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(PANA 07/29/14)
New York, US - US President Barack Obama has left the leaders of Eritrea, Central African Republic, Sudan and Zimbabwe out of the list of those invited to the inaugural US-African leaders summit scheduled for Washington, DC, 4-6 Aug. The US State Department said in a statement made available to PANA here Sunday that formal invitations were issued to only 50 African leaders to attend the summit.
(PANA 07/29/14)
Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended the past week on the decline, with the BRVM index 10 falling from 248.80 points to 247.66 points, representing a decrease of 0.46%. The Composite BRVM index gained 0.05% to hit 237.26 points, against the 237.13 points recorded the previous week. The BRVM index-transport registered the highest weekly increase with 1,061.78 points, representing a rise of 5.70%, compared to the previous week, while the BRVM index-public services registered the highest decrease, with 658.63 points, representing a drop of 0.47% . The total value of transactions was 2.84 billion CFA Francs...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/29/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday gave a preview of a summit he will hold with African leaders next week, saying African nations should look inward for solutions to economic woes and not make "excuses" based on a history of dependence and colonization. Speaking to 500 young Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship, Obama said while it was important for developed countries to consider providing some targeted debt relief, it was time to end the notion...
(Daily Maverick 07/29/14)
Africa is second only to Asia in its number of city dwellers, and its cities are growing at an unprecedented rate. Yet understanding of African cities is lagging behind their development. Locally, it's a massive challenge to build a knowledge base that will support the building of more equitable African cities, making them livable, accessible, and sustainable for all. Last week, during the budget debates, Human Settlements minister Lindiwe Sisulu admitted that the delivery of housing in all South African...
(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...
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Africa's emerging leaders are gathered in Washington for a three-day summit that includes a meeting with President Barack Obama. The summit is a highlight of a six-week U.S. fellowship that has given about 500 young Africans a chance to sharpen their skills through coursework and professional development. Some participants plan to remain in the United States to learn more about how they can help their home countries. Zimbabwe's Rumbidzai Dube, a lawyer and human rights defender,...
(UN.org 07/29/14)
With preparations underway for the United Nations to take over from an African Union-led peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to review what was done and how it could be done better in future transitions. The request was made during the Council's open debate on regional partnership and its evolution in UN peacekeeping, which focused on the Organization's relevant cooperation with African regional groups, as well as with entities under...
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
Health authorities are trying to determine who on a series of flights across West Africa last week came into contact with a man who days later died of the Ebola virus. Patrick Sawyer boarded a flight in Liberia, had a layover in Ghana, and changed planes in Togo for a flight to Nigeria, where he died on Friday from the virus. Sawyer was immediately quarantined after arriving in Nigeria, but other passengers were allowed to leave the airport after they...
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
The rapidly spreading Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest ever, health officials say. Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia have reported hundreds of cases since March this year and more than 1,000 deaths. Nigeria is on high alert after the first known case was reported in Lagos. Click to enlargeClick to enlarge As of July 20, some 1,093 people in the region have been infected, according to the World Health Organization. At least 660 of those people have died...
(AL Jazeera 07/29/14)
US health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly disease spreading to the US is remote. The Centres for Disease Control on Monday sent a health alert to US doctors about the outbreak. There are no travel restrictions to the West Africa region hit by the disease, The Associated Press reported. But last month, the CDC issued a mid-level travel advisory for health workers. Susan Rice, US national security adviser, said in...
(Voice of America 07/26/14)
Survivors of a vessel smuggling migrants from Libya to Italy last week describe tales of brutality and mass murder during their voyage. The International Organization for Migration reports the boat sailed from Libya with 750 migrants aboard and arrived in Italy with 569. It says as many as 180 people are believed to have perished. The voyage, which began in Libya, ended Saturday with the Italian navy rescuing hundreds of migrants from the overcrowded smuggler's boat. Survivors recount tales of...
(Ips News 07/26/14)
Washington — As Tuesday's major summits here and in London focused global attention on adolescent girls, the United Nations offered new data warning that more than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation, while more than 700 million women alive today were forced into marriage as children. Noting how such issues disproportionately affect women in Africa and the Middle East, the new report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) surveyed 29 countries and...
(BBC News Africa 07/26/14)
New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries more labour is now needed to find food. Children are often used to fill this need for cheap workers, especially in the fishing industry. The decline in species is also helping the proliferation of terrorism and the destabilisation of regions. According to a study in the journal, Science, the...
(PANA 07/25/14)
Visiting founder of global software giant Microsoft Bill Gates has hailed African countries for making progress in agriculture and health, but said African governments must do more. Gates, who co-chairs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, acknowledged the development gains made through assistance from foreign governments and non-profit organisations such as his foundation. But he said: 'The real fuel for development will be the resources of African nations themselves – whether that is in the form of government funding, private-sector investment or just plain human creativity at all levels of society.”
