| Africatime
Saturday 29 April 2017
(Zambia Reports 02/16/17)
Former Church of God Overseer Bishop John Mambo has backed calls by some sections of the Zambian society for the country to maintain its membership of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Bishop Mambo says there is no reason to warrant Zambia’s withdraws from the ICC. He states that judicial systems in most African countries as well as democratic systems are still developing and have more to learn from countries with developed systems. Bishop Mambo notes that most African leaders have poor records of promoting human rights in their countries and as such, their countries need to maintain membership of the ICC. He stresses that as long as African leaders have poor records of promoting human rights in their countries, the...
(AFP (eng) 02/15/17)
Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than a half billion people live without electricity, trails the world in government policies that promote sustainable energy, according to a new World Bank report Wednesday. Much of the rest of the world, however, has made strides toward making energy broadly available, developing renewable power sources and increasing efficiency, the inaugural Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy report said. In a survey of 111 countries, the World Bank found that through 2015 nearly 80 percent had begun to adopt policies to expand electrical grids, connecting them to solar and wind generation, and to help make electric utilities creditworthy and financially viable while keeping energy prices down. More than a third of countries, home to 96 percent of...
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready to make a new deal to help Nigeria "in terms of military weapons." The statement said Trump also commended Buhari for the strides Nigeria is making against Islamist radical group Boko Haram, and invited Buhari to come to Washington at...
(Xinhuanet 02/10/17)
The Zambian government on Friday announced the start of a fish farming project aimed at boosting the production of fish for both local consumption and export. The Aquaculture Productivity and Market Enhancement project aims at achieving the target of producing 50,000 tons of fish per year in two years. Minister of Fisheries and Livestock Michael Katambo said the African Development Bank (AfDB) has pumped 50 million U.S. dollars into the project. Apart from producing fish for local consumption, the project will help the country produce surplus fish for export, he added. According to him, the high demand for fish in neighboring countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as the international market provides an opportunity for the...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/10/17)
Canada’s First Quantum Minerals plans to invest over $1-billion in a new smelter and modernisation of a copper mine in Zambia, a senior Zambian official said on Wednesday, but the company said the investment was “very conditional.” Zambia’s high commissioner (ambassador) to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba told Reuters by telephone that First Quantum Minerals Chief Executive Officer Phillip Pascal had announced the investment on Wednesday when he met Zambian officials attending a mining conference in Cape Town. First Quantum planned to invest $700-million in a new smelter whose location the company did not specify and $350-million would be invested in modernizing its Kansanshi copper mine, Mwamba said. “These are fresh investments which should help boost Zambia’s economic growth,” Mwamba said...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first choice for regular Champions League entrants Coton Sport from northern Cameroon cotton town Garoua. Coton qualified for the 2008 final, losing to Al Ahly of Egypt, but have fared poorly recently with first round exits in the past two seasons...
(Standard Digital 02/09/17)
Hundreds of business and political personalities yesterday attended a German-African economic summit in Nairobi, where German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Mueller talked about his “Marshall Plan” for Africa. The plan is “with Africa, not for Africa,” Mueller (pictured) said, stressing that it would be based on cooperation between equals rather than the principles of traditional development aid. The plan, which Mueller presented to the German parliament’s development committee on Wednesday, is based on fair trade conditions, investment and increasing aid for educational projects. One of the goals of the plan, which the German opposition received with scepticism, is to curb migratory flows from Africa to Europe. Mueller called on German companies to focus on Africa, which he...
(Xinhuanet 02/08/17)
The Zambian government said Tuesday that the plan by the European Investment Bank (EIB) to set up an office in the country was a clear endorsement by Europe that Zambia was one of the best investment destinations in Africa. Minister of Finance Felix Mutati, who has just returned from a tour of some European countries to strengthen economic cooperation, said the European bank promised to set up an office in Zambia by the third quarter of 2017. According to him, the coming of the European bank will improve the country's credit-rating bench mark. The Zambian delegation held a seminar with the European bank during the visit to the EIB headquarters, during which EIB Deputy Director Patrick Walsh said significant progress...
(AL Jazeera 02/08/17)
The EU must espouse a transnational approach with a clear development agenda that replaces its current security policy. One year ago, 22-year-old Patrick left Douala, the largest city in Cameroon, to become a football star in Europe. A talented midfielder and an ambitious young man, Patrick felt compelled to reach Europe to help him to realise his dreams. But, as he passed through Agadez in Niger, which has become a major transit hub for migrants taking the Central Mediterranean route, reality proved to be grimmer than he had anticipated. Patrick and two of his male relatives, also travelling from Douala, were beaten, robbed and held captive by organised predatory groups. Finally, their tumultuous journey came to an end in Algeria,...
(Bloomberg 02/06/17)
Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. is expected to raise about $500 million for its new African investment fund, attracting less than its original goal as investor interest in the region proved weaker than anticipated, according to people familiar with the matter. The Toronto-based insurer sought to raise as much as $1 billion at $10 a share for Fairfax Africa Holdings Corp. in an initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange, according to a regulatory filing in December. Fairfax said it had secured as much as $416 million in commitments for the African venture from both its own funds and partners, including the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, a Canadian pension fund and CI Investments Inc., according to the...
(Xinhuanet 02/03/17)
The Zambian government on Friday reiterated that it has no plans to introduce a dress code for teachers. Recently, the Teaching Service Commission, a quasi-government agency that oversees all matters related to terms and conditions of teacher services, suggested that a dress code for serving teachers, especially for female teachers be put in place in order to enhance effective learning. But Hilary Chipango, the spokesperson for the Ministry of General Education said the ministry has no plans to introduce a dress code for teachers as it was not an important issue. He added that teachers have always been advised to dress appropriately when on duty in accordance with their profession requirement and that there was no need to put in...
