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Tuesday 31 May 2016

Rwanda

(The East African 05/30/16)
Rwanda plans to remove visa requirements for African nationals travelling to the country by 2018, as it seeks to woo more investors and tourists from the continent. This is in line with an African Union target of abolishing visa requirements for Africans in African countries by 2018. The 2016 Africa Visa Openness Report released recently by the African Development Bank (AfDB) ranks Rwanda among 13 countries with the best African-friendly visa policies. In 2013, the country relaxed its visa regime by allowing citizens of African countries transiting through Rwanda to be issued with visas upon arrival in the country. But now Rwanda wants to move one step further by abolishing the visa altogether. “The plan...
(Voice of America 05/30/16)
Sunday was the annual International Day of U.N. Peacekeepers, honoring the more than 1 Million men and women recognized around the world as "Blue Helmets." U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Blue Helmets "manifest the best attributes of global solidarity, courageously serving in dangerous environments to provide security to some of the world's most vulnerable." Earlier this month, Ban laid a wreath outside U.N. headquarters in New York in memory of the 3,400 peacekeepers who have lost their lives since the first mission in 1948. U.N. officials say that in the past year, peacekeeping missions have faced many challenges, including sheltering 200,000 civilians in South Sudan fleeing for their lives to U.N. bases, and a peacekeeping team helping the Central...
(News24 05/28/16)
South Korea's president on Friday urged African leaders to support international efforts to denuclearize North Korea. Speaking to the African Union in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, President Park Geun-hye said that she wants African "co-operation in urging North Korea to give up its nuclear programme". She also said her government will work with African countries to combat violent extremism. Park said she was offering her country to be an "African companion" in development matters and presented a blueprint for...
(AfricaNews 05/27/16)
A lot need to be done to ensure access to reliable electricity for African’s citizens. However a number of complications are hindering the achievement of UN sustainable goal. Access rates are expanding in many nations, and technology and design improvement are on the way in offering opportunities for a rapid growth. According to the World Bank, about 1.1 billion people on earth are without access to electricity, from the figure, about half live in Africa. The Bank’s Global Tracking Framework...
(Xinhuanet 05/26/16)
African young people have been urged to be patriotic and adopt the spirit of Pan-Africanism on African Liberation Day, which falls on May 25 every year. Protais Musoni, commissioner in Pan-Africanism Movement Rwanda chapter, told hundreds of young people gathered at the University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics in the Capital, Kigali. He was speaking on Wednesday during the celebrations to mark African Liberation Day, an event held to mark the progress of the liberation movement across the...
(The East African 05/25/16)
The drop in global prices for Rwanda’s principal minerals — tin, coltan and wolfram — has left some 37,800 miners facing joblessness as companies suspend operations. The government is now looking into exploring for other minerals, such as gold and gemstones, as well as ensuring that minerals are smelted and processed before exportation in order to add value to the product. “One way we can help the artisanal miners is by finding ways to add value to the minerals and...
(Xinhuanet 05/25/16)
A Chinese envoy Tuesday called on the United Nations to give more support to the collective security capacity building of the African Union (AU) to help the African continent maintain peace and security. Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the UN, noted that the strengthening UN-AU cooperation in peace and security has played a positive role in maintaining peace and stability in Africa. "The AU is faced with difficulties in human and financial resources in the field of peace and...
(East African Business Week 05/24/16)
Kigali, RWANDA – The Government of Rwanda and the Federal Republic of Germany today signed a bilateral agreement worth € 15 million (approximately Frw 13 billion) to support energy supply in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region. The grant will be fully designated to the regional “Hydropower Station Ruzizi III” project. This will contribute not only to improve energy supply in Rwanda, but also to foster socio-economic development in the Great Lakes region. The grant will be implemented by the...
(East African Business Week 05/24/16)
Kigali, Rwanda - Remarkable Rwanda is quickly climbing the ladder of popular Meetings Incentives Conferences and Events (MICE) destinations in Africa. Rwanda Convention Bureau (RCB) announced today that Rwanda is now ranked 7th in Africa according to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) 2015 report. Commenting on the report, the head of Rwanda Convention Bureau, Frank Murangwa said “We are proud of Rwanda’s entry into the Top 10 host countries for major events in Africa.” Having just hosted the...
(Xinhuanet 05/24/16)
UN Environmental Program (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner has said renewable energy could transform Africa, where almost half of the people worldwide lacking access to electricity live. The UNEP boss was speaking on Sunday during a World Environment Day event in the Mathare slums in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, where a football final between two local under-15 boys teams was played as night fell, under LED outdoor lighting powered by a sustainable solar power unit. Steiner said solar power is...
(The New Times 05/23/16)
Senators have moved to push Government to put in place all mechanisms to boost teachers’ welfare, which they say will have a positive impact on the quality of education in the country. In what senators called a “complex situation” that needs extensive and inclusive approaches from all sectors, the quality of education needs bigger financial support to reach a significant level of sustainable strategic plan to cover the gap. The issues were raised during a consultative meeting, last week, between...
(East African Business Week 05/23/16)
The 32nd Annual Meeting of the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank) Board of Governors took place in Kigali, Rwanda on the 16th of May, 2016. PTA Governors discussed the Bank’s performance, its impact and progress into its five year Corporate Plan which comes to an end next December 2017. They also outlined key elements of the next Corporate Plan over the period 2018-22. During the meeting Rwanda assumed the chair of PTA Board of Governors for the next one year from Djibouti. Officiating at the opening ceremony, Anastase Murekezi, the Prime Minister of Rwanda pointed out that Rwanda believes in the importance of PTA Bank in creating competitive
(Huffingtonpost 05/23/16)
Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in Africa. Among younger users, basic phones are most common. But more pupils are accessing smartphones that can connect to the internet - and taking them along to school. Phones are often used in school whether they’re allowed or not. Although they can enable valuable access to information, they also bring new responsibilities and dangers. It’s remarkably common for classes to be interrupted by both pupils’ and teachers’ phones. Access to pornography as well as...
(The Independent 05/21/16)
The country’s ambassador to Zambia was forced to respond after several news websites helped fuel the rumour. The Chinese government has issued a statement strongly dismissing reports it is packaging human meat as corned beef and sending it to African grocery stores. The government was forced to respond after several African publications reported the allegations, made by Facebook user Barbara Akosua Aboagye in a post which has since been shared 26,168 times. South African websites Msanzi Live and Daily Post...
