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(Los Angeles Times 07/31/14)
Laments about corruption, physical insecurity and unresponsive bureaucrats are a staple of life in many countries in East and Central Africa, with one notable exception: Rwanda. The streets of its capital, Kigali, are impeccable, the roads are good, lights work and, unlike the traffic cops in Nairobi, Kampala or Dar es Salaam, police officers do not stop drivers simply to coerce bribes. Yet the architect of this miracle, President Paul Kagame, is in danger of reversing the gains that have made Rwanda a beacon of progress on the continent. For the most part, Mr. Kagame gets laudatory media coverage, especially in Africa, and it’s easy to see why. Sustained economic growth of around 8 percent...
(The New Times 07/31/14)
Prosecution yesterday asked the Military High Court to hand Lt. Joel Mutabazi a life sentence for crimes linked to terrorism. Mutabazi, who maintains a not guilty plea, is on trial alongside 15 others at the Military High Court. While making his closing arguments, Military Prosecutor Lt. Faustin Nzakamwita prayed court to convict Mutabazi on all the eight charges. The case exposed links between the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a terrorist group and the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), another outfit with which they connived to carry out a series of grenade attacks in the country. The charges...
(KBC 07/31/14)
Regional leaders were Thursday hosted for a summit at State House, Nairobi, by President Uhuru Kenyatta to explore joint financing options for the Lamu Port Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor Project. The leaders who attended the consultative meeting were President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia and President Salva Kiir Mayardit South Sudan. In a statement read by President Kenyatta at the end of the meeting, the leaders noted that the seven components of the LAPSSET...
(News of Rwanda 07/31/14)
The United States of America First Lady, Michelle Obama yesterday spoke highly of the government of Rwanda about its efforts in supporting women. Michelle Obama who was speaking at the Young African Leaders (YALI) 2014 Summit in Washington also said Rwanda has greatly evolved particularly on gender equality. Rwanda has recorded high in female African Leaders compared to other countries in which their position in leadership count at 30% whereas it is above 50% in Rwanda On her official twitter...
(The New Times 07/31/14)
Money needed to fund the country’s water and energy projects will be successfully mobilised and services effectively provided following the transfer of responsibilities and property of former government-owned Energy, Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA Ltd) to privately-managed and owned companies. The reassurance was given by the new Minister for Infrastructure, James Musoni, at a news briefing held yesterday to explain different decisions made in Tuesday’s cabinet meeting. The meeting approved a Prime Minister’s Order determining modalities of transfer of responsibilities...
(Ipp media 07/31/14)
Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi are among countries which have achieved the fastest growth in Africa in sustaining human progress by reducing vulnerabilities and building resilience between 2000 and 2013, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development report shows. The latest report indicates that Rwanda ties with Ethiopia, on the continent followed by Angola, Burundi, Mali, Mozambique, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia. It says Africa is enjoying higher levels of economic growth and well-being but insecurity as well as natural or human-induced disasters persists in some parts of the region.
(The New Times 07/31/14)
Over 51,000 people you won’t be able to watch their favourite soaps and news broadcasts beginning midnight today (July 31) as the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (Rura) switches off their analogue TV sets, concluding the migration from analogue transmission to digital broadcasting. According to figures from the 2010 national census, over 192,800 homes had television sets. “Out of those, 141,260 (70 per cent of all people with TV sets) homes have acquired decoders,” the regulators said. This means that about...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/31/14)
A recent report from Rwanda’s Department of Lands and Mapping found that women, either individually or jointly, own most of the registered plots of land in the capital, Kigali. The Deputy Registrar of Land Titles, Grace Nishimwe, was quoted by local media as saying, "This shows the changes that have been implemented by [the] national gender mainstreaming program. Previously, land titles were registered in the husband's names alone, and it was forbidden for a woman to own a plot of...
(BBC News Africa 07/31/14)
Reporting in PLOS Medicine, researchers found that for every 1,000 children who received the vaccine, an average of 800 cases of illness could be prevented. And in continuing trials it went on to provide protection some 18 months after the injections were given. Manufacturers GSK have now applied for regulatory approval - making this the first vaccine to reach this step. Malaria affects millions of people worldwide and results in 800,000 deaths each year - the majority in children under five who live in sub-Saharan Africa.
(Voice of America 07/31/14)
DAKAR, SENEGAL — Agricultural experts say that small-scale farmers in Africa can play a key role in ending food insecurity in the region - if they are included in the value chain. Small-scale farmers produce an estimated 80 percent of the continent’s food each year, but most lack the capacities to sell their crops in commercial markets. Sub-Saharan African countries continue to import more food each year than they export. An estimated 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated farmable land...
(AFP (eng) 07/30/14)
Military prosecution lawyers in Rwanda on Wednesday sought a life sentence for an ex-officer accused of plotting attacks on the state, who was extradited from Uganda despite being a refugee. Joel Mutabazi, a former member of the presidential guard protecting Rwandan President Paul Kagame, fled the country in 2011 but was extradited by Ugandan authorities last year, despite criticism from rights groups. Mutabazi, whose trial opened in January, was indicted on charges of "terrorism, setting up an armed group, spreading...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday pushed for Congress to renew a 14-year-old trade program giving African countries duty-free access to U.S. markets, warning that allowing the program to expire would disrupt trade flows between the two regions. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the African Growth Opportunity Act, or AGOA, which expires on Sept. 30 next year had both benefited African countries and supported 120,000 U.S. jobs. Froman's remarks came just days before the White House is...
