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Tuesday 28 July 2015

Rwanda

(Voice of America 07/28/15)
President Barack Obama is closing his East African trip Tuesday, becoming the first sitting American leader to address the African Union headquarters in the Ethiopian capital. His remarks at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa follow a meeting with AU Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and a tour of a food processing factory. Obama met Monday with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn for what he called "frank discussions" that included urging the government to allow journalists and opposition parties to operate more freely. He said creating space for those voices "will strengthen rather than inhibit" the ruling party's agenda. Hailemariam said Ethiopia is committed to improving human rights and governance. "Our commitment to democracy is...
(East African Business Week 07/27/15)
Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania are looking for investors to participate in building of new 1,661km standard gauge railway expected to cost about $7.6 billion. The partners, through the Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA), are seeking expressions of interest from firms to finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the railway under a public private partnership. Kenya is already building an SGR. Sources privy to the project said Rwanda is considering shifting from the longer SGR rail set to traverse Kenya and Uganda to the proposed shorter Central Corridor facility from Dar es Salaam to Isaka in northern Tanzania. Expression of interest for the Dar es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali-Keza-Musongati (DIKKM) rail
(The New Times 07/27/15)
Former U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs Jendayi Frazer has strongly criticized western countries for repeatedly abusing the principle of Universal Jurisdiction, citing last month’s arrest in the United Kingdom of Lt Gen Emmanuel Karenzi Karake as one of the latest examples of “new paternalism and barbarism”. In an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal on Friday, Frazer, who was America’s top Africa diplomat from 2005-2009, questioned the arrest of the Rwandan intelligence chief, saying the...
(The Rwanda Focus 07/27/15)
Last Friday the US dollar was selling at 800 francs in some forex bureaux, that is if any (dollars) could be found at all. The official central bank rate quoted the dollar at Frw 729; but businesses have gotten used to the fact one can't find the American currency anywhere in Rwanda at the officially listed price, since the current dollar crisis began. Some in the private sector have taken to speculating that if things remain how they are -...
(The Christian Science Monitor 07/27/15)
President Obama pledged $1 billion to support entrepreneurship projects worldwide, with half earmarked for women and youth. President Barack Obama has announced the expansion of entrepreneurial centers in Africa that will benefit 1,600 women entrepreneurs. These community centers, offering resources, education, and training, are expected to create 7,194 new jobs and 630 certified female mentors by October 2016, according to the State Department. Speaking on Saturday at the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, the president announced a...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/15)
US President Barack Obama defended his "Power Africa" initiative against claims that the $7 billion plan has failed to achieve its goal of doubling access to electricity in Africa. "We are well on our way," Obama said as he met five vendors in Nairobi using solar technology to further the project's goal of creating 30,000 megawatts of "new, cleaner electricity generation capacity". In 2013 Obama launched the initiative to much fanfare, but reports have suggested that it has so far...
(The New Times 07/24/15)
The People’s Republic of China has agreed to boost its support to Rwanda’s energy sector through the Hangzhou Regional Centre for Small Hydropower (HRC). Officiating at a closing ceremony of a China-sponsored training, Li Yaohong, the economic and commercial counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Kigali, said China will continue to contribute to developing energy sector in Rwanda. “Hydropower plays an important role in China’s economy; we hope our experience would help Rwanda,” he said. At least 25 engineers from...
(APA 07/24/15)
Without much prediction or anticipation, the Managing Director of Rwanda’s I&M Bank, Sanjeev Anand, has on Thursday resigned from his role, in a move that observers anticipate might affect the bank’s operations.The bank, which as of June 2013 was the second largest financial services provider in Rwanda with total assets of about $198 million is set to seek for a replacement in due time before shareholders start to get worried. Sanjeev has been heading the Bank’s 15-member top management team...
(In2 East Africa 07/24/15)
Since inception, Rwanda’s capital market has been able to mobilise capital worth RwF 196 billion (USD 235 Million) both in equities and bonds. Today, the Rwanda Stock Exhange market capitalization stands at RwF 3.1 trillion (USD 4.2 billion). The Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning established the Capital Market Advisory Council (CMAC) in 2007 as a transitional body to assist in the creation of a capital market. In 2011, Capital Market Authority (CMA) was born...
(New Vision 07/24/15)
The central bank indicated that many insurance firms under price motor insurance and medical premiums to win clients, a vice that has significantly affected the sector’s performance. The private insurance companies’ underwriting losses stood at Rwf188 million, while the total premiums written was Rwf15.7 billion in March this year, the regulator indicated in the report. BNR governor John Rwangombwa attributed the loss largely to price undercutting of motor insurance covers by some insurers, noting that there were new cases of...
(Voice of America 07/24/15)
An African Union (AU) official said President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya and Ethiopia is good news for the continent, and East Africa in particular. AU Commission deputy chairperson Erastus Mwencha said in addition to Obama coming to see his extended family, the president is also coming on a business trip - he’s being accompanied by over a thousand business executives who will take part in a global business summit. He said Africa is looking for ways to strengthen economic...
(CNN 07/23/15)
President Barack Obama's arrival this week in Kenya will be an emotional and historic moment. His visit to the land of his father's birth will be a celebration of the growing ties between African nations and the United States. Meanwhile, Americans and Africans are today being drawn together as never before by our common fight against poverty and conflict, by the threat of terrorism, and most of all by exciting new economic possibilities. But instead of a victory lap for...
