| Africatime
Wednesday 23 April 2014
(PANA 04/23/14)
DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist, has promoted two African country heads to take regional roles in a continent poised for renewed growth, the company said in a statement obtained by PANA here Tuesday. Former Managing Director, South Africa, Lubabalo ‘Twine’ Mtya, becomes the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Southern Africa region, while Pramod Bagalwadi, currently Country Manager DHL Global Forwarding Ghana, has been named Eastern Africa CEO and Kenya head with immediate effect. Mtya, who took over his new post in February after three years with DHL Global Forwarding, will now be responsible for Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia, as well as South Africa. Bagalwadi takes charge of Uganda, Tanzania,...
(PANA 04/23/14)
All hands must be on deck across Africa to put an end to the rising waves of terrorism and insecurity that is hindering development on the continent, according to Prof. Maurice Fangnon of the Centre for Defence of Human Right and Democracy in Africa (CDHRDA). Speaking in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos, against the background of rising terror attacks in Nigeria, Kenya and Mali, among others, Prof. Fangnon said without working together through the sharing of information, expertise and skills to put an end to terrorism, development would continue to elude the continent. “The situation in Nigeria is very unfortunate...
(PANA 04/23/14)
New York, US - African runners, led by last year's winners, are the clear favourites at Monday's (21 April) 2014 Boston Marathon in the US, PANA reported. The 118th running of the annual Marathon is significant because it will be the first edition of the race since the 2013 edition was ruined by a bomb explosion. Last year's winners in the men's and women's categories, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya respectively, will lead the pack of...
(Xinhuanet 04/22/14)
GOMA, DR Congo, April 21 (Xinhua) -- The activity of the volcano Nyamulagira, which was announced the probable eruption, fell a few days ago, senior expert said. "The magmatic activity has decreased and now it is difficult to say that the volcano Nyamulagira will take place," said Ciraba Honoré, head of the department of Geodesy of the Goma Volcano Observatory (OVG). Located in North Kivu province in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Nyamulagira began emitting...
(PANA 04/22/14)
The executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Dr Carlos Lopes, has called on African countries to follow the example of China in their development programmes. 'It is important to keep the spirit of the experience of China for, it involves two direct links with Africa,' he said in a PANA interview. First, could Africa follow the same path for quick rural economic development, poverty reduction and industrialization, with regard to the fact that the emergence of China has changed the world economic growth?
(Ips News 04/22/14)
Washington — As the World Bank wrapped up its semi-annual joint meetings with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) here last weekend, it reaffirmed its commitment to bringing extreme poverty below three percent of the global population by 2030 while increasing the income of the poorest 40 percent of the population of each country. However, some suggest that in sub-Saharan Africa, this may be impossible. It's not easy to fix a country, rebuild institutions and get growth going while making sure...
(Xinhuanet 04/22/14)
BEIJING, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Trade between China and Africa increased 5.9 percent year on year to 210.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2013, according to data released on Tuesday by the China Chamber of International Commerce. Chinese exports to Africa stood at 92.8 billion U.S. dollars, up 8.8 percent. Imports from Africa hit 117.4 billion U.S. dollars, up 3.8 percent, the data showed. Meanwhile, more than 2,000 Chinese companies had been established in Africa by the end of 2013, in...
(PANA 04/19/14)
New York, US - Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), has condemned the attack against the chief warden of Virunga National Park, and urged the international community to support the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in protecting not only its World Heritage sites but also those who safeguard them. A UNESCO statement on Thursday said that Ms. Bokova was 'distressed and angered' over the attack on Emmanuel de Merode, who was reportedly...
(AFP (eng) 04/19/14)
Kinshasa (AFP) - The Belgian director of a famed national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo who was shot this week by unknown attackers was evacuated to Nairobi on Friday, a local official said. Emmanuel de Merode, head of the Virunga National Park in the DR Congo's war-scarred North Kivu province, was shot in the abdomen and chest on Tuesday as he travelled alone by jeep from the regional capital Goma to a nearby conservation centre. His condition was...
