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Thursday 18 December 2014

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(AFP (eng) 12/18/14)
Sitting behind his desk in a secure house in a quiet neighbourhood of Arusha, Prosper Mugiraneza looks at family photos taken before he was arrested in Cameroon 15 years ago. Since then he has never seen his oldest son, after being charged with playing a leading role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide and hauled to the city in northern Tanzania, the home of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Intially convicted for inciting mass killings -- at least 800,000 mainly ethnic Tutsis were slaughtered in just 100 days -- he was acquitted on appeal in 2013, theoretically left a free man but in reality a virtual prisoner with nowhere to go. There are 10...
(Bloomberg 12/18/14)
Rwandan Finance Minister Claver Gatete said falling oil prices are positive for the East African nation’s economy and may help keep the rate of inflation low. The economy expanded 7.8 percent in the third quarter and is projected to grow more than 6 percent for the entire year, Gatete told reporters today in the capital, Kigali. He said in October expansion is targeted to exceed 7 percent in 2015. “We expect to have positive growth next year,” he said. The landlocked nation imports all of the oil products that are used locally. Oil purchases account for 25 percent of the...
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports 2014 is the deadliest year on record for migrants fleeing conflict, political persecution and economic hardship. As the world marks International Migrants Day, IOM is calling for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and to stop smugglers from exploiting these vulnerable, desperate people. Death has always been an unfortunate part of migration. Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders around the world. This past year...
(PANA 12/17/14)
Security – France's Defence Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said here Monday that he was pleased by the commitment of African countries to fight insecurity on the continent and he reaffirmed his country’s readiness to accompany them in that war. 'Today, the first actors of insecurity in Africa are African States, the African armies and African organizations. In all African crises, it is the voice of the African Union which is heard. In all peacekeeping operations deployed in Africa, I realize that it is African contingents who do most of the job,' he said.
(AFP (eng) 12/16/14)
An Oslo appeal court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a Rwandan man sentenced to prison in Norway for his role in the massacre of 2,000 people during Rwanda's 1994 genocide. Sadi Bugingo, 49, moved to Norway in 2002 and became the first person convicted for the crime of genocide in Norway for his involvement in several massacres in eastern Rwanda. He is currently serving Norway's maximum possible sentence of 21 years. The appeal court will rule in January on...
(News of Rwanda 12/16/14)
The country's economic performance is remarkable, strong policies have played a key role in maintaining annual GDP growth at around 8 percent since 2000; IMF staff said in a regular review of the Rwanda's economy. The same review pointed out that the poorest have benefited strongly from the growth performance over this period, with per capita consumption growing faster at the lower end of the distribution of consumption. IMF staff noted that the Rwandan economy is recovering from a weak...
(News of Rwanda 12/16/14)
A new Rwandan witness Émile Gafirita who was expected to appear before a French judges conducting an investigation into the plane crash of April 06 1994 which killed two presidents, has been declared missing since November 13. But as a French magazine Jeune Afrique reported last week, there are grave contradictions between his testimony and those of others who preceded him with what were billed as damning revelations. The mysterious disappearance of Emile Gafirita in Nairobi, Kenya, a month before...
(Voice of America 12/16/14)
DAKAR— France urged African nations on Monday to step up cross-border cooperation to tackle security challenges from Islamist groups in southern Libya to Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, as it seeks to scale back its military commitments on the continent. Amid budgetary pressures at home, France is looking to reduce security commitments in Africa. It is scaling back the 2,000 troops it deployed a year ago to curb Christian-Muslim violence in Central African Republic, a former colony.
(Xinhuanet 12/15/14)
NAIROBI, Dec. (Xinhua) -- The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup 2014 edition will not be held in 2014 owing to lack of a venue to host the tournament. CECAFA President Leodegar Tenga told journalists on Sunday in Nairobi after the association' s Extra-Ordinary General Assembly that the rising costs of holding the tournament was the sole reason the annual event will not take place. "At this time of the year we hold the...
(Ips News 12/15/14)
Lima — Africa is experiencing a revolution towards cleaner energy through renewable energy but the story has hardly been told to the world, says Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Steiner, who had been advocating for renewable energy at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, said Africa is on the right path toward a low carbon footprint by tapping into its plentiful renewable resources - hydro, geothermal, solar and wind. "There is a revolution...
(The Citizen 12/13/14)
Dar es Salaam. The East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) risks grinding to a halt unless someone at the top intervenes to resolve an impasse that has lasted six months. The situation is compounded by the fact that the nations that elected the assembly’s members have no powers to discipline the lawmakers, The Citizen on Saturday has learnt. Tanzania’s Parliament has admitted that it has no powers to recall its representatives, even as the Eala members continue to squabble.
(PANA 12/13/14)
The number people dying from malaria has fallen dramatically since 2000 and malaria cases are also steadily declining, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a news dispatch from Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday. This, the UN health agency says, is according to the World malaria report 2014. Between 2000 and 2013, the malaria mortality rate decreased by 47 percent worldwide and by 54 percent in the WHO African Region - where about 90 percent of malaria deaths occur.
(KBC 12/12/14)
Revenue authorities from Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have been instructed to ensure no clearing and forwarding agency is denied business at the port of Mombasa due to bureaucracy. President Uhuru Kenyatta, President Yoweri Museveni (Uganda) and President Paul Kagame (Rwanda) on Thursday night gave Kenya Revenue Authority boss John Njiraini and his counterparts to rectify a bureaucratic glitch that has seen almost 1800 clearing and forwarding agents locked out from using systems used by Uganda and Rwanda to clear goods at the port of Mombasa.
(Ipp media 12/12/14)
Twaweza East Africa has announced the appointment of Aidan Eyakuze as its new Executive Director. Eyakuze, who was selected after an extensive international search takes up his new post on March, 01, 2015 replacing Twaweza’s founder and current head, Rakesh Rajani. Rakesh Rajani will step down on December 31, 2014 and relocates to New York to take up a new position as Director of Democratic Participation and Governance with the Ford Foundation. Kees de Graaf, Twaweza’s Director of Programmes and...
