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Sunday 19 April 2015

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(Voice of America 04/18/15)
International health officials say just two capsules a day of Vitamin A reduces the chance of a child dying by 22%. Children without iodine lose 13 IQ points and stay one year less in school. Efforts to promote child health support vitamin and mineral supplements to rectify the problem. They also support breast-feeding and foods fortified with health-enhancing nutrients. But many high-impact programs are under-funded. The new Power of Nutrition fund aims to change all that. The new effort will help mobilize one billion dollars for nutritional programs at scale by 2020. The initiative now has $55 million from the British philanthropy, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. It will leverage at least another $100 million...
(African arguments 04/18/15)
The humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, in which thousands of migrants have drowned attempting to cross into Europe, highlights the urgency there is to find a solution to tackling certain forms of migration from North Africa and the Middle East. Across the EU, mounting internal political pressures have intensified debates about migration and asylum, encouraging policies devised to restrict and control asylum and migration. A recent initiative between the EU and nine states in and around the Horn of Africa, shows unprecedented political will to push for more effective migration management. In 2014, Eritreans composed the second largest migrant group (after Syrians) to Europe, reaching 34,320 according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). These figures give an indication of...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/17/15)
GENEVA/PALERMO, (Reuters) - Italian police arrested 15 African men suspected of throwing about a dozen Christians from a migrant boat in the Mediterranean on Thursday, as the crisis off southern Italy intensified. Forty-one more deaths were reported in a separate incident. Police in the Sicilian capital Palermo said they had arrested the men, from Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal, after survivors reported they had thrown 12 people from Nigeria and Ghana to their deaths and threatened other Christians. The 15...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/15)
(Reuters) - Africa-focused insurance company Old Mutual (OML.L) said on Wednesday that it had appointed Standard Bank (SBKJ.J) executive Bruce Hemphill to lead the company, replacing Julian Roberts. Hemphill, currently chief executive of Wealth, Insurance and Non-Bank Financial Services at Standard Bank, the largest African banking group by assets and earnings, was previously chief executive of Liberty Group. Roberts would remain as chief executive until Hemphill's start date, which is anticipated to be during the fourth quarter, Old Mutual said...
(Bloomberg 04/14/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa this year by 1.25 percentage points as plunging oil prices force exporters to curb spending plans. Gross domestic product is estimated to expand 4.5 percent, down from 5 percent in 2014, the Washington-based lender said in its World Economic Outlook. Further weakening of growth in China or Europe could reduce demand for African exports and curtail foreign investment in infrastructure and mining, it said. Nigeria and Angola, Africa’s biggest oil producers, are among the hardest hit by an almost halving in crude prices since June.
(Voice of America 04/14/15)
CHICAGO— The United States and the African Union signed an agreement on Monday to create the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, signed a memo of cooperation formalizing the collaboration between the African Union Commission and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
(Voice of America 04/14/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— While indigenous people from central African countries attended a meeting in Cameroon to promote their respective traditions, languages and cultures, Yaounde is taking measures to bring formal education to the nomadic Mbororos and Pygmies. The Ngoimo Baka pygmy community lives deep in the tropical forest of eastern Cameroon. The natural environment is their only source of livelihood. Every evening, villagers assemble at their chief's courtyard to listen to stories and roast meat caught nearby. This day, chief Bengoula...
(Voice of America 04/13/15)
Italian navy and merchant ships rescued a group of almost 1,000 migrants from three overcrowded boats about 48 kilometers from the coast of Libya. One person died before the rescue workers reached the boats. The migrants sent a distress call by phone Friday and were being taken to the island of Lampedusa, following rescue operations conducted into Saturday. In a dawn operation on Saturday, two Albanians, ages 28 and 42, were arrested after police identified them as the smugglers in charge of a boat carrying 37 would-be Syrian and Kurdish migrants, including five women.
(Daily Independent Nig 04/13/15)
A report on the state of marketing expertise and opportunities has been launched. The report which is fallout of a global marketing conference reveals the gap in consumer understanding that local and regional marketers say exists at a global level. According to a statement issued in Lagos by Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN), the report contains the key challenges that all brands face in Africa, notably the lack of reliable data, including media consumption and retail performance, as well as...
(Xinhuanet 04/10/15)
JAKARTA, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Diplomats on Friday urged all nations to renew their efforts and commitments to tackle development issues affecting the global politics and economy prior to the 60th anniversary of the Asia Africa Conference (AAC) next week. Ambassadors and diplomats from countries, which initiated the AAC in 1955, said at a forum that challenges faced by the framework have been shifting from promoting independence, international recognition and equality to resolving global economic slowdown, security and energy concerns. "
(Xinhuanet 04/09/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- Telecommunications firm, Airtel Africa, on Monday announced the launch of a cross-border money- transfer service for customers between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Rwanda. In a statement issued in Nairobi, the mobile firm, which operates in 17 countries across Africa, said the service will facilitate increased remittances and regional trades at very low cost with ubiquitous distribution network. "This offering will raise the level of convenience in cross- border payments across the three countries with a ubiquitous
(Voice of America 04/08/15)
MOSCOW/JOHANNESBURG— Russia is pursuing costly state oil and platinum projects in Africa despite an economic crisis at home, hoping they will bolster sales, including of arms, for businesses hit by Western sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. Moscow has mostly focused on building ties with Asia since the U.S. and European Union sanctions came into force last year, but the Africa deals signal a desire to rebuild what was a big market for its weapons and technology during the Soviet era.
