Thursday 14 December 2017
(AL Jazeera 07/16/13)
Executive council meets in Nigerian capital to review progress made in combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The African Union executive council is meeting in the Nigerian capital to take stock of progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The conference, which opened in Abuja on Friday, will also address challenges encountered in the campaign against the three diseases. "It is timely that we review the implementation of the various declarations and plans of action adopted in the course of the last decade," Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Ghebreyesus told the conference, according to the African Union's website. Ghebreyesus said Ethiopia was proposing to establish an "African Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (African–CDC) or Health Commission for Africa...
(The Malawi Democrat 07/15/13)
LILONGWE (Mabvuto Banda) – Malawi will not accept any interim deal on a disputed boundary on Lake Malawi with neighbouring Tanzania until the wrangle over sovereignty is settled, President Joyce Banda told mediators on Sunday. Malawi, which sits to the west of Africa’s third-largest lake, claims the entire northern half of the lake while Tanzania, to the east, says it owns half of the northern area. The southern half is shared between Malawi and Mozambique. “My government is not at this time willing to entertain any interim agreement on say, the environmental issues or Tanzania usage of the lake until the sovereignty issue is resolved,” Banda told a news conference after meeting two former African presidents, Joachim Chissano of Mozambique...
(Zodiak Online 07/15/13)
President Joyce Banda has given the African Forum of Former Heads of State and Government on the Malawi/Tanzania boarder dispute a 30 September ultimatum to resolve the disagreement or Malawi will take the matter to the International Court of Justice. During a meeting at Kamuzu Palace with forum leaders led by former president of Mozambique, Joachin Chissano who is the chairperson of the Forum, President Banda also re-iterated that the whole lake belongs to Malawi. “As you may recall, the roadmap that was agreed is that the Forum is expected to mediate over the issue for a period of 3 calendar months and we understand that this period may even be too short for the mediation to come to a...
(Ventures-Africa 07/15/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Did President Joyce Banda recently win the Nobel Peace Prize? It may appear as such with her current world tour. Banda is president of the fairly under-the-radar Malawi. She is the East African country’s first female president and only the second in Africa after Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She is the daughter of a musician and sister to Anjmile Oponyo, the former CEO of Raising Malawi Academy for Girls founded by Madonna and Michael Berg. She is a rising star in Africa. But she is not on an award tour. Mrs. Banda rather is asking investors to consider the struggling Malawi as an investment destination. She caused uproar at home and moderate celebration abroad when she oversaw...
(Reuters 07/15/13)
(Reuters) - Malawi will not accept any interim deal on a disputed boundary on Lake Malawi with neighboring Tanzania until the wrangle over sovereignty is settled, President Joyce Banda told mediators on Sunday. Malawi, which sits to the west of Africa's third-largest lake, claims the entire northern half of the lake while Tanzania, to the east, says it owns half of the northern area. The southern half is shared between Malawi and Mozambique. "My government is not at this time willing to entertain any interim agreement on say, the environmental issues or Tanzania usage of the lake until the sovereignty issue is resolved," Banda told a news conference after meeting two former African presidents, Joachim Chissano of Mozambique and Thabo...
(AFP (eng) 07/15/13)
African leaders called for increased funding Monday to contain HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as a continental health summit opened in Nigeria's capital. Among the 10 heads of state in attendance was Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Nigeria is a member of the ICC and has a legal obligation to arrest Bashir but defended the invitation by saying it did not have the authority to bar him from an African Union summit. UN Population Fund executive director Babatunde Osotimehin pointed to key gains made against the diseases over the last decade. In 2001, "HIV treatment in Africa was almost non-existent. Just 11 years later,...
(Business Daily 07/15/13)
Ethiopian Airlines has acquired a 49 per cent stake in the new Malawian Air, a move that will give Ethiopia’s national carrier a third hub in Africa. The airline in a statement has said that the remaining 51 per cent of the shares will be held by the Malawian Government and Malawian private investors. “Through this strategic partnership with Malawian Air, Lilongwe will become Ethiopian third hub on the continent after its main hub in Addis Ababa and its West Africa in Lomé,” said Ethiopian Airlines in a statement. Ethiopian Airlines said that Africa’s demand for air travel is growing at a much faster pace than the global average and that this growing demand and the uneven competition from foreign...
