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France still forcing 14 African countries to pay colonial tax

France still forcing 14 African countries to pay colonial tax

80% of the 10 countries with the lowest literacy rates in the WORLD among adults are in francophone Africa. Namely: Benin (40%), Burkina Faso (26%), Chad (34%), Côte d’Ivoire (49%), Guinea (29%), Mali (23%), Niger (29%), and Senegal (42%). This spectacular result is achieved after over 150 years of French colonization! During the almost 200 […]

AU Chairman President Alpha Conde Urges African Leaders to Cut Ties with France

AU Chairman President Alpha Conde Urges African Leaders to Cut Ties with France

Guinea’s president, who also serves as African Union (AU) chairman, has called on African countries to “cut the umbilical chord with France” so as to initiate the continent’s development. Speaking at the 12th International Salon of Agriculture, held in Morocco’s northern city of Meknes late Monday, Alpha Conde harshly criticized western countries — singling out […]

Economic growth in East Africa remains strong despite drought

Economic growth in East Africa remains strong despite drought

East Africa’s economy has continued to grow despite the adverse effects of drought being felt across the region according to ICAEW’s (the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) latest report. In Economic Insight: Africa Q1 2017 launched today, the accountancy and finance body points out that authorities from various East African nations have […]

National Aviation Services, Cote d’Ivoire, Abidjan ISAGO Certification Highlights Commitment to Safety and Security

National Aviation Services, Cote d’Ivoire, Abidjan ISAGO Certification Highlights Commitment to Safety and Security

National Aviation Services (NAS), the fastest growing aviation services provider in the emerging markets, has been awarded the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certification for its Abidjan operations. The NAS Abidjan ISAGO certification highlights the company’s ongoing commitment to safety and security across its network. This is the most recent certification received by […]

Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo acquitted

Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo acquitted

A court in Ivory Coast has acquitted the country’s former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, of crimes against humanity. The charges related to the violence that followed the 2010 presidential poll when her husband, Laurent, refused to accept defeat to Alassane Ouattara. The majority of the judges dismissed the prosecution’s argument that Simone Gbagbo, 67, headed […]

Africa’s oil and gas industry set to meet at the 16th Africa Independents Forum in May

Africa’s oil and gas industry set to meet at the 16th Africa Independents Forum in May

The 16th Africa Independents Forum, a key event on the international oil and gas calendar, will get underway in London on the 24th and 25th of May. This annual gathering of Africa’s oil and gas upstream industry is an essential platform for reviewing the state of the industry and exchanging ideas on game-changing opportunities for […]

Ivory Coast Solicits Mauritian Investors to Develop a Biotechnology and ICT Free Zone Project

Ivory Coast Solicits Mauritian Investors to Develop a Biotechnology and ICT Free Zone Project

The Government of Ivory Coast in collaboration with the Village des Technologies de l’Information et de la Biotechnologie (VITIB) has solicited the expertise of Mauritian investors to set up a Biotechnology, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Free Zone in Grand-Bassam based on the model of the Cyber City in Ebène. In this context, a high-level […]

Gambia – A Lesson for African Dictators

Gambia – A Lesson for African Dictators

Soon after the peaceful transition of power from Barack Obama to Donald Trump in the US, Gambia’s crisis was also resolved without a single gunshot. The embattled President Yahya Jammeh appeared on national TV announcing his decision “to relinquish the mantle of leadership”. Jammeh’s decision to step down was not only important to his own […]

The Elephants Have an Afcon Date With Destiny

The Elephants Have an Afcon Date With Destiny

Title holders Cote d’Ivoire face a date with destiny as they seek to sneak into the quarterfinals of the African Nations Cup with victory over Group C rivals Morocco in Oyem on Tuesday. The Elephants must win to reach the knockout stages or face the embarrassment of a first round exit in the defence of […]

Mutinying Troops Strike Deal With Government in Bouake

Mutinying Troops Strike Deal With Government in Bouake

The Ivory Coast’s government and mutinying troops have reached a final deal at talks in Bouake, government sources said, shortly after talks were interrupted by gunfire at barracks across the country. Hours before the agreement, troops sealed off the northern city of Korhogo and the second largest city, Bouake, where they surrounded the building in […]

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