Category: Africa

Africa: Global Food Prices Rise At Rapid Pace in May

June 3, 2021
Rome — FAO Food Price Index posts fastest monthly increase to reach highest value since September 2011 Global food prices rose in May at their fastest monthly rate in more than a decade, even as world cereal production is on course to reach a new record high, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United

RUSSIA/GUINEA : Alpha Condé's team to woo Russian infrastructure companies in Saint Petersburg

June 3, 2021
Guinean president Alpha Condé flew a delegation to Saint Petersburg to attend the 24th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) from 2-5 June. Source link

Zimbabweans Protest Covid-19 Vaccine Shortages

June 3, 2021
Harare — Hundreds of Zimbabweans protested Wednesday about a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines as the country awaits more doses from China. The government wants to inoculate at least 60% of Zimbabwe’s more than 14 million people by the end of the year but has struggled to get the necessary supplies. Claudina Maneni brought her 60-year-old

Africa: Gender Violence Claims Rock Pan-African Parliament

June 2, 2021
Johannesburg, Claims of gender-based violence have rocked the Pan-African Parliament after representatives tussled over the next president of the institution’s bureau. The incident happened during a session on Monday as the legislators listened to a presentation by an ad-hoc committee formed to harmonise proposals on how to elect the next president. A clip aired by

CONGO : Interior minister said to be victim of €400,000 bank scam

June 2, 2021
Brazzaville has been buzzing with speculation over which minister’s bank account was robbed of €400,000. Source link

Mozambique: Mozambican Debt Remains Unsustainable

June 1, 2021
Maputo — Mozambique’s public debt remains “unsustainable”, according to the latest annual report on the debt from the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and hence the country remains debt distressed. All the key debt ratios showed a decline in sustainability in 2020. Thus the ratio of the net present value of the debt to Mozambique’s

Africa: Launch of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Support Center in Uganda and Malawi

June 1, 2021
The African Energy Commission (AFREC) in collaboration with the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) hosted two virtual kick-off meetings to launch the activities of the of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Support Center in Uganda and Malawi. The launch of the project took place on 15th April 2021 in Uganda and 26th May 2021

NIGERIA/UKRAINE/CAMEROON : VP of company building stadiums for Cup of Nations halted Interpol warrant to return to Cameroon

June 1, 2021
The appearance in Yaounde on 15 April of the vice-president of Canadian group Magil Construction, Franck Mathière, alongside sports minister Source link

Malawi: Land Grab – Kanengo Northgate Implicated, Chief Want Probe

May 31, 2021
TA Chitukula demands probe at Ministry of Lands and Kanengo Northgate Project over a title deed for a land the company did not buy. Traditional Authority (T/A) Chitukula of Lilongwe has demanded that Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) should institute investigations into how GM Properties Limited managed to secure a title deed for a land the company

Africa: Update From the Seventy-Fourth World Health Assembly – 29 May 2021

May 31, 2021
New resolutions on: Local production of medicines Ending violence against children Addressing social determinants of health Strengthening local production of medicines and other health technologies to improve access Member State requests for WHO’s support in strengthening local production have been increasing in recent years. The COVID-19 pandemic has only served to highlight even more the

Zimbabwe: Gold Smuggling Syndicates Exposed

May 30, 2021
A new report has illustrated the depth of the gold smuggling scourge in Zimbabwe, estimating that over 70% of the country’s output has found its way into backstage international markets. Titled, ‘Illicit Gold Markets in East and Southern Africa’, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime’s report said the 10% to 30% of authorised buyers

Africa: More Than 23.1 Million People Vaccinated Across the Continent

May 30, 2021
As of May 30, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached   4,821,436 while over 23,109,877 vaccinations have been administered across the continent. Reported deaths in Africa reached  130,120 and 4,355,268 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases –   1,659,070 – and 56,363 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (

Africa: Europe Addresses Africa’s Vaccine Dilemma

May 29, 2021
Germany’s health minister, Jens Spahn, is in South Africa as part of an initiative to assist vaccine production on the continent. But improving manufacuting capacity is still set to be a long journey. German Health Minister Jens Spahn touched down in South Africa on Friday, as part of a trip focused on assisting local vaccine

Africa: How Covid in India Affects Patients in Africa

May 29, 2021
About 97% of Kenyans and many Nigerians depend on India to treat heart and kidney diseases. With travel restrictions to India, some ill Africans have been left stranded. Imelda Wambua has chronic kidney failure and cannot afford the high cost of treatment in Kenya. Under normal circumstances, Wambua would quickly hop in a budget airliner

Namibia: Statement by Dr. Kalumbi Shangula On The Occasion Of The 28th Covid-19 Briefing

May 29, 2021
Windhoek — Announcement of Amendments to Public Health Covid 19 General Regulations: Public And Environmental Health Act, 2015: Minister Of Health And Social Services. 1.    As the nation has been informed, our President, H. E. Dr Hage G. Geingob and the First Lady Monica Geingos, tested positive for COVID-19. For this reason, the President will

Africa: U.S. Push for a Global Clean Energy Transition Can Start in Africa

May 28, 2021
Katie Auth is policy director at the Energy for Growth Hub and former deputy coordinator of Power Africa at USAID. Todd Moss is executive director at the Hub and a former deputy assistant secretary of State for African Affairs. Rose Mutiso is research director at the Hub and former senior fellow at the Department of

South Africa: Who Cares about Animal Welfare?

