| Africatime
Thursday 27 April 2017
(Malawi News Agency 06/03/13)
The hiccup that the Malawi cities have in refuse and waste management will be eased following a pledge by the Mayor of Yokohama City, Fumiko Hayashi, to provide cities in Malawi with refuse collection trucks. Mayor Hayashi stated this in her response to President Dr. Joyce Banda's request for assistance for city councils during a meeting that the two had on Saturday in Yokohama when the Mayor paid a courtesy call on her. In addition to the refuse trucks, the Mayor indicated that Yokohama City will also provide support in Water Supply and Sanitation facilities which will include water purification equipment. All these initiatives will be coupled with capacity building of Malawians to operate and manage the equipment. Malawi is...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United States said progress has been made in combating terrorism across Africa, but that militant groups are still taking advantage of unrest, political instability, and weak governance in several areas of the continent. In an annual report to the U.S. Congress, the State Department said Thursday that counterterrorism efforts by U.S., European, and regional forces have "done much to roll back and contain the threat" of terrorism in Africa over the past year. But it said a series of revolutions, ethnic rebellions and military coups in the region have "complicated the terrorism picture" and presented militant groups with new opportunities to operate in the region. In Libya, it said terrorists were able to exploit the security vacuum, weak governance,...
(International Business Times 05/31/13)
The government of South Korea has denied media reports that it agreed to enter into a pact with the East Arica country of Malawi to allow up to 100,000 people to work in the Asian economic powerhouse. “Our government has not received any official request from Malawi that they want to send their workers to our country,” Moon Sung Hwan, director at the Africa Division of South Korea’s foreign affairs ministry in Seoul, told Bloomberg on Friday. South Korea, like many economically advanced nations, is facing an aging demographics profile, requiring an infusion of young workers. But Bloomberg noted that Seoul currently has no plans to add Malawi to the list of 15 countries from which it imports labor. However,...
(AL Jazeera 05/31/13)
Africa's third largest lake has long been a source of food and a transportation route for the people of both Malawi and Tanzania. Malawi claims the whole lake belongs to it, but Tanzania says it has territorial rights, too. Dodoma has been pressing its claims hard ever since companies began exploring for gas and oil under the lakebed. Caught in the middle of the dispute are the fishermen who do not want to lose access to any of their fishing ground. Both nations have agreed to return to the negotiating table to try to resolve their differences. Previous talks have failed and fishing communities fear their way of life will be disrupted. Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa reports from Nkhata Bay...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/31/13)
Securing Japan's economic recovery has been my priority since returning as the country's prime minister at the end of last year. We have made progress and, as this newspaper has observed, Japanese companies and individuals alike are starting to feel the benefits. The nature of the global economy, however, means that "Abenomics" cannot simply be a domestic endeavor, nor can it be about short-term gain. Japan's economic strength has been built on a cornerstone of cooperation and trade internationally, while our foreign policy is founded on the belief that peace and prosperity abroad contribute to peace and prosperity at home. This stance is also reflected in Japan's approach to global development challenges. On my first official visit to Myanmar this...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
Vice-premier calls on nations to set goals. The destiny of the African Union and African continent are intertwined, and China will closely work with the AU to further enhance the partnership, according to a high level Chinese official. Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative and Vice-Premier Wang Yang said "a prosperous and strong AU makes a prosperous and strong African continent" when he met Dlamini Zuma, chairman of the AU Commission, on Saturday as celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the AU kicked off in the Ethiopian capital city. He said Africa and its people should use the anniversary as an opportunity to further stress and promote the spirit of pan-Africanism and reach a consensus on its renaissance mission,...
(BBC News Africa 05/30/13)
The government of Malawi has defended a controversial deal it struck with South Korea to export up to 100,000 of its young people as migrant workers. Opposition MPs in Malawi have called the deal "slave labour". But the labour minister, struggling to create new job employment opportunities in her own country, has denied that. Eunice Makangala told the BBC she "just" wanted "to help the young people in Malawi" who are due to leave for Seoul to work. The BBC's Raphael Tenthani in Blantyre says Malawian President Joyce Banda made an agreement with the government of South Korea on a visit there in February this year. It involves sending young Malawian men and women aged between 18 and 25 to...