(Cnbc Africa 05/20/16)
The BMW Group South Africa announced the construction of its 26 000 square metre bodyshop in Rosslyn, Pretoria, on Thursday. The bodyshop is part of the $377 million the German manufacturer has invested into the country and it will produce and export the next generation of the BMW X3. “This bodyshop will be a state of the art facility, not only just in South Africa but across the world. It means job creation and it will mean upscaling for our...
(BBC News Africa 05/19/16)
Returning to Rwanda after an absence of several years, the BBC's Milton Nkosi finds a country which has undergone astonishing technological change. The Rwandan capital Kigali was a hive of activity this week as the city hosted the World Economic Forum on Africa. The land of a thousand hills is shaking off its negative image as a country forever linked with the 1994 genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 people were killed. It is breaking old stereotypes not just about...
(International Business Times 05/19/16)
A trade forum between Rwanda and Tanzania is set to kick off Friday in Kigali, Rwanda, as the two East African nations look to strengthen bilateral ties in a new chapter of warming diplomatic relations. The joint summit, dubbed “Tanzania-Rwanda Trade Forum 2016,” is the first of its kind and is expected to draw hundreds of key business players and government officials from both countries, according to Rwandan newspaper the New Times. Tanzania’s relations with Rwanda soured in 2013 following...
(Xinhuanet 05/19/16)
Over 400 Burundian illegal immigrants who were expelled since last week from Rwanda's southern parts have been received in Ngozi province bordering Rwanda, Burundi News Agency reported Wednesday. The agency reported that flows of Burundian illegal immigrants started to arrive in Ngozi province since Saturday. According to the agency, Marangara District alone has received 155 Burundian immigrants who have been expelled from southern parts of Rwanda. It added that those Burundian nationals, who had spent between three and five years...
(Cnbc Africa 05/19/16)
African business leaders are more hopeful about the business operating environment outlook than their peers globally, according to Taiwo Oyedele, Partner at PwC Nigeria. Oyedele said his organisation’s recent survey demonstrated this trend. “This is a survey we carry every year globally, and now for the 5th year we have a survey where we consulted with African business leaders,” he said. “We ask business leaders across industries in the region about the business operating environment. Even though we see challenges...
(The East African 05/18/16)
Kenya is mulling terminating the standard gauge railway (SGR) in Naivasha or Kisumu after Rwanda pulled out of the flagship infrastructure project on the Northern Corridor. Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia played down the impact of Rwanda's exit even as he acknowledged that extension of the line to Malaba may no longer be necessary if landlocked states opt out. "The decision has not been reached but we have a number of options at our disposal. We can decide to end...

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(The East African 05/30/16)
Rwanda plans to remove visa requirements for African nationals travelling to the country by 2018, as it seeks to woo more investors and tourists from the continent. This is in line with an African Union target of abolishing visa requirements for Africans in African countries by 2018. The 2016 Africa Visa Openness Report released recently by the African Development Bank (AfDB) ranks Rwanda among 13 countries with the best African-friendly visa policies. In 2013, the country relaxed its visa regime by allowing citizens of African countries transiting through Rwanda to be issued with visas upon arrival in the country. But now Rwanda wants to move one step further by abolishing the visa altogether. “The plan...
(Voice of America 05/30/16)
Sunday was the annual International Day of U.N. Peacekeepers, honoring the more than 1 Million men and women recognized around the world as "Blue Helmets." U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Blue Helmets "manifest the best attributes of global solidarity, courageously serving in dangerous environments to provide security to some of the world's most vulnerable." Earlier this month, Ban laid a wreath outside U.N. headquarters in New York in memory of the 3,400 peacekeepers who have lost their lives since the first mission in 1948. U.N. officials say that in the past year, peacekeeping missions have faced many challenges, including sheltering 200,000 civilians in South Sudan fleeing for their lives to U.N. bases, and a peacekeeping team helping the Central...
(Xinhuanet 05/26/16)
African young people have been urged to be patriotic and adopt the spirit of Pan-Africanism on African Liberation Day, which falls on May 25 every year. Protais Musoni, commissioner in Pan-Africanism Movement Rwanda chapter, told hundreds of young people gathered at the University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics in the Capital, Kigali. He was speaking on Wednesday during the celebrations to mark African Liberation Day, an event held to mark the progress of the liberation movement across the...
(BBC News Africa 05/19/16)
Returning to Rwanda after an absence of several years, the BBC's Milton Nkosi finds a country which has undergone astonishing technological change. The Rwandan capital Kigali was a hive of activity this week as the city hosted the World Economic Forum on Africa. The land of a thousand hills is shaking off its negative image as a country forever linked with the 1994 genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 people were killed. It is breaking old stereotypes not just about...
(Xinhuanet 05/19/16)
Over 400 Burundian illegal immigrants who were expelled since last week from Rwanda's southern parts have been received in Ngozi province bordering Rwanda, Burundi News Agency reported Wednesday. The agency reported that flows of Burundian illegal immigrants started to arrive in Ngozi province since Saturday. According to the agency, Marangara District alone has received 155 Burundian immigrants who have been expelled from southern parts of Rwanda. It added that those Burundian nationals, who had spent between three and five years...
(AFP (eng) 05/18/16)
A former number two at the US Department of Homeland Security is forcing the United Nations to confront one of the worst crises in its history: sexual abuse by peacekeepers. Jane Holl Lute, who also served on the White House's national security council, is pushing what she describes as a "get-tough agenda" to end a wave of allegations of child rape and sexual exploitation that has hit UN peacekeeping, in particular the UN mission in the Central African Republic. "It...
(The Associated Press 05/17/16)
A Swedish citizen originally from Rwanda was sentenced to life in prison Monday for his role in the 1994 genocide in the African country. Claver Berinkindi was found guilty of genocide and gross violation of international law. Some 800,000 people, mostly ethnic Tutsis, were killed by Hutu extremists during the Rwandan genocide, according to the U.N. The Stockholm district court said Berinkindi, 61, was an informal low-level Hutu leader who took part in massacres of civilians in Muyira and Butare...
