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Friday 30 January 2015

Rwanda

(AFP (eng) 01/29/15)
The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced Thursday a fresh offensive against Rwandan ethnic Hutu rebels after weeks of heavy international pressure to act. But the military operation was being conducted without the assistance of the UN mission in the troubled central African country. "Today we're launching new operations against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda)," General Didier Etumba said in Beni, in the north of North Kivu province. "This is an operation by the FARDC (DRC Armed Forces)," Etumba said, rather than a joint offensive with a special UN brigade deployed in the country. "This is not a joint FARDC-MONUSCO operation," confirmed razilian General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz,...
(Bloomberg 01/29/15)
(Bloomberg) -- African nations should consider cutting fuel subsidies and oil exporters must curb spending as a slump in crude prices takes its toll on government revenue, International Monetary Fund Manging Director Christine Lagarde said. An almost 60 percent drop in oil prices since June has forced policy makers in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude producer, to devalue the currency, raise interest rates to a record and consider shaving the 2015 budget by 8 percent. As President Goodluck Jonathan seeks re-election on Feb. 14, he’s avoided further cutting fuel subsidies that cost as much as $7 billion a year, after an attempt to do so in 2012 sparked protests. Subsidizing countries “should think about reducing and phasing out the oil subsidies,...
(Dw-World 01/29/15)
Boko Haram, Ebola, Central African Republic, South Sudan - African leaders have much on their agenda at their summit this weekend. At the top of the list is the creation of an anti-terrorism force. At the beginning of the week, the President of the African Union commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, picked Boko Haram as the top issue on the agenda of the AU summit to be held on January 30 and 31 in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. "We are deeply horrified...
(PANA 01/28/15)
Africa's leadership must do more and better for African youth, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told the 26th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union. Addressing the session at its opening session Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dlamini-Zuma suggested measures that could be taken as increasing investments in education in science and technology, skills development through vocational training and better treatment of teachers.
(African arguments 01/28/15)
I have vowed never to use the overused phrase 'Africa Rising' ever again, having long been somewhat cautious of the integrity of the projected growth rates and prospects for inclusive prosperity as I wrote here. However, while there is a lot to be positive about regarding African economic development, the commodity-driven stellar growth narrative is now being subverted by the oil price collapse. Using estimates produced by the World Bank, the falling oil price could hit African economies much harder...
(Daily Nation 01/27/15)
Uchumi Supermarkets will open 12 new branches in the East African region before the end of 2015. Speaking during the presentation of awards to Uchumi customers who participated in the Toboa Maisha na Uchumi promotion, CEO Jonathan Ciano said the retail chain would open four branches in Kenya, three in Rwanda, four in Tanzania and one in Uganda. Uchumi will open its doors in Limuru and Naivasha on March 1, and in Ukunda, Kwale County, a branch will open by...
(The Citizen 01/27/15)
Dar es Salaam. The European Union has expressed its concern about press freedom in Tanzania after the government banned the circulation of the regional weekly The EastAfrican last week. “It is the duty of the media to work within the law and to make every effort to adopt and adhere to professional standards. But press freedom and freedom to express opinions are fundamental rights of the people, which call for circumspection and proportionality in the application of the law,” the...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/27/15)
Tue Jan 27, 2015 ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traditional markets sell more than 85 percent of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa, and rather than replacing them with Western-style supermarkets, governments should train local vendors to improve food safety, researchers say. Contrary to popular conceptions, open-air local markets often have safer milk and meat than supermarkets in much of Africa, according to a book released on Tuesday by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Local vendors offer fresher products...
(Bloomberg 01/27/15)
Standard Chartered Plc (STAN), the British bank that has operated in Africa for more than 150 years, said the continent remains part of its consumer banking plans even as the lender reviews its global branch network. While the lender is considering closing branches as more customers migrate to online and mobile transactions, it is still Standard Chartered’s “ambition to be the leading international retail bank within our footprint in Africa, Asia and the Middle East,” Diana Layfield, Africa chief executive...
(East African Business Week 01/26/15)
President Paul Kagame was at Davos, Switzerland last week for the World Economic Forum and spelt out his vision of reducing Rwanda’s dependency on foreign development aid. “It starts with the original objective. We have used development aid to ensure we do not keep needing aid. We are not saying we no longer need aid. We are saying we can survive with less aid now than we would have in the past,” Kagame said. He was speaking at a panel...
(The New Times 01/26/15)
Close to 15 delegates from the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) yesterday visited Kigali Genocide Memorial at Gisozi to pay respects to victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. FAJ is holding its steering committee meeting in Kigali, January 24 -26. The visit to the memorial was coordinated by the Rwanda Journalists Association (ARJ), which is a member of FAJ and also sits on the steering committee of the continental organisation. The group was briefed on how Rwandans originally...
