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Thursday 26 March 2015

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(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 railway transport in this corridor virtually on its knees, goods are ferried by heavy trucks managed by private investors. It takes 20 days to clear and transport a single container from Dar es Salaam to...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 03/20/15)
Burkinabe activist Siribi Ouedraogo, whose group helped topple the west African country's long-ruling dictator Blaise Compaore, has returned from DR Congo where he was arrested over a pro-democracy rally. Some 30 people were arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa on Sunday while attending the rally ahead of controversial presidential elections due next year. Tensions have been rising after up to 42 people died in violent protests in Kinshasa in January over an electoral bill that was seen...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/20/15)
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. peacekeepers previously worked with two Democratic Republic of Congo generals accused of abuses, but have refused to support the men in a new campaign against Rwandan rebels because Congolese authorities did not investigate the allegations, said a U.N. envoy on Thursday. Under the United Nations human rights due diligence policy, the world body has to ensure its support to non-U.N. security forces does not contribute to grave human rights violations.
(Voice of America 03/20/15)
KINSHASA— Seven Congolese musicians detained during a raid on a pro-democracy meeting were released Thursday, a day after four foreign activists accused of fomenting unrest were expelled, the Kinshasa government said. The Democratic Republic of the Congo's security forces arrested about 40 people — including musicians, journalists and a U.S. diplomat — last weekend at a news conference organized by a local youth group in the capital. The arrests highlighted political tensions in Congo, where President Joseph Kabila is due...
(Voice of America 03/20/15)
The International Food Policy Research Institute has released its Global Food Policy Report. IFPRI Director- General Shenggen Fan listed some of the accomplishments of last year. “We have achieved some progress. For example, we paid more attention to nutrition. We also think water, hygiene are very important in solving children’s under nutrition. We have also seen new commitments on trade and climate change – and [a] focus on family farming. The year 2014 was a year of family farming. So...
(AFP (eng) 03/19/15)
Rapes of young children and even babies have surfaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo, further worsening the sexual violence ravaging the country like a "cancer," Denis Mukwege, a global expert on treating gang rape victims, told AFP. Dr Mukwege, who in November received the European Parliament's Sakharov rights prize, said such atrocities began to surface around a year and half ago, with one recent case involving a girl of around 15 months old. "How can someone kidnap a child...
(AFP (eng) 03/19/15)
Nearly 180 civil society and rights groups have urged strengthened powers for the UN mission in DR Congo to ensure peaceful elections due in November and help end unrest in the country's volatile east. The appeal by the 179 groups came just ahead of the expiry of the UN mission's mandate at the end of the month, and in the wake of political unrest over fears President Joseph Kabila could seek to stay on beyond the end of his mandate...
(Voice of America 03/19/15)
KINSHASA— Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday ordered the immediate expulsion of four foreign pro-democracy activists detained over the weekend during and criticized the United States for supporting the event. The quartet of detainees are among some 40 activists, musicians and journalists arrested in the capital on Sunday. A U.S. diplomat was also briefly detained. The incident has stoked tensions in the vast, historically unstable Central African country a year ahead of an election. President Joseph Kabila is legally barred...
(Bloomberg 03/19/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Democratic Republic of Congo authorities have held several pro-democracy activists without access to courts or lawyers since their arrest three days ago, Human Rights Watch said. Among the detained activists are citizens of Senegal and Burkina Faso who took part in a U.S. government-sponsored workshop on civic engagement in the political process in Kinshasa, Congo’s capital, the New York-based rights group said Wednesday in a statement. “Congolese authorities should immediately release those detained if they haven’t been charged...
(Bloomberg 03/19/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Pioneer Foods Ltd., a South African food and beverage producer, plans acquisitions in at least five more African countries after taking a majority holding in Nigerian competitor Food Concepts Plc. “We’re talking to entrepreneurs for opportunities to expand our investments in the continent” within the next five years, Thushen Govender, the company’s head of international business, said in an interview in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, on Tuesday. “Our focus is on larger economies with a higher population -- for example, Angola, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Ghana.”
(Xinhuanet 03/19/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- Megacities across Africa have suffered from the perennial problem of traffic congestion, a by- product of the remarkable economic boom over the past decade. Africa has outperformed many economies in the world in past decade with an average growth of near 5 percent. Despite headwinds, growth is projected to stand at 5.1 percent by 2017, lifted by infrastructure investment, increased agriculture production, and buoyant services. However, the economic boom has led to surging population in megacities...

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(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, Mckinsey Consultants data shows. Africa had 16 percent Internet penetration and 67 million smartphones in 2013. This growth is attracting interest from Internet companies such as Google, Facebook and Wikipedia, which are striking deals with service providers such as Vodacom,...
(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.
(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...
