Friday 19 January 2018
(Times of swaziland 10/16/13)
MBABANE –The power of nutrition to transform individuals, societies and economies will be the highlight in today’s celebration to mark World Food Day. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) will further highlight the need to make nutrition central to all development efforts. WFP Country Director Heather Hill said the cost of hunger in the Swaziland study, published in July this year, showed that economic losses associated with under nutrition total E783 million annually. These results, Hill said, highlighted the need for all sectors including education, health, agriculture, finance and social affairs to consider the benefits, both social and economic of prioritising child nutrition today and in the future. WFP has many years of collaboration in food security and nutrition with...
(African arguments 10/16/13)
African economies are generally growing - we know that and it can be well-documented through trusted economic data. But is African governance also rising? That's the question that the Mo Ibrahim Foundation seeks to answer every year through its Index of African Governance. And the answer is yes. The big number this year's report showcases is that 94 percent of the continent's people live in countries that have experienced overall governance improvement since 2000. So, it's pretty clear that the general trend is up. However, this is a complex index based on large quantities of data, so from it we can determine several different indicators (not all of which are increasing). Broadly, these are classified (by the Index) within 4...
(CNN 10/16/13)
New York (CNN) -- An alleged al Qaeda operative accused of playing a role in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania pleaded not guilty Tuesday to terrorism charges brought against him in federal court in New York. As Abu Anas al Libi walked into court to face the charges, his hands were shackled, his hair was short, and he sported a red, bushy beard, graying around his face and chin. He moved slowly and appeared unsteady. He told the court he was 49, but he looked 10 to 15 years older. His family told CNN he suffers from hepatitis C. Judge Lewis Kaplan signed a medical order for care. Wearing gray sweatpants, a black, long-sleeved shirt and...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/14/13)
PRETORIA | Mon Oct 14, 2013 (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Monday the collapse of the Central African Republic could destabilize the region, as he sought to drum up support for increased military intervention while on a state visit to South Africa. France committed on Sunday to increasing the number of troops in its former colony by year-end, under a U.N. resolution, to help prevent the state spiraling out of control with the risk the power vacuum could encourage militancy. The Central African Republic has descended into chaos since mostly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize in March, the latest coup in the poor but mineral-rich country. "There is a political emergency because there is no...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/14/13)
France tries to drum up international support for Central African Republic, which is in near chaos since a March coup. France will boost its troops presence in the Central African Republic by the end of the year under a forthcoming UN resolution to help prevent the country from spiralling out of control, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. Fabius and the European Union's aid chief, Kristalina Georgieva, are in the country to drum up support and international interest for a largely forgotten crisis. "We will increase our support especially in the logistics domain after United Nations resolutions (are approved). We will also increase troops, a little at first. This will be done before the end of the year," Fabius said on...
(AFP (eng) 10/14/13)
BANGUI, October 14, 2013 (AFP) - Dieudonne Nzapalainga's debonair manner conceals a tough-minded streak and, at 46, Bangui's archbishop has emerged as a key player in efforts to end the crisis in the Central African Republic. Combined with his charisma, his position as the head of the only functioning institution with a nationwide foothold in a country where the government's authority barely extends beyond the capital, has bestowed him with formidable power. Born on March 14, 1967 in Bangassou, 475 kilometres (295 miles) east of the capital Bangui, to a Roman Catholic father and a Protestant mother of modest means, Nzapalainga was appointed archbishop in May 2012. Renowned as a first-rate orator, the archbishop was very vocal at condemning sectarian...
(AL Jazeera 10/14/13)
France will boost its troops presence in the Central African Republic by the end of the year under a forthcoming UN resolution to help prevent the country from spiralling out of control, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. Fabius and the European Union's aid chief, Kristalina Georgieva, are in the country to drum up support and international interest for a largely forgotten crisis. "We will increase our support especially in the logistics domain after United Nations resolutions (are approved). We will also increase troops, a little at first. This will be done before the end of the year," Fabius said on Sunday. France currently has about 400 troops in Bangui, protecting the airport and French interests. Fabius did not say how...
