Author: Editorial Staff

Participants at an UNMISS workshop in Bor discussed how to improve the protection of civilians in their region. Photo: Mach Samuel/UNMISS MACH SAMUEL/FILIP ANDERSSON Juba, South Sudan, 27 January 2022, /African Media Agency/JONGLEI- Keeping people safe is a joint and permanently ongoing endeavour in any society, but to better protect civilians, one needs to know what the threats are, what role different actors have in creating or maintaining harmonious relations, and how related tasks should be coordinated. “Building on your respective skills and experiences, this workshop has resulted in the identification of key challenges in our part of the country. Not…

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GHANA has reached an agreement with the country’s insurers on a domestic debt exchange, taking it closer to completing this programme, a key factor in restoring economic stability and growth, the finance ministry said on Thursday. The ministry said in a joint statement with the Ghana Insurers Association (GIA) that under the agreement, insurance companies will participate in the exchange programme on similar terms as banks, Reuters reported. ‘The GIA is happy to reach a deal with the Government that protects its members, but also enabling the Government to push through the necessary economic reforms at this difficult time.’ Ghana’s…

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A GHANAIAN official has urged African countries to complement foreign direct investments (FDIs) with intra-regional investments to boost the prospects of intra-continental trade, reports Koku Devitor. Reginald Yofi Grant, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), made this call, Wednesday during the maiden Annual Assembly of African Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs). Grant said intra-African investments would enable countries to invest in critical areas in sister countries to boost the performance of specific sectors related to trade to drive trade under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) initiative. ‘Africa is a continent full of potential, and…

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NIGERIAN authorities have hailed the launch of a deepwater seaport in Lagos they say will create 300,000 jobs and reduce shipping bottlenecks. While the new port is expected to reduce losses due to congestion, shipping industry experts say Nigeria’s poor roads and rail connections to ports also must be improved. The launch by President Mohammadu Buhari during his two-day visit this week to Lagos signalled his government’s effort to grow Nigeria’s economy through infrastructural development. The $1.5bn, Chinese-built Lekki Deep Sea Port sits on 90 hectares of land in the Lagos Free Trade Zone – the biggest port by size…

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SOMALIA’S government welcomed the death of Bilal al-Sudani, the Islamic State group leader killed by US special operations forces in a remote part of northern Somalia on Wednesday night. ‘It’s a very positive and welcoming,’ Hussein Sheikh Ali, national security adviser for Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud told VOA Somali on Thursday. Ali, who is in Washington, told VOA that Islamic State is not the major threat to Somalia, as is al-Shabab, but its leader, al-Sudani, was a ‘dangerous terrorist’ who posed a potential threat to Somalia and East Africa. The US operation targeted al-Sudani, an important Islamic State financial…

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THE flagship edition of The Africa Prosperity Dialogue Series is taking place from January 26 to 28 in Ghana, which is the host nation of the AfCFTA (The African Continental Free Trade Area) Secretariat. A general consensus on reducing trade barriers exists amongst African leaders, as demonstrated by the fact that 54 African countries have signed the AFCTA agreement. Eritrea is the only African country which is yet to come on board. A majority of African states agreed to work toward creating a free trade continent in 2018 when former US President Donald Trump threatened to upend the global supply…

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THE French foreign ministry said on Thursday it was recalling its ambassador to Burkina Faso, citing ‘the context of recent developments,’ a day after Paris announced it would withdraw its troops from the African country. ‘We have decided to recall our ambassador in Paris, to conduct consultations on the state and perspectives of our bilateral cooperation,’ the ministry said in a statement. Protests by opponents of the French military presence have surged in Burkina, partly linked to perceptions that France has not done enough to tackle an Islamist insurgency that has spread in recent years from neighbouring Mali. France on…

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THE United States on Wednesday said it is restricting entry to people ‘believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining democracy in Nigeria’ and their family members ahead of that country’s elections this year. ‘Additional persons who undermine the democratic process in Nigeria — including in the lead-up to, during, and following Nigeria’s 2023 elections — may be found ineligible for US visas under this policy,’ US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will step down after serving two four-year terms following a February 25, 2023 ballot. Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, is…

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A BITCOIN mining project that taps into clean, stranded and excess hydro energy in Malawi, has picked up steam. The company behind the project, Gridless, tweeted that there are now ‘1,600 families connected to this remote hydro minigrid in the mountains of southern Malawi.’ The project exploits 50 kilowatts (kW) of stranded energy to test out as a new Bitcoin mining site. Erik Hersman, CEO and co-founder of Gridless, told Cointelegraph, a Bitcoin news portal,  that while it’s a brand new mining project, the ‘impact was immediately felt.’ Bitcoin miners are flexible but energy-hungry clients. They are a plug-in-and-play solution…

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GERMANY wants to promote the development of a climate and environmentally-friendly economy in Africa, the development ministry (BMZ) announced in its ‘Africa strategy’. ‘Africa is growing and changing enormously,’ development minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) said, adding that how the continent develops in the 21st century will have an increasingly strong influence on Germany and Europe. Therefore, the government wants to create framework conditions to foment the creation of new jobs – especially in the areas of renewable energy, climate protection, sustainable agriculture and health – and support a socio-ecological transformation of the economy in the continent. The development ministry has…

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