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Friday 25 April 2014

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(Tanzania Daily News 04/24/14)
Youth in East African Community (EAC) member states have been challenged to tap available investment opportunities to bring about needed development. The challenge was thrown by the EAC Deputy Secretary General, Mr Charles Njoroge, when opening an international youth symposium. He said the youth should discard the mindset that the government has to do everything for the people to bring about development, stressing that instead they should grab all the available opportunities. “You have various opportunities around you, utilize them to create employment avenues to bring about development,” he said. He urged them to team up with a number of local and international organizations in their respective areas in surmounting the challenges around them for...
(Voice of America 04/24/14)
Three blocs of African countries and the United States have agreed to coordinate efforts to fight piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. Forty vessels have been attacked by armed gangs in the Gulf of Guinea this year, according to senior officials of the U.S. military's Africa Command. The epicenter of West African piracy is Nigeria, with 12 attacks and multiple kidnappings this year. Aboko Patrick, mayor of Kombo Abedimo, a Cameroonian locality on the Bakassi peninsula, tells VOA that the government of Cameroon negotiated his release when he and some friends were captured by pirates. "We were embarrassed with three...
(Voice of America 04/24/14)
New research recently published online by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene finds that young children suffering from diarrheal diseases are less likely to receive life-saving oral rehydration therapy (ORT) when seeking treatment in private clinics. This first-ever, large-scale study of child diarrhea treatment practices in sub-Saharan Africa found that closing the gap between public and private clinics with regard to access to ORT could each year save the lives of 20,000 children under 5 years of age...
(PANA 04/24/14)
New York, US - A UN-backed summit on the role of oceans in global food security, livelihoods and economic development which opened on Tuesday in The Hague, the Netherlands, said that overfishing, habitat destruction and pollution are atop its agenda for discussions. A statement issued by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) about the key message of the four-day summit, which is co-organized by the World Bank and Member States, including the Dutch Government, said urgent coordinated action was...
(AFP (eng) 04/23/14)
KIGALI, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - Authorities in the Rwandan capital have forced the closure of the French cultural centre, officials said Wednesday, just weeks after the two nations were in a major diplomatic spat over genocide commemorations. The French ambassador to Kigali, Michel Flesch, said the land where the centre was located was confiscated by the local council following a long-running dispute over urban planning regulations. He said the centre was forced to shut its doors last week. The...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/23/14)
BOSTON (Reuters) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame said on Tuesday it was too early to say whether he will seek a third term as head of the east African state, adding "whatever will happen, we'll have an explanation." Articles in pro-government newspapers in recent years have raised the prospect of him staying on after his mandate expires in 2017, a move that would anger his critics and require a change to the constitution. "I have been asked when or whether...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/23/14)
BOSTON (Reuters) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame said on Tuesday it was too early to say whether he will seek a third term as head of the east African state, adding "whatever will happen, we'll have an explanation." Articles in pro-government newspapers in recent years have raised the prospect of him staying on after his mandate expires in 2017, a move that would anger his critics and require a change to the constitution. "I have been asked when or whether...
(PANA 04/23/14)
Dakar, Senegal - West Africa tops five African sub-regions in the ranking issued by the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC) on membership of the African Democracy, Elections and Governance Charter (CADEG), according to an official statement in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, on Tuesday. According to the Department, West Africa has a total of 12 out of 23 countries which have joined CADEC. Countries that have joined CADEC are Mauritania, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Burkina Faso,...
(PANA 04/23/14)
DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist, has promoted two African country heads to take regional roles in a continent poised for renewed growth, the company said in a statement obtained by PANA here Tuesday. Former Managing Director, South Africa, Lubabalo ‘Twine’ Mtya, becomes the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Southern Africa region, while Pramod Bagalwadi, currently Country Manager DHL Global Forwarding Ghana, has been named Eastern Africa CEO and Kenya head with immediate effect. Mtya,...
(PANA 04/23/14)
All hands must be on deck across Africa to put an end to the rising waves of terrorism and insecurity that is hindering development on the continent, according to Prof. Maurice Fangnon of the Centre for Defence of Human Right and Democracy in Africa (CDHRDA). Speaking in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos, against the background of rising terror attacks in Nigeria, Kenya and Mali, among others, Prof. Fangnon said without working together through the sharing of information, expertise and skills...
