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

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 […]

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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Crisis in Nigeria ‘far from over’; more efforts needed to help the most vulnerable

Ten years after the start of a violent insurgency in north-east Nigeria plunged the country into a humanitarian crisis that is “still far from over”, the United Nations and its aid partners have underscored the need to “collectively redouble efforts” to help the most vulnerable. “We are here today to remember those who have lost […]

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South Sudan: Troika reiterates commitment to lasting peace

The Troika (the United States, United Kingdom, and Norway) have reaffirmed their commitment to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)-led South Sudan peace process and to the lasting peace the people of South Sudan deserve, calling for regular engagement between President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar. The significant drop in political violence and the […]

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Angola & USA sign anti-money laundering agreement

The Angolan Finance Ministry and the US Treasury Department signed a technical assistance agreement with the Financial Information Unit (FIU) and other bodies involved in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing in the country. The agreement, signed in Washington over the weekend, provides for the opening of an Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) […]

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Nissan to set car assembly plant in Algeria

Japan’s second largest car maker Nissan Motor Co has announced it will launch a car assembly plant jointly with a local partner in view of meeting local demands for vehicles after the state imposed a ban on imported car. Nissan Wednesday signed an agreement with Hasnaoui Group in Algiers for the plant that will cost […]

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Tunisia: record tourist numbers in 2018, revenues jump by 45%

Tunisia’s tourism revenues have soared in 2018 to $1.36 billion as the country saw the arrival of a record 8.3 million visitors, official figures released on Monday showed. Tourism revenues rose in 2018 by about 45 percent compared to 2017, the central bank figures showed. The number of tourists jumped to 8.3 million from 7 […]

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Guinea agrees to host AFCON 2025

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Monday announced that Guinea will host the 2025 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The move comes a month after Cameroon was stripped of this year’s event due to security and infrastructural fears and handed the 2021 tournament instead. Speaking on a visit to Guinea when […]

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Burkina Faso’s Kabore pledges to boost ties with China

After ending its official diplomatic relations with Taiwan’s government last year, Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has pledged to further the development of ties with China. President Kabore made the remarks while meeting with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the capital, Ouagadougou. According to Kabore, Burkina Faso is ready […]

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