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(Myjoyonline 09/15/14)
The Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, President John Dramani Mahama, will today visit three West African countries - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea - which have been affected by the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease. The one-day visit will enable the ECOWAS Chair hold discussions with his colleague heads of state on available sub-regional and international interventions to support the countries in their effort to contain and manage the Ebola outbreak. With some countries and airlines discontinuing flights into the three countries, President Mahama has been leading a strong advocacy against any international isolation of the affected countries, as it will make relief and humanitarian assistance to infected...
(Xinhuanet 09/15/14)
CONAKRY, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) will continue to support Guinea in its fight against Ebola outbreak by providing necessary materials, the agency's African regional director Manuel Fontaine said on Friday. Fontaine was speaking in Conakry after meeting with Guinea's President Alpha Conde to discuss the ongoing war against Ebola. "UNICEF will play a role in communication and mobilization of the population, helping to avert panic and negative information that creates complicated situations. All this will be done to help Guinea," he said.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/15/14)
(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to detail on Tuesday a plan to boost his country's involvement in mitigating the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The plan would involve a greater involvement of the U.S. military in tackling the worst recorded outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the proposal. The outbreak has now killed upwards of 2,400 people, mostly in Liberia, neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone as poorly resourced West African healthcare systems have been overrun.
(PANA 09/15/14)
ECOWAS military chiefs have pledged the support of the military of member states for the battle against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which is ravaging the region. The pledge against the epidemic that has claimed over 2,000 lives in the region was one of the eight recommendations at the just-concluded meeting of the military chiefs, under the aegis of the ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CCDS), held in Ghana's capital, Accra. They commended the efforts being made by...
(PANA 09/15/14)
New York, US - 120 world leaders to grace Climate Change Summit in New York. More than 120 Heads of State and Government will attend the one-day Climate Change Summit to be hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September at the UN headquarters in New York. A UN statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Sunday, said the summit tagged: 'Climate Summit 2014: Catalyzing Action', is aimed at generating political will toward a meaningful universal climate agreement...
(AFP (eng) 09/13/14)
The French development secretary said Friday she was the first minister in a European government to visit any of west Africa's Ebola-hit nations as she prepared to fly to Guinea. Annick Girardin will visit Ebola units and healthcare workers in the Guinean capital Conakry on Saturday to discuss France's contribution to the battle to halt an epidemic which has taken 2,400 lives in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. "I'm going to Guinea first to say that France is with them...
(Bloomberg 09/13/14)
(Bloomberg) –- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Susan Desmond-Hellmann discusses how the foundation’s donation will be put to work in combating Ebola in West Africa. She speaks on “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg) This report originally aired on Sept. 10, 2014. A black market for an Ebola treatment derived from the blood of survivors is emerging in the West African countries experiencing the worst outbreak of the virus on record, the World Health Organization said. The United Nations health agency...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/13/14)
(Reuters) - The number of new Ebola cases in West Africa is growing faster than authorities can manage them, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, renewing a call for health workers from around the world to go to the region to help. As the death toll rose to more than 2,400 people out of 4,784 cases, WHO director general Margaret Chan told a news conference in Geneva the vast nature of the outbreak -- particularly in the three...
(Voice of America 09/13/14)
DAKAR— The Ebola crisis in West Africa has closed borders and international airlines have cut flights to the area, but some say the measures aimed at controlling the outbreak also are holding up humanitarian aid deliveries. Senegal and Ivory Coast have closed airports to planes coming from Ebola-affected countries, and many airlines have cut services to the capitals of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia despite World Health Organization calls to keep air traffic moving. WHO officials have discouraged air-transit restictions,...
(PANA 09/13/14)
Health research, innovation - The Geneva-based Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) on Tuesday called on African countries to step up to the 'research and innovation table' by developing their own capacity, build funding lines for health research and innovation, and begin regional and international collaboration on the basis of their own priorities. In a statement, obtained by PANA in New York, COHRED, an international NGO, with the primary objective to strengthen global research for health and innovation systems, stated:
(Angola Press 09/13/14)
Waco — The African continent still experiences very serious challenges related to the guarantee of peace and stability in its various regions, said on Thursday in Waco-Cungo locality in the central Cuanza Sul province, the National Defence minister, João Lourenço. João Lourenço was speaking at a closing ceremony of joint military exercise of the armed forces of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) member states, called "Valley Keve of 2014", in Waco-Cungo, coastal Cuanza Sul province. João Lourenço said that...
