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Tuesday 28 July 2015

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(Voice of America 07/28/15)
President Barack Obama is closing his East African trip Tuesday, becoming the first sitting American leader to address the African Union headquarters in the Ethiopian capital. His remarks at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa follow a meeting with AU Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and a tour of a food processing factory. Obama met Monday with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn for what he called "frank discussions" that included urging the government to allow journalists and opposition parties to operate more freely. He said creating space for those voices "will strengthen rather than inhibit" the ruling party's agenda. Hailemariam said Ethiopia is committed to improving human rights and governance. "Our commitment to democracy is...
(AFP (eng) 07/27/15)
Guinea's main opposition politician, ex-prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo, was designated presidential candidate by his party on Saturday for the October vote, an AFP journalist said. Diallo, who heads the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea, also saw his party mandate extended for five more years during a three-day congress that ended Saturday in Conakry, the journalist added. "By voting for me to be party president and candidate for the presidency of the Republic, you are urging all Guineans to trust me to change the course of our history and to give us a better, more promising future," Diallo said in a speech. Political loyalties in poverty-stricken, troubled Guinea are generally drawn along ethnic lines, analysts say. Diallo, who is...
(The Christian Science Monitor 07/27/15)
President Obama pledged $1 billion to support entrepreneurship projects worldwide, with half earmarked for women and youth. President Barack Obama has announced the expansion of entrepreneurial centers in Africa that will benefit 1,600 women entrepreneurs. These community centers, offering resources, education, and training, are expected to create 7,194 new jobs and 630 certified female mentors by October 2016, according to the State Department. Speaking on Saturday at the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, the president announced a...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/15)
US President Barack Obama defended his "Power Africa" initiative against claims that the $7 billion plan has failed to achieve its goal of doubling access to electricity in Africa. "We are well on our way," Obama said as he met five vendors in Nairobi using solar technology to further the project's goal of creating 30,000 megawatts of "new, cleaner electricity generation capacity". In 2013 Obama launched the initiative to much fanfare, but reports have suggested that it has so far...
(Angola Press(En) 07/24/15)
Angolan minister of National Defence João Gonçalves Lourenço discussed Thursday military cooperation with chief of Staff of Armed Forces of Guinea Conakry, Namory Traoré. At the end of the audience the gen. Namory Traoré said that the meeting with defence minister analysed issues related to the increased cooperation, with stress to the fields of defence, security and military staff training. "I took the opportunity to convey to the Angolan minister a message of satisfaction under the historical ties between the two countries," said the visiting high-ranking military officer, who described the relations as positive.
(Voice of America 07/24/15)
An African Union (AU) official said President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya and Ethiopia is good news for the continent, and East Africa in particular. AU Commission deputy chairperson Erastus Mwencha said in addition to Obama coming to see his extended family, the president is also coming on a business trip - he’s being accompanied by over a thousand business executives who will take part in a global business summit. He said Africa is looking for ways to strengthen economic...
(CNN 07/23/15)
President Barack Obama's arrival this week in Kenya will be an emotional and historic moment. His visit to the land of his father's birth will be a celebration of the growing ties between African nations and the United States. Meanwhile, Americans and Africans are today being drawn together as never before by our common fight against poverty and conflict, by the threat of terrorism, and most of all by exciting new economic possibilities. But instead of a victory lap for...
(AFP (eng) 07/22/15)
President Barack Obama's keenly-awaited trip to Africa this week comes as the US superpower's military footprint on the continent is growing. But US diplomatic and trade ties in Africa have not kept pace with defense cooperation, and lag far behind those of Europe and China. - Targeted military presence - Compared to its large-scale bases in Europe and Korea, and ongoing operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan -- the US deployment in Africa is discreet. Indeed, the US military's...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/21/15)
Hollywood actor George Clooney launched an initiative on Monday to track down and help bring to justice those funding and profiting from Africa's deadliest conflicts in a bid to fight corruption in war zones. Clooney joined forces with U.S. human rights activist John Prendergast in a project called The Sentry that aims to investigate the flow of money in and out of conflict zones and give policymakers the tools to take effective action. Using data collection, field research and analysis technology, the initiative plans to expose how conflict is financed and profits laundered, with a website encouraging people to anonymously
(Business Day 07/20/15)
After an eight-year negotiation period, the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) was launched on June 10, bringing together 26 African states with the aim of stimulating intra-African trade by creating a common market. These countries make up three major regional communities — the Southern African Development Community, the East African Community and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. The free trade area is a long-term project with significant stumbling blocks, including ratification by all 26 participating countries and...
(CNN 07/18/15)
In Africa, tea is big business. From the year-round plantations in Kenya to the centuries-old bushes in Malawi, the continent has a rich and growing tradition when it comes to crafting the perfect brew. We look at some of the biggest tea-producing countries in the continent, and explore what makes their blend quite so special. Kenya Kenya isn't only the largest tea producer in Africa, it's one of the biggest exporters in the world. While the country trails behind China...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/16/15)
Guinea has seen a spate of new Ebola cases due to transmissions at funerals, a worrying sign for the African nation as it seeks to stamp out a year-long epidemic that has killed over 11,000 people across the region, a health official said on Friday. According to figures released on Tuesday by the special government department set up to fight the disease, treatment clinics were handling just eight confirmed Ebola cases. "Today we have 27 sick in our treatment centres,...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/16/15)
Two new Ebola vaccine trials began on Wednesday with volunteers in Britain, France and Senegal getting "prime-boost" immunisations developed by Bavarian Nordic, GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson & Johnson. The mid-stage, or Phase II, trials are designed primarily to test the vaccines' safety, but will also assess whether they provoke an immune response against the deadly virus. The development of the prime-boost and other vaccines was accelerated in response to vast outbreaks of Ebola in West Africa, where at least 11,200 people...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/16/15)
Africa is likely to benefit from weak global growth by attracting more investment that will drive its development, experts said at a financing conference in Ethiopia on Wednesday. Investors have been pouring money into Africa in recent years, buoyed by its strong economic growth and improved governance amid slow growth in Europe, China and the United States. "As the global economy continues to be sluggish and large emerging markets slow down, clearly the future is on this continent," African Development...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/15/15)
Two new Ebola vaccine trials began on Wednesday with volunteers in Britain, France and Senegal getting "prime-boost" immunizations developed by Bavarian Nordic, GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson & Johnson. The mid-stage, or Phase II, trials are designed primarily to test the vaccines' safety, but will also assess whether they provoke an immune response against the deadly virus. The development of the prime-boost and other vaccines was accelerated in response to vast outbreaks of Ebola in West Africa, where at least 11,200 people...