(AFP (eng) 07/22/15)
President Barack Obama's keenly-awaited trip to Africa this week comes as the US superpower's military footprint on the continent is growing. But US diplomatic and trade ties in Africa have not kept pace with defense cooperation, and lag far behind those of Europe and China. - Targeted military presence - Compared to its large-scale bases in Europe and Korea, and ongoing operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan -- the US deployment in Africa is discreet. Indeed, the US military's...
(East African Business Week 07/21/15)
KIGALI, RWANDA - Telecom firm, MTN Rwanda shareholders, Crystal Telecom has listed at the Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE), making it the first private sector company listing at the exchange. Prior to the listing, there were six firms trading their equities at RSE, two of which are domestic firms; Bralirwa and Bank of Kigali (BK). However, during the latter two firms’ IPOs a couple of years ago, it was the Rwandan government off-loading its shares in the firms. Jack Kayonga, the...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/21/15)
Hollywood actor George Clooney launched an initiative on Monday to track down and help bring to justice those funding and profiting from Africa's deadliest conflicts in a bid to fight corruption in war zones. Clooney joined forces with U.S. human rights activist John Prendergast in a project called The Sentry that aims to investigate the flow of money in and out of conflict zones and give policymakers the tools to take effective action. Using data collection, field research and analysis technology, the initiative plans to expose how conflict is financed and profits laundered, with a website encouraging people to anonymously
(AFP (eng) 07/20/15)
Rwandan lawmakers began a national tour Monday consulting people on possible constitutional changes to allow strongman Paul Kagame a third term in power, parliament speaker Donatilla Mukabalisa said. Last week both houses in parliament voted in support of a constitutional change, backing a petition signed by millions of citizens. "All lawmakers will go to consult with the population... to ask them their opinion about the amendment - what they expect from this reform," Mukabalisa told AFP. Over 3.7 million people...
(CNN 07/18/15)
In Africa, tea is big business. From the year-round plantations in Kenya to the centuries-old bushes in Malawi, the continent has a rich and growing tradition when it comes to crafting the perfect brew. We look at some of the biggest tea-producing countries in the continent, and explore what makes their blend quite so special. Kenya Kenya isn't only the largest tea producer in Africa, it's one of the biggest exporters in the world. While the country trails behind China...
(AFP (eng) 07/16/15)
A Rwandan opposition group on Thursday decried what it said was a "sharp deterioration of prison conditions" for its jailed president, Victoire Ingabire, although authorities in Rwanda dismissed the complaint as purely political. Ingabire was sentenced in December 2013 to 15 years in jail for "conspiracy in harming authorities through terrorism and war" and for playing down Rwanda's 1994 genocide, in which at least 800,000 people were killed by Hutu extremists. She returned to Rwanda in 2010 to run for...
(The New Times 07/16/15)
Rwanda could see increased interest from foreign investors following a favourable ranking by the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitive Report 2014-2015, economists and private sector players predict. Rwanda is the most efficiently governed country in Africa and seventh globally, according to the new ranking released this week. “Rwanda’s strong showing was secured, thanks, in large part, to the low level of waste in government spending,” says WEF summary report in part. The survey, which ranked over 140 countries, takes...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/16/15)
Africa is likely to benefit from weak global growth by attracting more investment that will drive its development, experts said at a financing conference in Ethiopia on Wednesday. Investors have been pouring money into Africa in recent years, buoyed by its strong economic growth and improved governance amid slow growth in Europe, China and the United States. "As the global economy continues to be sluggish and large emerging markets slow down, clearly the future is on this continent," African Development...

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(The New Times 07/27/15)
Former U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs Jendayi Frazer has strongly criticized western countries for repeatedly abusing the principle of Universal Jurisdiction, citing last month’s arrest in the United Kingdom of Lt Gen Emmanuel Karenzi Karake as one of the latest examples of “new paternalism and barbarism”. In an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal on Friday, Frazer, who was America’s top Africa diplomat from 2005-2009, questioned the arrest of the Rwandan intelligence chief, saying the Spanish indictment that led to the incident was based on “false and unsubstantiated” allegations. Karake was arrested at Heathrow airport in London on June 20 on his way back home from an official mission, an...
(The Christian Science Monitor 07/27/15)
President Obama pledged $1 billion to support entrepreneurship projects worldwide, with half earmarked for women and youth. President Barack Obama has announced the expansion of entrepreneurial centers in Africa that will benefit 1,600 women entrepreneurs. These community centers, offering resources, education, and training, are expected to create 7,194 new jobs and 630 certified female mentors by October 2016, according to the State Department. Speaking on Saturday at the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, the president announced a billion dollars in new investment for emerging entrepreneurs around the world, with half the money going to support women and young people. "Women are powerhouse entrepreneurs," said President Obama. "The research shows that when women entrepreneurs succeed, they drive economic...
(New Vision 07/24/15)
The central bank indicated that many insurance firms under price motor insurance and medical premiums to win clients, a vice that has significantly affected the sector’s performance. The private insurance companies’ underwriting losses stood at Rwf188 million, while the total premiums written was Rwf15.7 billion in March this year, the regulator indicated in the report. BNR governor John Rwangombwa attributed the loss largely to price undercutting of motor insurance covers by some insurers, noting that there were new cases of...
