| Africatime
Thursday 30 March 2017
(APA 11/28/16)
The Mozambican government has predicted an optimistic 5.5 percent growth rate for 2017 against a forecast of 3.4 percent for this year. The government said this expectation of recovery in economic growth would be influenced by the positive performance of the extractive industry, electricity and gas, agriculture, manufacturing, fisheries, trade, transport and storage, health and education. According to the proposal of the Social and Economic Plan (PES-2017) submitted by the government to the parliament for approval but seen APA on Monday, the economy would also be supported by the recovery of confidence in the relationship with the international partners. The inflation rate is expected to be 15.5 percent in 2017, while goods exports are expected to yield US$3.5 billion and...
(APA 11/28/16)
At least 14 companies are bidding for several projects to distribute and use liquefied natural gas in the Mozambican market, APA has observed on Monday. A media statement from the Mozambican Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy said this follows the public tender launched in late August and proposals were received from Mitsui, Engro Fertilizer, Shell Mozambique BV, Electricidade de Moçambique, Yara International, Marubeni, Gl-Africa Energy, Muinvest, Autogas, Epsilon, Jiangsu Sinochem Construction Co.LTD, Union-JNC-JSPDI-VBC-SAL Consortiun, Gas Nosu and MOTSE, SA. The ministry says that all tenders submitted by competitors have already been opened and their assessment is currently under way. Following the discovery of hydrocarbons in the Rovuma basin in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, the Government and the concessionaires agreed to...
(Washington Post 11/28/16)
Following his release after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela made sure one of his first trips abroad was to Havana. There, in the Cuban capital in 1991, Mandela lavished his host, Fidel Castro, with appreciation. Castro, said Mandela, was a “source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.” The scene might seem paradoxical in some corners of the West. How could the global symbol of African liberation and democracy say such a thing about a man whose death last Friday provoked exiles who fled repressive Cuban rule to dance in Miami's streets? How could Mandela — imprisoned by South Africa's apartheid rulers — find common ground with Castro, who cleared his way to absolute power in Cuba by jailing untold...
(AFP (eng) 11/26/16)
Back in the 1970s at the height of the Cold War, the small Caribbean nation of Cuba went to war thousands of miles away in the battlefields of Angola and Ethiopia, leaving thousands dead. Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who died late Friday, was convinced that the global stage for the "world revolution" was happening in Africa -- and thus Cuba became the first Latin American nation to go to war outside its own continent. Angola and Ethiopia soon became symbols of the "regional conflicts" of the Cold War, in which Washington and Moscow battled for ideological supremacy and power through proxy wars. But Havana's involvement in the fighting fields far from home was to cost it dear. Some 4,300 Cubans...
(APA 11/25/16)
The Indian government has approved a donation of $10 million towards supporting the victims of the severe drought that has hit southern and central Mozambique, APA can report on Friday. A media statement from India’s Ministry of External Affairs emailed to APA on Friday says the donation was handed over on Wednesday to the Mozambican Minister of Industry and Trade, Max Tonela, by the Indian High Commissioner to Mozambique, Rudra Gaurav Shresth. The High Commissioner described the southern African nation as being “among our most important economic partners in Africa, and accounts for almost a quarter of India’s net foreign direct investment (FDI) into Africa”. “We see a closer economic partnership with Mozambique as a vital ingredient in addressing India’s...
(APA 11/25/16)
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has appointed Conceita Sortane as the country’s new Minister of Education and Human Development, the presidency confirmed on Friday. Sortane replaces Jorge Ferrao who was removed the previous day and appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Pedagogic University, Mozambique’s largest institution of higher education. The new education boss who had spent most of her professional life in education, holds a Master’s degree in Education from the Catholic University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. She is a member of the Political Committee of the ruling Frelimo Party, and a member of the country’s parliament where she chairs the Commission on Social Affairs, Gender, Technology and the Media.
