Starting a Business in Africa

Starting a Business in Africa

We are living in a world where information technology has proven to be as strong a measure of international influence as military capabilities or monetary might. Technology has subsequently changed and transformed the ways in which investors and governments across…

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Tanzania: World Bank donate US $150m to improve power

Tanzania: World Bank donate US $150m to improve power

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a project in the country to improve the quality of grid based power supply in northern regions. The US $150 million donated by the Bank will go towards the Backbone Transmission…

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Rwanda: Amnesty accusations a fundraising ploy

Rwanda: Amnesty accusations a fundraising ploy

The government here has launched an accusatory rebuttal against Amnesty International’s recent report on the country’s genocide laws, suggesting that the report is a mere fundraising ploy. Speaking Tuesday 31st August at a news conference, government spokesperson and minister of…

2 Comments / 16 View / 1st September 2010

Gabon: Biodiversity and opportunities for Africa

Gabon: Biodiversity and opportunities for Africa

Living up to its reputation as a modern African nation, the country is set to host the first African high level conference on biodiversity. The conference will take place in capital, Libreville from 12-17 September and is entitled: ‘Biodiversity and…

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Rwanda: On curtailing freedom of expression

Rwanda: On curtailing freedom of expression

Amnesty International (AI) has released a report encouraging the government to amend the country’s laws pertaining to freedom of expression. The report, released 31st August titled “Safer to Stay Silent: The Chilling Effect of Rwanda’s Laws on ‘Genocide Ideology’ and…

2 Comments / 19 View / 31st August 2010

Kenya: ICC complains over Bashir visit

Kenya: ICC complains over Bashir visit

The International Criminal Court (ICC)said Friday that it was reporting indicted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s visit to Kenya to the UN Security Council, so that appropriate steps might be taken. Bashir attended the ceremony in Nairobi Friday 27th August to…

5 Comments / 23 View / 27th August 2010

Kenya: Christian Aid welcomes new constitution

Kenya: Christian Aid welcomes new constitution

Kenya’s new constitution passed into law on Friday 27th August, replacing the country’s 1963 constitution. The law will ensure a more balanced and fair presidential system, which will include a devolved government, the enshrining of National Human Rights Commission and…

1 Comment / 62 View / 27th August 2010

Igniting Debate: Africa 50 years on

Igniting Debate: Africa 50 years on

This year, seventeen African countries are celebrating fifty years of self-governance and of these eight nations commemorate their independence in August.  The euphoria that gripped so many nations in 1960, proved to be a landmark moment in the continent’s history….

1 Comment / 25 View / 27th August 2010

Britain to withhold aid from corrupt countries

Britain to withhold aid from corrupt countries

The British coalition government has sparked debate over plans to withhold aid from countries rich in natural resources, whose leaders are believed to be diverting wealth away from their people. The head of the Department for International Development (DFID), Andrew…

2 Comments / 18 View / 25th August 2010

São Tomé: Government urged to improve financial transparency

São Tomé: Government urged to improve financial transparency

A report released Monday 23rd August by Human Rights Watch has addressed the nature of the country’s next transition. The paper, which is titled ‘An Uncertain Future: Oil Contracts and Stalled Reform in São Tomé e Príncipe’, explores the benefits…

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