| Africatime
Tuesday 28 March 2017
(Middle East Monitor 03/15/17)
In South Sudan, more than 7.5 million people are in need of aid and over 3.4million people are estimated to be acutely malnourished across the country. More than 70,000 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in the Sudan since the beginning of February pushing the total close to 100,000, the Sudanese Aid Commissioner has said. The majority have fled the Unity and Northern Bahr El Ghazal states due to hunger and have arrived in large numbers in Sudan’s East Darfur State. Deputy governor, Mohammed Al Hassan Al Beirag, said that the number of South Sudanese in the state alone had reached 84,000 refugees and continues to rise. He told local news outlets that two refugee camps have already been established in...
(The Wall Street Journal 03/15/17)
Ndalo Media founder Khanyi Dhlomo and Mara Group founder Ashish Thakkar on where the potential is and what’s blocking it How is innovation in Africa different from innovation in Silicon Valley? And how can innovation in Africa be encouraged? Dan Keeler, frontier-markets editor of The Wall Street Journal, discussed those questions with Khanyi Dhlomo, founder and chief executive of Ndalo Media, a publisher based in South Africa, and Ashish Thakkar, founder of Mara Group, a pan-African investment group with operations in banking, real estate, infrastructure and technology. Edited excerpts follow. MR. KEELER: What about innovation in Africa? Khanyi, what sort of things are you seeing that are inspiring you? MS. DHLOMO:There’s a lot of innovation happening in Africa. But it’s...
(Agence Ecofin 03/14/17)
The Land Policy Initiative (LPI), a joint programme of the tripartite consortium consisting of the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has launched a pilot project to track progress in implementing in the AU Declaration on land issues in Africa. This was revealed by the ECA in a press statement dated March 7. In collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the project will assess progress made in implementing the key decisions and commitments of the AU Declaration on Land adopted in July 2009 by the General Assembly of the pan-African institution. “We are to a large extent in unchartered waters given many of our Member...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/17)
The United Arab Emirates, one of the Middle East's largest economies, wants to expand trade ties with faster growing nations in Asia and Africa, a senior official said on Sunday. Rich Gulf Arab states are looking at ways to diversify their economies, including who they trade with, after more than two years of depressed oil prices forced a rethink of government spending. The pace of economic growth in Asian and sub-Saharan African economies has made them ideal partners, Abdullah al-Saleh, undersecretary for foreign trade and industry at the UAE ministry of the economy, told Reuters in an interview in Dubai. Asia's two largest economies China and India are expected to grow by 6.5 percent and 7.2 percent this year whilst...
(AFP (eng) 03/10/17)
In the beginning was .com, followed by a host of other .somethings, but on Friday, 32 years after the world's first domain name was registered, the African Union has launched .africa for the continent. Africans who want to register a website will be able to apply for a .africa domain name in the coming months, which outgoing AU commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said would allow the continent's people and businesses to better reach the world. "With .africa, I would say Africa has finally got its digital identity," said Dlamini-Zuma, who will next week hand power to Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat after four years at the helm of the continental body Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the lowest rates...
(Middle East Monitor 03/09/17)
Sudan’s Finance Minister Badr Al-Din Mahmoud said yesterday that his country has lost nearly $45 billion as a result of the US sanctions imposed on Khartoum. Mahmoud said the US sanctions have impacted the Sudanese economy, citizens’ standard of living and the banking sector. The United States lifted economic sanctions imposed on Sudan in January last year. The minister stressed that the banks have lost a significant portion of their profits while foreign banks stopped dealing with them for fear of being fined, in addition to the decline in remittances and refusal to exempt the country from foreign debt. Mahmoud said that his country will review its exchange rate policies as one of the measures after the lifting of the...
(Middle East Monitor 03/09/17)
Sudan’s foreign ministry said it was disappointed with US President Donald Trump’s revised executive order banning citizens from six Muslim-majority nations from travelling to the United States. “The foreign ministry expresses its regret and disappointment over the executive order issued by the US president on March 6 that renewed the ban on immigration of citizens from six countries including Sudan to the United States for 90 days,” it said in a statement. Trump signed a revised executive order yesterday banning citizens from six Muslim-majority nations from traveling to the United States but removing Iraq from the list, after his controversial first attempt was blocked in the courts. Citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen are affected by the...