(Xinhuanet 12/11/14)
KIGALI, Dec. (Xinhua) --- Rwanda Wednesday asked the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM), a mechanism of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to investigate the alleged violation of its territorial integrity. The request came following an incident on Tuesday in which Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) reportedly fired a rocket projectile on the territory of Rwanda. The incident took place in Rubavu in western Rwanda along the border with DRC. In a statement Wednesday night, Rwanda's Defense and Military Spokesperson, Brig Gen Joseph Nzabamwita, said the firing took place at around 19:15 local time.
(East African Business Week 12/10/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - The Rwanda agriculture sector of is to be boosted by the United Kingdom which extended Pounds 34million (approximately $53 million) for various projects. Finance and economic development minister Amb. Claver Gatete signed on behalf of the government while Laure Beaufils the Head of the Department for International Development (DFID) signed for the UK. “Agriculture is key to both growth and poverty reduction and we see this as a switch spot between the two,” Beaufils said. “This support will contribute to the impact of achieving sustainable economic growth and reduction in poverty,” Gatete said.
(The New Times 12/10/14)
Manufacturers should embrace self-regulation to ensure standards and enhance competitiveness, Dr Mark Bagabe Cyubahiro, the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) director general, has said. “You don’t have to wait for RSB to remind you to implement quality guidelines. That’s why you monitor each other as a group and ensure no member engages in production that will put the manufacturing sector in disrepute,” he said. Besides, this could help you reduce costs, enhance quality and efficiency. Bagabe was speaking at the Rwanda...
(Business Week 12/10/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - Rwanda became the fourth country in the region to go live on the East African Payments System (EAPS) which the government believes is going to ease and speed up doing business for Rwandans in the region. This system comes as a means of reducing dependence on hard currencies and the cost associated with foreign exchange transaction,” the Governor of the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) John Rwangombwa said last week during a press briefing in Kigali. “It...
(East African Business Week 12/10/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - Rwanda joined the rest of the world to celebrate the International Mining Day marked every 4th December. Addressing people at the celebrations, the Minister of Natural Resources Vincent Biruta said the theme of the year “Professional mining as a pillar to growth and sustainable development” comes in at the right time when the mining sector is growing. Biruta said:“We aim at developing this sector even more so it can bring in more productivity.” According to the minister,...
(KBC 12/10/14)
Kenya Power, Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (UETCL) and Rwanda Energy Group Limited (REG) have completed negotiations to facilitate the trade. The sale, expected to commence by July 2015, will be effected through the three entities’ already interconnected transmission grid, following the signing of a wheeling agreement between Kenya Power, UETCL, and REG on the one hand, and a Power Purchase Agreement between Kenya Power and REG. A wheeling agreement provides for the conveying of power through another entity’s transmission...

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(AFP (eng) 12/18/14)
Sitting behind his desk in a secure house in a quiet neighbourhood of Arusha, Prosper Mugiraneza looks at family photos taken before he was arrested in Cameroon 15 years ago. Since then he has never seen his oldest son, after being charged with playing a leading role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide and hauled to the city in northern Tanzania, the home of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Intially convicted for inciting mass killings -- at least 800,000 mainly ethnic Tutsis were slaughtered in just 100 days -- he was acquitted on appeal in 2013, theoretically left a free man but in reality a virtual prisoner with nowhere to go. There are 10...
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports 2014 is the deadliest year on record for migrants fleeing conflict, political persecution and economic hardship. As the world marks International Migrants Day, IOM is calling for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and to stop smugglers from exploiting these vulnerable, desperate people. Death has always been an unfortunate part of migration. Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders around the world. This past year has been particularly bad. The IOM reports some 5,000 people have lost their lives fleeing across seas, remote deserts or...
(AFP (eng) 12/16/14)
An Oslo appeal court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a Rwandan man sentenced to prison in Norway for his role in the massacre of 2,000 people during Rwanda's 1994 genocide. Sadi Bugingo, 49, moved to Norway in 2002 and became the first person convicted for the crime of genocide in Norway for his involvement in several massacres in eastern Rwanda. He is currently serving Norway's maximum possible sentence of 21 years. The appeal court will rule in January on...
(News of Rwanda 12/16/14)
A new Rwandan witness Émile Gafirita who was expected to appear before a French judges conducting an investigation into the plane crash of April 06 1994 which killed two presidents, has been declared missing since November 13. But as a French magazine Jeune Afrique reported last week, there are grave contradictions between his testimony and those of others who preceded him with what were billed as damning revelations. The mysterious disappearance of Emile Gafirita in Nairobi, Kenya, a month before...
(Voice of America 12/16/14)
DAKAR— France urged African nations on Monday to step up cross-border cooperation to tackle security challenges from Islamist groups in southern Libya to Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, as it seeks to scale back its military commitments on the continent. Amid budgetary pressures at home, France is looking to reduce security commitments in Africa. It is scaling back the 2,000 troops it deployed a year ago to curb Christian-Muslim violence in Central African Republic, a former colony.
(Ips News 12/15/14)
Lima — Africa is experiencing a revolution towards cleaner energy through renewable energy but the story has hardly been told to the world, says Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Steiner, who had been advocating for renewable energy at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, said Africa is on the right path toward a low carbon footprint by tapping into its plentiful renewable resources - hydro, geothermal, solar and wind. "There is a revolution...
(PANA 12/13/14)
The number people dying from malaria has fallen dramatically since 2000 and malaria cases are also steadily declining, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a news dispatch from Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday. This, the UN health agency says, is according to the World malaria report 2014. Between 2000 and 2013, the malaria mortality rate decreased by 47 percent worldwide and by 54 percent in the WHO African Region - where about 90 percent of malaria deaths occur.
