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(Business Week 09/15/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - Access Finance Rwanda, (AFR) is supporting financial inclusion in Rwanda by trying to get 500,000 people into the formal banking system by 2015 writes AGNES BATETA. “We aim at developing a financial market with a bigger focus on people who are financially excluded in Rwanda,” Judith Aguga Acon, the Technical Director AFR told East African Business Week. AFC was set up in 2011 to promote access to financial services. It is financed by the British aid agency, DfID, World Bank and Germany’s KfW. Financial services firm, KPMG is providing supervision. Acon said central to their job is improving livelihoods of poor people through reduced vulnerability to shocks and helping to increase incomes...
(Business Week 09/15/14)
Rwanda wants better agriculture productivity to ensure food security. This is the main reason why the government is currently developing irrigation systems across country. Innocent Nzeyimana, of the Irrigation and Mechanization Task Force at the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources was recently interviewed by Agnes Bateta and below are excerpts; QUESTION: Why start up irrigation in Rwanda? ANSWER: Rwanda has not been spared from the negative effects of climate change. Due to climate change, the once reliable rainy seasons are now unpredictable and the Eastern Provinces have been experiencing droughts. It became necessary to start irrigation development, especially in...
(Business Week 09/15/14)
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Implementation of the Customs Union Protocol has had a positive impact on intra-East African Community trade which has grown from $2 billion in 2005 to $5.5 billion in 2013, a growth of 36.36%. The acting Chair of Council of Ministers, Dr. Abdulla Saadala was last week responding to the questions by Shy-Rose Bhanji on behalf of the Council of Ministers who wanted to know among others, the percentage of growth achieved by the region. Dr...
(Business Week 09/15/14)
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – The East African Community (EAC) Secretariat, with the assistance of the World Bank Group and TradeMark East Africa, has come out with an EAC Common Market Scorecard for 2014. This is in accordance with Article 50 of the Protocol on the Establishment of the EAC Common Market, which requires the development of a framework for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the Protocol, The implementation of the EAC Common Market commenced in July 2010. The...
(Xinhuanet 09/15/14)
NAIROBI, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The Kenya government on Thursday said that the ongoing East African Community (EAC)-European Union trade talks will be concluded before the deadline. Karanja Kibicho, Principal Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Affairs, told a news briefing in Nairobi that the number of outstanding issues has been reduced to one. "We are now negotiating on how long the EAC will be allowed to maintain exports taxes," Kibicho said during the launch of the United Nations Conference and Development (UNCTAD) Trade and Development Report 2014. The EAC member states include Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi.
(PANA 09/15/14)
New York, US - 120 world leaders to grace Climate Change Summit in New York. More than 120 Heads of State and Government will attend the one-day Climate Change Summit to be hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September at the UN headquarters in New York. A UN statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Sunday, said the summit tagged: 'Climate Summit 2014: Catalyzing Action', is aimed at generating political will toward a meaningful universal climate agreement...
(Voice of America 09/13/14)
KIGALI— A Rwandan singer known for his renditions of the national anthem and three others appeared in the High Court on Friday charged with conspiring against the government. Singer Kizito Mihigo, radio journalist Cassien Ntamuhanga, retired soldier Jean Paul Dukuzumuremyi and Agnes Niyibizi, an accountant, appeared in court clad in the pink outfits worn by detainees. The case has drawn wide public interest because of Mihigo's popularity as a performer.
(PANA 09/13/14)
Health research, innovation - The Geneva-based Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) on Tuesday called on African countries to step up to the 'research and innovation table' by developing their own capacity, build funding lines for health research and innovation, and begin regional and international collaboration on the basis of their own priorities. In a statement, obtained by PANA in New York, COHRED, an international NGO, with the primary objective to strengthen global research for health and innovation systems, stated:
(Angola Press 09/13/14)
Waco — The African continent still experiences very serious challenges related to the guarantee of peace and stability in its various regions, said on Thursday in Waco-Cungo locality in the central Cuanza Sul province, the National Defence minister, João Lourenço. João Lourenço was speaking at a closing ceremony of joint military exercise of the armed forces of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) member states, called "Valley Keve of 2014", in Waco-Cungo, coastal Cuanza Sul province. João Lourenço said that...
(Voice of America 09/12/14)
KIGALI— The biggest solar power plant in East Africa has just opened in Rwanda. It is the first grid level solar plant in the region - a 21-hectare field covered with panels. Rwanda might not seem an obvious place to put it, as the country averages only about five hours of sunshine per day, and not much more where the plant is located. However, sunshine is not the whole story. Until last month, South Africa was the only country in...
(The Citizen 09/12/14)
Johannesburg. A South African court yesterday sentenced three Tanzanians to eight years in prison for attempting to kill former Rwandan General Kayumba Nyamwasa. Hassan Mohammed Nduli, Sady Abdou and Hemedi Denengo Sefu were among four people convicted last month of the attempted murder in June 2010 of Gen Nyamwasa, months after he fell out with President Paul Kagame. Gen Nyamwasa fled to South Africa in February 2010. Magistrate Stanley Mkhari found the three Tanzanians and Rwandan Amani Uriwane guilty of...
(PANA 09/12/14)
CEOs in Africa are optimistic about their company’s prospects for revenue growth over the medium term, according to PwC’s ‘Africa Business Agenda, 2014’ report issued Thursday. “CEOs in Africa feel more positive about their ability to generate revenue growth and about prospects for the economy now that they are emerging from the global financial recession,” Suresh Kana, Senior Partner for PwC Africa said in a statement obtained by PANA. “It is interesting to note however that CEOs are slightly more anxious about their prospects for growth over the short-term.
