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Friday 24 April 2015

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(Xinhuanet 04/24/15)
KIGALI, April (Xinhua) -- The United States has signed an agreement with Rwandan Ministry of Internal Security for partnership on training of police peacekeepers. In accordance with the agreement signed Wednesday in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, by U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica Barks- Ruggles and Rwandan Minister of Internal Security Sheikh Mussa Fazil Harerimana, the United States will provide the African country with training and other support for Rwandan National Police forces to be deployed to United Nations and regional peacekeeping operations around the continent, said a statement reaching Xinhua from the U.S. Embassy in Kigali. "
(Xinhuanet 04/24/15)
BEIJING, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Louise Mushikiwabo, foreign minister of Rwanda, will pay a working visit to China from Wednesday to Saturday, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Friday. Mushikiwabo is visiting China at the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, spokesperson Hong Lei said.
(Xinhuanet 04/24/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April (Xinhua) -- With the 1st edition of the specialized technical committee (STC) meeting on social development, labor and employment, African officials are deliberating on ways of addressing challenges in the area of social protection on the African continent. The Meeting has been organized on 20-24 April by the Department of Social Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC) under the theme, "Social Protection for Inclusive Development," at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.
(Voice of America 04/24/15)
 
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WASHINGTON— The world is winning the fight against malaria. Millions of lives have been saved in the past 10 years ... lives mostly of children under the age of five. A potential vaccine is being tested. But the World Health Organization reports that new developments threaten a decade's worth of work. The gains against malaria began when then-U.S. President George W. Bush started the President's Malaria Initiative, a program that provided millions of dollars and encouraged other donor countries and...
(BBC News Africa 04/23/15)
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has held its final hearings into crimes carried out during the 1994 genocide in which 800,000 people died. In more than 20 years of operation, the UN-backed court has indicted 93 people for their roles in the violence. It was the first international tribunal to deliver verdicts in relation to genocide and recognise rape as a means of carrying out genocide. Sixty-one defendants were convicted and 14 were acquitted. Others were referred for trial...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/23/15)
(Reuters) - Rwandan troops crossed into eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and wounded a local soldier, the Congolese government said on Wednesday, drawing an immediate denial from a Rwandan official. Government spokesman Lambert Mende said Congolese troops fired warning shots at Rwandan troops who entered Rutshuru territory in Congo's eastern province of North Kivu. "The Rwandans responded by wounding one of our troops," he said. North Kivu governor Julien Paluku also said Rwandan troops had crossed the border on Wednesday afternoon.
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
NAIROBI, April 23 (Xinhua) -- East African countries plan to establish a 20 million U.S. dollar fund to help boost the participation of the private sector in the ongoing market integration. East Africa Community (EAC) Secretary General Richard Sezibera said in Nairobi the Private Sector Fund will be launched by the regional economic bloc's heads of state at their summit in November. "The Treaty for the Establishment of the EAC states that the integration process will be people-driven with the...
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April 23 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) have reiterated their commitment to deepening partnership in the area of peace and security. Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, on Tuesday met with Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-president of the European Commission.
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
JAKARTA, April (Xinhua) -- Leaders from Asian and African nations met here on Wednesday for an Asian-African summit under the theme of "Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity." Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in his opening speech, called for a new world economic order for the emerging economies. The management of the global economy could not be left only to the three international financial institutions of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank,...
(AFP 04/22/15)
The UN-backed international tribunal trying Rwanda's worst genocide cases ended its final hearing Wednesday after more than two decades of work. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), based in the Tanzanian town of Arusha, was set up in 1994 by the United Nations to try those responsible for the genocide. Around 800,000 people -- mostly members of the minority Tutsi community -- were slaughtered in a 100-day orgy of violence, largely by ethnic Hutus. Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, the first woman to be found guilty of genocide and incitement to rape by an international tribunal,
(Algérie Presse service 04/22/15)
Algeria and Rwanda maintain "good" bilateral relations since the 1970s, Rwandan President Paul Kagame stressed Monday in Algiers. "Algeria and Rwanda are linked by good relations since the 1970s, especially in diplomacy and we even expanded this relationship," Kagame told the press after a meeting with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. He noted that relations between the two countries "have improved in recent years," adding that Algeria and Rwanda "are endeavouring to further deepen these relationships." "We are optimistic regarding the development...
(Rwanda News Agency 04/22/15)
The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philibert Nsengimana, has called on Rwandan girls to take up studies and careers in ICT as these offer a chance for them to enhance their skills and tackle unemployment challenges. Minister Nsengimana made the call in a discussion on YouthConnekt Hangout about the International Girls in ICT Day slated to be celebrated on Saturday 25 April 2015 with the conclusion of the Ms. Geek Competition – an annual competition in which young women,...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/15)
(Reuters) - Leaders of Asian and African nations called on Wednesday for a new global order that is open to emerging economic powers and leaves the "obsolete ideas" of Bretton Woods institutions in the past. Their calls came at the opening of a meeting of Asian and African nations in Jakarta to mark the 60th anniversary of a conference that made a developing-world stand against colonialism and led to the Cold War era's non-aligned movement. Among the leaders listening were...
(Xinhuanet 04/21/15)
JAKARTA, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Foreign ministers from Asian and African countries have vowed to combat terrorism and drug trafficking ahead of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference. "The ministers see the importance of peace and stability and the need to strengthen and combat transnational crime including terrorism and drug trafficking," said Retno Marsudi, foreign minister of the host nation Indonesia, on Monday. During their speeches, a number of ministers stressed the importance of stepping up efforts to fight terrorism. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour said "terrorism and violent extremism" continued to affect the world.
