Friday 21 July 2017
(Xinhuanet 03/16/17)
China's aid to the education sector in Africa is helping boost teacher training, a key component in skilling the population to fast track development, a UN official has said. Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, Director of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Regional Office for Eastern Africa, in an interview recognized China's contribution to Africa's education sector over the years. "We value the initiative in teacher training in Uganda and other countries in Africa. This will revitalize the teaching profession," she said. China through UNESCO donated equipment to three teacher training institutions in Uganda on March 3. Figures from the Chinese embassy here show that 137 tutors were trained and 272 pieces of Information Communication and Technology and studio equipment...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Africa will host a Commonwealth Games one day despite the blow of Durban being stripped of hosting the 2022 edition, David Grevemberg, the chief executive of The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), told AFP. Durban lost the right to host the Games on Monday -- just 18 months after being awarded them -- when it failed to meet criteria laid down by the CGF, primarily over costs. "I wouldn't want to make a judgement call," Grevemberg told AFP on the sidelines of a briefing by 2018 Games hosts Gold Coast on Wednesday. "Durban has hosted some great events, it is a fantastic city and are wonderful warm hosts with bright ambitions and great aspirations. "However, it takes more than a municipality,...
(AFP (eng) 03/15/17)
The body in charge of organising elections in Tunisia on Tuesday proposed November 26 as the date for holding the first municipal polls since the country's 2011 revolution. "It is still possible to hold the elections in 2017," said the president of the electoral body, Chafik Sarsar, at a meeting with Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and party officials. He proposed November 26, a date which he said could be delayed until the first half of December, while calling for the timing to be decided this week. It could even be pushed back to March 2018, he said. But Sarsar warned that delays could be "a bad sign for Tunisia", whose revolution toppled longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 03/14/17)
Tunisia's coastguard on Monday announced the seizure of 31 kilos of pure cocaine with a value of more than $6 million (six million euros) off its Mediterranean coast facing Italy. The bust came after "suspicious movements" were sighted on a boat off Cape Bon, a peninsula on the strait of Sicily, Mohamed Walid Ben Ali, who heads the coastguard in La Goulette near Tunis, told AFP. Two men fled with the boat after hurling "a large red sack" into the sea that was recovered by coastguards and found to contain 30 blocks of pure cocaine. It was the "first time" that Tunisian authorities have netted such a large haul of the drug, said Lieutenant Colonel Ben Ali, who added that...
(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...
(Xinhuanet 03/13/17)
The Tunisian government said recently that it is expected to invest about an equivalent of one billion U.S. dollars to produce 1,000 megawatts of power from renewable energy in 2017. Of the 1000 megawatts, 350 will be produced by wind power, 650 by photovoltaic energy, according to the Energy General Direction of the Tunisian Ministry of Energy and Mines. The private sector plans to invest 600 million dollars in development of renewable energy in 2017, it added. In 2016, Tunisia's electricity production from renewable energy reached 579 gigawatt hours with a total capacity of 342 megawatts.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/17)
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Sunday that a Tunisian man wanted in his homeland for his possible involvement in a deadly attack on a Tunis museum in 2015 can be deported. The man was arrested last month on suspicion of planning an Islamist attack in Germany. In 2015 Islamists stormed the Bardo museum and killed 21 foreign tourists. "I can confirm that the talks between us and the Tunisian side have been successful. The terrorist is sitting in custody and I expect that he will soon be deported," de Maiziere told broadcaster ARD for the Bericht aus Berlin program. The Tunisian, identified by German media as Haikel S., was arrested last month and is believed to have...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/17)
Islamist militants attacked a checkpoint in a town in southwest Tunisia early on Sunday, killing a policeman and wounding three others, security officials said. Two militants were also killed in an exchange of fire during the attack in Kebili, which lies on the edge of Tunisia's southern desert region, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity. The attackers opened fire on a police patrol that had set up a checkpoint at a roundabout in the town, one security official said. Security forces were combing the area to search for militants who may have escaped following the attack, a second official said. Tunisia has been trying to tackle a jihadist threat after suffering major attacks by Islamist militants in 2015...