(Xinhuanet 12/11/14)
KIGALI, Dec. (Xinhua) --- Rwanda Wednesday asked the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM), a mechanism of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to investigate the alleged violation of its territorial integrity. The request came following an incident on Tuesday in which Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) reportedly fired a rocket projectile on the territory of Rwanda. The incident took place in Rubavu in western Rwanda along the border with DRC. In a statement Wednesday night, Rwanda's Defense and Military Spokesperson, Brig Gen Joseph Nzabamwita, said the firing took place at around 19:15 local time.
(Xinhuanet 12/10/14)
LUSAKA, Dec. (Xinhua) -- Africa's largest trade bloc has expressed concern over the proliferation of small arms and light weapons on the African continent, saying the trend is detrimental to development. The 19-member Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) took up the problem at an African Union (AU) regional steering committee meeting on small arms and light weapons held in Lusaka. "Small arms are cheap, light and easy to handle, transport and conceal," COMESA Secretary-General Sindiso Ngwenya was...
(Voice of America 12/09/14)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization reports there has been a dramatic fall in the number of malaria deaths since 2000 and the number of cases is also steadily going down. Sub-Saharan Africa bears the brunt of malaria, with 90 percent of global deaths occurring there. But this year’s World Malaria Report says Africa’s population has grown by 43 percent since 2000, with fewer people getting infected. WHO Global Malaria Program Director Pedro Alonso says the number of people infected fell...
(Rwanda News Agency 12/08/14)
Kigali: Rwanda Defence Forces Chief of Defence Staff(CDS), Gen Patrick Nyamvumba together with the Northern Province Governor Bosenibamwe Aimé handed over an engine powered transport boat to Kinoni and Gitovu sectors residents in Burera District to facilitate their movement to and from Birwa Island. The hand over ceremony of the boat took place in Nkenke cell at the shores of Lake Burera. “After realising the transportation challenges facing your students crossing the lake, our contribution as Rwanda Defence Forces was...
(The Citizen 12/08/14)
Arusha. Tanzania is ahead of fellow partner states in the East African Community (EAC) bloc in employment creation rate, it emerged during the EA Youth Conference which ended here yesterday. The country has recorded an 18.9 per cent annual job creation rate for its people ahead of Kenya (17 per cent), Burundi (12 per cent) Uganda (7.3 per cent) and Rwanda 0.7 per cent. “This calls for the youth in the region to focus their energies in innovative and transformational...
(News of Rwanda 12/08/14)
U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Donald W. Koran swore in 36 new Peace Corps Volunteers today at his residence in Kaciyru. These Volunteers, who will work in Rwanda's secondary schools, join the over 400 others who have served in Rwanda since the Peace Corps returned to the country in 2008. The Peace Corps is a U.S. government program that sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people and partners around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/05/14)
Democratic Republic of Congo is to start repatriating former M23 rebels from neighbouring countries, a government official said on Thursday, a process it hopes will prevent the defeated insurgents regrouping. More than a thousand fighters are believed to have fled into Rwanda and Uganda after Congolese and U.N. forces quashed the eastern rebellion in 2013. Most now live in military-run camps awaiting amnesties promised under a peace deal. "They will leave behind their arms and proceed to the beginning of...
(World Bulletin 12/05/14)
Rwanda and Uganda were accused by U.N. experts of supporting M23 with troops, arms and intelligence during the 2012-13 conflict, though both countries denied it. Democratic Republic of Congo is to start repatriating former M23 rebels from neighbouring countries, a government official said on Thursday, a process it hopes will prevent the defeated insurgents regrouping. More than a thousand fighters are believed to have fled into Rwanda and Uganda after Congolese and U.N. forces quashed the eastern rebellion in 2013...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/05/14)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo is to start repatriating former M23 rebels from neighboring countries, a government official said on Thursday, a process it hopes will prevent the defeated insurgents regrouping. More than a thousand fighters are believed to have fled into Rwanda and Uganda after Congolese and U.N. forces quashed the eastern rebellion in 2013. Most now live in military-run camps awaiting amnesties promised under a peace deal. "They will leave behind their arms and proceed to the beginning of repatriation," said Francois Muamba, the Congolese official responsible for overseeing implementation of the deal.
(PANA 12/05/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - East African ministers of health kicked off talks on Wednesday on how to effectively prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS amongst the pastoralist communities across the Horn of Africa region. The minister are attending a regional scientiffc conference to explore strategies to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, including Ebola. 'Our focus should be on diseases targeted for elimination, such as polio, because unless there is cross-border collaboration, these diseases would not be eliminated,'...
(Ips News 12/05/14)
Bonn — So great are the contrasts between the frozen empty expanses of the far north and Africa's baking deserts, steamy rain forests and savannahs that any direct connections between the two seem far-fetched - if they indeed exist at all. In fact, migratory birds provide an environmental tie linking the Arctic and Africa and are the reason why the U.N. Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) and the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the...
(Voice of America 12/04/14)
Scientists have been making rapid advances in studies of genetic variations in European and East Asian populations. Now, populations in Africa, the cradle of the human race, are getting the same treatment. The African Genome Variation Project set out to discover more about how variations in DNA can help in understanding patterns of disease, ultimately leading to better treatments. Working with other institutions, including partners throughout Africa, the Genome Variation Project has collected and analyzed genetic information from nearly 3,000 individuals representing the diversity of the African experience over many millennia
(BBC News Africa 12/04/14)
Neglecting the health of Africa's soil will lock the continent into a cycle of food insecurity for generations to come, a report has warned. The publication by the Montpellier Panel said the problem needed to be given a higher priority by aid donors. It added that soil degradation was also hampering economic development, costing the continent's farmers billions of dollars in lost income. The study has been published ahead of the 2015 international year of soils. The Montpellier Panel -...