(BBC News Africa 07/25/14)
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a report. A key challenge is to attract funding for biotechnology projects on staple crops, such as cassava, it added. These crops were often ignored by commercial funders because they had a limited market, the authors suggested. Africa missed out on the previous green revolution that boosted food output in many Asian and Latin American nations. The report, On Trial: GM Crops...
(Le Calame 07/23/14)
Depuis que l’Agence de développement urbain (ADU) a décidé unilatéralement de rompre le contrat de ramassage et d’enfouissement des ordures qui la liait à la société Pizzorno, Nouakchott est devenu une véritable déchetterie à ciel ouvert. Les rues sont gorgées de détritus et des milliers de tonnes de déchets s’entassent désormais dans des dépôts improvisés comme la route qui va d’Arafat au wharf ou derrière la prison civile de Dar Naim. Cette situation, entrainant odeurs nauséabondes et augmentation exponentielle de...
(Caj News Africa 07/23/14)
Johannesburg — South African technology expert said companies could make the most of the opportunities that exists for technology in Africa to end the prevailing challenges the continent was facing. Derek Kudsee, Chief Operations of at Systems Applications Products (SAP) Africa, the enterprise software firm, said Africa had an enormous opportunity to harness technologies like cloud computing, mobility, social media and big data technologies to get cities working better, create a new wave of entrepreneurship and give millions of people...
(Voice of America 07/23/14)
Researchers meeting in Cameroon say Africa may lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century due to global warming, population growth and unregulated development. The researchers from 20 African, American and European universities say sub-Saharan Africa is losing forest land faster than any place on Earth. Loggers are cutting down trees to meet unrelenting timber demand from China, Europe and the United States. Meanwhile, countries are recording 3 percent population growth...
(PANA 07/22/14)
Increased efforts are needed to improve awareness among rural communities in West Africa about the risks of contracting the Ebola virus from eating certain wildlife species, including fruit bats, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned Monday. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to contain the world’s deadliest recorded outbreak of the virus, which is transmitted by direct contact with the blood and body fluids of infected people as well as infected animals, the FAO said. The West African...
(Voice of America 07/22/14)
It’s a tough time to be gay in Africa, where 37 countries have banned homosexuality and where, at least in parts of the sub-Saharan region, HIV/AIDS rages. Anti-gay laws complicate the jobs of health care workers such as Ifeanyi Orazulike, who runs a clinic for gay men and transgender people in a poor area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. While the country’s prevalence of HIV infection was a relatively low 3.1 percent overall in 2012, it affected 17 percent of gay...

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(PANA 07/29/14)
New York, US - US President Barack Obama has left the leaders of Eritrea, Central African Republic, Sudan and Zimbabwe out of the list of those invited to the inaugural US-African leaders summit scheduled for Washington, DC, 4-6 Aug. The US State Department said in a statement made available to PANA here Sunday that formal invitations were issued to only 50 African leaders to attend the summit.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/29/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday gave a preview of a summit he will hold with African leaders next week, saying African nations should look inward for solutions to economic woes and not make "excuses" based on a history of dependence and colonization. Speaking to 500 young Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship, Obama said while it was important for developed countries to consider providing some targeted debt relief, it was time to end the notion that all of African nations' problems resulted from "onerous debt imposed by the West." "At some point, we have to...
(Daily Maverick 07/29/14)
Africa is second only to Asia in its number of city dwellers, and its cities are growing at an unprecedented rate. Yet understanding of African cities is lagging behind their development. Locally, it's a massive challenge to build a knowledge base that will support the building of more equitable African cities, making them livable, accessible, and sustainable for all. Last week, during the budget debates, Human Settlements minister Lindiwe Sisulu admitted that the delivery of housing in all South African...
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Africa's emerging leaders are gathered in Washington for a three-day summit that includes a meeting with President Barack Obama. The summit is a highlight of a six-week U.S. fellowship that has given about 500 young Africans a chance to sharpen their skills through coursework and professional development. Some participants plan to remain in the United States to learn more about how they can help their home countries. Zimbabwe's Rumbidzai Dube, a lawyer and human rights defender,...
(UN.org 07/29/14)
With preparations underway for the United Nations to take over from an African Union-led peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to review what was done and how it could be done better in future transitions. The request was made during the Council's open debate on regional partnership and its evolution in UN peacekeeping, which focused on the Organization's relevant cooperation with African regional groups, as well as with entities under...