(PANA 07/30/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The chairwoman of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has expressed sadness at the news of the crash of the airplane, Air Algeria, Thursday at the border between Burkina Faso and Mali, according to a communiqué issued Friday by her office. The airplane, which left Ouagadougou for Algiers with 116 passengers and crew members on board, was reported missing early on Thursday morning and hours later its wreckage was found at dozens of kilometres from...
(Front Page Africa Online 07/30/14)
Monrovia — Barely weeks after the United States of America cancelled the visas of three Liberian officials, FrontPageAfrica has gathered as reported by GhanaWeb that corrupt government officials from Ghana and all over Africa will be denied visas into the United States as part of moves by the U.S. to clamp down on corruption in Africa. According to the Ghanaian news outlet, the move, which was initially only applicable to only a number of African countries, will now cover all...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/14)
LONDON Wed Jul 30, 2014 (Reuters) - Girls and young women who allege they were sexually abused by a British Airways (BA) pilot in African schools and orphanages plan to sue the airline, a law firm representing them said on Wednesday. Lawyers argue that BA should be held responsible for the actions of First Officer Simon Wood who carried out the alleged crimes during stopovers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Wood, 54, was found dead after being hit by a...
(PANA 07/29/14)
New York, US - US President Barack Obama has left the leaders of Eritrea, Central African Republic, Sudan and Zimbabwe out of the list of those invited to the inaugural US-African leaders summit scheduled for Washington, DC, 4-6 Aug. The US State Department said in a statement made available to PANA here Sunday that formal invitations were issued to only 50 African leaders to attend the summit.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/29/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday gave a preview of a summit he will hold with African leaders next week, saying African nations should look inward for solutions to economic woes and not make "excuses" based on a history of dependence and colonization. Speaking to 500 young Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship, Obama said while it was important for developed countries to consider providing some targeted debt relief, it was time to end the notion...
(Daily Maverick 07/29/14)
Africa is second only to Asia in its number of city dwellers, and its cities are growing at an unprecedented rate. Yet understanding of African cities is lagging behind their development. Locally, it's a massive challenge to build a knowledge base that will support the building of more equitable African cities, making them livable, accessible, and sustainable for all. Last week, during the budget debates, Human Settlements minister Lindiwe Sisulu admitted that the delivery of housing in all South African...
(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...
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Africa's emerging leaders are gathered in Washington for a three-day summit that includes a meeting with President Barack Obama. The summit is a highlight of a six-week U.S. fellowship that has given about 500 young Africans a chance to sharpen their skills through coursework and professional development. Some participants plan to remain in the United States to learn more about how they can help their home countries. Zimbabwe's Rumbidzai Dube, a lawyer and human rights defender,...

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(Los Angeles Times 07/31/14)
Laments about corruption, physical insecurity and unresponsive bureaucrats are a staple of life in many countries in East and Central Africa, with one notable exception: Rwanda. The streets of its capital, Kigali, are impeccable, the roads are good, lights work and, unlike the traffic cops in Nairobi, Kampala or Dar es Salaam, police officers do not stop drivers simply to coerce bribes. Yet the architect of this miracle, President Paul Kagame, is in danger of reversing the gains that have made Rwanda a beacon of progress on the continent. For the most part, Mr. Kagame gets laudatory media coverage, especially in Africa, and it’s easy to see why. Sustained economic growth of around 8 percent...
(The New Times 07/31/14)
Prosecution yesterday asked the Military High Court to hand Lt. Joel Mutabazi a life sentence for crimes linked to terrorism. Mutabazi, who maintains a not guilty plea, is on trial alongside 15 others at the Military High Court. While making his closing arguments, Military Prosecutor Lt. Faustin Nzakamwita prayed court to convict Mutabazi on all the eight charges. The case exposed links between the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a terrorist group and the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), another outfit with which they connived to carry out a series of grenade attacks in the country. The charges...
(News of Rwanda 07/31/14)
The United States of America First Lady, Michelle Obama yesterday spoke highly of the government of Rwanda about its efforts in supporting women. Michelle Obama who was speaking at the Young African Leaders (YALI) 2014 Summit in Washington also said Rwanda has greatly evolved particularly on gender equality. Rwanda has recorded high in female African Leaders compared to other countries in which their position in leadership count at 30% whereas it is above 50% in Rwanda On her official twitter...
(Ipp media 07/31/14)
Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi are among countries which have achieved the fastest growth in Africa in sustaining human progress by reducing vulnerabilities and building resilience between 2000 and 2013, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development report shows. The latest report indicates that Rwanda ties with Ethiopia, on the continent followed by Angola, Burundi, Mali, Mozambique, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia. It says Africa is enjoying higher levels of economic growth and well-being but insecurity as well as natural or human-induced disasters persists in some parts of the region.
(The New Times 07/31/14)
Over 51,000 people you won’t be able to watch their favourite soaps and news broadcasts beginning midnight today (July 31) as the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (Rura) switches off their analogue TV sets, concluding the migration from analogue transmission to digital broadcasting. According to figures from the 2010 national census, over 192,800 homes had television sets. “Out of those, 141,260 (70 per cent of all people with TV sets) homes have acquired decoders,” the regulators said. This means that about...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/31/14)
A recent report from Rwanda’s Department of Lands and Mapping found that women, either individually or jointly, own most of the registered plots of land in the capital, Kigali. The Deputy Registrar of Land Titles, Grace Nishimwe, was quoted by local media as saying, "This shows the changes that have been implemented by [the] national gender mainstreaming program. Previously, land titles were registered in the husband's names alone, and it was forbidden for a woman to own a plot of...
