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Wednesday 29 June 2016

Rwanda

(Voice of America 06/29/16)
The United Nations says a record number of people caught in conflict and natural disasters are in need of humanitarian assistance. At the same time the world body warns the funding response to these crises falls far short of what is needed. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has just released its 2016 mid-year Global Humanitarian Overview, which says the situation is very worrisome. OCHA reports the number of people worldwide in need of humanitarian assistance has soared to a record-breaking 130 million, nearly 44 million more than when the United Nations launched its annual multi-billion-dollar appeal in December. At the same time, it says funding requirements have increased by $2 billion...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/28/16)
Africa's largest provider of pay-television services Naspers (NPNJn.J) has kept prices on the continent unchanged to halt a decline in subscriber numbers, its chief executive said on Monday. Naspers, the biggest listed firm on the continent, which sells access to popular American series and blockbuster movies in 50 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean via its Multichoice unit, reported an 18 percent rise in full-year profit on Friday, but flagged pay-TV as a drag on its performance. Weaker currencies and lower economic growth in commodity exporting economies such as Angola, Zambia and Nigeria have hurt business, said Chief Executive Bob van Dijk. "The currency decline has been massive and that really hurts us because we bill in local currency,"...
(Voice of America 06/27/16)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is scheduled leave Sunday for Africa and Europe to advocate for girls' education. The six-day trip – to Liberia and Morocco, with a final stop in Spain – will highlight Let Girls Learn, one of Obama's core initiatives. The first lady will be joined in her travels by daughters Sasha and Malia, and the girls’ grandmother, Marian Robinson. Let Girls Learn is a global initiative launched by the president and first lady in 2015. The...
(Xinhuanet 06/25/16)
Rwanda has announced plans to increase efficiency in the country's forestry sector in order to cut down greenhouse gas emissions to minimum proportions by 2017. Forests cover 29.2 percent of Rwanda's surface with government targeting a 30 percent forest cover by next year. The move will help the East African nation meet its climate commitments under the Paris Agreement, and enable the country maintain rapid economic growth that is resource efficient, low-carbon and climate resilient. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Vincent Biruta, Rwanda minister of natural resources said that the country is looking for more investments in the forestry sector to contribute to reducing deforestation and forest degradation.
(Voice of America 06/25/16)
Sub-Saharan Africa will feel the economic reverberations of Britain’s exit from the European Union, analysts say, although the nature and extent of the impact is hard to predict. East Africa, a region with a strong British colonial legacy, will feel “blow back” from Brexit, according to Aly-Khan Satchu, a financial analyst and proprietor of Nairobi-based Rich Management. “It’s very difficult to model because we’re now in a very disruptive, fast-moving, fluid environment, no one knows exactly what’s going to happen,”...
(Xinhuanet 06/25/16)
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is keen to further strengthen its relation with China for partnership on humanitarian operation in Africa, said an ICRC official. Jacques Pellet, Special Envoy of the ICRC President on China Affairs, told Xinhua in an interview in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa Friday that ICRC wants to engage China more on its activities related to humanitarian assistance in Africa, where ICRC spends one-third of its budget. The Special Envoy said his visit to...
(Bloomberg 06/24/16)
Currencies, stocks and bonds across Africa plunged after the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union triggered a slump in oil and other commodities and sent investors scurrying for safe assets. South Africa’s benchmark stock index fell the most since January, led by shares of banks and diversified mining companies. The rand dropped to a record against the yen and by the most since 2008 against the dollar before paring the decline, while yields on dollar bonds from Ghana to...
(Bloomberg 06/22/16)
The Rwandan central bank’s “accommodative” monetary policy stance is prudent because inflation is expected to remain below the government’s target, Governor John Rwangombwa said ahead of a rate-setting committee meeting next week. Consumer-price growth in the tea-growing East African nation is expected to remain below the government’s target of 5 percent this year, Rwangombwa said in an interview June 20 in the Tanzanian commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. Rwanda’s MPC is set to announce its latest monetary policy rate decision...
(Voice of America 06/22/16)
Refugees have a positive impact on surrounding host communities, particularly when given cash stipends as opposed to food rations, according to a new study by the UN. A joint project by the World Food Program and researchers at the University of California, Davis, studied Congolese refugees living in three different camps in Rwanda. “Our research found that local communities see very real economic benefits from hosting refugee camps, regardless of the type of food assistance refugees received, but it was...
(AFP (eng) 06/22/16)
Mobile phones and rising connectivity in Africa will give rise to a new market in mobile financial services, creating explosive opportunities for business on the continent, research has found. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) estimated that in three years, 250 million Africans without access to traditional banking services "will have mobile phones and a monthly income of at least $500". That could translate to projected revenues of $1.5 billion (1.3 billion euros) from mobile financial services, the group said in...
(BBC News Africa 06/22/16)
Last year, more people fled to Europe from Eritrea than any other African nation. The government in Asmara has recently been accused of crimes against humanity, but when Mary Harper was given rare access to the country she was surprised by what she found. I push back the thick, deep red velvet curtains and find myself in complete darkness. Drops of rain come through the ceiling, and hit the floor - hard. Someone turns on a switch. A dim, flickering...
(The Associated Press 06/21/16)
Experts in Malawi will move 500 elephants 185 miles across the country to a sanctuary that will act as a ‘reservoir’. Wildlife experts in Malawi will next month start moving up to 500 elephants to a sanctuary that they hope could eventually serve as a reservoir to restore some elephant populations in other parts of Africa where the threatened species has been heavily poached. The massive relocation, slated for completion next year, will involve darting the elephants from a helicopter,...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/16)
A "Miss and Mister Albino" contest, heavy sentences for ritual murder and concrete graves to ward off tomb raiders were all discussed at a UN summit on albinism concluding in Tanzania on Monday. During the four-day meeting people with albinism and advocates for their rights discussed ways to safeguard and improve the lives of those who suffer discrimination, health problems and even murder as a result of the condition that leaves their skin without pigment. It is a particular problem...
(Xinhuanet 06/18/16)
The Zambian government said on Friday that a total of 15,000 former Angolan and Rwandan refugees have so far been integrated into local communities in Zambia under a local integration program. Zambia, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), embarked on a local integration program of the former refugees following the cessation of their refugee status. Speaking at Mayukwayukwa refugee settlement in western Zambia's Kaoma district during the commemoration of World Refugee Day, Gerry Chanda, Deputy...