(AFP (eng) 03/20/15)
Burkinabe activist Siribi Ouedraogo, whose group helped topple the west African country's long-ruling dictator Blaise Compaore, has returned from DR Congo where he was arrested over a pro-democracy rally. Some 30 people were arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa on Sunday while attending the rally ahead of controversial presidential elections due next year. Tensions have been rising after up to 42 people died in violent protests in Kinshasa in January over an electoral bill that was seen...
(Voice of America 03/20/15)
The International Food Policy Research Institute has released its Global Food Policy Report. IFPRI Director- General Shenggen Fan listed some of the accomplishments of last year. “We have achieved some progress. For example, we paid more attention to nutrition. We also think water, hygiene are very important in solving children’s under nutrition. We have also seen new commitments on trade and climate change – and [a] focus on family farming. The year 2014 was a year of family farming. So...
(AFP (eng) 03/19/15)
Rapes of young children and even babies have surfaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo, further worsening the sexual violence ravaging the country like a "cancer," Denis Mukwege, a global expert on treating gang rape victims, told AFP. Dr Mukwege, who in November received the European Parliament's Sakharov rights prize, said such atrocities began to surface around a year and half ago, with one recent case involving a girl of around 15 months old. "How can someone kidnap a child...
(AFP (eng) 03/19/15)
Nearly 180 civil society and rights groups have urged strengthened powers for the UN mission in DR Congo to ensure peaceful elections due in November and help end unrest in the country's volatile east. The appeal by the 179 groups came just ahead of the expiry of the UN mission's mandate at the end of the month, and in the wake of political unrest over fears President Joseph Kabila could seek to stay on beyond the end of his mandate...
(Bloomberg 03/19/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Democratic Republic of Congo authorities have held several pro-democracy activists without access to courts or lawyers since their arrest three days ago, Human Rights Watch said. Among the detained activists are citizens of Senegal and Burkina Faso who took part in a U.S. government-sponsored workshop on civic engagement in the political process in Kinshasa, Congo’s capital, the New York-based rights group said Wednesday in a statement. “Congolese authorities should immediately release those detained if they haven’t been charged...
(Bloomberg 03/19/15)
(Bloomberg) -- James Wilde has climbed the tallest peaks on every continent, including Mount Everest. Now he’s drilling in Uganda for water to aid refugees fleeing South Sudan’s conflict. Global H20 was founded by Wilde after he caught dysentery from contaminated water on Tibet’s Mount Cho Oyu in 2009. Since then, the charity has won contracts to drill wells and dig latrines for refugee camps accommodating some 80,000 who escaped from South Sudan. A new Angola chapter kicks off operations...
(Bloomberg 03/18/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Democratic Republic of Congo authorities have held several pro-democracy activists without access to courts or lawyers since their arrest three days ago, Human Rights Watch said. Among the detained activists are citizens of Senegal and Burkina Faso who took part in a U.S. government-sponsored workshop on civic engagement in the political process in Kinshasa, Congo’s capital, the New York-based rights group said Wednesday in a statement. “Congolese authorities should immediately release those detained if they haven’t been charged...
(The New York Times 03/18/15)
NDJAMENA, Chad — Deep in the Sahara, late at night, a Reaper drone silently tracked a six-vehicle convoy crossing the desert into Niger from Libya. Minutes later, French attack planes and helicopter gunships swooped down on the convoy of Qaeda-backed fighters, turning the militant caravan into smoldering wreckage. The raid last October by French combat aircraft and commandos killed or captured 15 Islamist fighters, and recovered nearly three tons of weapons, including Russian-designed SA-7 shoulder-fired missiles and several hundred anti-tank rockets, all bound for guerrilla operations in Mali, French officials said.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/16/15)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Security forces in Democratic Republic of Congo arrested a U.S. diplomat along with pro-democracy activists, journalists and musicians on Sunday following a news conference in the capital Kinshasa, a government spokesman and witnesses said. The event was held by activists from Congo, Senegal and Burkina Faso at a cultural center and was attended by around 20 journalists and observers.
(The Guardian 03/16/15)
The workshop will specifically focus on an independent inquiry into these emerging actors’ footprint in Africa by African media sources, distinct from the views and opinions of the West, which have always largely influenced the outlook and perceptions of key players in the business climate. Convener of the workshop, the Fahamu’s Emerging Powers in Africa, said it seeks to strengthen the voice of African media in investigating and reporting the impact of such emerging actors like China, India, Brazil, South...
(BBC News Africa 03/14/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo says it wants to redraw the boundaries of Virunga National Park, a World Heritage site, to allow for oil exploration. Prime Minister Matata Ponyo told the BBC that there were ongoing discussions about it with Unesco. British firm Soco is the only company to have explored the park, which is home to endangered mountain gorillas. It says it would have no further involvement in the block after giving seismic results to the government. However, campaign group Global Witness said the company could still sell its exploration rights in the World Heritage Site to another company.
