Thursday 18 January 2018
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is set to accelerate to 3.4 percent next year, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday, citing Nigeria's recovering oil and agricultural sectors. The IMF said in its latest World Economic Outlook report that the region would grow by 2.6 percent this year after 1.4 percent in 2016. "Growth is expected to rise gradually," it said, while noting that the rate would be uneven and "barely above population growth". GDP in the west African powerhouse Nigeria contracted by 1.6 percent in 2016, but is predicted to grow by 0.8 percent this year and 1.9 percent next year. The IMF said Nigeria was benefitting from "recovering oil production and ongoing strength in the agricultural sector", but the...
(APA 10/09/17)
APA-Maputo (Mozambique) - Twelve people Malawians have died in a road accident in the western Mozambican province of Tete, APA can report on Monday. Eleven of the victims were Malawians and one was a Mozambican, according to Mozambican police, who said the accident at midnight on the road between the border district of Tsangano and the Tete provincial capital. The casualties include seven people who were injured, some of them seriously. The accident occurred after one of the rear tires burst, and the mini-bus involved in the accident overturned. State-controlled Radio Mozambique said Mozambican police have confirmed that the victims are illegal immigrants from Malawi, who were suspect to be on their way to neighbouring South Africa, in search of...
(APA 10/06/17)
APA-Maputo (Mozambique) - The spokesperson for the Mozambican police, Inacio Dina, has confirmed that two policemen and three members of a gang have been killed after 30 armed and hooded gunmen attacked them in the coastal district of Mocimboa da Praia early on Thursday. The incident took place in a police compound in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, in a pre-dawn raid. Radio Mozambique reported that the police later seized two AK-47 rifles and three machetes left behind by the raiders who stormed the police post in Awasse locality, and another security unit further afield between 01.00 and 04.00 at dawn on Thursday. According to Dina, the attackers spoke in Portuguese, Swahili, and Kimwani, the local dialect spoken...
(AFP (eng) 10/05/17)
The mayor of Mozambique's third city was shot dead outside his house by unknown gunmen, officials said Thursday, in an apparent targeted assassination. Mahamudo Amurane, mayor of Nampula, was killed on Wednesday evening, sparking angry demonstrations in the northwestern city, where he was widely seen as an anti-corruption crusader. "He was murdered by a man who shot him three times as he left his private residence," Saide Ali, a member of the Nampula municipal government, told reporters. On Thursday police fired warning shots in Nampula to control angry crowds who gathered to protest against his death and to call for justice.
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Maputo (Mozambique) - Unknown gunmen have shot and killed Mahamudo Amurrane, the mayor of Nampula city, in Mozambique's northern province of Nampula, APA can report. [Img : Mozambican mayor assassinated] According to private television, STv, Amurrane was caught by three bullets as he visited a chemistry lab in the city on Wednesday afternoon. An unnamed official of his Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) confirmed that the mayor died on the spot after the gunmen fired repeatedly at him. The motive for the killing is not yet known. Amurrane's MDM had won Nampula city and three of the nation’s four largest cities in local elections in 2014. Due to its showing in those elections, the party emerged as a credible challenger to...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/05/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT.N) plans to spend $50 million over the next five years to add 100 hotels to its chain in Africa, it said on Thursday, joining other chains keen to tap growing business and international travel on the continent. One property will open in the Kenyan capital Nairobi by the end of this year and another in the Rwandan capital Kigali in 2018, it said in a statement. There was 11 percent growth in Sub-Saharan African tourism in the past year, according to data from the U.N. World Tourism Organisation. Hilton said the remaining additions to its 39 existing African properties would be operational within the next five years. “The model of converting existing...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - The African Union (AU) will on Thursday endorse reports and recommendations on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARWE) made by experts and senior officials in a meeting held on Monday and Tuesday. The endorsement will take place during the ministerial session of the AU’s Specialized Technical Committee on ARWE that opened on Thursday in Addis Ababa under the theme “Improve environmental sustainability and transform agriculture to ensure food and nutrition security.” These include policy papers and reports on agriculture, rural development, water and environment and recommendations and guidance on issues in the 2063 Africa Development Agenda, including agriculture, environment, climate change, and youth engagement. Among the points chosen for the discussions are the assessment of...
(AFP (eng) 10/02/17)
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi vowed on Monday to push ahead with national peace talks after he was overwhelmingly re-elected leader of the ruling Frelimo party at a five-yearly conference. Nyusi, who has ruled the country since 2015 and is likely to stand again in 2019 presidential elections, recently held preliminary talks with Afonso Dhlakama, head of the rival Renamo group. Renamo fought a 16-year civil war against Frelimo until 1992 before becoming an opposition political party that again took up arms in 2013. "Effective peace and national reconciliation is an urgent task that is incumbent on us all regardless of political affiliation," Nyusi told the six-day party conference in Maputo that ended early Monday. "There is no doubt that the...
(AFP (eng) 09/29/17)
Government shutdowns of the internet have cost sub-Saharan Africa about $237 million since 2015, according to a study released Friday, as authorities increasingly implement planned disruptions. At least 12 countries have had internet shutdowns, often before elections or when protests erupt, with mobile internet networks most recently suspended in Togo during opposition demonstrations. "Internet disruptions, however short-lived, undermine economic growth, disrupt the delivery of critical services, erode business confidence, and raise a country’s risk profile," the CIPESA report said. The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) released its...
(Xinhuanet 09/28/17)
The Mozambican government denied on Wednesday the UN accusation of it for purchasing military weapons and equipment from a trading company in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). More than two weeks ago the UN Security Council experts said in a report that a investment company under the Ministry of Defense of Mozambique paid six million U.S. dollars for DPRK arms, violating UN arms sanctions. In reply to the UN report, Mozambican Defense Minister Atanasio M'tumuke said his government had nothing to fear because it had never bought arms from DPRK. "These are false accusations. Mozambique has never bought arms from DPRK. We look forward to the investigation from the United Nations and we hope that they apologize for...
(Bloomberg 09/27/17)
Studio 189, a label founded by actress Rosario Dawson and fashion executive Abrima Erwiah, is reinvesting in its African roots. It’s hard enough to build a fashion brand, let alone an empire. Rare is the person who makes a mission of using fashion to build communities. Such is the case with Studio 189, a label founded by longtime friends Abrima Erwiah (formerly a marketing executive at Bottega Veneta) and Rosario Dawson (an enduring star most recently seen in Netflix’s Marvel franchise). “The idea is to produce everything in local markets,” says Erwiah. “Particularly in Africa, particularly in Ghana.” The founders set up the company in partnership with the United Nations’ Ethical Fashion Initiative, which also works with such socially conscious...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/26/17)
Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd said on Tuesday it won a contract worth $240 million to provide a wide array of defense electronic systems to an unnamed country in Africa. The contract, which will be carried out over a two-year period, is comprised of Directed Infra-red Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems to protect aircraft from shoulder fired missiles, based on passive infrared systems, and includes missile warning systems, radio and communication systems, land systems, mini-unmanned air systems and helicopters upgrade.
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
African first ladies and activists hailed progress that some governments on the continent are making on gender equality. They met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “We used to have 23 percent female representation in parliament but, with the stroke of a pen it went up to 48 percent. So, we managed to double our female representation with that decision,” said Namibia’s first lady Monica Geingos at a roundtable invitation-only event co-hosted by the Global First Ladies Alliance (GFLA) and Facebook. Geingos credited the quota enacted by the ruling SWAPO party of her husband, President Hage Geingob. But she said a similar quota might be needed for Namibia’s private sector, where only 10 to...
(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...

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