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(AFP (eng) 10/22/14)
Rwanda has boosted travel restrictions to stem the spread of the Ebola virus, ordering travellers who have been in the United States and Spain to send daily updates, the health minister said Wednesday. "Every day... they should call us or send an internet message," stating their health condition, Minister of Health Agnes Binagwaho told AFP. The requirement applies to all travellers who have been in the US or Spain within the past three weeks. Messages should be sent for the first 21-days they are in Rwanda, she said. It also applies to Rwandan citizens who had been in the US or Spain. Visitors who have been to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within the last...
(AFP (eng) 10/22/14)
Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Tuesday the central African nation was no longer "just a country of genocide" and now had a positive story to tell about reconciliation and economic growth. He warned though of the dangers of dependence on foreign aid and of the failings of international institutions, saying developing countries had to form closer regional links to increase stability. Speaking at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, on Rwanda's role in an emerging Africa and an uncertain world, Kagame said states in which the West had heavily invested had been allowed to fail, shaking...
(Voice of America 10/22/14)
The East African nation of Rwanda is ordering travelers from the United States and Spain to phone daily medical reports to health officials because of Ebola. These are the only two countries outside of Africa to report cases of the deadly disease. Anyone who was been to these two nations must report in to officials for the first 21 days of his or her stay. Rwanda is currently Ebola-free and determined to stay that way. It is already banning visitors...
(Ventures-Africa 10/22/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned African countries that rushing to issue Eurobonds could raise debt levels and undermine growth as they may face exchange rate risks and problems repaying debts. Several African countries, especially those once burdened with debts, have issued Eurobonds to raise money for capital projects. Reuters News Agency quotes the director of IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, as saying, in an interview on Monday, that such Eurobonds come with risks. “Whereas what...
(Bloomberg 10/21/14)
Rwanda is planning to offer longer-dated local debt and may sell its second Eurobond as early as next year as the East African nation’s economy is set to grow faster than the regional average. The dollar debt sale “won’t be this year,” Finance Minister Claver Gatete said in an interview in London yesterday. “We believe it can be 2015.” The government is deciding whether to make the maturity on next month’s Rwandan franc issuance seven years, the longest yet, he...
(Bloomberg 10/21/14)
Ebola’s economic effects in Africa are proving hard to quarantine even in the 49 of 54 countries that are untouched by the virus. Corporate events are being canceled, international investors are declining to visit and multinationals are on high alert. The International Monetary Fund yesterday cut its forecast for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa this year to 5 percent from 5.5 percent, due in part to “economic spillovers starting to materialize” from the outbreak. The ripple effects present a fresh...
(In2 East Africa 10/20/14)
President Paul Kagame is today expected to speak as a panelist at the inaugural Global Africa Investment Forum in London on the topic ‘Realising Africa’s Investment Potential”. He will speak alongside President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, President John Mahama of Ghana and Mizengo Pinda, Prime Minister of Tanzania. The Global African Investment Summit aims to bring together the public and private sectors to discuss specific transactions, access to finance, and over 30 bankable projects in Sub Saharan Africa requiring investment...
(Cnbc Africa 10/20/14)
Business leaders recently discussed the future of East Africa and the challenges that may hinder its progress at a summit in Kigali. The summit, themed 'Positioning East Africa for inclusive prosperity in 2020 and beyond’, focused on the regions wealth as well as issues such as insecurity, the Ebola scare and a lack of proper infrastructure. One of the sessions included President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, both of whom spoke on inclusive growth. Kenyatta...
(Angola Press(En) 10/20/14)
The director for Africa and Middle East of the Foreign Ministry (Mirex), Ambassador Joaquim do Espírito Santo, said on Sunday in Luanda that there has been no progress in the disarmament of the FDLR forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) process. The diplomat made these remarks to reporters when assessing the preparatory work of the Third Joint Meeting of the Ministers of Defence and Foreign Affairs of SADC/ICGLR, at the Angolan capital. "We found that insecurity in the...
(Ventures-Africa 10/20/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The race to build hotels in Africa has never been bigger than it is today. Global hotel chain Marriot International’s recent announcement of a $1.5 billion Africa expansion plan stirred the market and a recent hotel conference on Africa. The capital investment will be used to build nine hotels, amounting to a 1,300 additional rooms, by 2015 and 30 additional hotels by 2020, adding another 5,550 rooms to the continent’s hotel room count. Marriot International’s construction plan...
(KBC 10/17/14)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has allayed fears among the rest of the East African partner states that Kenyans will dominate all available jobs if the regional labour market is opened and liberalized. The Head of State described such fears and mentality as unwarranted adding that the East African leadership needs a clear and brave approach to address those fears. President Kenyatta said there is need for the leadership in region to demystify the notion about protecting “jobs for my people”, an...
(Cnbc Africa 10/17/14)
Africa’s vast amounts unexplored resources make it every investors dream, however, the continents real success lies in advancing women. Earlier this month the world celebrated The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, a day that recognises the vital role rural women play in improving agriculture and rural development. “When we give rural women access to productive agricultural and natural resources, we empower them. They, in turn, can contribute more to alleviating hunger and boosting the ability of their communities...
