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Thursday 05 March 2015

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(Xinhuanet 03/04/15)
KAMPALA, March (Xinhua) -- Troops of the United States and their counterparts from Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Djibouti are conducting joint counter-terrorism exercise in the east Ugandan district of Jinja, U.S. embassy in Kampala said Tuesday. About 320 military personnel from these countries are participating in the annual joint exercise Eastern Accord, the embassy said in a statement. The exercise aims to improve participants' capability to counter violent extremist organizations and to enhance cooperation and coordination among participating partners, according to the statement. The Eastern African region has been facing threats from extremist organizations like the Somali militant group Al Shabaab which launched attacks in Kenya and Uganda.
(Xinhuanet 03/04/15)
UNITED NATIONS, March (Xinhua) -- The "priority" for the UN Security Council in March will be its four-day visit to Africa, followed by the renewal of the UN mission in the strife-torn Democratic Republic of Congo and a meeting on children in armed conflict, the council president for this month told reporters here Tuesday. "The first council priority for our presidency will be the council mission to Africa next week," said Ambassador Francois Delattre, France's permanent representative to the United Nations who held the rotating council presidency for March. "Our basic objective for this mission is to reiterate the commitment and ongoing attention we pay to the political transition and peacekeeping in Africa," he said at a press conference here...
(Voice of America 03/04/15)
JOHANNESBURG— The Southern African nations of Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia are three of the four recipients of the top award for African governance. The region has had its fair share of revolutions and crises, but is consistently ranked high in indices of good governance, and has managed to move ahead despite its challenges. The winners of the multi-million-dollar Mo Ibrahim Foundation African leadership prize are Namibia’s soon-to-depart President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Mozambique President Joaquim Chissano and Botswana President Festus Mogae. The only other winner has come from the tiny, remote West African island nation of Cape Verde.
(BBC News Africa 03/03/15)
An inquiry in Rwanda has recommended that the government initiate criminal and civil proceedings against the BBC over a documentary which questioned official accounts of the 1994 genocide. Inquiry head Martin Ngoga found that the documentary failed to meet the BBC's own editorial standards. The BBC says it is "extremely disappointed" by the findings. Rwanda suspended broadcasts by the BBC's Kinyarwanda language service after the TV documentary was aired. "We stand by our right to produce the independent journalism which...
(The Citizen 03/03/15)
Nairobi. The Aga Khan University (AKU) will this year open a graduate school of media and communication in Nairobi as part of a major expansion in East Africa. Other graduate schools are in the pipeline, specifically designed to advance a healthy civil society, the Aga Khan said on Monday. They include schools of Leadership and Management; Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism; Architecture and Human Settlements; Government, Civil Society and Public Policy; Economic Growth and Development; Law and Education. The schools are...
(Xinhuanet 03/03/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- A UN-backed wildlife project on Monday urged the international community to be serious about organized wildlife crime, the threat of which, it said, has been on the rise to wild species. The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) said wildlife and forest crime today has transformed into one of the largest transnational organized criminal activities alongside drug trafficking, arms, and trafficking in human beings. "Beyond immediate environmental impacts, the illegal trade in natural resources is depriving developing economies of billions of dollars in lost revenues," GRASP said in a statement received in Nairobi.
(Xinhuanet 03/03/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- Forensic experts from Sub-Saharan Africa on Monday sounded alarm over a spike in violence and sophisticated crime that threatens stability and development. Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for health James Macharia told a conference in Nairobi that African countries have witnessed an upsurge in violence, terrorism, rape and cross border crimes. "Africa is reeling from many disasters; rape cases, domestic violence, mass deaths in terrorist attacks and motor vehicle accidents. This calls for strengthening of our forensic capacity...
(Voice of America 03/02/15)
Rwanda’s attorney general said the government in Kigali is working with international partners and organizations to continue to pursue perpetrators of the country’s 1994 genocide. About 800,000 mainly minority Tutsi were killed during the country’s 100-day massacre. Attorney General Busingye Johnston said the government will not relent in efforts to ensure victims and survivors of the genocide receive justice. He said Rwanda is working with international partners, including the International Tribunal for Rwanda, the United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes...
(Ips News 03/02/15)
Johannesburg — The most persistent myth about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is that they are necessary to feed a growing global population. Highly effective marketing campaigns have drilled it into our heads that GMOs will produce more food on less land in an environmentally friendly manner. The mantra has been repeated so often that it is considered to be truth. Now this mantra has come to Africa, sung by the United States administration and multinational corporations like Monsanto, seeking to...
