Monday 24 July 2017
(AFP (eng) 04/04/17)
Leading scorer Sadio Mane's season could have run its course dealing a huge blow to Liverpool's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, manager Jurgen Klopp said on Tuesday. The 24-year-old Senegalese winger -- who has scored 13 goals this season and whose absence when on Africa Cup of Nations duty coincided with a slump in Liverpool's form -- is due to have his swollen knee examined further. Mane suffered the injury after scoring in Liverpool's 3-1 Merseyside Derby win over Everton on Saturday and had to come off. Liverpool have eight matches remaining in their Premier League campaign -- beginning with Wednesday's home game with Bournemouth. Presently they are third but only a point ahead of Manchester City, who...
(APA 04/04/17)
The Director General of the Senegal Airports Agency (ADS), Papa Mael Diop, has announced the allocation of CFA 100 billion by the government to modernize regional airports across the country. “In its policy aimed at strengthening and modernizing regional airports, Senegal will disburse CFA100 billion to upgrading aerodromes. This will help boost tourism,” Diop told a press briefing organized by Corsair Airline on Monday as part of events marking Senegal’s 57th independence anniversary. According to Mr. Diop, ADS intends to consolidate the benefits accured from modernizing the country’s airports, which have witnessed a 6-percent growth rate in recent times. “This shows that the authorities in Senegal have succeeded in making her an attractive destination, given that major airlines are present...
(APA 04/04/17)
The competitiveness of the Senegalese economy in January 2017, improved by 0.5 percent in monthly variation, according to the Directorate of Forecasting and Economic Studies (DPEE) in a statement on Tuesday. “This result can be attributed to the favorable inflation differential (minus 0.7 percent), which is weakened by the relative appreciation of the CFA franc against partner countries’ currency (plus 0.2 percent), DPEE added. Alongside the West African Economic and Monetary Union, a 0.5 percent loss of competitiveness was witnessed over the period, due to relatively unfavorable domestic prices. On the contrary, compared with the key partners from the euro zone, a favorable inflation differential has led to competitiveness gains of around 0.5 percent. On an annual basis, however, the...
(Financial Times 04/04/17)
Countries should develop policies to attract labour-intensive production leaving China. China’s initial wave of investments in Africa focused on natural resource extraction. Their demand for metals and energy was so large that it actually boosted global commodity prices overall, which in turn accelerated growth across the African continent. These times of China propping up global commodity prices are now over, as it has built up excess capacity in many sectors and now faces slow investment growth. This lower demand has contributed to the overall slump in global commodity prices since 2014, making it unlikely that China will again fulfil the role of driving commodity prices. Rather, its position has now shifted to becoming the largest exporter of capital. This provides...
(The East African 04/03/17)
Nairobi — The 2017 Mo Ibrahim Foundation annual Governance Weekend will be held in Marrakech - Morocco from April 7-9. A press release from the Foundation identifies the Palmeraie Resort as the venue for this year's meeting. The three-day event brings together prominent African and Africa-focused leaders, civil society representatives, multilateral and regional institutions and Africa's international partners to identify policy challenges and possible solutions. Violent extremism The conversation is normally extended to a wider audience through music, art and sport at major public events, showcasing some of Africa's brightest talent. The Foundation has released a report that sets the stage for high-level discussions in Morocco. The priority areas for the Marrakech talks, according to the report, include violent extremism...
(APA 04/02/17)
The price of a kilogram of wheat flour in Senegal declined by 4.9 percent in February 2017, compared to the previous month, APA can report from the Directorate of Forecasting and Economic Studies (DPEE). On the local market, the commodity traded at CFA389 (about $0.62) during the period under review. On the international market, the price of French soft wheat in February 2017 remained firm for the second consecutive month. On a monthly basis, it rose by 0.8 percent. In the first two months of 2017 French soft wheat prices strengthened by 8.8 percent, compared to the same period in 2015.