(Business Daily 10/16/14)
Business leaders from East Africa are meeting in Kigali, Rwanda to discuss how to make economic prosperity more inclusive and easier to achieve. The two-day East Africa Business Summit kicked off Wednesday with addresses by chair-person Linus Gitahi, the chief executive of Nation Media Group, and Dr Richard Sezibera, the secretary general of the East African Community. The EAC secretary general praised the recent successful negotiation of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the European Union. Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda...
(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...
(New Vision 10/15/14)
In its commitment to promote East Africa as a single Tourism destination, Uganda has partnered with Rwanda to jointly promote two way tourism traffic between the two sister-countries. Speaking during the 52nd Post Ugandan Independence celebrations at Serena Hotel-Kigali, Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanadan Minister for Foreign Affairs said the move which was championed by the Uganda Tourism Board in partnership with the Rwandan Development Board is purposed to defend both the security and business developments of the two countries. “People to people relations between Uganda and Rwanda is a very important step to strengthening the tourism sectors of the two economies-both of which come as their country
(The New Times 10/15/14)
President Paul Kagame yesterday criticised BBC for producing and broadcasting a documentary that denies the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and portrays perpetrators as victims and victims as perpetrators. Addressing parliamentarians and other dignitaries after he presided over the swearing in of Bernard Makuza as the new Senate president, yesterday, Kagame said the film, dubbed ‘Rwanda’s Untold Story’, constituted “cynicism of the highest order.” “The opposite of what they tell us they stand for is what they have done against us.
(Voice of America 10/15/14)
A senior official in Rwanda's reconciliation process is calling on South Sudan to apply lessons on how Rwanda came back from the dark days of the 1994 genocide, in particular the system of the gacaca courts. "If you can use them and rebuild peace, rebuild unity, rebuild development, why not for them to use it before they have a tragedy?” Habyalimanana Jean Baptiste, executive secretary of Rwanda’s National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, said during a visit by traditional chiefs from four South Sudanese states last week.
(Business Daily 10/15/14)
President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya will headline a key meeting of business leaders from across the region that starts Thursday morning in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. Several captains of industry are also attending the two-day East African Business Summit, which brings together the biggest number of industry leaders from across the region. The two heads of state will take share their views on how businesses and governments can partner to bring about inclusive prosperity,...
(The New Times 10/15/14)
Small-and-medium enterprises should embrace standards to create confidence among consumers and increase their competitiveness, the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB), has urged. The call came as Rwanda joined the rest of the world yesterday to celebrate World Standards Day under the theme “Standards level the playing field”. This year’s theme emphasises the importance of international standards among stakeholders, especially SMEs, in providing an equal market opportunity, Dr Mark Cyubahiro Bagabe, RSB director general, said. International standards assure consumers of a product’s...
(Ventures-Africa 10/15/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes has called on the international financial community to provide Africa with more investments than aid, as it is obvious that the latter cannot help the emerging continent achieve its desired growth and development. Carlos was, on Monday, speaking at the opening of the Ninth African Development Forum holding in Marrakech, Morocco themed “Innovative financing for Africa’s transformation” with the aim of deriving measures to...

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(AFP (eng) 10/22/14)
Rwanda has boosted travel restrictions to stem the spread of the Ebola virus, ordering travellers who have been in the United States and Spain to send daily updates, the health minister said Wednesday. "Every day... they should call us or send an internet message," stating their health condition, Minister of Health Agnes Binagwaho told AFP. The requirement applies to all travellers who have been in the US or Spain within the past three weeks. Messages should be sent for the first 21-days they are in Rwanda, she said. It also applies to Rwandan citizens who had been in the US or Spain. Visitors who have been to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone within the last...
(Voice of America 10/22/14)
The East African nation of Rwanda is ordering travelers from the United States and Spain to phone daily medical reports to health officials because of Ebola. These are the only two countries outside of Africa to report cases of the deadly disease. Anyone who was been to these two nations must report in to officials for the first 21 days of his or her stay. Rwanda is currently Ebola-free and determined to stay that way. It is already banning visitors from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone - the center of the Ebola outbreak. Travelers from Senegal, which has reported at...
(Angola Press(En) 10/20/14)
The director for Africa and Middle East of the Foreign Ministry (Mirex), Ambassador Joaquim do Espírito Santo, said on Sunday in Luanda that there has been no progress in the disarmament of the FDLR forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) process. The diplomat made these remarks to reporters when assessing the preparatory work of the Third Joint Meeting of the Ministers of Defence and Foreign Affairs of SADC/ICGLR, at the Angolan capital. "We found that insecurity in the...
(Voice of America 10/15/14)
A senior official in Rwanda's reconciliation process is calling on South Sudan to apply lessons on how Rwanda came back from the dark days of the 1994 genocide, in particular the system of the gacaca courts. "If you can use them and rebuild peace, rebuild unity, rebuild development, why not for them to use it before they have a tragedy?” Habyalimanana Jean Baptiste, executive secretary of Rwanda’s National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, said during a visit by traditional chiefs from four South Sudanese states last week.
(AFP (eng) 10/14/14)
Burundi said Tuesday it was certain that bodies found floating in a lake on its border had floated downstream from neighbouring Rwanda, despite repeated denials from Kigali. The appearance of the corpses over the past several months have sparked concern in a region scarred by decades of unrest and serious rights abuses. Officials say six bodies were found, although fishermen have reported seeing as many as 10 times that number. "We are confident these bodies were carried down into the...