(Voice of America 09/12/14)
The head of the World Health Organization says more and better-trained medical workers are needed in West Africa to stop the growing outbreak of Ebola. She said officials trying to contain Ebola are short of almost everything, including protective gear, mobile laboratories and body bags, but that the biggest obstacle is a lack of trained health care workers. "Money, materials are important but those alone could not stop the Ebola transmission… Human resources is most important, and especially the needs...
(PANA 09/12/14)
CEOs in Africa are optimistic about their company’s prospects for revenue growth over the medium term, according to PwC’s ‘Africa Business Agenda, 2014’ report issued Thursday. “CEOs in Africa feel more positive about their ability to generate revenue growth and about prospects for the economy now that they are emerging from the global financial recession,” Suresh Kana, Senior Partner for PwC Africa said in a statement obtained by PANA. “It is interesting to note however that CEOs are slightly more anxious about their prospects for growth over the short-term.
(Ips News 09/12/14)
Nairobi — When Kiprui Kibet pictures his future as a maize farmer in the fertile Uasin Gishu county in Kenya's Rift Valley region, all he sees is the ever-decreasing plot of land that he has to farm on. "I used to farm on 40 hectares but now I only have 0.8 hectares. My father had 10 sons and we all wanted to own a piece of the farmland. Subdivision ... ate into the actual farmland," Kibet tells IPS. "From 3,200...
(Voice of America 09/11/14)
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says it is committing $50 million to help combat the growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Seattle-based foundation, set up by the billionaire founder of Microsoft Bill Gates to fight disease and poverty in poor countries, says it will immediately give funds to the United Nations and international aid agencies to buy badly-needed supplies and support emergency operations in affected countries. It said it will also work with partners to speed up development...
(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...
(BBC News Africa 09/11/14)
More money has been announced to help the emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Gates Foundation is committing $50m to help step up efforts to tackle the deadly virus in the affected countries. This comes on top of other funds announced by the UK and US governments, as well as the European Union. But some aid charities say that the most urgent need in Africa is for expert teams in bio-hazard containment. The Gates Foundation -...
(PANA 09/11/14)
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday in Ndjamena called on all African countries to become more active participants in the digital revolution going on in the world, PANA reported. Speaking at an international conference on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the Chadian capital, President Jonathan observed that because of the strong correlation between the efficient deployment of ICTs and socio-economic development, Nigeria and other African countries stood to gain a lot from the effective adoption of the new technologies. “Africa...
(PANA 09/11/14)
A billion-dollar flagship scheme to support private sector-led health care in Africa is bypassing poor people and concentrating instead on high-end urban hospitals catering mainly for the rich, according to Oxfam's analysis published Wednesday. The global agency said the 'Health in Africa' initiative, run by the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) – the private sector arm of the World Bank Group – is undermining the Bank’s own public commitments to universal and equitable access to health. “Health in Africa is not...
(AFP (eng) 09/10/14)
A Guinean student who was Senegal's only confirmed case in the deadly Ebola epidemic has recovered, the health ministry said on Wednesday. Senegal became the fifth country affected by the West African outbreak when the student crossed the border just before it closed on August 21. "We conducted two sets of tests. He no longer has the virus. He is cured," said Pape Amadou Diack, director of health at the ministry. "It was a case imported into Senegal. We took...

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(Myjoyonline 09/15/14)
The Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, President John Dramani Mahama, will today visit three West African countries - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea - which have been affected by the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease. The one-day visit will enable the ECOWAS Chair hold discussions with his colleague heads of state on available sub-regional and international interventions to support the countries in their effort to contain and manage the Ebola outbreak. With some countries and airlines discontinuing flights into the three countries, President Mahama has been leading a strong advocacy against any international isolation of the affected countries, as it will make relief and humanitarian assistance to infected...