( 05/30/13)
Africa has witnessed remarkable growth over the past decade but must invest heavily in infrastructure to continue on this path, leaders from the continent said. The economies of countries in sub-Saharan Africa grew annually by nearly 5% in the previous 10 years, the African Development Bank said at the five-day meeting being held in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. But that "may not benefit a wider section of the population... unless there is a marked improvement in infrastructure," it said. Ibrahim Bocar Ba, commissioner for the Economic Community of West African States, said it was a key concern for the regional bloc. "We have five priorities at ECOWAS. The first is peace of course. But infrastructure comes straight after that"...
(Malawi today 05/29/13)
President Joyce Banda failed to articulate the direction the country is taking in her State of the Nation Address when she opened the current sitting of Parliament two weeks ago. These were sentiments captured in a Nation on Sunday survey on the President’s speech. The survey asked people whether they thought the speech articulated a vision of where the country is going. Out of 1 233 people sampled from 13 districts who participated in the opinion poll, 706 said they did not see a lot of substance in the speech. This represents 57 percent of the sample. In the speech, the President warned Malawians to brace for more pain as the country continues on the recovery path. “Indeed, we must...
(Malawi today 05/29/13)
Finance Minister Ken Lipenga, on Saturday, walked in Parliament in Lilongwe with a K638.2 billion budget for the fiscal year 2013/14 and assurances of government's continued tight fiscal discipline. Lipenga's fat purse is premised on projections for total revenues and grants pegged at K603.4 billion in the fiscal year ahead, split into 59 per cent from domestic resources and the remaining 41 per cent - about K240 billion – in donor grants. "We intend to continue with a tight fiscal and monetary policy stance to ensure that government operations do not contribute to inflation and crowding out of the private sector. In short, Mr. Speaker, Sir, we should continue to strive to live within our means," he said. Government expects...
(The Maravi Post 05/29/13)
BLANTYRE (MaraPost) -- Labour Minister Eunice Makangala came under pressure in Parliament Tuesday over the controversial deal Malawi has signed with South Korea to send at least 100, 000 Malawian young men and women to work in the Korean peninsula. Some opposition MPs dubbed the exercise "human trafficking" while others called it a "joke", arguing that the programme doesn’t make sense when Malawi is complaining about brain-drain. "Mr. Speaker, Sir, we always cry about brain-drain and encourage Malawians in the diaspora to come back home and yet here we are exporting the cream of our labour force abroad. It doesn't make sense at all," said opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Stevyn Kamwendo. Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesman...
(The Maravi Post 05/29/13)
BLANTYRE(MaraPost)—The Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) says strong cooperation and co-existence among electoral players mostly at the district level will ensure free, fair and credible elections. Speaking at the opening of a multiparty liaison committee (MPLC) training assessment report validation workshop in Blantyre on Tuesday, Mec commissioner responsible for electoral services, Emmanuel Chinkwita-Phiri pledged that the electoral body will do everything possible to ensure that MPLCs are functioning effectively at all times and that capacity gaps that affect their performance are addressed. “MPLCs are the unsung heroes all the time we have elections. The cooperation and co-existence among electoral players at the district level contributes to the health of our democracy in the country. You will agree with me that if...
(Huffingtonpost 05/29/13)
The river once teemed with fish and was lined by lush banana trees. Now it's a dry, scorched trail of barren sand. In Fombe village, Malawi, climate change is not a matter of political or scientific debate. It's a matter of survival. I recently visited Fombe and several other villages throughout Malawi with a group of American Christian leaders brought together by the Evangelical Environmental Network and Young Evangelicals for Climate Action. We wanted to see the impact of climate disruption firsthand. We came as representatives of America's most climate skeptic community. According to a 2011 poll, only a slim majority (57%) of white evangelicals believe the globe is warming, and just 31% believe the change is driven by human...
