Opinion: Africa does not need a single currency

Opinion: Africa does not need a single currency

By Piotr Arak AT Contributor The process of increasing international trade in Africa and decreasing barriers that can foster growth resembles the goals and policies introduced successfully in Europe. This year Africa will take a big step towards tackling entrenched economic problems including a dearth of intra-regional trade as the…

ECOWAS set to hear Sierre Leone case on pregnant student ban

ECOWAS set to hear Sierre Leone case on pregnant student ban

An Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court will hold a hearing Thursday on Sierra Leone’s ban that prevents pregnant girls from attending school with their peers or sitting for their exams. Joining in the legal case on behalf of the affected girls is Amnesty International, which received permission…

Study: AfCFTA to bring biggest benefits to Central Africa

Study: AfCFTA to bring biggest benefits to Central Africa

A study that looked at the potential regional impacts of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement suggests that it’s Central Africa that stands to gain the most from a unified African market of 1.3 billion consumers, and the easier movement of people and goods across borders. Research director…

Nigeria welcomes tobacco control measures

Nigeria will enact strict tobacco control provisions that have been tabled for four years, according to its ministry of health, which publicly announced provisions on Friday in conjunction with World No Tobacco Day and the World Health Organization. The country’s national assembly ratified the 2015 National Tobacco Control Act provisions…

UN Security Council set to visit as Guinea-Bissau campaigns begin

Ambassadors of the United Nations Security Council are in West Africa, visiting in Côte d’Ivoire before paying a critical visit to Guinea-Bissau ahead of the nation’s delayed elections. They’re expected to meet with President José Mário Vaz, Prime Minister Aristides Gomes, political party leaders and the country’s electoral commission, among…

ECOWAS keeps eye on Guinea Bissau, Togo political crises

ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States, says it supports the decision to hold delayed parliamentary elections in Guinea Bissau but insists that President José Mário Vaz keep his fragile government as-is until the March 10 voting is complete. The country postponed elections in November and December, citing technical…

Togo’s opposition defies ban, vows to protest ahead of elections

Opposition leaders in Togo on Sunday confirmed their opposition to the planned December 20 legislative elections, and their resolve to continue protests after at least two people died in clashes on Saturday. Jean-Pierre Fabre and the Coalition of 14 (C14) political opposition accused the government of President Faure Gnassingbé of…

Togo opposition plans fresh round of Gnassingbé protests

Political opposition leaders in Togo plan to re-energize a campaign to end the long tenure of President Faure Gnassingbé, with six organizational rallies planned in Lomé neighborhoods this weekend and new street protests to begin next week. Leaders of the Coalition of 14, which formed last year in response to…

ECOWAS welcomes Vaz decision on new Guinea Bissau PM

The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has welcomed the new appointment of a prime minister in Guinea Bissau, which has remained in a prolonged political crisis that began in 2015. President Jose Mario Vaz announced that Aristides Gomes, a fellow African Party of the Independence of Guinea…

China, the U.S. and Africa: Measuring corn by whose bushel?

China again defended its record on Africa Friday, this time while taking a volley of questions from reporters during a routine press briefing with Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang. It’s the latest round of responses as Beijing has pushed back in recent weeks against comments, primarily from the…

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Guinea Bissau: ECOWAS moves on sanctions, PAIGC re-elects Pereira

With no clear end to the Guinea Bissau political crisis in sight, the West African governing body ECOWAS has announced sanctions on “all persons or organizations who impede the process” of its resolution. The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States said the sanctions – a long-discussed measure revisited in…