(Xinhuanet 09/15/14)
CONAKRY, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) will continue to support Guinea in its fight against Ebola outbreak by providing necessary materials, the agency's African regional director Manuel Fontaine said on Friday. Fontaine was speaking in Conakry after meeting with Guinea's President Alpha Conde to discuss the ongoing war against Ebola. "UNICEF will play a role in communication and mobilization of the population, helping to avert panic and negative information that creates complicated situations. All this will be done to help Guinea," he said.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/15/14)
(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to detail on Tuesday a plan to boost his country's involvement in mitigating the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The plan would involve a greater involvement of the U.S. military in tackling the worst recorded outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the proposal. The outbreak has now killed upwards of 2,400 people, mostly in Liberia, neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone as poorly resourced West African healthcare systems have been overrun.
(PANA 09/15/14)
ECOWAS military chiefs have pledged the support of the military of member states for the battle against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which is ravaging the region. The pledge against the epidemic that has claimed over 2,000 lives in the region was one of the eight recommendations at the just-concluded meeting of the military chiefs, under the aegis of the ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CCDS), held in Ghana's capital, Accra. They commended the efforts being made by...
(PANA 09/15/14)
New York, US - 120 world leaders to grace Climate Change Summit in New York. More than 120 Heads of State and Government will attend the one-day Climate Change Summit to be hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September at the UN headquarters in New York. A UN statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Sunday, said the summit tagged: 'Climate Summit 2014: Catalyzing Action', is aimed at generating political will toward a meaningful universal climate agreement...
(Bloomberg 09/13/14)
(Bloomberg) –- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Susan Desmond-Hellmann discusses how the foundation’s donation will be put to work in combating Ebola in West Africa. She speaks on “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg) This report originally aired on Sept. 10, 2014. A black market for an Ebola treatment derived from the blood of survivors is emerging in the West African countries experiencing the worst outbreak of the virus on record, the World Health Organization said. The United Nations health agency...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/13/14)
(Reuters) - The number of new Ebola cases in West Africa is growing faster than authorities can manage them, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, renewing a call for health workers from around the world to go to the region to help. As the death toll rose to more than 2,400 people out of 4,784 cases, WHO director general Margaret Chan told a news conference in Geneva the vast nature of the outbreak -- particularly in the three...
(Voice of America 09/13/14)
DAKAR— The Ebola crisis in West Africa has closed borders and international airlines have cut flights to the area, but some say the measures aimed at controlling the outbreak also are holding up humanitarian aid deliveries. Senegal and Ivory Coast have closed airports to planes coming from Ebola-affected countries, and many airlines have cut services to the capitals of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia despite World Health Organization calls to keep air traffic moving. WHO officials have discouraged air-transit restictions,...
(PANA 09/13/14)
Health research, innovation - The Geneva-based Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) on Tuesday called on African countries to step up to the 'research and innovation table' by developing their own capacity, build funding lines for health research and innovation, and begin regional and international collaboration on the basis of their own priorities. In a statement, obtained by PANA in New York, COHRED, an international NGO, with the primary objective to strengthen global research for health and innovation systems, stated:
(Angola Press 09/13/14)
Waco — The African continent still experiences very serious challenges related to the guarantee of peace and stability in its various regions, said on Thursday in Waco-Cungo locality in the central Cuanza Sul province, the National Defence minister, João Lourenço. João Lourenço was speaking at a closing ceremony of joint military exercise of the armed forces of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) member states, called "Valley Keve of 2014", in Waco-Cungo, coastal Cuanza Sul province. João Lourenço said that...
(Voice of America 09/12/14)
The head of the World Health Organization says more and better-trained medical workers are needed in West Africa to stop the growing outbreak of Ebola. She said officials trying to contain Ebola are short of almost everything, including protective gear, mobile laboratories and body bags, but that the biggest obstacle is a lack of trained health care workers. "Money, materials are important but those alone could not stop the Ebola transmission… Human resources is most important, and especially the needs...
(PANA 09/12/14)
CEOs in Africa are optimistic about their company’s prospects for revenue growth over the medium term, according to PwC’s ‘Africa Business Agenda, 2014’ report issued Thursday. “CEOs in Africa feel more positive about their ability to generate revenue growth and about prospects for the economy now that they are emerging from the global financial recession,” Suresh Kana, Senior Partner for PwC Africa said in a statement obtained by PANA. “It is interesting to note however that CEOs are slightly more anxious about their prospects for growth over the short-term.
