Tuesday 17 October 2017

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(Voice of America 10/09/15)
YAOUNDE— African air traffic safety and security experts are calling for more investment to guarantee safe air travel on the continent. Ghanaian-born Africa aviation expert, Osei Bonsu, said Africa accounts for barely five percent of global air traffic but reported 20 percent of accidents and fatalities in 2014. "We need a coordinated effort to be able to build rescue centers where we can pick [up] as soon as it happens. We call and they move. Now what is happening individually is that most countries are using their air force as coordination centers. The aircraft drops. If it is in the ocean, the people they contact are their air force,” he said. “They move them to the spot just to locate...
(BBC News Africa 10/09/15)
An ancient African genome has been sequenced for the first time. Researchers extracted DNA from a 4,500-year-old skull that was discovered in the highlands of Ethiopia. A comparison with genetic material from today's Africans reveals how our ancient ancestors mixed and moved around the continents. The findings, published in the journal Science, suggests that about 3,000 years ago there was a huge wave of migration from Eurasia into Africa. This has left a genetic legacy, and the scientists believe up to 25% of the DNA of modern Africans can be traced back to this event. "Every single population for which we have data in Africa has a sizeable component of Eurasian ancestry," said Dr Andrea Manica, from the University of...
(Voice of America 10/08/15)
LAGOS, NIGERIA— Guinea is preparing for its second presidential election since returning to democracy in 2010. But a survey shows many are distrustful of the election authorities. Incumbent leader Alpha Conde is seeking a second term in Sunday's election. His main challenger is former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo, who ran against Conde in the 2010 vote and lost. During his 2010 campaign, Diallo accused Guinea’s election authority, the National Independent Electoral Commission, of bias. A new survey from research firm Afrobarometer shows that suspicion has lived on.
(Bloomberg 10/08/15)
Guinean President Alpha Conde strengthened his bid for a second term in Oct. 11 elections against a divided opposition by securing a steady energy supply and keeping the military out of politics to shore up a transition from dictatorship to democracy. In Africa’s top bauxite producer where political alliances are largely ethnic, the biggest risk is of clashes between supporters of Conde, 77, and those of Cellou Dalein Diallo, his main challenger in a field of eight candidates. The election is only the second democratic vote since independence in 1958. Conde may require a second round run-off to win, according to New York-based Eurasia Group analyst Ayso van Eysinga. A Conde win “ought to be good for investor confidence,” he...
(BBC News Africa 10/08/15)
The three West African countries at the heart of the Ebola epidemic recorded their first week with no new cases since the outbreak began in March 2014. The outbreak has so far killed more than 11,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). New cases have fallen sharply in 2015, but the WHO has warned that the disease could break out again.
(Tanzania Daily News 10/08/15)
National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Director General, Dr Mwele Malecela has called for experts' concerted efforts in carrying out investigation on better ways of controlling and eradicating mosquito borne diseases in Africa. "Mosquitoes are known to cause more human suffering than any other organism, with over one million people worldwide dying from mosquito borne diseases every year and the majority of the cases emanating from Africa," Dr Malecela affirmed.
(Caj News Africa 10/08/15)
Johannesburg — The Mate S, Huawei's new flagship device, is now available in the continent. The smartphone is available for purchase in all Vodacom stores in South Africa. Building on the revolutionary Huawei Mate 7 smartphone, the Mate S features a 5.5-inch 2.5D AMOLED screen complete with a new luxury-focused design packed with innovative technology to deliver the best possible Android experience. The phone, announced in September, is equipped with Fingerprint 2.0, an upgraded version of the advanced chip level security and one-key unlock technology pioneered in the Mate 7. It can also be used to control the notification bar, erase unread notifications, preview pictures, and hold and take phone calls. Fingerprint 2.0 and Knuckle Control 2.0 - technology first...