(East African Business Week 01/26/15)
Canadian firm, SteviaLife, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Rwandan government allowing it to promote the Stevia plant in the country. Stevia is a plant from which a sweetener is produced and can be used by foods and beverage companies such as Coca Cola Company, with many health advantages. Kanimba Francois, the trade minister said, “Government of Rwanda has previously signed agreements with different private investors who aim to increase exports. Our aim is to show the...
(Dw-World 01/24/15)
The world's population is constantly growing, and with it the interest of investors in Africa's arable land. The continent has vast untapped potential - but can local producers compete with foreign companies? The wind whistling through Berlin on Monday (19.01.2015) was icy. Three Italian tourists carefully navigated the frozen puddles on the sidewalk as they scurried to the Brandenburg Gate, ignoring the black limousines gliding past them in front of the exclusive Adlon Hotel. These limos were unloading delegates to...
(Ips News 01/24/15)
Abu Dhabi — Diversification of Africa's electricity sources by embarking on renewable energy solutions - such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power - is being heralded as a solution to the continent's energy poverty. But although a number of countries are already reaping benefits from investment in renewables, there is concern that many of the countries are yet to exploit those resources. African ministers and delegates at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi from January...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
KIGALI, Jan. (Xinhua) -- Eighty Rwanda National Police Individual Police Officers (IPOs), including 73 female, will on Sunday leave the country for year-long peacekeeping operations in four separate United Nations missions, officials said on Thursday. Majority of the female peacekeepers will be deployed under the United NationsAfrican Union Mission in Darfur (Unamid), while others will go to South Sudan (UNMISS), to Ivory Coast (UNOCI) Central African Republic, according to a Police statement. Speaking at a pre-deployment briefing in Kigali, the Inspector General of Rwanda National Police, Emmanuel K. Gasana, challenged the officers to be focused to the mission mandate when they leave the country.
(Reuters (Eng) 01/23/15)
KIGALI Fri Jan 23, 2015 (Reuters) - Two Rwandan police officers have been jailed for 20 years for killing an anti-corruption activist who was investigating mineral smuggling from Democratic Republic of Congo. Gustave Makonene, who worked for anti-graft body Transparency International, was found dead in July 2013 in Rubavu, near the border with eastern Congo, a war-torn region rich in minerals that have fueled an illegal trade. The two men convicted by the court on Thursday were both police corporals,...
(Voice of America 01/23/15)
UNITED NATIONS— U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous warned Thursday that it would take time to defeat Rwandan rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo, given that the group lived among civilians and that the United Nations wanted to avoid a repeat of a 2009 humanitarian crisis. The U.N. Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has finished preparatory operations ahead of a planned military offensive to dislodge the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR),...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
KIGALI, Jan. (Xinhua) -- A Rwandan court Thursday handed two former Rwanda Police officers 20 years in jail after finding them guilty of murdering an anti-corruption campaigner who was killed while investigating mineral smuggling from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). Gustave Makonene, former coordinator for anti-corruption body Transparency International, was found dead in July 2013 in Rubavu, western Rwanda near the border with eastern Congo. Rubavu High Court found Corporals Nelson Iyakaremye and Isaac Ndabarinze guilty of murder...
(Ipp media 01/23/15)
Arusha. The East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) yesterday announced major changes in its rules of procedures but retained Arusha as it permanent seat. The Eala headquarters have been retained in line with the treaty that established the East African Community (EAC) which is based here. The affirmation of Arusha remaining the seat of the regional Parliament took effect on Wednesday after a vote. Eala has been holding sessions here since Monday. However, regular sessions of the Assembly would continue to...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, Jan. (Xinhua) -- African economies will continue to grow in 2015 due to private investment and consumption which have been key drivers of gross domestic product (GDP) over the past years, according to the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP). Africa's GDP is expected to accelerate from 3.5 percent in 2014 to 4.6 percent in 2015 and 4.9 percent in 2016. In his presentation on the report on Thursday at the UN Economic Commission for Africa...

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(AFP (eng) 01/29/15)
The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced Thursday a fresh offensive against Rwandan ethnic Hutu rebels after weeks of heavy international pressure to act. But the military operation was being conducted without the assistance of the UN mission in the troubled central African country. "Today we're launching new operations against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda)," General Didier Etumba said in Beni, in the north of North Kivu province. "This is an operation by the FARDC (DRC Armed Forces)," Etumba said, rather than a joint offensive with a special UN brigade deployed in the country. "This is not a joint FARDC-MONUSCO operation," confirmed razilian General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz,...