(Ips News 09/12/14)
Nairobi — When Kiprui Kibet pictures his future as a maize farmer in the fertile Uasin Gishu county in Kenya's Rift Valley region, all he sees is the ever-decreasing plot of land that he has to farm on. "I used to farm on 40 hectares but now I only have 0.8 hectares. My father had 10 sons and we all wanted to own a piece of the farmland. Subdivision ... ate into the actual farmland," Kibet tells IPS. "From 3,200...
(AFP (eng) 09/11/14)
A string of arrests of prominent Rwandan military figures, some of them close to the central African nation's inner circle of power, has prompted speculation of a major political crisis. Analysts and experts say it remains unclear whether Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who has led the country since his rebel army ended the 1994 genocide by Hutu extremists, faces a serious challenge to his leadership or whether the purge is merely designed to keep potential challengers on their toes. Last...
(AFP (eng) 09/11/14)
A string of arrests of prominent Rwandan military figures, some of them close to the central African nation's inner circle of power, has prompted speculation of a major political crisis. Analysts and experts say it remains unclear whether Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who has led the country since his rebel army ended the 1994 genocide by Hutu extremists, faces a serious challenge to his leadership or whether the purge is merely designed to keep potential challengers on their toes. Last...
(BBC News Africa 09/11/14)
A South African court has sentenced four men to eight years in prison for trying to murder Rwanda's former army chief Gen Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa. He was shot in the stomach in Johannesburg in June 2010, soon after he fled Rwanda after falling out with President Paul Kagame. The magistrate said the "main culprits" had not been arrested. Several attacks on Rwandan exiles in South Africa have caused diplomatic tensions between Pretoria and Kigali. The Rwandan government has consistently denied...
(AFP (eng) 09/11/14)
Cricketer Don De Dieu Mugisha bowls a ball down a bumpy, dusty wicket at a match in Rwanda: a sport introduced by those who returned after fleeing genocide 20 years ago. While still viewed with bewilderment by many in this small, hilly east African nation, the game is growing rapidly and fans are raising funds to build the country's first dedicated international-standard pitch. For players, efforts to build a new pitch symbolise far more than a strange game with a...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/11/14)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Four men convicted of trying to kill an exiled critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame in South Africa were each jailed for eight years on Monday, though the magistrate said they were not the main culprits. Former Rwandan army chief General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa survived being shot in the stomach as he was being driven into his Johannesburg home in 2010, the same year he fled Rwanda after falling out with former ally Kagame. Rwanda has regularly...
(Xinhuanet 09/11/14)
NAIROBI, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- East Africa's bloc on Thursday appealed to the international community to help Somalia where more than one million people face food shortages. The regional bloc, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), also hailed the measures the Somali government has undertaken to mitigate the devastating effects of the current drought in the country. "IGAD hereby places an appeal to the international community to promptly assist the Somali government in its effort to overcome the challenges of drought before it becomes famine," said the statement received in Nairobi.
(The Associated Press 09/11/14)
Four men found guilty of an attempt to murder an exiled former Rwandan general in South Africa were sentenced to eight years in jail, the National Prosecuting Authority said. South Africa's Kagiso Magistrate's Court on Wednesday sentenced a Rwandan and three Tanzanians to eight years for attempted murder, five years for possession of an unlicensed firearm and two years for possession of illegal ammunition, the National Prosecuting Authority said. Spokesman Nathi Mncube said the sentences would run concurrently, according to...

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(Business Week 09/15/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - Access Finance Rwanda, (AFR) is supporting financial inclusion in Rwanda by trying to get 500,000 people into the formal banking system by 2015 writes AGNES BATETA. “We aim at developing a financial market with a bigger focus on people who are financially excluded in Rwanda,” Judith Aguga Acon, the Technical Director AFR told East African Business Week. AFC was set up in 2011 to promote access to financial services. It is financed by the British aid agency, DfID, World Bank and Germany’s KfW. Financial services firm, KPMG is providing supervision. Acon said central to their job is improving livelihoods of poor people through reduced vulnerability to shocks and helping to increase incomes...
(Business Week 09/15/14)
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – The East African Community (EAC) Secretariat, with the assistance of the World Bank Group and TradeMark East Africa, has come out with an EAC Common Market Scorecard for 2014. This is in accordance with Article 50 of the Protocol on the Establishment of the EAC Common Market, which requires the development of a framework for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the Protocol, The implementation of the EAC Common Market commenced in July 2010. The EAC Common Market Scorecard 2014 was developed over a period of 2 years, led by an EAC Common Market Scorecard...
(PANA 09/15/14)
New York, US - 120 world leaders to grace Climate Change Summit in New York. More than 120 Heads of State and Government will attend the one-day Climate Change Summit to be hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September at the UN headquarters in New York. A UN statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Sunday, said the summit tagged: 'Climate Summit 2014: Catalyzing Action', is aimed at generating political will toward a meaningful universal climate agreement...
(Voice of America 09/13/14)
KIGALI— A Rwandan singer known for his renditions of the national anthem and three others appeared in the High Court on Friday charged with conspiring against the government. Singer Kizito Mihigo, radio journalist Cassien Ntamuhanga, retired soldier Jean Paul Dukuzumuremyi and Agnes Niyibizi, an accountant, appeared in court clad in the pink outfits worn by detainees. The case has drawn wide public interest because of Mihigo's popularity as a performer.
