Ethiopia hosts Pompeo with economy, security top of mind

Ethiopia hosts Pompeo with economy, security top of mind

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised Ethiopia’s progress on important economic reforms, but said there is much work to do on regional security as well as the unresolved impasse over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project. Pompeo made his remarks during a press conference Tuesday alongside Ethiopian…

Norway, U.S. and UK press for progress on South Sudan deal

The governments of Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States are urging South Sudanese leaders to move quickly to conclude their power-sharing peace agreement, ahead of a February 22 deadline. The troika nations said they stood in solidarity with the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) that mediates the…

ECOWAS sets new standards for fuel, used vehicle imports

Leaders from the 15 member nations of the West African regional body ECOWAS say they’re pushing for a unified front on improved fuel standards and vehicle emissions, as part of the effort to address climate goals. They’ve decided to establish a shared regional standard for petrol and diesel, limiting the…

Ramaphosa takes up AU presidency with an economic focus

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa stepped into his new leadership role as African Union president on Sunday, taking the helm from outgoing President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt as the AU Summit got under way. Ramaphosa kept security issues top of mind in keeping with the AU Summit theme – South…

Kenyatta says U.S. trade deal won’t undermine AfCFTA

The president of Kenya said Friday that a new bilateral trade deal with the United States won’t threaten the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) or reduce the country’s commitment to the African common market. President Uhuru Kenyatta met with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday…

Malawi court overturns Mutharika win, calls for new elections

Malawi’s top court has thrown out the results of a May 2019 presidential election, one that saw President Peter Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party gain a disputed second term that was challenged immediately by the political opposition. The five judges have ordered a new election to be held within…

African nations respond to U.S. Mideast Peace Plan

African governments and their Arab counterparts weighed in Wednesday on a new Middle East Peace Plan proposed jointly by United States President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and they’ve stressed the importance of Palestinian self-determination in the process. “South Africa believes that it is only initiatives developed…

Benin’s Talon talks security, development during U.S. visit

President Patrice Talon of Benin met with United States diplomats and World Bank executives during his trip to Washington D.C., with his discussions focused on investment and the West African nation’s economic development. Talon also met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday to discuss regional security cooperation…

Erdogan arrives for visit in troubled The Gambia

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey arrived in Banjul on Monday, as part of a three-nation tour that follows a stop in Algeria and will continue in Senegal. This is Erdoğan’s first official visit to the West African nation, which comes amid The Gambia’s recent struggle over President Adama Barrow’s…

TI report finds ‘bleak picture’ on Africa’s corruption

Sub-Saharan Africa again was the world’s lowest-ranking region in the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index, released Wednesday by the Transparency International (TI) organization based in Berlin, Germany. The report painted “a bleak picture of inaction against corruption,” the NGO said, with some countries –  Liberia, Madagascar and Malawi among them –…

Ouattara promises peaceful elections in uneasy Côte d’Ivoire

President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire promised Tuesday that the country’s October 2020 elections will be “democratic, transparent and peaceful,” though the West African nation is increasingly troubled over the targeting of political opponents and Ouattara’s own intentions regarding any third term. Ouattara, speaking at Chatham House in London, addressed…