(Business Day 04/08/15)
People speak about Africa as "the mobile continent" so frequently that it has become a cliché. People throw the phrase around as if it explains everything, without interrogating what Africans do with their mobile devices. One attempt to change that comes courtesy of technology research outfit World Wide Worx, which has published the results of its survey of 3,500 mobile phone users in five of Africa’s major markets — SA, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Uganda. The survey reveals unsurprisingly that...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/08/15)
(Reuters) - The head of the African Union has urged the United Nations to add human rights monitoring to the tasks of its peacekeeping mission in the disputed North African territory of Western Sahara. The request came in a letter from African Union Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. A copy of the letter was seen by Reuters on Tuesday. Zuma asked Ban to circulate the letter to the 15-nation Security Council, which is expected to vote...
(Xinhuanet 04/07/15)
BEIJING, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is to attend the opening of the 54th session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) and deliver a key-note speech later this month, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on Tuesday. The annual AALCO session, which will take place in Beijing from April 13 to 17, will involve delegates from AALCO members and international organizations, spokesperson Hua Chunying told a daily press briefing.
(Xinhuanet 04/07/15)
JOHANNESBURG, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Bandung Conference in 1955 was a historic moment for Africa to find new partnership and new alliance with a new solution to deal with African affairs, said William Gumede on Tuesday in an interview with Xinhua News. William is a professor of Public and Development Management in School of Governance in Witwatersrand University. "The issues are still there. Being partners with other developing countries that hasn't changed, and even more important, " William said. South...
(AFP (eng) 04/04/15)
Miners in Mauritania's northern iron ore hub of Zouerate went back to work on Friday after downing tools for nine weeks in a dispute over wages, their union and management said. The workers had been on strike since January 28 to demand that the National Industrial and Mining Company (SNIM) honour agreed pay rises and bonuses. "Everyone went back to work, everyone is happy with this development," SNIM spokesman Samba Barry said. The workers had negotiated pay rises to come...
(Voice of America 04/04/15)
JAKARTA— Indonesia said Thursday that it was ready to host the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Asia-Africa summit, which will bring delegations from dozens of countries to Jakarta this month. Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, widely known as Ahok, told reporters that preparations were under way to make the capital presentable. "We have completely cleaned the underpasses on toll roads, illegal buildings have been demolished and the occupants are being moved to public housing," he said.
(Bloomberg 04/04/15)
The African Petroleum Producers Association, which represents oil and gas producers from Algeria to South Africa, called for a cut in oil output globally. The group also includes the continent’s biggest producers, Nigeria and Angola. It’s starting an initiative, led by Angola and Algeria, to seek collaboration between members of OPEC and other oil producers to reduce output and stabilize oil prices, which have halved since the end of June. APPA wants “to set up a platform of commitment at...
(Bloomberg 04/03/15)
Mondelez International’s February announcement that it would increase production of coffee from Ethiopian beans 50 percent in two years was good news for the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, started in 2008 with the help of foreign donors to improve food distribution in a country where millions often went hungry. By government decree, almost all buying and selling of coffee, sesame seeds, and navy beans for export must take place on the exchange. The ECX , which got funding from the U.S...

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(Voice of America 04/18/15)
International health officials say just two capsules a day of Vitamin A reduces the chance of a child dying by 22%. Children without iodine lose 13 IQ points and stay one year less in school. Efforts to promote child health support vitamin and mineral supplements to rectify the problem. They also support breast-feeding and foods fortified with health-enhancing nutrients. But many high-impact programs are under-funded. The new Power of Nutrition fund aims to change all that. The new effort will help mobilize one billion dollars for nutritional programs at scale by 2020. The initiative now has $55 million from the British philanthropy, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. It will leverage at least another $100 million...
(African arguments 04/18/15)
The humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, in which thousands of migrants have drowned attempting to cross into Europe, highlights the urgency there is to find a solution to tackling certain forms of migration from North Africa and the Middle East. Across the EU, mounting internal political pressures have intensified debates about migration and asylum, encouraging policies devised to restrict and control asylum and migration. A recent initiative between the EU and nine states in and around the Horn of Africa, shows unprecedented political will to push for more effective migration management. In 2014, Eritreans composed the second largest migrant group (after Syrians) to Europe, reaching 34,320 according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). These figures give an indication of...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/17/15)
GENEVA/PALERMO, (Reuters) - Italian police arrested 15 African men suspected of throwing about a dozen Christians from a migrant boat in the Mediterranean on Thursday, as the crisis off southern Italy intensified. Forty-one more deaths were reported in a separate incident. Police in the Sicilian capital Palermo said they had arrested the men, from Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal, after survivors reported they had thrown 12 people from Nigeria and Ghana to their deaths and threatened other Christians. The 15...
(Voice of America 04/14/15)
CHICAGO— The United States and the African Union signed an agreement on Monday to create the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, signed a memo of cooperation formalizing the collaboration between the African Union Commission and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
(Voice of America 04/14/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— While indigenous people from central African countries attended a meeting in Cameroon to promote their respective traditions, languages and cultures, Yaounde is taking measures to bring formal education to the nomadic Mbororos and Pygmies. The Ngoimo Baka pygmy community lives deep in the tropical forest of eastern Cameroon. The natural environment is their only source of livelihood. Every evening, villagers assemble at their chief's courtyard to listen to stories and roast meat caught nearby. This day, chief Bengoula...
(Voice of America 04/13/15)
Italian navy and merchant ships rescued a group of almost 1,000 migrants from three overcrowded boats about 48 kilometers from the coast of Libya. One person died before the rescue workers reached the boats. The migrants sent a distress call by phone Friday and were being taken to the island of Lampedusa, following rescue operations conducted into Saturday. In a dawn operation on Saturday, two Albanians, ages 28 and 42, were arrested after police identified them as the smugglers in charge of a boat carrying 37 would-be Syrian and Kurdish migrants, including five women.
