Top 5 countries leading East Africa’s Growth

According to the East Africa Economic Outlook 2019 by the African Development Bank (AfDB), East Africa’s real GDP grew last year by an estimated 5.7%, but is projected to remain strong at 5.9% in 2019 and 6.1% in 2020. Driven largely by its industry and services sectors, Ethiopia leads the countries with the highest economic growth in East Africa. Others on the list are Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya and Djibouti. S/N COUNTRY 2018 (Estimated Real GDP Growth) % 2019 (Projected Real GDP Growth) % 2020 (Projected Real GDP Growth) % 1.…

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MINUSMA responds to Mali attack that claimed 100 lives

MINUSMA, the United Nations mission in Mali, has confirmed that some 100 civilians including women and children were killed in the village of Sobanou-Kou in the Mopti region during an attack by armed men on Sunday night. Witnesses and local officials say there are many wounded as well in this latest incident of escalating communal violence in the volatile Sahel nation. There were more than 100 such incidents reported last year, according to Human Rights Watch. That’s continued in 2019, with more than 130 killed in a single March attack…

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Zimbabwe: Morgan Tsvangirai’s Daughter Dies

Photo: 263Chat Member of parliament, Vimbayi Tsvangirai – the daughter to the late MDC founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai – car crash scene. The late MDC- T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai’s daughter, Vimbai, who was involved in a head on collision near truckers Inn just outside Kwekwe last month has died. The MDC confirmed her passing in a tweet on its official Twitter handle. “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sad passing on of Glen View South MP and Women’s Assembly Secretary Hon. Vimbai Tsvangirai Java,” read the…

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Scores killed in attack on Malian village

Gunmen killed nearly 100 people in an overnight massacre in Mali, local officials have said, amid a wave of violence in the Sahel region linked to Islamist extremists. The attackers entered a traditional Dogon village in central Mali under cover of darkness and started “shooting, pillaging and burning”, local media quoted officials as saying. The attackers are believed to belong to the Fulani ethnic group. Violence between Dogon hunters and Fulani herders has resulted in hundreds of deaths since January. In March, gunmen killed more than 150 Fulani, one of…

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Aid Money: International NGOs VS Home Grown Solutions?

[embedded content] Globally, only an estimated 2 per cent of all international aid money goes to local organisations, despite evidence that home-grown solutions can be better placed, more equitable and at times even more efficient than top-down development. CNBC Africa sat down with three players from the non-profit sector, a funder, an entrepreneur and a convener to discuss exactly why this is the case. CNBC Africa is an African television network for Sub-Saharan Africa. It was launched by CNBC and Africa Business News LTD on June 1, 2007. CNBC Africa…

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Rwanda reopens border with Uganda

Rwanda on Monday reopened its border with Uganda in an apparent ease on tension between the two east African states. Rwanda’s tax body announced that the opening was temporary and will take effect from June 10 to June 22, 2019. The Katuna border has been mostly shut to heavy trucks and has been re-opened to facilitate movement of heavy duty trucks. The border was closed in February 2019, following diplomatic wranglings between the two sides. The ramifications of the row had a heavy toll on trade, especially on Ugandan traders,…

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Ethiopian commits to Asmara route, despite $6m locked in Eritrea

A number of African countries are holding up funds by airline operators as a result of foreign exchange crunch, the International Air Transport Association, IATA, has disclosed. Amongst them are Eritrea, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Angola and Algeria. Eritrea is holding a total of 73 million dollars of such funds with six million of the chunk belonging to Ethiopian Airlines. Africa’s largest operator resumed operations to Asmara in July 2018 after two decades absence. “We have no intention of suspending our flights to Asmara. This is just a temporary problem,” a senior…

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Zanzibar Travel Tips From a Local

When it comes to Tanzania and Zanzibar travel, Zanzibar is always hot topic among travellers. When to go, is it safe, what to see… and although Zanzibar is quite small island, there are always places you will not find in the guide books. Those places and insider tips are best obtained from locals. And this post is all about insider tips about Zanzibar from Lukman, the face of Friendly and Taxi tours that knows Zanzibar better than anyone. Lukman is 26 years old Zanzibari guy, formally trained and licensed tour…

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Study: Raise Ghana’s cocoa prices to reduce child labor

What would it cost to totally eliminate child labor from cocoa production in Ghana? An increase in cocoa price of nearly 47 percent, according to the authors of a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. The study, from three scientists at the University of Arkansas and Kansas State University in the United States, is based on data drawn from agricultural policy literature and used to develop an economic model to determine the price increase. The worst forms of child labor could be eliminated with a 2.81 percent increase; it…

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