(AFP (eng) 07/22/15)
President Barack Obama's keenly-awaited trip to Africa this week comes as the US superpower's military footprint on the continent is growing. But US diplomatic and trade ties in Africa have not kept pace with defense cooperation, and lag far behind those of Europe and China. - Targeted military presence - Compared to its large-scale bases in Europe and Korea, and ongoing operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan -- the US deployment in Africa is discreet. Indeed, the US military's...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/21/15)
Hollywood actor George Clooney launched an initiative on Monday to track down and help bring to justice those funding and profiting from Africa's deadliest conflicts in a bid to fight corruption in war zones. Clooney joined forces with U.S. human rights activist John Prendergast in a project called The Sentry that aims to investigate the flow of money in and out of conflict zones and give policymakers the tools to take effective action. Using data collection, field research and analysis technology, the initiative plans to expose how conflict is financed and profits laundered, with a website encouraging people to anonymously
(AFP (eng) 07/10/15)
Burundian soldiers clashed with gunmen Friday in a northern region near Rwanda, a local official and the military said, in the latest violence ahead of controversial elections due next week. The crisis in Burundi revolves around President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid to stand for a third straight five-year term, which his opponents say is unconstitutional and violates a peace deal that ended a dozen years of civil war in 2006. Army spokesman Colonel Gaspard Baratuza reported shooting and "a situation of...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/10/15)
Africa's fledgling insurance scheme covering governments against drought expects to add five countries this year, expanding its client base to nine nations, and plans to offer insurance for tropical cyclones and floods from next May. In its first year of operation, African Risk Capacity (ARC), an African Union agency, insured Niger, Senegal, Mauritania and Kenya for $129 million in total losses, and paid out $26.3 million after three West African states suffered low rainfall. Senegal, Niger and Mauritania are using the money to distribute food and transfer cash to more than 1.3 million people...
(AFP (eng) 07/08/15)
Rwanda's Green Party, the country's tiny but main opposition, complained Wednesday it was having trouble finding a lawyer to handle its challenge to moves to allow President Paul Kagame stand for a third term. The Rwandan constitution, which was adopted in 2003, limits the number of presidential terms to two, and therefore bars Kagame -- who was elected first in 2003 and again in 2010 -- to stand for a third term. But officials last month said parliament would soon debate a change to the constitution in response to what Kagame's aides have described as "popular demand" for the strongman and former rebel leader to stay.
(East African Business Week 07/08/15)
The quality of primary health care in Rwanda will be strengthened by the Kingdom of Belgium through a new program dubbed ‘UBUZIMA BURAMBYWE’ (health services). Belgium extended to the government a grant of euro 35.5million. Euro 21million will go to the health sector while euro14.5 million if for decentralization which is another area Belgium has been actively supporting. Arnout Pauwels, the Belgian Ambassador to Rwanda said last week, “This programme has a special focus on institutional strengthening, the integration of...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/15)
Groggy on their paws after waking from tranquillizers, lions have returned to Rwanda for the first time since the endangered animal was wiped out following the country's 1994 genocide. Seven lions -- two males and five females -- were transported in a marathon 30-hour journey from South Africa - first by air, then the final stretch by road to Rwanda's eastern Akagera National Park. Schoolgirls sang outside the park in Akagera, a 112,000-hectare (276,800-acre) park bordering Tanzania, welcoming the predators...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/15)
Groggy on their paws after waking from tranquillizers, lions have returned to Rwanda for the first time since the endangered animal was wiped out following the country's 1994 genocide. Seven lions -- two males and five females -- were transported in a marathon 30-hour journey from South Africa - first by air, then the final stretch by road to Rwanda's eastern Akagera National Park. Schoolgirls sang outside the park in Akagera, a 112,000-hectare (276,800-acre) park bordering Tanzania, welcoming the predators...
(The Guardian 07/06/15)
Seven big cats transported from South Africa to Akagera national park, with park officials now working to reintroduce rhinos. Groggy on their paws after waking from tranquillisers, lions have returned to Rwanda for the first time since the endangered animal was wiped out following the country’s 1994 genocide. Seven lions (two males and five females) were transported in a 30-hour journey from South Africa – first by air, then the final stretch by road – to Rwanda’s eastern Akagera national...
(Times Live 07/06/15)
Groggy on their paws after waking from tranquillizers, lions have returned to Rwanda for the first time since the endangered animal was wiped out following the country's 1994 genocide. Seven lions - two males and five females - were transported in a marathon 30-hour journey from South Africa - first by air, then the final stretch by road to Rwanda's eastern Akagera National Park. Schoolgirls sang outside the park in Akagera, a 112,000-hectare (276,800-acre) park bordering Tanzania, welcoming the predators...
(Tanzania Daily News 07/03/15)
Kibaha — A biolarvicide plant, the first of its kind in Africa, was launched here amid hopes that the country was on the right track towards winning the war against the deadly malaria. President Jakaya Kikwete and visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn inaugurated the plant that will produce environmental friendly biolarvicides to destroy mosquito larvae in the breading area, without any negative effect on humans and animals. President Kikwete reiterated the country's zero- tolerance against malaria, saying he will leave office in October a happiest man, having been assured that Tanzanians are safe as far as malaria was concerned.
(Reuters (Eng) 07/02/15)
Rwanda reintroduced lions, flown in from South Africa, to its Akagera National Park this week after the last indigenous animal was spotted in 2006 and plans to add rhinos within a year as it bids to draw more tourists, park officials said. Safaris are a lucrative business in east Africa and the so-called "Big Five", which include lions and rhinos, are usually star attractions for visitors. The other three - leopards, buffalo and elephant - already roam in Akagera. Rwanda,...
