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(AFP (eng) 10/23/14)
The families of every Guinean health worker who has died in the Ebola outbreak will be compensated for their loss with $10,000 (7,800 euros), the government said Wednesday. A total of 42 families are currently eligible for the payout, said Sakoba Keita, the minister in charge of the government's Ebola response in Guinea, one of three countries most affected by the outbreak. The figure includes the eight members of an Ebola education team who were killed last month when they were attacked by angry residents in the southern town of Womey. The team included health workers and members of the media. President Alpha Conde, with the support of the international community, "has decided to grant...
(SouthAfrica.info 10/23/14)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects the strong growth trends that sub-Saharan Africa has been experiencing in recent years to continue in the next two years, albeit at a faster rate. Releasing the October 2014 IMF Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa report on 20 October, director of the IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, said the region’s economy is forecast to continue “growing at a fast clip, expanding by about 5% in 2014, the same level as in 2013, and accelerating to around 5.75% in 2015”. “This growth momentum is particularly pronounced in the region’s Low- Income Countries, where activity is...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/22/14)
The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. Restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and due to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some...
(AFP (eng) 10/22/14)
The Ebola epidemic will take at least four months to contain even if all necessary steps are taken, the global head of the Red Cross said Wednesday, warning of "the price for inaction". The deadliest-ever outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever has claimed more than 4,500 lives in West Africa, and experts warn the rate of infections could reach 10,000 a week by early December. There is no licensed vaccine or cure for Ebola, which has also spread in several isolated...
(AFP (eng) 10/22/14)
African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will travel to Ebola-hit west African nations, one of the most senior officials to do so since the outbreak, her spokesman said Wednesday. AU Commission chair Dlamini-Zuma will visit Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia "to assess the situation first hand", her spokesman said in a statement, without giving the exact dates of the trip. She will be accompanied by UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) chief Carlos Lopes, as well as the African Development Bank (AfDB) president Donald Kaberuka.
(BBC News Africa 10/22/14)
The World Health Organisation is set to hold emergency talks to discuss the Ebola epidemic. The meeting will assess the efforts so far to control the virus, which continues to spread in the worst affected countries in West Africa. New rules in the US require travellers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to arrive at one of five airports. Meanwhile a curfew has been imposed in a town in Sierra Leone after two people were shot dead in riots on...
(AL Jazeera 10/22/14)
A Cuban medical team is set to arrive in Liberia to help tackle the spread of the Ebola virus, the foreign ministry has said in a statement. The ministry said a 52-member team comprising doctors, nurses, epidemiologists, intensive care doctors, general practitioners, surgeons, pediatricians, intensive care nurses, anesthetists and licensed nurses will arrive in the capital on Wednesday. The statement said the ministry was informed of the medical team's imminent arrival by Jorge Fernando Lefebre Nicolas, Cuban ambassador to Liberia. The ambassador said the arrival signalled his government's strong solidarity with Liberia.
(Ventures-Africa 10/22/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned African countries that rushing to issue Eurobonds could raise debt levels and undermine growth as they may face exchange rate risks and problems repaying debts. Several African countries, especially those once burdened with debts, have issued Eurobonds to raise money for capital projects. Reuters News Agency quotes the director of IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, as saying, in an interview on Monday, that such Eurobonds come with risks. “Whereas what...
(The Associated Press 10/21/14)
Tens of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be available for "real-world" testing in West Africa as soon as January as long as they are deemed safe, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday. Dr Marie Paule Kieny, an assistant director general for WHO, said clinical trials that are either underway or planned in Europe, Africa and the U.S. are expected to produce preliminary safety data on two vaccines by December. If the vaccines are declared safe,...
(Cnbc Africa 10/21/14)
The group warned that the overall positive outlook being overshadowed by pockets of acute difficulty in a few countries. “In Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the Ebola outbreak is exacting a heavy human and economic toll. In addition, the security situation continues to be difficult in some countries, including the Central African Republic and South Sudan,” said the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The report also said, in a few other countries activity was facing headwinds from domestic policies. “In South...
(The Associated Press 10/21/14)
The European Union committed itself Monday to step up efforts toward getting 1 billion euros ($1.27 billion) in aid to fight Ebola in West Africa and rejected the idea of halting direct flights coming from the region. The EU foreign ministers set off a week of continentwide action with a pledge "to play an active role in enhancing the international response" to Ebola, which so far has been late and insufficient to contain the deadly virus that has claimed at...
(Bloomberg 10/21/14)
Ebola’s economic effects in Africa are proving hard to quarantine even in the 49 of 54 countries that are untouched by the virus. Corporate events are being canceled, international investors are declining to visit and multinationals are on high alert. The International Monetary Fund yesterday cut its forecast for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa this year to 5 percent from 5.5 percent, due in part to “economic spillovers starting to materialize” from the outbreak. The ripple effects present a fresh...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/20/14)
Food prices have climbed by an average of 24 percent across the three countries worst hit by the Ebola outbreak, forcing some families to reduce their intake to one meal a day, a World Food Program spokeswoman said Friday. The sobering news was offset somewhat by reports Friday that the outbreak has been contained in Senegal and that four people suspected of infection have tested negative in Spain. The food-producing regions of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa...
