‘Algeria ripe for Collapse’ warns The American Enterprise Institute

Algeria, lacking genuine reforms and unwilling to break away with its rentier state model of over-reliance on gas, faces dire consequences that may threaten its stability and security, warned the US public policy think tank, The American Enterprise Institute. “Algeria today looks strikingly similar to Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt in 2010. “While Algeria moved recently to privatize banks, this must not be mistaken for true liberalization. Absent is a crackdown on corruption or real reforms to create modern banking that attracts foreign direct investment,” the paper says. “On January 26th, for example, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) leader Abdelmalek Droukdel called for Algerians to join jihad against 79-year-old Bouteflika, strategically positioning himself to benefit from Algeria’s economic and social failures,” Spacapan recalls.

February 19, 2017 16:23 UTC

MESC plans to expand in North Africa via Al-Mousa Cables in Egypt - Daily News Egypt

This was the reason the multinational company of Middle East Specialized Cables Company (MESC)—based in Saudi Arabia—along with Al-Mousa Cables, joined the conference. MESC started in 1994 manufacturing cables and wires; however, it is specialised in the manufacture of the instrumentation cable. A recent joint venture between Al-Mousa Cables in Egypt and MESC occurred aiming to strengthen the position of the latter in North Africa. “Thanks to Egypt’s strategic location, we can export to North Africa, including Algeria and Libya, and also Sudan. He expects that by the end of 2017, Al-Mousa Cables’ sales will reach EGP 400m.

February 19, 2017 15:58 UTC

Egypt reaching out to Kenya over the Nile

By AGGREY MUTAMBOMore by this AuthorEgypt is reaching out to Kenya for a better deal over the use of the Nile in exchange for improved trade between the two countries. “Egypt and Kenya are bound together by the common artery of the River Nile and a long history of productive cooperation,” he said during a joint press conference with his host President Uhuru Kenyatta. In fact the meeting between the two leaders in Nairobi was historic: The last time a sitting Egyptian president, Mubarak, visited Nairobi was in 1984. On Saturday, President Kenyatta said Kenya and Egypt enjoy “cordial and friendly” relations dating back to colonial times. HAD AGREEDOn Saturday, President Kenyatta said they had agreed that Egypt helps in training of personnel in different fields as well as cooperate in agricultural research.

February 18, 2017 23:20 UTC

Uganda: WB to Resume Funding Unra

Mr Bvumbe was addressing journalists at Bigodi in Kamwenge District on Thursday after touring Hoima-Kabwoya, Kagadi-Kyenjojo and Fort Portal-Kamwenge road projects. He was accompanied by the Uganda National Roads Authority (Unra) team led by its executive director, Ms Allen Kagina. The Fort Portal-Kamwenge road project, which is now being implemented by Unra, was being funded by the WB at Shs120b. The Fort Portal-Kamwenge section is part of the Nyakahita-Rushere-Ibanda-Kamwenge-Fort Portal highway. Other road works that the WB suspended funding include the 100km Kyenjojo-Kagadi-Kabwoya-Hoima road under the Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project and the 340km Tororo-Mbale-Soroti-Lira-Kamdini stretch under the North Eastern Road-Corridor Asset Management Project.

February 18, 2017 17:28 UTC

Morocco, Ghana Cement Relations with 25 Cooperation Agreements

Morocco and Ghana opened a new chapter in their bilateral ties with the signing of 25 cooperation agreements during a ceremony chaired by King Mohammed VI who is currently paying an official visit to Ghana and Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo. As was the case with previous African tours prior to joining the African Union, Morocco opted for the share and transfer of know-how and contributed to efforts to build a safe and solidarity-based future for the continent. Between 2006 and 2010, trade between Morocco and Ghana grew byan average 33% to stand at 76 million dollars of which Morocco exported 70 million dollars. Ghana, the largest economy in the ECOWAS after Nigeria, is among the three largest economic partners of Morocco in the African sub-region. Ghana is the second country the king visits after Morocco’s triumphal return to the African Union on January 30.

February 18, 2017 14:51 UTC

Stolen Multimillion-Euro Baroque Painting Found in Morocco

Moroccan authorities recovered a stolen 17th century Baroque Italian painting worth up to six million euros and informed Italian authorities. Italian paper Gazzetta di Modena reported that the painting by Giovanni Francesco, known as Guercino, had been stolen from a church in the northern Italian city of Modena in 2014. It could have been recovered after Italian authorities alerted Moroccan counterparts thepainting could possibly be in Morocco. The collector immediately recognized the piece and reported the incident to the Moroccanpolice who informed the Interpol and Italian counterparts. In a statement, Italy’s carabinieri police art squad said contacts were already underwaywith Moroccan authorities to bring the artwork home.

February 18, 2017 14:46 UTC

Nigeria: Igbo Defections to APC - 2019 and Corruption

He told PREMIUM TIMES that the performance of the APC at the federal level is the attraction for Igbo politicians. In 2015, the PDP won in the three of the four states where governorship elections were conducted. The APC won in Imo. Of the 41 House of Representatives seats, the PDP won 38 leaving only three for the APC. In the Alliance for Democracy, AD, were Third Republic Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Arthur Nwankwo, and Udenta Udenta.

