| Africatime
Sunday 29 March 2015
(Voice of America 03/28/15)
Ebola is an ancient virus that evolved over thousands of years in the Congo Basin. It occurs naturally among a number of different species in the wild. From time to time, humans come in contact with animals that harbor Ebola, setting into motion an animal-to-human transmission chain that causes an epidemic. The U.S.-based Wildlife Conservation Society wants to know more about which animals harbor the virus so efforts can be made to halt the encroachments of Ebola into the human population.
(AFP (eng) 03/28/15)
Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo used the forum offered by a festival of indigenous peoples Friday to demand protection against discrimination by other Congolese who they claim treat them like "savages". Pygmies are hunter-gatherers who live in DR Congo, the Central African Republic, Congo, Cameroon and Gabon. Since colonial times, they have cohabited uneasily with majority Bantus, who are accused of exploiting the Pygmies, paying them meagre wages -- or with alcohol and cigarettes -- and generally treating them as inferior beings. The Pygmies fate was expected to dominate the second International Festival for Native Peoples, which opened Friday in the capital Kinshasa. Patrick Sayidi, coordinator of the native rights' group DGPA, said it was an "occasion to...
(Xinhuanet 03/28/15)
LUSAKA, Mar. (Xinhua) -- Africa's trading bloc said it has resolved about 80 percent of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) restricting trade, a statement emailed to Xinhua on Thursday said. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) said 385 out of 476 NTBs identified as most restrictive to trade in the region through an online reporting system have been resolved while seven were considered non-actionable, according to a statement released by the bloc's public relations officer Mwangi Gakunga. "Currently, eight categories of NTBs have been identified as most restrictive to trade in the region.
(The New York Times 03/28/15)
The faded plaque to the right of the door said “Jochannan, Yosef B.,” but visitors to this nursing home on the northern edge of the Bronx knew the frail 96-year-old inside by another name: Dr. Ben. As a sign of respect, many would also bend down on one knee. The room was covered in mementos from a life spent between continents, weaving together the threads of the African diaspora: honors and awards, photos of Egyptian statues, kente cloth, a mug...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/27/15)
(Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday refused to cut the number of peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo until progress is made in an offensive against Rwandan rebels in the country's east, snubbing government calls for a decrease. A month-long Congolese army (FARDC) campaign against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebels has achieved little and revived doubts about the will and capacity of Congo to defeat a group at the heart of two decades of conflict in Africa's Great Lakes region.
(Xinhuanet 03/27/15)
WINDHOEK, March (Xinhua) -- China Harbour and Engineering Company has started work on the multi-billion Namibian dollar Southern African Development Community Gateway Port at Walvis Bay in Namibia. The company has also started building a workers' camp for more than 3,000 people. The company has embarked on constructing an access road before working on Phase One of the port project, which requires widening the harbour by about 180 metres and creating an access tunnel that will be 16.5 metres deep.
(Xinhuanet 03/27/15)
ADDIS ABABA, March (Xinhua) -- Intra-regional trade in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has increased dramatically but a lot needs to be done to achieve more with focus on small, medium and micro enterprises (SMEs), noted Officials. Speaking at the 34th session of the Council of Ministers of COMESA on Thursday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, the officials of the sub-region also underlined the need to ensure value addition of products in member countries for more...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/15)
NEW DELHI, March (Xinhua) -- India will hold a five-day " India-Africa Summit" later this year, where nearly 1,000 delegates will be invited, the Ministry of External Affairs has said. The summit will begin on October 26, and leaders from some 54 countries are expected to attend, the External Affairs Ministry officials said on Wednesday evening. The meeting between the heads of state and government will take place on October 29 and bilateral meetings are being scheduled on October 30,...
(The Guardian 03/27/15)
African elephants could be extinct in the wild within a few decades, experts have warned at a major conservation summit in Botswana that has highlighted an alarming decline in numbers due to poaching for ivory. The Africa Elephant Summit, held at a tourist resort in Kasane, gathered delegates from about 20 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia, including China – which is accused of fuelling the illegal poaching trade. “This species could be extinct in our lifetime, within one or...