(Ipp media 03/14/15)
The African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR) has embarked on a programme geared to produce multilingual promotional materials for the court proceedings so that it can be clearly understood by ordinary people. Despite the fact that Swahili is among the African Union’s official languages, it can be given due consideration in the new court programme. Other AU official languages include English, French, Portuguese and Arabic.
(The Citizen 03/14/15)
Arusha. The African Court on Human and People’s Rights (AfCHPR) has reiterated its concern on failure by African states to allow individuals and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to file applications before the court. “Human rights pertain to individuals and not governments. If individuals cannot access the court, then something has gone wrong,” lamented AfCHPR President Judge Augustino Ramadhani here on Thursday. He said the court, which started operations about a decade ago, would fail its mandate if it does not serve...

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(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 railway transport in this corridor virtually on its knees, goods are ferried by heavy trucks managed by private investors. It takes 20 days to clear and transport a single container from Dar es Salaam to...
(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 expansion across the continent has been created in recent years and HomeChoice currently trades in five countries outside South Africa, contributing 11 percent of retail sales,” the group said. HomeChoice, which listed on the JSE last year December, had already...
(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...
(Bloomberg 03/19/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Pioneer Foods Ltd., a South African food and beverage producer, plans acquisitions in at least five more African countries after taking a majority holding in Nigerian competitor Food Concepts Plc. “We’re talking to entrepreneurs for opportunities to expand our investments in the continent” within the next five years, Thushen Govender, the company’s head of international business, said in an interview in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, on Tuesday. “Our focus is on larger economies with a higher population -- for example, Angola, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Ghana.”
(Xinhuanet 03/19/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- Megacities across Africa have suffered from the perennial problem of traffic congestion, a by- product of the remarkable economic boom over the past decade. Africa has outperformed many economies in the world in past decade with an average growth of near 5 percent. Despite headwinds, growth is projected to stand at 5.1 percent by 2017, lifted by infrastructure investment, increased agriculture production, and buoyant services. However, the economic boom has led to surging population in megacities...
(Forbes 03/18/15)
“There is always space for you to play, but approach it with diligence,” - Strive Masiyiwa, founder & Chairman, Econet Wireless Group. According to a research report published by Canadean, total consumption of non-alcoholic beverages in Africa in 2013 was 51,559 million liters (13,473 million gallons). Applying a multiplier to that consumption volume; average price of $1.06 per liter (combination of on and off trade sales values), the value of the non-alcoholic beverage industry in Africa was estimated at $54.6...
(Xinhuanet 03/16/15)
NAIROBI, March 16 (Xinhua) -- Telecommunications firm, Airtel Africa, on Monday announced the launch of a cross-border money- transfer service for customers between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Rwanda. In a statement issued in Nairobi, the mobile firm, which operates in 17 countries across Africa, said the service will facilitate increased remittances and regional trades at very low cost with ubiquitous distribution network.
(Voice of America 03/14/15)
ABUJA—Few Nigerians are applauding the collapse of oil prices, which has hit the economy of Africa's top crude producer hard and hammered its currency, the naira. But for the currency hawkers hanging around outside Abuja's Sheraton hotel, business has seldom been so good as wealthy Nigerians turn to the black market - sometimes changing up to $200,000 at a time - to dodge increasingly onerous FX regulations. In other African crude producers such as Angola and South Sudan, the sharp...
(Xinhuanet 03/12/15)
NAIROBI, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Sub-Saharan African countries have forged strong ties with China in order to acquire technologies and expertise that are crucial to accelerate an agrarian revolution, an African expert has said. Emmanuel Tambi, director of policy and advocacy with the Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa, noted that Sino-Africa cooperation in agriculture has unleashed mutual benefits. "There are a number of ongoing initiatives between China and Africa to strengthen cooperation in the field of agriculture. China is...
(Bloomberg 03/11/15)
(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion arm of the Department of Commerce, doubled its presence in Africa over the past year to boost trade with some of the world’s fastest growing economies. The agency opened offices in Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Tanzania in the past 12 months and is planning its biggest-ever trade mission to sub-Saharan Africa in September, Donald Nay, a regional senior commercial officer, said in an e-mailed response to questions. U.S. companies have faced increasing competition from China in Africa over the past decade as the Asian nation targeted the continent for oil and other mineral resources.
(BBC News Africa 03/10/15)
Over 30 million Africans live in the diaspora. They sent almost $40bn (£26.5bn) home in 2014, a figure that is likely to grow significantly in the coming years. While north African countries such as Morocco, Algeria and Egypt receive the most, east African countries are particularly dependent on remittances. The average per migrant is almost $1,200, representing 5% of GDP on a country-by-country average. Yet the cost of sending this money is high. The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) reports Africans...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/10/15)
Falling commodity prices, political upheaval and simmering conflict are exposing the differing fortunes of Africa’s economies, undermining the idea that the continent of a billion people is on one collective ascent. Sub-Saharan Africa has achieved annual growth of more than 5 percent over the last decade, and foreign investment has more than quadrupled over the same period, feeding the popular catch phrase that ‘Africa is rising’. However, the regional co-operation, infrastructure development and political reforms needed to diversify economies and...