(The Associated Press 10/20/14)
China has donated $6 million to help stave off food shortages in the three African countries worst affected by the Ebola virus, the World Food Program announced Monday, part of Beijing's growing assistance to a continent where its companies have become major investors. WFP China representative Brett Rierson said the money is being spent on one month of emergency food rations of mainly rice, lentils and yellow peas for 300,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Ebola outbreak...
(Ventures-Africa 10/20/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The race to build hotels in Africa has never been bigger than it is today. Global hotel chain Marriot International’s recent announcement of a $1.5 billion Africa expansion plan stirred the market and a recent hotel conference on Africa. The capital investment will be used to build nine hotels, amounting to a 1,300 additional rooms, by 2015 and 30 additional hotels by 2020, adding another 5,550 rooms to the continent’s hotel room count. Marriot International’s construction plan...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/14)
Wealthy countries were slow to tackle the Ebola epidemic as it began in Africa, former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan said in tough criticism of the response to the crisis on Thursday. "I am bitterly disappointed by the response... I am disappointed in the international community for not moving faster," Annan told the flagship BBC programme Newsnight. "If the crisis had hit some other region it probably would have been handled very differently. In fact when you look at...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/14)
An Ebola vaccine by British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline may not be ready for commercial use until late 2016 and should therefore not be seen as the "primary answer" to the current outbreak, a company researcher said. "We have to be able to manufacture the vaccine at doses that would be consistent with general use and that's going to take well into 2016," Doctor Ripley Ballou, head of GSK's Ebola vaccine research unit, told BBC radio in an interview aired on...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/14)
The UN trust fund for Ebola has barely $100,000, a pittance compared to what the world body says it needs to fight the worst outbreak on record, the New York Times said Friday. The cash, which came from Colombia, is a tiny fraction of the $1 billion that the UN has estimated it needs to fight the epidemic that has killed around 4,500 people, the Times said. The UN regards the Ebola trust fund as a flexible cash resource that...
(Bloomberg 10/17/14)
Air Cote d’Ivoire will resume flights to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia later this month, making it easier for aid workers to travel to the countries worst hit by Ebola after most carriers scrapped their routes. The airline partly owned by Air France-KLM (AF) will fly to Guinea from Oct. 20, spokeswoman Ruth Domagni said by phone from Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s commercial capital. The carrier will offer services to Monrovia in Liberia and Freetown in Sierra Leone from Oct. 26,...
(Cnbc Africa 10/17/14)
Africa’s vast amounts unexplored resources make it every investors dream, however, the continents real success lies in advancing women. Earlier this month the world celebrated The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, a day that recognises the vital role rural women play in improving agriculture and rural development. “When we give rural women access to productive agricultural and natural resources, we empower them. They, in turn, can contribute more to alleviating hunger and boosting the ability of their communities...

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(AFP (eng) 10/23/14)
The families of every Guinean health worker who has died in the Ebola outbreak will be compensated for their loss with $10,000 (7,800 euros), the government said Wednesday. A total of 42 families are currently eligible for the payout, said Sakoba Keita, the minister in charge of the government's Ebola response in Guinea, one of three countries most affected by the outbreak. The figure includes the eight members of an Ebola education team who were killed last month when they were attacked by angry residents in the southern town of Womey. The team included health workers and members of the media. President Alpha Conde, with the support of the international community, "has decided to grant...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/22/14)
The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. Restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and due to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. lawmakers to prevent more Ebola cases in the United States. Affected travelers will have their temperatures checked for signs...
(AFP (eng) 10/22/14)
The Ebola epidemic will take at least four months to contain even if all necessary steps are taken, the global head of the Red Cross said Wednesday, warning of "the price for inaction". The deadliest-ever outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever has claimed more than 4,500 lives in West Africa, and experts warn the rate of infections could reach 10,000 a week by early December. There is no licensed vaccine or cure for Ebola, which has also spread in several isolated...
(BBC News Africa 10/22/14)
The World Health Organisation is set to hold emergency talks to discuss the Ebola epidemic. The meeting will assess the efforts so far to control the virus, which continues to spread in the worst affected countries in West Africa. New rules in the US require travellers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to arrive at one of five airports. Meanwhile a curfew has been imposed in a town in Sierra Leone after two people were shot dead in riots on...
(AL Jazeera 10/22/14)
A Cuban medical team is set to arrive in Liberia to help tackle the spread of the Ebola virus, the foreign ministry has said in a statement. The ministry said a 52-member team comprising doctors, nurses, epidemiologists, intensive care doctors, general practitioners, surgeons, pediatricians, intensive care nurses, anesthetists and licensed nurses will arrive in the capital on Wednesday. The statement said the ministry was informed of the medical team's imminent arrival by Jorge Fernando Lefebre Nicolas, Cuban ambassador to Liberia. The ambassador said the arrival signalled his government's strong solidarity with Liberia.