(APA 03/31/17)
The rehabilitation and upgrading of Senegal’s regional aerodromes will be launched through the course of the current year, Maimouna Ndoye Seck sad at the opening of the Air Transport Days in Dakar on Thursday. This first phase of the renovation of regional airports covers five regions in Senegal namely Saint Louis, Ziguinchor, Matam, Tambacounda and Kedougou, according to Ms. Seck. The rehabilitation of regional aerodromes forms an integral part of the “Sub-regional Air Hub Project,” as well as the launch of the Senegalese national carrier, Air Senegal (SA) and the Blaise Diagne International Airport at Diass
(Xinhuanet 03/30/17)
The African Union (AU) is extremely appalled by the attacks against African students in Noida and other cities in India. The pan-African bloc has deplored the violence unleashed during the riot that started on Monday targeting Africans of various nationalities, particularly Nigerians, which resulted in loss of innocent lives and serious injuries, the AU said in a statement. The attacks have also resulted in the displacement of many Africans from their normal places of residence, thereby putting their lives in serious danger, it said. AU has expressed heartfelt condolence to the families of the deceased; and it wished speedy recovery to all those who have sustained injuries. AU has called on the Indian authorities to provide all necessary support to...
(AFP (eng) 03/28/17)
FIFA said Tuesday it had launched an investigation into incidents which led to the abandonment of a friendly match between Ivory Coast and Senegal in Paris following a series of pitch invasions. The sides were level at 1-1 late Monday when French referee Tony Chapron called off the match in the 88th minute as fans from both sides flooded onto the pitch. Images showed rowdy supporters chasing across the pitch after climbing over fences while one fan was seen tackling a player in the middle of the pitch. "We are currently analysing and gathering information concerning the incidents, "a FIFA spokesman said. He added that "should it be considered appropriate, disciplinary proceedings may be opened". Liverpool forward Sadio Mane had...
(AFP (eng) 03/28/17)
Numerous pitch invasions forced Monday's friendly between Ivory Coast and Senegal in Paris to be abandoned before full-time. The sides were level at 1-1 when French referee Tony Chapron called off the match in the 88th minute as fans from both sides flooded onto the pitch. Liverpool forward Sadio Mane had given Senegal the lead on 67 minutes from the penalty spot but Fulham's Cyriac Gohi Bi equalised for the Ivorians just four minutes later. But after the latest in a number of pitch invasions, Chapron had had enough and the game was brought to a premature end.
(Agence Ecofin 03/28/17)
In Senegal, the government invested CFA30.2 billion in the 2016-17 groundnut campaign. This was revealed by the minister of agriculture and rural equipment, Papa Abdoulaye Seck. In regards to the profits that the investment will bring about, the official said so far 417,000 tons of the crop have been harvested. Of this volume, 188,000 tons have been exported while 128,000 tons were sold to peanut oil producers. The latter represents an increase of 89,000 tons compared to the previous season (39,000 tons). Let’s recall that the current marketing season opened on December 1, 2016, and is to close on April 30, 2017. According to data from the U.S. Department for Agriculture (USDA), Senegal exported during the 2015-16 season 340,000 tons...
(Voice of America 03/28/17)
The World Health Organization and U.N. children's fund are spearheading a massive immunization campaign across Africa to rid the continent of the last vestiges of polio. Tens of thousands of health workers will fan out across 13 central and western African countries to vaccinate more than 116 million children under age five against the crippling disease. The U.N. agencies report more than 190,000 volunteers, traveling on foot or bicycle, will go house to house across all cities, towns, and villages in 13 countries to vaccinate every child under age five against polio. The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest ever conducted in Africa, will run from March 25-28. Director of Polio Eradication at the World Health Organization Michel Zaffran...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/17)
There is need for China and its African allies to kick start a new dialogue aimed at revitalizing wildlife and ecological conservation in the world's second largest continent, a conservationist has told Xinhua in an interview. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), told Xinhua that Beijing is an indispensable partner in efforts to protect Africa's iconic wildlife species that are grappling with human and climatic induced threats to their survival. "China is playing a big role in Africa's economic development and would like to see it direct more support towards protection of wildlife and vital ecosystems in the continent," Sebunya said. Sebunya noted that China's growing economic and diplomat clout place it at a vantage position to help...
