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(Xinhuanet 11/22/14)
KIGALI, Nov. (Xinhua) -- The Government of Rwanda will next week issue a seven-year fixed coupon rate treasury bond worth 21, 724,800 U.S. dollars to attract funds for investments in infrastructure and boost the country's capital market, officials announced Friday. Rwanda's Minister of Finance, Claver Gatete, and the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) Governor John Rwangombwa announced this Friday at a press conference in Kigali. The purpose of the bond is to facilitate the development of the capital market as well as fund infrastructure projects, according to a release issued by the finance ministry.
(Reuters (Eng) 11/22/14)
Nairobi — Mobile phones and other technological innovations can be "game changers" in securing children's rights, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said at the launch of its first crowd-sourced report on Thursday. UNICEF's flagship annual report State of the World's Children showcases cutting-edge innovations for children, from urine-powered generators to mobile phone-generated birth certificates, and invites readers to share their own ideas. "There are innovative minds and people all over the world that are coming up with solutions that can be game changers in terms of helping children to stay alive and realise their full potential," Jaya Murthy, UNICEF's...
(AFP (eng) 11/21/14)
Three years ago Janvier Hadi pedalled a single speed bicycle taxi: this week he won the prologue of the Tour of Rwanda, a success mirroring the growth of cycling in his country. Born into a family of modest farmers, the 23-year old took up the sport seriously after taking part in a race in the south Rwandan town of Butare. "I heard there was a race for a single speed bike... it was like a test and I won, I...
(Daily Nation 11/21/14)
Pan-African lawmakers are now pushing for the establishment of a standby force to enhance rapid response to deal with conflicts in the region. The move came as Somali MPs at the Pan-African Parliament demanded the immediate withdrawal of Kenyan forces and other Amisom forces from Somalia. An independent force, they said, would reduce the level of suspicion between the countries in conflict and the countries contributing the peace-keeping forces to regional organs such as the Amisom.
(AFP (eng) 11/20/14)
A Rwandan due to give evidence in France on the shooting down of former president Juvenal Habyarimana's plane -- the incident seen as sparking the genocide 20 years ago -- has been kidnapped, his lawyer claimed on Wednesday. Emile Gafirita was handcuffed and taken away by unknown persons in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on November 13, his lawyer Francois Cantier told AFP. "The Kenyan police have denied he was arrested, so he has clearly been kidnapped," said Cantier. "My sole...
(Business Week 11/20/14)
ARUSHA, Tanzania – Representatives of young people in the East African Community (EAC) have asked that the ultimate goal of full regional integration be maintained. Last week, they decided on resolutions concerning good governance, youth participation in leadership and economic activities, unemployment, together with peace and conflict resolutions. The resolutions will be presented to the five presidents during the next Summit scheduled for Nairobi, Kenya at the end of this month. More than 300 young people from Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya,...
(PANA 11/20/14)
The African Union (AU) has sought China’s support towards its push for the inclusion of trade and industrialization agenda in the future UN plan to fight poverty, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), at talks with visiting Chinese officials. AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Fatima Haram Acyl, said at the start of a China-Africa poverty eradication meeting Tuesday that while the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) helped some countries to achieve growth, the gains were too small and they...
(PANA 11/20/14)
Paris, France - The establishment of a civilian transition in Burkina Faso with the appointment on Sunday night of diplomat Michel Kafando as leader of the country should warn African leaders against the tendency of 'president for life'. It also puts an end to the seizure of power through constitutional amendment, Philippe Missassou, a lawyer and analyst of Franco-African relations, said in Paris, PANA reported on Wednesday. 'What happened in recent days in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) will have a domino...
(Xinhuanet 11/19/14)
KIGALI, Nov. (Xinhua) -- Rwanda's Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Tuesday launched a project worth 800,000 U.S. dollars meant to create jobs in poultry farming. The project, financially supported by Africa Solidarity Trust Funds (ASTF), will work directly in the production and marketing segment of the value chain by supporting business opportunities for young women and men to produce seeds for poultry and aquaculture value chains as well as assist...
(UN.org 11/19/14)
The United Nations General Assembly and Security Council today elected a fifth judge to a seat on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) - the principal judicial organ of the UN - following the election of four judges earlier this month. After voting this afternoon in the Assembly and the Council, which met independently from but concurrently with each other, Patrick Lipton Robinson of Jamaica was elected to a nine-year term on the ICJ, starting on 6 February next year...
(Xinhuanet 11/19/14)
NAIROBI, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Eastern and Southern Africa has made great strides in protecting children from abuse, exploitation and violence, yet necessary laws, legal systems and enforcement mechanisms are still lacking throughout the region, said a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) expert. In an interview with Xinhua, Cornelius Williams, child protection advisor with UNICEF Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa, said almost all countries in the region today have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child...