(Daily Independent Nig 04/13/15)
A report on the state of marketing expertise and opportunities has been launched. The report which is fallout of a global marketing conference reveals the gap in consumer understanding that local and regional marketers say exists at a global level. According to a statement issued in Lagos by Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN), the report contains the key challenges that all brands face in Africa, notably the lack of reliable data, including media consumption and retail performance, as well as...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/08/15)
(Reuters) - The head of the African Union has urged the United Nations to add human rights monitoring to the tasks of its peacekeeping mission in the disputed North African territory of Western Sahara. The request came in a letter from African Union Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. A copy of the letter was seen by Reuters on Tuesday. Zuma asked Ban to circulate the letter to the 15-nation Security Council, which is expected to vote...
(Xinhuanet 04/07/15)
JOHANNESBURG, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Bandung Conference in 1955 was a historic moment for Africa to find new partnership and new alliance with a new solution to deal with African affairs, said William Gumede on Tuesday in an interview with Xinhua News. William is a professor of Public and Development Management in School of Governance in Witwatersrand University. "The issues are still there. Being partners with other developing countries that hasn't changed, and even more important, " William said. South...
(AFP (eng) 04/04/15)
Miners in Mauritania's northern iron ore hub of Zouerate went back to work on Friday after downing tools for nine weeks in a dispute over wages, their union and management said. The workers had been on strike since January 28 to demand that the National Industrial and Mining Company (SNIM) honour agreed pay rises and bonuses. "Everyone went back to work, everyone is happy with this development," SNIM spokesman Samba Barry said. The workers had negotiated pay rises to come...
(Bloomberg 04/04/15)
The African Petroleum Producers Association, which represents oil and gas producers from Algeria to South Africa, called for a cut in oil output globally. The group also includes the continent’s biggest producers, Nigeria and Angola. It’s starting an initiative, led by Angola and Algeria, to seek collaboration between members of OPEC and other oil producers to reduce output and stabilize oil prices, which have halved since the end of June. APPA wants “to set up a platform of commitment at...
(Voice of America 04/03/15)
JOHANNESBURG—A large swath of Southern Africa has been hit by a double whammy of epic floods followed by a miserly drought -- a phenomenon that has affected countless people in Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Meanwhile, the fledgling nation of South Sudan is in the throes of a major hunger crisis as conflict has pushed the country’s population to the brink of famine. As different as these two scenarios appear, the head of the UN’s World Food Program said both crises...
(Business Day 03/31/15)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the future of Africa is mobile. And it does seem that the good news for mobile in Africa keeps on rolling in. This month a bullish MTN Group announced a 20% jump in net profit in 2014 from the previous year, with sales growth in Nigeria and other major markets such as Cameroon and Uganda. The company announced that it would invest R30bn this year to grow its infrastructure in the 23 countries...
(The New York Times 03/28/15)
The faded plaque to the right of the door said “Jochannan, Yosef B.,” but visitors to this nursing home on the northern edge of the Bronx knew the frail 96-year-old inside by another name: Dr. Ben. As a sign of respect, many would also bend down on one knee. The room was covered in mementos from a life spent between continents, weaving together the threads of the African diaspora: honors and awards, photos of Egyptian statues, kente cloth, a mug...
(Rim Web 03/27/15)
Le mouvement de grève très suivi au sein de la société nationale industrielle et minière (SNIM) ne semble pas du tout préoccuper les autorités publiques qui donnent l’impression de laisser faire. Et apporte tous leur soutien à l’ADG de l’entreprise obsédé par la volonté de faire plier les travailleurs. Presque deux mois après le déclenchement de la grève au sein de la SNIM, aucune solution de ce conflit ne pointe à l’horizon. Les grévistes continuent de réclamer l’ouverture de négociations...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/15)
NEW DELHI, March (Xinhua) -- India will hold a five-day " India-Africa Summit" later this year, where nearly 1,000 delegates will be invited, the Ministry of External Affairs has said. The summit will begin on October 26, and leaders from some 54 countries are expected to attend, the External Affairs Ministry officials said on Wednesday evening. The meeting between the heads of state and government will take place on October 29 and bilateral meetings are being scheduled on October 30,...
(The Guardian 03/27/15)
African elephants could be extinct in the wild within a few decades, experts have warned at a major conservation summit in Botswana that has highlighted an alarming decline in numbers due to poaching for ivory. The Africa Elephant Summit, held at a tourist resort in Kasane, gathered delegates from about 20 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia, including China – which is accused of fuelling the illegal poaching trade. “This species could be extinct in our lifetime, within one or...
(Bloomberg 03/26/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Japan has invested more in project financing in Africa than China as Asian nations continue to strengthen their economic influence on the continent, according to Linklaters LLP. Japanese investors accounted for $3.5 billion of the $4.2 billion of project funds that Asian nations poured into Africa last year to improve roads, water and sanitation and build oil and gas pipelines, according to the London-based law firm. “Japan now ranks as the most active Asian project finance sponsor in...
(Xinhuanet 03/25/15)
ARUSHA, Tanzania, March (Xinhua) -- African nations on Tuesday were urged to strengthen their national regulatory infrastructures for the nuclear energy to benefit the continent and its people. The call came at the time when a number of African countries are embarking into harnessing uranium energy to promote nuclear technologies for peaceful use.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/25/15)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Google and Facebook are at the forefront of a scramble to win over new African Internet users, offering freebies they say give a leg-up to the poor but which critics argue is a plan to lock in customers on a continent of 1 billion people. Africa's Internet penetration will reach 50 percent by 2025 and there are expected to be 360 million smartphones on the continent by then, roughly double the number in the United States currently,...