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
Health authorities are trying to determine who on a series of flights across West Africa last week came into contact with a man who days later died of the Ebola virus. Patrick Sawyer boarded a flight in Liberia, had a layover in Ghana, and changed planes in Togo for a flight to Nigeria, where he died on Friday from the virus. Sawyer was immediately quarantined after arriving in Nigeria, but other passengers were allowed to leave the airport after they...
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
The rapidly spreading Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest ever, health officials say. Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia have reported hundreds of cases since March this year and more than 1,000 deaths. Nigeria is on high alert after the first known case was reported in Lagos. Click to enlargeClick to enlarge As of July 20, some 1,093 people in the region have been infected, according to the World Health Organization. At least 660 of those people have died...
(AL Jazeera 07/29/14)
US health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly disease spreading to the US is remote. The Centres for Disease Control on Monday sent a health alert to US doctors about the outbreak. There are no travel restrictions to the West Africa region hit by the disease, The Associated Press reported. But last month, the CDC issued a mid-level travel advisory for health workers. Susan Rice, US national security adviser, said in...
(Voice of America 07/26/14)
Survivors of a vessel smuggling migrants from Libya to Italy last week describe tales of brutality and mass murder during their voyage. The International Organization for Migration reports the boat sailed from Libya with 750 migrants aboard and arrived in Italy with 569. It says as many as 180 people are believed to have perished. The voyage, which began in Libya, ended Saturday with the Italian navy rescuing hundreds of migrants from the overcrowded smuggler's boat. Survivors recount tales of...
(Ips News 07/26/14)
Washington — As Tuesday's major summits here and in London focused global attention on adolescent girls, the United Nations offered new data warning that more than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation, while more than 700 million women alive today were forced into marriage as children. Noting how such issues disproportionately affect women in Africa and the Middle East, the new report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) surveyed 29 countries and...
(BBC News Africa 07/26/14)
New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries more labour is now needed to find food. Children are often used to fill this need for cheap workers, especially in the fishing industry. The decline in species is also helping the proliferation of terrorism and the destabilisation of regions. According to a study in the journal, Science, the...
(PANA 07/25/14)
Visiting founder of global software giant Microsoft Bill Gates has hailed African countries for making progress in agriculture and health, but said African governments must do more. Gates, who co-chairs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, acknowledged the development gains made through assistance from foreign governments and non-profit organisations such as his foundation. But he said: 'The real fuel for development will be the resources of African nations themselves – whether that is in the form of government funding, private-sector investment or just plain human creativity at all levels of society.”
(BBC News Africa 07/25/14)
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a report. A key challenge is to attract funding for biotechnology projects on staple crops, such as cassava, it added. These crops were often ignored by commercial funders because they had a limited market, the authors suggested. Africa missed out on the previous green revolution that boosted food output in many Asian and Latin American nations. The report, On Trial: GM Crops...
(Le Calame 07/23/14)
Depuis que l’Agence de développement urbain (ADU) a décidé unilatéralement de rompre le contrat de ramassage et d’enfouissement des ordures qui la liait à la société Pizzorno, Nouakchott est devenu une véritable déchetterie à ciel ouvert. Les rues sont gorgées de détritus et des milliers de tonnes de déchets s’entassent désormais dans des dépôts improvisés comme la route qui va d’Arafat au wharf ou derrière la prison civile de Dar Naim. Cette situation, entrainant odeurs nauséabondes et augmentation exponentielle de...
(Caj News Africa 07/23/14)
Johannesburg — South African technology expert said companies could make the most of the opportunities that exists for technology in Africa to end the prevailing challenges the continent was facing. Derek Kudsee, Chief Operations of at Systems Applications Products (SAP) Africa, the enterprise software firm, said Africa had an enormous opportunity to harness technologies like cloud computing, mobility, social media and big data technologies to get cities working better, create a new wave of entrepreneurship and give millions of people...
(Voice of America 07/23/14)
Researchers meeting in Cameroon say Africa may lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century due to global warming, population growth and unregulated development. The researchers from 20 African, American and European universities say sub-Saharan Africa is losing forest land faster than any place on Earth. Loggers are cutting down trees to meet unrelenting timber demand from China, Europe and the United States. Meanwhile, countries are recording 3 percent population growth...
(PANA 07/22/14)
Increased efforts are needed to improve awareness among rural communities in West Africa about the risks of contracting the Ebola virus from eating certain wildlife species, including fruit bats, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned Monday. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to contain the world’s deadliest recorded outbreak of the virus, which is transmitted by direct contact with the blood and body fluids of infected people as well as infected animals, the FAO said. The West African...
(Voice of America 07/22/14)
It’s a tough time to be gay in Africa, where 37 countries have banned homosexuality and where, at least in parts of the sub-Saharan region, HIV/AIDS rages. Anti-gay laws complicate the jobs of health care workers such as Ifeanyi Orazulike, who runs a clinic for gay men and transgender people in a poor area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. While the country’s prevalence of HIV infection was a relatively low 3.1 percent overall in 2012, it affected 17 percent of gay...
