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Friday 04 September 2015

Mauritanie

(Bloomberg 09/04/15)
Slumping oil prices are spurring 4,000-mile (6,400-kilometer) diversions of tankers filled with diesel and jet fuel as the price of ship fuel plunges, opening up trading opportunities. At least five tankers will deliver refined products to European ports in August and September, sailing around South Africa rather than using the normal shortcut through Egypt’s Suez Canal, ship tracking data show.
(Voice of America 09/04/15)
In sub-Saharan Africa, problems with communicable diseases, like HIV, malaria and ebola are common. But adult-onset diabetes is being seen more often in the region, in many of the world’s poorest countries, where doctors and medical facilities are not prepared to deal with the serious health problem. Diabetes now affects 21 million African men and women, a number that authors of an article in the journal "The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology" say is expected to climb to 35 million in the next 20 years. They estimate the prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes is 62 percent in middle-aged adults, with those younger than age 60 making up three-quarters of deaths related to the condition. The problem, says Harvard University global health expert...
(The Associated Press 09/03/15)
Dakar - Mali's defence ministry adviser says that five neighbouring countries have met to discuss a joint force to fight extremism in the region. Lt Col Diarran Kone said on Wednesday that representatives from Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Chad are meeting in Bamako to strategize. He said they are meeting with experts from the African Union and the West African economic bloc, Ecowas, to discuss what is necessary to deploy such a military force. There have been several...
(Voice of America 09/03/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— World Health Organization officials on Monday called to regulate traditional medicine in Africa to protect the public against potentially harmful practices. The announcement, which coincided with the U.N. body's commemoration of African Traditional Medicine Day, could have broad implications for the estimated 80 percent of Africans who rely on traditional practitioners for their primary mode of care.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/03/15)
A boat containing around 40 African migrants including a toddler girl landed on a beach on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, sea rescue services said on Wednesday. The Spanish Canary Islands off the Moroccan coast were a key route around 10 years ago for migrants from Africa trying to reach Europe, but their numbers fell after Spain increased patrolling. Europe is in crisis as hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing war and economic migrants escaping poverty are arriving on...
(Bloomberg 09/02/15)
Slumping oil prices are spurring 4,000-mile (6,400-kilometer) diversions of tankers filled with diesel and jet fuel as the price of ship fuel plunges, opening up trading opportunities. At least five tankers will deliver refined products to European ports in August and September, sailing around South Africa rather than using the normal shortcut through Egypt’s Suez Canal, ship tracking data show. The falling cost of fuel oil, used to power ships, has made longer voyages viable at a time when there are advantages for traders to keep cargoes at sea.
(Bloomberg 09/02/15)
Nestle SA said KitKat will become the first global chocolate brand to make all its products with sustainably sourced cocoa as the chocolate industry faces allegations of child labor in the supply of raw materials. All KitKat bars will be made with cocoa accredited by independent third parties by the first quarter of 2016, the Vevey, Switzerland-based company said in a statement Monday. That includes those made in the U.S., which are produced by license holder Hershey Co. The chocolate...
(The Observer 09/01/15)
Last month, it was asserted under this column that Eurocentric culture which enabled white people to dominate the world with effect from 1492 was warlike in essence as opposed to black civilisation which was pacifist in nature. In this essay, an attempt is made to account for the difference in approach. Readers will recall that in the fateful year, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas and Moors (Black Africans and Arabs) were pushed out of Europe back to Africa.
(Bloomberg 09/01/15)
As people fleeing their homelands braved the risk of drowning to sail north toward Europe this year, Ibrahima Sarr crossed the Mediterranean in the other direction. He came home to Senegal, after almost a decade hawking counterfeit Louis Vuitton handbags on Spain’s southern beaches, to fulfill his dream of starting a business. Instead of made-in-China fashions, Sarr now sells rice, onions, potatoes and cooking oil in his neon-lit grocery store at the bustling Keur Mbaye Fall market in an eastern...
(Voice of America 08/31/15)
Bob van Dijk’s $55 billion media company gets almost all of its value from a single Chinese investment, yet he’s more concerned about attracting Africans to Naspers Ltd.’s new video-on-demand service than about China’s economic slowdown. Naspers’ 42-year-old chief executive officer is focusing on how to beat Netflix Inc. to a potential audience of more than 1 billion across the African continent with the company’s ShowMax service, which went live in South Africa earlier this month.
(Times Live 08/31/15)
The World Bank projects that agriculture and agribusiness in Africa will grow to be a US$1 trillion industry in Africa by 2030. To promote this outcome, the continent must review its incentive structures. Agriculture averages 24% of GDP across the continent. With post-harvest activities taken into account, agriculture-related industry accounts for nearly half of all economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa. The region holds about half of the world’s fertile and as-yet-unused land - and yet it spends US$25 billion annually...