(Capitalfm Business 11/19/14)
Nairobi — Keroche Breweries founder and CEO Tabitha Karanja has been named the Businesswoman of the Year in the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLAs). The awards presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label were announced at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The award recognised her unfailing resilience and unrivalled business prudence over nearly two decades in growing a company that now employs over 300 people. "It has been both rewarding and heartening to survey Africa's...
(The New Times 11/18/14)
A commission of inquiry set up by the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (Rura) to investigate accusations of Genocide denial and revisionism against the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), will start its work tomorrow, Wednesday. Last month, Rura suspended BBC Gahuza, the Kinyarwanda service, following complaints from individuals and organisations in the wake of a controversial documentary titled, Rwanda’s Untold Story, aired on BBC2 channel on October 1. Critics and survivors of the Genocide say the film is an affront on the over a million victims of the 100-day pogrom. Following the suspension, Rura set up a five-member independent commission
(Ventures-Africa 11/18/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Rwandan contractors are losing lucrative tenders in East Africa because they cannot comprehend bid documents written in English Language. This is according to Donatien Mungwararera, director of The Private Sector Federation Rwanda (PSF). “Though we carryout periodic trainings in languages, we do not reach everyone,” said Mungwararera, who advised traders to try their best to learn “the most commonly spoken languages in the region, especially English and Swahili, to enhance their competitiveness.” Laying credence to the PSF...
(The New Times 11/18/14)
Rwanda’sflower sector players are upbeat following the Cabinet approval of a partnership deal between the government and a Kenyan-based company, Shalimar Flowers, to develop the country’s cut flower industry. Last week, the Cabinet published a resolution supporting the joint venture that will see Shalimar invest an estimated Rwf2.7 billion into the venture with Bella Flowers, George William Kayonga, the National Agriculture Export Board (Naeb) boss, said. He said feasibility studies have already been carried out for the project where government...
(The New Times 11/18/14)
A delegation of Swedish investors and experts arrived in Kigali today to explore opportunities in Rwanda's aviation sector. The group, led by Amb. Inger Ultvedt of the Swedish foreign affairs ministry, is part of a regional trade delegation to Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda that was jointly organised by Business Sweden and the embassies of Sweden in Nairobi, Kigali and Kampala. "This trade delegation is a hands-on expression of Sweden's wish to further intensify and broaden our bilateral collaboration and trade...
(The New Times 11/18/14)
In 2009, Jessica Twagira delivered a premature baby at seven months of pregnancy. Faced with the challenge of whether her baby would survive or not, Twagira was advised by her aunt to use the kangaroo care model to help the child grow. Today, Twagira’s five-year daughter is a beautiful, lively and energetic girl with an impressive performance in school. She’s one of the many healthy children who went through the kangaroo model at birth. Twagira narrated her story to hundreds...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/14)
Fewer babies could mean an "economic miracle" for sub-Saharan Africa, with gains of $500 billion (400 billion euros) a year over three decades for the region, the UN Population Fund said Tuesday. The State of World Population report said a total of 59 nations were poised for a "demographic dividend" when the working-age population outnumbers the rest due to declining fertility rates. The United Nations agency said these nations -- almost all in Africa -- could follow the example of...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/18/14)
Nairobi — With an El Niño event predicted to hit the Horn of Africa and the Sahel starting in December, potentially bringing worsening droughts and floods, researchers are recommending action now to avoid a food crisis. Effective measure to cut risks might include better water management, planting a more diverse range of crops and sharing weather information, they said. Forecasts by the U.S. National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released this month warn of an El Niño period starting in...
(PANA 11/17/14)
As the two-day G20 summit rounded off in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, an African economic expert has canvassed a stronger representation for the continent in the group, which comprises the world’s largest advanced and emerging economies, representing about two-thirds of the world’s population. 'Africa can no longer remain on the margins where global leaders are making decisions on the world economy,' Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Secretary of the Harare-based African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), wrote in an Op-Ed article designed to coincide with the just-ended summit.