(Business Day 07/15/15)
Africa is undeniably "rising", as The Economist famously declared back in 2011. Yet the fruits of this boom have not reached the majority of our continent’s 1.1-billion people, who remain trapped in poverty. Africa scores poorly on the Human Development Index of the United Nations Development Programme, which measures life expectancy, education and gross domestic product. The 18 lowest-ranked countries on last year’s index are all African. The challenge is to translate domestic product growth into broad-based human development. Africa needs tangible results stemming from a true footprint.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/13/15)
Africa's Ebola outbreak has not run its course and around 30 people are still getting infected each week, the United Nations' special envoy for the deadly disease, David Nabarro, said on Monday. Under normal circumstances, such an infection rate would be considered "a major, major outbreak," he said. "Probably about one third of these people are not coming from the contact list, which means they are surprise cases, and that’s a big worry," Nabarro told a conference organized by the...
(The Guardian 07/13/15)
After the international community pledged $3.4bn for West Africa, Alpha Condé is cautiously optimistic and taking stock of lessons learned. More than a year after the charity Médecins Sans Frontières sounded the alarm on the Ebola epidemic that would claim more than 11,000 lives, the international community on Friday pledged $3.4bn to help affected West African countries recover. Rather than use the donations for emergency funds, however, the presidents of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, attending a two-day United Nations...
(Bloomberg 07/13/15)
A Swiss investigation into how a company controlled by Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz came to own one of Africa’s most valuable mining assets widened as Geneva prosecutors traveled to Guinea to interview key witnesses. Prosecutor Claudio Mascotto, who questioned Steinmetz in October 2013, headed a team that’s been interviewing witnesses in Conakry, the West African nation’s capital, this week, said Henri Della Casa, a spokesman for the Geneva Prosecutors. The prosecutors are in Guinea as part of an investigation involving...
(Guinée News 07/13/15)
Quatre nouveaux cas confirmé dont trois à Conakry et un à Fria, 90 décès communautaires dont 88 sécurisés tous négatifs, voici les dernières informations saillantes sur l'épidémie qui sévit en Guinée depuis fin 2013. Les trois cas de Conakry ont été notifiés dans le quartier Bonfi, en banlieue de Conakry. Avant ces nouveaux chiffres, la Commission nationale de riposte notifiait un cas confirmé dans son rapport du 09 juillet. Cet autre cas positif était un contact qui était suivi dans...

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(The Christian Science Monitor 07/27/15)
President Obama pledged $1 billion to support entrepreneurship projects worldwide, with half earmarked for women and youth. President Barack Obama has announced the expansion of entrepreneurial centers in Africa that will benefit 1,600 women entrepreneurs. These community centers, offering resources, education, and training, are expected to create 7,194 new jobs and 630 certified female mentors by October 2016, according to the State Department. Speaking on Saturday at the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, the president announced a billion dollars in new investment for emerging entrepreneurs around the world, with half the money going to support women and young people. "Women are powerhouse entrepreneurs," said President Obama. "The research shows that when women...
(Angola Press(En) 07/24/15)
Angolan minister of National Defence João Gonçalves Lourenço discussed Thursday military cooperation with chief of Staff of Armed Forces of Guinea Conakry, Namory Traoré. At the end of the audience the gen. Namory Traoré said that the meeting with defence minister analysed issues related to the increased cooperation, with stress to the fields of defence, security and military staff training. "I took the opportunity to convey to the Angolan minister a message of satisfaction under the historical ties between the two countries," said the visiting high-ranking military officer, who described the relations as positive.
(AFP (eng) 07/22/15)
President Barack Obama's keenly-awaited trip to Africa this week comes as the US superpower's military footprint on the continent is growing. But US diplomatic and trade ties in Africa have not kept pace with defense cooperation, and lag far behind those of Europe and China. - Targeted military presence - Compared to its large-scale bases in Europe and Korea, and ongoing operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan -- the US deployment in Africa is discreet. Indeed, the US military's...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/21/15)
Hollywood actor George Clooney launched an initiative on Monday to track down and help bring to justice those funding and profiting from Africa's deadliest conflicts in a bid to fight corruption in war zones. Clooney joined forces with U.S. human rights activist John Prendergast in a project called The Sentry that aims to investigate the flow of money in and out of conflict zones and give policymakers the tools to take effective action. Using data collection, field research and analysis technology, the initiative plans to expose how conflict is financed and profits laundered, with a website encouraging people to anonymously
(Reuters (Eng) 07/16/15)
Guinea has seen a spate of new Ebola cases due to transmissions at funerals, a worrying sign for the African nation as it seeks to stamp out a year-long epidemic that has killed over 11,000 people across the region, a health official said on Friday. According to figures released on Tuesday by the special government department set up to fight the disease, treatment clinics were handling just eight confirmed Ebola cases. "Today we have 27 sick in our treatment centres,...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/16/15)
Two new Ebola vaccine trials began on Wednesday with volunteers in Britain, France and Senegal getting "prime-boost" immunisations developed by Bavarian Nordic, GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson & Johnson. The mid-stage, or Phase II, trials are designed primarily to test the vaccines' safety, but will also assess whether they provoke an immune response against the deadly virus. The development of the prime-boost and other vaccines was accelerated in response to vast outbreaks of Ebola in West Africa, where at least 11,200 people...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/15/15)
Two new Ebola vaccine trials began on Wednesday with volunteers in Britain, France and Senegal getting "prime-boost" immunizations developed by Bavarian Nordic, GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson & Johnson. The mid-stage, or Phase II, trials are designed primarily to test the vaccines' safety, but will also assess whether they provoke an immune response against the deadly virus. The development of the prime-boost and other vaccines was accelerated in response to vast outbreaks of Ebola in West Africa, where at least 11,200 people...