(Voice of America 08/29/15)
GENEVA— The United Nations refugee agency reports deaths are spiking as refugees and migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea in record numbers in a desperate bid to reach European countries. The U.N. refugee agency reports more than 300,000 refugees and migrants have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this year, trying to reach Europe. This is a huge increase over the 219,000 who made the crossing during the whole of 2014.
(Bloomberg 08/28/15)
Dangote Cement Plc, Africa’s biggest producer, will add 25 million metric tons of capacity across 11 countries after agreeing to contracts with Chinese construction company Sinoma International Engineering Co. Ltd. The total project cost is expected to be about $4.34 billion, Lagos, Nigeria-based Dangote said in a statement on Wednesday. Cement facilities will be built in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Niger, Mali, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nepal
(Voice of America 08/27/15)
LIBREVILLE, GABON— A planned Pacific regional trade pact and a tariff-free deal between African nations and the United States should help discourage wildlife poaching in Africa, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. Speaking in Gabon at the start of a conference on the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership would include measures to curb demand from Asia for trafficked wildlife from Africa.
(Bloomberg 08/26/15)
Deutsche Post AG’s DHL unit is investing about $50 million in sub-Saharan Africa as rising household incomes help spur demand for express and freight deliveries. DHL is focusing spending on gateway facilities, warehouses, vehicles and information technology, Deutsche Post Chief Executive Officer Frank Appel said in a Johannesburg interview. The figure includes 30.5 million euros ($35 million) for forwarding and supply-chain units announced in October and more than 17 million euros earmarked for the express arm this year.
(Voice of America 08/26/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— Pest experts from across Africa have recommended vast vaccination and pest eradication programs to stop trans-border animal diseases that claim between 10 percent and 20 percent of the continent's animals yearly. The experts are gathered in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, under the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's program.
(Voice of America 08/26/15)
 
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The United States and African nations hold the first conference this week in Gabon on the African Growth and Opportunities Act since Congress recently renewed a zero tariff deal for another 10 years. African nations hope to better exploit preferential access in the future - most analysts say AGOA has been under-utilized. Exhibitors at the AGOA forum in the Gabonese capital, Libreville, are ready to take full advantage of exporting their products into the U.S. tax free. U.S. Assistant Secretary...
(Voice of America 08/25/15)
A Sudanese migrant who walked the length of the Channel Tunnel from France to Britain has pleaded not guilty to charges in a British court. Abdul Haroun, 40, appeared via videolink from a prison Monday, to enter a plea on an obscure 19th-century charge of "causing obstruction to an engine or carriage using a railway." Speaking through an Arabic-language interpreter, Haroun said he was not guilty of the offense. Haroun was arrested on August 4 after being found in the...
(The New Times 08/24/15)
A high level symposium on democratisation in Africa took place in Kigali yesterday. Some of Africa's best minds were expected to brainstorm on what can be done to steer Africa's prospects to greater heights. It is expected that the outcomes of the meeting, organised by the Meles Zenawi Foundation, in conjunction with the African Development Bank and the Government of Rwanda, will contribute to the continent's development strategy - Agenda 2063.
(African arguments 08/22/15)
Africa is the fastest growing region for FDI in the world. This is a great opportunity for the continent - if it can be harnessed correctly. From Carrefour to Coca-Cola, more and more foreign companies are eyeing up Africa with great interest. In 2014, for instance, the world's biggest yoghurt company, Danone, bought a 40% stake in East Africa's largest milk producer, Brookside Dairy Limited, giving it access to 140,000 milk farms across the region. Danone also plans to raise...

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(Voice of America 09/04/15)
In sub-Saharan Africa, problems with communicable diseases, like HIV, malaria and ebola are common. But adult-onset diabetes is being seen more often in the region, in many of the world’s poorest countries, where doctors and medical facilities are not prepared to deal with the serious health problem. Diabetes now affects 21 million African men and women, a number that authors of an article in the journal "The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology" say is expected to climb to 35 million in the next 20 years. They estimate the prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes is 62 percent in middle-aged adults, with those younger than age 60 making up three-quarters of deaths related to the condition. The problem, says...
(The Associated Press 09/03/15)
Dakar - Mali's defence ministry adviser says that five neighbouring countries have met to discuss a joint force to fight extremism in the region. Lt Col Diarran Kone said on Wednesday that representatives from Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Chad are meeting in Bamako to strategize. He said they are meeting with experts from the African Union and the West African economic bloc, Ecowas, to discuss what is necessary to deploy such a military force. There have been several meetings of the five Sahel countries. The G5 Sahel is an institutional framework for coordinating and monitoring security in the region. The first summit was held in February in Mauritania to coordinate development and security policies. The Sahel is a...