(Voice of America 05/17/16)
Every year, the World Health Organization reports that some 3 million girls, most under the age of 15, are subject to female genital mutilation. This number adds to the hefty toll of more than 200 million girls and women already living with the harmful consequences of this brutal, inhumane practice. For the first time, WHO is issuing guidelines to help health workers provide better physical and psychological care for these girls and women. Female genital mutilation, or FGM, involves the...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/13/16)
A confidential report to the United Nations Security Council accuses Rwanda of providing training, financing and logistical support through early 2016 for Burundian rebels seeking to oust Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza. A panel of six independent experts, appointed by the United Nations to monitor Security Council sanctions on Democratic Republic of Congo, had confidentially reported in February that 18 Burundian combatants in eastern Congo said they had been recruited in a refugee camp in Rwanda in mid-2015 and trained by instructors, who included Rwandan military personnel. Rwanda has repeatedly denied the claims. In the experts latest report, seen by Reuters on Thursday and due to be discussed
(AFP (eng) 05/12/16)
A former mayor of a small Rwandan town on Wednesday told a Paris court he was just "an ordinary citizen" who played no role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide. Tito Barahira, 64, portrayed himself as a mild-mannered public servant who fled Kabarondo with his family on April 17, 1994, four days after hundreds of minority Tutsis were murdered at the town's church. Barahira and his successor as mayor are accused of orchestrating "massive and systematic summary executions" during the genocide that...
(AFP (eng) 05/12/16)
Rwanda and the Netherlands, two countries embroiled in the UN's worst peacekeeping failures, on Wednesday launched a push at the United Nations for blue helmets to more readily use force to defend civilians in conflicts. The initiative seeks to persuade countries that contribute troops to UN peacekeeping to agree to more robust action and more readily intervene instead of staying behind the high walls of their UN compounds. "The blue flag needs to stand for protection and it doesn't always,"...
(AL Jazeera 05/11/16)
Commercial network promises to make blood and emergency medicine available to African country's scattered population. Starting next month, doctors and nurses in far-flung areas of Rwanda will be able to order blood and emergency medicine via a text message. Drones, part of a new breed designed to save lives, will fly to a clinic using GPS coordinates but instead of landing, it will drop a small package by parachute. Zipline, the company behind the project, says the aircraft will be...
(Voice of America 05/11/16)
More than two decades after the Rwandan genocide, two former mayors appeared before a Paris court Tuesday for their alleged participation in the slaughter, in a trial that highlights France’s complicated relationship with the tiny African nation and its alleged foot-dragging in bringing genocide suspects to justice. Octavien Ngenzi and Tito Barahira, both now in their 60s, are accused of genocide and crimes against humanity — accusations that both deny. Their scheduled two-month trial is only the second of its...
(Voice of America 05/11/16)
U.S. lawmakers examining the threat that terrorism poses in Africa expressed concern Tuesday that the United States may be overlooking human rights and governance abuses by leaders in the region who provide assistance on counterterrorism issues. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield told a panel of the senators at a hearing convened by the Foreign Relations Committee that countries in the region have critical vulnerabilities and capacities’ gap that must be addressed. Thomas-Greenfield said that terror groups...
(AFP (eng) 05/10/16)
Two former Rwandan mayors go on trial in France Tuesday facing charges of crimes against humanity and genocide over the 1994 massacres in the central African country. As the second trial in Paris by a special court created to go after suspected Rwandan killers who fled to France, it is expected to lay bare the strained relations between the two countries. Two decades on, Rwanda accuses France of complicity in the genocide -- in which at least 800,000 people died...
(AFP (eng) 05/09/16)
At least 49 people were killed this weekend in landslides caused by torrential rains in rural Rwanda, the government said on Monday. Authorities had previously given a death toll of 20, many of them children, as downpours drenched the densely populated country of steep hills and deep valleys. "During the night of 7-8 May 2016, heavy rains caused landslides in several parts of Rwanda, resulting in loss of lives, and destructing of homes, infrastructure and other property," a statement said...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/09/16)
International delivery company UPS is backing a start-up using drones in Rwanda to transport life-saving blood supplies and vaccines, underlining the wide potential for the unmanned aircraft and helping bring package delivery by drone to U.S. consumers a step closer. U.S. companies are keen to use drones to cut delivery times and costs but hurdles range from smoothing communication between the autonomous robots and airplanes in America's crowded airspace to ensuring battery safety and longevity.
(News24 05/09/16)
At least 20 people, most of them children, were killed overnight by devastating landslides in northern Rwanda triggered by torrential rainstorms, the disaster management ministry said on Sunday. "Up until now we have counted at least 20 dead in landslides that buried houses in the district of Gakenke," the ministry's spokesperson Frederic Ntawukuriryayo told AFP. "Most of the victims were children," Ntawukuriryayo added, without specifying how many were minors. The landslides occurred at the peak of Rwanda's rainy season, affecting...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/09/16)
Member states of the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) are not meeting until September, but some African countries have already drawn their battle lines on divisive issues such as the ivory trade. Proposals for the meeting in Johannesburg were made public this week, pitting bids by Namibia and Zimbabwe to open up the trade in elephant ivory, against initiatives led by Kenya for a complete global ban on the coveted commodity. Those seeking to open up...
(Caj News Africa 05/07/16)
RAMPANT poverty and declining natural resources have been cited as the major source of conflict and rising incidents of terrorism in the Sahel region. This region is worst affected by terror extremists have over the years perpetrated, resulting in the deaths of thousands of civilians and the displacement of millions. Ministers from African countries North and South of the Sahara and their development partners are meeting in Dakar, Senegal, at a High-Level conference organised by the African Union to address...

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(AfricaNews 05/27/16)
A lot need to be done to ensure access to reliable electricity for African’s citizens. However a number of complications are hindering the achievement of UN sustainable goal. Access rates are expanding in many nations, and technology and design improvement are on the way in offering opportunities for a rapid growth. According to the World Bank, about 1.1 billion people on earth are without access to electricity, from the figure, about half live in Africa. The Bank’s Global Tracking Framework shows progress is being made to deliver electricity to those without, most of it is taking place in Asia, but in Africa, it is a different story. The continent of Africa is barely able to...
(The East African 05/25/16)
The drop in global prices for Rwanda’s principal minerals — tin, coltan and wolfram — has left some 37,800 miners facing joblessness as companies suspend operations. The government is now looking into exploring for other minerals, such as gold and gemstones, as well as ensuring that minerals are smelted and processed before exportation in order to add value to the product. “One way we can help the artisanal miners is by finding ways to add value to the minerals and exploiting more mineral types,” Evode Imena, the Minister of State for Mining, said. “Miners earned approximately $10 for every kilogramme of tin, but the price has dropped to half of that in three years. We will build a sector that...