(APA 11/25/16)
The spokeswoman of the Mozambique National Migration Service (SENAMI), Cira Fernandes says South Africa has repatriated 107 illegal Mozambicans for over-staying, APA can report on Friday. The official said the deportees are mostly from the provinces of Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Manica and Sofala. SENAMI has appealed to Mozambican citizens to observe the validity of their passports and entry visas to the country of destination before traveling, in order to avoid situations of illegality as the festive season approaches. The official said the Ressano Garcia border in the province of Maputo which links Mozambique and South Africa continue to register a greater flow of travelers at national level with 44, 205, followed by the Maputo International Airport with 12, 426, then...
(Agence Ecofin 11/25/16)
To conserve biodiversity and enhance socio-economic growth, governments of sub-Saharan Africa must consider a priority the management of their land resources, said environmental experts at the end of the 10th meeting of ministers of natural resources of East and Southern countries in Kigali on November 21 and 22. “The two-day ministerial conference provided a platform for engagement among government officials in the Eastern and Southern African region involved in land administration and spatial planning on challenges and opportunities in land, urban and territorial planning,” Xinhua reported. The forum which focused on identifying means to integrate technologies in land management in order to boost economy, protect the environment and efficiently manage lands in the region, was a wake-up call for officials...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/24/16)
A mother and her four-year-old daughter who were separated after fleeing the threat of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Ivory Coast may be reunited in Italy before Christmas after a stroke of luck allowed police to trace the woman, authorities said. The girl, identified only as Oumoh, is one of at least 20,000 unaccompanied minors who have reached Italy this year from war-torn and poverty-stricken countries mainly in Africa and the Middle East. She arrived on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Nov. 5 after being rescued from a rickety boat by the coastguard, police said. "She was quite traumatized, and initially wouldn't speak or communicate," Marilena Cefala, the head of Lampedusa's reception center, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation...
(APA 11/23/16)
The Mozambican parliament has unanimously passed the first reading of a government bill intended to make it possible to impose a blanket ban on all exports of logs as part of a strategic bid to discourage the export of unprocessed wood, and encourage the appearance of industries that would turn Mozambican timber into furniture and other finished goods, APA can report on Wednesday. The bill amends a law of 2010 which instituted a surcharge for all exports of unprocessed or semi-processed wood. Introducing the bill on Wednesday, the Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development, Celso Correia, admitted that the 2010 law “did not meet any of its objectives, and the country continued to record high levels of the export...
(The Guardian 11/23/16)
Rulers of the DRC, Burundi, Zimbabwe and others say tide has turned after Obama’s efforts to promote democracy abroad. As the sun rose over Kinshasa on 9 November, Martin Fayulu was awoken by a phone call from a relative in the US telling him to switch on his television – Donald Trump appeared set to become the next US president. Fayulu, an opposition politician at the forefront of recent protests calling for elections to be held on time in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, immediately switched on a French channel. “Many Congolese were watching, and a lot had mixed feelings,” he said. Across Africa the interest was equally intense, with the surprise result prompting fierce speculation about the unexpected...
(APA 11/22/16)
Mozambique is targeting a 150 percent increase in the output of cashew nuts over the next three years, an official of the Cashew Promotion Institute (INCAJU) said on Tuesday. INCAJU director general Ilidio Bande said production of cashew nuts in Mozambique is expected to rise from the 80,000 tonnes achieved in 2015 to 200,000 tonnes over the coming three years. Achieving the goal of 200,000 tonnes is something that we view as possible in the next three years, Bande told APA on Tuesday. The official said the target would be achievable due to better campaign and improvement of security against smuggling, particularly in the provinces that share borders with neighbouring countries. "We are going to improve our security measures against...
