Monday 25 September 2017
(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...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/27/13)
South Sudan's deal to sell oil to Swiss-based trader Trafigura, made public on Wednesday, shows how new detente with Sudan may revive trade, but much can yet derail a pact meant to stifle hostility along their disputed border. Landlocked South Sudan, independent since 2011 after decades of civil war, is to resume oil exports it shut off 14 months ago in a dispute over transit fees with Sudan's government in Khartoum. The Trafigura deal, to pump crude to Sudan's Red Sea terminal at Port Sudan, is a mark of its intent. But among threats to the agreement the two Sudans signed this month to pull troops back from the frontier is a rebellion on the northern side that has long...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
Sudan's vice president on Tuesday invited rebel groups to help prepare a new constitution, a sign of Khartoum's newly-relaxed stance toward the insurgents since signing border security deals with South Sudan this month. Relations between Sudan and its southern neighbor have been tumultuous since the two split apart in July 2011 under a peace deal that ended decades of civil war - and both have accused the other of continuing to support rebels in their territories. After the split, the two fell out over the position of their border, the status of disputed land, the division of national debt and how much the landlocked South should pay to export its oil through Sudan, among other issues. Tensions compelled South Sudan...
(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,...
(Global post 03/26/13)
Gunmen in Sudan's Darfur region seized 31 displaced people traveling under United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) escort to a refugee conference. "A convoy of three commercial buses carrying 31 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and escorted by UNAMID peacekeepers was stopped by a large unidentified armed group in military uniforms and seven jeep-mounted guns," UNAMID spokeswoman Aicha Elbasri said. "Despite UNAMID opposition, the armed group forced the IDPs to an unknown location." The UNAMID peacekeepers were unharmed during the incident, which happened at around 6:20 p.m. local time on Sunday at a border crossing between Central and South Darfur states. Elbasri said that official government sources have not yet confirmed whether or not the captives have been released. More from...
(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...
(Sudan Vision 03/19/13)
Khartoum - The Minister of Science and Communication, Dr. Eissa Bushara, has expressed Sudan welcome to the Chadian desire to link and unite the communication networks via extending the optical fibres and uniting feed in the two countries in cooperation with Sudatel and Canar companies. This came when Dr. Bushara received in his office last Sunday the visiting delegation of the Chadian Ministry of Communication, headed by the General Inspector of the ministry, Engineer Mohamed Salih in presence of the Undersecretary of Sudan Ministry of Science and Communication, Prof. Zuhair Al-Fadil, and director of the communication units of the Sudanese and Chadian ministries. He called for completing the details and adopting the required arrangements to sign an agreement between the...
(Sudan Vision 03/19/13)
Khartoum – Meetings of the Joint Political and Security Committee (JPSC) between Sudan and South Sudan continued at the level of technical committees. The two sides are expected to discuss the implementation of the security agreement signed between Khartoum and Juba last year to open ten border checkpoints to promote trade between the two countries besides the formation of a joint force to monitor border security. The force will comprise 90 members from Sudan and South Sudan and about 860 peacekeepers from the United Nations Interim Force in Abyei (UNISFA). Dr. Al Muiz Farouq, JPSC rapporteur said South Sudan issued a letter signed by its Defence Minister stating that Sudan has no forces south of 1.1.1956 borderline and South Sudan...
(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...
(AL Jazeera 03/12/13)
AU-brokered agreement, to be implemented within two weeks, comes a year after South shut down oil trade with North. Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to resume the flow of southern oil exports through pipelines in Sudan within two weeks, more than a year after Juba shut down its entire output. An African Union mediator announced the deal on Tuesday, which resumes trade between the two countries after South Sudan shut down its 350,000 barrel-per-day output in January last year in a dispute with Khartoum over fees. The armies of the two countries have also agreed to withdraw troops from contested border areas, in the latest attempt to set up a buffer zone after fighting last year. Idris Mohammed Abdel...
(BBC News Africa 03/12/13)
South Sudan and Sudan have agreed to resume pumping oil after a bitter dispute over fees which saw production shut down more than a year ago. The South, which seceded from the rest of Sudan in 2011, will begin oil production again by 24 March, under the deal negotiated in Ethiopia. Both states rely heavily on oil, which is pumped from the South through Sudan's pipelines for export. They also agreed to withdraw troops from their border area. A demilitarised buffer zone is to be set up, with the intention of improving security. Trade deals and a committee to agree on the disputed border were also discussed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The 17-page document signed by Sudanese and...

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