(Ips News 09/12/14)
Nairobi — When Kiprui Kibet pictures his future as a maize farmer in the fertile Uasin Gishu county in Kenya's Rift Valley region, all he sees is the ever-decreasing plot of land that he has to farm on. "I used to farm on 40 hectares but now I only have 0.8 hectares. My father had 10 sons and we all wanted to own a piece of the farmland. Subdivision ... ate into the actual farmland," Kibet tells IPS. "From 3,200...
(Voice of America 09/11/14)
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says it is committing $50 million to help combat the growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Seattle-based foundation, set up by the billionaire founder of Microsoft Bill Gates to fight disease and poverty in poor countries, says it will immediately give funds to the United Nations and international aid agencies to buy badly-needed supplies and support emergency operations in affected countries. It said it will also work with partners to speed up development...
(BBC News Africa 09/11/14)
More money has been announced to help the emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Gates Foundation is committing $50m to help step up efforts to tackle the deadly virus in the affected countries. This comes on top of other funds announced by the UK and US governments, as well as the European Union. But some aid charities say that the most urgent need in Africa is for expert teams in bio-hazard containment. The Gates Foundation -...
(PANA 09/11/14)
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday in Ndjamena called on all African countries to become more active participants in the digital revolution going on in the world, PANA reported. Speaking at an international conference on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the Chadian capital, President Jonathan observed that because of the strong correlation between the efficient deployment of ICTs and socio-economic development, Nigeria and other African countries stood to gain a lot from the effective adoption of the new technologies. “Africa...
(PANA 09/11/14)
A billion-dollar flagship scheme to support private sector-led health care in Africa is bypassing poor people and concentrating instead on high-end urban hospitals catering mainly for the rich, according to Oxfam's analysis published Wednesday. The global agency said the 'Health in Africa' initiative, run by the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) – the private sector arm of the World Bank Group – is undermining the Bank’s own public commitments to universal and equitable access to health. “Health in Africa is not...
(AFP (eng) 09/10/14)
A Guinean student who was Senegal's only confirmed case in the deadly Ebola epidemic has recovered, the health ministry said on Wednesday. Senegal became the fifth country affected by the West African outbreak when the student crossed the border just before it closed on August 21. "We conducted two sets of tests. He no longer has the virus. He is cured," said Pape Amadou Diack, director of health at the ministry. "It was a case imported into Senegal. We took...
(Xinhuanet 09/10/14)
CONAKRY, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Guinean President Alpha Conde on Tuesday urged the media in the country to get involved in the fight against Ebola virus that has been affecting the country during the last seven months. Speaking to both local and foreign media practitioners in Conakry, Conde said the war against Ebola required the mobilization of everyone in the country, including the media. He appealed to the media to give positive information and sensitize the Guinean population about the...
(AL Jazeera 09/10/14)
Johannesburg, South Africa - It was going to be a nice way to welcome her new baby into the world - alongside her South African family, whom she had last seen 16 years ago. But the young Guinean mother's dreams were quickly shattered when staff at a local maternity hospital in Johannesburg leaked inaccurate information that she had contracted Ebola. Doctors and nurses refused to touch her or feed her and kept her in isolation even after she was tested...

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(Bloomberg 09/09/14)
FirstRand Ltd. (FSR), Africa’s biggest bank by market value, said it has set aside 10 billion rand ($924 million) to expand in the continent as profit from regions outside of South Africa grows. “We’ve got a provisional license in Ghana and should be up and running there in early 2015,” Sizwe Nxasana, chief executive officer of the Johannesburg-based bank, said in a phone interview today. “In time we will set up operations in Kenya and Angola.” FirstRand has representative offices in Angola and Kenya, full service banking operations in countries including Botswana and Zambia, and offers investment banking in Nigeria. Rand Merchant Bank, the investment unit, is the top-ranked issuer of debt in sub-Saharan Africa...
(Daily Observer 09/06/14)
It is high time Africa look inwards for intra-African trade in a bid to arrest poverty and under-development in the continent. This is the only way the continent can tackle solutions to the numerous impediments that hinder the continent: inefficient transit regimes and border crossings procedures for goods, services and people; and poor implementation of regional integration commitments. As a matter of fact African states have to critically look inward to bring down all barriers that in one way or another hinder intra-Africa trade, before development can be achieved for the continent. We need not herein reiterate that the activities...
