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Thursday 17 April 2014

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(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 who had naturalized in Belgium. The girl is part of a group of 20 Congolese children adopted by Belgian families...
(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...
(The Associated Press 04/16/14)
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Park officials say the Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded. A statement on the website of Virunga National Park said chief warden Emmanuel de Merode was shot Tuesday while traveling between Goma and Rumangabo. The statement gave no other details. The website said he was in serious condition but the park's Twitter site said he was in critical condition. A spokesman was not...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/16/14)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - The U.N. mission in Democratic Republic of Congo is seeking to locate a group of militia fighters who surrendered to the Congolese army, after their leader was killed in custody. Militia leader Paul Sadala, also known as "Morgan", died on Monday in disputed circumstances two days after surrendering with around 40 of his followers whom the U.N. mission now wants to locate. A spokesman for Congo's U.N. mission (MONUSCO) said a team would travel to Morgan's stronghold...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/16/14)
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - The director of Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga Park - Africa's oldest national park - survived an attack by unidentified gunmen while driving through the country's volatile eastern borderlands on Tuesday, a colleague said. Emmanuel de Merode, one of Africa's leading conservationists, was shot four times on the road linking the park's headquarters in Rumangabo to Goma, the capital of North Kivu province. "He was attacked around 4:30 pm (11.30 a.m. ET) and...
(PANA 04/16/14)
Regional integration is one of the main driving forces for industrialization in Africa, the executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Dr Carlos Lopes, said on Monday in Cotonou in a PANA interview. Regional integration has the potential to encourage trade and the movement of capital, which can favour the formation of regional blocs for growth and value added channels, particularly in the sector of strategic products, such as pharmaceutical products, he said. He said by harmonizing national...
(PANA 04/16/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The African Union (AU) is moving to advance peace mediation and conflict prevention efforts by working with relevant organisations to create regular points of contact. AU Commission Chairperson Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma, said advancing conflict prevention was critical to Africa’s efforts to stay peaceful. Dlamini-Zuma met the African Ombudsmen and Mediators Association (AOMA) to strategise on how to create a new nerve-centre for Africa’s peace mediation efforts, where she emphasized the role preventive diplomacy. Both sides resolved to...
(Xinhuanet 04/15/14)
KINSHASA, April (Xinhua) -- The UN mission in Democratic Republic of Congo said Monday it will provide support in monitoring the Nyamulagira volcano whose activities are becoming intense. "MONUSCO has offered its assistance to the authorities of North Kivu and is committed to working closely with officials to this new challenge. Such assistance will granted in a timely manner as soon as the need arises," said Martin Kobler, head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in Democratic Republic of...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/14)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - A militia leader accused of kidnap, rape and cannibalism in Democratic Republic of Congo was killed on Monday alongside four other people during a firefight as he sought to escape his army captors, the government said. Paul Sadala, a poacher-turned-militia leader known as "Morgan" who operated in Congo's Orientale province, surrendered on Saturday with around 40 of his followers. He was being brought by the army to the town of Bunia when he attacked the soldiers escorting...
(Xinhuanet 04/14/14)
KINSHASA, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Nyamulagira volcano in North Kivu province in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) has began emitting fumes and ashes, the local press said on Sunday, citing the director of Goma Volcanic Observatory Kaco Karume. "Given the intense fumes from Nyamulagira volcanic crater, it will soon erupt," Karume said after inspecting the volcanic site. North Kivu governor Julien Paluku who also inspected Nyamulagira volcano and its environs, said Goma town will be...
(Le Potentiel Online 04/14/14)
La République démocratique du Congo (RDC) a publié un Rapport complémentaire à son Rapport ITIE-RDC 2011. Cette publication contient l'ensemble des améliorations sur les lacunes relevées par les parties prenantes dans la Rapport original. Ces lacunes ont porté principalement sur l'exhaustivité du périmètre, la fiabilité des déclarations de 4 entreprises minières qui n'avaient pas produit des preuves de certification de leurs déclarations à l'ITIE qu'elles avaient été tirées des comptes audités et sur des éclaircissements sur le contrat chinois «...
(AFP (eng) 04/12/14)
Goma (DR Congo) (AFP) - A volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo has seen some "strong activity" and could erupt in the next few days, the Volcanic Observatory in Goma said on Friday. Experts said seismic activity at Mount Nyamulagira, in the east of the country, does not currently pose any risk to the local population, although Goma, a city of over a million people devastated by an eruption in 2002, sits just 20 kilometres (12 miles) away. Scientists...
(Xinhuanet 04/12/14)
Kisangani, April (Xinhua) -- No case of Ebola has been found in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a health official said on Friday. "We have no outbreak of Ebola in DRC. But our monitoring system monitors Ebola," said the Ministry of Health. The country has experienced five outbreaks of Ebola with the latest one in 2012. To date, there is no treatment or vaccine against Ebola, which kills 70% of patients, according to the World Health Organization who reported an...
(PANA 04/12/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has called for increments in the private equity funds investment in Africa to improve infrastructure. UNECA Executive Director, Carlos Lopes, said on Wednesday that the private equity funds performed better than listed stocks. 'Africa must find ways of scaling up the promotion of Africa-owned private equity funds and other financial services that encourage capital to remain in Africa,' Lopes said at a meeting of finance ministers and Central Bank...