(The Associated Press 10/21/14)
Tens of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be available for "real-world" testing in West Africa as soon as January as long as they are deemed safe, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday. Dr Marie Paule Kieny, an assistant director general for WHO, said clinical trials that are either underway or planned in Europe, Africa and the U.S. are expected to produce preliminary safety data on two vaccines by December. If the vaccines are declared safe,...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/14)
Wealthy countries were slow to tackle the Ebola epidemic as it began in Africa, former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan said in tough criticism of the response to the crisis on Thursday. "I am bitterly disappointed by the response... I am disappointed in the international community for not moving faster," Annan told the flagship BBC programme Newsnight. "If the crisis had hit some other region it probably would have been handled very differently. In fact when you look at...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/14)
An Ebola vaccine by British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline may not be ready for commercial use until late 2016 and should therefore not be seen as the "primary answer" to the current outbreak, a company researcher said. "We have to be able to manufacture the vaccine at doses that would be consistent with general use and that's going to take well into 2016," Doctor Ripley Ballou, head of GSK's Ebola vaccine research unit, told BBC radio in an interview aired on...
(The Associated Press 10/16/14)
A U.S. official touring the West African countries worst hit by the deadly Ebola virus expressed optimism Wednesday that the right strategies to fight the disease are in place, even as warnings mount over the deteriorating situation. The World Health Organization warned that new cases are appearing at a rapid rate in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, though Nigeria and Senegal, which saw just a handful of cases are on the verge of being declared Ebola free. The leaders of...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/16/14)
A Chinese drugmaker with military ties has sent an experimental Ebola drug to Africa for use by Chinese aid workers and is planning clinical trials there to combat a deadly outbreak of the disease, executives at the firm told Reuters on Thursday. Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group Ltd has supplied several thousand doses of its drug JK-05 to the region, Chief Operating Officer Jia Zhongxin said. More doses could be sent if needed, Jia said. An Ebola outbreak in West Africa,...
(The Associated Press 10/16/14)
The global famine warning system is predicting a major food crisis if the Ebola outbreak continues to grow exponentially over the coming months, and the United Nations still hasn't reached over 750,000 people in need of food in West Africa as prices spiral and farms are abandoned. On the eve of World Food Day on Thursday, U.N agencies and non-governmental organizations are scrambling to scale up efforts to avert widespread hunger. "The world is mobilizing and we need to reach...
(The Wall Street Journal 10/16/14)
The Head of the American Military’s 101st Airborne Division Takes Over Operations This Weekend. After almost a month in Liberia, U.S. troops have completed construction on a 25-bed medical facility to treat health-care workers who come into contact with Ebola and are running five mobile labs that expedite tests for the deadly virus. The Pentagon effort against Ebola will enter its next phase this weekend, when the head of the American military’s 101st Airborne Division, Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, arrives...
(Voice of America 10/16/14)
The World Health Organization said Wednesday the situation at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is worsening. The UN agency called the transmission of the deadly virus "widespread and persistent" in the area. It singled out Ebola's "rampant" spread in Sierra Leone, where at least 425 new cases were reported in the last 10 days, and noted that neighboring Guinea has seen an "increase in the intensity" of transmission. Yet a positive step in combating the virus...
(AFP (eng) 10/15/14)
The world is falling behind in a desperate race stop the deadly Ebola outbreak, a top UN official warned on Tuesday amid dire predictions that thousands of new infections are possible before year's end. "Ebola got a head start on us," said Anthony Banbury, head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response. "It is far ahead of us, it is running faster than us, and it is winning the race," the Briton told the UN Security Council in New...
(The Associated Press 10/15/14)
A Dallas nurse being treated for Ebola has received a plasma transfusion from a doctor who beat his own infection with the deadly virus after getting a similar treatment. The reason: Antibodies in the blood of a survivor may help a patient fight off the germ. Dr. Kent Brantly went to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Sunday to donate the plasma to nurse Nina Pham. Brantly got Ebola while caring for patients in Africa, and received plasma from...
(AFP (eng) 10/14/14)
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday he and his wife were donating $25 million to help US efforts to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic. "The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point. It has infected 8,400 people so far, but it is spreading very quickly and projections suggest it could infect one million people or more over the next several months if not addressed," Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page. "We need to get Ebola under control in the...
(AFP (eng) 10/14/14)
The US and UN leaders on Monday called for "more robust" international efforts to tackle Ebola, after medics in Liberia demanded danger money to treat patients in what officials termed the worst health crisis of modern times. The call from US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon came as doctors and nurses in Liberia, one of the worst-hit countries, went on strike to demand higher pay to care for Ebola patients there. Health care workers in west...
(AFP (eng) 10/14/14)
A Guinean man quarantined in Brazil on suspicion of being infected with Ebola does not have the often deadly disease, health officials confirmed Monday, citing the results of a second test. "The result has just come in from the lab and it is not Ebola," said Health Minister Arthur Chioro. He added that the man need no longer be kept in isolation, and that close monitoring of some 60 people who came in contact with him since his September 19...
(Voice of America 10/14/14)
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) says Ebola poses a threat to the governments and societies of West Africa. Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the WHO, said Monday that she has "never seen an infectious disease contribute so strongly to potential state failure." In a statement to a health conference in the Phillippines, Chan warned the number of cases is "rising exponentially" in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and said the outbreak shows how the world is ill-prepared...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/14)
The death toll from an overcrowded wooden boat that sunk off the south coast of Guinea has risen to 18, with 20 others missing presumed dead, reports said late Sunday. The boat went down on Friday with 61 people aboard off the port of Benty, in the south of the country, after colliding in high seas with a mining ship. "Eighteen people were killed when a boat capsized near the Konta landing point straddling the small ports of Farmoriah and...

