Monday 23 October 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue to chikungunya, thrives in warmer climates than its malaria-carrying cousin, known as Anopheles, say researchers at Stanford University. In sub-Saharan Africa, this means malaria rates could rise in cooler areas as they heat up, but fall in hotter places that...
(Macauhub 09/21/17)
The Mozambican government remains committed to its goal of bringing electricity to the whole country by 2030, the Minister of Mineral Resources Leticia Klemens said on Wednesday in Maputo. The minister, who spoke at the presentation of the portfolio of projects of the National Energy Fund (Funae), stressed that the government has been intensifying efforts to bring the electricity supply to rural areas of the country. Quoted by Mozambican newspaper Notícias, Klemens said private entities “now have more room to finance renewable energy projects in Mozambique, thus opening the way for the investment to stop being just public.” As an example of private sector involvement, she cited the agreement signed last May between Funae
(Macauhub 09/21/17)
The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union is an opportunity to make more investments in Mozambique and will not have a negative impact on bilateral trade relations, the British Minister for International Trade said on Wednesday in Maputo. Minister Liam Fox, who travelled to Mozambique as part of a tour of some southern African countries, said that what worries potential British investors is the guarantee of macroeconomic stability and a stable legal framework. The SADC Sugar Producers Federation last week in Maputo expressed concern about losing the main sugar market in the European Union after Brexit as the United Kingdom absorbs more than half of the output of the countries in the region. to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, the...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will guarantee minimum sales volumes of the new combination pills using dolutegravir, a so-called integrase inhibitor that avoids the drug resistance that often develops with older treatments. In return the drugmakers, India-based Mylan Laboratories and Aurobindo Pharma, will agree the maximum...
(Macauhub 09/19/17)
The Mozambican Energy Fund (Funae) on Tuesday is scheduled to present a portfolio of renewable energy projects worth an estimated US$500 million to help ensure that by 2030 the Mozambican population has full access to electricity, according to a statement issued on Monday in Maputo. The statement cited by Mozambican state news agency AIM said the project portfolio provides for electrification through the use of solar and hydro sources, covering the provinces of Maputo, Gaza and Inhambane (south), Sofala, Manica, Tete and Zambézia (central Mozambique) and Nampula, Niassa and Cabo Delgado
(Macauhub 09/19/17)
The governments of Mozambique and Malawi have decided to expand the Nacala Development Corridor, which includes a railway line that crosses the two countries linking Moatize, in Tete province, to the port of Nampula, in Nampula province, under a agreement signed on Friday in Maputo. The agreement, which provides for additional funding of US$2.5 billion for development of the corridor, will allow the corridor to evolve, “as well as fostering economic growth by promoting and coordinating economically viable businesses in the transportation, agriculture , trade, mining and tourism sector,” according to the Mozambican government. The agreement is an addendum to the original agreement between the governments of Mozambique and Malawi on the Nacala Development Corridor, signed on 28 September 2000,...
(Macauhub 09/19/17)
India’s decision to freeze imports of some types of pulses to protect local production prices has meant that a number of farmers in Mozambique have run out of markets to export their produce, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias. The newspaper wrote that more than 300 tonnes of Boer beans produced in the current agricultural campaign in the districts of Ancuabe, Montepuez, Chiúre, Balama and Namuno, in the south of the Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, run the risk of deteriorating because they have no market in which to be sold. As a result of the Indian government’s decision, the buying price for pulses producers has been declining in recent days, falling from 60 meticais per kilo to 15 meticais (each...
(Macauhub 09/19/17)
Mozambique’s banking sector has become reliant on loans to the public sector to maintain growth due to the economic environment created by the state’s financial default in 2016, according to consultancy BMI Research. In a note on the financial sector sent to analysts, the Fitch group consultancy adds that this is because “the government has increasingly been kept away from international markets following the disclosure of hidden debts and subsequent financial default.” With limited access to external financing, the government has increasingly relied on national banks for credit, BMI said, adding that this is unlikely to be a sustainable growth model for banks. BMI Research added that credit provided by banks to the government through the purchase of public debt...
(AFP (eng) 09/18/17)
A 17-year-old albino boy was killed and his brain removed for what is believed to be use in witchcraft in Mozambique, local news reports said. Albinos in Mozambique are often hunted for their body parts, which are used as charms and magical potions in the belief that they bring wealth and good luck. "The criminals took the bones out of the arms and legs, the hair and broke the head to remove the brain," a local official told Mozambican news agency AIM. The body was found after the boy was killed on Wednesday in the Benga area of Tete province, AIM said. Lurdes Ferreira, a police spokesman in the Tete province, said police are investigating the teenager's kidnap and murder...
(The Guardian 09/18/17)
Anna Jones says that, through selling its cocoa cheaply, Africa is exporting its wealth overseas; while Sue Banford claims that the soya moratorium in the Amazon has done nothing to halt deforestation. Only the final paragraph in your article on cocoa farming causing deforestation in Ivory Coast (Forests pay price for world’s taste for cocoa, 14 September) mentioned the most fundamental thing – the farmer’s livelihood, or lack of it. The low value of his (or more likely her) crop is undoubtedly the cause of this problem. But cocoa farming could also provide the solution. Recently, I was in Ivory Coast for the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Abidjan. It united many different parties – governments, the UN’s Food...
