Thursday 17 August 2017
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all,...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in adulthood. It had a brain...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/03/17)
Several thousand opponents of Guinea's President Alpha Conde protested in the capital Conakry on Wednesday against election delays and insecurity, as political tensions escalate. Conde's election win in 2010 ended two years of violent military rule but his opponents say he has cracked down on dissent - some protests have been banned - and fear he might try to change the constitution to seek a third term in 2020. Conde has declined to comment on whether he wants to do...
(Vision Guinée 08/03/17)
Il les avait rencontrés avant le début de la marche. Cellou Dalein Diallo a tenu à remercier les éléments des forces de l’ordre au terme de la manifestation pacifique de l’opposition qui s’est délourée du rond-point de Cosa à l’esplanade du stade du 28 septembre. Pour avoir encadré la marche sans incident majeur, les gendarmes et policiers ont été félicités par le chef de file de l’opposition. ‘’Je voudrais noter avec satisfaction le comportement de plus en plus républicain des...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year,...
(AFP (eng) 08/02/17)
Thousands of opposition activists took to the streets of Guinea's capital on Wednesday to demand local elections be held after a 12-year absence, pressuring President Alpha Conde to set a date. Former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo led protesters who brandished signs reading "Alpha Conde, seven years of promises is enough" on a march from a Conakry suburb into the city. Opposition parties were angered when a presidential election was held in 2015, returning Conde to power for a second term, but promised local polls did not go ahead.
(Reuters (Eng) 08/02/17)
(Reuters) - Miner Rio Tinto is making good progress in the deal to sell its stake in the Simandou project in Guinea, Chief Financial Officer, Christopher Lynch said on Wednesday. Citing the complexity of the deal due to three parties being involved, he said discussions were still underway. The miner had signed a preliminary deal to sell its stake in the project to China's Chinalco in October last year. If the deal to sell to Chinalco goes ahead, Rio will...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Barclays reported a 1.2 billion pound ($1.57 billion)attributable first half loss on Friday after taking a 2.5 billion pound hit from the sale of its Africa business and calling an end to its restructuring. The British bank said it had made a 1.4 billion pound loss on the sale of 33 percent of Barclays Africa Group, and took a further 1.1 billion pound impairment charge on the sale. Barclays in June cut its stake in Barclays Africa Group to 15...
(AFP (eng) 07/27/17)
Guinean reggae musician Takana Zion was arrested Tuesday and charged with disturbing public order by a court in the capital Conakry, days after colleague reggae musician Elie Kamano was charged for the same offence. Takana Zion, real name Mouctar Soumar was arrested while leading a protest in the capital against President Alpha Conde’s suspected third term bid, corruption and ethnocentrism, his lawyer Berete Fidiki told AFP. Dozens of protesters made up of musicians and human rights activists were dispersed by...
(AfricaNews 07/27/17)
At a time when Africa is going through a difficult situation, the blue economy is emerging as a stepping stone to relaunch the continent in the right economic direction. But this type of economy is seriously threatened by “predators” who do not hesitate to plunder resources. The “cancer of illegal fishing” costs Africa about $ 1.6 million annually based on Economic Commission for Africa’s estimates. This and more on this week’s edition segment on Business on the Morning Call with...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/17)
Britain's Serious Fraud Office has opened an investigation into mining giant Rio Tinto for "suspected corruption" surrounding the development of the world's biggest untapped iron-ore deposit in Guinea. Plans to mine the massive Simandou iron ore deposits -- a US$20-billion project deep in the remote interior of the poor west African country -- have been mired in legal disputes and political upheaval for years. Rio Tinto reported itself to regulators last November after conducting an internal probe into US$10.5 million in payments made over the project. In a statement late Monday, Britain's fraud investigators said: "The SFO has opened an investigation into suspected corruption in the conduct of business
(Agence Ecofin 07/25/17)
The Guinean government will compensate the residents of the Demoudoula classified forest whose homes were destroyed during the land recovering operation of last July 13th. However, only those holding a valid title to prove their ownership will receive the payment. “The minister of Urbanism and Land Development calls all citizens holding a land title and whose homes have been affected during the mission to destroy all illegal constructions in the Demoudoula classified forest to submit the deed as soon as...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/25/17)
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's anti-fraud regulator has opened an investigation into suspected corruption in Australian-British miner Rio Tinto Plc's business conduct in the Republic of Guinea, the agency said. In a statement on Monday, the Serious Fraud announced the probe into the company, one of the world's largest metals and mining corporations, its employees and others associated with it. In November Rio Tinto said it had become aware of emails that referred to unexplained payments of $10.5 million in connection...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(AFP (eng) 07/24/17)
Guinea thrashed Guinea-Bissau 7-0 in Conakry Saturday for a record winning margin for an African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier. The west Africans overtook Tanzania, who walloped Somalia 6-0 in Dar es Salaam during 2011 qualifying. In 15 previous qualifying matches since the competition for home-based players kicked off in 2008, Guinea never won by more than two goals. Sekou Amadou Camara was the destroyer-in-chief for the Guineans at the national stadium, netting four times to equal the individual scoring record...
(AFP (eng) 07/24/17)
Senior politicians in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Saturday called for measures to cut the birth rate in the region in order to bring the population explosion there under control. Deputies of ECOWAS, Mauritania and Chad should be aiming to cut back the birth rate to three children per woman, said Salifou Diallo, Burkina Faso's speaker of parliament. The idea, he said, was to cut the birth rate in half by 2030, in a region that...

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