(Ipp media 07/01/15)
The East African Community (EAC) partner states have been challenged to make a declaration to allow non-governmental organisations and individuals to bring cases before the Arusha-based African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR). Addressing about 30-member delegation of the Kenya’s International Peace Keeping Training Centre (IPSTC) and the National Steering Committee (NSC) yesterday, the AfCHPR’s President Justice Augustino Ramadhani said that the African Court was based in East Africa and East African countries should take a lead in ratifying...
(The New Times 07/01/15)
Africa's high growth in the past decade has created only a few jobs and the continent's share of exports in international trade has reduced from 5.9 per cent in 1980 to 3.3 per cent in 2013, the 2015 Economic Report on Africa (ERA) says. The report, launched in Kigali, yesterday, says employment in Africa grew at an annual average of 2.9 per cent from 1991 to 2012, and although comparatively higher than other regions such as Latin America, it's not enough considering that Africa also has the highest population growth rates in the world.
(African arguments 07/01/15)
Of the numerous concepts which have influenced Black Africa since the wave of independence in the 1960s, pan-Africanism is, after democracy, probably the most popular. Paradoxically, the continent remains the least integrated in the world and continues to experience outbreaks of xenophobic violence. Historically, the first pan-African movement, founded in the late 19th century, was a search for a common identity: 'pan-Negrism'. The aim was to unite black people across the world in order to fight slavery and colonialism. Pioneers...
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
U.S. intelligence agencies are considering whether to provide information, analysis and possibly tactical lessons to African governments about how to attack wildlife poaching networks, according to a top official. “We are looking for opportunities” where “we can contribute,” Terrance Ford, the national intelligence manager for Africa in the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said in an interview last week. “We haven’t settled on” the next opportunity, but “it’s an issue of where we can make a difference,”...
(AFP (eng) 06/27/15)
Burundi journalist union president Alexandre Niyungeko sits at a computer in a cafe in Rwanda. He should be busy covering his country's key parliamentary elections on Monday. Yet, like scores of fellow journalists, as well as civil society activists and opposition politicians, he fled weeks of pre-election unrest to Kigali, capital of neighbouring Rwanda. Around 70 people have been killed in weeks of opposition protests that have been brutally suppressed, triggering an exodus of around 127,000 into neighbouring countries. Tightly...

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(East African Business Week 07/27/15)
Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania are looking for investors to participate in building of new 1,661km standard gauge railway expected to cost about $7.6 billion. The partners, through the Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA), are seeking expressions of interest from firms to finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the railway under a public private partnership. Kenya is already building an SGR. Sources privy to the project said Rwanda is considering shifting from the longer SGR rail set to traverse Kenya and Uganda to the proposed shorter Central Corridor facility from Dar es Salaam to Isaka in northern Tanzania. Expression of interest for the Dar es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali-Keza-Musongati (DIKKM) rail
(The Rwanda Focus 07/27/15)
Last Friday the US dollar was selling at 800 francs in some forex bureaux, that is if any (dollars) could be found at all. The official central bank rate quoted the dollar at Frw 729; but businesses have gotten used to the fact one can't find the American currency anywhere in Rwanda at the officially listed price, since the current dollar crisis began. Some in the private sector have taken to speculating that if things remain how they are - scarcity of dollars leading to unmet demand for the US currency - the psychological barrier of 1000 francs to the dollar could be breached. This is the worry of manufacturers and importers who have been feeling helpless as they are...
(The New Times 07/24/15)
The People’s Republic of China has agreed to boost its support to Rwanda’s energy sector through the Hangzhou Regional Centre for Small Hydropower (HRC). Officiating at a closing ceremony of a China-sponsored training, Li Yaohong, the economic and commercial counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Kigali, said China will continue to contribute to developing energy sector in Rwanda. “Hydropower plays an important role in China’s economy; we hope our experience would help Rwanda,” he said. At least 25 engineers from...
(APA 07/24/15)
Without much prediction or anticipation, the Managing Director of Rwanda’s I&M Bank, Sanjeev Anand, has on Thursday resigned from his role, in a move that observers anticipate might affect the bank’s operations.The bank, which as of June 2013 was the second largest financial services provider in Rwanda with total assets of about $198 million is set to seek for a replacement in due time before shareholders start to get worried. Sanjeev has been heading the Bank’s 15-member top management team...
(In2 East Africa 07/24/15)
Since inception, Rwanda’s capital market has been able to mobilise capital worth RwF 196 billion (USD 235 Million) both in equities and bonds. Today, the Rwanda Stock Exhange market capitalization stands at RwF 3.1 trillion (USD 4.2 billion). The Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning established the Capital Market Advisory Council (CMAC) in 2007 as a transitional body to assist in the creation of a capital market. In 2011, Capital Market Authority (CMA) was born...
(Voice of America 07/24/15)
An African Union (AU) official said President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya and Ethiopia is good news for the continent, and East Africa in particular. AU Commission deputy chairperson Erastus Mwencha said in addition to Obama coming to see his extended family, the president is also coming on a business trip - he’s being accompanied by over a thousand business executives who will take part in a global business summit. He said Africa is looking for ways to strengthen economic...
