Thursday 27 July 2017
(The Maravi Post 06/06/13)
The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) has reduced the pump prices of fuel effective Thursday. "Petrol down from K694.30 to K680.80 per litre, diesel from K677.20 to K657.40 per litre while paraffin remains at K177 per litre," reads a MERA statement released Wednesday night. This reduction of fuel prices follows the appreciation of kwacha from 390 to 339 to the US dollar combined with the reduced landing costs of petroleum products. The reduction reflects a 1.94 per cent reduction in petrol prices and 2.92 per cen for diesel. This is the second reduction of the politically-sensitive fuel prices in as many months. by RAPHAEL TENTHANI
(Malawi News Agency 06/06/13)
Nkhata Bay — Six male Malawian traders who were arrested by Nkhata Bay Police at Chikwina Trading Centre about three weeks ago for purchasing maize without license on Tuesday this week escaped a 12 month jail term by paying a fine of K15, 000 each for the charge. Police arrested the six on May 12, this year (2013) after they were found buying maize and rice with cash and exchanging the food items with empty sacks without permit,which is contrary to section 5 (1) as read together with section 41 (1) of Agricultural and Livestock marketing Act. The six are John Kawonga (50), Yohane Simfukwe (25), Mbomba Kalambo (24), Keston Mwankenja (28), Patrick Mwentanga (30) and Davis Kanjere (30). The...
(Business Daily 06/06/13)
Japan hosted the fifth meeting of TICAD, the Tokyo International Cooperation on African Development this week. The meeting is a reminder that, while the rest of the world obsesses over Europe’s economic travails, America’s political paralysis and growth slowdown in China and other emerging markets, there remains a region — sub-Saharan Africa — where poverty is almost the rule, not the exception. From 1990 to 2010, the number of people living in poverty ($1.25 per day) across sub-Sahara Africa rose from less than 300 million to nearly 425 million, while the number living on less than $2 a day grew from about 390 million to almost 600 million. Still, the proportion of those living in poverty declined from 57 per...
(The Nation 06/06/13)
It might be a cliché to continue blaming local government authorities for uncurbed waste spills in the country’s cities, but the busy town of Limbe is becoming filthier by the day. In fact, the commercial capital’s age-old business hub cuts a figure of no-human’s land as sights of filth near shops and on the roadside become common place. A noon stroll around the city is an encounter with garbage that should have been cleared weeks earlier. Passengers carelessly throw sugar cane residues on the pavement. Empty street-pole bins stand like sickening islands amid rising reeks of litter. Plastic papers fly about as shopkeepers whirl fistfuls and cartonfuls onto the street. Broken sewers add a stench to the stale air that...
(Voice of America 06/05/13)
Global hunger, poor nutrition and obesity are costing the world trillions of dollars in health costs and lost productivity, according to a new report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO report says fighting hunger is not enough. Tackling the more complex problem of malnutrition calls for action across the entire food system, from farm to fork. About 870 million people worldwide are hungry, according to the FAO. But malnutrition is about more than just hunger. “Two billion people are deficient in essential vitamins and minerals," said FAO's Kostas Stamoulis. "One child in four under the age of five is stunted. And 1.4 billion people are overweight.” The FAO report says the combined effects of all these...
(News24 06/04/13)
Blantyre - Malawi has complained to neighbouring Tanzania about its reported plans to launch passenger ships on Lake Malawi, which is at the heart of a border dispute recently reignited over prospects of finding oil. Malawi's foreign ministry said in a statement seen by AFP Monday that it "found these developments unfortunate". The protest came after Tanzanian Transport Minister Harris Mwakayembe reportedly told parliament last month of plans to purchase six new passenger ships to boost marine transport, with two of them assigned to Lake Malawi. Malawi urged "Tanzania to desist from launching vessels or indeed undertaking any acts on the disputed territory, as this will jeopardise the current mediation process," the statement said. Malawi last month reopened fresh talks...
(The Maravi Post 06/04/13)
BLANTYRE (MaraPost) -- Malawi’s former first lady Callista Mutharika says some Malawians still value her despite being forsaken by others. She didn’t elaborate. Callista spoke on Sunday during the release of Amandikonda CD and DVD by Favoured Martha at Robins Park in Blantyre where she joined gospel music fans as a guest of honour. She said the support she received during the occasion gave her hope Malawians will continue to value her. Callista also urged the audience to support Democratic Progressive Party President Peter Mutharika. "APM [Arthur Peter Mutharika] knows that there’s a lot of problems in the country. But be assured that problems you are facing and all that will be a thing of the past when he gets...
