January 2012

Sunday 29 January 2012


New AU HQ marks strong China-Africa ties PDF Print Email
Sunday, 29 January 2012 12:59 News

New AU HQ marks strong China-Africa ties

NewAUADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, January 29, 2012 (SARA) - Towering above the Ethiopian capital, cloaked in urban smog, the new Chinese-built African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa is a bold symbol of China's rapidly changing role in Africa.

Thursday 26 January 2012


Malawi Losing $28m in Fisheries Resources PDF Print Email
Thursday, 26 January 2012 12:57 Agriculture

Malawi Losing $28m in Fisheries Resources

By Chancy Namadzunda, AfricaNews reporter in Lilongwe, Malawi

LILONGE, Malawi, January 26, 2012 (AfricaNews) - Malawi is losing $28 million (about MK4.6 billion) worth of fisheries resources each year due to unsustainable fishing in natural bodies, an estimate which represents 0.8 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to the Ministry of Finance and Development's Economic valuation of Sustainable Natural Resource Use report in Malawi.

Wednesday 25 January 2012


IMF finds most of Angolas missing $32 bln PDF Print Email
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 18:58 News

IMF finds most of Angola's missing $32 bln

By Lesley Wroughton

WASHINGTON, January 25, 2012 (Reuters) - The IMF said on Tuesday a $32 billion accounting discrepancy in Angola's state funds was linked to "quasi-fiscal operations" by state oil firm Sonangol done on the government's behalf, but not recorded in official budget accounts.

Tuesday 24 January 2012


China’s Economic Engagement In Africa: Changing Approach In Mozambique PDF Print Email
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 19:55 China Africa Watch

China’s Economic Engagement In Africa: Changing Approach In Mozambique

By Loro Horta*

SOUTH AFRICA, January 24, 2012 (PAMBAZUKA) - CHINA’S ECONOMIC engagement with Africa has undergone a significant change in recent years, following criticism of its policies and protests against its projects in some countries. For instance, in Mozambique, both domestic and international criticism contributed in positive ways to change both the local government’s attitude and Beijing’s approach towards their relationship.

Monday 23 January 2012


China and Japan Currency Swap - A Nail in the Coffin of the U.S. Dollar PDF Print Email
Monday, 23 January 2012 20:53 Experts Policy Center

China and Japan Currency Swap - A Nail in the Coffin of the U.S. Dollar

By Horace Campbell

LONDON, January 23, 2012 (FAHAMU) - China and Japan have taken a decisive step to diversify their reserve holdings away from the dollar. African peoples have a lot of lessons to learn from both the capitalist crisis in Europe and this new financial arrangement.

Saturday 21 January 2012


Africa: The Year of the Dragon, Again PDF Print Email
Saturday, 21 January 2012 20:21 China Africa Watch

Africa: The Year of the Dragon, Again

ChineseNewYearLONDON, January 20, 2012 (Africa-Asia Confidential) - Officials are building up expectations for the fifth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC V), which Beijing will host in the last quarter of this year. The showpiece summit, which began in 2000 and has been held every three years since, now returns in the year of the dragon - which will be doubtlessly trumpeted as auspicious for China-Africa relations.

Friday 20 January 2012


United Struggle Towards National Realisation PDF Print Email
Friday, 20 January 2012 22:19 News

United Struggle Towards National Realisation

ABUJA, Nigeria, January 19, 2012 (This Day) - As the 2015 deadline year for realisation of the eight global Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draws nearer, the House of Representatives Committee on the MDGs, the United Nation Millennium Campaign (UNMC) and the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) organised a two-day retreat recently in Abuja for members of the House Committee. Abimbola Akosile, who was at the event, captures the lessons and useful outcomes.

Wednesday 18 January 2012


Russia Abroad: In Ethiopia, Russian Is the Language of Healing PDF Print Email
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:51 Society

Russia Abroad: In Ethiopia, Russian Is the Language of Healing

EthioHosp1_By Derek Andersen

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, January 18, 2012 (TMT) - Mention Russia to Ethiopians and their first association is likely to be with medicine.

"We have Russian doctors at Dejazmach Balcha Hospital," said Melaku Tenew, a licensed guide in the historical city of Gondar. "I was there last month for my ankle. They are very good and so kind. Tell them if they come to Gondar, I will take care of them."

Friday 13 January 2012


Angolas Awakening PDF Print Email
Friday, 13 January 2012 20:14 Experts Policy Center

Angola's Awakening

By Simon Freemantle & Jeremy Stevens

SOUTH AFRICA, January 13, 2012 (Standard Bank) - Since the end of the civil war in 2002, Angola has moved from the fringe to the center of African economic affairs. Today, Angola accounts for 6 percent of Africa's GDP, 10 percent of its trade and 5 percent of continental-wide investment flows.

Thursday 12 January 2012


Livestock Insurance - A Chance to Outsmart Drought? PDF Print Email
Thursday, 12 January 2012 23:10 Agriculture

Livestock Insurance - A Chance to Outsmart Drought?

NeilPalmerCIATBy Jeff Haskins and Neil Palmer***

MARSABIT DISTRICT, Kenya, January 12, 2012 (The Nation) - The first thing that hits a visitor to Ginda village in northern Kenya is the smell. Farmer Haro Sora's land is littered with the carcasses of cattle and donkeys that have collapsed following an intense, prolonged drought. A skull here; half a ribcage there. In some places there are whole animals slumped on the roadside.


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