(Vanguard 03/09/15)
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development ,Dr Akinwumi Adesina , has predicted that Africa’s future millionaires and billionaires will make their money from agriculture as the governments marshal out plans to unlock wealth from the soil. He spoke Friday in Abuja as the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) launched the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program Phase 1 (ATASP-1) in Abuja. The ATASP-1 is...
(Xinhuanet 03/07/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- The Common Market for Eastern and Southern African (COMESA) has agreed to extend Kenya's sugar imports safeguard from the trading bloc by another year, officials said on Friday. The Africa's largest bloc's Trade and Customs Committee which was mandated to process safeguards by the Council of Ministers agreed to grant Kenya another 12-month extension during its meeting held last week.
(UN.org 03/07/15)
Ahead of International Women's Day, United Nations food relief agencies gathered to remind the world that women farmers play a central role in achieving food and nutrition security, urging countries to step up efforts to empower rural women who too often do "backbreaking work" to harvest food. "Women are the backbone of rural societies as they grow and process food and make sure their families are well-fed and well-nourished," said International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President Kanayo Nwanze in...
(Bloomberg 03/05/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Standard Bank Group Ltd. gained the most in six years in Johannesburg trading after it reported profit boosted by expansion in Africa, lower bad debts and curbs on costs. Standard Bank rose as much as 6.6 percent, the biggest intraday advance since April 2009. Full-year net income climbed to 17.9 billion rand ($1.52 billion) from 16.2 billion rand a year earlier, the bank said in a statement on Thursday.
(Reuters (Eng) 02/27/15)
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has announced a one-year ban on the import of African ivory carvings ahead of next week's visit by Britain's Prince William, a strong critic of the ivory trade. China will halt approval for imports until late February next year, newsagency Xinhua reported on Thursday, citing the State Forestry Administration, which regulates the trade. The ban will affect carvings acquired after 1975, it added. Prince William has previously been critical of China over its consumption of ivory,...
(Xinhuanet 02/26/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Sub-Saharan African countries will scale up investments in social programs like education and health to tackle poverty and inequality, ministers said on Wednesday Ministers, scholars and grassroot advocates attending a social development forum in Nairobi noted that endemic poverty, inequality and exclusion dims Africa's rising narrative. Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto opened the African ministerial forum that discussed innovative policy and funding options to accelerate socioeconomic transformation in the continent. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural...
(Xinhuanet 02/25/15)
LUSAKA, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Africa's main regional trade bloc, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), on Tuesday expressed concerns over its low share of trade with the United States despite the two sides have signed economic development agreements. The COMESA said it was unfortunate that both of its export and import with the U.S. remain low.
(Xinhuanet 02/25/15)
NAIROBI, Feb.(Xinhua) -- Negotiations have been finalized in preparation for the launch of Africa's largest free trade area in May, officials said on Tuesday. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Assistant Secretary Kipyego Cheluget told a media briefing in Nairobi that the free trade zone will result from merger of the East African Community (EAC), Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and COMESA. "All the 26 member states in the three trading blocs have expressed great political will...

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(BBC News Africa 02/26/15)
Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be postponed from January to June to help move the 2022 World Cup. A Fifa taskforce has recommended the World Cup is played in November and December to avoid Qatar's hot summer. "The African confederation has automatically and nicely agreed it will not organise the Nations Cup in January 2023," Valcke said. "It will have to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations to June." The 2022 World Cup is set to finish in late December and the African Cup had been scheduled to start in mid-January 2023. Valcke said the aim of postponing the continental event was "to avoid there being a...
(AFP (eng) 02/06/15)
Coach Florent Ibenge says Democratic Republic of Congo do not have "the slightest fear" about playing at the Malabo stadium where crowd violence marred an Africa Cup of Nations semi-final. The Congolese are scheduled to face hosts Equatorial Guinea Saturday at the 15,000-capacity Estadio de Malabo in a third-place play-off. Several Ghanaian supporters were slightly injured Thursday when attacked by missile-throwing Equatoguineans frustrated at a poor display by the host nation. Ghana romped to a 3-0 victory after a game delayed more than 30 minutes near the end as security personnel battled to end the chaos. But Ibenge was unperturbed as he told reporters in Malabo: "We are only thinking about football and winning the game. "We know things happen...
(BBC News Africa 02/04/15)
Democratic Republic of Congo captain Robert Kidiaba says the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations may not be his international farewell despite reportedly saying it would be, before the tournament began. On Wednesday, DR Congo play Ivory Coast for a place in Sunday's final. Should Kidiaba, 39, contest Afcon in 2017, he would become the tournament's oldest ever player. "That has been my wish," he told BBC Sport. "There is a possibility I will stay on." He added: "I am not...