(Business Day 07/15/15)
Africa is undeniably "rising", as The Economist famously declared back in 2011. Yet the fruits of this boom have not reached the majority of our continent’s 1.1-billion people, who remain trapped in poverty. Africa scores poorly on the Human Development Index of the United Nations Development Programme, which measures life expectancy, education and gross domestic product. The 18 lowest-ranked countries on last year’s index are all African. The challenge is to translate domestic product growth into broad-based human development. Africa needs tangible results stemming from a true footprint.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/13/15)
Africa's Ebola outbreak has not run its course and around 30 people are still getting infected each week, the United Nations' special envoy for the deadly disease, David Nabarro, said on Monday. Under normal circumstances, such an infection rate would be considered "a major, major outbreak," he said. "Probably about one third of these people are not coming from the contact list, which means they are surprise cases, and that’s a big worry," Nabarro told a conference organized by the...
(Guinée News 07/13/15)
Quatre nouveaux cas confirmé dont trois à Conakry et un à Fria, 90 décès communautaires dont 88 sécurisés tous négatifs, voici les dernières informations saillantes sur l'épidémie qui sévit en Guinée depuis fin 2013. Les trois cas de Conakry ont été notifiés dans le quartier Bonfi, en banlieue de Conakry. Avant ces nouveaux chiffres, la Commission nationale de riposte notifiait un cas confirmé dans son rapport du 09 juillet. Cet autre cas positif était un contact qui était suivi dans...
(AFP (eng) 07/10/15)
The presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone come to the United Nations on Friday hoping to raise $3.2 billion to put their countries firmly on course for recovery from Ebola. More than 11,200 people have died in West Africa from the world's worst outbreak of the virus, with a few new cases uncovered in Liberia last month after the country had been declared Ebola-free. New infections in Sierra Leone and Guinea have fallen dramatically amid indications that the epidemic...
(Voice of America 07/10/15)
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has convened an International Ebola Recovery Conference at U.N. Headquarters in New York. The conference, co-organized by the three Ebola-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, seeks to mobilize resources to support recovery efforts. Ebola has devastated the people and economies of the three countries. U.N. spokesman Stepahane Dujaric said the Ebola conference is seeking to raise funds from the international community, building on the initial momentum of the response to the Ebola crisis. “The...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/10/15)
Africa's fledgling insurance scheme covering governments against drought expects to add five countries this year, expanding its client base to nine nations, and plans to offer insurance for tropical cyclones and floods from next May. In its first year of operation, African Risk Capacity (ARC), an African Union agency, insured Niger, Senegal, Mauritania and Kenya for $129 million in total losses, and paid out $26.3 million after three West African states suffered low rainfall. Senegal, Niger and Mauritania are using the money to distribute food and transfer cash to more than 1.3 million people...
(AFP (eng) 07/09/15)
The World Bank warned Wednesday that the loss of health care workers amid the Ebola epidemic in western Africa could increase women's deaths from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. An additional 4,022 deaths of women could be seen each year across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the countries hardest hit by the recent Ebola outbreak, the Bank said in a report that looks at the impact beyond the epidemic's direct effects. "The loss of health workers to Ebola could increase...
(BBC News Africa 07/09/15)
Guinean former military ruler Moussa Dadis Camara has been indicted for his role in a 2009 massacre in Conakry, his lawyer has told AFP news agency. More than 150 people were killed when security forces opened fire on thousands of anti-government protesters at the capital's main stadium. Women there were raped and dozens of people were never seen again. An inquiry was launched in 2010, after Capt Camara was ousted and fled to Burkina Faso, where he still lives. Capt...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/09/15)
Three Ebola-stricken countries will seek nearly $700 million in aid at a U.N. conference this week to rebuild their devastated health care systems, the World Health Organization said. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which are all experiencing a resurgence of the deadly hemorrhagic fever, have budgeted a little more than $2 billion between them to restore their health systems. But, according to WHO, to reach that goal they will still need $696 million in aid from donor nations. The Ebola...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/07/15)
Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone need a further $696 million in donor funding to rebuild their battered health services over the next two years in the wake of the deadly Ebola epidemic, senior World Health Organization (WHO) officials said on Monday. WHO Assistant Director General for Health Systems and Innovation Marie-Paule Kieny said that donors had pledged $1.4 billion of an estimated $2.1 billion required by the three countries before December 2017. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host an international...
(The Guardian 07/06/15)
Liberia’s new outbreak could be repeated in ‘mini flare-ups’ around Africa, says the UN’s David Nabarro, but a calm response is needed. The new Ebola outbreak in Liberia last week was not unexpected, and more like it may occur, according to the UN special envoy on Ebola, Dr David Nabarro. The 17-year-old whose death signalled the outbreak in Liberia may have come into contact with an infected animal or picked up the virus from a person in whom it had...
(The Associated Press 07/06/15)
The mood in the border town of Metema these days is quiet and watchful. Dozens of houses on the hot, dusty main road that stretches from Ethiopia into Sudan look like they have been hastily closed. Guards grimly patrol the border, stopping anyone who looks like an illegal migrant. The nightclubs and bars are emptier than usual, although they still attract Sudanese who are not allowed to drink alcohol in their own country under Shariah law. Metema, with about 100,000...
