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(Xinhuanet 04/19/14)
JOHANNESBURG, April 18 (Xinhua) -- International logistics group DHL Express said Friday that significant growth in Africa's financial services sector is providing great opportunities to drive the continent's economic growth and development. In a report released in Johannesburg, DHL Express Sub-Saharan ( SSA) Director Sumesh Rahavendra said growing economy, increased political stability and willingness to trade with international partners is making the continent more investor friendly.
(PANA 04/19/14)
A former United Nations Under Secretary-General, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, on Thursday underscored the need for African people to see security as a collective responsibility and work towards achieving peace in order to develop the continent. Professor Gambari was speaking against the background of security challenges being faced by some African countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Mali as a result of rising incidences of terrorism. He expressed displeasure about the rising acts of terrorism being carried out by the dreaded Boko Haram sect in Nigeria in particular, stressing that no meaningful development can be achieved in the midst of killing of innocent...
(The Associated Press 04/18/14)
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed 137 lives. The disease, typically found in central or eastern Africa, has infected people in Guinea's remote forests, its capital and in neighboring Liberia. In a statement posted on its website Thursday, the U.N. health agency said authorities have identified more than 220 suspected or confirmed cases of the disease in the two countries. Nearly 200 of those are in Guinea. There...
(Voice of America 04/18/14)
The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to at least 135. In a Thursday statement the WHO says Guinea's health ministry had reported a total of 122 deaths, while 13 deaths had been reported by Liberian health officials. The WHO says officials are investigating more than 200 suspected or confirmed cases of the virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Ebola Infections and DeathsEbola Infections and Deaths Six suspected cases...
(African arguments 04/18/14)
Diamonds and Rubber in Sierra Leone, oil in Angola and Sudan, tantalum and gold in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, copper in Zambia - the list of the natural resource wealth the Africa possesses is a long one. However, these riches have not always been a blessing for the continent. The development of African states is often said to be hindered by a 'resource curse' and, not surprisingly, most contemporary instances of armed contest over state power, authority, and...
(IRIN 04/18/14)
The slogan "make poverty history" has been used by development pundits and pop star philanthropists for years. Now, in a bid to turn words into deeds, it is being discussed as a universal global target to be met within a generation. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight poverty-reduction targets that were signed during a world summit in 2000, will be retired next year. Diplomats, aid experts and UN officials are currently negotiating the 15-year objectives that will replace them in...
(Dw-World 04/18/14)
A million people died in East Africa alone during the First World War. Many Africans also fought in Europe, defending the interests of their colonial masters. Today, their sacrifice has been largely forgotten. The most impressive monument for African victims of the First World War (1914-1918) is not to be found in Africa but in France. At the battle of Delville, one of the engagements of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, the South African 1st Infantry Brigade sustained...
(UN.org 04/17/14)
"Your deeds will have an impact... be the new leaders of change," United Nations Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas urged today during an event launching the book, Action for Disarmament: 10 Things You Can Do! Written for high school and early-college students, Action for Disarmament offers practical steps to help young people mobilize, act and promote the UN's disarmament ideals throughout their schools, communities and beyond. "This book is a call to action, to create a world where people of...
(BBC News Africa 04/17/14)
Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief has said. Restricted competition has helped push up charges, according to research by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Money transfer company Western Union said that fees were set according to factors such as local taxes. The company "delivered much-needed services to individuals", it added. 'Duopoly' The research found that average fees of 12% to send $200 (£119) were twice the global average...
(PANA 04/16/14)
Nouakchott, Mauritania - The Mauritanian Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Economy, Ould Nany Chrough, on Monday launched a project for fish marketing, funded by the Spanish Government to the tune of 5 million euros, PANA learnt from official sources. They said that the project falls within the scope of the fisheries sector transformation towards its greater integration into the national economy. The project will be implemented over a period of four years and it is expected to improve people's access...
(PANA 04/16/14)
The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) has certified Sunday's legislative and presidential elections in Guinea-Bissau 'peaceful, free, fair and transparent'. In a preliminary report issued in Bissau and made available to PANA here Tuesday, it said the 'minor hitches' that were recorded during the election did not in anyway tarnish the 'overall exemplary conduct' of the electoral process. 'The ECOWAS EOM wishes to stress that the elections were conducted in accordance with international good practices and the provisions of the...