May 28, 2021
The Department of Agriculture is about to introduce a new Animal Welfare Act, but all non-agricultural stakeholders have been excluded from the working group drafting it, suggesting that the new Act will mainly benefit the farming industry but not necessarily the animals it’s intended to protect. The working group appointed to draft Animal Welfare Bill

Africa: Ecosocc Launches the Young Africans Writing Contest (Yawc)

May 27, 2021
The African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) Secretariat yesterday, on Africa Day, launched the Young Africans Writing Contest (YAWC). The Young Africans Writing Contest (YAWC) is an ECOSOCC initiative in collaboration with ACCESS Bank, Zambia, that aims to bridge the gap between African Youth and the African Union. It is predicted that the

Africa: Liberia’s Vice President Jewel Taylor Calls for an African Industrial Revolution in an Interview With Africa Renewal, Ms. Taylor Also Discusses Liberia’s Development Priorities.

May 27, 2021
Jewel Cianeh Taylor is one of few women in top political leadership positions in Africa. In this interview with Africa Renewal’s Kingsley Ighobor, she discusses Liberia’s COVID-19 response, post-pandemic priorities, women’s empowerment in Africa, youth unemployment and other issues. These are the excerpts: How is Liberia dealing with COVID-19? As you know, Liberia is a

WEST AFRICA : ECOWAS finally moves forward with Praia-Dakar-Abidjan corridor project

May 27, 2021
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is currently looking for consultants to carry out several studieson the Praia-Dakar-Abidjan corridor project: Source link

Angolan President Discusses Cooperation With CAR Counterpart

May 26, 2021
Luanda — Angolan head of State João Lourenço Wednesday analysed the issue related to the increase of bilateral cooperation with the Central African Republic (CAR) counterpart, Faustin Touadéra. At the end of the meeting, the heads of diplomacy in Angola, Teté António, and the Central African Republic (CAR), Sylvie Aipo Temon, told the press that

Zimbabwe: Ex-Health Minister Dismisses ‘Unnecessary’ Kwekwe Lockdown

May 26, 2021
Former Health Minister and top MDC Alliance official, Henry Madzorera has described the government decreed localised lockdown in Kwekwe as nothing but an assault on the church which has become the only institution seemingly complying with the order. Vice President Constantino Chiwenga who doubles as a Health Minister last week imposed a 14-day lockdown on

South Africa: Taxi Drivers Bring Gqerberha to Standstill Over Covid-19 Funds

May 25, 2021
Taxi drivers disrupted parts of Gqeberha on Tuesday, with several roadblocks and violent protests. The drivers are demanding answers about their Covid-19 Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) funds. Seven taxi drivers were arrested, two vehicles torched and a truck was hijacked and looted during the protest. Nelson Mandela Bay Regional Taxi

Africa Day Marks Resistance to State-Sponsored Homophobia

May 25, 2021
Africa will not be free until all its people are free and LGBTI persons are allowed to live their lives without fear, says South African-based advocacy organisation Iranti. “ Across the continent we see countries acting against law-abiding citizens because they do not conform to a heteronormative view of the world. Yet perpetrators of gender-based violence operate

IVORY COAST : NGO African Parks to begin working in Ivory Coast

May 24, 2021
In Ivory Coast, the minister of water and forests has been in discussions since mid-March with the South African NGO Source link

South Africa: Daylin Mitchell Appointed Western Cape Transport and Public Works MEC Following Bonginkosi Madikizela’s Resignation

May 24, 2021
Daylin Mitchell, the youngest member of Alan Winde’s provincial cabinet, replaces Bonginkosi Madikizela who resigned after a qualifications scandal about a month ago. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde announced on Monday, 24 May that Daylin Mitchell, a member of the provincial legislature, has been appointed as the new MEC for Transport and Public Works. Madikizela

Africa: China Ready to Offer Leading Role in Africa’s Pandemic Recovery

May 24, 2021
The Chinese government says Beijing is stepping up support for Africa’s post-pandemic recovery, with initial focus on vaccine access, as a “public good” The details emerged on Friday in a series of public comments by Chinese officials who argue that Africa’s recovery will also ensure the world defeats Covid-19. At the UN Security Council, Chinese

CONGO : Commisimpex affair: Brazzaville's debt mushrooms

May 23, 2021
The debt owed by Brazzaville to the construction firm Commisimpex shot up in the spring. Source link

Zimbabwe: How Constitutional Crisis Could Have Been Avoided

May 23, 2021
BY ALEX MAGAISA The government of Zimbabwe is the author of the current constitutional crisis where it is unclear how the dispute over Constitutional Amendment No. 2 can be properly and lawfully resolved. It could easily have been avoided if the government had respected and followed the constitution. There was no shortage of advice, but

Africa: Covid-19 – Why Critically Ill Patients in Africa Are Taking a Bigger Hit

May 22, 2021
In March 2020, those of us living on the African continent were terrified about what would happen. We had watched Wuhan and then Italy get overrun by Covid-19. These were environments far more resourced than Africa . We knew that we had a limited healthcare workforce. And we have estimated that there was about one