(Voice of America 09/03/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— World Health Organization officials on Monday called to regulate traditional medicine in Africa to protect the public against potentially harmful practices. The announcement, which coincided with the U.N. body's commemoration of African Traditional Medicine Day, could have broad implications for the estimated 80 percent of Africans who rely on traditional practitioners for their primary mode of care.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/03/15)
A boat containing around 40 African migrants including a toddler girl landed on a beach on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, sea rescue services said on Wednesday. The Spanish Canary Islands off the Moroccan coast were a key route around 10 years ago for migrants from Africa trying to reach Europe, but their numbers fell after Spain increased patrolling. Europe is in crisis as hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing war and economic migrants escaping poverty are arriving on...
(Bloomberg 09/02/15)
Nestle SA said KitKat will become the first global chocolate brand to make all its products with sustainably sourced cocoa as the chocolate industry faces allegations of child labor in the supply of raw materials. All KitKat bars will be made with cocoa accredited by independent third parties by the first quarter of 2016, the Vevey, Switzerland-based company said in a statement Monday. That includes those made in the U.S., which are produced by license holder Hershey Co. The chocolate...
(The Observer 09/01/15)
Last month, it was asserted under this column that Eurocentric culture which enabled white people to dominate the world with effect from 1492 was warlike in essence as opposed to black civilisation which was pacifist in nature. In this essay, an attempt is made to account for the difference in approach. Readers will recall that in the fateful year, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas and Moors (Black Africans and Arabs) were pushed out of Europe back to Africa.
(Times Live 08/31/15)
The World Bank projects that agriculture and agribusiness in Africa will grow to be a US$1 trillion industry in Africa by 2030. To promote this outcome, the continent must review its incentive structures. Agriculture averages 24% of GDP across the continent. With post-harvest activities taken into account, agriculture-related industry accounts for nearly half of all economic activity in sub-Saharan Africa. The region holds about half of the world’s fertile and as-yet-unused land - and yet it spends US$25 billion annually...
(Voice of America 08/29/15)
GENEVA— The United Nations refugee agency reports deaths are spiking as refugees and migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea in record numbers in a desperate bid to reach European countries. The U.N. refugee agency reports more than 300,000 refugees and migrants have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this year, trying to reach Europe. This is a huge increase over the 219,000 who made the crossing during the whole of 2014.
(Voice of America 08/27/15)
LIBREVILLE, GABON— A planned Pacific regional trade pact and a tariff-free deal between African nations and the United States should help discourage wildlife poaching in Africa, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. Speaking in Gabon at the start of a conference on the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership would include measures to curb demand from Asia for trafficked wildlife from Africa.
(Voice of America 08/26/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— Pest experts from across Africa have recommended vast vaccination and pest eradication programs to stop trans-border animal diseases that claim between 10 percent and 20 percent of the continent's animals yearly. The experts are gathered in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, under the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's program.
(Voice of America 08/25/15)
A Sudanese migrant who walked the length of the Channel Tunnel from France to Britain has pleaded not guilty to charges in a British court. Abdul Haroun, 40, appeared via videolink from a prison Monday, to enter a plea on an obscure 19th-century charge of "causing obstruction to an engine or carriage using a railway." Speaking through an Arabic-language interpreter, Haroun said he was not guilty of the offense. Haroun was arrested on August 4 after being found in the...
(The New Times 08/24/15)
A high level symposium on democratisation in Africa took place in Kigali yesterday. Some of Africa's best minds were expected to brainstorm on what can be done to steer Africa's prospects to greater heights. It is expected that the outcomes of the meeting, organised by the Meles Zenawi Foundation, in conjunction with the African Development Bank and the Government of Rwanda, will contribute to the continent's development strategy - Agenda 2063.
(The Star 08/22/15)
Africa's leading medics will meet in Mombasa on August 31 to discuss physician-assisted suicide. This could pave the way for terminally ill people to end their lives. The 19th Association of Medical Councils of Africa will also deliberate on registration and licensing of doctors. The continental annual event will be hosted by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board. More than 20 medical regulatory boards across Africa will attend, Amcoa President George Magoha told the Star yesterday. The conference will...
(AFP (eng) 08/21/15)
A Mauritanian court on Thursday upheld a two-year prison sentence against three anti-slavery activists who were arrested during a protest against bondage in the west African nation. Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, runner-up in the 2014 presidential elections and head of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA), was jailed in January alongside two other activists. In an open letter published after the ruling he vowed to continue his fight against slavery and appealed for the United...