(AFP (eng) 10/14/14)
Burundi said Tuesday it was certain that bodies found floating in a lake on its border had floated downstream from neighbouring Rwanda, despite repeated denials from Kigali. The appearance of the corpses over the past several months have sparked concern in a region scarred by decades of unrest and serious rights abuses. Officials say six bodies were found, although fishermen have reported seeing as many as 10 times that number. "We are confident these bodies were carried down into the...
(News of Rwanda 10/13/14)
A group of eight Rwandans have returned from DR Congo after spending at least a month under captivity in the Congolese prison in the Northern Kivu Region. The Rwandans are suspected to have returned after spending days starving in the T2 prison cells in Northern Kivu The team, which returned on October 9, 2014, says that they crossed the Rwanda-Congo border with full travel documents to do business on the Congolese side, but were unlawfully arrested in the process, but...
(Xinhuanet 10/09/14)
Africa should involve women in peace building and democratization process, participants at the Gender Pre- forum said at the closing session of two-day meeting in Kigali Tuesday. "African Union member states should strengthen democratic governance structures at the national and local levels that facilitate dialogue, engagement and inclusion of African citizens particularly women and youth in order to ensure inclusive development interventions on the continent," the forum said in its recommendations. The recommendations will be presented at a high-level dialogue...
(BBC News Africa 10/09/14)
Mobile phone users in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda will soon enjoy cheaper cross border calls, after telecom operators agreed to cut roaming charges. Charges for making or receiving calls in other countries in East Africa will be cut by more than 60%. Kenya's communications minister revealed mobile phone users would pay reduced tariffs for calling a different network in a neighbouring country. Those roaming will not be charged for receiving calls. "We have reduced the cost of calling within the...
(Ipp media 10/08/14)
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Friday approved loans amounting to USD 98.22 million to finance the first phase of East Africa’s Centres of Excellence for Skills and Tertiary Education in Biomedical Sciences programme in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. A statement issued by the bank yesterday said the project aims to contribute to the development of relevant and highly skilled workforce in biomedical sciences to meet East African Community (EAC) immediate labour market...
(Business Week 10/07/14)
The government is continuing to develop ways of supporting women-owned Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by trying to address the problems they may face. “One of these challenges that such women face is poor information, especially about procurement. Most of them may not be well informed or not even informed, hence they may lose business,” Oda Gasinzigwa, the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion said recently. The Minister was speaking at the recently concluded World Export Development Forum (WEDF) that...
(Xinhuanet 10/07/14)
PARIS, Oct. (Xinhua) -- Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Monday hold the 14th session of Africa forum with a major focus on ways to make accelerating growth in African countries more robust and sustainable. Themed "By Africa, for Africa? Industrialisation and Integration for Inclusive Growth," participants would dig for adequate measures to help "African firms harness regional and global value chains to create new jobs," and implement "innovative territorial policies to promote balanced regional development and...
(Business Week 10/06/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - The government has continued to support the tourism sector which contributes a considerable chunk of the GDP and foreign exchange earnings. Recently Rwanda joined the rest of the world in celebrating the World Tourism Day with this year’s theme ‘Tourism and Community Development’. “This occasion is a chance to reflect on how Rwanda is investing in facilities to meet the growing demand especially for meeting and conferences, the head of tourism and conservation at the Rwanda Development...
(Business Week 10/06/14)
KIGALI, Rwanda - The government is continuing to develop ways of supporting women-owned Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) by trying to address the problems they may face. “One of these challenges that such women face is poor information, especially about procurement. Most of them may not be well informed or not even informed, hence they may lose business,” Oda Gasinzigwa, the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion said recently. The Minister was speaking at the recently concluded World Export Development...
(The Citizen 10/06/14)
Arusha. The East African Community (EAC) partner states have not yet agreed on the benchmarks for issuance of work permits and now trade unions want them to be processed within 30 days and fees for getting them abolished. “Processing time for the handling of work permits should be shortened to a maximum of 30 days”, Francis Atwoli, the chairperson of the East African Conferderation of Trade Unions (EATUC), stressed. Speaking to reporters after a meeting of regional officials here, he...
(PANA 10/06/14)
The Ebola spread to the US has created fears that US aviation authorities could slap travel restrictions, which would signal a major crisis for African airlines struggling to make profits, analysts warned in a report on Thursday. DaMina Advisors, an African political risk advisory service firm, warned that with the first US confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in Texas and growing public pressure on the Obama administration to restrict US airline travel to West Africa, the financial viability of a number of already struggling domestic African airline carriers may be under threat.
(PANA 10/06/14)
African football governors must seriously address organisation and administration aspects of football management for the continent to move higher up in global football, Cameroon coach Volker Finke has said. 'If we want to move forward we must professionalise everything around the team,' Finke said at the just-concluded two-day conference in Cairo, Egypt, that reviewed Africa's performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The conference, which brought together African coaches and technical directors, was organised by FIFA and CAF,...