(East African Business Week 05/24/16)
Kigali, RWANDA – The Government of Rwanda and the Federal Republic of Germany today signed a bilateral agreement worth € 15 million (approximately Frw 13 billion) to support energy supply in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region. The grant will be fully designated to the regional “Hydropower Station Ruzizi III” project. This will contribute not only to improve energy supply in Rwanda, but also to foster socio-economic development in the Great Lakes region. The grant will be implemented by the...
(East African Business Week 05/24/16)
Kigali, Rwanda - Remarkable Rwanda is quickly climbing the ladder of popular Meetings Incentives Conferences and Events (MICE) destinations in Africa. Rwanda Convention Bureau (RCB) announced today that Rwanda is now ranked 7th in Africa according to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) 2015 report. Commenting on the report, the head of Rwanda Convention Bureau, Frank Murangwa said “We are proud of Rwanda’s entry into the Top 10 host countries for major events in Africa.” Having just hosted the...
(Xinhuanet 05/24/16)
UN Environmental Program (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner has said renewable energy could transform Africa, where almost half of the people worldwide lacking access to electricity live. The UNEP boss was speaking on Sunday during a World Environment Day event in the Mathare slums in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, where a football final between two local under-15 boys teams was played as night fell, under LED outdoor lighting powered by a sustainable solar power unit. Steiner said solar power is...
(East African Business Week 05/23/16)
The 32nd Annual Meeting of the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank) Board of Governors took place in Kigali, Rwanda on the 16th of May, 2016. PTA Governors discussed the Bank’s performance, its impact and progress into its five year Corporate Plan which comes to an end next December 2017. They also outlined key elements of the next Corporate Plan over the period 2018-22. During the meeting Rwanda assumed the chair of PTA Board of Governors for the next one year from Djibouti. Officiating at the opening ceremony, Anastase Murekezi, the Prime Minister of Rwanda pointed out that Rwanda believes in the importance of PTA Bank in creating competitive
(Huffingtonpost 05/23/16)
Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in Africa. Among younger users, basic phones are most common. But more pupils are accessing smartphones that can connect to the internet - and taking them along to school. Phones are often used in school whether they’re allowed or not. Although they can enable valuable access to information, they also bring new responsibilities and dangers. It’s remarkably common for classes to be interrupted by both pupils’ and teachers’ phones. Access to pornography as well as...
(The Independent 05/21/16)
The country’s ambassador to Zambia was forced to respond after several news websites helped fuel the rumour. The Chinese government has issued a statement strongly dismissing reports it is packaging human meat as corned beef and sending it to African grocery stores. The government was forced to respond after several African publications reported the allegations, made by Facebook user Barbara Akosua Aboagye in a post which has since been shared 26,168 times. South African websites Msanzi Live and Daily Post...
(Cnbc Africa 05/20/16)
The BMW Group South Africa announced the construction of its 26 000 square metre bodyshop in Rosslyn, Pretoria, on Thursday. The bodyshop is part of the $377 million the German manufacturer has invested into the country and it will produce and export the next generation of the BMW X3. “This bodyshop will be a state of the art facility, not only just in South Africa but across the world. It means job creation and it will mean upscaling for our...
(International Business Times 05/19/16)
A trade forum between Rwanda and Tanzania is set to kick off Friday in Kigali, Rwanda, as the two East African nations look to strengthen bilateral ties in a new chapter of warming diplomatic relations. The joint summit, dubbed “Tanzania-Rwanda Trade Forum 2016,” is the first of its kind and is expected to draw hundreds of key business players and government officials from both countries, according to Rwandan newspaper the New Times. Tanzania’s relations with Rwanda soured in 2013 following...
(Cnbc Africa 05/19/16)
African business leaders are more hopeful about the business operating environment outlook than their peers globally, according to Taiwo Oyedele, Partner at PwC Nigeria. Oyedele said his organisation’s recent survey demonstrated this trend. “This is a survey we carry every year globally, and now for the 5th year we have a survey where we consulted with African business leaders,” he said. “We ask business leaders across industries in the region about the business operating environment. Even though we see challenges...
(The East African 05/18/16)
Kenya is mulling terminating the standard gauge railway (SGR) in Naivasha or Kisumu after Rwanda pulled out of the flagship infrastructure project on the Northern Corridor. Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia played down the impact of Rwanda's exit even as he acknowledged that extension of the line to Malaba may no longer be necessary if landlocked states opt out. "The decision has not been reached but we have a number of options at our disposal. We can decide to end...
(Bloomberg 05/13/16)
Cape Town - The year after President Barack Obama extended African nations’ preferential access to US markets by a decade, his administration is re-evaluating its trade relations with the world’s poorest continent. “It’s time to start looking at what comes next,” US Trade Representative Michael Froman said in an interview in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, where the World Economic Forum is holding its annual Africa summit. “Part of what motivates us is that we are hearing from Africans that they want...
(AFP (eng) 05/12/16)
For the digital revolution to succeed, Africa must improve public access to electricity, delegates at the World Economic Forum on Africa said as they met for a second day in Kigali. Plugging households in to the grid remains a major challenge on this continent where more than 600 million people have no access to power, said delegates meeting in the Rwandan capital at a three-day summit known as Africa's Davos. "Without access to affordable, reliable, sustainable energy, Africa cannot really...
(The East African 05/12/16)
Rwanda and the European Union Tuesday signed a €177 million (about $200 million or Rwf157 billion) financing deal that will help the government improve its energy sector. The government targets to have 70 per cent of the 11 million population access electricity by 2018, from 23 per cent as at last year. The five-year budgetary support aims at improving the supply, transmission and distribution of electricity in Rwanda, and the management of the energy sector. The financing agreement is part...
(Voice of America 05/11/16)
Rwanda will host the 26th annual World Economic Forum on Africa starting Wednesday. Promoting innovation will be high on the agenda. Leaders from ten African countries are expected at the forum this week in Kigali. The goal of the World Economic Forum is to promote public-private partnership. And the theme of this year’s event in Africa is digital transformation, says forum spokesperson, Oliver Cann. “What we are seeing at the moment is a whole change in the global economy. New...
(Cnbc Africa 05/10/16)
The fast-growing economies of Africa face headwinds from the pull-back of international banks from the continent, Barclays' erstwhile-chief executive told CNBC, as the bank moves to sell down its business in Africa. Countries like Nigeria, the continent's biggest economy, received a flurry of international trade finance in the build-up to the global financial crisis of 2007-08. Since then, inflows have slowed, increasing the economic challenge for the continent where many people still struggle to access energy supplies or basic education...