(PANA 09/13/14)
Health research, innovation - The Geneva-based Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) on Tuesday called on African countries to step up to the 'research and innovation table' by developing their own capacity, build funding lines for health research and innovation, and begin regional and international collaboration on the basis of their own priorities. In a statement, obtained by PANA in New York, COHRED, an international NGO, with the primary objective to strengthen global research for health and innovation systems, stated:
(Angola Press 09/13/14)
Waco — The African continent still experiences very serious challenges related to the guarantee of peace and stability in its various regions, said on Thursday in Waco-Cungo locality in the central Cuanza Sul province, the National Defence minister, João Lourenço. João Lourenço was speaking at a closing ceremony of joint military exercise of the armed forces of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) member states, called "Valley Keve of 2014", in Waco-Cungo, coastal Cuanza Sul province. João Lourenço said that...
(Voice of America 09/12/14)
KIGALI— The biggest solar power plant in East Africa has just opened in Rwanda. It is the first grid level solar plant in the region - a 21-hectare field covered with panels. Rwanda might not seem an obvious place to put it, as the country averages only about five hours of sunshine per day, and not much more where the plant is located. However, sunshine is not the whole story. Until last month, South Africa was the only country in...
(The Citizen 09/12/14)
Johannesburg. A South African court yesterday sentenced three Tanzanians to eight years in prison for attempting to kill former Rwandan General Kayumba Nyamwasa. Hassan Mohammed Nduli, Sady Abdou and Hemedi Denengo Sefu were among four people convicted last month of the attempted murder in June 2010 of Gen Nyamwasa, months after he fell out with President Paul Kagame. Gen Nyamwasa fled to South Africa in February 2010. Magistrate Stanley Mkhari found the three Tanzanians and Rwandan Amani Uriwane guilty of...
(PANA 09/12/14)
CEOs in Africa are optimistic about their company’s prospects for revenue growth over the medium term, according to PwC’s ‘Africa Business Agenda, 2014’ report issued Thursday. “CEOs in Africa feel more positive about their ability to generate revenue growth and about prospects for the economy now that they are emerging from the global financial recession,” Suresh Kana, Senior Partner for PwC Africa said in a statement obtained by PANA. “It is interesting to note however that CEOs are slightly more anxious about their prospects for growth over the short-term.
(Ips News 09/12/14)
Nairobi — When Kiprui Kibet pictures his future as a maize farmer in the fertile Uasin Gishu county in Kenya's Rift Valley region, all he sees is the ever-decreasing plot of land that he has to farm on. "I used to farm on 40 hectares but now I only have 0.8 hectares. My father had 10 sons and we all wanted to own a piece of the farmland. Subdivision ... ate into the actual farmland," Kibet tells IPS. "From 3,200...
(AFP (eng) 09/11/14)
A string of arrests of prominent Rwandan military figures, some of them close to the central African nation's inner circle of power, has prompted speculation of a major political crisis. Analysts and experts say it remains unclear whether Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who has led the country since his rebel army ended the 1994 genocide by Hutu extremists, faces a serious challenge to his leadership or whether the purge is merely designed to keep potential challengers on their toes. Last...
(AFP (eng) 09/11/14)
A string of arrests of prominent Rwandan military figures, some of them close to the central African nation's inner circle of power, has prompted speculation of a major political crisis. Analysts and experts say it remains unclear whether Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who has led the country since his rebel army ended the 1994 genocide by Hutu extremists, faces a serious challenge to his leadership or whether the purge is merely designed to keep potential challengers on their toes. Last...
(BBC News Africa 09/11/14)
A South African court has sentenced four men to eight years in prison for trying to murder Rwanda's former army chief Gen Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa. He was shot in the stomach in Johannesburg in June 2010, soon after he fled Rwanda after falling out with President Paul Kagame. The magistrate said the "main culprits" had not been arrested. Several attacks on Rwandan exiles in South Africa have caused diplomatic tensions between Pretoria and Kigali. The Rwandan government has consistently denied...
(Xinhuanet 09/11/14)
NAIROBI, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- East Africa's bloc on Thursday appealed to the international community to help Somalia where more than one million people face food shortages. The regional bloc, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), also hailed the measures the Somali government has undertaken to mitigate the devastating effects of the current drought in the country. "IGAD hereby places an appeal to the international community to promptly assist the Somali government in its effort to overcome the challenges of drought before it becomes famine," said the statement received in Nairobi.
(The Associated Press 09/11/14)
Four men found guilty of an attempt to murder an exiled former Rwandan general in South Africa were sentenced to eight years in jail, the National Prosecuting Authority said. South Africa's Kagiso Magistrate's Court on Wednesday sentenced a Rwandan and three Tanzanians to eight years for attempted murder, five years for possession of an unlicensed firearm and two years for possession of illegal ammunition, the National Prosecuting Authority said. Spokesman Nathi Mncube said the sentences would run concurrently, according to...
(PANA 09/11/14)
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday in Ndjamena called on all African countries to become more active participants in the digital revolution going on in the world, PANA reported. Speaking at an international conference on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the Chadian capital, President Jonathan observed that because of the strong correlation between the efficient deployment of ICTs and socio-economic development, Nigeria and other African countries stood to gain a lot from the effective adoption of the new technologies. “Africa...
