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Tuesday 03 May 2016

Rwanda

(The New Times 05/03/16)
Rwanda and South Africa will continue to strengthen political ties, officials from both countries have said. They were speaking during celebrations to mark the National Freedom Day of South Africa, at the South African ambassador's residence in Nyarutarama, an upscale Kigali suburb. The South African envoy to Rwanda, George Twala, spoke of the historical connectivity between the two countries and pledged stronger political ties. "There has been a lot of engagement between Rwanda and South Africa. Both the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) in Rwanda and the Africa National Congress (ANC) in South Africa are political parties that led revolutions in their countries," he said. About the frosty relations between Rwanda and South Africa in recent...
(IMF 05/03/16)
After a prolonged period of strong economic growth, sub-Saharan Africa is set to experience a second difficult year as the region is hit by multiple shocks, the IMF said in its latest Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa. The steep decline in commodity prices and tighter financing conditions have put many large economies under severe strain, and the new report calls for a stronger policy response to counter the effect of these shocks and secure the region's growth potential. The report shows growth fell to 3.5 percent in 2015, the lowest level in 15 years. Growth this year is expected to slow further to 3 percent, well below the 6 percent average over the last decade, and barely above population...
(Voice of America 04/30/16)
More than 200 people, including three African presidents, attended the opening of a three-day summit Friday near Mount Kenya, where activists and officials have gathered to discuss the future of Africa’s elephants and their habitats. Poaching has escalated to alarming heights in recent years, as 100,000 African elephants were killed between 2010 and 2012 alone. Tens of thousands continue to be poached every year across the continent. The goal of the event is to find ways to stop the slaughter...
(Xinhuanet 04/29/16)
(Xinhua) -- Zambia and Rwanda have vowed to uphold bilateral ties following xenophobic attacks targeting Rwandan nationals in the Zambian capital Lusaka last week. Zambian Foreign Affairs Minister, Harry Kalaba, on Thursday met at his office with charge'd Affaires at the Rwandan Embassy in Zambia, Abel Buhungu. Kalaba said the violence against Rwandan nationals was unfortunate and that Zambia was committed to upholding its relations with Rwanda. He assured the international community that Zambia would continue protecting foreign nationals. On...
(African arguments 04/29/16)
As Africa finds its voice after centuries of being silenced, well-intentioned outsiders must be careful to help and not hijack this moment. Just back from the Tana Forum on Peace and Security, held in the sleepy town of Bahir Dar on the shores of Ethiopia's Lake Tana, my head churns with questions about how African debates like this should be organised. Should they be held under a Baobab tree or in international hotels? Should they be formal or informal? Should...
(Forbes 04/29/16)
I write about how innovation is better in Africa. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. “If we can prove our basic supposition that children can learn to read, write and do math on their own, and with each other using only technology, the positive results will be global and exponential.” – XPRIZE’s Matt Keller. Having propelled humanity to the edge of space, the XPRIZE now hopes to inspire education for hundreds of millions of children, starting with a...
(Voice of America 04/28/16)
Press freedom declined in Africa and around the world in 2015, according to a new report by the monitoring and advocacy group Freedom House. The worst clampdown on the African continent took place in Burundi, a Great Lakes nation where efforts by the president to extend his time in office beyond constitutional limits have pushed the country to the brink of civil war. There, journalists have been imprisoned, beaten and killed and nearly all independent media outlets have been shut down. Worldwide, press freedom dropped to the lowest recorded level in 12 years, Freedom House said.
(BBC News Africa 04/28/16)
The call for better management of sport is heard across Africa - often as a lament, more regularly as an outburst of barely contained frustration. In football, former Ajax and Juventus defender Sunday Oliseh recently quit as Nigeria's national football coach, citing contractual violations and lack of support from his local federation. Months earlier, Zimbabwe were disqualified from the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament after its football association failed to pay a former national coach. In athletics, Kenya only recently...
(The Guardian 04/27/16)
Barclays has revealed it has received approaches for its African operations – which its former chief executive Bob Diamond wants to buy – as it reported a 25% slump in first quarter profits and losses on oil-related loans. The bank, currently undergoing a restructuring under new chief executive Jes Staley, reported first quarter profits of £793m and a 15% rise in bad debts, largely a result of problems facing clients in the oil and gas sector. Staley, an American banker...
