Jobs, food, climate change: What drives migrants toward Libya?

Jobs, food, climate change: What drives migrants toward Libya?

They leave because they lack an adequate income. They leave because they’re looking for better educational opportunities, because of the security situation at home, because there’s no food, and because of environmental and climate shocks. That’s according to a survey of 4,195 migrants in Libya released by IOM, the United…

Ramaphosa focuses on economy at BRICS summit

Ramaphosa focuses on economy at BRICS summit

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa says his nation hopes to advance its interests through more value-added economic initiatives rather than its historic role as an exporter of commodities. Ramaphosa made his remarks during the two-day BRICS Summit, which ran through Thursday in Brazil. The meeting gathered the heads of…

Ramaphosa kicks off Africa Investment Forum

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa delivered opening remarks Monday to the Africa Investment Forum, hosted this year in Johannesburg. “Africa has come into its own, is pursuing growth and development in the interests of its people, and is charting its own course. And now we stand on the cusp…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

In Asmara, East Africa talks climate change and sustainable development

East African nations took another step forward on regional integration this week, with an emphasis on measures to curb climate change impacts while developing economic opportunities. Fourteen nations were present at a three-day meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (ICSOE), co-hosted by the Economic Commission for…

Report: Country pledges aren’t enough to hit climate targets

Morocco has increased its climate change commitments linked to the 2015 Paris Agreement. Eritrea and Benin have decreased theirs, and they represent half of just six nations globally that have reviewed these commitments since – commitments that aren’t delivering fast enough on climate action. That’s according to a report released…

Trump ends Cameroon’s trade status over human rights record

The United States has removed Cameroon from its preferred trade status under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) because of its human rights record. U.S. President Donald Trump announced the decision late Thursday in a directive to lawmakers, citing “gross violations” of internationally recognized human rights, which violate provisions of…

Kenyatta talks investment in Saudi Arabia

President Uhuru Kenyatta, speaking at the Future Investment Initiative in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, said it was time for Middle Eastern nations to renew the historic investment interest in African economies, one that dated back to the ancient days of maritime trade depending on dhows and monsoon winds. “Here we…

African heads front and center for ‘Davos in the Desert’

Four African presidents will lead the discussion Wednesday on “what’s next for Africa” as global government and corporate leaders in Riyadh meet this week at Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative, often known as “Davos in the Desert.” The four – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou and…

Sisi, Putin wrap up Russia-Africa Forum

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his Russian host and counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, delivered their keynote addresses as the Russia-Africa Forum concluded in the Black Sea city of Sochi. The two co-chairs of the summit issued a joint statement following the two-day meeting, with African government officials and delegations…

Global Fund sees $14 billion committed to HIV, malaria fight

Donors at the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment Conference pledged US$14 billion for the next three years to continue the fight to end HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030. The conference hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France appealed to governments and individual donors to ensure the necessary funding to combat…