(PANA 09/04/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -The fate of farmers affected by climate change and unable to feed Africans dominated Tuesday’s opening of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which has attracted 1,000 delegates from 80 countries around the world. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the African Union Commission Chairperson, said lowering the cost of producing food for the African population and making Africa a leading exporter of food to the rest of the world is one of the key priorities of the AU vision of...
(PANA 09/03/14)
Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended Monday on the rise with the BRVM Index 10 inching up from 260.70 to 261.09 points, representing a rise of 0.15% . Also, the Composite BRVM Index gained 0.17% to 246.93 points against 246.52 points recorded at previously. The transaction value was set at 766.19 million CFA francs against 440.90 million CFA francs recorded last Friday. Market capitalisation of shares added up to 5,995.50 billion CFA francs while that of...
(Voice of America 09/02/14)
Africa’s mineral, timber and oil wealth has been highly sought – and fought over – for years, mainly by Western nations. Today, though, Africa has become a strong trading partner for China, which surpassed the United States in 2009 and whose bilateral trade reached $210 billion in 2013. In February, China’s President Xi Jinping hosted Senegal's President Macky Sall and told him this fast-growing trade relationship with Africa "stands witness to the endlessly renewed vitality of Sino-African friendship, to the...
(Business Week 09/01/14)
NAIROBI, Kenya - The potential of new technologies to transform financial services in Africa has long been heralded by the likes of Kenya’s M-Pesa and others. But services for corporates have remained relatively underserved – until now. From the sands of the Sahara in the north to the Limpopo river which marks the border with South Africa to the south, economic, political and technological changes are emerging that favour new opportunities for banks. Excluding South Africa and the Arab-Berber countries...
(PANA 09/01/14)
Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended Thursday on the rise, with the BRVM index 10 inching up from 260.90 to 261.66 points, representing a rise of 0.28%. Also, the Composite BRVM index gained 0.11% to 247.41 points against 247.14 previously recorded. The transaction value was set at 309.48 million CFA francs against 638.06 million CFA francs recorded last Wednesday. Market capitalisation of shares added up to 6,007.58 billion CFA francs while that of the bond market reached 1,263.84 billion CFA francs.
(Southafrica.info 08/27/14)
Among Africa's policy wonks, under-performing trade across the continent within the region is a favoured subject. To unravel the puzzle, they reel off facts and figures at conferences and workshops, pinpoint trade hurdles to overcome and point to the vast opportunities that lie ahead if only African countries could integrate their economies. It's an interesting debate but with little to show for it until now. The problem is partly the mismatch between the high political ambitions African leaders hold and the harsh economic realities they face. Case in point: they have set up no less than 14 trading blocs to pursue regional integration.
(African arguments 08/27/14)
Before, during and after the US Africa summit one of the most frequently repeated factoids supporting the Africa Rising meme was that 'seven out of ten fastest growing economies are in Africa.' In reality this is both a far less accurate and much less impressive statistic than it sounds. More generally, narratives on African economic development tend to be loosely connected to facts, and instead are driven more by hype. The 'seven out of ten' meme derives from a data...
(AFP (eng) 08/26/14)
The worst-ever Ebola epidemic could cut economic output in four west African countries by between 1 percent and 1.5 percent of gross economic product, the African Development Bank said Tuesday. Economic output in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea -- which have been worst-hit by the crisis -- along with neighbouring Ivory Coast are expected to be hit by the crisis, with food production in Liberia already at risk, president Donald Kaberuka told a news conference.
(Business Week 08/22/14)
KAMPALA, Uganda - Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, a former Managing Director of the World Bank, believes Africa has to find a way of building on the enormous human, natural and mineral resources to become a vibrant continent. Giving the keynote speech at the annual Bank of Uganda Joseph Mubiru Memorial Lecture last week, Ramphele said it is essential for African governments to break away from the vicious cycle of extractive dominance. Politics that define in and out groups into a virtuous...