(PANA 04/12/14)
Dakar, Senegal - A regional conference on aviation security in Africa opened on Wednesday in Dakar, Senegal, to address challenges and improve the safety of air transport in Africa. The conference is organized by Airports Council International-Africa Region (ACI-Africa) in collaboration with the Agence des Aéroports du Sénégal (ADS) and the Senegalese government. Chaired by the Senegalese Minister of Air Transport and Tourism, Oumar Gueye, the conference is on the theme, 'Safety intelligence against threats”. It will afford all airports...
(PANA 04/11/14)
There are no Angolan rebels in the Tshela in the district of Bas-Fleuve, located in the South-western part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to district administrator Charles Ilowa Nkoy . 'The reports of the presence of Angolan rebels in this part of the DRC are false. We control here in Tshela over 360km of borders shared with our neighbors,' Nkoy said. 'Elements of the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC) are positioned along our borders to put out...
(Voice of America 04/11/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) information minister says joint military offensives launched by the national army (FARDC) and the United Nations Mission to the country (MONUSC) to protect unarmed civilians have sharply reduced the number of rebel groups from 55 to about 20. Lambert Mende also says another round of military offensives have been launched against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) to defeat the armed group in a bid to ensure security and peace in...

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(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 who had naturalized in Belgium. The girl is part of a group of 20 Congolese children adopted by Belgian families...
(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...
(The Associated Press 04/16/14)
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Park officials say the Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded. A statement on the website of Virunga National Park said chief warden Emmanuel de Merode was shot Tuesday while traveling between Goma and Rumangabo. The statement gave no other details. The website said he was in serious condition but the park's Twitter site said he was in critical condition. A spokesman was not...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/16/14)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - The U.N. mission in Democratic Republic of Congo is seeking to locate a group of militia fighters who surrendered to the Congolese army, after their leader was killed in custody. Militia leader Paul Sadala, also known as "Morgan", died on Monday in disputed circumstances two days after surrendering with around 40 of his followers whom the U.N. mission now wants to locate. A spokesman for Congo's U.N. mission (MONUSCO) said a team would travel to Morgan's stronghold...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/16/14)
GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - The director of Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga Park - Africa's oldest national park - survived an attack by unidentified gunmen while driving through the country's volatile eastern borderlands on Tuesday, a colleague said. Emmanuel de Merode, one of Africa's leading conservationists, was shot four times on the road linking the park's headquarters in Rumangabo to Goma, the capital of North Kivu province. "He was attacked around 4:30 pm (11.30 a.m. ET) and...
(PANA 04/16/14)
Regional integration is one of the main driving forces for industrialization in Africa, the executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Dr Carlos Lopes, said on Monday in Cotonou in a PANA interview. Regional integration has the potential to encourage trade and the movement of capital, which can favour the formation of regional blocs for growth and value added channels, particularly in the sector of strategic products, such as pharmaceutical products, he said. He said by harmonizing national...
(PANA 04/16/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The African Union (AU) is moving to advance peace mediation and conflict prevention efforts by working with relevant organisations to create regular points of contact. AU Commission Chairperson Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma, said advancing conflict prevention was critical to Africa’s efforts to stay peaceful. Dlamini-Zuma met the African Ombudsmen and Mediators Association (AOMA) to strategise on how to create a new nerve-centre for Africa’s peace mediation efforts, where she emphasized the role preventive diplomacy. Both sides resolved to...
(Xinhuanet 04/15/14)
KINSHASA, April (Xinhua) -- The UN mission in Democratic Republic of Congo said Monday it will provide support in monitoring the Nyamulagira volcano whose activities are becoming intense. "MONUSCO has offered its assistance to the authorities of North Kivu and is committed to working closely with officials to this new challenge. Such assistance will granted in a timely manner as soon as the need arises," said Martin Kobler, head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in Democratic Republic of...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/14)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - A militia leader accused of kidnap, rape and cannibalism in Democratic Republic of Congo was killed on Monday alongside four other people during a firefight as he sought to escape his army captors, the government said. Paul Sadala, a poacher-turned-militia leader known as "Morgan" who operated in Congo's Orientale province, surrendered on Saturday with around 40 of his followers. He was being brought by the army to the town of Bunia when he attacked the soldiers escorting...
(Xinhuanet 04/14/14)
KINSHASA, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Nyamulagira volcano in North Kivu province in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) has began emitting fumes and ashes, the local press said on Sunday, citing the director of Goma Volcanic Observatory Kaco Karume. "Given the intense fumes from Nyamulagira volcanic crater, it will soon erupt," Karume said after inspecting the volcanic site. North Kivu governor Julien Paluku who also inspected Nyamulagira volcano and its environs, said Goma town will be...
(AFP (eng) 04/12/14)
Goma (DR Congo) (AFP) - A volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo has seen some "strong activity" and could erupt in the next few days, the Volcanic Observatory in Goma said on Friday. Experts said seismic activity at Mount Nyamulagira, in the east of the country, does not currently pose any risk to the local population, although Goma, a city of over a million people devastated by an eruption in 2002, sits just 20 kilometres (12 miles) away. Scientists...
(Xinhuanet 04/12/14)
Kisangani, April (Xinhua) -- No case of Ebola has been found in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a health official said on Friday. "We have no outbreak of Ebola in DRC. But our monitoring system monitors Ebola," said the Ministry of Health. The country has experienced five outbreaks of Ebola with the latest one in 2012. To date, there is no treatment or vaccine against Ebola, which kills 70% of patients, according to the World Health Organization who reported an...