(Voice of America 06/18/16)
One hundred and fifty South African schoolgirls have started in a project to design and build Africa’s first private satellite. The satellite will be launched into space later this year as part of a program sponsored by The Meta Economic Development Organization (MEDO) to motivate more teenage girls in African countries to study and work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics field, widely known by the acronym STEM. The girls kicked off the project Thursday and are tasked with designing...
(The Associated Press 06/17/16)
Once again, there is no winner this year of a $5 million award for African leadership. The Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced Thursday that no former African leader had met the "very high bar'' for one of the world's richest prizes. The Ibrahim Prize has been awarded just four times in the decade since it was established. Candidates are African heads of state or government who have left office in the past three years, been democratically elected and served their constitutionally...
(Forbes 06/16/16)
Tribert Rujigiro, a Rwandan tobacco tycoon and multi-millionaire, has reportedly filed a $570,000 suit against Kenyan investment bank, Dyer & Blair. Rujigiro, who is the founder of Pan African Tobacco Group (PTG), Africa’s largest indigenous manufacturer of tobacco products, is accusing the Kenyan investment bank of selling the shares he owned in publicly traded Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile telecom company, and failing to speedily pass on the proceeds of the sale to him. In 2008, Rujigiro purchased 8.8 million shares...
(African arguments 06/16/16)
After years of tense relations, the arrival of President Magufuli appears to have kick-started a new era of warm ties with Rwanda. After years of frosty relations, Rwanda and Tanzania seem to have finally mended their bridges over the past few months. Under the presidency of Jakaya Kikwete, the relationship between the two East African neighbours deteriorated over a number of diplomatic rows and political disagreements. Signs of a gradual reconciliation began towards the end of Kikwete’s decade in office,...
(AFP (eng) 06/16/16)
Demarte Pena was too young to fight in Angola's civil war, where his family played a major role, but he has fought his way to a mixed martial arts championship. Instead of an AK47, "The Wolf" as he is known in the ring, uses fists, feet and pure muscle to subdue his opponents in what is seen as one of the fastest growing sports in Africa. Pena is bantamweight champion among the new crop of mixed martial arts fighters in...
(Cnbc Africa 06/15/16)
Rwanda has had to deal with reduced private flows and prices, and because of that, the country has suffered on the trade front, this is according to Alun Thomas, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Resident Representative for Rwanda. Above assisting the government with this financial intervention, Thomas said, the IMF was also encouraging the government to enact policies which will temper input demand. “We expect the reserve cover to increase over the next 18 months, not dramatically,” he said. Thomas...

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(Voice of America 06/29/16)
The United Nations says a record number of people caught in conflict and natural disasters are in need of humanitarian assistance. At the same time the world body warns the funding response to these crises falls far short of what is needed. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has just released its 2016 mid-year Global Humanitarian Overview, which says the situation is very worrisome. OCHA reports the number of people worldwide in need of humanitarian assistance has soared to a record-breaking 130 million, nearly 44 million more than when the United Nations launched its annual multi-billion-dollar appeal in December. At the same time, it says funding requirements have increased by $2 billion...
(Voice of America 06/27/16)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is scheduled leave Sunday for Africa and Europe to advocate for girls' education. The six-day trip – to Liberia and Morocco, with a final stop in Spain – will highlight Let Girls Learn, one of Obama's core initiatives. The first lady will be joined in her travels by daughters Sasha and Malia, and the girls’ grandmother, Marian Robinson. Let Girls Learn is a global initiative launched by the president and first lady in 2015. The program addresses obstacles – such as forced marriage, poverty and violence – that keep more than 62 million girls globally out of school. “We believe very strongly that education and the empowerment of young people is going to be critical...
(Xinhuanet 06/25/16)
Rwanda has announced plans to increase efficiency in the country's forestry sector in order to cut down greenhouse gas emissions to minimum proportions by 2017. Forests cover 29.2 percent of Rwanda's surface with government targeting a 30 percent forest cover by next year. The move will help the East African nation meet its climate commitments under the Paris Agreement, and enable the country maintain rapid economic growth that is resource efficient, low-carbon and climate resilient. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Vincent Biruta, Rwanda minister of natural resources said that the country is looking for more investments in the forestry sector to contribute to reducing deforestation and forest degradation.
(Xinhuanet 06/25/16)
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is keen to further strengthen its relation with China for partnership on humanitarian operation in Africa, said an ICRC official. Jacques Pellet, Special Envoy of the ICRC President on China Affairs, told Xinhua in an interview in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa Friday that ICRC wants to engage China more on its activities related to humanitarian assistance in Africa, where ICRC spends one-third of its budget. The Special Envoy said his visit to...
(Voice of America 06/22/16)
Refugees have a positive impact on surrounding host communities, particularly when given cash stipends as opposed to food rations, according to a new study by the UN. A joint project by the World Food Program and researchers at the University of California, Davis, studied Congolese refugees living in three different camps in Rwanda. “Our research found that local communities see very real economic benefits from hosting refugee camps, regardless of the type of food assistance refugees received, but it was...
(BBC News Africa 06/22/16)
Last year, more people fled to Europe from Eritrea than any other African nation. The government in Asmara has recently been accused of crimes against humanity, but when Mary Harper was given rare access to the country she was surprised by what she found. I push back the thick, deep red velvet curtains and find myself in complete darkness. Drops of rain come through the ceiling, and hit the floor - hard. Someone turns on a switch. A dim, flickering...
(The Associated Press 06/21/16)
Experts in Malawi will move 500 elephants 185 miles across the country to a sanctuary that will act as a ‘reservoir’. Wildlife experts in Malawi will next month start moving up to 500 elephants to a sanctuary that they hope could eventually serve as a reservoir to restore some elephant populations in other parts of Africa where the threatened species has been heavily poached. The massive relocation, slated for completion next year, will involve darting the elephants from a helicopter,...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/16)
A "Miss and Mister Albino" contest, heavy sentences for ritual murder and concrete graves to ward off tomb raiders were all discussed at a UN summit on albinism concluding in Tanzania on Monday. During the four-day meeting people with albinism and advocates for their rights discussed ways to safeguard and improve the lives of those who suffer discrimination, health problems and even murder as a result of the condition that leaves their skin without pigment. It is a particular problem...
(Xinhuanet 06/18/16)
The Zambian government said on Friday that a total of 15,000 former Angolan and Rwandan refugees have so far been integrated into local communities in Zambia under a local integration program. Zambia, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), embarked on a local integration program of the former refugees following the cessation of their refugee status. Speaking at Mayukwayukwa refugee settlement in western Zambia's Kaoma district during the commemoration of World Refugee Day, Gerry Chanda, Deputy...