(PANA 04/23/14)
New York, US - African runners, led by last year's winners, are the clear favourites at Monday's (21 April) 2014 Boston Marathon in the US, PANA reported. The 118th running of the annual Marathon is significant because it will be the first edition of the race since the 2013 edition was ruined by a bomb explosion. Last year's winners in the men's and women's categories, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya respectively, will lead the pack of...
(AFP (eng) 04/22/14)
Kinshasa (AFP) - Rwandan Hutu rebels exiled in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have condemned the arrest of a group accused of plotting a grenade attack against the government in Kigali. Police in Rwanda arrested three men last Monday -- well-known musician Kizito Mihigo, radio journalist Cassien Ntamuhanga and former soldier Jean Paul Dukuzumuremyi -- accusing them of planning to attack the country's leaders in revenge for the assassination of Patrick Karegeya, a former spy chief and fierce critic...
(PANA 04/22/14)
The executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Dr Carlos Lopes, has called on African countries to follow the example of China in their development programmes. 'It is important to keep the spirit of the experience of China for, it involves two direct links with Africa,' he said in a PANA interview. First, could Africa follow the same path for quick rural economic development, poverty reduction and industrialization, with regard to the fact that the emergence of China has changed the world economic growth?
(Ips News 04/22/14)
Washington — As the World Bank wrapped up its semi-annual joint meetings with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) here last weekend, it reaffirmed its commitment to bringing extreme poverty below three percent of the global population by 2030 while increasing the income of the poorest 40 percent of the population of each country. However, some suggest that in sub-Saharan Africa, this may be impossible. It's not easy to fix a country, rebuild institutions and get growth going while making sure...
(Xinhuanet 04/22/14)
BEIJING, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Trade between China and Africa increased 5.9 percent year on year to 210.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2013, according to data released on Tuesday by the China Chamber of International Commerce. Chinese exports to Africa stood at 92.8 billion U.S. dollars, up 8.8 percent. Imports from Africa hit 117.4 billion U.S. dollars, up 3.8 percent, the data showed. Meanwhile, more than 2,000 Chinese companies had been established in Africa by the end of 2013, in...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/14)
KIGALI, April (Xinhua) -- The editor of the opposition Kinyarwandan-language paper Umusingi, Stanley Gatera, was arrested for extorting money from a government official who did not want the paper to publish an article that could tarnish his image, a police source revealed here Thursday. "He was arrested after receiving some money from the civil servant," Damas Gatare, a spokesperson of the Rwandan Police, told reporters in Kigali. The journalist is said to have negotiated the money against an article he...
(The Guardian 04/19/14)
The Minister in the Zanzibar Second Vice President’s Office, Mohamed Aboud Mohamed on Thursday called for more concerted efforts to support the health sector in the East African Community (EAC). He made the call when opening the ministerial session of the 9th ordinary meeting of the EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers of Health taking place here. “I call for more concerted efforts to support the health sector in the EAC given its central role in influencing the attainment of EAC’s...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/14)
JOHANNESBURG, April 18 (Xinhua) -- International logistics group DHL Express said Friday that significant growth in Africa's financial services sector is providing great opportunities to drive the continent's economic growth and development. In a report released in Johannesburg, DHL Express Sub-Saharan ( SSA) Director Sumesh Rahavendra said growing economy, increased political stability and willingness to trade with international partners is making the continent more investor friendly.
(PANA 04/19/14)
A former United Nations Under Secretary-General, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, on Thursday underscored the need for African people to see security as a collective responsibility and work towards achieving peace in order to develop the continent. Professor Gambari was speaking against the background of security challenges being faced by some African countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Mali as a result of rising incidences of terrorism. He expressed displeasure about the rising acts of terrorism being carried out by the dreaded Boko Haram...
(Daily Trust 04/18/14)
"A nation of 4 million cannot deny 70 million people access to the sea, It is a matter of time, but another war is inevitable" (Teshome Gabre Mariam - former attorney general of Ethiopia). On 6th April, 2014 Rwanda marked twenty years of a highly publicised genocide. Two others triggered by gaining independence from Belgium in 1960 were ignored by the media. As a child, President Paul Kagame fled into a refugee camp in Uganda. A French scholar accused President...

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(Tanzania Daily News 04/24/14)
Youth in East African Community (EAC) member states have been challenged to tap available investment opportunities to bring about needed development. The challenge was thrown by the EAC Deputy Secretary General, Mr Charles Njoroge, when opening an international youth symposium. He said the youth should discard the mindset that the government has to do everything for the people to bring about development, stressing that instead they should grab all the available opportunities. “You have various opportunities around you, utilize them to create employment avenues to bring about development,” he said. He urged them to team up with a number of local and international organizations in their respective areas in surmounting the challenges around them for...