(The East African 05/09/16)
Revenue authorities in East Africa face an uphill task of trying to meet increased targets and narrow the growing deficits in their countries’ budgets. Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya have all revised their revenue targets upwards in their budget statements. Tanzania, which suspended its revenue chief Rished Bade and five others last November over inefficiency, has revised its targets by 14 per cent. Tanzania’s Finance and Planning Minister Philip Mpango said the country would seal loopholes at the Tanzania Revenue...
(The East African 05/09/16)
Rwanda and Kenya are the only economies in the region that saw growth rates rise last year, as currency depreciation, falling commodity prices and high interest regimes hurt various sectors in the other economies. Rwanda’s economy grew to 6.5 per cent last year up from 6 per cent the year before, while Kenya recorded a 5.6 per cent up from 5.3 per cent, buoyed by expansion in the agriculture, construction and real estate sectors. Uganda recorded the sharpest drop in...
(Cnbc Africa 05/06/16)
As a result of the majority of Rwandan youth being part of the agricultural sector, The Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) was created but despite this, the country’s Minister of Youth and ICT feels more can be done. Despite agriculture absorbing about 70 per cent of the country's population, the sector believes that banks are not making it easy for the youth to pursue more jobs in the agribusiness sector through unnecessary regulation. "Why business plans? Do I need...

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(Xinhuanet 03/21/16)
Newly elected Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, will visit Rwanda later this year, the Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) announced Saturday. The president of the federation Vincent Nzamwita told reporters that, the newly elected leader of the World soccer governing body plans to visit Rwanda during his maiden trip to some of the African nations. "I was in Zurich, Switzerland last week for a meeting, and I happened to meet Mr. Infantino and he confirmed to me that Rwanda will be among countries in Africa he will visit this year. The FIFA was thrilled by Rwanda's sports development," Nzabamwita said. FERWAFA boss said that Infantino was happy with the way he was hosted in Rwanda on his...
(Voice of America 03/15/16)
George Wyndham of Sierra Leone is a force to be reckoned with. He’s been playing table tennis for 14 years, despite being paralyzed by polio as a child. Now, at age 26, he is among the best physically challenged players in Africa. "Whenever I play table tennis, it always makes me happy and forget about my disability," Wyndham said. Having polio has pushed him even harder to make something of his life, he says, especially in a country where there is not much support for disabled people. Having an outlet like table tennis is a way to give other people confidence, he adds. "I feel good, because for [the] past 14 years I was alone, the only disabled [person] playing...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/16/16)
FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan has asked soccer's world governing body to investigate Friday's agreement signed between the African and Asian confederations in case it breaches the electoral code. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Confederation of African Football (CAF) counterpart Issa Hayatou signed the 'co-operation agreement' in Rwanda, just over a month before the FIFA presidential election in Zurich on Feb. 26. Sheikh Salman, South African politician and...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/16)
The host of the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN 2016), Rwanda, said Wednesday it is ready ahead of the tournament's start this weekend. "We are fully ready to host this high-level competition," said Vincent Nzamwita, president of the Rwanda Football Federation, which hosts the tournament from January 16 to February 7, adding it is "a great honour". The tournament, organised by the African Football Confederation (CAF), is held every two years. It is reserved for players who play their football...
(Xinhuanet 01/08/16)
The year begins on a good note for Rwandan football with the nation improving by 10 places to 91st in the latest Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) rankings. The country, which has consistently dropped places in previous FIFA rankings, surprised the Rwanda local football governing body and football enthusiasts after learning of the latest position in the global football ranking. With 375 points, Rwanda is now ranked 23rd on the African continent ahead of giants Togo, Angola and Malawi...
(Xinhuanet 01/07/16)
(Xinhua) -- Rwandan football enthusiasts are excited about the forthcoming 2016 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) which will take place in Rwanda mid January. The fourth edition of CHAN is slated from January 16-February 7 at the Capital Kigali stadiums, as well as in Huye and Gisenyi. Soccer fans feel excitement as the buses ferrying Africa football stars arrived in Kigali on Monday. About 16 buses to transport teams have arrived in Rwanda amid CHAN preparations which are in high gear. "I am so excited to see these buses.
(Dw-World 12/22/15)
Joseph Blatter has pledged to fight the eight-year ban handed down to him by FIFA's Ethics Committee with all means at his disposal. He also reiterated earlier assertions that he had done nothing wrong. The FIFA president told reporters at a press conference in Zurich on Monday that he would go to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport and to a Swiss human rights court in a bid to get his ban on all football-related activities overturned. "I will...
(Xinhuanet 11/25/15)
(Xinhua) -- Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) believes its officials are targeted negatively in the fight against doping that is bedeviling track and field discipline at the moment. CAA believes embattled International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) former president Lamine Diack is being condemned without trial for abetting doping.
(The Rwanda Focus 11/19/15)
Libya defeated Rwanda 3-1 to qualify for the next round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. In a packed Nyamirambo stadium, the first 30 minutes of the game saw both sides attacking evenly A minute before half time, Amavubi striker Jacques Tuyisenge, scored the only goal for Rwanda. It came through a low pass crossed from winger Celestine Ndayishimiye. In the second half, it was not easy and cozy for Rwanda as they continued to make individual errors, coupled with...
(Angola Press(En) 10/26/15)
Angola qualified for the 2016 Chan tournament despite losing 2-1 to South Africa at the Luanda Stadium on Saturday, as the former emerged 3-2 winners on aggregate. The South Africans were the first to score in a self goal by Fabricio, but Gelson levelled the result in the first half. South Africa were looking to grab a victory over Angola, who were leading 2-0 on aggregate following their win in the 2016 African Nations Championship (Chan) first leg. This is...
(This Day Live 09/14/15)
After running previous 11 editions, as the All Africa Games, the Games has now been renamed the 'African Games,' an official revealed at the weekend. The Games returned to its birthplace, Brazzaville, in 2015, where it was first held 50 years ago in 1965 as the All Africa Games. The Games are expected to be held every four years. However, for one reason or the other, the four yearly cycle has not been maintained. According to the Executive Secretary of...
(The New Times 09/08/15)
Debutants Scoddy Downunder from Australia and Novo Nordisk Development from the USA complete the international list of professional sides. Eight national teams including Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa will also be competing for honours. Tour du Rwanda is the last event on the UCI Africa calendar and the top two sides on the continental standings will be looking for a last chance to impress and earn points for Rio 2016 Olympic games. The eight-day event...
