Sunday 20 August 2017
(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...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
Uganda, Africa’s top coffee exporter, pushed back a target of boosting annual output fivefold by a decade because it has taken longer than thought to introduce programs needed to raise production. The country now expects to reach a target of 20 million 60-kilogram (132-pound) bags a year by 2030 instead of 2020, according to the Agriculture Ministry. Programs related to better plantings and irrigation as well as the application of fertilizers started later than expected, it said. Annual output currently totals about 4 million bags. “We discovered that 2020 is too close, but the dream is on to ultimately achieve 20 million bags,” Christopher Kibazanga, minister of state for agriculture, said Tuesday in an interview in the capital, Kampala. The...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 07/31/17)
Uganda's military said on Monday it had lost 12 soldiers in an attack claimed by Shabaab militants in southern Somalia. The Al-Qaeda linked insurgents ambushed Ugandan troops that are part of an African Union force as they patrolled a supply route in the hotly-contested Lower Shebelle region, the military said in a statement. "From the battlefield, it is now confirmed that UPDF lost 12 gallant soldiers with seven sustaining injuries," the statement from the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces said. Witnesses told AFP the attack occurred in the village of Golweyn, some 120 kilometres (74 miles) from the capital Mogadishu. The AU mission...
(New Vision 07/28/17)
“Government has been holding talk shows. Who determines the content of the talk shows?" Government has been accused of resorting to public relations instead of providing actual information that citizens want in matters regarding the oil and gas industry. Peter Magelah Gwayaka, a researcher and programme manager with Chapter Four, says there is misconception by public servants that the access to information law means feeding the population with more public relations as opposed to access to records held by government. He was speaking at a dialogue on transparency and accountability in Uganda’s oil and gas sector organized by Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES) and the Parliamentary Forum on Oil and Gas (PFOG). Magelah said government is giving people what it deems fit...
(APA 07/28/17)
APA-Kampala (Uganda) - The Central Africa Republic (CAR) government has thanked President Yoweri Museveni and Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) for helping secure their country and fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels. In a note to President Museveni, Mr Ghislain Dieu Beni Kolengo, the Governor of the Upper Mbomu province, one of the 14 provinces (prefectures) of the CAR, said UPDF operations had “reduced the atrocities of the notorious LRA which had regressed us considerably”. Writing on behalf of his government and the people of Obo, the capital of Upper Mbomu, one of the towns that enjoyed stability due to UPDF presence there, Mr Kolengo said: “I would like to thank you for the sacrifice made in terms of...
(New Vision 07/28/17)
“I would like to thank you for the sacrifice made in terms of personnel, materials and money spent in tracking the sinister leader of the rebels, Joseph Kony, in our national territory since 2008.” The Central Africa Republic government has thanked President Yoweri Museveni and the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) for helping secure their country and fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels. In a note to President Museveni, Ghislain Dieu Beni Kolengo, the Governor of the Upper Mbomu province, one of the 14 provinces (prefectures) of the Central Africa Republic, said UPDF operations had “reduced the atrocities of the notorious LRA which had regressed us considerably”. Writing on behalf of his government and the people of Obo, the...
(New Vision 07/28/17)
“If we do not manage these reserves well, we shall not get a second chance." As Uganda moves ever closer to the magic year of oil production — 2021, Dozith Abeinomugisha, the director for exploration at the Petroleum Authority of Uganda, has warned that the country cannot afford to make mistakes because of the limited nature of the resource. “We do not have the reserves that many countries have. We do not have the reserves that Nigeria and Angola have. What Nigeria produces in one day, maybe we shall produce in twenty days or a month," he said. "We are at the level of probably of Gabon or Equatorial Guinea of 200,000 barrels a day." 'We need to get it...
(Daily Monitor 07/28/17)
Wakiso — The National Environmental Authority (Nema) has rejected a proposal by a Chinese company to excavate sand along the shores of Lake Victoria at Kawuku in Nkumba Parish, Wakiso District. The company, Mango Tree Group Ltd, has since last year been in the spot over allegedly engaging in illegal sand mining activities in the area. The company directors, however, sought official clearance from Nema, to conduct commercial sand mining at three sites on the lake shores at Nkumba, next to Kimi Island in Mukono District and near Kavejanja -Buusi Island, Wakiso District. According to Nema Executive Director, Tom Okurut, the company's activities have a negative impact on the eco-system on the lake shores, which would consequently affect the communities...