(Voice of America 06/18/16)
One hundred and fifty South African schoolgirls have started in a project to design and build Africa’s first private satellite. The satellite will be launched into space later this year as part of a program sponsored by The Meta Economic Development Organization (MEDO) to motivate more teenage girls in African countries to study and work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics field, widely known by the acronym STEM. The girls kicked off the project Thursday and are tasked with designing...
(Cnbc Africa 06/15/16)
One of the world’s most popular brands has pursued a social enterprise with the Rwandan government and other companies to uplift the largest province in the country. Coca-Cola has started the Ekocenter, a social initiative providing medication, clean water, solar power and 3G mobile connectivity to the communities. Rwanda continues to lead in bringing the power of transformative partnerships in creating economic opportunities for her citizens. "I would say the Ekocenter is a new model that we are seeing here...
(Xinhuanet 06/15/16)
The African Union (AU) is prepared to launch the electronic passport (e-Passport) at the next AU Summit due to take place in July this year in Kigali, Rwanda. The first group of beneficiaries will include: AU Heads of State and Government; Ministers of Foreign Affairs; and the Permanent Representatives of AU Member States based at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, according to an AU statement Tuesday. The AU e-Passports will be issued to them in July at the 27th...
(Andalou Agency 06/14/16)
President Paul Kagame inaugurates project that will allow communities in eastern Rwanda to have access to various health services and purified water. Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Monday opened a new social economic development center aimed at improving the lives of up to 25,000 people living in the remote Ruhunda area in Eastern Rwanda. Sponsored in part by The Coca Cola Company, the EkoCenter, will allow communities in the area to have access to various health services and purified water...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/13/16)
Rwanda has expelled about 400 Burundians back to their country accusing some of them of espionage and fuelling tensions between the two small neighbors whose relations have been strained by Burundi's political crisis, an official said on Sunday. It's the second such expulsion in about a month and brings the total number of Burundians deported over the period to at least 1,700. One of those expelled, a young man who did not wish to be named for fear he might...
(Times Live 06/11/16)
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring access to clean water and sanitation for all by 2030 is an ambitious target for Africa. According to new research by non-partisan research network Afrobarometer, nearly half of Africans don’t have access to clean water and two-thirds lack access to sewage infrastructure. Improvements in both of these areas have been made in the past decade, but huge numbers of Africans still live without these basic necessities. The lack of access to water...
(Xinhuanet 06/10/16)
KIGALI, June 10 (Xinhua) -- A Sierra Leone war crimes convict died in Rwandan prison before completing his 50-year jail term, prison authorities confirmed on Thursday. Alex Tamba Brima, aged 45, died at King Faisal Hospital in Kigali where he had been admitted for the past one month, according to Hillary Sengabo, spokesperson for Rwanda Correctional Services. Tamba is a former Sierra Leonean military commander who was involved in a coup that ousted president Ahmad Tejan Kabbah in 1997. Seven...
(Voice of America 06/10/16)
Countries across Africa are actively pushing to integrate more technology into classrooms across the continent. To further this effort, the African Development Bank and the U.N. educational organization UNESCO are hosting a conference in Ivory Coast. Three years after its first edition, the pan-African forum opened this session by highlighting the progress made by countries such as Kenya, and the benefits that have followed. "Five years ago, the government announced that they were going to give laptops to kids,” said...
(AFP (eng) 06/09/16)
A war criminal from Sierra Leone convicted of "the most heinous, brutal and atrocious crimes in human history" has died in Rwanda while serving a 50-year sentence, the court that convicted him said Thursday. The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone said an enquiry would be opened after Alex Tamba Brima, 44, died at King Faisal hospital in Kigali following a "serious illness". As a leader of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), Brima helped to depose President Ahmad Tejan...
(BBC News Africa 06/09/16)
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has launched a campaign to help extremely poor families in sub-Saharan Africa by giving them chickens. The billionaire and philanthropist says raising and selling the birds can be efficient to tackle extreme poverty. He has promised to donate 100,000 chickens, and the project's page has already been shared thousands of times. The UN estimates that 41% of people in sub-Saharan Africa live in extreme poverty. Mr Gates said a farmer breeding five hens could earn more...
(Xinhuanet 06/08/16)
NAIROBI, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Six African countries from the Great Lakes region which hosts 3.4 million displaced people have resolved to embrace local integration as a solution to displacement. Government delegations from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia met in the Kenyan capital Nairobi to share experience on ways to promote local integration as a solution for displaced people. "One durable solution to addressing protracted displacement is local integration in communities and...

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(Voice of America 06/25/16)
Sub-Saharan Africa will feel the economic reverberations of Britain’s exit from the European Union, analysts say, although the nature and extent of the impact is hard to predict. East Africa, a region with a strong British colonial legacy, will feel “blow back” from Brexit, according to Aly-Khan Satchu, a financial analyst and proprietor of Nairobi-based Rich Management. “It’s very difficult to model because we’re now in a very disruptive, fast-moving, fluid environment, no one knows exactly what’s going to happen,” said Satchu. “And I think that naturally is going to lead to a slowdown in business. And probably investments, so yes, I think East Africa is part of the collateral damage.” Britain is one of...
(Bloomberg 06/24/16)
Currencies, stocks and bonds across Africa plunged after the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union triggered a slump in oil and other commodities and sent investors scurrying for safe assets. South Africa’s benchmark stock index fell the most since January, led by shares of banks and diversified mining companies. The rand dropped to a record against the yen and by the most since 2008 against the dollar before paring the decline, while yields on dollar bonds from Ghana to Kenya rose. Gold miners gained the most in four months as the precious metal, seen as a haven in times of turmoil, soared. “We’re going into a very difficult, very volatile time with prices moving in all sorts of directions;...
(Bloomberg 06/22/16)
The Rwandan central bank’s “accommodative” monetary policy stance is prudent because inflation is expected to remain below the government’s target, Governor John Rwangombwa said ahead of a rate-setting committee meeting next week. Consumer-price growth in the tea-growing East African nation is expected to remain below the government’s target of 5 percent this year, Rwangombwa said in an interview June 20 in the Tanzanian commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. Rwanda’s MPC is set to announce its latest monetary policy rate decision...
(AFP (eng) 06/22/16)
Mobile phones and rising connectivity in Africa will give rise to a new market in mobile financial services, creating explosive opportunities for business on the continent, research has found. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) estimated that in three years, 250 million Africans without access to traditional banking services "will have mobile phones and a monthly income of at least $500". That could translate to projected revenues of $1.5 billion (1.3 billion euros) from mobile financial services, the group said in...