(The Christian Science Monitor 07/03/15)
Liberia, which had been declared Ebola-free, has responded quickly, but the setback has dealt a blow to Sierra Leone and Guinea, which have looked to Liberia for how best to confront the outbreak. For Haja Koroma, the Ebola news coming out of neighboring Liberia is worrisome. The Kenema City-based nurse was just getting comfortable with the idea that her town had been virus-free for more than 100 days — and could stay that way. Schools reopened in March and employment...

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(Voice of America 07/24/15)
An African Union (AU) official said President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya and Ethiopia is good news for the continent, and East Africa in particular. AU Commission deputy chairperson Erastus Mwencha said in addition to Obama coming to see his extended family, the president is also coming on a business trip - he’s being accompanied by over a thousand business executives who will take part in a global business summit. He said Africa is looking for ways to strengthen economic ties with the United States in the form of investment and technology transfer, particularly with the signing last month by President Obama of a 10-year extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Mwencha...
(Business Day 07/20/15)
After an eight-year negotiation period, the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) was launched on June 10, bringing together 26 African states with the aim of stimulating intra-African trade by creating a common market. These countries make up three major regional communities — the Southern African Development Community, the East African Community and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. The free trade area is a long-term project with significant stumbling blocks, including ratification by all 26 participating countries and the implementation of the agreement without causing significant economic disruption for weaker economies. However, the principle of promoting intra-African trade is receiving a lot of attention, along with the development of infrastructure that enables such trade. It is 50 years...
(CNN 07/18/15)
In Africa, tea is big business. From the year-round plantations in Kenya to the centuries-old bushes in Malawi, the continent has a rich and growing tradition when it comes to crafting the perfect brew. We look at some of the biggest tea-producing countries in the continent, and explore what makes their blend quite so special. Kenya Kenya isn't only the largest tea producer in Africa, it's one of the biggest exporters in the world. While the country trails behind China...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/16/15)
Africa is likely to benefit from weak global growth by attracting more investment that will drive its development, experts said at a financing conference in Ethiopia on Wednesday. Investors have been pouring money into Africa in recent years, buoyed by its strong economic growth and improved governance amid slow growth in Europe, China and the United States. "As the global economy continues to be sluggish and large emerging markets slow down, clearly the future is on this continent," African Development...
(Bloomberg 07/13/15)
A Swiss investigation into how a company controlled by Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz came to own one of Africa’s most valuable mining assets widened as Geneva prosecutors traveled to Guinea to interview key witnesses. Prosecutor Claudio Mascotto, who questioned Steinmetz in October 2013, headed a team that’s been interviewing witnesses in Conakry, the West African nation’s capital, this week, said Henri Della Casa, a spokesman for the Geneva Prosecutors. The prosecutors are in Guinea as part of an investigation involving...
(The Wall Street Journal 07/08/15)
From H&M to Calvin Klein, brands look to Ethiopian factories where pay is as low as $21 a month. At the Radisson Blu hotel here last year, a senior fashion executive met with several of his top Asian apparel suppliers. His plea: Open for business in Africa. “Africa is a huge opportunity to demonstrate how the industry can work together,” said Colin Browne, managing director of product supply and Asian sourcing for VF Corp., which owns such brands as Lee,...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/07/15)
West Africa is home to some of the world's poorest and historically most unstable countries. The European Union on Monday approved €1.15 billion in aid for West Africa through to 2020, nearly doubling its previous commitment to a region that is a major source of migrants seeking to enter Europe. West Africa is home to some of the world's poorest and historically most unstable countries. Even in peaceful states with good economic growth rates, many governments are struggling to create...
(Spy Ghana 07/03/15)
Veolia has won a four-year performance contract for a value of EUR11.3 Million to provide electricity management services to Electricité de Guinée (EDG). This contract, awarded to Veolia through its subsidiary Veolia Africa, follows the Guinea Conakry’s government strategy to support the recovery of the electricity market through an ambitious modernization plan launched in 2012. Within the framework of this contract, Veolia will improve the management of facilities, the efficiency of the energy distribution network and the expansion of the...
(RFI(EN) 07/02/15)
Trade is the focus of a three-day visit to France that Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang started on Tuesday. Beyond deals with French companies, China and France are expected to sign an agreement on joint infrastructure projects in Asia and Africa. "China is becoming aware that the situation is more complicated than it initially seemed in Africa, and it is realising that it has a lot to learn from countries that have experience on the continent," Alice Ekman, of the French Institute for Foreign Relations (IFRI), told RFI.
(Ips News 06/30/15)
Berlin — In a major paradigm shift, the German government is now placing its bets on digitalisation for its development cooperation policy with Africa, under what it calls a Strategic Partnership for a 'Digital Africa'. According to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), "through a new strategic partnership in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), German development cooperation will be joining forces with the private sector to support the development and sustainable management of Digital Africa's potential."
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
North America has a population of about 500 million, and two-fifths of them are on Facebook. In Africa, with more than 1 billion people, just 120 million use the social network. That’s an opportunity Facebook Inc. can’t ignore, though the region poses challenges unlike those the company has faced in more developed markets. To spur growth on the continent, Facebook next month is opening an office in an affluent suburb of Johannesburg. The office will be headed by Nunu Ntshingila, 51, chairman of WPP Plc’s Ogilvy & Mather agency in South Africa, who will oversee Facebook’s business in the region.
(Voice of America 06/26/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Start-ups in Africa often complain about banks being unwilling to lend. In the absence of loans, small businesses often fund themselves through savings and capital from friends and family. But crowdfunding platforms are increasingly bridging the finance gap and offering start-ups in Africa a lifeline. Mira Mehta is co-founder of Tomato Jos, an agricultural company that helps tomato farmers in Nigeria. Using Kickstarter, which claims to be the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, Tomato Jos raised $55,000. Angel investors pledged another $230,000 to Tomato Jos outside the platform.
