| Africatime
Saturday 25 March 2017
(Sierra Express media 05/07/13)
Head of Eye Clinic at Connaugh Hospital, Dr. Matthew Vandi (in photo), the only highly trained eye specialist in Sierra Leone’s government service, has revealed that improper sanitation and malaria could lead to eye related problems. He made this disclosure on the occasion of World Malaria Day 26th April, in an exclusive interview with this medium. Dr. Vandi expressed the need for proper sanitation as a preventive measure against malaria and subsequent blindness in suckling-children in particular. “Yes, cerebral Malaria affects the visual centre within the brain”, said the senior eye specialist. He said in most cases, patients do not recover, adding that proper sanitation could prevent further blindness in the country. He underscored that most people do not know...
(Sierra Express media 05/07/13)
College of Travel and Tourism Studies (CTTS) has introduced new courses as part of its curriculum to train clerks and secretaries in the purpose of working in the law firms and other related offices. Certificates and Diplomas in Legal Secretariat courses are basically gearing towards giving insight in the general use of law so that clerks and secretaries will be able to correctly assist legal practitioners in forensic and other chambers of work. Principal of CTTS, Amadu Sheriff, revealed that the college introduced this new course out of the urge to strengthen secretaries and clerks in the law sector to be more productive and fast track the work of the sector more adequately. He said the college has acquired batteries...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/30/13)
Economic development researchers on Monday unveiled a database of China's aid to Africa in an effort to work around Beijing's secrecy about the numbers, as a debate rages over the intentions and impact of Chinese assistance. The study and database by the Washington-based Center for Global Development and AidData, a research project, includes 1,673 Chinese development finance projects worth $75 billion in 50 African countries from the years 2000-2011. The Chinese figures, using standard measures of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Other Official Finance (OOF), are roughly on par with U.S. aid to Africa during the same period, the Center for Global Development said. While official ODA from Western countries and some major developing countries is openly reported and easily...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/13)
African finance ministers told their rich nation counterparts at weekend meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to work harder and faster to kick-start their economies to avoid a prolonged slump that could undermine strong growth in the developing world. "We are concerned," Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said at the meetings of global finance leaders. "If we continue to see slow growth in the euro zone, which provides a large market for many African countries, and is coupled with a slowdown in emerging economies, then we will become more vulnerable," Okonjo-Iweala told a news conference of African finance ministers. "We need to insist that our partners in other parts of the world work harder and faster." Despite...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth should accelerate to more than 5 percent over the next three years, far outpacing the global average, but the region must do more to convert this into reducing poverty, the World Bank said on Monday. In its latest Africa's Pulse analysis of prospects for the region, the bank saw increased investment, high commodity prices and a pick-up in the global economy driving this expected growth surge in the world's poorest continent. It said foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to Sub-Saharan Africa were projected to increase to record levels each year over the next three years, reaching $54 billion by 2015. This compared to $37.7 billion in 2012, a 5.5 percent increase in a year when FDI...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/10/13)
Iron ore miner African Minerals Ltd said it expected a surge in output this year as it continued to ramp up production at its flagship Tonkolili mine in Sierra Leone. The company, which said it remained on track to meet its sustainable output target of 20 million tonnes of ore per year during the second quarter, forecast production of 15 million tonnes to 18 million tonnes at Tonkolili in 2013. The mine produced 5.1 million tonnes last year. "While significant progress was made in 2012, delays in construction and commissioning of the wet process plant, and the prolonged and severe 2012 wet season, impacted operations resulting in the exporting of 4.3 million tonnes of material, below our revised 5 million...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/10/13)
Carlyle Group (CG.O) is looking at a number of banks in east and west Africa for a potential investment, its Africa co-head said on Wednesday, as the U.S. private equity firm focuses on the continent's growing consumer market. Carlyle, which last year invested in a pan-African grain trading firm, has recently signed a second deal, Marlon Chigwende also told the Reuters Africa Investment Summit. "Banking is very interesting today, and that is the general statement across a lot of sub-Saharan Africa," Chigwende told the Reuters Africa Investment Summit in Johannesburg. "Certainly, there are several opportunities of fast-growing banks, good management teams, interesting market positioning." Although private equity is still at a nascent stage in Africa, investor interest in the fast-growing...
