Friday 17 November 2017
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all, but that’s still subject to...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in adulthood. It had a brain...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal of establishing a true partnership for the future", Lighthizer said. "By lowering barriers and tackling other constraints that impede trade and investment, we are poised to see U.S.-Africa trade flourish", he said, underscoring that "much more work needs to be...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama met over the weekend for the first time since 2015, raising hopes of an end to violence following a disputed election three years ago. Fighters from the ruling Frelimo and Dhlakama's Renamo parties have clashed sporadically since Renamo challenged the results of the 2014 vote, though the fighting takes place mostly in the remote interior, making it difficult to gauge its scale and casualties. Nyusi and Dhlakama met at the Gorongosa mountain district, where Dhlakama has been in hiding with hundreds of fighters since 2015.
(APA 08/08/17)
Agricultural Development and Food Security Minister Patrick Ralotsia said Tuesday that the Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation has developed a foot and mouth disease rapid diagnostic test which is expected to help in the fight against the disease that ravages the country’s cattle every year. Responding to a question in Parliament, Ralotsia said the kit was expected to undergo rigorous validation, proficiency testing and accreditation before it can be approved in accordance with international protocols. He said once it met such approval, it would then be adopted accordingly. The minister was giving an update on progress made regarding the development of the rapid diagnostic test which has been on the cards for some time.
(APA 08/08/17)
Mozambique's Central Office for Combating Corruption, (GCCC) has accused former transport minister Paulo Zucula of abuse of office and taking bribes amounting to about US$37,000, state media reported on Tuesday. According to Noticias daily newspaper, the GCCC, a unit under the Attorney General's Office, also accused current and former officials of the Civil Aviation Institute of Mozambique (IACM) of crimes related to abuse of office. It is alleged that while transport minister in 2009, Zucula illegally authorized payments to members of the IACM board of directors without seeking permission from the Ministry of Finance. The IACM officials are, on the other hand, accused of signing cheques equivalent to their salaries under the pretext that they were advances on wages. They...
(Macauhub 08/08/17)
South Korea will donate US$700,000 to Mozambique to pay for studies meant to find solutions to improve the water supply for three cities, Xai-Xai, Nampula and Lichinga, respectively the capitals of Gaza, Nampula and Niassa provinces, reports AIM news agency. The financing agreement was initialled on Monday in Maputo by the director of the Water Supply Assets and Investment Fund (FIPAG), Pedro Paulino, and the head of the South Korean Institute of Environmental Technology and Industry (KEITI), Nam Kwang Hee. The director of Planning and Cooperation of the Ministry of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources, Umberto Gueuze, said on the occasion that the studies would help identify the interventions needed to improve water supply infrastructures with a view to...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's 3,000m steeplechase - though American...
(APA 08/03/17)
The Chief Executive Officer of the flag-carrier, Linha Aereas de Mocambique (LAM), Antonio Pinto de Abreu, has died of an unspecified illness in the capital Maputo. A brief statement from the company to APA on Wednesday says Abreu died at his Maputo home late on Tuesday after a short illness. The former deputy central bank governor was born in the central city of Chimoio in 1956 and was one of the many young Mozambicans who benefited from the solidarity of Cuba, which opened schools for Mozambique in the years following independence. Abreu did his secondary school studies in Cuba from 1977 to 1982 and then took his first degree, in Economics, at Maputo’s Eduardo Mondlane University, followed by a Master’s...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year, while exports gained 3 percent to 47 billion U.S. dollars. Transport equipment has become a bright spot in China's exports to African countries, with that of ships, trains and aerospace equipment up 200 percent, 161 percent and 252 percent respectively,...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys his beans from Monmouth Coffee Company in Borough Market. "I love it because of the relatively higher acidity level. It keeps me active in the afternoons." Customers willing to pay a premium for African brews, known for their floral, fruity...