(AFP (eng) 03/01/15)
Rwandan investigators on Saturday urged the government to take action against the BBC and ban its radio programmes from the country's airwaves over a controversial documentary questioning official versions of the 1994 genocide. The probe led by the country's former top prosecutor Martin Ngoga found the British broadcaster broke Rwandan law on genocide denial in its report on the massacres that left around 800,000 dead. The BBC has rejected all the accusations against it. "The BBC, in general abused press...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/15)
A popular singer in Rwanda known for his renditions of the national anthem was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday after being found guilty of plotting to kill Rwandan President Paul Kagame and other senior officials. Two others were also found guilty and jailed. The prosecution said the accused had worked with the South Africa-based opposition group, the Rwanda National Congress. Singer Kizito Mihigo was ordered jailed for 10 years, while Cassien Ntamuhanga, a journalist for Rwanda's Amazing...
(BBC News Africa 02/28/15)
A popular Rwandan singer has been jailed for 10 years after being convicted of planning to kill President Kagame and inciting hatred against the government. Kizito Mihigo had earlier said he was guilty and asked for forgiveness, meaning his sentence was reduced. His co-accused, Cassien Ntamuhanga, the director of a Christian radio station, was jailed for 25 years for terrorism and incitement. He had continued to deny all charges. Mihigo had admitted exchanging text messages with a South Africa-based opposition group, the Rwanda National Congress (RNC).
(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/15)
Nairobi — The World Bank is working with other development finance institutions to raise some $500 million to modernise weather and flood forecasting services in Africa. Daniel Kull, a disaster risk specialist with the World Bank, said it was talking to lenders, including the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank, about mobilising the funds to improve prediction, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. More accurate and timely warnings of extreme weather would help protect lives and assets from disasters, experts...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/27/15)
NAIROBI Fri Feb 27, 2015 (Reuters) - Rwanda's high court on Friday upheld the life sentence of the s genocide-era justice minister, who was convicted six years ago for her role in the 1994 slaughter that killed 800,000 people. Agnes Ntamabyariro is the only senior official in the former government to have been brought to justice in Rwanda. Others were tried by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in the Tanzanian city of Arusha and elsewhere. Ntamabyariro was found...
(The New Times 02/27/15)
The Minister for Infrastructure, James Musoni, yesterday launched the construction of 7,480 housing units in the City of Kigali and urged private entrepreneurs to pick interest in building the modern homes that Rwandans in both Kigali and secondary cities across the country need. Musoni broke the ground in Batsinda, a suburb of Kigali, where the Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) will construct 609 dwelling units that will cost Rwf30 million each as the government and its partners seek to provide...
(News of Rwanda 02/27/15)
Rwanda’s economy recovered in the first three quarters of 2014 growing to 7.1 percent and is expected to continue momentum with projected growth of 7.5 in 2015 and 7.7 percent in 2016, according to the latest Rwanda Economic Updatepublished by the World Bank Group. “Managing Uncertainty for Growth and Poverty Reduction”, the seventh edition of the economic update attributed the robust growth in 2014 mainly to strong growth in the services, supported by increased government spending and agriculture along with...
(Xinhuanet 02/27/15)
WASHINGTON, Feb. (Xinhua) -- The United States reached a Cooperation Agreement with the East African Community (EAC), said the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on Thursday. Ambassador Michael Froman hailed the agreement "an important milestone" for Trade Africa, an initiative announced by President Barack Obama during a visit to Africa in 2013 to support greater U. S.-Africa trade and investment, beginning with the EAC. The Cooperation Agreement will build capacity in three key areas including trade facilitation, sanitary...
(The New Times 02/27/15)
The Rwf15 billion Treasury bond (TB) issued by the central bank on Wednesday has attracted more retail investors compared to the one issued in November. Of the 62 applications the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) received for the three-year TB, 39 were individuals and Savings and Credit Cooperatives (Saccos), representing 2.41 per cent of the total amount offered. Individual applicants were 22, while 17 were Saccos, BNR said in a statement on Tuesday. Banks and non-financial institutions were allocated the...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/27/15)
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has announced a one-year ban on the import of African ivory carvings ahead of next week's visit by Britain's Prince William, a strong critic of the ivory trade. China will halt approval for imports until late February next year, newsagency Xinhua reported on Thursday, citing the State Forestry Administration, which regulates the trade. The ban will affect carvings acquired after 1975, it added. Prince William has previously been critical of China over its consumption of ivory,...
(AFP (eng) 02/26/15)
Fearful villagers have been fleeing their homes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as the army pursues Rwandan Hutu rebels in a new offensive, a resident said on Thursday Troops have captured all positions of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) around Mulenge since it launched the offensive two days ago in the Uvira territory of South Kivu province, an officer told AFP by phone on Wednesday. A day later, "Mulenge and the surrounding villages have no...

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(Xinhuanet 03/04/15)
KAMPALA, March (Xinhua) -- Troops of the United States and their counterparts from Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Djibouti are conducting joint counter-terrorism exercise in the east Ugandan district of Jinja, U.S. embassy in Kampala said Tuesday. About 320 military personnel from these countries are participating in the annual joint exercise Eastern Accord, the embassy said in a statement. The exercise aims to improve participants' capability to counter violent extremist organizations and to enhance cooperation and coordination among participating partners, according to the statement. The Eastern African region has been facing threats from extremist organizations like the Somali militant group Al Shabaab which launched attacks in Kenya and Uganda.