(The New Times 10/03/14)
Civil servants who were affected by the ongoing restructuring in public service will continue getting their salaries pending redeployment. Angelina Muganza, the executive secretary of Public Service Commission (PSC), said the payment will be covered under the 2013 Law Establishing the General Statutes For Public Service. Article 41 of the law states that a suspended public servant will be entitled to a full salary for the first three months and two-thirds of the salary for the next three months. Muganza...
(The New Times 10/03/14)
African governments have been reminded that as they celebrate the gains and achievements made in information and communications technology (ICT) and Internet penetration, they should bear in mind the challenges stalking further development of the two. Dr Hamadoun Toure, the secretarygeneral of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), said the key challenges include affordability of broadband and the new cyber security threats that users are now exposed to as a result of the connections made. Dr Toure was yesterday speaking at the launch of the second annual Smart Rwanda Days in Kigali.
(The Citizen 10/03/14)
Arusha. The East African Community (EAC) says it is worried by the frequency of natural disasters and losses they cause in the region. The region was not only vulnerable to the hazards, especially those related to climate, but has insufficient capacity to cope or mitigate them. “The frequency and intensity of climatic disasters is on the rise as a result of climate variability and change,” said the acting director of Productive Sectors in the Community, Mr Moses Marwa. Speaking at...

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(Ventures-Africa 10/22/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned African countries that rushing to issue Eurobonds could raise debt levels and undermine growth as they may face exchange rate risks and problems repaying debts. Several African countries, especially those once burdened with debts, have issued Eurobonds to raise money for capital projects. Reuters News Agency quotes the director of IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, as saying, in an interview on Monday, that such Eurobonds come with risks. “Whereas what it costs the countries to issue these bonds can often look lower than what they would pay on domestic borrowing,” Sayeh explains, “the real cost in the final analysis will also depend on the evolution...
(Bloomberg 10/21/14)
Rwanda is planning to offer longer-dated local debt and may sell its second Eurobond as early as next year as the East African nation’s economy is set to grow faster than the regional average. The dollar debt sale “won’t be this year,” Finance Minister Claver Gatete said in an interview in London yesterday. “We believe it can be 2015.” The government is deciding whether to make the maturity on next month’s Rwandan franc issuance seven years, the longest yet, he said. Rwanda is transforming its debt market with more sales of local securities after the debut $400 million international bond...
(Bloomberg 10/21/14)
Ebola’s economic effects in Africa are proving hard to quarantine even in the 49 of 54 countries that are untouched by the virus. Corporate events are being canceled, international investors are declining to visit and multinationals are on high alert. The International Monetary Fund yesterday cut its forecast for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa this year to 5 percent from 5.5 percent, due in part to “economic spillovers starting to materialize” from the outbreak. The ripple effects present a fresh...
(In2 East Africa 10/20/14)
President Paul Kagame is today expected to speak as a panelist at the inaugural Global Africa Investment Forum in London on the topic ‘Realising Africa’s Investment Potential”. He will speak alongside President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, President John Mahama of Ghana and Mizengo Pinda, Prime Minister of Tanzania. The Global African Investment Summit aims to bring together the public and private sectors to discuss specific transactions, access to finance, and over 30 bankable projects in Sub Saharan Africa requiring investment...
(Cnbc Africa 10/20/14)
Business leaders recently discussed the future of East Africa and the challenges that may hinder its progress at a summit in Kigali. The summit, themed 'Positioning East Africa for inclusive prosperity in 2020 and beyond’, focused on the regions wealth as well as issues such as insecurity, the Ebola scare and a lack of proper infrastructure. One of the sessions included President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, both of whom spoke on inclusive growth. Kenyatta...
(Ventures-Africa 10/20/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The race to build hotels in Africa has never been bigger than it is today. Global hotel chain Marriot International’s recent announcement of a $1.5 billion Africa expansion plan stirred the market and a recent hotel conference on Africa. The capital investment will be used to build nine hotels, amounting to a 1,300 additional rooms, by 2015 and 30 additional hotels by 2020, adding another 5,550 rooms to the continent’s hotel room count. Marriot International’s construction plan...
(Cnbc Africa 10/17/14)
Africa’s vast amounts unexplored resources make it every investors dream, however, the continents real success lies in advancing women. Earlier this month the world celebrated The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, a day that recognises the vital role rural women play in improving agriculture and rural development. “When we give rural women access to productive agricultural and natural resources, we empower them. They, in turn, can contribute more to alleviating hunger and boosting the ability of their communities...
(Business Daily 10/16/14)
Business leaders from East Africa are meeting in Kigali, Rwanda to discuss how to make economic prosperity more inclusive and easier to achieve. The two-day East Africa Business Summit kicked off Wednesday with addresses by chair-person Linus Gitahi, the chief executive of Nation Media Group, and Dr Richard Sezibera, the secretary general of the East African Community. The EAC secretary general praised the recent successful negotiation of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the European Union. Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda...
(New Vision 10/15/14)
In its commitment to promote East Africa as a single Tourism destination, Uganda has partnered with Rwanda to jointly promote two way tourism traffic between the two sister-countries. Speaking during the 52nd Post Ugandan Independence celebrations at Serena Hotel-Kigali, Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanadan Minister for Foreign Affairs said the move which was championed by the Uganda Tourism Board in partnership with the Rwandan Development Board is purposed to defend both the security and business developments of the two countries. “People to people relations between Uganda and Rwanda is a very important step to strengthening the tourism sectors of the two economies-both of which come as their country
(Business Daily 10/15/14)
President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya will headline a key meeting of business leaders from across the region that starts Thursday morning in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. Several captains of industry are also attending the two-day East African Business Summit, which brings together the biggest number of industry leaders from across the region. The two heads of state will take share their views on how businesses and governments can partner to bring about inclusive prosperity,...
