| Africatime
Tuesday 28 March 2017
(APA 12/07/16)
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General at the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Farid Zarif, has urged the Liberian government to strive to implement the Agenda For Transformation(AFT). Representative Zarif said transforming the living condition of ordinary Liberians across the country will ensure the impact of the government and the international community’s assistance after UNMIL's departure. The UNMIL boss made the observation Tuesday at a one-day Mid-Term Review Retreat by the government and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework held in Monrovia. He noted that the government and partners have developed significant policy documents
(APA 12/07/16)
Liberia's Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFPD), Boima Kamara, has reiterated that Liberia is experiencing serious economic difficulties. Kamara, who made the disclosure on Tuesday at a one-day Government of Liberia and the United Nations Development Assistances Framework (UNDAF) Mid-Term Review Retreat Concept Note and Agenda held in Monrovia, noted the Liberian economy has been experiencing difficulties for three successive years now since 2014. According to him, for the past three years the Liberian economy has grown at an average of zero percent as a result of the impact of the Ebola epidemic on the economy and the reduction of the prices of iron ore and rubber-the country's major export earners- on the world market. He stressed that the...
(APA 12/07/16)
As Liberia begins the domestication of the Global Agenda 2030, the African Agenda 2063 and the formulation of the Second Agenda for Transformation (AfT-II), representatives of the United Nations country team, including the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), have held a partnership dialogue with senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The dialogue, initiated by Foreign Minister Marjon Kamara, was intended to help the government understand and facilitate the work of these UN agencies in Liberia including overcoming the challenges they encounter. According to a Foreign Ministry statement issued here Tuesday, the partnership dialogue took place recently in Monrovia. As the Foreign Ministry serves as the intermediary between the government and the diplomatic and consular corps including United...
(APA 12/07/16)
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised the efforts of her Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari in finding peace in the West Africa sub-region. According to a dispatch from Abuja, the Liberian leader made the commendation during a press briefing at the Presidential Palace in Abuja where she had gone to consult with President Buhari. President Sirleaf described the Nigerian leader as a man of great honor and statesmanship who she said can always be counted on for a piece of advice. She said his advice will continue to be cardinal to the sustenance of peace and stability in the sub-region. She commended President Buhari for his unrelenting support to ECOWAS in furtherance of its goals and aspirations in the interest...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/07/16)
As the darkness falls on the plains around Bunambiyu, a remote village in Tanzania's northern Shinyanga region, Elizabeth Julius switches on her solar lantern to finish sewing clothes for her customers. Not long ago, nightfall would have forced her to close her tailoring shop, or use a smoky kerosene lamp. But with the solar-powered lamp, Julius can now sew for as long as she wants. "Solar energy has entirely changed my life. I use it at work and at home, yet it doesn't cost me anything," said the 29-year-old entrepreneur and mother of two. "I often wake up at night to work because I need the money to support my family," she said. Julius and her husband, Zablon, used to...
(Gnn Liberia 12/06/16)
Liberian leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday of this week, December 5, 2016 held a closed door meeting with the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari on sub-regional security challenges ahead of the 3rd Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa slated for Dec. 5 and Dec. 6. The Liberian leader who is also the current Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), is expected to brief President Buhari on efforts made to curb terrorism in the sub-region. NAN further reports that the two leaders may also discuss other issues bordering on sub-regional integration and bilateral trade. The Liberian President, who arrived Abuja on Sunday on...
(APA 12/06/16)
The ECOWAS Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, Dr. Fatimata Dia Sow is on Wednesday scheduled to pay a one-day working visit to Liberia during which she will meet with Liberia’s Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Julia Duncan Cassell in Monrovia. A statement issued here Tuesday says that as part of her engagements, Dia Sow will make official delivery of an ECOWAS humanitarian assistance for vulnerable people and orphans affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). A two-minute silence in memory of those who lost their lives to the EVD is expected to be observed during the presentation. Minister Cassell, who also chairs ECOWAS gender activities, is expected to discuss with Commissioner Dia Sow regional gender issues. The...
(Front Page Africa Online 12/06/16)
Leader of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) Simeon Freeman Monday returned to Liberia nine months after exiling himself - accusing the government of holding as enemies, people who criticize its actions. “I am not an enemy of the state as it is being displayed by this government. Those who steal millions of dollars and the Presidents protect them are the enemy of the state, not us who talk about the ills in society” – Simeon Freeman Freeman fled the Liberia nine months ago after being declared wanted by government for making statement which was considered threat to national security. Upon the shocking death of former Managing Director of Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LRPC) Harry Greaves whose remains was found...
(Front Page Africa Online 12/06/16)
The Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions of English-Speaking Africa (AFROSAI-E), has awarded the General Auditing Commission - Liberia’s Supreme Audit Institution or SAI for being the first in the region to conduct the IT Audit Self-Assessment. AFROSAI-E also awarded the GAC for consistently prioritizing IT Audit development. The ‘Award of Recognition’ to Liberia was recently received by the Auditor General of Liberia, Yusador Gaye in South Africa at a ceremony under the auspices AFROSAI-E. “This Award goes to SAI-Liberia for being the first SAI in the region to conduct the IT Audit Self-Assessment and consistently prioritizing IT Auditing development,” the Award of Recognition AFRICA-E read. In remarks during the ceremony, Auditor General Yusador S. Gaye, on behalf of the GAC...
(APA 12/06/16)
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says Africa can yield benefits from commodity-based industrialization and agro-alliance with new policy approaches, according to a statement issued here Tuesday. The ECA has on many editions of its annual Economic Report made a push for the developmental state and a return to planning, arguing that the strong role of the state is key to fostering Africa’s structural transformation. The acting ECA Executive Secretary Abdalla Hamdok spoke on the need for new policy approaches to incentivize agricultural production in activities and sectors with higher returns. In his remarks at the opening of the African Economic Conference on the theme, Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth, Hamdok said: “Our desire for structural transformation...