(AFP (eng) 02/03/15)
Democratic Republic of Congo's Florent Ibenge may be the last indigenous coach left in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, but that won't stop him dreaming beyond Wednesday's semi-final against Ivory Coast. "It will be extraordinary to be champions here. It will be a big achievement," said the 52-year-old, who led V Club of Kinshasa to last year's CAF Champions League final. "It will prove we are winners and it will make our people, who are going through a difficult...
(CNN 01/27/15)
(CNN)Players from Tunisia and the Democratic Republic of Congo embraced each other in celebration as both sides played out a 1-1 draw to book their passage into the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations. In a tense finale to Group B, all four teams still had the chance to qualify for the last eight until the final whistle went in a goalless draw between Cape Verde and Zambia in torrid conditions. It sparked contrasting celebrations, the coaches and players in Bata celebrating in unison while there were tears in Ebebiyin as 2012 champions Zambia bowed out in the group stages for a second successive tournament.
(BBC News Africa 01/27/15)
DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge and his Tunisia counterpart Georges Leekens were unconcerned about how their sides made Africa Cup of Nations progress. Both teams reached the last eight after their 1-1 draw - with DR Congo pipping Cape Verde, who drew with Zambia, to qualification on goals scored. Ibenge said: "We have qualified for the quarter-finals with some difficulty." Leekens said: "We know we are not the best or the most beautiful but we have qualified and I am...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
MALABO, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt. According to the continental football body's statement, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana are competing to replace strife-riven Libya who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals for security concerns. The CAF also announced that the host nation will play games in the qualifiers, but its...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/15)
Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie equalised as Democratic Republic of Congo fought back to draw 1-1 with Zambia Sunday in the Africa Cup of Nations Group B opener. Given Singuluma stunned the Leopards by giving the Zambian Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) a second-minute lead in a match where the Congolese had a territorial edge. Bolasie levelled midway through the second half in a game that featured two other English Premier League players -- Southampton striker Emmanuel Mayuka and West Bromwich Albion...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/15)
West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu knows DR Congo's next Africa Cup of Nations game against Cape Verde on Thursday is already a must-win for the Leopards after they drew with Zambia on Sunday. DR Congo had to come from behind to draw 1-1 with the 2012 African champions in Ebebiyin, with Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie rescuing a point by cancelling out Given Singuluma's early opener in the Group B game. That was despite a good performance from the...
(SouthAfrica.info 01/19/15)
Top South African cycling outfit Team MTN-Qhubeka has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Tour de France - the first African team ever to do so in 101 years. The 22 teams riding in the race were announced by the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) last week. Along with the 17 World Tour teams, five wild card teams also issued - including one to the South African team. This year will be the first time in the race's 101...
(BBC News Africa 01/15/15)
An African-registered team will compete in the Tour de France for the first time this summer. The MTN-Qhubeka outfit from South Africa is one of five teams granted wildcard invitations alongside the 17 World Tour entries. The team has previously stated its desire to mark Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July with a specially-designed kit if it was invited to take part. The 102nd Tour gets under way in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 4 July. Grand Tour stage winners Edvald Boasson...
(The Guardian 01/14/15)
Peterborough defender forecasts Africa Cup of Nations success for team best known for 1974 World Cup clanger. Mwepu Ilunga does not really need reminding of the moment he entered World Cup infamy in 1974. Unfortunately for the 65-year-old, who now works as a coach for the DR Congo team preparing to play in the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, players can be especially cruel sometimes. “Occasionally, when we get a free-kick in training, someone will run up and kick the ball away and everyone just starts laughing,” says the DRC and Peterborough defender Gabriel Zakuani. He is referring, of course
(AFP (eng) 01/09/15)
DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge on Friday named a 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea from January 17 to February 8. Seven players from the local league have been included along with AS Vita Club striker Firmin Mubele Ndombe, who was Thursday named the top player competing on the African continent by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Dynamo Kiev striker Dieumerci Mbokani and Charleroi goalkeeper Parfait Mandanda, younger brother of France international and Marseille...
(Daily Trust 12/22/14)
Football without superstars is like tea without sugar, like bread without butter, or beans without dodo (fried plantain). We are in the season of celebrating the super stars, the players whose light has shone brightest in the football constellation. Next January, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will elect its winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014. The event has become very significant for the players because it shoots their status and profile sky high, onto a new pedestal of respect and prospect of additional fortune! In the final list of five players for the 2014 African award there are a few surprise inclusions.
