Despite spending billions of dollars to reinforce border security, Algeria remains incapable of securing its large desert borders where terrorist and trafficking networks are taking advantage of the porous and low-monitored borders, HS Jane’s Information Group said. Algeria, Africa’s largest country, shares borders with six countries, all of them are closed with the exception of its land frontiers with Tunisia. Yet, there is a silently brewing lack of trust between Sahel countries and Algeria on the issue of terrorism. International reports have also accused Algeria of cooperating with Ansar Eddine and its leader Ag Ghali to quell the separatist ambitions of the secular Azawad movement. The four terrorist groups were brought together under the command of Ag Ghali.
March 18, 2018 22:07 UTC
MarketPlace How local brands can compete with international firmsSanlam House on Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi. The group’s pursuit of a pan-African position ties with studies showing that consumers prefer multinational brands to local ones because of perceived higher quality. According to a case study published in the Harvard Business Review on the strategies transnational companies employ to compete in a market, consumers tend to perceive international brands as of good quality, more than they do local brands. Local brands can still win consumers on the basis of enhanced brand awareness, which may overshadow the appeal and status of global brands. Research by Curtin University in Australia on how a successful international brand may compete with a local brand, based on consumers’ perceived commercial value and quality, found that local brands enjoy more brand awareness that leads to brand loyalty.
March 18, 2018 18:56 UTC
News Farmers cry foul as millers import maize from UgandaKenya has inked a deal with Kampala to buy 6.6 million bags of maize at Sh2, 050 each to plug a deficit that has triggered a rise in flour prices. FILE PHOTO | NMGAs millers rush to import 6.6 million bags of cheap maize from Uganda, farmers in Rift Valley are stranded with their harvest after the Ministry of Agriculture scaled down purchases. According to the farmers, cartels imported huge stocks of maize from Uganda at Sh1,800 per bag before selling the produce to the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) depots at Sh3,200. The farmers said millers had avoided buying their maize due to high market prices set by NCPB, which is offering Sh3,200 per bag while the same is selling at Sh1,800 from Uganda. This forced us to opt for cheaper maize from Uganda,” said a local miller who requested not to be named.
March 18, 2018 12:00 UTC
The Pearle of the Moroccan Sahara, Dakhla, is hosting for the fourth time the Crans Montana Forum which brings together African and world leaders to discuss means to promote south-south cooperation in the continent. The event was marked by a Royal message expressing Morocco’s commitment to a truly innovative South-South cooperation model based on the exchange of knowledge, skills, expertise and resources. King Mohammed VI also recalled that Morocco advocates a South-South cooperation that has a bearing on issues relating to stability and development in Africa, including migration. It calls for greater cooperation, first between African countries, then between the latter and the countries of the North.”Climate change is another priority issue for Morocco’s cooperation in Africa. “The return to the African Union is very important for Morocco which plays the role of a bridge between Europe and Africa.
March 17, 2018 23:15 UTC
Morocco will earmark $15.8 billion on stadiums and infrastructure if it wins the bid to organize the 2026 World Cup, the bid committee said. To fill in the gap in terms of stadiums, Morocco has promised to establish demountable stadiums with a 50,000 seat capacity up to FIFA standards. Moulay Hafid Elalamy also explained that organizing the World Cup is in line with Morocco’s economic and social development strategy. “The World Cup is a national priority for our government and that is why it has guaranteed the required investment in our exciting and innovative stadium plans,” added Elalamy. Morocco is making its fifth bid to host the World Cup.
March 17, 2018 22:18 UTC
Few weeks after the launch of the gradual Dirham float, The International Monetary Fund has advised Morocco to maintain the current reform pace with a view to strengthening the economy’s competitiveness. “Unlike other emerging economies, Morocco didn’t loosen currency restrictions under pressure, so authorities can take their time with future steps,” Nicolas Blancher, the IMF’s mission chief for Morocco, told the press in a conference call. Morocco is adopting a policy that enables an “orderly and gradual” transition, Blancher said. Morocco started on January 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. Authorities said the measure was part of a broader plan to boost growth by opening the Moroccan economy and making it more resistant to external shocks.
March 17, 2018 22:07 UTC
March is the Women’s History Month celebrated globally to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Dressmaker Sarah Boone made her name by inventing an improvement to the ironing board in 1892 that would make it easier to press sleeves without introducing unwanted creases. Before Boone’s ironing board, ironing was done with irons heated on the stove or fire, using a table that was covered with a thick cloth. Born in 1832 in Craven County, North Carolina, Sarah Boone married a brick mason, James Boone when she was 15. Her ironing board has since made it easy for people to press sleeves.