(The New Times 06/25/15)
A new campaign to stop Africa from 'bleeding' is to be launched today in Nairobi by the Tax Justice Network-Africa (TJN-A), a coalition of researchers and activists focused on the harmful impacts of tax avoidance, tax competition and tax havens. The 'bleeding' is symbolic of a $50 billion, which is the minimum that the continent is estimated to lose every year in Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs), as recently reported by a high level panel chaired by former South African President...
(Voice of America 06/24/15)
Four U.S. lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation to promote access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. The bill establishes a U.S. strategy to support affordable and reliable electricity, which they say is a must in order to improve economic growth, health and education in Africa. Tom Hart, executive director of the nonpartisan, anti-poverty ONE organization in the U.S., applauded the legislation and said improving energy access in Africa was essential. “Seven out of 10 people in Africa have no access to...
(AFP (eng) 06/23/15)
Bordeaux - For wine and spirits companies looking to expand their businesses, Africa and its growing middle class clamouring for refined tipples is now one of the world's fastest-growing beverage markets, analysts say. Wine consumption in Africa is rising five times faster than the global average, according to a study of 24 sub-Saharan African countries released this past week by British wine consultancy IWSR at the world's leading wine fair, Vinexpo. Africans gulped down a total of 864 million bottles...
(New Era 06/22/15)
Africans, about 625 million of them, waited in excitement for last weekend's AU Summit, which was to complete formalities regarding the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) - a deal that would usher the continent into a new era of meaningful economic emancipation. The TFTA has been hailed by many as the foundation of the Continental Free Trade Area being promoted by the Africa Union (AU) Commission and its partners. Worth an astronomical US$1.3 trillion, the proposed new regional economic bloc, involving 26 countries, would merge the East African Community (EAC), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and COMESA blocs.
(Bloomberg 06/18/15)
TPG Capital and Satya Capital formed a partnership to invest in Africa that will focus on industries including healthcare, consumer and financial services, according to a statement on Thursday. “We look forward to identifying and supporting growing African businesses to meet the increasing demand from consumers on the continent and beyond,” said David Bonderman, co-founder of Fort Worth, Texas-based TPG. TPG will make the investments via TPG Growth, which specializes in emerging markets and has more than $7 billion in...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/17/15)
Swiss food and drinks company Nestle (NESN.VX) is cutting 15 percent of its workforce in 21 African countries, the company confirmed on Wednesday. A Nestle spokesman told Reuters the job cuts would affect about 60 workers in the equatorial Africa region after the Financial Times reported that the company is pulling back because it overestimated growth in the middle classes. "We thought this would be the next Asia, but we have realized the middle class here in the region is...
(The New Times 06/17/15)
Raphael Kuuchi, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for Africa, was in Rwanda last week. Kuuchi talked to Business Times’ Peterson Tumwebaze about a range of issues, including how Rwandan and African aviation industry can be improved to become more competitive: RwandAir has now joined the club, what does it mean for Africa’s youngest airline? It means international recognition… IATA provides the airline a powerful, unified, and experienced voice to support and promote its members operations and aspirations. IATA is...
(Ips News 06/16/15)
Melville — Genetically modified (GM) cotton has been produced globally for almost two decades, yet to date only three African countries have grown GM cotton on a commercial basis - South Africa, Burkina Faso and Sudan. African governments have been sceptical of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for decades and have played a key role historically in ensuring that international law - the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety - takes a precautionary stance towards genetic engineering in food and agriculture. They have...

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(Caj News Africa 07/03/15)
Johannesburg — A number of countries that won their opening matches for the CAF 2017 African Nations Championship (CHAN) are tipped to progress to the next stage while others face an uphill task. Among the highlights of the preliminary rounds is an East African Derby pitting Kenya and Ethiopia with the former expected to sail through after an impressive 2-0 away win in Addis Ababa in the first leg two weeks ago. Down south, Bafana Bafana , as South Africa are know, are also heavily favoured to progress to the next round with the second leg against minnows Morocco seeming a mere formality after they won three-nil at home a fortnight ago. The 2014 hosts...
(CNN 06/20/15)
(CNN)The insults are crude, but they hit home hard. The players of Koa Bosco have suffered many such racial taunts since their football club was formed in 2013. On occasion, physical violence has even flared on the pitch, says the Italian team's manager Domenico Mammoliti. "The ignorance of some people..." he sighs, revealing a hint of exasperation at the abuse he says his players have endured. Life in the Italian lower leagues is clearly tough. Yet it's nothing compared to the journey undertaken by this team of African immigrants and refugees from countries such as Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, the Ivory Coast, Togo and Sudan.
(Dw-World 06/15/15)
Two African teams are playing in the FIFA Women's World Cup on Friday (12.06.2015): Nigeria and Cameroon. African women's football has performed poorly in previous tournaments. DW's Sam Olukoya finds out why. Some blame the poor state of African women's football in general for the continent's lackluster performance at international tournaments. 20-year-old professional footballer Igmemeka Ike has been playing since the age of 15. She said the main difficultly women footballers face in Nigeria is the shortage of funds caused...
(Dw-World 06/04/15)
There have been many expressions of regret by soccer fans and functionaries across Africa following Sepp Blatter's announcement that he will step down as as president of FIFA later this year. If there was one thing Sepp Blatter could be sure of during his nearly 18 years as FIFA president, it was that he had the support of African soccer. The continent's governing soccer body CAF, and its individual 54 voting members, has repeatedly expressed thanks and appreciation for Blatter's...