(News Day 10/14/13)
Sub-saharan African economies are expected to register growth in 2014 due to strong growth buoyed by domestic demand in most of the region, the International Monetary Fund has said. According to the recent World Economic Outlook, growth in the region remained robust in 2012-13. “Growth in sub-Saharan Africa remained robust in 2012–13 and is expected to accelerate somewhat in 2014 reflecting strong domestic demand in most of the region,” the IMF said. “Nevertheless, spillovers from sluggish external demand, reversal of capital flows, and declines in commodity prices are contributing to somewhat weaker growth prospects in many countries relative to the April 2013 WEO. Polices should aim to rebuild room for policy maneuvering where it has been eroded, and more broadly...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/14/13)
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - African leaders agreed on Saturday that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta should not attend trial at the International Criminal Court if the U.N. Security Council did not agree to delay the proceedings, Ethiopia's foreign minister said. Tedros Adhanom said that the African Union would request the trial be deferred under article 16 of the court's Rome Statute that allows a delay of a year subject to renewal and would request a postponement if that demand was not agreed. "If that is not met what the summit decided is that President Kenyatta should not appear until the request we have made is actually answered," Tedros told journalists, explaining decisions of a meeting to discuss Africa's relations with the...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/14/13)
BANGUI | (Reuters) - France will boost its troop presence in the Central African Republic by the end of the year under a forthcoming U.N. resolution to help prevent the country from spiraling out of control, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday. Fabius and the European Union aid chief, Kristalina Georgieva, are in the country to drum up support and international interest for a largely forgotten crisis. The Central African Republic has descended into chaos since mostly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize in March, the latest coup in the country that remains one of the world's poorest despite resources ranging from gold to uranium. Geographically at the center of what some strategists have called an "arc of...
(CNN 10/14/13)
(CNN) -- The African Union urged the International Criminal Court to postpone cases against sitting leaders as accusations of unfair treatment grow against the war crimes tribunal. Leaders from the 54-nation body gathered in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Saturday to review their relationship with the court based in The Hague, Netherlands. Kenyan and Sudanese presidents face charges at the court, and African leaders have long accused it of unfair treatment. 'Loud and clear'. "Sitting heads of state and government should not be prosecuted while in office and we have resolved to speak with one voice to make sure that our concerns are heard loud and clear," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Ethiopian foreign affairs minister. The trial...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/14/13)
ADDIS ABABA | (Reuters) - The African Union has backed a call to boost by about a third the number of troops in an African peacekeeping force in Somalia to reinforce a campaign against Islamist militants there who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall last month. The union's Peace and Security Council said 6,235 soldiers and police should be added to the AMISOM peacekeeping force to take its total strength to 23,966 uniformed personnel for a limited period of 18 to 24 months. The council endorsed the recommendations of a review of the force this week and announced its decision on Friday. The decision needs the approval of the U.N. Security Council. AMISOM is made up of troops mainly from Kenya,...
(AL Jazeera 10/14/13)
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is set to launch the 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) and announce if there is a winner this year of the world's biggest prize for good leadership. Both the IIAG, which assesses the level of governance of each country on the African continent and the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, will be announced on Monday. According to the Foundation, the index provides a framework for citizens, governments, institutions and business to assess the delivery of goods and services, and policy outcomes, across every country on the continent. Most observers are curious about whether the Foundation will announce a winner for the prize, which has only found a recipient three times since being...