(Washington Post 04/27/16)
The pejorative phrase “Go back to Africa” made news last month when hurled at protesters at Donald Trump rallies. At the canceled rally on the campus of the University of Illinois–Chicago on March 11, protestor Jedidiah Brown was irate after he was allegedly told to “go back to Africa” by a Trump supporter. A natural-born American citizen, Brown said he had never been to Africa and therefore no one had the right to tell him to go back to a...
(The Observer 04/26/16)
Leaders of the four countries that form the Northern Corridor Integration Projects initiative have agreed in principle to start monitoring cross-border phone calls. The leaders of Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda, at the recent 13th Summit in Kampala, directed their respective ministries in charge of information communication technology (ICT) to procure traffic monitoring systems for detection of what they term fraudulent or grey calls. The four leaders are Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Salva Kiir of...
(Huffingtonpost 04/26/16)
The foreign aid arena in Africa has traditionally been dominated by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. However, over the last three decades non-traditional donors such as China, have emerged. The increasing importance of non-traditional donors has meant that the economic and political stronghold of western countries in sub-Saharan Africa has gradually ebbed. China is now the largest non-traditional contributor of aid to sub-Saharan African countries. In the 1960s Africa provided China with an opportunity to increase its political and diplomatic reach.
(Financial Times 04/26/16)
This is likely to be the first year this millennium when Africa grows more slowly than the rest of the world, the IMF predicts. With the respected Ibrahim Index of African Governance suggesting that standards of governance have declined since the global financial crisis, and the IMF having warned that too few countries used the boom years to improve their public finances, a picture emerges of a continent that has largely squandered its commodity-led windfall. The recent slowdown has also...
(AfricaNews 04/25/16)
Health officials in Rwanda have raised a red flag over the upsurge in malaria cases which they say has been on the increase over the past months. According to data from Rwanda’s health ministry, the East African nation registered about two million malaria cases last year compared to 514,000 cases in 2012. “Malaria cases had reduced in recent years but are now on the rise. This is why we are putting in more efforts and that’s why we organised a symposium to collectively see how this can be tackled,” said Dr Fabien Ntaganda, a hemato-pathologist at Rwanda Military Hospital.
(Voice of America 04/25/16)
Foreign policy almost always takes a back seat to domestic concerns during the U.S. presidential campaign season. Candidates rarely win over any voters in diners in New Hampshire or town hall events in Iowa touting their plans for economic investment and security frameworks in Africa. In 1999, then-candidate George W. Bush went so far as to declare Africa “irrelevant” to U.S. foreign policy during his first presidential run.
(BBC News Africa 04/24/16)
The influential Congolese music star Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast, media reports say. Video from the concert shows the artist, who was 66, slumped on the floor as dancers continue to perform, unaware of what is happening. French broadcaster France 24 confirmed the death, quoting his manager. On the African music scene since 1969, Papa Wemba won a world following with his soukous rock music. The Congolese band leader, whose real name was Jules Shungu Webadio, also inspired a cult movement known as the Sapeurs whose members, young men, spend huge amounts of money on designer clothes.
(The New Times 04/23/16)
The apparent end to the commodity super-cycle has sent shockwaves across the global economy. It has sparked turbulence in world stock markets, put pressure on currencies, and fuelled major concerns about prospects for growth and the stability of public finances. Africa has not escaped this pessimism. Questions have been asked about the continent's economic future, with widespread fears that the remarkable gains of the last two decades could be reversed. The mood reminds me of the IMF/World Bank meetings I...
(AfricaNews 04/23/16)
More than a century after the light bulb was invented most of the African continent is still in the dark after nightfall. School children often cannot read after dusk, businesses cannot grow, clinics cannot refrigerate medicine or vaccines and industries are idled, hampering economic growth, jobs, and livelihoods. Today some 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa are facing a crisis evidenced by rolling blackouts. Although the African continent is well endowed both with fossil fuels and renewable resources, these are not...
(Xinhuanet 04/22/16)
(Xinhua) -- Heavy rains killed a woman and two children and destroyed homes in western and eastern Rwanda, authorities said on Thursday. Hundreds of residents were left homeless after flash floods caused havoc in Nyabihu district in western and Nyagatare district in eastern Rwanda on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. It came days after over 50 homes were reported destroyed in Musanze district in northern Rwanda. The dead were residents of Jenda sector, Nyabihu district, local officials said. "The children were sleeping in a house brought down by heavy downpour. Homes were destroyed and livestock killed," said Theoneste Uwanzwenuwe, Nyabihu district mayor.
