Merkel heads to Senegal, May moves on to Nigeria and Kenya

Merkel heads to Senegal, May moves on to Nigeria and Kenya

All eyes have been on British Prime Minister Theresa May during her visit to Johannesburg, where she signed a joint statement on trade with South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Eswatini – but on Wednesday, it’s German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s turn to visit the continent. Merkel begins a three-nation tour…

Kenyatta touts trade, investment during U.S. visit

Kenyatta touts trade, investment during U.S. visit

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya met with United States President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington on Monday, in a visit focused on boosting trade and continued security cooperation. “We’ve had strong relations that stretch back – all the way back to our own independence. And we are…

China’s ambassador in SA slams Trump, U.S. on trade

China’s ambassador in SA slams Trump, U.S. on trade

China’s ambassador in South Africa took aim at the United States on Wednesday, warning that the U.S. is making the entire world pay for President Donald Trump’s misguided trade war and “America Only” foreign policy. “The U.S. is making itself the enemy of the whole world,” said Lin Songtian, speaking…

The dust in the wind: Africa’s efforts to restore degraded land

African dust has been getting a lot of media attention in Europe and the United States, as it contributes to everything from the yellow-tinged skies of Portugal during the recent Iberian Peninsula heat wave to the suppression of storm formation in this year’s slow Atlantic Ocean hurricane season. It is…

Laureen Fagan

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Top officials face arrest on Kenya railway deal corruption charges

Prosecutors in Kenya have called for the arrest of more than a dozen people, including the heads of the National Land Commission (NLC) and managing director of the state-owned Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC), following a fraud and corruption investigation into the country’s USD$3.2 billion railroad project. NLC Chairman Mohammed Abdalla…

Zanzibar leader talks seaweed during Indonesia visit

The president of Zanzibar, the semi-autonomous Indian Ocean island nation belonging to Tanzania, has completed a visit to Indonesia that saw seaweed cultivation as a top priority of a trip focused on economy and trade. President Ali Mohammed Shein visited a processing facility in West Java operated by Agar Swallow,…

Djibouti, DP World spar over new Doraleh terminal ruling

The government of Djibouti and the Dubai-based DP World firm exchanged fire in a battle of words at the weekend, following the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) ruling on Friday that Djibouti’s seizure of the Doraleh Container Terminal violates the parent company’s “valid and binding” agreement to operate the…

EU approves €800 million for Africa, regional investment

As part of its External Investment Plan, the European Union has approved €800 million for investment earmarked for Africa and the regional “neighborhood” countries, a number of which also are North African states. The funding will support programs including a new lending alternative for refugees or the internally displaced, who…

AfDB gets high marks for development aid transparency

The African Development Bank was ranked fourth in the world in the latest Aid Transparency Index Report, an independent measure of the world’s major development and humanitarian agencies. “The index found that while organizations provide information on the objectives of their operations, only four DFIs – the Asian Development Bank,…

Museveni defends Uganda’s new social media tax

President Yoweri Museveni, known for the occasionally wordy post on whatever topic is at hand, has taken to Facebook to defend a controversial tax, imposed on social media and money mobile users, that went into effect at the beginning of July. Museveni pointedly said he wanted to use social media…

Buhari visit to Morocco puts focus on Nigeria’s fertilizer industry

President Muhammadu Buhari begins a two-day visit to Morocco on Sunday, and will meet with King Mohammed VI to discuss economic partnerships between the two nations. The leaders will focus on strengthening existing agreements on the fertilizer industry, as well as education cooperation, the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline project and establishing…