(East African Business Week 07/21/15)
KIGALI, RWANDA - Telecom firm, MTN Rwanda shareholders, Crystal Telecom has listed at the Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE), making it the first private sector company listing at the exchange. Prior to the listing, there were six firms trading their equities at RSE, two of which are domestic firms; Bralirwa and Bank of Kigali (BK). However, during the latter two firms’ IPOs a couple of years ago, it was the Rwandan government off-loading its shares in the firms. Jack Kayonga, the...
(CNN 07/18/15)
In Africa, tea is big business. From the year-round plantations in Kenya to the centuries-old bushes in Malawi, the continent has a rich and growing tradition when it comes to crafting the perfect brew. We look at some of the biggest tea-producing countries in the continent, and explore what makes their blend quite so special. Kenya Kenya isn't only the largest tea producer in Africa, it's one of the biggest exporters in the world. While the country trails behind China...
(The New Times 07/16/15)
Rwanda could see increased interest from foreign investors following a favourable ranking by the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitive Report 2014-2015, economists and private sector players predict. Rwanda is the most efficiently governed country in Africa and seventh globally, according to the new ranking released this week. “Rwanda’s strong showing was secured, thanks, in large part, to the low level of waste in government spending,” says WEF summary report in part. The survey, which ranked over 140 countries, takes...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/16/15)
Africa is likely to benefit from weak global growth by attracting more investment that will drive its development, experts said at a financing conference in Ethiopia on Wednesday. Investors have been pouring money into Africa in recent years, buoyed by its strong economic growth and improved governance amid slow growth in Europe, China and the United States. "As the global economy continues to be sluggish and large emerging markets slow down, clearly the future is on this continent," African Development...
(BBC News Africa 07/15/15)
Sub-Saharan Africa will get its first Starbucks next year, as part of a new deal between the US coffee giant and a South African franchiser. The first branch is due to open in Johannesburg in 2016, with more locations to follow, its partner Taste Holdings said in a statement. Starbucks, which has 22,000 outlets worldwide, will face local competition. Global brands are increasingly entering the African market to take advantage of the continent's growing middle class. "The coffee market here...
(In2 East Africa 07/09/15)
The Rwanda’s Capital Market Authority (CMA) nurtures the wealth by facilitating the development of an orderly, fair, transparent and efficient capital market. Also CMA guides the development of a capital market industry in Rwanda. The government of Rwanda has continued to support an enabling environment for the development of the capital market through opportunities presented by development plans. Capital market is one of the emerging opportunities for economic transformation in the second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy. The Executive Director of CMA, Robert Mathu on deepening the market and attract more listings stressed that “Presently we are doing a lot of public awareness
(The New Times 07/09/15)
DHL Express, a global logistics firm, signed a deal with the Rwanda government, in which it will invest 3 million euros to build the logistics facility at the Kigali International Airport. The project that starts next month looks to increase the country’s connectivity and access to quality logistical services. Charles Brewer, the managing director for DHL Express sub-Saharan Africa, shared with The New Times’ Peterson Tumwebaze about the project and the logistics sector in Rwanda and Africa generally: DHL is...
(Forbes 07/09/15)
China’s interest in Africa is often said to come on the back of colonial aspirations. Newspaper headlines scream that Chinese firms, backed by the powerful and deep-pocketed Chinese state, will mop-up Africa’s business opportunities to the detriment of Western and indigenous firms. Given these developments, is it possible for Africa to benefit from increasing Chinese investments in Africa? While it is easy to conclude that China is taking over and ‘colonizing’ Africa when one sees ‘Made in China’ goods in...
(East African Business Week 07/08/15)
Rwanda’s Finance and Economic Planning Minister, Amb. Claver Gatete has said Rwanda wants to become the top regional hub for services. “We aim at becoming the services sector hub for the region, but that does not mean we have any intentions to abandon the industrial sector,” Gatete said recently. He was speaking during the dissemination flagship publication for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Economic Report on Africa 2015 held in Kigali The theme was, ‘Industrializing through...
(The Wall Street Journal 07/08/15)
From H&M to Calvin Klein, brands look to Ethiopian factories where pay is as low as $21 a month. At the Radisson Blu hotel here last year, a senior fashion executive met with several of his top Asian apparel suppliers. His plea: Open for business in Africa. “Africa is a huge opportunity to demonstrate how the industry can work together,” said Colin Browne, managing director of product supply and Asian sourcing for VF Corp., which owns such brands as Lee,...
(PRI 07/07/15)
In South Africa, major cities are subject to regular power outages as electric utility Eskom periodically shuts down parts of its distribution system to take the pressure off the aging national grid. Whole areas of Cape Town and Johannesburg are without power for hours at a time, a “last resort” Eskom is forced to resort to on a regular basis. In Nigeria, the country’s biggest wireless service provider, MTN, has said it may have to shut down its services temporarily...
(RFI(EN) 07/02/15)
Trade is the focus of a three-day visit to France that Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang started on Tuesday. Beyond deals with French companies, China and France are expected to sign an agreement on joint infrastructure projects in Asia and Africa. "China is becoming aware that the situation is more complicated than it initially seemed in Africa, and it is realising that it has a lot to learn from countries that have experience on the continent," Alice Ekman, of the French Institute for Foreign Relations (IFRI), told RFI.
(Ips News 06/30/15)
Berlin — In a major paradigm shift, the German government is now placing its bets on digitalisation for its development cooperation policy with Africa, under what it calls a Strategic Partnership for a 'Digital Africa'. According to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), "through a new strategic partnership in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), German development cooperation will be joining forces with the private sector to support the development and sustainable management of Digital Africa's potential."