(PANA 09/11/14)
A billion-dollar flagship scheme to support private sector-led health care in Africa is bypassing poor people and concentrating instead on high-end urban hospitals catering mainly for the rich, according to Oxfam's analysis published Wednesday. The global agency said the 'Health in Africa' initiative, run by the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) – the private sector arm of the World Bank Group – is undermining the Bank’s own public commitments to universal and equitable access to health. “Health in Africa is not...
(AFP (eng) 09/10/14)
A South African court on Wednesday sentenced four men each to eight years in prison for trying to murder a Rwandan general, months after he fell out with President Paul Kagame. Magistrate Stanley Mkhari found three Tanzanians and one Rwandan guilty of a "politically motivated" plot to kill General Kayumba Nyamwasa in June 2010. "After serving your sentence, you will be declared prohibited immigrants... you must be repatriated back to you respective countries," said the magistrate. Mkhari had concluded that...
(New Vision 09/10/14)
An application that sought to temporarily block Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda from holding meetings on East African Community(EAC) affairs without the input of Tanzania and Burundi , has been dropped at the East African Court of Justice(EACJ). On Tuesday, the court sitting in Arusha accepted the withdrawal of the application on the prompting by the applicants. The applicants are three Tanzanian nationals Ally Msangi, David Mataka, and John Adam Bwenda.They wanted the meetings halted pending determination of the main petition...
(PANA 09/10/14)
The failure to rapidly grow the agricultural sector in Africa has been caused by weak and old-fashioned policies favouring state-run companies in the supply of agricultural produce, ministers said here this week. Nigerian agriculture minister Akinwumi Adesina, said at this week's opening of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), that ending the government's monopoly over fertilisers, seeds and other inputs, was key to industrializing agriculture. 'What is important is to develop ways of effectively targeting support to reach farmers, while...

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(Business Week 09/15/14)
Rwanda wants better agriculture productivity to ensure food security. This is the main reason why the government is currently developing irrigation systems across country. Innocent Nzeyimana, of the Irrigation and Mechanization Task Force at the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources was recently interviewed by Agnes Bateta and below are excerpts; QUESTION: Why start up irrigation in Rwanda? ANSWER: Rwanda has not been spared from the negative effects of climate change. Due to climate change, the once reliable rainy seasons are now unpredictable and the Eastern Provinces have been experiencing droughts. It became necessary to start irrigation development, especially in the Eastern Province. Rwanda is also pursuing intensified and commercial agriculture and irrigation is a...
(Business Week 09/15/14)
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Implementation of the Customs Union Protocol has had a positive impact on intra-East African Community trade which has grown from $2 billion in 2005 to $5.5 billion in 2013, a growth of 36.36%. The acting Chair of Council of Ministers, Dr. Abdulla Saadala was last week responding to the questions by Shy-Rose Bhanji on behalf of the Council of Ministers who wanted to know among others, the percentage of growth achieved by the region. Dr. Saadala said that intra-EAC trade as a percentage of total EAC trade has made modest growth from 7.5% in 2005...
(Xinhuanet 09/15/14)
NAIROBI, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The Kenya government on Thursday said that the ongoing East African Community (EAC)-European Union trade talks will be concluded before the deadline. Karanja Kibicho, Principal Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Affairs, told a news briefing in Nairobi that the number of outstanding issues has been reduced to one. "We are now negotiating on how long the EAC will be allowed to maintain exports taxes," Kibicho said during the launch of the United Nations Conference and Development (UNCTAD) Trade and Development Report 2014. The EAC member states include Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi.
(Business Week 09/10/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - The government has developed strategies that can support the mining sector which is one of the main foreign exchange earners. “Government of Rwanda aims at exporting minerals worth $400million by the year 2017. The government therefore looks at ways of helping the mining sector which will help it contribute more to national development,” Michael Biryabarema Deputy Director General/ Geology and Mines Department said during the recently concluded World Bank’s Rwanda Economic Update report presentation in Kigali. According...
(Bloomberg 09/09/14)
FirstRand Ltd. (FSR), Africa’s biggest bank by market value, said it has set aside 10 billion rand ($924 million) to expand in the continent as profit from regions outside of South Africa grows. “We’ve got a provisional license in Ghana and should be up and running there in early 2015,” Sizwe Nxasana, chief executive officer of the Johannesburg-based bank, said in a phone interview today. “In time we will set up operations in Kenya and Angola.” FirstRand has representative offices...
(Daily Observer 09/06/14)
It is high time Africa look inwards for intra-African trade in a bid to arrest poverty and under-development in the continent. This is the only way the continent can tackle solutions to the numerous impediments that hinder the continent: inefficient transit regimes and border crossings procedures for goods, services and people; and poor implementation of regional integration commitments. As a matter of fact African states have to critically look inward to bring down all barriers that in one way or...
(Ipp media 09/05/14)
The Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania, Ambassador Dr Lu Youqing is today expected to officially open the ongoing 9th Mwanza East African Trade Fair organised by Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture at Nyamagana Ground in Mwanza Region. The fair begun on the 29 of August and is scheduled to concluded this Sunday (Sep 7)and has attracted a considerable number of companies, traders and visitors from all the five East African partner states and also from as far as India...