(Dw-World 01/29/15)
Boko Haram, Ebola, Central African Republic, South Sudan - African leaders have much on their agenda at their summit this weekend. At the top of the list is the creation of an anti-terrorism force. At the beginning of the week, the President of the African Union commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, picked Boko Haram as the top issue on the agenda of the AU summit to be held on January 30 and 31 in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. "We are deeply horrified by the tragedy Boko Haram continues to inflict on our people. Kidnapping young girls from school, torching villages, terrorizing whole communities and killing. A localized group, now we see it further into West Africa and into Central Africa. Time to...
(The Citizen 01/27/15)
Dar es Salaam. The European Union has expressed its concern about press freedom in Tanzania after the government banned the circulation of the regional weekly The EastAfrican last week. “It is the duty of the media to work within the law and to make every effort to adopt and adhere to professional standards. But press freedom and freedom to express opinions are fundamental rights of the people, which call for circumspection and proportionality in the application of the law,” the...
(The New Times 01/26/15)
Close to 15 delegates from the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) yesterday visited Kigali Genocide Memorial at Gisozi to pay respects to victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. FAJ is holding its steering committee meeting in Kigali, January 24 -26. The visit to the memorial was coordinated by the Rwanda Journalists Association (ARJ), which is a member of FAJ and also sits on the steering committee of the continental organisation. The group was briefed on how Rwandans originally...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
KIGALI, Jan. (Xinhua) -- Eighty Rwanda National Police Individual Police Officers (IPOs), including 73 female, will on Sunday leave the country for year-long peacekeeping operations in four separate United Nations missions, officials said on Thursday. Majority of the female peacekeepers will be deployed under the United NationsAfrican Union Mission in Darfur (Unamid), while others will go to South Sudan (UNMISS), to Ivory Coast (UNOCI) Central African Republic, according to a Police statement. Speaking at a pre-deployment briefing in Kigali, the Inspector General of Rwanda National Police, Emmanuel K. Gasana, challenged the officers to be focused to the mission mandate when they leave the country.
(Reuters (Eng) 01/23/15)
KIGALI Fri Jan 23, 2015 (Reuters) - Two Rwandan police officers have been jailed for 20 years for killing an anti-corruption activist who was investigating mineral smuggling from Democratic Republic of Congo. Gustave Makonene, who worked for anti-graft body Transparency International, was found dead in July 2013 in Rubavu, near the border with eastern Congo, a war-torn region rich in minerals that have fueled an illegal trade. The two men convicted by the court on Thursday were both police corporals,...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
KIGALI, Jan. (Xinhua) -- A Rwandan court Thursday handed two former Rwanda Police officers 20 years in jail after finding them guilty of murdering an anti-corruption campaigner who was killed while investigating mineral smuggling from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). Gustave Makonene, former coordinator for anti-corruption body Transparency International, was found dead in July 2013 in Rubavu, western Rwanda near the border with eastern Congo. Rubavu High Court found Corporals Nelson Iyakaremye and Isaac Ndabarinze guilty of murder...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, Jan. (Xinhua) -- African economies will continue to grow in 2015 due to private investment and consumption which have been key drivers of gross domestic product (GDP) over the past years, according to the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP). Africa's GDP is expected to accelerate from 3.5 percent in 2014 to 4.6 percent in 2015 and 4.9 percent in 2016. In his presentation on the report on Thursday at the UN Economic Commission for Africa...
(The Citizen 01/20/15)
Dar es Salaam. As global oil prices continue to fall, with the latest projections putting a barrel at below $46 by April, consumers in East Africa are paying lower but contrasting prices. According to a survey conducted by The Citizen in the five East African countries, fuel prices are lowest in Kenya followed by Tanzania. However, prices in Tanzania, which is East Africa’s second largest economy, would have been even lower if fixed costs on petroleum products – currently averaging...
(Voice of America 01/20/15)
 
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JOHANNESBURG— Economic experts from across the African continent say this may be an exciting year for African economies, which could be ready to move out of their traditional roles and into new sectors. African nations have struggled for decades to go beyond their role as providers of basic raw materials, like oil, gas, minerals and agricultural products. Their efforts have had mixed success. While nations like South Africa and Kenya have managed to diversify their economies, others, like Angola and...