(PANA 07/21/14)
Nouakchott, Mauritania - The media in Mauritania devoted most of their pages this week to the air and land strikes by the Israeli army against residents of the Gaza strip, leaving some 200 persons dead in only a few days. In its Thursday’s edition, the newspaper, l’Authentique, ran the story under the headline “Government and opposition: a common march for the Gaza'. The newspaper reported that pro-government and radical opposition parties seem to be working hand in hand with the...
(PANA 07/21/14)
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire - Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended Thursday on the rise with the BRVM index 10 inching up from 248.99 points to 249.74 points, representing a rise of 0.30%. Also, the Composite BRVM index gained 0.36% to 238.20 points against the 237.34 points previously recorded. The transaction value was set at 758.21 million CFA francs against the 1.38 billion CFA francs recorded last Wednesday. Market capitalization of shares added up to 5,783.54 billion...

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(PANA 07/29/14)
Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended the past week on the decline, with the BRVM index 10 falling from 248.80 points to 247.66 points, representing a decrease of 0.46%. The Composite BRVM index gained 0.05% to hit 237.26 points, against the 237.13 points recorded the previous week. The BRVM index-transport registered the highest weekly increase with 1,061.78 points, representing a rise of 5.70%, compared to the previous week, while the BRVM index-public services registered the highest decrease, with 658.63 points, representing a drop of 0.47% . The total value of transactions was 2.84 billion CFA Francs for 934.299 shares, against 5.84 billion CFA Francs for 1,428.269 shares exchanged the previous week...
(PANA 07/21/14)
Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended the week on the rise, with the BRVM index 10 inching up from 247.85 points to 248.80 points, representing an increase of 0.38%. The Composite BRVM index gained 0.32% to hit 237.13 points, against the 236.38 points recorded the previous week. The BRVM index-transport registered the highest increase with 1,004.50 points, representing a rise of 4.45%, compared to the previous week, while the BRVM index-other sectors registered the highest decrease, with 264.20 points, representing a drop of 2.72% . The total value of transactions was 9.84 billion CFA Francs for...
(Xinhuanet 07/19/14)
NAIROBI, July (Xinhua) -- The United Nations on Friday decried the prevailing high bank interest rates in the continent which has discouraged many investors to take credits from banks. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Senior Economic Affairs Officer Andrew Mold told Xinhua that the situation is partly caused by the big spread in interests maintained by the banks.
(PANA 07/18/14)
Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended Tuesday on the rise with the BRVM index 10 inching up from 249.02 points to 249.04 points, representing a rise of 0.01%. Also, the Composite BRVM index gained 0.07% to 237.58 points against the 237.42 points previously recorded. The transaction value was set at 531.55 million CFA francs against the 2.40 billion CFA francs recorded last Monday. Market capitalization of shares added up to 5,768.38 billion CFA francs while that...
(Xinhuanet 07/18/14)
UNITED NATIONS, July (Xinhua) -- Top UN officials on Thursday called for increased and effective investment in Africa to help achieve the continent's development objectives. "In recent years, Africa's economic growth has been higher than in many other regions," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the debate of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the promotion of investment in Africa. UN economists estimate that Africa's overall growth will exceed 5 percent in 2015, driven especially by domestic demand and solid commodity prices. "But, this positive performance must not let us become complacent," Ban said, adding that serious obstacles still exist to more inclusive and sustainable economic and social development.
(PANA 07/17/14)
Equatorial Guinea’s President Obiang Nguema has asked African countries to invest heavily in their agricultural sector to reduce their dependence on the developed world, ensure food security, and significantly reduce hunger in their countries. The President made his remarks at the closing session of the 26-27 June 23rd African Union (AU) Summit which his country hosted. He said Africa should reorient itself to ensure its independence and security of African states through the safe production of its own consumer goods. “Africa cannot be content to continue with the current dependence on the economies of the developed world. Africa is sailing upstream against a dependency that prevents them from moving toward sustainable development.
(PANA 07/16/14)
Abuja, Nigeria - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Africa’s flagship Regional Economic Community, deserves credit for surviving a myriad of political, security and socio-economic distractions and remaining focused on the principal goal of its founding fathers. This is largely due to the resolute political will and iron commitment of the Community leaders and the undying determination of its estimated 350 million citizens. At 39 this year, the Community - through strict adherence to its zero-tolerance principle for...
