Monthly Archives : December 2009

€230M to ACP countries as cushion

€230M to ACP countries as cushion

The European commission yesterday, Tues 15th December approved finances for eleven African and two Caribbean countries totalling € 230 million, which includes € 215 million under the so-called vulnerability FLEX mechanism (V-FLEX). This is the first package of financing decisions…

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Guinea: Lessons from Dadis’ Assassination Attempt

Guinea: Lessons from Dadis’ Assassination Attempt

The recent assassination attempt on Guinea’s leader, Capt Moussa Dadis Camara raises eyebrows as well as questions. Could it be that he was telling the truth when he claimed that he did not have complete control of the armed forces?…

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On the Dignity and Equality of African Women

On the Dignity and Equality of African Women

On March 22, Pope Benedict journeyed to the Angolan Parish of Santo Antonio in Luanda. His purpose was to meet with members of Catholic movements devoted to the promotion of women. There are those who have queried why the Pontiff…

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The Commonwealth: Does it Matter Anymore?

The Commonwealth: Does it Matter Anymore?

When I was growing up one of my favourite Buddy Holly songs was “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”. As Commonwealth leaders concluded their gathering in Trinidad of the biennial Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), some have argued that should have been…

2 Comments / 56 View / 3rd December 2009

The Commonwealth Business Forum 2009

The Commonwealth Business Forum 2009

Focusing on the return to economic growth, The Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) has emphasised that partnering for a more equitable and sustainable future is essential. Business and Government leaders from more than 50 countries came to the forum to discuss…

1 Comment / 21 View / 3rd December 2009

Zimbabwe: time to go to the polls

Zimbabwe: time to go to the polls

Zimbabwe’s power-share arrangement was put under further strain when the President of Botswana Ian Khama spoke out criticising it. Khama argues that the current arrangement is failing and that the only political solution for Zimbabwe is to have a fresh…

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Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) and the results for Africa

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) and the results for Africa

International peace and security are among the many controversial issues discussed at the century-old meeting of Commonwealth leaders. The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) – is mostly made up of Presidents and Prime Ministers – takes place once every…

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Sierra Leone: trade and investment forum, a post mortem

Sierra Leone: trade and investment forum, a post mortem

It is not difficult to see who the winners of the recent Sierra Leone trade and investment forum were. James Sampha Koroma, for example was the single highest beneficiary of the two-day trade and investment forum, signing a $5 million…

15 Comments / 122 View / 2nd December 2009