| Africatime
Tuesday 05 May 2015
(The Wall Street Journal 05/04/15)
Rebel factions, elements of government forces control 65% of country’s gold mines. Illegally acquired and exported gold from the mineral-rich eastern Congo is fueling high-level corruption in the country’s military and bloodshed by rebel groups, an advocacy group said. Insurgents and elements of government forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo control some 65% of the country’s gold mines, which are the foundation for an international smuggling network worth an estimated $400 million a year, the Enough Project said in a report issued Thursday. The Washington-based nongovernmental organization said 70% of the tin, tantalum and tungsten mines in eastern Congo were free from the control of armed rebel groups
(Voice of America 05/02/15)
PENTAGON— Africa Command is the newest geographic command in the U.S. military structure, and despite the vast size of the African continent it helps secure, it is also the smallest military command. Africa Command, or AFRICOM for short, has only one base in Africa, and its headquarters is on a completely different continent, in Germany. Still, the command carries out hundreds of operations per year aimed at making Africa a more stable place to live. How it began AFRICOM was created less than a decade ago to better focus U.S. military engagement on the African continent. Before 2007, U.S. military activities in Africa were conducted by European Command, Central Command--which covers the Middle East--and even Pacific Command. The command's sole...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/02/15)
(Reuters) - Four years after launching a campaign to get young Senegalese to vote, journalist Fadel Barro found himself in a dark prison cell over 4,000 km (2,500 miles) from home in Democratic Republic of Congo, accused of fomenting insurrection. His journey and brief incarceration in March show how youth movements have linked up across francophone Africa to push for change in a region still dominated by "Big Men" leaders, and how some deeply entrenched governments are resisting. Barro and...
(Xinhuanet 04/30/15)
BRAZZAVILLE, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou N'Guesso and his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby Itno on Wednesday burnt five tons of ivory seized from poachers. The operation took place in front of Republic of Congo's Parliament in Brazzaville, in the presence of environment ministers from the Central African region and representatives of international environmental conservation NGOs. "We have emptied our ivory stock piles which were seized from fraudsters, and we have drawn a line that from...
(Xinhuanet 04/30/15)
HARARE, April (Xinhua) -- An extraordinary summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State opened Wednesday to consider and adopt a 48-year industrialization strategy aimed at accelerating industrialization in the 15-memenbr regional group. The summit is a follow up to the 34th SADC summit held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe in 2014 where a decision was made for the region to craft an industrialization strategy to spur regional economic development. The 48-year industrialization strategy, once adopted by the...
(Voice of America 04/30/15)
HARARE— South Africa drew praise Wednesday at a meeting of Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders over its handling of recent xenophobic violence in the country. At the conclusion of the one-day talks, SADC leaders issued a communiqué saying the region commended the measures that South Africa's government has put in place to ensure that recent attacks on immigrants do not recur. Speaking at the talks, Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, urged immigrants being attacked in South Africa to return to...
(Xinhua 04/30/15)
NAIROBI, April (Xinhua) -- The UN on Tuesday urged the African countries to invest in the services sector so as to boost employment opportunities. UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Associate Economic Affairs Officer Ottavia Pesce told an investment conference in Nairobi that the expansion services sector tends to go hand in hand with economic expansion.
(Xinhuanet 04/29/15)
TRIPOLI, April (Xinhua) -- Libyan Islamist-backed parliament General National Congress (GNC) on Tuesday rejected a draft peace solution proposed by the UN special envoy to Libya. "The draft given by Bernardino Leon, head of the UN mission to Libya, will be totally rejected. We demand the international envoy to reconsider the way it works," Omar Ehmedan, a member of the GNC, announced the decision in a press conference. Libya has been witnessing a frayed political process after the 2011 turmoil which toppled its leader Muammar Gaddafi.
(Xinhuanet 04/29/15)
NAIROBI, April (Xinhua) -- African scientists have launched a regional initiative to improve aflatoxin control regulatory frameworks in the Common Market for eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region. The scientists have came up with a draft aflatoxin sampling procedures to facilitate effective regional trade for unprocessed maize and groundnuts in COMESA and Sub-Saharan Africa. "Aware of the rising threat to consumer health and intra trade, COMESA has entered into strategic partnerships to harmonize aflatoxin control measures and improve the regulatory...
(Xinhuanet 04/29/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have signed a partnership agreement on the fight against terrorism and violent extremism in Africa. The AU Commission and the General Secretariat of OIC signed the agreement in Istanbul, Turkey, on the margins of the Summit for Peace organized on the occasion of the commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of Gallipoli, according to a statement from AU on Tuesday. The agreement is...