(The Associated Press 04/16/14)
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people, according to the latest World Health Organization count. There is no vaccine and no cure for the deadly virus, and its appearance in West Africa, far from its usual sites in Central and East Africa, has caused some panic. Health workers are trying to contain its spread, tracking down anyone with whom the sick have had contact. Mali...
(PANA 04/16/14)
Dakar, Senegal - In order to create a common space of higher education in West Africa, the Network for Excellence in Higher Education in West Africa (REESAO) met on Monday in Dakar to reflect on how to improve and harmonize education in the various universities of the sub-region. Under the theme, 'Developing and implementing priority action plans of REESAO,' the four-day meeting will be an opportunity for 25 university presidents and several delegations, to harmonize their action plans towards a...
(PANA 04/16/14)
Regional integration is one of the main driving forces for industrialization in Africa, the executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Dr Carlos Lopes, said on Monday in Cotonou in a PANA interview. Regional integration has the potential to encourage trade and the movement of capital, which can favour the formation of regional blocs for growth and value added channels, particularly in the sector of strategic products, such as pharmaceutical products, he said. He said by harmonizing national...
(PANA 04/16/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The African Union (AU) is moving to advance peace mediation and conflict prevention efforts by working with relevant organisations to create regular points of contact. AU Commission Chairperson Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma, said advancing conflict prevention was critical to Africa’s efforts to stay peaceful. Dlamini-Zuma met the African Ombudsmen and Mediators Association (AOMA) to strategise on how to create a new nerve-centre for Africa’s peace mediation efforts, where she emphasized the role preventive diplomacy. Both sides resolved to...
(Awoko 04/15/14)
Together with Ministries of Health and other partners across seven countries in West Africa, UNICEF is using text messaging through mobile phones, radio shows, TV programmes and door-to-door campaigns to disseminate life-saving information in an effort to contain the often-fatal Ebola virus. “Most of the people in this part of the world had never heard of Ebola before,” said Dr. Guido Borghese, UNICEF Principal Advisor Child Survival and Development for West and Central Africa. “In this environment, unfounded fears and...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/14/14)
NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Sahara-based Islamists holding three Algerian diplomats hostage have sent a video of one of them to Mauritania's ANI news agency, ANI said, the first proof of life in over a year. Seven Algerians were kidnapped in the north Mali town of Gao when it was taken over by al Qaeda-linked Islamists in April 2012. Three were released, one was reported executed and the last video released to media was in January 2013. Little has been heard of...
(PANA 04/14/14)
West Africa is one of the largest producers of cannabis and it is also a transit point for drugs trafficked from Latin America and the Caribbean into Europe, Pierre Lapaque, representative of the UN Office against Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said in Dakar on Friday. Speaking at a joint press conference organized by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the Senegalese customs during the publication of results of the Cocaine Route and Operation (COCAIR IV), Mr. Lapaque stressed that it...
(PANA 04/12/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has called for increments in the private equity funds investment in Africa to improve infrastructure. UNECA Executive Director, Carlos Lopes, said on Wednesday that the private equity funds performed better than listed stocks. 'Africa must find ways of scaling up the promotion of Africa-owned private equity funds and other financial services that encourage capital to remain in Africa,' Lopes said at a meeting of finance ministers and Central Bank...
(PANA 04/12/14)
Dakar, Senegal - A regional conference on aviation security in Africa opened on Wednesday in Dakar, Senegal, to address challenges and improve the safety of air transport in Africa. The conference is organized by Airports Council International-Africa Region (ACI-Africa) in collaboration with the Agence des Aéroports du Sénégal (ADS) and the Senegalese government. Chaired by the Senegalese Minister of Air Transport and Tourism, Oumar Gueye, the conference is on the theme, 'Safety intelligence against threats”. It will afford all airports...

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(PANA 04/19/14)
A former United Nations Under Secretary-General, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, on Thursday underscored the need for African people to see security as a collective responsibility and work towards achieving peace in order to develop the continent. Professor Gambari was speaking against the background of security challenges being faced by some African countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Mali as a result of rising incidences of terrorism. He expressed displeasure about the rising acts of terrorism being carried out by the dreaded Boko Haram sect in Nigeria in particular, stressing that no meaningful development can be achieved in the midst of killing of innocent people and the state of fear. Professor Gambari was speaking at a public presentation of...
