| Africatime
Wednesday 23 July 2014
(PANA 07/22/14)
Increased efforts are needed to improve awareness among rural communities in West Africa about the risks of contracting the Ebola virus from eating certain wildlife species, including fruit bats, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned Monday. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to contain the world’s deadliest recorded outbreak of the virus, which is transmitted by direct contact with the blood and body fluids of infected people as well as infected animals, the FAO said. The West African epidemic is thought to have started when the virus crossed over from infected wildlife into the human population and subsequently began spreading among people. Curbing human-to-human transmission is the most important focus for governments and...
(Voice of America 07/22/14)
It’s a tough time to be gay in Africa, where 37 countries have banned homosexuality and where, at least in parts of the sub-Saharan region, HIV/AIDS rages. Anti-gay laws complicate the jobs of health care workers such as Ifeanyi Orazulike, who runs a clinic for gay men and transgender people in a poor area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. While the country’s prevalence of HIV infection was a relatively low 3.1 percent overall in 2012, it affected 17 percent of gay men. “The world is saying we want an HIV/AIDS-free generation,” says Orazulike, who is 33 and not infected. “We can’t...
(Voice of America 07/21/14)
A senior official of the African Union said next month’s US-Africa Summit in Washington should provide Africa and the United States an opportunity to enter into a strategic partnership. Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairperson of the AU Commission said African leaders look forward to discussing with President Barack Obama issues such as investing in the continent’s future and peace and security. The summit is scheduled to take place August 5 and 6. He said the US-Africa summit is a great opportunity for Africa to enhance cooperation with the United States, the world’s largest economy.
(PANA 07/21/14)
Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended the week on the rise, with the BRVM index 10 inching up from 247.85 points to 248.80 points, representing an increase of 0.38%. The Composite BRVM index gained 0.32% to hit 237.13 points, against the 236.38 points recorded the previous week. The BRVM index-transport registered the highest increase with 1,004.50 points, representing a rise of 4.45%, compared to the previous week, while the BRVM index-other sectors registered the highest decrease,...
(PANA 07/21/14)
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire - Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended Thursday on the rise with the BRVM index 10 inching up from 248.99 points to 249.74 points, representing a rise of 0.30%. Also, the Composite BRVM index gained 0.36% to 238.20 points against the 237.34 points previously recorded. The transaction value was set at 758.21 million CFA francs against the 1.38 billion CFA francs recorded last Wednesday. Market capitalization of shares added up to 5,783.54 billion...
(PANA 07/21/14)
Nigeria, other ACP countries to benefit from euro facility for development. The European Union (EU) has approved the sum of 512 million euros for Nigeria to develop and promote good governance, health nutrition and sustainable energy under the EU National Indicative Programme (NIP), according to local media reports. The private Guardian newspaper reported on Wednesday that the programme is the first National Indicative Programmes under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) for the period 2014-2020. The newspaper noted that the...
(PANA 07/21/14)
Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Michel Sidibe has dismissed fears over possible drying up of HIV/AIDS funds, saying steps have been taken to reduce the global cost of treatment to free more resources for investments. Sidibe said plans have been implemented across Africa to increase the number of people on HIV/AIDS treatment while also negotiating lower treatment costs. 'It is not really true that HIV/AIDS funding is drying up. We are mobilising more resources and...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/19/14)
NIAMEY Niger (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande on Friday promoted a new military operation being rolled out in West Africa to take on a multi-faceted menace from Islamist groups that he warned threatened France's interests and citizens. France led a military intervention in its former colony Mali last year, halting the advance of al Qaeda-linked fighters who had seized control of the northern two-thirds of the country in 2012. The military operation succeeded in scattering the Islamist groups in...
(Xinhuanet 07/19/14)
NAIROBI, July (Xinhua) -- The United Nations on Friday decried the prevailing high bank interest rates in the continent which has discouraged many investors to take credits from banks. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Senior Economic Affairs Officer Andrew Mold told Xinhua that the situation is partly caused by the big spread in interests maintained by the banks.
(African arguments 07/19/14)
Despite their legal attributes, in functional terms many African states (constructs of the continent's encounter with colonial rule) came into being without possessing the requisite qualities of statehood. Apart from their alienation from the lived political and socio-cultural experiences of the masses of the people, they became states without the capacity to provide for the security and other basic needs of their people. To date, and despite the passage of half a century since the end of colonial rule, a...