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(SouthAfrica.info 10/23/14)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects the strong growth trends that sub-Saharan Africa has been experiencing in recent years to continue in the next two years, albeit at a faster rate. Releasing the October 2014 IMF Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa report on 20 October, director of the IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, said the region’s economy is forecast to continue “growing at a fast clip, expanding by about 5% in 2014, the same level as in 2013, and accelerating to around 5.75% in 2015”. “This growth momentum is particularly pronounced in the region’s Low- Income Countries, where activity is forecast to accelerate to 6.75 to 7% in 2014- 15,” she said. Tailwinds to economic...
(Ventures-Africa 10/22/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned African countries that rushing to issue Eurobonds could raise debt levels and undermine growth as they may face exchange rate risks and problems repaying debts. Several African countries, especially those once burdened with debts, have issued Eurobonds to raise money for capital projects. Reuters News Agency quotes the director of IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, as saying, in an interview on Monday, that such Eurobonds come with risks. “Whereas what it costs the countries to issue these bonds can often look lower than what they would pay on domestic borrowing,”...
(Cnbc Africa 10/21/14)
The group warned that the overall positive outlook being overshadowed by pockets of acute difficulty in a few countries. “In Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the Ebola outbreak is exacting a heavy human and economic toll. In addition, the security situation continues to be difficult in some countries, including the Central African Republic and South Sudan,” said the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The report also said, in a few other countries activity was facing headwinds from domestic policies. “In South...
(Bloomberg 10/21/14)
Ebola’s economic effects in Africa are proving hard to quarantine even in the 49 of 54 countries that are untouched by the virus. Corporate events are being canceled, international investors are declining to visit and multinationals are on high alert. The International Monetary Fund yesterday cut its forecast for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa this year to 5 percent from 5.5 percent, due in part to “economic spillovers starting to materialize” from the outbreak. The ripple effects present a fresh...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/20/14)
Food prices have climbed by an average of 24 percent across the three countries worst hit by the Ebola outbreak, forcing some families to reduce their intake to one meal a day, a World Food Program spokeswoman said Friday. The sobering news was offset somewhat by reports Friday that the outbreak has been contained in Senegal and that four people suspected of infection have tested negative in Spain. The food-producing regions of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa...
(Ventures-Africa 10/20/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The race to build hotels in Africa has never been bigger than it is today. Global hotel chain Marriot International’s recent announcement of a $1.5 billion Africa expansion plan stirred the market and a recent hotel conference on Africa. The capital investment will be used to build nine hotels, amounting to a 1,300 additional rooms, by 2015 and 30 additional hotels by 2020, adding another 5,550 rooms to the continent’s hotel room count. Marriot International’s construction plan...
(Bloomberg 10/17/14)
Air Cote d’Ivoire will resume flights to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia later this month, making it easier for aid workers to travel to the countries worst hit by Ebola after most carriers scrapped their routes. The airline partly owned by Air France-KLM (AF) will fly to Guinea from Oct. 20, spokeswoman Ruth Domagni said by phone from Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s commercial capital. The carrier will offer services to Monrovia in Liberia and Freetown in Sierra Leone from Oct. 26,...
(Cnbc Africa 10/17/14)
Africa’s vast amounts unexplored resources make it every investors dream, however, the continents real success lies in advancing women. Earlier this month the world celebrated The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, a day that recognises the vital role rural women play in improving agriculture and rural development. “When we give rural women access to productive agricultural and natural resources, we empower them. They, in turn, can contribute more to alleviating hunger and boosting the ability of their communities...
(Ventures-Africa 10/15/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes has called on the international financial community to provide Africa with more investments than aid, as it is obvious that the latter cannot help the emerging continent achieve its desired growth and development. Carlos was, on Monday, speaking at the opening of the Ninth African Development Forum holding in Marrakech, Morocco themed “Innovative financing for Africa’s transformation” with the aim of deriving measures to...
(Ventures-Africa 10/14/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released last week, by IHS, a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. “Cote d’Ivoire intends on spending $4 billion on agriculture development in order to improve crop yields and, in four years,...
(Ventures-Africa 10/13/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Compared to other regions of the world, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of female entrepreneurs. These women are mostly owners of small businesses and local community shops serving the unmet needs of their homes and consumers. This not only reshapes the incorrect perception that African women have marginal input in overall economic output, but a socio-economic conscious business environment that includes full support of women entrepreneurs could potentially bring millions out of poverty and reduce an...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/14)
The president of Guinea, one of the West African nations hard-hit by the Ebola crisis, met Friday with IMF Director Christine Lagarde, who promised the organization was "ready to do more if needed." The virus, which emerged in Guinea at the start of the year, has infected around 1,300 Guineans, killing 768 of them. Global aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Thursday a surge of Ebola cases in Guinea had pushed its treatment unit in the capital Conakry near...
(Business Day 10/11/14)
Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released Wednesday, by IHS Inc., a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the development of the agriculture sector is viewed by many countries as a way to: Diversify their economies away from...
(Bloomberg 10/10/14)
West African countries are almost powerless to prevent illegal fishing that is depleting stocks and robbing states of revenue, according to a fisheries expert who is visiting the region. “In most West African countries, surveillance and monitoring is almost zero, most African countries don’t even have a single vessel, or even a small craft,” Professor Daniel Pauly, a fisheries specialist from University of British Columbia, said by phone from the Namibian town of Swakopmund. An inability to enforce quotas results...