(BBC News Africa 07/31/14)
Reporting in PLOS Medicine, researchers found that for every 1,000 children who received the vaccine, an average of 800 cases of illness could be prevented. And in continuing trials it went on to provide protection some 18 months after the injections were given. Manufacturers GSK have now applied for regulatory approval - making this the first vaccine to reach this step. Malaria affects millions of people worldwide and results in 800,000 deaths each year - the majority in children under five who live in sub-Saharan Africa.
(Voice of America 07/31/14)
DAKAR, SENEGAL — Agricultural experts say that small-scale farmers in Africa can play a key role in ending food insecurity in the region - if they are included in the value chain. Small-scale farmers produce an estimated 80 percent of the continent’s food each year, but most lack the capacities to sell their crops in commercial markets. Sub-Saharan African countries continue to import more food each year than they export. An estimated 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated farmable land...
(AFP (eng) 07/30/14)
Military prosecution lawyers in Rwanda on Wednesday sought a life sentence for an ex-officer accused of plotting attacks on the state, who was extradited from Uganda despite being a refugee. Joel Mutabazi, a former member of the presidential guard protecting Rwandan President Paul Kagame, fled the country in 2011 but was extradited by Ugandan authorities last year, despite criticism from rights groups. Mutabazi, whose trial opened in January, was indicted on charges of "terrorism, setting up an armed group, spreading...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday pushed for Congress to renew a 14-year-old trade program giving African countries duty-free access to U.S. markets, warning that allowing the program to expire would disrupt trade flows between the two regions. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the African Growth Opportunity Act, or AGOA, which expires on Sept. 30 next year had both benefited African countries and supported 120,000 U.S. jobs. Froman's remarks came just days before the White House is...
(PANA 07/30/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The chairwoman of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has expressed sadness at the news of the crash of the airplane, Air Algeria, Thursday at the border between Burkina Faso and Mali, according to a communiqué issued Friday by her office. The airplane, which left Ouagadougou for Algiers with 116 passengers and crew members on board, was reported missing early on Thursday morning and hours later its wreckage was found at dozens of kilometres from...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/14)
LONDON Wed Jul 30, 2014 (Reuters) - Girls and young women who allege they were sexually abused by a British Airways (BA) pilot in African schools and orphanages plan to sue the airline, a law firm representing them said on Wednesday. Lawyers argue that BA should be held responsible for the actions of First Officer Simon Wood who carried out the alleged crimes during stopovers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Wood, 54, was found dead after being hit by a...
(PANA 07/29/14)
New York, US - US President Barack Obama has left the leaders of Eritrea, Central African Republic, Sudan and Zimbabwe out of the list of those invited to the inaugural US-African leaders summit scheduled for Washington, DC, 4-6 Aug. The US State Department said in a statement made available to PANA here Sunday that formal invitations were issued to only 50 African leaders to attend the summit.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/29/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday gave a preview of a summit he will hold with African leaders next week, saying African nations should look inward for solutions to economic woes and not make "excuses" based on a history of dependence and colonization. Speaking to 500 young Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship, Obama said while it was important for developed countries to consider providing some targeted debt relief, it was time to end the notion...
(Daily Maverick 07/29/14)
Africa is second only to Asia in its number of city dwellers, and its cities are growing at an unprecedented rate. Yet understanding of African cities is lagging behind their development. Locally, it's a massive challenge to build a knowledge base that will support the building of more equitable African cities, making them livable, accessible, and sustainable for all. Last week, during the budget debates, Human Settlements minister Lindiwe Sisulu admitted that the delivery of housing in all South African...
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Africa's emerging leaders are gathered in Washington for a three-day summit that includes a meeting with President Barack Obama. The summit is a highlight of a six-week U.S. fellowship that has given about 500 young Africans a chance to sharpen their skills through coursework and professional development. Some participants plan to remain in the United States to learn more about how they can help their home countries. Zimbabwe's Rumbidzai Dube, a lawyer and human rights defender,...
(UN.org 07/29/14)
With preparations underway for the United Nations to take over from an African Union-led peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to review what was done and how it could be done better in future transitions. The request was made during the Council's open debate on regional partnership and its evolution in UN peacekeeping, which focused on the Organization's relevant cooperation with African regional groups, as well as with entities under...
(Voice of America 07/26/14)
Survivors of a vessel smuggling migrants from Libya to Italy last week describe tales of brutality and mass murder during their voyage. The International Organization for Migration reports the boat sailed from Libya with 750 migrants aboard and arrived in Italy with 569. It says as many as 180 people are believed to have perished. The voyage, which began in Libya, ended Saturday with the Italian navy rescuing hundreds of migrants from the overcrowded smuggler's boat. Survivors recount tales of...
(Ips News 07/26/14)
Washington — As Tuesday's major summits here and in London focused global attention on adolescent girls, the United Nations offered new data warning that more than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation, while more than 700 million women alive today were forced into marriage as children. Noting how such issues disproportionately affect women in Africa and the Middle East, the new report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) surveyed 29 countries and...