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(Bloomberg 12/18/14)
Rwandan Finance Minister Claver Gatete said falling oil prices are positive for the East African nation’s economy and may help keep the rate of inflation low. The economy expanded 7.8 percent in the third quarter and is projected to grow more than 6 percent for the entire year, Gatete told reporters today in the capital, Kigali. He said in October expansion is targeted to exceed 7 percent in 2015. “We expect to have positive growth next year,” he said. The landlocked nation imports all of the oil products that are used locally. Oil purchases account for 25 percent of the country’s total import bill and consumption of petroleum products, now at 5,600 barrels a day,...
(News of Rwanda 12/16/14)
The country's economic performance is remarkable, strong policies have played a key role in maintaining annual GDP growth at around 8 percent since 2000; IMF staff said in a regular review of the Rwanda's economy. The same review pointed out that the poorest have benefited strongly from the growth performance over this period, with per capita consumption growing faster at the lower end of the distribution of consumption. IMF staff noted that the Rwandan economy is recovering from a weak agricultural performance and delays in project implementation, with growth bouncing back to 6 percent in 2014 from 4 ½ percent...
(Ipp media 12/12/14)
Twaweza East Africa has announced the appointment of Aidan Eyakuze as its new Executive Director. Eyakuze, who was selected after an extensive international search takes up his new post on March, 01, 2015 replacing Twaweza’s founder and current head, Rakesh Rajani. Rakesh Rajani will step down on December 31, 2014 and relocates to New York to take up a new position as Director of Democratic Participation and Governance with the Ford Foundation. Kees de Graaf, Twaweza’s Director of Programmes and...
(East African Business Week 12/10/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - The Rwanda agriculture sector of is to be boosted by the United Kingdom which extended Pounds 34million (approximately $53 million) for various projects. Finance and economic development minister Amb. Claver Gatete signed on behalf of the government while Laure Beaufils the Head of the Department for International Development (DFID) signed for the UK. “Agriculture is key to both growth and poverty reduction and we see this as a switch spot between the two,” Beaufils said. “This support will contribute to the impact of achieving sustainable economic growth and reduction in poverty,” Gatete said.
(The New Times 12/10/14)
Manufacturers should embrace self-regulation to ensure standards and enhance competitiveness, Dr Mark Bagabe Cyubahiro, the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) director general, has said. “You don’t have to wait for RSB to remind you to implement quality guidelines. That’s why you monitor each other as a group and ensure no member engages in production that will put the manufacturing sector in disrepute,” he said. Besides, this could help you reduce costs, enhance quality and efficiency. Bagabe was speaking at the Rwanda...
(Business Week 12/10/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - Rwanda became the fourth country in the region to go live on the East African Payments System (EAPS) which the government believes is going to ease and speed up doing business for Rwandans in the region. This system comes as a means of reducing dependence on hard currencies and the cost associated with foreign exchange transaction,” the Governor of the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) John Rwangombwa said last week during a press briefing in Kigali. “It...
(East African Business Week 12/10/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - Rwanda joined the rest of the world to celebrate the International Mining Day marked every 4th December. Addressing people at the celebrations, the Minister of Natural Resources Vincent Biruta said the theme of the year “Professional mining as a pillar to growth and sustainable development” comes in at the right time when the mining sector is growing. Biruta said:“We aim at developing this sector even more so it can bring in more productivity.” According to the minister,...
(KBC 12/10/14)
Kenya Power, Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (UETCL) and Rwanda Energy Group Limited (REG) have completed negotiations to facilitate the trade. The sale, expected to commence by July 2015, will be effected through the three entities’ already interconnected transmission grid, following the signing of a wheeling agreement between Kenya Power, UETCL, and REG on the one hand, and a Power Purchase Agreement between Kenya Power and REG. A wheeling agreement provides for the conveying of power through another entity’s transmission...
(Business Week 12/10/14)
NAIROBI, Kenya - The World Bank recently agreed to boost agriculture in East African with $1.2 billion. This support is additional to large ongoing individual country programs. Besides paying for better infrastructure, the projects being funded are expected to improve the competitiveness of the East African Community (EAC) states. Philippe Dongier, the World Bank Country Director for Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda, said: “We are partnering with the EAC governments, other development partners and the private sector to invest in regional...
(Rwanda News Agency 12/10/14)
Kigali: The Government of Rwanda and the African Development Bank (AfDB) signed a financial agreement worth US$ 18 million (approximately RwF 13 billion). The financial support which is in form of a concessional loan will support establishment of a Centre of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering and eHealth (CEBE) at the University of Rwanda. Speaking after the signing event, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Claver Gatete said: “This support will contribute to the development of relevant and highly skilled...
(Rwanda News Agency 12/08/14)
Kigali: This week, 11 international tour operators with offices in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda will visit Rwanda for as part of a Rwanda Development Board (RDB) initiative to increase awareness of the country’s diverse tourism opportunities and generate more tourism sales. “The East African Community is an important growth area for Rwanda’s tourism industry”, said Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi, Head of the RDB’s Tourism & Conservation Department. “The goal of this guided trip is to demonstrate to these high-value tour operators...
(Rwanda News Agency 12/08/14)
Kigali: Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) Ltd, India's largest engineering and manufacturing company, today said it has commissioned a hydro power project in Rwanda. "BHEL has commissioned the 28 MW Nyaborongo Hydro Electric Project (2x14 MW) in Rwanda," a statement said. With the commissioning of this plant, the installed generation capacity of Rwanda has gone up by 24 per cent from 119 MW to 147 MW. Nyaborongo Hydro Electric project is owned by the Government of Rwanda and has been financed...
(Kenya Star 12/08/14)
East African businesses are set to trade more with India by learning how to take advantage of the country's duty-free market access scheme, facilitated by the Supporting India's Trade Preferences for Africa (SITA) project of the International Trade Centre (ITC). The ITC, a joint agency of the World Trade Organisation and the UN, aims for businesses in developing countries to become more competitive in global markets, speeding up economic development and contributing to the achievement of the UN's Millennium Development...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/08/14)
LONDON/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A growing middle class in sub-Saharan Africa is enticing European and South African insurers to buy local firms focussing mainly on life insurance and pensions, in the face of mature markets and strong competition at home. Rapid economic growth in countries such as Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria has increased the number of people with money to spend on insurance to protect their wealth, while regulatory changes are encouraging the growth of domestic savings and pensions. Several major...
