Africa showcases its startups at Viva Technology in Paris

Africa showcases its startups at Viva Technology in Paris

President Emmanuel Macron of France wasn’t the only head of state to appear at Viva Technology in Paris, which wraps up the three-day expo on Saturday. Also on hand were President Macky Sall of Senegal and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, who participated in the Africa Tech forum. They were…

African doctors named for Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize

African doctors named for Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize

Two doctors, one working in Uganda and the other in Democratic Republic of Congo, have been named as this year’s recipients of the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize. The award established by the Japanese government honors people and organizations dedicated to research and medical advances that fight disease in Africa. Dr….

China pushes back at U.S. over Meng case, BRI plans

China pushes back at U.S. over Meng case, BRI plans

China responded on Thursday to developments in the case of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, but remained guarded on whether or not charges filed against her in the United States and the continued pursuit of her extradition from Canada will weigh on critical trade talks between the U.S. and China. Geng…

Kagame visit to U.S. church meets with criticism

The human rights record of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda is under renewed scrutiny after he appeared at the weekend with Christian pastor Rick Warren, left, at his Saddleback Church to focus on reconciliation and the recovery of trauma. Kagame, who has a long relationship with Warren’s Baptist-affiliated megachurch in…

Report: Suspect Boeing system was activated before ET302 crash

Investigators say their preliminary findings into what went wrong with Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, which crashed outside of Addis Ababa with 157 people on board on March 10, suggest that a suspect feature in the Boeing 737 MAX8 was automatically activated before the plane nose-dived to the ground. That’s according…

Kenya denies it has approved deal with cannabis firm

A cannabis company based in the United States says its plans for production operations in Kenya are moving forward – but the Kenyan government is denying that’s true in a country where cultivation and use remain illegal. GoIP Global (GOIG) announced in early March that it has secured the initial…

Germany agrees it’s ‘the right time’ to be in Ethiopia

In Addis Ababa, President Sahle-Work Zewde met with his German counterpart Monday, and told President Frank-Walter Steinmeier that it was the right time for his nation to come to Ethiopia. That seemed evident when Steinmeier also participated in signing ceremonies with Volkswagen, as the German automaker announced an assembly plant…

LSE showcases African biz in ‘Companies to Inspire’ report

The London Stock Exchange has named 360 companies from 32 African nations in its new “Companies to Inspire Africa 2019” report. Nigeria and Kenya lead the way, with the report’s foreword written by President Uhuru Kenyatta. “Entrepreneurship is at the heart of Kenya’s vibrant economy, propelling investment, job creation and…

Tiffany brand launches new Diamond Sourcing Initiative

Leading American jeweler Tiffany & Co. announced a new initiative Wednesday to ensure transparency in its diamond sourcing. “Tiffany & Co. will begin sharing with our customers the provenance, meaning region or countries of origin, of our newly sourced, individually registered diamonds – a significant step for diamond transparency,” said…