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(Voice of America 10/25/14)
Rwanda has suspended the broadcast of local-language BBC programs in response to a documentary on the 1994 genocide that some Rwandans found offensive. The government agency in charge of media technology said Friday it was taking BBC programs in the Kinyarwanda language off the air with immediate effect. It said it had received complaints of incitement, genocide denial and genocide revisionism after the October 1 broadcast of the documentary, entitled Rwanda -- The Untold Story. The BBC is defending the film, saying it examines evidence that challenges the accepted narrative of what happened before and after the genocide -- in particular, the role of President Paul Kagame and his Rwandan Patriotic Front. It also says...
(The Associated Press 10/25/14)
The Rwandan government on Friday suspended all BBC radio broadcasts in Rwanda's most common language, Kinyarwanda, to protest the news organization's recent documentary about Rwanda's genocide. President Paul Kagame's government, members of parliament and genocide survivors have expressed their anger at the BBC over the recent documentary that suggested the country's president may have had a hand shooting down his predecessor's plane, a crash that triggered the mass killings. The hour-long documentary — "Rwanda, The Untold Story" — also quoted U.S. researchers who suggested that many of the more than 800,000 Rwandans who died in the 1994 genocide may have...
(African Brains 10/25/14)
Pretoria – Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has illustrated the urgent need to accelerate focused investment in research in Africa. This as the world is grappling with containing the virus that is devastating West Africa, with a death toll standing at over 4 000 currently. Most of the victims are in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Speaking at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) celebration of 60 years of peace and...
(AFP (eng) 10/24/14)
Jailed Rwandan opposition figure Victoire Ingabire has filed a complaint with the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights to demand a retrial, officials said Friday. Ingabire was sentenced last December to 15 years in jail for "conspiracy in harming authorities through terrorism and war" and for minimising Rwanda's 1994 genocide, in which at least 800,000 people were killed by troops and extremists of the Hutu majority. A Hutu and a leading critic of President Paul Kagame, who took power...
(AFP (eng) 10/24/14)
A Rwandan media regulatory body said Friday it opposed calls for the BBC to be banned from broadcasting in the country after it aired a controversial documentary on the country's leadership and the genocide of 1994. The Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), an independent body, said the programme was "insulting" and that the BBC was guilty of "distorting the history of genocide", but added a ban "should not be the solution". Earlier this week furious lawmakers in parliament called for the...
(Cnbc Africa 10/24/14)
President Paul Kagame of Rwanda addressed investment opportunities in the country at the UK-Rwanda Trade and Investment Forum. Over three hundred business leaders met at the forum, held in London, where Kagame spoke about Rwanda’s transformation and investment opportunities. “We in Rwanda have worked hard to establish security and political stability. This has allowed us to focus on strengthening good governance and a culture of accountability," he said. The country has launched a number of programs in order to enhance...
(Business Day Online 10/24/14)
The rally in African debt markets has come to an abrupt halt as countries in the west of the continent battle to contain the spread of Ebola. Nigeria, which has been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO), has seen prices fall for its dollar-denominated government debt, pushing the yield up from 4.9 percent to 5.4 percent in the space of about a week the Financial Times reports. Ghana has deferred the sale of a local currency bond scheduled...
(AFP (eng) 10/23/14)
A campaign for Rwandan President Paul Kagame to seek a third term has begun with allies suggesting a constitutional change to allow him to run in 2017. Kagame, whose Rwandan Patriotic Front or RPF -- a former rebel army that helped end the 1994 genocide and is now the major political party -- was elected in 2003 and 2010 and is therefore ineligible to stand again. But smaller parties close to the RPF are being used to launch the case...
(AFP (eng) 10/23/14)
Rwandan lawmakers have called for the BBC to be banned from broadcasting in the country after it aired a controversial documentary on the country's leadership and the genocide of 1994, reports said Thursday. "Rwanda's Untold Story", broadcast this month, highlighted growing criticism of President Paul Kagame and revived allegations that his Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) -- then a rebel group, now the ruling political party -- was behind the shooting down of a plane that triggered the genocide. Furious lawmakers...
(AFP (eng) 10/23/14)
Rwanda lifted Thursday Ebola travel restrictions on travellers who had been in the United States and Spain after the president publicly told the health minister it was not necessary. Health Minister Agnes Binagwaho had this week ordered all travellers who had been in the United States and Spain within the past three weeks to send updates to her ministry each day they are in Rwanda. But President Paul Kagame, in messages posted on Twitter, said the restrictions had been lifted,...
(BBC News Africa 10/23/14)
Rwanda's parliament has condemned the BBC for broadcasting a documentary which questioned official accounts of the 1994 genocide in the country. It approved a resolution calling on the government to ban the BBC in Rwanda and to charge the documentary-makers with genocide denial. At least 800,000 people died in the genocide. The BBC has denied that any part of the programme constitutes a "denial of the genocide against the Tutsi". Those killed in the genocide are generally believed to be...
