Set out further UK aid support to the Hunger Safety Net Programme – an innovative cash-transfer scheme bringing together biometric technology and mobile money. The landmark UK aid programme helps enterprise and creates jobs by breaking down barriers to trade. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said:I have seen how, in the face of East Africa’s devastating drought, UK aid works and is saving lives. This is a stark reminder that we need to back new ideas to future-proof against the biggest challenges in Africa. In East Africa, trade is constrained by the high cost of importing and exporting.
January 22, 2018 15:56 UTC
The report also says it would take a rather long time for gender pay gap to be closed. Also, the pay gap between ordinary workers and the wealthy have increased drastically in the past decade. Perhaps, the largest unequal pay gap is the gender pay gap. The pay gap between men and women globally is 23 percent; with the highest pay concentrated with the men, while women’s participation in labour was more concentrated in the lowest paying and least secure forms of work. Publishing the Oxfam report is good, but the WEF as it is is not the solution to it.
January 22, 2018 15:33 UTC
Despite the verbal attacks by Algerian senior officials on Rabat lately, Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita has attended the Western Mediterranean Forum, 5+5, where he delivered an address on neighborliness as a lever for stability. The Moroccan Foreign Minister’s attendance was subject of much speculations in the Algerian press with commentators going as far as accusing Morocco of sabotaging the West Mediterranean forum. Though he was seen holding hands with Algerian peer who offered him a cordial welcome, the Moroccan Foreign Minister delivered stringent criticism of Algeria’s foreign policy in the region, yet without naming it. He said that neighborliness is the basis of stability in the West Mediterranean. The meeting was also an opportunity to highlight Morocco’s African policy, notably its leadership on the issue of migration, as well as the need to offer the Mediterranean youth more say.
January 22, 2018 11:15 UTC
Italy is going to deploy up to 470 troops in Niger to combat migration and the trafficking of people toward Europe. At the end of 2017, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said he would increase military presence in North Africa, requiring parliament to reconvene to give its consent, despite having already closed ahead of the 4 March parliamentary election. The Niger mission was announced at the end of last year as Italy joined the United States and France, which already have military presence in the country. There are also more military deployments in Libya and Tunisia. Some 400 soldiers are expected to work in Libya, up from 370, and Rome is going to send 60 troops to Tunisia as well to improve border control and help fight against terrorism.
January 22, 2018 10:52 UTC
Bilel Kobi, a senior Al Qaida member in North Africa on the run from Algerian authorities for two and a half decade, was killed in an operation carried out by the Special Unit of the Tunisian National Guard. The member of Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), who served as top aide to Abu Musab Abdul Wadud, was killed in an ambush near the Algerian border when he was on a mission to reorganize AQIM’s Tunisian branch following Tunisian air strikes, security forces said on Saturday. The interior ministry said their forces on Sunday found the body of another militant killed during Saturday’s operation. “This terrorist is an Algerian named Bechir Ben Neji and he was the leader of Okba Ibn Nafaa in the Semmama mountain,” it said. Last year security forces killed militants including Algerian Mourad Chaieb, former leader of Okba Ibn Nafaa.
January 22, 2018 09:45 UTC
International Think Tanks have been worrying in recent years over Algeria’s declining gas production coupled with a surge in domestic consumption. Since 2007, Algeria’s consumption of oil and natural gas has risen by more than 50 percent while its oil production has fallen by 25 percent. Algeria’s gas production and export capacity is facing dim prospects. In May 2017, the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies issued a report entitled Algerian Gas: Troubling Trends, Troubled Policies. The document points out to the depletion of Algerian gas and the declining export capacity.
January 22, 2018 09:33 UTC
The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to back early stage startups developing blockchain based solutions with “the potential to benefit humanity”, offering up to US$90,000 in equity-free investment. UNICEF has called for applications from startups developing software solutions on open blockchains, and seeking seed finance of between US$50,000 and US$90,000. “We are interested in companies that use distributed ledger tech in new, groundbreaking, ways that are scalable, and globally applicable,” UNICEF said. In addition to seed funding, UNICEF will provide technical assistance from the UNICEF Ventures team, which includes a dedicated blockchain lead and computer science team hosting and sharing data platforms. Selected startups will also work with expert mentors, and be connected to UNICEF’s network in order to assist in scaling and maximising impact.
January 22, 2018 09:11 UTC
South African on-demand delivery service Zulzi is to expand to Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria in the coming months from its Johannesburg North base after racking up over 10,000 subscribers. Zulzi, which went live at the end of 2016, started life as an e-commerce business focused on students. Zulzi has since morphed into an on-demand delivery platform which enables anyone to order groceries, liquor and pharmaceuticals, and get their order delivered to their door within an hour. We have independent drivers with a Zulzi app which allows them to accept orders and deliver them. Though still only available in Johannesburg North, Zulzi has over 10,000 subscribers and is processing orders worth over ZAR1 million (US$81,000) per month.