(PANA 08/20/14)
Africa has experienced substantial growth in its middle class over the past 14 years, according to a study by Standard Bank. The report, entitled 'Understanding Africa’s middle class', found that there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa’s top economies this year, up from 4.6 million in 2000 and 2.4 million in 1990 - an increase of 230% over 14 years. However, of the total number of households across these focal economies, 86% of them remain within...
(Think Africa Press 08/20/14)
This US-Africa Leaders Summit, held at the start of this month, fell at a time of rising concern over the sustainability of Africa's economic emergence. In particular, many watch with excitement, as well as anxiety, at the ravenous investor interest in African debt and in new joint ventures that aim to serve the continent's consumers. The boom in investment has been so striking of late that these flows could soon be Africa's leading source of hard currency. However, while these...
(Dw-World 08/19/14)
African governments are sealing their ports and airports in an attempt to halt the spread of Ebola. But will fever checks and entry bans really make any difference? With more than 1,100 dead and 2,100 suspected cases of Ebola, authorities in many African countries are holding their breath. Many are nervous, and some have begun to isolate themselves. From Tuesday onwards, Kenya Airways has suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Ivory Coast is no longer allowing ships from Ebola-hit...
(RFI(EN) 08/19/14)
African technology has migrated to Europe with the launch of the mobile money technology M-Pesa in Romania. M-Pesa, which means mobile money in Swahili, is credited with transforming the lives of millions of Africans who do not have access to conventional banking services. It uses text messages to send and receive money through mobile phones. Since its debut in Kenya seven years ago, the service has registered nearly 17 million users. Vodafone, the company which developed the technology, hopes it...
(Voice of America 08/16/14)
The World Health Organization has not posted any regulations regarding lead in cookware, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has said there’s really no safe level of lead exposure. Ashland University and Occupational Knowledge International conducted the research in Cameroon that appears in the journal Science of the Total Environment. “I must say we literally stumbled upon this," said Perry Gottesfeld, Occupational Knowledge International’s executive director. "We were working in Cameroon for the past four years. We had been...
(Bloomberg 08/14/14)
The world’s worst outbreak of Ebola may inflict “broad” economic damage on the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Commercial and transport disruptions that will probably last for at least the next month, along with increased health expenditure, may put pressure on budgets, jeopardizing the nations’ economic growth, Matt Robinson, a senior credit officer at Moody’s in London, wrote in a report today. “Ebola threatens to have significant economic and fiscal ramifications...
(Voice of America 08/13/14)
Beijing — In July, nations known as the "BRICS," Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, announced the creation of a new, $100 billion development bank (NDB). The project is aimed at lending money to developing nations for investments, much like how the American and European-backed International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank operate. Liu Haifang, a professor at Peking University's Center for African Studies, said the bank will provide developing countries with more options for financing. "Finally they got some alternative sources to get funding for infrastructure and they do not come with these conditionalities.
(Xinhuanet 08/11/14)
ADDIS ABABA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The World Bank and African Union (AU) Commission signed a 25-million-U.S.-dollar grant to support development of the AU Commission and other AU organs. The grant was signed in Washington on Friday by Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, according to a AU statement released on Saturday. The funding will strengthen capacity of the AU Commission to facilitate economic development and transformation by improving institutional efficiency,...
(PANA 08/09/14)
Brussels, Belgium - The European Union (EU) on Wednesday launched the first phase of a programme for Africa’s integration, with an initial budget of 415 million Euros for the period 2014 to 2017, official sources said in Brussels. In a press statement, the European Commission said that the programme, which targets integration in North Africa, Southern Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, will ensure better coherence in the management of development programmes, by creating synergies between the EU development cooperation and other...

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(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 Cranes defense marshaled by skipper Andrew Mwesigwa, Savio Kabugo, Walusimbi and Dennis Iguma. Keita Naby and Soumah Seydoumba kept the Cranes defenders busy with their neat play, but still failed to find the back of...
(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 up development and access to promising, safe treatments to fight Ebola, Reuters reported. No cure or vaccine exists for the...
(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...
(Leadership 01/10/14)
In less than 24 hours, African football stars will kick off the CHAN tournament, which is meant for footballers plying their trade in the African continent. Africa has always produced some of the finest footballers of different generations, such as Roger Milla, Abedi Pele, Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o, Fredrick Kanoute, Michael Essien, Mikel Obi, Yaya Toure, Vincent Enyeama and the list goes on. These players have graced the European football with African flair, power and...