(APA 11/22/16)
Italian energy giant Eni plans to invest up to US$10 billion in developing the Coral South gas field in Area Four of the Rovuma Basin off the coast of Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province, ENI chief executive Claudio Descalzi has said. Descalzi is quoted by local media on Tuesday as saying this after meeting with Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario late on Monday. Descalzi said the Coral South project would imply the drilling of six subsea wells that would be linked to a floating platform where liquefied natural gas (LNG) will be produced. ENI says the floating factory will produce 3.3 million tonnes of natural gas a year. The Coral South field, discovered in May 2010, is entirely located...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/22/16)
African states failed on Monday to halt the work of the first U.N. independent investigator appointed to help protect gay and transgender people worldwide from violence and discrimination. The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council, based in Geneva, created the position in June and in September appointed Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand, who has a three-year mandate to investigate abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. In an unusual move, African states put forward a draft resolution in the 193-member U.N. General Assembly third committee, which deals with human rights, calling for consultations on the legality of the creation of the mandate. They said the work of the investigator should be suspended. However, Latin American countries, supported by Western...
(APA 11/21/16)
The Mozambican government says it will hand over the management of silos built in different parts of the country to conserve agricultural products, in particular cereals to the private sector, APA can report on Saturday. The Minister of Industry and Commerce, Max Tonela, who acknowledges that the government's expectations regarding this initiative have not yet been met said the government is preparation the terms of the public tender to be launched shortly for the selection of the private management candidates.
(APA 11/21/16)
Mozambique's National Institute of Mines (INAMI) has said an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 on the Richter scale was registered on Saturday, in the district of Cheringoma, the country's central Sofala province. An INAMI media statement emailed to APA emailed to APA on Sunday says the earthquake was also felt in the neighbouring districts of Gorongosa, Maringue, Caia and Muanza, all located in Sofala province. So far no loss of human life or material damage has been reported. INAMI, which is the entity responsible for monitoring seismic activity in Mozambique, says it is on the ground monitoring the situation.
(AFP (eng) 11/21/16)
The number of HIV-infected people taking anti-retroviral medicine has doubled in just five years, the UN said Monday, while highlighting high infection rates among young African women. A new report by UNAIDS said it was on course to hit a target of 30 million people on ARV treatment by 2020. "By June 2016, around 18.2 million people had access to the life-saving medicines, including 910,000 children, double the number five years earlier," UNAIDS said in a statement. But the report showed the huge risks that some young women face. Last year more than 7,500 teenagers and young women became infected with HIV every week worldwide, with the bulk of them in southern Africa. "Young women are facing a triple threat,"...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/16)
Above the sacks of seeds and coal, three kerosene lamps gather dust in the tiny shed that Kenyan chicken farmer Bernard calls home. He prefers to use solar energy to light up his evenings, listen to the radio or watch television, after abandoning a diesel generator he said was expensive to maintain and burned fuel too quickly. "Solar panels are a good, cheap solution," he told AFP. Across the continent, consumers are opting for their own off-grid solar solutions to power homes and small businesses, even as African governments unveil massive new solar projects seemingly every month to expand their grids. According to International Energy Agency projections, almost one billion people in sub-Saharan Africa will gain access to the grid...
(BBC News Africa 11/19/16)
At least 56 people have been killed and 108 injured in a fuel tanker explosion in western Mozambique, officials say. The circumstances of the blast on Thursday afternoon in the village of Caphirizanje in Tete province, near the border with Malawi, remain unclear. Some reports say the driver of the tanker was trying to sell fuel to villagers, others that he was ambushed. The blast itself may have been caused by a lightning strike or a fire nearby, reports say. The government says it will provide coffins for identified victims who will be buried on Friday. Those burned beyond recognition have been buried in a common grave, government sources told the BBC. The BBC's Jose Tembe in the capital, Maputo,...
(The Guardian 11/19/16)
At COP22, the African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, tells of strategies to improve energy supplies and fight the impact of climate change “We lose 5% of our potential GDP every year, and African industries cannot be competitive without access to electricity,” says Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank. “I believe that’s why we can’t break away from reliance on exporting our raw materials – new industries will only go to where there’s power.” He is speaking on the sidelines of the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, which ends on Friday. Adesina and colleagues from the bank have been using the conference to highlight its new initiatives on energy, including the New Deal on Energy for Africa,...

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