Mali has launched an investigation into several ethnic separatists and al-Qaida-linked jihadist leaders for terrorism and money laundering, which also includes a probe into the Tuareg rebel leaders who signed a peace agreement in 2015 and now accuse the government of failing to comply with it. The list also includes six Tuareg leaders belonging to an alliance of armed groups that recently relaunched a rebellion against the state, despite signing a 2015 peace deal in Algiers. The Tuareg rebellion in Mali’s north has been a source of conflict for decades, though in 2015 the Tuareg rebel groups inked the peace deal with the government. However, in recent months, some rebels have abandoned the agreement, signaling a rise in tensions between them and Mali’s military junta. “We can effectively say that the 2015 peace agreement has collapsed,” said Shaantanu Shankar, country analyst for Africa at the Economist Intelligence Unit.
December 04, 2023 12:59 UTC
The East African Community (EAC) regional force led by Kenya has begun its withdrawal from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after Kinshasa accused the force of failing its mission. Following a Summit on 25 November, the EAC announced that the DRC “would not renew the mandate of the regional force beyond 8 December 2023”. A first group of around 100 Kenyan soldiers from the regional force — which also includes Ugandan, Burundian and South Sudanese soldiers — left from Goma airport bound for Nairobi. The forces are leaving amid ongoing fighting between the M23 group and the DRC army. The rebel group indicated on Sunday December 3 that it would retake areas vacated by the regional force following the departure.
December 04, 2023 12:59 UTC
Helium Evolution Incorporated (HEVI), a prominent player in helium exploration, has announced a new partnership with North American Helium Inc. (NAH) to spud Joint Well #2. The well is situated near Mankota, Saskatchewan, just six kilometers from their prior helium discovery at Joint Well #1. This strategic move comes as the company, led by President & CEO Greg Robb and CFO Kristi Kunec, continues to leverage its significant land rights position in North America. With over five million acres under permit close to confirmed helium concentrations, HEVI's executive team is focused on positioning the company as a key supplier of sustainably-produced helium. The statement underscores the company's optimism about becoming a leading sustainable helium supplier but also acknowledges several risks.
December 04, 2023 12:45 UTC
Caroline Rose is a Senior Analyst and Head of the Power Vacuums program in the Human Security Unit at the New Lines Institute, where she focuses on contested territories, displacement, ungoverned spaces, and risks to human security. Prior to joining the New Lines Institute, Caroline served as an analyst at the forecasting firm and publication, Geopolitical Futures, where she worked on political, economic, and defense developments in the Middle East and Europe. She is also the author of a special policy report on the Captagon drug trade–a culmination of her studies and field work as Research Associate for the LSE International Drug Policy Unit’s Middle East Initiative. Caroline holds a Master’s of Science in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the American University’s School of International Service. She tweets at @CarolineRose8
December 04, 2023 12:32 UTC
The black unmanned aircraft, equipped with a multi-lens camera and sensors, has been enlisted by Tunisian farmers to help adapt to years of drought and erratic weather patterns caused by climate change. RoboCare, employing about 10 people, is the only company in Tunisia, according to its 35-year-old founder Imen Hbiri, to use drones to help farmers combat the impacts of climate change and reduce costs, crop losses and water consumption. "Resorting to modern technologies in the sector of agriculture has become inevitable," Hbiri told AFP while monitoring the drone's path on her computer screen. Farmers can then use medicine-filled sprinklers mounted to the drones to target the sickly plants with more precision and consequently less expense. Hbiri hopes authorities will help start-ups reach more farmers as she estimates "only 10 percent of farmers in Tunisia depend on this type of technology".
December 04, 2023 10:25 UTC
Renewable energy developer CWP Global is advancing its plans for a 30-GW green hydrogen project in Mauritania, with technical and environmental studies in advanced stages. CCO Ramy Lotfy provided an update at an energy conference in Dakar, mentioning over 18 months of wind data collection, advanced environmental studies, and identified potential off-takers. The USD 40 billion AMAN project, a collaboration between CWP and the Mauritanian government, aims to include 18 GW of wind capacity and 12 GW of solar capacity. The facility is expected to produce 110 TWh at full capacity, generating 1.7 million tonnes of green hydrogen or 10 million tonnes of green ammonia annually for both local use and export. Mauritania is witnessing a surge in green hydrogen projects, including collaborations between Infinity Power Holding and Conjuncta GmbH and Total Eren with Chariot Ltd.Like this: Like Loading...
