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Khalid Al Mouahidi : A binational from the US and Morocco, Khalid El Mouahidi has worked for several american companies in the Maghreb Region and is currently based in Casablanca, where he is doing consulting jobs for major international companies . Khalid writes analytical pieces about economic ties between the Maghreb and the Mena Region, where he has an extensive network

African leaders to sign the Continental Free Trade deal in Kigali

The Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) will hold an extraordinary meeting this week for the official launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Kigali, the Continental bloc said in a statement. The 250-page agreement that seeks to create the largest free-trade area in the world is expected […]

EU to allocate 50 mln euros to Libya to curb illegal immigration

The delegation of the European Union (EU) to Libya on Tuesday, announced a new program worth €50 million to support the North African nation’s cities most affected by illegal immigration flows. According to Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, this funding is part of a program to […]

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Sudan to sign MoU with Russia on nuclear power plant

Sudan is to sign this week a ‘roadmap’ agreement with Russia to build nuclear power stations in the country. The road map agreement and several other memorandums of understanding will be signed during the visit Sudanese Minister of Water Resources, Irrigation, and Electricity Moataz Mousa, is paying to Moscow since Monday, reported state-run news agency […]

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Senegal: Macky Sall pledges improvement of women’s access to land

The Senegalese government will disburse about 30 billion CFA francs to promote entrepreneurship and employment of women and youth, including a better women’s access to land in the West African nation. According to President Macky Sall, the 30 billion FCFA program will kick-off at the end of March with consultations on the basis of the […]

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US Secretary Tillerson warns African countries against Chinese loans

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday advised African countries to be careful not to forfeit their sovereignty when they accept loans from China. Tillerson arrived in Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous nation, on Wednesday on the first leg of his African visit. He visited the African Union headquarters on Thursday. Speaking after a […]

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Rwanda: Central bank predicts healthy economic growth in 2018

Rwanda’s economy will grow 6.5 percent in 2018, the central bank of the East African nation said on Tuesday. According to John Rwangombwa, governor of National Bank of Rwanda, the inflation rate is expected to be around 5.0 percent in 2018, slightly up from 4.9 percent last year. He said the country’s total formal export […]

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West African leaders vow to fire back after jihadist attacks in Burkina

Togo’s President and chair of the regional ECOWAS bloc, Faure Gnassingbe, and Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou on Monday vowed to help Burkina Faso fight and defeat militant groups. The presidents of neighboring Niger and Togo traveled to Burkina Faso on Tuesday (March 6) to assess the aftermath of the terror attacks, which killed 8 people […]

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UN condemns attacks on blue helmets, armed forces in Mali

The UN Security Council Thursday issued a statement condemning in the strongest terms the attack that targeted a convoy of MINUSMA (UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali), in the axis between Boni and Douentza. Underlining that “attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law,” the Council members paid tribute to the peacekeepers […]

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Côte d’Ivoire losing 125,000 tons of Cocoa to smuggling– Bloomberg

About 125,000 tons of cocoa beans have been smuggled from Côte d’Ivoire to neighboring countries since the beginning of the 2017/2018 season, Bloomberg reports quoting sources close to the Council of Coffee and Cocoa in the West African nation. According to Bloomberg, nearly 100,000 tons of cocoa beans were smuggled across the border with Ghana […]

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Algeria: Teachers’ strike, a risk of a lost academic year

The teachers’ strike that had engulfed Algeria over the past months has raised fears of a lost academic year in the North African country. Last week, the Algerian government has suspended over 4,000 striking teachers, joining hundreds of colleagues who had walked out months ago amid public spending cuts. The strikers are claiming better salaries […]

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