| Africatime
Monday 27 March 2017
(The Toronto Star 11/11/16)
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Canada has committed to a three-year deployment in Africa that will be reassessed each year to ensure it has an “enduring” impact. Canadian troops headed to Africa will operate in dangerous territory where peacekeepers have been killed, says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. In an exclusive interview with the Star from Vancouver Sajjan said Canada has committed to a three-year deployment that will be reassessed each year to ensure it has an “enduring” impact. It will be spread among a number of unspecified African countries, have a major focus on training and increasing “capacity” of the host nation as well as other countries’ troops, and build on existing social, economic and deradicalization programs on the ground...
(AFP (eng) 11/10/16)
All CAF competitions will offer increased prize money from 2017, the Cairo-based African football body said Wednesday. The announcement came months after French oil-gas company Total signed an eight-year sponsorship deal with CAF reportedly worth more than one billion dollars (915 million euros). Winners of the biennial Africa Cup of Nations will receive $4 million, up from the $1.5 million pocketed by 2015 champions the Ivory Coast. CAF Champions League title-holders are going to collect $2.5 million -- $1 million more than South African club Mamelodi Sundowns received last month. There is an even bigger percentage increase for winners of the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup with first prize increasing from $660,000 to $1.25 million. Both the Champions League and Confederation...
(The New Times 11/09/16)
The rotation exercise of Rwanda Formed Police Units One and Two under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) ended yesterday with the send off of 120 police officers and arrival of an equal number. The officers seen off are part of FPU2 contingent of 240 peacekeepers, which replaced other 240 under FPU1, who successfully have completed their one year tour of duty. Commissioner of Police (CP) Vianney Nshimiyimana, the Commissioner for Training at Rwanda National Police, saw off the peacekeepers and welcomed their colleagues at Kigali International Airport. FPU2 is headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Eric Mutsinzi while ACP Rogers Rutikanga, who headed the last batch on their return back home, was the contingent commander of...
(Dw-World 11/09/16)
Africans across the continent followed the US presidential election with keen interest. While some fear that a Trump presidency could have disastrous consequences, others remain cautiously optimistic. Tanzania's President John Pombe Magufuli was one of the first African leaders to congratulate Donald Trump on his election victory. "Tanzanians and I assure you of continued friendship and cooperation," he wrote on his Twitter account. Burundi's controversial leader Pierre Nkurunziza - the subject of intense US and international criticism for his decision to stay in power beyond a constitutional two-term limit- followed suit. "Your victory is the victory of all Americans," he wrote on Twitter. Buzz on social media Social media platforms were abuzz with reactions just moments after the poll results...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/08/16)
Germany on Monday pledged a 61-million-euro ($67.44 million) hike in funding for U.N. relief operations in Africa so that fewer of its people undertake perilous odysseys to Europe, which has struggled to absorb an influx of migrants since last year. The extra funding lifts Germany's total contribution to the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR to 298 million euros for 2016, Foreign Ministry officials said. Its total humanitarian budget for 2016 was 1.28 billion euros, up from just 105 million euros in 2012. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced the increase during a meeting with U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi in Berlin. Countries targeted by Germany's move are ridden by chronic conflict, disastrous climate change and poverty. Many of their citizens...
(The Telegraph 11/07/16)
Just a few months after being elected Conservative Party leader, David Cameron flew to Rwanda. It was a high-profile trip so he could see first-hand the development of one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies and launch his party’s review on globalisation and global poverty. On his first day, he visited a textile factory in Kigali, the country’s capital. Above the hum of the silk reels, he chatted to some of the workers and admired the quality of the patterned fabrics. Before he left, the factory owner, Raj Rejendran, asked for a word. Growing the business, he explained, required expanding into overseas markets. He knew there was demand in the UK for his silk fabrics, but he faced heavy import duties. Might...
