Sunday 18 February 2018

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(Voice of America 10/21/15)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization chief said preparedness, awareness, and transparency are at the heart of the WHO reform process. World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan said many lessons have been learned from the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and these will be incorporated in the reform process that is underway. She said being prepared is decisive in fighting any epidemic or pandemic of such magnitude. She told VOA that involves shoring up and strengthening the resilience of fragile health systems in Africa and elsewhere in the world. “In the past, when we talk about a health system, the tendency is to talk about clinical care, curative care. And now we should integrate the public health disease surveillance and...
(Daily Observer 10/21/15)
On October 21-23, Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economy, as well as Ministers of Agriculture, Rural Development, Trade and Industry and Governors of Central Banks will join business leaders, academia, investment agencies, civil society and global experts in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss the future and transformation of agriculture in Africa. The Feeding Africa Conference, organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), will be opened by its President, Akinwumi Adesina, who will be joined by Senegalese President Macky Sall and the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Augustus Mpata Ponyo.
(Caj News Africa 10/21/15)
The continent's most admired brands will be unveiled in Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday. These will be made public under the auspices of the fourth Brand Africa 100: Africa's Best Brands rankings of the Top 100 Most Admired and Most Valuable brands. Brand Africa 100 is a proprietary approach developed by Brand Leadership Group in partnership with Brand Finance plc, the world's leading independent valuation consultancy, TNS, the globally respected consumer knowledge and information company and Geopoll, the leading mobile survey platform with a database of nearly 200 million users in emerging markets. "These rankings are an important metric of the progress Africa is making in building made in Africa brands and challenging the dominant non-African brands in Africa which...
(Xinhuanet 10/20/15)
BEIJING, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- China congratulates Guinea on its smooth presidential election and is willing to boost bilateral friendly cooperative relations, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Tuesday. China congratulates Guinea's incumbent President Alpha Conde on his re-election as president of Guinea, spokesperson Hua Chunying told a regular press briefing. Alpha Conde won the vote in the first round of presidential elections held on Oct.11 and this is his second term as president of the West African nation. China believes this election will open up a new dimension in Guinea's development, Hua said.
(Voice of America 10/20/15)
 
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CONAKRY— Guinea is the last country in West Africa where people are still getting sick from Ebola, and health authorities are rallying traditional healers to help in the fight against the disease. Mory Kourouma says he will cure what ails you from the van he parks along a busy roadside in Guinea’s capital Conakry. Kourouma offers traditional medicines to treat common ailments, even if the ailment is fever, one of the first symptoms of the Ebola virus. "For those who are complaining of having fever, and they come to my place, what we normally give them is this one and that one over there in the bottle," he said. Guinea was the first country in West Africa in which Ebola...
(BBC News Africa 10/20/15)
Members of the African Union's new 25,000-strong multinational standby force are gathering to begin field training for the first time. The exercises in South Africa aim to make sure the force is ready by January to respond to crises across the continent. The force will be made up of five brigades from Africa's economic blocs. It is being set up to avoid reliance on the outside world in peacekeeping across the continent. Africa Live: BBC news updates The logistical base for the African Standby Force (ASF) will be in Douala in Cameroon following a deal signed last week. The training begins at the South African Army Combat Training Centre in Lohatla with an opening ceremony on Monday. On Tuesday, 5,000...
(Voice of America 10/20/15)
A recently released report warns that Africa will not alleviate its chronic food shortages and unemployment unless youth get more involved in agriculture. The report, "Youth in Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa," was developed by the Alliance for a Green Revolution, AGRA, an African-led alliance focused on putting farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy. David Sarfo Ameyaw, the managing editor of the report and AGRA’s head of strategy, said the study found that many young Africans -- especially educated ones -- viewed working in agriculture as drudgery. It found that only nine percent of youth in Ethiopia said they planned to work in agriculture. On the other hand, a majority of Nigeria’s youth viewed a career in agriculture...