(Business Week 10/23/14)
Dr. Donald Kaberuka, the current President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), will next year step down and the Board of Governors will elect a new president. Dr. Kaberuka, a national of Rwanda, was elected in July 2005, and commenced his first term on 1 September 2005. However, he was re-elected in May 2010 and commenced his last five-year term on 1 September 2010. Accordingly, the Board of Governors will be electing Dr. Kaberuka’s successor on 28 May 2015, during...
(The Guardian 10/23/14)
Rwanda’s Untold Story criticises Paul Kagame and claims RPF carried out more war crimes than previously acknowledged. The Rwandan parliament has called for the BBC to be banned from the country’s airwaves in retaliation for a controversial documentary that questioned official accounts of the 1994 genocide. Rwanda’s Untold Story, broadcast earlier this month, highlighted growing criticism of president Paul Kagame and claims that his Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) was responsible for war crimes and more deaths than previously acknowledged. Kagame...
(Business Week 10/23/14)
Over 1,000 participants from East Africa and beyond will take part in the coming 7th East African Petroleum Conference and Exhibition 2015 (EAPCE’15) to be held in Kigali, Rwanda early next year writes ELISHA MAYALLAH. According to the East African Community Deputy Secretary General in Charge of Productive and Social Sectors, Jean Claude Nsengiyumva, the fifth biennial Conference and Exhibition, which is slated for March and hosted by the EAC will promote the region’s petroleum potential and investment opportunities. He...
(Business Week 10/23/14)
Travel will easier between Kigali and Mwanza following the launch of the direct flights between the two cities by RwandAir writes LEONARD MAGOMBA. Mwanza, the second largest city in Tanzania after Dar-es Salaam, is a major transit centre of goods destined for neighbouring countries such as Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. “With our new operations to Mwanza, we are delighted to further strengthen our regional co-operation with Tanzania and hope to serve its esteemed customers in...
(Ventures-Africa 10/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The first ever African Women in Real Estate Network is set to increase participation and opportunities for women in the sector, according to Ruth Obih, CEO of 3Invest, a service real estate consulting and investment firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. Referred to with the acronym A.W.I.R.E., the network was launched at the recently concluded Real Estate Unite, arguably the largest gathering of real estate professionals in Africa. “If we in the real estate are committed to our...
(SouthAfrica.info 10/23/14)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects the strong growth trends that sub-Saharan Africa has been experiencing in recent years to continue in the next two years, albeit at a faster rate. Releasing the October 2014 IMF Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa report on 20 October, director of the IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, said the region’s economy is forecast to continue “growing at a fast clip, expanding by about 5% in 2014, the same level as in 2013, and accelerating...
(AFP (eng) 10/22/14)
Rwanda has boosted travel restrictions to stem the spread of the Ebola virus, ordering travellers who have been in the United States and Spain to send daily updates, the health minister said Wednesday. "Every day... they should call us or send an internet message," stating their health condition, Minister of Health Agnes Binagwaho told AFP. The requirement applies to all travellers who have been in the US or Spain within the past three weeks. Messages should be sent for the...
(AFP (eng) 10/22/14)
Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Tuesday the central African nation was no longer "just a country of genocide" and now had a positive story to tell about reconciliation and economic growth. He warned though of the dangers of dependence on foreign aid and of the failings of international institutions, saying developing countries had to form closer regional links to increase stability. Speaking at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, on Rwanda's role in an emerging Africa...
(Voice of America 10/22/14)
The East African nation of Rwanda is ordering travelers from the United States and Spain to phone daily medical reports to health officials because of Ebola. These are the only two countries outside of Africa to report cases of the deadly disease. Anyone who was been to these two nations must report in to officials for the first 21 days of his or her stay. Rwanda is currently Ebola-free and determined to stay that way. It is already banning visitors...

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(Voice of America 10/25/14)
Rwanda has suspended the broadcast of local-language BBC programs in response to a documentary on the 1994 genocide that some Rwandans found offensive. The government agency in charge of media technology said Friday it was taking BBC programs in the Kinyarwanda language off the air with immediate effect. It said it had received complaints of incitement, genocide denial and genocide revisionism after the October 1 broadcast of the documentary, entitled Rwanda -- The Untold Story. The BBC is defending the film, saying it examines evidence that challenges the accepted narrative of what happened before and after the genocide -- in particular, the role of President Paul Kagame and his Rwandan Patriotic Front. It also says...
(African Brains 10/25/14)
Pretoria – Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has illustrated the urgent need to accelerate focused investment in research in Africa. This as the world is grappling with containing the virus that is devastating West Africa, with a death toll standing at over 4 000 currently. Most of the victims are in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Speaking at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) celebration of 60 years of peace and development in New York on Monday, Minister Pandor said science has been a significant contributor to social development in many...