(The New Times 10/15/14)
Small-and-medium enterprises should embrace standards to create confidence among consumers and increase their competitiveness, the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB), has urged. The call came as Rwanda joined the rest of the world yesterday to celebrate World Standards Day under the theme “Standards level the playing field”. This year’s theme emphasises the importance of international standards among stakeholders, especially SMEs, in providing an equal market opportunity, Dr Mark Cyubahiro Bagabe, RSB director general, said. International standards assure consumers of a product’s...
(Ventures-Africa 10/15/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes has called on the international financial community to provide Africa with more investments than aid, as it is obvious that the latter cannot help the emerging continent achieve its desired growth and development. Carlos was, on Monday, speaking at the opening of the Ninth African Development Forum holding in Marrakech, Morocco themed “Innovative financing for Africa’s transformation” with the aim of deriving measures to...
(Ventures-Africa 10/14/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released last week, by IHS, a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. “Cote d’Ivoire intends on spending $4 billion on agriculture development in order to improve crop yields and, in four years,...
(Business Week 10/13/14)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) preliminary basis report projects Rwanda’s economic outlook to be characterized by growth of about 6% as it was in the Policy Support Instrument (PSI) programme, rising gradually to 7.5% in 2015. This was said by the Mission Chief IMF Paulo Drummond while in Kigali last week to review Rwanda’s PSI. This is a process done twice a year with the aim of supporting the country with different developed projects under the programme. “IMF together with...
(The New Times 10/13/14)
Local businesses and individuals have been urged to buy regional retailer Uchumi Supermarkets’ shares ahead of the firm’s rights issuance next month. “It is an opportunity for Rwandan shareholders to participate in the company’s growth,” Celestin Rwabukumba, the Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE) chief executive officer, said. Uchumi cross-listed on the local bourse in October last year. Reports indicate that the company has already been cleared by Kenya’s Capital Markets Authority (CMA) and the Nairobi Stock Exchange to sell new shares. The firm looks to raise over Ksh1 billion (about Rwf7.5 billion) from the share sale for regional expansion.
(Ventures-Africa 10/13/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Compared to other regions of the world, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of female entrepreneurs. These women are mostly owners of small businesses and local community shops serving the unmet needs of their homes and consumers. This not only reshapes the incorrect perception that African women have marginal input in overall economic output, but a socio-economic conscious business environment that includes full support of women entrepreneurs could potentially bring millions out of poverty and reduce an...
(Business Day 10/11/14)
Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released Wednesday, by IHS Inc., a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the development of the agriculture sector is viewed by many countries as a way to: Diversify their economies away from...
(African Brains 10/10/14)
President Paul Kagame has challenged African youths to become innovators and embrace an entrepreneurial mindset to drive economic growth. President Paul Kagame has challenged African youths to become innovators and embrace an entrepreneurial mindset to drive economic growth. He said information communication technologies (ICTs) present unlimited opportunities for African youths to create wealth. “An entrepreneur is one that does not alleviate poverty, but creates wealth,” Kagame said. He was, on Friday 3, speaking at a high-end conference on ICT, dubbed...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/10/14)
Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda have slashed the costs of making mobile phone calls across their borders by more than 60 percent, as part of efforts to enhance regional integration, the Kenyan communication minister said on Wednesday. The three nations, with a combined population of more than 94 million and members of the five-nation East African Community (EAC), are seeking to improve trade between their economies where businesses often complain of high roaming charges. Kenya's Safaricom, one of the biggest mobile...
(Ventures-Africa 10/10/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Lusaka Stock Exchange listed power distribution company, Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) is to invest over $18 million in upgrading its network in a bid to boost Zambia and DR Congo energy sector. “CEC owns the inter-connection between Zambia and DRC. We are building a duo circuit transmission line which will see the capacity of our inter-connector extended from 250 megawatts to 550 megawatts,” said CEC managing director Owen Silavwe. CEC operates and maintain a network comprising transmission, distribution and generation assets. The assets comprise an emergency power generation capacity of 80MW, transmission and distribution network of around 1,000 km of overhead power lines

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(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, before the emergence of the qualified teams. The top two finishers from each of the seven groups, plus the best third-placed team, will pick the tickets to the 16-team 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals...
(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 Stephen Constantine and technical director Lee Johnson. Reflecting on the technical aspects of Brazil 2014, there was a general feeling...
(The New Times 10/03/14)
The Minister of Sports and Culture, Joseph Habineza has warned that the government will not have any leniency when it comes to handling national team players with dual identity. Habineza made the remarks during a press briefing held at Amahoro stadium on Wednesday. “So many mistakes were done in the past and we can’t afford to repeat them. The issue of players with dual identity and false age has to end immediately,” the minister ordered. Habineza revealed that with help...