(Xinhuanet 02/03/17)
T20 Africa Conference, the meeting for the G20 think tanks and African countries, ended on Friday in Johannesburg with a commitment to accelerate cooperation between the G20 and Africa. The three-day conference aimed to chart a course for the future cooperation between Africa and the G20. The day ended with the formulation of the communique which will be given to the current G20 chair Germany. The communique will also be the reference for further discussion between Africa and T20. T20 comprises of the G20 think tanks. Dr. Christine Hackenesch, researcher at the German Development Institute (DIE) said, "There was an agreement that there must be a continuous and sustained engagement between G20 and Africa because there is a strong dependence...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/02/17)
African leaders have backed a "strategy of collective withdrawal" from the International Criminal Court (ICC), but it came with unspecified reservations, an African Union official said on Wednesday after this week's African Union summit. The official did not give details about the strategy or the reservations, but it highlights broad antipathy towards the court among Africans who feel the ICC unfairly targets them. A document seen by Reuters before the summit proposed a co-ordinated withdrawal unless the ICC was reformed. It included a call for "regionalization" of international law, a reference to proposals for an African war crimes court. Almost a third of the ICC's 124 members are African, and a withdrawal by a large number of them would cripple...
(Forbes 02/01/17)
Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, plans to invest in the energy and agricultural sectors of Zambia. According to Nigeria’s Punch newspaper, Dangote made this known on Sunday when he paid a courtesy call to Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, in Lusaka. While urging the Zambian government to roll out policies that would encourage foreign investments in the country, Dangote noted that energy is a critical requirement for economic development and called on President Lungu to expand Zambia’s energy supply footprint both for local consumption, and export to regional markets. “I am here not only to explore investment opportunities and consolidate our existing business relations, but also to congratulate you for your victory in the last general elections. I wish you many...
(Andalou Agency 02/01/17)
'This is a tragedy, and we demand the protection of children,' says Archbishop Tresphore Mpundu. After telling people she was sexually assaulted by the man she called “uncle,” instead of getting sympathy, she was told to keep her mouth shut. She was only 10. "I was in sixth grade when a cousin of my stepfather raped me. I was on my way home from school in the evening when he dragged me to a nearby bush where he raped me," Barbra Kwalela, now 23, told Anadolu Agency. "But when I told my mother about it, she not only scolded me but asked me not to tell anyone for fear that she and myself would be thrown out of my uncle’s...
(Lusaka Times 02/01/17)
First lady Esther Lungu says Zambia has seen an increase of women on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) treatment from 26 in 2002 to over 400,000 in 2016. Mrs Lungu said this follows government’s investment in the health sector which she says has seen a reduction of the HIV prevalence rate from 19 percent in 2003 to 11.6 to date. Highlighting the successes made in Zambia in relation to the fight against HIV and AIDS during the Organization for African First Ladies 15th ordinary session, Mrs Lungu said 700 adults and 51 children were put on Antiretroviral Therapy in 2016. The first lady said more than three million people in Zambia have accessed HIV testing. And focusing on the theme, ‘Building on...
(Xinhuanet 02/01/17)
Newly elected senior officials of the African Union (AU) Commission, including Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission, were sworn in on Tuesday at the conclusion of the 28th AU summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. In addition to the two top officials, other officials took the oath for positions including, peace and security; political affairs; trade and industry; social affairs; infrastructure and energy; and rural economy and agriculture. The 28th AU summit also elected Alpha Conde, President of the Republic of Guinea, for a rotating chairmanship of the African Union. In his acceptance speech on Monday, Conde said, "It is with honor and humility that I accept to preside at the destiny of our Organization during the year...
(AFP (eng) 01/30/17)
A Zambian law that entitles women to take one day off work a month when they have their period is stirring increasingly fierce debate in a country reluctant to discuss sexual health. Discreetly called Mother's Day, the 2015 law -- unique in Africa -- enables women to be absent from work without notice or a doctor's note to help them cope with menstrual bleeding, pain and cramps. "It helps me to manage my physiological needs (and) I think it's very important that I always endorse it," Shupe Luchembe, 36, a civil servant in the capital Lusaka and mother of three, told AFP.
(Xinhuanet 01/30/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu will host a high-level meeting on the implementation of the Common African Position (CAP) on ending child marriage in Africa in collaboration with the African Union (AU) Commission. The event will be held on Tuesday on the sidelines of the 28th AU summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa in line with the 2017 AU theme "Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth," according to a statement from AU on Monday. The AU Commission launched a continental campaign in May 2014 to end child marriage on the continent. Several activities have been undertaken by the pan-African bloc together with its member states and partners on national launches, capacity building workshops, as well as monitoring and evaluation,...
(Xinhuanet 01/28/17)
The African Union (AU) has been endeavoring to ensure robust, resilient and long-lasting economic transformation of Africa through promotion of infrastructure and energy development on the continent, noted Elham Mahmood Ibrahim, AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy. Speaking at a press conference Friday ahead of the 28th AU leaders' summit here, the commissioner said the pan-African bloc has scored achievements in its flagship projects and programs on the development of energy, transport as well as in the information and communication technology (ICT) areas, which she said are the biggest priorities in Africa's infrastructure sector. In cooperation and coordination with its regional, continental, and international partners, AU has been committed to development of infrastructure on the continent, which facilitates trade, economic...

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