January 22, 2018 09:11 UTC
US President Donald Trump has sent a message to King Mohammed VI in response to a letter sent by the Moroccan Monarch to him regarding his decision to recognize Jerusalem as a capital of Israel. In his message the US president commended the leadership of King Mohammed VI both at the Arab League and in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. In July 1980, Israel passed a law that declared Jerusalem the united capital of Israel. Proponents said the US should respect Israel’s choice of Jerusalem as its capital, and recognize it as such. Every president since 1995 — Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama —declined to move the embassy, citing national security interests.
January 22, 2018 08:48 UTC
Egypt seeks to become regional electricity interconnection hubEgyptian minister of electricity, Mohamed Shaker, has noted that the country has a distinctive location between the three continents of Africa, Asia, and Europe. Shaker pointed out that Egypt is actively participating in all regional electrical interconnection projects. It is expected to be an ideal model of electricity interconnection due to the difference between the two countries in terms of peak hours. Regional electricity interconnectionShaker said that a memorandum of understanding has been signed for electricity connection between Egypt, Cyprus, and Greece, making Egypt a hub for electricity interconnection between three continents. The electricity connection between the North and the South of the Mediterranean will absorb the huge electricity production from new clean energy projects in Egypt, media noted.
January 22, 2018 08:03 UTC
Morocco sent airplanes loaded with 30 tons of humanitarian aid to help Madagascar mitigate the impact of the devastating tropical cyclone Ava. The aid, sent in implementation of Royal instructions, includes tents, blankets and basic foodstuff that were handed to Mala-gasy authorities to help the victims of the natural disaster. Morocco’s foreign ministry said that this humanitarian gesture is part of the sincere friendship, the fruitful cooperation and the effective solidarity with this brotherly country in keeping with the cooperation ushered during the visit of King Mohammed VI to Madagascar. During the King’s visit to Madagascar, the two countries signed 12 intergovernmental agreements, in the fields of politics, agriculture, sea fishing, energy, logistics, taxation, envi-ronment protection, water, mining, training, tourism and civil service.
January 21, 2018 10:41 UTC
The IMF commended Morocco for launching a flexible ex-change rate system, saying that such a decision will help fur-ther improve Morocco’s external position, enhance the economy’s capacity to absorb shocks, and preserve its external competitiveness. Morocco started on Monday (Jan.15) the gradual floating of its currency, raising the official band of dirham’s fluctuation to 2.5 percent above or below the official rate from the previous 0.3 percent. In this context, the IMF executive body deems that Morocco’s Precautionary and Liquidity Line (PLL) arrangement with the Fund has been a useful insurance against external risks and has been supporting the authorities’ economic policies. “Authorities are committed to sustaining sound policies. In 2016, the IMF granted Morocco a two-year, $3.5 billion credit line to help reassure foreign lenders, investors and rat-ing agencies, allowing the country to tap international capital markets at favorable borrowing terms.
January 21, 2018 10:18 UTC
American tennis star and world No.1, Serena Williams, could not hide her admiration and support for Africa’s first female bobsled team at the Winter Olympics. This video literally gave me chills, I am so excited to watch Nigeria compete in the winter Olympics bobsledding race the first time an African country has ever competed in bobsledding! Akwasi Frimpong, Ghana’s first skeleton athlete also qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics with 14th- and 15th-place finishes in Lake Placid last week. Frimpong is the second athlete to represent Ghana at the winter sport. Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omega are US-based track and field athletes who decided to compete in the winter sport for more laurels.
January 21, 2018 10:07 UTC
The US is lobbying African governments to sever ties with North Korea, saying the country’s relentless pursuit of nuclear power is posing a global threat to international security. This follows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s statement on January 1, in which he expressed North Korea’s commitment to becoming a nuclear power. Scott said that the fact that North Korea continued to reinforce its declarations of intent to strike the US mainland made the US government treat the matter with urgency. “Many governments in Africa have long-standing relationships with North Korea that warrant a serious reassessment. "We want to work with you to send a clear message to North Korea that the international community is united and has spoken that it will never accept North Korea as a nuclear power,” he said.
January 21, 2018 03:45 UTC
Morocco and Senegal have expressed Friday (January 19) their will to coordinate stands at the upcoming summit meeting of the African Union, particularly on the issue of migration that will stand high on the African Leaders’ agenda. The Senegalese FM’s visit to Morocco is “an opportunity to further coordinate the stances of the two countries in preparation for the next African Union summit, Bourita told the media after the meeting, recalling that during the summit, King Mohammed VI will present the African Agenda for migration. According to the outline, the new agenda will involve four levels of action: national, re-gional, continental and international. The Senegalese official stressed in this connection the need for African countries to build strong economies in the framework of sustainable development, so that African populations find opportunities in their home region and stay there. He urged all States to work to reach that goal and ensure a bet-ter future for mounting generations.
January 21, 2018 00:00 UTC