(Voice of America 04/29/15)
 
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CALTAGIRONE, ITALY— Among the thousands of migrants making the deadly journey by boat to Europe, are unaccompanied girls and boys -- some have been sent by relatives to earn money, others orphaned or fleeing war. Like many teenage boys, the young migrants - officially called unaccomapnied minors - dream of playing football for perhaps Barcelona or Chelsea. On the grounds of their temporary new home - a large old farmhouse in the mountains of Sicily - they practice for hours...
(Voice of America 04/28/15)
BENI, DRC— Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo say armed men have crossed into the country from Uganda and set up bases in Beni territory. A local community leader told VOA they may be Congolese rebels, part of the same movement reported to have crossed the Rwandan border into the DRC last week. An official in Beni territory told VOA he could confirm a report by civil society groups in Beni there has been an incursion of armed men...
(Voice of America 04/28/15)
HARARE— South Africa drew praise Wednesday at a meeting of Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders over its handling of recent xenophobic violence in the country. At the conclusion of the one-day talks, SADC leaders issued a communiqué saying the region commended the measures that South Africa's government has put in place to ensure that recent attacks on immigrants do not recur. Speaking at the talks, Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, urged immigrants being attacked in South Africa to return to...
(News Day 04/28/15)
Tax said countries in the region need to speed up the implementation of the road map for the full industrialisation of the region and that it was important to achieve the task for the improvement of the region. “In order to achieve the feat we have set ourselves, it is clear that the region embarks on a long-term project of economic and social transformation, to be supported by our concerted efforts, and commitment during the three-phased duration of 2015 to...
(Dw-World 04/28/15)
Like the proverbial ostrich who buries his head in the sand, African reporters and politicians seem blind to the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. A look at how the continent's press is addressing the issue. Tens of thousands of refugees risk their lives trying to get to Europe. Surprisingly this sort of news rarely makes front page in Africa. 'The migrant boat tragedy is not just Europe's problem,' a title by the 'Daily Maverick', a South African daily, silently screams...
(Xinhuanet 04/27/15)
BEIJING, April 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao met with a visiting delegation of the Congolese Party of Labour (CPL) in Beijing on Monday. Li said political trust has deepened and cooperation has expanded since China and Congo established diplomatic relations in 1964. The Communist Party of China (CPC) has placed great importance on developing ties with the CPL and would like to increase exchanges between high-ranking officials and share experience on state governance to boost the growth...
(Xinhuanet 04/27/15)
HARARE, April 27 (Xinhua) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers meeting opened in Harare Monday to consider a draft strategy and roadmap on industrialization aimed at accelerating industrialization in the 15-member regional grouping. The meeting precedes a one-day extraordinary summit of SADC Heads of State and Government that will be held in Harare Wednesday to consider and adopt the strategy and roadmap. Chairperson of the SADC Council of Ministers and Zimbabwean Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi told delegates at the opening of the meeting that the roadmap spans over a period of 48 years (2015-2063) during which the region will seek to industrialize in a three-phased approach.
(Xinhuanet 04/27/15)
HARARE, April 27 (Xinhua) -- The long-awaited tripartite free trade area (TFTA) between three regional blocs in Africa will be launched on June 10 in Egypt, a senior official of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said Monday. SADC executive secretary Stergomena Lawrence Tax told delegates attending a SADC Council of Ministers meeting that the grand TFTA, initially scheduled for launch in June 2014, was now expected to be launched a year later. "A tripartite FTA is expected to be...
(Xinhuanet 04/27/15)
NAIROBI, April 27 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on Monday called for governments to forge strategic linkages with multilateral agencies and private corporations in order to boost climate financing. UNEP Deputy Executive Director, Ibrahim Thiaw, said limited financing towards climate adaptation and mitigation programs threatens sustainability agenda globally. "The impacts of climate change will be felt in the long-term even if countries put a cap on carbon emissions. There is an urgency to deliver funding, technologies and knowledge required to enable countries adapt to this phenomenon," Thiaw said
(The Chronicle 04/27/15)
Growth of remittances to the Sub-Saharan Africa region is projected to slow to 0.9 percent in 2015, amounting to $33 billion, according World Bank's latest Migration and Development Brief. It said Nigeria alone accounts for around two-thirds of total remittance inflows to the region, but its remittances are estimated to have remained flat in 2014, at roughly $21 billion. The regional growth in remittances in 2014 largely reflected strong growth in Kenya (10.7 percent), South Africa (7.1 percent) and Uganda...

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