(The New Times 09/02/15)
Amavubi captain Haruna Niyonzima is confident the team has what it takes to overcome Ghana when the two sides lock horns in a highly anticipated 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group H qualifier this Saturday at Amahoro Stadium in Kigali. Black Stars, this year’s AFCON losing finalists, have not missed a single Nations Cup tournament since 2004 when they were eliminated by Rwanda through a Jimmy Gatete goal during the last qualifier. The two sides lead their group with three...
(The New Times 08/11/15)
The national cycling team (Team Rwanda) will compete in this year’s Tour do Rio de Janeiro, scheduled for August 25-30 in Brazil. According to the head coach, Jonathan ‘Jock’ Boyer, Rwanda will be represented by five riders including; Jean Bosco Nsengimana, Hadi Janvier, Camera Hakuzimana, Joseph Biziyaremye and Joseph Aleluya. “Team Rwanda has been invited for this year’s Tour do Rio and this is good for our riders as they have a chance to exhibit their potential in such a...
(The New Times 07/28/15)
South Africa U23 vs Rwanda CHAN team Rwanda national football stand-in captain Eric Ndayishimiye has advised his teammates to prove their worth against South Africa U-23 side in a friendly game this afternoon at the University of Johannesburg. Ndayishimiye, who is commonly known as ‘Bakame’, is one of the senior players on the current 18-man squad that boasts of massive experience on the national team. “It is a new team. I have talked to the players and told them as...
(The New Times 07/28/15)
Mauritius and Botswana earned slots to the final qualification tournament of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games men's rugby 7s ahead of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi. The Southern African teams achieved this status in the pre-qualifiers for Africa - South that took place at the FERWAFA Ground near Amahoro Stadium in Remera on Saturday. Mauritius lost the final 38-21 to Zambia who came into the tournament already qualified allowing Botswana, who defeated DRC 24-17 in the third...
(The New Times 07/24/15)
Rwanda men’s sitting volleyball national team defeated Algeria 3-0 in their opening match of the ongoing Paravolley Africa sitting championship at Amahoro Indoor Stadium last evening. Rwanda dominated the game to win in straight sets 25-22, 25-16 and 25-22. Head coach Eric Gakwaya said, “It was tough but thank God we won the opening game.” “We will continue to take the momentum from one match to another. We still have a long way to go, but we have started well...
(Caj News Africa 07/03/15)
Johannesburg — A number of countries that won their opening matches for the CAF 2017 African Nations Championship (CHAN) are tipped to progress to the next stage while others face an uphill task. Among the highlights of the preliminary rounds is an East African Derby pitting Kenya and Ethiopia with the former expected to sail through after an impressive 2-0 away win in Addis Ababa in the first leg two weeks ago. Down south, Bafana Bafana , as South Africa...
(CNN 06/20/15)
(CNN)The insults are crude, but they hit home hard. The players of Koa Bosco have suffered many such racial taunts since their football club was formed in 2013. On occasion, physical violence has even flared on the pitch, says the Italian team's manager Domenico Mammoliti. "The ignorance of some people..." he sighs, revealing a hint of exasperation at the abuse he says his players have endured. Life in the Italian lower leagues is clearly tough. Yet it's nothing compared to the journey undertaken by this team of African immigrants and refugees from countries such as Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, the Ivory Coast, Togo and Sudan.
(Dw-World 06/15/15)
Two African teams are playing in the FIFA Women's World Cup on Friday (12.06.2015): Nigeria and Cameroon. African women's football has performed poorly in previous tournaments. DW's Sam Olukoya finds out why. Some blame the poor state of African women's football in general for the continent's lackluster performance at international tournaments. 20-year-old professional footballer Igmemeka Ike has been playing since the age of 15. She said the main difficultly women footballers face in Nigeria is the shortage of funds caused...

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(AFP (eng) 05/14/16)
On a choice spot overlooking Washington's most stately monuments, a new museum swathed in bronze will showcase the tragedy and triumph of black America. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, 100 years in the making and now almost ready, will fill a gaping void: until now the city had no grand-scale museum dedicated solely to this chapter of US history. Slave cabins, a blacks-only train car from the segregation era and exhibits on the Reverend Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement he led will fill its halls, on the National Mall just a stone's throw from the White House and the Washington Monument. So will a trumpet played by Louis...
(BBC News Africa 04/24/16)
The influential Congolese music star Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast, media reports say. Video from the concert shows the artist, who was 66, slumped on the floor as dancers continue to perform, unaware of what is happening. French broadcaster France 24 confirmed the death, quoting his manager. On the African music scene since 1969, Papa Wemba won a world following with his soukous rock music. The Congolese band leader, whose real name was Jules Shungu Webadio, also inspired a cult movement known as the Sapeurs whose members, young men, spend huge amounts of money on designer clothes.
(The New Times 04/07/16)
Atleast 20 participants from the arts industry completed a one week training workshop on result oriented project management at the Rwanda Arts Initiative (RAI) premises in Kimuhurura over the weekend. The project kicked off on March 28 and involved participants from Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda and DR Congo. The participants were equipped with skills in project management to help them generate income in arts projects like practicing cinema, performing arts, music, and literature among others. Luc Ameye, the workshop trainer...
(The New Times 03/15/16)
Outstanding filmmakers who participated at the recently concluded second annual edition of Mashariki African Film Festival (MAFF) were awarded. The festival, which started on March 5, concluded on Saturday at the Grand Pension Plaza’s Roof Top. The closing ceremony saw three outstanding filmmakers with short films awarded with cash prizes and 60 students who completed the week-long pre-production, acting and post-production classes, awarded with certificates. Pluvier Benko emerged winner with his film A ride in a Coffin, walking away with...
(The East African 02/08/16)
Kivu Ruhorahoza. Little known back home but gradually gaining recognition abroad, he is a skilled Rwandan film maker who is currently making waves in the international film circuit with his latest feature film Things of the Aimless Wanderer. Since its release late last year ithe film has premiered at Sundance in USA, Sydney, Durban and the Rotterdam film festivals. It will be screened in Rwanda this year. The film was released in February 2015. Shot in Rwanda, it is about...