(PANA 04/12/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has called for increments in the private equity funds investment in Africa to improve infrastructure. UNECA Executive Director, Carlos Lopes, said on Wednesday that the private equity funds performed better than listed stocks. 'Africa must find ways of scaling up the promotion of Africa-owned private equity funds and other financial services that encourage capital to remain in Africa,' Lopes said at a meeting of finance ministers and Central Bank...
(PANA 04/12/14)
Dakar, Senegal - A regional conference on aviation security in Africa opened on Wednesday in Dakar, Senegal, to address challenges and improve the safety of air transport in Africa. The conference is organized by Airports Council International-Africa Region (ACI-Africa) in collaboration with the Agence des Aéroports du Sénégal (ADS) and the Senegalese government. Chaired by the Senegalese Minister of Air Transport and Tourism, Oumar Gueye, the conference is on the theme, 'Safety intelligence against threats”. It will afford all airports...
(PANA 04/11/14)
There are no Angolan rebels in the Tshela in the district of Bas-Fleuve, located in the South-western part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to district administrator Charles Ilowa Nkoy . 'The reports of the presence of Angolan rebels in this part of the DRC are false. We control here in Tshela over 360km of borders shared with our neighbors,' Nkoy said. 'Elements of the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC) are positioned along our borders to put out...
(Voice of America 04/11/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) information minister says joint military offensives launched by the national army (FARDC) and the United Nations Mission to the country (MONUSC) to protect unarmed civilians have sharply reduced the number of rebel groups from 55 to about 20. Lambert Mende also says another round of military offensives have been launched against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) to defeat the armed group in a bid to ensure security and peace in...
(AL Jazeera 04/11/14)
The United Nations has said more than 3,600 women, children and men were subjected to rape and other sexual violence in Congo over a four-year period by the country's defense and security forces or armed rebels. A UN report published on Wednesday documented 3,645 victims of sexual violence between January 2010 and December 2013, with nearly three-quarters of the victim’s women. Large-scale rape has been used as a weapon of war or to punish civilians for their perceived collaboration with...

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(Le Potentiel Online 04/14/14)
La République démocratique du Congo (RDC) a publié un Rapport complémentaire à son Rapport ITIE-RDC 2011. Cette publication contient l'ensemble des améliorations sur les lacunes relevées par les parties prenantes dans la Rapport original. Ces lacunes ont porté principalement sur l'exhaustivité du périmètre, la fiabilité des déclarations de 4 entreprises minières qui n'avaient pas produit des preuves de certification de leurs déclarations à l'ITIE qu'elles avaient été tirées des comptes audités et sur des éclaircissements sur le contrat chinois « SICOMINES ». Aussi, la publication de ce Rapport complémentaire a précédé la demande d'examen adressée par le Comité Exécutif de l'ITIE-RDC au Secrétariat International pour vérifier que la RDC est Conforme à l'ITIE. Examen de...
(Xinhuanet 04/08/14)
DUBAI, April (Xinhua) -- China has played a positive role in redefining Africa and helped the once despaired continent to get back on track, the president of the Cairo-based African Export- Import Bank Jean-Louis Ekkra said here on Monday. Ekkra made the remarks to Xinhua at the third annual Dubai precious metals conference which is held under the theme "Engaging with Africa," adding that Chinese firms are investing in nearly all countries of the continent. "China provides both financing and know-how to explore the vast opportunities in Africa," said Ekkra. It was also thanks to China' s contribution that Africa...
(Bloomberg 04/03/14)
Robert Diamond, former head of Barclays Plc (BARC), plans to sell corporate loans in sub-Saharan Africa to international investors through his new financial-services venture, Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Ltd. (ATMA) Securitizing loans will open up one of the fastest-growing regions in the world to institutional investors and provide capital to businesses operating there, Diamond, 62, said in an interview in Johannesburg yesterday. “International investors have already crossed the Rubicon in that they’re interested in Africa,” he said. “Now it’s a question...
(Premium Times 03/31/14)
The bulk of Africa's losses to illicit financial flows annually were through various schemes by multinational companies to evade and avoid the payment of corporate tax in their areas of operations. Findings by the African Union high-level panel on illicit financial flows showed that what the continent has been losing annually through illicit financial flows is more than what it receives in development aids from abroad or foreign direct investment combined. The panel, chaired by former South African President, Thabo...
(PANA 03/26/14)
Despite important economic progress and agricultural successes, Africa remains the world’s most food insecure continent, with relatively low levels of agricultural productivity, low rural incomes and high rates of malnutrition, FAO said here Monday. As the Organization’s 28th Regional Conference for Africa takes place in Tunis, FAO is calling on African ministers of agriculture for action in priority areas to accelerate increased investment and broad-based transformation in support of smallholder farmers, including rural youth and women. Africa has recorded continuous...
(Ips News 03/21/14)
WASHINGTON, Mar 21 2014 (IPS) - The World Bank Thursday approved a 73.1-million-dollar grant in support of a controversial giant dam project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). With another 33.4 million dollars approved by the African Development Bank late last year, the grant, which is being provided by the Bank’s soft-loan affiliate, the International Development Association (IDA), will be used to help establish the legal framework and state authority that will oversee the dam’s construction and operations...
