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Senegal gets $17 million from EU to improve rural electrification

The European Union (EU) has released about $17 million to Senegal to accelerate the electrification of rural areas in the country. About 150 villages and 55,000 households are targeted by the rural electrification support program. “The project will improve access to agricultural activities and electrical services for rural households, which will enable them to sustainably […]

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Morocco’s Ciments de l’Afrique opens new cement plant in Chad

The Moroccan cement giant Ciments de l’Afrique group (CIMAF) has officially inaugurated a new cement plant in Chad this week as the group, led by the Moroccan Businessman Anas Séfrioui, continues its expansion in Sub-Saharan Africa. This new unit, located in the Lamadji district at the northern exit of the Chadian capital N’djamena, will start […]

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Chinese vessels detained off Senegal for illegal fishing

Seven Chinese trawlers were arrested off the coast of Casamance in the southwest of Senegal for illegal fishing activities in the West African nation’ waters, Karim Mara, Captain of the Senegalese navy and responsible for the maritime patrol mission, told local media. “The trawlers were caught in the flagrant offence of fishing without authorization in […]

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Senegal: 91-year old Abdoulaye Wade to contest parliamentary seat

Senegal’s former President Abdoulaye Wade will run for parliament in July’s elections in the West African nation, local media reported. The 91-year old former leader will top the list for the opposition Watu Senegal coalition, which includes his PDS party. He firstly announced his participation when he went to register on the electoral list at […]

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Gambia gets $500 mln from Afreximbank

The African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) on Tuesday announced the disbursement of $500 million to revamp the impoverished Gambian economy. This financial support will allow the West African smallest nation to regain its marks after 22 years of isolation, due to the dire human rights record of ex-president Yahya Jammeh. “We would be doing integrated […]

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Senegal: NBA opens first Academy to unleash African talents

The NBA, major men’s professional basketball league in North America, opened its first NBA Africa Academy on Thursday in Senegal. The inauguration of the African academy based in the third-largest city of the West African nation, Thies, follows similar NBA projects opened last year in China and other projects in Australia and in India. According […]

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Germany pushes for private investment in Africa

The German government is moving to boost private investment in Africa, Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, told reporters in Washington during the Global Infrastructure Forum. According to Schaeuble, the move is meant to avoid a destructive rise in populism and the gap between the rich and poor. “If we do nothing to change this, we can […]

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World Bank trims Sub-Saharan Africa growth projection

The World Bank cut its growth projection for sub-Saharan Africa this year after a tumultuous period in 2016. According to the bank, Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to grow at a moderate rate of 2.6 percent in 2017. Growth this year will be “better than the 1.3 percent in 2016, the lowest in two decades, but […]

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Senegal: farmers struggle to sell over 6k tons of local rice

The Senegalese government has unveiled plans to suspend the importation of foreign rice to allow the marketing of local produced rice as more than 6,200 tons of local rice stocks are struggling to find buyers  in the west-African nation. The country currently imports low-quality, cheap rice from Asia that consumers generally prefer to the locally […]

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Senegal: Dakar’s mayor arrested over $2.85m fraud

The mayor of Senegal’s capital, Dakar, has been arrested and placed under arrest warrant after investigations by the country’s anticorruption watchdog found him guilty for embezzling public money. According to the watchdog, about $2.9m is missing in the city’s coffers. The judge on Wednesday charged Khalifa Sall with fraud, criminal conspiracy and money laundering. The […]

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