(Bloomberg 01/17/15)
Niger said four people died in protests over the publication of cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad by French magazine Charlie Hebdo just over a week after journalists working for the publication were killed in Paris. Sudan and Mauritania also reported demonstrations, Kenya threatened to close a newspaper for reprinting the cartoon and Benin said the depiction was a provocation. The protests follow the Jan. 7 attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris in which gunmen killed 12 people...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/15)
A Norwegian appeals court upheld Friday the maximum sentence for a Rwandan found complicit in the death of 2,000 people during his country's genocide in 1994. Sadi Bugingo -- whose guilt was already upheld by a lower court in mid-December -- was sentenced to 21 years in prison for "complicity in premeditated murder". A Norwegian resident since 2002, Bugingo was charged with involvement in two killings in the eastern Rwandan town of Kibungo in April 1994 as well as having helped remove patients from a hospital, without taking direct part in any murders.
(The Citizen 01/16/15)
Arusha. Former Prime Minister Joseph Warioba will head an election observer team from the East African Community (EAC) in Burundi. EAC Secretary-General Richard Sezibera made the announcement as the international community is getting increasingly concerned about violence which has claimed thousands of lives in the country. Dr Sezibera told reporters here that the team would also include former EAC Secretary-General Amanya Mushega from Uganda. He said the Burundi situation was worrying amid fears that the situation would deteriorate further with...
(Ipp media 01/16/15)
The number of women suffering from cervical cancer in the Lake Zone has increased from 576 patients in 2013 to 1000 last year. Speaking to reporters yesterday Dr Richard Rumanyika, a specialist for cervical cancer from Bugando Hospital, said the disease is rapidly becoming a problem to many women in the Lake Zone. Dr Rumanyika said previously women who reported to the hospital with cervical cancer were 45 years old but currently even women aged 25 were also being diagnosed...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/15/15)
Tanzania is ready to take on Rwandan Hutu rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), President Jakaya Kikwete said, suggesting a joint offensive with U.N.-backed, South African forces is imminent. The U.N. mission in Congo said government troops and peacekeepers were intensifying deployments towards rebel positions but insurgents were also mobilizing and mixing with civilians, raising the risk of them being used as human shields. Congo's army and a 3,000-strong South African, Tanzanian and Malawian U.N. intervention force is due to launch an offensive against Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebels, which have been at the heart of years of conflict in central Africa's Great Lakes region.
(Bloomberg 01/15/15)
United Nations and Democratic Republic of Congo forces are preparing for a military offensive against Rwandan rebels in eastern Congo after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for “decisive action” against the insurgents. Lieutenant-General Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz, commander of the UN peacekeeping force, will meet today with South African President Jacob Zuma to discuss the planned attack, Charles Bambara, spokesman for the UN mission in Congo, told reporters in Kinshasa on Jan. 13. South Africa is one of three...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/15/15)
(Reuters) - Tanzania is ready to take on Rwandan Hutu rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), President Jakaya Kikwete said, suggesting a joint offensive with U.N.-backed, South African forces is imminent. The U.N. mission in Congo said government troops and peacekeepers were intensifying deployments towards rebel positions but insurgents were also mobilizing and mixing with civilians, raising the risk of them being used as human shields. Congo's army and a 3,000-strong South African, Tanzanian and Malawian U.N. intervention...
(Xinhuanet 01/15/15)
NAIROBI, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The world seems to have double standard in dealing with many things, and there is no exception even when it comes to the issue of terrorism. Attacks in a Western metropolis always draw worldwide attention while those in Africa appear to have only limited repercussions. Following the terrorist attacks in France last week which claimed 17 lives, there was an unprecedented outpouring of grief and empathy from all corners of the world. Roughly at the same time, Nigeria lost an estimated 150 lives in Boko Haram's terrorist attack, but the news merely got a passing mention in major networks.
(The Citizen 01/14/15)
Arusha. The East African Community (EAC) yesterday urged Tanzania and Kenya to amicably resolve the dispute caused by the decision to deny Tanzanian-registered tour vans entry into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi. EAC Secretary-General Richard Sezibera told journalists in his office that it was the wish of the regional organisation to see the issue resolved swiftly and amicably for the benefit of the region. “We will encourage anything that will facilitate regional integration,” he said. However, Dr Sezibera...
(BBC News Africa 01/14/15)
A whistle-blowing website which aims to expose politicians and businessmen who abuse power in Africa has been launched by media and campaign groups. AfriLeaks will give people a chance to leak sensitive information anonymously. The site's founders say it is an attempt to boost investigative journalism to expose widespread corruption and human rights abuses. It will also help circumvent growing surveillance by governments and corporate firms, they say. Afrileaks, made up of 19 media outlets and activist groups, says it...

