Messahel’s statements are as disgraceful as they stem out of envy towards a successful neighbor with a forward-looking continental strategy. During the COP22 UN climate summit, Morocco put pressure to gather support for climate adaptation efforts and strived to set up a fund dedicated to help African countries face climate change. What Algerian regime fails to see is that forging strong ties with African countries is a matter of values. Now African countries such as Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Rwanda are posting some of the highest economic growth rates globally. Recognizing own failure requires modesty which the Algerian regime lacks.
October 23, 2017 17:48 UTC
The World Bank underscored Morocco’s “undeniable progress over the past fifteen years” saying that the North African Kingdom is on the path of an “emerging and politically stable country”. The report dubbed, “Morocco 2040 – Emerging by Investing in Intangible Capital” underscores that “Morocco has made undeniable progress over the past fifteen years not only in the economic and social spheres, but also in the areas of personal freedoms and civil and political rights”. The report forward, written by Jean-Louis Guigou, President of the IPEMED, reads “the per-capita GDP of Morocco could reach 45 percent of that of Southern Europeans in 2040, versus 22 percent currently. It is the scenario of an emerging, politically stable country that wants and can play the cards of youth, progress, and modernity by valuing its assets and reducing its weaknesses”. It must seek to advance a social contract aimed at strengthening institutions, refocusing government action on its sovereign functions, developing human capital, and strengthening social capital with a view to promoting an open society,” the report said.
October 23, 2017 17:15 UTC
The disgraceful statements uttered by Algeria’s Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel were received with outrage by Africa’s diplomatic corps in Rabat. Ambassador Nimaga Ismaila, Dean of the African diplomatic corps in Morocco, condemned, on behalf of African ambassadors in Rabat, such defamatory statements that lack flair and manners. In a statement to the Moroccan news agency, MAP, Ambassador Ismaila deplored such statements which ”do nothing but further poisoning the situation”. The dean of African Ambassadors in Rabat underscored that Morocco’s African policy is on the right track, lauding the Kingdom’s insight and commitment to unite the continent. He concluded by saying that African heads of states pin their hopes that Morocco’s return to the AU will help build Africa’s capacities on the long run.
October 23, 2017 17:03 UTC
"Clear path to commerciality" for Senegal oilMonday, 23 October 2017 11:21Eric Hathorn, exploration director, Cairn Energy. (Image Source: Cairn Energy)Eric Hathorn, exploration director, Cairn Energy, told delegates at Africa Oil Week that Senegal is making progress towards first oil by 2021-2023 with up to 1bn barrels of recoverable hydrocarbons"Senegal has moved from being a frontier basin to an emerging basin with a clear path to commerciality," Mr Hathorn said, adding that the development of the country's oil sector "will benefit the people in Senegal." The SNE field is now in the development phase with the FAN South-1 well showing 31° API light oil and gas condensate at SNE North-1. The Sangomar field is a target for future appraisal and Rufisique will require standalone development. The FID target is end-2018 and evaluation reports will need to be submitted for Senegalese government appraisal.
October 23, 2017 16:18 UTC
Extremes of too much rain, or too little, are delaying winter grain sowings in Europe, parts of the former Soviet Union and North Africa – although with central areas enjoying something of a "favourable" Goldilocks scenario. Mars, the European Commission's official agri-meteorological bureau, cautioned of "excessive precipitation" delaying sowings of winter grains, for harvest next summer, in northern parts of the European Union. 'Sowing is already delayed'However, in much of southern Europe, down into north Africa, too little rain is ringing alarm bells. "Winter cereal sowing is already delayed in Morocco and Algeria, where rainfall in September and October was also very low," the bureau said. Crop fortunes in North Africa, and the Middle East, are closely watched by grain investors thanks to the regions' large wheat import needs.
October 23, 2017 15:00 UTC
On Thursday, the new WHO Director-General, Ethiopia’s Tedros Ghebreyesus appointed Mugabe as his organization’s ‘goodwill ambassador’. In a statement he put out on Sunday, he said he “reflected on [his] appointment” of Mugabe, and so “decided to rescind the appointment”, effectively it. Zimbabwe’s health system is one of the worst in Africa, with it being obliterated to the point of non-existence by Mugabe’s policies. Zimbabwe’s 92-year-old leader has been president for 30 years and is quite popular for his many human rights violation and detrimental national policies. If the above reasons are true, they would surely put pressure on Tedros as the first African leader of WHO.
October 23, 2017 14:37 UTC
North Africa is a market with rising incomes, a growing number of sophisticated consumers, increasingly open economies, and ever-greater Internet access. The three North African countries with the highest number of realistic export opportunities are Egypt, Algeria and Morocco. South African exporters tend to focus more on Europe, and, increasingly, the East, and neglect North African countries. Why is South Africa not trading as much as it could with North African countries? Does the Western Cape have an advantage over the rest of South Africa in terms of exporting into Africa?
October 23, 2017 13:30 UTC
The deaths of four US soldiers in Niger, West Africa would have passed unremarked without the controversy concerning Trump's phone call to the widow of one of the men involved. It now opens up the wider question of US military presence in Africa and the role of AFRICOM (US Africa Command) within Washington's global strategic and military apparatus. Reading this, surely we are bound to ponder what gives the United States the moral or ethical right to establish an Africa Command in the first place? It also requires us to ponder what the reaction would be in Washington if China or Russia were to establish and operate an "Africa Command"? Or even more pertinently, imagine a world in which a United States of Africa established a "North America Command"?
