists don’t want to work with me anymore. I want to make myself believe they are busy doing other things or songs. "I called on some artists to feature them and they...
(Ghana Web 01/22/15)
Model, TV Presenter and Singer Deborah Vanessa Owusu, more commonly known in entertainment circles as Sister Debbie, has revealed that she never stated anywhere that she earned $8000 with her nude picture as some media houses have reported. Speaking in an exclusive interview on Neat FM’s “Entertainment Ghana”, Sister Debbie said whoever will believe that story is either ignorant or is up to some mischief. “First of all, the story is a misquotation or misinterpretation. That is not what I...
(Citifmonline 01/08/15)
In 2015, television gets more exciting as a new Nigerian telenovela, Hotel Majestic, births on Africa Magic. The daily telenovela premiered on January 5 on Africa Magic showcase at 7:00PM GMT. Hotel Majestic focuses on the Emeni family as they fight one another and the outside world to protect a hotel that has been in their family for decades. The Hotel, which is situated in a beautiful and flawless riverside community in Nigeria, has been in the family since the...
(Ghana Web 01/08/15)
The President, John Dramani Mahama has jokingly called on ace highlife singer, Charles Kwadwo Ofosu, known in showbiz as Daddy Lumba to grant him the copyright to his hit song, 'Yentie Obiaa'. The President said his call is necessary as his name has become synonymous with the lyrics of the song. “I think Lumba must give me the copyright to the song…,” he joked in an interview Wednesday as part of events marking the two years of his presidency. The...
(Ghana Web 12/30/14)
The organisers of a musical bash dubbed “New Year Bash With Abrantie Amakye Dede”, slated for January 1, 2015 at the Abrantie Spot, have promised music fans that the much awaited event would be full of fun and excitement as there would be hot performances by the highlife legend Abrantie Amakye Dede, Kofi B and Lee Duodu. According to the organisers, music lovers and fans of Abrantie, Kofi B and Lee should expect a fun-packed night at the event which...
(Ghana Web 12/23/14)
Airtel Ghana brand ambassadors, Kalybos, Ahoofe Patricia and DKB will join music giants such as Shatta Wale, M.anifest, Stonebwoy, Guru, Keche, MzVee and Kontihene to thrill fans at the Decemba 2 Rememba concert which will come off at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) on December 24. Both Kalybos and Patricia have won the hearts of many Ghanaians with their hilarious comedy series dubbed ‘Boys Kasa’. DKB, born Derrick Kobina Bonney, was Ghana’s representative at the Big Brother Africa Stargame...
(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.
(Spy Ghana 12/19/14)
Talented actress Nana Ama Mcbrown has finally reacted to accusations that she snitched her boyfriend Maxwell Mensah from musician Mzbel. The award-winning actress on Pluzz FM in an interview with Sammy Flex on Friday made it clear that she has never in her life snatched any man from her woman but the men rather run after her. The rumour of Nana Ama Mcbrown stealing Mzbel’s boyfriend gained roots after the actress was seen hanging around with Maxwell three months after...
(Ghana Web 12/19/14)
The 3-day Becca Girl Talk Festival officially commenced with the deputy minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Dzifa Gomashie in attendance. The 3-day festival at the National Theatre started with a workshop yesterday, Thursday 18th December 2014; and continues today with the ultimate show happening on the 20th of December 2014 where musical performances and other entertaining acts will be offered. Becca posed for pictures with students and other patrons.
(Myjoyonline 12/18/14)
Ghanaian actor, Ekow Smith Asante has expressed disappointment at a confession by HIV/AIDS ambassador, Joyce Dzidzor Mensah she lied about her HIV status. In 2013, Ekow Smith Asante starred in a movie about Dzidzor’s real life story of how she contracted HIV and how she did not allow stigmatization, scorn, and molestation to dampen her spirit. The movie, ‘My Cross Roads’, premiered at the National Theatre on Friday, October 4, 2013 and received rave reviews. Apart from Ekow and Dzidzor,...
(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to...
(Xinhuanet 12/15/14)
NAIROBI, Dec. (Xinhua) -- Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama said Sunday seven bilateral agreements his government inked with Kenya on Saturday will help spur economic growth between the two nations. Speaking at the end of his four-day visit to Kenya, Mahama said agreements which included trade, education, tourism and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will open up new economic frontiers for mutual benefits. "We can take it (intra-Africa trade) to another level. We have historically cooperated together in the liberation struggle from colonial
(Ghana Web 12/09/14)
Beads are small decorative objects that are formed in a variety of shapes and sizes from materials such as glass, plastic or wood which is pierced together for threading. They are categorised into glass beads, wood beads, base metal beads, mirage beads and gem stones. It is now common knowledge that ladies love to look pretty not sparing any expense in choosing nice clothing, shoes or accessories. Both men and women look amazing with beads especially when worn right, interestingly...