(African arguments 07/14/14)
When, midway through the American journalist Howard French's new book, a Zambian politician tells him dejectedly that "we are not a poor people but we have crowned ourselves with poverty," the phrase resonates with the experience of many countries is modern-day Africa. Resource rich but often misgoverned by autocrats who refuse to leave office - and whose depredations have been bankrolled by Western governments - Africa, despite some bright spots, remains a continent of unrealised hopes and unfulfilled potential. It...
(Xinhuanet 07/12/14)
ACCRA, July (Xinhua) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is expected to start the common external tariff on Jan. 1, 2015, the Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama announced here on Thursday. Mahama, who is also chairman of the sub-regional body, said this when he opened the 45th Ordinary Session of ECOWAS. The ECOWAS heads of state and government decided in 2006 to establish the common system composed of four tariff bands or rates of customs duty, which...
(Xinhuanet 07/12/14)
NAIROBI, July (Xinhua) -- Microsoft and Safaricom on Wednesday signed an agreement that will promote entrepreneurship in the software development market. Microsoft Operator Channel Lead for Sub Saharan Africa Mariam Abdullahi told journalists in Nairobi that under the agreement, software developers on the Microsoft platform will be able to sell their products via Safaricom payment platform. "The partnership will help promote local content that is relevant to Kenyan problems," Abdullahi said. The majority of those in the industry practitioners are...
(PANA 07/04/14)
The West African regional bourse (BRVM) closed trading Tuesday down compared to the previous session, with the BRVM 10 index falling from 248.17 to 246.53 points, a decrease of 0.66%. Also, the BRVM Composite index dropped by 0.49% to 237.43 points, as against 238.60 recorded the previous day. The value of transactions was set at 1.74 billion CFAF as against 468.67 million CFAF the previous day. In another development, share market capitalization was set at 5,764.92 billion CFAF, as that...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/04/14)
LONDON/ACCRA Fri Jul 4, 2014 (Reuters) - Tucked in a corner of a Guinness brewery in a run-down part of Ghana's capital, flanked by industrial silos and crates of bottles, stands the Cube, a gleaming mini-factory that may point the way forward for global consumer goods companies in Africa. The tiny blending and bottling plant for Gilbey's gin, housed inside five connected shipping containers, gives Diageo, the world's largest spirits maker, a way to test demand for new drinks while...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/03/14)
London — African agriculture has enjoyed something of a makeover in recent years, shedding the tired image of a poor farmer barely able to scratch out a living with a hoe, according to the head of a regional partnership set up to improve smallholder farming on the continent. The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), founded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2006, focuses on getting better quality seeds to farmers, boosting...
(PANA 07/02/14)
Equatorial Guinea’s President Obiang Nguema has asked African countries to invest heavily in their agricultural sector to reduce their dependence on the developed world, ensure food security, and significantly reduce hunger in their countries. The President made his remarks at the closing session of the 26-27 June 23rd African Union (AU) Summit which his country hosted. He said Africa should reorient itself to ensure its independence and security of African states through the safe production of its own consumer goods. “Africa cannot be content to continue with the current dependence on the economies of the developed world. Africa is sailing upstream against a dependency that prevents them from moving toward sustainable development.
(Voice of America 06/28/14)
Good news for Africa, say the experts. Growth is healthy and broad-based, fueled in part by infrastructure spending, domestic demand and trade. "A lot of people think growth in Africa is only driven by mineral wealth or oil-exporting countries, but we find that even countries that are not resource rich are still growing.…," said Angela Lusigi, an economist and policy advisor for the Regional Bureau for Africa in the United Nations Development Program. "This is mainly because of their agricultural...
(PANA 06/25/14)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said it will adopt a new approach to addressing issues undermining development and fragility in some countries on the continent. The private Guardian newspaper Monday quoted a statement from the Bank as saying the new strategy, entitled ”Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience in Africa”, would last from 2014 to 2019. “We will stay engaged across the spectrum of fragile situations, making use of all available instruments and focusing resources on the areas where it...
(PANA 06/25/14)
The Executive Council of the African Union (AU), grouping foreign ministers and ministers of agriculture, opened its 25th session in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on Monday with discussions on how to reverse the decline of agriculture in Africa. African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said the growth of the agricultural sector was a key priority for African countries seeking to grow their industrial base. “Agriculture and food security are key priorities for Africa to propel her industrial growth,” Dlamini-Zuma told the...
(Xinhuanet 06/20/14)
SINGAPORE, June (Xinhua) -- The trade promotion agency of Singapore has said that Africa offers potential business opportunities for local enterprises, local media reported Thursday. International Enterprise (IE) Singapore highlighted agriculture and oil and gas as two key growth areas, Channel NewsAsia said. There is clearly room for Singapore to do more despite challenges such as political risks and regulatory uncertainty, it was quoted as saying. "In today's Africa, there's a huge demand for consumption products. There's greater rates of...