(The New Times 01/19/16)
A new local private television station, Flash TV, is expected to go on air anytime soon. This will increase the number of licenced private TV stations in the country to over 20 on top of dozens of radio stations and newspapers. The proliferation of media outlets is an indicator that the media sector in Rwanda is becoming more vibrant, and has potential to attract more private investors. It also offers consumers of the media a variety to choose from, but...
(The New Times 01/08/16)
On November 15, 2015, in Sandton, South Africa, former Miss Rwanda finalist Joannah Keza Bagwire did Rwanda proud: she scooped 2nd place in Africa and 4th worldwide at that year's annual Miss Heritage Global beauty pageant. Formerly known as Miss Heritage World, Miss Heritage Global is an international beauty contest that seeks to promote world heritage. The brainchild of Zimbabwean Tare Munzara, the pageant brings together women from across the globe to showcase their countrys' national heritage. Bagwire, whose middle...
(APA 11/03/15)
The Rwanda and Namibian police forces have signed a pact to boost and enhance cooperation in law enforcement particularly cross border crimes linked to the two countries. The pact was signed on Tuesday by the Rwandan Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana and his Namibian counterpart Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, on the sidelines of the 84th Interpol General Assembly being held in the capital Kigali. The agreement will formalize their cooperation against cross-border crimes such as cybercrimes, narcotics...
(AFP 10/17/15)
Belgian pop star Stromae said Saturday he was "delighted" but also emotional to be back in Rwanda, the birthplace of his father, who was killed in the 1994 genocide. The singer, who broke off an African tour in June after falling sick to the huge disappointment of fans, plays his first concert in Rwanda later Saturday, after performances in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. "I'm obviously delighted to be here, especially with the health problems I had and the cancellation...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/15)
Stromae, the French-speaking world's singing superstar, arrives in Rwanda Friday, birthplace of his father who was killed in the 1994 genocide. The singer, who broke off an African tour in June after falling sick to the huge disappointment of fans, plays his first concert in Rwanda on Saturday, after performances in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. "I am very happy to see him return to his country of origin," said 20-year old fan Olivier Havugimana in Kigali, where excitement is...
(Voice of America 08/21/15)
NAIROBI— A dusty music store in downtown Nairobi was once the hotspot for East African musicians recording music with influences from across the region. While the shop suffered with the introduction of CDs and MP3s, a renewed interest in vinyl records is bringing back the music and the customers. Abdul Karim, the owner of the Melodica music store in downtown Nairobi talks and plays music for a visitor. In the back of his shop with a pile of old 45...
(The New Times 07/31/15)
English movie director, producer and screenwriter Michael Radford is best known for his role in the 1994 film, II Postino, for which he got an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. His two most famous early films were, The Madonna and The Volcano (1979), and Van Morrison in Ireland (1981). He specialized in documentaries until 1983, when he switched to fiction by scripting and directing the WWII-era romance, Another Time, Another Place. He followed this up with an adaptation of...
(The Associated Press 07/13/15)
Babajide Olatunji sold his first portrait for about $7. Seven years later, his charcoal renderings of faces with tribal markings sell for thousands of dollars. This 24-year-old's success is part of a new global recognition of the value of contemporary African art. "It's the new 'Scramble for Africa,' no longer for land, gold or diamonds, but for art," said Giles Peppiatt, who holds the only auctions of modern African art outside the continent, at Bonham's in London. "It's a rather...
(Vanguard 06/25/15)
Grammy Award winning R&B icon, NE-YO, has been announced to perform at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015. Performing songs from his sixth studio album 'Non Fiction' the singer-songwriter expressed his excitement about his first ever performance in the South African city, "I can't wait for you to see what I have in store Durban! I hope you're ready, because I am!" Since smashing onto the top spot of the Billboard Hot 200 Chart back in 2006 with his sophomore...
(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a...
(The New Times 02/27/15)
This year’s movie calendar is taking shape as preparations for the 11th edition of the annual Rwanda Film Festival (RFF) kick off in high gear. Rwanda Film Festival brings together several film houses and is organised by Kwetu Film Institute (KFI) and Rwanda Cinema Centre. Josephine Mbabazi, the head of marketing and communications at KFI, said intensive preparations including fundraising for funds from different institutions are ongoing. She added that they will also partner with foreign festivals such as the...
(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...
(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...

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(Voice of America 05/30/16)
Sunday was the annual International Day of U.N. Peacekeepers, honoring the more than 1 Million men and women recognized around the world as "Blue Helmets." U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Blue Helmets "manifest the best attributes of global solidarity, courageously serving in dangerous environments to provide security to some of the world's most vulnerable." Earlier this month, Ban laid a wreath outside U.N. headquarters in New York in memory of the 3,400 peacekeepers who have lost their lives since the first mission in 1948. U.N. officials say that in the past year, peacekeeping missions have faced many challenges, including sheltering 200,000 civilians in South Sudan fleeing for their lives to U.N. bases, and a...
(Huffingtonpost 05/23/16)
Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in Africa. Among younger users, basic phones are most common. But more pupils are accessing smartphones that can connect to the internet - and taking them along to school. Phones are often used in school whether they’re allowed or not. Although they can enable valuable access to information, they also bring new responsibilities and dangers. It’s remarkably common for classes to be interrupted by both pupils’ and teachers’ phones. Access to pornography as well as bullying and harassment through phones is widely reported. We have conducted a study of young people’s mobile phone use in Ghana, Malawi and South Africa. Our findings emphasise the central place that mobile phones occupy in many young people’s lives...
(The Independent 05/21/16)
The country’s ambassador to Zambia was forced to respond after several news websites helped fuel the rumour. The Chinese government has issued a statement strongly dismissing reports it is packaging human meat as corned beef and sending it to African grocery stores. The government was forced to respond after several African publications reported the allegations, made by Facebook user Barbara Akosua Aboagye in a post which has since been shared 26,168 times. South African websites Msanzi Live and Daily Post...
(Cnbc Africa 05/20/16)
The BMW Group South Africa announced the construction of its 26 000 square metre bodyshop in Rosslyn, Pretoria, on Thursday. The bodyshop is part of the $377 million the German manufacturer has invested into the country and it will produce and export the next generation of the BMW X3. “This bodyshop will be a state of the art facility, not only just in South Africa but across the world. It means job creation and it will mean upscaling for our...
(BBC News Africa 05/19/16)
Returning to Rwanda after an absence of several years, the BBC's Milton Nkosi finds a country which has undergone astonishing technological change. The Rwandan capital Kigali was a hive of activity this week as the city hosted the World Economic Forum on Africa. The land of a thousand hills is shaking off its negative image as a country forever linked with the 1994 genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 people were killed. It is breaking old stereotypes not just about...
