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Freedom of Press Index: Tunisia leading country in Maghreb

Tunisia with its fragile democracy has ranked the first Maghreb country favorable for journalists, on Reporters Without Borders (RSF) 2019 index released Thursday. The North African country stands at the 72nd position over 180 countries featuring into the ranking. Tunisia with this new rating leapfrogged its ranking as it came in the 97th place on […]

Zimbabwe: Independent power producers gear up for solar power plants

Three independent power producers have applied to the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) for licenses to establish solar power plants that will add about 100 MW to the national grid. ZERA expects to license about 12 more independent power producers (IPPs) this year, a development which, if implemented, could see the Southern African nation’s power […]

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Nigeria: minimum wage to increase to $98

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday signed into law a bill to increase minimum wage from 18,000 to 30,000 naira ($98) with immediate effect. According to Buhari’s senior aide and special assistant, Ita Enang, the implementation of the law takes effect as of April 18. The move comes after Unions went on strike last year […]

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Mauritania’s presidential election set for June 22

Mauritania’s presidential election set for June 22

Mauritania will hold elections to elect a new president on Saturday, June 22, 2019, according to a decree signed by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. The incumbent president, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, took office in 2008 and has now served two terms, the maximum allowed under the constitution. In 2017, he orchestrated a constitutional referendum […]

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Death toll exceeds 200 in Tripoli fighting with Khalifa Haftar’s forces

Death toll exceeds 200 in Tripoli fighting with Khalifa Haftar’s forces

In Libya, about 205 people have been killed, including 18 civilians, and 913 wounded in two weeks of fighting near the capital city Tripoli. About two weeks ago, Eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar ordered his troops to march on the capital Tripoli, taking his conflict with the internationally recognized government to a dangerous new level. […]

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Malawi: IFC invests in 258 MW hydroelectric project

The Government of Malawi has signed a partnership agreement with IFC InfraVentures for the development of the Mpatamanga hydroelectric project in the southern African nation. IFC InfraVentures – the IFC Global Infrastructure Project Development Fund – helps develop public-private partnerships and private projects for infrastructure in the poorest countries for the World Bank. The partnership […]

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Kenya betting big on geothermal plants in Rift Valley

In Kenya, Chinese company Kaishan Renewable Energy Development has signed procurement, engineering and construction (EPC) agreement to build a $65 million geothermal power plant. The project called Menengai III geothermal is located in the Rift Valley in western Kenya. Nairobi-based Sosian Energy, an independent power producer (IPP) is in charge of the development of the […]

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New legislation to ease geothermal investment in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Council of Ministers is considering a bill to encourage independent power producers (IPPs) to invest in geothermal power generation in the east African nation. Drafted by the Ethiopian Energy Authority last year, the new legislation comes at a time when the country is just beginning to exploit its geothermal potential. Ethiopia has the […]

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A futuristic smart city scores big with new solar plant in Kenya

In Kenya, local energy developer Equator Energy, has commissioned a 1 MW plant near the capital city Nairobi. The plant is located at Tatu City, a city under construction 23 km north of Nairobi, the Kenyan capital The plant includes 2,880 solar modules fixed on 5,700 m2, on the roof of the headquarters of Dormans […]

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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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