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  • East Africa: World Bank Calls for Proper Urbanisation to Promote

    DJIBOUTI CITY, 2017/06/07 African cities are crowded inclunding disconnected, making them costly for both firms and residents. According to the World Bank's statement 'African cities opening doors to the world' potential investors and trading partners quickly see evidence of the physical and economic dysfunction that constraints public service provision, inhibits labor market pooling and matching, and prevents firms from reaping scale and agglomeration benefits.
  • Senegal city development looks to ease Dakar pressure

    DAKAR CITY, 2017/05/11 Diamniadio Lake City is a development 30 kilometres from Dakar which is being built to relieve pressure on Senegal's overcrowded capital. Natasha Turak speaks to representatives from Semer Group, which will any minute at this time start construction work on the project, to discover what it will entail. A new city 30 kilometres from Dakar is planned to relieve the Senegalese capital’s congestion and meet the country's need for modern office facilities and a dedicated business zone. Diamniadio Lake City (DLC) is a recently announced project covering additional than 500,000 square metres.
  • Ex-Tanzanian president: 'Sacking of 9,000 government employees long overdue'

    TANZANIA, 2017/05/04 Tanzania's President John Magufuli has stirred controversy next sacking 9,000 government employees over fake certificates. Former leader Benjamin Mkapa supports the move. How is Tanzania's President John Magufuli faring? Should Africa continue to blame colonial Europe for its extreme poverty and underdevelopment? Why is Burundi still in a political deadlock? The former president of Tanzania, Benjamin Mkapa, on various issues in an exclusive interview. Q: You are remembered for having headed an exemplary leadership in Tanzania. What is your take on the current national of governance in Tanzania, considering the clampdown on the media and the opposition?
  • Like father, like son: Who is Felix Tshisekedi, and can he keep Congo’s opposition together?

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2017/03/07 As 2016 slid into 2017, things weren’t going well, exactly, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but they weren’t going as badly as they may have, either. The bloodbath that some analysts had expected on December 19 – at the same time as President Joseph Kabila’s term officially expired – at no time materialised, and the government and opposition had reached a landmark transaction to hold new elections by the end of this year. In addition, the major opposition coalition had agreed to participate in a transitional government until those elections took place, with Kabila remaining president and veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi slated for prime minister.
  • Morocco Flexed Economic Muscles and Returned to the AU

    CASABLANCA, 2017/02/05 "It is a beautiful day at the same time as one returns home next too long of an absence," King Mohammed VI of Morocco said next the North African country was readmitted to the African Union (AU) at its summit in January. The decision by AU leaders in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, capped a swift and remarkable process since the King informed them at last year's summit in Kigali, Rwanda of his country's intention to return to the fold. Thirty-nine of the AU's 54 nations voted in favour of readmission. Morocco left the former Organisation of African Unity (AU's predecessor) in 1984, to turmoil the seating of the Polisario Front as representatives of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), a former Spanish colony west of the Sahara that Morocco considers part of its territory.
  • Morocco Funds Relocation of South Sudan Capital

    SOUTH SUDAN, 2017/02/05 Plans to move South Sudan's capital from Juba to Ramciel have got a new boost with the signing of an agreement between the South Sudan government and Morroco's King Mohammed VI in which a $5m feasibility study will be done with funding from Morocco. King Mohammed VI, who is in South Sudan for a three-day national visit, as well witnessed, together with his host president Salva Kiir, the signing of eight other agreements on general cooperation, promotion of investment , avoidance of double taxation vocational training and agriculture. Four memoranda were as well signed on industrial cooperation, mining and commerce between the two nations.
  • South Africa's president survives vote to oust him

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2016/11/30 The African National Congress Secretary General Gwede Mantashe told journalists in Johannesburg on Tuesday that the majority of the party's 80 executive committee members voted to keep Zuma in office.
  • UN Special Envoy calls on Congolese political stakeholders to demonstrate flexibility and readiness for compromise to facilitate peaceful election process

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2016/11/28 Said Djinnit, the Appropriate Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, concluded today a four-day visit to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The objective of the visit was to consult with a wide range of national stakeholders on the electoral process and related political issues and seek their views on how best to support the ongoing mediation efforts led by the Conference Episcopale Nationale du Congo (CENCO).
  • 5 African Countries Likely To Withdraw from the ICC

    BURUNDI, 2016/11/02 South Africa has announced its intention to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). According to the Daily Maverick, South African diplomats delivered a formal notice of withdrawal to the Rome Statute of the ICC, initiating a year-long process. In its deposition, South Africa accused the Hague-based court of bias against African nations. South Africa maintains that there are examples of inequality and unfairness in the conduct of the ICC, its relationship with the Security Council, and to the court’s alleged focus on crimes committed in Africa, despite there being evidence of similar violations existing on other continents.
  • Britain may have given up on the EU dream, but Africa still wants integration

    UNITED KINGDOM, 2016/07/23 In the days next Brexit, markets plunged, the pound went into free fall, a prime minister resigned and the next of the UK and the European Union seemed uncertain. Beyond the reasons that divided people for this vote, and beyond its economic and political ramifications, it’s clear that there is a growing frustration with inter-governmental integration models. Why again – with the woes of the European Union so visible – is Africa forging ahead with an ambitious plan to accelerate the free movement of Africans and integrate national economies beyond border communities and physical proximity?