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(Reuters (Eng) 11/22/14)
Nairobi — Mobile phones and other technological innovations can be "game changers" in securing children's rights, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said at the launch of its first crowd-sourced report on Thursday. UNICEF's flagship annual report State of the World's Children showcases cutting-edge innovations for children, from urine-powered generators to mobile phone-generated birth certificates, and invites readers to share their own ideas. "There are innovative minds and people all over the world that are coming up with solutions that can be game changers in terms of helping children to stay alive and realise their full potential," Jaya Murthy, UNICEF's Uganda spokesman, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
(Daily Nation 11/21/14)
Pan-African lawmakers are now pushing for the establishment of a standby force to enhance rapid response to deal with conflicts in the region. The move came as Somali MPs at the Pan-African Parliament demanded the immediate withdrawal of Kenyan forces and other Amisom forces from Somalia. An independent force, they said, would reduce the level of suspicion between the countries in conflict and the countries contributing the peace-keeping forces to regional organs such as the Amisom.
(AFP (eng) 11/20/14)
A Rwandan due to give evidence in France on the shooting down of former president Juvenal Habyarimana's plane -- the incident seen as sparking the genocide 20 years ago -- has been kidnapped, his lawyer claimed on Wednesday. Emile Gafirita was handcuffed and taken away by unknown persons in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on November 13, his lawyer Francois Cantier told AFP. "The Kenyan police have denied he was arrested, so he has clearly been kidnapped," said Cantier. "My sole...
(Business Week 11/20/14)
ARUSHA, Tanzania – Representatives of young people in the East African Community (EAC) have asked that the ultimate goal of full regional integration be maintained. Last week, they decided on resolutions concerning good governance, youth participation in leadership and economic activities, unemployment, together with peace and conflict resolutions. The resolutions will be presented to the five presidents during the next Summit scheduled for Nairobi, Kenya at the end of this month. More than 300 young people from Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya,...
(PANA 11/20/14)
Paris, France - The establishment of a civilian transition in Burkina Faso with the appointment on Sunday night of diplomat Michel Kafando as leader of the country should warn African leaders against the tendency of 'president for life'. It also puts an end to the seizure of power through constitutional amendment, Philippe Missassou, a lawyer and analyst of Franco-African relations, said in Paris, PANA reported on Wednesday. 'What happened in recent days in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) will have a domino...
(Xinhuanet 11/19/14)
KIGALI, Nov. (Xinhua) -- Rwanda's Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Tuesday launched a project worth 800,000 U.S. dollars meant to create jobs in poultry farming. The project, financially supported by Africa Solidarity Trust Funds (ASTF), will work directly in the production and marketing segment of the value chain by supporting business opportunities for young women and men to produce seeds for poultry and aquaculture value chains as well as assist...
(UN.org 11/19/14)
The United Nations General Assembly and Security Council today elected a fifth judge to a seat on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) - the principal judicial organ of the UN - following the election of four judges earlier this month. After voting this afternoon in the Assembly and the Council, which met independently from but concurrently with each other, Patrick Lipton Robinson of Jamaica was elected to a nine-year term on the ICJ, starting on 6 February next year...
(Xinhuanet 11/19/14)
NAIROBI, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Eastern and Southern Africa has made great strides in protecting children from abuse, exploitation and violence, yet necessary laws, legal systems and enforcement mechanisms are still lacking throughout the region, said a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) expert. In an interview with Xinhua, Cornelius Williams, child protection advisor with UNICEF Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa, said almost all countries in the region today have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child...
(The New Times 11/18/14)
A commission of inquiry set up by the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (Rura) to investigate accusations of Genocide denial and revisionism against the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), will start its work tomorrow, Wednesday. Last month, Rura suspended BBC Gahuza, the Kinyarwanda service, following complaints from individuals and organisations in the wake of a controversial documentary titled, Rwanda’s Untold Story, aired on BBC2 channel on October 1. Critics and survivors of the Genocide say the film is an affront on the over a million victims of the 100-day pogrom. Following the suspension, Rura set up a five-member independent commission
(The New Times 11/18/14)
In 2009, Jessica Twagira delivered a premature baby at seven months of pregnancy. Faced with the challenge of whether her baby would survive or not, Twagira was advised by her aunt to use the kangaroo care model to help the child grow. Today, Twagira’s five-year daughter is a beautiful, lively and energetic girl with an impressive performance in school. She’s one of the many healthy children who went through the kangaroo model at birth. Twagira narrated her story to hundreds...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/18/14)
Nairobi — With an El Niño event predicted to hit the Horn of Africa and the Sahel starting in December, potentially bringing worsening droughts and floods, researchers are recommending action now to avoid a food crisis. Effective measure to cut risks might include better water management, planting a more diverse range of crops and sharing weather information, they said. Forecasts by the U.S. National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released this month warn of an El Niño period starting in...
(PANA 11/17/14)
As the two-day G20 summit rounded off in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, an African economic expert has canvassed a stronger representation for the continent in the group, which comprises the world’s largest advanced and emerging economies, representing about two-thirds of the world’s population. 'Africa can no longer remain on the margins where global leaders are making decisions on the world economy,' Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, Executive Secretary of the Harare-based African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), wrote in an Op-Ed article designed to coincide with the just-ended summit.
