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SADC Revolutionary governments: progress check

Southern Africa is politically unique on the continent. A majority of its countries underwent armed anti-colonial liberation struggles. This also meant that these liberation struggles had a direct effect on the regional people and continues to do so to this day. And this influence is purveyed through former liberation movements and parties that have retained political power in the post-independence and post-colonial era. The majority of the countries in the region are rallying behind the political parties that participated in the liberation struggle with a few exceptions where opposition parties have managed to unseat revolutionary parties.
9 December 2019

The political, economic and social state of affairs in South Africa

For over some years now, South Africa which has been considered an exemplary nation as far as democracy in Africa is concerned but today it is facing a dire economic, political and social climate. The country which is recovering from the ruins of Apartheid is still hit by sporadic violence and xenophobic attacks amidst efforts to improve economic growth. Many blamed former president Jacob Zuma for the dilemma the country is experiencing, but with the election of a new president, nothing seems to have changed.
5 December 2019

Nathalie Yamb’s expulsion from Côte d’Ivoire: a victory against imperialism?

"Neo-colonialism is the cause of all the misfortunes affecting French-speaking African states. This is simple but meaningful statement has become very viral today, opening the door to the obscure expulsion of Nathalie Yamb from Côte d'Ivoire. An awakener of the conscience, freedom and democracy, Nathalie Yamb is Swiss-Cameroonian who has long campaigned for an end to neo-colonialism in Africa. Residing in Côte d'Ivoire for many years until recently, Nathalie Yamb, beyond her fight against French politics in Africa, is a politician of LIDER, the opposition party of Professor Mamadou Koulibaly, occupying the position of executive advisor.
3 December 2019

CEMAC Extraordinary Summit: update on the currency and the economy

The Central African Economic Community (CEMAC) wants a stable and strong CFA Franc! This is the major resolution adopted at the extraordinary CEMAC Summit held on 21 and 22 November 2019 in Yaoundé, by the Central African Heads of State.
While the West African countries have already opted for the introduction of their new currency as early as 2020, the CEMAC countries have met in order to renew and adopt additional measures to consolidate and recover the sub-region's economy. In other words, this was a redefinition of the agreements with France. According to the Cameroonian presidency, the CFA Franc is seen by many experts as a hindering factor to development.
2 December 2019

The United Nations mission on the contributions for Darfur.

The joint African Union-United Nations (UNAMID) mission deployed in Sudan, whose creation dates back to July 2007, is about to permanently withdraw its troops in the west of the country. While the end of its activities has been set for June 2020, the complex political situation in which Sudan has been meeting since the forced withdrawal of Omar El Bashir raises concerns within the UN Security Council where thoughts about delaying this deadline until the current transition procedures in the country, emerge towards real political stability including a transfer to the civilian power, at the moment held by the Transitional Military Council (TMC).
1 December 2019

Russian Investment in Africa: Results of the Sochi Summit

The first Russia-Africa summit, held on October 23 and 24, 2019 in Sochi, marked a definite evolution in the progress of cooperation between the country of Tsar and those of the old continent. Alongside the 41 leaders present and more than 3,000 participants, Russian Presidents Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi, the current President of the African Union, had the honour of opening the ceremony and leading the debates. While this unprecedented Summit has had the merit of consolidating 60 years of Russian-African relations, it has also resulted to many partnership contracts, to the point where the Egyptian president has qualified Russia as a reliable partner for the continent. Among these benefits, is the signing of several investment contracts between the host country and the African countries invited to the summit.
30 November 2019

Dakar forum on security in Africa: Sahel at the center of concerns

The Dakar summit on security in Africa, which was held in the Senegalese capital from 18 to 19 November, was an opportunity for President Macky Sall, host of the event, to plead in favor of the Sahel region, which knows a degrading security situation. Recalling to the audience that "fighting terrorism in the Sahel together is authoritative for community security," the Senegalese head of state, whose country shares a common border with Mali, used this forum to advocate for "Robust mandate" for the UN forces deployed in the neighboring country that is languishing under the weight of the jihadist threat, despite the presence of international forces on the ground.
26 November 2019

Africa’s expected population growth: what prospects for the future?

According to the 2019 revision of the world population prospects, most of the population growth in the coming decades will happen in Sub-Sahara Africa. A 2015 World Bank report had also noted that Africa’s population is expanding, and will reach an estimated 2.8 billion by 2060. The report equally mentions that the continent may enormously benefits from this demographic dividend to enhance economic takeoff. However, this greatly depends on how ready the continent is to face the challenges that come with the growth in population and use them for their benefit.
21 November 2019

CFA franc, a colonial tool’ against Africa’s financial independence

As the world evolves, information, ideologies and philosophies also evolve. For over five years now, African countries have intensified their urge to emerge politically, socially and most importantly economically. However, analysts have argued that it takes time for a country to fully develop economically without financial independence. Some sixty years after independence, a majority of African countries, especially French speaking nations have remained attached to their colonial masters in one way or the other. Till date, Francophone Africa has remained glued to their colonisers through the use of their currencies. A case that has attracted global attention is the CFA Franc, which has been labeled a “colonial currency.”
19 November 2019
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