(Xinhuanet 09/15/17)
The Political Commission of the ruling party in Mozambique, Frelimo, has elected the current president of the country Filipe Nyusi to be the candidate for the next presidential election in 2019. According to the resolution approved by Frelimo's committee, the constant dialogue and willingness to reach an effective peace agreement with the leader of the main opposition party, Afonso Dlhakama, were important to support Nyusi to be the leader for the party and a presidential candidate for the country. The decision was made during the 95th Ordinary Session of the Frelimo Political Committee held Wednesday in Maputo. "I am very happy that my party has trusted me once again to be the candidate," Nyusi said in a press release on...
(Bloomberg 09/15/17)
Societe Generale SA, challenged on its home turf by Orange SA’s push into banking, is fighting back with a new mobile lender in Africa. The French lender started YUP, a new app for smartphones, in Senegal and Ivory Coast and plans to begin operating in four other sub-Saharan countries this year and next, the company said on Thursday. The bank aims to double its client base to 2 million in the region within three years. “Telcos have opened the way and they’ve gotten ahead,” Alexandre Maymat, who oversees Societe Generale’s operations in French-speaking Africa, said at a press briefing. “We’re catching up” by redefining the retail strategy and providing a broader offering than telephone companies. Chief Executive Officer Frederic Oudea...
(APA 09/14/17)
APA-Maputo (Mozambique) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a new five-year strategic plan to combat hunger in Mozambique, a country where more than 579,000 children will need treatment from the effects of severe hunger this year alone and five million people urgently need food assistance. The WFP said in a statement on Thursday that the plan for Mozambique is part of a series of new plans initiated by the United Nations agency in several countries around the world, and is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030 that aims to transform the planet earth into a place free from poverty and inequalities. It said the plan fully supports Mozambique's main national development priorities, including...
(APA 09/13/17)
The Mozambican government has approved a US$25-million tourism project that seeks to increase the competitiveness of the sector, taking advantage of the country’s potential and providing quality tourist services. Cabinet spokesperson Ana Comoana told journalists on Tuesday night after a cabinet meeting in Maputo that two South African and United States companies have been authorised to develop a tourism and conservation farm at Mapulanguene Administrative Post in Magude district in Maputo province. "They (South African and US companies) have created a locally-based joint venture firm known as Nuanetsi Lda for this purpose,” said Comoana
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
Mozambique's anti-corruption authorities on Tuesday initiated here a trial of 28 officials who allegedly diverted 2.7 million U.S. dollars from the national fund for agriculture. Setina Titosse, the kingpin of the alleged fraud, is the former managing director of the Agriculture Development Fund (FDA). She was arrested soon after the anti-corruption bureau gathered evidence of her crimes. Titosse was accused of involvement in approving fictitious agriculture projects. Since most did not exist or were partly implemented, the money was later transferred to her bank account. The defendants are facing 355 charges including corruption, money laundering, embezzlement, passive and active corruption, abuse of power, and payment of undue remunerations. An in-depth report by the daily Noticias found that there were a...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday in Windhoek said that the aim of the event is to promote a holistic private sector engagement, raise a sense of ownership and accountability for heritage protection as well as transmission of World Heritage sites in Namibia and Africa. "To...
(Xinhuanet 09/12/17)
Unitaid, an international organization hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), launched here on Monday a project to bring malaria prevention care to 400,000 pregnant women and their babies in four African countries. According to Unitaid, with a budget of 50 million U.S. dollars, the "Transforming Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Optimal Pregnancy" (TIPTOP) project will be implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria, countries from the Sub-Saharan region hit by malaria. In Mozambique in particular, latest statistics indicated that more than 28 percent pregnant women are infected with malaria. The project will benefit 100,000 women from the province of Sofala in the central region of the country and will later be expanded to Nampula, the country's...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr Bayor,” AIBA said in a statement on Monday. It found Bayor had “committed serious and unacceptable violations of the AIBA Disciplinary Code” at the tournament in Congo Republic. AIBA said the ban was from all boxing activities and responsibilities and...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope to look past Brexit turmoil. “Even if I hadn’t had the money put aside, I would have found a way to pay for it,” said Corrie, 50, who estimates the business she runs with her husband would have lost 10,000...
(Xinhuanet 09/08/17)
Communication ministers from the Southern Development Community (SADC) countries vowed on Thursday to turn the region into an information and knowledge-based economy. This emerged from a ICT (information and communication technology) meeting taking place in Durban, a coastal city in southeastern South Africa. Communication ministers from 15 SADC countries have been meeting in Durban since Monday to discuss the region's ICT infrastructure. The meeting, also attended by policy regulators, implementing agencies and ICT industry players, was designed to help create a more integrated region and help move its communication systems forward. "An accessible, affordable and reliable telecommunications is essential for us to benefit from the Fourth Industrial Revolution which has the potential to leapfrog SADC region economically and socially as...

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