(Dw-World 11/17/14)
Africa is not immune to diabetes, a disease long considered to be restricted to the affluent west. It is spreading globally and this can also be seen in Africa where new lifestyles are being adopted. November 14 is World Diabetes Day. In 2014, the disease is a growing problem. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), close to 350 million people are suffering from diabetes across the globe. If left untreated it can kill - and figures from the WHO say that in 2012 it was responsible for the deaths of one and a half million people.
(Bloomberg 11/14/14)
The East African Community plans to allow bond sales across four markets in the bloc as investors look to fund projects such as railways that will link up the region. The framework will allow for the sale of “multi-jurisdictional, multi-currency” debt from within or outside the four-country group, Paul Muthaura, acting chief executive officer of the Capital Markets Authority in Kenya, the region’s biggest economy, said at a conference in Cape Town today. The group that also includes Uganda, Tanzania...
(PANA 11/14/14)
The African Union (AU) has hailed Germany for providing assistance to universities in African countries to enhance research on effective land use and management. The enhanced research on land management policies is crucial for countries to avoid giving out free land to investors seeking to cash in on huge tracks of under-utilised land across Africa, known as land grabs. AU Commissioner for Agriculture, Rhoda Tumusiime, said the German aid to the universities and research institutions was critical to efforts by AU to advance effective land management to grow local economies. “Improved access to land is critical in dealing with agricultural problems
(Business Week 11/13/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - Symbion Power, an American firm, has entered the Rwanda electricity generation market. “Our message is that we have arrived,” Symbion Power Chief Executive Officer Paul Hinks said during his presentation at the recent iPAD Rwanda Power and Infrastructure Investment Forum. Symbion is also one of the leading partners in President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative which intends to double access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The company was awarded 50MW Independent Power Production (IPP) project using methane gas...
(African arguments 11/13/14)
On 4th November the UN launched a global campaign to end statelessness within ten years. I confidently predict that the result of this campaign will be to 'increase' statelessness by many millions of people. This is not because I think that the campaign is misconceived - far from it - but because the statistics on the numbers of stateless persons are currently so inadequate that one of the main impacts of greater attention to the issue will be that currently...
(The Citizen 11/12/14)
Arusha. The mandate of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) ends in December, with the court having spent Sh3.4 trillion ($2 billion) to try about 50 genocide cases, or roughly $100 million annually. But while others, especially within the United Nations, view ICTR as a success story, there are critics who see the tribunal as a wasted opportunity, citing the billions of dollars used to finance its operations in the past two decades. Some fugitives, including the prime suspect,...
(AFP (eng) 11/11/14)
Eight members of a Rwandan prayer group were jailed for five years on Monday for trying to start a divine uprising against President Paul Kagame, their lawyer said. The Catholic group, made up of nine women and a man, were arrested in July last year after their leader predicted that misfortune will befall the allegedly sinful, small central African nation. "Eight of the ten were condemned for inciting an uprising," their lawyer, Napoleon Nsanzimana, told AFP. The accused explained in...
(The New Times 11/10/14)
The much-awaited Fourth Generation Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) Internet is now ready for launch and will be operational beginning tomorrow, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (Rura) has said. The broadband Network, which was scheduled to be operational as of September 1, had been postponed due to what stakeholders termed as “technical challenges.” Patrick Nyirishema, the director-general of Rura, said everything is in place for the network’s launch tomorrow, describing it as an addition to the existing information and communication technology eco-system...

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(Xinhuanet 11/22/14)
KIGALI, Nov. (Xinhua) -- The Government of Rwanda will next week issue a seven-year fixed coupon rate treasury bond worth 21, 724,800 U.S. dollars to attract funds for investments in infrastructure and boost the country's capital market, officials announced Friday. Rwanda's Minister of Finance, Claver Gatete, and the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) Governor John Rwangombwa announced this Friday at a press conference in Kigali. The purpose of the bond is to facilitate the development of the capital market as well as fund infrastructure projects, according to a release issued by the finance ministry.
(PANA 11/20/14)
The African Union (AU) has sought China’s support towards its push for the inclusion of trade and industrialization agenda in the future UN plan to fight poverty, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), at talks with visiting Chinese officials. AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Fatima Haram Acyl, said at the start of a China-Africa poverty eradication meeting Tuesday that while the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) helped some countries to achieve growth, the gains were too small and they excluded trade and industrialization. Acyl said the AU’s Common African position on the SDGs addresses the unfinished business of the...