(APA 08/01/17)
Mozambique's economy is likely to grow by 4.6 percent this year on the back of the expected recovering of coal, aluminium and gas prices and improved farm output, the World Bank said on Tuesday. In a report on the Mozambican economy, the bank said strengthening prices for coal, aluminium and gas, a post El Niño recovery in agriculture and progress in the country’s peace talks “could steer growth to 4.6 percent in 2017 and towards 7 percent by the end of the decade". The Mozambican government said the southern African nation's gross domestic product expanded by 3.3 percent in 2016. The World Bank report, that sees Mozambique becoming increasingly “a two-speed economy” as extractives and mega projects drove growth while...
(APA 08/01/17)
The Mozambican government plans to vaccinate more than 40,000 birds of various species against Newcastle disease in Niassa province this year, an official said on Monday. Director of economic activities in Niassa’s Chimbonila district Francisco Machono said so far up to 23,000 birds have been vaccinated. "For a greater adherence to the programme, the sector's authorities have decided to adopt the door-to-door vaccination and promote trade shows intended for animal health," Machonio is quoted as saying by state-controlled Radio Mozambique on Monday. He said the strategy is aimed at increasing bird production after a new feed mill was launched in the region. Scientists says sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia are most at risk from bat viruses spreading to humans...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands in 2015. The British broadcaster said the bribery was revealed by a former employee, Paul Hopkins. At the time, BAT said “we do not tolerate corruption in our business, no matter where it takes place.” The SFO investigation adds to...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Barclays reported a 1.2 billion pound ($1.57 billion)attributable first half loss on Friday after taking a 2.5 billion pound hit from the sale of its Africa business and calling an end to its restructuring. The British bank said it had made a 1.4 billion pound loss on the sale of 33 percent of Barclays Africa Group, and took a further 1.1 billion pound impairment charge on the sale. Barclays in June cut its stake in Barclays Africa Group to 15 percent, ending more than 90 years as a major presence in the continent as it shifts its focus back to Britain and the United States. The losses from the sale of unwanted assets including the Africa business showed the costs...
(AfricaNews 07/27/17)
At a time when Africa is going through a difficult situation, the blue economy is emerging as a stepping stone to relaunch the continent in the right economic direction. But this type of economy is seriously threatened by “predators” who do not hesitate to plunder resources. The “cancer of illegal fishing” costs Africa about $ 1.6 million annually based on Economic Commission for Africa’s estimates. This and more on this week’s edition segment on Business on the Morning Call with Jean David Mihamle.
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in the meetings were interior ministers from Algeria, Austria, Chad, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Libya, Mali, Malta, Niger, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tunisia and Estonia, which currently holds the EU Council presidency. Through the first half of 2017, nearly 84,000 migrants arrived in...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/24/17)
South Africa's Tongaat Hulett said on Monday it will build a refinery at its Mozambican sugar mill to process brown sugar into white sugar, in a country which has a shortage of refined white sugar. The sugar producer said it will build the 500 million rand ($39 million) refinery at its Xinavane Mill, north of Maputo, with the first production expected in September 2018. Mozambique is a net importer of sugar, although consumption is lower than in neighbor Zimbabwe, the company said. "Production from the Xinavane Refinery will replace imports and the refinery design will provide for efficient future expansion to match growth in the local market and in export opportunities," said the company in a statement. The Johannesburg Stock...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the tournament will continue to be held every two years and exclusively on African soil. The decision to increase the number of teams mirrors a similar one taken by UEFA to expand the European Championship, with 24 nations taking part at...
(AFP (eng) 07/20/17)
Mozambique must fill in "critical information gaps" over $2 billion of secret government loans, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday, in a scandal that has damaged the nation's economy. At the end of a 10-day mission to Mozambique, IMF officials expressed dissatisfaction with continuing uncertainty about debts built up by state-owned companies from loans by foreign banks including Credit Suisse. A recent audit by New York-based forensic accountants Kroll concluded that $500 million of the $2 billion was still unaccounted for. "Critical information gaps remain unaddressed regarding the use...

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