(BBC News Africa 07/26/14)
New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries more labour is now needed to find food. Children are often used to fill this need for cheap workers, especially in the fishing industry. The decline in species is also helping the proliferation of terrorism and the destabilisation of regions. According to a study in the journal, Science, the...

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(The New Times 07/31/14)
Money needed to fund the country’s water and energy projects will be successfully mobilised and services effectively provided following the transfer of responsibilities and property of former government-owned Energy, Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA Ltd) to privately-managed and owned companies. The reassurance was given by the new Minister for Infrastructure, James Musoni, at a news briefing held yesterday to explain different decisions made in Tuesday’s cabinet meeting. The meeting approved a Prime Minister’s Order determining modalities of transfer of responsibilities and property of EWSA Ltd to private companies and appointed the companies’ leaders. EWSA was replaced by Rwanda Energy Group, which owns Energy Development Company Ltd and Energy Utility Company Ltd that were created to...
(Xinhuanet 07/19/14)
NAIROBI, July (Xinhua) -- The United Nations on Friday decried the prevailing high bank interest rates in the continent which has discouraged many investors to take credits from banks. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Senior Economic Affairs Officer Andrew Mold told Xinhua that the situation is partly caused by the big spread in interests maintained by the banks.
(Business Daily 07/18/14)
Kenyan banks have started opening Central Bank clearing accounts for Rwandese Francs obtained by local traders, enabling faster settlement of bilateral trade. Francs can now be paid directly instead of being converted into dollars in a move bankers said will boost trade. Kenya exported to Rwanda goods worth Sh13.5 billion in 2013, a growth of nearly 50 per cent from five years ago. However, it imported Sh1 billion worth of goods from the country. Uganda and Tanzania were already linked...
(Xinhuanet 07/18/14)
UNITED NATIONS, July (Xinhua) -- Top UN officials on Thursday called for increased and effective investment in Africa to help achieve the continent's development objectives. "In recent years, Africa's economic growth has been higher than in many other regions," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the debate of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the promotion of investment in Africa. UN economists estimate that Africa's overall growth will exceed 5 percent in 2015, driven especially by domestic demand and solid commodity prices. "But, this positive performance must not let us become complacent," Ban said, adding that serious obstacles still exist to more inclusive and sustainable economic and social development.
(PANA 07/17/14)
Equatorial Guinea’s President Obiang Nguema has asked African countries to invest heavily in their agricultural sector to reduce their dependence on the developed world, ensure food security, and significantly reduce hunger in their countries. The President made his remarks at the closing session of the 26-27 June 23rd African Union (AU) Summit which his country hosted. He said Africa should reorient itself to ensure its independence and security of African states through the safe production of its own consumer goods. “Africa cannot be content to continue with the current dependence on the economies of the developed world. Africa is sailing upstream against a dependency that prevents them from moving toward sustainable development.
(Business Week 07/14/14)
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - The government has said that Tanzania’s ratification of the East African Community (EAC) Monetary Union Protocol on June 25th 2014 demonstrates that the country is not a stumbling block to regional integration. The Deputy Minister for East African Cooperation Hon. Dr Abdulla Saadalla said in Dodoma recently that Tanzania became the first country to endorse the instrument, making a big step ahead of its EAC peers. “We have made a huge step and demonstrated our...
(African arguments 07/14/14)
When, midway through the American journalist Howard French's new book, a Zambian politician tells him dejectedly that "we are not a poor people but we have crowned ourselves with poverty," the phrase resonates with the experience of many countries is modern-day Africa. Resource rich but often misgoverned by autocrats who refuse to leave office - and whose depredations have been bankrolled by Western governments - Africa, despite some bright spots, remains a continent of unrealised hopes and unfulfilled potential. It...
(Xinhuanet 07/12/14)
NAIROBI, July (Xinhua) -- Microsoft and Safaricom on Wednesday signed an agreement that will promote entrepreneurship in the software development market. Microsoft Operator Channel Lead for Sub Saharan Africa Mariam Abdullahi told journalists in Nairobi that under the agreement, software developers on the Microsoft platform will be able to sell their products via Safaricom payment platform. "The partnership will help promote local content that is relevant to Kenyan problems," Abdullahi said. The majority of those in the industry practitioners are...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/04/14)
LONDON/ACCRA Fri Jul 4, 2014 (Reuters) - Tucked in a corner of a Guinness brewery in a run-down part of Ghana's capital, flanked by industrial silos and crates of bottles, stands the Cube, a gleaming mini-factory that may point the way forward for global consumer goods companies in Africa. The tiny blending and bottling plant for Gilbey's gin, housed inside five connected shipping containers, gives Diageo, the world's largest spirits maker, a way to test demand for new drinks while...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/03/14)
London — African agriculture has enjoyed something of a makeover in recent years, shedding the tired image of a poor farmer barely able to scratch out a living with a hoe, according to the head of a regional partnership set up to improve smallholder farming on the continent. The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), founded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2006, focuses on getting better quality seeds to farmers, boosting...
(PANA 07/02/14)
Equatorial Guinea’s President Obiang Nguema has asked African countries to invest heavily in their agricultural sector to reduce their dependence on the developed world, ensure food security, and significantly reduce hunger in their countries. The President made his remarks at the closing session of the 26-27 June 23rd African Union (AU) Summit which his country hosted. He said Africa should reorient itself to ensure its independence and security of African states through the safe production of its own consumer goods. “Africa cannot be content to continue with the current dependence on the economies of the developed world. Africa is sailing upstream against a dependency that prevents them from moving toward sustainable development.
