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

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…

African art at the forefront in Dakar

African art at the forefront in Dakar

The Museum of Black Civilizations in Dakar is celebrating its first anniversary this month with a traveling exhibit of African art, one that originated in Morocco in June and will ultimately return there next year. The “Prête-moi Ton Rêve” exhibit, organized by the Foundation for the Development of Contemporary African…

China congratulates Africans on AfCFTA launch

China congratulates Africans on AfCFTA launch

China on Monday congratulated African nations following the weekend launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Niamey, Niger, during an African Union summit that saw Niger and Benin join the near-complete list of African nations signed to the trade deal. The achievement was welcomed by China’s ministry…

Benin joins Nigeria, agrees to sign AfCFTA agreement

The West African nation of Benin will sign its agreement to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), a move announced Friday that follows Nigeria’s big decision in favor of the common market earlier this week. That leaves just “one more signatory state before all 55 African Union members are…

Internet access down, low voter turnout in Benin

Legislative elections in Benin were held Sunday without opposition party participation – and without Internet access, after the government shut it down during the day. “The decision to shut down access to the Internet and social media on an election day is a blunt violation of the right to freedom…

Nearly 220 West Africans freed from human traffickers

Almost 220 victims of human trafficking trapped in Benin and Nigeria have been rescued in a law enforcement operation coordinated by INTERPOL, the France-based agency said. INTERPOL said Operation Epervier II led to the arrest of 47 people, along with cash, vehicles, phones and computers that were seized. Of the…

Benin a bright spot in new World Happiness Report

African nations facing critical challenges rarely rank well in the annual World Happiness Report, but there are variations – including a drop in happiness measures across the Middle East and North Africa, and West Africa as home to the most-improved country. The annual report released Wednesday evaluates happiness on the…