(Voice of America 04/24/14)
Three blocs of African countries and the United States have agreed to coordinate efforts to fight piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. Forty vessels have been attacked by armed gangs in the Gulf of Guinea this year, according to senior officials of the U.S. military's Africa Command. The epicenter of West African piracy is Nigeria, with 12 attacks and multiple kidnappings this year. Aboko Patrick, mayor of Kombo Abedimo, a Cameroonian locality on the Bakassi peninsula, tells VOA that the government of Cameroon negotiated his release when he and some friends were captured by pirates. "We were embarrassed with three...
(Voice of America 04/24/14)
New research recently published online by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene finds that young children suffering from diarrheal diseases are less likely to receive life-saving oral rehydration therapy (ORT) when seeking treatment in private clinics. This first-ever, large-scale study of child diarrhea treatment practices in sub-Saharan Africa found that closing the gap between public and private clinics with regard to access to ORT could each year save the lives of 20,000 children under 5 years of age...
(PANA 04/24/14)
New York, US - A UN-backed summit on the role of oceans in global food security, livelihoods and economic development which opened on Tuesday in The Hague, the Netherlands, said that overfishing, habitat destruction and pollution are atop its agenda for discussions. A statement issued by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) about the key message of the four-day summit, which is co-organized by the World Bank and Member States, including the Dutch Government, said urgent coordinated action was...
(AFP (eng) 04/23/14)
KIGALI, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - Authorities in the Rwandan capital have forced the closure of the French cultural centre, officials said Wednesday, just weeks after the two nations were in a major diplomatic spat over genocide commemorations. The French ambassador to Kigali, Michel Flesch, said the land where the centre was located was confiscated by the local council following a long-running dispute over urban planning regulations. He said the centre was forced to shut its doors last week. The...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/23/14)
BOSTON (Reuters) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame said on Tuesday it was too early to say whether he will seek a third term as head of the east African state, adding "whatever will happen, we'll have an explanation." Articles in pro-government newspapers in recent years have raised the prospect of him staying on after his mandate expires in 2017, a move that would anger his critics and require a change to the constitution. "I have been asked when or whether...
(PANA 04/23/14)
Dakar, Senegal - West Africa tops five African sub-regions in the ranking issued by the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC) on membership of the African Democracy, Elections and Governance Charter (CADEG), according to an official statement in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, on Tuesday. According to the Department, West Africa has a total of 12 out of 23 countries which have joined CADEC. Countries that have joined CADEC are Mauritania, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Burkina Faso,...
(PANA 04/23/14)
DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist, has promoted two African country heads to take regional roles in a continent poised for renewed growth, the company said in a statement obtained by PANA here Tuesday. Former Managing Director, South Africa, Lubabalo ‘Twine’ Mtya, becomes the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Southern Africa region, while Pramod Bagalwadi, currently Country Manager DHL Global Forwarding Ghana, has been named Eastern Africa CEO and Kenya head with immediate effect. Mtya,...
(PANA 04/23/14)
All hands must be on deck across Africa to put an end to the rising waves of terrorism and insecurity that is hindering development on the continent, according to Prof. Maurice Fangnon of the Centre for Defence of Human Right and Democracy in Africa (CDHRDA). Speaking in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos, against the background of rising terror attacks in Nigeria, Kenya and Mali, among others, Prof. Fangnon said without working together through the sharing of information, expertise and skills...
(PANA 04/23/14)
New York, US - African runners, led by last year's winners, are the clear favourites at Monday's (21 April) 2014 Boston Marathon in the US, PANA reported. The 118th running of the annual Marathon is significant because it will be the first edition of the race since the 2013 edition was ruined by a bomb explosion. Last year's winners in the men's and women's categories, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya respectively, will lead the pack of...
(AFP (eng) 04/22/14)
Kinshasa (AFP) - Rwandan Hutu rebels exiled in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have condemned the arrest of a group accused of plotting a grenade attack against the government in Kigali. Police in Rwanda arrested three men last Monday -- well-known musician Kizito Mihigo, radio journalist Cassien Ntamuhanga and former soldier Jean Paul Dukuzumuremyi -- accusing them of planning to attack the country's leaders in revenge for the assassination of Patrick Karegeya, a former spy chief and fierce critic...
