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

Morocco, France Eager to Pool Efforts for Shared Goals in Africa

Morocco and France have voiced resolve to pool efforts to fulfil their shared goals in Africa, mainly boosting the continent’s development and growth and promoting a balanced relationship. This came during the summit talks held Wednesday between King Mohammed VI and the newly elected President of France Emmanuel Macron, who arrived in Rabat earlier in […]

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Côte d’Ivoire gets support from WB to develop secondary cities

The World Bank group has approved about $120 million to finance the Urban Development and Competitiveness of Secondary Cities (PIDUCAS) Infrastructure Project in Côte d’Ivoire. The project will create an appropriate ecosystem and an enabling environment for the growth of local enterprises and for making cities more attractive to investors and workers. The Ivorian Government […]

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Chinese vessels detained off Senegal for illegal fishing

Seven Chinese trawlers were arrested off the coast of Casamance in the southwest of Senegal for illegal fishing activities in the West African nation’ waters, Karim Mara, Captain of the Senegalese navy and responsible for the maritime patrol mission, told local media. “The trawlers were caught in the flagrant offence of fishing without authorization in […]

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France’s Macron meets with Alassane Ouattara, promises to boost ties

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday vowed to strengthen military partnership with Côte d’Ivoire, as he met with the west-African nation’s leader Alassane Ouattara at the Elysée Palace in France. While Côte d’Ivoire will join the UN Security Council in 2018, security and anti-terrorist issues have topped the agenda of the discussions between the two […]

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Sahara: Morocco’s Efforts Glean more Support in Latin America, eleswhere

Morocco’s breakthrough in Latin America went a step further this week with the adoption by the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies of a motion formally requesting the Government to support Morocco’s endeavors to settle the Sahara issue. The motion, drafted in the form of a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aloysio Nunes, formally requested […]

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Chad, other African countries cut ties with Doha

Chad’s president Idriss Deby has recalled its ambassador from Qatar for consultations, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. “The Chadian government calls on all concerned states to privilege dialogue to solve this crisis and asks Qatar to respect its commitments by ceasing any attitude likely to harm cohesion of states in the region and peace […]

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Cameroon: Court rejects bail for Anglophone leaders in custody

Cameroon military court in Yaounde on Wednesday maintained that Lawyer Felix Nkongho, Professor Fontem Neba as well as radio host Mancho Bibixy, who have been the main leaders in the recent demonstrations in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon will remain in custody. The court’s presiding judge also rejected an appeal for the release of 24 […]

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France Calls UN to Back Anti-jihadist Force in Sahel

France has asked the UN Security Council to authorize the deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight jihadists in the Sahel region and struggle against trafficking of all kinds. France’s bid came in a draft resolution circulated to the 15 members of the Security Council on Tuesday. According to AFP, which said it […]

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ECOWAS: Israel to invest $1 billon in solar energy

Leaders of the West African regional group ECOWAS last weekend inked a memorandum of understanding with Israel that will earmark $1 billion over the next four years to finance solar energy projects in the member states of the bloc. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who confirmed the deal in a speech before the ECOWAS summit of […]

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Morocco: ECOWAS Green-lights Morocco’s membership bid

Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Sunday agreed to allow Morocco become member of the regional body pending final and official decision to be made in Togo, December this year. Leaders of the 15 countries making up the organization in the Liberian capital Monrovia instructed the ECOWAS commission to “study the […]

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