(Forbes 06/16/16)
Tribert Rujigiro, a Rwandan tobacco tycoon and multi-millionaire, has reportedly filed a $570,000 suit against Kenyan investment bank, Dyer & Blair. Rujigiro, who is the founder of Pan African Tobacco Group (PTG), Africa’s largest indigenous manufacturer of tobacco products, is accusing the Kenyan investment bank of selling the shares he owned in publicly traded Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile telecom company, and failing to speedily pass on the proceeds of the sale to him. In 2008, Rujigiro purchased 8.8 million shares...
(Cnbc Africa 06/15/16)
Rwanda has had to deal with reduced private flows and prices, and because of that, the country has suffered on the trade front, this is according to Alun Thomas, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Resident Representative for Rwanda. Above assisting the government with this financial intervention, Thomas said, the IMF was also encouraging the government to enact policies which will temper input demand. “We expect the reserve cover to increase over the next 18 months, not dramatically,” he said. Thomas...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/14/16)
The following are highlights of budgets for the fiscal year 2016/17 for Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. The budget announcements are coordinated among most governments across the East African Community, which comprises Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi. The financial year starts on July 1 across the region. UGANDA Details of the budget were outlined in a text of the speech to parliament by Ugandan Finance Minister Matia Kasaija. On spending, he said: “The total approved budget for the...
(Vanguard 06/14/16)
Stakeholders at the World Economy Forum on Africa, recently held in Kigali, Rwanda, have identified inadequate financing, policy inconsitency and bureaucratic bottlenecks as some of the major problems confronting power supply in Africa. . Speaking on the sidelines of Africa’s power sector, which was a major discuss, Vice Chairman, General Electric, GE, John Rice, said that there were some well-intentioned initiatives geared towards meeting the energy gaps, but challenges related to financing, bureaucracy, traditional risk analysis, and decision-making based on...
(Cnbc Africa 06/13/16)
Social entrepreneurs are starting businesses in all the major regions of the world, with the most social entrepreneurship activity being undertaken in the US, Australia, Western Europe, and Africa reports the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)’s Special Report on Social Entrepreneurship. The report, released last week, is the largest comparative study of social entrepreneurship in the world, based on interviews with 167,793 adults in 58 economies in 2015. “Social entrepreneurship – which GEM defines broadly as any kind of activity, organisation...
(Xinhuanet 06/08/16)
Concerns over a multinational initiative to boost African agriculture were expressed in the European Parliament (EP) on Tuesday. Meeting in Strasbourg, MEPs said projects under the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN), an initiative started by the G8 countries and backed by the European Union, must include environmental protection measures and safeguards against land grabs. Launched in 2012, the NAFSN aims to boost financial support from donor countries and help big companies to invest in African farming. In...
(The Guardian 06/07/16)
With more than half of Africans expected to live in cities by 2050, we need to turn urban areas into engines of development, African Economic Outlook says. More than half of all Africans are expected to live in cities by 2050, so policymakers must ensure this “megatrend” acts as a catalyst for development and growth, and does not result in millions of people eking out precarious existences in slums, according to the latest African Economic Outlook. The study (pdf), produced...
(The East African 06/03/16)
The East African Community (EAC) Secretariat has opted to retain the pay structure of its top brass as it moves to implement a number of cost-cutting measures ordered by Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli two months ago. Among the highest-paid EAC staff are secretary-general Liberat Mfumukeko, his deputies, and the regional court judges who earn more than $20,000 per month each. Also on the spot are the East African Legislative Assembly members who take home up to $14,908 per month...
(APA 06/03/16)
African financial experts, on Tuesday in Dakar, proposed, within the framework of the 8th edition of Africa Banking Forum, possible solutions for financing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on the African continent. Speaking at the Executive Roundtable of the Forum themed “Access to Funding and Banking Services for SMEs,” Jean Luc Konan, the CEO of the Cofina Senegal Group felt that the development of African private institutions tasked with developing SMEs, should be promoted. “Once this ecosystem is set up,...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/31/16)
Falling commodity prices and slowing global growth have hammered African economies in the past year. Africa is unlikely to fall into the type of unsustainable debt trap seen in the 1990s despite a spike in borrowing and widening budget deficits, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said on Monday. Falling commodity prices and slowing global growth have hammered African economies in the past year, prompting many governments to sharply increase borrowing, drawing comparisons with the crippling debt trap many countries faced...
(AfricaNews 05/27/16)
A lot need to be done to ensure access to reliable electricity for African’s citizens. However a number of complications are hindering the achievement of UN sustainable goal. Access rates are expanding in many nations, and technology and design improvement are on the way in offering opportunities for a rapid growth. According to the World Bank, about 1.1 billion people on earth are without access to electricity, from the figure, about half live in Africa. The Bank’s Global Tracking Framework...
(The East African 05/25/16)
The drop in global prices for Rwanda’s principal minerals — tin, coltan and wolfram — has left some 37,800 miners facing joblessness as companies suspend operations. The government is now looking into exploring for other minerals, such as gold and gemstones, as well as ensuring that minerals are smelted and processed before exportation in order to add value to the product. “One way we can help the artisanal miners is by finding ways to add value to the minerals and...
(East African Business Week 05/24/16)
Kigali, RWANDA – The Government of Rwanda and the Federal Republic of Germany today signed a bilateral agreement worth € 15 million (approximately Frw 13 billion) to support energy supply in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region. The grant will be fully designated to the regional “Hydropower Station Ruzizi III” project. This will contribute not only to improve energy supply in Rwanda, but also to foster socio-economic development in the Great Lakes region. The grant will be implemented by the...
(East African Business Week 05/24/16)
Kigali, Rwanda - Remarkable Rwanda is quickly climbing the ladder of popular Meetings Incentives Conferences and Events (MICE) destinations in Africa. Rwanda Convention Bureau (RCB) announced today that Rwanda is now ranked 7th in Africa according to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) 2015 report. Commenting on the report, the head of Rwanda Convention Bureau, Frank Murangwa said “We are proud of Rwanda’s entry into the Top 10 host countries for major events in Africa.” Having just hosted the...
(Xinhuanet 05/24/16)
UN Environmental Program (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner has said renewable energy could transform Africa, where almost half of the people worldwide lacking access to electricity live. The UNEP boss was speaking on Sunday during a World Environment Day event in the Mathare slums in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, where a football final between two local under-15 boys teams was played as night fell, under LED outdoor lighting powered by a sustainable solar power unit. Steiner said solar power is...