(PANA 06/19/14)
Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended Monday on the rise with the BRVM index 10 inching up from 238.46 points to 239.39 points, representing a rise of 0.39%. Also, the Composite BRVM index gained 0.75% to 233.58 points against the 231.83 previously recorded. The transaction value was 1.45 million CFA francs against 223.18 million CFA francs recorded last Friday. Market capitalization of shares added up to 5,671.27 billion CFA francs while that of the bond market...
(PANA 06/12/14)
A national workshop on the ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET) will be held Thursday in Dakar, Senegal, according to an official statement obtained Tuesday by PANA. The meeting which will be chaired by the Minister of Economy and Finance, Amadou Ba, aims to 'sensitize all economic stakeholders on the Community Common External Tariff '. 'The meeting specifically aims to introduce the ECOWAS CET as well as the various additional protective measures,' the statement added. The meeting will also provide an...

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(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 says Africa has more than enough talented riders to achieve this. 58-Year-old Boyer made Tour de France history himself when he was the first American to participate in the legendary annual bicycle race in 1981...
(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 between the national football federations and players. Take Cameroun which has represented the continent six times. Their participation in this...
(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...
(PANA 03/13/14)
The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Mr. Issa Hayatou, has nudged African teams heading to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to strive to reach the last four. PANA reports that no African team has ever gone beyond the quarter-final stage of the four-yearly global football extravaganza. But Hayatou said a last-four berth by any of Africa's flagbearers in Brazil would be an icing on the cake for the successes which African football has recorded, especially...
(PANA 02/28/14)
The African Football Confederation (CAF) will cover the costs of training, at the CAF Excellence Centre in Mbankomo, for the African teams to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the continental football governing body said. CAF is also calling on the entire African continent to support the five teams that qualified for Brazil 2014 which kicks off in June. The five countries are Cote d'Ivoire, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. In a news dispatch from the CAF headquarters in...
(AFP 02/02/14)
CAPE TOWN, (AFP) - Libya won their first continental tournament Saturday after beating Ghana in the African Nations Championship 4-3 on penalties when their final ended 0-0 after extra time. Excellent goalkeeping by the Mediterranean Knights' Muhammad Nashnoush and a poorly-aimed attempt that went wide from Ghana's Joshua Tijane clinched the victory following a lacklustre game. A fast-paced start raised expectations of an energetic clash, but play slowed after the first 15 minutes and failed to recover. The match ended...
(PANA 01/30/14)
Bloemfontein, South Africa - Nigeria's head coach Stephen Keshi has hailed the country's home-based senior national team, the Super Eagles, despite its loss to the Black Stars of Ghana in Wednesday's semi-final of the ongoing 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa. The teams resorted to penalties after playing goalless in regulation and extra time, with the eventual 4-1 result ending the dreams of African champion Nigeria to also lift the CHAN silverware 'This team has been about six...
(CNN 01/10/14)
(CNN) -- Yaya Toure's African reign will stretch into a third year after the Manchester City midfielder was named the continent's best footballer once again. The Ivory Coast star was crowned Footballer of the Year by the Confederation of African Football at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday. Toure pipped compatriot Didier Drogba, who plays for Turkish outfit Galatasaray, and Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel to the crown. The 30-year-old becomes only the second player to win three...
(Leadership 01/10/14)
In less than 24 hours, African football stars will kick off the CHAN tournament, which is meant for footballers plying their trade in the African continent. Africa has always produced some of the finest footballers of different generations, such as Roger Milla, Abedi Pele, Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o, Fredrick Kanoute, Michael Essien, Mikel Obi, Yaya Toure, Vincent Enyeama and the list goes on. These players have graced the European football with African flair, power and...
(BBC News Africa 12/02/13)
The winner of this year's BBC African Footballer of the Year award will be revealed at 1735 GMT on Monday. The shortlist of Yaya Toure, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was announced three weeks ago. African football fans selected their choice for the award, voting online and by text messages. You can find out result later today live on the BBC's Focus on Africa radio and television programmes and on this website. No player on...
(CNN 10/26/13)
(CNN) -- Is Sepp Blatter angling for another term as head of world football? The 77-year-old vowed at the 2011 FIFA presidential elections, where he stood unopposed after a bribery controversy ruled out his only rival, that this would be his fourth and final four-year stint in office. However, this week he hinted that he has "a mission" to fulfill and said he feels "young enough to be in this office." And he fueled speculation that he may stand again...