(PANA 12/06/14)
African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma Tuesday decried lack of funding as the main crisis facing the implementation of Africa's development plans. Dlamini Zuma said Africa's grand visions like the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the upcoming Vision 2063, have failed to make substantial headway due to the lack of local financing sources. Speaking during a grand lecture in honour of Salim Ahmed Salim, former Secretary-General of the defunct Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the AU, Zuma said finding a way out of the financing crisis was critical for Africa.
(International Business Times 12/05/14)
Rwanda's economy is set to expand faster than expected this year and growth will speed up even more in 2015, according to the country's finance minister, despite the country receiving a lower score in the 2014 Corruption Perception Index than it did last year. Spurred by efficiency gains in the agricultural sector and a rapidly expanding IT services sector, Rwanda's economy is set to expand by 6.8% in 2014, rising to 7% in 2015, according to the country's central bank...
(The New Times 12/03/14)
New agreements signed with several investors in the service industry could see the country earn more export revenue from the sector. The agreements, signed yesterday between Pan African Logistics Limited (PAL), Africa Smart Investments, and Kwetu Film Institutions, are geared toward scaling up service exports, the Minister for Trade and Industry, Francois Kanimba, said. The initiative is also expected to help reduce trade deficit, create employment opportunities and ultimately enhance the country’s economic growth. The signing took place at the...
(News Day 12/03/14)
The secretariat of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) has tabled a proposed budget of $64,40 million for 2015 which is a slight increase from $64,20 million in 2014. Assistant secretary-general in charge of administration and finance Ambassador Nagla El-Hussainy said the budget would be funded from contributions by member states and development partners. El-Hussainy said the secretariat had undertaken an annual review of the formula of contributions based on the most available statistics.
(Reuters (Eng) 11/28/14)
Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to "Power Africa" would double electricity output on the world's poorest continent and bring "light where currently there is darkness". A year later, the U.S. president's flagship project for Africa has already achieved 25 percent of its goal to deliver 10,000 megawatts of electricity and bring light to 20 million households and businesses, according to its annual report. But the five-year plan has not...
(Bloomberg 11/27/14)
SABMiller Plc (SAB) and Coca-Cola Co. (KO) will combine bottling operations for non-alcoholic beverages in southern and eastern Africa, forming the continent’s largest Coca-Cola bottler and allowing the world’s second-biggest brewer to expand in soft drinks. SABMiller will hold 57 percent of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, with Coca-Cola holding 11.3 percent and Gutsche Family Investments owning the rest, the London-based maker of Grolsch and Peroni said in a statement today.

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(Xinhuanet 12/15/14)
NAIROBI, Dec. (Xinhua) -- The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup 2014 edition will not be held in 2014 owing to lack of a venue to host the tournament. CECAFA President Leodegar Tenga told journalists on Sunday in Nairobi after the association' s Extra-Ordinary General Assembly that the rising costs of holding the tournament was the sole reason the annual event will not take place. "At this time of the year we hold the annual general assembly to coincide with the tournament. However, this year we are unable to hold the championship because we failed to secure a host who would be able to fund the event by hosting...
(Independent Online 12/09/14)
Monaco – An African bid to stage the Olympic Games for the first time will get widespread sympathy in the IOC after its new reforms, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said. With Durban in South Africa considering a run for the 2024 Games, Bach said in an interview that it was up to Africa to make a “feasible” case. “This depends on Africa,” Bach said when asked when the first Olympics would be held in Africa. Reforms passed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) such as making bidding easier and cheaper and allowing possible joint bids are intended to take the...
(AFP (eng) 11/21/14)
Three years ago Janvier Hadi pedalled a single speed bicycle taxi: this week he won the prologue of the Tour of Rwanda, a success mirroring the growth of cycling in his country. Born into a family of modest farmers, the 23-year old took up the sport seriously after taking part in a race in the south Rwandan town of Butare. "I heard there was a race for a single speed bike... it was like a test and I won, I...
(BBC News Africa 11/14/14)
It will be almost impossible to stage the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on time, says the man who organised the 2008 tournament in Ghana. Morocco was due to stage the 2015 Cup but was removed as host after expressing fears over the Ebola virus. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) insists the tournament will go ahead on time, starting on 17 January. But Dr Kofi Amoah told the BBC: "It could be a sham. I don't think there is...
(BBC News Africa 11/12/14)
The new hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be named in "two or three days", says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf president Issa Hayatou revealed the timeframe in a live interview with TV channel France 24 on Tuesday. Hayatou added that the tournament dates remained 17 January to 8 February. It was announced earlier on Tuesday that original choice Morocco would not host because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent. Morocco had asked to postpone the competition until 2016 but Caf refused and expelled them from the finals.
(The New York Times 11/12/14)
Fear of the spread of Ebola has now thrown Africa’s most important soccer tournament into disarray. Morocco was removed Tuesday as host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and expelled from participating in the biennial championship after it sought to delay the 16-team event, concerned about a spread of the virus. No replacement host has yet been named for the tournament, which is scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8. The expulsion of Morocco was announced by the Confederation...
(PANA 11/11/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Several innovations reported in recent years from across Africa bode well for the continent striving to get skills that meet its industry requirements in the 21st century, economic and labour experts meeting in Addis Ababa said on Saturday. But some basics must be in place for Africa to have the capacity to take advantage of what is happening globally in technology and innovation, according to Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice President of the African...
(BBC News Africa 11/10/14)
The five-man shortlist for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 has been revealed. Title holder Yaya Toure has been nominated for the sixth consecutive year, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama and Gervinho. The winner will be decided by fans of African football, who have until 18:00 GMT on Monday, 24 November to vote for their choice. Or to vote for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 by SMS, text the number of the player...