(East African Business Week 05/23/16)
The 32nd Annual Meeting of the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank) Board of Governors took place in Kigali, Rwanda on the 16th of May, 2016. PTA Governors discussed the Bank’s performance, its impact and progress into its five year Corporate Plan which comes to an end next December 2017. They also outlined key elements of the next Corporate Plan over the period 2018-22. During the meeting Rwanda assumed the chair of PTA Board of Governors for the next one year from Djibouti. Officiating at the opening ceremony, Anastase Murekezi, the Prime Minister of Rwanda pointed out that Rwanda believes in the importance of PTA Bank in creating competitive

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(AFP (eng) 06/16/16)
Demarte Pena was too young to fight in Angola's civil war, where his family played a major role, but he has fought his way to a mixed martial arts championship. Instead of an AK47, "The Wolf" as he is known in the ring, uses fists, feet and pure muscle to subdue his opponents in what is seen as one of the fastest growing sports in Africa. Pena is bantamweight champion among the new crop of mixed martial arts fighters in Africa's only professional MMA body, the Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC). "Nothing challenges you more than fighting another man," the 26-year-old told AFP during a break from training in a gym north of Johannesburg. "The Wolf"...
(Xinhuanet 03/21/16)
Newly elected Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, will visit Rwanda later this year, the Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) announced Saturday. The president of the federation Vincent Nzamwita told reporters that, the newly elected leader of the World soccer governing body plans to visit Rwanda during his maiden trip to some of the African nations. "I was in Zurich, Switzerland last week for a meeting, and I happened to meet Mr. Infantino and he confirmed to me that Rwanda will be among countries in Africa he will visit this year. The FIFA was thrilled by Rwanda's sports development," Nzabamwita said. FERWAFA boss said that Infantino was happy with the way he was hosted in Rwanda on his campaign trail during the Africa...
(Voice of America 03/15/16)
George Wyndham of Sierra Leone is a force to be reckoned with. He’s been playing table tennis for 14 years, despite being paralyzed by polio as a child. Now, at age 26, he is among the best physically challenged players in Africa. "Whenever I play table tennis, it always makes me happy and forget about my disability," Wyndham said. Having polio has pushed him even harder to make something of his life, he says, especially in a country where there...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/16/16)
FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan has asked soccer's world governing body to investigate Friday's agreement signed between the African and Asian confederations in case it breaches the electoral code. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Confederation of African Football (CAF) counterpart Issa Hayatou signed the 'co-operation agreement' in Rwanda, just over a month before the FIFA presidential election in Zurich on Feb. 26. Sheikh Salman, South African politician and...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/16)
The host of the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN 2016), Rwanda, said Wednesday it is ready ahead of the tournament's start this weekend. "We are fully ready to host this high-level competition," said Vincent Nzamwita, president of the Rwanda Football Federation, which hosts the tournament from January 16 to February 7, adding it is "a great honour". The tournament, organised by the African Football Confederation (CAF), is held every two years. It is reserved for players who play their football...
(Xinhuanet 01/08/16)
The year begins on a good note for Rwandan football with the nation improving by 10 places to 91st in the latest Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) rankings. The country, which has consistently dropped places in previous FIFA rankings, surprised the Rwanda local football governing body and football enthusiasts after learning of the latest position in the global football ranking. With 375 points, Rwanda is now ranked 23rd on the African continent ahead of giants Togo, Angola and Malawi...
(Xinhuanet 01/07/16)
(Xinhua) -- Rwandan football enthusiasts are excited about the forthcoming 2016 Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) which will take place in Rwanda mid January. The fourth edition of CHAN is slated from January 16-February 7 at the Capital Kigali stadiums, as well as in Huye and Gisenyi. Soccer fans feel excitement as the buses ferrying Africa football stars arrived in Kigali on Monday. About 16 buses to transport teams have arrived in Rwanda amid CHAN preparations which are in high gear. "I am so excited to see these buses.
(Dw-World 12/22/15)
Joseph Blatter has pledged to fight the eight-year ban handed down to him by FIFA's Ethics Committee with all means at his disposal. He also reiterated earlier assertions that he had done nothing wrong. The FIFA president told reporters at a press conference in Zurich on Monday that he would go to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport and to a Swiss human rights court in a bid to get his ban on all football-related activities overturned. "I will...
(Xinhuanet 11/25/15)
(Xinhua) -- Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) believes its officials are targeted negatively in the fight against doping that is bedeviling track and field discipline at the moment. CAA believes embattled International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) former president Lamine Diack is being condemned without trial for abetting doping.
(The Rwanda Focus 11/19/15)
Libya defeated Rwanda 3-1 to qualify for the next round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. In a packed Nyamirambo stadium, the first 30 minutes of the game saw both sides attacking evenly A minute before half time, Amavubi striker Jacques Tuyisenge, scored the only goal for Rwanda. It came through a low pass crossed from winger Celestine Ndayishimiye. In the second half, it was not easy and cozy for Rwanda as they continued to make individual errors, coupled with...
(Angola Press(En) 10/26/15)
Angola qualified for the 2016 Chan tournament despite losing 2-1 to South Africa at the Luanda Stadium on Saturday, as the former emerged 3-2 winners on aggregate. The South Africans were the first to score in a self goal by Fabricio, but Gelson levelled the result in the first half. South Africa were looking to grab a victory over Angola, who were leading 2-0 on aggregate following their win in the 2016 African Nations Championship (Chan) first leg. This is...
(This Day Live 09/14/15)
After running previous 11 editions, as the All Africa Games, the Games has now been renamed the 'African Games,' an official revealed at the weekend. The Games returned to its birthplace, Brazzaville, in 2015, where it was first held 50 years ago in 1965 as the All Africa Games. The Games are expected to be held every four years. However, for one reason or the other, the four yearly cycle has not been maintained. According to the Executive Secretary of...
(The New Times 09/08/15)
Debutants Scoddy Downunder from Australia and Novo Nordisk Development from the USA complete the international list of professional sides. Eight national teams including Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa will also be competing for honours. Tour du Rwanda is the last event on the UCI Africa calendar and the top two sides on the continental standings will be looking for a last chance to impress and earn points for Rio 2016 Olympic games. The eight-day event...
(The New Times 09/02/15)
Amavubi captain Haruna Niyonzima is confident the team has what it takes to overcome Ghana when the two sides lock horns in a highly anticipated 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group H qualifier this Saturday at Amahoro Stadium in Kigali. Black Stars, this year’s AFCON losing finalists, have not missed a single Nations Cup tournament since 2004 when they were eliminated by Rwanda through a Jimmy Gatete goal during the last qualifier. The two sides lead their group with three...