(AFP (eng) 10/23/14)
Rwandan lawmakers have called for the BBC to be banned from broadcasting in the country after it aired a controversial documentary on the country's leadership and the genocide of 1994, reports said Thursday. "Rwanda's Untold Story", broadcast this month, highlighted growing criticism of President Paul Kagame and revived allegations that his Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) -- then a rebel group, now the ruling political party -- was behind the shooting down of a plane that triggered the genocide. Furious lawmakers...
(AFP (eng) 10/23/14)
Rwanda lifted Thursday Ebola travel restrictions on travellers who had been in the United States and Spain after the president publicly told the health minister it was not necessary. Health Minister Agnes Binagwaho had this week ordered all travellers who had been in the United States and Spain within the past three weeks to send updates to her ministry each day they are in Rwanda. But President Paul Kagame, in messages posted on Twitter, said the restrictions had been lifted,...
(BBC News Africa 10/23/14)
Rwanda's parliament has condemned the BBC for broadcasting a documentary which questioned official accounts of the 1994 genocide in the country. It approved a resolution calling on the government to ban the BBC in Rwanda and to charge the documentary-makers with genocide denial. At least 800,000 people died in the genocide. The BBC has denied that any part of the programme constitutes a "denial of the genocide against the Tutsi". Those killed in the genocide are generally believed to be...
(AFP (eng) 10/22/14)
Rwanda has boosted travel restrictions to stem the spread of the Ebola virus, ordering travellers who have been in the United States and Spain to send daily updates, the health minister said Wednesday. "Every day... they should call us or send an internet message," stating their health condition, Minister of Health Agnes Binagwaho told AFP. The requirement applies to all travellers who have been in the US or Spain within the past three weeks. Messages should be sent for the...
(Voice of America 10/22/14)
The East African nation of Rwanda is ordering travelers from the United States and Spain to phone daily medical reports to health officials because of Ebola. These are the only two countries outside of Africa to report cases of the deadly disease. Anyone who was been to these two nations must report in to officials for the first 21 days of his or her stay. Rwanda is currently Ebola-free and determined to stay that way. It is already banning visitors...
(Angola Press(En) 10/20/14)
The director for Africa and Middle East of the Foreign Ministry (Mirex), Ambassador Joaquim do Espírito Santo, said on Sunday in Luanda that there has been no progress in the disarmament of the FDLR forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) process. The diplomat made these remarks to reporters when assessing the preparatory work of the Third Joint Meeting of the Ministers of Defence and Foreign Affairs of SADC/ICGLR, at the Angolan capital. "We found that insecurity in the...
(Voice of America 10/15/14)
A senior official in Rwanda's reconciliation process is calling on South Sudan to apply lessons on how Rwanda came back from the dark days of the 1994 genocide, in particular the system of the gacaca courts. "If you can use them and rebuild peace, rebuild unity, rebuild development, why not for them to use it before they have a tragedy?” Habyalimanana Jean Baptiste, executive secretary of Rwanda’s National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, said during a visit by traditional chiefs from four South Sudanese states last week.
(AFP (eng) 10/14/14)
Burundi said Tuesday it was certain that bodies found floating in a lake on its border had floated downstream from neighbouring Rwanda, despite repeated denials from Kigali. The appearance of the corpses over the past several months have sparked concern in a region scarred by decades of unrest and serious rights abuses. Officials say six bodies were found, although fishermen have reported seeing as many as 10 times that number. "We are confident these bodies were carried down into the...
(AFP (eng) 10/14/14)
Burundi said Tuesday it was certain that bodies found floating in a lake on its border had floated downstream from neighbouring Rwanda, despite repeated denials from Kigali. The appearance of the corpses over the past several months have sparked concern in a region scarred by decades of unrest and serious rights abuses. Officials say six bodies were found, although fishermen have reported seeing as many as 10 times that number. "We are confident these bodies were carried down into the...
(News of Rwanda 10/13/14)
A group of eight Rwandans have returned from DR Congo after spending at least a month under captivity in the Congolese prison in the Northern Kivu Region. The Rwandans are suspected to have returned after spending days starving in the T2 prison cells in Northern Kivu The team, which returned on October 9, 2014, says that they crossed the Rwanda-Congo border with full travel documents to do business on the Congolese side, but were unlawfully arrested in the process, but...
(Xinhuanet 10/09/14)
Africa should involve women in peace building and democratization process, participants at the Gender Pre- forum said at the closing session of two-day meeting in Kigali Tuesday. "African Union member states should strengthen democratic governance structures at the national and local levels that facilitate dialogue, engagement and inclusion of African citizens particularly women and youth in order to ensure inclusive development interventions on the continent," the forum said in its recommendations. The recommendations will be presented at a high-level dialogue...