(RFI(EN) 05/28/15)
The arrest of senior members of Fifa is "quite extraordinary", an expert told RFI Wednesday as two crimininal investigations into corruption within world football's governing body were opened.Seven senior officials were arrested in Zurich on corruption charges at the request of the United States. Two others officials were arrested by the American authorities. Separately, Swiss police also seized files and emails at the Fifa headquarters as part of an investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 03/30/15)
Former France international Luis Fernandez is poised to take over as coach of Guinea in place of compatriot Michel Dussuyer, the Guinean Football Federation (FGF) confirmed on Monday. FGF Secretary General Ibrahima Barry told a press conference that the 55-year-old Fernandez had been in Conakry since Saturday visiting sports venues and holding talks with the country's sport minister. FGF have been looking for a replacement since Dussuyer quit following Guinea's quarter-final exit from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. "It's...
(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...
(Ghana Web 02/04/15)
Guinea Goalkeeper Naby Moussa Yattara has said in plain words that he will not apologise to Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan for injuring him in their quarter-final clash in Malabo last Sunday. The goalkeeper thwarted Gyan’s efforts in the dying minutes of the game, resulting in his eventual sacking, reducing his side to 10 men. To Yattara, apologising to the Black Stars captain suggests his action was deliberate, hence his decision not to apologise. He managed with his sketchy Queens language...
(Ghana Web 02/04/15)
Guinea Goalkeeper Naby Moussa Yattara has said in plain words that he will not apologise to Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan for injuring him in their quarter-final clash in Malabo last Sunday. The goalkeeper thwarted Gyan’s efforts in the dying minutes of the game, resulting in his eventual sacking, reducing his side to 10 men. To Yattara, apologising to the Black Stars captain suggests his action was deliberate, hence his decision not to apologise. He managed with his sketchy Queens language...
(CNN 02/03/15)
(CNN)Ghana earned a semifinal clash with hosts Equatorial Guinea after dispatching a disappointing Guinea 3-0 in the Africa Cup of Nations Sunday. The comfortable victory lifted the Black Stars into the last four of the competition for the fifth straight time and the result was scarcely in doubt once Christian Atsu had scored the first of his two goals after just four minutes. Atsu connected with Andre Ayew's neat backheel to beat Naby-Moussa Yattara in the Guinea goal. Guinea, who...
(AFP (eng) 02/02/15)
Frenchman Michel Dussuyer resigned as Guinea coach on Monday following their quarter-final elimination from the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea. Guinea were outclassed 3-0 by Ghana in Sunday's quarter-final and had drawn all three of their group matches. Unusually for an African coaching position the 55-year-old had been in the job since 2010, and on Sunday had refused to even mull the question of stepping down. Guinea had made it through to the last eight after a drawing...
(AFP (eng) 02/01/15)
Christian Atsu scored twice as Ghana beat Guinea 3-0 in Malabo on Sunday to ease into their fifth successive Africa Cup of Nations semi-final. Atsu set the Black Stars on their way to a comfortable quarter-final victory when he opened the scoring in the fourth minute in Equatorial Guinea's capital, before Kwesi Appiah increased their advantage a minute before the interval. And Atsu, the winger on loan at Everton from their English Premier League rivals Chelsea, then saw his cross-cum-shot...
(AFP (eng) 01/31/15)
Guinea's place in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals may have ultimately been won in a hotel meeting room, but that they got there at all was in large part down to Ibrahima Traore. Traore was not present when Amara Dabo, the financial director of Guinea's sports ministry, picked out the winning ball to take the Syli Nationale through to a last-eight tie against Ghana at Mali's expense in a drawing of lots at the Malabo Hilton on Thursday. But...
(CNN 01/30/15)
(CNN)There was nothing to separate Guinea and Mali after the group stage at the African Cup of Nations so lots had to be drawn to decide which team would progress to the quarterfinals. On this occasion, luck favored Guinea, one of the nations in west Africa ravaged by the Ebola virus. It was a rare -- the last time lots were drawn at the continental tournament was in 1988 -- and unfair way to settle second place in Group D...
(AFP (eng) 01/29/15)
Guinea qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals in bizarre fashion on Thursday after a drawing of lots was required to separate them and Mali. They will go through to a quarter-final on Sunday in Equatorial Guinea's capital Malabo against Group C winners Ghana while unfortunate Mali go home. The surreal event took place during a meeting of the tournament Organising Committee at a hotel in Malabo and was attended by AFP. A representative of each team was sent...
(AFP (eng) 01/29/15)
The coaches of Mali and Guinea Wednesday criticised drawing lots to decide which country reaches the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals. A 1-1 draw in Mongomo between the west African countries left them joint runners-up behind Ivory Coast in Group D, level on points, goal difference and goals scored. Who advances to face Ghana in the quarter-finals will be decided Thursday at 1500 GMT by drawing lots in a Malabo hotel. Two balls, with the name of one team inside...
(CNN 01/29/15)
(CNN)Ivory Coast reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 African Cup of Nations with a narrow victory over Cameroon -- but Guinea and Mali now face a drawing of lots on Thursday. The two teams drew 1-1 in Mongomo and cannot be separated by their head-to-head records, goal difference or goals scored. Instead, a random draw will decide which team goes through to play Ghana on Sunday. All four teams could have faced the drawing of lots had there been no...
(BBC News Africa 01/29/15)
Lots will decide whether Guinea or Mali reach the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after a draw in Mongomo. Modibo Maiga's header from Abdoulay Diaby's cross in the second half left Mali and Guinea with identical records, having drawn each of their games 1-1. The drawing of lots has been postponed until Thursday, having originally been pencilled in for Wednesday evening. Guinea had taken the lead when Kevin Constant coolly dinked home a penalty given for handball by Salif Coulibaly...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
MALABO, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt. According to the continental football body's statement, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana are competing to replace strife-riven Libya who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals for security concerns. The CAF also announced that the host nation will play games in the qualifiers, but its...

