| Africatime
Saturday 29 April 2017
(Bloomberg 04/27/17)
Mozambique’s parliament ratified a law that provides state guarantees for previously hidden loans of two state-owned companies that sparked a debt crisis in one of the world’s poorest countries. Lawmakers from the ruling Front for the Liberation of Mozambique approved the state accounts for 2015, which included guarantees for loans worth $1.12 billion that ProIndicus and Mozambique Asset Management took out in the prior two years. Opposition members left the legislature in protest when the vote was taken late Wednesday. The approval means the loans are now legal, in spite of a previous ruling by the country’s administrative court
(Xinhuanet 04/21/17)
President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi referred on Thursday to the China-funded bridge across the river Incomati in Maputo Province as a clear indicator of development and the government's commitment toward better living conditions. "Viva the Macaneta Bridge," said the president, saluting hundreds of people from Marracuene district as part of his 3-day visit there. Built by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) at a cost of around 15 million U.S. dollars, the bridge is a part of the Maputo ring road project, which is speeding up access between the capital Maputo and its neighboring regions. The bridge was officially inaugurated in November last year, linking the tourism region of Macaneta and Marracuene, one of the seven districts in Maputo...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced...
(Bloomberg 04/05/17)
Mozambique’s attorney-general asked the country’s banks to provide details of former President Armando Guebuza’s accounts as part of an audit of $2 billion of previously undisclosed government loans. The office requested the information about Guebuza and 17 other individuals and an institution for the period January 2012 to December 2016, according to a letter sent to the country’s banks and obtained by Bloomberg. Georgina Zandamela, spokeswoman for the attorney-general’s office, confirmed the veracity of the copy and said the request...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke...
(APA 03/16/17)
Mozambique and Japan have agreed on two instruments of bilateral cooperation in the areas of infrastructure development of extreme importance for the socio-economic growth of the southern African country, APA learnt on Wednesday. State-run Radio Mozambique reported that two agreements were signed in the Japanese capital Tokyo on Wednesday during the official visit of Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi to the Asian country. An Agreement on the Exchange of Notes for the construction of roads and bridges in the northern province...
(AFP (eng) 03/03/17)
Mozambican opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama on Friday extended a truce between his rebel Renamo group and the government and said peace talks would resume next week. The move prolongs a truce that Renamo fighters announced unilaterally the day before Christmas last year. It has been observed with only minor breaches, according to Dhlakama. "We will extend the truce by 60 days to allow us to not only work on the negotiating process, but also to ensure... there will be no...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/03/17)
Mozambique's Renamo opposition party will extend a ceasefire by a further two months, its leader Afonso Dhlakama said on Friday, the third such extension since a truce aimed at aiding peace talks began on Dec. 27. Renamo and Frelimo fought on opposing sides in a civil war from 1976 to 1992 in which a million people died before a peace accord ended the fighting. But Renamo retains its own militia. The ceasefire was due to end on Friday having been...
(Xinhuanet 02/28/17)
Mozambican parliament opened its session on Monday in Maputo with parliamentary groups of both Frelimo and Renamo calling for a definitive and effective peace agreement in the country. "The indicators that we registered in the last few months, demonstrate political will for a definitive and effective peace, they are a clear example that it is possible for Mozambicans to reach an effective and long lasting peace through dialogue," said Veronica Macamo, spokesperson of the parliament. Macamo saluted Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi for his efforts together with Afonso Dlhakama, leader of main opposition
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready...
(AFP (eng) 02/03/17)
Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi said Friday a fresh round of peace talks aimed at ending a low-level conflict between government and Renamo rebels would resume soon, but without international mediation. Mediators from the European Union had overseen the initial stages of the talks that began last July, but they left the country in December without securing a truce. In a speech, Nyusi said he had written to all the international mediators who had participated in the dialogue, thanking them for their role in diffusing tensions between the two sides. "I expressed the deep gratitude of Mozambicans for their valuable contribution to the quest for peace
(Xinhuanet 02/03/17)
T20 Africa Conference, the meeting for the G20 think tanks and African countries, ended on Friday in Johannesburg with a commitment to accelerate cooperation between the G20 and Africa. The three-day conference aimed to chart a course for the future cooperation between Africa and the G20. The day ended with the formulation of the communique which will be given to the current G20 chair Germany. The communique will also be the reference for further discussion between Africa and T20. T20...
