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G20 Compact: Germany pledges €243 billion for Africa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week met 11 African heads of state, international organizations and corporate leaders to promote a program launched last year to encourage private investment in Africa. The G20 Compact with Africa was open to all African countries but so far only 11 have joined: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, […]

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Mini cabinet reshuffle in Rwanda

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame on Thursday appointed a new foreign affairs minister to replace Louise Mushikiwabo. The mini cabinet reshuffle follows the election of Mushikiwabo as secretary-general of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) last week. Richard Sezibera, a former secretary general of the East African Community regional bloc, has been appointed as new […]

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Madagascar heads to AFCON for the first time in 50 years

The Madagascar national football team, nicknamed Barea, on Tuesday qualified for the first time to play in the African Cup of Nations, AFCON. The team became the first to join host Cameroon in the tournament scheduled for 2019. Tuesday’s game was Madagascar’s 20th attempt to qualify for the African Cup. After nearly 50 years of […]

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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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Clothing market: Trump suspends duty-free status for Rwanda

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday suspended Rwanda’s ability to ship apparel products duty-free to the United States due to a trade dispute between the two nations. The trade dispute began in 2015, when Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Burundi announced their intention to phase out imports of second hand clothing and shoes from western […]

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Horn of Africa: Somalia, Eritrea re-establish diplomatic ties

The presidents of Somalia and Eritrea on Monday signed an agreement to re-establish diplomatic ties between the two nations, surprising observers and delighting citizens of the East African nations. According to the agreement signed in Asmara by Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Somali counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, the two countries will establish diplomatic relations and […]

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Rwanda inks $300 million loan deals & bilateral pacts with China, India

The Rwandan government has signed seven bilateral pacts and loan agreements worth more than $300 million with China and India to further boost existing cooperation. The Chinese loan, destined to build two roads and carry out irrigation projects, was extended during the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Rwanda Sunday and Monday. For the past […]

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Single African Air Transport Market agreement signed by 26 countries

Twenty-six African countries out of the 55 members of the African Union have committed to the establishment of the concept of a Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), the African Union Commission chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat said on Monday during a meeting of the working group in the Togolese capital, Lome. According to the list […]

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Ethiopia to adopt visa-free policy for all African visitors—PM

Ethiopia will soon allow all Africans to visit the country without visas, according to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The announcement follows Rwanda’s decision allowing Africans to enter the country without visas. The issuance of visa-on-arrival for all countries was widely applauded by many across the continent. Speaking during a state banquet for Paul Kagame last […]

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African Commonwealth Games athletes seek asylum after going missing

Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton has warned African athletes who went missing during the Commonwealth Games to comply with visas or face deportation. At least eight athletes from Cameroon, two from Uganda and a Rwandan para-powerlifting coach went missing in April during the Commonwealth Games in Australia. According to Australia’s Home Minister Peter […]

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