(AFP (eng) 10/19/15)
EU election observers called on Guinean authorities to release "all the detailed results" from the country's presidential polls, and appealed for calm following the opposition's rejection of the outcome. Guinea's Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) on Saturday declared incumbent Alpha Conde the victor after winning 57.85 percent of the October 11 first round vote, handing him a second five-year term. His main rival, opposition leader and former premier Cellou Dalein Diallo came second with 31.44 percent, CENI added. The results must still be approved by the constitutional court. Diallo on Saturday refused to recognise the outcome and urged supporters to take to the streets against what he labelled an "illegal" election tainted by mismanagement and fraud. The EU observer mission...
(The Associated Press 10/19/15)
Conakry - Guinea's government spokesperson says that following President Alpha's Conde's election victory, officials are preparing for possible violence because the runner-up has vowed to protest the results. Albert Damantang Camara said on Sunday that the government is "worried" because "there have never been peaceful demonstrations" in the West African nation. The election commission announced on Saturday night that President Alpha Conde won a second five-year term with nearly 58% of the vote and defeated his closest challenger Cellou Dalein Diallo by a large enough margin to avoid a runoff. Diallo has alleged fraud and said he would call for demonstrations, though he has not specified when. At least three people were killed in clashes in the weeks before the...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/19/15)
Guinea's electoral commission on Saturday declared President Alpha Conde winner of an Oct. 11 election to give him a second five-year term. Conde gained 58 percent of almost 4 million votes cast, avoiding a runoff vote that several observers had said was possible. Opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo won 31 percent. He called for calm, but said he did not recognize the result and would ask his supporters to protest against fraud and rigging. "The Constitutional Court still needs to render its verdict, but the National Electoral Commission proclaims President Alpha Conde winner in the first round," commission head Bakary Fofana told a news conference. Candidates have eight days to lodge complaints before the election is ratified by the Constitutional...
(Voice of America 10/19/15)
Guinea's President Alpha Conde has won a second term, the country's election commission has announced, six days after polling ended. Conde won in the first round with about 58 percent of votes cast. Main opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo, who has denounced the vote as fraudulent, won 31 percent. On Saturday, Diallo vowed to organize demonstrations against what he called an "electoral hold-up.'' International observers from the European Union said they had not seen fraud in the election. But they complained about a number of irregularities in the vote, such as delays in opening the polls and disorganized voter rolls, both of which caused long waits for voters. This was only the second democratic presidential election since Guinea gained independence...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/19/15)
Guinea's President Alpha Conde won 58 percent of the vote in an Oct. 11 election to gain a second term as leader of the West African nation, the National Electoral Commission said on Saturday. Opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo said he would not recognize the result and would call on his supporters to protest against fraud and ballot-rigging. An earlier tally based on full election results gave Diallo 31 percent.
(Voice of America 10/19/15)
LAGOS, NIGERIA— Guinea's incumbent President Alpha Conde won the country’s second democratic election, but Guinea’s opposition parties have rejected the results and called for demonstrations. Bakary Fofana Fofana, the head of Guinea’s Independent National Electoral Commission, announced President Alpha Conde’s re-election victory late Saturday. Fofana said before the constitutional court’s final validation of the results, the electoral commission proclaims Conde as the winner in the first round of voting held last Sunday. Before the results were announced, Guinea’s main opposition leader and former Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo announced he and the six other opposition candidates would reject them. The candidates last week claimed widespread fraud in the voting. International observers have said the vote was free and fair, but...
(Cameroon-Tribune 10/19/15)
He has the major task to reconcile political actors and move Guinea forward in development. Guinea's National Independent Electoral Commission on Saturday, October 17, 2015 declared outgoing President, Alpha Condé, winner of October 11, 2015 presidential election scoring 57.85 per cent of the votes cast, representing an absolute majority. The ceremony in the capital, Conakry was boycotted by the opposition that had earlier said they would reject election results. The results are still temporal pending the official proclamation by the country's Constitutional Court. Bakary Fofana, Chairperson of the electoral commission said in the temporary results, incumbent Alpha Condé had 2 285827 of the votes cast representing 57.85 per cent, while his main challenger, the opposition candidate, Cellou Dalein Diallo had...