(Xinhuanet 03/04/15)
UNITED NATIONS, March (Xinhua) -- The "priority" for the UN Security Council in March will be its four-day visit to Africa, followed by the renewal of the UN mission in the strife-torn Democratic Republic of Congo and a meeting on children in armed conflict, the council president for this month told reporters here Tuesday. "The first council priority for our presidency will be the council mission to Africa next week," said Ambassador Francois Delattre, France's permanent representative to the United Nations who held the rotating council presidency for March. "Our basic objective for this mission is to reiterate the commitment and ongoing attention we pay to the political transition and peacekeeping in Africa," he said at a press conference here...
(Voice of America 03/04/15)
JOHANNESBURG— The Southern African nations of Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia are three of the four recipients of the top award for African governance. The region has had its fair share of revolutions and crises, but is consistently ranked high in indices of good governance, and has managed to move ahead despite its challenges. The winners of the multi-million-dollar Mo Ibrahim Foundation African leadership prize are Namibia’s soon-to-depart President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Mozambique President Joaquim Chissano and Botswana President Festus Mogae. The only other winner has come from the tiny, remote West African island nation of Cape Verde.
(BBC News Africa 03/03/15)
An inquiry in Rwanda has recommended that the government initiate criminal and civil proceedings against the BBC over a documentary which questioned official accounts of the 1994 genocide. Inquiry head Martin Ngoga found that the documentary failed to meet the BBC's own editorial standards. The BBC says it is "extremely disappointed" by the findings. Rwanda suspended broadcasts by the BBC's Kinyarwanda language service after the TV documentary was aired. "We stand by our right to produce the independent journalism which...
(The Citizen 03/03/15)
Nairobi. The Aga Khan University (AKU) will this year open a graduate school of media and communication in Nairobi as part of a major expansion in East Africa. Other graduate schools are in the pipeline, specifically designed to advance a healthy civil society, the Aga Khan said on Monday. They include schools of Leadership and Management; Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism; Architecture and Human Settlements; Government, Civil Society and Public Policy; Economic Growth and Development; Law and Education. The schools are...
(Xinhuanet 03/03/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- A UN-backed wildlife project on Monday urged the international community to be serious about organized wildlife crime, the threat of which, it said, has been on the rise to wild species. The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) said wildlife and forest crime today has transformed into one of the largest transnational organized criminal activities alongside drug trafficking, arms, and trafficking in human beings. "Beyond immediate environmental impacts, the illegal trade in natural resources is depriving developing economies of billions of dollars in lost revenues," GRASP said in a statement received in Nairobi.
(Xinhuanet 03/03/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- Forensic experts from Sub-Saharan Africa on Monday sounded alarm over a spike in violence and sophisticated crime that threatens stability and development. Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for health James Macharia told a conference in Nairobi that African countries have witnessed an upsurge in violence, terrorism, rape and cross border crimes. "Africa is reeling from many disasters; rape cases, domestic violence, mass deaths in terrorist attacks and motor vehicle accidents. This calls for strengthening of our forensic capacity...
(Voice of America 03/02/15)
Rwanda’s attorney general said the government in Kigali is working with international partners and organizations to continue to pursue perpetrators of the country’s 1994 genocide. About 800,000 mainly minority Tutsi were killed during the country’s 100-day massacre. Attorney General Busingye Johnston said the government will not relent in efforts to ensure victims and survivors of the genocide receive justice. He said Rwanda is working with international partners, including the International Tribunal for Rwanda, the United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes...
(Ips News 03/02/15)
Johannesburg — The most persistent myth about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is that they are necessary to feed a growing global population. Highly effective marketing campaigns have drilled it into our heads that GMOs will produce more food on less land in an environmentally friendly manner. The mantra has been repeated so often that it is considered to be truth. Now this mantra has come to Africa, sung by the United States administration and multinational corporations like Monsanto, seeking to...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/15)
A popular singer in Rwanda known for his renditions of the national anthem was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday after being found guilty of plotting to kill Rwandan President Paul Kagame and other senior officials. Two others were also found guilty and jailed. The prosecution said the accused had worked with the South Africa-based opposition group, the Rwanda National Congress. Singer Kizito Mihigo was ordered jailed for 10 years, while Cassien Ntamuhanga, a journalist for Rwanda's Amazing...
(BBC News Africa 02/28/15)
A popular Rwandan singer has been jailed for 10 years after being convicted of planning to kill President Kagame and inciting hatred against the government. Kizito Mihigo had earlier said he was guilty and asked for forgiveness, meaning his sentence was reduced. His co-accused, Cassien Ntamuhanga, the director of a Christian radio station, was jailed for 25 years for terrorism and incitement. He had continued to deny all charges. Mihigo had admitted exchanging text messages with a South Africa-based opposition group, the Rwanda National Congress (RNC).