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(The Associated Press 07/13/15)
Babajide Olatunji sold his first portrait for about $7. Seven years later, his charcoal renderings of faces with tribal markings sell for thousands of dollars. This 24-year-old's success is part of a new global recognition of the value of contemporary African art. "It's the new 'Scramble for Africa,' no longer for land, gold or diamonds, but for art," said Giles Peppiatt, who holds the only auctions of modern African art outside the continent, at Bonham's in London. "It's a rather different kind of tussle that is making art a viable occupation for artists across Africa," he said. Nigeria, with the continent's largest economy and population, is leading the art field, too, with a host of...
(Vanguard 06/25/15)
Grammy Award winning R&B icon, NE-YO, has been announced to perform at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015. Performing songs from his sixth studio album 'Non Fiction' the singer-songwriter expressed his excitement about his first ever performance in the South African city, "I can't wait for you to see what I have in store Durban! I hope you're ready, because I am!" Since smashing onto the top spot of the Billboard Hot 200 Chart back in 2006 with his sophomore single "So Sick", NE-YO has spent the last nine years churning out hit after hit, not only as a performer, but as a songwriter for his megastar peers Beyoncé, Rihanna and the late Michael Jackson to name but a few...
(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...
(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...
(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.
(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...
(BBC News Africa 12/09/14)
William Pooley, the British nurse who survived Ebola, has described the Band Aid 30 single as "cringeworthy" and "a bit much". He said he heard the first half of the song on his way into work in Sierra Leone where he is treating Ebola sufferers at an isolation unit. Mr Pooley noted the track was "definitely being talked about here among my colleagues". "It's Africa, not another planet," Mr Pooley told the Radio Times magazine. "Stuff about Do They Know...
(Leadership 11/20/14)
It was another night of glamour and panache as this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The grand finale of the festival, which kicked off amid gaiety on Sunday, November 9, held at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, with top Nollywood stars, producers, directors and stakeholders from Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world in attendance. Leading Nollywood stars at the event...
(AFP (eng) 11/10/14)
Bob Geldof and Midge Ure on Monday announced a 30th anniversary version of their Band Aid charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" to raise money to fight Ebola. Artists including One Direction, Bono and Chris Martin are among those lined up to appear on the fourth incarnation of the song, which became one of the world's biggest-selling singles ever after its release in 1984 to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia. "This is a particularly pernicious illness because...
(AFP (eng) 10/29/14)
Straining to hear the radio held to his ear, Wesley Wudea gestures for his grandchildren to be silent as he picks up rare tips on Ebola prevention in his own language. In Liberia, at the centre of the west African outbreak, the airwaves are often the best way to disseminate information on the epidemic, yet swathes of the ethnically diverse country do not speak the lingua franca. "They don't mainly understand the words (radio stations) used in English. Some people...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(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...
(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,...
(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...
(Voice of America 07/28/15)
President Barack Obama is closing his East African trip Tuesday, becoming the first sitting American leader to address the African Union headquarters in the Ethiopian capital. His remarks at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa follow a meeting with AU Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and a tour of a food processing factory. Obama met Monday with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn for what he called "frank discussions" that included urging the government to allow journalists and opposition parties to operate more freely. He said creating space for those voices "will strengthen rather than inhibit" the ruling party's agenda. Hailemariam said Ethiopia is committed to improving human rights and governance. "Our commitment to democracy is...
(The Christian Science Monitor 07/27/15)
President Obama pledged $1 billion to support entrepreneurship projects worldwide, with half earmarked for women and youth. President Barack Obama has announced the expansion of entrepreneurial centers in Africa that will benefit 1,600 women entrepreneurs. These community centers, offering resources, education, and training, are expected to create 7,194 new jobs and 630 certified female mentors by October 2016, according to the State Department. Speaking on Saturday at the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, the president announced a billion dollars in new investment for emerging entrepreneurs around the world, with half the money going to support women and young people. "Women are powerhouse entrepreneurs," said President Obama. "The research shows that when women entrepreneurs succeed, they drive economic...
(Voice of America 07/24/15)
An African Union (AU) official said President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya and Ethiopia is good news for the continent, and East Africa in particular. AU Commission deputy chairperson Erastus Mwencha said in addition to Obama coming to see his extended family, the president is also coming on a business trip - he’s being accompanied by over a thousand business executives who will take part in a global business summit. He said Africa is looking for ways to strengthen economic...
(CNN 07/23/15)
President Barack Obama's arrival this week in Kenya will be an emotional and historic moment. His visit to the land of his father's birth will be a celebration of the growing ties between African nations and the United States. Meanwhile, Americans and Africans are today being drawn together as never before by our common fight against poverty and conflict, by the threat of terrorism, and most of all by exciting new economic possibilities. But instead of a victory lap for...
(CNN 07/18/15)
In Africa, tea is big business. From the year-round plantations in Kenya to the centuries-old bushes in Malawi, the continent has a rich and growing tradition when it comes to crafting the perfect brew. We look at some of the biggest tea-producing countries in the continent, and explore what makes their blend quite so special. Kenya Kenya isn't only the largest tea producer in Africa, it's one of the biggest exporters in the world. While the country trails behind China...
(The Guardian 07/13/15)
After the international community pledged $3.4bn for West Africa, Alpha Condé is cautiously optimistic and taking stock of lessons learned. More than a year after the charity Médecins Sans Frontières sounded the alarm on the Ebola epidemic that would claim more than 11,000 lives, the international community on Friday pledged $3.4bn to help affected West African countries recover. Rather than use the donations for emergency funds, however, the presidents of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, attending a two-day United Nations...
(Bloomberg 07/13/15)
A Swiss investigation into how a company controlled by Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz came to own one of Africa’s most valuable mining assets widened as Geneva prosecutors traveled to Guinea to interview key witnesses. Prosecutor Claudio Mascotto, who questioned Steinmetz in October 2013, headed a team that’s been interviewing witnesses in Conakry, the West African nation’s capital, this week, said Henri Della Casa, a spokesman for the Geneva Prosecutors. The prosecutors are in Guinea as part of an investigation involving...