(Voice of America 10/19/15)
VATICAN CITY— Pope Francis will meet slum dwellers and refugees and call for dialogue between Christians and Muslims when he visits Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic next month, the Vatican said on Saturday. The trip, his first to Africa, is fraught with security concerns and the pope will spend about two days in each country and visit only the capitals. Since his election as the first Latin American pope, Francis has met the most needy on each of his 10 foreign tours. In Nairobi, he will visit Kangemi, a slum that is home to 650,000 people. He will also hold an interreligious meeting and say a Mass at a university in the capital. Late November The Kenya stop had...
(Voice of America 10/19/15)
The head of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) says it is the responsibility of African regional blocs to prevent heads of state in their respective regions from changing the constitution that paves way for them to seek new terms after their terms expire. NEPAD is an economic development program of the African Union, which aims to provide the vision and policy framework for accelerating economic co-operation and integration among African countries. In an interview with VOA, Dr. Ibrahim Hassane Mayaki says the African Peer Review Mechanism is not to blame for the lack of action on strengthening democratic institutions on the African continent. Several African countries including Rwanda and Congo Republic plan to change the constitution that would...
(AFP 10/17/15)
Guinea's opposition leader Saturday called for demonstrations against the "serious denial of democracy" in the first round of presidential elections won by incumbent Alpha Conde. Cellou Dalein Diallo said he would not resort to the west African country's constitutional court to protest what he labelled an "illegal" election, allegedly tainted by widespread fraud and mismanagement. Instead, he would ask supporters to take to the streets. "I will invite, at the appropriate time, other candidates and all citizens who are the true victims of this electoral hold-up to organise, conforming to the law, peaceful demonstrations to express our indignation and protest against this serious denial of democracy," said Diallo, Conde's main rival, in a statement read to the media. Reading a...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/15)
Guinea's Alpha Conde has won re-election in the first round of presidential polls, according to provisional results that his main rival refused to recognise, labelling the poll "illegal". Conde's challengers have said the October 11 election was tainted by widespread fraud and mismanagement and have urged supporters to take to the streets, raising the spectre of unrest in the days to come. The poor west African state has a history of post-election violence, prompting the international community to call on all parties to pursue their grievances through the courts rather than protests. Conde's main rival Cellou Dalein Diallo dismissed the result as an "electoral farce", telling AFP "we cannot recognise such a victory". Results published by the Independent National Electoral...
(Voice of America 10/17/15)
CONAKRY, GUINEA— Days after Guinea’s second democratic presidential election, the final results still have to be tabulated. But many Guineans, along with international observers, say the poor West African country must improve how it conducts voting. President Alpha Conde was leading his seven challengers on Friday, based on preliminary results released by Guinea’s electoral commission from 22 of the country’s 33 prefectures. At least 80 percent of the votes had been counted since Sunday’s election. Guinea’s opposition has already alleged fraud and called for the election’s annulment. Conde's main opponent, Cellou Dalein Diallo, pulled out of the election Wednesday, declaring it a "farce." It was unclear whether his withdrawal would force a second round of voting. International observers from the...
(AFP 10/17/15)
Alpha Conde's arrival to power in Guinea five years ago followed long years as an exiled opposition leader tilting against despotic and military regimes, which earned him a brief spell in prison. Despite already being in his seventies, the winner of the west African country's first democratic election in 2010 was seen as offering a chance for a break with the past. The 77-year-old president, who looks set for a second term, according to preliminary results, is a talented orator who knows how to fire up a crowd. Allies and critics alike acknowledge his charisma and intelligence, but also describe him as authoritarian and impulsive, someone who rarely listens to others and often acts alone. Born on March 4, 1938...

