This situation is due to sanctions barring US companies from doing business with Sudan, introduced in November 1997 by then president, Bill Clinton. The sanctions prohibited the trade in most goods and services between the US and Sudan, and blocked Sudanese government property in the US. With over 40 million people and an abundance of natural resources, the country presents numerous investment opportunities. But despite its opportunities, Sudan remains a tough place to do business. However, landlocked South Sudan continues to export its oil through a 1,610‑km pipeline that runs across Sudan to the Red Sea.
August 16, 2017 11:03 UTC
ANC NEC Meeting – On Monday, the African National Congress (ANC) National Working Committee (NEC) members met. The subject of the failed motion of no confidence in President Zuma reportedly topped their agenda. After deliberating on the fate ANC MPs who voted with the opposition, the ANC NEC arrived at these conclusions:The ANC won’t try to expose its lawmakers who voted in favour of the motionANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe disclosed this to reporters at the end of the meeting. He affirmed that since the ruling party does not know “who voted what way,” it won’t be necessary witch-hunting the ANC MPs that voted with the Democratic Alliance (DA). He labelled the errant MPs “enemies” of the ANC, adding that a true ANC member can never vote against his party.
August 16, 2017 10:30 UTC
The rate of bank customers compared to the total population reached 14%, added the report of financial technology in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The report showed a boom in the amount of investments received by startups in the field of financial services technology in the MENA region in 2016 compared to 2015. The number of investment transactions during 2015 reached seven transactions with investments of $15m, while the number of transactions during 2016 reached 10 transactions with investments worth $20m. Only 10% of startup companies are actually emerging, while, 43% of investments in emerging companies in 2016, amounting to $61m, went to financial technology companies, according to the report. Egypt accounts for 16% of the startup companies in the field of financial services technology, after the UAE, which accounts for 29% of emerging technology companies, 14% for Jordan, and 12% for North African countries.
August 16, 2017 09:45 UTC
Fifteen young African entrepreneurs have emerged as finalists from a field of more than 800 applicants for the seventh annual Anzisha Prize, which offers cash prizes and support. Run by the African Leadership Academy (ALA) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, the Anzisha Prize celebrates and cultivates the next generation of young African entrepreneurial leaders. “We are excited by the number of young women finalists and thrilled that the prize is contributing to their economic empowerment,” Anzisha Prize associate Melissa Mbazo said. Finalists will also benefit from ALA’s Youth Entrepreneur Support Unit (YES-U), which provides consulting and training support to Anzisha finalists. The 2017 finalists for the Anzisha Prize are listed below.
August 16, 2017 06:33 UTC
Barnaby joyce speechMr Joyce came out swinging in his brief talk at the farmer of the year awards held at Parliament House in Canberra with significant political pressure weighing down on his future. He said politicians were in power to try and raise the standard of living, pointing to agriculture’s improved economic performance as one of his priorities. “That is our job in this building – that’s why you come here,” he said. “If you can get the wealth in you can raise their standard of living for the poorest people in Australia, with the poorest standard of living, with the poorest health, with the poorest education. “And that’s why we’re in this building - that’s what it’s all about.
August 16, 2017 04:41 UTC
This month marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Pedestal – popularly known as the Santa Marija Convoy, given the date on which the SS Ohio was towed into port – not only saved Malta from surrender but also arguably turned the tide of World War II in favour of the Allies. The supplies bought Malta roughly 10 more weeks, but the fuel supplies helped ensure that the Malta-based fighter planes would protect ships unloading in future supply operations. These losses helped turn the tide in the region and increasing Allied control in North Africa made supplying Malta an easier task. The exhibition, curated by Jay Jones, tells the story of the Santa Marija Convoy via photographs and maps with accompanying explanations of the historic events. For more information, look up Santa Marija Convoy Exhibition on Facebook.
August 16, 2017 04:18 UTC
Europe is divided over the nuclear threat from North Korea and new unpredictability of an aggressive US response. By François Godemen*As tension mounts over a possible nuclear confrontation with North Korea, America’s European allies are in a quandary. In October 2006, after North Korea had conducted its first nuclear test, the administration quietly spread the notion that conflict was near. One month later, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice raised the possibility of North Korea becoming a member of APEC. Neutrals with the Swedes in front typically support an approach of engagement with North Korea.