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(Bloomberg 01/29/15)
(Bloomberg) -- African nations should consider cutting fuel subsidies and oil exporters must curb spending as a slump in crude prices takes its toll on government revenue, International Monetary Fund Manging Director Christine Lagarde said. An almost 60 percent drop in oil prices since June has forced policy makers in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude producer, to devalue the currency, raise interest rates to a record and consider shaving the 2015 budget by 8 percent. As President Goodluck Jonathan seeks re-election on Feb. 14, he’s avoided further cutting fuel subsidies that cost as much as $7 billion a year, after an attempt to do so in 2012 sparked protests. Subsidizing countries “should think about reducing and...
(PANA 01/28/15)
Africa's leadership must do more and better for African youth, African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told the 26th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union. Addressing the session at its opening session Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dlamini-Zuma suggested measures that could be taken as increasing investments in education in science and technology, skills development through vocational training and better treatment of teachers.
(African arguments 01/28/15)
I have vowed never to use the overused phrase 'Africa Rising' ever again, having long been somewhat cautious of the integrity of the projected growth rates and prospects for inclusive prosperity as I wrote here. However, while there is a lot to be positive about regarding African economic development, the commodity-driven stellar growth narrative is now being subverted by the oil price collapse. Using estimates produced by the World Bank, the falling oil price could hit African economies much harder...
(Daily Nation 01/27/15)
Uchumi Supermarkets will open 12 new branches in the East African region before the end of 2015. Speaking during the presentation of awards to Uchumi customers who participated in the Toboa Maisha na Uchumi promotion, CEO Jonathan Ciano said the retail chain would open four branches in Kenya, three in Rwanda, four in Tanzania and one in Uganda. Uchumi will open its doors in Limuru and Naivasha on March 1, and in Ukunda, Kwale County, a branch will open by...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/27/15)
Tue Jan 27, 2015 ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traditional markets sell more than 85 percent of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa, and rather than replacing them with Western-style supermarkets, governments should train local vendors to improve food safety, researchers say. Contrary to popular conceptions, open-air local markets often have safer milk and meat than supermarkets in much of Africa, according to a book released on Tuesday by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Local vendors offer fresher products...
(Bloomberg 01/27/15)
Standard Chartered Plc (STAN), the British bank that has operated in Africa for more than 150 years, said the continent remains part of its consumer banking plans even as the lender reviews its global branch network. While the lender is considering closing branches as more customers migrate to online and mobile transactions, it is still Standard Chartered’s “ambition to be the leading international retail bank within our footprint in Africa, Asia and the Middle East,” Diana Layfield, Africa chief executive...
(East African Business Week 01/26/15)
President Paul Kagame was at Davos, Switzerland last week for the World Economic Forum and spelt out his vision of reducing Rwanda’s dependency on foreign development aid. “It starts with the original objective. We have used development aid to ensure we do not keep needing aid. We are not saying we no longer need aid. We are saying we can survive with less aid now than we would have in the past,” Kagame said. He was speaking at a panel...
(East African Business Week 01/26/15)
Canadian firm, SteviaLife, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Rwandan government allowing it to promote the Stevia plant in the country. Stevia is a plant from which a sweetener is produced and can be used by foods and beverage companies such as Coca Cola Company, with many health advantages. Kanimba Francois, the trade minister said, “Government of Rwanda has previously signed agreements with different private investors who aim to increase exports. Our aim is to show the...
(Dw-World 01/24/15)
The world's population is constantly growing, and with it the interest of investors in Africa's arable land. The continent has vast untapped potential - but can local producers compete with foreign companies? The wind whistling through Berlin on Monday (19.01.2015) was icy. Three Italian tourists carefully navigated the frozen puddles on the sidewalk as they scurried to the Brandenburg Gate, ignoring the black limousines gliding past them in front of the exclusive Adlon Hotel. These limos were unloading delegates to...
(Ips News 01/24/15)
Abu Dhabi — Diversification of Africa's electricity sources by embarking on renewable energy solutions - such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power - is being heralded as a solution to the continent's energy poverty. But although a number of countries are already reaping benefits from investment in renewables, there is concern that many of the countries are yet to exploit those resources. African ministers and delegates at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi from January...
(Ventures Africa 01/22/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – CEOs representing some of Africa’s most attractive mining companies will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, from the 9th to the 12th February 2015, for the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba. The Indaba is a summit that brings together major mining players, and provides a platform for further investment around the continent. More than 900 mining corporates are already confirmed to attend the event. “For more than 20 years, Africa’s mining companies have played a pivotal...
(Bloomberg 01/21/15)
Foreign direct investment in Rwanda fell last year because of the uncertain global outlook and a reduction in business travelers to the country that the government blamed on an Ebola outbreak on the other side of Africa. The country attracted $390 million in projects, compared with $445 million a year earlier, Francis Gatare, chief executive officer of the state-run Rwanda Development Board, said in an interview. “Global economic trends like reduced commodity prices, rising costs for manufactured products and general...