(Voice of America 07/10/15)
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has convened an International Ebola Recovery Conference at U.N. Headquarters in New York. The conference, co-organized by the three Ebola-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, seeks to mobilize resources to support recovery efforts. Ebola has devastated the people and economies of the three countries. U.N. spokesman Stepahane Dujaric said the Ebola conference is seeking to raise funds from the international community, building on the initial momentum of the response to the Ebola crisis. “The...
(BBC News Africa 07/09/15)
Guinean former military ruler Moussa Dadis Camara has been indicted for his role in a 2009 massacre in Conakry, his lawyer has told AFP news agency. More than 150 people were killed when security forces opened fire on thousands of anti-government protesters at the capital's main stadium. Women there were raped and dozens of people were never seen again. An inquiry was launched in 2010, after Capt Camara was ousted and fled to Burkina Faso, where he still lives. Capt...
(The Wall Street Journal 07/08/15)
From H&M to Calvin Klein, brands look to Ethiopian factories where pay is as low as $21 a month. At the Radisson Blu hotel here last year, a senior fashion executive met with several of his top Asian apparel suppliers. His plea: Open for business in Africa. “Africa is a huge opportunity to demonstrate how the industry can work together,” said Colin Browne, managing director of product supply and Asian sourcing for VF Corp., which owns such brands as Lee,...
(The Guardian 07/06/15)
Liberia’s new outbreak could be repeated in ‘mini flare-ups’ around Africa, says the UN’s David Nabarro, but a calm response is needed. The new Ebola outbreak in Liberia last week was not unexpected, and more like it may occur, according to the UN special envoy on Ebola, Dr David Nabarro. The 17-year-old whose death signalled the outbreak in Liberia may have come into contact with an infected animal or picked up the virus from a person in whom it had...
(Washington Post 07/04/15)
Should the West fear China’s growing influence on the African continent? While there is no question that China and Chinese companies are changing the way African politicians seek aid and investment, the relationship between the two sides is far more complicated than simple narratives about “democracy or dictatorship” or “trade not aid” suggest. Veteran journalist Howard W. French explores this complexity in his book, “China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa.” He graciously...
(The Christian Science Monitor 07/03/15)
Liberia, which had been declared Ebola-free, has responded quickly, but the setback has dealt a blow to Sierra Leone and Guinea, which have looked to Liberia for how best to confront the outbreak. For Haja Koroma, the Ebola news coming out of neighboring Liberia is worrisome. The Kenema City-based nurse was just getting comfortable with the idea that her town had been virus-free for more than 100 days — and could stay that way. Schools reopened in March and employment...
(Ips News 06/30/15)
Berlin — In a major paradigm shift, the German government is now placing its bets on digitalisation for its development cooperation policy with Africa, under what it calls a Strategic Partnership for a 'Digital Africa'. According to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), "through a new strategic partnership in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), German development cooperation will be joining forces with the private sector to support the development and sustainable management of Digital Africa's potential."
(Voice of America 06/29/15)
FORECARIAH, GUINEA— Guinea authorities have implemented a quarantine this week aimed at finally ending the spread of Ebola in the country's coastal region, the one area where the virus continues to claim lives. Three towns were quarantined in the Forecariah district, where the Ebola outbreak has persisted for more than a year. Mohamed Camara, who's coordinating Forecariah's fight against Ebola, said the quarantine was implemented after residents of Dixinn Bouramaya, Kolota and Tamaranci voluntarily agreed to stay at home for 21 days.
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
North America has a population of about 500 million, and two-fifths of them are on Facebook. In Africa, with more than 1 billion people, just 120 million use the social network. That’s an opportunity Facebook Inc. can’t ignore, though the region poses challenges unlike those the company has faced in more developed markets. To spur growth on the continent, Facebook next month is opening an office in an affluent suburb of Johannesburg. The office will be headed by Nunu Ntshingila, 51, chairman of WPP Plc’s Ogilvy & Mather agency in South Africa, who will oversee Facebook’s business in the region.
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
U.S. intelligence agencies are considering whether to provide information, analysis and possibly tactical lessons to African governments about how to attack wildlife poaching networks, according to a top official. “We are looking for opportunities” where “we can contribute,” Terrance Ford, the national intelligence manager for Africa in the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said in an interview last week. “We haven’t settled on” the next opportunity, but “it’s an issue of where we can make a difference,”...
(Voice of America 06/26/15)
A new report said critical decisions by African leaders helped turn the tide in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak. The Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, or AGI, said there is no substitute for political leadership. Writing in the AGI report, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said, “It’s critical for people of the Ebola-affected countries to have a stake in their own futures.” She added that governments should “steer the course,” but everyone must take a “turn to row.” Dan Hymowitz is...
(Voice of America 06/26/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Start-ups in Africa often complain about banks being unwilling to lend. In the absence of loans, small businesses often fund themselves through savings and capital from friends and family. But crowdfunding platforms are increasingly bridging the finance gap and offering start-ups in Africa a lifeline. Mira Mehta is co-founder of Tomato Jos, an agricultural company that helps tomato farmers in Nigeria. Using Kickstarter, which claims to be the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, Tomato Jos raised $55,000. Angel investors pledged another $230,000 to Tomato Jos outside the platform.
(BBC News Africa 06/24/15)
The continuing Ebola epidemic in Guinea has set back the country's fight against malaria, say experts. They estimate 74,000 cases of malaria went untreated in 2014 because clinics were either closed or patients were too scared to seek help. They warn that malaria deaths since the Ebola outbreak began will far exceed the number of Ebola deaths in the country - which now stand at 2,444. Their report is in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. Both Ebola and malaria cause...

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