(Middle East Monitor 03/09/17)
Rebels from Sudan have reportedly been smuggling weapons into Libya, a senior Sudanese official has said. In a statement, Sudanese General Ahmed Khalifa Al-Shami said a rebel group in western Sudan affiliated with the Darfur movement has been smuggling large quantities of weapons into the north African country. The general had mentioned that the Darfur movement in western Sudan had started doing business with Libyans, with authorities having seized large quantitates of cars attempting to smuggle weapons and even people. Chaos hit Libya in 2011 when a revolution ousted long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi and led to a battle for power in the country.
(Xinhuanet 03/09/17)
A critical mass of trained and well equipped community health workforce is key to easing the rising burden of infectious and noncommunicable diseases in Africa, experts said on Wednesday at a continental forum taking place in Nairobi. The experts, policymakers and campaigners who attended Africa Health Agenda International Conference agreed that optimal engagement of community health workers is key to revolutionize response to diseases ravaging the continent. Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Health Cleopa Mailu in his opening remarks said that investments in training for community health workers will have multiplier impact on Africa's socioeconomic development. "We require highly skilled and motivated cadre of community health workforce to deal with a high diseases burden in disadvantaged settings in this continent. These...
(Xinhuanet 03/08/17)
Sudan government on Wednesday urged the international community to support the peace efforts in Sudan's Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions. Sudan's Foreign Ministry Under-Secretary Abdul-Ghani Al-Naeem on Wednesday held talks with the British envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Christopher Trott, who is currently visiting Sudan. "The Under-Secretary urged the international community to intensify its efforts to support the Sudanese government's serious endeavors to complete peace in Darfur and the two areas," said the foreign ministry in a statement. The Sudanese official further urged the British envoy so that his country would exert effort with the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern
(Reuters (Eng) 03/08/17)
South African authorities have been asked to appear at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on April 7 over the failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir during a visit two years ago, a senior official said on Wednesday. Ayesha Johaar, the acting chief state law adviser, said Pretoria was asked to appear at the Hague-based court for failing to comply with a cooperation request from the tribunal, contrary to the provisions of the treaty establishing the court and which came into force in 2002. "It concerns an order of non-compliance by South Africa as a member state of the ICC and Sudan's president," she said. Pretoria announced its intention to leave the ICC in 2015 after the tribunal criticized...
(AFP (eng) 03/08/17)
Lawyers and human rights campaigners launched an initiative for African whistleblowers in Senegal on Tuesday, aimed at providing a secure means of exposing wrongdoing on the continent. African nations such as Somalia, South Sudan, Libya and Guinea-Bissau regularly appear at the very bottom of rankings such as Transparency International's Corruption Index, while none make it into the top 30. The Platform for the Protection of Whistleblowers in Africa (PPLAAF) will provide guidance from legal experts, secure submission of information and a hotline for potential informants, according to its founders. The initiative is the brainchild of Spanish superstar lawyer Baltasar Garzon -- who has defended Julian Assange of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks -- along with French lawyer William Bourdon, who worked on...
(AFP (eng) 03/07/17)
Sudan expressed "deep regret and discontent" on Tuesday over US President Donald Trump's revised travel ban barring its citizens from travelling to the United States. "The ministry of foreign affairs expresses its deep regret and discontent over the executive order issued by the American president," a statement said. On Monday, Trump signed a revised ban on refugee admissions and new visas for travellers from six Muslim-majority nations, among them Sudan. It came after a first ban was frozen by US federal courts. The new executive order suspends refugee admissions for 120 days and halts new visas for travellers from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan. Iraqis who had been targeted by the original ban were not included. Sudan said...