(The New Times 08/11/15)
The national cycling team (Team Rwanda) will compete in this year’s Tour do Rio de Janeiro, scheduled for August 25-30 in Brazil. According to the head coach, Jonathan ‘Jock’ Boyer, Rwanda will be represented by five riders including; Jean Bosco Nsengimana, Hadi Janvier, Camera Hakuzimana, Joseph Biziyaremye and Joseph Aleluya. “Team Rwanda has been invited for this year’s Tour do Rio and this is good for our riders as they have a chance to exhibit their potential in such a...
(The New Times 07/28/15)
South Africa U23 vs Rwanda CHAN team Rwanda national football stand-in captain Eric Ndayishimiye has advised his teammates to prove their worth against South Africa U-23 side in a friendly game this afternoon at the University of Johannesburg. Ndayishimiye, who is commonly known as ‘Bakame’, is one of the senior players on the current 18-man squad that boasts of massive experience on the national team. “It is a new team. I have talked to the players and told them as...
(The New Times 07/28/15)
Mauritius and Botswana earned slots to the final qualification tournament of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games men's rugby 7s ahead of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi. The Southern African teams achieved this status in the pre-qualifiers for Africa - South that took place at the FERWAFA Ground near Amahoro Stadium in Remera on Saturday. Mauritius lost the final 38-21 to Zambia who came into the tournament already qualified allowing Botswana, who defeated DRC 24-17 in the third...
(The New Times 07/24/15)
Rwanda men’s sitting volleyball national team defeated Algeria 3-0 in their opening match of the ongoing Paravolley Africa sitting championship at Amahoro Indoor Stadium last evening. Rwanda dominated the game to win in straight sets 25-22, 25-16 and 25-22. Head coach Eric Gakwaya said, “It was tough but thank God we won the opening game.” “We will continue to take the momentum from one match to another. We still have a long way to go, but we have started well...
(Caj News Africa 07/03/15)
Johannesburg — A number of countries that won their opening matches for the CAF 2017 African Nations Championship (CHAN) are tipped to progress to the next stage while others face an uphill task. Among the highlights of the preliminary rounds is an East African Derby pitting Kenya and Ethiopia with the former expected to sail through after an impressive 2-0 away win in Addis Ababa in the first leg two weeks ago. Down south, Bafana Bafana , as South Africa...
(CNN 06/20/15)
(CNN)The insults are crude, but they hit home hard. The players of Koa Bosco have suffered many such racial taunts since their football club was formed in 2013. On occasion, physical violence has even flared on the pitch, says the Italian team's manager Domenico Mammoliti. "The ignorance of some people..." he sighs, revealing a hint of exasperation at the abuse he says his players have endured. Life in the Italian lower leagues is clearly tough. Yet it's nothing compared to the journey undertaken by this team of African immigrants and refugees from countries such as Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, the Ivory Coast, Togo and Sudan.

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(Reuters (Eng) 06/28/16)
Africa's largest provider of pay-television services Naspers (NPNJn.J) has kept prices on the continent unchanged to halt a decline in subscriber numbers, its chief executive said on Monday. Naspers, the biggest listed firm on the continent, which sells access to popular American series and blockbuster movies in 50 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean via its Multichoice unit, reported an 18 percent rise in full-year profit on Friday, but flagged pay-TV as a drag on its performance. Weaker currencies and lower economic growth in commodity exporting economies such as Angola, Zambia and Nigeria have hurt business, said Chief Executive Bob van Dijk. "The currency decline has been massive and that really hurts us because...
(AFP (eng) 05/14/16)
On a choice spot overlooking Washington's most stately monuments, a new museum swathed in bronze will showcase the tragedy and triumph of black America. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, 100 years in the making and now almost ready, will fill a gaping void: until now the city had no grand-scale museum dedicated solely to this chapter of US history. Slave cabins, a blacks-only train car from the segregation era and exhibits on the Reverend Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement he led will fill its halls, on the National Mall just a stone's throw from the White House and the Washington Monument. So will a trumpet played by Louis Armstrong, training headgear worn by...
(BBC News Africa 04/24/16)
The influential Congolese music star Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast, media reports say. Video from the concert shows the artist, who was 66, slumped on the floor as dancers continue to perform, unaware of what is happening. French broadcaster France 24 confirmed the death, quoting his manager. On the African music scene since 1969, Papa Wemba won a world following with his soukous rock music. The Congolese band leader, whose real name was Jules Shungu Webadio, also inspired a cult movement known as the Sapeurs whose members, young men, spend huge amounts of money on designer clothes.
(The New Times 04/07/16)
Atleast 20 participants from the arts industry completed a one week training workshop on result oriented project management at the Rwanda Arts Initiative (RAI) premises in Kimuhurura over the weekend. The project kicked off on March 28 and involved participants from Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda and DR Congo. The participants were equipped with skills in project management to help them generate income in arts projects like practicing cinema, performing arts, music, and literature among others. Luc Ameye, the workshop trainer...
(The New Times 03/15/16)
Outstanding filmmakers who participated at the recently concluded second annual edition of Mashariki African Film Festival (MAFF) were awarded. The festival, which started on March 5, concluded on Saturday at the Grand Pension Plaza’s Roof Top. The closing ceremony saw three outstanding filmmakers with short films awarded with cash prizes and 60 students who completed the week-long pre-production, acting and post-production classes, awarded with certificates. Pluvier Benko emerged winner with his film A ride in a Coffin, walking away with...
(The East African 02/08/16)
Kivu Ruhorahoza. Little known back home but gradually gaining recognition abroad, he is a skilled Rwandan film maker who is currently making waves in the international film circuit with his latest feature film Things of the Aimless Wanderer. Since its release late last year ithe film has premiered at Sundance in USA, Sydney, Durban and the Rotterdam film festivals. It will be screened in Rwanda this year. The film was released in February 2015. Shot in Rwanda, it is about...
(The New Times 01/19/16)
A new local private television station, Flash TV, is expected to go on air anytime soon. This will increase the number of licenced private TV stations in the country to over 20 on top of dozens of radio stations and newspapers. The proliferation of media outlets is an indicator that the media sector in Rwanda is becoming more vibrant, and has potential to attract more private investors. It also offers consumers of the media a variety to choose from, but...