(AFP 10/12/13)
ADDIS ABABA, October 12, 2013 (AFP) - African heads of state on Saturday opened a special summit on relations with the International Criminal Court. The African Union meeting is being held to urge the ICC not to prosecute sitting heads of state and defer the trials of Kenya's leadership and Sudan's president. The meeting at the AU headquarters comes amid mounting tensions with the ICC, which has been accused of acting like a neo-colonialist institution that has singled out Africans since being set up as the world's first permanent court to try genocide and war crimes. "The UN security council and the ICC should work with us to enable the elected leadership of Kenya to fulfil their constitutional obligations by...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/11/13)
PARIS | Fri Oct 11, 2013 (Reuters) - France's foreign minister heads to the Central African Republic (CAR) on Sunday aiming to drum up international interest for a largely forgotten crisis that risks dragging Paris into a new military intervention in one of its former colonies. The nation has descended into chaos since mostly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize in March, the latest coup in the country that remains one of the world's poorest despite resources ranging from gold to uranium. France has urged world and regional powers not to ignore a conflict that has already seen more than 400,000 people driven from their homes by acts of violence such as murder and rape. Paris is reluctant to...
(AL Jazeera 10/11/13)
UNSC resolution demands swift move to elections and backs new AU peacekeeping force and possible sanctions. The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution calling for more support in the violence-wracked Central African Republic. The resolution adopted on Thursday strongly backs a new African Union peacekeeping force in the country, and demands swift implementation of a political transition leading to free and fair elections in less that 18 months. It also expresses the council's readiness to consider sanctions against those who fuel the violence. "Your vote provides a glimmer of hope for the 4.6 million men, women and children in the CAR," the country's UN Ambassador Charles Armel Doubane told the council after the vote. The resolution adopted by...
(Voice of America 10/11/13)
The United Nations Security Council has approved a resolution to help stabilize the war-torn Central African Republic. The 15-member council approved the resolution in a unanimous vote Thursday. The measure calls on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to prepare options for helping a small African Union force in the country. It said the options should include the possibility of transforming the force into a U.N. peacekeeping operation. Much of the Central African Republic has descended into chaos since the rebel coalition Seleka overthrew President Francois Bozize in March. Humanitarian groups say rebel fighters have attacked and looted villages, displacing tens of thousands of civilians. Reports this week said clashes between Seleka fighters and local self-defense groups had killed at least 23 people...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/11/13)
ADDIS ABABA | Fri Oct 11, 2013 (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has become a "political instrument", Ethiopia's foreign minister said on Friday, opening a meeting at which Africa will review its ties with the Hague-based war crimes tribunal. Friday's ministerial meeting of the African Union (AU) and a summit on Saturday were called to cast a critical eye over the relationship following ICC cases against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto. Both deny charges that they organized a killing spree after Kenya's disputed 2007 election. Last month, an AU official said the organization would consider a mass withdrawal by the continent's 34 signatories to the court's Rome Statute, though ministers and others have since...
(Bloomberg 10/11/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa’s infrastructure boom will probably draw increased interest from investment banks and commercial lenders, underpinning growth in syndicated loans, the Loan Market Association said. The annual amount of credit in the region organized by groups of lenders grew to $17.7 billion last year from $11.2 billion in 2011, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Syndicated loans total $19.6 billion in the year to date, the data show. African nations are spending $45 billion annually upgrading roads, ports, electricity plants and other infrastructure, according to the African Development Bank. The continent needs to spend $93 billion a year help accelerate economic growth, leaving a financing gap of about $50 billion, the Tunis-based lender said in May. “There is a lot...
(The Associated Press 10/11/13)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – An African Union official has urged African foreign ministers meeting in Ethiopia not to allow the International Criminal Court to continue treating the continent and "Africans in a condescending manner." The chairman of the Executive Council of the African Union and Ethiopia's Foreign Minister. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. said Friday that far from promoting justice and peace, the ICC has become a political tool used to target Africans. Foreign ministers have gathered at AU headquarters in Ethiopia to deliberate the continent's relationship with the ICC. The ministers' recommendations may be endorsed by African heads of state meeting Saturday. The ICC has come under strong criticism from some African leaders who say it disproportionately targets Africans. The international...

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