(The Maravi Post 05/28/13)
BLANTYRE (MaraPost) -- Malawi plans to export 100, 000 youths to work in South Korea as one of the Joyce Banda administration's moves to ease unemployment and reduce poverty in the southern African country, a senior minister has disclosed. "We will start with 360 young men and women who will be going to South Korea very soon but the whole programme targets up to 100, 000 people," said Labour Minister Eunice Makangala. Makangala said the programme targets youths between the ages of 18 and 25. The first batch includes 200 males and 160 females. She said most of them will work as unskilled labour in factories and farms. However, the scheme has been met with skepticism with some analysts calling...
(The Maravi Post 05/28/13)
BLANTYRE (MaraPost) -- Police in the northern Malawi border district of Karonga have arrested 35 Ethiopians who entered the country illegally. Police believe the Ethiopians were dumped outside a hospital by a courier who trafficked them across the border from Tanzania. “One of the illegal immigrants got sick and the driver decided to drop all of them outside St. Anne’s Hospital so that they seek medical care and the driver run away," said Northern Region Police spokesperson Norah Chimwala. Chimwala said the one who was sick later died and was abandoned outside the hospital. The rest of the Ethiopians started walking about aimlessly until their movements raised suspicion among locals at a place called Uliwa Trading Centre in the district...
(Malawi today 05/28/13)
President Joyce Banda failed to articulate the direction the country is taking in her State of the Nation Address when she opened the current sitting of Parliament two weeks ago. These were sentiments captured in a Nation on Sunday survey on the President’s speech. The survey asked people whether they thought the speech articulated a vision of where the country is going. Out of 1 233 people sampled from 13 districts who participated in the opinion poll, 706 said they did not see a lot of substance in the speech. This represents 57 percent of the sample. In the speech, the President warned Malawians to brace for more pain as the country continues on the recovery path. “Indeed, we must...
(Malawi today 05/28/13)
Consumer rights activist, John Kapito, has described as "not helpful to the poor masses" government's proposed 2013/14 national budget which Finance Minister Ken Lipenga presented in Parliament on Friday. Speaking in an interview with The Sunday Times to present the consumer's reaction to the budget, Kapito said the budget does not offer much hope as it does not present anything that is helpful to the poor both in the short and long term. "There is a need to critically look into the current economic reforms government put in place and find out if they are really helpful to the economy of Malawi. Do they make sense to the economy of Malawi? No, they do not," said Kapito. The Consumers Association...
(The Malawi Democrat 05/27/13)
LILONGWE (Bright Sonani, Nation)-The United States of America (USA) has advised the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to prepare adequately and get things right if the country is to have successful tripartite elections next year.It will be the first time Malawi will hold three elections at a single go, allowing voters to elect a President, members of Parliament (MPs) and ward councillors. Speaking in an exclusive interview on Thursday, US Ambassador Jeanine Jackson also said although the country’s developing partners will assist in the elections, successful tripartite elections will depend on how the Malawi Government commits its own resources to the exercise. She said: “It is very complicated than the previous ones and it is very important that MEC get this...
(The Malawi Democrat 05/27/13)
LILONGWE (Ephraim Munthali, Nation)-Fresh details of the K638.2 billion 2013/14 national budget Finance Minister Dr Ken Lipenga presented in Parliament on Friday show, among other things, that the internal travel budget has doubled to nearly K33 billion. The jump in the internal travel budget by around 108 percent on Saturday irked the Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn) given the prevailing austerity mood and surprised the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) who questioned the rationale for such a huge budget on local travel. According to a summary of recurrent and capital estimates at item level contained in the draft 2013/14 financial statement, the proposed budget for internal travel has jumped from the approved K15 795 billion in the 2012/13...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A website created for Africa's proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission "to support and keep peace for Africa's prosperity and a better life for all in the world". But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site ( www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE . htm) and the response is a dispiriting "page cannot be found". The force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper, casting a shadow over the back-slapping at this weekend's African Union (AU) summit, which is marking 50 years since the foundation of its precursor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Instead of a muscular rapid-response force to halt genocide, protect civilians in...

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