( 04/10/13)
The Africa Development Bank (AfDB) has launched a a multi-country and multi-partner project which seeks to increase food security and improve the income and living standards of small-holder farmers in the 20 African countries by improving the value chains of four important staple crops – maize, wheat, cassava and rice. The project targets to demonstrate by 2016, that it is possible to increase the yields of cassava, maize, rice and wheat by at least 20% on smallholders’ farms, increase the smallholder’s household cash income to $600 from the current $370 and increase food security by at least 20% to 84% from the present 73%. According to media statement from the implementing agency, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), key stakeholders...
(Sierra Express media 04/08/13)
It appears African Minerals, run by controversial businessman Frank Timis (in photo), has again ruffled feathers in the financial field. Investment bank Renaissance Capital claim the company, and Frank Timis have repeatedly failed to honour a fee arrangement relating to fundraising carried out by African Minerals between 2008 and 2010. The bank is claiming damages “in excess of £25m”. The dispute centres on a £170m cash injection by Chinese state-owned China Railway Materials Commercial Corporation to develop Sierra Leone’s Tonkolili iron ore mine, a deal for which Renaissance Capital claims it is owed substantial fees for facilitating. The money was used to invest in African Mineral’s main asset, the Tonkolili iron ore project in Sierra Leone, which saw a huge...
(Cocorioko 03/27/13)
Sierra Leone’s President , Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, will be arriving in the United States tonight for thursday’s landmark talks at the White House with U.S. President Barak Obama. President Koroma , along with President Macky Sall of Senegal, President Joyce Banda of Malawi, and Prime Minister José Maria Pereira Neves of Cape Verde, have been invited by President Obama to “discuss strengthening democratic institutions across sub-Saharan Africa, and building on Africa’s democratic progress to generate increased economic opportunities and expanded trade and investment”, according to a statement from the White House Press Secretary. President Koroma will be arriving with a high-powered delegation that will include the Finance Minister, Dr. Kaifala Marah, Foreign Minister Dr. Samura Kamara, Information Minister Alhaji...
(Cocorioko 03/27/13)
The Security Council today extended the United Nations mission in Sierra Leone until 31 March 2014, by when it should be fully drawn down and its responsibilities transferred to the UN country team. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to keep the 15-member body regularly informed of the developments on the ground in the country and to submit a report, no later than 15 September 2013, providing an update on the planned completion of the mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL). In a recent report to the Council, Mr. Ban wrote that the next 12 months are “critical” for the mission to consolidate the gains it has accomplished so far...
(Cocorioko 03/27/13)
Every now and then, accusing fingers are being pointed at the Western media regarding what most people described as biased reportage on issues revolving around Sub-Saharan states. This is because the Western media are perceived to mostly report issues related to conflicts, human rights abuses, endemic corruption and unmitigated catastrophes within the region. Despite several achievements made with regards to infrastructural development and sustained economic growth in most African countries, coverages on those issues remain inconsistent and rare on the front pages of the Western media. Efforts made by many African countries to move their respective countries off the ground are enormous and exemplary, hence the need for effective use of the media, which serve as an educational tool to...
(Sierra Express media 03/27/13)
As workers down tools – Vimetco Sierra Leone at a standstill thumbnail Over two years, the Vimetco Bauxite Mining Company has had six General Managers, a situation that has not gone down well with the workers as the frequent change of General Managers negatively impacted the operation of the company. Recently, the South African General Manager, Theo Keyter, resigned unexpectedly and his sudden resignation caused widespread resentment among the workers who regard him as the ‘Moses’ who came to liberate them from the bondage of the Romanian Managers. On Friday, March 22nd, the workers went on a sit-down strike bringing the operation of the company to a halt. In an interview with this medium at the Vimetco office at Gondama...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
"BRICS, Don't Carve Africa" reads a banner in a church hall in downtown Durban where civil society activists have gathered to cast a critical eye at a summit of five global emerging powers. The slogan evokes the 19th Century conference in Berlin where the predominant European colonial states carved up the African continent in a scramble historians see as epitomizing the brash exploitative capitalism of the time. Decades after Africans threw off the colonial yoke, it is the turn of the blossoming BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa to find their motives coming under scrutiny as they proclaim an altruistic-sounding "partnership for development, integration and industrialization" with Africa. Led by that giant of the emerging powers,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
President Barack Obama hosts the leaders of four African nations this week, all of which are cited in a new report for effectively increasing spending on agriculture to combat extreme poverty and hunger. The report by the ONE Campaign, an anti-poverty group co-founded by Irish rockers Bono and Bob Geldof, said Senegal, Malawi, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone either met or were close to meeting targets for increased budget spending on agriculture. All of the countries, except Cape Verde where there is little data, are also on track or close to meeting a U.N. target of halving extreme poverty by 2015, the report said. The African leaders will visit the White House on Thursday to showcase their fledgling democracies, but...