(BBC News Africa 10/09/14)
Mobile phone users in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda will soon enjoy cheaper cross border calls, after telecom operators agreed to cut roaming charges. Charges for making or receiving calls in other countries in East Africa will be cut by more than 60%. Kenya's communications minister revealed mobile phone users would pay reduced tariffs for calling a different network in a neighbouring country. Those roaming will not be charged for receiving calls. "We have reduced the cost of calling within the...
(Ipp media 10/08/14)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Friday approved loans amounting to USD 98.22 million to finance the first phase of East Africa’s Centres of Excellence for Skills and Tertiary Education in Biomedical Sciences programme in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. A statement issued by the bank yesterday said the project aims to contribute to the development of relevant and highly skilled workforce in biomedical sciences to meet East African Community (EAC) immediate labour market...
(Business Week 10/07/14)
The government is continuing to develop ways of supporting women-owned Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by trying to address the problems they may face. “One of these challenges that such women face is poor information, especially about procurement. Most of them may not be well informed or not even informed, hence they may lose business,” Oda Gasinzigwa, the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion said recently. The Minister was speaking at the recently concluded World Export Development Forum (WEDF) that...
(Xinhuanet 10/07/14)
PARIS, Oct. (Xinhua) -- Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Monday hold the 14th session of Africa forum with a major focus on ways to make accelerating growth in African countries more robust and sustainable. Themed "By Africa, for Africa? Industrialisation and Integration for Inclusive Growth," participants would dig for adequate measures to help "African firms harness regional and global value chains to create new jobs," and implement "innovative territorial policies to promote balanced regional development and...
(Business Week 10/06/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - The government has continued to support the tourism sector which contributes a considerable chunk of the GDP and foreign exchange earnings. Recently Rwanda joined the rest of the world in celebrating the World Tourism Day with this year’s theme ‘Tourism and Community Development’. “This occasion is a chance to reflect on how Rwanda is investing in facilities to meet the growing demand especially for meeting and conferences, the head of tourism and conservation at the Rwanda Development...
(Business Week 10/06/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - The government is continuing to develop ways of supporting women-owned Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by trying to address the problems they may face. “One of these challenges that such women face is poor information, especially about procurement. Most of them may not be well informed or not even informed, hence they may lose business,” Oda Gasinzigwa, the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion said recently. The Minister was speaking at the recently concluded World Export Development...
(The Citizen 10/06/14)
Arusha. The East African Community (EAC) partner states have not yet agreed on the benchmarks for issuance of work permits and now trade unions want them to be processed within 30 days and fees for getting them abolished. “Processing time for the handling of work permits should be shortened to a maximum of 30 days”, Francis Atwoli, the chairperson of the East African Conferderation of Trade Unions (EATUC), stressed. Speaking to reporters after a meeting of regional officials here, he...

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(Cnbc Africa 10/24/14)
President Paul Kagame of Rwanda addressed investment opportunities in the country at the UK-Rwanda Trade and Investment Forum. Over three hundred business leaders met at the forum, held in London, where Kagame spoke about Rwanda’s transformation and investment opportunities. “We in Rwanda have worked hard to establish security and political stability. This has allowed us to focus on strengthening good governance and a culture of accountability," he said. The country has launched a number of programs in order to enhance knowledge in the economy. The programs include One Laptop per Child, universal health coverage, free 12-year basic education and partnerships with world class universities. “We are prioritising inclusive growth to empower citizens to chart their...
(Business Day Online 10/24/14)
The rally in African debt markets has come to an abrupt halt as countries in the west of the continent battle to contain the spread of Ebola. Nigeria, which has been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO), has seen prices fall for its dollar-denominated government debt, pushing the yield up from 4.9 percent to 5.4 percent in the space of about a week the Financial Times reports. Ghana has deferred the sale of a local currency bond scheduled for issue this month and yields on debt issued by the region’s largest economy are at a six-month high. The...
(Business Week 10/23/14)
Dr. Donald Kaberuka, the current President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), will next year step down and the Board of Governors will elect a new president. Dr. Kaberuka, a national of Rwanda, was elected in July 2005, and commenced his first term on 1 September 2005. However, he was re-elected in May 2010 and commenced his last five-year term on 1 September 2010. Accordingly, the Board of Governors will be electing Dr. Kaberuka’s successor on 28 May 2015, during...
(Business Week 10/23/14)
Over 1,000 participants from East Africa and beyond will take part in the coming 7th East African Petroleum Conference and Exhibition 2015 (EAPCE’15) to be held in Kigali, Rwanda early next year writes ELISHA MAYALLAH. According to the East African Community Deputy Secretary General in Charge of Productive and Social Sectors, Jean Claude Nsengiyumva, the fifth biennial Conference and Exhibition, which is slated for March and hosted by the EAC will promote the region’s petroleum potential and investment opportunities. He...
(Business Week 10/23/14)
Travel will easier between Kigali and Mwanza following the launch of the direct flights between the two cities by RwandAir writes LEONARD MAGOMBA. Mwanza, the second largest city in Tanzania after Dar-es Salaam, is a major transit centre of goods destined for neighbouring countries such as Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. “With our new operations to Mwanza, we are delighted to further strengthen our regional co-operation with Tanzania and hope to serve its esteemed customers in...