(APA 12/09/14)
Nickname: The Leopards Head coach: Florent Ibengé Captain: Youssuf Mulumbu Home stadium: Stade des Martyrs FIFA ranking: 55 (27 November 2014) Highest FIFA ranking: 51 (September 2003) Lowest FIFA ranking: 133 (October 2011) DR Congo won the 2009 African Championship of Nations, a competition reserved to players in domestic leagues, beating Ghana in the final. They also reached the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa but were knocked out in the group stages after drawing all three...
(Independent Online 12/09/14)
Monaco – An African bid to stage the Olympic Games for the first time will get widespread sympathy in the IOC after its new reforms, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said. With Durban in South Africa considering a run for the 2024 Games, Bach said in an interview that it was up to Africa to make a “feasible” case. “This depends on Africa,” Bach said when asked when the first Olympics would be held in Africa. Reforms passed by the International...
(BBC News Africa 11/14/14)
It will be almost impossible to stage the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on time, says the man who organised the 2008 tournament in Ghana. Morocco was due to stage the 2015 Cup but was removed as host after expressing fears over the Ebola virus. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) insists the tournament will go ahead on time, starting on 17 January. But Dr Kofi Amoah told the BBC: "It could be a sham. I don't think there is...
(Cameroon-Tribune 11/13/14)
The latecomers including Choupo-Moting, Salli Edgar, Eyong Enoh and Aboubakar Vincent joined the rest of the team on Wednesday. With the arrival of four players who did not answer present during the roll call on the first day of the camp, the Cameroon squad for the double confrontation Congo and Côte d’Ivoire is now complete. The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon began training on Monday at the CAF Excellence Centre in Mbankomo near Yaounde in view of the upcoming encounters against...
(BBC News Africa 11/12/14)
The new hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be named in "two or three days", says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf president Issa Hayatou revealed the timeframe in a live interview with TV channel France 24 on Tuesday. Hayatou added that the tournament dates remained 17 January to 8 February. It was announced earlier on Tuesday that original choice Morocco would not host because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent. Morocco had asked to postpone the competition until 2016 but Caf refused and expelled them from the finals.
(The New York Times 11/12/14)
Fear of the spread of Ebola has now thrown Africa’s most important soccer tournament into disarray. Morocco was removed Tuesday as host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and expelled from participating in the biennial championship after it sought to delay the 16-team event, concerned about a spread of the virus. No replacement host has yet been named for the tournament, which is scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8. The expulsion of Morocco was announced by the Confederation...

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(AFP (eng) 02/21/15)
Timbuktu, which won seven Cesar awards -- France's version of the Oscars -- on Friday tells the story of northern Mali under the control of jihadists, in a foreshadowing of the rise of the Islamic State group. Among its haul, it scooped the coveted best film and best director gongs for Mauritania's Abderrahmane Sissako. The ancient caravan town of the title, often a by-word for otherworldly remoteness, was seized by armed Islamists who cut a swathe through the west African nation's vast desert for most of 2012. It was liberated in a military intervention led by former colonial power France, but sporadic violence remains a problem and it is still potentially one of the most...
(L'Avenir Quotidien 01/09/15)
Celui que l’on surnomme « Trinita Bush, le Chouchou de tout le monde, Tata mobitch » promet de surprises à ses fans de Kin qui l’ont manqué durant les festivités de la Saint Sylvestre 2015. En effet, Adolphe Dominguez et tout son orchestre reviennent d’une tournée à l’Est de la RDC, précisément à Kindu dans la province du Maniema. Sur place, toutes les dispositions logistiques sont réunies pour la réussite de cette première production de Wenge Tonya Tonya de l’an 2015 à Kinshasa, a rassuré M. Poly Sapala, le coordonateur d’activités d’Adolphe Dominguez. (Franck Ambangito)
(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.
(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to...
(Leadership 11/20/14)
It was another night of glamour and panache as this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The grand finale of the festival, which kicked off amid gaiety on Sunday, November 9, held at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, with top Nollywood stars, producers, directors and stakeholders from Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world in attendance. Leading Nollywood stars at the event...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Despite sparse resources and limited institutional support, the world will soon wake up to Africa's ingenious new artists, according to some of the continent's leading exponents taking part in London's Contemporary African Art Fair. The four-day event -- the largest such fair outside Africa -- opens on Thursday and showcases the work of over 120 artists in the grand setting of Somerset House in the heart of the British capital in a bid to reach a global market. Some 27...
(News Day 10/10/14)
IT was a night of fun and of course lots of glitz and glamour at The Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots launch on October 5 at The Whippet in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa. After the unexpected burning down of the former BBA house also located in Johannesburg, viewers and audiences were naturally eager to see how this new venue would turn out and with no doubt Big Brother did not disappoint. The usual presenter, Ik Osakioduwa, popularly known as Ik,...