(BBC News Africa 09/06/13)
A total of seven places in the African play-offs for the 2014 World Cup will be decided this weekend. The campaign that has been made all the more dramatic because a number of matches have been overturned by football's world governing body Fifa. Only Algeria , Egypt and Ivory Coast will definitely be in the draw on 16 September for the final round of play-offs for Brazil next year. Ghana host Zambia in the first of the weekend's final group...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/13)
Women's sprinting has entered a new era, declared African duo Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare after they won the continent's first ever medals in a women's world 200 metres final on Friday in Moscow. Ahoure, 25, took her second silver of the World Athletics Championships, having become the first African woman to win a medal in the world 100m final, in a photo finish with Okagbare behind Jamaica's 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Both of them...
(Ghana Business News 08/05/13)
The draw for the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) will take place on Monday, September 16 in Cairo, Egypt, organizers have announced. According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the ceremony will be held at its headquarters in the Egyptian capital. The draw will see 16 teams divided into four groups of four teams each for the tournament billed for South Africa next year from January 11 to February 1. Ghana’s local Black Stars booked their place at the...
(Southafrica.info 07/22/13)
The 100th edition of the world's most famous cycle race, the Tour de France, which ended in Paris on Sunday, had a distinctly African flavour to it, with Daryl Impey becoming the first South African to pull on the yellow jersey, and overall winner Chris Froome having strong Kenyan and South African connections. Froome, born in Kenya, educated in South Africa and now a British citizen riding for a British team, became the first rider from Africa to win the...
(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 military offensive last year drove the militants out. Speaking about the city that was torn apart by the terror and folly of the occupation, Abderrahmane Sissako -- who grew up in Mali -- suddenly fell...
(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 with either the government or the opposition, and a handful of correspondents for the foreign press, including an al-Jazeera reporter,...
(Spy Ghana 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 07/29/14)
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Africa's emerging leaders are gathered in Washington for a three-day summit that includes a meeting with President Barack Obama. The summit is a highlight of a six-week U.S. fellowship that has given about 500 young Africans a chance to sharpen their skills through coursework and professional development. Some participants plan to remain in the United States to learn more about how they can help their home countries. Zimbabwe's Rumbidzai Dube, a lawyer and human rights defender, is among those staying. She wants to learn more about how to help victims of human trafficking. “I have been wanting to work in the field of human trafficking for a very long time. And...
(UN.org 07/29/14)
With preparations underway for the United Nations to take over from an African Union-led peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to review what was done and how it could be done better in future transitions. The request was made during the Council's open debate on regional partnership and its evolution in UN peacekeeping, which focused on the Organization's relevant cooperation with African regional groups, as well as with entities under the auspices of the European Union (EU). The Council expressed its determination "to take effective steps to further enhance the...
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
Health authorities are trying to determine who on a series of flights across West Africa last week came into contact with a man who days later died of the Ebola virus. Patrick Sawyer boarded a flight in Liberia, had a layover in Ghana, and changed planes in Togo for a flight to Nigeria, where he died on Friday from the virus. Sawyer was immediately quarantined after arriving in Nigeria, but other passengers were allowed to leave the airport after they...
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
The rapidly spreading Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest ever, health officials say. Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia have reported hundreds of cases since March this year and more than 1,000 deaths. Nigeria is on high alert after the first known case was reported in Lagos. Click to enlargeClick to enlarge As of July 20, some 1,093 people in the region have been infected, according to the World Health Organization. At least 660 of those people have died...
(AL Jazeera 07/29/14)
US health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly disease spreading to the US is remote. The Centres for Disease Control on Monday sent a health alert to US doctors about the outbreak. There are no travel restrictions to the West Africa region hit by the disease, The Associated Press reported. But last month, the CDC issued a mid-level travel advisory for health workers. Susan Rice, US national security adviser, said in...
(BBC News Africa 07/26/14)
New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries more labour is now needed to find food. Children are often used to fill this need for cheap workers, especially in the fishing industry. The decline in species is also helping the proliferation of terrorism and the destabilisation of regions. According to a study in the journal, Science, the...
(BBC News Africa 07/25/14)
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a report. A key challenge is to attract funding for biotechnology projects on staple crops, such as cassava, it added. These crops were often ignored by commercial funders because they had a limited market, the authors suggested. Africa missed out on the previous green revolution that boosted food output in many Asian and Latin American nations. The report, On Trial: GM Crops...
(Voice of America 07/23/14)
Researchers meeting in Cameroon say Africa may lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century due to global warming, population growth and unregulated development. The researchers from 20 African, American and European universities say sub-Saharan Africa is losing forest land faster than any place on Earth. Loggers are cutting down trees to meet unrelenting timber demand from China, Europe and the United States. Meanwhile, countries are recording 3 percent population growth...
(Voice of America 07/22/14)
It’s a tough time to be gay in Africa, where 37 countries have banned homosexuality and where, at least in parts of the sub-Saharan region, HIV/AIDS rages. Anti-gay laws complicate the jobs of health care workers such as Ifeanyi Orazulike, who runs a clinic for gay men and transgender people in a poor area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. While the country’s prevalence of HIV infection was a relatively low 3.1 percent overall in 2012, it affected 17 percent of gay...
