| Africatime
Monday 27 February 2017
(Front Page Africa Online 02/27/17)
Political veteran and former Advisor to the late President Samuel K. Doe, Bai M. Gbala, Sr. has decided to join forces with Vice President Joseph Boakai to ensure that he is elected President in October. Mr. Gbala in a statement over the weekend noted that Liberia is anxiously engaged to elect honest, loyal, patriotic and competent citizen as President who will lead the country. He cited professionalism in macroeconomic policies, financial management, control and reporting, structural separation of national planning/economic development; and commitment as qualities he saw in Vice President Boakai for which he decided to endorse his candidacy. "Commitment/dedication to professional management of the nation's rapid population growth, rural-to-urban migration, over-population and increasing congestion...
(The Economist 02/27/17)
Political veteran and former Advisor to the late President Samuel K. Doe, Bai M. Gbala, Sr. has decided to join forces with Vice President Joseph Boakai to ensure that he is elected President in October. Mr. Gbala in a statement over the weekend noted that Liberia is anxiously engaged to elect honest, loyal, patriotic and competent citizen as President who will lead the country. He cited professionalism in macroeconomic policies, financial management, control and reporting, structural separation of national planning/economic development; and commitment as qualities he saw in Vice President Boakai for which he decided to endorse his candidacy. "Commitment/dedication to professional management
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset...
(AFP (eng) 02/23/17)
For the first time in Africa, researchers said Wednesday they have detected a malaria parasite that is partially resistant to the top anti-malaria drug, artemisinin, raising concern about efforts to fight a disease that sickens hundreds of millions of people each year. The discovery means that Africa now joins southeast Asia in hosting such drug-resistant forms of the mosquito-borne disease. Malaria infected more than 200 million people and killed some 438,000 people worldwide in 2015, most of them children in...
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
Africa Energy Indaba, the continent's premier energy event, kicked off in Johannesburg on Monday with the aim of finding solutions to the continent's energy future. The three-day conference is being attended by the governments' representatives, business and funders. The meeting seeks to unleash the continent's potential by coming up with an energy mix to develop Africa. Dr. Garth Strachan, Deputy Director General and Head of Gas Industrialization Unit in South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry said the recent discoveries...
(Front Page Africa Online 02/21/17)
The Republic of Liberia has assumed the chairmanship of the Group of African States at the United Nations for the month of February, 2017. Liberia now chairs ECOWAS and the African Group at the United Nations. According to a dispatch from New York, this implies that Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations, His Excellency Mr. Lewis Brown, II, assumes that role for the month. The turning over from the Republic of Burundi was conducted last Friday, February 17, at the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations in New York.
(Front Page Africa Online 02/21/17)
Dr. Jones said he sees no reason why people will see it as criticism when the reality speaks true to itself. “It is not a criticism when people say the government has failed, it is the reality,” he said." “The people are living in poverty and the government has not done much to take the people out of poverty, it is time for change and the change has come, MOVEE is the change that Liberians have been looking for.” Speaking...
(Bloomberg 02/21/17)
Ashish Thakkar, who co-founded Africa banking conglomerate Atlas Mara Ltd. with ex-Barclays Plc head Bob Diamond, lost a ruling over the ownership of family assets in a London divorce case, with a judge questioning Thakkar’s truthfulness. Judge Philip Moor ruled that Thakkar, and not his mother and sister, was the owner of disputed assets in the divorce. He found that the 35-year-old owned 100 percent of Mara Group Holdings Ltd. and other corporate entities. The result will have ramifications in...
(AFP (eng) 02/15/17)
Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than a half billion people live without electricity, trails the world in government policies that promote sustainable energy, according to a new World Bank report Wednesday. Much of the rest of the world, however, has made strides toward making energy broadly available, developing renewable power sources and increasing efficiency, the inaugural Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy report said. In a survey of 111 countries, the World Bank found that through 2015 nearly 80 percent had begun...
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready...
(Agence Ecofin 02/10/17)
The Government of Lagos State has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Paynesville, a city in Liberia, to facilitate information sharing on resilience in both cities, with the aim of achieving economic development. The state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, declared this after receiving a Lagos Certificate of Admission as one of the 100 Resilient Cities in the world (an initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation). According to Ambode, the partnership and network will enable the state to have access...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first...
(Standard Digital 02/09/17)
Hundreds of business and political personalities yesterday attended a German-African economic summit in Nairobi, where German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Mueller talked about his “Marshall Plan” for Africa. The plan is “with Africa, not for Africa,” Mueller (pictured) said, stressing that it would be based on cooperation between equals rather than the principles of traditional development aid. The plan, which Mueller presented to the German parliament’s development committee on Wednesday, is based on fair trade conditions, investment...
(AL Jazeera 02/08/17)
The EU must espouse a transnational approach with a clear development agenda that replaces its current security policy. One year ago, 22-year-old Patrick left Douala, the largest city in Cameroon, to become a football star in Europe. A talented midfielder and an ambitious young man, Patrick felt compelled to reach Europe to help him to realise his dreams. But, as he passed through Agadez in Niger, which has become a major transit hub for migrants taking the Central Mediterranean route,...
(AFP (eng) 02/07/17)
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has barred all official visits abroad for two months, following protests over soaring prices as the local currency depreciates, the information minister said Tuesday. "Except in case of emergency, no official will be allowed to travel," the minister, Eugene Nagbe, told AFP. "Exceptions will only be granted by the president herself," Nagbe said, adding that official visits abroad would remain suspended for 60 days. The decision came a week after business owners and civil society...
(Liberian Observer 02/06/17)
The Chairman of the National Elections Commission, Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoyah, has expressed frustration with news that several of the cameras that are being used in the ongoing voter registration (VR) exercise are defective. "We are not saying that the problems the cameras have developed came from UNDP, our partner who donated them to us, but these are technical problems we did not expect to have come up, most especially at the beginning of this VR process," Cllr. Korkoyah noted...
(Liberian Observer 02/06/17)
Finance and Development Planning Minister Boima Kamara has assured protesting business owners of government's continued support in finding a reasonable redress to their concerns in order to keep the country stable and peaceful. The Minister made the statement yesterday, February 1, at the start of a two-day conference entitled "Liberia's Development Conference" held under the theme "Engendering Collective Action for Advancing Liberia's Development." Minister Kamara clarified that the decline of the value of the Liberian dollar against the US dollar...
(Bloomberg 02/06/17)
Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. is expected to raise about $500 million for its new African investment fund, attracting less than its original goal as investor interest in the region proved weaker than anticipated, according to people familiar with the matter. The Toronto-based insurer sought to raise as much as $1 billion at $10 a share for Fairfax Africa Holdings Corp. in an initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange, according to a regulatory filing in December. Fairfax...
(Xinhuanet 02/03/17)
T20 Africa Conference, the meeting for the G20 think tanks and African countries, ended on Friday in Johannesburg with a commitment to accelerate cooperation between the G20 and Africa. The three-day conference aimed to chart a course for the future cooperation between Africa and the G20. The day ended with the formulation of the communique which will be given to the current G20 chair Germany. The communique will also be the reference for further discussion between Africa and T20. T20...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/02/17)
African leaders have backed a "strategy of collective withdrawal" from the International Criminal Court (ICC), but it came with unspecified reservations, an African Union official said on Wednesday after this week's African Union summit. The official did not give details about the strategy or the reservations, but it highlights broad antipathy towards the court among Africans who feel the ICC unfairly targets them. A document seen by Reuters before the summit proposed a co-ordinated withdrawal unless the ICC was reformed...

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