(Ventures-Africa 10/10/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Lusaka Stock Exchange listed power distribution company, Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) is to invest over $18 million in upgrading its network in a bid to boost Zambia and DR Congo energy sector. “CEC owns the inter-connection between Zambia and DRC. We are building a duo circuit transmission line which will see the capacity of our inter-connector extended from 250 megawatts to 550 megawatts,” said CEC managing director Owen Silavwe. CEC operates and maintain a network comprising transmission, distribution and generation assets. The assets comprise an emergency power generation capacity of 80MW, transmission and distribution network of around 1,000 km of overhead power lines
(AFP (eng) 10/08/14)
The deadly Ebola epidemic could deal a $32 billion-plus blow to the West African economy over the next year if officials cannot get it under control, the World Bank warned Wednesday. If efforts to halt its spread out of a three-country core -- Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea -- are not successful by December, the entire region faces a real threat of economic catastrophe, the Bank said in a new report. "In broader regional terms, the economic impacts could be...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/08/14)
(Reuters) - Standard Chartered (STAN.L) plans to hire at least 1,000 more staff in Africa in the next couple of years, an increase of more than 10 percent, even as its expansion elsewhere has slowed. Diana Layfield, Standard Chartered's chief executive for Africa, declined to specify where the extra staff would go, but picked out Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana as three of the most attractive markets. "Nigeria has to be close to the top of everybody's list (for expansion) .....
(Business Week 10/06/14)
Africa is ripe for investment, a fact that is being acted upon by Abu Dhabi companies with increasing regularity. Etihad Airways just announced that it would expand its African presence with the launch of a daily service to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Earlier this month, Trojan General Contracting, part of the Royal Group owned by Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is participating in a $16 billion programme to build roads and railways across West Africa. These companies are not...
(Kenya Star 10/02/14)
ATHENS- Marine researchers hope that fish farming - the process of raising fish in ponds for food - can help African countries overcome chronic food shortages. Scientists from the Athens-based Hellenic Centre for Marine Research are working on ways to improve fish farming in Europe, and now have been asked to do the same to alleviate food shortages in Africa. The governments of Kenya and Sierra Leone approached the European Union for assistance with fisheries. Hellenic Centre director Evangelos Papathanassiou explains this is a joint European-African project.
(Bloomberg 10/01/14)
Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, said further deals with the Investment Corp. of Dubai may run into billions of dollars after the Emirati holding company invested $300 million in his cement business last month. “We have also agreed to invest in other other ventures in oil and agriculture,” Dangote said today in an interview at a conference in Dubai. “They already have a seat on our board. This could run into billions of dollars.” ICD is exploring opportunities to work...

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(PANA 10/07/14)
The qualifying series for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is set to resume next weekend, after a month-long break, PANA reported Sunday. The first set of two group matches were played last month, and two more matches are slated to be played this month. Match day three will be next Friday and Saturday, while Match day four will be four days later, on 15 Oct. After this month's matches, there will be two more matches to go, in November, before the emergence of the qualified teams. The top two finishers from each of the seven groups, plus the best third-placed team, will pick the tickets to the 16-team 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals...
(The New Times 10/07/14)
Head coaches and technical directors of African national teams have hailed progress in African football but emphasised the need to make improvements which would see an African team win a Fifa World Cup. The resolution was among the many passed by the coaches, who meet in a two-day conference held in Cairo, Egypt last week. It was organised by FIFA and CAF to review and learn from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Rwanda was represented by Amavubi head coach Stephen Constantine and technical director Lee Johnson. Reflecting on the technical aspects of Brazil 2014, there was a general feeling...
(AFP (eng) 09/24/14)
Guinea and Sierra Leone will host 2015 Africa Cup of Nations matchday 3 qualifiers in Morocco and Cameroon because of the Ebola epidemic, the organisers said Wednesday. A Confederation of African Football (CAF) statement said Guinea would play Ghana on October 11 at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca. Guinea defeated Togo at the same venue this month in a previous Group E home match. Sierra Leone will face Group D leaders Cameroon on October 10 at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in...
(Xinhuanet 09/11/14)
KAMPALA, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Uganda's national football team, Cranes on Wednesday stopped Guinea 2-0 in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier. South African based professional Geoffrey Massa netted a brace in the Group E match played at the 42,500-seater Mandela National Stadium, Namboole. Massa put the home side 1-0 up after 21 minutes when he capitalized on a Godfrey Walusimbi cross to finish at close range. The Guinea team battled back strongly but failed to penetrate the...
(Voice of America 09/05/14)
Nearly 200 experts on Ebola are meeting in Switzerland to discuss possible cures and vaccines for the deadly disease, as the number of cases in West Africa continues to rise. The World Health Organization says the two-day conference in Geneva is to review recent developments in possible treatments for Ebola and identify the most important actions that need to be taken. On Thursday, the gathering’s opening day, the WHO called for drug companies and regulatory agencies to collaborate in speeding...
(CNN 09/05/14)
(CNN) -- Tests of an experimental Ebola vaccine began this week at the National Institutes of Health, amid mounting anxiety about the spread of the deadly virus in West Africa. On Thursday, a third volunteer will receive a dose of the vaccine. The first volunteer, a 39-year-old woman, received a dose Tuesday; the second volunteer, a 27-year-old woman, received her dose Wednesday. Seven more will be given the vaccine next week. The NIH hopes to have 20 volunteers enrolled and...