(Sunday Independent 07/15/13)
This week Nelson Mandela celebrates his 95th birthday. Thebe Ikalafeng reflects on this man's. vision for Africa, and how he created an enabling environment for Thabo Mbeki to express our identity on the continent. Throughout its history, South Africa has had a dichotomous relationship and identity with “Africa”. Apartheid South Africa was the pariah that united Africans against the last white rule – the final frontier in the decolonisation of Africa. Post-apartheid, fellow Africans have flooded the most industrialised and wealthiest sub-Saharan African nation in search of a better life, and an expectation of “payback” for the years of support during the apartheid years. But they have not always been met with an expected embrace, mainly because of the perception...
(Voice of America 07/13/13)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is calling on African nations to boost their private sectors to advance intra-regional trade. UNCTAD’s new report on the Economic Development in Africa 2013 says reducing trade barriers alone is not enough to turn regional trade into a winning enterprise. In a newly published report, the UN Conference on Trade and Development says African governments must boost private industry and entrepreneurs if they are to compete successfully with foreign firms unencumbered by trade barriers. The report says Africa has a lot to do to catch up with the world's other intra-regional trading blocs. It notes that trade among African nations was low, just 11.3 percent of total trade in...
(Zodiak Online 07/12/13)
The United Kingdom has provided Malawi with 20 million pounds, about 10 billion kwacha to be used in ensuring food security in the country. The grant was announced by the visiting UK minister of International Development Lynne Featherstone in Lilongwe on Thursday. Briefing journalists after meeting president Banda on Thursday at Kamuzu Palace, Featherstone said she is impressed with the economic performance, saying her country will continue supporting Malawi on the course it has taken. “The UK government has given firm support, a 150 million pounds in this last year and I was able to announce today a further 20 million pounds to support the food situation so that we do not have a crisis situation,” said Featherstone. During the...
(Voice of America 07/12/13)
BLANTYRE — Malawi police are disputing the findings of the 2013 Global Corruption Barometer by Transparency International (TI) showing that the law enforcement agency is the most corrupt institution in the country. The report by global watchdog Transparency International issued this week alleges that Malawi's police are the most corrupt of the 12 institutions surveyed in the country. The police service scored a 4.7 on a scale of 1 - 5 - with 5 being extremely corrupt. Public officials and civil servants earned a score of 4.3. Religious institutions are considered the least corrupt, scoring 2.6. But Malawi deputy spokesman for the police force, Kelvin Maigwa, takes issue with the TI report. “I entirely do not agree that the Malawi...
(Voice of America 07/12/13)
BLANTYRE, MALAWI — In Malawi, an American organization, VoiceFlame, is leading an effort to make the voices of women heard -- through writing their own stories. The group seeks to empower girls and women by supporting education, writing and other forms of creative expression. Chief Executive Officer for the organization, Mary Tuchscherer, said she got the idea during her first visit to the country six years ago. “I travelled to Malawi for the first time in 2007," she said, "and one of the first things I learned is that it’s not common for women to write here, and there were very few, if any, women published authors. I realized that since I teach writing, I could bring something back to...
(Zodiak Online 07/12/13)
The main opposition Malawi Congress Party – MCP – has confirmed it will go for its much-awaited convention this month end as the battle for presidency rages on in the party. Chairperson of the organising committee Joseph Njovuyalema confirmed in an interview that all is set for the convention. But Njovuyalema said the committee it is yet to get a blessing from the party’s National Executive Committee – NEC – to set a specific date for the indaba. In April the MCP indefinitely postponed the convention citing lack of a proper venue. It was also reported that the party had only raised K 20 million of the budgeted K 35 million. “Possibility is very high that the convention is taking...
(Voice of America 07/12/13)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is calling on African nations to boost their private sectors to advance intra-regional trade. UNCTAD’s new report on the Economic Development in Africa 2013 says reducing trade barriers alone is not enough to turn regional trade into a winning enterprise. In a newly published report, the UN Conference on Trade and Development says African governments must boost private industry and entrepreneurs if they are to compete successfully with foreign firms unencumbered by trade barriers. The report says Africa has a lot to do to catch up with the world's other intra-regional trading blocs. It notes that trade among African nations was low, just 11.3 percent of total trade in...
