Three African nations lose UN voting rights

Three African nations lose UN voting rights

Central African Republic, Lesotho and The Gambia have had their United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voting privileges suspended because of a failure to pay required member dues. The decision is in line with rules under the UN charter that withhold the voting privileges when a nation meets or exceeds the…

Chinese foreign minister set for five-nation Africa tour

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi will head to Africa next week, with official visits planned in Egypt, Eritrea and Djibouti, as well as Burundi and Zimbabwe. The diplomatic schedule was announced Thursday by the Ministry of Affairs, which noted China’s tradition of beginning each new year on the African continent….

Cameroon, three other nations see U.S. AGOA status changes

Cameroon will lose its preferred trade status under the United States African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) on January 1, following the U.S. decision to revoke its status because of its human rights record. U.S. President Donald Trump announced the decision in October, but confirmed it by a proclamation issued…

Ghana wants in on the ECO, urges ECOWAS nations to follow

The Government of Ghana has announced its full support for the new ECO currency that will replace the CFA Franc in 2020, and is urging other West African states to do the same. President Nana Akufo Addo, a champion of regional cooperation through the 15-nation ECOWAS organization and a common…

Ouattara, Macron announce the end of the CFA franc

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, speaking alongside his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, announced the reform of the long-disputed CFA franc on Saturday, a currency that is used in eight nations in West Africa. The agreement with France and the Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA), which is currently led by Ouattara,…

ECCAS-nation leaders approve reforms at Gabon summit

It’s been nearly four decades since the vision for an Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) began, but – despite recognition by the African Union as one of its regional pillars – the organization has never achieved the cooperative stability of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) or the…

African leaders congratulate Johnson, watch for Brexit move

With Boris Johnson returning as British prime minister, African leaders were quick to congratulate Johnson and his Conservative Party on a decisive win that all but ensures a timely departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union. Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari wished Johnson well with the hope of forging “a…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Rising African entrepreneurs want more influence on policy

Monique Ntumngia of Cameroon had a strong piece of advice for young women entrepreneurs striving for success: “Bring your chairs to the table, as nobody will do it for you.” Ntumngia, speaking this week at the 2019 African Economic Conference in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh, added that “youths in Africa are…

Pan-African climate leaders demand action for continent

Leading climate activists with the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance presented the continent’s concerns during a COP25 panel discussion in Madrid on Tuesday, underscoring the priority that Africa must be during climate negotiations. Eugene Nforngwa, the Cameroonian environmental journalist and development specialist, led the panel of five African leaders calling on…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times