(AFP (eng) 11/05/16)
"The dream becomes reality", "Our son, our hope": the headlines in the Kenyan press in 2008 captured pride and excitement after the election of Barack Obama. Eight years later, enthusiasm for the outgoing president has faded on a continent that he is accused of forsaking. The election of the first black president of the United States on November 4, 2008 sparked scenes of jubilation in Kenya, the homeland of Obama's father. A public holiday was declared in honour of his victory. There were widespread hopes that Obama would do much for Africa, but as he prepares to hand over to either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, he is accused of neglecting the continent. "Africa had unrealistic expectations towards Obama given...
(AFP (eng) 11/04/16)
As Canada considers where to send troops as part of a commitment to boost UN peacekeeping efforts, its defense minister will visit Mali and Senegal starting Saturday, the government said Thursday. Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan will spend four days in the two countries to assess local security challenges and concerns. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters a decision on where to deploy Canadian peacekeepers would be announced "in the coming weeks, probably." In August, Trudeau pledged Can$450 million (US$350 million) and 600 troops for UN peacekeeping operations around the world. At the time, only 31 Canadians were deployed in a handful of locations -- Haiti, the Jerusalem region, South Sudan, Cyprus, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Korea. That...
(APA 11/03/16)
The International Monetary Fund remains positive that Rwanda’s economy will achieve the projected 6.0 per cent growth rate in 2016 despite the turbulent global economic times. The institution’s confidence in projected growth is largely due to the relatively strong performance of the economy during the first half of the year, during which it grew 6.5 per cent. Following IMF’s review of the country’s economic and financial programme, the team’s leader Laure Redifer said the economic performance remains strong. “Growth projections for the year remain at 6.0 per cent which is one of the highest in Sub-Saharan Africa. We expected growth to be driven by services activity with somewhat lower growth in agriculture due to the recent drought and lower growth...
(APA 11/03/16)
A delegation of 10 officials from the Central African Republic (CAR) is in Rwanda for a seven-day study tour since Monday, holding meetings with officials at the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission and the Ministry of Justice. The delegation is also scheduled to visit other reconciliation agencies to learn from Rwanda which is considered a model for recovery from conflict. The CAR Minister for Social Affairs and National Reconciliation, Virginie Baikoua, said they are looking to learn and borrow a leaf from various Rwandan government reconciliation initiatives. The Central African Republic has been experiencing a civil strife since 2012.
(APA 11/03/16)
The United Nations envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes region on Wednesday highlighted the challenges posed by armed groups which continue to threaten the region’s stability. Briefing the Security Council on the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Said Djinnit called for concerted efforts to avert any reversal of the commendable gains it has achieved thus far. Djinnit further highlighted efforts to address these challenges, including through joint operations by the DRC’s armed forces and the UN stabilization mission in the country (MONUSCO). He informed the Council of the high-level meeting of the Regional Oversight Mechanism, held in Luanda, Angola, on 26 October which reviewed and endorsed the progress report on the implementation of...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/16)
African champions Mamelodi Sundowns won for the first time in the South African Premiership this season Wednesday and climbed off the bottom of the table. The Pretoria club triumphed 2-0 at Polokwane City thanks to goals from Percy Tau and Zimbabwean Khama Billiat, two stars of the 2016 CAF Champions League triumph. Sundowns became African champions for the first time 11 days ago by defeating Zamalek of Egypt 3-1 on aggregate in the final. But a domestic fixture backlog meant they had little time to celebrate only the second South African success in the premier African club competition. They defeated Polokwane in a League Cup tie last Thursday only to lose at home against Cape Town City in their second...
(AFP (eng) 11/02/16)
Rwanda has published a list of 22 French officers it accuses of helping plan and execute the 1994 genocide, in the latest sign of deteriorating relations between the two countries. Rwanda's National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (known by its French acronym CNLG) issued the list on Monday, a month after French investigators said they were re-opening a probe into who shot down then-president Juvenal Habyarimana's jet triggering the genocide in which 800,000 mostly Tutsi people were killed. "High-ranking French officers and political figures committed very serious crimes in Rwanda," the CNLG said in a statement. "The refusal to put an end to the judicial investigation and to exonerate Rwandan leaders who ended the genocide is designed to camouflage...