(Reuters (Eng) 02/28/15)
Nairobi — The World Bank is working with other development finance institutions to raise some $500 million to modernise weather and flood forecasting services in Africa. Daniel Kull, a disaster risk specialist with the World Bank, said it was talking to lenders, including the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank, about mobilising the funds to improve prediction, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. More accurate and timely warnings of extreme weather would help protect lives and assets from disasters, experts...
(The New Times 02/27/15)
The Minister for Infrastructure, James Musoni, yesterday launched the construction of 7,480 housing units in the City of Kigali and urged private entrepreneurs to pick interest in building the modern homes that Rwandans in both Kigali and secondary cities across the country need. Musoni broke the ground in Batsinda, a suburb of Kigali, where the Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) will construct 609 dwelling units that will cost Rwf30 million each as the government and its partners seek to provide...
(AFP (eng) 02/26/15)
Fearful villagers have been fleeing their homes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as the army pursues Rwandan Hutu rebels in a new offensive, a resident said on Thursday Troops have captured all positions of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) around Mulenge since it launched the offensive two days ago in the Uvira territory of South Kivu province, an officer told AFP by phone on Wednesday. A day later, "Mulenge and the surrounding villages have no...
(Ipp media 02/26/15)
The government is working to reduce work permit fees for teachers from the East Africa Community (EAC) partner states following a request by owners of private schools and colleges. However, the Tanzania Association of Managers and Owners of Non-Government Schools and Colleges (Tamongsco) is calling for an absolute abolition of the fee which is now perched at USD 2,500. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of East Africa Cooperation, Joyce Mapunjo told The Guardian earlier this week in Dar es Salaam...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/25/15)
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese government forces launched strikes against Rwandan Hutu rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, military officials said, in the first combat since last month's announcement of a campaign to stamp out the group. The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), whose ranks include former soldiers and Hutu militiamen responsible for Rwanda's 1994 genocide, have been at the center of nearly two decades of violence in eastern Congo. Tuesday's fighting took place in South...
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo has launched a long-awaited offensive against Rwandan Hutu rebels based in the eastern DRC. Congolese military sources say the operation against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) began Tuesday morning near the city of Uvira, in South Kivu province. Congo promised the offensive after the FDLR failed to meet a January 2 deadline to disarm. FDLR leaders were involved in Rwanda's 1994 genocide and the group is responsible for numerous killings in...
(The Citizen 02/25/15)
Dar es Salaam. The Aga Khan University has announced a $1 billion (Sh1.8 trillion) investment in education in East Africa. At the same time, the Aga Khan – the spiritual leader of Shia Ismaili Muslims – yesterday said Africa must move rapidly to establish and reinforce a healthy civil society to help improve quality of life. The investment, to be released over 15 years, will see new campuses and graduate schools in the region, with $700 million coming to Tanzania...
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
A new study suggests reforms to help improve United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world. It includes the better matching of mandates with mission capacity and resources, and clarifying expectations surrounding UN troop deployments. The goal of the report is to provide input to a UN review that will update peacekeeping operations. It sought feedback on potential reforms from stakeholders - including governments and policy makers -- in Africa and other world regions. New risks Among their concerns are new...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/24/15)
DDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The African Union on Monday urged the Congolese government to accept help from U.N. forces to defeat rebels in the country's east, after a row over human rights derailed plans for joint operations. Peacekeepers in the U.N.'s Congo mission, known as MONUSCO, had been due to support an operation against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) but suspended cooperation this month because two Congolese generals due to lead the campaign were accused of human rights abuses. President Joseph Kabila said last week that the operation had started without MONUSCO.

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(News of Rwanda 02/27/15)
Rwanda’s economy recovered in the first three quarters of 2014 growing to 7.1 percent and is expected to continue momentum with projected growth of 7.5 in 2015 and 7.7 percent in 2016, according to the latest Rwanda Economic Updatepublished by the World Bank Group. “Managing Uncertainty for Growth and Poverty Reduction”, the seventh edition of the economic update attributed the robust growth in 2014 mainly to strong growth in the services, supported by increased government spending and agriculture along with falling oil prices. “Falling oil prices are expected to contribute to lower inflation but also to a more stable exchange rate, an improved balance of payments, and smaller electricity subsidies. Moreover, economic stability in turn...
(Xinhuanet 02/27/15)
WASHINGTON, Feb. (Xinhua) -- The United States reached a Cooperation Agreement with the East African Community (EAC), said the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on Thursday. Ambassador Michael Froman hailed the agreement "an important milestone" for Trade Africa, an initiative announced by President Barack Obama during a visit to Africa in 2013 to support greater U. S.-Africa trade and investment, beginning with the EAC. The Cooperation Agreement will build capacity in three key areas including trade facilitation, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and technical barriers to trade, said the USTR. "By tackling tasks in important areas, this agreement will help us lift the burdens that trade barriers impose, unlocking opportunity on both our continents," said Froman. Trade between the...