(Radio Okapi 09/18/14)
La Compagnie théâtrale les Inattendus (CTI) organise, du 16 au 21 février 2015, la deuxième édition du Festival de théâtre écologique dans la ville de Bandundu (Bandundu). La deuxième phase de cette activité aura lieu du 2 au 9 mai 2015 à Kinshasa. Le responsable de la CTI, Lele Michoux Bossay, affirme avoir déjà pris des contacts avec les écoles qui constituent les principaux acteurs de ce festival qui sensibilise les élèves sur la protection de l’environnement. «Nous organisons ce...
(Zambia Reports 07/25/14)
The Zambia Police seems to be gnawed by their suspicious closure of the assault case involving Democratic Republic of Congo rumba king Koffi Olomide by saying they are ready to re-open the case if the complainant approaches them again. Earlier in the week police Public Relations Officer Munganga Chanda announced that the case had been closed as there was no collaboration between the complainant photojournalist Jean Mandela and the police. Olomide kicked photojournalist in the face last time he was...
(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...
(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...
( 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...
(L'Avenir Quotidien 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...
(L'Avenir Quotidien 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 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.
(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 Jenkins, 53, is expanding in Africa as it shrinks its investment bank amid dwindling profit and a gamut of new capital regulations. The bank wants a top-three revenue position in its five largest African markets –- South Africa, Kenya, Ghana,...
(Voice of America 03/20/15)
KINSHASA— Seven Congolese musicians detained during a raid on a pro-democracy meeting were released Thursday, a day after four foreign activists accused of fomenting unrest were expelled, the Kinshasa government said. The Democratic Republic of the Congo's security forces arrested about 40 people — including musicians, journalists and a U.S. diplomat — last weekend at a news conference organized by a local youth group in the capital. The arrests highlighted political tensions in Congo, where President Joseph Kabila is due...
(Voice of America 03/20/15)
The International Food Policy Research Institute has released its Global Food Policy Report. IFPRI Director- General Shenggen Fan listed some of the accomplishments of last year. “We have achieved some progress. For example, we paid more attention to nutrition. We also think water, hygiene are very important in solving children’s under nutrition. We have also seen new commitments on trade and climate change – and [a] focus on family farming. The year 2014 was a year of family farming. So...
(Voice of America 03/19/15)
KINSHASA— Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday ordered the immediate expulsion of four foreign pro-democracy activists detained over the weekend during and criticized the United States for supporting the event. The quartet of detainees are among some 40 activists, musicians and journalists arrested in the capital on Sunday. A U.S. diplomat was also briefly detained. The incident has stoked tensions in the vast, historically unstable Central African country a year ahead of an election. President Joseph Kabila is legally barred...
(Bloomberg 03/19/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Democratic Republic of Congo authorities have held several pro-democracy activists without access to courts or lawyers since their arrest three days ago, Human Rights Watch said. Among the detained activists are citizens of Senegal and Burkina Faso who took part in a U.S. government-sponsored workshop on civic engagement in the political process in Kinshasa, Congo’s capital, the New York-based rights group said Wednesday in a statement. “Congolese authorities should immediately release those detained if they haven’t been charged...
(Bloomberg 03/19/15)
(Bloomberg) -- James Wilde has climbed the tallest peaks on every continent, including Mount Everest. Now he’s drilling in Uganda for water to aid refugees fleeing South Sudan’s conflict. Global H20 was founded by Wilde after he caught dysentery from contaminated water on Tibet’s Mount Cho Oyu in 2009. Since then, the charity has won contracts to drill wells and dig latrines for refugee camps accommodating some 80,000 who escaped from South Sudan. A new Angola chapter kicks off operations...
(BBC News Africa 03/18/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo says it will deport four pro-democracy activists from Senegal and Burkina Faso arrested on Sunday. About 20 other activists arrested on the same day are still being detained. Those facing expulsion are members of well-known civil society groups which took part in popular uprisings in their countries. The Congolese government says they were suspected of posing a threat to state security. DR Congo's government has accused the detained activists of plotting an insurgency with US backing, an allegation Washington has denied. It said the pro-democracy event it co-sponsored in the capital, Kinshasa, was non-partisan.
(Bloomberg 03/18/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Democratic Republic of Congo authorities have held several pro-democracy activists without access to courts or lawyers since their arrest three days ago, Human Rights Watch said. Among the detained activists are citizens of Senegal and Burkina Faso who took part in a U.S. government-sponsored workshop on civic engagement in the political process in Kinshasa, Congo’s capital, the New York-based rights group said Wednesday in a statement. “Congolese authorities should immediately release those detained if they haven’t been charged...
(The New York Times 03/18/15)
NDJAMENA, Chad — Deep in the Sahara, late at night, a Reaper drone silently tracked a six-vehicle convoy crossing the desert into Niger from Libya. Minutes later, French attack planes and helicopter gunships swooped down on the convoy of Qaeda-backed fighters, turning the militant caravan into smoldering wreckage. The raid last October by French combat aircraft and commandos killed or captured 15 Islamist fighters, and recovered nearly three tons of weapons, including Russian-designed SA-7 shoulder-fired missiles and several hundred anti-tank rockets, all bound for guerrilla operations in Mali, French officials said.