(The Associated Press 04/18/14)
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed 137 lives. The disease, typically found in central or eastern Africa, has infected people in Guinea's remote forests, its capital and in neighboring Liberia. In a statement posted on its website Thursday, the U.N. health agency said authorities have identified more than 220 suspected or confirmed cases of the disease in the two countries. Nearly 200 of those are in Guinea. There is no cure and no vaccine for the disease, which causes patients to bleed internally and externally. It is highly...
(Voice of America 04/18/14)
The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to at least 135. In a Thursday statement the WHO says Guinea's health ministry had reported a total of 122 deaths, while 13 deaths had been reported by Liberian health officials. The WHO says officials are investigating more than 200 suspected or confirmed cases of the virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Ebola Infections and DeathsEbola Infections and Deaths Six suspected cases...
(African arguments 04/18/14)
Diamonds and Rubber in Sierra Leone, oil in Angola and Sudan, tantalum and gold in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, copper in Zambia - the list of the natural resource wealth the Africa possesses is a long one. However, these riches have not always been a blessing for the continent. The development of African states is often said to be hindered by a 'resource curse' and, not surprisingly, most contemporary instances of armed contest over state power, authority, and...
(IRIN 04/18/14)
The slogan "make poverty history" has been used by development pundits and pop star philanthropists for years. Now, in a bid to turn words into deeds, it is being discussed as a universal global target to be met within a generation. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight poverty-reduction targets that were signed during a world summit in 2000, will be retired next year. Diplomats, aid experts and UN officials are currently negotiating the 15-year objectives that will replace them in...
(Dw-World 04/18/14)
A million people died in East Africa alone during the First World War. Many Africans also fought in Europe, defending the interests of their colonial masters. Today, their sacrifice has been largely forgotten. The most impressive monument for African victims of the First World War (1914-1918) is not to be found in Africa but in France. At the battle of Delville, one of the engagements of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, the South African 1st Infantry Brigade sustained...
(UN.org 04/17/14)
"Your deeds will have an impact... be the new leaders of change," United Nations Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas urged today during an event launching the book, Action for Disarmament: 10 Things You Can Do! Written for high school and early-college students, Action for Disarmament offers practical steps to help young people mobilize, act and promote the UN's disarmament ideals throughout their schools, communities and beyond. "This book is a call to action, to create a world where people of...
(BBC News Africa 04/17/14)
Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief has said. Restricted competition has helped push up charges, according to research by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Money transfer company Western Union said that fees were set according to factors such as local taxes. The company "delivered much-needed services to individuals", it added. 'Duopoly' The research found that average fees of 12% to send $200 (£119) were twice the global average...
(PANA 04/16/14)
Nouakchott, Mauritania - The Mauritanian Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Economy, Ould Nany Chrough, on Monday launched a project for fish marketing, funded by the Spanish Government to the tune of 5 million euros, PANA learnt from official sources. They said that the project falls within the scope of the fisheries sector transformation towards its greater integration into the national economy. The project will be implemented over a period of four years and it is expected to improve people's access...
(PANA 04/16/14)
The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) has certified Sunday's legislative and presidential elections in Guinea-Bissau 'peaceful, free, fair and transparent'. In a preliminary report issued in Bissau and made available to PANA here Tuesday, it said the 'minor hitches' that were recorded during the election did not in anyway tarnish the 'overall exemplary conduct' of the electoral process. 'The ECOWAS EOM wishes to stress that the elections were conducted in accordance with international good practices and the provisions of the...
(The Associated Press 04/16/14)
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people, according to the latest World Health Organization count. There is no vaccine and no cure for the deadly virus, and its appearance in West Africa, far from its usual sites in Central and East Africa, has caused some panic. Health workers are trying to contain its spread, tracking down anyone with whom the sick have had contact. Mali...
(PANA 04/16/14)
Dakar, Senegal - In order to create a common space of higher education in West Africa, the Network for Excellence in Higher Education in West Africa (REESAO) met on Monday in Dakar to reflect on how to improve and harmonize education in the various universities of the sub-region. Under the theme, 'Developing and implementing priority action plans of REESAO,' the four-day meeting will be an opportunity for 25 university presidents and several delegations, to harmonize their action plans towards a...