(Bloomberg 03/14/14)
Credit Suisse Group AG is deploying investment bankers to woo African entrepreneurs as the second-biggest Swiss bank tries to build its wealth-management business on the continent. Those bankers offer services from capital raising to trade finance and mergers and acquisitions advice, John Wright, a managing director and market leader for Africa at Credit Suisse, said in an interview in Cape Town. “We have a dedicated group of investment bankers embedded within private banking,” said Zurich-based Wright. “They have the mission...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/14)
March 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Intel Corp has spent more than five years figuring out how to rid its supply chain of minerals that finance violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo region, and now it is offering to show other companies how they can do the same. Intel's offer to "open source" its methods for verifying that none of its products contain minerals from armed groups involved in the DRC conflict could save other companies significant amounts of...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/14)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Pan-African lender Ecobank grew too fast in a short space of time, its biggest shareholder said on Wednesday, potentially signaling a slowdown in the rapid expansion that has taken the financial institution to 35 countries. Elias Masilela, chief executive of the Public Investment Corporation, said the bank, whose chief executive Thierry Tanoh was ousted by the board on Tuesday, needed to devote as much attention to governance as to growth. "The institution grew too fast in a...
(Bloomberg 03/12/14)
African Barrick Gold Plc (ABG) slumped the most in 14 months in London trading after its parent, the world’s biggest producer of the metal, sold a 10 percent stake. The unit of Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX) fell as much as 17 percent, the largest drop since Jan. 8, 2013. The parent sold 41 million shares to institutions for $188 million, cutting its stake to 64 percent less than four years after an initial public offering. “This sale confirms that the...
(Bloomberg 03/11/14)
Japaul Oil & Maritime Services Plc plans to raise $400 million to $500 million this year to allow the Nigerian company to expand its offshore business in Africa. Japaul is studying loans, bonds, stocks or a combination of all three to raise money after appointing a consulting firm a month ago, Chief Executive Officer Jegede Paul said in Lagos. The company, now in Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, plans to buy ships and equipment to expand in “about...
(PANA 03/11/14)
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is to hold an Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) Consultative Roundtable and a side event on the Science Agenda in Africa 17-18 March in Durban, South Africa. FARA said in a statement made available to PANA here Monday that former Chairperson of the African Union Commission Jean Ping will be the guest speaker. It said the two events would hold on the sideline of the 10th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)...
(La Prospérité 03/10/14)
Le Ministre des Postes, Télécommunications et Nouvelles Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (PT&NTIC) a, enfin, sonné le tocsin, sur cette toute nouvelle affaire liée à l’exploitation de la 3G. C’est un dossier qui oppose National British and Company (NBC) aux Sociétés des télécommunications opérant en RD. Congo. Tryphon Kin-Kiey Mulumba ignore, en tout cas, NBC, comme détenteur du droit d’octroi de la licence de la troisième génération en RD. Congo. Il estime, par ailleurs, qu’aucune trace juridique ne...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/02/14)
(Reuters) - The main shareholder in Ecobank (ETI.LG), one of the biggest banks in sub-Saharan Africa, called on Saturday for its Ivorian chief executive Thierry Tanoh to be dismissed immediately. The South African government-owned Public Investment Corporation's (PIC) demand was made in a letter to the interim chairman of the bank, which is headquartered in Togo and is listed in Nigeria and Ghana and on the West African regional bourse BRVM. Four senior executives called several weeks ago for Tanoh...
(Radio Okapi 02/28/14)
L’Office de voierie et drainage (OVD) a repris les travaux de réhabilitation de l’avenue Luambo Makiadi (ex-Bokassa), là où elle rejoint le boulevard Sendwe, dans la commune de Kalamu, à Kinshasa. Selon le directeur provincial de l’OVD, il s’agit d’élever la chaussée afin d’atteindre le niveau du pont Bokassa qui enjambe la rivière Kalamu, perpendiculaire à cette avenue. Ces travaux étaient suspendus depuis plusieurs mois faute de financement. Mais, déj, d’autres obstacles pointent à l’horizon. Une vingtaine d’agents de l’OVD...
(Voice of America 02/28/14)
A senior official at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) says the organization is encouraged by an agreement between heads of state from Uganda, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ethiopia to join the group’s free trade program, a decision taken at the just-concluded summit. The heads of state and government that attended the COMESA summit, which ended Thursday, in the DRC capital, Kinshasa, include Joseph Kabila, Michael Sata, Yoweri Museveni, Joyce Banda, Robert Mugabe, Omar...
(Vanguard 02/28/14)
Marc Wegerif coordinates Oxfam's Economic Justice campaign in East Africa, working with partners to bring about fair policies for small farmers, pastoralists and communities affected by climate change. He is based in Tanzania. He was in Nigeria recently as part of his work on Female Food Hero award. Oxfam is working in a number of countries where they are rolling it out as a way of celebrating women's contribution to agriculture and food security. In this interview with JIMOH BABATUNDE,...
(Bloomberg 02/27/14)
Copper mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo last year probably surpassed Zambian output for the first time since 1988, making it Africa’s biggest producer, according to CRU Group. Congo produced 846,000 metric tons of the metal in 2013, about 2 percent more than its southern neighbor, Piotr Ortonowski, a copper consultant at the London-based commodities analysis company, said yesterday, citing preliminary figures. Each country has the scope to more than double volumes in the next decade, he said. “This...
