Saturday 21 October 2017
(Nyasa Times 08/23/17)
U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer has announced that Malawi’s country-specific allocation of the tariff-rate quota for raw cane sugar imports to the United States has increased by 45% in fiscal year 2017. “Malawi exported $10.7 million worth of sugar to the United States in 2016, an increase of 25% from 2015. This quota increase for fiscal year 2017 could mean an additional $4 million worth of Malawian sugar exports to the United States. The United States remains committed to increasing trade between the United States and Malawi,” said Ambassador Palmer. The Office of the United States Trade Representative recently announced country-specific reallocations and additional volume allocations of the fiscal year 2017 World Trade Organization tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported...
(Malawi 24 08/23/17)
Military officers from Africa, Europe, and the United States are meeting in Lilongwe to discuss cyber security under the Africa Endeavour Military Symposium. Speaking with the press after the official opening of the meeting, Malawi Defence Force (MDF) General Griffin Supuni Phiri said such meetings are important since they give a platform to the country to learn several things. Phiri said such meetings help Malawi Defence Force soldiers to maintain professionalism when carrying out their duties and to learn skills that help them in their work. Speaking at the same function, United States Ambassador in the country Virginia Palmer said it is only through working together as partners that countries can successfully counter increasingly sophisticated cyber security threats. “These partnerships...
(Malawi 24 08/23/17)
Malawi government through the ministry of finance, economic planning and development has disclosed that civil servants are to receive their August salaries late. Through a statement signed by secretary to the treasury Ben Botolo, government says the delay is due to late submission of Government Paper Number 5A (GP5A) by some ministries, departments and agencies. According to the statement, ministries, departments and agencies are mandated to submit GP5A to Office of the Accountant General on 5th day of the month for processing of perks. “The ministry of finance, economic planning and development has however noted with regrets that this timetable has not been followed by some ministries, departments and agencies,” reads the statement made available to Malawi24. Among civil servants...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50 countries. China has pledged that it would, in three years, train 200,000 technicians and provide 40,000 training opportunities in China, and will offer 30,000 government scholarships, he said. Stating that 1,100 Ethiopian candidates are invited this year to attend short-term...
(Xinhuanet 08/22/17)
African officials on Monday called for urgent infrastructural development and regional integration to boost the continent's economy. At the Infrastructure Africa 2017 in Johannesburg, Zambian Minister of Finance Felix Mutati encouraged Africans to speedily address infrastructural deficit. "We have to inject some sense of urgency in ourselves. If we remain captured by business as usual, we are headed for disaster," said Mutati at the opening ceremony of the two-day event. "Competitiveness in Africa is being constrained by infrastructure deficit. We need about 93 billion U.S. dollars every year to address the infrastructure gap in the continent. We need to urgently implement projects," he said. Mutati said Africa has to narrow focus to innovative financing and design, better use of existing...
(Bloomberg 08/21/17)
GreenWish Partners, a renewable energy company run by a former Morgan Stanley executive, is planning to invest $800 million on solar-powered telecommunications towers across Africa. The project could fuel economic growth by providing power for essential services. Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest rates of energy access in the world and is home to about half of the world’s 1.2 billion people without reliable electricity, according to the International Energy Agency. The problem extends to businesses as well as households, cutting into productivity and growth. “We reduce the total cost of power by 30 percent,” said Charlotte Aubin-Kalaidjian, the founder and chief executive officer of GreenWish, who was formerly a managing director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. “Smaller towers can run...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
Elias Kanyangale is ecstatic about his maize harvest. Balancing on a homemade ladder, the farmer retrieves cobs from a full granary, the bounty of this year's good rains, which broke three years of drought in Malawi. Kanyangale, 44, from Kalumbu village, part of the capital city Lilongwe, says his 5-ton harvest of maize is double the previous year's crop, and he has some soya beans too. But he is still worried about his income. “I am not sure I will get good prices for my crop. I planted more maize for home consumption and more soya beans for sale because the rains were good after the drought of last year, but if I do not get good prices, I will...
(Xinhuanet 08/14/17)
A delegation from the Malawi education ministry is in Namibia to consult about best education practices. The objective of the visit is to learn best practices from Namibia that would be instrumental in the crafting of Malawi's harmonized teacher management strategy geared towards improved education provision and service delivery at schools, said Ellen Simango, head of delegation and Deputy Director of Basic Education at the Malawian Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. According to Simango, Malawi faces various challenges and is grappling with education provision, particularly teacher management and recruitment, given that Malawi has no coordinated and harmonized teacher management policies in place. Enrolment in primary phase in Malawi increased to 4.9 million and 3.8 million respectively after the implementation...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all, but that’s still subject to...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
Malawi has fired 68 civil servants for embezzling $2 million (1.71 million euros) in public funds, an official said Thursday, as the country tries to crack down on corruption that has seen donors withdraw support. Employees at the agricultural ministry have been accused of running a scheme of inflated salaries or payments for non-existent workers between 2012 and 2014. "Sixty-eight officers have been dismissed and their cases referred to the attorney general for prosecution," Osborne Tsoka, the ministry's spokesman, said in a statement. A probe showed most of the money was stolen by accounts personnel at the ministry's headquarters in Lilongwe and at research stations. Malawi's 180,000 civil servants earn an average of about $100 (85 euros) a month, and...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in adulthood. It had a brain...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal of establishing a true partnership for the future", Lighthizer said. "By lowering barriers and tackling other constraints that impede trade and investment, we are poised to see U.S.-Africa trade flourish", he said, underscoring that "much more work needs to be...