(PANA 04/16/14)
Regional integration is one of the main driving forces for industrialization in Africa, the executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Dr Carlos Lopes, said on Monday in Cotonou in a PANA interview. Regional integration has the potential to encourage trade and the movement of capital, which can favour the formation of regional blocs for growth and value added channels, particularly in the sector of strategic products, such as pharmaceutical products, he said. He said by harmonizing national...
(PANA 04/16/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The African Union (AU) is moving to advance peace mediation and conflict prevention efforts by working with relevant organisations to create regular points of contact. AU Commission Chairperson Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma, said advancing conflict prevention was critical to Africa’s efforts to stay peaceful. Dlamini-Zuma met the African Ombudsmen and Mediators Association (AOMA) to strategise on how to create a new nerve-centre for Africa’s peace mediation efforts, where she emphasized the role preventive diplomacy. Both sides resolved to...
(Awoko 04/15/14)
Together with Ministries of Health and other partners across seven countries in West Africa, UNICEF is using text messaging through mobile phones, radio shows, TV programmes and door-to-door campaigns to disseminate life-saving information in an effort to contain the often-fatal Ebola virus. “Most of the people in this part of the world had never heard of Ebola before,” said Dr. Guido Borghese, UNICEF Principal Advisor Child Survival and Development for West and Central Africa. “In this environment, unfounded fears and...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/14/14)
NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Sahara-based Islamists holding three Algerian diplomats hostage have sent a video of one of them to Mauritania's ANI news agency, ANI said, the first proof of life in over a year. Seven Algerians were kidnapped in the north Mali town of Gao when it was taken over by al Qaeda-linked Islamists in April 2012. Three were released, one was reported executed and the last video released to media was in January 2013. Little has been heard of...
(PANA 04/14/14)
West Africa is one of the largest producers of cannabis and it is also a transit point for drugs trafficked from Latin America and the Caribbean into Europe, Pierre Lapaque, representative of the UN Office against Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said in Dakar on Friday. Speaking at a joint press conference organized by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the Senegalese customs during the publication of results of the Cocaine Route and Operation (COCAIR IV), Mr. Lapaque stressed that it...
(PANA 04/12/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has called for increments in the private equity funds investment in Africa to improve infrastructure. UNECA Executive Director, Carlos Lopes, said on Wednesday that the private equity funds performed better than listed stocks. 'Africa must find ways of scaling up the promotion of Africa-owned private equity funds and other financial services that encourage capital to remain in Africa,' Lopes said at a meeting of finance ministers and Central Bank...
(PANA 04/12/14)
Dakar, Senegal - A regional conference on aviation security in Africa opened on Wednesday in Dakar, Senegal, to address challenges and improve the safety of air transport in Africa. The conference is organized by Airports Council International-Africa Region (ACI-Africa) in collaboration with the Agence des Aéroports du Sénégal (ADS) and the Senegalese government. Chaired by the Senegalese Minister of Air Transport and Tourism, Oumar Gueye, the conference is on the theme, 'Safety intelligence against threats”. It will afford all airports...
(PANA 04/11/14)
Port-Louis, Mauritius - Mauritian Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection Minister Cader Sayed-Hossen has introduced a new Consumer Protection Bill that allows for the setting up of a National Consumer Council and a Consumer Protection Tribunal in Mauritius, PANA reported from here Wednesday. The objects of the Bill, Minister Sayed-Hossen said Tuesday evening, shall be to promote and protect consumer rights and welfare. The Bill says the Council shall encourage, by the formation of associations, consumer participation in decision-making processes concerning...

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(Xinhuanet 04/19/14)
JOHANNESBURG, April 18 (Xinhua) -- International logistics group DHL Express said Friday that significant growth in Africa's financial services sector is providing great opportunities to drive the continent's economic growth and development. In a report released in Johannesburg, DHL Express Sub-Saharan ( SSA) Director Sumesh Rahavendra said growing economy, increased political stability and willingness to trade with international partners is making the continent more investor friendly.
(PANA 04/11/14)
Port-Louis, Mauritius - Mauritian Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection Minister Cader Sayed-Hossen has introduced a new Consumer Protection Bill that allows for the setting up of a National Consumer Council and a Consumer Protection Tribunal in Mauritius, PANA reported from here Wednesday. The objects of the Bill, Minister Sayed-Hossen said Tuesday evening, shall be to promote and protect consumer rights and welfare. The Bill says the Council shall encourage, by the formation of associations, consumer participation in decision-making processes concerning the market-place and the interest of consumers. There shall also be established a Consumer Protection Tribunal that shall hear and...
