| Africatime
Tuesday 28 March 2017
(Agence Ecofin 03/24/17)
(Ecofin Agency) - Namibia’s government plans to expropriate many white land owners soon in order to accelerate property transfer to the black majority of the country. This was revealed on March 21st by the nation’s president, Hage Geingob, on the sidelines of the 27th anniversary of Namibia’s independence. The president however plans to be fair in the process by providing compensation to the white owners as the constitution states in the case of expropriation. “If we are committed to achieving further economic growth and maintaining peace, then everyone should be open to new approaches. This means we need to refer back to our Constitution which allows for the expropriation of land with fair compensation and...
(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 at the end of a two-day visit to Chad where she sought to outline her policies regarding the continent, which has long held an important place in French foreign policy. "It was only in coming here and explaining that I...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/22/17)
Namibia's president said Tuesday that the government is considering radical land expropriation to spur the transfer of property to the country's black majority. Speaking at Namibia's 27th independence celebrations, President Hage Geingob said the government should evoke part of the Constitution allowing for land expropriation with fair compensation since the redistribution process has been slow. "If we are committed to achieving further economic growth and maintaining peace, then everyone should be open to new approaches," said Geingob, Namibia's third president...
(The Namibian 03/14/17)
Politicians received a 6% salary increase in April last year, and not last week, as reported yesterday. The Namibian reported that President Hage Geingob had approved the salary increases for political office-bearers, including himself, effective this month. A government gazette filed at the justice ministry, however, shows that the President gave the green light for the wage increases last year, effective 1 April 2016. The proclamation was signed by Geingob on 11 April 2016. The President's decision followed a 2015...
(Xinhuanet 02/16/17)
The fight between Namibia's Land Reform Minister Utoni Nujoma and his former deputy Bernadus Swartbooi spilled into the National Assembly Wednesday where insults were slung during a session. Swartbooi was sacked by President Hage Geingob last year after he refused to apologize to Nujoma for accusing the minister of resettling people from other regions in the south of the country ahead of the Nama tribe who lost the land to the Germans. Although he lost his government job, Swartbooi remains...
(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...
(Xinhuanet 02/07/17)
Namibia on Tuesday refuted allegations from a Botswana online newspaper about it being among three countries that sabotaged Botswana's quest for the top job at the African Union Commission. Namibia's Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation (MIRCO) said in a statement that an article under the headline "28th AU Summit: SADC sabotages Venson-Moitoi" published on Jan. 31 by the online newspaper 'Mmegionline" alleged that "sources in Addis Ababa said suspicions were swirling around South Africa, Lesotho and Namibia as being among possible saboteurs." The ministry said it has called upon the newspaper editor to retract these fabrications against Namibia.
(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...
(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...
(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...
(Huffingtonpost 01/10/17)
And it’s ironic given the growing consensus that Beijing is the U.S. president-elect’s enemy number one. Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We’re here to answer your most pressing, puzzling, even politically incorrect questions, about all things related to the Chinese in Africa and Africans in China. The election of Donald Trump has introduced a new era of uncertainty in global politics, especially...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/02/16)
By Claire Milhench | LONDON Namibia would remain a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) if the United States joined, Namibia's president Hage Geingob told Reuters in London on Thursday. Namibia said in March that it would withdraw from the ICC, which sits in The Hague and has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The court has come under criticism from African nations. "People are saying that it only targets African leaders...
(APA 11/28/16)
Namibia President Hage Geingob will lead a delegation to Havana to attend a memorial service in honour of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Tuesday. Geingob is expected to deviate from his state visit to France on Tuesday to join other foreign dignitaries for memorial service to be held at Revolution Square in the evening. Geingob will be joined by founding President Sam Nujoma and his predecessor Hifikepunye Pohamba, as Nangolo Mbumba, the Secretary General of the ruling party Swapo...
(APA 11/24/16)
The Namibian President Hage Geingob is leaving for a two day-state visit to France from 28 and 29 November and thereafter travel to the UK, the presidency said here Thursday. “Geingob’s visits to the two European powerhouses are an extensions of his call to relentlessly drive economic diplomacy in the face of a global recession and to help grow the Namibian economy,” press secretary Albertus Aochamub said in a statement. In addition to an audience with Queen Elizabeth II of...
(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...
(The Namibian 11/18/16)
The recent investment conference held at a hotel in Windhoek from 8-9 November is being widely hailed as a "resounding success," but also as "one of a kind". Under the theme "Promoting Investment for Inclusive Growth and Industrialisation," this was Namibia's first international investment conference held on home soil since independence. Government officials, pundits, enthusiasts, and local media houses have all alluded to the big attendance of investors and business people from around the world and Namibia as a success...
(APA 11/17/16)
Namibian President Hage Geingob is scheduled to begin a three day state visit to France from 27 – 29 November at the invitation of his French counterpart François Hollande, APA learns here Thursday. According to the International Relations and Cooperation Permanent Secretary son Thursday, President Geingob will be accompanied by high-powered delegation which includes the First Lady Monica Geingos, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, amongst others. “This visit is a continuation of the exchange of high level visits between the two countries to strengthen bilateral relations.

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