(Xinhuanet 04/21/15)
JAKARTA, April 21 (Xinhua) -- The Asian African Business Summit (AABS) kicked off here on Tuesday morning with Indonesian President Joko Widodo delivering a brief opening speech. "I believe this forum will be a facility for the business sector to materialize Bandung Spirit through strengthening of mutually-benefiting cooperation on trade and investment that give contribution to the acceleration of economy and prosperity of the people on the two continents,"said the president. Bandung Spirit, which was put forward at the first...
(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...
(Voice of America 04/18/15)
International health officials say just two capsules a day of Vitamin A reduces the chance of a child dying by 22%. Children without iodine lose 13 IQ points and stay one year less in school. Efforts to promote child health support vitamin and mineral supplements to rectify the problem. They also support breast-feeding and foods fortified with health-enhancing nutrients. But many high-impact programs are under-funded. The new Power of Nutrition fund aims to change all that. The new effort will...
(African arguments 04/18/15)
The humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, in which thousands of migrants have drowned attempting to cross into Europe, highlights the urgency there is to find a solution to tackling certain forms of migration from North Africa and the Middle East. Across the EU, mounting internal political pressures have intensified debates about migration and asylum, encouraging policies devised to restrict and control asylum and migration. A recent initiative between the EU and nine states in and around the Horn of Africa,...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/17/15)
GENEVA/PALERMO, (Reuters) - Italian police arrested 15 African men suspected of throwing about a dozen Christians from a migrant boat in the Mediterranean on Thursday, as the crisis off southern Italy intensified. Forty-one more deaths were reported in a separate incident. Police in the Sicilian capital Palermo said they had arrested the men, from Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal, after survivors reported they had thrown 12 people from Nigeria and Ghana to their deaths and threatened other Christians. The 15...
(Xinhuanet 04/16/15)
KIGALI, April (Xinhua) -- The United Nations is assessing Rwandan national police's readiness as the country plans to deploy a special peacekeeping unit to the conflict-torn Central African Republic (CAR). The evaluators, from UN's peacekeeping operation and field support departments, began a five-day assessment on Sunday. Assistant Commissioner of Police Jimmy Hodari, also commissioner for Peace Support Operation, said the UN seeks to review Rwandan national police's contingent-owned equipment and officers' operational capability to ensure they meet UN requirements. The...

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(Xinhuanet 04/24/15)
KIGALI, April (Xinhua) -- The United States has signed an agreement with Rwandan Ministry of Internal Security for partnership on training of police peacekeepers. In accordance with the agreement signed Wednesday in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, by U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica Barks- Ruggles and Rwandan Minister of Internal Security Sheikh Mussa Fazil Harerimana, the United States will provide the African country with training and other support for Rwandan National Police forces to be deployed to United Nations and regional peacekeeping operations around the continent, said a statement reaching Xinhua from the U.S. Embassy in Kigali. "
(Voice of America 04/24/15)
 
00:00
WASHINGTON— The world is winning the fight against malaria. Millions of lives have been saved in the past 10 years ... lives mostly of children under the age of five. A potential vaccine is being tested. But the World Health Organization reports that new developments threaten a decade's worth of work. The gains against malaria began when then-U.S. President George W. Bush started the President's Malaria Initiative, a program that provided millions of dollars and encouraged other donor countries and private organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to make eradicating malaria a priority. The results can be seen in both research and the number of lives being saved. The World Health Organization reports that deaths from malaria have...
(BBC News Africa 04/23/15)
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has held its final hearings into crimes carried out during the 1994 genocide in which 800,000 people died. In more than 20 years of operation, the UN-backed court has indicted 93 people for their roles in the violence. It was the first international tribunal to deliver verdicts in relation to genocide and recognise rape as a means of carrying out genocide. Sixty-one defendants were convicted and 14 were acquitted. Others were referred for trial...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/23/15)
(Reuters) - Rwandan troops crossed into eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and wounded a local soldier, the Congolese government said on Wednesday, drawing an immediate denial from a Rwandan official. Government spokesman Lambert Mende said Congolese troops fired warning shots at Rwandan troops who entered Rutshuru territory in Congo's eastern province of North Kivu. "The Rwandans responded by wounding one of our troops," he said. North Kivu governor Julien Paluku also said Rwandan troops had crossed the border on Wednesday afternoon.
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April 23 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) have reiterated their commitment to deepening partnership in the area of peace and security. Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, on Tuesday met with Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-president of the European Commission.
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
JAKARTA, April (Xinhua) -- Leaders from Asian and African nations met here on Wednesday for an Asian-African summit under the theme of "Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity." Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in his opening speech, called for a new world economic order for the emerging economies. The management of the global economy could not be left only to the three international financial institutions of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank,...
(AFP 04/22/15)
The UN-backed international tribunal trying Rwanda's worst genocide cases ended its final hearing Wednesday after more than two decades of work. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), based in the Tanzanian town of Arusha, was set up in 1994 by the United Nations to try those responsible for the genocide. Around 800,000 people -- mostly members of the minority Tutsi community -- were slaughtered in a 100-day orgy of violence, largely by ethnic Hutus. Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, the first woman to be found guilty of genocide and incitement to rape by an international tribunal,
(Rwanda News Agency 04/22/15)
The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philibert Nsengimana, has called on Rwandan girls to take up studies and careers in ICT as these offer a chance for them to enhance their skills and tackle unemployment challenges. Minister Nsengimana made the call in a discussion on YouthConnekt Hangout about the International Girls in ICT Day slated to be celebrated on Saturday 25 April 2015 with the conclusion of the Ms. Geek Competition – an annual competition in which young women,...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/15)
(Reuters) - Leaders of Asian and African nations called on Wednesday for a new global order that is open to emerging economic powers and leaves the "obsolete ideas" of Bretton Woods institutions in the past. Their calls came at the opening of a meeting of Asian and African nations in Jakarta to mark the 60th anniversary of a conference that made a developing-world stand against colonialism and led to the Cold War era's non-aligned movement. Among the leaders listening were...