(Voice of America 08/21/15)
ALEG, MAURITANIA— A Mauritanian court on Thursday rejected an appeal by the country's leading anti-slavery campaigner to be released from jail, upholding a two-year sentence passed in January. The West African government has attempted to criminalize slavery and last week passed a law making it a crime against humanity and doubling prison terms for offenders. But campaigners say it will not be enough to stamp out the practice, thought to affect between 4 and 20 percent of the population.
(AL Jazeera 08/21/15)
Dakar - A Mauritanian court has upheld a two-year prison sentence against three anti-slavery activists who were arrested during a protest against bondage in the west African nation. In an open letter from prison published on Wednesday, one of the accused, Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, vowed to continue his fight against slavery and appealed for the United States and European Union to put pressure on Mauritania to act against the practice, including stopping financial aid. "From my dark cell...
(APA 08/21/15)
The harsh sentence upheld against a prominent anti-slavery activist is a clear indication that Mauritania has no intention of letting up on its crackdown on human rights defenders, Amnesty International said Thursday. An appeal court in the south-western Mauritanian town of Aleg has confirmed the two year sentence after convicting former presidential candidate Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, Brahim Bilal and Djiby Sow of membership in an unrecognized organization, taking part in an unauthorized assembly, failing to comply with police...
(The Reporter 08/18/15)
Africa now stands on the brink of being polio-free. Our collective efforts to combat polio have left behind important lessons that we must build upon to ensure that no child dies from vaccine-preventable diseases, writes Matshidiso Moeti (MD). In 1995, polio affected all countries across Africa and paralysed more than 75,000 children for life. The following year, Nelson Mandela launched a new campaign: 'Kick Polio Out of Africa.' His hope was that polio would follow the only human disease ever...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/15)
A young African man, who squeezed into tiny hidden compartment in a car to try to enter Spanish North African city of Melilla, is seen in this handout picture released by Spain's Interior Ministry August 14, 2015. Reuters/Spanish Interior Ministry/Handout Three young African men who squeezed into hidden compartments in a car to enter a Spanish territory in North Africa were found in critical condition by border police, the Spanish government said on Friday.
(Tanzania Daily News 08/17/15)
One of the most effective sources that formed European attitude towards Africans was Joseph Conrad's novelette The Heart of Darkness. What he saw of people of the Congo basin during his naval incursion into Africa's heartland inspired him to paint an unflattering image of Africans. For all we know, judging from his account, the Africans justified the concept of social Darwinism. Africans could not be put on the same level of evolution as the Europeans. The idea of the "noble...

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(Bloomberg 09/04/15)
Slumping oil prices are spurring 4,000-mile (6,400-kilometer) diversions of tankers filled with diesel and jet fuel as the price of ship fuel plunges, opening up trading opportunities. At least five tankers will deliver refined products to European ports in August and September, sailing around South Africa rather than using the normal shortcut through Egypt’s Suez Canal, ship tracking data show.
(Bloomberg 09/02/15)
Slumping oil prices are spurring 4,000-mile (6,400-kilometer) diversions of tankers filled with diesel and jet fuel as the price of ship fuel plunges, opening up trading opportunities. At least five tankers will deliver refined products to European ports in August and September, sailing around South Africa rather than using the normal shortcut through Egypt’s Suez Canal, ship tracking data show. The falling cost of fuel oil, used to power ships, has made longer voyages viable at a time when there are advantages for traders to keep cargoes at sea.
(Bloomberg 09/01/15)
As people fleeing their homelands braved the risk of drowning to sail north toward Europe this year, Ibrahima Sarr crossed the Mediterranean in the other direction. He came home to Senegal, after almost a decade hawking counterfeit Louis Vuitton handbags on Spain’s southern beaches, to fulfill his dream of starting a business. Instead of made-in-China fashions, Sarr now sells rice, onions, potatoes and cooking oil in his neon-lit grocery store at the bustling Keur Mbaye Fall market in an eastern...
(Voice of America 08/31/15)
Bob van Dijk’s $55 billion media company gets almost all of its value from a single Chinese investment, yet he’s more concerned about attracting Africans to Naspers Ltd.’s new video-on-demand service than about China’s economic slowdown. Naspers’ 42-year-old chief executive officer is focusing on how to beat Netflix Inc. to a potential audience of more than 1 billion across the African continent with the company’s ShowMax service, which went live in South Africa earlier this month.
(Bloomberg 08/28/15)
Dangote Cement Plc, Africa’s biggest producer, will add 25 million metric tons of capacity across 11 countries after agreeing to contracts with Chinese construction company Sinoma International Engineering Co. Ltd. The total project cost is expected to be about $4.34 billion, Lagos, Nigeria-based Dangote said in a statement on Wednesday. Cement facilities will be built in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Niger, Mali, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nepal
(Bloomberg 08/26/15)
Deutsche Post AG’s DHL unit is investing about $50 million in sub-Saharan Africa as rising household incomes help spur demand for express and freight deliveries. DHL is focusing spending on gateway facilities, warehouses, vehicles and information technology, Deutsche Post Chief Executive Officer Frank Appel said in a Johannesburg interview. The figure includes 30.5 million euros ($35 million) for forwarding and supply-chain units announced in October and more than 17 million euros earmarked for the express arm this year.
