| Africatime
Saturday 29 April 2017
(Voice of America 03/17/17)
One of the enduring legacies of the Barack Obama presidency will be the relationship built between the United States and young Africans. As part of Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), each year 1,000 young people from sub-Saharan Africa travel to the United States to spend six weeks at a U.S. college or university. The program will continue this summer. But building enduring relationships is a two-way street, and many in Africa want to see Americans coming to their continent as well. That’s what 26 Americans selected to participate in a Reciprocal Exchange program, a new component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, are now planning to do. The U.S. Department of State partnered with IREX, a...
(Bloomberg 03/16/17)
Zambia said its corn output may climb to more than 3 million metric tons this year, while the government will maintain an export ban until it receives crop estimates later this month. Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya said there were “initial indications” of the potential production figure, during a Thursday interview in the capital, Lusaka. Zambia will review its ban on exports of the staple food if the harvest survey due for completion by the end of March shows the country is food secure, she said. An announcement will be made in April. Zambia, Africa’s second-biggest copper producer, looks set to exceed last year’s corn harvest of 2.87 million tons, as above-average rainfall offsets an invasion of crop-eating armyworms that affected...
(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,...
(Xinhuanet 03/15/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday pledged his government's commitment to support the Under 20 national soccer team in its preparation for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup tournament. The team is among four countries that will represent Africa at the World Cup to be hosted by South Korea in May. Speaking when he hosted a luncheon for the team which won the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Under-20 tournamen, the Zambian leader said he will not tolerate stories of lack of money for the team to prepare adequately for the world junior soccer showpiece. "Let me take this opportunity to appeal to all stakeholders to support our champions in their World Cup preparations and during the tournament itself. I will...
(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...
(Xinhuanet 03/09/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu said on Wednesday that he will not succumb to pressure and allow the holding of a referendum on the Bill of Rights due to financial constraints. Last week, the Civil Society Constitution Agenca (CiSCA), a coalition of civil society organizations in Zambia, launched a campaign to push for holding a referendum to enact the Bill of Rights and improve people's rights after a previous referendum held alongside the general elections last year flopped. The CiSCA is an alliance of individuals and organizations advocating constitutionalism, rule of law and the inclusion of an expanded Bill of Rights in the amended constitution.
(Xinhuanet 03/09/17)
Zambia qualified Wednesday for the finals of the ongoing Africa U20 Cup of Nations finals after overcoming South Africa 1-0 in the semi-finals. Zambia qualified for the finals after scoring the all-important goal in the 108 minutes after neither team scored in regulation time at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, the country's capital. The junior Chipolopolo, who have already qualified for the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup, will now await the winners between Senegal and Guinea in the other semifinal match.
(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...
(Lusaka Times 03/08/17)
Parliament heard yesterday that Zambia is promoting lasting peace between warring nations such as Israel and Palestine. Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba said Zambia has taken a neutral position and wants to promote peace between countries that have differences. He was responding to a question by Sesheke member of Parliament Frank Kufakwandi (UPND) who wanted to know how Zambia would relate with Palestine now that it has deepened its relations with Israel. This was after Mr Kalaba gave a ministerial statement on President Lungu’s international trips and their benefits to Zambia and the world as a whole. “We want to bridge the political divide between Israel and Palestine. We will find common ground because we want these two nations...
(Bloomberg 03/08/17)
Zambia, the only southern African country to produce a corn surplus last year, may run out of storage space if a ban on exporting the grain isn’t lifted, according to local traders. The country will probably reap 3 million metric tons of its staple corn crop in the current season, according to the Grain Traders Association of Zambia. When that’s added to carry-over stocks remaining from last season, it’s unlikely the nation’s storage facilities will be sufficient, association President Chambuleni Simwinga said by phone on Friday. “We’re still sitting on an excess of about 230,000 tons which has not moved or been traded,” Simwinga said. Last year, Zambia produced 2.87 million tons of corn, which is ground and cooked with...
(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...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/07/17)
At least eight people were killed and 28 others injured in a stampede in Zambia's capital Lusaka on Monday as thousands of poor people struggled to claim food handouts, police said. Police have opened an inquiry into the deadly crush that followed 35,000 people trying to enter a sports complex where the Church of Christ was giving out food parcels. "We have since dispersed the gathering and an inquiry into the matter has been instituted," a police statement said. Sixty percent of people in Zambia live below the poverty line and 42 percent are considered to be extremely poor, the World Bank says. (Reporting by Chris Mfula; Editing by Joe Brock)
(AFP (eng) 03/06/17)
At least eight people were killed in a stampede on Monday as thousands of desperate Zambians scrambled for food handouts, police said. The incident occurred in the capital Lusaka at a public sports centre where a church was handing out food to about 35,000 people, mostly from the city's impoverished slums. "Eight people died while 28 others were injured in a stampede which happened at the Olympic Youth Development Centre around 6:00 am (0400 GMT) today as a crowd jostled to enter the premises," police said in a statement. "The victims are among the 35,000 which the group had invited for prayers." Police ordered the church that had been distributing the corn meal, cooking oil and salt, to halt the...
(Xinhuanet 03/06/17)
The Zambian government has invited bids for firms intending to implement its second Scaling Solar Project aimed at boosting energy availability, its investment firm said on Monday. The Industrial Development Corporation has invited the private sector for its second solar project after the success of the first project. The investment firm said in a notice that the second project will be for the development of between 150-250 megawatts of solar power plant. "The Industrial Development Corporation expects that, in addition to individual companies, consortia will be formed to respond to the anticipated tender. These companies and consortia would likely comprise a mix of international, regional and local companies with expertise in developing utility scale solar PV," the notice said. In...
(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...
(Lusaka Times 03/03/17)
Zambia has signed a €10 million financing agreement with the European Union (EU) to support the National Authorising Officer (NAO), who oversees the implementation of the European Development Fund (EDF). Through institutional strengthening of the NAO, who is the Secretary to the treasury, and corresponding line ministries, the financing will contribute to efficient and timely implementation of EU-funded projects and programmes. EU Ambassador to Zambia Alessandro Mariani said the grant under the 11th EDF and runs from 2014 to 2020 is part of a total financing of a total of €484 million. This is aimed at supporting Zambia’s national development plans with emphasis on energy, agriculture and governance.

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