(Forbes 03/18/15)
“There is always space for you to play, but approach it with diligence,” - Strive Masiyiwa, founder & Chairman, Econet Wireless Group. According to a research report published by Canadean, total consumption of non-alcoholic beverages in Africa in 2013 was 51,559 million liters (13,473 million gallons). Applying a multiplier to that consumption volume; average price of $1.06 per liter (combination of on and off trade sales values), the value of the non-alcoholic beverage industry in Africa was estimated at $54.6...
(BBC News Africa 03/14/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo says it wants to redraw the boundaries of Virunga National Park, a World Heritage site, to allow for oil exploration. Prime Minister Matata Ponyo told the BBC that there were ongoing discussions about it with Unesco. British firm Soco is the only company to have explored the park, which is home to endangered mountain gorillas. It says it would have no further involvement in the block after giving seismic results to the government. However, campaign group Global Witness said the company could still sell its exploration rights in the World Heritage Site to another company.
(Voice of America 03/14/15)
ABUJA—Few Nigerians are applauding the collapse of oil prices, which has hit the economy of Africa's top crude producer hard and hammered its currency, the naira. But for the currency hawkers hanging around outside Abuja's Sheraton hotel, business has seldom been so good as wealthy Nigerians turn to the black market - sometimes changing up to $200,000 at a time - to dodge increasingly onerous FX regulations. In other African crude producers such as Angola and South Sudan, the sharp...
(Voice of America 03/13/15)
GOMA— The head of the U.N. mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has spoken publicly of disagreements and "tense" relations between the United nations and the DRC government. The U.N. mission, known as MONUSCO, is currently sidelined in operations against the Rwandan rebel FDLR. MONUSCO chief Martin Kobler reminded media mission's mandate expires at the end of this month. He said there needs to be agreement between the U.N. Security Council and the DRC government on the mandate for...
(Bloomberg 03/11/15)
(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion arm of the Department of Commerce, doubled its presence in Africa over the past year to boost trade with some of the world’s fastest growing economies. The agency opened offices in Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Tanzania in the past 12 months and is planning its biggest-ever trade mission to sub-Saharan Africa in September, Donald Nay, a regional senior commercial officer, said in an e-mailed response to questions. U.S. companies have faced increasing competition from China in Africa over the past decade as the Asian nation targeted the continent for oil and other mineral resources.
(The Wall Street Journal 03/11/15)
The latest progress report on African aviation safety features surprisingly good and bad news: jetliner losses dropped precipitously in 2014, but the rate of major turboprop crashes exceeded every other region. Globally, commercial jet safety in 2014 was the best ever, according to data released this week by the leading airline trade group. There was one serious jetliner accident for every 4.4 million flights last year, which the International Air Transport Association said was a historic low—and significantly improved from...
(BBC News Africa 03/10/15)
Over 30 million Africans live in the diaspora. They sent almost $40bn (£26.5bn) home in 2014, a figure that is likely to grow significantly in the coming years. While north African countries such as Morocco, Algeria and Egypt receive the most, east African countries are particularly dependent on remittances. The average per migrant is almost $1,200, representing 5% of GDP on a country-by-country average. Yet the cost of sending this money is high. The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) reports Africans...
(Voice of America 03/09/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Cholera has again reared its ugly head in Southern Africa, infecting nearly 6,000 people in Mozambique, Malawi and now Zimbabwe. Heavy rains have been cited as the main culprit of this outbreak, but poor sanitation continues to plague this region, and human rights advocates say that is a failure of leadership. The record-setting rain that has washed over the nations of Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar and Zimbabwe has brought back a disease that plagues Southern Africa: cholera. The disease is caused by contact with polluted water and causes diarrhea, vomiting and severe dehydration. It can kill within hours if not properly treated.
(Voice of America 03/09/15)
World Wildlife Day is celebrated annually on March 3. While it is a day to celebrate wildlife, this year international organizations and governments are calling attention to the devastating affects poaching has had on the world’s animal species. The theme is “It’s time to get serious about wildlife crime.” The African Wildlife Foundation has released a downloadable infographic which reveals the scale of what it says is a multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade and its impact on many of Africa’s species.
(The Wall Street Journal 03/07/15)
Standard Bank Group Ltd., Africa’s biggest lender by assets, recorded a 12% rise in net profit in 2014 as it continued to dispose of business outside the continent. The Johannesburg-based bank said net profit rose to 15.93 billion South African rand ($1.35 billion) from 14.26 billion rand in 2013, on a 1% rise in group headline earnings to 17.32 billion rand in the year ended Dec. 31. Noninterest revenue climbed 14% from 2013 to 39 billion rand. Shares in the...

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