(Ipp media 09/04/14)
Intra East African Community (EAC) trade growth has recorded a 36.36 percent up from US$2bn in 2005 to US$5.5bn last year, thanks to the region’s implementation of customs union. Tanzania’s East African Cooperation deputy minister Dr Abdullah Saadala, told the East African Legislative Assembly on Tuesday evening that the total intra EAC trade as a percentage of EAC total trade made a modest growth from 7.5 percent in 2005 to 10.5 percent in 2013. The deputy minister was reacting to...
(PANA 09/04/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -The fate of farmers affected by climate change and unable to feed Africans dominated Tuesday’s opening of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which has attracted 1,000 delegates from 80 countries around the world. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the African Union Commission Chairperson, said lowering the cost of producing food for the African population and making Africa a leading exporter of food to the rest of the world is one of the key priorities of the AU vision of...
(Voice of America 09/02/14)
Africa’s mineral, timber and oil wealth has been highly sought – and fought over – for years, mainly by Western nations. Today, though, Africa has become a strong trading partner for China, which surpassed the United States in 2009 and whose bilateral trade reached $210 billion in 2013. In February, China’s President Xi Jinping hosted Senegal's President Macky Sall and told him this fast-growing trade relationship with Africa "stands witness to the endlessly renewed vitality of Sino-African friendship, to the...
(Business Week 09/01/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - The Rwanda economic growth rate for 2014 is forecasted at 5.7% with a rise to 6.6% in 2015. This is the gist of the latest World Bank Rwanda Economic Update report that was launched last week at Hotel Mille Colline. “Rwanda’s growth rate for the past years has been impressive and what is needed now is a significant structural transformation of the economy from one that is characterized by a large public sector to private investment,” Carolyn...
(Business Week 09/01/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - Last year half of Rwanda’s imports passed through the Central Corridor route using Dar es Salaam port. Alexis Nzahabwanimana, the State Minister in charge of Transport was recently addressing participants of the Central Corridor Transit Transport Facility Agency (CCTTFA). “In 2013, about 50% of Rwanda’s imports went through the Central Corridor which underlines the importance of this corridor to Rwanda,” Nzahabwanimana said. He said the Central Corridor is very crucial for Rwanda’s international trade since it is...
(Bloomberg 09/01/14)
The value of Rwanda’s mineral exports dropped by almost a fifth in the first half of the year, even as the volume of sales rose, because of a fall in tantalum prices, State Minister for Mines Evode Imena said. The East African nation generated $93.5 million from shipments of minerals, compared with $114.9 million in the same period last year. The volume exported climbed 13 percent to 5,200 metric tons. “Tantalum prices will definitely affect this year’s mining revenue,” Imena...
(Business Week 09/01/14)
NAIROBI, Kenya - The potential of new technologies to transform financial services in Africa has long been heralded by the likes of Kenya’s M-Pesa and others. But services for corporates have remained relatively underserved – until now. From the sands of the Sahara in the north to the Limpopo river which marks the border with South Africa to the south, economic, political and technological changes are emerging that favour new opportunities for banks. Excluding South Africa and the Arab-Berber countries...
(PANA 08/30/14)
Ethiopia is intensifying the hunt for new markets within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), a significant step that is expected to usher in a new era of trade liberalisation. Ethiopia, which last March pledged to complete the process of joining the regional market's Free Trade Area (FTA) by December 2014, hopes to tap the growing regional market to expand the market to the country's growing industries. Ethiopian state media reported the government of Ethiopia had finalized...
(News of Rwanda 08/28/14)
Rwanda’s economy has maintained a steady growth of 7.4% thanks to a booming service industry which rose by 22.4% from 12.6% in the first quarter. Central Bank Governor, John Rwangombwa said private sector financing grew by 47.8% from 12.4% of 2013 in the same period. Central bank Chief Economist, Dr. Thomas Kagabo, attributes said liquidity into commercial banks was a major tool that allowed them to lend more and remain stable. Meanwhile all construction projects that had been put on...
(The New Times 08/28/14)
Visiting Japanese investors have committed to forge business partnerships in the country’s manufacturing sector, auto mobiles, Information and Communication Technology, agro processing, energy, textile and industry. The initiative, announced at a business seminar with members of the private sector, in Kigali, yesterday, could be a spring board for job creation, export diversification and economic transformation, according to economists. It comes at a time when government and the private sector are working toward accelerating the country’s second Economic Development and Poverty...
(Southafrica.info 08/27/14)
Among Africa's policy wonks, under-performing trade across the continent within the region is a favoured subject. To unravel the puzzle, they reel off facts and figures at conferences and workshops, pinpoint trade hurdles to overcome and point to the vast opportunities that lie ahead if only African countries could integrate their economies. It's an interesting debate but with little to show for it until now. The problem is partly the mismatch between the high political ambitions African leaders hold and the harsh economic realities they face. Case in point: they have set up no less than 14 trading blocs to pursue regional integration.
(African arguments 08/27/14)
Before, during and after the US Africa summit one of the most frequently repeated factoids supporting the Africa Rising meme was that 'seven out of ten fastest growing economies are in Africa.' In reality this is both a far less accurate and much less impressive statistic than it sounds. More generally, narratives on African economic development tend to be loosely connected to facts, and instead are driven more by hype. The 'seven out of ten' meme derives from a data...
(Business Week 08/26/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - The government last week announced plans to issue a Treasury bond of Rwf15billion (about $21 million). “We want to support the Capital market, making sure that people who need to do their savings have the opportunity of saving with different options,” Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Amb. Claver Gatete said at a news conference. The bond has been granted tax incentive as withholding tax on interest has been reduced from 15% to 5% for EAC resident...