(AFP (eng) 03/07/17)
Amnesty International on Tuesday renewed its call for a UN investigation into suspected chemical weapons attacks by Sudanese government forces in Darfur, saying it would be "shameful" if they were not probed. Amnesty said in a September report it had credible evidence of government forces repeatedly using chemical weapons in a mountainous area of Darfur between January and August 2016 that killed between 200 and 250 people, including many children. The UN's Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said at the time that it needed more information and evidence to draw any conclusion based on Amnesty's report. Amnesty timed its fresh call for a full and independent investigation by OPCW to coincide with the start on Tuesday of...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/07/17)
A disaffected South Sudanese army general who quit his position last month announced on Monday that he had formed a new anti-government rebel group, underscoring mounting resistance to the rule of incumbent president Salva Kiir Lieutenant General Thomas Cirillo Swaka, formerly deputy head of logistics, resigned after he accused Kiir of turning the country's military into a "tribal army." The military, police and other security branches, he said, heavily recruited from among the Dinka, Kiir's tribe. Swaka was one of three top military officials who quit in February amid accusations of tribalism, nepotism, corruption and other abuses leveled against Kiir's government. In a statement on Monday, Swaka said his new rebel group, The National Salvation Front (NSF) "is convinced that...
(Xinhuanet 03/07/17)
Sudan on Tuesday expressed regret and dismay over decision by U.S. President Donald Trump restricting Sudanese nationals traveling to America. "Sudan's Foreign Ministry expresses its deep regret and dismay over the Executive Order, issued by U.S. President Donald Trump, renewing restriction on traveling of Sudanese citizens to the United State," Gariballah Al Khidir, Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesman, told Xinhua. "The decision came at a time when the Sudanese government is combating terrorism," he noted, disclosing that diplomatic contacts by the Sudanese government are ongoing with the U.S. to remove Sudan's name from the U.S. list of countries sponsoring terrorism. He said Sudan has shown during the past months a high degree of seriousness and credibility via the deliberations of the...
(AFP (eng) 03/06/17)
Sudanese rebels on Sunday released at least 125 prisoners they had captured in fighting with government forces, most of them soldiers, an AFP journalist said. Their release was secured thanks to mediation from Uganda, while the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) played a facilitating role. The rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) had captured the prisoners in Blue Nile and South Kordofan states, where the group has been fighting Sudanese government forces for years. The longest-held prisoners had been captured in June 2009 and the most recent about six
(The Independent 03/06/17)
Th term was coined by sceptical officials, worried about the importance given to Commonwealth trade deals ahead of Brexit negotiations. Plans by government ministers to boost trade links with African Commonwealth countries are being internally branded “empire 2.0” by sceptical officials who are worried about the importance being placed on such deals ahead of the UK’s negotiations of leaving the European Union (EU). International Trade Secretary Liam Fox is expected to promise to build better links with the whole of the 52 member countries of the Commonwealth when ministers from each country meet in London later this week. But as the UK is prepares itself to leave the European Union, The Times reports that British ministers are planning to talk...
(Xinhuanet 03/03/17)
Sudanese First Vice-President Bakri Hassan Saleh on Thursday took oath as Sudan's Prime Minister. Speaking to reporters after the ceremony, Saleh said "the new government will be formed on bases of the outcomes of the national dialogue conference, particularly at this time when our country is making steps toward a political consensus based on the national dialogue results." He stressed that the new government's program would focus on achieving security and stability together with prosperity for the Sudanese people. On Wednesday, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir issued a decision appointing Saleh as Prime Minister. According to the decision, Saleh will hold both posts of First Vice-President and Prime Minister.
(Xinhuanet 03/03/17)
Despite the appointment of the Sudanese prime minister, it is viewed that great discrepancies endure between ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and political parties and forces regarding formation of the new government. Sudan has reinstated the post of prime minister for the first time in about 28 years, as First Vice-President Bakri Hassan Saleh took oath on Thursday, which earned full consensus of the political forces which participated in the national dialogue conference which concluded its sessions in October last year. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said that Saleh is in charge of the file of reformation of government institutions, as he spoke at a press conference the same day. However, al-Bashir acknowledged that there were difficulties ahead considering the formation...

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