December 04, 2023 10:05 UTC
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December 04, 2023 10:01 UTC
Nigeria is to deploy a fleet of 100 electric buses as part of its plan to reduce its carbon footprint and wean itself from dependence on fossil fuels. With the planned introduction of the 100 electric buses, Tinubu says Nigeria is taking a significant step towards a sustainable and eco-friendly future. Tinubu was speaking at a meeting with stakeholders and investors on the Nigeria Carbon Market and Electric Buses Rollout Programme. Electric buses, like the EV market, are still in their infancy in Nigeria. Earlier this year, Lagos received its first set of electric buses.
December 04, 2023 09:09 UTC
Tunisian team collaboration startup Cynoia has raised EUR850,000 (US$930,000) in funding for expansion into West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), chiefly Senegal and Ivory Coast. Founded in 2022 by Nasreddine Riahi and Ayoub Rabeh, Cynoia aims to simplify and optimise collaboration within companies. Cynoia is targeting growth in UEMOA markets, with a strategic emphasis on Senegal and Ivory Coast. “What makes Cynoia stand out is its strategic positioning in the global market of high-performing collaboration tools. Their potential for international growth is further underscored by their robust team – a promising formula for future success,” said Dhekra Khelifi, partner at 216 Capital.
December 04, 2023 09:09 UTC
Thanks to the metres-high sandbag barricade, the Kame Surf Camp hotel clings to its section of beach in the resort of Assinie, even as the waves hem the hotel in on three sides and, in a recent surge, devastated the businesses of its neighbours. Without adaptation, damages from sea level rise could cost 12 large African coastal cities up to $86.5-billion by 2050, according to UN climate experts. Those cities include Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Abidjan, just down the coast from Assinie.
December 04, 2023 08:51 UTC
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December 04, 2023 08:32 UTC
MENA Frozen Food Market Faces Deep Freeze as Natural Alternatives Heat UpFew customers believe that frozen food is less important than fresh food, which is one of the primary problems slowing the frozen foods industry. This could stifle Middle East and North Africa frozen food market growth. The future of the frozen food sector is dependent on consumer preferences for frozen sweets, ready-to-eat meals, and frozen meats. Competitive landscapeDue to the existence of numerous international firms, the Middle East and North Africa frozen food market is highly fragmented. Recent BreakthroughsProduct LaunchPrasuma, an Indian company in the chilled meat and frozen foods industries, announced the launch of new frozen foods in April 2022, expanding its frozen food product line.
December 04, 2023 08:28 UTC
Egyptian prop-tech startup Partment, which providers diverse second home co-ownership opportunities, has expanded to Greece following a five-fold increase in market size within a year in Egypt. Through a digital platform and smart booking system, the startup enables users to co-own second homes at a fraction of the price, while providing an end-to-end property management service, optimising property utilisation. Partment aims to continue its global vision by entering Greece, a sought-after destination for real estate investment and recreation. “We have thoroughly researched the Greek real estate market and are confident that our innovative platform will cater to the growing demand for flexible and sustainable investment models. This collaboration marks a new era of opportunities in the Greek real estate market,” said Ahmed Abbassi, founder of Greca Homes.
December 04, 2023 08:03 UTC
The race towards securing a place in the TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco 2024 will be concluded on this week, with some crucial fixtures set to take place in different parts of the continent. Defending champions, South Africa have it all to do against Burkina Faso at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in the nation’s capital after being held to a 1-1 draw away from home. On Tuesday, a total of nine matches will take place with one of the key encounters being that of Kenya travelling to Botswana following their 1-1 draw in the first leg. Equatorial Guinea also travel to DR Congo after they too were held to a 1-1 draw to set up what will be an action packed return leg. Looking at Namibia, they will have a very steep mountain to climb when facing Ghana who edged overcame them 3-1 in the first leg.
December 04, 2023 07:57 UTC
Tanzanian startup LyfPlus is offering affordable and convenient telemedicine services through its proprietary platform, working with specialist doctors and health facilities. “Additionally, regional disparities where most specialist services are offered by referral hospitals in big cities, causes patients to travel an average distance of 80 kilometres to access those services,” Mduma said. Solving the problem, the LyfPlus mobile and web platform integrates virtual physician consultation, medical testing and e-prescription, allowing patients to access essential health services instantly and conveniently. Launched in 2019, LyfPlus has so far onboarded around 200 specialist doctors and 40 health facilities across Tanzania. “With us, patients spend less than four minutes to book specialist appointments virtually, and spend US$20 less the cost of physician consultation.
December 04, 2023 07:22 UTC