(The New Times 02/27/15)
The Rwf15 billion Treasury bond (TB) issued by the central bank on Wednesday has attracted more retail investors compared to the one issued in November. Of the 62 applications the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) received for the three-year TB, 39 were individuals and Savings and Credit Cooperatives (Saccos), representing 2.41 per cent of the total amount offered. Individual applicants were 22, while 17 were Saccos, BNR said in a statement on Tuesday. Banks and non-financial institutions were allocated the...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/27/15)
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has announced a one-year ban on the import of African ivory carvings ahead of next week's visit by Britain's Prince William, a strong critic of the ivory trade. China will halt approval for imports until late February next year, newsagency Xinhua reported on Thursday, citing the State Forestry Administration, which regulates the trade. The ban will affect carvings acquired after 1975, it added. Prince William has previously been critical of China over its consumption of ivory,...
(Xinhuanet 02/26/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Sub-Saharan African countries will scale up investments in social programs like education and health to tackle poverty and inequality, ministers said on Wednesday Ministers, scholars and grassroot advocates attending a social development forum in Nairobi noted that endemic poverty, inequality and exclusion dims Africa's rising narrative. Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto opened the African ministerial forum that discussed innovative policy and funding options to accelerate socioeconomic transformation in the continent. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural...
(Xinhuanet 02/25/15)
LUSAKA, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Africa's main regional trade bloc, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), on Tuesday expressed concerns over its low share of trade with the United States despite the two sides have signed economic development agreements. The COMESA said it was unfortunate that both of its export and import with the U.S. remain low.
(Xinhuanet 02/25/15)
NAIROBI, Feb.(Xinhua) -- Negotiations have been finalized in preparation for the launch of Africa's largest free trade area in May, officials said on Tuesday. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Assistant Secretary Kipyego Cheluget told a media briefing in Nairobi that the free trade zone will result from merger of the East African Community (EAC), Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and COMESA. "All the 26 member states in the three trading blocs have expressed great political will...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- African experts and scholars have acclaimed China's aid to boost the development of the African continent as the West's fantastic theories like "neocolonialism" and "China is exploiting Africa's resources" are floating up. "When the West labels Chinese aid and infrastructural projects in Africa as neocolonial it is a question of sour grapes," Professor Munene Macharia, Lecturer of International Relations with Kenya-based United States International University, told Xinhua in an exclusive interview.
(Xinhuanet 02/24/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. (Xinhua) -- The African Union on Monday urged the continent's governments to embrace the use of science in order to transform its agricultural sector. African Union (AU) Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Rhoda Peace Tumusiime told an agricultural forum in Nairobi that all known advances in humanity are based on appropriate investment in science and technology. "The African continent should therefore prioritize the role of science in order to improve its agricultural productivity," Tumusiime said during the...
(In2 East Africa 02/23/15)
The National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) will on Wednesday issue a three-year Rwf15 billion bond, the fourth TB to be issued under government’s quarterly issuance programme. Emmanuel Rugamba, the operations supervisor at CDH Capital, a brokerage firm, said they are already receiving a lot of inquiries from individual investors and institutions. “There is high appetite for government paper if the huge interest from investors is anything to go by…I think the bond could be fully subscribed,” Rugamba told The New...
(Xinhuanet 02/23/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. (Xinhua) -- East African leaders have agreed to rapidly push forward the planned creation of a Monetary Union to boost trade by signing a new treaty to expand the mandate of a regional court to resolve trade and investment disputes. They also set July as the deadline for ensuring all previous treaties are fully implemented to pave the way for smooth regional trading. At the conclusion of week-long ministerial meetings ending up with a Heads of State Summit...
(The Citizen 02/23/15)
The commitment was made in Nairobi when the two organisations signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). Arusha. The East African Community (EAC) will partner with the World Conservation Union (IUCN) to promote sustainable use and protection of natural resources. The commitment was made in Nairobi when the two organisations signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). The agreement sets the stage for development of a mechanism for cooperation to promote the protection of the environment and sustainable use of the natural...
(Voice of America 02/23/15)
Commerce of the future will take place, increasingly, on the internet. But African countries worry they won’t be equipped to embrace this brave new digital world without help from outsiders and one another. Not enough Africans are getting online and developing websites, especially for businesses, delegates from the continent said earlier this month at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) conference in Singapore. “We are in an information economy and the internet is the currency of that economy,” ICANN fellow Onica Makwakwa of South Africa said.
(Xinhuanet 02/20/15)
KIGALI, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Francoise, a Rwandan business woman in a recent interview with Xinhua showed the thumbs-up sign as she talked about the proposed standard gauge railway line which will connect the East Africa in near future. She said that residents will no longer use buses to go to Kampala or Nairobi but would just commute by train as there will be less fatigue and the residents will have a community that indeed befits its name, coming together. "There...