(AFP (eng) 10/07/15)
No new Ebola cases were confirmed last week, marking the first full week without fresh cases of the deadly disease in a year an a half, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. "No confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease were reported in the week to 4 October," WHO said in its latest situation report on the west African Ebola outbreak, pointing out that "this is the first time that a complete epidemiological week has elapsed with zero confirmed cases since March 2014."
(Dw-World 10/07/15)
As the Guinean presidential election draws closer, the population is growing increasingly nervous. Many fear a repetition of the 2010 unrest and violent clashes in the capital Conakry. On October 11 some six million Guineans, about half the population of the West African nation, will elect a new president. There are eight candidates, including incumbent president Alpha Conde and his two main rivals, opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo, of the Union of Democratric Forces in Guinea (UFDG), and Sydia Toure of the Union of Republican Forces (UFR), a former prime minister. However, the opposition lacks a clear position. First there was a boycott threat
(Voice of America 10/07/15)
JOHANNESBURG— The famous “Africa Rising” narrative appears to have hit a road bump, with the World Bank predicting in a new report that economic growth on the continent will slow to 3.7 percent this year -- the lowest level since 2009. For decades, the continent’s economic fate has been tied to its wealth of raw materials -- commodities like oil, gas, gold and aluminum. While the continent is rich in such resources, very few African nations have succeeded in processing their bounty and profiting from it, choosing instead to export raw materials at much lower margins.
(Reuters (Eng) 10/06/15)
Facebook Inc said it would launch a satellite in partnership with France's Eutelsat Communications to bring Internet access to large parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The satellite, part of Facebook's Internet.org platform to expand internet access mainly via mobile phones, is under construction and will be launched in 2016, the companies said on Monday. (on.fb.me/1JPiTZC) The satellite, called AMOS-6, will cover large parts of West, East and Southern Africa, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.
(Voice of America 10/06/15)
 
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LONDON— Progress in good governance across Africa is stalling, according to the latest figures compiled by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. At the same time, a few countries are showing notable improvement. The Ibrahim Index says it holds the most comprehensive collection of data on African governance. Analysts measure each country annually on key aspects, such as its business environment, accountability of public figures, and legislation on violence against women. At the launch of the latest annual report, founder Mo Ibrahim said the overall trend in the past four years raises concerns. “We notice that this upward direction somehow plateaued. It has not gone back. It is still going up at a very slow pace. So the first thing we say...
(AFP (eng) 10/05/15)
Conakry - Clashes between supporters of Guinea's ruling party and opposition activists left at least one dead and more than 80 wounded, a charity said Sunday, as tension mounts ahead of next week's presidential election. Authorities declared a curfew across the south-western city of N'Zerekore after fighting gripped the city late into Saturday night, the second major outbreak of violence in the run-up to the October 11 polls.
(BBC News Africa 10/05/15)
Guinea's authorities imposed an overnight curfew on the second city of Nzerekore after clashes left at least one person dead, local media report. Fighting broke out on Saturday after a campaign visit from President Alpha Conde who is running for re-election. Backers of the president clashed with supporters of his rival Cellou Dalein Diallo in this hotly contested city. Opposition parties have called for Sunday's election to be postponed over alleged irregularities in the process. Nzerekore is the stronghold of former military junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara, who recently attempted to return to Guinea from exile to run for president. His party has now entered an alliance with Mr Diallo. In addition to the one fatality, more than 80 people...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/05/15)
Dozens of people were hurt during fighting over the weekend between rival political groups, before a presidential election scheduled for Oct. 11, local authorities said on Monday. Supporters of different parties clashed on Friday and Saturday in the city of Nzerekore in Guinea's Forest Region during a visit by President Alpha Conde. Residents say calm was restored by a series of arrests and the imposition of a curfew. "The situation is very, very serious. We have 29 people with gunshot injuries," Aboubacar Mbopp Camara, prefect for Nzerekore, told reporters. Medical charity Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) said on its Twitter feed on Monday that around 80 people were admitted to its local hospital. They suffered a range of injuries...