(Xinhuanet 04/22/16)
KIGALI, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Rwandan soldiers did not cross into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) last weekend as reported, the army said. Military authorities in DR Congo said Tuesday Rwandan soldiers intruded into the eastern part of the country in search of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebels. But Lieutenant Colonel Rene Ngendahimana, deputy spokesman for the Rwandan army, denied the reports. "These are false allegations. Rwandan soldiers never crossed the border into...

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(Voice of America 04/30/16)
More than 200 people, including three African presidents, attended the opening of a three-day summit Friday near Mount Kenya, where activists and officials have gathered to discuss the future of Africa’s elephants and their habitats. Poaching has escalated to alarming heights in recent years, as 100,000 African elephants were killed between 2010 and 2012 alone. Tens of thousands continue to be poached every year across the continent. The goal of the event is to find ways to stop the slaughter of Africa’s elephants, protecting at least 50 percent of these animals and their landscapes by 2020. And to do so, conservationists say that government leaders must flex their political muscle in support of the cause...
(Xinhuanet 04/29/16)
(Xinhua) -- Zambia and Rwanda have vowed to uphold bilateral ties following xenophobic attacks targeting Rwandan nationals in the Zambian capital Lusaka last week. Zambian Foreign Affairs Minister, Harry Kalaba, on Thursday met at his office with charge'd Affaires at the Rwandan Embassy in Zambia, Abel Buhungu. Kalaba said the violence against Rwandan nationals was unfortunate and that Zambia was committed to upholding its relations with Rwanda. He assured the international community that Zambia would continue protecting foreign nationals. On his part, Buhungu said Rwanda would continue to strengthen ties with Zambia despite the attacks. He commended the Zambian government for putting in place intervention measures to quell the xenophobic attacks and its commitment to the protection of foreigners. He...
(African arguments 04/29/16)
As Africa finds its voice after centuries of being silenced, well-intentioned outsiders must be careful to help and not hijack this moment. Just back from the Tana Forum on Peace and Security, held in the sleepy town of Bahir Dar on the shores of Ethiopia's Lake Tana, my head churns with questions about how African debates like this should be organised. Should they be held under a Baobab tree or in international hotels? Should they be formal or informal? Should...
(Forbes 04/29/16)
I write about how innovation is better in Africa. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. “If we can prove our basic supposition that children can learn to read, write and do math on their own, and with each other using only technology, the positive results will be global and exponential.” – XPRIZE’s Matt Keller. Having propelled humanity to the edge of space, the XPRIZE now hopes to inspire education for hundreds of millions of children, starting with a...
(Voice of America 04/28/16)
Press freedom declined in Africa and around the world in 2015, according to a new report by the monitoring and advocacy group Freedom House. The worst clampdown on the African continent took place in Burundi, a Great Lakes nation where efforts by the president to extend his time in office beyond constitutional limits have pushed the country to the brink of civil war. There, journalists have been imprisoned, beaten and killed and nearly all independent media outlets have been shut down. Worldwide, press freedom dropped to the lowest recorded level in 12 years, Freedom House said.
(BBC News Africa 04/28/16)
The call for better management of sport is heard across Africa - often as a lament, more regularly as an outburst of barely contained frustration. In football, former Ajax and Juventus defender Sunday Oliseh recently quit as Nigeria's national football coach, citing contractual violations and lack of support from his local federation. Months earlier, Zimbabwe were disqualified from the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament after its football association failed to pay a former national coach. In athletics, Kenya only recently...
(Washington Post 04/27/16)
The pejorative phrase “Go back to Africa” made news last month when hurled at protesters at Donald Trump rallies. At the canceled rally on the campus of the University of Illinois–Chicago on March 11, protestor Jedidiah Brown was irate after he was allegedly told to “go back to Africa” by a Trump supporter. A natural-born American citizen, Brown said he had never been to Africa and therefore no one had the right to tell him to go back to a...
(The Observer 04/26/16)
Leaders of the four countries that form the Northern Corridor Integration Projects initiative have agreed in principle to start monitoring cross-border phone calls. The leaders of Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda, at the recent 13th Summit in Kampala, directed their respective ministries in charge of information communication technology (ICT) to procure traffic monitoring systems for detection of what they term fraudulent or grey calls. The four leaders are Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Salva Kiir of...
(Financial Times 04/26/16)
This is likely to be the first year this millennium when Africa grows more slowly than the rest of the world, the IMF predicts. With the respected Ibrahim Index of African Governance suggesting that standards of governance have declined since the global financial crisis, and the IMF having warned that too few countries used the boom years to improve their public finances, a picture emerges of a continent that has largely squandered its commodity-led windfall. The recent slowdown has also...