(International Business Times 05/19/16)
A trade forum between Rwanda and Tanzania is set to kick off Friday in Kigali, Rwanda, as the two East African nations look to strengthen bilateral ties in a new chapter of warming diplomatic relations. The joint summit, dubbed “Tanzania-Rwanda Trade Forum 2016,” is the first of its kind and is expected to draw hundreds of key business players and government officials from both countries, according to Rwandan newspaper the New Times. Tanzania’s relations with Rwanda soured in 2013 following...
(Cnbc Africa 05/19/16)
African business leaders are more hopeful about the business operating environment outlook than their peers globally, according to Taiwo Oyedele, Partner at PwC Nigeria. Oyedele said his organisation’s recent survey demonstrated this trend. “This is a survey we carry every year globally, and now for the 5th year we have a survey where we consulted with African business leaders,” he said. “We ask business leaders across industries in the region about the business operating environment. Even though we see challenges...
(Voice of America 05/17/16)
Every year, the World Health Organization reports that some 3 million girls, most under the age of 15, are subject to female genital mutilation. This number adds to the hefty toll of more than 200 million girls and women already living with the harmful consequences of this brutal, inhumane practice. For the first time, WHO is issuing guidelines to help health workers provide better physical and psychological care for these girls and women. Female genital mutilation, or FGM, involves the...
(Bloomberg 05/13/16)
Cape Town - The year after President Barack Obama extended African nations’ preferential access to US markets by a decade, his administration is re-evaluating its trade relations with the world’s poorest continent. “It’s time to start looking at what comes next,” US Trade Representative Michael Froman said in an interview in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, where the World Economic Forum is holding its annual Africa summit. “Part of what motivates us is that we are hearing from Africans that they want...
(Voice of America 05/11/16)
Rwanda will host the 26th annual World Economic Forum on Africa starting Wednesday. Promoting innovation will be high on the agenda. Leaders from ten African countries are expected at the forum this week in Kigali. The goal of the World Economic Forum is to promote public-private partnership. And the theme of this year’s event in Africa is digital transformation, says forum spokesperson, Oliver Cann. “What we are seeing at the moment is a whole change in the global economy. New...
(AL Jazeera 05/11/16)
Commercial network promises to make blood and emergency medicine available to African country's scattered population. Starting next month, doctors and nurses in far-flung areas of Rwanda will be able to order blood and emergency medicine via a text message. Drones, part of a new breed designed to save lives, will fly to a clinic using GPS coordinates but instead of landing, it will drop a small package by parachute. Zipline, the company behind the project, says the aircraft will be...
(Voice of America 05/11/16)
More than two decades after the Rwandan genocide, two former mayors appeared before a Paris court Tuesday for their alleged participation in the slaughter, in a trial that highlights France’s complicated relationship with the tiny African nation and its alleged foot-dragging in bringing genocide suspects to justice. Octavien Ngenzi and Tito Barahira, both now in their 60s, are accused of genocide and crimes against humanity — accusations that both deny. Their scheduled two-month trial is only the second of its...
(Voice of America 05/11/16)
U.S. lawmakers examining the threat that terrorism poses in Africa expressed concern Tuesday that the United States may be overlooking human rights and governance abuses by leaders in the region who provide assistance on counterterrorism issues. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield told a panel of the senators at a hearing convened by the Foreign Relations Committee that countries in the region have critical vulnerabilities and capacities’ gap that must be addressed. Thomas-Greenfield said that terror groups...
(Cnbc Africa 05/10/16)
The fast-growing economies of Africa face headwinds from the pull-back of international banks from the continent, Barclays' erstwhile-chief executive told CNBC, as the bank moves to sell down its business in Africa. Countries like Nigeria, the continent's biggest economy, received a flurry of international trade finance in the build-up to the global financial crisis of 2007-08. Since then, inflows have slowed, increasing the economic challenge for the continent where many people still struggle to access energy supplies or basic education...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/09/16)
Member states of the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) are not meeting until September, but some African countries have already drawn their battle lines on divisive issues such as the ivory trade. Proposals for the meeting in Johannesburg were made public this week, pitting bids by Namibia and Zimbabwe to open up the trade in elephant ivory, against initiatives led by Kenya for a complete global ban on the coveted commodity. Those seeking to open up...
(Cnbc Africa 05/06/16)
As a result of the majority of Rwandan youth being part of the agricultural sector, The Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) was created but despite this, the country’s Minister of Youth and ICT feels more can be done. Despite agriculture absorbing about 70 per cent of the country's population, the sector believes that banks are not making it easy for the youth to pursue more jobs in the agribusiness sector through unnecessary regulation. "Why business plans? Do I need...
(Voice of America 05/06/16)
Angola is battling a yellow fever outbreak amid a global shortage of the vaccine. Cases have also been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda and China. Health experts worry about further spread. There is no treatment. Mass immunization is the only way to stop yellow fever, but producing more of the vaccine is not easy. Making of a vaccine The Institut Pasteur de Dakar is one of four places in the world that make the yellow fever...
(Bloomberg 05/04/16)
The prices private equity firms pay for stakes in African companies are the highest in six years, driven by record fundraising and competition for the continent’s expanding middle class. The median price for buyouts in 2015 increased to more than seven times the ratio of a company’s value to its earnings before interest, depreciation, tax and amortization, compared with 5.4 times in 2012, Cape Town-based RisCura Solutions (Pty) Ltd. said in a report on the industry released Wednesday. “Industries serving...
(Voice of America 04/30/16)
More than 200 people, including three African presidents, attended the opening of a three-day summit Friday near Mount Kenya, where activists and officials have gathered to discuss the future of Africa’s elephants and their habitats. Poaching has escalated to alarming heights in recent years, as 100,000 African elephants were killed between 2010 and 2012 alone. Tens of thousands continue to be poached every year across the continent. The goal of the event is to find ways to stop the slaughter...
(BBC News Africa 04/28/16)
The call for better management of sport is heard across Africa - often as a lament, more regularly as an outburst of barely contained frustration. In football, former Ajax and Juventus defender Sunday Oliseh recently quit as Nigeria's national football coach, citing contractual violations and lack of support from his local federation. Months earlier, Zimbabwe were disqualified from the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament after its football association failed to pay a former national coach. In athletics, Kenya only recently...

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