(Times of Zambia 06/04/13)
Yokohama — THE three-day fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) meeting yesterday drew to a close here with participants unanimously adopting the 2013 Yokohama Declaration and Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was the co-chairperson of the event, paid tribute to the African leaders who attended the meeting. Mr Abe said at Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre that Japan wanted to see Africa develop and was determined to help the continent find lasting solutions to its problems. Moving a motion to adopt the two documents, he said Japan would ensure the resolutions of the conference were fully implemented to accelerate development in Africa. The two documents were unanimously adopted by acclamation. He reiterated his...
(The Maravi Post 06/04/13)
BLANTYRE (MaraPost) — The High Court in Blantyre has once again ordered Malawi government to pay business magnate Leston Mulli’s two entities about K1.5 billion for damages the companies suffered during the July 20, 2011 anti-government demonstrations. This brings the total to about K2 billion as in March this year the same court ordered the government to pay Mulli Brothers K660 million as compensation for damages their companies Sunrise Pharmaceuticals Limited and Chombe Foods Limited suffered during the same protests. After calculating the loss of business and loss of use for Sunrise Pharmaceuticals Limited, Mulli Brother Limited lawyer Tamando Chokotho found that the loss of business and loss of use up until May 30, 2013 was K1313, 196, 638.89 while...
(The Maravi Post 06/04/13)
MZUZU (MaraPost) -- Malawi has dismissed as untrue a report which says South Korea isn’t aware of the much peddled labour export deal saying the deal was formalized and will go ahead. The southern African country claims it will send up to 100, 000 Malawian youth to South Korea where they will be working in agriculture and the hospitality business. But a senior South Korean foreign affairs official in Seoul, Moon Sung Hwan, was quoted by Bloomberg news on Friday that Seoul currently has no plans to add Malawi to the list of 15 countries from which it imports labour. Malawi’s Information Minister Moses Kunkuyu however says Malawi entered into a pact with the government of South Korea during Pres...
(Gurtong Net 06/03/13)
Good governance has been cited as the biggest promoter of gender equality. Malawian President Joyce Banda told the Tokyo International Conference African on Development (TICAD) Sundayat Intercontinental Conference Hall in Yokohama, Japan that sound governance guarantees fairness and freedoms and unlocks the potential of women and men. “Women empowerment proactively enhances women participation in decision making processes. The international community needs to redirect its policy from one that that has seen Africa as a perpetual aid destination to one which works with Africa”, Ms Banda said. She said Africa has successfully shown that the gap between men and women can be closed citing an example of her own country.“Africa has successful leaders that can be engaged and encouraged to increase...
(Malawi News Agency 06/03/13)
Malawi and Japan on Saturday signed a K4.02 billion grant agreement for the construction of Lilongwe Teacher's Training College at the margins of Tokyo Conference for African Development the Japanese Government in Yokohama, Japan. In her remarks during the signing ceremony, President Dr. Joyce Banda said it was gratifying to see the Japanese Government coming with another support in the secondary school subsector and this time with the construction of a new teachers' training college. The President then thanked the government and the people of Japan for the continued support to Malawi, saying Japan has been development partner for some time. Signing the Agreement on behalf of Malawi Government, the Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Ralph Jooma, stated that...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/03/13)
(Reuters) - Malawi has protested against plans by its neighbor Tanzania to deploy two ships on Lake Malawi, which it says threaten mediation efforts to resolve a long-standing border dispute. Malawi's Foreign Affairs Minister Ephraim Chiume said on Saturday that Tanzanian government officials had stated publicly that the East African nation was buying six new passenger ships, two of which were destined for Lake Malawi. "The Malawi government found these developments unfortunate, especially coming at a time when the mediation process over the boundary dispute is going smoothly," Chiume said. Tanzanian officials were not immediately available to comment. Malawi, which sits to the west of Africa's third-largest lake, claims the entire northern half of the lake, while Tanzania, to the...
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
Japan will provide $1 billion in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, including help with security and counter-terrorism measures. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the assistance Sunday, on the second day of the three-day Tokyo International Conference on African Development, being held in Yokohama, south of the capital city. The money is part of the $32 billion in government and private-sector aid Abe announced on Saturday. Abe says the investment of public and private funds over the next five years is aimed at helping growth on the continent and encouraging Japanese companies to invest there. The prime minister began targeting Africa for investment opportunities shortly after taking office last year...
(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,...

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