(Xinhuanet 02/20/15)
KIGALI, Feb. (Xinhua) -- Rwanda expects to impose a new levy on goods imported from outside the East African Community (EAC) in order to raise funds to invest in the regional infrastructure projects. The draft law which seeks to introduce the new charge on imported commodities is yet to be tabled in parliament after being approved by the ministerial cabinet. According to the proposed law, all imported goods from outside EAC, except those exempted under the law, are subject to a levy of 1.5 percent on the customs value of imported goods. EAC is the regional intergovernmental organization composing of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.
(Bloomberg 02/20/15)
Pizza Hut knows a few things about fast expansion in emerging markets. In less than 25 years, the chain has added more than 1,300 restaurants across China. But Randall Blackford, the general manager of Pizza Hut’s operations in Africa, says the restaurant operator is taking its time expanding on the continent. In Africa, “we are a small company right now and will stay small for some time,” he says, eating pizza at one of his restaurants in Soweto township in...
(East African Business Week 02/19/15)
The government will adopt a new coffee policy which will help improve productivity, quality and research of the cash crop. “We want to analyze where we are coming from, where we have registered success and where we think we have fallen short, plus where we can improve given the emerging trends and new opportunities in the coffee sector,” the Chief Executive Officer, National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) Amb. George William Kayonga said. Kayonga was speaking at a one day conference...
(Xinhuanet 02/19/15)
NAIROBI, Feb. (Xinhua) -- The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) will assist six East Africa states to tap 500 MW of geothermal power in the next five years. Programme Manager for the UNEP's African Rift Geothermal Development Facility Meseret Zemedkun told Xinhua in Nairobi that it has set aside 4.7 million U.S. dollars to catalyze the growth of geothermal power in the region. "Our role will be to assist national governments to identify the exact location of their geothermal resources as...
(East African Business Week 02/19/15)
KIGALI, Rwanda - Rwanda hosted the first ever Capital Markets East Africa International Conference. The conference focused on market development in East Africa, opportunities and challenges faced by the industry. It aimed to figure out how to benefit not only in Rwanda or the East Africa but also the African continent on how to build a prosperous capital market that can help the private sector to flourish. Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Amb. Claver Gatete said: “This will...
(East African Business Week 02/19/15)
Equity Group Holdings, one of Kenya’s biggest banking concerns, last week became the fourth firm to cross-list on the Rwanda Stock Exchange joining the Uganda Securities Exchange and the Nairobi Stock Exchange. “This is a major milestone in our development plan of truly becoming an East African Bank,” Equity Group CEO and MD, Equity Bank Rwanda James Mwangi said during a news conference held at the just concluded Capital Markets East Africa Conference in Kigali. “This listing exhibits us as...

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(The New Times 02/27/15)
Newly appointed Ferwafa head of marketing and communications Jerome Dufourg believes that hosting the 2016 African Nations Championship (Chan) is going to be a catalyst for attracting sponsorship for all football activities in Rwanda. Dufourg, who has been tasked with guiding the football federation to independent funding rather than rely on Government, Fifa and Caf funding, expects companies to fight to come on board because of the potential visibility they will get from the event that will be held from January 16-February 7. In an exclusive interview with Times Sport, he said, “Chan is the second biggest football competition in Africa and I think in Europe, they will have only Euro so corporate companies will...
(BBC News Africa 02/26/15)
Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be postponed from January to June to help move the 2022 World Cup. A Fifa taskforce has recommended the World Cup is played in November and December to avoid Qatar's hot summer. "The African confederation has automatically and nicely agreed it will not organise the Nations Cup in January 2023," Valcke said. "It will have to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations to June." The 2022 World Cup is set to finish in late December and the African Cup had been scheduled to start in mid-January 2023. Valcke said the aim of postponing the continental event was "to avoid there being a release (from their clubs) of...
(The New Times 02/17/15)
Burundi's Amical Sportif de Bujumbura won the 2015 Kayumba Memorial men's volleyball title after defeating Kigali Volleyball Club by three sets to nil at GSOB in Huye District on Sunday. KVC were the defending champions-they beat Rayon Sport in the last year's final. Rwanda Revenue Authority won the women's title for the second year running after defeating Ruhango Volleyball Club 3-1 in the final. The students' category which was introduced this year was won by Saint Joseph Kabgayi after beating...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
MALABO, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt. According to the continental football body's statement, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana are competing to replace strife-riven Libya who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals for security concerns. The CAF also announced that the host nation will play games in the qualifiers, but its...
(SouthAfrica.info 01/19/15)
Top South African cycling outfit Team MTN-Qhubeka has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Tour de France - the first African team ever to do so in 101 years. The 22 teams riding in the race were announced by the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) last week. Along with the 17 World Tour teams, five wild card teams also issued - including one to the South African team. This year will be the first time in the race's 101...
(BBC News Africa 01/15/15)
An African-registered team will compete in the Tour de France for the first time this summer. The MTN-Qhubeka outfit from South Africa is one of five teams granted wildcard invitations alongside the 17 World Tour entries. The team has previously stated its desire to mark Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July with a specially-designed kit if it was invited to take part. The 102nd Tour gets under way in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 4 July. Grand Tour stage winners Edvald Boasson...