(Xinhuanet 04/21/15)
JAKARTA, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Foreign ministers from Asian and African countries have vowed to combat terrorism and drug trafficking ahead of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference. "The ministers see the importance of peace and stability and the need to strengthen and combat transnational crime including terrorism and drug trafficking," said Retno Marsudi, foreign minister of the host nation Indonesia, on Monday. During their speeches, a number of ministers stressed the importance of stepping up efforts to fight terrorism. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour said "terrorism and violent extremism" continued to affect the world.
(Xinhuanet 04/21/15)
JAKARTA, April 21 (Xinhua) -- The Asian African Business Summit (AABS) kicked off here on Tuesday morning with Indonesian President Joko Widodo delivering a brief opening speech. "I believe this forum will be a facility for the business sector to materialize Bandung Spirit through strengthening of mutually-benefiting cooperation on trade and investment that give contribution to the acceleration of economy and prosperity of the people on the two continents,"said the president. Bandung Spirit, which was put forward at the first...
(Voice of America 04/18/15)
International health officials say just two capsules a day of Vitamin A reduces the chance of a child dying by 22%. Children without iodine lose 13 IQ points and stay one year less in school. Efforts to promote child health support vitamin and mineral supplements to rectify the problem. They also support breast-feeding and foods fortified with health-enhancing nutrients. But many high-impact programs are under-funded. The new Power of Nutrition fund aims to change all that. The new effort will...
(African arguments 04/18/15)
The humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, in which thousands of migrants have drowned attempting to cross into Europe, highlights the urgency there is to find a solution to tackling certain forms of migration from North Africa and the Middle East. Across the EU, mounting internal political pressures have intensified debates about migration and asylum, encouraging policies devised to restrict and control asylum and migration. A recent initiative between the EU and nine states in and around the Horn of Africa,...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/17/15)
GENEVA/PALERMO, (Reuters) - Italian police arrested 15 African men suspected of throwing about a dozen Christians from a migrant boat in the Mediterranean on Thursday, as the crisis off southern Italy intensified. Forty-one more deaths were reported in a separate incident. Police in the Sicilian capital Palermo said they had arrested the men, from Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal, after survivors reported they had thrown 12 people from Nigeria and Ghana to their deaths and threatened other Christians. The 15...
(Xinhuanet 04/16/15)
KIGALI, April (Xinhua) -- The United Nations is assessing Rwandan national police's readiness as the country plans to deploy a special peacekeeping unit to the conflict-torn Central African Republic (CAR). The evaluators, from UN's peacekeeping operation and field support departments, began a five-day assessment on Sunday. Assistant Commissioner of Police Jimmy Hodari, also commissioner for Peace Support Operation, said the UN seeks to review Rwandan national police's contingent-owned equipment and officers' operational capability to ensure they meet UN requirements. The...
(Xinhuanet 04/16/15)
NAIROBI, April (Xinhua) -- Lawmakers from the Great Lakes region on Wednesday vowed to back tough measures to contain terrorism and eruption of conflicts that threaten long-term stability and development in the region. The legislators at a forum in Nairobi stressed that punitive legislation, public engagement and youth empowerment were crucial to fight security threats effectively. "The scourges of terrorism and conflicts have undermined peace, stability and economic growth in the Great Lakes region. We need a collective approach to tackle insecurity in this region," said Ekwe Ethuro, Speaker of Kenyan Senate.
(Voice of America 04/14/15)
CHICAGO— The United States and the African Union signed an agreement on Monday to create the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, signed a memo of cooperation formalizing the collaboration between the African Union Commission and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
(Voice of America 04/14/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— While indigenous people from central African countries attended a meeting in Cameroon to promote their respective traditions, languages and cultures, Yaounde is taking measures to bring formal education to the nomadic Mbororos and Pygmies. The Ngoimo Baka pygmy community lives deep in the tropical forest of eastern Cameroon. The natural environment is their only source of livelihood. Every evening, villagers assemble at their chief's courtyard to listen to stories and roast meat caught nearby. This day, chief Bengoula...
(Voice of America 04/13/15)
Italian navy and merchant ships rescued a group of almost 1,000 migrants from three overcrowded boats about 48 kilometers from the coast of Libya. One person died before the rescue workers reached the boats. The migrants sent a distress call by phone Friday and were being taken to the island of Lampedusa, following rescue operations conducted into Saturday. In a dawn operation on Saturday, two Albanians, ages 28 and 42, were arrested after police identified them as the smugglers in charge of a boat carrying 37 would-be Syrian and Kurdish migrants, including five women.
(Daily Independent Nig 04/13/15)
A report on the state of marketing expertise and opportunities has been launched. The report which is fallout of a global marketing conference reveals the gap in consumer understanding that local and regional marketers say exists at a global level. According to a statement issued in Lagos by Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN), the report contains the key challenges that all brands face in Africa, notably the lack of reliable data, including media consumption and retail performance, as well as...

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(Xinhuanet 04/24/15)
ADDIS ABABA, April (Xinhua) -- With the 1st edition of the specialized technical committee (STC) meeting on social development, labor and employment, African officials are deliberating on ways of addressing challenges in the area of social protection on the African continent. The Meeting has been organized on 20-24 April by the Department of Social Affairs of the African Union Commission (AUC) under the theme, "Social Protection for Inclusive Development," at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.