(Spy Ghana 12/08/14)
The 2014 MTN Saminifest, held at the Trade Fair Center last Saturday projected never seen performances from our top musicians. The event was brought to us by MTN Ghana and was supported by Club Beer, Kasapreko Alomo Sankwan, Fiesta Condom and more. It is an event held to celebrate 10 successful music years of BatMan now known as Samini. If you werent at the Trade Fair then you should admit you missed one of the best actions ever. You can...
(Citifmonline 12/05/14)
All is set for the much awaited Citi FM MOGO Dance Party tonight at the plush Alisa Hotel. The legendary Nana Ampadu and the Ramblers International Band will lead the pack of performers; the versatile Okyeame Kwame and the smooth Akwaboah. Highlife, the authentic Ghanaian music genre, has for several decades served the people of the West Africa with timeless melodies. The MOGO Dance Party would see the performers keeping patrons on their feet in a party atmosphere in celebration...

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(CNN 04/27/15)
(CNN)The NBA announced Wednesday that it will play its first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa will tip-off against Team World and will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain. The Miami Heat star will lead a roster made up of first and second generation African players. Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.
(Voice of America 04/24/15)
 
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WASHINGTON— The world is winning the fight against malaria. Millions of lives have been saved in the past 10 years ... lives mostly of children under the age of five. A potential vaccine is being tested. But the World Health Organization reports that new developments threaten a decade's worth of work. The gains against malaria began when then-U.S. President George W. Bush started the President's Malaria Initiative, a program that provided millions of dollars and encouraged other donor countries and private organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to make eradicating malaria a priority. The results can be seen in both research and the number of lives being saved. The World Health Organization reports that deaths from malaria have...
(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a...
(Voice of America 04/18/15)
DAR ES SALAAM— Jaki Kweka is that rare breed of gourmet chocolatier. She makes fine chocolate in Africa using local African ingredients. Other African companies such as Ghana's Golden Tree use local cocoa but import milk powder and sugar. Multinationals such as Nestle mass-produce chocolate in South Africa for the continent's consumers and source ingredients globally. But few firms match Kweka's ideal — she uses Tanzanian beans and local sugar to make organic chocolate that is 100 percent African. She packages her bars in recycled maize husks for extra authenticity.
(Bloomberg 04/18/15)
Abengoa SA inaugurated the first desalination plant in West Africa that will make seawater potable for a half-million people in Ghana’s capital, Accra. The Seville, Spain-based energy and environment company said Friday the plant will provide 60,000 cubic meters a day of drinking water using saltwater-purifying technologies that will be sold to Ghana Water Co. under a 25-year build-own-operate-transfer model. At least 230 million people worldwide use desalinated water a day for supplies, it said.
(Voice of America 04/18/15)
International health officials say just two capsules a day of Vitamin A reduces the chance of a child dying by 22%. Children without iodine lose 13 IQ points and stay one year less in school. Efforts to promote child health support vitamin and mineral supplements to rectify the problem. They also support breast-feeding and foods fortified with health-enhancing nutrients. But many high-impact programs are under-funded. The new Power of Nutrition fund aims to change all that. The new effort will...
(Voice of America 04/16/15)
ACCRA— Two Ghanaian businessmen appeared in court in Accra on Wednesday accused of conspiring to import nearly 6 tons of cocaine from Bolivia, one of the biggest recorded cocaine seizures linked to West Africa. Authorities in Bolivia seized the drugs in March but senior state attorney Rebecca Adjalo told an Accra circuit court the plan had been for the drugs to transit through Ghana's Tema port and continue to the country's northern neighbor Burkina Faso. Adjalo did not specify the...
(Bloomberg 04/14/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa this year by 1.25 percentage points as plunging oil prices force exporters to curb spending plans. Gross domestic product is estimated to expand 4.5 percent, down from 5 percent in 2014, the Washington-based lender said in its World Economic Outlook. Further weakening of growth in China or Europe could reduce demand for African exports and curtail foreign investment in infrastructure and mining, it said. Nigeria and Angola, Africa’s biggest oil producers, are among the hardest hit by an almost halving in crude prices since June.
(Voice of America 04/14/15)
CHICAGO— The United States and the African Union signed an agreement on Monday to create the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, signed a memo of cooperation formalizing the collaboration between the African Union Commission and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
(Voice of America 04/14/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— While indigenous people from central African countries attended a meeting in Cameroon to promote their respective traditions, languages and cultures, Yaounde is taking measures to bring formal education to the nomadic Mbororos and Pygmies. The Ngoimo Baka pygmy community lives deep in the tropical forest of eastern Cameroon. The natural environment is their only source of livelihood. Every evening, villagers assemble at their chief's courtyard to listen to stories and roast meat caught nearby. This day, chief Bengoula...