(New Vision 11/02/16)
Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda have formed a joint tourism marketing committee to among other things promote East African tourism sites at the World Travel Market Exhibition in London, starting next week (7-9 November). Describing the imitative as the first ever joint exhibition by the three East African countries, Godfrey Kiwanda, the state minister for tourism, said the move will enhance the growth of the tourism sector in the region. “This year’s exhibition is also unique because of the preparatory work that has been done by the East Africa tourism platform as well as Kamageo, the public relations firm that Government contracted to market Uganda in the UK and Ireland. Over 20 Ugandan tour operators and Government agencies will participate in...
(AFP (eng) 11/02/16)
Stopping the killing of elephants for their tusks could add some $25 million (23 million euros) to Africa's annual tourism income, more than offsetting the anti-poaching spend, a study said Tuesday. While the figure pales in comparison to the estimated value of the black market ivory trade in China, it represents about a fifth of tourist income for game parks in 14 countries, where half of Africa's elephants are located, the study said. "We find that the lost economic benefits that elephants could deliver to African countries via tourism are substantial, and that these benefits exceed the costs necessary to halt elephant declines in east, southern and west Africa," the authors wrote in the journal Nature Communications. The conservation of...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/31/16)
About 220 African migrants forced their way through a barbed wire fence into Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta on Monday, clashing with Spanish police who tried to prevent them from crossing the border with Morocco. Thirty-two migrants were treated in hospital for minor injuries after pushing their way through two gates just before 2 a.m. ET, while three Spanish policemen also needed medical attention, the government said. Several migrants collapsed from exhaustion after crossing into Spanish territory, Reuters photographs showed. Their legal status in Spain has yet to be determined, and police were searching for some who fled into hills inside the territory, it said. Spain's two enclaves in Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla, have been favored entry points into...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/29/16)
By Michelle Nichols | UNITED NATIONS United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed regret on Friday that South Africa, Burundi and Gambia want to leave the International Criminal Court and said it could "send a wrong message on these countries' commitment to justice." The International Criminal Court, which opened in July 2002 and has 124 member states, is the first legal body with permanent international jurisdiction to prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. South Africa and Burundi have officially notified the United Nations of their intent to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the 1998 treaty establishing The Hague-based court, which will take effect in October 2017. Gambia said this week that it also plans to withdraw from the court,...
(BBC News Africa 10/28/16)
A Rwandan Hutu rebel commander wanted for atrocities committed on Congolese soil has been arrested in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Habyarimana Mucebo, a senior member of the Rwandan FDLR rebel group, was captured in Rutshuru, north-eastern DR Congo. Members of the FDLR fled into DR Congo after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The slaughter of some 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus sparked years of unrest in the region. Mr Mucebo, the FDLR intelligence chief, has been taken into custody for interrogation, the army says.
(Cnbc Africa 10/28/16)
The World Bank recently released the Doing Business 2016/17 report. The survey tracks a set of regulatory indicators related to business start-up, operation, trade, payment of taxes and closure, by measuring the time and cost associated with various government requirements. However, the index does not track variables such as macroeconomic policy, currency volatility (an extremely important factor in many emerging market countries) or crime rates, which are also important in investment decisions. According to the most recent rankings, New Zealand has the most accommodative business environment globally, having overtaken Singapore since the previous report. From an African perspective, Mauritius has maintained its title as the most accommodative business environment on the continent followed by Rwanda, Morocco, Botswana and South Africa...
(APA 10/27/16)
Rwandan President Paul Kagame expected in Brazzaville for a two-day working visit, arrived on Thursday at Maya-Maya airport in Brazzaville, where he was welcomed by his host President Denis Sassou Nguesso, APA notes here. After arrival, Kagame had a brief discussion with his counterpart at the VIP lounge of Maya-Maya Airport before the cortege went to the guests’ villa where Kagame will stay for the duration of his visit. According to Congolese national protocol, on the agenda of the visit Thursday is a lunch in honor of President Kagame and his delegation which includes in particular the Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushiyabo. The two heads of state; Kagame and his host will, by 5pm, have a tête-à-tête meeting...

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