(Xinhuanet 04/23/15)
NAIROBI, April 23 (Xinhua) -- East African countries plan to establish a 20 million U.S. dollar fund to help boost the participation of the private sector in the ongoing market integration. East Africa Community (EAC) Secretary General Richard Sezibera said in Nairobi the Private Sector Fund will be launched by the regional economic bloc's heads of state at their summit in November. "The Treaty for the Establishment of the EAC states that the integration process will be people-driven with the private sector as the engine of economic growth. The private sector will with the establishment of the fund play an even more important role in the integration as the drivers of economic growth," Sezibera said late Wednesday. He said contributions...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/15)
(Reuters) - Africa-focused insurance company Old Mutual (OML.L) said on Wednesday that it had appointed Standard Bank (SBKJ.J) executive Bruce Hemphill to lead the company, replacing Julian Roberts. Hemphill, currently chief executive of Wealth, Insurance and Non-Bank Financial Services at Standard Bank, the largest African banking group by assets and earnings, was previously chief executive of Liberty Group. Roberts would remain as chief executive until Hemphill's start date, which is anticipated to be during the fourth quarter, Old Mutual said...
(Bloomberg 04/14/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa this year by 1.25 percentage points as plunging oil prices force exporters to curb spending plans. Gross domestic product is estimated to expand 4.5 percent, down from 5 percent in 2014, the Washington-based lender said in its World Economic Outlook. Further weakening of growth in China or Europe could reduce demand for African exports and curtail foreign investment in infrastructure and mining, it said. Nigeria and Angola, Africa’s biggest oil producers, are among the hardest hit by an almost halving in crude prices since June.
(Xinhuanet 04/10/15)
JAKARTA, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Diplomats on Friday urged all nations to renew their efforts and commitments to tackle development issues affecting the global politics and economy prior to the 60th anniversary of the Asia Africa Conference (AAC) next week. Ambassadors and diplomats from countries, which initiated the AAC in 1955, said at a forum that challenges faced by the framework have been shifting from promoting independence, international recognition and equality to resolving global economic slowdown, security and energy concerns. "
(Xinhuanet 04/09/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- Telecommunications firm, Airtel Africa, on Monday announced the launch of a cross-border money- transfer service for customers between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Rwanda. In a statement issued in Nairobi, the mobile firm, which operates in 17 countries across Africa, said the service will facilitate increased remittances and regional trades at very low cost with ubiquitous distribution network. "This offering will raise the level of convenience in cross- border payments across the three countries with a ubiquitous
(Business Day 04/08/15)
People speak about Africa as "the mobile continent" so frequently that it has become a cliché. People throw the phrase around as if it explains everything, without interrogating what Africans do with their mobile devices. One attempt to change that comes courtesy of technology research outfit World Wide Worx, which has published the results of its survey of 3,500 mobile phone users in five of Africa’s major markets — SA, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Uganda. The survey reveals unsurprisingly that...
(The Citizen 04/07/15)
According to Israeli media reports, the Middle Eastern country plans to relocate illegal immigrants to Rwanda and Uganda, which Kigali had denied knowledge of. Kigali. Rwandan President Paul Kagame has confirmed media reports that Kigali is finalising a multimillion dollar deal that will see it host illegal immigrants that Israel intends to expel. According to Israeli media reports, the Middle Eastern country plans to relocate illegal immigrants to Rwanda and Uganda, which Kigali had denied knowledge of. The agreement, which...
(Xinhuanet 04/07/15)
BEIJING, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is to attend the opening of the 54th session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) and deliver a key-note speech later this month, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on Tuesday. The annual AALCO session, which will take place in Beijing from April 13 to 17, will involve delegates from AALCO members and international organizations, spokesperson Hua Chunying told a daily press briefing.
(Xinhuanet 04/04/15)
KIGALI, Rwanda, April 3 (Xinhua) -- Rwanda's economy will grow by 6.5 percent in 2015, down from 7 percent last year, said a joint forecast released by the government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday. Announcing the forecast in Kigali, Rwandan Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Claver Gatete said that the projection is based on low inflation pressure estimated below 3.5 percent by the end of this year. Meanwhile, the economy will benefit from lower oil prices,...
(Bloomberg 04/03/15)
Mondelez International’s February announcement that it would increase production of coffee from Ethiopian beans 50 percent in two years was good news for the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, started in 2008 with the help of foreign donors to improve food distribution in a country where millions often went hungry. By government decree, almost all buying and selling of coffee, sesame seeds, and navy beans for export must take place on the exchange. The ECX , which got funding from the U.S...
(The Wall Street Journal 04/02/15)
Shoprite Holdings Ltd. sold more Guinness stout at its 11 stores in Angola and Nigeria last year than at home in South Africa, where it has 10 times as many outlets. But Africa’s biggest retailer is also contending with an Islamic insurgency in Nigeria, where Boko Haram militants have staged attacks near its shops—and the effects of wilting currencies both there and in Angola. The challenges are increasingly common ones for Africa’s largest companies, serving customers embattled by insecurity and economic turmoil.
(Xinhuanet 04/01/15)
NAIROBI, March (Xinhua) -- The World Bank on Tuesday urged Africa to increase its public expenditure on agriculture in order to increase food security. World Bank Group Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist Ademola Braimoh told a business forum in Nairobi that low investments in agriculture have made Africa's agricultural sector vulnerable to climate change. "These challenges can be overcome through more investment in instruments such as the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)," Braimoh said during the launch of the World Bank's report on Increasing Agricultural Production and Resilience through improved Agro- Meteorological Services.