(Nyasa Times 08/08/17)
Malawi Parliament's committee on environment and natural resources say it has summoned Lilongwe Water Board and Lilongwe City Council over the horror which residents in the capital especially those in Area 18 faced by consuming water contaminated with sewage . Committee chair Welani Chilenga said all preparations for the meeting has now been completed. "We want to find out as to what happened that people should drink water that was contaminated with the human waste, that was disgusting," said Chilenga. The summoning of the Lilongwe Water Board and Lilongwe City Council officials before parliament comes barely a week after they appeared before Malawi Human Rights Commission to answer questions on the same issues. Chilenga said after the meeting, the committee...
(Malawi News Agency 08/08/17)
Blantyre — The Blantyre District Health Office says the conduct of some pastors who proclaim to heal their followers from HIV/AIDS is increasing numbers of people defaulting from antiretroviral therapy (ART). District health officer (DHO) Dr. Medson Matchaya has described the conduct unfortunate. Matchaya said this in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (MANA) whenhe was commenting on some of the challenges the National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan (NSP) is facing in realizing the ambitious 90-90-90 treatment target. He said the tendency is saddening and unfortunate because defaulting puts the life of the patient at risk since ART works better if it is taken consistently. "If the client defaults on ART, his life is at risk as the...
(Nyasa Times 08/08/17)
Leader of Opposition Lazarus Chakwera has thrown his full weight behind the controversial US$400 million Lake Malawi water project which government is initiating to end water woes in the Capital City. In a media interview, Chakwera said the water project is the only lasting solution to the persistent water problems in Lilongwe and surrounding areas. "We needed the project yesterday. The issues of Area 18 where water was contaminated with human waste is a clear indication that we need the water project," said Chakwera. His sentiments are however in contrast to the country's donors and some section of civil society who have asked the government to follow all procedures before embarking on the project. South Africa-based Khato Holdings Limited, through...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's 3,000m steeplechase - though American...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year, while exports gained 3 percent to 47 billion U.S. dollars. Transport equipment has become a bright spot in China's exports to African countries, with that of ships, trains and aerospace equipment up 200 percent, 161 percent and 252 percent respectively,...
(AFP (eng) 08/02/17)
Malawi on Thursday celebrated the successful conclusion of a two-year project moving 520 sedated elephants by truck to a reserve where the animals had been nearly wiped out by poaching. Described as one of the biggest-ever wildlife translocations, the elephants were transported 350 kilometres (220 miles) from two southern parks to the Nkhotakota reserve in the centre of the country. "We have taken extraordinary measures to secure a future for Malawi's elephants, and at the same time are helping people who live around these critically important wild areas," said Brighton Kumchedwa of the national parks department. The elephant population in Nkhotakota fell from 1,500 to just 100 in 2015. Since then security work and community relation programmes have made the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/02/17)
Malawi's former president denied on Tuesday any wrongdoing in a corruption scandal that erupted when she was in office, saying she will be going back to the southern African nation to prove her innocence. Joyce Banda is wanted for arrest over alleged abuse of office and money-laundering offenses, police said on Monday. Government officials are accused of siphoning off millions of dollars from state funds in the scandal, which was revealed in 2013. Banda, who was Malawi's president for two years from 2012, left the country when she lost in an election to Peter Mutharika. She has not returned since 2014. Banda has been living in the United States, serving as a distinguished fellow at Woodrow Wilson Center and the...
(Nyasa Times 08/02/17)
Billionaire clergy Shepherd Bushiri has denied he intends to join a new political party, Democratic Progressive Congress (Depeco), saying he is not ready for frontline politics. The South African based leader of Enlighted Christian Gathering was mentioned by Depco president Chris Daza on Sunday as possible member and financier of the party. But spokesperson for Prophet Bushiri, Ephraim Nyondo laughed off the matter, saying the 'Major 1' is not yet ready for frontline politics. "He has not yet received the said invitation to join the party and he is not ready for active politics," said Nyondo. Daza said his new party is for equality, empowerment, innovation and integrity. He was however non commital when he was pressed to confirm whether...

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