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(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/15)
(Reuters) - Africa-focused insurance company Old Mutual (OML.L) said on Wednesday that it had appointed Standard Bank (SBKJ.J) executive Bruce Hemphill to lead the company, replacing Julian Roberts. Hemphill, currently chief executive of Wealth, Insurance and Non-Bank Financial Services at Standard Bank, the largest African banking group by assets and earnings, was previously chief executive of Liberty Group. Roberts would remain as chief executive until Hemphill's start date, which is anticipated to be during the fourth quarter, Old Mutual said in a statement. Hemphill will be an executive Director and based in London. "Bruce will bring experience as a chief executive of a public company combined with an in-depth knowledge of investments, savings, insurance and...
(Bloomberg 04/14/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa this year by 1.25 percentage points as plunging oil prices force exporters to curb spending plans. Gross domestic product is estimated to expand 4.5 percent, down from 5 percent in 2014, the Washington-based lender said in its World Economic Outlook. Further weakening of growth in China or Europe could reduce demand for African exports and curtail foreign investment in infrastructure and mining, it said. Nigeria and Angola, Africa’s biggest oil producers, are among the hardest hit by an almost halving in crude prices since June.
(Xinhuanet 04/10/15)
JAKARTA, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Diplomats on Friday urged all nations to renew their efforts and commitments to tackle development issues affecting the global politics and economy prior to the 60th anniversary of the Asia Africa Conference (AAC) next week. Ambassadors and diplomats from countries, which initiated the AAC in 1955, said at a forum that challenges faced by the framework have been shifting from promoting independence, international recognition and equality to resolving global economic slowdown, security and energy concerns. "
(Xinhuanet 04/09/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- Telecommunications firm, Airtel Africa, on Monday announced the launch of a cross-border money- transfer service for customers between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Rwanda. In a statement issued in Nairobi, the mobile firm, which operates in 17 countries across Africa, said the service will facilitate increased remittances and regional trades at very low cost with ubiquitous distribution network. "This offering will raise the level of convenience in cross- border payments across the three countries with a ubiquitous
(Business Day 04/08/15)
People speak about Africa as "the mobile continent" so frequently that it has become a cliché. People throw the phrase around as if it explains everything, without interrogating what Africans do with their mobile devices. One attempt to change that comes courtesy of technology research outfit World Wide Worx, which has published the results of its survey of 3,500 mobile phone users in five of Africa’s major markets — SA, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Uganda. The survey reveals unsurprisingly that...
(Xinhuanet 04/07/15)
BEIJING, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is to attend the opening of the 54th session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) and deliver a key-note speech later this month, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on Tuesday. The annual AALCO session, which will take place in Beijing from April 13 to 17, will involve delegates from AALCO members and international organizations, spokesperson Hua Chunying told a daily press briefing.
(Bloomberg 04/03/15)
Mondelez International’s February announcement that it would increase production of coffee from Ethiopian beans 50 percent in two years was good news for the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, started in 2008 with the help of foreign donors to improve food distribution in a country where millions often went hungry. By government decree, almost all buying and selling of coffee, sesame seeds, and navy beans for export must take place on the exchange. The ECX , which got funding from the U.S...
(The Wall Street Journal 04/02/15)
Shoprite Holdings Ltd. sold more Guinness stout at its 11 stores in Angola and Nigeria last year than at home in South Africa, where it has 10 times as many outlets. But Africa’s biggest retailer is also contending with an Islamic insurgency in Nigeria, where Boko Haram militants have staged attacks near its shops—and the effects of wilting currencies both there and in Angola. The challenges are increasingly common ones for Africa’s largest companies, serving customers embattled by insecurity and economic turmoil.
(Xinhuanet 04/01/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- The World Bank on Tuesday urged Africa to increase its public expenditure on agriculture in order to increase food security. World Bank Group Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist Ademola Braimoh told a business forum in Nairobi that low investments in agriculture have made Africa's agricultural sector vulnerable to climate change. "These challenges can be overcome through more investment in instruments such as the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)," Braimoh said during the launch of the World Bank's report on Increasing Agricultural Production and Resilience through improved Agro- Meteorological Services.
(Voice of America 04/01/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Wider smartphone and Internet access has allowed technology firms to reach remote African farmers with apps providing veterinary diagnoses, crop planting guidance and virtual marketplaces. Human food production will need to increase 70 percent by 2050 to meet rising demand and Africa is home to more than half of the world's unused arable land, according to United Nations research. Africa's farms have failed to cash in because of a lack of access to infrastructure, training, capital and rapidly advancing...
(BBC News Africa 03/31/15)
The elite of Kenya's much-heralded entrepreneurship revolution work in an ultra-modern. co-working space overlooking the bustle of Nairobi. Their businesses are reliant on the high-speed internet available here. The Nairobi Garage is one of a limited number of work spaces in the city boasting a dedicated 25 megabits per second [Mbps] fibre internet connection. Fibre is definitely not the norm in Kenya - a country viewed as a leader in African technology innovation. In financial terms, fibre internet is way beyond the grasp of most entrepreneurs and small businesses.
(Business Day 03/31/15)
Master Drilling, a supplier of drilling services to the mining industry, grew its headline earnings per share 32% in the year to December thanks to strong revenue growth from its specialised services in Africa. The group is benefiting from being diversified across emerging markets. It is listed on the JSE and in the US. On Monday it reported headline earnings per share of $131.5c for the year to last December compared with 99.3c for the year before. Sales revenue from...
(Xinhuanet 03/30/15)
ARUSHA, Tanzania, March (Xinhua) -- The Third Africa-China Young Leaders Forum concluded on Sunday with the call for African countries to make their own policies which will help in promoting regional macroeconomic stability, a very fundamental aspect in improving people's welfare. Wrapping up the forum, Tanzania's Vice President Mohammed Gharib Bilal stressed on the need for African policy makers to produce good investment policies. "While we looking at these opportunities, it is a fact that we cannot run away from the new global development approaches.