(Xinhuanet 09/26/14)
KIGALI, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Rwandan middle-distance runner James Sugira, who has also represented the country in the recent Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in August 2014, has received the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) sponsorship to participate in another training camp that will gather high profile competitive African athletes in Eldoret, Kenya, Sports source revealed Thursday in Kigali. Speaking during an exclusive interview with Xinhua, Sugira said that his departure has already been confirmed by the Rwanda Athletics Federation,...
(The New Times 09/25/14)
Rwanda will face Morocco in a Fifa international friendly match in November, according to Vincent Nzamwita, the Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) chairman. Nzamwita told Times Sport early this week that they are in talks with Morocco football federation to find suitable dates for the warm-up matches. "We are still in negotiations with Morocco. They have expressed interest to play against Rwanda but we are still in talks to determine the exact dates and a possibility of even having Rwanda play...
(The New Times 09/18/14)
FOR the first time in six years, Rwanda has made a big stride in the global rankings, moving from 101st to 93rd in the Fifa rankings released today in Zurich, Switzerland. Stephen Constantine's men also improved to 26th in Africa, thanks mainly to impressive performances that saw Amavubi reach the third and final round of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite Rwanda being banned from the group stages for fielding an ineligible players—Dady Birori, who has dual identity...
(AFP (eng) 09/11/14)
Cricketer Don De Dieu Mugisha bowls a ball down a bumpy, dusty wicket at a match in Rwanda: a sport introduced by those who returned after fleeing genocide 20 years ago. While still viewed with bewilderment by many in this small, hilly east African nation, the game is growing rapidly and fans are raising funds to build the country's first dedicated international-standard pitch. For players, efforts to build a new pitch symbolise far more than a strange game with a...
(Dw-World 09/04/14)
As the continent gears up for its African Nations Cup qualifiers, concerns are growing that the deadly disease could ruin the games. Some argue soccer players and fans from Ebola-hit countries could spread the virus. The message from Africa's soccer governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was clear: Ivory Coast will be expelled from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they refuse to host Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in their qualifier on Saturday (06.09.2014). CAF's statement prompted Ivory Coast to allow the match to be held in Abidjan after all.
(PANA 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(AFP (eng) 08/19/14)
The Rwanda Football Federation on Tuesday appealed against its disqualification from 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for fielding a player with double nationality. The Confederation of African Football imposed the sanction after an investigation into Rwandan striker Dady Birori, who plays for Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) club Vita as Agiti Tady Etekiama. The Rwandan federation has since contested the disqualification on grounds that the player acquired Rwanda nationality before that of DRC. CAF said that its probe found that the DR Congo-born striker was born December 12, 1986 as indicated in his Rwandan passport, while his Congolese
(AFP 08/18/14)
Rwanda has been thrown out of the African Cup after one of its players was found to have "two identities" and was using a different name and a Congolese passport when playing for his club team, the Confederation of African Football said. CAF said Sunday that striker Dady Birori was ineligible to play for Rwanda and disqualified the country from the African Cup qualifying competition for fielding him. Birori, who CAF said is registered as Tady Etekiama when playing for...
(BBC News Africa 08/18/14)
The Africa Cup of Nations organising committee disqualified Rwanda from the qualifiers for Morocco 2015 on Sunday. The decision followed a protest made by the Congolese Football Federation regarding the eligibility of Rwandan player, Birori Dady. Dady had featured in the first leg of the second round qualifier between the two nations last month in Pointe-Noir. Congo claimed that Dady, who plays for AS Vita Club in Kinshasa, has a different name and age in his passport. A subsequent Confederation...
(BBC News Africa 08/18/14)
Rwanda will appeal against the decision to disqualify them from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers for fielding an ineligible player. The country's football federation has confirmed to BBC Sport it is ready to file its appeal and is willing to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Rwanda were expelled from the competition on Sunday by the Africa Cup of Nations organising committee. The ruling followed a protest made by the Congolese Football Federation regarding...
(BBC News Africa 08/13/14)
The Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) has written to Caf over worries about the cases of the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria. Rwanda are due to play the Super Eagles in Calabar on 6 September in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. "We wrote a letter to the Confederation of African Football for their advice on the situation in Nigeria," Ferwafa president Vincent Nzamwita said. "We're waiting to see if they can change the game, it's a big worry." He...
(The New Times 07/31/14)
RWANDA NATIONAL cycling team has been ranked the sixth best in Africa, according to the latest rankings released by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) on Tuesday. In ranking for the Africa Tour, Rwanda jumped two places to sixth position from eighth position last year. Valens Ndayisenga is the highest ranked Rwandan rider in 14th position and he also ranked 4th in the U23 category. After the rankings were released, the newly appointed Minister of Sports and Culture Joseph Habineza sent a...
(RFI(EN) 07/29/14)
No black African cyclist has ever taken part in the Tour de France. The most prestigous cycling event in the world ended in Paris on Sunday, and Team Africa Rising hopes to bring an African team to the Tour in the near future. Team Africa Rising wants to be the first hundred percent African team to race the European circuit and eventually take part in the Tour de France. Speaking to RFI, Jock Boyer, the founder of Team Africa Rising...