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(AFP (eng) 09/11/14)
Cricketer Don De Dieu Mugisha bowls a ball down a bumpy, dusty wicket at a match in Rwanda: a sport introduced by those who returned after fleeing genocide 20 years ago. While still viewed with bewilderment by many in this small, hilly east African nation, the game is growing rapidly and fans are raising funds to build the country's first dedicated international-standard pitch. For players, efforts to build a new pitch symbolise far more than a strange game with a bat and a ball. "Because of our history, people here in Rwanda try to do something that can bring people together," 18-year old Mugisha, captain of Rwanda's under-19 team, told AFP. Fans believe sport offers...
(Dw-World 09/04/14)
As the continent gears up for its African Nations Cup qualifiers, concerns are growing that the deadly disease could ruin the games. Some argue soccer players and fans from Ebola-hit countries could spread the virus. The message from Africa's soccer governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was clear: Ivory Coast will be expelled from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they refuse to host Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in their qualifier on Saturday (06.09.2014). CAF's statement prompted Ivory Coast to allow the match to be held in Abidjan after all.
(PANA 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(AFP (eng) 08/19/14)
The Rwanda Football Federation on Tuesday appealed against its disqualification from 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for fielding a player with double nationality. The Confederation of African Football imposed the sanction after an investigation into Rwandan striker Dady Birori, who plays for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) club Vita as Agiti Tady Etekiama. The Rwandan federation has since contested the disqualification on grounds that the player acquired Rwanda nationality before that of DRC. CAF said that its probe found that the DR Congo-born striker was born December 12, 1986 as indicated in his Rwandan passport, while his Congolese
(AFP 08/18/14)
Rwanda has been thrown out of the African Cup after one of its players was found to have "two identities" and was using a different name and a Congolese passport when playing for his club team, the Confederation of African Football said. CAF said Sunday that striker Dady Birori was ineligible to play for Rwanda and disqualified the country from the African Cup qualifying competition for fielding him. Birori, who CAF said is registered as Tady Etekiama when playing for...
(BBC News Africa 08/18/14)
The Africa Cup of Nations organising committee disqualified Rwanda from the qualifiers for Morocco 2015 on Sunday. The decision followed a protest made by the Congolese Football Federation regarding the eligibility of Rwandan player, Birori Dady. Dady had featured in the first leg of the second round qualifier between the two nations last month in Pointe-Noir. Congo claimed that Dady, who plays for AS Vita Club in Kinshasa, has a different name and age in his passport. A subsequent Confederation...
(BBC News Africa 08/18/14)
Rwanda will appeal against the decision to disqualify them from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for fielding an ineligible player. The country's football federation has confirmed to BBC Sport it is ready to file its appeal and is willing to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Rwanda were expelled from the competition on Sunday by the Africa Cup of Nations organising committee. The ruling followed a protest made by the Congolese Football Federation regarding...
(BBC News Africa 08/13/14)
The Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) has written to Caf over worries about the cases of the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria. Rwanda are due to play the Super Eagles in Calabar on 6 September in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. "We wrote a letter to the Confederation of African Football for their advice on the situation in Nigeria," Ferwafa president Vincent Nzamwita said. "We're waiting to see if they can change the game, it's a big worry." He...
(The New Times 07/31/14)
RWANDA NATIONAL cycling team has been ranked the sixth best in Africa, according to the latest rankings released by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) on Tuesday. In ranking for the Africa Tour, Rwanda jumped two places to sixth position from eighth position last year. Valens Ndayisenga is the highest ranked Rwandan rider in 14th position and he also ranked 4th in the U23 category. After the rankings were released, the newly appointed Minister of Sports and Culture Joseph Habineza sent a...
(RFI(EN) 07/29/14)
No black African cyclist has ever taken part in the Tour de France. The most prestigous cycling event in the world ended in Paris on Sunday, and Team Africa Rising hopes to bring an African team to the Tour in the near future. Team Africa Rising wants to be the first hundred percent African team to race the European circuit and eventually take part in the Tour de France. Speaking to RFI, Jock Boyer, the founder of Team Africa Rising...
(Xinhuanet 07/18/14)
ENTEBBE, July (Xinhua) -- The national junior football team of Rwanda (Junior Wasps) on Thursday arrived in Uganda ahead of their 2015 Africa Youth Championship qualifier against hosts Uganda Cubs on Saturday. "We are here to get a good result in the first leg and Uganda should not take us lightly," player Felix Ngao told Xinhua on arrival at the Entebbe International Airport, 40km south of the capital Kampala. The match will be played at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole,...
(The Point 07/05/14)
Football lovers in Africa are generally disappointed about the early exit of Africa's five representatives in the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. But the signs were already there for such a development. And squabbles over finances and administrative arrangements are a large contributing factor. However, since FIFA allocated 1.5 million dollars to each of the 32 participating teams, the payment of bonuses to African players should not be a problem, if based on prior agreement, which should be available...
(Xinhuanet 06/23/14)
KIGALI, June (Xinhua) -- Rwanda has pledged to ensure that the Congolese refugees living in the country remain safe and secure on Friday while marking the World Refugee Day. Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs Seraphine Mukantabana said that Rwanda, home to over 73,000 refugees, majority of them from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees, who are distributed in five camps in the country. She noted that the World...