(Capitalfm Business 11/19/14)
Nairobi — Keroche Breweries founder and CEO Tabitha Karanja has been named the Businesswoman of the Year in the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLAs). The awards presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label were announced at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The award recognised her unfailing resilience and unrivalled business prudence over nearly two decades in growing a company that now employs over 300 people. "It has been both rewarding and heartening to survey Africa's...
(Ventures-Africa 11/18/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Rwandan contractors are losing lucrative tenders in East Africa because they cannot comprehend bid documents written in English Language. This is according to Donatien Mungwararera, director of The Private Sector Federation Rwanda (PSF). “Though we carryout periodic trainings in languages, we do not reach everyone,” said Mungwararera, who advised traders to try their best to learn “the most commonly spoken languages in the region, especially English and Swahili, to enhance their competitiveness.” Laying credence to the PSF...
(The New Times 11/18/14)
Rwanda’sflower sector players are upbeat following the Cabinet approval of a partnership deal between the government and a Kenyan-based company, Shalimar Flowers, to develop the country’s cut flower industry. Last week, the Cabinet published a resolution supporting the joint venture that will see Shalimar invest an estimated Rwf2.7 billion into the venture with Bella Flowers, George William Kayonga, the National Agriculture Export Board (Naeb) boss, said. He said feasibility studies have already been carried out for the project where government...
(The New Times 11/18/14)
A delegation of Swedish investors and experts arrived in Kigali today to explore opportunities in Rwanda's aviation sector. The group, led by Amb. Inger Ultvedt of the Swedish foreign affairs ministry, is part of a regional trade delegation to Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda that was jointly organised by Business Sweden and the embassies of Sweden in Nairobi, Kigali and Kampala. "This trade delegation is a hands-on expression of Sweden's wish to further intensify and broaden our bilateral collaboration and trade...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/14)
Fewer babies could mean an "economic miracle" for sub-Saharan Africa, with gains of $500 billion (400 billion euros) a year over three decades for the region, the UN Population Fund said Tuesday. The State of World Population report said a total of 59 nations were poised for a "demographic dividend" when the working-age population outnumbers the rest due to declining fertility rates. The United Nations agency said these nations -- almost all in Africa -- could follow the example of...
(Business Week 11/13/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - The government is confident it will meet its targets of getting 70% of the country’s population access to grid electricity. The Minister of Infrastructure of Rwanda, James Musoni was speaking during a recently concluded Infrastructure Partnerships for Africa Development Forum. “This Forum is aimed at discussing in details Rwanda’s energy sector with particular focus on key investment opportunities in the country’s dynamic and thriving energy sector,” Musoni said. Musoni said infrastructure development in Rwanda is one of...
(Business Week 11/13/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - Letshego, a Botswana-based financial services firm recently strengthened their presence in Kigali. Company Chairman, Kungu Gatabaki, said they want to contribute to Rwanda’s efforts at widening financial inclusion by extending Letshego products. Letshego Rwanda was established in 2004 as a subsidiary of Letshego Holdings ltd. (LHL), a pan-African financial services group headquartered in Gaborone (Botswana) in 1998 and listed on the stock exchange there in 2002. We shall work with you to overcome any challenge related to...
(PANA 11/11/14)
Populations of African countries should see to it that their respective governments are strengthened and always do the right thing to rid the continent of the scourges of poverty, ignorance and disease, the African Development Bank (AfDB)’s Acting Chief Economist and Vice President, Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa said here Sunday. “Fighting poverty, disease and ignorance is equivalent to transforming the economy. If the people are well-fed, have access to health services and education, then we’ll have transformed our countries,” the AfDB official told journalists on the sidelines of the Ninth African Economic Conference (AEC), being held in Addis Ababa under the theme ‘Knowledge and Innovation for Africa’s Transformation’.
(Reuters (Eng) 11/08/14)
The United States is considering partnering with China on improving electricity in Africa and the proposal could be part of bilateral discussions when President Barack Obama visits Beijing next week, two sources involved told Reuters. The proposal could include $5-$7 billion of commitments to improve electricity generation and transmission in several African countries, one source involved in the initiative said. "Plans have been discussed and outline ideas drawn up but there are understandably nerves given the delicate relationship with China,"...
(New Vision 11/07/14)
Over 70 local investors will attend the Poland -Africa trade congress in Poland on November 27. The two day Congress will also attract business experts, leaders and policy makers from Nigeria, Angola, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa and Algeria among other countries. Francine Umutesi, the Poland-Africa Partnership and Co-operation international relations executive, said the congress seeks to promote development of business relations between Poland and Africa, including countries covered by the Polish government “GO AFRICA” programme. “The Congress recognises the potential,...