(Daily Nation 10/05/15)
The recent political instability in Burundi and Burkina Faso has led to discussion about the state of democracy in Africa. Does the fact that people rose up against a third term mean that democracy is on the rise? Or does the fact that President Pierre Nkurunziza is still in power in Burundi, and that a "counter-coup" disrupted the transition in Burkina Faso, demonstrate how far the continent still has to go. And what of Nigeria -- Africa's sleeping giant -- which woke up for long enough early this year to kick a poorly performing government out of power? Is this evidence of a new dawn? Kenya is another case that is tricky to interpret. Do the largely peaceful elections of...
(AFP 10/03/15)
Turkish side Trabzonspor's Guinea international midfielder Kevin Constant was detained on Saturday at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport as he was boarding a flight to the French city of Nice, report said. A heated argument broke out between the airport personnel and Constant after the footballer attempted to use the business class check-in counter earlier Saturday despite holding an economy class seat, news agency Dogan reported. The 28-year-old was detained after allegedly insulting the police and taken to a nearby police station for questioning, Dogan said. He is expected to appear before the court later Saturday. Dogan published a picture of Constant smiling and giving the thumbs up signal as he was being led away by plain clothes police officers. Constant joined...
(Ipp media 10/03/15)
African countries have been urged to set aside enough budgets to support the fight against environmental-related challenges which of late have been impacting the society greatly. Speaking at the official launch of the Climate Financing Tracking Study for Agriculture and Livestock Ministries in the country, Climate Changes Forum (FORUM CC) board chairman Euster Kibona said it is aimed at reviewing budgets set for 2009/10 and 2013/14 in those ministries.
(Voice of America 10/03/15)
 
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Access to clean water is a problem for hundreds of millions of people around the world. Now, a scientist and chemical engineer in Tanzania [East Africa] is working to change that by creating an innovative water filter that makes dirty water safe. Askwar Hilonga said the filter can combat various water problems. He is concerned that in Tanzania “70 percent of households, of 9 million households, are not using any kind of filter.” The filter can absorb contaminants like copper, bacteria, viruses and pesticides, said Hilonga, who has been successfully trying out his product in Arusha. It uses nanotechnology–manipulating matter to control individual atoms and molecules. Dirty water in buckets, connected to tubes, flows through sand to trap debris and...
(AFP (eng) 10/02/15)
Guinea's opposition on Thursday called for upcoming presidential elections to be delayed, warning of "serious problems" that could compromise the transparency and credibility of the vote. Tensions have been rising in Guinea ahead of the poll on October 11, and several people were wounded last week when supporters of rival political factions clashed in the north. Eight contenders including President Alpha Conde and opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo have been approved as candidates for the country's second democratic presidential election. The ruling party and opposition last month sealed a deal on the organisation of the vote, raising hopes it would pass off peacefully, but opposition parties say Conde has reneged on the deal. "We are asking for the election to...

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(Bloomberg 12/04/14)
From his office in the Ghanaian coastal city of Tema, Mark Owiredu has an up-close view of how Ebola is ravaging the economies of poorer African nations to the west. Since the outbreak of the disease was identified nine months ago, Owiredu, the general manager for manufacturing of Ernest Chemists Ltd., has seen orders worth as much as $880,000 annually from Sierra Leone and Liberia all but evaporate. With flights into the worst-affected countries canceled, Ernest, whose products include cough medicines and painkillers, is now looking to larger markets such as Nigeria to fill the gap.
(Voice of America 12/04/14)
The deputy chairman of the African Union Commission says more than 200 medical professionals will be deployed Thursday to the three West African countries battling the Ebola outbreak. Erastus Mwencha says the AU is committed to sending at least 1,000 trained health workers by the end of the year to help in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The group of 200 workers will join an earlier contingent of 100 that was deployed equally in the three affected countries, according to Mwencha. “The latest contingent, which would be flagged off [Thursday] hopefully, is from Nigeria. Over 200 who are going to join the group that is already there to support those governments and the people of those countries to fight Ebola,”...