(Xinhuanet 02/01/17)
Newly elected senior officials of the African Union (AU) Commission, including Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission, were sworn in on Tuesday at the conclusion of the 28th AU summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. In addition to the two top officials, other officials took the oath for positions including, peace and security; political affairs; trade and industry; social affairs; infrastructure and energy; and rural economy and agriculture. The 28th AU summit also elected Alpha Conde, President of...
(AFP (eng) 01/29/17)
Mozambique's rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama has accused government forces of violating a ceasefire his armed group Renamo had declared following a surge in deadly violence last year. Dhlakama, who only gives rare interviews by phone from the central Gorongosa mountains where he has been holed-up since October 2015, claimed the government was not taking its ceasefire overtures seriously. The army "ambushes, kidnaps and detains" rebels and Renamo supporters, he told AFP in an interview on Friday. "There have been deaths," he claimed but gave no details. On January 3, Dhlakama announced a two-month ceasefire, extending a week-long truce he had declared in late December -- a move welcomed by Mozambique's
(Xinhuanet 01/26/17)
Mozambique signed six agreements with Turkey on Tuesday in Maputo, including on scrapping service and diplomatic visa between the two countries. The agreements were signed between the president of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi and the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan who is on 2-day visit to Mozambique accompanied by senior officials and 150 businessmen from his country. The other agreements are in the areas of political consultation, commercial and economic cooperation, culture and tourism, reciprocal protection of investments and education. In the education sector, Turkey promised to provide scholarship to the Mozambican students also as part of the agreement.
(Bloomberg 01/25/17)
Taiwan’s last two African allies have no plans to switch allegiances and break ties with Taipei as Beijing tries to woo the self-ruled island’s diplomatic partners. Burkina Faso won’t cut relations with Taiwan despite people and companies with links to China offering funding in return for recognition of the One-China principle, according to Foreign Minister Alpha Barry. Swaziland said its relationship with Taiwan is based on mutual interests, not on money. “We get outrageous proposals telling us, ‘if you sign...
(AFP (eng) 01/24/17)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called on Mozambican leader Filipe Nyusi to take action against the exiled cleric he blames for last year's failed coup. Erdogan was echoing the call to arms that he made during a stop in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam on Monday as part of his tour of three African countries. He told a reception in Maputo that "we are aware that Fethullahists have a presence here in Mozambique", referring to Fethullah Gulen's...
(RFI 01/14/17)
The 27th Africa-France Summit kicked off on Friday in the Malian capital Bamako with more than 30 African heads of state meeting French officials to discuss the threat of jihadists in the Sahel region and improve democracy in Africa. the meeting is also an opportunity for French president François Hollande to showcase his legacy. The choice to hold the 27th Africa-France summit in Mali is not insignificant. Bamako is where president François Hollande first revealed himself as an international statesman,...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
France's top diplomat Jean-Marc Ayrault struck a defiant tone at a summit on Friday with foreign ministers from across Africa as he urged them to show confidence and hope despite the deadly jihadist threat. With the battle against extremists, the struggle to improve governance and the migrant crisis high on the agenda, ministers from at least 30 nations met in Mali's capital Bamako ahead of heads of state due on Saturday. Mali called on France four years ago to help...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
Talks gathering some 30 African states and France begin in Mali's capital Bamako on Friday, with leaders expected to focus on Africa's battle against jihadists and bid to improve its democratic record. The summit, also due to take in the migrant crisis, will see foreign ministers gather first, with heads of state expected to follow Saturday, according to Malian and French conference organisers. Many of the nations taking part were once ruled by France, which in recent years has boosted...

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