(Daily Trust 12/22/14)
Football without superstars is like tea without sugar, like bread without butter, or beans without dodo (fried plantain). We are in the season of celebrating the super stars, the players whose light has shone brightest in the football constellation. Next January, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will elect its winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014. The event has become very significant for the players because it shoots their status and profile sky high, onto a new pedestal of respect and prospect of additional fortune! In the final list of five players for the 2014 African award there are a few surprise inclusions.
(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...
(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...
(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...

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(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 Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) and Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) to create more exposure. Unlike the previous editions, this year’s festival under the theme, Limitless, will incorporate art groups such as...
(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 nation's vast desert for most of 2012. It was liberated in a military intervention led by former colonial power France, but sporadic violence remains a problem and it is still potentially one of the most dangerous parts of the region...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(BBC News Africa 03/03/15)
An inquiry in Rwanda has recommended that the government initiate criminal and civil proceedings against the BBC over a documentary which questioned official accounts of the 1994 genocide. Inquiry head Martin Ngoga found that the documentary failed to meet the BBC's own editorial standards. The BBC says it is "extremely disappointed" by the findings. Rwanda suspended broadcasts by the BBC's Kinyarwanda language service after the TV documentary was aired. "We stand by our right to produce the independent journalism which has made us the world's most trusted news source," the BBC said in a statement. It said the programme was still going through its editorial complaints process. "This process has not yet concluded but the...
(Voice of America 03/02/15)
Rwanda’s attorney general said the government in Kigali is working with international partners and organizations to continue to pursue perpetrators of the country’s 1994 genocide. About 800,000 mainly minority Tutsi were killed during the country’s 100-day massacre. Attorney General Busingye Johnston said the government will not relent in efforts to ensure victims and survivors of the genocide receive justice. He said Rwanda is working with international partners, including the International Tribunal for Rwanda, the United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, and Interpol, to locate and prosecute the fugitives he said played key roles in the genocide. “Those people have a case to answer and they have been out there on the run. Some of them are in places we...
(BBC News Africa 02/28/15)
A popular Rwandan singer has been jailed for 10 years after being convicted of planning to kill President Kagame and inciting hatred against the government. Kizito Mihigo had earlier said he was guilty and asked for forgiveness, meaning his sentence was reduced. His co-accused, Cassien Ntamuhanga, the director of a Christian radio station, was jailed for 25 years for terrorism and incitement. He had continued to deny all charges. Mihigo had admitted exchanging text messages with a South Africa-based opposition group, the Rwanda National Congress (RNC).
(BBC News Africa 02/26/15)
Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be postponed from January to June to help move the 2022 World Cup. A Fifa taskforce has recommended the World Cup is played in November and December to avoid Qatar's hot summer. "The African confederation has automatically and nicely agreed it will not organise the Nations Cup in January 2023," Valcke said. "It will have to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations to June." The 2022 World...
(BBC News Africa 02/25/15)
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has launched an attack against Rwandan Hutu rebels in the east of the country. Ministers had previously pledged to target the FDLR militants after they failed to meet a deadline to disarm last month. Hutu rebels were involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. UN peacekeepers in DR Congo withdrew an offer to support the operation because two government generals are suspected of human rights abuses. Tuesday's attack took place in the eastern South Kivu...
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
The Democratic Republic of Congo has launched a long-awaited offensive against Rwandan Hutu rebels based in the eastern DRC. Congolese military sources say the operation against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) began Tuesday morning near the city of Uvira, in South Kivu province. Congo promised the offensive after the FDLR failed to meet a January 2 deadline to disarm. FDLR leaders were involved in Rwanda's 1994 genocide and the group is responsible for numerous killings in...
(Voice of America 02/25/15)
A new study suggests reforms to help improve United Nations peacekeeping operations around the world. It includes the better matching of mandates with mission capacity and resources, and clarifying expectations surrounding UN troop deployments. The goal of the report is to provide input to a UN review that will update peacekeeping operations. It sought feedback on potential reforms from stakeholders - including governments and policy makers -- in Africa and other world regions. New risks Among their concerns are new...
(Voice of America 02/23/15)
Commerce of the future will take place, increasingly, on the internet. But African countries worry they won’t be equipped to embrace this brave new digital world without help from outsiders and one another. Not enough Africans are getting online and developing websites, especially for businesses, delegates from the continent said earlier this month at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) conference in Singapore. “We are in an information economy and the internet is the currency of that economy,” ICANN fellow Onica Makwakwa of South Africa said.
(Bloomberg 02/20/15)
Pizza Hut knows a few things about fast expansion in emerging markets. In less than 25 years, the chain has added more than 1,300 restaurants across China. But Randall Blackford, the general manager of Pizza Hut’s operations in Africa, says the restaurant operator is taking its time expanding on the continent. In Africa, “we are a small company right now and will stay small for some time,” he says, eating pizza at one of his restaurants in Soweto township in...