(The New York Times 03/26/13)
BEIJING — As President Xi Jinping of China continues his first overseas trip as his country’s leader, arriving in South Africa late on Monday after Russia and Tanzania, he meets with much goodwill – but also some concern among Africans that China may be a “new colonial power,” extracting resources and selling manufactured goods, as I reported on Sunday. China knows it. In a speech in Tanzania, Mr. Xi sought to calm the concerns, as my colleagues Chris Buckley and Jeffrey Gettleman reported. “China frankly faces up to the new circumstances and new problems in Sino-African relations,” Mr. Xi told an audience of Tanzanian politicians and officials in Dar es Salaam, the country’s economic hub and a center of government,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/13)
Catholics in Africa and Asia on Thursday greeted the election of Pope Francis from Argentina as a historic breakthrough that would pump the developing world's vital energy into a struggling Church and amplify the voice of the planet's poor. While there was disappointment that Pope Benedict's successor did not come from the African or Asian continents, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's Third World origins spurred hopes of a kindred spirit among Catholics from Manila to Maputo. Argentina, in Latin America's southern cone, is as far from Africa and Asia as Europe, the prime source of previous pontiffs. But these rapidly developing southern continents of the globe, where poverty still looms large, are now home to the world's fastest growing Catholic communities. African...
(Cocorioko 03/14/13)
Yesterday, the United Nations Security Council held its quarterly briefings on Sierra Leone. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura Kamara, the Executive Representative of the UN Secretary General in Sierra Leone, Mr. Jens Toyberg Frandzen and the Chair of the Sierra Leone Country Specific Peacebuilding Commission, Ambassador Guillermo Rishchynski , briefed the Council on the topic : The situation in Sierra Leone. We bring you a report on the meeting by the UN Department of Information : Security Council 6933rd Meeting (PM) SIERRA LEONE’S PROGRESS ‘PROOF’ OF WHAT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED IN POST-CONFLICT Top Envoy Warns Challenges Remain, Critical to ‘Get the Transition Right’; Also Hears from Chair of Peacebuilding Configuration, Country’s Foreign Minister With Sierra...
(Cocorioko 03/14/13)
Sierra Leone was among 54 member states represented at the Westminster Abbey, where the Commonwealth Observance Day was observed. It was a high profiled ceremony that attracted all member states of the Commonwealth. Sierra Leone was represented by the Minister Counsellor and Head of Chancery of the Sierra Leone High Commission to the United Kingdom Sahr Prince Demba, and his wife, Tonda Demba with another Sierra Leonean Fatmata Binta serving as the country’s Flagbearer. The ceremony was celebrated with a multi-faith observance attended by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh. Also in attendance were the Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamalesh Sharma, High Commissioners or representatives of Commonwealth states in the United Kingdom, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Sir Richard Brandson, celebrities and...
(Cocorioko 03/14/13)
His Excellency Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has reiterated government’s determination to use the mineral resources of the country to continue to improve the standards of living and employment prospects for all Sierra Leoneans. “My administration is determined to make our mineral resources a strong force for good in Sierra Leone, playing a key role in lifting standards of living and employment prospects for all,” the president said. He made this declaration on the occasion of the launching of the National Minerals Agency (NMA) at Miatta Conference Center, Youyi Building, Brookfields, Freetown on Thursday 7th March 2013. President Koroma however noted that although his government inherited a poorly regulated mining industry, a major transformation of the management of the Minerals Sector...

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