(PANA 02/27/14)
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) hold the key to Africa's growth, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), DHL Express for sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Charles Brewer, said. The private BusinessDay reported Tuesday that the CEO supports the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which forecasts economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa in 2014 to be slightly higher than 2013. “This growth, coupled with the more than one billion consumers on the continent who spend US$600 billion annually, as well as having the fastest growing middle...
(The Africa Report 02/27/14)
Many of the continent's largest retailers are dialling back their expansion plans and looking to make smaller advances closer to home. In a year that saw many African retailers pushing ahead with plans to expand on the back of growing consumer demand, 2013 was tempered by tougher conditions for consumers in the continent's biggest market, South Africa. While the honeymoon is not yet over, a degree of reality has certainly appeared in the valuations of retailers listed on the Johannesburg...

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(Radio Okapi 04/14/14)
L’As VClub de Kinshasa a été accrochée, dimanche 13 avril, par Lubumbashi sport, en match de la 13è journée de la Ligue nationale de football (Linafoot) sur le score d’un but partout au stade Kibasa Maliba. Le club lushois était le premier à trouver le chemin du but à la 33è minute grâce à Babasele. Les deux équipes ont été renvoyées aux vestiaires sur ce score d’un but à zéro en faveur de Lubumbashi sport. Au retour de la pause, VClub a appuyé sur l’accélérateur et il a réussi à égaliser à la 70è minute par Kila Ngudikama. Ce score de parité est resté inchangé jusqu’au coup de sifflet final de l’arbitre malgré des actions...
(PANA 03/13/14)
The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Mr. Issa Hayatou, has nudged African teams heading to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to strive to reach the last four. PANA reports that no African team has ever gone beyond the quarter-final stage of the four-yearly global football extravaganza. But Hayatou said a last-four berth by any of Africa's flagbearers in Brazil would be an icing on the cake for the successes which African football has recorded, especially in the past 26 years of CAF. 'What will make me happy now, after all these achievements will be to...
(PANA 02/28/14)
The African Football Confederation (CAF) will cover the costs of training, at the CAF Excellence Centre in Mbankomo, for the African teams to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the continental football governing body said. CAF is also calling on the entire African continent to support the five teams that qualified for Brazil 2014 which kicks off in June. The five countries are Cote d'Ivoire, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. In a news dispatch from the CAF headquarters in...
(7sur7.cd 02/19/14)
Pour la première fois de son histoire, le club de la capitale MK prend part à la coupe de la confédération Africaine -Caf Orange C2. Sacré vainqueur de la 49ème édition de la Coupe du Congo de football, après avoir battu en finale l’équipe de Vutuka de Kikwit (1-0), le 30 juillet 2013 au stade Socol à Boma, cette victoire l’a hissé le Football Club MK à la 11ème Coupe de la CAF. Du loisir à la compétition, en passant...
(AFP (eng) 02/17/14)
Paris (AFP) - Dominick Kumbela stole the show from African stars across Europe at the weekend with a hat-trick for German strugglers Eintracht Braunschweig. The Democratic Republic of Congo-born striker needed just over 30 minutes to net three times in a 4-2 triumph against fellow battlers Hamburg. Ivorian Lacina Traore, in his first match on loan to Everton, Ghanaian Kwadwo Asamoah for Juventus and Kenyan Dennis Oliech for Ajaccio were other scorers. ENGLAND LACINA TRAORE (Everton) The 6ft 8in (2.1...
(AFP 02/02/14)
CAPE TOWN, (AFP) - Libya won their first continental tournament Saturday after beating Ghana in the African Nations Championship 4-3 on penalties when their final ended 0-0 after extra time. Excellent goalkeeping by the Mediterranean Knights' Muhammad Nashnoush and a poorly-aimed attempt that went wide from Ghana's Joshua Tijane clinched the victory following a lacklustre game. A fast-paced start raised expectations of an energetic clash, but play slowed after the first 15 minutes and failed to recover. The match ended...
(PANA 01/30/14)
Bloemfontein, South Africa - Nigeria's head coach Stephen Keshi has hailed the country's home-based senior national team, the Super Eagles, despite its loss to the Black Stars of Ghana in Wednesday's semi-final of the ongoing 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa. The teams resorted to penalties after playing goalless in regulation and extra time, with the eventual 4-1 result ending the dreams of African champion Nigeria to also lift the CHAN silverware 'This team has been about six...
(Direct Info 01/18/14)
La sélection algérienne de handball (messieurs) s’est difficilement imposée difficilement face à son homologue de la RD Congo sur le score de (26-23) mi-temps (12-9), vendredi à la salle Harcha (Alger) en match comptant pour la 2e journée de la Coupe d’Afrique des nations de handball CAN-2014, groupe B. Les coéquipiers de Messaoud Berkous (9 buts) ont décroché leur 2e succès dans la compétition après leur victoire, jeudi, face au Nigeria (34-16). L’Algérie occupe la première place du groupe B...
(BBC News Africa 01/14/14)
Theophilus Anobaah scored the only goal of the game to give Ghana victory over Congo in their opening match at the African Nations Championship. On 34 minutes Anobaah struck a shot which took a deflection off the back of a defender and went over the keeper's head. In the late game on Monday, Libya beat Ethiopia 2-0 to take an early lead in their group. Elmutasem Abushnaf and Abdelsalam Omar got the goals for them. Congo responded well to going...