(Xinhuanet 03/28/15)
LUSAKA, Mar. (Xinhua) -- Africa's trading bloc said it has resolved about 80 percent of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) restricting trade, a statement emailed to Xinhua on Thursday said. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) said 385 out of 476 NTBs identified as most restrictive to trade in the region through an online reporting system have been resolved while seven were considered non-actionable, according to a statement released by the bloc's public relations officer Mwangi Gakunga. "Currently, eight categories of NTBs have been identified as most restrictive to trade in the region.
(Xinhuanet 03/27/15)
ADDIS ABABA, March (Xinhua) -- Intra-regional trade in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has increased dramatically but a lot needs to be done to achieve more with focus on small, medium and micro enterprises (SMEs), noted Officials. Speaking at the 34th session of the Council of Ministers of COMESA on Thursday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, the officials of the sub-region also underlined the need to ensure value addition of products in member countries for more...
(Independent Online 03/23/15)
Direct marketing retailer HomeChoice seems to be making headway with growing business in Africa with plans to open its Pan-African office in Mauritius this year. The group which sells homeware merchandise, personal electronics and loan products, said on Friday that it planned to offer innovative retail and financial services products to the growing African middle class. “Expansion into the rest of Africa presents a major growth opportunity for the business in the medium to long term. “A solid platform for...
(Bloomberg 03/21/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Barclays Plc has started lending to diamond dealers as the British bank seeks to expand in southern Africa, according to people familiar with the situation. The U.K.-based bank is financing buyers of rough stones in Botswana and South Africa, the people said, asking not to be identified as the move hasn’t been made public. Barclays customers include buyers of gems from the Botswana government, the biggest producing country, two of the people said. Barclays Chief Executive Officer Antony...
(Bloomberg 03/19/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Pioneer Foods Ltd., a South African food and beverage producer, plans acquisitions in at least five more African countries after taking a majority holding in Nigerian competitor Food Concepts Plc. “We’re talking to entrepreneurs for opportunities to expand our investments in the continent” within the next five years, Thushen Govender, the company’s head of international business, said in an interview in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, on Tuesday. “Our focus is on larger economies with a higher population -- for example, Angola, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Ghana.”
(Xinhuanet 03/19/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- Megacities across Africa have suffered from the perennial problem of traffic congestion, a by- product of the remarkable economic boom over the past decade. Africa has outperformed many economies in the world in past decade with an average growth of near 5 percent. Despite headwinds, growth is projected to stand at 5.1 percent by 2017, lifted by infrastructure investment, increased agriculture production, and buoyant services. However, the economic boom has led to surging population in megacities...
(Forbes 03/18/15)
“There is always space for you to play, but approach it with diligence,” - Strive Masiyiwa, founder & Chairman, Econet Wireless Group. According to a research report published by Canadean, total consumption of non-alcoholic beverages in Africa in 2013 was 51,559 million liters (13,473 million gallons). Applying a multiplier to that consumption volume; average price of $1.06 per liter (combination of on and off trade sales values), the value of the non-alcoholic beverage industry in Africa was estimated at $54.6...

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(BBC News Africa 02/26/15)
Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be postponed from January to June to help move the 2022 World Cup. A Fifa taskforce has recommended the World Cup is played in November and December to avoid Qatar's hot summer. "The African confederation has automatically and nicely agreed it will not organise the Nations Cup in January 2023," Valcke said. "It will have to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations to June." The 2022 World Cup is set to finish in late December and the African Cup had been scheduled to start in mid-January 2023. Valcke said the aim of postponing the continental event was "to avoid there being a...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
MALABO, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt. According to the continental football body's statement, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana are competing to replace strife-riven Libya who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals for security concerns. The CAF also announced that the host nation will play games in the qualifiers, but its matches will be friendlies and won't have points on offer. The qualifiers will begin in June, and the 52 competing countries and regions will go straight into 13 groups of four teams each. The top team in each group and...
(SouthAfrica.info 01/19/15)
Top South African cycling outfit Team MTN-Qhubeka has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Tour de France - the first African team ever to do so in 101 years. The 22 teams riding in the race were announced by the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) last week. Along with the 17 World Tour teams, five wild card teams also issued - including one to the South African team. This year will be the first time in the race's 101...
(BBC News Africa 01/15/15)
An African-registered team will compete in the Tour de France for the first time this summer. The MTN-Qhubeka outfit from South Africa is one of five teams granted wildcard invitations alongside the 17 World Tour entries. The team has previously stated its desire to mark Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July with a specially-designed kit if it was invited to take part. The 102nd Tour gets under way in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 4 July. Grand Tour stage winners Edvald Boasson...
(Daily Trust 12/22/14)
Football without superstars is like tea without sugar, like bread without butter, or beans without dodo (fried plantain). We are in the season of celebrating the super stars, the players whose light has shone brightest in the football constellation. Next January, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will elect its winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014. The event has become very significant for the players because it shoots their status and profile sky high, onto a new pedestal of respect and prospect of additional fortune! In the final list of five players for the 2014 African award there are a few surprise inclusions.
(Independent Online 12/09/14)
Monaco – An African bid to stage the Olympic Games for the first time will get widespread sympathy in the IOC after its new reforms, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said. With Durban in South Africa considering a run for the 2024 Games, Bach said in an interview that it was up to Africa to make a “feasible” case. “This depends on Africa,” Bach said when asked when the first Olympics would be held in Africa. Reforms passed by the International...
(BBC News Africa 11/14/14)
It will be almost impossible to stage the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on time, says the man who organised the 2008 tournament in Ghana. Morocco was due to stage the 2015 Cup but was removed as host after expressing fears over the Ebola virus. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) insists the tournament will go ahead on time, starting on 17 January. But Dr Kofi Amoah told the BBC: "It could be a sham. I don't think there is...