(Xinhuanet 06/30/14)
KIGALI, June (Xinhua) -- The World Bank Thursday unveiled a new development strategy for Rwanda expected to boost the country' s poverty reduction efforts over the next four years. Under the new strategy, Rwanda could receive an extra financial support ranging from 200 million U.S. dollars to 250 million dollars per year to support its development priorities. This will bring the total support from the World Bank to Rwanda to more than 700 million dollars per year over the next...
(Voice of America 06/28/14)
Good news for Africa, say the experts. Growth is healthy and broad-based, fueled in part by infrastructure spending, domestic demand and trade. "A lot of people think growth in Africa is only driven by mineral wealth or oil-exporting countries, but we find that even countries that are not resource rich are still growing.…," said Angela Lusigi, an economist and policy advisor for the Regional Bureau for Africa in the United Nations Development Program. "This is mainly because of their agricultural...
(Bloomberg 06/26/14)
Rwanda’s central bank lowered its benchmark lending rate for the first time in a year to support an economic recovery in the East African nation, central bank Governor John Rwangombwa said. The policy rate was cut to 6.5 percent from 7 percent, the first reduction since June 2013, Rwangombwa told reporters today in the capital, Kigali. Price pressures remain contained with urban inflation, which slowed to 1.9 percent in May, forecast to remain below 3 percent in the second quarter,...
(The New Times 06/25/14)
The East African Community (EAC) member states will implement the single customs territory along the Central Corridor from the Port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Kigali and other regional capitals effective July 1. The move is aimed at facilitating quick clearance of consignments entering the EAC territory through Dar es Salaam. The implementation of the single customs territory along the Central Corridor follows the success of the same framework along the Northern Corridor, where clearance of goods entering...
(PANA 06/25/14)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said it will adopt a new approach to addressing issues undermining development and fragility in some countries on the continent. The private Guardian newspaper Monday quoted a statement from the Bank as saying the new strategy, entitled ”Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience in Africa”, would last from 2014 to 2019. “We will stay engaged across the spectrum of fragile situations, making use of all available instruments and focusing resources on the areas where it...
(PANA 06/25/14)
The Executive Council of the African Union (AU), grouping foreign ministers and ministers of agriculture, opened its 25th session in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on Monday with discussions on how to reverse the decline of agriculture in Africa. African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said the growth of the agricultural sector was a key priority for African countries seeking to grow their industrial base. “Agriculture and food security are key priorities for Africa to propel her industrial growth,” Dlamini-Zuma told the...
(Xinhuanet 06/20/14)
SINGAPORE, June (Xinhua) -- The trade promotion agency of Singapore has said that Africa offers potential business opportunities for local enterprises, local media reported Thursday. International Enterprise (IE) Singapore highlighted agriculture and oil and gas as two key growth areas, Channel NewsAsia said. There is clearly room for Singapore to do more despite challenges such as political risks and regulatory uncertainty, it was quoted as saying. "In today's Africa, there's a huge demand for consumption products. There's greater rates of...
(Bloomberg 06/11/14)
Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania plan to allocate money in their annual budgets to spur investment in infrastructure to exploit oil and natural gas from deposits that companies including Tullow Oil Plc (TLW) are developing. Ugandan and Kenyan oil discoveries, made in 2006 and 2012 respectively, and new gas finds off the coast of Tanzania that have boosted reserves to as much as 46 trillion cubic feet have seen East Africa become a frontier for petroleum exploration.
(PANA 06/10/14)
US President Barack Obama’s 'Doing Business in Africa' campaign, aimed at increasing US investment in Africa, is gaining momentum ahead of an August Summit with African leaders. Senior Obama administration officials, however, said while the US' commitment to engage in business is clear, achieving the desired goals would require serious groundwork. “America’s commitment to this issue is clear,” said Ernest Moniz, the US Energy Secretary. “I hope our discussions can begin to answer...basic questions. What has to happen for US...

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(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 congratulatory message to the Rwanda Cycling Federation president Aimable Bayingana. "Well done to Ferwacy and other federations should learn from them. We need to have strategies to improve. We need to coach young people and...
(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 says Africa has more than enough talented riders to achieve this. 58-Year-old Boyer made Tour de France history himself when...
(Xinhuanet 07/18/14)
ENTEBBE, July (Xinhua) -- The national junior football team of Rwanda (Junior Wasps) on Thursday arrived in Uganda ahead of their 2015 Africa Youth Championship qualifier against hosts Uganda Cubs on Saturday. "We are here to get a good result in the first leg and Uganda should not take us lightly," player Felix Ngao told Xinhua on arrival at the Entebbe International Airport, 40km south of the capital Kampala. The match will be played at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole,...
(The Point 07/05/14)
Football lovers in Africa are generally disappointed about the early exit of Africa's five representatives in the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. But the signs were already there for such a development. And squabbles over finances and administrative arrangements are a large contributing factor. However, since FIFA allocated 1.5 million dollars to each of the 32 participating teams, the payment of bonuses to African players should not be a problem, if based on prior agreement, which should be available...