(Voice of America 04/01/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Wider smartphone and Internet access has allowed technology firms to reach remote African farmers with apps providing veterinary diagnoses, crop planting guidance and virtual marketplaces. Human food production will need to increase 70 percent by 2050 to meet rising demand and Africa is home to more than half of the world's unused arable land, according to United Nations research. Africa's farms have failed to cash in because of a lack of access to infrastructure, training, capital and rapidly advancing...
(BBC News Africa 03/31/15)
The elite of Kenya's much-heralded entrepreneurship revolution work in an ultra-modern. co-working space overlooking the bustle of Nairobi. Their businesses are reliant on the high-speed internet available here. The Nairobi Garage is one of a limited number of work spaces in the city boasting a dedicated 25 megabits per second [Mbps] fibre internet connection. Fibre is definitely not the norm in Kenya - a country viewed as a leader in African technology innovation. In financial terms, fibre internet is way beyond the grasp of most entrepreneurs and small businesses.
(Business Day 03/31/15)
Master Drilling, a supplier of drilling services to the mining industry, grew its headline earnings per share 32% in the year to December thanks to strong revenue growth from its specialised services in Africa. The group is benefiting from being diversified across emerging markets. It is listed on the JSE and in the US. On Monday it reported headline earnings per share of $131.5c for the year to last December compared with 99.3c for the year before. Sales revenue from...
(Bloomberg 03/30/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Sameer Africa Ltd. plans to enter Rwanda in the next two years and is exploring the possibility of setting up a subsidiary in Nigeria as the Kenyan tiremaker offsets widening competition in its domestic market. Sameer wants to add to the 11 countries elsewhere in Africa where it sells products, Chief Executive Officer Allan Walmsley said in an interview Friday at company headquarters in the capital, Nairobi. “We are taking a very big interest in Rwanda despite the market being small,” Walmsley said Friday.
(Xinhuanet 03/30/15)
ARUSHA, Tanzania, March (Xinhua) -- The Third Africa-China Young Leaders Forum concluded on Sunday with the call for African countries to make their own policies which will help in promoting regional macroeconomic stability, a very fundamental aspect in improving people's welfare. Wrapping up the forum, Tanzania's Vice President Mohammed Gharib Bilal stressed on the need for African policy makers to produce good investment policies. "While we looking at these opportunities, it is a fact that we cannot run away from the new global development approaches.
(Xinhuanet 03/28/15)
LUSAKA, Mar. (Xinhua) -- Africa's trading bloc said it has resolved about 80 percent of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) restricting trade, a statement emailed to Xinhua on Thursday said. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) said 385 out of 476 NTBs identified as most restrictive to trade in the region through an online reporting system have been resolved while seven were considered non-actionable, according to a statement released by the bloc's public relations officer Mwangi Gakunga. "Currently, eight categories of NTBs have been identified as most restrictive to trade in the region.
(The Citizen 03/27/15)
Dar es Salaam. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda yesterday said the multi-billion- shilling investments undertaken by governments in the region should be geared towards uplifting the lives of ordinary citizens. He gave the example of the Central Transport Corridor which is expected to reduce the cost of doing business in East and Central African countries when it is revamped.

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(Xinhuanet 03/07/15)
LUSAKA, March (Xinhua) -- Zambia's soccer governing body has arranged a friendly match with Rwanda scheduled for this month end, a statement posted on its website said on Friday. The Chipolopolo will face the Wasps in an international friendly match to be played at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on March 29. According to the statement, March 29 is a FIFA international day for friendly matches and the Football Association of Zambia has clinched the deal with the Rwanda Football Association.
(The New Times 02/27/15)
Newly appointed Ferwafa head of marketing and communications Jerome Dufourg believes that hosting the 2016 African Nations Championship (Chan) is going to be a catalyst for attracting sponsorship for all football activities in Rwanda. Dufourg, who has been tasked with guiding the football federation to independent funding rather than rely on Government, Fifa and Caf funding, expects companies to fight to come on board because of the potential visibility they will get from the event that will be held from January 16-February 7. In an exclusive interview with Times Sport, he said, “Chan is the second biggest football competition in Africa and I think in Europe, they will have only Euro so corporate companies will need visibility. Chan is the...
(BBC News Africa 02/26/15)
Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be postponed from January to June to help move the 2022 World Cup. A Fifa taskforce has recommended the World Cup is played in November and December to avoid Qatar's hot summer. "The African confederation has automatically and nicely agreed it will not organise the Nations Cup in January 2023," Valcke said. "It will have to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations to June." The 2022 World...
(The New Times 02/17/15)
Burundi's Amical Sportif de Bujumbura won the 2015 Kayumba Memorial men's volleyball title after defeating Kigali Volleyball Club by three sets to nil at GSOB in Huye District on Sunday. KVC were the defending champions-they beat Rayon Sport in the last year's final. Rwanda Revenue Authority won the women's title for the second year running after defeating Ruhango Volleyball Club 3-1 in the final. The students' category which was introduced this year was won by Saint Joseph Kabgayi after beating...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/15)
MALABO, Jan. (Xinhua) -- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Thursday that the hosts for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations will be announced on April 8 in Cairo, Egypt. According to the continental football body's statement, Algeria, Egypt, Gabon and Ghana are competing to replace strife-riven Libya who will not go ahead with their hosting of the finals for security concerns. The CAF also announced that the host nation will play games in the qualifiers, but its...