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(BBC News Africa 12/23/14)
Spending cuts imposed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) may have contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola in three West African states, UK-based researchers say. It had led to "under-funded, insufficiently staffed, and poorly prepared health systems" in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, they said. The IMF denied the allegation. The deadliest Ebola outbreak ever has so far killed more than 7,300 people, mostly in the three states. "A major reason why the Ebola outbreak spread so rapidly was the weakness of healthcare systems in the region, and it would be unfortunate if underlying causes were overlooked," said Cambridge University sociologist and lead study author Alexander Kentikelenis. Policies requiring that government spending be slashed were "extremely strict, absorbing funds...
(Voice of America 12/23/14)
The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak has risen to more than 7,500 people and the number of cases is nearing 20,000. The latest data, posted Friday, reflects recent trends with Liberia and Guinea seeing a decrease in the rate of Ebola transmissions, while Sierra Leone's cases continue to rise. Those three West African countries account for almost all the Ebola deaths. The death toll in other countries remains the same with six deaths in Mali, eight in Nigeria, and one in the United States. Spain and Senegal have both had one case each, but no deaths. Also Friday, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the international community needed to better prepare for the next...
(AFP (eng) 12/22/14)
More than 7,500 people have now died from the Ebola virus, as the number of cases climbs towards 20,000, the World Health Organization said Monday. The UN health agency reported that as of December 20, 19,340 people had been infected with the deadly virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and that 7,518 of them had died. The death toll in other countries remained the same: six in Mali, one in the United States and eight in Nigeria, which was declared Ebola-free in October. Spain and Senegal, which have both been declared free of Ebola, meanwhile counted one case each, but no deaths. - Sierra Leone - Sierra Leone, which has overtaken Liberia as the country with most infections, counted...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/22/14)
The United Nations mission to fight Ebola should be wound down quickly once the battle is won, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday during his first tour of countries stricken with the virus. The U.N. emergency Ebola response mission, or UNMEER, was set up in September to coordinate policy and logistics for a campaign that includes governments, charities and healthcare workers from affected countries. Ban said UNMEER differed from peacekeeping missions and should not outlive its immediate purpose. "There's a tendency that missions go on because of continuing political instability and conflict. Ebola is a very urgent and unprecedented epidemic, therefore we cannot take too long in eliminating it," he told Reuters. "That is why I am sending...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/22/14)
GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. The latest data, posted overnight on the WHO website, reflected nearly 500 new deaths from the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since previous WHO figures were issued on Dec. 17.
(Vision Guinée 12/22/14)
Les élèves et étudiants reprendront bientôt le chemin de l’école. En raison d’Ebola, la rentrée des classes initialement prévue le 3 octobre 2014 a été retardée. Le chef de l’Etat a assuré dans un entretien à la chaîne TV5 Monde et à RFI que les classes seront rouvertes début janvier. elevesLe retard accusé dans l’ouverture des classe est une mesure de préoccupation, a déclaré Alpha Condé, au micro de nos confrères, reconnaissant au début, ‘’on n’a pas tout à fait pris consciente d’Ebola du fait de la faiblesse des moyens hospitaliers’’. Le numéro un guinéen estime que ‘’si la Guinée avait des laboratoires, on aurait sur depuis très longtemps que c’était Ebola et isoler la préfecture d’où est partie la...
(AFP (eng) 12/20/14)
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon arrived in the Guinean capital Conakry on Saturday on the last day of his tour of west African countries hit by the world's worst outbreak of Ebola. The UN chief was greeted at the airport by Guinea's foreign and health ministers Francois Louceny Fall and Remy Lamah. Several officials involved in the drive to end the epidemic in Guinea were also on hand at the airport. Ban, who did not speak to reporters, was to hold a news conference later Saturday after meeting with Guinean President Alpha Conde. He was to head next to the Malian capital Bamako to wrap up his tour. With the United Nations having faced criticism for an allegedly slow response...