(PANA 04/22/14)
The executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Dr Carlos Lopes, has called on African countries to follow the example of China in their development programmes. 'It is important to keep the spirit of the experience of China for, it involves two direct links with Africa,' he said in a PANA interview. First, could Africa follow the same path for quick rural economic development, poverty reduction and industrialization, with regard to the fact that the emergence of China has changed the world economic growth?
(Ips News 04/22/14)
Washington — As the World Bank wrapped up its semi-annual joint meetings with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) here last weekend, it reaffirmed its commitment to bringing extreme poverty below three percent of the global population by 2030 while increasing the income of the poorest 40 percent of the population of each country. However, some suggest that in sub-Saharan Africa, this may be impossible. It's not easy to fix a country, rebuild institutions and get growth going while making sure...
(Xinhuanet 04/22/14)
BEIJING, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Trade between China and Africa increased 5.9 percent year on year to 210.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2013, according to data released on Tuesday by the China Chamber of International Commerce. Chinese exports to Africa stood at 92.8 billion U.S. dollars, up 8.8 percent. Imports from Africa hit 117.4 billion U.S. dollars, up 3.8 percent, the data showed. Meanwhile, more than 2,000 Chinese companies had been established in Africa by the end of 2013, in...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/14)
KIGALI, April (Xinhua) -- The editor of the opposition Kinyarwandan-language paper Umusingi, Stanley Gatera, was arrested for extorting money from a government official who did not want the paper to publish an article that could tarnish his image, a police source revealed here Thursday. "He was arrested after receiving some money from the civil servant," Damas Gatare, a spokesperson of the Rwandan Police, told reporters in Kigali. The journalist is said to have negotiated the money against an article he...
(The Guardian 04/19/14)
The Minister in the Zanzibar Second Vice President’s Office, Mohamed Aboud Mohamed on Thursday called for more concerted efforts to support the health sector in the East African Community (EAC). He made the call when opening the ministerial session of the 9th ordinary meeting of the EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers of Health taking place here. “I call for more concerted efforts to support the health sector in the EAC given its central role in influencing the attainment of EAC’s...
(PANA 04/19/14)
A former United Nations Under Secretary-General, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, on Thursday underscored the need for African people to see security as a collective responsibility and work towards achieving peace in order to develop the continent. Professor Gambari was speaking against the background of security challenges being faced by some African countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Mali as a result of rising incidences of terrorism. He expressed displeasure about the rising acts of terrorism being carried out by the dreaded Boko Haram...
(Daily Trust 04/18/14)
"A nation of 4 million cannot deny 70 million people access to the sea, It is a matter of time, but another war is inevitable" (Teshome Gabre Mariam - former attorney general of Ethiopia). On 6th April, 2014 Rwanda marked twenty years of a highly publicised genocide. Two others triggered by gaining independence from Belgium in 1960 were ignored by the media. As a child, President Paul Kagame fled into a refugee camp in Uganda. A French scholar accused President...
(Ipp media 04/18/14)
Tanzania has called on the East African partner states to implement policies and strategies to address emerging and re-emerging diseases, including the threat of non-communicable diseases. Head of Senior Officials’ delegation from Tanzania Dr Elias Kwesi made the remarks when addressing the on-going Session of Senior Officials of the 9th Ordinary meeting of the EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers of Health in the Isles. In his speech made available here, Dr Elias said Tanzania will continue to be a strong...
(African arguments 04/18/14)
Diamonds and Rubber in Sierra Leone, oil in Angola and Sudan, tantalum and gold in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, copper in Zambia - the list of the natural resource wealth the Africa possesses is a long one. However, these riches have not always been a blessing for the continent. The development of African states is often said to be hindered by a 'resource curse' and, not surprisingly, most contemporary instances of armed contest over state power, authority, and...

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(Xinhuanet 04/19/14)
JOHANNESBURG, April 18 (Xinhua) -- International logistics group DHL Express said Friday that significant growth in Africa's financial services sector is providing great opportunities to drive the continent's economic growth and development. In a report released in Johannesburg, DHL Express Sub-Saharan ( SSA) Director Sumesh Rahavendra said growing economy, increased political stability and willingness to trade with international partners is making the continent more investor friendly.