(AL Jazeera 12/04/14)
A Belgian scientist who helped discover Ebola in 1976 has accused the World Health Organisation (WHO) of mismanaging the current outbreak response. Peter Piot, an award-winning microbiologist, told Al Jazeera that "we wasted too much precious time". "It took three months for the WHO to find out there was an Ebola outbreak. That I understand. Guinea had a poor laboratory infrastructure," said Piot in an interview due to be aired on Saturday. "I have much more of a problem with the fact that it took five months for WHO, for the international health regulations committee, for that's what it is, to declare this a state of emergency. "It took a thousand dead Africans and two Americans who were repatriated to...
(Voice of America 12/04/14)
Scientists have been making rapid advances in studies of genetic variations in European and East Asian populations. Now, populations in Africa, the cradle of the human race, are getting the same treatment. The African Genome Variation Project set out to discover more about how variations in DNA can help in understanding patterns of disease, ultimately leading to better treatments. Working with other institutions, including partners throughout Africa, the Genome Variation Project has collected and analyzed genetic information from nearly 3,000 individuals representing the diversity of the African experience over many millennia
(BBC News Africa 12/04/14)
Neglecting the health of Africa's soil will lock the continent into a cycle of food insecurity for generations to come, a report has warned. The publication by the Montpellier Panel said the problem needed to be given a higher priority by aid donors. It added that soil degradation was also hampering economic development, costing the continent's farmers billions of dollars in lost income. The study has been published ahead of the 2015 international year of soils. The Montpellier Panel - made up of agricultural, trade and ecology experts from Europe and Africa - warned that land degradation reduced soil fertility, leading to lower crop yields and increased greenhouse gas emissions. "In Africa, the impacts are substantial where 65% of arable...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/03/14)
The World Bank on Tuesday pledged further assistance to Liberia, the country worst hit by Ebola, and revealed that the epidemic would cost more than $2 billion across the region, causing once-booming economies to slow down or shrink. The report comes as the World Bank Group's president, Jim Yong Kim, begins a two-day visit to West Africa to discuss ways of addressing the outbreak, which has already killed more than 6,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. After a meeting with Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in Monrovia, Kim promised additional support to Liberia in the healthcare, infrastructure and agricultural sectors over the next 18 months. He said the World Bank, which has already given $200 million to the country,...
(CNN 12/03/14)
(CNN) -- There are 16,911 cases of Ebola worldwide and despite missing its own target on burials, the World Health Organization is confident it can still catch up with the virus, even on such a large scale. Only Liberia and Guinea met a WHO target set for December 1 to safely bury 70% of the people who die from Ebola. In Sierra Leone that target was not met, because the western part of the country is "currently dealing with real escalation," said Bruce Aylward, who is in charge of the WHO's Ebola response. The good news for the WHO is that the gap between the number of Ebola cases and the response capacity is closing and more people are being...
(Pana 12/03/14)
Dakar, Senegal - Senegalese President Macky Sall said on Monday in Diamniadio, about 40 km from Dakar, that the presence of China in Africa should not worry the West, urging businesses to accept to face Chinese competition on the continent. 'I know that Chinese presence disturbs many, but we should see it positively. It is useless to be angry at Africans because of the presence of the Chinese,' President Sall said at the opening ceremony of the first Francophonie economic forum. Speaking at the forum attended by several personalities and businessmen of the countries of the Francophonie, President Sall said Africa was nobody's private hunting ground, but needed the presence of investors from all parts of the world for its...
(BBC News Africa 12/03/14)
US President Barack Obama has renewed calls for Congress to approve $6bn (£3.8bn) in emergency aid to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The president made the plea on a visit to the National Institutes of Health, where he congratulated scientists on work towards a vaccine. The WHO says 6,055 people have died in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The medical charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), has again strongly criticised the international response. It described it as patchy and slow, with the job of tackling the crisis largely left to doctors, nurses and charity organisations. The MSF report said foreign governments - notably the UK in Sierra Leone and most recently China in Liberia - were continuing to...