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
North America has a population of about 500 million, and two-fifths of them are on Facebook. In Africa, with more than 1 billion people, just 120 million use the social network. That’s an opportunity Facebook Inc. can’t ignore, though the region poses challenges unlike those the company has faced in more developed markets. To spur growth on the continent, Facebook next month is opening an office in an affluent suburb of Johannesburg. The office will be headed by Nunu Ntshingila, 51, chairman of WPP Plc’s Ogilvy & Mather agency in South Africa, who will oversee Facebook’s business in the region.

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(The New Times 07/24/15)
Rwanda men’s sitting volleyball national team defeated Algeria 3-0 in their opening match of the ongoing Paravolley Africa sitting championship at Amahoro Indoor Stadium last evening. Rwanda dominated the game to win in straight sets 25-22, 25-16 and 25-22. Head coach Eric Gakwaya said, “It was tough but thank God we won the opening game.” “We will continue to take the momentum from one match to another. We still have a long way to go, but we have started well which is good for us,” said the former National University of Rwanda right attacker. Kenya women’s sitting volleyball team also won their opening game against Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 3-0 (25-12, 25-10 and 25-8)...
(Caj News Africa 07/03/15)
Johannesburg — A number of countries that won their opening matches for the CAF 2017 African Nations Championship (CHAN) are tipped to progress to the next stage while others face an uphill task. Among the highlights of the preliminary rounds is an East African Derby pitting Kenya and Ethiopia with the former expected to sail through after an impressive 2-0 away win in Addis Ababa in the first leg two weeks ago. Down south, Bafana Bafana , as South Africa are know, are also heavily favoured to progress to the next round with the second leg against minnows Morocco seeming a mere formality after they won three-nil at home a fortnight ago. The 2014 hosts are sure to finish the...
(CNN 06/20/15)
(CNN)The insults are crude, but they hit home hard. The players of Koa Bosco have suffered many such racial taunts since their football club was formed in 2013. On occasion, physical violence has even flared on the pitch, says the Italian team's manager Domenico Mammoliti. "The ignorance of some people..." he sighs, revealing a hint of exasperation at the abuse he says his players have endured. Life in the Italian lower leagues is clearly tough. Yet it's nothing compared to the journey undertaken by this team of African immigrants and refugees from countries such as Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, the Ivory Coast, Togo and Sudan.
(Dw-World 06/15/15)
Two African teams are playing in the FIFA Women's World Cup on Friday (12.06.2015): Nigeria and Cameroon. African women's football has performed poorly in previous tournaments. DW's Sam Olukoya finds out why. Some blame the poor state of African women's football in general for the continent's lackluster performance at international tournaments. 20-year-old professional footballer Igmemeka Ike has been playing since the age of 15. She said the main difficultly women footballers face in Nigeria is the shortage of funds caused...
(Dw-World 06/04/15)
There have been many expressions of regret by soccer fans and functionaries across Africa following Sepp Blatter's announcement that he will step down as as president of FIFA later this year. If there was one thing Sepp Blatter could be sure of during his nearly 18 years as FIFA president, it was that he had the support of African soccer. The continent's governing soccer body CAF, and its individual 54 voting members, has repeatedly expressed thanks and appreciation for Blatter's...
(RFI(EN) 05/28/15)
The arrest of senior members of Fifa is "quite extraordinary", an expert told RFI Wednesday as two crimininal investigations into corruption within world football's governing body were opened.Seven senior officials were arrested in Zurich on corruption charges at the request of the United States. Two others officials were arrested by the American authorities. Separately, Swiss police also seized files and emails at the Fifa headquarters as part of an investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups...
(The New Times 05/05/15)
The national volleyball team yesterday defeated Kenya 3-2 to qualify for 2015 All Africa Games slated for September 4-19 in Congo Brazzaville. Kenya, which was out to revenge after previously losing to Rwanda twice in the final of the same competition, started aggressively and won easily the first set 25-17 as Paul Bitok’s players failed to stop Kenyan attackers Chemos Michel Marua Denis’s thunder bolt spikes. However, buoyed by a large crowd that included senior government and military officials, Rwanda...
(CNN 04/27/15)
(CNN)The NBA announced Wednesday that it will play its first ever exhibition game in Africa on August 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa will tip-off against Team World and will feature two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng, born in South Sudan, as its captain. The Miami Heat star will lead a roster made up of first and second generation African players. Team World will be led by eight-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles...
(Xinhuanet 03/07/15)
LUSAKA, March (Xinhua) -- Zambia's soccer governing body has arranged a friendly match with Rwanda scheduled for this month end, a statement posted on its website said on Friday. The Chipolopolo will face the Wasps in an international friendly match to be played at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on March 29. According to the statement, March 29 is a FIFA international day for friendly matches and the Football Association of Zambia has clinched the deal with the Rwanda Football Association.
(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...
(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...
(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...

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(The Associated Press 07/13/15)
Babajide Olatunji sold his first portrait for about $7. Seven years later, his charcoal renderings of faces with tribal markings sell for thousands of dollars. This 24-year-old's success is part of a new global recognition of the value of contemporary African art. "It's the new 'Scramble for Africa,' no longer for land, gold or diamonds, but for art," said Giles Peppiatt, who holds the only auctions of modern African art outside the continent, at Bonham's in London. "It's a rather different kind of tussle that is making art a viable occupation for artists across Africa," he said. Nigeria, with the continent's largest economy and population, is leading the art field, too, with a host of...