(New Vision 07/28/17)
This is mostly through under-pricing to get contracts and inability to complete projects within costs and schedule. This is mostly through under-pricing to get contracts and inability to complete projects within costs and schedule, according to the World Bank’s Uganda Economic Update, 9th Edition. Rachel Sebudde, a senior economist at the World Bank who presented the report, said the financial loss worsens the gap in infrastructure deficits for Uganda which the country has been trying to fill. The function took place at the main conference hall of the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. The report was entitled “Infrastructure Finance Deficit: Can public-private partnerships (PPPs) close the Gap?”. Sebudde explained that the estimated level of investment required for Uganda...
(New Vision 07/28/17)
Majority of Uganda's imported fuel comes in through Kenya's Mombasa Port. Ahead of next month's general elections in neighbouring Kenya, Uganda has assured the public that it is "prepared" and "will continue to do everything possible" to see that there is a "steady supply of petroleum products to the country". Majority of Uganda's imported fuel comes in through Kenya's Mombasa port. The rest passes through Tanzania's Dar-es-Salaam port. And so as Kenya goes to the polls early next month, Uganda's energy ministy says that keeping Uganda well supplied depends on how effective the import routes are kept as well as the storage facilities here. In a statement released Friday, the ministry said Port Dar-es-Salaam "remains handy in case of supply...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
London — Uganda between 2005 and 2010 had one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world Paying Ugandan farmers not to chop down trees cut deforestation in half and was almost 50 times more cost effective in fighting climate change than many energy efficiency programmes in the United States, according to a study released on Thursday. The study, by researchers from the U.S.'s Northwestern University and Dutch organisation Porticus, involved 121 villages with half paid about $28 a year for every hectare of forest left untouched while the others continued as normal. Using satellite images to track deforestation over two years, the researchers found 5.5 more hectares of forest - the equivalent of five rugby pitches - was...
(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...
(Xinhuanet 07/27/17)
South Sudan and Uganda have agreed on mechanisms to boost trade between the two countries through enhancing infrastructure development and cross-border trade electricity transmission. Speaking on state-owned radio Thursday, Dhieu Mathok, South Sudan's Minister of Energy and Dams said the government concluded a two-day discussion with their Ugandan counterparts and the two countries have to cooperate in cross-border electrification and road connectivity. He said Uganda has agreed to supply electricity to the South Sudan border towns of Nimule and Kaya, adding that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been developed and it will be signed after consultations with leaders of both countries. "In our sides as ministers of energy, we have discussed the MOU and we have finalized and it...
(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.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/26/17)
When Kato was called into his manager's office, the Ugandan driver assumed he would be sent on an errand, not be ordered to take an HIV test and lose his job when it came back positive, leading him to sue his Chinese employer for unfair dismissal. Kato, 45, is one of two HIV-positive workers who went to court in June to demand compensation from their former employer, China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), in Uganda's second high-profile AIDS discrimination case in two years. "(My manager) said: 'If you don't go for this test, you'll be fired'," said Kato, a father of three who declined to give his full name for fear of stigma. "We had to go along with it because...
(IRIN 07/26/17)
Uganda, the country with the world's fastest growing refugee burden, is failing to secure the help it needs to care for those forced across the border from South Sudan by war and hunger. Close to one million South Sudanese refugees, 86 percent of them women and children, have settled in northern Uganda as a result of the crisis. On average, 2,000 people arrive each day. The unprecedented mass influx is putting enormous strain on Uganda's already limited public services, and fragile local resources like land, firewood, and water. That, in turn, is fanning tensions between the refugees and host communities. The international community is struggling to respond to a crisis of this scale. In June, Uganda and the UN appealed...
(The Observer 07/26/17)
A Chinese firm, claiming to have been cheated out of a multibillion rock deal, has appealed to President Museveni requesting for his urgent intervention. China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) is battling with a local company, Welt Machinen Engineering Ltd, for Kamusalaba rock in Lorengedwat sub-county, in Nakapiripirit. Welt Machinen belongs to Ben Koriang and Felix Oroma, sons of Peter Lokeris, the minister of state for Minerals. Whereas CRBC maintain they need to extract gravel from the rock, Welt Machinen claims its intention is for commercial production of granite. According to a letter dated June 29, 2017, CRBC warns that their harsh treatment by some government authorities could deter other foreign firms from investing in the country. "The purpose of...
(The East African 07/25/17)
President Yoweri Museveni has approved the borrowing of Ush10.3 trillion ($2.9 billion) for the construction of the standard gauge railway from the Malaba border with Kenya to Kampala in the clearest signal yet that the regional infrastructure project is back on track. Uncertainty had hit the project after Uganda said it was considering building a railway through Tanzania after failing to get assurances from Kenya that it would extend the Mombasa-Nairobi line to Malaba. Kenya has since committed that its line, whose first phase to Nairobi was competed in June, will be extended in phases to Naivasha, Kisumu and eventually Malaba. The approval for the borrowing comes amid indications that China had agreed to fund the line only if it...

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