(Reuters (Eng) 04/09/14)
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's No.2 department store operator, David Jones Ltd (DJS.AX), said on Wednesday it had agreed to a takeover offer from South Africa's Woolworth Holdings Ltd (WHLJ.J) valuing the company at around A$2.15 billion ($2 billion). In doing so, it has spurned an offer from bigger rival Myer Holdings Ltd (MYR.AX), which in October 2013 proposed a nil premium all-stock deal that had valued David Jones at A$1.4 billion. David Jones said it had entered into a scheme of arrangement with Woolworths, a mid to high-end retailer in South Africa, for the A$4 per share bid. That represents...
(Xinhuanet 04/08/14)
DUBAI, April (Xinhua) -- China has played a positive role in redefining Africa and helped the once despaired continent to get back on track, the president of the Cairo-based African Export- Import Bank Jean-Louis Ekkra said here on Monday. Ekkra made the remarks to Xinhua at the third annual Dubai precious metals conference which is held under the theme "Engaging with Africa," adding that Chinese firms are investing in nearly all countries of the continent. "China provides both financing and...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/07/14)
Atlas Mara, an investment company backed by former Barclays boss Bob Diamond, planned to buy a controlling stake in state-run Development Bank of Rwanda to build a regional financial services firm. “We are acquiring the government's stake through this process which is just over 75 percent,” Diamond said.
(Reuters (Eng) 04/05/14)
KIGALI Sat Apr 5, 2014 (Reuters) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame may dress in the sharp suits of a company CEO, but his language can be more like a drill sergeant when he grills his cabinet on its performance. "When you speak I find myself becoming impatient, almost to the point of being annoyed," the former military intelligence commander publicly berated a minister last month at an annual meeting of top officials on modernizing the tiny African state. Western nations...
(Xinhuanet 04/04/14)
KIGALI, April (Xinhua) -- The World Bank has boosted Rwanda's road infrastructure and agricultural productivity with 60.9 million U.S. dollars (about Rwf 47 billion). The funds will be channeled towards the construction of various feeder roads in the country that connect farmers to market centers. The first 45 million dollars of the grant agreement was signed between the government of Rwanda and the World Bank representative on Thursday in the Capital of Kigali. The funds are expected to support the...
(Bloomberg 04/03/14)
Robert Diamond, former head of Barclays Plc (BARC), plans to sell corporate loans in sub-Saharan Africa to international investors through his new financial-services venture, Atlas Mara Co-Nvest Ltd. (ATMA) Securitizing loans will open up one of the fastest-growing regions in the world to institutional investors and provide capital to businesses operating there, Diamond, 62, said in an interview in Johannesburg yesterday. “International investors have already crossed the Rubicon in that they’re interested in Africa,” he said. “Now it’s a question...
(Premium Times 03/31/14)
The bulk of Africa's losses to illicit financial flows annually were through various schemes by multinational companies to evade and avoid the payment of corporate tax in their areas of operations. Findings by the African Union high-level panel on illicit financial flows showed that what the continent has been losing annually through illicit financial flows is more than what it receives in development aids from abroad or foreign direct investment combined. The panel, chaired by former South African President, Thabo...
(PANA 03/26/14)
Despite important economic progress and agricultural successes, Africa remains the world’s most food insecure continent, with relatively low levels of agricultural productivity, low rural incomes and high rates of malnutrition, FAO said here Monday. As the Organization’s 28th Regional Conference for Africa takes place in Tunis, FAO is calling on African ministers of agriculture for action in priority areas to accelerate increased investment and broad-based transformation in support of smallholder farmers, including rural youth and women. Africa has recorded continuous...
(Bloomberg 03/14/14)
Credit Suisse Group AG is deploying investment bankers to woo African entrepreneurs as the second-biggest Swiss bank tries to build its wealth-management business on the continent. Those bankers offer services from capital raising to trade finance and mergers and acquisitions advice, John Wright, a managing director and market leader for Africa at Credit Suisse, said in an interview in Cape Town. “We have a dedicated group of investment bankers embedded within private banking,” said Zurich-based Wright. “They have the mission...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/14)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Pan-African lender Ecobank grew too fast in a short space of time, its biggest shareholder said on Wednesday, potentially signaling a slowdown in the rapid expansion that has taken the financial institution to 35 countries. Elias Masilela, chief executive of the Public Investment Corporation, said the bank, whose chief executive Thierry Tanoh was ousted by the board on Tuesday, needed to devote as much attention to governance as to growth. "The institution grew too fast in a...
