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Somalia, world’s most corrupt nation – Report

Transparency International has released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) this week and Sub-Saharan Africa is perceived among the most corrupt regions with an average score of 32. Overall, more than two thirds of the world’s countries – along with many of the most advanced economies – are stagnating or showing signs of backsliding in […]

IFC loans Casablanca region $100 mln to fund infrastructure projects 

The International Financial Corporation, an offshoot ofthe World Bank, approved a 100 million dollar loan to the region of Casablancato build two new urban rail connections as well as hundreds of kilometers of roads.   The loan is the first in the MENA region to be granted byIFC without a sovereign guarantee, the IFC said […]

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Parliament Adopts Two Bills Demarcating Morocco’s Territorial waters

The House of Representatives adopted Wednesday two bills demarcating Morocco’s territorial waters. The House of Representatives unanimously adopted the two bills establishing the Kingdom’s jurisdiction over its maritime boundaries. The first bill is dealing with the demarcation of Morocco’s territorial waters, the second establishes an exclusive economic zone of 200 nautical miles off the Moroccan […]

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Tanzanian: Magufuli sacks home affairs minister over fraud

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has fired his home affairs minister Kangi Lugola on Thursday, accusing him of mismanaging a $452 million fire department contract. President John Magufuli said the home affairs ministry, under Kangi Lugola, had signed a contract with a Romanian company without notifying the finance ministry or seeking approval from the parliament. He […]

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Comoros ruling party wins majority in boycotted legislative polls

Comoros’s ruling party has won an absolute majority in the first round of legislative elections boycotted by the country’s opposition. The Convention for the Renewal of the Comoros (CRC) won 17 out of 24 legislative seats, while two other seats went to parties in the presidential coalition. Opposition parties stayed away from the weekend contest […]

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Morocco: Two French defense companies get €400m contracts

Morocco has awarded two contracts worth €400 million to two French defense companies, French media La Tribune reported, adding that the official announcement will be made during President Emmanuel Macron’s planned visit to the kingdom in February. Nexter, a state-owned weapon manufacturer will, under a first deal valued at €200 million, supply an artillery systems […]

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Morocco-Tanger-Med : Container Traffic Up 38 pc in 2019

The Tanger-Med port complex posted in 2019 a 38 pc growth in container traffic and shipping compared to activities recorded last year. After Tanger-Med 2 terminal became operational, the port’s complex handled in total over 4.8 million containers in 2019, says the port activity report. 500 465 vehicles were handled on the two vehicle terminals […]

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U.N. chief calls Libyan factions to firm up ceasefire deal

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday urged Libya’s warring parties to quickly conclude a ceasefire agreement. The Council call comes after a warning that the conflict that has spiraled into a proxy war risks becoming the “next Syria.” This month has seen several failed attempts by foreign powers to broker a ceasefire in Libya. […]

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Angola: Government vows to bring back Isabel dos Santos

Prosecutors in Luanda said they will use ‘all possible’ means to force return of businesswoman and daughter of ex-president, Isabel dos Santos, who built a business empire worth an estimated $2bn. Isabel’s wealth was revealed by the Luanda Leaks, a trove of 715,000 emails, charts, contracts, audits, and accounts that help explain how Dos Santos […]

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Sudan: Grenade explosion kills at least five people in Khartoum

A grenade explosion at a wedding party in capital Khartoum on Monday killed at least five people, Turkish news agency Anadolu reports. The blast, according to the health ministry, occurred in the Shegla neighborhood of Khartoum’s al-Haj Youssef district due to a fight between two people, with one of them throwing a grenade. At least […]

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