(Xinhuanet 04/08/14)
DUBAI, April (Xinhua) -- China has played a positive role in redefining Africa and helped the once despaired continent to get back on track, the president of the Cairo-based African Export- Import Bank Jean-Louis Ekkra said here on Monday. Ekkra made the remarks to Xinhua at the third annual Dubai precious metals conference which is held under the theme "Engaging with Africa," adding that Chinese firms are investing in nearly all countries of the continent. "China provides both financing and...
(PANA 04/07/14)
The tax administrations from the 15 ECOWAS member countries are taking part in the eighth session of the forum for West Africa’s tax administrations (FAFAO) that opened here Friday, sources close to the Malian ministry of Economy and Finances told PANA. The session is being held under the theme 'Tax in the telecommunications sector'. Before the forum, the monitoring committee, made up of the managing directors of tax administrations from ECOWAS member states, met on Thursday to prepare grounds for...
(Premium Times 03/31/14)
The bulk of Africa's losses to illicit financial flows annually were through various schemes by multinational companies to evade and avoid the payment of corporate tax in their areas of operations. Findings by the African Union high-level panel on illicit financial flows showed that what the continent has been losing annually through illicit financial flows is more than what it receives in development aids from abroad or foreign direct investment combined. The panel, chaired by former South African President, Thabo...
(PANA 03/26/14)
Despite important economic progress and agricultural successes, Africa remains the world’s most food insecure continent, with relatively low levels of agricultural productivity, low rural incomes and high rates of malnutrition, FAO said here Monday. As the Organization’s 28th Regional Conference for Africa takes place in Tunis, FAO is calling on African ministers of agriculture for action in priority areas to accelerate increased investment and broad-based transformation in support of smallholder farmers, including rural youth and women. Africa has recorded continuous...
(PANA 03/24/14)
The chairman of the Commission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), Mr Cheik Hadjibou Soumaré, on Friday bemoaned the low level of intra-regional trade saying this is unhealthy for the economies of countries in the union. 'The liberalization of intra-regional trade can be profitable for WAEMU countries by making them less vulnerable, by enabling them to diversify their economies, improve their competitiveness and create jobs,” he said. Speaking in Dakar on Thursday at a conference organised by...
(PANA 03/17/14)
Nouakchott, Mauritania - Mauritania realised US$10.5 million from oil exploration at the Chinguetti offshore field (70 km off Nouakchott) in January 2014, according to an official report sent to PANA on Sunday. During the same period, the daily oil production at the Chinguetti, which was commissioned in February 2006 and remains the only well, stood at 3,964 barrels per day or a monthly total of 122,877 barrels. The daily production represents a decline against the December 2013 figure, which average...
(Bloomberg 03/14/14)
Credit Suisse Group AG is deploying investment bankers to woo African entrepreneurs as the second-biggest Swiss bank tries to build its wealth-management business on the continent. Those bankers offer services from capital raising to trade finance and mergers and acquisitions advice, John Wright, a managing director and market leader for Africa at Credit Suisse, said in an interview in Cape Town. “We have a dedicated group of investment bankers embedded within private banking,” said Zurich-based Wright. “They have the mission...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/14)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Pan-African lender Ecobank grew too fast in a short space of time, its biggest shareholder said on Wednesday, potentially signaling a slowdown in the rapid expansion that has taken the financial institution to 35 countries. Elias Masilela, chief executive of the Public Investment Corporation, said the bank, whose chief executive Thierry Tanoh was ousted by the board on Tuesday, needed to devote as much attention to governance as to growth. "The institution grew too fast in a...
(Bloomberg 03/12/14)
African Barrick Gold Plc (ABG) slumped the most in 14 months in London trading after its parent, the world’s biggest producer of the metal, sold a 10 percent stake. The unit of Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX) fell as much as 17 percent, the largest drop since Jan. 8, 2013. The parent sold 41 million shares to institutions for $188 million, cutting its stake to 64 percent less than four years after an initial public offering. “This sale confirms that the...
(Bloomberg 03/11/14)
Japaul Oil & Maritime Services Plc plans to raise $400 million to $500 million this year to allow the Nigerian company to expand its offshore business in Africa. Japaul is studying loans, bonds, stocks or a combination of all three to raise money after appointing a consulting firm a month ago, Chief Executive Officer Jegede Paul said in Lagos. The company, now in Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, plans to buy ships and equipment to expand in “about...