(Voice of America 08/26/15)
 
00:00
The United States and African nations hold the first conference this week in Gabon on the African Growth and Opportunities Act since Congress recently renewed a zero tariff deal for another 10 years. African nations hope to better exploit preferential access in the future - most analysts say AGOA has been under-utilized. Exhibitors at the AGOA forum in the Gabonese capital, Libreville, are ready to take full advantage of exporting their products into the U.S. tax free. U.S. Assistant Secretary...
(African arguments 08/22/15)
Africa is the fastest growing region for FDI in the world. This is a great opportunity for the continent - if it can be harnessed correctly. From Carrefour to Coca-Cola, more and more foreign companies are eyeing up Africa with great interest. In 2014, for instance, the world's biggest yoghurt company, Danone, bought a 40% stake in East Africa's largest milk producer, Brookside Dairy Limited, giving it access to 140,000 milk farms across the region. Danone also plans to raise...
(CNN 08/21/15)
(CNN)China's development decisions are critically important for Africa. In Lagos, Addis and Johannesburg, China's surprise yuan devaluation has African analysts scratching their heads. Obviously Chinese goods will be cheaper in Africa, and African exports more expensive in China. So far, this decision is just a tremor, not a quake. Yet why did China devalue, and what is this likely to mean for Africa? To understand China's devaluation, we need to take a step back.
(Bloomberg 08/20/15)
MTN Group Ltd. has begun talks with phone-tower operator IHS Holding Ltd. over South African towers the wireless carrier is seeking to sell in a deal valued at as much as $2 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. Discussions with potential buyers could result in a joint venture in which Johannesburg-based MTN would retain a large stake, said people familiar with the matter, asking not to be identified as the matter is private. American Tower Corp. has previously expressed interest in the towers.
(Dw-World 08/19/15)
Mobile users in six African nations are being targeted by Internet giant Google, which has launched an inexpensive smartphone with them in mind. The Android One program is designed for easy connectivity. Life without a smartphone is unthinkable for many people today. The electronic devices do everything from helping us to plan our day and keeping us connected with friends and family, to allowing us to buy things online. They can even lock our doors for us when we're being too lazy.
(Bloomberg 08/18/15)
Naspers Ltd. is in talks with wireless carrier Vodacom Group Ltd. about delivering video content to mobile devices across Africa as the media company seeks to compete with Netflix Inc. in offering movies and TV in the continent of 1 billion people. An agreement would give Naspers additional distribution for a video-on-demand service, dubbed Showmax, that the company plans to start this week, according to two people familiar with the matter.
(Voice of America 08/14/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Power cuts in 15 sub-Saharan African countries could become an "exception" rather than a norm in 10 years, with private capital expected to play an increasingly bigger role, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said in a survey Thursday. Africa's installed power generation capacity is expected to quadruple to 380 gigawatts in 2040 from 90 GW in 2012, boosted by private investment, green energy initiatives and cross-border energy trade, the survey showed. Three-quarters of respondents said there was "a medium to high probability...
(Bloomberg 08/13/15)
Aksa Enerji Uretim AS, a Turkish power producer in which Goldman Sachs Group Inc. holds a 17 percent stake, clinched its foreign deal as tight domestic margins are causing losses on its dollar-denominated debt. The second-largest electricity producer in Turkey is in talks to construct as many as six power plants in Africa after it announced a deal to build a 370-megawatt facility in Ghana, Cuneyt Uygun, chief executive officer of the Istanbul-based company, said Monday in a phone interview.
(The Star 08/13/15)
The Pan-African Congress is one of Africa's most premier platforms for vibrant discourse that affects all Africans and a preferred destination for African leaders, scholars and intellectuals. Pan-Africanism is one of the oldest and boldest ideas for Africa, by Africans and for Africans. As a school of thought it is about economic, intellectual and political cooperation among Africans and people of African descent in the United States of America, Latin America, the Caribbean and other parts of the world. I...
(Bloomberg 08/11/15)
Africa is battling the global currency markets with one hand tied behind its back. With foreign-exchange reserves equal to less than a 10th of the emerging-market average, nations from Ghana to Zambia are finding they’re powerless to stop their currencies from tumbling amid a rout in commodities and the prospect of higher interest rates in the U.S. Seven of the 20 worst-performing currencies this year are from Africa, even though policy makers are burning through their reserves faster than any other region.