(AfricaNews 04/25/16)
Health officials in Rwanda have raised a red flag over the upsurge in malaria cases which they say has been on the increase over the past months. According to data from Rwanda’s health ministry, the East African nation registered about two million malaria cases last year compared to 514,000 cases in 2012. “Malaria cases had reduced in recent years but are now on the rise. This is why we are putting in more efforts and that’s why we organised a symposium to collectively see how this can be tackled,” said Dr Fabien Ntaganda, a hemato-pathologist at Rwanda Military Hospital.
(Voice of America 04/25/16)
Foreign policy almost always takes a back seat to domestic concerns during the U.S. presidential campaign season. Candidates rarely win over any voters in diners in New Hampshire or town hall events in Iowa touting their plans for economic investment and security frameworks in Africa. In 1999, then-candidate George W. Bush went so far as to declare Africa “irrelevant” to U.S. foreign policy during his first presidential run.
(The New Times 04/23/16)
The apparent end to the commodity super-cycle has sent shockwaves across the global economy. It has sparked turbulence in world stock markets, put pressure on currencies, and fuelled major concerns about prospects for growth and the stability of public finances. Africa has not escaped this pessimism. Questions have been asked about the continent's economic future, with widespread fears that the remarkable gains of the last two decades could be reversed. The mood reminds me of the IMF/World Bank meetings I...
(Xinhuanet 04/22/16)
(Xinhua) -- Heavy rains killed a woman and two children and destroyed homes in western and eastern Rwanda, authorities said on Thursday. Hundreds of residents were left homeless after flash floods caused havoc in Nyabihu district in western and Nyagatare district in eastern Rwanda on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. It came days after over 50 homes were reported destroyed in Musanze district in northern Rwanda. The dead were residents of Jenda sector, Nyabihu district, local officials said. "The children were sleeping in a house brought down by heavy downpour. Homes were destroyed and livestock killed," said Theoneste Uwanzwenuwe, Nyabihu district mayor.
(Xinhuanet 04/22/16)
KIGALI, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Rwandan soldiers did not cross into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) last weekend as reported, the army said. Military authorities in DR Congo said Tuesday Rwandan soldiers intruded into the eastern part of the country in search of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebels. But Lieutenant Colonel Rene Ngendahimana, deputy spokesman for the Rwandan army, denied the reports. "These are false allegations. Rwandan soldiers never crossed the border into...
(Zimbabwe Independent 04/22/16)
The year 2015 has been an annus horribilis for several economies in Africa. First, currencies across the board have depreciated dramatically against the dollar. Second, prices of almost all major commodities have crashed, which has had huge impact on government revenues. Third, China’s slowdown has put a damper on Africa’s economic growth. As a result, Africa’s economy will grow by 3,75% — lower than the 5% average of the last decade — and is expected to grow slightly higher in...
(Standard Digital 04/22/16)
Afrobarometer, a pan-African, non-partisan research network, recently released a report highlighting Africa’s electricity challenges. Power shortages can hamper socioeconomic development, but they also have implications for health and education. The electricity crisis in Africa is serious. One of the most glaring disparities is that across the 36 countries surveyed, 94% of urban dwellers have access to the electric grid, whereas only 45% do in rural areas. The urban-rural divide is most pronounced in Guinea, Mali and Niger. This suggests that...
(Xinhuanet 04/21/16)
(Xinhua) -- Rwandan leaders gave a request Wednesday to new prosecutor of the Residual Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, Serge Brammertz, to exhort countries hosting genocide suspects to bring them to book. Residual Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) replaced the former International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) which wound down its business last December. Rwanda's Justice Minister Johnston Busingye made the request after meeting with prosecutor Brammertz in Kigali.
(East African Business Week 04/20/16)
The East African Community (EAC) last week hosted a two-day Regional Trade and Feed the Future Coordination Conference organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the EAC. The two day conference, which was held in Arusha, Tanzania aimed at enhancing collaboration and sharing information among USAID missions and Partners to improve integration, innovation and scaling up of results, focus on the implementation of policy priorities and sharing lessons learned from across the region and initiatives. Amb...
(Voice of America 04/20/16)
Many parts of Asia, Africa and the Americas are scorching in heat caused by a cyclical phenomenon known as El Niño. The unusually warm waters that come up to the surface in the Pacific Ocean every three to six years cause extreme weather conditions. The resulting drought is especially hard on the poorest people of sub-Saharan Africa. Somaliland is one of the poorest African regions. Its rural population is struggling to make a living in the best of times, but...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/16)
(Xinhua) -- High court in Kigali Monday denied bail to Rwandan genocide suspect who was extradited from DR Congo, Ladislas Ntaganzwa. By denying Ntaganzwa bail, court upheld a lower court decision to remand the suspect for 30 days until prosecution concludes its investigations. Court said the suspect gave no strong ground for asking for bail. The 54-year old who was extradited in March had appealed against the lower court decision on grounds that it lacked competence to try high level...