(Voice of America 07/21/14)
A senior official of the African Union said next month’s US-Africa Summit in Washington should provide Africa and the United States an opportunity to enter into a strategic partnership. Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairperson of the AU Commission said African leaders look forward to discussing with President Barack Obama issues such as investing in the continent’s future and peace and security. The summit is scheduled to take place August 5 and 6. He said the US-Africa summit is a great opportunity for Africa to enhance cooperation with the United States, the world’s largest economy.
(Voice of America 07/16/14)
The medical and travel security group known as International SOS says the number of requests it received for advice on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was up by 400 percent in the month of June. The World Health Organization announced Tuesday that the number of Ebola cases rose to 964, including 603 deaths. Doctor Robert Quigley, vice president for medical assistance at the International SOS says 56 percent of the requests were generated in guinea while 17 percent came...
(Voice of America 07/16/14)
PARIS — French President Francois Hollande flies to Africa Thursday, on a three-nation visit that will focus on economic issues and rooting out terrorism in the Sahel area. Security tops the agenda of President Francois Hollande's trip to Africa, where he will visit French troops and hold talks with the leaders of Niger, Chad and Ivory Coast. France has just announced a new mission to fight jihadists in the Sahel area. The operation is called Barkhane, named after a type...
(BBC News Africa 07/09/14)
Health officials in West Africa say 25 more people have died from Ebola since 3 July, taking the total number of deaths to 518. The World Health Organization (WHO) said 50 new cases of the deadly disease had also been reported. A WHO spokesman said health workers were struggling to contain the outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. On Monday, a doctor in Ghana said preliminary tests on a US citizen showed he did not have the disease. But...
(CNN 07/04/14)
The scientist who discovered the Ebola virus said that a current outbreak of the deadly bug in West Africa, in which 467 people have died, is “unprecedented.” “One, [this is] the first time in West Africa that we have such an outbreak,” Dr. Peter Piot told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “Secondly, it is the first time that three countries are involved. And thirdly it’s the first time that we have outbreaks in capitals, in capital cities.” Doctors Without Borders warns that the outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia is now “out of control.” The number of cases is still spiking since it was first observed around the beginning of this year.
(Voice of America 07/04/14)
A top U.N. health official says West Africa's Ebola outbreak could last several more months. But Keiji Fukuda told the French News Agency AFP Thursday it is impossible to make a clear prediction on how much farther the outbreak could spread. Fukuda spoke in Ghana Thursday at the end of a two-day emergency meeting of African health ministers and other experts. The outbreak has already killed 467 people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The ministers made a number of...
(Voice of America 07/03/14)
Health ministers from across West Africa are attending an emergency conference in Ghana to discuss the regional outbreak of Ebola virus disease. The World Health Organization says the highly infectious disease has killed more than 400 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In Sierra Leone police and medical workers man checkpoints on the outskirts of Kenema -- the site of an Ebola outbreak that is spreading across West Africa. Authorities are forcing people to test for the disease. Some...
(BBC News Africa 06/28/14)
Sierra Leone has warned it is a serious crime to shelter patients infected with the Ebola virus who are in hiding. The Health Ministry said several patients had discharged themselves from hospital in Kenema district, the heart of the country's outbreak. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for "drastic action" to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has killed almost 400 people. It is the largest outbreak in terms of cases, deaths and geographical spread. There have...
(Voice of America 06/28/14)
Good news for Africa, say the experts. Growth is healthy and broad-based, fueled in part by infrastructure spending, domestic demand and trade. "A lot of people think growth in Africa is only driven by mineral wealth or oil-exporting countries, but we find that even countries that are not resource rich are still growing.…," said Angela Lusigi, an economist and policy advisor for the Regional Bureau for Africa in the United Nations Development Program. "This is mainly because of their agricultural...
(Voice of America 06/28/14)
African leaders have called for greater investment in agriculture at the African Union summit closing Friday in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea. Leaders also discussed concerted efforts to address conflicts smoldering across the continent from South Sudan to Central African Republic. The AU has focused this year's summit on tackling issues of agriculture and climate change as part of the continental body's overall development goals to create jobs and to improve food security. African Union Commission Chairwoman Nkoszana Dlamini...
(CNN 06/24/14)
(CNN) -- The deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has hit "unprecedented" proportions, according to relief workers on the ground. "The epidemic is out of control," Dr. Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement. There have been 567 cases and 350 deaths since the epidemic began in March, according to the latest World Health Organization figures. Ebola virus outbreaks are usually confined to remote areas, making it easier to contain. But this outbreak...

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