(Voice of America 08/11/15)
The Millennium Challenge Corporation, MCC, recently announced a $70-million commitment to bring one billion dollars in public-private investments to developing countries over over the next five years. A large portion of the grant money will go to Africa and is expected to generate $750 million in investments in Africa from the private sector. “MCC is typically going to invest in large-scale infrastructure projects,” said Kyeh Kim, Deputy Vice-President of Compact Operations for the MCC. “It’s about two-thirds of our portfolio...
(AL Jazeera 08/05/15)
United States President Barack Obama's recent trip to Kenya and Ethiopia featured an appearance at the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, the first of such meetings to be held in sub-Saharan Africa. This event was meant to shine a spotlight on Africa as a growing centre of innovation. While entrepreneurship is increasingly framed as a vehicle for poverty alleviation and development , it is not the path to prosperity its proponents claim it to be. Obama pushed entrepreneurship to the top...
(The Observer 08/04/15)
Staff at work at the police garments factory. They could make use of the Agoa to export their textiles to the USA market Uganda will export a number of products to the United States of America without paying any tax after the world's biggest economy decided to extend the African growth and opportunity Act (Agoa) for another 10 years. The extension of Agoa, which was signed with little fanfare, will see countries such as Uganda enjoy the right to export...
(The Wall Street Journal 07/31/15)
Diageo targets even poorest consumers with liquor made locally and sold cheaply. or 20 years, Leonard Odhiambo has run a thriving business off a dirt path in Kibera, the biggest slum in sub-Saharan Africa. He brews changa’a, a potent spirit made from molasses and mashed grain. A half-liter bottle sells for just over a dollar. Changa’a is illegal, but the police aren’t his biggest threat these days. Diageo PLC, the world’s largest spirits company, is selling inexpensive liquor barely a...

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(Caj News Africa 07/03/15)
Johannesburg — A number of countries that won their opening matches for the CAF 2017 African Nations Championship (CHAN) are tipped to progress to the next stage while others face an uphill task. Among the highlights of the preliminary rounds is an East African Derby pitting Kenya and Ethiopia with the former expected to sail through after an impressive 2-0 away win in Addis Ababa in the first leg two weeks ago. Down south, Bafana Bafana , as South Africa are know, are also heavily favoured to progress to the next round with the second leg against minnows Morocco seeming a mere formality after they won three-nil at home a fortnight ago. The 2014 hosts...
(CNN 06/20/15)
(CNN)The insults are crude, but they hit home hard. The players of Koa Bosco have suffered many such racial taunts since their football club was formed in 2013. On occasion, physical violence has even flared on the pitch, says the Italian team's manager Domenico Mammoliti. "The ignorance of some people..." he sighs, revealing a hint of exasperation at the abuse he says his players have endured. Life in the Italian lower leagues is clearly tough. Yet it's nothing compared to the journey undertaken by this team of African immigrants and refugees from countries such as Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, the Ivory Coast, Togo and Sudan.
(Dw-World 06/15/15)
Two African teams are playing in the FIFA Women's World Cup on Friday (12.06.2015): Nigeria and Cameroon. African women's football has performed poorly in previous tournaments. DW's Sam Olukoya finds out why. Some blame the poor state of African women's football in general for the continent's lackluster performance at international tournaments. 20-year-old professional footballer Igmemeka Ike has been playing since the age of 15. She said the main difficultly women footballers face in Nigeria is the shortage of funds caused...
(Dw-World 06/04/15)
There have been many expressions of regret by soccer fans and functionaries across Africa following Sepp Blatter's announcement that he will step down as as president of FIFA later this year. If there was one thing Sepp Blatter could be sure of during his nearly 18 years as FIFA president, it was that he had the support of African soccer. The continent's governing soccer body CAF, and its individual 54 voting members, has repeatedly expressed thanks and appreciation for Blatter's...
(RFI(EN) 05/28/15)
The arrest of senior members of Fifa is "quite extraordinary", an expert told RFI Wednesday as two crimininal investigations into corruption within world football's governing body were opened.Seven senior officials were arrested in Zurich on corruption charges at the request of the United States. Two others officials were arrested by the American authorities. Separately, Swiss police also seized files and emails at the Fifa headquarters as part of an investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups...
(CNN 04/27/15)
(CNN)The NBA announced Wednesday that it will play its first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa will tip-off against Team World and will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain. The Miami Heat star will lead a roster made up of first and second generation African players. Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles...
(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...
(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...
(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...