(Dw-World 09/04/14)
As the continent gears up for its African Nations Cup qualifiers, concerns are growing that the deadly disease could ruin the games. Some argue soccer players and fans from Ebola-hit countries could spread the virus. The message from Africa's soccer governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was clear: Ivory Coast will be expelled from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they refuse to host Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in their qualifier on Saturday (06.09.2014). CAF's statement prompted Ivory Coast to allow the match to be held in Abidjan after all.
(PANA 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(The Associated Press 08/11/14)
LOME, Togo (AP) — Fearful Togo officials have asked the African soccer confederation to move a game out of Ebola-affected Guinea as the outbreak of the deadly disease threatens to badly disrupt the African Cup's final qualifying round. Games involving Sierra Leone are already under scrutiny after that country said it would not host any soccer matches until further notice because of Ebola. The Togo soccer federation's request refers to its first game of the final group stage in Guinea...
(RFI(EN) 07/29/14)
No black African cyclist has ever taken part in the Tour de France. The most prestigous cycling event in the world ended in Paris on Sunday, and Team Africa Rising hopes to bring an African team to the Tour in the near future. Team Africa Rising wants to be the first hundred percent African team to race the European circuit and eventually take part in the Tour de France. Speaking to RFI, Jock Boyer, the founder of Team Africa Rising...
(The Point 07/05/14)
Football lovers in Africa are generally disappointed about the early exit of Africa's five representatives in the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. But the signs were already there for such a development. And squabbles over finances and administrative arrangements are a large contributing factor. However, since FIFA allocated 1.5 million dollars to each of the 32 participating teams, the payment of bonuses to African players should not be a problem, if based on prior agreement, which should be available...
(Zimbabwe Independent 06/21/14)
AT the Brazil 2014 World Cup shorn of African heroics so far, with the singular exception of Ivory Coast, Cameroon went down fighting on Wednesday, but unfortunately, among themselves! After hitting the headlines on the eve of football's global super show for staging an industrial action over bonuses for their participation, the West Africans hogged the limelight for all the wrong reasons yet again. This time it was violence and unmitigated failure in an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Croatia. All...
(AFP (eng) 04/02/14)
GENEVA, April 2, 2014 (AFP) - Five new cases of the deadly Ebola virus have been recorded in Guinea in the past 24 hours, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The total number of suspected and confirmed cases of one of the deadliest viruses known to man has risen to 127 in the country, with 83 people now known to have died, the UN's public health agency said. No treatment or vaccine is available for the virus, and the UN...
(PANA 03/13/14)
The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Mr. Issa Hayatou, has nudged African teams heading to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to strive to reach the last four. PANA reports that no African team has ever gone beyond the quarter-final stage of the four-yearly global football extravaganza. But Hayatou said a last-four berth by any of Africa's flagbearers in Brazil would be an icing on the cake for the successes which African football has recorded, especially...
(PANA 02/28/14)
Guinea national football team coach, Michel Dussuyer, has called up 22 players to camp in preparation for an international friendly match against Iran on 5 March in Teheran. Iran will play in the 2014 World Cup to be hosted by Brazil. The Guinean delegation will leave Conakry on Saturday for a training stint in German before flying to the Iranian capital, Teheran. Followed is the list of 22 players invited, most of them based abroad: Goalkeepers: Abdoul Aziz Kéita (ASK)...
(PANA 02/28/14)
The African Football Confederation (CAF) will cover the costs of training, at the CAF Excellence Centre in Mbankomo, for the African teams to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the continental football governing body said. CAF is also calling on the entire African continent to support the five teams that qualified for Brazil 2014 which kicks off in June. The five countries are Cote d'Ivoire, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. In a news dispatch from the CAF headquarters in...
(PANA 02/19/14)
Conakry, Guinea - Guinean national football team coach Michel Dussuyer, whose contract ended on 31 Dec. 2013, has been given an 18-month extension with the objective of qualifying the team for the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Morocco, PANA reported Tuesday. The extension came despite a string of poor results by the coach, including his failure to qualify Guinea for this year African Nations Championship in South Africa and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Also, the Sily...
(AFP 02/02/14)
CAPE TOWN, (AFP) - Libya won their first continental tournament Saturday after beating Ghana in the African Nations Championship 4-3 on penalties when their final ended 0-0 after extra time. Excellent goalkeeping by the Mediterranean Knights' Muhammad Nashnoush and a poorly-aimed attempt that went wide from Ghana's Joshua Tijane clinched the victory following a lacklustre game. A fast-paced start raised expectations of an energetic clash, but play slowed after the first 15 minutes and failed to recover. The match ended...
(PANA 01/30/14)
Bloemfontein, South Africa - Nigeria's head coach Stephen Keshi has hailed the country's home-based senior national team, the Super Eagles, despite its loss to the Black Stars of Ghana in Wednesday's semi-final of the ongoing 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa. The teams resorted to penalties after playing goalless in regulation and extra time, with the eventual 4-1 result ending the dreams of African champion Nigeria to also lift the CHAN silverware 'This team has been about six...
