Monthly Archives : March 2010

Rwanda: ICT Boost

Rwanda: ICT Boost

Rwandan technology has been boosted by the announcement that all new websites registering to use the local ‘‘.rw’’ domain will now be able to do so locally. Previously the domain name had been hosted and managed in Belgium, however Rwanda’s…

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Somalia: Searching for Al-Shabab funding

Somalia: Searching for Al-Shabab funding

UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon was asked Monday 29th March about the organisation’s plans for going forward in lawless Somalia. The UN has been involved directly in Somalia since deposing the Islamic Court Union (ICU) along with Ethiopian military assistance…

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What does Asia mean for Africa?

What does Asia mean for Africa?

Figures suggest that Asia, China in particular, is now a bigger net investor in Africa than Western countries. China’s own statistics from 2008 indicate China-Africa trade volumes at $106.8 billion, a 45.1% increase on 2007. South Africa last year alone…

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Inflation targeted rate cut in South Africa

Inflation targeted rate cut in South Africa

Gill Marcus, governor of South Africa’s central bank yesterday March 25th announced a 50 point cut to the country’s repurchase rate, to a new level of 6.5%. The cut came as a surprise to the majority of experts, after recent…

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Libya: Questions Agenda in Chad/Sudan Conflict

Libya: Questions Agenda in Chad/Sudan Conflict

It would be no understatement to suggest that Libya and their leader Colonel Gaddafi have been intimately involved in the politics of neighbouring Chad. From serving as a middleman in the Chad – Sudan conflict, to being involved in internal…

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Nigeria: A reconstituted cabinet

Nigeria: A reconstituted cabinet

As the political rumblings continue unabated, acting President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan who had earlier sacked the entire federal cabinet sent a fresh list of 25 nominees to the Senate for screening and possible confirmation as ministers. Seven of the ministers…

7 Comments / 37 View / 25th March 2010

Connecting Africa to the World

Connecting Africa to the World

The African continent has the lowest number of internet users in the world. This sad state of affairs is seriously holding back the development of the continent in terms of its citizens’ connectedness with the rest of the world, their…

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Nigeria: Jonathan Consolidates for 2011 Presidential Bid

Nigeria: Jonathan Consolidates for 2011 Presidential Bid

Nigeria’s acting President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday 17th March 2010 dissolved the country’s cabinet effectively removing the influence in government of the ‘Katsina Mafia’ loyal to ailing President Umaru Yar’adua. By dissolving the entire cabinet, Jonathan now has a chance to…

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IMF: Africa Recovers Well from Global Crisis

IMF: Africa Recovers Well from Global Crisis

The IMF is currently engaged in a tour of a number of African countries. The managing director of the institution, Dominic Strauss-Kahn visited the continent from March 7 – 11 2010, highlighting the recovery from the global crisis the continent…

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Corrosive Effects of ‘Quiet Corruption’

Corrosive Effects of ‘Quiet Corruption’

Corruption in many African countries has both active and passive effects according to a new report. African Development Indicators 2010, released by the World Bank March 15th 2010, suggests that the traditional focus in studies of corruption may not account…

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