(AFP (eng) 12/02/14)
Key targets to reduce the spread of Ebola by isolating patients and burying bodies safely have been reached in Liberia and Guinea but have been missed in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said Monday. Assistant Director-General Bruce Aylward said it was "meaningful progress", and proved that "you can catch up with Ebola, even on this scale". He acknowledged that an increase in cases in Sierra Leone meant the country had not reached the much-touted goal of having 70 percent of Ebola patients in isolation beds by December 1. But he said he expected this to happen in the "coming weeks", insisting the national figure was skewed by the new outbreak in the west of the country. The WHO is...
(Voice of America 12/02/14)
The Ebola epidemic is having a "stark" economic impact on Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and is cutting economic growth even more than estimates published in early November. That's the conclusion of a study released Tuesday by the World Bank. Before the Ebola crisis, all three nations were growing strongly. Liberia is now expected to grow at just a 2.2 percent annual rate, and Sierra Leone predicted to expand 4 percent, which is around one-third of the pre-crisis rates of expansion for these two nations. Guinea's growth projection has been cut from 4.5 percent before the crisis to just half of 1 percent now. The economic impact of disease and death has been amplified by workers and shoppers staying home...
(BBC News Africa 12/02/14)
The World Bank has revised downwards its 2014 GDP growth projections for the three nations worst hit by the current Ebola outbreak - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. "The Ebola epidemic continues to cripple the economies," it said. Its report comes as bank President Jim Yong Kim begins a two-day visit to West Africa to assess the impact. The World Health Organization (WHO) says 5,987 people have died from Ebola in the three nations. The latest World Bank report still shows positive projected growth there for 2014, but at much lower rates. It said that "all three countries had been growing rapidly in recent years and into the first half of 2014". line World Bank growth estimates Liberia 2014: Pre-crisis...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/02/14)
WASHINGTON Tue Dec 2, 2014 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday will press Congress to approve $6.18 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and prepare U.S. hospitals to handle future cases. Most of the request is aimed at the immediate response to the disease at home and abroad. But the package also includes $1.5 billion in contingency funds - money that could become a target if lawmakers decide to trim the bill. "That is the part of the package that is most at risk," said Sam Worthington, president of InterAction, an alliance of U.S. non-governmental aid groups. While lawmakers recognize that the United States had to take action to arrest the deadly...
(Pana 12/02/14)
Diaspora remittances - African countries have taken the bold step to improve measurement and recording of remittances flow, reduce remittance transfer costs and enable beneficiaries to be included in the financial system. This follows the signing of Host Country Agreement by Kenya with the African Union Commission (AUC) to host the Africa Institute for Remittance (AIR) here over the weekend. The signing at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies was presided over by Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Amb. Amina Mohamed, and Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission.
(Pana 12/02/14)
Lagos, Nigeria - As the HIV/AIDS is being marked Monday across the globe, African countries are making appreciable progress in their fight against the disease, but they need to sustain current momentum, medical experts and People Living With HIV (PLWHIV) have said in their messages to continental leaders. “HIV/AIDS is still a big problem in Africa and we are still getting new infection,' Prof. John Idoko, head of the National Agency for Control of AIDS (NACA) in Nigeria, told journalists in an interview, as part of the programmes marking the day. The Theme for this year's celebration is 'Closing The Gap, Say No To Stigma and Discrimination'. From Nigeria to Kenya, South Africa to Algeria and to Cameroon, several other...
(BBC News Africa 12/01/14)
The head of the UN Ebola response mission in West Africa has told the BBC there is still a "huge risk" the deadly disease could spread to other parts of the world. Tony Banbury declined to say if targets he had set in the fight against Ebola, to be achieved by Monday, had been met. The targets were for the proportion of people being treated and for the safe burial of highly infectious bodies. The UN boss was speaking in Freetown, one of the worst-affected areas. On Sunday in Sierra Leone's capital, bulldozers were clearing large areas for a new burial ground. At the clearance site, near a rubbish tip, car after car was arriving with bodies, and several hundred...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/01/14)
(Reuters) - Canadian candidate Michaelle Jean, a former governor general of Canada, was chosen as the next head of the international organization of Francophone nations (OIF) at a summit in Senegal on Sunday, the OIF said in a statement. The 57-year-old Jean, who came to Canada in her childhood as a refugee from her native Haiti, will take over the reins of the organization in January, becoming the first woman to lead it. She is currently the chancellor of the University of Ottawa.