(Xinhuanet 06/23/14)
KIGALI, June (Xinhua) -- Rwanda has pledged to ensure that the Congolese refugees living in the country remain safe and secure on Friday while marking the World Refugee Day. Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs Seraphine Mukantabana said that Rwanda, home to over 73,000 refugees, majority of them from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees, who are distributed in five camps in the country. She noted that the World...
(Zimbabwe Independent 06/21/14)
AT the Brazil 2014 World Cup shorn of African heroics so far, with the singular exception of Ivory Coast, Cameroon went down fighting on Wednesday, but unfortunately, among themselves! After hitting the headlines on the eve of football's global super show for staging an industrial action over bonuses for their participation, the West Africans hogged the limelight for all the wrong reasons yet again. This time it was violence and unmitigated failure in an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Croatia. All...
(Xinhuanet 05/14/14)
KAMPALA, May (Xinhua) -- Rwanda and hosts Uganda started on a winning note as the U-18 Zone 5 Afro-Basketball Championship got under way here on Monday. Uganda's Girls team saw off their Kenyan counterparts 62-48, before the Rwanda Boys team also beat Kenya 62-42 in the second game. In the first game Sumaya Hasahya scored a game high 21 points for Uganda's U-18 Girls team, while Ritah Immanishimwe and Sarah Ageno picked 15 and 14 points respectively. Kenya had Felmas...
(PANA 03/13/14)
The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Mr. Issa Hayatou, has nudged African teams heading to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to strive to reach the last four. PANA reports that no African team has ever gone beyond the quarter-final stage of the four-yearly global football extravaganza. But Hayatou said a last-four berth by any of Africa's flagbearers in Brazil would be an icing on the cake for the successes which African football has recorded, especially...
(PANA 02/28/14)
The African Football Confederation (CAF) will cover the costs of training, at the CAF Excellence Centre in Mbankomo, for the African teams to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the continental football governing body said. CAF is also calling on the entire African continent to support the five teams that qualified for Brazil 2014 which kicks off in June. The five countries are Cote d'Ivoire, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. In a news dispatch from the CAF headquarters in...
(The Star 02/26/14)
Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos will be the venue for the Kenya and Rwanda return leg match of the Senior Africa Women’s Championship qualifier on Sunday. The Starlets will be out to overturn a 1-0 loss suffered in Kigali two weeks ago. The girls have been in residential training under coach Justin Okiring since their return and will move to Machakos to continue their preparations. Confirming the new development Football Kenya Limited’s women’s football development committee chairlady Angeline Mwikali said the...
(AFP 02/02/14)
CAPE TOWN, (AFP) - Libya won their first continental tournament Saturday after beating Ghana in the African Nations Championship 4-3 on penalties when their final ended 0-0 after extra time. Excellent goalkeeping by the Mediterranean Knights' Muhammad Nashnoush and a poorly-aimed attempt that went wide from Ghana's Joshua Tijane clinched the victory following a lacklustre game. A fast-paced start raised expectations of an energetic clash, but play slowed after the first 15 minutes and failed to recover. The match ended...
(PANA 01/30/14)
Bloemfontein, South Africa - Nigeria's head coach Stephen Keshi has hailed the country's home-based senior national team, the Super Eagles, despite its loss to the Black Stars of Ghana in Wednesday's semi-final of the ongoing 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa. The teams resorted to penalties after playing goalless in regulation and extra time, with the eventual 4-1 result ending the dreams of African champion Nigeria to also lift the CHAN silverware 'This team has been about six...
(CNN 01/10/14)
(CNN) -- Yaya Toure's African reign will stretch into a third year after the Manchester City midfielder was named the continent's best footballer once again. The Ivory Coast star was crowned Footballer of the Year by the Confederation of African Football at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday. Toure pipped compatriot Didier Drogba, who plays for Turkish outfit Galatasaray, and Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel to the crown. The 30-year-old becomes only the second player to win three...
(Leadership 01/10/14)
In less than 24 hours, African football stars will kick off the CHAN tournament, which is meant for footballers plying their trade in the African continent. Africa has always produced some of the finest footballers of different generations, such as Roger Milla, Abedi Pele, Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o, Fredrick Kanoute, Michael Essien, Mikel Obi, Yaya Toure, Vincent Enyeama and the list goes on. These players have graced the European football with African flair, power and...
(BBC News Africa 12/02/13)
The winner of this year's BBC African Footballer of the Year award will be revealed at 1735 GMT on Monday. The shortlist of Yaya Toure, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was announced three weeks ago. African football fans selected their choice for the award, voting online and by text messages. You can find out result later today live on the BBC's Focus on Africa radio and television programmes and on this website. No player on...
(CNN 10/26/13)
(CNN) -- Is Sepp Blatter angling for another term as head of world football? The 77-year-old vowed at the 2011 FIFA presidential elections, where he stood unopposed after a bribery controversy ruled out his only rival, that this would be his fourth and final four-year stint in office. However, this week he hinted that he has "a mission" to fulfill and said he feels "young enough to be in this office." And he fueled speculation that he may stand again...
(BBC News Africa 09/06/13)
A total of seven places in the African play-offs for the 2014 World Cup will be decided this weekend. The campaign that has been made all the more dramatic because a number of matches have been overturned by football's world governing body Fifa. Only Algeria , Egypt and Ivory Coast will definitely be in the draw on 16 September for the final round of play-offs for Brazil next year. Ghana host Zambia in the first of the weekend's final group...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/13)
Women's sprinting has entered a new era, declared African duo Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare after they won the continent's first ever medals in a women's world 200 metres final on Friday in Moscow. Ahoure, 25, took her second silver of the World Athletics Championships, having become the first African woman to win a medal in the world 100m final, in a photo finish with Okagbare behind Jamaica's 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Both of them...