(Pana 12/20/14)
Africa’s food safety - The 2nd Pan African Workshop convened to review progress made on the implementation of Codex Alimentarius standards-internationally agreed upon food standards, to improve the safety and quality of the food consumed in Africa, is underway in Kampala, Uganda. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) African region said in a dispatch to PANA here Thursday that participants at the workshop, including African Union (AU) policy makers, noted that food-borne diseases impacted negatively on the continent’s economy. “Codex Alimentarius is about safe, good food for everyone – everywhere.
(AFP (eng) 12/19/14)
UN chief Ban Ki-moon Friday arrived in Liberia on the first stop of a visit to Ebola-ravaged west African countries for a first-hand assessment of global efforts to fight the epidemic. Ban, who flew in from Ghana, where the UN Ebola mission is headquartered, was welcomed on arrival in Monrovia by Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai will full military honours. Ban will also travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Mali, where the UN is leading the response to the health crisis. In Liberia, Ban will meet President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as well as officials from the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response or UNMEER, and visit an Ebola centre run by the US military. Ban's visit comes a year after...
(Human Rights Watch 12/19/14)
New York — African countries expressed strong support for the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the 13th Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, the court's founding document, African and international organizations present at the session said today. The governments showed a more positive picture of Africa's relationship with the ICC than is often reflected in public debates, the organizations said. The ICC's Assembly of States Parties met from December 8-17, 2014, at the United Nations headquarters for its regular annual session. ICC members approved the court's budget and elected six new judges to the court, in addition to discussing topics such as cooperation with the court. "While a few vocal African governments are intent on portraying the ICC...
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports 2014 is the deadliest year on record for migrants fleeing conflict, political persecution and economic hardship. As the world marks International Migrants Day, IOM is calling for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and to stop smugglers from exploiting these vulnerable, desperate people. Death has always been an unfortunate part of migration. Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders around the world. This past year has been particularly bad. The IOM reports some 5,000 people have lost their lives fleeing across seas, remote deserts or mountains. Most of these deaths, two-thirds, have occurred in the Mediterranean. IOM said more than 3,000 people have drowned while...
(AFP (eng) 12/17/14)
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa this week to raise awareness about the health crisis, UN officials said Tuesday. Ban is to make the announcement at a year-end press conference at the United Nations on Wednesday, UN official said. The UN chief is to visit Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali to take stock of international efforts to beat back the world's worst outbreak of the disease, which has left more than 6,800 people dead.
(AL Jazeera 12/17/14)
Almost 200 Ethiopian health workers have arrived in West Africa to bolster the response to Ebola, a disease that has ravaged weak health care systems and killed more than 300 medical staff. The African Union (AU) said in a tweet that the Ethiopian government sent a total of 187 personnel to the region without giving a breakdown of how many would go to which countries. The campaign, getting to zero before Christmas, continues. We are still having between five to 10 cases per day in Liberia, and that is huge. Tolbert Nyenswah, assistant health minister The doctors and nurses will join an AU mission against the worst Ebola outbreak on record, which has killed more than 6,800 people in Liberia,...
(AFP (eng) 12/16/14)
More than 6,800 people have now died from the Ebola virus, almost all of them in west Africa, the World Health Organization said Monday. The UN health agency reported that as of December 13, there had been 18,464 cases of infection from the deadly virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and 6,841 people had died. WHO did not provide an update of cases in other countries, but last week said the death toll remained the same: six in Mali, one in the United States, and eight in Nigeria, which was declared Ebola free in October. Spain and Senegal, which have both been declared free from Ebola, meanwhile counted one case each, but no deaths. - Sierra Leone - Sierra...
(AL Jazeera 12/16/14)
A UN commission has asked for more debt cancellations for the three West African nations hardest hit by the Ebola virus. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa said on Monday that it was crucial the current Ebola health crisis would not become a catalyst for financial distress in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Carlos Lopez, a UN under secretary-general and the executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, appealed in Ethiopia on Monday for loan relief.