(SouthAfrica.info 01/19/15)
Top South African cycling outfit Team MTN-Qhubeka has received an invitation to participate in the 2015 Tour de France - the first African team ever to do so in 101 years. The 22 teams riding in the race were announced by the Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) last week. Along with the 17 World Tour teams, five wild card teams also issued - including one to the South African team. This year will be the first time in the race's 101...
(BBC News Africa 01/15/15)
An African-registered team will compete in the Tour de France for the first time this summer. The MTN-Qhubeka outfit from South Africa is one of five teams granted wildcard invitations alongside the 17 World Tour entries. The team has previously stated its desire to mark Nelson Mandela Day on 18 July with a specially-designed kit if it was invited to take part. The 102nd Tour gets under way in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 4 July. Grand Tour stage winners Edvald Boasson...
(Daily Trust 12/22/14)
Football without superstars is like tea without sugar, like bread without butter, or beans without dodo (fried plantain). We are in the season of celebrating the super stars, the players whose light has shone brightest in the football constellation. Next January, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will elect its winner of the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014. The event has become very significant for the players because it shoots their status and profile sky high, onto a new pedestal of respect and prospect of additional fortune! In the final list of five players for the 2014 African award there are a few surprise inclusions.
(Xinhuanet 12/15/14)
NAIROBI, Dec. (Xinhua) -- The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Senior Challenge Cup 2014 edition will not be held in 2014 owing to lack of a venue to host the tournament. CECAFA President Leodegar Tenga told journalists on Sunday in Nairobi after the association' s Extra-Ordinary General Assembly that the rising costs of holding the tournament was the sole reason the annual event will not take place. "At this time of the year we hold the...
(Independent Online 12/09/14)
Monaco – An African bid to stage the Olympic Games for the first time will get widespread sympathy in the IOC after its new reforms, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said. With Durban in South Africa considering a run for the 2024 Games, Bach said in an interview that it was up to Africa to make a “feasible” case. “This depends on Africa,” Bach said when asked when the first Olympics would be held in Africa. Reforms passed by the International...
(AFP (eng) 11/21/14)
Three years ago Janvier Hadi pedalled a single speed bicycle taxi: this week he won the prologue of the Tour of Rwanda, a success mirroring the growth of cycling in his country. Born into a family of modest farmers, the 23-year old took up the sport seriously after taking part in a race in the south Rwandan town of Butare. "I heard there was a race for a single speed bike... it was like a test and I won, I...
(BBC News Africa 11/14/14)
It will be almost impossible to stage the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on time, says the man who organised the 2008 tournament in Ghana. Morocco was due to stage the 2015 Cup but was removed as host after expressing fears over the Ebola virus. The Confederation of African Football (Caf) insists the tournament will go ahead on time, starting on 17 January. But Dr Kofi Amoah told the BBC: "It could be a sham. I don't think there is...
(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,...

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(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 venue devoted to the indigenous art of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas that is sometimes criticised for having "colonial undertones". The exhibition, titled 'Masters of Sculpture from Ivory Coast', features nearly 330 historical and...
(The New Times 02/27/15)
This year’s movie calendar is taking shape as preparations for the 11th edition of the annual Rwanda Film Festival (RFF) kick off in high gear. Rwanda Film Festival brings together several film houses and is organised by Kwetu Film Institute (KFI) and Rwanda Cinema Centre. Josephine Mbabazi, the head of marketing and communications at KFI, said intensive preparations including fundraising for funds from different institutions are ongoing. She added that they will also partner with foreign festivals such as the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) and Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) to create more exposure. Unlike the previous editions, this year’s festival under the theme, Limitless, will incorporate art groups such as KigaliUp (music), House of Tayo...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/15)
Timbuktu, which won seven Cesar awards -- France's version of the Oscars -- on Friday tells the story of northern Mali under the control of jihadists, in a foreshadowing of the rise of the Islamic State group. Among its haul, it scooped the coveted best film and best director gongs for Mauritania's Abderrahmane Sissako. The ancient caravan town of the title, often a by-word for otherworldly remoteness, was seized by armed Islamists who cut a swathe through the west African...
(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.
(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to...
(Leadership 11/20/14)
It was another night of glamour and panache as this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The grand finale of the festival, which kicked off amid gaiety on Sunday, November 9, held at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, with top Nollywood stars, producers, directors and stakeholders from Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world in attendance. Leading Nollywood stars at the event...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/14)
A popular Rwandan musician appealed for leniency Thursday after pleading guilty at the opening of his trial to plotting attacks on the country's leaders. Kizito Mihigo is on trial along with three co-accused on charges including conspiracy to murder, complicity in a terrorist act and conspiring against the government of Rwandan strongman and President Paul Kagame. "I plead guilty to all charges, like I did from the first day I was arrested, and I ask for forgiveness," Mihigo told the...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(AFP (eng) 10/24/14)
A Rwandan media regulatory body said Friday it opposed calls for the BBC to be banned from broadcasting in the country after it aired a controversial documentary on the country's leadership and the genocide of 1994. The Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), an independent body, said the programme was "insulting" and that the BBC was guilty of "distorting the history of genocide", but added a ban "should not be the solution". Earlier this week furious lawmakers in parliament called for the...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Despite sparse resources and limited institutional support, the world will soon wake up to Africa's ingenious new artists, according to some of the continent's leading exponents taking part in London's Contemporary African Art Fair. The four-day event -- the largest such fair outside Africa -- opens on Thursday and showcases the work of over 120 artists in the grand setting of Somerset House in the heart of the British capital in a bid to reach a global market. Some 27...