(BBC News Africa 11/12/14)
The new hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be named in "two or three days", says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf president Issa Hayatou revealed the timeframe in a live interview with TV channel France 24 on Tuesday. Hayatou added that the tournament dates remained 17 January to 8 February. It was announced earlier on Tuesday that original choice Morocco would not host because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent. Morocco had asked to postpone the competition until 2016 but Caf refused and expelled them from the finals.
(The New York Times 11/12/14)
Fear of the spread of Ebola has now thrown Africa’s most important soccer tournament into disarray. Morocco was removed Tuesday as host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and expelled from participating in the biennial championship after it sought to delay the 16-team event, concerned about a spread of the virus. No replacement host has yet been named for the tournament, which is scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8. The expulsion of Morocco was announced by the Confederation...
(PANA 11/11/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Several innovations reported in recent years from across Africa bode well for the continent striving to get skills that meet its industry requirements in the 21st century, economic and labour experts meeting in Addis Ababa said on Saturday. But some basics must be in place for Africa to have the capacity to take advantage of what is happening globally in technology and innovation, according to Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice President of the African...
(BBC News Africa 11/10/14)
The five-man shortlist for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 has been revealed. Title holder Yaya Toure has been nominated for the sixth consecutive year, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama and Gervinho. The winner will be decided by fans of African football, who have until 18:00 GMT on Monday, 24 November to vote for their choice. Or to vote for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 by SMS, text the number of the player...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/09/14)
Former France international midfielder Corentin Martins has been named as the new coach of Mauritania but no details of the 45-year-old's contract were given by the country's football federation in a statement confirming the appointment on Tuesday. Martins, who has limited coaching experience with lower-league Quimper and Stade Brest in the French league, replaces compatriot Patrice Neveu, who was fired after Mauritania were eliminated from African Nations Cup qualifiers in August. (Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by...
(PANA 10/07/14)
The qualifying series for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is set to resume next weekend, after a month-long break, PANA reported Sunday. The first set of two group matches were played last month, and two more matches are slated to be played this month. Match day three will be next Friday and Saturday, while Match day four will be four days later, on 15 Oct. After this month's matches, there will be two more matches to go, in November,...
(The New Times 10/07/14)
Head coaches and technical directors of African national teams have hailed progress in African football but emphasised the need to make improvements which would see an African team win a Fifa World Cup. The resolution was among the many passed by the coaches, who meet in a two-day conference held in Cairo, Egypt last week. It was organised by FIFA and CAF to review and learn from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Rwanda was represented by Amavubi head coach...
(Kawowo Sports 09/30/14)
The Mauritania Football Federation (FFRIM) has shortlisted four coaches among which one will be named to take over the vacant position of the national team coach. The list announced by the FA after its meeting held last week includes French trio; Pierre Lechantre, Corentin Martins and Sebastien Lechantre. Serbian Milovan Rajevac completes the foursome. The four names will today be reviewed by the selection committee headed by FFRIM President, Ahmed Ould Yahya, to decide on the best choice for onward...
(Dw-World 09/04/14)
As the continent gears up for its African Nations Cup qualifiers, concerns are growing that the deadly disease could ruin the games. Some argue soccer players and fans from Ebola-hit countries could spread the virus. The message from Africa's soccer governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was clear: Ivory Coast will be expelled from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they refuse to host Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in their qualifier on Saturday (06.09.2014). CAF's statement prompted Ivory Coast to allow the match to be held in Abidjan after all.
(PANA 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(RFI(EN) 07/29/14)
No black African cyclist has ever taken part in the Tour de France. The most prestigous cycling event in the world ended in Paris on Sunday, and Team Africa Rising hopes to bring an African team to the Tour in the near future. Team Africa Rising wants to be the first hundred percent African team to race the European circuit and eventually take part in the Tour de France. Speaking to RFI, Jock Boyer, the founder of Team Africa Rising...
(The Point 07/05/14)
Football lovers in Africa are generally disappointed about the early exit of Africa's five representatives in the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. But the signs were already there for such a development. And squabbles over finances and administrative arrangements are a large contributing factor. However, since FIFA allocated 1.5 million dollars to each of the 32 participating teams, the payment of bonuses to African players should not be a problem, if based on prior agreement, which should be available...
(Zimbabwe Independent 06/21/14)
AT the Brazil 2014 World Cup shorn of African heroics so far, with the singular exception of Ivory Coast, Cameroon went down fighting on Wednesday, but unfortunately, among themselves! After hitting the headlines on the eve of football's global super show for staging an industrial action over bonuses for their participation, the West Africans hogged the limelight for all the wrong reasons yet again. This time it was violence and unmitigated failure in an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Croatia. All...

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(AFP (eng) 02/21/15)
Timbuktu, which won a Cesar award -- France's version of the Oscars -- on Friday tells the story of northern Mali under the control of jihadists, in a foreshadowing of the rise of the Islamic State group. The ancient caravan town of the title, often a by-word for otherworldly remoteness, was seized by armed Islamists who cut a swathe through the west African nation's vast desert for most of 2012. It was liberated in a military intervention led by former colonial power France, but sporadic violence remains a problem and it is still potentially one of the most dangerous parts of the region for unwary Westerners. Originally to be filmed in Mali, most of the...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/15)
Timbuktu, which won seven Cesar awards -- France's version of the Oscars -- on Friday tells the story of northern Mali under the control of jihadists, in a foreshadowing of the rise of the Islamic State group. Among its haul, it scooped the coveted best film and best director gongs for Mauritania's Abderrahmane Sissako. The ancient caravan town of the title, often a by-word for otherworldly remoteness, was seized by armed Islamists who cut a swathe through the west African nation's vast desert for most of 2012. It was liberated in a military intervention led by former colonial power France, but sporadic violence remains a problem and it is still potentially one of the most dangerous parts of the region...