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(The Associated Press 07/13/15)
Babajide Olatunji sold his first portrait for about $7. Seven years later, his charcoal renderings of faces with tribal markings sell for thousands of dollars. This 24-year-old's success is part of a new global recognition of the value of contemporary African art. "It's the new 'Scramble for Africa,' no longer for land, gold or diamonds, but for art," said Giles Peppiatt, who holds the only auctions of modern African art outside the continent, at Bonham's in London. "It's a rather different kind of tussle that is making art a viable occupation for artists across Africa," he said. Nigeria, with the continent's largest economy and population, is leading the art field, too, with a host of...
(Vanguard 06/25/15)
Grammy Award winning R&B icon, NE-YO, has been announced to perform at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015. Performing songs from his sixth studio album 'Non Fiction' the singer-songwriter expressed his excitement about his first ever performance in the South African city, "I can't wait for you to see what I have in store Durban! I hope you're ready, because I am!" Since smashing onto the top spot of the Billboard Hot 200 Chart back in 2006 with his sophomore single "So Sick", NE-YO has spent the last nine years churning out hit after hit, not only as a performer, but as a songwriter for his megastar peers Beyoncé, Rihanna and the late Michael Jackson to name but a few...
(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a...
(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...
(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...
(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 09/04/15)
In sub-Saharan Africa, problems with communicable diseases, like HIV, malaria and ebola are common. But adult-onset diabetes is being seen more often in the region, in many of the world’s poorest countries, where doctors and medical facilities are not prepared to deal with the serious health problem. Diabetes now affects 21 million African men and women, a number that authors of an article in the journal "The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology" say is expected to climb to 35 million in the next 20 years. They estimate the prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes is 62 percent in middle-aged adults, with those younger than age 60 making up three-quarters of deaths related to the condition. The problem, says...
(Bloomberg 09/02/15)
Slumping oil prices are spurring 4,000-mile (6,400-kilometer) diversions of tankers filled with diesel and jet fuel as the price of ship fuel plunges, opening up trading opportunities. At least five tankers will deliver refined products to European ports in August and September, sailing around South Africa rather than using the normal shortcut through Egypt’s Suez Canal, ship tracking data show. The falling cost of fuel oil, used to power ships, has made longer voyages viable at a time when there are advantages for traders to keep cargoes at sea.
(Voice of America 08/31/15)
Bob van Dijk’s $55 billion media company gets almost all of its value from a single Chinese investment, yet he’s more concerned about attracting Africans to Naspers Ltd.’s new video-on-demand service than about China’s economic slowdown. Naspers’ 42-year-old chief executive officer is focusing on how to beat Netflix Inc. to a potential audience of more than 1 billion across the African continent with the company’s ShowMax service, which went live in South Africa earlier this month.
(Voice of America 08/29/15)
GENEVA— The United Nations refugee agency reports deaths are spiking as refugees and migrants cross the Mediterranean Sea in record numbers in a desperate bid to reach European countries. The U.N. refugee agency reports more than 300,000 refugees and migrants have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this year, trying to reach Europe. This is a huge increase over the 219,000 who made the crossing during the whole of 2014.
(Bloomberg 08/28/15)
Dangote Cement Plc, Africa’s biggest producer, will add 25 million metric tons of capacity across 11 countries after agreeing to contracts with Chinese construction company Sinoma International Engineering Co. Ltd. The total project cost is expected to be about $4.34 billion, Lagos, Nigeria-based Dangote said in a statement on Wednesday. Cement facilities will be built in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Niger, Mali, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nepal
(Voice of America 08/27/15)
LIBREVILLE, GABON— A planned Pacific regional trade pact and a tariff-free deal between African nations and the United States should help discourage wildlife poaching in Africa, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. Speaking in Gabon at the start of a conference on the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership would include measures to curb demand from Asia for trafficked wildlife from Africa.
(Bloomberg 08/26/15)
Deutsche Post AG’s DHL unit is investing about $50 million in sub-Saharan Africa as rising household incomes help spur demand for express and freight deliveries. DHL is focusing spending on gateway facilities, warehouses, vehicles and information technology, Deutsche Post Chief Executive Officer Frank Appel said in a Johannesburg interview. The figure includes 30.5 million euros ($35 million) for forwarding and supply-chain units announced in October and more than 17 million euros earmarked for the express arm this year.
(Voice of America 08/26/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— Pest experts from across Africa have recommended vast vaccination and pest eradication programs to stop trans-border animal diseases that claim between 10 percent and 20 percent of the continent's animals yearly. The experts are gathered in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, under the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's program.
(Voice of America 08/21/15)
ALEG, MAURITANIA— A Mauritanian court on Thursday rejected an appeal by the country's leading anti-slavery campaigner to be released from jail, upholding a two-year sentence passed in January. The West African government has attempted to criminalize slavery and last week passed a law making it a crime against humanity and doubling prison terms for offenders. But campaigners say it will not be enough to stamp out the practice, thought to affect between 4 and 20 percent of the population.