(Xinhuanet 07/18/14)
ENTEBBE, July (Xinhua) -- The national junior football team of Rwanda (Junior Wasps) on Thursday arrived in Uganda ahead of their 2015 Africa Youth Championship qualifier against hosts Uganda Cubs on Saturday. "We are here to get a good result in the first leg and Uganda should not take us lightly," player Felix Ngao told Xinhua on arrival at the Entebbe International Airport, 40km south of the capital Kampala. The match will be played at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole,...
(The Point 07/05/14)
Football lovers in Africa are generally disappointed about the early exit of Africa's five representatives in the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. But the signs were already there for such a development. And squabbles over finances and administrative arrangements are a large contributing factor. However, since FIFA allocated 1.5 million dollars to each of the 32 participating teams, the payment of bonuses to African players should not be a problem, if based on prior agreement, which should be available...
(Xinhuanet 06/23/14)
KIGALI, June (Xinhua) -- Rwanda has pledged to ensure that the Congolese refugees living in the country remain safe and secure on Friday while marking the World Refugee Day. Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs Seraphine Mukantabana said that Rwanda, home to over 73,000 refugees, majority of them from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees, who are distributed in five camps in the country. She noted that the World...
(Zimbabwe Independent 06/21/14)
AT the Brazil 2014 World Cup shorn of African heroics so far, with the singular exception of Ivory Coast, Cameroon went down fighting on Wednesday, but unfortunately, among themselves! After hitting the headlines on the eve of football's global super show for staging an industrial action over bonuses for their participation, the West Africans hogged the limelight for all the wrong reasons yet again. This time it was violence and unmitigated failure in an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Croatia. All...

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(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 galleries from around the world are represented at "1:54" -- named after the number of countries in Africa -- and the event has doubled in size since it debuted last year. "What is exciting about...
(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, introduced audiences to this year’s edition with a stunning cabaret performance of the official Big Brother theme song. It was...
(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 10/22/14)
The East African nation of Rwanda is ordering travelers from the United States and Spain to phone daily medical reports to health officials because of Ebola. These are the only two countries outside of Africa to report cases of the deadly disease. Anyone who was been to these two nations must report in to officials for the first 21 days of his or her stay. Rwanda is currently Ebola-free and determined to stay that way. It is already banning visitors from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone - the center of the Ebola outbreak. Travelers from Senegal, which has reported at least one case, are also banned from Rwanda. U.S. Homeland Security officials are requiring all...
(Ventures-Africa 10/22/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned African countries that rushing to issue Eurobonds could raise debt levels and undermine growth as they may face exchange rate risks and problems repaying debts. Several African countries, especially those once burdened with debts, have issued Eurobonds to raise money for capital projects. Reuters News Agency quotes the director of IMF’s African Department, Antoinette Sayeh, as saying, in an interview on Monday, that such Eurobonds come with risks. “Whereas what it costs the countries to issue these bonds can often look lower than what they would pay on domestic borrowing,”...
(Bloomberg 10/21/14)
Rwanda is planning to offer longer-dated local debt and may sell its second Eurobond as early as next year as the East African nation’s economy is set to grow faster than the regional average. The dollar debt sale “won’t be this year,” Finance Minister Claver Gatete said in an interview in London yesterday. “We believe it can be 2015.” The government is deciding whether to make the maturity on next month’s Rwandan franc issuance seven years, the longest yet, he...
(Bloomberg 10/21/14)
Ebola’s economic effects in Africa are proving hard to quarantine even in the 49 of 54 countries that are untouched by the virus. Corporate events are being canceled, international investors are declining to visit and multinationals are on high alert. The International Monetary Fund yesterday cut its forecast for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa this year to 5 percent from 5.5 percent, due in part to “economic spillovers starting to materialize” from the outbreak. The ripple effects present a fresh...
(Cnbc Africa 10/20/14)
Business leaders recently discussed the future of East Africa and the challenges that may hinder its progress at a summit in Kigali. The summit, themed 'Positioning East Africa for inclusive prosperity in 2020 and beyond’, focused on the regions wealth as well as issues such as insecurity, the Ebola scare and a lack of proper infrastructure. One of the sessions included President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, both of whom spoke on inclusive growth. Kenyatta...
(Ventures-Africa 10/20/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The race to build hotels in Africa has never been bigger than it is today. Global hotel chain Marriot International’s recent announcement of a $1.5 billion Africa expansion plan stirred the market and a recent hotel conference on Africa. The capital investment will be used to build nine hotels, amounting to a 1,300 additional rooms, by 2015 and 30 additional hotels by 2020, adding another 5,550 rooms to the continent’s hotel room count. Marriot International’s construction plan...
(Cnbc Africa 10/17/14)
Africa’s vast amounts unexplored resources make it every investors dream, however, the continents real success lies in advancing women. Earlier this month the world celebrated The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women, a day that recognises the vital role rural women play in improving agriculture and rural development. “When we give rural women access to productive agricultural and natural resources, we empower them. They, in turn, can contribute more to alleviating hunger and boosting the ability of their communities...
(Voice of America 10/15/14)
A senior official in Rwanda's reconciliation process is calling on South Sudan to apply lessons on how Rwanda came back from the dark days of the 1994 genocide, in particular the system of the gacaca courts. "If you can use them and rebuild peace, rebuild unity, rebuild development, why not for them to use it before they have a tragedy?” Habyalimanana Jean Baptiste, executive secretary of Rwanda’s National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, said during a visit by traditional chiefs from four South Sudanese states last week.