(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.
(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to...
(Leadership 11/20/14)
It was another night of glamour and panache as this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The grand finale of the festival, which kicked off amid gaiety on Sunday, November 9, held at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, with top Nollywood stars, producers, directors and stakeholders from Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world in attendance. Leading Nollywood stars at the event...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Despite sparse resources and limited institutional support, the world will soon wake up to Africa's ingenious new artists, according to some of the continent's leading exponents taking part in London's Contemporary African Art Fair. The four-day event -- the largest such fair outside Africa -- opens on Thursday and showcases the work of over 120 artists in the grand setting of Somerset House in the heart of the British capital in a bid to reach a global market. Some 27...
(News Day 10/10/14)
IT was a night of fun and of course lots of glitz and glamour at The Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots launch on October 5 at The Whippet in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa. After the unexpected burning down of the former BBA house also located in Johannesburg, viewers and audiences were naturally eager to see how this new venue would turn out and with no doubt Big Brother did not disappoint. The usual presenter, Ik Osakioduwa, popularly known as Ik,...
(AFP 05/15/14)
CANNES, May 15, 2014 (AFP) - The director of "Timbuktu", a powerful film about the Islamist occupation of northern Mali, broke down in tears in Cannes on Thursday as he spoke about this dark moment in the country's history. Featuring death by stoning, lashings, and extreme restrictions, the film, which is up for the film festival's top Palme d'Or prize, portrays the forced submission of residents in the fabled Malian city of Timbuktu to jihadists in 2012, before a French-led...
(The Guardian 12/30/13)
Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt. At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated...
( 12/17/13)
BBnZ Live turned the entire Accra metropolis upside-down with the maiden edition of the Afro-Beats Festival held at the Independence Square in Accra over the weekend. An ecstatic crowd made up of over 60,000 Ghanaian music fans from all walks of life including students from all Ghanaian second cycle and tertiary institutions thronged the venue to partake in the event. The three-day Afro-Beats Festival was an all night affair which provided non-stop entertainment till the break of dawn. It kicked...
(AFP 11/09/13)
LAGOS, November 9, 2013 (AFP) - The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opens in Nigeria on Sunday and although it is still in its infancy, organisers hope that with time it can become the continent's Cannes. Seventy films from across the continent will be screened in a series of venues over seven days in the southern coastal city of Calabar, which Nigeria has tried to promote as an emerging cultural hub. "For an African film to come out in Cannes...
(CNN 09/20/13)
London (CNN) -- The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features - all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses. But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion...
(Voice of America 04/18/15)
International health officials say just two capsules a day of Vitamin A reduces the chance of a child dying by 22%. Children without iodine lose 13 IQ points and stay one year less in school. Efforts to promote child health support vitamin and mineral supplements to rectify the problem. They also support breast-feeding and foods fortified with health-enhancing nutrients. But many high-impact programs are under-funded. The new Power of Nutrition fund aims to change all that. The new effort will help mobilize one billion dollars for nutritional programs at scale by 2020. The initiative now has $55 million from the British philanthropy, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. It will leverage at least another $100 million...
(Bloomberg 04/14/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa this year by 1.25 percentage points as plunging oil prices force exporters to curb spending plans. Gross domestic product is estimated to expand 4.5 percent, down from 5 percent in 2014, the Washington-based lender said in its World Economic Outlook. Further weakening of growth in China or Europe could reduce demand for African exports and curtail foreign investment in infrastructure and mining, it said. Nigeria and Angola, Africa’s biggest oil producers, are among the hardest hit by an almost halving in crude prices since June.
(Voice of America 04/14/15)
CHICAGO— The United States and the African Union signed an agreement on Monday to create the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, signed a memo of cooperation formalizing the collaboration between the African Union Commission and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
(Voice of America 04/14/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— While indigenous people from central African countries attended a meeting in Cameroon to promote their respective traditions, languages and cultures, Yaounde is taking measures to bring formal education to the nomadic Mbororos and Pygmies. The Ngoimo Baka pygmy community lives deep in the tropical forest of eastern Cameroon. The natural environment is their only source of livelihood. Every evening, villagers assemble at their chief's courtyard to listen to stories and roast meat caught nearby. This day, chief Bengoula...
(Voice of America 04/13/15)
Italian navy and merchant ships rescued a group of almost 1,000 migrants from three overcrowded boats about 48 kilometers from the coast of Libya. One person died before the rescue workers reached the boats. The migrants sent a distress call by phone Friday and were being taken to the island of Lampedusa, following rescue operations conducted into Saturday. In a dawn operation on Saturday, two Albanians, ages 28 and 42, were arrested after police identified them as the smugglers in charge of a boat carrying 37 would-be Syrian and Kurdish migrants, including five women.
(Voice of America 04/08/15)
MOSCOW/JOHANNESBURG— Russia is pursuing costly state oil and platinum projects in Africa despite an economic crisis at home, hoping they will bolster sales, including of arms, for businesses hit by Western sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. Moscow has mostly focused on building ties with Asia since the U.S. and European Union sanctions came into force last year, but the Africa deals signal a desire to rebuild what was a big market for its weapons and technology during the Soviet era.
(Voice of America 04/04/15)
JAKARTA— Indonesia said Thursday that it was ready to host the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Asia-Africa summit, which will bring delegations from dozens of countries to Jakarta this month. Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, widely known as Ahok, told reporters that preparations were under way to make the capital presentable. "We have completely cleaned the underpasses on toll roads, illegal buildings have been demolished and the occupants are being moved to public housing," he said.