(Bloomberg 03/12/14)
African Barrick Gold Plc (ABG) slumped the most in 14 months in London trading after its parent, the world’s biggest producer of the metal, sold a 10 percent stake. The unit of Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX) fell as much as 17 percent, the largest drop since Jan. 8, 2013. The parent sold 41 million shares to institutions for $188 million, cutting its stake to 64 percent less than four years after an initial public offering. “This sale confirms that the...
(Bloomberg 03/11/14)
Japaul Oil & Maritime Services Plc plans to raise $400 million to $500 million this year to allow the Nigerian company to expand its offshore business in Africa. Japaul is studying loans, bonds, stocks or a combination of all three to raise money after appointing a consulting firm a month ago, Chief Executive Officer Jegede Paul said in Lagos. The company, now in Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, plans to buy ships and equipment to expand in “about...
(PANA 03/11/14)
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is to hold an Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) Consultative Roundtable and a side event on the Science Agenda in Africa 17-18 March in Durban, South Africa. FARA said in a statement made available to PANA here Monday that former Chairperson of the African Union Commission Jean Ping will be the guest speaker. It said the two events would hold on the sideline of the 10th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)...
(Caj News Africa 03/07/14)
KIGALI - THE governments of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda are marketing the East African Community region as a single tourist destination following the launch of the EAC single tourist visa. The three countries are sharing a pavilion to showcase the region’s tourism potential at the ongoing Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB in Berlin, Germany. The countries tourism ministers, High Commissioners and Tourism Board heads officially graced the launch of the new cross-border visa on Thursday at the common pavilion. The single visa,...
(Xinhuanet 03/05/14)
ARUSHA, Tanzania, March (Xinhua) -- The European Union Delegation and East African Community (EAC) on Tuesday inked a financial agreement worth 4.45 million Euros to enhance regional integration processes. The support, which is for the EAC regional integration support program 3 (RISP3) is a response to the challenges and needs expressed in the 4th EAC Development Strategy for the period 2011- 2016. Speaking after signing the agreement, EU Delegation Head of Cooperation for Tanzania/EAC Eric Beaume said the 3rd generation...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/02/14)
(Reuters) - The main shareholder in Ecobank (ETI.LG), one of the biggest banks in sub-Saharan Africa, called on Saturday for its Ivorian chief executive Thierry Tanoh to be dismissed immediately. The South African government-owned Public Investment Corporation's (PIC) demand was made in a letter to the interim chairman of the bank, which is headquartered in Togo and is listed in Nigeria and Ghana and on the West African regional bourse BRVM. Four senior executives called several weeks ago for Tanoh...
(Bloomberg 02/28/14)
Investors sought the most local-currency bonds in Rwanda since the central bank began selling the debt in 2008, with yields lower than Uganda as the East African nation revives issuance in francs. The sale of 12.5 billion francs ($18 million) of three-year bonds had a coupon of 11.48 percent and a yield of 11.6 percent, the Kigali-based National Bank of Rwanda said in a statement on its website. Investors sought 40 percent more than offered, it said. Uganda’s three-year notes...
(Voice of America 02/28/14)
A senior official at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) says the organization is encouraged by an agreement between heads of state from Uganda, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ethiopia to join the group’s free trade program, a decision taken at the just-concluded summit. The heads of state and government that attended the COMESA summit, which ended Thursday, in the DRC capital, Kinshasa, include Joseph Kabila, Michael Sata, Yoweri Museveni, Joyce Banda, Robert Mugabe, Omar...
(Vanguard 02/28/14)
Marc Wegerif coordinates Oxfam's Economic Justice campaign in East Africa, working with partners to bring about fair policies for small farmers, pastoralists and communities affected by climate change. He is based in Tanzania. He was in Nigeria recently as part of his work on Female Food Hero award. Oxfam is working in a number of countries where they are rolling it out as a way of celebrating women's contribution to agriculture and food security. In this interview with JIMOH BABATUNDE,...

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(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 in the past 26 years of CAF. 'What will make me happy now, after all these achievements will be to get even more successes for African football,' CAF's media outlet quoted Hayatou to have said...
(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 Cairo, Egypt, the Confederation said it has decided to make it's Excellence Centre in Cameroon available to the five teams...
(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 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 with either the government or the opposition, and a handful of correspondents for the foreign press, including an al-Jazeera reporter, Mohamed al-Mesalma, who was shot by a sniper. Six journalists died in Egypt. Half of...