(Ventures-Africa 10/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The first ever African Women in Real Estate Network is set to increase participation and opportunities for women in the sector, according to Ruth Obih, CEO of 3Invest, a service real estate consulting and investment firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. Referred to with the acronym A.W.I.R.E., the network was launched at the recently concluded Real Estate Unite, arguably the largest gathering of real estate professionals in Africa. “If we in the real estate are committed to our...
(SouthAfrica.info 10/23/14)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects the strong growth trends that sub-Saharan Africa has been experiencing in recent years to continue in the next two years, albeit at a faster rate. Releasing the October 2014 IMF Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa report on 20 October, director of the IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, said the region’s economy is forecast to continue “growing at a fast clip, expanding by about 5% in 2014, the same level as in 2013, and accelerating...
(Ventures-Africa 10/22/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned African countries that rushing to issue Eurobonds could raise debt levels and undermine growth as they may face exchange rate risks and problems repaying debts. Several African countries, especially those once burdened with debts, have issued Eurobonds to raise money for capital projects. Reuters News Agency quotes the director of IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, as saying, in an interview on Monday, that such Eurobonds come with risks. “Whereas what...
(Bloomberg 10/21/14)
Rwanda is planning to offer longer-dated local debt and may sell its second Eurobond as early as next year as the East African nation’s economy is set to grow faster than the regional average. The dollar debt sale “won’t be this year,” Finance Minister Claver Gatete said in an interview in London yesterday. “We believe it can be 2015.” The government is deciding whether to make the maturity on next month’s Rwandan franc issuance seven years, the longest yet, he...
(Bloomberg 10/21/14)
Ebola’s economic effects in Africa are proving hard to quarantine even in the 49 of 54 countries that are untouched by the virus. Corporate events are being canceled, international investors are declining to visit and multinationals are on high alert. The International Monetary Fund yesterday cut its forecast for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa this year to 5 percent from 5.5 percent, due in part to “economic spillovers starting to materialize” from the outbreak. The ripple effects present a fresh...
(In2 East Africa 10/20/14)
President Paul Kagame is today expected to speak as a panelist at the inaugural Global Africa Investment Forum in London on the topic ‘Realising Africa’s Investment Potential”. He will speak alongside President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, President John Mahama of Ghana and Mizengo Pinda, Prime Minister of Tanzania. The Global African Investment Summit aims to bring together the public and private sectors to discuss specific transactions, access to finance, and over 30 bankable projects in Sub Saharan Africa requiring investment...
(Cnbc Africa 10/20/14)
Business leaders recently discussed the future of East Africa and the challenges that may hinder its progress at a summit in Kigali. The summit, themed 'Positioning East Africa for inclusive prosperity in 2020 and beyond’, focused on the regions wealth as well as issues such as insecurity, the Ebola scare and a lack of proper infrastructure. One of the sessions included President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, both of whom spoke on inclusive growth. Kenyatta...
(Ventures-Africa 10/20/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The race to build hotels in Africa has never been bigger than it is today. Global hotel chain Marriot International’s recent announcement of a $1.5 billion Africa expansion plan stirred the market and a recent hotel conference on Africa. The capital investment will be used to build nine hotels, amounting to a 1,300 additional rooms, by 2015 and 30 additional hotels by 2020, adding another 5,550 rooms to the continent’s hotel room count. Marriot International’s construction plan...
(Cnbc Africa 10/17/14)
Africa’s vast amounts unexplored resources make it every investors dream, however, the continents real success lies in advancing women. Earlier this month the world celebrated The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, a day that recognises the vital role rural women play in improving agriculture and rural development. “When we give rural women access to productive agricultural and natural resources, we empower them. They, in turn, can contribute more to alleviating hunger and boosting the ability of their communities...
(Business Daily 10/16/14)
Business leaders from East Africa are meeting in Kigali, Rwanda to discuss how to make economic prosperity more inclusive and easier to achieve. The two-day East Africa Business Summit kicked off Wednesday with addresses by chair-person Linus Gitahi, the chief executive of Nation Media Group, and Dr Richard Sezibera, the secretary general of the East African Community. The EAC secretary general praised the recent successful negotiation of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the European Union. Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda...
(New Vision 10/15/14)
In its commitment to promote East Africa as a single Tourism destination, Uganda has partnered with Rwanda to jointly promote two way tourism traffic between the two sister-countries. Speaking during the 52nd Post Ugandan Independence celebrations at Serena Hotel-Kigali, Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanadan Minister for Foreign Affairs said the move which was championed by the Uganda Tourism Board in partnership with the Rwandan Development Board is purposed to defend both the security and business developments of the two countries. “People to people relations between Uganda and Rwanda is a very important step to strengthening the tourism sectors of the two economies-both of which come as their country
(Business Daily 10/15/14)
President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya will headline a key meeting of business leaders from across the region that starts Thursday morning in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. Several captains of industry are also attending the two-day East African Business Summit, which brings together the biggest number of industry leaders from across the region. The two heads of state will take share their views on how businesses and governments can partner to bring about inclusive prosperity,...