February 18, 2017 14:01 UTC

Nigeria: UN Condemns Boko Haram Attacks in Borno

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) has condemned the attacks on Maiduguri by suspected female suicide bombers on Thursday night and Friday in which at least eight persons reportedly lost their lives. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said eight suspected female suicide bombers were involved in the attack on Maiduguri-Gamboru road, according to NEMA spokesman Sani Datti. Datti said that the suspected Boko Haram members, who came through Mafa- Dikwa road along Muna community on Thursday at around 11.00 p.m, attempted to attack Maiduguri. He said the suicide bombers came in a Volkswagen Golf car, carrying eight suicide bombers most of whom were female teenagers. He said that only the suicide bombers were killed in the attacks.

February 18, 2017 13:40 UTC

Migrants ‘invade’ Spanish border

MADRID — Almost 500 migrants forced their way into Spanish territory in North Africa early Friday by breaking through gates in the six-meter high fence that separates Morocco from Spain’s Ceuta enclave. The Ceuta regional government gave the figures, with officials saying it was believed to be the biggest border invasion in recent years. ADVERTISEMENTHe said 498 migrants made it into Spanish territory, with two hospitalized due to injuries they sustained in the assault. A Civil Guard spokesman said police clashed with the migrants at the Tarajal area of the fence. In video filmed by Faro TV Ceuta, some of the migrants can be seen with blood on their faces and bruises but mostly celebrating the arrival in Spanish territory.

February 18, 2017 12:45 UTC

Cameroon: Internet Shutdown Costs Cameroon $1.39m

Businesses in Cameroon have lost over $1.39 million as the internet shutdown in the country enters a fourth week, a coalition of rights organisations monitoring the outage disclosed. "We write to urgently request your support in restoring internet access in the South West and North West regions of Cameroon. We ask that you publicly identify the steps you are taking to restore access to the internet in Cameroon," the letter reads. France's Orange, which is one of the largest networks in the world through its local subsidiary, Orange Cameroon, controls 35 per cent market share. "We recommend that you jointly push back against the government demand, through all legal and policy tools at your disposal, in order to restore internet access," the rights organisations urged.

February 18, 2017 09:00 UTC

Rwanda: Technical and Vocational Education and Training Schools Urged to Prioritise Energy Sector

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools have been challenged to ensure they produce graduates who are capable of providing innovative solutions to the country's socio-economic challenges, including energy gaps. The graduation, the fourth at the institution, saw 358 students graduate in different domains, including alternative energy, information technology, electronics and communication. We need locally made energy alternatives to reduce the rate at which we cut trees for firewood," he said. Rwamukwaya said that there is need to increase TVET schools and other professional colleges, adding that to achieve this, there's need for closer collaboration with the industry. Emmanuel Kamanzi, the Managing Director of Energy Development Corporation Limited (EDCL), said the energy sector is committed to invest in skills development to improve energy production in the country.

February 18, 2017 07:07 UTC

Nigeria: Bomb Blast - Why Unimaid Still Most Sought After Despite Boko Haram Insurgency

The institution was created in 1975 alongside six other conventional federal universities by the Yakubu Gowon led military government for the need to boost tertiary education in the country. These Universities include: University of Port Harcourt, University of Calabar, University of Ilorin, Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, Bayero University, Kano and University of Jos, which are often described the second generation universities. University of Maiduguri is one of those Federal universities that admit high number of students across the country which is a clear reason it attracts high number of applicants. It is also noticed that graduates of three departments of the university are celebrated wherever they go in the country. Out of the 46, 000, more than 7,000 students were admitted, a number only university of Ilorin in the north can admit.

February 18, 2017 06:19 UTC

Migrants storm Spain's North African territory of Ceuta

Hundreds of migrants have stormed into Spain's North African territory of Ceuta from Morocco, with many injured in the process. The Spanish territory in North Africa is an entry point for African migrants seeking a better life.

February 17, 2017 20:52 UTC

Africa: Museveni Weighs-in On U.S-Russia Row, Warms Up to Trump

One of the groups that I have observed with interest are the Western "Liberals", "Leftists", etc. During the US campaign, I noticed President Trump using the words: "convergence rather than divergence", while handling international affairs. That is exactly what the Western Liberals and Leftists should have been looking for. This is what, in brief, I regard as the confusion of the Western Liberals and Leftists. The Western countries only opened the second front with the landings in Sicily in July 1943.

February 17, 2017 20:26 UTC

Migrants storm a security fence to reach EU territory in North Africa

Migrants storm a security fence to reach EU territory in North AfricaA 20-foot razor-wired fence separates Ceuta, a Spanish territory in North Africa, from Morocco. About 700 migrants rushed the barrier on Friday, with nearly 500 successfully making it through. The mass attempt resulted in 11 injured police officers and two hospitalized migrants. Ceuta is one of two EU territories on the African continent, making it a sought-after destination for refugees and migrants seeking asylum.

February 17, 2017 18:50 UTC

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