(BBC News Africa 12/01/14)
The winner of the vote for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 will be revealed today at 1735GMT. Those in contention are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama, Gervinho and Yaya Toure. The list will be trimmed to two players at about 1540GMT online and on Sport Today on the BBC World Service. Your choice of the best footballer on the continent for 2014 will then be revealed across the BBC World Service on TV and radio as well as online. A record number of votes were received from fans in 207 Fifa-registered countries since the nominees were announced three weeks ago. Thanks you to all of you who submitted your vote. Four of the candidates played at...
(AL Jazeera 11/29/14)
Scientists have announced trials of a rapid Ebola test in Guinea designed to diagnose victims faster, as health professionals try to curb the spread of the virus that has killed more than 1,200 people there. British researchers who developed the 15-minute test said on Friday that it was six times faster than others currently in use and, if successful, that it could help medical staff identify and isolate confirmed Ebola patients faster and start treating them sooner. "A reliable, 15-minute test that can confirm cases of Ebola would be a key tool for effective management of the Ebola outbreak," Val Snewin of the Wellcome Trust said. Infographic: Just how deadly is Ebola? "It not only gives patients a better chance...
(AFP (eng) 11/29/14)
British scientists announced trials on a 15-minute Ebola test in Guinea as French President Francois Hollande became the first Western leader to visit a country devastated by the epidemic. The prototype is six times faster than current tests and aims to speed up diagnosis, the London-based global research charity Wellcome Trust and Britain's Department for International Development (DFID) said in a statement. "A reliable, 15-minute test that can confirm cases of Ebola would be a key tool for effective management of the Ebola outbreak, allowing...

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(Voice of America 07/31/13)
Guinea's government has already seen a two percent jump in revenue since President Alpha Conde came to power nearly three years ago. That increase is due to mining activity as well as an increased tax base, according to the International Monetary Fund's Guinea Representative Abdoul Aziz Wane. “When the new government took office in late 2010 - early 2011, that's where we started seeing the increases in the collection of government revenue, and this trend actually has been continuing,” he said. Wane has confidence peaceful legislative elections, scheduled to be held in late September, could stabilize the business environment even more. “We believe that if elections are held peacefully government revenue will increase even more thanks to higher economic activity...
(Voice of America 07/31/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The United Nations’ AIDS agency is hailing what officials describe as significant progress in the fight against the epidemic in eastern and southern Africa. The report says AIDS-related deaths have declined dramatically and that the number of new infections has decreased - a direct result of more available treatment. But, they warned, challenges remain. Top health and aid officials praised the gains in the fight against AIDS in southern and eastern Africa - among them, a nearly 40 percent drop in AIDS-related deaths since 2005, and a 50 percent drop in new infections among children since 2001. The cause, they said was simple: The number of people receiving anti-retroviral treatment has increased tenfold, from 625,000 in 2005 to...
(CNN 07/31/13)
(CNN) -- A decade after Angola emerged from devastating civil war, the sea front road that winds around the bay of its capital, Luanda, is now dotted with multi-million dollar condominiums, exclusive clubs, and boutique stores catering for the country's elite. Most of Luanda's population, however, live in the nearby slums, where health facilities are non-existent and children must work, not study, to survive. Africa's natural resource wealth has certainly fueled a decade of rapid growth, but most Africans have still not seen the benefits. More urgently, rapid population growth combined with deepening inequality could one day prove explosive. It does not have to be this way, of course. Botswana successfully used its diamond wealth to develop quickly, growing from...