(Bloomberg 04/04/15)
The African Petroleum Producers Association, which represents oil and gas producers from Algeria to South Africa, called for a cut in oil output globally. The group also includes the continent’s biggest producers, Nigeria and Angola. It’s starting an initiative, led by Angola and Algeria, to seek collaboration between members of OPEC and other oil producers to reduce output and stabilize oil prices, which have halved since the end of June. APPA wants “to set up a platform of commitment at...
(Bloomberg 04/03/15)
Mondelez International’s February announcement that it would increase production of coffee from Ethiopian beans 50 percent in two years was good news for the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, started in 2008 with the help of foreign donors to improve food distribution in a country where millions often went hungry. By government decree, almost all buying and selling of coffee, sesame seeds, and navy beans for export must take place on the exchange. The ECX , which got funding from the U.S...
(Voice of America 04/03/15)
JOHANNESBURG—A large swath of Southern Africa has been hit by a double whammy of epic floods followed by a miserly drought -- a phenomenon that has affected countless people in Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Meanwhile, the fledgling nation of South Sudan is in the throes of a major hunger crisis as conflict has pushed the country’s population to the brink of famine. As different as these two scenarios appear, the head of the UN’s World Food Program said both crises...
(The Wall Street Journal 04/02/15)
Shoprite Holdings Ltd. sold more Guinness stout at its 11 stores in Angola and Nigeria last year than at home in South Africa, where it has 10 times as many outlets. But Africa’s biggest retailer is also contending with an Islamic insurgency in Nigeria, where Boko Haram militants have staged attacks near its shops—and the effects of wilting currencies both there and in Angola. The challenges are increasingly common ones for Africa’s largest companies, serving customers embattled by insecurity and economic turmoil.
(Voice of America 04/01/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Wider smartphone and Internet access has allowed technology firms to reach remote African farmers with apps providing veterinary diagnoses, crop planting guidance and virtual marketplaces. Human food production will need to increase 70 percent by 2050 to meet rising demand and Africa is home to more than half of the world's unused arable land, according to United Nations research. Africa's farms have failed to cash in because of a lack of access to infrastructure, training, capital and rapidly advancing...
(BBC News Africa 03/31/15)
The elite of Kenya's much-heralded entrepreneurship revolution work in an ultra-modern. co-working space overlooking the bustle of Nairobi. Their businesses are reliant on the high-speed internet available here. The Nairobi Garage is one of a limited number of work spaces in the city boasting a dedicated 25 megabits per second [Mbps] fibre internet connection. Fibre is definitely not the norm in Kenya - a country viewed as a leader in African technology innovation. In financial terms, fibre internet is way beyond the grasp of most entrepreneurs and small businesses.
(The New York Times 03/28/15)
The faded plaque to the right of the door said “Jochannan, Yosef B.,” but visitors to this nursing home on the northern edge of the Bronx knew the frail 96-year-old inside by another name: Dr. Ben. As a sign of respect, many would also bend down on one knee. The room was covered in mementos from a life spent between continents, weaving together the threads of the African diaspora: honors and awards, photos of Egyptian statues, kente cloth, a mug...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/15)
NEW DELHI, March (Xinhua) -- India will hold a five-day " India-Africa Summit" later this year, where nearly 1,000 delegates will be invited, the Ministry of External Affairs has said. The summit will begin on October 26, and leaders from some 54 countries are expected to attend, the External Affairs Ministry officials said on Wednesday evening. The meeting between the heads of state and government will take place on October 29 and bilateral meetings are being scheduled on October 30,...
(Bloomberg 03/26/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Japan has invested more in project financing in Africa than China as Asian nations continue to strengthen their economic influence on the continent, according to Linklaters LLP. Japanese investors accounted for $3.5 billion of the $4.2 billion of project funds that Asian nations poured into Africa last year to improve roads, water and sanitation and build oil and gas pipelines, according to the London-based law firm. “Japan now ranks as the most active Asian project finance sponsor in...
(Bloomberg 03/21/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Barclays Plc has started lending to diamond dealers as the British bank seeks to expand in southern Africa, according to people familiar with the situation. The U.K.-based bank is financing buyers of rough stones in Botswana and South Africa, the people said, asking not to be identified as the move hasn’t been made public. Barclays customers include buyers of gems from the Botswana government, the biggest producing country, two of the people said. Barclays Chief Executive Officer Antony...
(Voice of America 03/20/15)
The International Food Policy Research Institute has released its Global Food Policy Report. IFPRI Director- General Shenggen Fan listed some of the accomplishments of last year. “We have achieved some progress. For example, we paid more attention to nutrition. We also think water, hygiene are very important in solving children’s under nutrition. We have also seen new commitments on trade and climate change – and [a] focus on family farming. The year 2014 was a year of family farming. So...
(Bloomberg 03/19/15)
(Bloomberg) -- James Wilde has climbed the tallest peaks on every continent, including Mount Everest. Now he’s drilling in Uganda for water to aid refugees fleeing South Sudan’s conflict. Global H20 was founded by Wilde after he caught dysentery from contaminated water on Tibet’s Mount Cho Oyu in 2009. Since then, the charity has won contracts to drill wells and dig latrines for refugee camps accommodating some 80,000 who escaped from South Sudan. A new Angola chapter kicks off operations...
(The New York Times 03/18/15)
NDJAMENA, Chad — Deep in the Sahara, late at night, a Reaper drone silently tracked a six-vehicle convoy crossing the desert into Niger from Libya. Minutes later, French attack planes and helicopter gunships swooped down on the convoy of Qaeda-backed fighters, turning the militant caravan into smoldering wreckage. The raid last October by French combat aircraft and commandos killed or captured 15 Islamist fighters, and recovered nearly three tons of weapons, including Russian-designed SA-7 shoulder-fired missiles and several hundred anti-tank rockets, all bound for guerrilla operations in Mali, French officials said.

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