(The New Times 01/08/16)
On November 15, 2015, in Sandton, South Africa, former Miss Rwanda finalist Joannah Keza Bagwire did Rwanda proud: she scooped 2nd place in Africa and 4th worldwide at that year's annual Miss Heritage Global beauty pageant. Formerly known as Miss Heritage World, Miss Heritage Global is an international beauty contest that seeks to promote world heritage. The brainchild of Zimbabwean Tare Munzara, the pageant brings together women from across the globe to showcase their countrys' national heritage. Bagwire, whose middle...
(APA 11/03/15)
The Rwanda and Namibian police forces have signed a pact to boost and enhance cooperation in law enforcement particularly cross border crimes linked to the two countries. The pact was signed on Tuesday by the Rwandan Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana and his Namibian counterpart Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, on the sidelines of the 84th Interpol General Assembly being held in the capital Kigali. The agreement will formalize their cooperation against cross-border crimes such as cybercrimes, narcotics...
(AFP 10/17/15)
Belgian pop star Stromae said Saturday he was "delighted" but also emotional to be back in Rwanda, the birthplace of his father, who was killed in the 1994 genocide. The singer, who broke off an African tour in June after falling sick to the huge disappointment of fans, plays his first concert in Rwanda later Saturday, after performances in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. "I'm obviously delighted to be here, especially with the health problems I had and the cancellation...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/15)
Stromae, the French-speaking world's singing superstar, arrives in Rwanda Friday, birthplace of his father who was killed in the 1994 genocide. The singer, who broke off an African tour in June after falling sick to the huge disappointment of fans, plays his first concert in Rwanda on Saturday, after performances in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. "I am very happy to see him return to his country of origin," said 20-year old fan Olivier Havugimana in Kigali, where excitement is...
(Voice of America 08/21/15)
NAIROBI— A dusty music store in downtown Nairobi was once the hotspot for East African musicians recording music with influences from across the region. While the shop suffered with the introduction of CDs and MP3s, a renewed interest in vinyl records is bringing back the music and the customers. Abdul Karim, the owner of the Melodica music store in downtown Nairobi talks and plays music for a visitor. In the back of his shop with a pile of old 45...
(The New Times 07/31/15)
English movie director, producer and screenwriter Michael Radford is best known for his role in the 1994 film, II Postino, for which he got an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. His two most famous early films were, The Madonna and The Volcano (1979), and Van Morrison in Ireland (1981). He specialized in documentaries until 1983, when he switched to fiction by scripting and directing the WWII-era romance, Another Time, Another Place. He followed this up with an adaptation of...
(The Associated Press 07/13/15)
Babajide Olatunji sold his first portrait for about $7. Seven years later, his charcoal renderings of faces with tribal markings sell for thousands of dollars. This 24-year-old's success is part of a new global recognition of the value of contemporary African art. "It's the new 'Scramble for Africa,' no longer for land, gold or diamonds, but for art," said Giles Peppiatt, who holds the only auctions of modern African art outside the continent, at Bonham's in London. "It's a rather...
(Vanguard 06/25/15)
Grammy Award winning R&B icon, NE-YO, has been announced to perform at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015. Performing songs from his sixth studio album 'Non Fiction' the singer-songwriter expressed his excitement about his first ever performance in the South African city, "I can't wait for you to see what I have in store Durban! I hope you're ready, because I am!" Since smashing onto the top spot of the Billboard Hot 200 Chart back in 2006 with his sophomore...
(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a...
(The New Times 02/27/15)
This year’s movie calendar is taking shape as preparations for the 11th edition of the annual Rwanda Film Festival (RFF) kick off in high gear. Rwanda Film Festival brings together several film houses and is organised by Kwetu Film Institute (KFI) and Rwanda Cinema Centre. Josephine Mbabazi, the head of marketing and communications at KFI, said intensive preparations including fundraising for funds from different institutions are ongoing. She added that they will also partner with foreign festivals such as the...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/15)
Timbuktu, which won seven Cesar awards -- France's version of the Oscars -- on Friday tells the story of northern Mali under the control of jihadists, in a foreshadowing of the rise of the Islamic State group. Among its haul, it scooped the coveted best film and best director gongs for Mauritania's Abderrahmane Sissako. The ancient caravan town of the title, often a by-word for otherworldly remoteness, was seized by armed Islamists who cut a swathe through the west African...
(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.
(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to...

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(Voice of America 06/29/16)
The United Nations says a record number of people caught in conflict and natural disasters are in need of humanitarian assistance. At the same time the world body warns the funding response to these crises falls far short of what is needed. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has just released its 2016 mid-year Global Humanitarian Overview, which says the situation is very worrisome. OCHA reports the number of people worldwide in need of humanitarian assistance has soared to a record-breaking 130 million, nearly 44 million more than when the United Nations launched its annual multi-billion-dollar appeal in December. At the same time, it says funding requirements have increased by $2 billion...
(Voice of America 06/27/16)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is scheduled leave Sunday for Africa and Europe to advocate for girls' education. The six-day trip – to Liberia and Morocco, with a final stop in Spain – will highlight Let Girls Learn, one of Obama's core initiatives. The first lady will be joined in her travels by daughters Sasha and Malia, and the girls’ grandmother, Marian Robinson. Let Girls Learn is a global initiative launched by the president and first lady in 2015. The program addresses obstacles – such as forced marriage, poverty and violence – that keep more than 62 million girls globally out of school. “We believe very strongly that education and the empowerment of young people is going to be critical...
(Voice of America 06/25/16)
Sub-Saharan Africa will feel the economic reverberations of Britain’s exit from the European Union, analysts say, although the nature and extent of the impact is hard to predict. East Africa, a region with a strong British colonial legacy, will feel “blow back” from Brexit, according to Aly-Khan Satchu, a financial analyst and proprietor of Nairobi-based Rich Management. “It’s very difficult to model because we’re now in a very disruptive, fast-moving, fluid environment, no one knows exactly what’s going to happen,”...
(Bloomberg 06/24/16)
Currencies, stocks and bonds across Africa plunged after the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union triggered a slump in oil and other commodities and sent investors scurrying for safe assets. South Africa’s benchmark stock index fell the most since January, led by shares of banks and diversified mining companies. The rand dropped to a record against the yen and by the most since 2008 against the dollar before paring the decline, while yields on dollar bonds from Ghana to...
(Bloomberg 06/22/16)
The Rwandan central bank’s “accommodative” monetary policy stance is prudent because inflation is expected to remain below the government’s target, Governor John Rwangombwa said ahead of a rate-setting committee meeting next week. Consumer-price growth in the tea-growing East African nation is expected to remain below the government’s target of 5 percent this year, Rwangombwa said in an interview June 20 in the Tanzanian commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. Rwanda’s MPC is set to announce its latest monetary policy rate decision...
