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KSA: ICD puts partnership with India’s IL&FS on $1bn Fund on ice

Plans for the creation of a $1 billion Fund for development of mid-sized infrastructure projects in Africa between Saudi-based Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and India’s Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Group (IL&FS) will no longer go ahead, ICD said Sunday citing new developments within the Indian firm. In an […]

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King Mohammed VI: Vocational Training, Key to Job Market Success

The youths’ employment and adequate training for jobs in high demand as well as the improvement of socioeconomic situation of young people continue to be among the top priorities of King Mohammed VI. “The important instructions I have given in connection with employment, education, vocational training and military service are meant to benefit citizens, especially […]

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UN urges Algeria again to stop arbitrary expulsions of African migrants

The UN has reiterated its call on Algeria to immediately halt summary expulsions of African migrants, as authorities in the North African country continue to round up and expel thousands to Niger in harsh desert climate. The appeal was made by UN Special Rapporteur on migration Felipe González Morales, following his official visit to Niger; […]

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Egyptian ex-President Morsi’s son questioned by police

Egyptian police detained the youngest son of ousted President Mohamed Morsi from his home in Cairo early on Wednesday, family sources said. A statement released by Attorney General Nabil Sadek late Wednesday ordered the release of Abdullah Morsi on a 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($280) bail, after questioning by Egypt’s Supreme State Security Prosecution. Abdullah, a […]

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Francophonie: Rwandan candidate gets boost for top job

The International Organization of Francophonie (OIF) will choose its new leader at a summit in Armenia this Thursday and Friday. The candidature of Rwandan Louise Mushikiwabo for the post of Secretary General of La Francophonie has received a major boost following the withdrawal of support by Canada to her only rival, Michaëlle Jean, the current […]

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China’s Influence growing in Africa; US Senate fights back!

The United States Senate has adopted with an overwhelming majority the creation of the United State Development Finance Corporation (USIDFC). This mega-agency, which will have the capacity to mobilize $60 billion, is mainly meant to counter China’s growing economic influence in Africa and is seen as a response to the Chinese initiative “One belt, one […]

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Cameroon: opposition claims ‘authentic’ results show Kamto won

Maurice Kamto, leader of Cameroon opposition party, Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon, has declared himself winner of the October 7 presidential election in the central African nation. The 64-year-old lawyer in a speech in capital Yaoundé said he had won a decisive mandate and tasked the incumbent to organize an orderly transfer of executive […]

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South Africa Finance Minister asks President to relieve him

South Africa’s Nhlanhla Nene has asked President Cyril Ramaphosa, who appointed him finance minister last year, to relieve him of his duties, The Sowetan newspaper reported on Monday. According to the newspaper, the finance minister approached the president over the weekend with the request after his testimony at the state capture commission of inquiry, where […]

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Morocco, Benin Sign MoU on Urban Development

Morocco and Benin signed, Friday in Rabat, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on land development, urban planning, housing and urban policy. The MoU, signed during a visit to Morocco by Benin’s Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Jose Tonato, is meant to promote exchange of expertise in land use planning, urban planning and architecture. The […]

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Nigeria: Chibok girls’ activist Ezekwesili announces presidential bid

Nigeria’s anti-corruption campaigner and prominent Chibok girls’ activist Oby Ezekwesili will challenge President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming 2019 elections. The move comes a week after members of the All Progressive Congress, APC, have unanimously rallied behind President Buhari as the party’s unique candidate in next year’s presidential elections. The Nigerian President will be seeking […]

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