(Bloomberg 03/26/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Japan has invested more in project financing in Africa than China as Asian nations continue to strengthen their economic influence on the continent, according to Linklaters LLP. Japanese investors accounted for $3.5 billion of the $4.2 billion of project funds that Asian nations poured into Africa last year to improve roads, water and sanitation and build oil and gas pipelines, according to the London-based law firm. “Japan now ranks as the most active Asian project finance sponsor in...
(The Citizen 03/25/15)
Dar es Salaam. There 20 barriers between Dar es Salaam and Kigali, Bujumbura and Kampala that slow down the movement of goods within the East African region. The situation is made worse by the fact that nearly 90 per cent of goods in the central transport corridor are ferried by road. Two decades ago, 90 per cent of goods were transported by rail from Dar es Salaam port to Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Today, with...
(Xinhuanet 03/25/15)
ARUSHA, Tanzania, March (Xinhua) -- African nations on Tuesday were urged to strengthen their national regulatory infrastructures for the nuclear energy to benefit the continent and its people. The call came at the time when a number of African countries are embarking into harnessing uranium energy to promote nuclear technologies for peaceful use.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/25/15)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Google and Facebook are at the forefront of a scramble to win over new African Internet users, offering freebies they say give a leg-up to the poor but which critics argue is a plan to lock in customers on a continent of 1 billion people. Africa's Internet penetration will reach 50 percent by 2025 and there are expected to be 360 million smartphones on the continent by then, roughly double the number in the United States currently,...
(Xinhuanet 03/24/15)
MURANG'A, Kenya, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Seated round the table and with chopsticks in their hands, Kenyan students living in suburb slums chatted animatedly while enjoying breakfast before Chinese class. The students are from the Mathare slums in Nairobi, and like many other poor kids living in slums of the capital Nairobi, they had to struggle for a chance of education. "But that was before the Chinese came," said Sharon Mwangi, a pioneer student at Beijing MCEDO School and will...
(Xinhuanet 03/24/15)
KASANE, Botswana, March 24 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese official has said that China will make more efforts on the fields of management, law enforcement, education and capacity building to help African countries battle elephant poaching. Meng Xianlin, executive director-general of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Import and Export Management Office of China, made the remarks Monday after the African Elephant Summit in Kasane, Northern Botswana. China has also strengthened law enforcement, Meng said after the meeting, adding that...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/15)
KASHUGA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - The government soldiers manning an outpost high above the town of Kashuga have a panoramic view of the hills and valleys of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, home to hundreds of Rwandan Hutu rebels their government has promised to crush. But three weeks after Congo's army launched an offensive against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), the outpost's commander has received no orders to attack the rebel group.
(Independent Online 03/23/15)
Direct marketing retailer HomeChoice seems to be making headway with growing business in Africa with plans to open its Pan-African office in Mauritius this year. The group which sells homeware merchandise, personal electronics and loan products, said on Friday that it planned to offer innovative retail and financial services products to the growing African middle class. “Expansion into the rest of Africa presents a major growth opportunity for the business in the medium to long term. “A solid platform for...
(Voice of America 03/21/15)
GOMA— United Nations officials have confirmed that the U.N. mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, known as MONUSCO, has in the past worked with Congolese army officers who were suspected of committing human rights violations. After addressing a U.N. Security Council meeting Thursday in New York, MONUSCO chief Martin Kobler told the media that this collaboration happened too often, adding that the mission had previously waived U.N. rules "too generously" to be able to work alongside Congolese army officers suspected of violations.
(The Independent 03/21/15)
For all the reports of war and famine, Africa is booming. Jim Armitage speaks to some of its CEOs at their annual get-together in Geneva. It’s easy to fall into the age-old narrative that Africa is a land hidebound by corruption. But, at the annual Africa CEO Forum in Geneva this week, corporate leaders were pushing a very different theme. In fact, the C-word was one that few delegates wanted to talk about, preferring instead to discuss the same kinds...
(Bloomberg 03/21/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Barclays Plc has started lending to diamond dealers as the British bank seeks to expand in southern Africa, according to people familiar with the situation. The U.K.-based bank is financing buyers of rough stones in Botswana and South Africa, the people said, asking not to be identified as the move hasn’t been made public. Barclays customers include buyers of gems from the Botswana government, the biggest producing country, two of the people said. Barclays Chief Executive Officer Antony...

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