(CNN 01/10/14)
(CNN) -- Yaya Toure's African reign will stretch into a third year after the Manchester City midfielder was named the continent's best footballer once again. The Ivory Coast star was crowned Footballer of the Year by the Confederation of African Football at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday. Toure pipped compatriot Didier Drogba, who plays for Turkish outfit Galatasaray, and Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel to the crown. The 30-year-old becomes only the second player to win three...

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(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Despite sparse resources and limited institutional support, the world will soon wake up to Africa's ingenious new artists, according to some of the continent's leading exponents taking part in London's Contemporary African Art Fair. The four-day event -- the largest such fair outside Africa -- opens on Thursday and showcases the work of over 120 artists in the grand setting of Somerset House in the heart of the British capital in a bid to reach a global market. Some 27 galleries from around the world are represented at "1:54" -- named after the number of countries in Africa -- and the event has doubled in size since it debuted last year. "What is exciting about...
(News Day 10/10/14)
IT was a night of fun and of course lots of glitz and glamour at The Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots launch on October 5 at The Whippet in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa. After the unexpected burning down of the former BBA house also located in Johannesburg, viewers and audiences were naturally eager to see how this new venue would turn out and with no doubt Big Brother did not disappoint. The usual presenter, Ik Osakioduwa, popularly known as Ik, introduced audiences to this year’s edition with a stunning cabaret performance of the official Big Brother theme song. It was...
(The Guardian 12/30/13)
Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt. At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated...
( 12/17/13)
BBnZ Live turned the entire Accra metropolis upside-down with the maiden edition of the Afro-Beats Festival held at the Independence Square in Accra over the weekend. An ecstatic crowd made up of over 60,000 Ghanaian music fans from all walks of life including students from all Ghanaian second cycle and tertiary institutions thronged the venue to partake in the event. The three-day Afro-Beats Festival was an all night affair which provided non-stop entertainment till the break of dawn. It kicked...
(AFP 11/09/13)
LAGOS, November 9, 2013 (AFP) - The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opens in Nigeria on Sunday and although it is still in its infancy, organisers hope that with time it can become the continent's Cannes. Seventy films from across the continent will be screened in a series of venues over seven days in the southern coastal city of Calabar, which Nigeria has tried to promote as an emerging cultural hub. "For an African film to come out in Cannes...
(CNN 09/20/13)
London (CNN) -- The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features - all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses. But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion...
(BBC News Africa 10/22/14)
The World Health Organisation is set to hold emergency talks to discuss the Ebola epidemic. The meeting will assess the efforts so far to control the virus, which continues to spread in the worst affected countries in West Africa. New rules in the US require travellers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to arrive at one of five airports. Meanwhile a curfew has been imposed in a town in Sierra Leone after two people were shot dead in riots on Tuesday. The current outbreak of the virus has already killed more than 4,500 people - mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The WHO has faced criticism it reacted too slowly to the spread of...
(AL Jazeera 10/22/14)
A Cuban medical team is set to arrive in Liberia to help tackle the spread of the Ebola virus, the foreign ministry has said in a statement. The ministry said a 52-member team comprising doctors, nurses, epidemiologists, intensive care doctors, general practitioners, surgeons, pediatricians, intensive care nurses, anesthetists and licensed nurses will arrive in the capital on Wednesday. The statement said the ministry was informed of the medical team's imminent arrival by Jorge Fernando Lefebre Nicolas, Cuban ambassador to Liberia. The ambassador said the arrival signalled his government's strong solidarity with Liberia.
(Ventures-Africa 10/22/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned African countries that rushing to issue Eurobonds could raise debt levels and undermine growth as they may face exchange rate risks and problems repaying debts. Several African countries, especially those once burdened with debts, have issued Eurobonds to raise money for capital projects. Reuters News Agency quotes the director of IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, as saying, in an interview on Monday, that such Eurobonds come with risks. “Whereas what...
(Cnbc Africa 10/21/14)
The group warned that the overall positive outlook being overshadowed by pockets of acute difficulty in a few countries. “In Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the Ebola outbreak is exacting a heavy human and economic toll. In addition, the security situation continues to be difficult in some countries, including the Central African Republic and South Sudan,” said the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The report also said, in a few other countries activity was facing headwinds from domestic policies. “In South...
(Bloomberg 10/21/14)
Ebola’s economic effects in Africa are proving hard to quarantine even in the 49 of 54 countries that are untouched by the virus. Corporate events are being canceled, international investors are declining to visit and multinationals are on high alert. The International Monetary Fund yesterday cut its forecast for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa this year to 5 percent from 5.5 percent, due in part to “economic spillovers starting to materialize” from the outbreak. The ripple effects present a fresh...
(Ventures-Africa 10/20/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The race to build hotels in Africa has never been bigger than it is today. Global hotel chain Marriot International’s recent announcement of a $1.5 billion Africa expansion plan stirred the market and a recent hotel conference on Africa. The capital investment will be used to build nine hotels, amounting to a 1,300 additional rooms, by 2015 and 30 additional hotels by 2020, adding another 5,550 rooms to the continent’s hotel room count. Marriot International’s construction plan...
(Bloomberg 10/17/14)
Air Cote d’Ivoire will resume flights to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia later this month, making it easier for aid workers to travel to the countries worst hit by Ebola after most carriers scrapped their routes. The airline partly owned by Air France-KLM (AF) will fly to Guinea from Oct. 20, spokeswoman Ruth Domagni said by phone from Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s commercial capital. The carrier will offer services to Monrovia in Liberia and Freetown in Sierra Leone from Oct. 26,...