(Zimbabwe Independent 06/21/14)
AT the Brazil 2014 World Cup shorn of African heroics so far, with the singular exception of Ivory Coast, Cameroon went down fighting on Wednesday, but unfortunately, among themselves! After hitting the headlines on the eve of football's global super show for staging an industrial action over bonuses for their participation, the West Africans hogged the limelight for all the wrong reasons yet again. This time it was violence and unmitigated failure in an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Croatia. All...
(Xinhuanet 05/14/14)
KAMPALA, May (Xinhua) -- Rwanda and hosts Uganda started on a winning note as the U-18 Zone 5 Afro-Basketball Championship got under way here on Monday. Uganda's Girls team saw off their Kenyan counterparts 62-48, before the Rwanda Boys team also beat Kenya 62-42 in the second game. In the first game Sumaya Hasahya scored a game high 21 points for Uganda's U-18 Girls team, while Ritah Immanishimwe and Sarah Ageno picked 15 and 14 points respectively. Kenya had Felmas...
(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...
(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...
(The Star 02/26/14)
Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos will be the venue for the Kenya and Rwanda return leg match of the Senior Africa Women’s Championship qualifier on Sunday. The Starlets will be out to overturn a 1-0 loss suffered in Kigali two weeks ago. The girls have been in residential training under coach Justin Okiring since their return and will move to Machakos to continue their preparations. Confirming the new development Football Kenya Limited’s women’s football development committee chairlady Angeline Mwikali said the...
(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...

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(The New Times 07/31/14)
The highly anticipated Beautiful People Party is back and takes place this Friday at The Manor Hotel in Nyarutarama. Beautiful People Party is quite popular in neighbouring East African countries like Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. “Beautiful People Party showcases the most trending things in society. It could be fashion, talent, beverages, anything that is trending in East Africa. This year’s theme is ‘Stay Trendy”” explained Reno Kabachelor, the CEO Beautiful People Party. Last year the party didn’t take place because of financial constraints. “We didn’t manage to organise it here last year after two successful editions because of sponsorship challenges but since we now have Heineken as the official sponsor, we will be organising the...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/20/14)
LONDON (Reuters) - Three members of Africa's "youth club" - Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe - offer some of the fastest-growing working populations in the world, if only investors can capitalise on that. If the countries' demographic trends can be coupled with good education to create skilled jobs and an avoidance of political unrest, this should lead to economic growth quickly enough to attract portfolio investors, some analysts say. None of the three makes it to the flagship frontiers stock index, which tracks exchanges a tier below the larger, more established emerging markets. But according to United Nations projections, their working-age...
(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...
(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...
(Voice of America 09/13/14)
KIGALI— A Rwandan singer known for his renditions of the national anthem and three others appeared in the High Court on Friday charged with conspiring against the government. Singer Kizito Mihigo, radio journalist Cassien Ntamuhanga, retired soldier Jean Paul Dukuzumuremyi and Agnes Niyibizi, an accountant, appeared in court clad in the pink outfits worn by detainees. The case has drawn wide public interest because of Mihigo's popularity as a performer.
(Voice of America 09/12/14)
KIGALI— The biggest solar power plant in East Africa has just opened in Rwanda. It is the first grid level solar plant in the region - a 21-hectare field covered with panels. Rwanda might not seem an obvious place to put it, as the country averages only about five hours of sunshine per day, and not much more where the plant is located. However, sunshine is not the whole story. Until last month, South Africa was the only country in sub-Saharan Africa to have a substantial amount of solar power feeding into its grid. Ghana has great plans for solar...
(BBC News Africa 09/11/14)
A South African court has sentenced four men to eight years in prison for trying to murder Rwanda's former army chief Gen Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa. He was shot in the stomach in Johannesburg in June 2010, soon after he fled Rwanda after falling out with President Paul Kagame. The magistrate said the "main culprits" had not been arrested. Several attacks on Rwandan exiles in South Africa have caused diplomatic tensions between Pretoria and Kigali. The Rwandan government has consistently denied...
(Voice of America 09/10/14)
NAIROBI— A new report by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) says that while farmers in many parts of the world regularly harvest up to five tons of maize per hectare, those in Africa harvest just one ton on average. Outdated farming practices combined with inherently low soil fertility has been blamed for the low yields. Many countries in Africa often face food shortages, as farmers struggle to grow enough produce for the entire population. A new...
(Voice of America 09/02/14)
Africa’s mineral, timber and oil wealth has been highly sought – and fought over – for years, mainly by Western nations. Today, though, Africa has become a strong trading partner for China, which surpassed the United States in 2009 and whose bilateral trade reached $210 billion in 2013. In February, China’s President Xi Jinping hosted Senegal's President Macky Sall and told him this fast-growing trade relationship with Africa "stands witness to the endlessly renewed vitality of Sino-African friendship, to the...
(BBC News Africa 08/30/14)
Four men have been found guilty of trying to murder Rwanda's former army chief, Gen Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, in South Africa in June 2010. Another two suspects, including the alleged ringleader and the general's former driver, were acquitted. The magistrate said the shooting of Gen Nyamwasa was politically motivated. The general had gone to live in exile in South Africa several months earlier after falling out with his former ally, Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Rwanda has denied involvement in the...