August 16, 2017 03:45 UTC
A dialling down of Saudi-Iranian tensions could contribute to a reduction of tensions across the Middle East and North Africa. Mr. Abrams quipped about the UAE’s newly-found assertiveness in a mail to Mr. Al-Otaiba: "Jeez, the new hegemon! Well if the US won't do it, someone has to hold things together for a while.” Mr. Al-Otaiba responded: "Yes, how dare we! “Change in attitude, change in style, change in approach,” Mr. Al-Otaiba wrote to Mr. Ignatius. The visit also came as Saudi Arabia planned to execute 14 Shiites accused of attacking security forces in 2011 and 2012.
August 16, 2017 03:22 UTC
Ahmed Ouyahia was Prime Minister three times; firstly between 1995 and 1998, secondly between 2003 and 2006 and thirdly between 2008 and 2012. In 2012, Abdelmalek Sellal replaced him as Prime Minister, and Abdelkader Bensalah took over as the SG of the National Democratic Rally, leaving Ahmed Ouyahia inactive for two year. In 2014, Abdelaziz Bouteflika brings him back as the Chief-of-Staff of the Presidency, and tasks him to revamp the Constitution. It is believed that the President has once again entrusted the new Prime Minister to help him prepare his 2019 presidential bid. Ahmed Ouyahia is expected to pursue the same policies as Abdelmalek Sellal, who was replaced by Tebboune in May 2019.
August 16, 2017 03:00 UTC
Gen. Peter L. Jones, at right, relinquishes responsibility as the Infantry School Commandant, U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, to Brig. Gen. Christopher T. Donahue, Aug. 11, 2017 at the Benning Club. Maj. Gen. Eric J. Wesley was the reviewing officer. (Photo by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer) Patrick A. Albright /MCOE PAO photographer
August 16, 2017 01:07 UTC
Source: Reuters/Akhtar Soomro32 Social BuzzTHE ISLAMIC Republic of Pakistan has been ranked second on United States government list of countries that implement blasphemy laws counter to human rights principles, being beaten only by Iran. The strictest five countries – Iran, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Qatar – all have Islam as their state religion. Asia Bibi was accused of blasphemy in #Pakistan b/c she’s a Christian. The Philippines was listed amongst the lowest on the ranking, indicating its blasphemy laws are the “most adherent to international law principles” after only Spain and Ireland. Despite international criticism of Indonesia’s blasphemy legislation, the country’s religious ministry is currently preparing a bill to toughen punishments and expand the definition of blasphemy crimes.
August 16, 2017 01:01 UTC
Russia Monday welcomed Khalifa Haftar’s efforts seeking the restauration of a central government in Libya, six years after the collapse of the Gaddafi regime. Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov told visiting Commander of Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar that Moscow stands on his side to flash out extremism. The Russian top diplomat however made it clear that Moscow remains faithful to the Libyan Political Agreement signed in Skhirate in December 2015 under the aegis of the UN. “We believe that it is very important to focus all mediation efforts and ideas on the political front on the basis of the activities of the United Nations,” he said. Russia wants “all major political forces, tribes and regions” to undertake the path of dialogue, he said.
August 16, 2017 00:22 UTC
XINHUAAfrica has become a new hot destination for Chinese tourists this summer, as the continent's cooler weather and more relaxed visa policies have boosted local tourism. On average, Chinese tourists spend about 24,000 yuan ($3,597) on trips to South Africa and East Africa, and spend 15,000 yuan in North Africa, according to Ctrip.com, China's largest online travel agency. With an enduring heat wave in many regions of China, a large number of Chinese tourists prefer to spend their vacation in these cooler places. In May, Ethiopian Airlines launched direct flights between Chengdu in Sichuan province and Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. "The unique tourism resources in Africa are attracting Chinese tourists who are pursuing personalized and quality tour experiences."
August 16, 2017 00:22 UTC
— Morocco’s decision to bid for the 2026 World Cup soccer finals will see the North African country hoping to make it fifth time lucky after some near misses in the past. Morocco have thrown their hat in the ring against a powerful joint-bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico, and look immediately on the back foot for what will be an expanded 48-team tournament that will stretch their infrastructure to the maximum. Morocco are the only other nation to bid against the Central and North American trio, and must be viewed as rank outsiders from the start, with around a year to persuade FIFA’s selection committee that can put on the better show. Primarily, they are also up against geography and politics. While the last World Cup was on African soil relatively recently in South Africa in 2010.
August 15, 2017 22:52 UTC
Among the NSC holdovers is Allison Hooker, an architect of former President Barack Obama’s Korean policy. Hooker returned to South Korea earlier this year in advance of Trump’s fall visit to Asia. Trump sternly denounced Obama’s Korean policy in April. … Frankly, that patience is over,” he said in a Rose Garden press news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. If President Trump truly wants to roll back Obama's Cuba policy, change needs to come to the NSC.
August 15, 2017 18:44 UTC