Thursday 21 September 2017
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Sudan and Egypt on Thursday reiterated commitment to enhancing cooperation and overcoming any barriers obstructing their historical ties. Meetings of the joint political consultation committee between Sudan and Egypt on Thursday convened in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, chaired by Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry. Speaking at a joint press conference, the two ministers regarded the meetings as evidence of willingness of the two countries' leadership to enhance bilateral relations.
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year, while exports gained 3 percent to 47 billion U.S. dollars. Transport equipment has become a bright spot in China's exports to African countries, with that of ships, trains and aerospace equipment up 200 percent, 161 percent and 252 percent respectively,...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys his beans from Monmouth Coffee Company in Borough Market. "I love it because of the relatively higher acidity level. It keeps me active in the afternoons." Customers willing to pay a premium for African brews, known for their floral, fruity...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands in 2015. The British broadcaster said the bribery was revealed by a former employee, Paul Hopkins. At the time, BAT said “we do not tolerate corruption in our business, no matter where it takes place.” The SFO investigation adds to...
(AFP (eng) 07/31/17)
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Sunday declared Sudan the 39th province of the worldwide Anglican Communion, six years after the predominantly Christian south gained independence from the north. The Anglican church in Sudan, a majority Muslim country, has been administered from South Sudan since the 2011 split which followed a civil war that left more than two million people dead. Sunday's ceremony in Khartoum added Sudan to the 85 million-strong worldwide Anglican communion's 38 member churches -- known as provinces -- and six other branches known as extra provincials. Welby said that creating a 39th Anglican province with its own Khartoum-based archbishop...
(Xinhuanet 07/31/17)
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Sunday urged for protection of Christians and peaceful co-existence between the Christians and Muslims in Sudan. The archbishop made the remarks when Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir received him in Khartoum Sunday. "We talked about the protection of Christians and listened carefully to his excellency as he explained the good relations, the co-habitation, even within families between Christians and Muslims," Welby told reporters following his meeting with President al-Bashir. "We spoke about sanctions, and of the British policy which encourages the end of sanctions, and about the burden of debts and the need for development," he noted, adding that "at the center of everything that we said was our deep concern, our mighty concern for...
(AFP (eng) 07/28/17)
Authorities in eastern Libya backed by military strongman Khalifa Haftar on Thursday ordered the closure of a Sudanese consulate and the expulsion of 12 diplomats, a pro-Haftar news agency announced. It said the order to shut down the mission in Kufra, an oasis in southern Libya, was taken on the grounds of "damage to Libyan national security". The consul and 11 consular staff were given 72 hours to leave the country, which has been mired in anarchy since the 2011 revolution that toppled its longtime leader Moamer Kadhafi.
(Andalou Agency 07/28/17)
Sudan upset by Libya ordering closure of Sudanese Consulate in Kofra, southeastern Libya, near where the 2 countries meet. Sudan is protesting Libya ordering the closure of Sudan’s Consulate in the city of Kofra, in southeastern Libya, near where the two countries meet. After accusing the consulate staff of involvement in actions that threaten national security, Libyan authorities gave Sudan’s diplomats 72 hours to leave the country. In a press statement on Thursday, Sudan’s Foreign Ministry blasted the decision, denying that it had interfered in Libyan domestic issues. "The Foreign Ministry has summoned Libyan Charge d'Affaires in Khartoum Ali Miftah Almahrogi to protest the false claims against our consulate in Kofra,’’ the statement said. The diplomatic row began on Wednesday...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/28/17)
Barclays reported a 1.2 billion pound ($1.57 billion)attributable first half loss on Friday after taking a 2.5 billion pound hit from the sale of its Africa business and calling an end to its restructuring. The British bank said it had made a 1.4 billion pound loss on the sale of 33 percent of Barclays Africa Group, and took a further 1.1 billion pound impairment charge on the sale. Barclays in June cut its stake in Barclays Africa Group to 15 percent, ending more than 90 years as a major presence in the continent as it shifts its focus back to Britain and the United States. The losses from the sale of unwanted assets including the Africa business showed the costs...
(AfricaNews 07/27/17)
At a time when Africa is going through a difficult situation, the blue economy is emerging as a stepping stone to relaunch the continent in the right economic direction. But this type of economy is seriously threatened by “predators” who do not hesitate to plunder resources. The “cancer of illegal fishing” costs Africa about $ 1.6 million annually based on Economic Commission for Africa’s estimates. This and more on this week’s edition segment on Business on the Morning Call with Jean David Mihamle.
(Sudan News Agency 07/26/17)
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Ghandour, on Tuesday received the Chinese ambassador to the Sudan, Li Lianhe and reviewed with him issues related to the strategic relations between the Sudan and China and the need to further promote relations to further horizons in all the political, economic and cultural domains. The two sides also discussed the upcoming visit of the Deputy President of the Chinese Presidential Council Li Yuanchao response to an invitation extended to him by the first vice president of the Republic, and the Federal Prime Minister, Lt Gen Barki Hassan Salih, set to take place next august 25-26th. The two sides are hoping to achieve much during this visit, with regards to cementing further relations...