(Ventures-Africa 01/21/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved a new round of financing worth $189.4 million for development projects covering important sectors in several member countries and also some Muslim communities in non-member countries. This came following the 302nd Board meeting of the lender, which held in Jedah, Saudi Arabia from Sunday, January 18 to Tuesday, January 20, 2015, under the chairmanship of IDB President Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali. The Board reviewed...
(UN.org 01/21/15)
Despite a sharp decline in oil prices, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest economic outlook today lowered growth expectations for this year and the next for most countries due to slowdown in investment, and urged governments and central banks to pursue economic stimulation policies and structural reforms to boost growth. According to its World Economic Outlook (WEO) update , the IMF now expects growth of 3.5 per cent this year, compared with the previous estimate of 3.8 per...
(Bloomberg 01/20/15)
Egyptian private-equity company Qalaa Holdings SAE is investing $70 million to accelerate the movement of rail cargo carried from East Africa’s busiest port, as it faces competition from a new Chinese-backed link. Qalaa controls Rift Valley Railways Ltd., the operator of a railway built almost a century ago running from Kenya’s Mombasa port to neighboring Uganda. It covers a portion of the same route as a new rail line under construction from Mombasa, designed to speed up freight-transit times, cut...
(Voice of America 01/20/15)
 
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JOHANNESBURG— Economic experts from across the African continent say this may be an exciting year for African economies, which could be ready to move out of their traditional roles and into new sectors. African nations have struggled for decades to go beyond their role as providers of basic raw materials, like oil, gas, minerals and agricultural products. Their efforts have had mixed success. While nations like South Africa and Kenya have managed to diversify their economies, others, like Angola and...
(Bloomberg 01/20/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa by almost 1 percentage point as falling oil prices curb output in the region’s biggest economy. The growth outlook in Nigeria, the continent’s largest oil producer, was lowered to 4.8 percent from 7.3 percent estimated in October, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook update released Tuesday in Beijing. Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is forecast by the IMF to expand 4.9 percent this year, down from a...
(Bloomberg 01/13/15)
The former heads of Electricite de France SA’s renewable energy unit and a Dubai-based power plant builder plan to develop more than $500 million of renewable electricity assets in Africa. Access Infra Africa is being created by Paris-based Eren Developpement, founded by Paris Mouratoglou and David Corchia, and Access Power MEA, the companies said in a statement today. In 2012, Mouratoglou stepped down as chairman of EDF Energies Nouvelles and Corchia left in 2013 as chief executive officer. “Today in...
(Xinhuanet 01/08/15)
NAIROBI, Jan. (Xinhua) -- Mobile penetration in the sub- Saharan Africa region is expected to increase from 52 percent in 2012 to 79 percent in 2020, a new study by a global research firm revealed on Wednesday. The study by Frost & Sullivan shows that mobile broadband connections are now anticipated to quadruple from its 2012 figure to reach 160 million in 2016. "The introduction of affordable smartphones, specifically designed for the African market, has improved the market scenario, "...
(Xinhuanet 01/06/15)
KIGALI, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, and Alexander De Croo of Development Cooperation Tuesday reaffirmed their country's commitment to maintaining cooperation with Rwanda. The ministers said this while touring Nemba One Border Post connecting Rwanda and Burundi in the south of the country. Reynders clarified that his country's postponement of aid to Rwanda last year was based on the fact that Brussels wants Kigali to make more progress in different fields.

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(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 matches will be friendlies and won't have points on offer. The qualifiers will begin in June, and the 52 competing countries and regions will go straight into 13 groups of four teams each. The top...
(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 year history that a team from Africa will participate. 'Historic moment' "To receive a wild card for the Tour de France is a dream come true for the entire MTN- Qhubeka p/b Samsung team, while it is also a historic...
(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...
(The New Times 09/18/14)
FOR the first time in six years, Rwanda has made a big stride in the global rankings, moving from 101st to 93rd in the Fifa rankings released today in Zurich, Switzerland. Stephen Constantine's men also improved to 26th in Africa, thanks mainly to impressive performances that saw Amavubi reach the third and final round of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite Rwanda being banned from the group stages for fielding an ineligible players—Dady Birori, who has dual identity...
(AFP (eng) 09/11/14)
Cricketer Don De Dieu Mugisha bowls a ball down a bumpy, dusty wicket at a match in Rwanda: a sport introduced by those who returned after fleeing genocide 20 years ago. While still viewed with bewilderment by many in this small, hilly east African nation, the game is growing rapidly and fans are raising funds to build the country's first dedicated international-standard pitch. For players, efforts to build a new pitch symbolise far more than a strange game with a...