(Voice of America 07/19/14)
A report on agriculture in Africa calls for increased investment for entrepreneurship in the rural food sector, and cites agriculture as the key sector for creating jobs for African youth. The "Small and Growing - Entrepreneurship in African Agriculture" report was released in London last month by the Montpellier Panel. The panel is a group of agriculture and trade experts from Europe and Africa who work together to improve food sustainability in sub-Saharan Africa. "Africa produces over $280 billion worth...
(Dw-World 07/19/14)
Life is dangerous for Africa's gays and lesbians, despite a resolution from the African Commission for Human Rights. The UN warns that the persecution of homosexuals is hindering the fight against AIDS. Yaounde, Cameroon, 15 July 2013 - journalist and gay activist Eric Lembembe is found dead at his home. His body showed signs of having been severely tortured, his friends told police who launched an investigation - but without any results. Drissa Traore, deputy head of the International Human...
(PANA 07/18/14)
The recent recognition of Guinea, at a meeting in Mexico, as a 'country meeting the standard of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)' has been hailed by Dr. Mamadou Taran Diallo, a member of the local branch of the EITI. Of the 44 member countries of the EITI, including 16 other candidate countries, Guinea became the 28th country meeting the EITI standards. The EITI has 23 African countries out of its 44 members and Guinea became the 16th African country meeting the standards.
(CNN 07/18/14)
(CNN) -- High numbers of new Ebola cases and deaths in Africa are prompting increased efforts to contain the deadly outbreak. As of July 12, the cumulative number of Ebola virus cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone was at 964, including 603 deaths. The death toll has almost doubled in a month's time; reported deaths in the three countries in mid-June was 350. A coordination center is being established in Conakry, Guinea, where the World Health Organization is sending...
(PANA 07/18/14)
Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended Tuesday on the rise with the BRVM index 10 inching up from 249.02 points to 249.04 points, representing a rise of 0.01%. Also, the Composite BRVM index gained 0.07% to 237.58 points against the 237.42 points previously recorded. The transaction value was set at 531.55 million CFA francs against the 2.40 billion CFA francs recorded last Monday. Market capitalization of shares added up to 5,768.38 billion CFA francs while that...
(Xinhuanet 07/18/14)
UNITED NATIONS, July (Xinhua) -- Top UN officials on Thursday called for increased and effective investment in Africa to help achieve the continent's development objectives. "In recent years, Africa's economic growth has been higher than in many other regions," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the debate of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the promotion of investment in Africa. UN economists estimate that Africa's overall growth will exceed 5 percent in 2015, driven especially by domestic demand and solid commodity prices. "But, this positive performance must not let us become complacent," Ban said, adding that serious obstacles still exist to more inclusive and sustainable economic and social development.
(PANA 07/18/14)
African leaders attending the 23rd Assembly of African Union (AU) heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, are unanimous on the need to step up agricultural transformation for the continent’s development. Mauritania's President and AU chairperson, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, said agriculture occupied priority place in Africa's economy and had no other equivalent in combating poverty. Mr Aziz challenged AU member States to think 'more strategically' to do more, given that 10 years after the adoption of the...
(PANA 07/18/14)
Against the background of persistent insecurity, insurgencies and terrorist threats, the European Union (EU) has granted new funding of 750 million Euros to support peace and security in some African countries, including Nigeria. The fund is aimed at sustaining an EU adopted action programme during the period 2014 to 2016 in support of harmony and safety in the continent. The initiative as described by the President of the European Commission, Mr. José Manuel Barroso, at the Africa and EU summit,...
(PANA 07/18/14)
Amsterdam, Netherlands - Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is providing support to the GSMA(1) pan-African mHealth Initiative (PAMI), a mobile ecosystem that aims to improve maternal and child health and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa. Acting as one of the first leading partners in this ambitious undertaking, Gemalto is contributing its digital security expertise to two key mHealth programmes: the United Nations Every Women Every Child Global Strategy and the Global Nutrition for Growth Compact. According to a press...
(Bloomberg 07/17/14)
Jamila got a cold reception when she returned home after 12 days in an isolation ward battling the Ebola virus in her hometown of Conakry, Guinea’s capital. Though she survived, Jamila was fired from her job as a philosophy teacher because her school feared she would infect her students, the 24-year-old said in an interview on July 3. She spoke on condition that her surname wasn’t published because she doesn’t want to be recognized as someone who has had the disease.

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