(PANA 03/11/14)
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is to hold an Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) Consultative Roundtable and a side event on the Science Agenda in Africa 17-18 March in Durban, South Africa. FARA said in a statement made available to PANA here Monday that former Chairperson of the African Union Commission Jean Ping will be the guest speaker. It said the two events would hold on the sideline of the 10th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)...
(AFP (eng) 03/04/14)
NOUAKCHOTT - About one in five people face food insecurity in the west African desert country of Mauritania because of poor harvests and high prices, the World Food Programme said Monday. More than 650,000 people in the country of 3.5-million live in conditions similar to those of December 2008 at the height of the world food crisis, the UN agency said, releasing the results of a study. The post-harvest study was conducted in December and January in the impoverished Sahel...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/02/14)
(Reuters) - The main shareholder in Ecobank (ETI.LG), one of the biggest banks in sub-Saharan Africa, called on Saturday for its Ivorian chief executive Thierry Tanoh to be dismissed immediately. The South African government-owned Public Investment Corporation's (PIC) demand was made in a letter to the interim chairman of the bank, which is headquartered in Togo and is listed in Nigeria and Ghana and on the West African regional bourse BRVM. Four senior executives called several weeks ago for Tanoh...
(Voice of America 02/28/14)
A senior official at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) says the organization is encouraged by an agreement between heads of state from Uganda, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ethiopia to join the group’s free trade program, a decision taken at the just-concluded summit. The heads of state and government that attended the COMESA summit, which ended Thursday, in the DRC capital, Kinshasa, include Joseph Kabila, Michael Sata, Yoweri Museveni, Joyce Banda, Robert Mugabe, Omar...
(Vanguard 02/28/14)
Marc Wegerif coordinates Oxfam's Economic Justice campaign in East Africa, working with partners to bring about fair policies for small farmers, pastoralists and communities affected by climate change. He is based in Tanzania. He was in Nigeria recently as part of his work on Female Food Hero award. Oxfam is working in a number of countries where they are rolling it out as a way of celebrating women's contribution to agriculture and food security. In this interview with JIMOH BABATUNDE,...
(PANA 02/27/14)
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) hold the key to Africa's growth, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), DHL Express for sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Charles Brewer, said. The private BusinessDay reported Tuesday that the CEO supports the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which forecasts economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa in 2014 to be slightly higher than 2013. “This growth, coupled with the more than one billion consumers on the continent who spend US$600 billion annually, as well as having the fastest growing middle...
(The Africa Report 02/27/14)
Many of the continent's largest retailers are dialling back their expansion plans and looking to make smaller advances closer to home. In a year that saw many African retailers pushing ahead with plans to expand on the back of growing consumer demand, 2013 was tempered by tougher conditions for consumers in the continent's biggest market, South Africa. While the honeymoon is not yet over, a degree of reality has certainly appeared in the valuations of retailers listed on the Johannesburg...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/14)
Beijing (AFP) - China-Africa trade totalled more than $200 billion last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday, highlighting the Asian powerhouse's burgeoning trade and investment ties with the continent. "In 2013, Chinese-African trade surpassed the $200 billion mark for the first time, making China Africa's biggest trading partner," Xi told visiting Senegalese President Macky Sall, adding that Chinese direct investment in Africa grew 44 percent. "That all stands witness to the endlessly renewed vitality of Sino-African friendship, to the...

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(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 in the past 26 years of CAF. 'What will make me happy now, after all these achievements will be to get even more successes for African football,' CAF's media outlet quoted Hayatou to have said...
(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 Cairo, Egypt, the Confederation said it has decided to make it's Excellence Centre in Cameroon available to the five teams...
(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...
(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, Mohamed al-Mesalma, who was shot by a sniper. Six journalists died in Egypt. Half of...
(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 off on Friday on a promising note and lived up to maximum expectation, shaking the capital with scintillating performances from...
(AFP 11/09/13)
LAGOS, November 9, 2013 (AFP) - The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opens in Nigeria on Sunday and although it is still in its infancy, organisers hope that with time it can become the continent's Cannes. Seventy films from across the continent will be screened in a series of venues over seven days in the southern coastal city of Calabar, which Nigeria has tried to promote as an emerging cultural hub. "For an African film to come out in Cannes...