(The Guardian 07/30/13)
FBI investigating Beny Steinmetz's company BSGR after lucrative deal to extract iron ore from Simandou mountain range. In Conakry, a gleaming hotel looms over the filth of the city. Behind it a small coastal cove acts like a floating rubbish dump, collecting brightly coloured detritus from the murky Atlantic and distributing it in piles in stubbly black rock pools on the beach. A group of gangly young men sit by an abandoned fishing boat, looking despondently out to sea. But in the gleaming, chandelier-lit hotel lobby it is easy to forget the scenery outside. Here, European, Australian and Brazilian mining executives, in jeans and suit jackets, sip rosé as they check emails. African businessmen huddle in groups, discussing shareholdings and...
(The Guardian 07/30/13)
Government efforts to lure foreign investors by reforming Guinea's mining code lack teeth, campaigners warn. There is a saying in Guinea that is popular among those who work in development: "Everything is a priority". It is a wry observation that, in a country in which almost nothing works, it is difficult to work out what to tackle first. The facts are stark. A recent survey showed that 62% of Guineans have no access to running water, 62% have no access to electricity, 65% say they have inadequate access to roads, and 72% think the justice system is broken. The country's human development indicators are well below those of other sub-Saharan African countries – the UN ranks the country's development 178th...
(AL Jazeera 07/25/13)
Clashes between Guerze and Konianke in southeastern city of Nzerekore leave up to 100 people dead, government says. At least 98 people have been killed in three days of ethnic violence in Guinea, nearly double the previous death toll, the government said. The violence happened last week and erupted on July 14 after a man accused of being a thief was lynched. It took place during tense preparations for long-delayed elections meant to restore civilian rule after a 2008 military coup in the West African nation. "We are today at around 100 dead - 76 victims in [Guinea's second-largest city] Nzerekore and 22 others in Koule," Damantang Albert Camara, a government spokesperson, said. The government said on July 18 that...
(Voice of America 07/25/13)
CAPITOL HILL — Prospective U.S. diplomats to Africa say President Barack Obama’s recent trip to the continent underscored persistent challenges and vast opportunities that cry out for robust and sustained American engagement. Administration nominees for the State Department’s top Africa post, as well as numerous ambassadorships, testified Wednesday at their Senate confirmation hearing. During his three-nation trip to Africa earlier this month, Obama unveiled initiatives to boost electric service on the continent, increase trade and commercial ties, and help groom Africa’s next generation of leaders. But more must be done, according to Democratic Senator Chris Coons, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Africa. “President Obama’s recent trip was a positive demonstration of U.S. commitment, and the president’s initiatives...
(Voice of America 07/24/13)
Malaria infections, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, are responsible for the deaths of some 200,000 newborns and 10,000 new mothers each year. The parasitic illness can also cause miscarriage and premature birth, increasing the risk of death. There are low cost, lifesaving interventions to prevent infection, yet, according to a new study, there are significant barriers to implementing them. For the past 20 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that pregnant women in areas with high rates of malaria receive insecticide-treated bed nets and periodic doses of a cheap drug to prevent the disease. Yet, despite relatively high attendance at clinics for expectant mothers and their newborns throughout sub-Saharan Africa, statistics show that just a little over 21 percent...
(UN.org 07/22/13)
The United Nations today commended the efforts of the Government of Guinea and its security forces to restore calm amid deadly inter-communal clashes this week, while also reminding them of the need to uphold human rights principles during law enforcement operations. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that calm seems to have been restored after three days of violence that began on Monday between members of the Guerze and Konianke tribes in Koule, which is 45 kilometres from Nzerekore. “The clashes have resulted in the killing of at least 57 people, three of whom were beheaded with machetes, with others hacked to death or burnt alive,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva...