(The New Times 11/07/14)
Members of the business community have been urged to embrace professionalism, innovation and efficiency, as the private sector takes to polls to vote for new leadership. Benjamin Gasamagera, the Chairman of the Private Sector Federation (PSF), said the national exercise which kicks off today is expected to last for three weeks and will be conducted at sector, district and national level across the country. “This exercise is part of our constitutional mandate which stipulates that the federation elects new leadership...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/07/14)
Ebola, terrorism and political upheaval - headlines from Africa over the past year seem a far cry from the inspiring 'Africa Rising' story. But many newly found investors are sticking with the plot. Even against the additional headwinds of falling commodity prices and the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates, funds active in sub-Saharan Africa insist they still see a compelling growth story, driven by an uptick in regional trade, growing investment and a bulging middle class - the basis...
(Business Week 11/06/14)
On the top two floors of a five-story building on Strathmore University’s campus in Nairobi, students with tablets and laptops are gradually changing the face of the East African economy. As part of the university’s master’s program in mobile telecommunications, they spend their days developing computer apps tailor-made for African markets. Their creations include Valuraha, an app that simulates trading on the Nairobi stock exchange as a teaching tool, and Henga Systems, which tracks activity on a mobile phone owner’s...
(Africa Review 11/04/14)
Kenya-based Savannah Cement has announced that it is set to begin operations in Rwanda early 2015, once the firm gets approval from the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) According to estimates by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, local demand for cement in Rwanda is at 400,000 tonnes a year. Ronald Ndegwa, managing director of Savannah Cement, said that the company was attracted to the Rwandan market because of its vibrant nature and investment climate. “We are required to test and...
(Ventures-Africa 11/03/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Eastern Province of Rwanda has seen 50,000 of its households connected to the national electric grid for the first time following the successful implementation of a four year $68 million energy project by the Rwanda Energy Group in partnership with a number of private firms. This was disclosed during a validation workshop themed around the socio-economic impact of the electrification project where special reports on the impact of the project were received and discussed. Benefits, according...
(Cnbc Africa 10/30/14)
Power Africa, an initiative started by President Barack Obama, looks to all resources to meet high energy demands. The initiative looks to increase the number of people who have access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. Lai Yahaya, team leader for President Obama's Power Africa Senior Advisors Group, says following the Africa Leaders’ Summit, held in Washington DC, he is positive at the fact that African countries are intensifying efforts to reform and to liberalise environments. “What Power Africa is trying...
(Voice of America 10/29/14)
By 2018, a large solar power plant in the Tunisian part of the Sahara desert may start sending power to energy-hungry Western Europe. The company running the plant says once it is fully operational it will generate almost twice as much electricity as an average nuclear plant and supply two million homes in Europe. According to the European Commission’s Institute for Energy, just 0.3 percent of the Saharan Desert's intense solar energy can provide Europe with all the electrical power...
(Ventures-Africa 10/27/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – In the past 6 weeks, at least four potential nuclear deals have been initiated in three African countries. Understandably, the power situation on the continent has reached a tipping point where the private and public sector are making persistent efforts to boost power production in a sustainable fashion; and nuclear energy is gaining prominence among their list of options. South Africa, which already has one operational nuclear plant, has initiated two nuclear deals, one with Russia and...

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(AFP (eng) 11/21/14)
Three years ago Janvier Hadi pedalled a single speed bicycle taxi: this week he won the prologue of the Tour of Rwanda, a success mirroring the growth of cycling in his country. Born into a family of modest farmers, the 23-year old took up the sport seriously after taking part in a race in the south Rwandan town of Butare. "I heard there was a race for a single speed bike... it was like a test and I won, I got first place," he told AFP. "At first I thought that because I was young I didn't have the strength like some of the others.. but when I beat them, I thought finally, I can...
(BBC News Africa 11/14/14)
It will be almost impossible to stage the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on time, says the man who organised the 2008 tournament in Ghana. Morocco was due to stage the 2015 Cup but was removed as host after expressing fears over the Ebola virus. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) insists the tournament will go ahead on time, starting on 17 January. But Dr Kofi Amoah told the BBC: "It could be a sham. I don't think there is enough time for anyone to do it." Caf said earlier this week that several countries had applied to stage the...
(BBC News Africa 11/12/14)
The new hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be named in "two or three days", says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf president Issa Hayatou revealed the timeframe in a live interview with TV channel France 24 on Tuesday. Hayatou added that the tournament dates remained 17 January to 8 February. It was announced earlier on Tuesday that original choice Morocco would not host because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent. Morocco had asked to postpone the competition until 2016 but Caf refused and expelled them from the finals.