(Dw-World 09/04/14)
As the continent gears up for its African Nations Cup qualifiers, concerns are growing that the deadly disease could ruin the games. Some argue soccer players and fans from Ebola-hit countries could spread the virus. The message from Africa's soccer governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was clear: Ivory Coast will be expelled from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they refuse to host Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in their qualifier on Saturday (06.09.2014). CAF's statement prompted Ivory Coast to allow the match to be held in Abidjan after all.

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(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 perform at a Nobel Prize ceremony, Hakim. Other acts billed to perform at the show, which will be watched live all over the world, include the Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa, sensational singing group, Uhuru; pan African group, Cirque...
(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...
(Bloomberg 01/29/15)
(Bloomberg) -- African nations should consider cutting fuel subsidies and oil exporters must curb spending as a slump in crude prices takes its toll on government revenue, International Monetary Fund Manging Director Christine Lagarde said. An almost 60 percent drop in oil prices since June has forced policy makers in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude producer, to devalue the currency, raise interest rates to a record and consider shaving the 2015 budget by 8 percent. As President Goodluck Jonathan seeks re-election on Feb. 14, he’s avoided further cutting fuel subsidies that cost as much as $7 billion a year, after an attempt to do so in 2012 sparked protests. Subsidizing countries “should think about reducing and...
(Dw-World 01/24/15)
The world's population is constantly growing, and with it the interest of investors in Africa's arable land. The continent has vast untapped potential - but can local producers compete with foreign companies? The wind whistling through Berlin on Monday (19.01.2015) was icy. Three Italian tourists carefully navigated the frozen puddles on the sidewalk as they scurried to the Brandenburg Gate, ignoring the black limousines gliding past them in front of the exclusive Adlon Hotel. These limos were unloading delegates to the day-long "Agribusiness in Africa" conference, which aimed to bring together entrepreneurs and development experts from around the world. They hoped to answer the question: If African governments fail to invest the continent's youth and infrastructure and provide longer-term loans...
(Ips News 01/24/15)
Abu Dhabi — Diversification of Africa's electricity sources by embarking on renewable energy solutions - such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power - is being heralded as a solution to the continent's energy poverty. But although a number of countries are already reaping benefits from investment in renewables, there is concern that many of the countries are yet to exploit those resources. African ministers and delegates at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi from January...
(Voice of America 01/23/15)
UNITED NATIONS— U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous warned Thursday that it would take time to defeat Rwandan rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo, given that the group lived among civilians and that the United Nations wanted to avoid a repeat of a 2009 humanitarian crisis. The U.N. Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has finished preparatory operations ahead of a planned military offensive to dislodge the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR),...
(Ventures Africa 01/22/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – CEOs representing some of Africa’s most attractive mining companies will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, from the 9th to the 12th February 2015, for the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba. The Indaba is a summit that brings together major mining players, and provides a platform for further investment around the continent. More than 900 mining corporates are already confirmed to attend the event. “For more than 20 years, Africa’s mining companies have played a pivotal...
(Bloomberg 01/21/15)
Foreign direct investment in Rwanda fell last year because of the uncertain global outlook and a reduction in business travelers to the country that the government blamed on an Ebola outbreak on the other side of Africa. The country attracted $390 million in projects, compared with $445 million a year earlier, Francis Gatare, chief executive officer of the state-run Rwanda Development Board, said in an interview. “Global economic trends like reduced commodity prices, rising costs for manufactured products and general...
(Ventures-Africa 01/21/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved a new round of financing worth $189.4 million for development projects covering important sectors in several member countries and also some Muslim communities in non-member countries. This came following the 302nd Board meeting of the lender, which held in Jedah, Saudi Arabia from Sunday, January 18 to Tuesday, January 20, 2015, under the chairmanship of IDB President Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali. The Board reviewed...
(Voice of America 01/20/15)
 
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JOHANNESBURG— Economic experts from across the African continent say this may be an exciting year for African economies, which could be ready to move out of their traditional roles and into new sectors. African nations have struggled for decades to go beyond their role as providers of basic raw materials, like oil, gas, minerals and agricultural products. Their efforts have had mixed success. While nations like South Africa and Kenya have managed to diversify their economies, others, like Angola and...