(The New Times 10/15/14)
Small-and-medium enterprises should embrace standards to create confidence among consumers and increase their competitiveness, the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB), has urged. The call came as Rwanda joined the rest of the world yesterday to celebrate World Standards Day under the theme “Standards level the playing field”. This year’s theme emphasises the importance of international standards among stakeholders, especially SMEs, in providing an equal market opportunity, Dr Mark Cyubahiro Bagabe, RSB director general, said. International standards assure consumers of a product’s...
(Ventures-Africa 10/15/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes has called on the international financial community to provide Africa with more investments than aid, as it is obvious that the latter cannot help the emerging continent achieve its desired growth and development. Carlos was, on Monday, speaking at the opening of the Ninth African Development Forum holding in Marrakech, Morocco themed “Innovative financing for Africa’s transformation” with the aim of deriving measures to...
(Ventures-Africa 10/14/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released last week, by IHS, a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. “Cote d’Ivoire intends on spending $4 billion on agriculture development in order to improve crop yields and, in four years,...

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(PANA 10/07/14)
The qualifying series for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is set to resume next weekend, after a month-long break, PANA reported Sunday. The first set of two group matches were played last month, and two more matches are slated to be played this month. Match day three will be next Friday and Saturday, while Match day four will be four days later, on 15 Oct. After this month's matches, there will be two more matches to go, in November, before the emergence of the qualified teams. The top two finishers from each of the seven groups, plus the best third-placed team, will pick the tickets to the 16-team 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals...
(The New Times 10/07/14)
Head coaches and technical directors of African national teams have hailed progress in African football but emphasised the need to make improvements which would see an African team win a Fifa World Cup. The resolution was among the many passed by the coaches, who meet in a two-day conference held in Cairo, Egypt last week. It was organised by FIFA and CAF to review and learn from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Rwanda was represented by Amavubi head coach Stephen Constantine and technical director Lee Johnson. Reflecting on the technical aspects of Brazil 2014, there was a general feeling...
(The New Times 10/03/14)
The Minister of Sports and Culture, Joseph Habineza has warned that the government will not have any leniency when it comes to handling national team players with dual identity. Habineza made the remarks during a press briefing held at Amahoro stadium on Wednesday. “So many mistakes were done in the past and we can’t afford to repeat them. The issue of players with dual identity and false age has to end immediately,” the minister ordered. Habineza revealed that with help...
(Xinhuanet 09/26/14)
KIGALI, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Rwandan middle-distance runner James Sugira, who has also represented the country in the recent Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in August 2014, has received the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) sponsorship to participate in another training camp that will gather high profile competitive African athletes in Eldoret, Kenya, Sports source revealed Thursday in Kigali. Speaking during an exclusive interview with Xinhua, Sugira said that his departure has already been confirmed by the Rwanda Athletics Federation,...
(The New Times 09/25/14)
Rwanda will face Morocco in a Fifa international friendly match in November, according to Vincent Nzamwita, the Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) chairman. Nzamwita told Times Sport early this week that they are in talks with Morocco football federation to find suitable dates for the warm-up matches. "We are still in negotiations with Morocco. They have expressed interest to play against Rwanda but we are still in talks to determine the exact dates and a possibility of even having Rwanda play...
(The New Times 09/18/14)
FOR the first time in six years, Rwanda has made a big stride in the global rankings, moving from 101st to 93rd in the Fifa rankings released today in Zurich, Switzerland. Stephen Constantine's men also improved to 26th in Africa, thanks mainly to impressive performances that saw Amavubi reach the third and final round of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite Rwanda being banned from the group stages for fielding an ineligible players—Dady Birori, who has dual identity...
(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...
(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...

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(AFP (eng) 10/24/14)
A Rwandan media regulatory body said Friday it opposed calls for the BBC to be banned from broadcasting in the country after it aired a controversial documentary on the country's leadership and the genocide of 1994. The Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), an independent body, said the programme was "insulting" and that the BBC was guilty of "distorting the history of genocide", but added a ban "should not be the solution". Earlier this week furious lawmakers in parliament called for the FM licence the BBC uses to broadcast across the country -- in English, Kinyarwanda and French -- to be withdrawn. The BBC documentary, "Rwanda's Untold Story", was broadcast earlier this month and highlighted growing criticism...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Despite sparse resources and limited institutional support, the world will soon wake up to Africa's ingenious new artists, according to some of the continent's leading exponents taking part in London's Contemporary African Art Fair. The four-day event -- the largest such fair outside Africa -- opens on Thursday and showcases the work of over 120 artists in the grand setting of Somerset House in the heart of the British capital in a bid to reach a global market. Some 27 galleries from around the world are represented at "1:54" -- named after the number of countries in Africa -- and...