(Voice of America 04/13/15)
Italian navy and merchant ships rescued a group of almost 1,000 migrants from three overcrowded boats about 48 kilometers from the coast of Libya. One person died before the rescue workers reached the boats. The migrants sent a distress call by phone Friday and were being taken to the island of Lampedusa, following rescue operations conducted into Saturday. In a dawn operation on Saturday, two Albanians, ages 28 and 42, were arrested after police identified them as the smugglers in charge of a boat carrying 37 would-be Syrian and Kurdish migrants, including five women.
(Voice of America 04/08/15)
MOSCOW/JOHANNESBURG— Russia is pursuing costly state oil and platinum projects in Africa despite an economic crisis at home, hoping they will bolster sales, including of arms, for businesses hit by Western sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. Moscow has mostly focused on building ties with Asia since the U.S. and European Union sanctions came into force last year, but the Africa deals signal a desire to rebuild what was a big market for its weapons and technology during the Soviet era.
(Voice of America 04/04/15)
JAKARTA— Indonesia said Thursday that it was ready to host the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Asia-Africa summit, which will bring delegations from dozens of countries to Jakarta this month. Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, widely known as Ahok, told reporters that preparations were under way to make the capital presentable. "We have completely cleaned the underpasses on toll roads, illegal buildings have been demolished and the occupants are being moved to public housing," he said.
(Bloomberg 04/04/15)
The African Petroleum Producers Association, which represents oil and gas producers from Algeria to South Africa, called for a cut in oil output globally. The group also includes the continent’s biggest producers, Nigeria and Angola. It’s starting an initiative, led by Angola and Algeria, to seek collaboration between members of OPEC and other oil producers to reduce output and stabilize oil prices, which have halved since the end of June. APPA wants “to set up a platform of commitment at...
(Bloomberg 04/03/15)
Mondelez International’s February announcement that it would increase production of coffee from Ethiopian beans 50 percent in two years was good news for the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, started in 2008 with the help of foreign donors to improve food distribution in a country where millions often went hungry. By government decree, almost all buying and selling of coffee, sesame seeds, and navy beans for export must take place on the exchange. The ECX , which got funding from the U.S...
(Voice of America 04/03/15)
JOHANNESBURG—A large swath of Southern Africa has been hit by a double whammy of epic floods followed by a miserly drought -- a phenomenon that has affected countless people in Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Meanwhile, the fledgling nation of South Sudan is in the throes of a major hunger crisis as conflict has pushed the country’s population to the brink of famine. As different as these two scenarios appear, the head of the UN’s World Food Program said both crises...
(The Wall Street Journal 04/02/15)
Shoprite Holdings Ltd. sold more Guinness stout at its 11 stores in Angola and Nigeria last year than at home in South Africa, where it has 10 times as many outlets. But Africa’s biggest retailer is also contending with an Islamic insurgency in Nigeria, where Boko Haram militants have staged attacks near its shops—and the effects of wilting currencies both there and in Angola. The challenges are increasingly common ones for Africa’s largest companies, serving customers embattled by insecurity and economic turmoil.
(Voice of America 04/01/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Wider smartphone and Internet access has allowed technology firms to reach remote African farmers with apps providing veterinary diagnoses, crop planting guidance and virtual marketplaces. Human food production will need to increase 70 percent by 2050 to meet rising demand and Africa is home to more than half of the world's unused arable land, according to United Nations research. Africa's farms have failed to cash in because of a lack of access to infrastructure, training, capital and rapidly advancing...
(BBC News Africa 03/31/15)
The elite of Kenya's much-heralded entrepreneurship revolution work in an ultra-modern. co-working space overlooking the bustle of Nairobi. Their businesses are reliant on the high-speed internet available here. The Nairobi Garage is one of a limited number of work spaces in the city boasting a dedicated 25 megabits per second [Mbps] fibre internet connection. Fibre is definitely not the norm in Kenya - a country viewed as a leader in African technology innovation. In financial terms, fibre internet is way beyond the grasp of most entrepreneurs and small businesses.
(The New York Times 03/28/15)
The faded plaque to the right of the door said “Jochannan, Yosef B.,” but visitors to this nursing home on the northern edge of the Bronx knew the frail 96-year-old inside by another name: Dr. Ben. As a sign of respect, many would also bend down on one knee. The room was covered in mementos from a life spent between continents, weaving together the threads of the African diaspora: honors and awards, photos of Egyptian statues, kente cloth, a mug...

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