(CNN 09/20/13)
London (CNN) -- The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features - all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses. But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion...
(Voice of America 04/18/14)
The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to at least 135. In a Thursday statement the WHO says Guinea's health ministry had reported a total of 122 deaths, while 13 deaths had been reported by Liberian health officials. The WHO says officials are investigating more than 200 suspected or confirmed cases of the virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Ebola Infections and DeathsEbola Infections and Deaths Six suspected cases in Mali tested negative and no new suspected cases have been reported. This is the first major outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. Authorities say it began in a forested southeastern region of Guinea in...
(Dw-World 04/18/14)
A million people died in East Africa alone during the First World War. Many Africans also fought in Europe, defending the interests of their colonial masters. Today, their sacrifice has been largely forgotten. The most impressive monument for African victims of the First World War (1914-1918) is not to be found in Africa but in France. At the battle of Delville, one of the engagements of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, the South African 1st Infantry Brigade sustained heavy casualties. John Del Monde knows the site well. He is a member of the board of the South African...
(BBC News Africa 04/17/14)
Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief has said. Restricted competition has helped push up charges, according to research by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Money transfer company Western Union said that fees were set according to factors such as local taxes. The company "delivered much-needed services to individuals", it added. 'Duopoly' The research found that average fees of 12% to send $200 (£119) were twice the global average...
(Voice of America 04/11/14)
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is cautiously optimistic that Guinea Bissau’s elections scheduled for Sunday will be transparent, free and fair, says Sonny Ugoh, Communications Director for ECOWAS. His comments followed an official visit to Guinea Bissau by ECOWAS chairman and Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama who met with stakeholders on Thursday in the capital, Bissau, in the run up to the general election. Ugoh says Mahama’s visit to Guinea Bissau is an indication of ECOWAS’ support...
(Voice of America 04/09/14)
The World Health Organization (WHO) says the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa is "one of the most challenging" outbreaks of the virus it has ever faced. WHO Assistant Director-General Keiji Fukuda says it could take four more months to contain the outbreak, which has resulted in more than 110 deaths. Guinea remains the center of the outbreak, with 157 suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola. Another 21 cases are suspected or confirmed in Liberia. During a Tuesday news conference...
(Voice of America 04/09/14)
PENTAGON — Twenty years after close to one million people were slaughtered in the Rwandan genocide, U.S. military officials are confident that forces are better positioned to prevent a repeat of such mass slaughter. But, Washington is still concerned about security across the African continent. Fears run rampant across much of the Central African Republic, where 2,000 people have been killed in ethnic violence since December, and some African peacekeepers already have pulled out. But U.S. defense officials say the...
(Voice of America 04/09/14)
A new study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine finds that no sub-Saharan African country will meet the U.N. Millennium Development goal for sanitation, and that many are lagging behind achieving the target for clean drinking water as well. According to a joint report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF last year, more than 2 billion people - or one-third of the world’s population - will remain without access to improved sanitation by 2015. The Millennium...
(Voice of America 04/04/14)
LONDON — African and European Union leaders have wrapped up a two-day summit aimed at improving trade ties, but the talks in Brussels were overshadowed by the worsening crisis in the Central African Republic. Over the past 10 days, U.N. officials say more than 60 people have been killed in sectarian violence in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui. Recent violence there and in other C.A.R. cities has prompted tens of thousands of Muslims to flee their communities. The European...
(BBC News Africa 04/04/14)
Belgium's gay Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo has called on African leaders to respect the rights of minorities, including homosexuals. It was intolerable that people were "persecuted for their origins, their sexual orientation, their religion and their convictions", he said. Mr Di Rupo was addressing African and European leaders attending the EU-Africa summit in Brussels. Nigeria and Uganda have toughened anti-gay laws this year. Their presidents - Goodluck Jonathan and Yoweri Museveni - are at the summit, which is discussing...
(Xinhuanet 04/01/14)
ACCRA, March (Xinhua) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have once again refused to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU), local media reported here Monday. This was contained in a communique issued at the end of the 44th Ordinary Session of Heads of State and Government of the ECOWAS Authority held in Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire late last Saturday. It said some states, particularly Nigeria, had found issues with technical matters about the...