(News Day 10/10/14)
IT was a night of fun and of course lots of glitz and glamour at The Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots launch on October 5 at The Whippet in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa. After the unexpected burning down of the former BBA house also located in Johannesburg, viewers and audiences were naturally eager to see how this new venue would turn out and with no doubt Big Brother did not disappoint. The usual presenter, Ik Osakioduwa, popularly known as Ik,...
(The New Times 09/18/14)
Rwanda's aspiring Big Brother Africa housemates finally have something to smile about, as reports emerge that they might finally take part in Africa’s most watched television reality show. Reliable sources have confirmed to this paper that for the first time Rwanda would be represented in the ninth edition of the show. The development comes three weeks after Rwanda had been dropped because there was not sufficient time to procure travel documents for the participants. Although the organisers M-Net AfricaMagic have...
(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...
(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,...
(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 10/25/14)
Rwanda has suspended the broadcast of local-language BBC programs in response to a documentary on the 1994 genocide that some Rwandans found offensive. The government agency in charge of media technology said Friday it was taking BBC programs in the Kinyarwanda language off the air with immediate effect. It said it had received complaints of incitement, genocide denial and genocide revisionism after the October 1 broadcast of the documentary, entitled Rwanda -- The Untold Story. The BBC is defending the film, saying it examines evidence that challenges the accepted narrative of what happened before and after the genocide -- in particular, the role of President Paul Kagame and his Rwandan Patriotic Front. It also says...
(Cnbc Africa 10/24/14)
President Paul Kagame of Rwanda addressed investment opportunities in the country at the UK-Rwanda Trade and Investment Forum. Over three hundred business leaders met at the forum, held in London, where Kagame spoke about Rwanda’s transformation and investment opportunities. “We in Rwanda have worked hard to establish security and political stability. This has allowed us to focus on strengthening good governance and a culture of accountability," he said. The country has launched a number of programs in order to enhance knowledge in the economy. The programs include One Laptop per Child, universal health coverage, free 12-year basic education and partnerships...
(BBC News Africa 10/23/14)
Rwanda's parliament has condemned the BBC for broadcasting a documentary which questioned official accounts of the 1994 genocide in the country. It approved a resolution calling on the government to ban the BBC in Rwanda and to charge the documentary-makers with genocide denial. At least 800,000 people died in the genocide. The BBC has denied that any part of the programme constitutes a "denial of the genocide against the Tutsi". Those killed in the genocide are generally believed to be...
(The Guardian 10/23/14)
Rwanda’s Untold Story criticises Paul Kagame and claims RPF carried out more war crimes than previously acknowledged. The Rwandan parliament has called for the BBC to be banned from the country’s airwaves in retaliation for a controversial documentary that questioned official accounts of the 1994 genocide. Rwanda’s Untold Story, broadcast earlier this month, highlighted growing criticism of president Paul Kagame and claims that his Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) was responsible for war crimes and more deaths than previously acknowledged. Kagame...
(Ventures-Africa 10/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The first ever African Women in Real Estate Network is set to increase participation and opportunities for women in the sector, according to Ruth Obih, CEO of 3Invest, a service real estate consulting and investment firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. Referred to with the acronym A.W.I.R.E., the network was launched at the recently concluded Real Estate Unite, arguably the largest gathering of real estate professionals in Africa. “If we in the real estate are committed to our...
(Voice of America 10/22/14)
The East African nation of Rwanda is ordering travelers from the United States and Spain to phone daily medical reports to health officials because of Ebola. These are the only two countries outside of Africa to report cases of the deadly disease. Anyone who was been to these two nations must report in to officials for the first 21 days of his or her stay. Rwanda is currently Ebola-free and determined to stay that way. It is already banning visitors...
(Ventures-Africa 10/22/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned African countries that rushing to issue Eurobonds could raise debt levels and undermine growth as they may face exchange rate risks and problems repaying debts. Several African countries, especially those once burdened with debts, have issued Eurobonds to raise money for capital projects. Reuters News Agency quotes the director of IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, as saying, in an interview on Monday, that such Eurobonds come with risks. “Whereas what...
(Bloomberg 10/21/14)
Rwanda is planning to offer longer-dated local debt and may sell its second Eurobond as early as next year as the East African nation’s economy is set to grow faster than the regional average. The dollar debt sale “won’t be this year,” Finance Minister Claver Gatete said in an interview in London yesterday. “We believe it can be 2015.” The government is deciding whether to make the maturity on next month’s Rwandan franc issuance seven years, the longest yet, he...