(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 off on Friday on a promising note and lived up to maximum expectation, shaking the capital with scintillating performances from...
(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...
(Dw-World 04/18/14)
A million people died in East Africa alone during the First World War. Many Africans also fought in Europe, defending the interests of their colonial masters. Today, their sacrifice has been largely forgotten. The most impressive monument for African victims of the First World War (1914-1918) is not to be found in Africa but in France. At the battle of Delville, one of the engagements of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, the South African 1st Infantry Brigade sustained heavy casualties. John Del Monde knows the site well. He is a member of the board of the South African Legion veterans' association. Together with partner associations from other Commonwealth member states, he has made...
(BBC News Africa 04/17/14)
Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief has said. Restricted competition has helped push up charges, according to research by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Money transfer company Western Union said that fees were set according to factors such as local taxes. The company "delivered much-needed services to individuals", it added. 'Duopoly' The research found that average fees of 12% to send $200 (£119) were twice the global average. Siddo Deva of Comic Relief said: "Imposing such high remittance fees from hard-earned income is hurting the African diaspora and,...
(BBC News Africa 04/15/14)
One of Rwanda's best-known musicians and a leading journalist have been arrested and accused of links to an opposition group and rebels. Cassien Ntamuhanga, the director of a Christian radio station, was arrested on Monday, a police statement said. Singer Kizito Mihigo was picked up on Friday. They are accused of links to both the South Africa-based Rwanda National Congress (RNC) and Hutu rebels, based in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The RNC was co-founding by Patrick Karegeya, who was...
(RFI 04/11/14)
La Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l'homme se dit inquiète après la disparition d'un patron de radio cette semaine au Rwanda. Le directeur de la radio confessionnelle rwandaise Amazing Grace, Cassien Ntamuhanga, a disparu lundi 7 avril après avoir assisté aux commémorations du génocide de 1994. Pour l’ONG, la situation des droits de l'homme se dégrade dans le pays. Ce qui nous inquiète, ce sont les atteintes aux libertés publiques et individuelles au Rwanda, particulièrement la liberté de...
(Voice of America 04/09/14)
PENTAGON — Twenty years after close to one million people were slaughtered in the Rwandan genocide, U.S. military officials are confident that forces are better positioned to prevent a repeat of such mass slaughter. But, Washington is still concerned about security across the African continent. Fears run rampant across much of the Central African Republic, where 2,000 people have been killed in ethnic violence since December, and some African peacekeepers already have pulled out. But U.S. defense officials say the...
(Voice of America 04/09/14)
A new study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine finds that no sub-Saharan African country will meet the U.N. Millennium Development goal for sanitation, and that many are lagging behind achieving the target for clean drinking water as well. According to a joint report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF last year, more than 2 billion people - or one-third of the world’s population - will remain without access to improved sanitation by 2015. The Millennium...
(Voice of America 04/08/14)
KIGALI, RWANDA — On the 20th anniversay of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, President Paul Kagame paid tribute to the victims and also took a swipe at the international community following a diplomatic rift with France. African heads of state and foreign dignitaries joined commemoration events in the Rwandan capital, beginning with a ceremony to light the National Flame of Mourning at the Kigali Genocide Memorial. April 7 marks the day 20 years ago when ethnic Hutu militias began a killing...
(Voice of America 04/07/14)
KIGALI, RWANDA — Rwanda on Monday is marking 20 years since the1994 genocide, with the hope that lessons learned can help prevent future atrocities. But as many times as the international community has said "never again," a failure to act has continued to cost lives. Rwandan President Paul Kagame will light a national flame of mourning Monday in a ceremony at the Kigali Genocide Memorial. The April 7 commemoration marks the anniversary of the day violence broke out across the...
(BBC News Africa 04/07/14)
Rwanda is beginning a week of official mourning to mark the 20th anniversary of the country's genocide on Monday. President Paul Kagame is to light a torch which will burn for 100 days - the length of time the genocide lasted. A diplomatic row has prompted Rwanda to bar France's ambassador, Michel Flesch, from attending the event, AFP news agency reports. At least 800,000 people - mostly ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus - died at the hands of Hutu extremists...
(Voice of America 04/05/14)
KIGALI — At the main prison in Kigali, inmates who have been tried in court wear orange outfits. Those still awaiting trial wear pink, but they are now a minority. In the immediate aftermath of the 1994 genocide — in which 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered in 100 days — there were 120,000 people accused of having taken part in the killings. In those first years, all the accused were to be brought before the national court system,...