(AFP (eng) 03/13/17)
Former African champions Club Africain of Tunisia humiliated RSLAF of Sierra Leone 9-1 Sunday in a CAF Confederation Cup last-32 first leg. The huge win near Tunis came a day after the other Tunisian challengers, CS Sfaxien, triumphed 5-0 at home against Young Sports Academy of Cameroon. US Bitam of Gabon hold the records for single leg and overall victory margins in the African equivalent of the Europa League. They won 12-1 at home and 17-1 on aggregate against Desportivo Guadalupe of Sao Tome e Principe four seasons ago. Ibrahim Chenihi scored four goals for 2011 runners-up Club Africain, who were ahead by the third minute and completed the rout two minutes from time. The visitors were trailing 6-1 when...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 03/09/17)
Tunisair suspended all of its flights for several hours on Thursday because of a row between pilots and maintenance workers, but later announced a gradual resumption after talks with unions. Tunisia's national airline apologised to passengers, saying the halt was aimed at "preserving the safety of the fleet" following an "altercation" at Tunis-Carthage International Airport. Tunisian media reported that a fight had broken out between aircrew and maintenance workers, following tensions in recent weeks over uniforms. Mechanics also reportedly held a recent sit-in in front of a union headquarters to denounce their treatment by pilots. Police reinforcements were sent to the airport and a crisis cell including the transport minister was set up to tackle the situation. The carrier later...
(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...
(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)
The battle against jihadists in Ben Guerdane a year ago was a "turning point" for Tunisia, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said on Tuesday during a visit to commemorate the anniversary. Jihadist groups mounted a coordinated assault on security installations in the town on the border with Libya last March 7, aiming to win over residents and establish an "emirate" of the Islamic State jihadist group, according to Tunisia's authorities. At least 55 assailants were killed, along with 13 members of the security forces and seven civilians. Tunisia, which was the target of several IS attacks in 2015 in which 72 people were killed -- 59 of them foreign tourists -- has since been spared any major jihadist violence. "March 7...
(AFP (eng) 03/06/17)
Tunisian authorities are to restore a Christian cemetery which has been abandoned since the 2011 revolution and become a target of tomb-raiders, officials said on Monday. The governorate of Greater Tunis said it had been alerted last week of the state of decline of Carthage Byrsa cemetery in a northern suburb of the capital. Omar Mansour, the governor, had visited and seen that around 20 tombs had been opened and a part of the cemetery wall destroyed. He has ordered measures to protect the cemetery, for the ransacked tombs to be repaired and for a new guard to be recruited, local official Houcem Ben Sghaier told AFP. "The last burial was in 1999. Since the 2011 revolution, it has been...
(Xinhuanet 03/06/17)
Tunisia is making preparations to join Africa's largest trading bloc, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the bloc said on Monday. Tunisia is preparing to sign the COMESA Treaty during the next summit scheduled for October this year, which will herald its admission into the regional bloc as the 20th member, according to a statement released by the secretariat based in Lusaka, the Zambian capital. According to the statement, Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed told a COMESA delegation that his country was ready to conclude the negotiations early in readiness for the accession to the COMESA Treaty. The Tunisian government expressed its readiness and commitment to contribute to the realization of COMESA's objectives once the country was...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 03/03/17)
Tunisia and Germany announced a new agreement on tackling illegal migration, during a visit on Friday by Chancellor Angela Merkel. The accord follows frictions between the two countries over the case of a Tunisian rejected asylum seeker blamed for a truck rampage at a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people. This agreement "will satisfy Tunisia and will satisfy Germany," Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi said at a joint press conference. Merkel, on a two-day trip which also included a stop in Egypt, said Germany and Tunisia agreed on speedier repatriations for rejected asylum

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