(Ghana Business News 08/05/13)
The draw for the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) will take place on Monday, September 16 in Cairo, Egypt, organizers have announced. According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the ceremony will be held at its headquarters in the Egyptian capital. The draw will see 16 teams divided into four groups of four teams each for the tournament billed for South Africa next year from January 11 to February 1. Ghana’s local Black Stars booked their place at the...
(Southafrica.info 07/22/13)
The 100th edition of the world's most famous cycle race, the Tour de France, which ended in Paris on Sunday, had a distinctly African flavour to it, with Daryl Impey becoming the first South African to pull on the yellow jersey, and overall winner Chris Froome having strong Kenyan and South African connections. Froome, born in Kenya, educated in South Africa and now a British citizen riding for a British team, became the first rider from Africa to win the...
(The New Times 07/31/14)
The highly anticipated Beautiful People Party is back and takes place this Friday at The Manor Hotel in Nyarutarama. Beautiful People Party is quite popular in neighbouring East African countries like Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. “Beautiful People Party showcases the most trending things in society. It could be fashion, talent, beverages, anything that is trending in East Africa. This year’s theme is ‘Stay Trendy”” explained Reno Kabachelor, the CEO Beautiful People Party. Last year the party didn’t take place because of financial constraints. “We didn’t manage to organise it here last year after two successful editions because of sponsorship challenges but since we now have Heineken as the official sponsor, we will be organising the...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/20/14)
LONDON (Reuters) - Three members of Africa's "youth club" - Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe - offer some of the fastest-growing working populations in the world, if only investors can capitalise on that. If the countries' demographic trends can be coupled with good education to create skilled jobs and an avoidance of political unrest, this should lead to economic growth quickly enough to attract portfolio investors, some analysts say. None of the three makes it to the flagship frontiers stock index, which tracks exchanges a tier below the larger, more established emerging markets. But according to United Nations projections, their working-age...
(The Guardian 12/30/13)
Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt. At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated...
(Spy Ghana 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...
(Los Angeles Times 07/31/14)
Laments about corruption, physical insecurity and unresponsive bureaucrats are a staple of life in many countries in East and Central Africa, with one notable exception: Rwanda. The streets of its capital, Kigali, are impeccable, the roads are good, lights work and, unlike the traffic cops in Nairobi, Kampala or Dar es Salaam, police officers do not stop drivers simply to coerce bribes. Yet the architect of this miracle, President Paul Kagame, is in danger of reversing the gains that have made Rwanda a beacon of progress on the continent. For the most part, Mr. Kagame gets laudatory media coverage, especially in Africa, and it’s easy to see why. Sustained economic growth of around 8 percent...
(BBC News Africa 07/31/14)
Reporting in PLOS Medicine, researchers found that for every 1,000 children who received the vaccine, an average of 800 cases of illness could be prevented. And in continuing trials it went on to provide protection some 18 months after the injections were given. Manufacturers GSK have now applied for regulatory approval - making this the first vaccine to reach this step. Malaria affects millions of people worldwide and results in 800,000 deaths each year - the majority in children under five who live in sub-Saharan Africa.
(Voice of America 07/31/14)
DAKAR, SENEGAL — Agricultural experts say that small-scale farmers in Africa can play a key role in ending food insecurity in the region - if they are included in the value chain. Small-scale farmers produce an estimated 80 percent of the continent’s food each year, but most lack the capacities to sell their crops in commercial markets. Sub-Saharan African countries continue to import more food each year than they export. An estimated 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated farmable land...
(Voice of America 07/29/14)
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Africa's emerging leaders are gathered in Washington for a three-day summit that includes a meeting with President Barack Obama. The summit is a highlight of a six-week U.S. fellowship that has given about 500 young Africans a chance to sharpen their skills through coursework and professional development. Some participants plan to remain in the United States to learn more about how they can help their home countries. Zimbabwe's Rumbidzai Dube, a lawyer and human rights defender,...
(UN.org 07/29/14)
With preparations underway for the United Nations to take over from an African Union-led peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to review what was done and how it could be done better in future transitions. The request was made during the Council's open debate on regional partnership and its evolution in UN peacekeeping, which focused on the Organization's relevant cooperation with African regional groups, as well as with entities under...
(BBC News Africa 07/26/14)
New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries more labour is now needed to find food. Children are often used to fill this need for cheap workers, especially in the fishing industry. The decline in species is also helping the proliferation of terrorism and the destabilisation of regions. According to a study in the journal, Science, the...
(Voice of America 07/25/14)
KIGALI — ​Rwandan Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi has been dismissed and Anastase Murekezi appointed to replace him. ​While the decision to replace Habumuremyi is not officially described as a dismissal, that is how it has been reported in local media. And there has been no official denial that he was, in effect, fired on Wednesday. The new prime minister, Anastase Murekezi, was sworn in Thursday, along with several new ministers. Afterwards, President Paul Kagame said the Cabinet shakeup did not mean the replaced members were lacking in capabilities or achievements, and added they would continue to serve in other offices.