(The New York Times 11/12/14)
Fear of the spread of Ebola has now thrown Africa’s most important soccer tournament into disarray. Morocco was removed Tuesday as host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and expelled from participating in the biennial championship after it sought to delay the 16-team event, concerned about a spread of the virus. No replacement host has yet been named for the tournament, which is scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8. The expulsion of Morocco was announced by the Confederation...
(PANA 11/11/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Several innovations reported in recent years from across Africa bode well for the continent striving to get skills that meet its industry requirements in the 21st century, economic and labour experts meeting in Addis Ababa said on Saturday. But some basics must be in place for Africa to have the capacity to take advantage of what is happening globally in technology and innovation, according to Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice President of the African...
(BBC News Africa 11/10/14)
The five-man shortlist for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 has been revealed. Title holder Yaya Toure has been nominated for the sixth consecutive year, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama and Gervinho. The winner will be decided by fans of African football, who have until 18:00 GMT on Monday, 24 November to vote for their choice. Or to vote for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 by SMS, text the number of the player...
(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,...
(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...
(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...

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(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 were Genevieve Nnaji, and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and they dazzled the red carpet with everything they had to showcase. Others include Kate Henshaw, Rita Dominic, Segun Arinze, Ramsey Nouah, Kalu Ikeagwu, Fred Amata, and Uru Eke,...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/14)
A popular Rwandan musician appealed for leniency Thursday after pleading guilty at the opening of his trial to plotting attacks on the country's leaders. Kizito Mihigo is on trial along with three co-accused on charges including conspiracy to murder, complicity in a terrorist act and conspiring against the government of Rwandan strongman and President Paul Kagame. "I plead guilty to all charges, like I did from the first day I was arrested, and I ask for forgiveness," Mihigo told the court. However, his lawyer John Bigaraba said there was no evidence for all the charges. His co-accused, demobilised soldier Jean...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(AFP (eng) 10/24/14)
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...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Despite sparse resources and limited institutional support, the world will soon wake up to Africa's ingenious new artists, according to some of the continent's leading exponents taking part in London's Contemporary African Art Fair. The four-day event -- the largest such fair outside Africa -- opens on Thursday and showcases the work of over 120 artists in the grand setting of Somerset House in the heart of the British capital in a bid to reach a global market. Some 27...
(News Day 10/10/14)
IT was a night of fun and of course lots of glitz and glamour at The Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots launch on October 5 at The Whippet in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa. After the unexpected burning down of the former BBA house also located in Johannesburg, viewers and audiences were naturally eager to see how this new venue would turn out and with no doubt Big Brother did not disappoint. The usual presenter, Ik Osakioduwa, popularly known as Ik,...
(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...
(Ventures-Africa 11/18/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Rwandan contractors are losing lucrative tenders in East Africa because they cannot comprehend bid documents written in English Language. This is according to Donatien Mungwararera, director of The Private Sector Federation Rwanda (PSF). “Though we carryout periodic trainings in languages, we do not reach everyone,” said Mungwararera, who advised traders to try their best to learn “the most commonly spoken languages in the region, especially English and Swahili, to enhance their competitiveness.” Laying credence to the PSF director’s claim, a local supplier of construction materials, Enock Kamugisha, told New Times Kigali that he lost tenders on four occasions because he could not understand all the requirements stated in the bid documents. “Bids...
(BBC News Africa 11/12/14)
The new hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be named in "two or three days", says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf president Issa Hayatou revealed the timeframe in a live interview with TV channel France 24 on Tuesday. Hayatou added that the tournament dates remained 17 January to 8 February. It was announced earlier on Tuesday that original choice Morocco would not host because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent. Morocco had asked to postpone the competition until 2016 but Caf refused and expelled them from the finals.
(The New York Times 11/12/14)
Fear of the spread of Ebola has now thrown Africa’s most important soccer tournament into disarray. Morocco was removed Tuesday as host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and expelled from participating in the biennial championship after it sought to delay the 16-team event, concerned about a spread of the virus. No replacement host has yet been named for the tournament, which is scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8. The expulsion of Morocco was announced by the Confederation...
(BBC News Africa 11/10/14)
The five-man shortlist for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 has been revealed. Title holder Yaya Toure has been nominated for the sixth consecutive year, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama and Gervinho. The winner will be decided by fans of African football, who have until 18:00 GMT on Monday, 24 November to vote for their choice. Or to vote for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 by SMS, text the number of the player...