(Cnbc Africa 10/17/14)
Africa’s vast amounts unexplored resources make it every investors dream, however, the continents real success lies in advancing women. Earlier this month the world celebrated The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, a day that recognises the vital role rural women play in improving agriculture and rural development. “When we give rural women access to productive agricultural and natural resources, we empower them. They, in turn, can contribute more to alleviating hunger and boosting the ability of their communities...
(The Wall Street Journal 10/16/14)
The Head of the American Military’s 101st Airborne Division Takes Over Operations This Weekend. After almost a month in Liberia, U.S. troops have completed construction on a 25-bed medical facility to treat health-care workers who come into contact with Ebola and are running five mobile labs that expedite tests for the deadly virus. The Pentagon effort against Ebola will enter its next phase this weekend, when the head of the American military’s 101st Airborne Division, Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, arrives...
(Voice of America 10/16/14)
The World Health Organization said Wednesday the situation at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is worsening. The UN agency called the transmission of the deadly virus "widespread and persistent" in the area. It singled out Ebola's "rampant" spread in Sierra Leone, where at least 425 new cases were reported in the last 10 days, and noted that neighboring Guinea has seen an "increase in the intensity" of transmission. Yet a positive step in combating the virus...
(Ventures-Africa 10/15/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes has called on the international financial community to provide Africa with more investments than aid, as it is obvious that the latter cannot help the emerging continent achieve its desired growth and development. Carlos was, on Monday, speaking at the opening of the Ninth African Development Forum holding in Marrakech, Morocco themed “Innovative financing for Africa’s transformation” with the aim of deriving measures to...
(Voice of America 10/14/14)
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) says Ebola poses a threat to the governments and societies of West Africa. Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the WHO, said Monday that she has "never seen an infectious disease contribute so strongly to potential state failure." In a statement to a health conference in the Phillippines, Chan warned the number of cases is "rising exponentially" in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and said the outbreak shows how the world is ill-prepared...
(Ventures-Africa 10/14/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released last week, by IHS, a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. “Cote d’Ivoire intends on spending $4 billion on agriculture development in order to improve crop yields and, in four years,...
(The Guardian 10/13/14)
The island nation has sent hundreds of health workers to help control the deadly infection while richer countries worry about their security – instead of heeding UN warnings that vastly increased resources are urgently needed. As the official number of Ebola deaths in west Africa’s crisis topped 4,000 last week – experts say the actual figure is at least twice as high – the UN issued a stark call to arms. Even to simply slow down the rate of infection,...
(Ventures-Africa 10/13/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Compared to other regions of the world, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of female entrepreneurs. These women are mostly owners of small businesses and local community shops serving the unmet needs of their homes and consumers. This not only reshapes the incorrect perception that African women have marginal input in overall economic output, but a socio-economic conscious business environment that includes full support of women entrepreneurs could potentially bring millions out of poverty and reduce an...
(Bloomberg 10/10/14)
The U.K. said it will screen passengers arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea for signs of Ebola, following the U.S. in implementing measures that the World Health Organization says are unlikely to work. Medical staff will assess passengers arriving from the three Ebola-stricken nations at Heathrow and Gatwick airports and Eurostar terminals, according to a statement from Prime Minister David Cameron’s office yesterday. The personnel will assess passengers’ recent travel history, who they’ve been in contact with and their...
(Bloomberg 10/10/14)
West African countries are almost powerless to prevent illegal fishing that is depleting stocks and robbing states of revenue, according to a fisheries expert who is visiting the region. “In most West African countries, surveillance and monitoring is almost zero, most African countries don’t even have a single vessel, or even a small craft,” Professor Daniel Pauly, a fisheries specialist from University of British Columbia, said by phone from the Namibian town of Swakopmund. An inability to enforce quotas results...
(Ventures-Africa 10/10/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Lusaka Stock Exchange listed power distribution company, Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) is to invest over $18 million in upgrading its network in a bid to boost Zambia and DR Congo energy sector. “CEC owns the inter-connection between Zambia and DRC. We are building a duo circuit transmission line which will see the capacity of our inter-connector extended from 250 megawatts to 550 megawatts,” said CEC managing director Owen Silavwe. CEC operates and maintain a network comprising transmission, distribution and generation assets. The assets comprise an emergency power generation capacity of 80MW, transmission and distribution network of around 1,000 km of overhead power lines
(BBC News Africa 10/08/14)
A prominent World Health Organization adviser has warned that more Ebola cases can be expected among medical staff - even in developed countries with modern health care systems. Professor Peter Piot said he was not surprised that a Spanish nurse had contracted the disease. The nurse has become the first person known to have contracted the deadly virus outside West Africa. She treated two Spanish missionaries who died of Ebola in Madrid. The nurse, identified in media reports as Teresa...
(Voice of America 10/08/14)
Experts from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank say Ebola is hurting the economies of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. The IMF said Ebola is causing "dire" economic problems in parts of West Africa. The assessment came Tuesday as the global lender published an economic forecast for all of Sub-Saharan Africa that says economic growth in the continent's dozens of other nations may rise to 5.8 percent next year. World Bank officials have said without a stronger effort...

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