March 17, 2018 18:56 UTC
Athletes wave to the crowds at Adnec during the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night. Chris Whiteoak / The National Athletes wave to the crowds during the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics. With fireworks and celebrations, the Special Olympics opens in Abu Dhabi. “What’s so special to us about the Special Olympics is that it doesn’t end with the games next week. And we all said yes.”The Games precede next year’s Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, mark 50 years since launch of the Special Olympics and are being held in the Year of Zayed.
March 17, 2018 16:32 UTC
20 SHARES Share TweetAn exhaustive analysis of human remains from the oldest deposit in the world, located in Jebel Irhoud (Morocco), rules out the connection between North Africans and Europeans 15,000 years ago, according to a study published in the journal Science. On the contrary, the remains analyzed are “closely related” to both the inhabitants of the Middle East and to sub-Saharan Africans, suggesting that there were more people migrating in and out of North Africa than previously believed. “These findings are really exciting: North Africa has been an important crossroads for much longer than people thought,” Evolutionary geneticist Sarah Tishkoff of the University of Pennsylvania told the magazine although she was not part of the study. To date, researchers exploring North Africa have discovered skeletons in prehistoric sites, including Morocco, although their origins have not been clear. By comparing their genetic data with those of other ancient and modern individuals, the researchers identified nearly 600,000 overlapping genetic markers.
March 17, 2018 15:33 UTC
Though it is a popular language, spoken in the African Great Lakes region and other portions of south-eastern Africa, it isn’t popular in North Africa. This is the second most popular language in Ethiopia after Oromo. Some Caribbean languages have also been influenced by African languages. Examples are the Jamaican Patois or Jamaican Creole which has most of its loan words from the Akan language in West Africa. Others are the Haitian Creole and the Antillean Creole which are French-based but with influences from Portuguese, Spanish, English, Taíno, and West African languages.
March 17, 2018 10:47 UTC
Consequently, North African clubs have won the African Champions League a whopping 28 times out of 63 times that the competition has been organized. North African clubs have remained Achilles hills to the country’s quest of winning the title several times. A brief history will bring to the fore how North African clubs have dealt with Nigerian clubs. Rangers were also victim of another North African side in 1981 losing to Al-Ahly of Egypt on 4-1 goals aggregate at the semi-final. The North African clubs dominance couldn’t have come as a mere coincidence.
March 17, 2018 01:07 UTC
There are at least 16 presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections taking place in Africa in 2018. Djiboutian parliamentary election, 2018Parliamentary elections were held in Djibouti on 23 February 2018. Malian presidential election, 2018, and Malian parliamentary election, 2018Presidential elections are scheduled to be held in Mali on 29 July 2018 while parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in Mali in November or December 2018. Rwandan parliamentary election, 2018Parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in Rwanda in September 2018. Togolese parliamentary election, 2018Parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in Togo in June or July 2018.
March 17, 2018 01:05 UTC
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March 16, 2018 17:41 UTC
King Mohammed VI has called on Africans, men and women, and especially young people, to rise to the challenges the African Continent is facing and to embrace the dynamic of shared growth. This impressive demographic trend will produce a major change of direction which will, in turn, transform the situation in Africa and the world at large”, underlined King Mohammed VI. “Under my stewardship, Morocco has shaped a truly innovative South-South cooperation model based on the exchange of knowledge, skills, expertise and resources. The South-South cooperation initiated by Morocco is meant to be integrated and multidimensional. The issues of migration flows management; development policies; youth employment; and energy security and renewables are also high on the agenda.
March 16, 2018 16:07 UTC
Edita Food Industries SAE (EFID) has announced plans to set up snack food factory in Morocco. Edita, which has teamed up with Dislog Group in Morocco, seeks to reinforce its expansion plans and strengthen its position in the snacks market. Established in July 1996, Edita Food Industries SAE is an Egypt-based company that operates in the packaged snack food market. The Company manufactures, markets and distributes a range of branded baked snack products, including packaged cakes, croissants, rusks (baked wheat snacks), and wafers, as well as selected confectionary/candy products. The Company has the ownership of some international brands in Egypt, Libya, Jordan and Palestine and acts as the regional distributor of several brands of imported sweeteners, olive oils & pasta.
March 16, 2018 14:37 UTC