(Bloomberg 10/21/14)
Ebola’s economic effects in Africa are proving hard to quarantine even in the 49 of 54 countries that are untouched by the virus. Corporate events are being canceled, international investors are declining to visit and multinationals are on high alert. The International Monetary Fund yesterday cut its forecast for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa this year to 5 percent from 5.5 percent, due in part to “economic spillovers starting to materialize” from the outbreak. The ripple effects present a fresh...
(Cnbc Africa 10/20/14)
Business leaders recently discussed the future of East Africa and the challenges that may hinder its progress at a summit in Kigali. The summit, themed 'Positioning East Africa for inclusive prosperity in 2020 and beyond’, focused on the regions wealth as well as issues such as insecurity, the Ebola scare and a lack of proper infrastructure. One of the sessions included President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, both of whom spoke on inclusive growth. Kenyatta...
(Ventures-Africa 10/20/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The race to build hotels in Africa has never been bigger than it is today. Global hotel chain Marriot International’s recent announcement of a $1.5 billion Africa expansion plan stirred the market and a recent hotel conference on Africa. The capital investment will be used to build nine hotels, amounting to a 1,300 additional rooms, by 2015 and 30 additional hotels by 2020, adding another 5,550 rooms to the continent’s hotel room count. Marriot International’s construction plan...
(Cnbc Africa 10/17/14)
Africa’s vast amounts unexplored resources make it every investors dream, however, the continents real success lies in advancing women. Earlier this month the world celebrated The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, a day that recognises the vital role rural women play in improving agriculture and rural development. “When we give rural women access to productive agricultural and natural resources, we empower them. They, in turn, can contribute more to alleviating hunger and boosting the ability of their communities...
(Voice of America 10/15/14)
A senior official in Rwanda's reconciliation process is calling on South Sudan to apply lessons on how Rwanda came back from the dark days of the 1994 genocide, in particular the system of the gacaca courts. "If you can use them and rebuild peace, rebuild unity, rebuild development, why not for them to use it before they have a tragedy?” Habyalimanana Jean Baptiste, executive secretary of Rwanda’s National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, said during a visit by traditional chiefs from four South Sudanese states last week.
(Ventures-Africa 10/15/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes has called on the international financial community to provide Africa with more investments than aid, as it is obvious that the latter cannot help the emerging continent achieve its desired growth and development. Carlos was, on Monday, speaking at the opening of the Ninth African Development Forum holding in Marrakech, Morocco themed “Innovative financing for Africa’s transformation” with the aim of deriving measures to...
(Ventures-Africa 10/14/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released last week, by IHS, a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. “Cote d’Ivoire intends on spending $4 billion on agriculture development in order to improve crop yields and, in four years,...
(Huffingtonpost 10/13/14)
On Thursday, Rwanda's Prime Minister, Anastase Murekezi, launched the Fund for the Environment and Climate Change, modelled on a 'green bank' concept and designed to invest in projects that promote sustainability and tackle climate change. The fund is the first of its kind in Rwanda and the biggest in Africa and comes just weeks after the UN Climate Summit in New York. For more than a decade, Rwanda has been at the forefront of environmental protection on the continent. Rwanda's...
(Ventures-Africa 10/13/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Compared to other regions of the world, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of female entrepreneurs. These women are mostly owners of small businesses and local community shops serving the unmet needs of their homes and consumers. This not only reshapes the incorrect perception that African women have marginal input in overall economic output, but a socio-economic conscious business environment that includes full support of women entrepreneurs could potentially bring millions out of poverty and reduce an...
(Ventures-Africa 10/10/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Lusaka Stock Exchange listed power distribution company, Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) is to invest over $18 million in upgrading its network in a bid to boost Zambia and DR Congo energy sector. “CEC owns the inter-connection between Zambia and DRC. We are building a duo circuit transmission line which will see the capacity of our inter-connector extended from 250 megawatts to 550 megawatts,” said CEC managing director Owen Silavwe. CEC operates and maintain a network comprising transmission, distribution and generation assets. The assets comprise an emergency power generation capacity of 80MW, transmission and distribution network of around 1,000 km of overhead power lines
(BBC News Africa 10/09/14)
Mobile phone users in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda will soon enjoy cheaper cross border calls, after telecom operators agreed to cut roaming charges. Charges for making or receiving calls in other countries in East Africa will be cut by more than 60%. Kenya's communications minister revealed mobile phone users would pay reduced tariffs for calling a different network in a neighbouring country. Those roaming will not be charged for receiving calls. "We have reduced the cost of calling within the...
(Voice of America 09/19/14)
ADDIS ABABA— African children are facing disproportionately high levels of violence, according to a new report by the African Child Policy Forum. The study calls for more coordinated action to prevent violence against children. The new report, released Thursday, said African children are subjected to extremely high levels of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and current laws and policies have not been able to tackle this issue. African Child Policy Forum Executive Director Theophane Nikyema said a coordinated response is needed. “There has not been much focus on the prevention side when it comes to child protection

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