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10 African Countries About Which We Know Little

10 African Countries About Which We Know Little

Reliable data on many African countries simply isn’t available – not even for their governments! Why? It costs too much! Even African heads of state are ignorant about what us going on in their own countries. They lack elementary data on birth, mortality and unemployment rates, economic performance, taxation and government spending. No country can […]

Al-Shabaab Claims Responsibility For Somalia’s Plane Bomb Attack

Al-Shabaab Claims Responsibility For Somalia’s Plane Bomb Attack

Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for a purported bomb attack on a passenger plane in Somalia earlier this month, saying it was targeted at Western officials and Turkish NATO forces. The blast punched a one-metre-sized hole in the side of the Airbus A321 about 15 minutes after it had taken off from Mogadishu heading for Djibouti […]

Terrorist sucked out of a plane after bomb exploded in Somalia

Terrorist sucked out of a plane after bomb exploded in Somalia

A wheelchair bound suicide bomber may have been responsible for the explosion which tore a hole in the side of a jet in Somalia, investigators have said. They said the suspected terrorist, thought to be part of the Al-Shabaab Islamist group, may have faked a disability to bypass security checks at Mogadishu airport. The suspected […]

COMESA and Microsoft collaborate to promote access, skills and innovation in 19 African Countries

COMESA and Microsoft collaborate to promote access, skills and innovation in 19 African Countries

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) through the COMESA Business Council (CBC) and Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) have taken a step toward strengthening their working alliance today by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which sets out how they will collaborate in the areas of access to technology, development of relevant skills and […]

Six Political Opponents in Dikhil Released but Still At Risk of New Conviction By the Court of Appeal

Six Political Opponents in Dikhil Released but Still At Risk of New Conviction By the Court of Appeal

On 11 October 2015, the Djibouti Court of Appeal accepted the request to release the young members of the Union for National Salvation (USN) – the opposition coalition – and the Opposition Youth Movement (MJO), as well as two USN leaders, arrested on 18 September for having participated in a demonstration and arbitrarily detained in […]

Bamboo Finance and Louis Dreyfus Holding Launch Impact Investment Fund NISABA, Focusing on Agribusiness in Sub-Saharan Africa

Bamboo Finance and Louis Dreyfus Holding Launch Impact Investment Fund NISABA, Focusing on Agribusiness in Sub-Saharan Africa

Bamboo Finance, a private equity firm specializing in investing in business models that benefit low-income communities in developing economies and Louis Dreyfus Holding, which owns a controlling stake in leading global agribusiness Louis Dreyfus Commodities, announced today a partnership to launch and jointly manage NISABA, a US$50 million impact investment fund project with a focus […]

Standard Bank Opens An Office In Ethiopia

Standard Bank Opens An Office In Ethiopia

Standard Bank Group has expanded its already extensive East African footprint with the official opening of a representative office in Ethiopia. This means that Standard Bank, which is Africa’s largest bank by assets, has a continent-wide footprint in 20 African countries. The representative office, which is based in Addis Ababa, was opened by Standard Bank […]

Why Some African Leaders Cling To Power, Whilst Others Walk Away

Why Some African Leaders Cling To Power, Whilst Others Walk Away

Following a weekend of elections on the African Continent, analysts are drawing parallels between Congo-Brazzaville and Tanzania even before results are announced. One leader is accused of tampering with the constitution to extend his grip on power, whilst the other has been credited with respecting presidential term limits. In one corner, you see a political […]

Africa Can Fix The International Criminal Court- Here Is How

Africa Can Fix The International Criminal Court- Here Is How

The demand of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress that the government should pull out of the International Criminal Court is defeatist, naïve and reactionary, says Professor John Dugard,expert on international law. African states have largely themselves to blame for the fact that the continent has been singled out by the ICC, and rather than […]

Trends Shaping Pharma Industry In Africa

Trends Shaping Pharma Industry In Africa

Imagine the future’: DHL’s Annual Regional Life Sciences & Healthcare conference focused on life sciences & healthcare supply chains and enhancing the life sciences and healthcare sector. -Africa highlighted as a market with high potential for life sciences & healthcare companies -As growth in developed markets stagnates, companies in the life sciences and healthcare market […]

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