(Huffingtonpost 07/12/13)
It took 10 minutes for me to witness despair in the optimistically-titled 'Corridors of Hope'. It must seem like a cruel name to those being tested for HIV in the small, sparse rooms along this hallway in Dedza District Hospital in Malawi. There was little hope in the eyes of the father I sat with shortly after he learnt he was living with HIV. Cradling his son in his arms, together they faced the agonising wait for the boy's test results. In just 600 seconds, the four-year-old would hear whether he was the latest of 930,000 people in this small African country who are HIV positive. While 68,000 people die of AIDS-related illnesses here every year, HIV/AIDS no longer needs...
(BBC News Africa 07/11/13)
The UK is to provide £35m to Malawi and Zimbabwe to alleviate the "looming food crisis" in southern Africa. International development minister Lynne Featherstone, who is on a visit to Malawi, said the funds would "save countless lives". Price hikes and unpredictable weather have left food stocks dangerously low in the region, the government said. Up to £20m is destined for Malawi, where maize stocks have fallen to just a quarter of the annual average. The money will support the World Food Programme and other international organisations in providing nearly half a million people with food and cash transfers, school meals for 800,000 schoolchildren and treatment for 18,000 malnourished children and pregnant women, the Department for International Development (DfID) said...
(Africa Review 07/11/13)
Former presidents Joachim Chissano of Mozambique and Thabo Mbeki of South African will on Sunday visit Lilongwe to mediate on the Malawi-Tanzania lake border wrangle. Malawi’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation official Quent Kalichero confirmed the visit, saying the duo will meet President Joyce Banda at her official residence in Lilongwe. "This is part of the consultation process as the former leaders are gathering information regarding the lake dispute," Ms Kalichero said. Malawi is disputing Tanzania's claim of ownership of part of Lake Malawi. The two countries referred the matter to the Southern Africa Development Corporation (SADC) Forum of Former Heads of State and Government, which is headed by Mr Chissano. This is the first time the former...
(Voice of America 07/11/13)
LONDON — Malta has been forced to cancel the forced return of dozens of Somali migrants to Libya, after an emergency ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. The EU has criticized the attempted repatriation, but Malta has accused its European partners of a lack of solidarity. It comes after the Pope visited an Italian island earlier this week that's received thousands of migrants. Tired, hungry and dehydrated, 68 migrants who'd set sail from Libya were rescued by Maltese patrol boats Wednesday 50 kilometers off the coastline, after their vessel lost power. It's the second migrant boat to arrive in as many days. Maltese authorities had intended to send two planes back to Libya carrying 45 Somali migrants who...
(Ventures-Africa 07/11/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – African business leader and philanthropist Tony O. Elumelu joins President Goodluck Jonathan as part of a high powered delegation accompanying the Nigerian leader on a state visit to China from 11 to 12 July 2013. The visit, which will include a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping, will have Mr Elumelu and other business leaders, including Folorunso Alakija, Femi Otedola and Oba Otudeko, representing Nigeria’s business interests, thus emphasising President Jonathan’s commitment to leveraging the private sector to drive both development and trade and investment links between China and Africa. Speaking at the investment forum, which attracted over 700 potential investors, their Nigerian counterparts and several governors as well as the Ministers for Trade and Investment, Aviation...
(The Nation 07/10/13)
Maize prices dropped by about 20 percent from K105.79 (about $0.26) per kilogramme (Kg) in April to K85.10 per kg in May, on account of the harvest season, indicates the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security data posted on their website. The data further indicate that the price of the staple peaked in March 2013 at K135.11 per Kg, dropped to 105.79 per kg in April before coming to the latest average. The drop in the maize price points to a decline in inflation rate—31 percent in May—in which the food basket constitutes 50.2 percent. Commenting on the maize price fall, Ministry of Agriculture spokesperson Sarah Tione in a telephone interview on Tuesday said the prices follow seasonal trends. “The...

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