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China, a student destination more and more considered on the continent

Over the years Africans have made the journey to the West to further their education and become better persons for themselves, their families and the continent at large. Most African students always sought destinations like the United States, the United Kingdom and even France to broaden their educational horizons. However that trend seems to be fading away with many African students now looking for opportunities in Asia, especially China. The number of African students making their way to China for higher education is extraordinary. In 2003, less than or an equivalent of 2,000 African international students were calling China home.
24 August 2019

Dear world ….Letter from Zimbabwe

With living standards falling following the cataclysmic economic oblivion the country is facing, citizens watch with deep anger against the government authorities who seem unmoved by the plight of the masses. The suffering citizenry trace back into history, carefully pondering on the skilfully executed strategy by President Mnangagwa and his supporters to snatch power from the revered dictator Robert Mugabe. The general public ask in shock and disbelief, 'Did ED stage a coup to plunge the country into this ruthless poverty?' Hindsight has the advantage that foresight lacks: it is far easier to see things more clearly after they have happened. And it is hindsight which has left many shaking their heads in disbelief. As the months went by from coup (November 2017) to election (July 2018) and from election to January 2019 Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union protest, it became clear that the ship had hardly sailed from the past.
23 August 2019

Children and the economy, most affected by conflicts

When a country is plagued by conflicts and war, grave consequences follow suit, either during or after the war. Experience has shown that children, women and the economy are the most affected in times of turmoil. Political and social violence in most African countries and beyond have been the order of the day. Countries like Mali, Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Cameroon, Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, Yemen and Iraq among others have seen dark days of war and conflicts that have had devastating effects. In most cases, these unfortunate scenarios often lead to a halt in education, economic activities, hamper health facilities and insecurity.
22 August 2019

Medical expenses of African administrations abroad are hotly criticized

Last March, the Nigerian government made the decision to limit as much as possible the enormous expenditure made by the State for the evacuation of administrative cadres. Because each year, it is several billion CFA francs which are drawn from the public treasury to cover medical expenses of the administrative elites. Sums of money that could be used to build more developed and better equipped medical centers. According to the information conveyed by local media, the country spends nearly 5 billion FCFA per year or $ 10 million to cover the medical care of its officials.
21 August 2019

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Is Africa ready for a single passport?

The issue of a single Passport for Africa has been on the negotiation table of African leaders for a while, but its realization still remains problematic. In 2016, African leaders in Rwanda launched the single African Passport. While handing the passports to then AU Chair and Chadian President Idris Deby Itno and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame, then AUC Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said the innovation was a “steady step toward the objective of creating a strong, prosperous and integrated Africa, driven by its own citizens’’
26 March 2019

Can you get out of prostitution and still start a home?

Prostitution as a survival strategy is one of the means used by young women in street situations. Canadian studies on the subject estimate between 12% and 32% the number of young women living on the street engaged in prostitution. These young women do it either by themselves or by relatives: relatives, friends, and even partners in love (Damant et al., 2006). These as emphasized by Messervier, 1999 may also have an important role in the process of exit from prostitution.
9 January 2019

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Apple CEO Warns Trump About China Tariffs

Importing from China is a lucrative multi-trillion dollar operation. It is the source of tremendous profit and wealth in the US, because consumer commodities imported from China’s low wage economy are often sold at the retail level more than ten times their factory price.

Production does not take place in the USA. The producers have given up production. The US trade deficit with China is instrumental in fuelling the profit driven consumer economy which relies on Made in China consumer goods.
19 August 2019

Sudanese army and civilians seal interim power-sharing deal

Sudan’s main opposition coalition and the ruling military council on Saturday signed a final power-sharing deal that paves the way for a transitional government, and eventually elections, following the overthrow of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir. Tens of thousands of people of all ages took to the streets of the capital Khartoum in celebration, with many heading towards the newly renamed Freedom Square, once the site of many of Bashir’s rallies. Stability in Sudan, which has been grappling with an economic crisis, is seen as crucial for a volatile region struggling with conflict and insurgencies from the Horn of Africa to Egypt and Libya.
18 August 2019

Nigeria’s president tells cenbank to stop providing FX for food

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has told the central bank to stop providing funding for food imports, his spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday, a move that has raised questions about the bank’s independence. Nigeria, which has Africa’s biggest economy, is the continent’s top oil producer and relies on crude sales for around 90% of it foreign exchange. Low oil prices led to a recession in 2016 from which the country emerged two years ago.
17 August 2019

Zimbabwe police beat protesters defying ‘rogue’ government

Riot police in Zimbabwe on Friday fired teargas and beat demonstrators who defied a protest ban, as the opposition accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government of surpassing Robert Mugabe's regime in brutality.

Scores of people gathered in a square in the capital Harare to demonstrate against the country's worsening economy, despite massive police deployment and a ban upheld by a court the same morning.Police cornered a group of protesters and beat them with batons, an AFP reporter saw.
16 August 2019

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AFRIC- Berlin foresight session on Africa’s transformation

On July 29-30, 2019 Association for Free Research and International Cooperation (AFRIC) has held the first of its kind Foresight session Äfrica-2040: Vision of the Future” in Berlin. The event attended by diplomats, academics and businessmen had an objective to define a clear image for Africa’s future and to strategize on how they can contribute to the development of the African Continent. Representatives and Ambassadors of Chad, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Madagaskar, Botswana, Republic of South Africa, Benin, Egypt, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, DRC, Liberia, Ethiopia, Namibia, Uganda have discussed some of the challenges the continent is facing, providing possible solutions to promote peace, stability, democracy, governance, economic growth and development.
30 July 2019

2019 South African general election: IEC commends the role of AFRIC as an observer

Africa is on the move, political leaders are at the verge of instilling principles of democracy on the continent. Conducting transparent, free and fair elections already defines a new era of democracy in Africa. The year 2019 has been coined as the ‘’year of Elections in Africa’’ as many nations have headed to the polls while others are yet to choose their political leaders through the ballot boxes.
12 May 2019