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(IMF 05/03/16)
After a prolonged period of strong economic growth, sub-Saharan Africa is set to experience a second difficult year as the region is hit by multiple shocks, the IMF said in its latest Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa. The steep decline in commodity prices and tighter financing conditions have put many large economies under severe strain, and the new report calls for a stronger policy response to counter the effect of these shocks and secure the region's growth potential. The report shows growth fell to 3.5 percent in 2015, the lowest level in 15 years. Growth this year is expected to slow further to 3 percent, well below the 6 percent average over the last...
(The Guardian 04/27/16)
Barclays has revealed it has received approaches for its African operations – which its former chief executive Bob Diamond wants to buy – as it reported a 25% slump in first quarter profits and losses on oil-related loans. The bank, currently undergoing a restructuring under new chief executive Jes Staley, reported first quarter profits of £793m and a 15% rise in bad debts, largely a result of problems facing clients in the oil and gas sector. Staley, an American banker who took the helm in December after a hiatus in the boardroom, said there had been expressions of interest in the African business, which was put on the market last month. “On Africa, we continue to explore opportunities to reduce...
(Huffingtonpost 04/26/16)
The foreign aid arena in Africa has traditionally been dominated by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. However, over the last three decades non-traditional donors such as China, have emerged. The increasing importance of non-traditional donors has meant that the economic and political stronghold of western countries in sub-Saharan Africa has gradually ebbed. China is now the largest non-traditional contributor of aid to sub-Saharan African countries. In the 1960s Africa provided China with an opportunity to increase its political and diplomatic reach.
(AfricaNews 04/23/16)
More than a century after the light bulb was invented most of the African continent is still in the dark after nightfall. School children often cannot read after dusk, businesses cannot grow, clinics cannot refrigerate medicine or vaccines and industries are idled, hampering economic growth, jobs, and livelihoods. Today some 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa are facing a crisis evidenced by rolling blackouts. Although the African continent is well endowed both with fossil fuels and renewable resources, these are not...
(Voice of America 04/21/16)
Starbucks, the coffee chain ubiquitous in U.S. cities, has spread to sub-Saharan Africa with the opening Thursday of a new location in Johannesburg. The company announced in July it would be partnering with Taste Holdings to bring a number of stores to South Africa. A group of people lined up outside the Johannesburg store before it opened, including some who waited there for seven hours. Starbucks has more than 23,000 locations around the world. Before Thursday, the only African locations...
(Business Day 04/21/16)
The apparent end to the commodity supercycle has sent shock waves across the global economy. It has sparked turbulence in stock markets, put pressure on currencies and fuelled concerns about prospects for growth and the stability of public finances. Africa has not escaped this pessimism. Questions have been asked about the continent’s economic future, with fears that the remarkable gains of the past two decades could be reversed. The mood reminds me of the International Monetary Fund-World Bank meetings I...
(AfricaNews 04/21/16)
The World Bank and other development partners have revealed that the total money transfers by African migrants to their region or country of origin surged by 3.4% to $35.2 billion, in 2015. The sum which includes intra-African transfers, represents 6 percent of total transfers by migrants worldwide to their region or country of origin, Ecofin agency reports. The total migrants transfers worldwide, though lesser compared to the previous year is estimated at $581.6 billion. Africa is seen as number one...
(CNN 04/16/16)
Growth in Africa has outpaced most emerging markets in recent years, but that's changing fast as a slew of problems beset its leading economies. Cheap oil, political uncertainty and weak banks are all to blame. Here's what you need to know about sub-Saharan Africa's big four: South Africa The prospects for Africa's most advanced economy are not looking good. The country is set to grow by just 0.6% this year, according to the International Monetary Fund. It's one of the...
(Cnbc Africa 04/16/16)
The apparent end to the commodity super-cycle has sent shockwaves across the global economy. It has sparked turbulence in world stock markets, put pressure on currencies, and fuelled major concerns about prospects for growth and the stability of public finances. Africa has not escaped this pessimism. Questions have been asked about the continent’s economic future, with widespread fears that the remarkable gains of the last two decades could be reversed. The mood reminds me of the IMF/World Bank meetings I...