(Voice of America 04/04/14)
NDERA, RWANDA — A traveling memorial torch is making its way across Rwanda on the way to Kigali for commemorations of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. The most recent stop was in the town of Ndera east of the capital. In a simple ceremony, neither solemn nor formal, the flame of remembrance is passed from town to town, giving each region of the country its chance to reflect on how far Rwanda has come since the genocide 20...
(Voice of America 04/04/14)
LONDON — African and European Union leaders have wrapped up a two-day summit aimed at improving trade ties, but the talks in Brussels were overshadowed by the worsening crisis in the Central African Republic. Over the past 10 days, U.N. officials say more than 60 people have been killed in sectarian violence in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui. Recent violence there and in other C.A.R. cities has prompted tens of thousands of Muslims to flee their communities. The European...
(BBC News Africa 04/04/14)
Belgium's gay Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo has called on African leaders to respect the rights of minorities, including homosexuals. It was intolerable that people were "persecuted for their origins, their sexual orientation, their religion and their convictions", he said. Mr Di Rupo was addressing African and European leaders attending the EU-Africa summit in Brussels. Nigeria and Uganda have toughened anti-gay laws this year. Their presidents - Goodluck Jonathan and Yoweri Museveni - are at the summit, which is discussing...
(Voice of America 04/03/14)
Two decades have passed since hundreds of thousands of people were killed in the Rwanda genocide, and Western powers were accused of standing by and allowing it to happen. Experts say there are lessons to be learned on how to prevent such tragedies in the future. The world was shocked when an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were massacred in about 100 days, starting April 7, 1994. Mike Nkuzumuwami stands by the rows of human skulls and bones that form a memorial...
(Voice of America 03/29/14)
KIGALI — In a checkout line at Kigali's Nakumatt shopping center, employees pack groceries in paper bags. After non-biodegradable polythene bags were banned in 2008, owners found that stocking plastic in their stores carried a risk of going to jail. The ban is part of an environmental campaign that has earned Rwanda the reputation as the cleanest country in Africa. Another hallmark initiative is "Umuganda," a mandatory day of community service held on the last Saturday of every month. Adan...
(Dw-World 03/29/14)
European and African leaders from some 70 nations are seeking to improve political and economic cooperation between their two continents at a two-day Brussels summit. EU Afrika Gipfel Merkel 02.04.2014 Brüssel The meeting comes as the European Union (EU) officially unveils plans to send 1,000 troops to the strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR) to bolster African and French forces already in the country. Christoph Hasselbach is a senior DW editor specializing in European affairs who is in Brussels for the...
(UN.org 03/29/14)
Getting more African youths involved in agriculture and investing in the continent's vulnerable small family farmers will be pivotal to improving nutritional and economic well-being in the years to come, a sensor United Nations official said today, citing water scarcity and conflict as some of the biggest challenges to achieve food security in the region by 2025. "The region's economic growth rate is above the global average and most of the world's fastest-growing economies are in Africa," noted José Graziano...
(Voice of America 03/22/14)
JOHANNESBURG — As the world observes World TB Day on March 24 to raise awareness of the fight against tuberculosis, South Africa is struggling to conquer its top killer. Activists say more focus is needed on poor communities as drug resistant strains take hold and wreak havoc. With 80 percent of the country's young adults already infected with TB, health experts say there is no time to lose. This year South Africa commemorates World Tuberculosis Day under the theme "finding, treating and curing TB in hard to reach communities."
(Voice of America 03/19/14)
South Africa's top anti-corruption official has accused President Jacob Zuma of misconduct for accepting a state-funded $23 million upgrade to his home. The report from Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says the president should repay some of the cost for the makeover of his compound in Nklanda, KwaZulu-Natal province. The upgrade, which the government said was done for security reasons, included the installation of a swimming pool, cattle corral and an amphitheater. Madonsela says the president never objected to the spending...
(BBC News Africa 03/15/14)
A French court has jailed former Rwandan spy chief Pascal Simbikangwa for 25 years over the 1994 genocide. In a landmark trial, Simbikangwa was found guilty of complicity in genocide and complicity in crimes against humanity. It was not immediately clear whether his lawyers would appeal. Simbikangwa, 54, who is paraplegic after a car crash, was arrested in 2008 while living under an alias on the French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte. He is the first man to be convicted...

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