(CNN 01/10/14)
(CNN) -- Yaya Toure's African reign will stretch into a third year after the Manchester City midfielder was named the continent's best footballer once again. The Ivory Coast star was crowned Footballer of the Year by the Confederation of African Football at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday. Toure pipped compatriot Didier Drogba, who plays for Turkish outfit Galatasaray, and Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel to the crown. The 30-year-old becomes only the second player to win three...
(Leadership 01/10/14)
In less than 24 hours, African football stars will kick off the CHAN tournament, which is meant for footballers plying their trade in the African continent. Africa has always produced some of the finest footballers of different generations, such as Roger Milla, Abedi Pele, Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o, Fredrick Kanoute, Michael Essien, Mikel Obi, Yaya Toure, Vincent Enyeama and the list goes on. These players have graced the European football with African flair, power and...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/17/13)
BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - Republic of Congo's former deputy intelligence chief was arrested on Monday following an intense gun battle that killed at least seven people in the capital Brazzaville, a senior police official and a witness said. Gunfire rang out in the early hours as police and soldiers surrounded the home of Colonel Marcel Ntsourou, one of the most senior military officers blamed for a 2012 explosion at a heavy weapons depot in the city that killed hundreds. A Reuters...
(7sur7.cd 12/03/13)
Le président du TP Mazembe, Moïse Katumbi s’est exprimé en fairplay après la déception de son équipe après la rencontre finale retour. Après un match gagné, mais en vain, Katumbi a félicité le club tunisien du CS Sfaxien pour leur victoire face à ses poulains. Il est fier que son équipe ait atteint la finale de C2. Que son équipe ait signé une brillante prestation au match retour malgré le trophée perdu. Il a sportivement félicité le CS Sfaxien pour...
(BBC News Africa 12/02/13)
The winner of this year's BBC African Footballer of the Year award will be revealed at 1735 GMT on Monday. The shortlist of Yaya Toure, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was announced three weeks ago. African football fans selected their choice for the award, voting online and by text messages. You can find out result later today live on the BBC's Focus on Africa radio and television programmes and on this website. No player on...
(CNN 10/26/13)
(CNN) -- Is Sepp Blatter angling for another term as head of world football? The 77-year-old vowed at the 2011 FIFA presidential elections, where he stood unopposed after a bribery controversy ruled out his only rival, that this would be his fourth and final four-year stint in office. However, this week he hinted that he has "a mission" to fulfill and said he feels "young enough to be in this office." And he fueled speculation that he may stand again...
(BBC News Africa 09/06/13)
A total of seven places in the African play-offs for the 2014 World Cup will be decided this weekend. The campaign that has been made all the more dramatic because a number of matches have been overturned by football's world governing body Fifa. Only Algeria , Egypt and Ivory Coast will definitely be in the draw on 16 September for the final round of play-offs for Brazil next year. Ghana host Zambia in the first of the weekend's final group...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/13)
Women's sprinting has entered a new era, declared African duo Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare after they won the continent's first ever medals in a women's world 200 metres final on Friday in Moscow. Ahoure, 25, took her second silver of the World Athletics Championships, having become the first African woman to win a medal in the world 100m final, in a photo finish with Okagbare behind Jamaica's 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Both of them...
( 08/09/13)
Le comité de compromis de la Ligue Nationale de Football a procédé à la nomination des commissions électorale et de recours en prévision de l’Assemblée Générale extraordinaire et élective du 25 août prochain à Kinshasa. Ci-dessous, l’intégralité de la décision. Sur décision n° LNF/001 du 07 août 2013 Vu les Statuts de la Fédération Congolaise de Football Association « FECOFA » en ses articles 2,37.2alinéa q et 52 ; Vu la résolution de la réunion du Comité Exécutif de la...
(Ghana Business News 08/05/13)
The draw for the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) will take place on Monday, September 16 in Cairo, Egypt, organizers have announced. According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the ceremony will be held at its headquarters in the Egyptian capital. The draw will see 16 teams divided into four groups of four teams each for the tournament billed for South Africa next year from January 11 to February 1. Ghana’s local Black Stars booked their place at the...
(Direct.cd 08/02/13)
La campagne CHAN 2014 devient très compliquée pour les Léopards, qui ont fait un cadeau aux Diables Rouges, dimanche 28 juillet, à Dolisie, après avoir dominé et pris le match en mains. Le Congo Brazzaville s’est donc qualifié, pour sa première fois à la phase finale du CHAN, et la RDC doit jouer une dernière chance contre le perdant du duel Cameroun – Gabon. Match qui ne sera pas facile, au regard de la manche aller entre les deux équipes,...

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(7sur7.cd 03/28/14)
Le Président de l’Association Nationale de Théâtre Populaire et Cinéma –ANTPC, l’artiste Ndungi Mambimbi a lancé un appel pathétique aux autorités à différent niveau pour subventionner les artistes en général et les comédiens en particulier. Masumu Debrindet a déploré le manque d’une politique culturelle dans le pays. Il a soutenu que les séries occidentales et films nigérians ont pris le dessus sur le théâtre populaire rd-congolais parce qu’ils sont produits dans des meilleures conditions. L’artiste Ndungi Mambimbi a renseigné que dans les tous prochains jours, il y aura une réglementation de la pratique du théâtre en Rd-Congo. Il a soutenu que grâce à la nouvelle société des droits d’auteurs et droits voisins -SOCODA, les artistes...