October 23, 2017 13:28 UTC
Embattled Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa calls on South Africa’s Prosecuting Authority, the NPA and the Hawks to begin the investigation into state capture to clear the country’s name which has been perceived as corrupt. “We call on the Hawks, NPA and all investigation entities in our country to start probing immediately,” he said, calling on law enforcement agencies to speed up investigations. The Hawks, on the other hand, has informed the Parliament that the controversial family’s dealings form part of its investigation into state capture. #Ramaphosa:Our SOE’s have been captured,money is being chowed left right and centre but they don’t want us to speak about this. The charges related to Zuma’s alleged involvement in the country’s multi-billion rand arms deal.
October 23, 2017 11:03 UTC
The number of e-health startups active in Africa is accelerating continent-wide, but contrary to popular assumptions the majority of these ventures do not leverage mobile phones. According to the High Tech Health: Exploring the African E-health Startup Ecosystem Report 2017, released by Disrupt Africa today, 115 e-health startups are currently operating in 20 countries across Africa. To date, Africa’s e-health startups combined have raised investment in excess of US$19 million. “This is a timely piece of research, as more and more e-health ventures enter the market and investors take note. The full list of 115 African e-health startups is also being made available.
October 23, 2017 10:52 UTC
Buzz60 87 of 127 Skip in Skip x Embed x Share CLOSE TENSIONS WITH NORTH KOREA OVER MISSILE TESTING Report: North Korea making missile ready nuclear weapons | 0:36 North Korea is making missile ready nuclear weapons, according to the Washington Post. Buzz60 88 of 127 Skip in Skip x Embed x Share CLOSE TENSIONS WITH NORTH KOREA OVER MISSILE TESTING Tillerson: World united to disarm North Korea | 0:28 Tillerson: World united to disarm North Korea. Newslook 124 of 127 Skip in Skip x Embed x Share CLOSE TENSIONS WITH NORTH KOREA OVER MISSILE TESTING U.S. disputes North Korea missile test claims | 0:56 North Korea claims it tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. North Korea dismisses Trump's threatsComics say this is how Trump will destroy North Korea in Best of Late NightTrump fires back at 'crooked Hillary,' blaming Her for NK nukesWill the U.S. shoot down North Korea's missiles? : Weighing a 'severe' response to missile launchThe UN security council is struggling with solutions to North KoreaN Korean missile test leaves Trump stark optionsTrump criticizes China over North Korea: 'So much for working with us'Raw: North Korean video shows ICBM launchArmy, South Korea prepare for conflict with N. KoreaNorth Korea brings new missile threat to America, Trump responds5 facts about North Korea's missile testU.S. disputes North Korea missile test claimsTrump: Era of patience with North Korea has failedTrump talks North Korea nuclear threat with South KoreaIn this Tuesday Oct. 11, 2011 photo, North Korean construction workers guide in a large bucket of cement to the roof of a building in the Mansudae area of Pyongyang, North Korea.
October 23, 2017 10:00 UTC
Along with partner, Limpopo Tobacco Processors, they pioneered the Emerging Farmers Initiative aimed at transforming the agricultural sector by introducing emerging farmers to tobacco and other crops. In total, 74 incubation projects were established in Bufflespruit, Badplaas and Steynsdorp in Mpumalanga; Nzhelele and Mianzwi in the Vembe area of Limpopo, as well in Groblersdal. Farmers that participated in the incubation received practical skills training in cultivating larger tracts of farmland and a deeper understanding of various crops. Professors Hendri Coetzee and Werner Nell, independent researchers from the University of the North West, visited 22 of the projects to conduct an in-depth study on the impact of the initiative on emerging farmers. Female farmers that were part of the incubation recorded less reliance on their husbands or on government social grants for support.
October 23, 2017 09:56 UTC
The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is pleased to announce a US$5.6 million grant for Puntland. The grant will be implemented by the Puntland Ministry of Education to address the north-eastern state’s wide ranging education needs and challenges. “The support from the Global Partnership for Education is highly appreciated by Puntland,” said Puntland’s Minister of Education and Higher Education, Professor Abshir Aw-Yusuf Isse. “GPE’s work in Somalia and Puntland focuses on strengthening their capacity to improve equity and access to quality education, and improving teaching and learning,” said Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnership for Education. “This grant will help thousands of children in Puntland go to school, stay in school and learn with qualified teachers.”Somalia has been a Global Partnership for Education partner since 2012.
October 23, 2017 09:22 UTC
Advertising startup Hooplacar has been named winner of the Moroccan leg of the Seedstars World competition, earning a place in the global final where it will pitch for up to US$1 million in equity investment. Global early-stage startups competition Seedstars World has been hosting local events across Africa this year, and has already picked winners in Mozambique, Tunisia, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, Rwanda and Angola. The winner was Hooplacar, startup that connects brands with drivers to create on-vehicle advertising campaigns which are live monitored through GPS tracking and marketing KPIs. Hooplacar will now participate at the Seedstars Summit, taking place in Switzerland in April 2018, taking part in a week-long training programme and pitching for investment. The other startups pitching were BESTCARRIERE, Novway, Nour, Ivendi.ma, CreaSouk, Khdemti.ma and Ville Propre.
October 23, 2017 08:58 UTC
They had no sneakers as kids, now Andrew Lale, and his business partner Theo Baloyi, are making thousands of them – and demand is growing. He apologizes for having to do the interview alone, his entrepreneurial partner Theo Baloyi is in Dubai on business. ‘If Hunger Can’t Inspire You, Nothing Can’Lale and Baloyi met as children playing soccer, without shoes, on the streets of Alexandra. Lale went on and studied to become a paralegal while Baloyi studied a BCom in accounting. With the profits that were made from the first 100 sneakers, the money was reinvested to produce more pairs.
October 23, 2017 08:26 UTC