(PANA 08/30/14)
Ethiopia is intensifying the hunt for new markets within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), a significant step that is expected to usher in a new era of trade liberalisation. Ethiopia, which last March pledged to complete the process of joining the regional market's Free Trade Area (FTA) by December 2014, hopes to tap the growing regional market to expand the market to the country's growing industries. Ethiopian state media reported the government of Ethiopia had finalized...
(Voice of America 08/29/14)
NAIROBI— African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria's Boko Haram have not made as dramatic an advance as Islamic State, which controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. They have launched attacks across Africa, though, from Niger, Mali and Nigeria in the west to Somalia and Kenya in the east...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
The Confederation of African Football has declared there will be no further changes to September's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite some relocation requests over Ebola fears. It stated on its website: "Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain the only countries required to relocate their fixtures to neutral territories as a result of the situation of the Ebola virus." Cameroon had become the latest team to express fears over the outbreaks and asked for their qualifier in DR Congo to...
(BBC News Africa 08/27/14)
Burundi has set up an investigation after a number of dead bodies wrapped in plastic were found floating in a lake on its border with Rwanda. Fishermen say there are reports of dozens of unidentified bodies being spotted in recent weeks in Lake Rweru. It is not clear how they died. The regional authorities say their investigations indicate the victims were not from Burundi. But Rwanda police say no-one has been reported missing on the Rwandan side. ''The victims are...
(Voice of America 08/26/14)
NEW YORK— Over the last two decades, New York City has seen a surge in immigration from Africa. But until recently, newcomers from Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana other West African nations mostly kept to their own communities. Today, these diverse cultures are coming together to celebrate their common roots, and to demand recognition as a force within the "Big Apple." Between the traditional drums, the vivid multicolored native dress, the many tribal dialects and the sheer...
(BBC News Africa 08/19/14)
Africa's elephants have reached a tipping point: more are being killed each year than are being born, a study suggests. Researchers believe that since 2010 an average of nearly 35,000 elephants have been killed annually on the continent. They warn that if the rate of poaching continues, the animals could be wiped out in 100 years. The work is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Lead author George Wittemyer, from Colorado State University, said: "We are...
(CNN 08/18/14)
To look at, Lake Kivu seems, well, innocent. Situated on Rwanda's western border, it is both a prominent food source in the country, and -- increasingly -- a tourist hotspot. Hotels have rushed to set up along the coast to cater for the influx of visitors, no doubt lured in by the lake's idyllic beach setting. "The lake is very important to tourism," says Innocent Twagirumukiza, founder of Green Hills Ecotours. "When people finish visiting mountain gorillas, or other national parks around Rwanda, this is a good place to come and relax," he adds. What these tourists may not know
(BBC News Africa 08/18/14)
The Africa Cup of Nations organising committee disqualified Rwanda from the qualifiers for Morocco 2015 on Sunday. The decision followed a protest made by the Congolese Football Federation regarding the eligibility of Rwandan player, Birori Dady. Dady had featured in the first leg of the second round qualifier between the two nations last month in Pointe-Noir. Congo claimed that Dady, who plays for AS Vita Club in Kinshasa, has a different name and age in his passport. A subsequent Confederation...
(Washington Post 08/18/14)
Lt. Gen Roméo Dallaire is a recently retired Canadian senator, former UN Force Commander for the UN Assistance mission to Rwanda and Founder of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative. In 1994, I was tasked with stopping a genocide waged, in part, by children and youth. At the time, I was the United Nations Force Commander for the UN Assistance Mission to Rwanda. My opponents, the Interahamwe,were highly organized in their recruitment and training of youth, well before the killing...
(BBC News Africa 08/18/14)
Rwanda will appeal against the decision to disqualify them from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for fielding an ineligible player. The country's football federation has confirmed to BBC Sport it is ready to file its appeal and is willing to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Rwanda were expelled from the competition on Sunday by the Africa Cup of Nations organising committee. The ruling followed a protest made by the Congolese Football Federation regarding...
(Voice of America 08/16/14)
The World Health Organization has not posted any regulations regarding lead in cookware, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has said there’s really no safe level of lead exposure. Ashland University and Occupational Knowledge International conducted the research in Cameroon that appears in the journal Science of the Total Environment. “I must say we literally stumbled upon this," said Perry Gottesfeld, Occupational Knowledge International’s executive director. "We were working in Cameroon for the past four years. We had been...
(Voice of America 08/14/14)
The African continent is primed for a massive baby boom within the next four decades, a shift that the United Nations’ children’s agency says represents both a challenge and a huge opportunity. By the year 2050, UNICEF predicts in a report released this week, Africa will be home to about 41 percent of the world’s births. By that time, one in four people on this planet will be African. The boom is caused by several factors. Africa is already home...
(BBC News Africa 08/13/14)
The Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) has written to Caf over worries about the cases of the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria. Rwanda are due to play the Super Eagles in Calabar on 6 September in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. "We wrote a letter to the Confederation of African Football for their advice on the situation in Nigeria," Ferwafa president Vincent Nzamwita said. "We're waiting to see if they can change the game, it's a big worry." He...
(BBC News Africa 08/13/14)
Africa's under-18 population will swell by two-thirds to reach almost a billion by 2050, a new UN report says. The findings show a "massive shift in the world's child population towards Africa", it says. Its projections indicate that by 2050, about 40% of all children will be in Africa, up from around 10% in 1950. This is despite the fact that child mortality rates in Africa will remain high, it says. The continent currently accounts for about half of child...

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