(News Day 10/10/14)
IT was a night of fun and of course lots of glitz and glamour at The Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots launch on October 5 at The Whippet in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa. After the unexpected burning down of the former BBA house also located in Johannesburg, viewers and audiences were naturally eager to see how this new venue would turn out and with no doubt Big Brother did not disappoint. The usual presenter, Ik Osakioduwa, popularly known as Ik,...
(The New Times 09/18/14)
Rwanda's aspiring Big Brother Africa housemates finally have something to smile about, as reports emerge that they might finally take part in Africa’s most watched television reality show. Reliable sources have confirmed to this paper that for the first time Rwanda would be represented in the ninth edition of the show. The development comes three weeks after Rwanda had been dropped because there was not sufficient time to procure travel documents for the participants. Although the organisers M-Net AfricaMagic have...
(The New Times 07/31/14)
The highly anticipated Beautiful People Party is back and takes place this Friday at The Manor Hotel in Nyarutarama. Beautiful People Party is quite popular in neighbouring East African countries like Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. “Beautiful People Party showcases the most trending things in society. It could be fashion, talent, beverages, anything that is trending in East Africa. This year’s theme is ‘Stay Trendy”” explained Reno Kabachelor, the CEO Beautiful People Party. Last year the party didn’t take place because...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/20/14)
LONDON (Reuters) - Three members of Africa's "youth club" - Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe - offer some of the fastest-growing working populations in the world, if only investors can capitalise on that. If the countries' demographic trends can be coupled with good education to create skilled jobs and an avoidance of political unrest, this should lead to economic growth quickly enough to attract portfolio investors, some analysts say. None of the three makes it to the flagship frontiers stock index,...
(The Guardian 12/30/13)
Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt. At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated...
( 12/17/13)
BBnZ Live turned the entire Accra metropolis upside-down with the maiden edition of the Afro-Beats Festival held at the Independence Square in Accra over the weekend. An ecstatic crowd made up of over 60,000 Ghanaian music fans from all walks of life including students from all Ghanaian second cycle and tertiary institutions thronged the venue to partake in the event. The three-day Afro-Beats Festival was an all night affair which provided non-stop entertainment till the break of dawn. It kicked...
(AFP 11/09/13)
LAGOS, November 9, 2013 (AFP) - The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opens in Nigeria on Sunday and although it is still in its infancy, organisers hope that with time it can become the continent's Cannes. Seventy films from across the continent will be screened in a series of venues over seven days in the southern coastal city of Calabar, which Nigeria has tried to promote as an emerging cultural hub. "For an African film to come out in Cannes...
(CNN 09/20/13)
London (CNN) -- The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features - all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses. But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion...
(Voice of America 04/24/15)
 
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WASHINGTON— The world is winning the fight against malaria. Millions of lives have been saved in the past 10 years ... lives mostly of children under the age of five. A potential vaccine is being tested. But the World Health Organization reports that new developments threaten a decade's worth of work. The gains against malaria began when then-U.S. President George W. Bush started the President's Malaria Initiative, a program that provided millions of dollars and encouraged other donor countries and private organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to make eradicating malaria a priority. The results can be seen in both research and the number of lives being saved. The World Health Organization reports...
(BBC News Africa 04/23/15)
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has held its final hearings into crimes carried out during the 1994 genocide in which 800,000 people died. In more than 20 years of operation, the UN-backed court has indicted 93 people for their roles in the violence. It was the first international tribunal to deliver verdicts in relation to genocide and recognise rape as a means of carrying out genocide. Sixty-one defendants were convicted and 14 were acquitted. Others were referred for trial elsewhere, died before or during their trials, were fugitives or had their indictments withdrawn. Six appeals The last defendant to appear before the court, based in the Tanzanian town of Arusha, was former Rwanda women's minister Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, who was...
(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...
(Voice of America 04/18/15)
International health officials say just two capsules a day of Vitamin A reduces the chance of a child dying by 22%. Children without iodine lose 13 IQ points and stay one year less in school. Efforts to promote child health support vitamin and mineral supplements to rectify the problem. They also support breast-feeding and foods fortified with health-enhancing nutrients. But many high-impact programs are under-funded. The new Power of Nutrition fund aims to change all that. The new effort will...
(Bloomberg 04/14/15)
The International Monetary Fund cut its economic growth forecast for sub-Saharan Africa this year by 1.25 percentage points as plunging oil prices force exporters to curb spending plans. Gross domestic product is estimated to expand 4.5 percent, down from 5 percent in 2014, the Washington-based lender said in its World Economic Outlook. Further weakening of growth in China or Europe could reduce demand for African exports and curtail foreign investment in infrastructure and mining, it said. Nigeria and Angola, Africa’s biggest oil producers, are among the hardest hit by an almost halving in crude prices since June.
(Voice of America 04/14/15)
CHICAGO— The United States and the African Union signed an agreement on Monday to create the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, signed a memo of cooperation formalizing the collaboration between the African Union Commission and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
(Voice of America 04/14/15)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— While indigenous people from central African countries attended a meeting in Cameroon to promote their respective traditions, languages and cultures, Yaounde is taking measures to bring formal education to the nomadic Mbororos and Pygmies. The Ngoimo Baka pygmy community lives deep in the tropical forest of eastern Cameroon. The natural environment is their only source of livelihood. Every evening, villagers assemble at their chief's courtyard to listen to stories and roast meat caught nearby. This day, chief Bengoula...