(BBC News Africa 12/02/13)
The winner of this year's BBC African Footballer of the Year award will be revealed at 1735 GMT on Monday. The shortlist of Yaya Toure, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was announced three weeks ago. African football fans selected their choice for the award, voting online and by text messages. You can find out result later today live on the BBC's Focus on Africa radio and television programmes and on this website. No player on...
(CNN 10/26/13)
(CNN) -- Is Sepp Blatter angling for another term as head of world football? The 77-year-old vowed at the 2011 FIFA presidential elections, where he stood unopposed after a bribery controversy ruled out his only rival, that this would be his fourth and final four-year stint in office. However, this week he hinted that he has "a mission" to fulfill and said he feels "young enough to be in this office." And he fueled speculation that he may stand again...

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(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 with either the government or the opposition, and a handful of correspondents for the foreign press, including an al-Jazeera reporter, Mohamed al-Mesalma, who was shot by a sniper. Six journalists died in Egypt. Half of...
( 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 off on Friday on a promising note and lived up to maximum expectation, shaking the capital with scintillating performances from...
(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 09/13/14)
DAKAR— The Ebola crisis in West Africa has closed borders and international airlines have cut flights to the area, but some say the measures aimed at controlling the outbreak also are holding up humanitarian aid deliveries. Senegal and Ivory Coast have closed airports to planes coming from Ebola-affected countries, and many airlines have cut services to the capitals of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia despite World Health Organization calls to keep air traffic moving. WHO officials have discouraged air-transit restictions, saying the risk of transmitting the disease during a flight is quite low. The virus cannot transfer from one person to another through the air — by coughing, for example — but only from direct...
(Voice of America 09/12/14)
The head of the World Health Organization says more and better-trained medical workers are needed in West Africa to stop the growing outbreak of Ebola. She said officials trying to contain Ebola are short of almost everything, including protective gear, mobile laboratories and body bags, but that the biggest obstacle is a lack of trained health care workers. "Money, materials are important but those alone could not stop the Ebola transmission… Human resources is most important, and especially the needs for compassionate doctors and nurses who will know how to comfort patients despite the barriers of wearing, you know, PPG...
(Voice of America 09/11/14)
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says it is committing $50 million to help combat the growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Seattle-based foundation, set up by the billionaire founder of Microsoft Bill Gates to fight disease and poverty in poor countries, says it will immediately give funds to the United Nations and international aid agencies to buy badly-needed supplies and support emergency operations in affected countries. It said it will also work with partners to speed up development...
(BBC News Africa 09/11/14)
More money has been announced to help the emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Gates Foundation is committing $50m to help step up efforts to tackle the deadly virus in the affected countries. This comes on top of other funds announced by the UK and US governments, as well as the European Union. But some aid charities say that the most urgent need in Africa is for expert teams in bio-hazard containment. The Gates Foundation -...
(Voice of America 09/10/14)
NAIROBI— A new report by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) says that while farmers in many parts of the world regularly harvest up to five tons of maize per hectare, those in Africa harvest just one ton on average. Outdated farming practices combined with inherently low soil fertility has been blamed for the low yields. Many countries in Africa often face food shortages, as farmers struggle to grow enough produce for the entire population. A new...
(Voice of America 09/08/14)
President Barack Obama said the international community needs to respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, where he said a lack of public health infrastructure has led to the spread of a "containable problem." Obama told NBC News that U.S. military assets are needed to set up isolation units and equipment and to provide security for international health workers. "If we don't make that effort now, and this spreads not just through Africa but other parts of the world,...
(BBC News Africa 09/08/14)
Vaccinated monkeys have developed "long-term" immunity to the Ebola virus, raising a prospect of successful human trials, say scientists. The experiments by the US National Institutes of Health showed immunity could last at least 10 months. Human trials of the vaccine started this week in the US and will extend to the UK and Africa. The World Health Organization says more than 2,000 people have now died in the outbreak in West Africa. Several experimental treatments are now being considered...
(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...