(AL Jazeera 08/21/15)
Dakar - A Mauritanian court has upheld a two-year prison sentence against three anti-slavery activists who were arrested during a protest against bondage in the west African nation. In an open letter from prison published on Wednesday, one of the accused, Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, vowed to continue his fight against slavery and appealed for the United States and European Union to put pressure on Mauritania to act against the practice, including stopping financial aid. "From my dark cell...
(Bloomberg 08/20/15)
MTN Group Ltd. has begun talks with phone-tower operator IHS Holding Ltd. over South African towers the wireless carrier is seeking to sell in a deal valued at as much as $2 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. Discussions with potential buyers could result in a joint venture in which Johannesburg-based MTN would retain a large stake, said people familiar with the matter, asking not to be identified as the matter is private. American Tower Corp. has previously expressed interest in the towers.
(Bloomberg 08/18/15)
Naspers Ltd. is in talks with wireless carrier Vodacom Group Ltd. about delivering video content to mobile devices across Africa as the media company seeks to compete with Netflix Inc. in offering movies and TV in the continent of 1 billion people. An agreement would give Naspers additional distribution for a video-on-demand service, dubbed Showmax, that the company plans to start this week, according to two people familiar with the matter.
(Press Tv 08/14/15)
The parliament of Mauritania has adopted a new law as part of efforts to crack down on slavery, declaring it a "crime against humanity" and doubling prison terms for offenders. Justice Minister Brahim Ould Daddah told local media that the maximum prison terms in the country had now been doubled to 20 years. The law, which was passed late Wednesday, proclaims that "slavery constitutes a crime against humanity" and criminalized "10 other forms of slavery.” The new law also criminalized forced marriage for women and handing widows over to other men without their consent.
(Voice of America 08/14/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Power cuts in 15 sub-Saharan African countries could become an "exception" rather than a norm in 10 years, with private capital expected to play an increasingly bigger role, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said in a survey Thursday. Africa's installed power generation capacity is expected to quadruple to 380 gigawatts in 2040 from 90 GW in 2012, boosted by private investment, green energy initiatives and cross-border energy trade, the survey showed. Three-quarters of respondents said there was "a medium to high probability...
(Daily Nation 08/12/15)
In 1995, polio affected all countries across Africa and paralysed more than 75,000 children for life. The following year, then South African president Nelson Mandela launched a new campaign, Kick Polio Out of Africa. His hope was that polio would follow the only human disease ever consigned to the history books: smallpox. Today we are one step closer to achieving that goal. On August 11, for the first time in history, Africa reached one year without a single case of...
(Voice of America 08/11/15)
The Millennium Challenge Corporation, MCC, recently announced a $70-million commitment to bring one billion dollars in public-private investments to developing countries over over the next five years. A large portion of the grant money will go to Africa and is expected to generate $750 million in investments in Africa from the private sector. “MCC is typically going to invest in large-scale infrastructure projects,” said Kyeh Kim, Deputy Vice-President of Compact Operations for the MCC. “It’s about two-thirds of our portfolio...
(The Globe and Mail 08/06/15)
U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Africa – the third in his presidency – was tall on rhetoric and symbolism, the hallmark of his presidency. But, despite his public reproach to African leaders about their shortcomings to promote democracy and human rights, his visit fell short on tangible deliverables. It also underscored a deeper problem. The United States, along with many other Western countries, are losing their edge just as the subcontinent, notwithstanding its chronic problems of poverty, corruption...
(The New York Times 08/01/15)
Meningitis may be poised for a ferocious comeback in Africa, international aid organizations are warning, and vaccine manufacturers must step up production if the outbreak is to be averted. Meningitis is caused by one of several strains of the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. A vaccine introduced five years ago has all but defeated meningitis A infections in Africa. But infections with another strain, Type C, are on the rise. Some experts fear the new strain will explode next year, while others...
(The Wall Street Journal 07/31/15)
Diageo targets even poorest consumers with liquor made locally and sold cheaply. or 20 years, Leonard Odhiambo has run a thriving business off a dirt path in Kibera, the biggest slum in sub-Saharan Africa. He brews changa’a, a potent spirit made from molasses and mashed grain. A half-liter bottle sells for just over a dollar. Changa’a is illegal, but the police aren’t his biggest threat these days. Diageo PLC, the world’s largest spirits company, is selling inexpensive liquor barely a...
(BBC News Africa 07/29/15)
When Barack Obama stepped off Air Force One in Kenya it felt like a moment of affirmation and an opportunity to use the US president's words to "call on the world to change its approach to Africa". As a continent, it depends less on aid now than it did in the past. Instead many countries which make up Africa are increasingly being seen as a global partner, not a minority shareholder in generating wealth, fighting terrorism and climate change. Mr...

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