(PANA 04/19/14)
Brussels, Belgium - The director of the national park of Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Belgian Emmanuel de Mérode, has been injured in an ambush not far from the city of Goma in Kivu, Didier Reynders, Belgian foreign affairs minister, told the press on Thursday. He said de Mérode, who was injured in the stomach, was taken to the hospital of Goma, and was nos safe. He added that the victim would soon be flown to Belgium for...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/14)
JOHANNESBURG, April 18 (Xinhua) -- International logistics group DHL Express said Friday that significant growth in Africa's financial services sector is providing great opportunities to drive the continent's economic growth and development. In a report released in Johannesburg, DHL Express Sub-Saharan ( SSA) Director Sumesh Rahavendra said growing economy, increased political stability and willingness to trade with international partners is making the continent more investor friendly.
(PANA 04/19/14)
A former United Nations Under Secretary-General, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, on Thursday underscored the need for African people to see security as a collective responsibility and work towards achieving peace in order to develop the continent. Professor Gambari was speaking against the background of security challenges being faced by some African countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Mali as a result of rising incidences of terrorism. He expressed displeasure about the rising acts of terrorism being carried out by the dreaded Boko Haram...
(African arguments 04/18/14)
Diamonds and Rubber in Sierra Leone, oil in Angola and Sudan, tantalum and gold in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, copper in Zambia - the list of the natural resource wealth the Africa possesses is a long one. However, these riches have not always been a blessing for the continent. The development of African states is often said to be hindered by a 'resource curse' and, not surprisingly, most contemporary instances of armed contest over state power, authority, and...
(IRIN 04/18/14)
The slogan "make poverty history" has been used by development pundits and pop star philanthropists for years. Now, in a bid to turn words into deeds, it is being discussed as a universal global target to be met within a generation. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight poverty-reduction targets that were signed during a world summit in 2000, will be retired next year. Diplomats, aid experts and UN officials are currently negotiating the 15-year objectives that will replace them in...
(Dw-World 04/18/14)
A million people died in East Africa alone during the First World War. Many Africans also fought in Europe, defending the interests of their colonial masters. Today, their sacrifice has been largely forgotten. The most impressive monument for African victims of the First World War (1914-1918) is not to be found in Africa but in France. At the battle of Delville, one of the engagements of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, the South African 1st Infantry Brigade sustained...
(Voice of America 04/17/14)
Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) information minister has expressed concern that the conflict in neighboring Central African Republic (C.A.R) could threaten security of the entire region. According to government officials thousands of C.A.R refugees fleeing the conflict in their country have crossed the border into the DRC. Lambert Mende says the government in Kinshasa is working with member states of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to help the C.A.R stabilize the security situation there. “We are more concerned...
(PANA 04/17/14)
Brussels, Belgium - A Belgian woman has been jailed for six months in the DR Congo capital, Kinshasa, for attempting to illegally send a Congolese girl to Belgium. PANA reported from Brussels on Wednesday that the case had made the headlines in Belgium while immigration officers at the airport in Kinshasa had been arrested. Belgium Minister for Child Aid, Mrs Evelyne Huytebroek, has also asked the Congolese government to check the legality of the adoption of the young Congolese girl...
(UN.org 04/17/14)
"Your deeds will have an impact... be the new leaders of change," United Nations Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas urged today during an event launching the book, Action for Disarmament: 10 Things You Can Do! Written for high school and early-college students, Action for Disarmament offers practical steps to help young people mobilize, act and promote the UN's disarmament ideals throughout their schools, communities and beyond. "This book is a call to action, to create a world where people of...
(BBC News Africa 04/17/14)
Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief has said. Restricted competition has helped push up charges, according to research by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Money transfer company Western Union said that fees were set according to factors such as local taxes. The company "delivered much-needed services to individuals", it added. 'Duopoly' The research found that average fees of 12% to send $200 (£119) were twice the global average...
(The Associated Press 04/16/14)
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded but his condition is improving, park officials said. Three gunmen ambushed Emmanuel de Merode, chief warden of Virunga National Park, on Tuesday, according spokeswoman Joanna Natasegara. A statement on the park's website said he was traveling between Goma, a main city in the east near Rwanda's border, and Rumangabo at the time. Natasegara said Wednesday that...

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