A scandal is unfolding in Algeria after more than 700 people were intoxicated after drinking tap water in the city of Blida. Most of the victims were registered among children and the elderly showing intoxication symptoms including vomiting, vertigo and acute diarrhea. The local press is citing the low quality of the water distribution system as a potential cause for this intoxication. A source from a hospital in Blida said that the tap water might have been contaminated by harmful “coliformes” bacteria. Water has always been a pressing issue in Algeria’s big cities where supply is usually unsteady and millions are left for long hours without running water on their taps.

August 08, 2018 00:33 UTC

Staying at the APC party did no provide him with sufficient guarantees of protection and President Buhari apparently could not [or would not] intervene to stop the police investigation into the Offa bank attack. The APC party has seen a substantial erosion among its power base not only at the national level but also at the local and regional levels. On the opposition side, Senate President Saraki is highly likely to announce a presidential bid. As we start this week (second week of August), federal authorities have began to flex their muscles against defecting APC politicians. As the political environment worsens, the level of violence from other sources of conflicts in Nigeria remain elevated as well.

August 07, 2018 17:48 UTC

U.S. authorities announced Tuesday that Morocco has agreed to allow commercial imports of U.S. poultry meat and products into the country for the first time. “I welcome Morocco’s agreement to allow imports of U.S. poultry meat and products and the economic opportunities that will be afforded to U.S. producers”, added the U.S. Trade representative. For his part, Secretary Perdue said that the “opening new markets for American poultry and other agricultural products is a top priority. The United States is the world’s second largest poultry exporter, with global sales of poultry meat and products of $4.3 billion last year. Morocco and the United States signed an FTA (Free Trade Agreement) on June 15, 2004.

August 07, 2018 16:13 UTC

Gaborone is the beautiful capital of Botswana named after Chief Gaborone for his effortless protection over the land. The planned city became the capital in the mid-1960’s after Botswana, previously referred to as the Bechuanaland Protectorate, became an independent nation. The word dikgosi means chief and the monument can also be referred to as the Three Chief Monument, to honour the three popular and powerful chiefs who had ruled different tribes successfully. However, the three determined chiefs got support from the British army and missionaries and went off to England to negotiate for the freedom of the protectorate with the Queen. Queen Victoria put the country under the direct rule of the crown, thus preventing Rhodes from adding it to the British South Africa Company.

August 07, 2018 15:33 UTC

The United States Monday unwrapped a first wave of awaited sanctions against Iran as pressure to force the Islamic Republic negotiate a new nuclear deal that suits the terms of conditions of the White House. The sanctions had been much awaited after US President Donald Trump in May withdrew the United States from the 2015 multinational nuclear accord signed between Iran and World powers, during the Obama era. If Iran does not succumb to the new sanctions, Washington will in November 5 announce a second of wave of sanctions that will target Teheran’s oil exports. “We are determined to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran,” said Federica Mogherini, Chief of the European Union’s diplomacy. The sanctions increasingly will deter European companies to do business in Iran with the weak Iranian currency which constitutes a business opportunity for companies covered by the European bloc.

August 07, 2018 15:33 UTC

Rabat – Italy has announced it will give Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia funds in order to restrict the immigration flow to Europe. He also announced that he would “soon” visit Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria. “From now also Italy begins to say NO to the traffic of human beings, No to the business of irregular migration,” Salvini tweeted on June 10. It is also necessary to create prospects of growth and work in these countries,” Salvini said Friday. More than 600,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Italy by boat from Africa in the past five years, Al Jazeera reported.

August 07, 2018 12:33 UTC

The dismissal of Mohamed Boussaid, Economy and Finance Minister, by King Mohammed VI came as Morocco is elaborating key economic and financial projects that will leave the upcoming minister with heavy responsibilities. Boussaid was sacked by King Mohammed VI in line with Article 47 of the constitution and in implementation of the principle of linking responsibility to accountability. Some analysts say he had to be dismissed because of his ill-management of the Economy and Finance ministry after dysfunctions that has marred a set of key projects in the country. The new economy and finance minister will also have to tackle the issue of the gradual dirham liberalization. Although the reform has so far shown the good health of the Moroccan financial system, a future expansion of the trading band for the dirham is an issue that requires careful thought and strengthening of Morocco’s economy, notably exports.

August 07, 2018 11:26 UTC

Abu Dhabi-listed food and drinks firm Agthia Group is mulling acquisition opportunities in North Africa and Asia by 2021 as part of a plan to expand its footprint beyond the Middle East, its chief executive said on Tuesday. "There are big markets around us like Pakistan, India and Thailand with huge populations and we're looking into them," Mr Al Wahedi, said. A potential acquisition in Asia will be the company's first entry for assets on the continent. The company is bullish on growth in Saudi Arabia and expects an acquisition of a manufacturing plant to boost its marketshare. This year, the company expects growth in its food and animal feed businesses, Mr Al Wahedi said.