(PANA 10/07/14)
The qualifying series for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is set to resume next weekend, after a month-long break, PANA reported Sunday. The first set of two group matches were played last month, and two more matches are slated to be played this month. Match day three will be next Friday and Saturday, while Match day four will be four days later, on 15 Oct. After this month's matches, there will be two more matches to go, in November,...
(The New Times 10/07/14)
Head coaches and technical directors of African national teams have hailed progress in African football but emphasised the need to make improvements which would see an African team win a Fifa World Cup. The resolution was among the many passed by the coaches, who meet in a two-day conference held in Cairo, Egypt last week. It was organised by FIFA and CAF to review and learn from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Rwanda was represented by Amavubi head coach...
(The New Times 10/03/14)
The Minister of Sports and Culture, Joseph Habineza has warned that the government will not have any leniency when it comes to handling national team players with dual identity. Habineza made the remarks during a press briefing held at Amahoro stadium on Wednesday. “So many mistakes were done in the past and we can’t afford to repeat them. The issue of players with dual identity and false age has to end immediately,” the minister ordered. Habineza revealed that with help...
(Xinhuanet 09/26/14)
KIGALI, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Rwandan middle-distance runner James Sugira, who has also represented the country in the recent Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in August 2014, has received the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) sponsorship to participate in another training camp that will gather high profile competitive African athletes in Eldoret, Kenya, Sports source revealed Thursday in Kigali. Speaking during an exclusive interview with Xinhua, Sugira said that his departure has already been confirmed by the Rwanda Athletics Federation,...
(The New Times 09/25/14)
Rwanda will face Morocco in a Fifa international friendly match in November, according to Vincent Nzamwita, the Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) chairman. Nzamwita told Times Sport early this week that they are in talks with Morocco football federation to find suitable dates for the warm-up matches. "We are still in negotiations with Morocco. They have expressed interest to play against Rwanda but we are still in talks to determine the exact dates and a possibility of even having Rwanda play...
(The New Times 09/18/14)
FOR the first time in six years, Rwanda has made a big stride in the global rankings, moving from 101st to 93rd in the Fifa rankings released today in Zurich, Switzerland. Stephen Constantine's men also improved to 26th in Africa, thanks mainly to impressive performances that saw Amavubi reach the third and final round of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite Rwanda being banned from the group stages for fielding an ineligible players—Dady Birori, who has dual identity...
(AFP (eng) 09/11/14)
Cricketer Don De Dieu Mugisha bowls a ball down a bumpy, dusty wicket at a match in Rwanda: a sport introduced by those who returned after fleeing genocide 20 years ago. While still viewed with bewilderment by many in this small, hilly east African nation, the game is growing rapidly and fans are raising funds to build the country's first dedicated international-standard pitch. For players, efforts to build a new pitch symbolise far more than a strange game with a...
(Dw-World 09/04/14)
As the continent gears up for its African Nations Cup qualifiers, concerns are growing that the deadly disease could ruin the games. Some argue soccer players and fans from Ebola-hit countries could spread the virus. The message from Africa's soccer governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was clear: Ivory Coast will be expelled from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they refuse to host Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in their qualifier on Saturday (06.09.2014). CAF's statement prompted Ivory Coast to allow the match to be held in Abidjan after all.
(PANA 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(AFP (eng) 08/19/14)
The Rwanda Football Federation on Tuesday appealed against its disqualification from 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for fielding a player with double nationality. The Confederation of African Football imposed the sanction after an investigation into Rwandan striker Dady Birori, who plays for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) club Vita as Agiti Tady Etekiama. The Rwandan federation has since contested the disqualification on grounds that the player acquired Rwanda nationality before that of DRC. CAF said that its probe found that the DR Congo-born striker was born December 12, 1986 as indicated in his Rwandan passport, while his Congolese
(AFP 08/18/14)
Rwanda has been thrown out of the African Cup after one of its players was found to have "two identities" and was using a different name and a Congolese passport when playing for his club team, the Confederation of African Football said. CAF said Sunday that striker Dady Birori was ineligible to play for Rwanda and disqualified the country from the African Cup qualifying competition for fielding him. Birori, who CAF said is registered as Tady Etekiama when playing for...
(BBC News Africa 08/18/14)
The Africa Cup of Nations organising committee disqualified Rwanda from the qualifiers for Morocco 2015 on Sunday. The decision followed a protest made by the Congolese Football Federation regarding the eligibility of Rwandan player, Birori Dady. Dady had featured in the first leg of the second round qualifier between the two nations last month in Pointe-Noir. Congo claimed that Dady, who plays for AS Vita Club in Kinshasa, has a different name and age in his passport. A subsequent Confederation...

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(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 perform at a Nobel Prize ceremony, Hakim. Other acts billed to perform at the show, which will be watched live all over the world, include the Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa, sensational singing group,...
(Leadership 11/20/14)
It was another night of glamour and panache as this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The grand finale of the festival, which kicked off amid gaiety on Sunday, November 9, held at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, with top Nollywood stars, producers, directors and stakeholders from Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world in attendance. Leading Nollywood stars at the event were Genevieve Nnaji, and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and they dazzled the red carpet with everything they had to showcase. Others include...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/14)
A popular Rwandan musician appealed for leniency Thursday after pleading guilty at the opening of his trial to plotting attacks on the country's leaders. Kizito Mihigo is on trial along with three co-accused on charges including conspiracy to murder, complicity in a terrorist act and conspiring against the government of Rwandan strongman and President Paul Kagame. "I plead guilty to all charges, like I did from the first day I was arrested, and I ask for forgiveness," Mihigo told the...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(AFP (eng) 10/24/14)
A Rwandan media regulatory body said Friday it opposed calls for the BBC to be banned from broadcasting in the country after it aired a controversial documentary on the country's leadership and the genocide of 1994. The Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), an independent body, said the programme was "insulting" and that the BBC was guilty of "distorting the history of genocide", but added a ban "should not be the solution". Earlier this week furious lawmakers in parliament called for the...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Despite sparse resources and limited institutional support, the world will soon wake up to Africa's ingenious new artists, according to some of the continent's leading exponents taking part in London's Contemporary African Art Fair. The four-day event -- the largest such fair outside Africa -- opens on Thursday and showcases the work of over 120 artists in the grand setting of Somerset House in the heart of the British capital in a bid to reach a global market. Some 27...