(Bloomberg 01/20/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa by almost 1 percentage point as falling oil prices curb output in the region’s biggest economy. The growth outlook in Nigeria, the continent’s largest oil producer, was lowered to 4.8 percent from 7.3 percent estimated in October, the IMF said in its World Economic Outlook update released Tuesday in Beijing. Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is forecast by the IMF to expand 4.9 percent this year, down from a...
(Bloomberg 01/17/15)
Niger said four people died in protests over the publication of cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad by French magazine Charlie Hebdo just over a week after journalists working for the publication were killed in Paris. Sudan and Mauritania also reported demonstrations, Kenya threatened to close a newspaper for reprinting the cartoon and Benin said the depiction was a provocation. The protests follow the Jan. 7 attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris in which gunmen killed 12 people...
(Bloomberg 01/15/15)
United Nations and Democratic Republic of Congo forces are preparing for a military offensive against Rwandan rebels in eastern Congo after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for “decisive action” against the insurgents. Lieutenant-General Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz, commander of the UN peacekeeping force, will meet today with South African President Jacob Zuma to discuss the planned attack, Charles Bambara, spokesman for the UN mission in Congo, told reporters in Kinshasa on Jan. 13. South Africa is one of three...
(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...
(BBC News Africa 01/14/15)
A whistle-blowing website which aims to expose politicians and businessmen who abuse power in Africa has been launched by media and campaign groups. AfriLeaks will give people a chance to leak sensitive information anonymously. The site's founders say it is an attempt to boost investigative journalism to expose widespread corruption and human rights abuses. It will also help circumvent growing surveillance by governments and corporate firms, they say. Afrileaks, made up of 19 media outlets and activist groups, says it...
(Bloomberg 01/13/15)
The former heads of Electricite de France SA’s renewable energy unit and a Dubai-based power plant builder plan to develop more than $500 million of renewable electricity assets in Africa. Access Infra Africa is being created by Paris-based Eren Developpement, founded by Paris Mouratoglou and David Corchia, and Access Power MEA, the companies said in a statement today. In 2012, Mouratoglou stepped down as chairman of EDF Energies Nouvelles and Corchia left in 2013 as chief executive officer. “Today in...
(Voice of America 01/08/15)
UNITED NATIONS— United Nations peacekeepers and the Congolese military are preparing to launch operations against the Rwandan Hutu rebel group, the FDLR, based in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. On Wednesday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke by telephone with DRC President Joseph Kabila. Ban’s spokesman said the secretary-general reiterated that the FDLR has failed to deliver on its promise to disarm by a January 2 deadline and called for “decisive action” against the group.
(Voice of America 01/03/15)
KINSHASA, D.R.C.— The Democratic Republic of Congo's government said Friday that it was ready to launch military operations against Rwandan Hutu rebels in the eastern part of the country after most missed a deadline to disarm and return home or go into exile. A six-month ultimatum set by regional leaders was to expire at midnight, and just 300 of the estimated 1,500 rebels have disarmed, according to Congo's government. The fighters, known as the FDLR, include some of the remnants...
(Bloomberg 01/03/15)
Rwandan rebels operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo may face military action to end their 15-year rebellion after failing to meet today’s deadline to voluntarily disarm and surrender. The ethnic Hutu Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda was given a six-month extension in July by African regional bodies, including the Southern African Development Community, and the United Nations to lay down their weapons. Of the 1,400-strong militia, which is accused by human rights groups of abuses and attacks...
(Ventures-Africa 01/03/15)
VENTURES AFRICA – ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), a global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, partnered with new banks through expansion of its operations in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. This project was awarded to ICSFS by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank), which is one of the largest banks in Africa. Guaranty Trust Bank recently acquired Fina Bank, an East African Bank, which was subsequently rebranded and became a subsidiary of GTBank Plc. ICS BANKS was successfully...
(PANA 12/30/14)
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Africa Regional Office has developed three Regional Initiatives (RI) aimed at speeding up efforts against food insecurity and malnutrition in Africa, with four countries including Angola, as pilot countries. According to a statement from the FAO regional office, made available to PANA here, the three other countries on the Regional Initiative to End Hunger in Africa by 2025 are Ethiopia, Malawi and Niger. The RIs have been designed to add value to existing development actions at country level by strengthening mobilization of resources for investing in agricultural priority programmes.
(The Guardian 12/29/14)
Years hosting the court trying genocide cases has transformed Arusha from a backwater to one of Africa’s diplomatic hubs. The pioneers of the international criminal tribunal for Rwanda arrived in Arusha, Tanzania in 1996. They were destined to spend the following 18 years prosecuting those accused of responsibility in the Rwandan genocide. The lepers on the potholed avenue leading to the courthouse, who used to reach out in the hope of a gift from the rich muzungu (whites in Swahili),...

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