(The Guardian 12/30/13)
Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt. At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated with either the government or the opposition, and a handful of correspondents for the foreign press, including an al-Jazeera reporter,...
(Spy Ghana 12/17/13)
BBnZ Live turned the entire Accra metropolis upside-down with the maiden edition of the Afro-Beats Festival held at the Independence Square in Accra over the weekend. An ecstatic crowd made up of over 60,000 Ghanaian music fans from all walks of life including students from all Ghanaian second cycle and tertiary institutions thronged the venue to partake in the event. The three-day Afro-Beats Festival was an all night affair which provided non-stop entertainment till the break of dawn. It kicked...
(AFP 11/09/13)
LAGOS, November 9, 2013 (AFP) - The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opens in Nigeria on Sunday and although it is still in its infancy, organisers hope that with time it can become the continent's Cannes. Seventy films from across the continent will be screened in a series of venues over seven days in the southern coastal city of Calabar, which Nigeria has tried to promote as an emerging cultural hub. "For an African film to come out in Cannes...
(La Prospérité 10/25/13)
Tout le monde en parle. JB Mpiana jouera ou pas le 21 décembre en la salle Zénith de Paris ? Cette question circule sur toutes les lèvres dans la communauté congolaise de France, Belgique jusqu’en Allemagne. Après la conférence de presse tenue à l’hôtel Méridien en pleine capitale française par l’artiste pour confirmer sa soirée dans cette salle mythique, les états-majors de Combattants ou résistants «Bana Congo» sont mobilisés pour faire la contre publicité sur l’événement. Tout Schengen est en...
(CNN 09/20/13)
London (CNN) -- The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features - all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses. But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion...
( 08/20/13)
De son enfance africaine, Helmie Bellini a gardé une voix noble et fière. De sa vie européenne, elle a tiré le meilleur des mots, tour à tour légers ou profonds. Enrichie de toutes les rencontres, Helmie Bellini a développé un voyage musical sans frontière. A en croire Journaldebrazza.com qui la présente, le projet « Il était une voix » est construit depuis 2005. Et ceci est la référence de toutes les voix qui l’ont marquée. La source indique que cette...
( 08/01/13)
De son nom, Passy Tombo Bouba Diop est un peintre qui sort de la mêlée. La manière et les couleurs dont il se sert font de lui un artiste rarissime dans ce domaine à Kinshasa. Fils de Passy Tombo Jean Oscar et de Muanda Mvumbi Suzanne, cet artiste trouve son inspiration dans ses riches racines anthropologiques africaines. Et ceci pour faire remonter à la surface les couleurs originelles de la tradition africaine : le noir et le blanc. Par lesquelles...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/13)
The headlines out of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which tend to evoke images of bloodshed, rape, ethnic hatred and government corruption, are usually no laughing matter, but political cartoonist Kashoun Thembo is an expert at wringing humour out of his country's tragedies. Capturing the newsmakers and travails of life in DR Congo with a fierce pen he hits home and spares no one. At the end of each afternoon, Kash -- the pen name he took in 1992 to...
(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...
(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. Siddo Deva of Comic Relief said: "Imposing such high remittance fees from hard-earned income is hurting the African diaspora and,...
(Voice of America 04/11/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) information minister says joint military offensives launched by the national army (FARDC) and the United Nations Mission to the country (MONUSC) to protect unarmed civilians have sharply reduced the number of rebel groups from 55 to about 20. Lambert Mende also says another round of military offensives have been launched against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) to defeat the armed group in a bid to ensure security and peace in...
(Voice of America 04/10/14)
UNITED NATIONS — A new U.N. report shows limited progress in fighting sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where too few attackers have been brought to justice. The cases of sexual violence are highest in the eastern part of the country, where armed groups continue to threaten civilians. The statistics are alarming: during the four-year period ending in December 2013, there were more than 3,600 victims of sexual violence. Most were women, but there were also nearly 1,000...
(Voice of America 04/09/14)
PENTAGON — Twenty years after close to one million people were slaughtered in the Rwandan genocide, U.S. military officials are confident that forces are better positioned to prevent a repeat of such mass slaughter. But, Washington is still concerned about security across the African continent. Fears run rampant across much of the Central African Republic, where 2,000 people have been killed in ethnic violence since December, and some African peacekeepers already have pulled out. But U.S. defense officials say the...
(Voice of America 04/09/14)
A new study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine finds that no sub-Saharan African country will meet the U.N. Millennium Development goal for sanitation, and that many are lagging behind achieving the target for clean drinking water as well. According to a joint report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF last year, more than 2 billion people - or one-third of the world’s population - will remain without access to improved sanitation by 2015. The Millennium...
(Voice of America 04/04/14)
LONDON — African and European Union leaders have wrapped up a two-day summit aimed at improving trade ties, but the talks in Brussels were overshadowed by the worsening crisis in the Central African Republic. Over the past 10 days, U.N. officials say more than 60 people have been killed in sectarian violence in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui. Recent violence there and in other C.A.R. cities has prompted tens of thousands of Muslims to flee their communities. The European...
(BBC News Africa 04/04/14)
Belgium's gay Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo has called on African leaders to respect the rights of minorities, including homosexuals. It was intolerable that people were "persecuted for their origins, their sexual orientation, their religion and their convictions", he said. Mr Di Rupo was addressing African and European leaders attending the EU-Africa summit in Brussels. Nigeria and Uganda have toughened anti-gay laws this year. Their presidents - Goodluck Jonathan and Yoweri Museveni - are at the summit, which is discussing...