(Voice of America 04/01/14)
DAKAR — West Africans are growing more apprehensive as the region's first-ever Ebola outbreak spreads. Guinea's president and other leaders are urging people to remain calm, but people across the region say they are scared. The outbreak that began in Guinea’s southeastern forest region last month is causing widespread fear as the death toll rises and the outbreak spreads. Leaders throughout the region have said that there is no reason to panic, but people say they are becoming increasingly worried...
(Dw-World 03/29/14)
European and African leaders from some 70 nations are seeking to improve political and economic cooperation between their two continents at a two-day Brussels summit. EU Afrika Gipfel Merkel 02.04.2014 Brüssel The meeting comes as the European Union (EU) officially unveils plans to send 1,000 troops to the strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR) to bolster African and French forces already in the country. Christoph Hasselbach is a senior DW editor specializing in European affairs who is in Brussels for the...
(UN.org 03/29/14)
Getting more African youths involved in agriculture and investing in the continent's vulnerable small family farmers will be pivotal to improving nutritional and economic well-being in the years to come, a sensor United Nations official said today, citing water scarcity and conflict as some of the biggest challenges to achieve food security in the region by 2025. "The region's economic growth rate is above the global average and most of the world's fastest-growing economies are in Africa," noted José Graziano...
(Voice of America 03/28/14)
West African heads of state and government plan to meet at a two-day summit beginning Friday in Ivory Coast. Officials of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), organizers of the conference say the leaders will discuss an economic partnership agreement with the European Union (EU), review of regional security, and the upcoming elections in Guinea Bissau. ECOWAS communications director, Sonny Ugoh says high on the agenda will be the election of a new ECOWAS chairman to take over...
(Voice of America 03/22/14)
JOHANNESBURG — As the world observes World TB Day on March 24 to raise awareness of the fight against tuberculosis, South Africa is struggling to conquer its top killer. Activists say more focus is needed on poor communities as drug resistant strains take hold and wreak havoc. With 80 percent of the country's young adults already infected with TB, health experts say there is no time to lose. This year South Africa commemorates World Tuberculosis Day under the theme "finding, treating and curing TB in hard to reach communities."
(Voice of America 03/15/14)
A new report says ending persistent hunger and undernutrition should be top development priorities. The International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI, has released its annual Global Food Policy Report. IFPRI has set a goal of 2025 for ending hunger and undernutrition. The U.N. estimates more than 840-million people still go hungry every day, while over two-billion have a deficiency of essential micronutrients, such as iron, Vitamin A and zinc. Although very high, those figures actually represent an improvement in recent...
(Voice of America 03/11/14)
On January 24th, African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma released her vision for Africa’s future. The African Agenda 2063 seeks to rekindle the passion for Pan-Africanism. It calls for promotion of peace and stability, expansion of agricultural production, inclusive economic development and industrialization, and mainstreaming women and youth participation in African Union activities. On Saturday (March 15), Africans worldwide are being invited to attend a conference call to discuss Dlamini-Zuma’s vision. Chika Onyeani, publisher of the New York-based African Sun...
(BBC News Africa 03/07/14)
Warmer temperatures are causing malaria to spread to higher altitudes, a study suggests. Researchers have found that people living in the highlands of Africa and South America are at an increased risk of catching the mosquito-borne disease during hotter years. They believe that temperature rises in the future could result in millions of additional cases in some areas. The research is published in the journal Science. Prof Mercedes Pascual, from the University of Michigan in the US, who carried out...
(BBC News Africa 03/04/14)
Hundreds of Muslims have protested in Mauritania's capital, Nouakchott, after news spread that the Koran had allegedly been desecrated at a mosque. An imam reported that four men with their faces covered by turbans entered the mosque, tearing copies of the Koran and throwing them into a toilet. Police fired tear gas to disperse angry crowds, and one person was killed, a hospital source said. Mauritania is a Muslim country with a tiny Christian population. It has been a key...
(Voice of America 02/28/14)
A senior official at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) says the organization is encouraged by an agreement between heads of state from Uganda, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ethiopia to join the group’s free trade program, a decision taken at the just-concluded summit. The heads of state and government that attended the COMESA summit, which ended Thursday, in the DRC capital, Kinshasa, include Joseph Kabila, Michael Sata, Yoweri Museveni, Joyce Banda, Robert Mugabe, Omar...

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