(Voice of America 06/22/16)
Refugees have a positive impact on surrounding host communities, particularly when given cash stipends as opposed to food rations, according to a new study by the UN. A joint project by the World Food Program and researchers at the University of California, Davis, studied Congolese refugees living in three different camps in Rwanda. “Our research found that local communities see very real economic benefits from hosting refugee camps, regardless of the type of food assistance refugees received, but it was...
(BBC News Africa 06/22/16)
Last year, more people fled to Europe from Eritrea than any other African nation. The government in Asmara has recently been accused of crimes against humanity, but when Mary Harper was given rare access to the country she was surprised by what she found. I push back the thick, deep red velvet curtains and find myself in complete darkness. Drops of rain come through the ceiling, and hit the floor - hard. Someone turns on a switch. A dim, flickering...
(Voice of America 06/18/16)
One hundred and fifty South African schoolgirls have started in a project to design and build Africa’s first private satellite. The satellite will be launched into space later this year as part of a program sponsored by The Meta Economic Development Organization (MEDO) to motivate more teenage girls in African countries to study and work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics field, widely known by the acronym STEM. The girls kicked off the project Thursday and are tasked with designing...
(Forbes 06/16/16)
Tribert Rujigiro, a Rwandan tobacco tycoon and multi-millionaire, has reportedly filed a $570,000 suit against Kenyan investment bank, Dyer & Blair. Rujigiro, who is the founder of Pan African Tobacco Group (PTG), Africa’s largest indigenous manufacturer of tobacco products, is accusing the Kenyan investment bank of selling the shares he owned in publicly traded Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile telecom company, and failing to speedily pass on the proceeds of the sale to him. In 2008, Rujigiro purchased 8.8 million shares...
(African arguments 06/16/16)
After years of tense relations, the arrival of President Magufuli appears to have kick-started a new era of warm ties with Rwanda. After years of frosty relations, Rwanda and Tanzania seem to have finally mended their bridges over the past few months. Under the presidency of Jakaya Kikwete, the relationship between the two East African neighbours deteriorated over a number of diplomatic rows and political disagreements. Signs of a gradual reconciliation began towards the end of Kikwete’s decade in office,...
(Cnbc Africa 06/13/16)
Social entrepreneurs are starting businesses in all the major regions of the world, with the most social entrepreneurship activity being undertaken in the US, Australia, Western Europe, and Africa reports the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)’s Special Report on Social Entrepreneurship. The report, released last week, is the largest comparative study of social entrepreneurship in the world, based on interviews with 167,793 adults in 58 economies in 2015. “Social entrepreneurship – which GEM defines broadly as any kind of activity, organisation...
(AL Jazeera 06/11/16)
Louise Mushikiwabo, the country's foreign minister, denies the killing of Rwandan dissidents. Rwanda has been called Africa's post-conflict success story. More than two decades after a genocide that resulted in the deaths of at least 800,000 people, the country is seen as an example of economic growth and development. But in recent years, Rwanda has also come under fire from human rights groups and other governments for alleged extrajudicial killings and crackdowns on the press. And with President Paul Kagame's...
(AL Jazeera 06/10/16)
Denying that government is intolerant of criticism, Louise Mushikiwabo says Rwanda "has its own way of doing things". Rwanda's foreign minister has denied a wide range of allegations against her country, including human-rights abuses, suppression of press freedoms, and extrajudicial killings. Taking to Al Jazeera's Mehdi Hasan on the show Upfront, Louise Mushikiwabo dismissed the claims brought forth by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders, and countries Rwanda is allied with on the government's intolerance for opposition...
(Voice of America 06/10/16)
Countries across Africa are actively pushing to integrate more technology into classrooms across the continent. To further this effort, the African Development Bank and the U.N. educational organization UNESCO are hosting a conference in Ivory Coast. Three years after its first edition, the pan-African forum opened this session by highlighting the progress made by countries such as Kenya, and the benefits that have followed. "Five years ago, the government announced that they were going to give laptops to kids,” said...
(BBC News Africa 06/09/16)
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has launched a campaign to help extremely poor families in sub-Saharan Africa by giving them chickens. The billionaire and philanthropist says raising and selling the birds can be efficient to tackle extreme poverty. He has promised to donate 100,000 chickens, and the project's page has already been shared thousands of times. The UN estimates that 41% of people in sub-Saharan Africa live in extreme poverty. Mr Gates said a farmer breeding five hens could earn more...
(The Guardian 06/07/16)
With more than half of Africans expected to live in cities by 2050, we need to turn urban areas into engines of development, African Economic Outlook says. More than half of all Africans are expected to live in cities by 2050, so policymakers must ensure this “megatrend” acts as a catalyst for development and growth, and does not result in millions of people eking out precarious existences in slums, according to the latest African Economic Outlook. The study (pdf), produced...
(African arguments 06/06/16)
Beyond the often astronomical figures thrown around when China’s engagement in Africa is described, actual data detailing the financial flows can be quite elusive. This is the problem a new database attempts to address. Launched a couple of months ago by the China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, the project tracks Chinese loans to African governments and state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Started in 2007 and compiled by a team of 27, the database details a...
(BBC News Africa 06/04/16)
The superstitions about albinos in Africa are plentiful and dangerous. In Tanzania last year, a 6-year-old boy had this arm chopped off by witch doctors who believe potions and charms made from the body parts of albinos are guaranteed to bring success. "There is also a belief that having sex with a person living with Albinism can cure HIV; a superstition that has increased cases of rape and infection among Albinos," says Kenyan student Peter Kiprop Koima. He is responsible...
(AfricaNews 06/02/16)
In a bid to strengthen its bilateral ties with other countries, Turkey has signed several development agreements with Uganda on Wednesday. President Tayyip Erdogan and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni signed agreements in tourism, defense, trade and education with Erdogan assuring that Turkey was willing to share its experience. Speaking at the State House in Kampala, Erdogan said: “Uganda has heavily invested in several projects not only the east African region but also the entire African continent.” He stressed his government’s links...
(AL Jazeera 06/01/16)
Turkey looks forward to working more closely with our African friends and allies in a range of areas. Over the next days, Turkey's political and business leaders will embark on a historic visit to Uganda, Kenya and Somalia. We will seek to promote closer cooperation with our regional allies, develop solutions to shared challenges and explore mutually beneficial opportunities. Many people in the world associate the African continent with extreme poverty, violent conflict and a general state of hopelessness. The...

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