| Africatime
Thursday 30 March 2017
(Sudan Vision 05/10/13)
Khartoum - The Ministry of Justice pledged to present all the facts that will be reached by committees of inquiry in criminal and security cases to the public, in accordance with the directives of the President of the Republic. Minister of Justice, Maulana Mohammed Bushara Dosa announced, in the enlightenment on reports of those committees, announced that all the reports received by the ministry will be presented to the public, in accordance with the law. On his part, Chairman of the Committee on abducted children in South Kordofan, Moaz Tango revealed that the children abducted about 5 thousand ones, were expelled to the outside of Sudan and the armed movements used some of them as human shields. The Committee stressed...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/10/13)
Africa's economic development is being held back by a "hemorrhage" of illicit financial flows, which may be getting worse, the African Development Bank said on Friday, calling for reforms to stem the losses. A draft report to be presented at the AfDB's annual meeting in Morocco later this month shows net resource outflows from Africa totaling up to $1.4 trillion over the 30-year period to 2009, far exceeding inflows to the continent. Illicit financial flows were "the main driving force" behind $1.2-1.3 trillion of the three-decade net drain, it said. This is about four times Africa's current external debt and almost equivalent to its current GDP. "The trend is continuing, it could even be increasing," AfDB Chief Economist Mthuli Ncube...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/08/13)
(Reuters) - Sudan looked set to receive $2 billion in oil pipeline fees from South Sudan by the end of 2014 and should prioritize overhauling its agricultural sector with the money, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday. Sudan lost most of its oil reserves - the main source of dollar revenue to pay for food imports - when South Sudan seceded in 2011, driving down the local currency, taking inflation to almost 50 percent and fuelling dissent. Read the story at: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/07/us-sudan-imf-idUSBRE9460O52013...
(South Sudan Today 05/07/13)
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir will visit Khartoum this month, taking up the invitation extended by his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir when he visited Juba in April. Sudanese state media also reported that Kiir will travel to Khartoum later this month. Bashir’s visit to Juba was his first since South Sudan became an independent nation in 2011. During the visit to Juba by the Sudanese president, the two leaders discussed how to resolve outstanding issues that have prevented a cooperation agreement that was reached last year in Addis Ababa from being implemented. When the two men meet in Khartoum this month, the disputed, oil-rich territory of Abyei is likely to be at the top of the agenda, South Sudanese Information...
(Sudan Vision 05/06/13)
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for calm after the top Dinka tribal chief and an Ethiopian peacekeeper were killed in an "attack" by a Misseriya tribesman in the disputed Abyei region. Ban "urges the governments of Sudan and South Sudan and the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya communities to remain calm and avoid any escalation of this unfortunate event," a statement from his spokesperson said late Saturday, condemning the killings. Leaders of both rival tribes earlier confirmed to AFP that Kual Deng Majok, paramount leader of the Ngok Dinka in Abyei, a region disputed by Sudan and South Sudan, had been killed on Saturday. The UN said one peacekeeper from its Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA) was also...
(Voice of America 05/02/13)
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — South Sudanese President Salva Kiir will visit Khartoum this month, taking up the invitation extended by his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir when he visited Juba in April, a government spokesman said Tuesday. Sudanese state media also reported that Kiir will travel to Khartoum later this month. Bashir’s visit to Juba was his first since South Sudan became an independent nation in 2011. During the visit to Juba by the Sudanese president, the two leaders discussed how to resolve outstanding issues that have prevented a cooperation agreement that was reached last year in Addis Ababa from being implemented. When the two men meet in Khartoum this month, the disputed, oil-rich territory of Abyei is likely to be...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/02/13)
KHARTOUM — For Sudanese businessman Mohamed Ali the tedium of the evening hours is finally over - his favorite shisha cafe in the capital Khartoum has reopened after a two-year break. "I come here every day. I love to be here and smoke water pipe with my friends and socialize,'' said Ali, sitting at a table in a noisy shisha cafe on the top floor of a hotel. Enormously popular across the Middle East and in North Africa, shisha smoking is frowned upon in conservative Muslim countries such as Sudan or Saudi Arabia on "morality'' grounds. Khartoum city authorities revoked the licences of shisha cafes two years ago after radical preachers said the practice - which involves inhaling flavored tobacco,...
(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...
(Sudan Tribune 04/19/13)
April 18, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Eritrean government said this week that it supports Egypt’s stance over a colonial-era treaty that granted Egypt a right to utilise the lions share of Nile river’s water resources. The Red Sea nation expressed its support in a message sent from the Eritrean president and delivered to Egypt’s president by Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs, Yemane Gebreab. The Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, has highly welcomed Eritrea’s position towards Egypt’s "historic rights" over the sharing of the water of the Nile River. Morsi said that he looks forward to meeting his Eritrean counterpart. Although Ethiopia is the source of 85% of the Nile’s water, downriver countries, Egypt and...