(Ventures-Africa 10/15/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Executive Secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes has called on the international financial community to provide Africa with more investments than aid, as it is obvious that the latter cannot help the emerging continent achieve its desired growth and development. Carlos was, on Monday, speaking at the opening of the Ninth African Development Forum holding in Marrakech, Morocco themed “Innovative financing for Africa’s transformation” with the aim of deriving measures to...
(Ventures-Africa 10/14/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Between 2014 and 2031, Africa will expand its rice production area by almost 50 percent, according to new analysis on the global outlook on rice production and demand released last week, by IHS, a global source of critical information and insight. Africa’s rapid expansion of areas for rice production will be the fastest globally, in percentage terms. “Cote d’Ivoire intends on spending $4 billion on agriculture development in order to improve crop yields and, in four years,...
(Huffingtonpost 10/13/14)
On Thursday, Rwanda's Prime Minister, Anastase Murekezi, launched the Fund for the Environment and Climate Change, modelled on a 'green bank' concept and designed to invest in projects that promote sustainability and tackle climate change. The fund is the first of its kind in Rwanda and the biggest in Africa and comes just weeks after the UN Climate Summit in New York. For more than a decade, Rwanda has been at the forefront of environmental protection on the continent. Rwanda's...
(Ventures-Africa 10/13/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Compared to other regions of the world, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of female entrepreneurs. These women are mostly owners of small businesses and local community shops serving the unmet needs of their homes and consumers. This not only reshapes the incorrect perception that African women have marginal input in overall economic output, but a socio-economic conscious business environment that includes full support of women entrepreneurs could potentially bring millions out of poverty and reduce an...
(Ventures-Africa 10/10/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Lusaka Stock Exchange listed power distribution company, Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) is to invest over $18 million in upgrading its network in a bid to boost Zambia and DR Congo energy sector. “CEC owns the inter-connection between Zambia and DRC. We are building a duo circuit transmission line which will see the capacity of our inter-connector extended from 250 megawatts to 550 megawatts,” said CEC managing director Owen Silavwe. CEC operates and maintain a network comprising transmission, distribution and generation assets. The assets comprise an emergency power generation capacity of 80MW, transmission and distribution network of around 1,000 km of overhead power lines
(BBC News Africa 10/09/14)
Mobile phone users in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda will soon enjoy cheaper cross border calls, after telecom operators agreed to cut roaming charges. Charges for making or receiving calls in other countries in East Africa will be cut by more than 60%. Kenya's communications minister revealed mobile phone users would pay reduced tariffs for calling a different network in a neighbouring country. Those roaming will not be charged for receiving calls. "We have reduced the cost of calling within the...
(Voice of America 09/19/14)
ADDIS ABABA— African children are facing disproportionately high levels of violence, according to a new report by the African Child Policy Forum. The study calls for more coordinated action to prevent violence against children. The new report, released Thursday, said African children are subjected to extremely high levels of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and current laws and policies have not been able to tackle this issue. African Child Policy Forum Executive Director Theophane Nikyema said a coordinated response is needed. “There has not been much focus on the prevention side when it comes to child protection
(Voice of America 09/13/14)
KIGALI— A Rwandan singer known for his renditions of the national anthem and three others appeared in the High Court on Friday charged with conspiring against the government. Singer Kizito Mihigo, radio journalist Cassien Ntamuhanga, retired soldier Jean Paul Dukuzumuremyi and Agnes Niyibizi, an accountant, appeared in court clad in the pink outfits worn by detainees. The case has drawn wide public interest because of Mihigo's popularity as a performer.
(Voice of America 09/12/14)
KIGALI— The biggest solar power plant in East Africa has just opened in Rwanda. It is the first grid level solar plant in the region - a 21-hectare field covered with panels. Rwanda might not seem an obvious place to put it, as the country averages only about five hours of sunshine per day, and not much more where the plant is located. However, sunshine is not the whole story. Until last month, South Africa was the only country in...
(BBC News Africa 09/11/14)
A South African court has sentenced four men to eight years in prison for trying to murder Rwanda's former army chief Gen Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa. He was shot in the stomach in Johannesburg in June 2010, soon after he fled Rwanda after falling out with President Paul Kagame. The magistrate said the "main culprits" had not been arrested. Several attacks on Rwandan exiles in South Africa have caused diplomatic tensions between Pretoria and Kigali. The Rwandan government has consistently denied...
(Voice of America 09/10/14)
NAIROBI— A new report by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) says that while farmers in many parts of the world regularly harvest up to five tons of maize per hectare, those in Africa harvest just one ton on average. Outdated farming practices combined with inherently low soil fertility has been blamed for the low yields. Many countries in Africa often face food shortages, as farmers struggle to grow enough produce for the entire population. A new...
(Voice of America 09/02/14)
Africa’s mineral, timber and oil wealth has been highly sought – and fought over – for years, mainly by Western nations. Today, though, Africa has become a strong trading partner for China, which surpassed the United States in 2009 and whose bilateral trade reached $210 billion in 2013. In February, China’s President Xi Jinping hosted Senegal's President Macky Sall and told him this fast-growing trade relationship with Africa "stands witness to the endlessly renewed vitality of Sino-African friendship, to the...

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