(Bloomberg 02/19/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Mondelez International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, is seeking to boost African coffee output 50 percent by mid-2017 as part of a $200 million global program aimed at farmers of the bean. The project, called Coffee Made Happy, began this month in Africa with assistance for 24,000 Ethiopian small-holder farms, the company said on Wednesday. Deerfield, Illinois-based Mondelez’s initiative gives training in agronomy, financial literacy and promoting coffee farming to youth and women, he said. It plans to reach a million farmers worldwide over the next five years.
(Bloomberg 02/18/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Mo Ibrahim, a Sudanese-born billionaire philanthropist, says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has once again painted the entire continent as a disaster zone. It’s a perception he’s been working to dispel since selling his African mobile-phone network for $3.4 billion in 2005 and founding the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to promote honest and accountable government. His primary tool: data. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance measures how well nations are developing their economies, safeguarding rights and guaranteeing the...
(Voice of America 02/18/15)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday that 933 people had arrived on the island of Lampedusa over the previous 24 hours. These latest arrivals, thought to be African or Syrian, were among some 3,800 migrants rescued at sea since last Friday, according to IOM. More than 640 rescued migrants were taken to the town of Porto Empedocle on Sicily. According to Italy’s Ministry of Interior, 3,528 migrants arrived in the country by sea in January. Totals for February...
(Bloomberg 02/17/15)
(Bloomberg) -- The rout in commodity prices to the lowest in 12 years will spur deeper spending cuts by the world’s biggest mining companies in Africa, hurting a region more reliant on mineral exports than any other on the planet. Miners will scale back spending by $20 billion this year, according to Macquarie Group Ltd., as they cut growth plans amid waning demand for raw materials. With projects planned during the decade-long commodities boom now being shelved, Africa is likely...
(Bloomberg 02/17/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd., a Dublin-based clean-energy developer, and Actis LLP agreed to work together to develop $1.9 billion of solar and wind power projects across Africa. Their venture, called Lekela Power, intends to provide 700 megawatts to 900 megawatts of wind and solar power by 2018 and is 40 percent owned by Mainstream and 60 percent by Actis, Barry Lynch, Mainstream’s managing director of onshore procurement, construction and operations, said today by e-mail. They expect an investment...
(Voice of America 02/16/15)
ROME—Italy's coast guard went to the rescue of at least 1,000 migrants in difficulty in the sea between Europe and North Africa on Sunday, the third operation of its kind in as many days. The coast guard said it had plucked more than 130 people from two rubber boats about 180 kilometers (110 miles) south of the island of Lampedusa so far, and was working to save eight more vessels. “We are certainly at more than 1,000 migrants” involved in...
(Voice of America 02/12/15)
NAIROBI— Crowdfunding is a way to raise money from a large number of people via the Internet to fund a project. The concept is well established in the West, but is still new in Africa. A World Bank project in Kenya has launched a mentorship program to help business owners take advantage of crowdfunding, which some say could help replace the kind of aid they currently receive from NGOs. Marion Moon started her organic fertilizer business, Wanda Organic, three years...
(Voice of America 02/11/15)
Italian authorities say at least 29 African migrants have died of hypothermia while crossing the Mediterranean in freezing weather and rough seas. The Italian coast guard says it found seven people dead when it answered a distress call from the migrants' boat off Libya late Sunday. It says 22 others died on a vessel that brought the migrants to the island of Lampedusa through waves as tall as nine meters high. All 29 victims were men from sub-Saharan Africa. Another...
(Voice of America 02/10/15)
 
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WASHINGTON— Energy experts say there is an urgent need for more public and private investment to bring more electricity to Africa. They say governments need to work with the private sector to bridge power capacity gaps. While sub-Saharan Africa has enormous untapped resources of gas, oil, coal, geothermal, solar, hydro and wind power, World Bank experts say one out of three Africans lives without electricity. Stephen Njiru, a director of Kenya’s Geothermal Development Company and an energy advisor to the...
(Voice of America 02/07/15)
GENEVA— February 6 is International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, and the World Health Organization is joining a chorus of voices demanding an end to this injurious procedure, still widely practiced in the developing world. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a dangerous procedure that can cause severe physical problems, including complications in childbirth, maternal deaths, heavy bleeding, and infertility. It also can result in psychological and sexual problems. The international community considers FGM to be a gross...
(The Guardian 02/06/15)
Potentially lethal methane at the bottom of Lake Kivu is being harnessed to solve Rwanda’s energy poverty, but the project needed complex funding agreements to get off the ground. In 1984 37 people died on the road leading past Lake Monoun in western Cameroon. Survivors reported seeing a foul-smelling cloud of white gas, which crept low along the floor. Victims’ bodies were covered in blisters. Was someone testing chemical weapons? The US government immediately dispatched a team of scientists to...

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