(BBC News Africa 04/01/14)
An "intelligent" traffic cop robot has been installed in the city of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo, it appears. Local residents seem enthusiastic about the robot, which replaces Lubumbashi's traffic police and also has surveillance cameras to observe traffic offences, regional broadcaster Nyota says. It comes the year after two similar solar-powered robots were set up at intersections in the capital city Kinshasa, attracting attention at the time. However, there are some worries about whether the robots will...
(Voice of America 03/29/14)
The U.N. refugee agency is moving to help family members and victims of a boat accident that the Democratic Republic of Congo says left 251 people dead. The boat full of Congolese refugees capsized on Lake Albert last Saturday after leaving Uganda, bound for the DRC. Congo's government announced the updated death toll on Thursday. A refugee agency spokeswoman, Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba, says survivors and family members are receiving psychological support and other assistance at their refugee camps in Uganda.
(Dw-World 03/29/14)
European and African leaders from some 70 nations are seeking to improve political and economic cooperation between their two continents at a two-day Brussels summit. EU Afrika Gipfel Merkel 02.04.2014 Brüssel The meeting comes as the European Union (EU) officially unveils plans to send 1,000 troops to the strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR) to bolster African and French forces already in the country. Christoph Hasselbach is a senior DW editor specializing in European affairs who is in Brussels for the...
(UN.org 03/29/14)
Getting more African youths involved in agriculture and investing in the continent's vulnerable small family farmers will be pivotal to improving nutritional and economic well-being in the years to come, a sensor United Nations official said today, citing water scarcity and conflict as some of the biggest challenges to achieve food security in the region by 2025. "The region's economic growth rate is above the global average and most of the world's fastest-growing economies are in Africa," noted José Graziano...
(CNN 03/26/14)
Kampala, Uganda (CNN) -- Three days after at least 108 passengers -- most of them Congolese refugees -- died when their overloaded boat capsized on Lake Albert, the Ugandan government wants to find a safe way to send the survivors home. "To avoid more accidents due (to) violations of safety rules, we are stepping up efforts to ensure orderly repatriation of refugees wishing to return to their countries," said Hillary Onek, Uganda minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees. Officials...
(Voice of America 03/22/14)
JOHANNESBURG — As the world observes World TB Day on March 24 to raise awareness of the fight against tuberculosis, South Africa is struggling to conquer its top killer. Activists say more focus is needed on poor communities as drug resistant strains take hold and wreak havoc. With 80 percent of the country's young adults already infected with TB, health experts say there is no time to lose. This year South Africa commemorates World Tuberculosis Day under the theme "finding, treating and curing TB in hard to reach communities."
(Ips News 03/21/14)
WASHINGTON, Mar 21 2014 (IPS) - The World Bank Thursday approved a 73.1-million-dollar grant in support of a controversial giant dam project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). With another 33.4 million dollars approved by the African Development Bank late last year, the grant, which is being provided by the Bank’s soft-loan affiliate, the International Development Association (IDA), will be used to help establish the legal framework and state authority that will oversee the dam’s construction and operations...
(Voice of America 03/15/14)
A new report says ending persistent hunger and undernutrition should be top development priorities. The International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI, has released its annual Global Food Policy Report. IFPRI has set a goal of 2025 for ending hunger and undernutrition. The U.N. estimates more than 840-million people still go hungry every day, while over two-billion have a deficiency of essential micronutrients, such as iron, Vitamin A and zinc. Although very high, those figures actually represent an improvement in recent...
(Voice of America 03/11/14)
On January 24th, African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma released her vision for Africa’s future. The African Agenda 2063 seeks to rekindle the passion for Pan-Africanism. It calls for promotion of peace and stability, expansion of agricultural production, inclusive economic development and industrialization, and mainstreaming women and youth participation in African Union activities. On Saturday (March 15), Africans worldwide are being invited to attend a conference call to discuss Dlamini-Zuma’s vision. Chika Onyeani, publisher of the New York-based African Sun...
(BBC News Africa 03/07/14)
Warmer temperatures are causing malaria to spread to higher altitudes, a study suggests. Researchers have found that people living in the highlands of Africa and South America are at an increased risk of catching the mosquito-borne disease during hotter years. They believe that temperature rises in the future could result in millions of additional cases in some areas. The research is published in the journal Science. Prof Mercedes Pascual, from the University of Michigan in the US, who carried out...
(Voice of America 02/28/14)
A senior official at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) says the organization is encouraged by an agreement between heads of state from Uganda, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ethiopia to join the group’s free trade program, a decision taken at the just-concluded summit. The heads of state and government that attended the COMESA summit, which ended Thursday, in the DRC capital, Kinshasa, include Joseph Kabila, Michael Sata, Yoweri Museveni, Joyce Banda, Robert Mugabe, Omar...
(Voice of America 02/27/14)
CAPITOL HILL — Hollywood star Ben Affleck Wednesday called on President Barack Obama to directly engage with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo to encourage him to live up to his commitment to security reforms. The actor and activist was appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to testify alongside Russell Feingold, the U.S special envoy for the Great Lakes region and Congo, and Roger Meece, former U.S ambassador to Congo. The hearing, before the US Senate’s...

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