(Bloomberg 04/15/16)
Less than two years after International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde heralded Africa for its “remarkable resilience,” some of the continent’s former brightest stars are seeking bailouts. Ghana and Angola have turned to the IMF for help in the past year, as has Mozambique, which Lagarde had said epitomized the new “positive spirit” on the continent. Zambia may soon be forced to follow suit, Kenya took on a $1.5 billion standby facility and Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, is negotiating...
(Forbes 04/13/16)
By training one million young Africans with digital skills in the next year, Google GOOGL +0.78% is hoping to grow the continent’s digital economy and change the nature of its media and advertising industries. With 500m internet users expected to be online in Africa by 2020, according to Google, the Digify program will run in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya – where youth unemployment stands at 35%, 13% and 17% respectively, it says.
(The Wall Street Journal 04/12/16)
Fortune seekers across Africa are clambering down gold shafts closed by some of the world’s biggest miners, fueling dystopian conflicts between companies waiting out a commodity rout and poor villagers with little to lose. The result is a chaotic and often deadly tableau playing out deep underground across the mineral-rich continent. Dozens of miners have been killed in subterranean gunfights over turf ceded by mining companies, many of whom fear the collateral damage to shaft walls and winches could make...
(News24 04/12/16)
The number of planned hotel rooms in Africa has soared to 64 000 in 365 hotels, up almost 30% on the previous year, according to new figures from the annual W Hospitality Group Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey. The increase is largely down to strong growth in sub-Saharan Africa, which is up 42.1% on 2015 and is significantly outstripping North Africa which achieved only a modest 7.5% pipeline increase this year. South Africa ranks in position 9 of the hotel...
(Business Day 04/11/16)
There is no evidence to prove bilateral investment treaties signed by African countries have made them more attractive to foreign direct investment, despite it being the main reason to sign them. The private sector tends to be the main beneficiary of treaties, with governments weakened by a lack of negotiating capacity. These are among the findings of an Economic Commission for Africa report looking at issues about, and the consequences of, investment policies and bilateral investment treaties. The report was...
(Business Day 04/08/16)
As we face the challenges of the 21st century, there is more that unites Africa and Europe than divides us. We share a common history of thousands of years. Today more than ever, we need to work together to build our common future and to work jointly on the defining global issues of our age. We have a shared view of the benefits of co-operation on our continents. Europe’s journey from the devastation of 1945 to a union of more...
(The New Times 04/07/16)
The bond market ended months of inactivity yesterday to push Rwf4 million worth of bonds traded at Rwf101.5 in one deal and raking in a total turnover of Rwf4.1 million, the Rwanda Stock Exchange daily market report for Wednesday indicates. Meanwhile, Bralirwa recorded a total turnover of over Rwf1.6 million from 9,400 shares traded in two deals during the trading session. The counter closed at Rwf174, unchanged from Tuesday's close. Crystal Telecom, the other active counter yesterday, was also stable...
(The Guardian 04/06/16)
Reeling from external trade shocks, resulting in search for alternative source of funds for financing public expenditures, experts have advised African countries to exercise restraint in sourcing for foreign loans. This is even as the government of Nigeria may have shelved any plan to increase taxes, especially the Value Added Tax (VAT), at least this year.
(This Day Live 04/06/16)
The 18 member countries of African Petroleum Producers Association are considering strategies that will keep them afloat in the wake of the challenging crude oil price environment. Since the prices of crude oil in the international market took an uncertain path, the economies of some key African oil producing countries have received some significant battering, especially those that rely heavily on crude oil export to meet their respective economic and social responsibilities. Over the periods that oil prices have slipped...
(Foreign Policy 04/05/16)
Africa’s petrostates are crashing hard. A cool $115 in the summer of 2014, a barrel of Brent crude, the international pricing benchmark, now fetches below $40. And having failed to build massive foreign exchange reserves like Saudi Arabia or other Gulf monarchies, African oil exporters are now being forced to grapple with depreciating national currencies, mounting inflation, and deep cuts in government spending. Some of these states are now dangerously unstable, staring down popular unrest or domestic insurgencies that left unaddressed could set them back years, if not decades, in development terms.
(Independent Online 04/05/16)
The African Union (AU) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Integration concludes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday with Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, imploring African countries to improve young people’s skills in science and engineering. The Conference of Ministers is an annual event jointly organised by the Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union Commission. It is being held at the Conference Centre of the Economic Commission for Africa in...