(Bloomberg 04/13/15)
Rwanda’s economic positives of growth beating the average in sub-Saharan Africa, low inflation and business confidence have spurred a rally in local debt. The cloud on the horizon is the political future of the man credited with driving reforms: President Paul Kagame. With his second term ending in 2017, the 57-year-old president’s intentions about whether he will seek to extend the already 15 years he’s been in office aren’t clear. Kagame, who faced aid cuts after United Nations claims he...
(Voice of America 04/13/15)
Italian navy and merchant ships rescued a group of almost 1,000 migrants from three overcrowded boats about 48 kilometers from the coast of Libya. One person died before the rescue workers reached the boats. The migrants sent a distress call by phone Friday and were being taken to the island of Lampedusa, following rescue operations conducted into Saturday. In a dawn operation on Saturday, two Albanians, ages 28 and 42, were arrested after police identified them as the smugglers in charge of a boat carrying 37 would-be Syrian and Kurdish migrants, including five women.
(Voice of America 04/09/15)
Rwanda wants to know how the French government will go about releasing declassified documents relating to the 1994 genocide that left about 800,000 -- mostly minority Tutsi -- dead in a hundred-day massacre. Rwandan Attorney General Busingye Johnston said his government has asked its diplomatic representative in France to find out more about the government’s plan to release the documents. “We do not have any official communication on the question of the declassification will happen," he said. "What we read...
(Voice of America 04/08/15)
MOSCOW/JOHANNESBURG— Russia is pursuing costly state oil and platinum projects in Africa despite an economic crisis at home, hoping they will bolster sales, including of arms, for businesses hit by Western sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. Moscow has mostly focused on building ties with Asia since the U.S. and European Union sanctions came into force last year, but the Africa deals signal a desire to rebuild what was a big market for its weapons and technology during the Soviet era.
(Voice of America 04/07/15)
Flawed decision making by the international community failed to contain the horrific 1994 genocide in Rwanda, a new report found. The findings were released Monday to coincide with the 21st anniversary of the start of the genocide and stem from a multi-national conference last year at The Hague. The conference was sponsored by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Hague Institute for Global Justice. Former peacekeepers, peacemakers and monitors from more than a dozen countries were gathered to analyze...
(Voice of America 04/04/15)
JAKARTA— Indonesia said Thursday that it was ready to host the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Asia-Africa summit, which will bring delegations from dozens of countries to Jakarta this month. Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, widely known as Ahok, told reporters that preparations were under way to make the capital presentable. "We have completely cleaned the underpasses on toll roads, illegal buildings have been demolished and the occupants are being moved to public housing," he said.
(Bloomberg 04/04/15)
The African Petroleum Producers Association, which represents oil and gas producers from Algeria to South Africa, called for a cut in oil output globally. The group also includes the continent’s biggest producers, Nigeria and Angola. It’s starting an initiative, led by Angola and Algeria, to seek collaboration between members of OPEC and other oil producers to reduce output and stabilize oil prices, which have halved since the end of June. APPA wants “to set up a platform of commitment at...
(Bloomberg 04/03/15)
Mondelez International’s February announcement that it would increase production of coffee from Ethiopian beans 50 percent in two years was good news for the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, started in 2008 with the help of foreign donors to improve food distribution in a country where millions often went hungry. By government decree, almost all buying and selling of coffee, sesame seeds, and navy beans for export must take place on the exchange. The ECX , which got funding from the U.S...
(Voice of America 04/03/15)
JOHANNESBURG—A large swath of Southern Africa has been hit by a double whammy of epic floods followed by a miserly drought -- a phenomenon that has affected countless people in Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Meanwhile, the fledgling nation of South Sudan is in the throes of a major hunger crisis as conflict has pushed the country’s population to the brink of famine. As different as these two scenarios appear, the head of the UN’s World Food Program said both crises...
(The Wall Street Journal 04/02/15)
Shoprite Holdings Ltd. sold more Guinness stout at its 11 stores in Angola and Nigeria last year than at home in South Africa, where it has 10 times as many outlets. But Africa’s biggest retailer is also contending with an Islamic insurgency in Nigeria, where Boko Haram militants have staged attacks near its shops—and the effects of wilting currencies both there and in Angola. The challenges are increasingly common ones for Africa’s largest companies, serving customers embattled by insecurity and economic turmoil.
(Voice of America 04/01/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Wider smartphone and Internet access has allowed technology firms to reach remote African farmers with apps providing veterinary diagnoses, crop planting guidance and virtual marketplaces. Human food production will need to increase 70 percent by 2050 to meet rising demand and Africa is home to more than half of the world's unused arable land, according to United Nations research. Africa's farms have failed to cash in because of a lack of access to infrastructure, training, capital and rapidly advancing...
(BBC News Africa 03/31/15)
The elite of Kenya's much-heralded entrepreneurship revolution work in an ultra-modern. co-working space overlooking the bustle of Nairobi. Their businesses are reliant on the high-speed internet available here. The Nairobi Garage is one of a limited number of work spaces in the city boasting a dedicated 25 megabits per second [Mbps] fibre internet connection. Fibre is definitely not the norm in Kenya - a country viewed as a leader in African technology innovation. In financial terms, fibre internet is way beyond the grasp of most entrepreneurs and small businesses.
(Bloomberg 03/30/15)
(Bloomberg) -- Sameer Africa Ltd. plans to enter Rwanda in the next two years and is exploring the possibility of setting up a subsidiary in Nigeria as the Kenyan tiremaker offsets widening competition in its domestic market. Sameer wants to add to the 11 countries elsewhere in Africa where it sells products, Chief Executive Officer Allan Walmsley said in an interview Friday at company headquarters in the capital, Nairobi. “We are taking a very big interest in Rwanda despite the market being small,” Walmsley said Friday.

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