(Sudan News Agency 07/25/17)
The Minister of Interior, Gen Hamid Abdul Manan, has received the ambassador of Japan to the Sudan Hideki Ito, and reviewed with him cooperation in the various domains of interests to the two people and in the field of police and security in particular. During the meeting which attended by the Director of International Cooperation, Gen Imad Khalafalla, the Japanese ambassador briefed the minister on the assistance his country provided for the Sudan with regard to the cementing of peace, training, water, health and environment. The ambassador promised to do his level best for strengthening the bilateral relations and particular with regards to the actions relevant to the ministry of interior. He also said he was assured by the Minister...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in the meetings were interior ministers from Algeria, Austria, Chad, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Libya, Mali, Malta, Niger, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tunisia and Estonia, which currently holds the EU Council presidency. Through the first half of 2017, nearly 84,000 migrants arrived in...
(AFP (eng) 07/24/17)
Clashes between two Arab tribes in Sudan's war-torn state of East Darfur have killed up to 10 people this weekend, tribal leaders told AFP on Sunday. The fighting that began on Saturday comes as the United Nations and African Union prepare to downsize their peacekeeping mission in Darfur, saying that overall violence there has diminished. The clashes between the Arab Maaliya and Rizeigat tribes came months after a similar clash left at least nine dead. The two tribes have a history of violence over land ownership rights and allegations of cattle theft. "A group of tribesmen from Maaliya were ambushed by members of Rizeigat when they tried to chase thieves who had stolen livestock belonging to Maaliya tribesmen," said Ahmed...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
A reduction in fighting in Sudan's Darfur, where a brutal conflict has killed thousands, prompted the UN to downsize the number of peacekeepers deployed there, a top UN official said Thursday. In June, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that will cut the number of troops and police serving in the joint African Union-UN mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID, by 30 percent despite concerns raised by rights groups and US officials. The United Nations and African Union maintain that the Darfur conflict is winding down and that the mission -- among the costliest with a budget of over $1 billion -- should be trimmed. "The fact is that there is much less fighting in Darfur," John-Pierre Lacroix,...
(Andalou Agency 07/21/17)
US State Department released 2016 Country Report on Terrorism. Sudan’s foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour Thursday has welcomed the U.S. country report on terrorism despite the fact that Sudan remains among the list of countries sponsoring terrorism Ghnadour said it included positive remarks about Sudan. The U.S. State Department on Wednesday released its 2016 Country Reports on Terrorism. ‘’Sudan was designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism in 1993 due to concerns about support to international terrorist groups," the report read. "Notwithstanding this history, countering terrorism is today a national security priority for Sudan, and Sudan is a cooperative partner of the United States on counterterrorism, despite its continued presence on the State Sponsors of Terrorism List." It pointed out that...
(APA 07/21/17)
Sudanese foreign minister Abraheam Ghandour on Friday welcomed the annual report of US State Department which declared that Sudan has improved its cooperation with the US and regional partners to combat terrorism. "It's the first time after 20 years that a clear report came out to indicate that the Sudan's record is free from supporting terrorism", Ghandour said in a press statement. The minister further said the Trump administration has vowed to lift sanctions on Sudan in October, as the communication between Washington and Khartoum continue to normalize their relations. “The United States notes Sudan's improved counterterrorism efforts through enhanced interagency and international cooperation to address the threat from ISIS and other terrorism organizations, and its willingness to pursue counterterrorism...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the tournament will continue to be held every two years and exclusively on African soil. The decision to increase the number of teams mirrors a similar one taken by UEFA to expand the European Championship, with 24 nations taking part at...
(APA 07/20/17)
Sudan's president Omer Al-bashair on Wednesday has agreed at a request of the Saudi Arabia's king Salman Bin Abdul-Alziz to resume positive contacts With U.S government until lifting sanctions and removing Sudan from U.S. list of terrorism-sponsoring countries. Last Wednesday Sudan president issued a decree suspending negotiations with U.S. on lifting the 20-year sanction following Donland Trump decision to delay lifting the sanction to three months. The request of the the king Salman Bin Abdul-Alaziz has come during a meeting in Riyadh with Sudan president who has been in a five –day visit to four gulf countries. Saudi's foreign minister described the meeting as "fruitful" and constructive"...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/20/17)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa's major central banks are entering an easing cycle as they try to stimulate growth after months of drought, austerity drives and confidence issues across the continent, a Reuters poll found on Thursday. Much of southern and eastern Africa is still recovering after an El Niño-related drought wilted crops last year. Poor business confidence in South Africa and foreign exchange restrictions in Nigeria have also hampered growth. "We expect that African monetary policy is entering a widespread and protracted period of policy easing. This will provide a boost to growth," said John Ashbourne, Africa analyst at Capital Economics. Ghana, which agreed a three-year fiscal discipline deal with the International Monetary Fund in exchange for aid in 2015,...

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