(Voice of America 07/18/13)
The president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says the regional bloc is working with its international partners, other stakeholders, and Mali’s government to ensure a successful July 28 presidential election in Mali. Ambassador Kadre Desire Ouedraogo says ECOWAS is committed to help Mali conduct a peaceful and credible election. Ouedraogo’s remarks came during a two-day regional leaders summit that reviewed the political and security situation in Mali. The meeting ends on Thursday. Mamadou Diamountani, chairman of Mali’s electoral commission, has said that carrying out a successful election will be challenging. But, Ouedraogo says the regional bloc is working with the electoral commission to ensure the vote goes ahead. “ECOWAS has committed itself to assist the Malian...
(Dw-World 07/18/13)
Ahead of Mali's July 28 elections,regional body ECOWAS meets to discuss the situation there and in Guinea-Bissau where the absence of a functional government has allowed drug trafficking to flourish. Mali is battling an islamist insurgency, while Guinea-Bissau seeks to recover from a coup. Regional leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) grouping have used diplomacy, sanctions and a plan for military intervention to nudge Mali towards a restoration of constitutional order. The case is much worse for Guinea-Bissau which has been nicknamed the ‘narco state'. ECOWAS needs to commit to a common strategy to help the coup-plagued country implement security, justice and electoral reforms needed to escape its status as a link in drug trafficking to...
(AL Jazeera 07/17/13)
Ethnic violence in West African nation's second-largest city leaves 12 people dead and 50 injured in run-up to polls. President Alpha Conde has appealed for calm after at least 12 people were killed and 50 others injured in two days of ethnic violence in southeastern Guinea. "The town of Nzerekore has witnessed events resulting in a loss of human life, several wounded and important damage to property," Conde said in an address on national television. "Faced with this situation, I call on the population for calm. No one should take [the] law into their own hands." In Guinea's second largest city of Nzerekore, which lies some 980km from the coastal capital Conakry, ethnic gangs prowled the streets for a second...
(Voice of America 07/17/13)
Authorities in Guinea have imposed a curfew in the southern part of the country where ethnic fighting has left about 20 people dead and dozens wounded. Journalist Mamadou Dian Balde of the Independent and Democrat newspapers in Guinea said the violence started when members of the Guerze, or Kpelle, tribe beat to death an ethnic Konianke, or Mandingo, youth after accusing him of stealing gasoline. “It all started Monday in a village about 40 kilometers from Nzerekore (the provincial capital), the home of Moussa Dadis Camara, former military junta leader. The Kpelle accused a young boy of stealing fuel at a gas station. They killed the boy and the parents of the boy decided to seek revenge. They went to...
(Voice of America 07/17/13)
West African regional leaders plan to open an extraordinary two-day summit on Wednesday in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. Sonny Ugoh, communications director for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), says the leaders will consider the latest political and security situation in Mali in the run-up to that country’s July 28 presidential election. “They will review the political health of the organization and member states, the economic health of the region, and give directive as to what initiative they think we should take, in order to address whatever challenges they determine that we need to address,” said Ugoh. He says Burkinabe President Blaise Compaoré will brief other heads of state about the situation in Mali. Mr. Compaoré mediated talks between...
(AL Jazeera 07/16/13)
Executive council meets in Nigerian capital to review progress made in combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The African Union executive council is meeting in the Nigerian capital to take stock of progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The conference, which opened in Abuja on Friday, will also address challenges encountered in the campaign against the three diseases. "It is timely that we review the implementation of the various declarations and plans of action adopted in the course of the last decade," Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Ghebreyesus told the conference, according to the African Union's website. Ghebreyesus said Ethiopia was proposing to establish an "African Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (African–CDC) or Health Commission for Africa...
(Allafrica 04/25/13)
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the signing of a joint declaration by political actors in Guinea to resolve differences over preparations for stalled legislative elections and other contentious issues through peaceful means. "The joint declaration calls on all political parties to refrain from any violent demonstrations and confirms their determination to resolve outstanding issues through peaceful and negotiated solutions," according to a statement released by Mr. Ban's spokesperson. Mr. Ban also welcomed the statement made by President Alpha Condé today expressing his readiness to take measures to guarantee the transparency and the credibility of the electoral process, with the involvement of international partners. In March, protests in the West African nation related to the polls led to several deaths and...

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