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

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

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(Voice of America 04/30/16)
More than 200 people, including three African presidents, attended the opening of a three-day summit Friday near Mount Kenya, where activists and officials have gathered to discuss the future of Africa’s elephants and their habitats. Poaching has escalated to alarming heights in recent years, as 100,000 African elephants were killed between 2010 and 2012 alone. Tens of thousands continue to be poached every year across the continent. The goal of the event is to find ways to stop the slaughter of Africa’s elephants, protecting at least 50 percent of these animals and their landscapes by 2020. And to do so, conservationists say that government leaders must flex their political muscle in support of the cause...
(BBC News Africa 04/28/16)
The call for better management of sport is heard across Africa - often as a lament, more regularly as an outburst of barely contained frustration. In football, former Ajax and Juventus defender Sunday Oliseh recently quit as Nigeria's national football coach, citing contractual violations and lack of support from his local federation. Months earlier, Zimbabwe were disqualified from the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament after its football association failed to pay a former national coach. In athletics, Kenya only recently averted the threat of disqualification from the 2016 Olympic Games because of its previously long-standing failure to implement robust drugs-testing procedures - nearly 40 athletes have failed tests in the last four years. And yet Kenya would surely be far...
(Voice of America 04/25/16)
Foreign policy almost always takes a back seat to domestic concerns during the U.S. presidential campaign season. Candidates rarely win over any voters in diners in New Hampshire or town hall events in Iowa touting their plans for economic investment and security frameworks in Africa. In 1999, then-candidate George W. Bush went so far as to declare Africa “irrelevant” to U.S. foreign policy during his first presidential run.
(Voice of America 04/21/16)
Starbucks, the coffee chain ubiquitous in U.S. cities, has spread to sub-Saharan Africa with the opening Thursday of a new location in Johannesburg. The company announced in July it would be partnering with Taste Holdings to bring a number of stores to South Africa. A group of people lined up outside the Johannesburg store before it opened, including some who waited there for seven hours. Starbucks has more than 23,000 locations around the world. Before Thursday, the only African locations...
(BBC News Africa 04/16/16)
A former politician who described Tutsis as "cockroaches" and called for their extermination has been jailed for life in Rwanda over the 1994 genocide. Leon Mugesera, an academic, was extradited back to his home country from Canada four years ago. He made his incendiary speech against the Tutsi minority in 1992. Some 800,000 people died in the genocide. Mugesera later worked as a lecturer in Quebec province and lost a 12-year legal battle to avoid extradition.
(The Wall Street Journal 04/12/16)
Fortune seekers across Africa are clambering down gold shafts closed by some of the world’s biggest miners, fueling dystopian conflicts between companies waiting out a commodity rout and poor villagers with little to lose. The result is a chaotic and often deadly tableau playing out deep underground across the mineral-rich continent. Dozens of miners have been killed in subterranean gunfights over turf ceded by mining companies, many of whom fear the collateral damage to shaft walls and winches could make...
(Voice of America 04/11/16)
A new chapter of warm relations has opened between the governments of Tanzania and Rwanda after Tanzanian President John Magufuli officially participated in the 22-year remembrance of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, according to Tanzanian Foreign Minister Augustine Mahiga. Rwandan President Paul Kagame was among the very first African leaders to congratulate Magufuli shortly after the electoral commission of Tanzania declared him the winner of last year’s presidential poll. Kagame also participated in Magufuli’s installation.
(BBC News Africa 04/09/16)
A mobile insurance scheme to help small-scale farmers in Kenya ensure their agricultural produce against drought and other natural disasters is spreading to other parts of Africa, as Neil Ford explains. A greater proportion of sub-Saharan Africans work in agriculture than anywhere else on the planet but only 6% of the population of Africa and the Middle East have any form of agricultural insurance. "The insurance man" was a feature of many Western countries in past decades. Local agents collected...
(Bloomberg 04/08/16)
On a sweltering Kenyan morning on the outskirts of a national wildlife park, Chinese and local workers maneuver a massive concrete rail-bridge structure onto towering support piers. In the distance, trucks loaded with shipping containers rumble down a highway. The bridge at Voi, northwest of the port of Mombasa, is the latest construction frontline for the initial 327 billion-shilling ($3.2 billion) stretch of an ambitious railway project to link the East African country with landlocked neighbors including Rwanda and Uganda...