(The New York Times 12/16/14)
Transmission of the Ebola virus occurs mostly within families, in hospitals and at funerals, not randomly like the flu, Yale scientists said Tuesday, and far fewer cases go unreported than has previously been estimated. That implies, they said, that the epidemic is unlikely to reach the gloomy scenarios of hundreds of thousands of cases that studies released in September had forecast were possible; the most pessimistic one, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had predicted up to 1.4 million cases by late January. As of Monday, there were 18,464 confirmed cases in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, with 6,841 deaths, according to the World Health Organization, far more than from all the previous Ebola outbreaks combined. The new...
(The Voice 12/16/14)
DAKAR— France urged African nations on Monday to step up cross-border cooperation to tackle security challenges from Islamist groups in southern Libya to Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, as it seeks to scale back its military commitments on the continent. Amid budgetary pressures at home, France is looking to reduce security commitments in Africa. It is scaling back the 2,000 troops it deployed a year ago to curb Christian-Muslim violence in Central African Republic, a former colony.
(AL Jazeera 12/15/14)
WHO official in Cuba blames sanctions for problems in transferring money to doctors fighting the disease in Africa. Cuba had to cover food and lodging expenses for dozens of its doctors fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone after the US embargo delayed payments from the World Health Organisation, according to an official at the UN agency. Jose Luis Di Fabio, the health agency's representative for Cuba, told the Associated Press news agency on Friday it had to request special licences from the US Treasury Department to transfer money to the doctors in Africa. The licences were eventually granted and the government-employed doctors only recently received payments dating as far back as October, he said. "The fact that they're Cubans greatly limited...
(Ips News 12/15/14)
Lima — Africa is experiencing a revolution towards cleaner energy through renewable energy but the story has hardly been told to the world, says Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Steiner, who had been advocating for renewable energy at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, said Africa is on the right path toward a low carbon footprint by tapping into its plentiful renewable resources - hydro, geothermal, solar and wind. "There is a revolution going on in the continent of Africa and the world is not noticing it. You can go to Egypt, Ethiopia Kenya, Namibia, and Mozambique. I think we will see renewable energy being the answer to Africa's energy problems in the...
(Pana 12/13/14)
The number people dying from malaria has fallen dramatically since 2000 and malaria cases are also steadily declining, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a news dispatch from Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday. This, the UN health agency says, is according to the World malaria report 2014. Between 2000 and 2013, the malaria mortality rate decreased by 47 percent worldwide and by 54 percent in the WHO African Region - where about 90 percent of malaria deaths occur.

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(CNN 08/03/13)
(CNN) -- The African Union on Friday applauded Zimbabwe for holding peaceful elections, and made no mention of rigging accusations by the main opposition candidate. However, its observers added that they noted several shortcomings. Problems included voters getting turned away, late publication of polling stations and media taking sides, the African Union observers said in a statement released Friday. Even so, the continent-wide body said, "The Mission observes generally, that from a historical perspective and in comparison to the 2008 elections, Zimbabwe has made an important transition in the conduct of its elections." Wednesday's vote pitted President Robert Mugabe against his prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai. Mugabe's party declared victory a day later even though the electoral commission has not released...
(African arguments 08/02/13)
UK Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, has stated that the government will not intervene directly in Barclays Bank's decision to withdraw banking services to Money Service Businesses (MSBs) including those that provide remittance services to Somalia, but said he hoped that a 'market-based solution' could be found. Simmonds stated in a letter dated 18th July to SOAS academic Laura Hammond (and shared with African Arguments) that "the government would not be able to intervene on behalf of a particular company or 'remittance corridor'". He was responding to a letter submitted by Hammond on behalf of 105 academics, researchers and practitioners calling on the UK government to intervene to prevent the collapse of remittance flows into poor and fragile states, particularly...
(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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