(Tanzania Daily News 04/19/13)
President Mohamed Morsi and Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr met with the Eritrean foreign minister Osman Saleh and the Eritrean presidential adviser for political affairs, Yamani Jabr, in Cairo on Monday to boost bilateral relations between the countries and discuss a number of regional and international issues. According to foreign ministry spokesperson Amr Roshdy, the two dignitaries addressed the growing problem of trafficking in African refugees through Egyptian territories. For the last two years, refugees and asylum-seekers, most of them Eritrean, have been kidnapped from refugee camps in Sudan and transported to the Sinai desert where they are held for ransom by Bedouin gangs, according to a recent Amnesty International report. In the report, Amnesty International called on all the countries...
(Xinhuanet 04/17/13)
KHARTOUM, (Xinhua) -- Sudan's petroleum minister directed on Tuesday his country's oil processing stations to receive South Sudan's oil to export it via Sudan's territories. "... Awad Ahmed al-Jaz has directed operation of the oil central processing stations in White Nile State to work with the highest possible efficiency to receive South Sudan's oil which is coming from Malut basin's oil wells in South Sudan," official Sudan radio reported. Al-Jaz urged workers at the processing centers to follow the direction to make Sudan an oil passage for neighboring countries. He also disclosed that arrangements were ongoing to celebrate the resumption of South Sudan's oil exportation at Al-Jabalain, Higlieg and Port-Sudan with the participation of oil officials from both Khartoum and...
(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...
(Xinhuanet 04/10/13)
The UN secretary-general's special representative for South Sudan, Hilde Johnson, said on Monday that tension between the two nations of Sudan and South Sudan "seems to be easing" while violence in the new country's state of Jonglei are intensifying. "The secretary-general's special representative for South Sudan said today that the tension between Sudan and South Sudan seems to be easing," deputy UN spokesman Eduardo del Buey said at a daily briefing here. In her statement, Johnson "congratulated both countries with their agreements on the expected cross-border opening of the transfer of oil later this week" and "voiced hope that this will open up a new chapter for the two countries," del Buey said. In January 2012, South Sudan decided to...
(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...
( 04/10/13)
Sudanese forces retook a southern part of the country’s Darfur region after clashing with insurgents, killing 15, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, while rebels claimed victory in fighting in northern Darfur. Spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khalid Saad said the army had repulsed an attack by rebels loyal to veteran fighter Minni Minawi on the Dubu area in South Darfur state, and the state news agency SUNA said government forces had reasserted control over the area. Separately, a spokesman for the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) faction led by Abdel Wahed Mohamed al-Nur told Reuters that rebels had stormed and seized three military camps in North Darfur state, killing 64 soldiers. Events in Darfur are hard to independently verify because of restrictions on...
(Allafrica 04/02/13)
Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, President of the Republic of the Sudan, addresses the general debate of the sixty-first session of the General Assembly, at UN Headquarters in New York. Cape Town — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has said that he will release all political detainees in the country, AFP reported on Monday. The move comes after recent agreements were signed with South Sudan. "Today we announce a decision to free all the political prisoners and renew our commitment to all political powers about dialogue," Bashir said in a speech opening a new session of parliament. Bashir also announced a national dialogue "with all political and social powers without excluding anyone, including those who are armed". According to AFP, his statement elaborated...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/29/13)
More than 150 people have been killed in a battle between South Sudan's army and insurgents in the eastern Jonglei state, officials said on Thursday. The African country's army earlier this month launched an offensive against rebels led by David Yau Yau in Jonglei where the government hopes to search for oil with the help of France's Total. Since winning independence from Sudan in July 2011, South Sudan has been struggling to impose its authority across vast swathes of territory bristling with weapons after decades of civil war with Khartoum. Yau Yau mounted a rebellion last year, with support from his Murle ethnic group, after losing local elections in 2010. Army spokesman Philip Aguer told Reuters his forces had killed...
(Voice of America 03/28/13)
South Sudan's first oil exports will reach Sudan in mid-April after resuming production, Sudan's state news agency SUNA said on Wednesday, citing a senior oil official. After months of negotiations both African countries agreed earlier this month to resume cross-border oil-flows after tensions between them eased. Landlocked South Sudan, which shut down its entire output in a row with Khartoum over oil fees last year, needs to export its oil through the Sudanese port of Port Sudan. The first southern cargo would cross Sudan's border between April 15 and 20 and then go to Port Sudan, Awad Abdel-Fattah, secretary-general in Sudan's oil ministry, told SUNA. South Sudan's oil minister said on March 14 oil firms in the South had been...

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