(Dw-World 04/07/16)
Tanzania's president John Pombe Magufuli is joining Rwandans to commemorate the country's 1994 genocide that saw more than 800,000 people killed. It is his first maiden trip outside Tanzania since becoming head of state. Relations between Rwanda and Tanzania soured in May 2013 after former Tanzania's president Jakaya Kikwete suggested in an African Union meeting in Ethiopia, that the Rwandan government should hold peace talks with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda(FDLR) rebel group to end violence in...
(Forbes 04/01/16)
Africa seems to be the only continent today that is regularly referred to as a country. It bristles me every time I hear it said. It’s reminiscent of Ronald Reagan’s chatter with the press aboard Air Force One in late 1982 on his way back to the US from a Presidential visit to Latin America: “I learned a lot down there…You’d be surprised, because, you know, they’re all individual countries.” As a relatively freshly minted PhD in international business economics...
(BBC News Africa 03/31/16)
A former Rwandan minister has died in jail in Burundi nearly four months after being arrested for espionage. The successor to Jacques Bihozagara as Rwanda's ambassador to Belgium has called the death an assassination. No official reason has been given for his death. Relations between the two neighbours have been strained recently, amid claims Rwanda was backing rebels seeking to overthrow Burundi's president, something Rwanda denies. Mr Bihozagara was dead within minutes of arriving at the prison hospital, according to fellow prisoners.
(Bloomberg 03/22/16)
The corn that is a food staple for much of southern Africa is now so expensive it has become a luxury many can’t afford, after the worst drought in three decades damaged crops from Ethiopia to South Africa. In Malawi, one of a dozen nations affected by the dry spell, Meleniya Mateyu says she has to forage for wild water-lily roots called nyika from streams and swamps to feed her two orphaned grandchildren. The small amount of grain she gets...
(AL Jazeera 03/21/16)
Ladislas Ntaganzwa stands accused of responsibility for the killing of an estimated 20,000 people during 1994 massacre. A Rwandan who allegedly helped to orchestrate the 1990s genocide was sent back to his country on Sunday to be tried by a United Nations tribunal. Ladislas Ntaganzwa was arrested in December in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and has been accused of responsibility for the killing of an estimated 20,000 people. A $5m bounty was put on his head. The extradition...
(African arguments 03/15/16)
Rwanda claims its withdrawal from an African Court declaration just as that court was about to begin Victoire Ingabire’s hearing was pure coincidence. During an African Union (AU) summit in early February, it was decided that Foreign Ministers would prepare a roadmap for the continent’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The reason for this move, according to a growing group of African leaders, is that the ICC is “anti-African”, “humiliating” and a threat to sovereignty. This argument refers...
(The New Times 03/15/16)
In pursuit of socio-economic transformation, African countries have often tried to either follow into the Western or Asian development footprints, often too, oblivious to the fact that their systems may not be compatible back home. During the first day of the inaugural African Transformation Forum (ATF) in Kigali, yesterday, several economists said Africa does not need to follow anyone’s development model but rather chart its own path to unlock rapid and sustained growth. The two-day meeting is co-hosted by African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET), one of Africa’s leading think-tanks, and the Government of Rwanda.
(Voice of America 03/10/16)
The next Einstein will come from Africa. At least that is the premise of a global gathering of scientists, government representatives and innovators in Senegal this week. The organizers of the Next Einstein Forum say sub-Saharan Africa currently contributes just one percent of the world's scientific research output. But that, they say, is not for lack of ingenuity, but rather lack of opportunity on the continent.
(Voice of America 03/09/16)
Climate change is threatening some of Africa's most important crops, including corn, beans and bananas, and scientists warn that the agriculture system there needs some adjustments, and fast. The problem is, as climate change has a greater impact on the continent's crops, some areas currently growing staple crops won't be able to support them. The study was done by the University of Leeds and was released in Nature Climate Change. Staple crops at risk The numbers are startling. A full...
(Voice of America 03/03/16)
South Sudan President Salva Kiir is excited about the socio-economic and bilateral prospects for his country after the world's newest nation officially became a member of the East African Community (EAC) on Wednesday. South Sudan was voted into the economic bloc during a summit of regional heads of state in Arusha, Tanzania. "The president is jubilant,” said presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny. “He is very happy that South Sudan has made it finally to the community of East Africa. …...
(Voice of America 03/02/16)
East African Community (EAC) leaders are meeting Wednesday in Arusha, Tanzania. The community, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda has been involved in mediating Burundi’s peace talks under the leadership of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. But those talks have so far failed to yield practical results. Will President Nkurunziza attend? The East African leaders are likely to get a report from President Museveni on how his mediation efforts have been going. But the key question about Wednesday’s Arusha summit...

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