August 07, 2018 11:19 UTC

Online and mobile payments are taking off in Africa as a combination of improved internet access, advanced financial systems and widespread mobile penetration help spur demand for services. “For the last decade, the ability to pay online, north of South Africa, has been difficult for a number of reasons – but it’s rapidly improving and that creates significant opportunities,” says Peter Stenslunde, Wirecard South Africa Executive Director. He says e-commerce and online credit card payments are high-growth industries in Africa and mobile wallet technology and mobile money even more so. You can then use your phone to buy value-added services like electricity and pay various bills at those merchants who accept mobile wallet payments. “We expect to make further acquisitions in South Africa, as well as eastern Africa and western Africa in the next six to 12 months,” concludes Stenslunde.

August 07, 2018 11:03 UTC

Okudjeto Ablakwa speaking at the FestivalThe Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has praised President Akufo-Addo for not abandoning projects started by the erstwhile Mahama administration in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region. “Government is continuing all outstanding projects in North Tongu, unlike other areas which have been complaining about abandoned projects or stalled projects. He, therefore, expressed his profound appreciation to government for continuously working on all outstanding projects in the constituency. The Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Maxwell Blagodzi, who spoke on behalf of the Volta Regional Minister, gave the assurance that the Volta Regional Coordinating Council (VRCC) and government are committed to transforming North Tongu. BackgroundAfenorto Festival has been celebrated annually in August by the chiefs and people of the Mepe Traditional Area since 1955.

August 07, 2018 11:03 UTC

Bharti Airtel plans to enter into a permanent agreement with Telecom Egypt to secure Indefeasible Right of Use of the Middle East North Africa Submarine Cable (MENA Cable). Telecom Egypt acquired MENA from Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding S.A.E (OTMT) through its subsidiary Egyptian International Submarine Cables Company (EISCC) for US$90 million in May 2018. Airtel will also have the right to use a fibre pair from Egypt to France on TE North cable system along with capacities on SMW5 and AAE1 cable systems. Ahmed El Beheiry, Chief Executive Officer of Telecom Egypt said, "Our reach and position as an international hub with tens of Tbps lit capacity makes us the partner of choice for Euro-Asian and Euro-African transit traffic. Telecom Egypt signed the agreement with OTMT to acquire MENA Cable with the aim of capitalising on the growing traffic from India and Saudi Arabia to Europe and to obtain a new gateway to Europe through Italy.

August 07, 2018 10:41 UTC

Boakye AgyarkoThe Presidency confirmed that Boakye Agyarko’s dismissal as the Energy Minister was due to his handling of the AMERI novation and amendment agreement. Boakye Agyarko should be relieved of his position,” Eugene Arhin told Citi News. “Boakye Agyarko may be on the lower end of the food chain. I thinkwe have people who are on the higher side,” the Bongo MP, Edward Bawa remarked following Mr. Agyarko’s sacking. John Peter Amewu is to act as Minister for Energy until a substantive appointment is made.

August 07, 2018 09:22 UTC

Nigerians choose deadly Libya jails over returning homefrom EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, NigeriaABUJA, (CAJ News) – SOME 24 Nigerians remain trapped in deadly conditions at Libyan prisons after turning down an offer for repatriation by their government. Buhari early this year directed the immediate evacuation an repatriation of Nigerians from Libya. Their repatriation follows pleas recently captured in a video that went viral, of some trapped Nigerians in Libya appealing for their government to rescue them. In the video, the Nigerians claimed some colleagues had been tortured to death in detention in the North African country. Libya, the civil war-torn country, remains a gateway to Europe for African migrants seeking better economic opportunities overseas.

August 07, 2018 03:56 UTC

The abundance of sun and wind is increasingly attracting foreign firms to invest in Morocco’s south, the Sahara, as the government set the target of generating 50% of its energy mix out of renewable sources. Soluna’s move to build a wind farm in Dakhla is also pioneering in as far as it will be an off-grid electricity generator to power cryptocurrency mining. The company is developing its 900-megawatt, 37,000-acre wind farm in a class I site where winds exceed 22 miles per hour. This plant will add to another 201 MW wind farm launched by Moroccan company Nareva in Boujdour for a total cost of €400 million. Morocco has also launched a new development model for the southern provinces that aims at strengthening infrastructure to prepare conditions for investments.

August 02, 2018 09:56 UTC

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has forged a new partnership with Gaia Energy to create a joint platform for the development of wind power and other renewable energy projects in Africa. Originally developed by the Moroccan renewable energy developer, Gaia Energy, this pipeline will be progressively enlarged to new countries across the continent. IFC and Gaia share the same values and vision regarding sustainability and the importance of South/South Cooperation to build tomorrow’s Africa. “Wind energy and renewable energy in general are priority areas identified in the World Bank Group's strategy to advance climate solutions led by the private sector. IFC is pleased to partner with Gaia Energy and leverage a quality project pipeline in countries with strong wind potential,” said David Donaldson, IFC head of InfraVentures for sub-Saharan Africa.

August 02, 2018 07:07 UTC