(BBC News Africa 07/25/14)
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a report. A key challenge is to attract funding for biotechnology projects on staple crops, such as cassava, it added. These crops were often ignored by commercial funders because they had a limited market, the authors suggested. Africa missed out on the previous green revolution that boosted food output in many Asian and Latin American nations. The report, On Trial: GM Crops...
(Voice of America 07/23/14)
Researchers meeting in Cameroon say Africa may lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century due to global warming, population growth and unregulated development. The researchers from 20 African, American and European universities say sub-Saharan Africa is losing forest land faster than any place on Earth. Loggers are cutting down trees to meet unrelenting timber demand from China, Europe and the United States. Meanwhile, countries are recording 3 percent population growth...
(Voice of America 07/22/14)
It’s a tough time to be gay in Africa, where 37 countries have banned homosexuality and where, at least in parts of the sub-Saharan region, HIV/AIDS rages. Anti-gay laws complicate the jobs of health care workers such as Ifeanyi Orazulike, who runs a clinic for gay men and transgender people in a poor area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. While the country’s prevalence of HIV infection was a relatively low 3.1 percent overall in 2012, it affected 17 percent of gay...
(Voice of America 07/21/14)
A senior official of the African Union said next month’s US-Africa Summit in Washington should provide Africa and the United States an opportunity to enter into a strategic partnership. Erastus Mwencha, deputy chairperson of the AU Commission said African leaders look forward to discussing with President Barack Obama issues such as investing in the continent’s future and peace and security. The summit is scheduled to take place August 5 and 6. He said the US-Africa summit is a great opportunity for Africa to enhance cooperation with the United States, the world’s largest economy.
(Voice of America 07/16/14)
PARIS — French President Francois Hollande flies to Africa Thursday, on a three-nation visit that will focus on economic issues and rooting out terrorism in the Sahel area. Security tops the agenda of President Francois Hollande's trip to Africa, where he will visit French troops and hold talks with the leaders of Niger, Chad and Ivory Coast. France has just announced a new mission to fight jihadists in the Sahel area. The operation is called Barkhane, named after a type...
(Voice of America 07/11/14)
GISENYI, RWANDA — Relations between the DRC and Rwanda took a turn for the worse on June 11 when Congolese and Rwandan troops clashed at the border near Goma. After several hours of firefights, the dead bodies of five Congolese soldiers were found by the Red Cross just inside Rwanda. There had been hardly any open hostilities between Rwandan and DRC forces for several years before this incident. Although calm was quickly restored, trade between the two countries appeared to...
(Voice of America 06/28/14)
Good news for Africa, say the experts. Growth is healthy and broad-based, fueled in part by infrastructure spending, domestic demand and trade. "A lot of people think growth in Africa is only driven by mineral wealth or oil-exporting countries, but we find that even countries that are not resource rich are still growing.…," said Angela Lusigi, an economist and policy advisor for the Regional Bureau for Africa in the United Nations Development Program. "This is mainly because of their agricultural...
(Voice of America 06/28/14)
African leaders have called for greater investment in agriculture at the African Union summit closing Friday in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea. Leaders also discussed concerted efforts to address conflicts smoldering across the continent from South Sudan to Central African Republic. The AU has focused this year's summit on tackling issues of agriculture and climate change as part of the continental body's overall development goals to create jobs and to improve food security. African Union Commission Chairwoman Nkoszana Dlamini...
(Voice of America 06/14/14)
GENEVA — A major wildlife conservation group reports more than 20,000 African elephants were poached across the African continent last year. CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, warns that poaching contributes to the continuing decline in elephant populations. According to CITES, 2013 was the third year in a row more than 20,000 elephants have been killed across the African continent. It says the sharp upward trend in illegal elephant killing observed since the mid-2000s peaked in 2011 and is leveling off.
(BBC News Africa 06/14/14)
The survival of Africa's elephants is under threat, with estimates suggesting more than 20,000 were killed in 2013, a report says. The office of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) said poaching levels were far above the elephant birth rate. However, the report said poaching numbers had dropped slightly compared to the previous two years. Transnational organised crime appeared to be involved in the trade, it added. Cites, which is based in Geneva, is responsible for regulating...
(Voice of America 06/13/14)
Gunfire has erupted for a second day on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Reports from the area say soldiers exchanged fire briefly Thursday morning in a town north of Goma, the capital of Congo's North Kivu province. Each side has accused the other of provoking the clashes. DRC officials say Rwandan forces crossed into North Kivu on Wednesday and kidnapped and killed a Congolese soldier. Rwanda says Congolese forces crossed the border and opened fire...
(BBC News Africa 06/12/14)
Rwandan forces and troops from DR Congo are fighting each other on their shared border, the Congolese information minister says. Lambert Mende told the BBC the battle began when a unit of Rwandan soldiers crossed over the border and attacked early on Wednesday. After fighting for nearly two hours, the Rwandans kidnapped an army corporal and went home, he said. Clashes resumed when the Congolese learnt the officer had been killed. The Rwandan authorities have yet to comment on the...
(Voice of America 06/12/14)
Gunfire erupted along the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo for a second day Thursday, a day after a clash left five soldiers dead. Congolese officials and witnesses say Rwandan troops fired shots across the border, on Thursday. There was no immediate word from Rwandan officials. On Wednesday, five Congolese soldiers were killed during cross-border fighting. Officials from both countries traded blame over who is responsible for the incident. The DRC says Rwandan forces crossed into North...

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