(Vanguard 06/25/15)
Grammy Award winning R&B icon, NE-YO, has been announced to perform at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015. Performing songs from his sixth studio album 'Non Fiction' the singer-songwriter expressed his excitement about his first ever performance in the South African city, "I can't wait for you to see what I have in store Durban! I hope you're ready, because I am!" Since smashing onto the top spot of the Billboard Hot 200 Chart back in 2006 with his sophomore single "So Sick", NE-YO has spent the last nine years churning out hit after hit, not only as a performer, but as a songwriter for his megastar peers Beyoncé, Rihanna and the late Michael Jackson to name but a few...
(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a...
(The New Times 02/27/15)
This year’s movie calendar is taking shape as preparations for the 11th edition of the annual Rwanda Film Festival (RFF) kick off in high gear. Rwanda Film Festival brings together several film houses and is organised by Kwetu Film Institute (KFI) and Rwanda Cinema Centre. Josephine Mbabazi, the head of marketing and communications at KFI, said intensive preparations including fundraising for funds from different institutions are ongoing. She added that they will also partner with foreign festivals such as the...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/15)
Timbuktu, which won seven Cesar awards -- France's version of the Oscars -- on Friday tells the story of northern Mali under the control of jihadists, in a foreshadowing of the rise of the Islamic State group. Among its haul, it scooped the coveted best film and best director gongs for Mauritania's Abderrahmane Sissako. The ancient caravan town of the title, often a by-word for otherworldly remoteness, was seized by armed Islamists who cut a swathe through the west African...
(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.
(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to...
(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...
(Voice of America 07/28/15)
President Barack Obama is closing his East African trip Tuesday, becoming the first sitting American leader to address the African Union headquarters in the Ethiopian capital. His remarks at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa follow a meeting with AU Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and a tour of a food processing factory. Obama met Monday with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn for what he called "frank discussions" that included urging the government to allow journalists and opposition parties to operate more freely. He said creating space for those voices "will strengthen rather than inhibit" the ruling party's agenda. Hailemariam said Ethiopia is committed to improving human rights and governance. "Our commitment to democracy is...
(The Christian Science Monitor 07/27/15)
President Obama pledged $1 billion to support entrepreneurship projects worldwide, with half earmarked for women and youth. President Barack Obama has announced the expansion of entrepreneurial centers in Africa that will benefit 1,600 women entrepreneurs. These community centers, offering resources, education, and training, are expected to create 7,194 new jobs and 630 certified female mentors by October 2016, according to the State Department. Speaking on Saturday at the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, the president announced a billion dollars in new investment for emerging entrepreneurs around the world, with half the money going to support women and young people. "Women are powerhouse entrepreneurs," said President Obama. "The research shows that when women entrepreneurs succeed, they drive economic...
(Voice of America 07/24/15)
An African Union (AU) official said President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya and Ethiopia is good news for the continent, and East Africa in particular. AU Commission deputy chairperson Erastus Mwencha said in addition to Obama coming to see his extended family, the president is also coming on a business trip - he’s being accompanied by over a thousand business executives who will take part in a global business summit. He said Africa is looking for ways to strengthen economic...
(CNN 07/23/15)
President Barack Obama's arrival this week in Kenya will be an emotional and historic moment. His visit to the land of his father's birth will be a celebration of the growing ties between African nations and the United States. Meanwhile, Americans and Africans are today being drawn together as never before by our common fight against poverty and conflict, by the threat of terrorism, and most of all by exciting new economic possibilities. But instead of a victory lap for...
(CNN 07/18/15)
In Africa, tea is big business. From the year-round plantations in Kenya to the centuries-old bushes in Malawi, the continent has a rich and growing tradition when it comes to crafting the perfect brew. We look at some of the biggest tea-producing countries in the continent, and explore what makes their blend quite so special. Kenya Kenya isn't only the largest tea producer in Africa, it's one of the biggest exporters in the world. While the country trails behind China...
(Voice of America 07/15/15)
The president of Rwanda’s small but main opposition Democratic Green Party said he’s disappointed by parliament’s vote Tuesday for a constitutional amendment to allow President Paul Kagame to run for a third term. The parliament said it was acting on the wishes of 3.7 million Rwandans who signed a petition to amend Article 101 of the constitution, which limits the president to just two terms. The Green Party had challenged the move to amend the constitution in the Rwandan Supreme...
(BBC News Africa 07/15/15)
Parliamentarians in Rwanda have voted to support a change to the constitution that would allow President Paul Kagame to stand for a third term in 2017. More than 3.7 million Rwandans signed a petition asking parliament to abandon two-term presidential limit - a change that will now be put to a referendum. Mr Kagame has always said it is up to the Rwandan people to decide. Rights groups have accused the Rwandan authorities of silencing the opposition and stifling the...
(BBC News Africa 07/15/15)
Sub-Saharan Africa will get its first Starbucks next year, as part of a new deal between the US coffee giant and a South African franchiser. The first branch is due to open in Johannesburg in 2016, with more locations to follow, its partner Taste Holdings said in a statement. Starbucks, which has 22,000 outlets worldwide, will face local competition. Global brands are increasingly entering the African market to take advantage of the continent's growing middle class. "The coffee market here...
