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

Developing Urban Futures a chance for Africa to redesign its Cities as engines of growth, says Songwe

Africa needs to redesign its cities in a way that will create jobs for its growing youth population, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe, said Friday. Speaking at a two-day Urban Age Conference on Developing Urban Futures, Ms. Songwe said Africa should work hard to make its cities engines of growth that […]

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African countries urged to sign the Luxembourg Protocol

The Chief of Industrialization and Infrastructure at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Soteri Gatera, has urged African countries to sign the Luxembourg Protocol because railways are the key to open and free trade across Africa and their development is critical to the continent’s sustainable development agenda. Speaking during the fourth Program for Infrastructure Development […]

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Chad Hosts Regional Summit over Boko Haram

Chadian capital N’Djamena is hosting this Thursday (Nov.29) a meeting of the heads of State of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Niger, Nigeria to look into the security situation in the areas targeted by the Boko Haram insurgency. The summit was summoned by by President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria in his capacity as Chairman of […]

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Netherlands invests $9million to rehabilitate roads in South Sudan

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has received an $9 million contribution from the Kingdom of the Netherlands to improve smallholder farmers’ access to markets by rehabilitating and maintaining roads in South Sudan over the next four years. The project, which is aligned to the United Nations’ Partnership for Recovery and Resilience approach, will […]

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DRC Elections: heavyweights outlined their manifestos

The frontrunners to replace Joseph Kabila in long delayed presidential polls in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have outlined their manifestos. The elections are due to be held in December and will pit Kabila’s preferred candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, against heavyweights such as Félix Tshisekedi, son of one of the DRC’s most well-known opposition politicians, […]

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Mo Ibrahim Foundation urges Cameroon to dialogue with rebels

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation on Tuesday expressed concern over the ‘escalating’ confrontation between Cameroon’s security forces and separatists in the Anglophone regions of the country. The conflict between Anglophone separatists, who want to create an independent state called Ambazonia, and government forces has killed more than 400 people in western Cameroon since last year and […]

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Kenya hosts first ever Sustainable Blue Economy conference

Kenya is co-hosting the first ever-global Sustainable Blue Economy Conference with Canada and Japan from Nov. 26 to 28. The three-day conference has high global support with over twenty world leaders and 13,000 participants from around the world. The participants are coming together to learn how to build a blue economy. According to the conference […]

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Blues legend Didier Drogba hangs up his boots

Veteran Ivorian forward Didier Drogba has confirmed his retirement as a player ending “an amazing 20 years”. The 40-year-old, who scored 164 goals in 381 appearances over two spells with Chelsea, had been expected to hang up his boots following the United Soccer League Cup final defeat to Louisville City earlier this month. In a […]

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Madagascar: two ex-presidents set for second round

In Madagascar, former presidents Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana are qualified for the second round of the presidential election, to be held next month, according to provisional results. Andry Rajoelina, president of the transitional period from 2009 to 2014, won 39 percent of the vote and Marc Ravalomanana, president from 2002 to 2009, received 35 […]

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CAR extradites ex-militia leader ‘Rambo’ to global court

A former militia leader in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been extradited to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face trial for crimes against humanity. Alfred Yekatom, aka Rambo, arrived at the detention center of The Hague on Saturday. The 43-year-old former army officer is accused of ordering some 3,000 anti-Balaka Christian forces to […]

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