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Senior Editor for Medafrica Times and former journalist for Swiss National Television. former NGO team leader in Burundi and Somalia

Support ‘winds of change’ in DR Congo to consolidate positive developments, urges UN mission chief

Winds of change are blowing on DR Congo, said Leila Zerrougui, head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), listing some of these developments which have occurred since the installation of new President Félix Tshisekedi this past January, and urging the entire DRC political class to support these winds of change. “Regional diplomatic […]

Guterres: Security Council’s African alliances ‘needed and appreciated more than ever’

The Security Council’s strong engagement with its Member States, partner organizations and institutions in conflict prevention efforts on the African continent is needed “more than ever”, the Secretary-General told the 15-member peace and security body on Monday. Seeing the eradication of conflict across Africa, “depends on the engagement of the parties involved”, and prevention and […]

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Zimbabwe must act quicker on democratic reform, urges UN-appointed independent expert

Zimbabwe should do more to embrace and safeguard democracy, the UN-appointed independent expert on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association said on Friday, at the end of his first visit there. In a statement, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule expressed his support for the Government’s stated commitment to democratization. But two years since Emmerson […]

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UNIDO and Japan to power African innovation |

On the sidelines of the seventh Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD7) held in Yokohama Aug.28-30, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) explored opportunities to further promote African innovations. The event, which was attended by representatives of the public and private sector, international […]

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For Africa, ‘winds of hope are blowing ever stronger,’ Guterres says

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres who attended the opening of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VII) in Yokohama, Japan, on Wednesday August 28, said that African nations have made ‘significant progress’ in developmental efforts in the last few years and that technology can be a catalyst in the continent’s developmental efforts. […]

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TICAD VII: Egypt strikes deal with Japan’s leading bank to boost mutual investments

Egypt’s General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) has penned a Memorandum of Understanding with Japan’s top banking group in a move that will enable both sides to increase mutual investments, Zawya news reports. Egypt’s minister of investment Sahar Nasr according to the media made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday. The MoU […]

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School closures triple in Central & Western Africa as education comes under fire

The UNICEF has warned in a new report that a generation of children in Central and Western Africa risks being denied the right to learn because of threats of violence against schools across the region. “Nearly two million children are out of school due to conflict, so it is not an easy number,” UNICEF Goodwill […]

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S&P upgrades Rwanda’s rating to B+ on strong economic prospects

Standard and Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings has raised its long-term sovereign credit rating on Rwanda to ‘B+’ from ‘B’. The outlook is stable. At the same time, it affirmed its short-term sovereign credit rating at ‘B’. We also revised the transfer and convertibility (T&C) assessment to ‘B+’ from ‘B’, the rating agency said in a […]

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UN warns of spike in grave violations against children in Mali as ‘the new normal’

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners on Tuesday, called on all warring parties in Mali to stop attacks on Children and “keep them out of harm’s way”, voicing great concern over a sharp increase in the killing and maiming of children in the country due to ongoing fighting and instability.   “We must not […]

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Nigeria’s Buhari to pay visit to South Africa in October

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, have agreed to meet in October to discuss trade relations between the two largest African economies. According to Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, the two leaders will consider recurrent issues concerning the wellbeing of the Nigerian […]

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