(Forbes 07/09/15)
China’s interest in Africa is often said to come on the back of colonial aspirations. Newspaper headlines scream that Chinese firms, backed by the powerful and deep-pocketed Chinese state, will mop-up Africa’s business opportunities to the detriment of Western and indigenous firms. Given these developments, is it possible for Africa to benefit from increasing Chinese investments in Africa? While it is easy to conclude that China is taking over and ‘colonizing’ Africa when one sees ‘Made in China’ goods in...
(The Wall Street Journal 07/08/15)
From H&M to Calvin Klein, brands look to Ethiopian factories where pay is as low as $21 a month. At the Radisson Blu hotel here last year, a senior fashion executive met with several of his top Asian apparel suppliers. His plea: Open for business in Africa. “Africa is a huge opportunity to demonstrate how the industry can work together,” said Colin Browne, managing director of product supply and Asian sourcing for VF Corp., which owns such brands as Lee,...
(PRI 07/07/15)
In South Africa, major cities are subject to regular power outages as electric utility Eskom periodically shuts down parts of its distribution system to take the pressure off the aging national grid. Whole areas of Cape Town and Johannesburg are without power for hours at a time, a “last resort” Eskom is forced to resort to on a regular basis. In Nigeria, the country’s biggest wireless service provider, MTN, has said it may have to shut down its services temporarily...
(The Guardian 07/06/15)
Seven big cats transported from South Africa to Akagera national park, with park officials now working to reintroduce rhinos. Groggy on their paws after waking from tranquillisers, lions have returned to Rwanda for the first time since the endangered animal was wiped out following the country’s 1994 genocide. Seven lions (two males and five females) were transported in a 30-hour journey from South Africa – first by air, then the final stretch by road – to Rwanda’s eastern Akagera national...
(Washington Post 07/04/15)
Should the West fear China’s growing influence on the African continent? While there is no question that China and Chinese companies are changing the way African politicians seek aid and investment, the relationship between the two sides is far more complicated than simple narratives about “democracy or dictatorship” or “trade not aid” suggest. Veteran journalist Howard W. French explores this complexity in his book, “China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa.” He graciously...
(Bloomberg 07/03/15)
A strike by Kenyan dock workers at the port of Mombasa disrupted trade for five neighboring countries that rely on East Africa’s biggest harbor for their shipments of goods, the Kenya Ports Authority said. Members of the Dock Workers Union stopped working on Wednesday because of a dispute over salary deductions to pay for a national-health insurance program, Gichiri Ndua, the managing director of the Mombasa-based authority, said in an e-mailed statement. The stoppage is unwarranted, he said. “There is...
(Ips News 06/30/15)
Berlin — In a major paradigm shift, the German government is now placing its bets on digitalisation for its development cooperation policy with Africa, under what it calls a Strategic Partnership for a 'Digital Africa'. According to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), "through a new strategic partnership in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), German development cooperation will be joining forces with the private sector to support the development and sustainable management of Digital Africa's potential."
(Voice of America 06/29/15)
The arrest this week of Rwandan spy chief in the United Kingdom over alleged war crimes is seen by some as a test of the relationship between the two countries. General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, the 54-year-old director of Rwanda's intelligence services, was arrested at Heathrow Airport on Saturday. He has been granted bail ahead of a full extradition hearing in October. Karake is wanted by Spain on charges of war crimes, which date back to the late 1990s. On the...
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
North America has a population of about 500 million, and two-fifths of them are on Facebook. In Africa, with more than 1 billion people, just 120 million use the social network. That’s an opportunity Facebook Inc. can’t ignore, though the region poses challenges unlike those the company has faced in more developed markets. To spur growth on the continent, Facebook next month is opening an office in an affluent suburb of Johannesburg. The office will be headed by Nunu Ntshingila, 51, chairman of WPP Plc’s Ogilvy & Mather agency in South Africa, who will oversee Facebook’s business in the region.
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
U.S. intelligence agencies are considering whether to provide information, analysis and possibly tactical lessons to African governments about how to attack wildlife poaching networks, according to a top official. “We are looking for opportunities” where “we can contribute,” Terrance Ford, the national intelligence manager for Africa in the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said in an interview last week. “We haven’t settled on” the next opportunity, but “it’s an issue of where we can make a difference,”...
(Voice of America 06/26/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Start-ups in Africa often complain about banks being unwilling to lend. In the absence of loans, small businesses often fund themselves through savings and capital from friends and family. But crowdfunding platforms are increasingly bridging the finance gap and offering start-ups in Africa a lifeline. Mira Mehta is co-founder of Tomato Jos, an agricultural company that helps tomato farmers in Nigeria. Using Kickstarter, which claims to be the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, Tomato Jos raised $55,000. Angel investors pledged another $230,000 to Tomato Jos outside the platform.
(Bloomberg 06/25/15)
Rwandan President Paul Kagame said the arrest by U.K. authorities of the East African nation’s intelligence chief was unacceptable and showed contempt for African nations. “The arrest of the Rwandan official shows absolute contempt for Rwanda and Africa,” Kagame told lawmakers in parliament in the capital, Kigali. “Rwanda will not accept this rubbish of injustice.” General Karenzi Karake, director of Rwanda’s National Intelligence and Security Services, was arrested at Heathrow Airport in London on June 20 and appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court after being detained under a European Arrest Warrant.

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