(Agence Ecofin 12/05/16)
The first production unit of Mount Coffee hydropower plant will be tested for the first time this Saturday, Dec. 3. With a capacity of 22MW, the turbine will be tested until December 15, when it will effectively go online. It should be recalled that the testing is a step toward the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee hydropower dam which has a total capacity of 88 MW. The infrastructure was greatly damaged during the 1990 civil war. In anticipation of probable issues that might occur during the testing, management of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has apologized to its customers. The current filling level of the plant’s reservoir is 28.5m above sea-level, thus 0.5m below its maximum filling capacity.
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming home fans. Desire slotted in from close range after a beautiful lob from team mate Ngozi Okobi hit a Cameroonian defender and fell on her path with six minutes to the end of the game. The remaining duration and three...
(Voice of America 12/02/16)
Activists are using the women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon to campaign for the protection of the continent's forests and animal species. The campaign, called “Sports for Nature," is spearheaded by conservationist groups who say some of Africa's natural resources are on the verge of going extinct. In Yaounde, birds sing at a makeshift park near the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, one of the sites of the 2016 women's football African Cup of Nations. Conservationist Nevielle Tanyi points toward a crocodile walking nearby and describes the danger it poses to workers trying to maintain a pond. "When we provoke the crocodile to leave the pond area, it goes toward the side where there is no water and it normally...
(Xinhuanet 11/30/16)
Over 250 women security officers from 37 countries across Africa attending Africa Regional Convention of Women in Security Organs here vowed to step up efforts to stamp out gender-based violence (GBV) in the continent. The convention, organized according to the Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD), was designed to redraw strategies for women officers to play their role in the fight against crimes, especially child abuse and violence against women and girls. At the two-day event that opened Monday, the women officers from police, military and prison services called for more workshops and regular conferences and establishing anti-GBV centers in all member countries of KICD. They also called for prioritizing countries that need more attention in fighting violence against women and...
(Xinhuanet 11/29/16)
Experts in capital markets are advocating the acceleration of the bourses markets across Africa in order to drive economic growth on the continent. Speaking at the opening of Africa securities exchanges conference in the Rwandan capital Kigali on Monday, experts emphasized that capital markets are becoming more important to African economies because they help raise funds for long term investment which will drive Africa into middle income status. Rwanda hosts the 20th African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) annual conference from November 27 to 29 dubbed: "The Road to 2030: Making the African Capital Markets Relevant to the Real Economy." The three-day meeting has brought together more than 300 global and regional experts and stakeholders in capital markets, regulators, law firms...
(Washington Post 11/28/16)
Following his release after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela made sure one of his first trips abroad was to Havana. There, in the Cuban capital in 1991, Mandela lavished his host, Fidel Castro, with appreciation. Castro, said Mandela, was a “source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.” The scene might seem paradoxical in some corners of the West. How could the global symbol of African liberation and democracy say such a thing about a man whose death last Friday provoked exiles who fled repressive Cuban rule to dance in Miami's streets? How could Mandela — imprisoned by South Africa's apartheid rulers — find common ground with Castro, who cleared his way to absolute power in Cuba by jailing untold...
(AFP (eng) 11/26/16)
Back in the 1970s at the height of the Cold War, the small Caribbean nation of Cuba went to war thousands of miles away in the battlefields of Angola and Ethiopia, leaving thousands dead. Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who died late Friday, was convinced that the global stage for the "world revolution" was happening in Africa -- and thus Cuba became the first Latin American nation to go to war outside its own continent. Angola and Ethiopia soon became symbols of the "regional conflicts" of the Cold War, in which Washington and Moscow battled for ideological supremacy and power through proxy wars. But Havana's involvement in the fighting fields far from home was to cost it dear. Some 4,300 Cubans...
(Agence Ecofin 11/25/16)
To conserve biodiversity and enhance socio-economic growth, governments of sub-Saharan Africa must consider a priority the management of their land resources, said environmental experts at the end of the 10th meeting of ministers of natural resources of East and Southern countries in Kigali on November 21 and 22. “The two-day ministerial conference provided a platform for engagement among government officials in the Eastern and Southern African region involved in land administration and spatial planning on challenges and opportunities in land, urban and territorial planning,” Xinhua reported. The forum which focused on identifying means to integrate technologies in land management in order to boost economy, protect the environment and efficiently manage lands in the region, was a wake-up call for officials...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/24/16)
A mother and her four-year-old daughter who were separated after fleeing the threat of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Ivory Coast may be reunited in Italy before Christmas after a stroke of luck allowed police to trace the woman, authorities said. The girl, identified only as Oumoh, is one of at least 20,000 unaccompanied minors who have reached Italy this year from war-torn and poverty-stricken countries mainly in Africa and the Middle East. She arrived on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Nov. 5 after being rescued from a rickety boat by the coastguard, police said. "She was quite traumatized, and initially wouldn't speak or communicate," Marilena Cefala, the head of Lampedusa's reception center, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation...
(AFP (eng) 11/23/16)
US rubber giant Firestone, no stranger to controversy during its 90 years in Liberia, is again stoking anger, this time for firing hundreds of workers who now fear for their livelihoods. Firestone has carried out two waves of sackings over the last few months, aiming at a seven percent cut in the workforce because of what it describes as "ongoing significant and unsustainable losses" due to depressed rubber prices. Workers at its plantation around an hour from the Liberian capital, aware of strong competition from Asia and the little respite in sight for the rubber market, fear they have few means of fighting back. "The day we were told, the same day, 189 people had already been laid off," said...

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