(BBC News Africa 09/05/14)
The blood of patients who recover from Ebola should be used to treat others, the World Health Organization has announced. West Africa is facing the largest Ebola outbreak in history and more than 2,000 people have died. A global group of experts have been meeting to assess the experimental therapies that could contain Ebola. The WHO also announced that Ebola vaccines could be used on the frontline by November. Blood medicine People produce antibodies in the blood in an attempt...
(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...
(CNN 09/04/14)
(CNN) -- A highly anticipated test of an experimental Ebola vaccine will begin this week at the National Institutes of Health, amid mounting anxiety about the spread of the deadly virus in West Africa. After an expedited review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, researchers were given the green light to begin what's called a human safety trial, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). It will be the first test of this type of Ebola vaccine in humans.
(Voice of America 09/04/14)
The United Nations World Health Organization is calling for a coordinated global response to combat the growing Ebola outbreak affecting parts of West Africa. Margaret Chan, director-general of the global health body, Wednesday said the outbreak has so far killed more than 1,900 people and infected at least 3,500 in the region. "It has become a global threat and we require urgent action and we need a well-coordinated mechanism bringing together the countries affected, as well as development partners from...
(BBC News Africa 09/04/14)
More than 1,900 people have now died in West Africa's Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. There have been 3,500 confirmed or probable cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. "The outbreaks are racing ahead of the control efforts in these countries," WHO chief Margaret Chan said. The WHO is meeting on Thursday to examine the most promising treatments and to discuss how to fast-track testing and production. Disease control experts, medical researchers, officials from affected countries, and...
(Voice of America 09/03/14)
WASHINGTON— The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Tom Frieden, warned that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will worsen in coming weeks “significantly.” Frieden said a “massive” global response is needed now to combat what he calls the world’s first Ebola epidemic. Frieden, who just returned from the most affected West African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, said that despite tremendous efforts by health care workers, the number of Ebola cases continues to increase...
(PANA 09/02/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The suspension of flights to the Ebola-affected West African countries has affected the immediate deployment of an emergency military medical mission there, an African Union (AU) envoy said here Friday. Ambassador Alain Nyamitwe, Chairman of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC), said the military medical team was deploying to the Ebola-affected areas in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. 'The first part of the mission has gone there,' Nyamitwe, who is Burundi's ambassador to the AU...
(Voice of America 09/02/14)
Africa’s mineral, timber and oil wealth has been highly sought – and fought over – for years, mainly by Western nations. Today, though, Africa has become a strong trading partner for China, which surpassed the United States in 2009 and whose bilateral trade reached $210 billion in 2013. In February, China’s President Xi Jinping hosted Senegal's President Macky Sall and told him this fast-growing trade relationship with Africa "stands witness to the endlessly renewed vitality of Sino-African friendship, to the...
(Voice of America 09/01/14)
Medical officials in Sweden said a man suspected of having Ebola shows "no signs" of the deadly disease. Media reports Sunday said the man had recently traveled to a "risk area" for Ebola and was taken to a Stockholm hospital after coming down with a fever. But Stockholm city officials said Monday that doctors had ruled out the possibility of the virus. Ebola has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa this year, mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and...
(BBC News Africa 08/30/14)
Residents of Guinea's second-biggest city have rioted after the market was sprayed with disinfectant in a bid to halt the spread of the Ebola virus. Health workers and the hospital in Nzerekore were attacked by people reportedly shouting: "Ebola is a lie". The exact cause of the riot is not clear - some also reportedly feared the spray would spread Ebola. Meanwhile, Senegal has confirmed its first case of Ebola - a Guinean national. The current outbreak of Ebola began...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
West African health ministers have called for travel restrictions imposed to combat Ebola to be lifted. The ministers followed advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) which said that the restrictions create food and supply shortages and harm efforts to contain the deadly virus. The WHO says the West Africa outbreak could infect more than 20,000 people. It has already killed more than 1,500. It says there could be four times more cases than officially registered. The WHO said it was important that airlines resume "vital" flights across the region, because travel bans were threatening efforts to beat the epidemic.
(Voice of America 08/29/14)
NAIROBI— African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria's Boko Haram have not made as dramatic an advance as Islamic State, which controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. They have launched attacks across Africa, though, from Niger, Mali and Nigeria in the west to Somalia and Kenya in the east...

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