Friday 23 June 2017
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete lifting of the blockage against Cuba," said Geingob. According to Geingob, the conference will lead to the development of the common African strategy in terms of support to Cuba. The delegates also called for the...
(AFP (eng) 06/05/17)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday joined West African leaders at a summit in Liberia, where they hailed peacekeeping efforts in the region but warned about threats to stability. Netanyahu, who had visited east Africa in July 2016, vowed that they had "no better partner" than his country after he was received by Liberian President and outgoing head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. "Israel is coming back to Africa and Africa is coming back to Israel. I believe in Africa. I believe in its potential, present and future. It is a continent on the rise," said the Israeli leader. "Africans are seizing the future. Israel wants to seize this future with you...
(Xinhuanet 06/01/17)
Political parties in Liberia have entered an accord to uphold peace during the general elections in the country later this year. All 22 registered parties signed the agreement at a ceremony held in the nation's capital Monrovia, according to a statement by the National Elections Commission on Wednesday. The political parties presented their agreement to the head of the local electoral body, the statement said. The peace accord by the political parties "signifies that the 2017 elections will be successful and peaceful," said electoral chief Jerome George Korkoya. The signing marked the first time registered political parties committed themselves to violence-free elections in the African country.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home...
(AFP (eng) 05/24/17)
A football superstar, a former warlord and a soft drinks millionaire have thrown their hats into the ring for the post of Liberian president as Africa's first elected female leader prepares to step down. A dizzying array of candidates have lined up for the October poll to replace Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She leaves behind no obvious successor after serving an unbroken decade in the job, a constitutional maximum of two terms. Her replacement will have to...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced...
(Front Page Africa Online 03/30/17)
Washington — If US President Donald Trump has a plan for Africa, he and his aides are holding it pretty close to their chest. "The United States has been our longstanding partner throughout history. Each administration determines what its priorities are. While it is true that any significant cuts in development assistance might affect us; we, as a sovereign nation should become inspired to raise revenue locally to support our own development agenda. We remain grateful to the United States...
(Gnn Liberia 03/30/17)
Fish Town, River Gee County: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has broken grounds for Phase II of the Mano River Union Road Development and Transport Facilitation Programme that will lead to the asphalt concrete paving from Karloken in Maryland County to Fish Town, River Gee County. According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf performed the ground breaking ceremony on Friday, March 25, 2017 in Fish Town City, River Gee County. The project, which is estimated at US$108 million – financed...
(Gouvernement 03/30/17)
A special meeting of Cabinet has carefully reviewed a 150-day action plan focusing on agriculture, education, energy, health and infrastructure. According to an Executive Mansion release, the 150 days dubbed: "The Last Mile" is intended to keep the administration on course and focused. In the area of agriculture, four rice mills at ten metric tons each will be operationalized; 8 cassava processing hubs/clusters in seven counties will be completed; completion of GVL and Sime Darby Palm Mills; and the completion...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke...
(The New York Times 03/06/17)
Bernice Freeman was chatting with some market women, trying to explain why it was so important that they leave their food stalls to vote for the first woman to be elected president of an African country, when she noticed some boys laughing nearby, waving something white. It was October 2005, the first presidential election after 15 years of a hideous civil war in Liberia. On the ballot was Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Harvard-educated global technocrat with so much government experience...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(Xinhuanet 02/01/17)
Newly elected senior officials of the African Union (AU) Commission, including Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission, were sworn in on Tuesday at the conclusion of the 28th AU summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. In addition to the two top officials, other officials took the oath for positions including, peace and security; political affairs; trade and industry; social affairs; infrastructure and energy; and rural economy and agriculture. The 28th AU summit also elected Alpha Conde, President of...
(Bloomberg 01/25/17)
Taiwan’s last two African allies have no plans to switch allegiances and break ties with Taipei as Beijing tries to woo the self-ruled island’s diplomatic partners. Burkina Faso won’t cut relations with Taiwan despite people and companies with links to China offering funding in return for recognition of the One-China principle, according to Foreign Minister Alpha Barry. Swaziland said its relationship with Taiwan is based on mutual interests, not on money. “We get outrageous proposals telling us, ‘if you sign...

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