(Voice of America 11/08/14)
Eight African heads of state have so far confirmed their participation in the funeral for Zambia’s deceased President Michael Sata. The leaders will say their final goodbyes when Sata is buried November 11, said Zambian information minister Joseph Katema. The presidents who have confirmed their participation include Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Namibia’s Hifikepunya Pohamba, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Malawi’s Peter Arthur Mutharika, according to foreign ministry...
(Business Week 11/06/14)
On the top two floors of a five-story building on Strathmore University’s campus in Nairobi, students with tablets and laptops are gradually changing the face of the East African economy. As part of the university’s master’s program in mobile telecommunications, they spend their days developing computer apps tailor-made for African markets. Their creations include Valuraha, an app that simulates trading on the Nairobi stock exchange as a teaching tool, and Henga Systems, which tracks activity on a mobile phone owner’s...
(Voice of America 11/05/14)
When it comes to fighting viral outbreaks - or even stopping water shortages - healthcare applications which integrate real-time analytics, data centers and messaging platforms are poised to improve the critical initial response to epidemics and natural disasters. mHero, new app The first line of defense against deadly viral outbreaks, water shortages and food scarcity might just end up on your phone. A new application called mHero, created in Uganda, combines health worker registries, patient data, real-time monitoring and open messaging systems to ensure a fast and integrated response. mHero stands for Mobile Health Worker Electronic Response and Outreach.
(Africa Review 11/04/14)
Kenya-based Savannah Cement has announced that it is set to begin operations in Rwanda early 2015, once the firm gets approval from the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) According to estimates by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, local demand for cement in Rwanda is at 400,000 tonnes a year. Ronald Ndegwa, managing director of Savannah Cement, said that the company was attracted to the Rwandan market because of its vibrant nature and investment climate. “We are required to test and...
(Ventures-Africa 11/04/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Talks about regional integration and moves to boost intra-African trading have become popular on the continent as stakeholders fully realize the economic goodies embedded in a totally connected Africa; in this spirit, members of the East African Community (EAC) are gearing up to the launch of a regional East African Internet Exchange Point (EAXIP), scheduled to go live next year. EAXIP, as championed by the East African Communications Organization (EACO), will interconnect the EAC member countries via...
(Voice of America 11/04/14)
The African Union Commission’s Peace and Security Department is meeting in Zimbabwe as part of efforts to create an African Standby Force. The envisioned force would play a peacekeeping role of sorts, responding to political emergencies around the continent to maintain stability. General Samaila Iliya is leading the process of ensuring that there is African Standby Force, or ASF, by the target date of April of next year. The Nigerian general noted the idea of a standby force was raised...
(Ventures-Africa 11/03/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Eastern Province of Rwanda has seen 50,000 of its households connected to the national electric grid for the first time following the successful implementation of a four year $68 million energy project by the Rwanda Energy Group in partnership with a number of private firms. This was disclosed during a validation workshop themed around the socio-economic impact of the electrification project where special reports on the impact of the project were received and discussed. Benefits, according...
(Los Angeles Times 11/03/14)
First they spat angry words at Remy Bazie. Then they struck him in the face with an iron bar, knocking him unconscious. The men who jumped the Ivory Coast migrant at a crowded Moscow train station last November did not rob him. But they damaged his jaw to the degree that doctors had to install a metal plate to hold it in place. It took Bazie four months to raise the $3,600 to undergo surgery. "Most of the time I'm...
(Cnbc Africa 10/30/14)
Power Africa, an initiative started by President Barack Obama, looks to all resources to meet high energy demands. The initiative looks to increase the number of people who have access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. Lai Yahaya, team leader for President Obama's Power Africa Senior Advisors Group, says following the Africa Leaders’ Summit, held in Washington DC, he is positive at the fact that African countries are intensifying efforts to reform and to liberalise environments. “What Power Africa is trying...
(Voice of America 10/29/14)
By 2018, a large solar power plant in the Tunisian part of the Sahara desert may start sending power to energy-hungry Western Europe. The company running the plant says once it is fully operational it will generate almost twice as much electricity as an average nuclear plant and supply two million homes in Europe. According to the European Commission’s Institute for Energy, just 0.3 percent of the Saharan Desert's intense solar energy can provide Europe with all the electrical power...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(Ventures-Africa 10/27/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – In the past 6 weeks, at least four potential nuclear deals have been initiated in three African countries. Understandably, the power situation on the continent has reached a tipping point where the private and public sector are making persistent efforts to boost power production in a sustainable fashion; and nuclear energy is gaining prominence among their list of options. South Africa, which already has one operational nuclear plant, has initiated two nuclear deals, one with Russia and...
(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...
(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...
(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...

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