(News Day 10/10/14)
IT was a night of fun and of course lots of glitz and glamour at The Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots launch on October 5 at The Whippet in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa. After the unexpected burning down of the former BBA house also located in Johannesburg, viewers and audiences were naturally eager to see how this new venue would turn out and with no doubt Big Brother did not disappoint. The usual presenter, Ik Osakioduwa, popularly known as Ik,...
(The New Times 09/18/14)
Rwanda's aspiring Big Brother Africa housemates finally have something to smile about, as reports emerge that they might finally take part in Africa’s most watched television reality show. Reliable sources have confirmed to this paper that for the first time Rwanda would be represented in the ninth edition of the show. The development comes three weeks after Rwanda had been dropped because there was not sufficient time to procure travel documents for the participants. Although the organisers M-Net AfricaMagic have...
(The New Times 07/31/14)
The highly anticipated Beautiful People Party is back and takes place this Friday at The Manor Hotel in Nyarutarama. Beautiful People Party is quite popular in neighbouring East African countries like Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. “Beautiful People Party showcases the most trending things in society. It could be fashion, talent, beverages, anything that is trending in East Africa. This year’s theme is ‘Stay Trendy”” explained Reno Kabachelor, the CEO Beautiful People Party. Last year the party didn’t take place because...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/20/14)
LONDON (Reuters) - Three members of Africa's "youth club" - Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe - offer some of the fastest-growing working populations in the world, if only investors can capitalise on that. If the countries' demographic trends can be coupled with good education to create skilled jobs and an avoidance of political unrest, this should lead to economic growth quickly enough to attract portfolio investors, some analysts say. None of the three makes it to the flagship frontiers stock index,...
(The Guardian 12/30/13)
Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt. At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated...
( 12/17/13)
BBnZ Live turned the entire Accra metropolis upside-down with the maiden edition of the Afro-Beats Festival held at the Independence Square in Accra over the weekend. An ecstatic crowd made up of over 60,000 Ghanaian music fans from all walks of life including students from all Ghanaian second cycle and tertiary institutions thronged the venue to partake in the event. The three-day Afro-Beats Festival was an all night affair which provided non-stop entertainment till the break of dawn. It kicked...
(AFP 11/09/13)
LAGOS, November 9, 2013 (AFP) - The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opens in Nigeria on Sunday and although it is still in its infancy, organisers hope that with time it can become the continent's Cannes. Seventy films from across the continent will be screened in a series of venues over seven days in the southern coastal city of Calabar, which Nigeria has tried to promote as an emerging cultural hub. "For an African film to come out in Cannes...
(CNN 09/20/13)
London (CNN) -- The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features - all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses. But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion...
(Bloomberg 12/18/14)
Rwandan Finance Minister Claver Gatete said falling oil prices are positive for the East African nation’s economy and may help keep the rate of inflation low. The economy expanded 7.8 percent in the third quarter and is projected to grow more than 6 percent for the entire year, Gatete told reporters today in the capital, Kigali. He said in October expansion is targeted to exceed 7 percent in 2015. “We expect to have positive growth next year,” he said. The landlocked nation imports all of the oil products that are used locally. Oil purchases account for 25 percent of the country’s total import bill and consumption of petroleum products, now at 5,600 barrels a day,...
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports 2014 is the deadliest year on record for migrants fleeing conflict, political persecution and economic hardship. As the world marks International Migrants Day, IOM is calling for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and to stop smugglers from exploiting these vulnerable, desperate people. Death has always been an unfortunate part of migration. Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders around the world. This past year has been particularly bad. The IOM reports some 5,000 people have lost their lives fleeing across seas, remote deserts or...
(Voice of America 12/16/14)
DAKAR— France urged African nations on Monday to step up cross-border cooperation to tackle security challenges from Islamist groups in southern Libya to Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, as it seeks to scale back its military commitments on the continent. Amid budgetary pressures at home, France is looking to reduce security commitments in Africa. It is scaling back the 2,000 troops it deployed a year ago to curb Christian-Muslim violence in Central African Republic, a former colony.
(Voice of America 12/09/14)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization reports there has been a dramatic fall in the number of malaria deaths since 2000 and the number of cases is also steadily going down. Sub-Saharan Africa bears the brunt of malaria, with 90 percent of global deaths occurring there. But this year’s World Malaria Report says Africa’s population has grown by 43 percent since 2000, with fewer people getting infected. WHO Global Malaria Program Director Pedro Alonso says the number of people infected fell...
(International Business Times 12/05/14)
Rwanda's economy is set to expand faster than expected this year and growth will speed up even more in 2015, according to the country's finance minister, despite the country receiving a lower score in the 2014 Corruption Perception Index than it did last year. Spurred by efficiency gains in the agricultural sector and a rapidly expanding IT services sector, Rwanda's economy is set to expand by 6.8% in 2014, rising to 7% in 2015, according to the country's central bank...
(Voice of America 12/04/14)
Scientists have been making rapid advances in studies of genetic variations in European and East Asian populations. Now, populations in Africa, the cradle of the human race, are getting the same treatment. The African Genome Variation Project set out to discover more about how variations in DNA can help in understanding patterns of disease, ultimately leading to better treatments. Working with other institutions, including partners throughout Africa, the Genome Variation Project has collected and analyzed genetic information from nearly 3,000 individuals representing the diversity of the African experience over many millennia
(BBC News Africa 12/04/14)
Neglecting the health of Africa's soil will lock the continent into a cycle of food insecurity for generations to come, a report has warned. The publication by the Montpellier Panel said the problem needed to be given a higher priority by aid donors. It added that soil degradation was also hampering economic development, costing the continent's farmers billions of dollars in lost income. The study has been published ahead of the 2015 international year of soils. The Montpellier Panel -...