(AFP (eng) 03/24/17)
Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho's penalty seven minutes from time secured a 1-1 draw with Senegal, preserving Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr's unbeaten record on Thursday. Veteran striker Moussa Sow had given the Senegalese -- ranked five places higher than the Nigerians in the African football rankings -- the lead early in the second-half. That goal looked like giving the Teranga Lions a first win in their last 14 meetings, dating back to 1977, in a match watched by just over 2,000 diehard fans in Barnet. The spectators had to sit through a pretty uneventful first 54 minutes before 31-year-old Sow struck to give Senegalese coach Aliou Cisse, one of the stars of their remarkable run to the 2002 World Cup...
(Xinhuanet 03/24/17)
A group of non-government organizations (NGOs) on Friday called on African leaders to find practical solutions to protect and assist Somali refugees and asylum seekers facing ongoing conflict and a humanitarian crisis in Somalia. In a joint statement issued on the eve of the regional summit on refugees, members of the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS), Somalia NGO Consortium and the Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) expressed hope that the leaders will take practical steps towards the development and implementation of a comprehensive regional approach. "It is hoped that such an approach, developed in the spirit of the New York Declaration, will support countries and communities that host Somali refugees in improving asylum space, integrated access to services, inclusive economic opportunities...
(APA 03/23/17)
The Board of Directors of the West African Development Bank (BOAD), has approved new financings estimated at nearly CFA138 billion, a statement from the financial institution seen by APA on Thursday suggests. The board made the decision during its 104th regular session in Dakar, Senegal on Wednesday. "After approving the report of its 103rd meeting held in Bamako, Mali on 14 December 2016, the Board approved BOAD's accounts for the year ended December 31, 2016, submitted for the approval of the Council of Ministers of the West African Monetary Union (UMOA). It also approved 13 new financing valued at CFA 137.75 billion, bringing the total amount of BOAD's commitments since the start of its operational activities in 1976 to CFA...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke at the end of a two-day visit to Chad where she sought to outline her policies regarding the continent, which has long held an important place in French foreign policy. "It was only in coming here and explaining that I...
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine. The gelatin found in the animals' skin has made them a target, leading to a growing wave of donkey slaughtering in several African countries, as gangs seek to fuel a lucrative, and in South Africa illegal, trade. Animal rights groups say the docile beasts of burden are often cruelly bludgeoned to death before being skinned in backyards and clandestine slaughterhouses. Around Mogosani village, in South Africa's North West province, residents say syndicates catch the animals in grazing fields and pens. Soon after, skinned carcasses with hooves chopped off are...
(Agence Ecofin 03/20/17)
At the Africa CEO Forum which opened this morning in Geneva, AFD Group – in partnership with the European Union – unveiled the “African Renewable Energy Scale-Up facility”, designed to boost private sector investment in on–grid and off-grid renewable energy production in Africa. In order to meet Africa’s constantly increasing energy requirements, support must be provided for mass development of the renewable energy technologies – especially solar energy – that will play such a key role over the coming years, given the recent drop in prices and the emergence of new innovative business models. The EU’s electrification funding initiative, “ElectriFI”, helps to harness and stimulate private sector investment to enhance access to renewable energy. More specifically, it focuses on poorly-served...
(Voice of America 03/18/17)
Each year, the University of Southern California hosts the African Global Economic and Development Summit, bringing delegations from Africa to meet with business leaders, government officials and others in the U.S. But this year, the African summit has no Africans. All were denied visas. Visa issues are not uncommon for people traveling from African nations. During her prior three summits, Mary Flowers saw a high percentage of her attendees unable to attain visas. "Usually we get 40 percent that get rejected but the others come," said Flowers, chair of the African Global Economic and Development Summit. "This year it was 100 percent. Every delegation. And it was sad to see, because these people were so disheartened." Flowers estimated that she...

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