(BBC News Africa 12/01/14)
The winner of the vote for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 will be revealed today at 1735GMT. Those in contention are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama, Gervinho and Yaya Toure. The list will be trimmed to two players at about 1540GMT online and on Sport Today on the BBC World Service. Your choice of the best footballer on the continent for 2014 will then be revealed across the BBC World Service on TV and radio as...
(Voice of America 11/28/14)
ADDIS ABABA— Most African countries will not reach the Millennium Development Goals set for 2015 because of the gap between economic and human development. That is one of the conclusions in this year’s annual U.N. report on the Least Developed Countries, presented Thursday. Junior Davis, U.N. economic affairs officer for Africa, said African countries have not been able to translate their economic growth into structural transformation. “We think that is the case because these countries have not focused efficiently on building what we call their productive capacities," Davis said.
(Ips News 11/26/14)
Lagos — Two years ago, Shola* was kicked out of the family house in Abeokuta, in southwestern Nigeria, after testing HIV-positive at age 13. He was living with his father, his stepmother and their seven children. "The stepmother insisted that Shola must go because he is likely to infect her children," Tayo Akinpelu, programme director of Youth's Future Savers Initiative, told IPS. Akinpelu turned to Shola's mother, who had remarried. But she refused, arguing that his father should be responsible...
(Ventures-Africa 11/18/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Rwandan contractors are losing lucrative tenders in East Africa because they cannot comprehend bid documents written in English Language. This is according to Donatien Mungwararera, director of The Private Sector Federation Rwanda (PSF). “Though we carryout periodic trainings in languages, we do not reach everyone,” said Mungwararera, who advised traders to try their best to learn “the most commonly spoken languages in the region, especially English and Swahili, to enhance their competitiveness.” Laying credence to the PSF...
(BBC News Africa 11/12/14)
The new hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be named in "two or three days", says the Confederation of African Football (Caf). Caf president Issa Hayatou revealed the timeframe in a live interview with TV channel France 24 on Tuesday. Hayatou added that the tournament dates remained 17 January to 8 February. It was announced earlier on Tuesday that original choice Morocco would not host because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent. Morocco had asked to postpone the competition until 2016 but Caf refused and expelled them from the finals.
(The New York Times 11/12/14)
Fear of the spread of Ebola has now thrown Africa’s most important soccer tournament into disarray. Morocco was removed Tuesday as host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and expelled from participating in the biennial championship after it sought to delay the 16-team event, concerned about a spread of the virus. No replacement host has yet been named for the tournament, which is scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8. The expulsion of Morocco was announced by the Confederation...
(BBC News Africa 11/10/14)
The five-man shortlist for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 has been revealed. Title holder Yaya Toure has been nominated for the sixth consecutive year, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama and Gervinho. The winner will be decided by fans of African football, who have until 18:00 GMT on Monday, 24 November to vote for their choice. Or to vote for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 by SMS, text the number of the player...
(Voice of America 11/08/14)
Eight African heads of state have so far confirmed their participation in the funeral for Zambia’s deceased President Michael Sata. The leaders will say their final goodbyes when Sata is buried November 11, said Zambian information minister Joseph Katema. The presidents who have confirmed their participation include Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Namibia’s Hifikepunya Pohamba, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Malawi’s Peter Arthur Mutharika, according to foreign ministry...
(Business Week 11/06/14)
On the top two floors of a five-story building on Strathmore University’s campus in Nairobi, students with tablets and laptops are gradually changing the face of the East African economy. As part of the university’s master’s program in mobile telecommunications, they spend their days developing computer apps tailor-made for African markets. Their creations include Valuraha, an app that simulates trading on the Nairobi stock exchange as a teaching tool, and Henga Systems, which tracks activity on a mobile phone owner’s...
(Voice of America 11/05/14)
When it comes to fighting viral outbreaks - or even stopping water shortages - healthcare applications which integrate real-time analytics, data centers and messaging platforms are poised to improve the critical initial response to epidemics and natural disasters. mHero, new app The first line of defense against deadly viral outbreaks, water shortages and food scarcity might just end up on your phone. A new application called mHero, created in Uganda, combines health worker registries, patient data, real-time monitoring and open messaging systems to ensure a fast and integrated response. mHero stands for Mobile Health Worker Electronic Response and Outreach.
(Africa Review 11/04/14)
Kenya-based Savannah Cement has announced that it is set to begin operations in Rwanda early 2015, once the firm gets approval from the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) According to estimates by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, local demand for cement in Rwanda is at 400,000 tonnes a year. Ronald Ndegwa, managing director of Savannah Cement, said that the company was attracted to the Rwandan market because of its vibrant nature and investment climate. “We are required to test and...
(Ventures-Africa 11/04/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Talks about regional integration and moves to boost intra-African trading have become popular on the continent as stakeholders fully realize the economic goodies embedded in a totally connected Africa; in this spirit, members of the East African Community (EAC) are gearing up to the launch of a regional East African Internet Exchange Point (EAXIP), scheduled to go live next year. EAXIP, as championed by the East African Communications Organization (EACO), will interconnect the EAC member countries via...
(Voice of America 11/04/14)
The African Union Commission’s Peace and Security Department is meeting in Zimbabwe as part of efforts to create an African Standby Force. The envisioned force would play a peacekeeping role of sorts, responding to political emergencies around the continent to maintain stability. General Samaila Iliya is leading the process of ensuring that there is African Standby Force, or ASF, by the target date of April of next year. The Nigerian general noted the idea of a standby force was raised...

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