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Sierra Leone new visa policy favours ECOWAS member states

Since the coming into play of the African continental free trade area, many nations have been adopting new Visa policies that could favour the easy circulation of people from one nation to another. Stringent visa policies have remained a hindrance or an impediment for movement across the African Continent. Nonetheless, these nations have begun relaxing their visa policies to boost intra Africa trade, diplomatic travels and continental unity.
18 September 2019

Electoral abstentions in Africa: A practice that impacts on democracy

There are many Africans who want to see things changed, but very few of them are in possession of an electoral map or are willing to go to the polls during elections. For some of them, voting is a waste of time, because they generally say the results are known in advance. In their logic, the elections in Africa would be only rituals, special effects and buffoonery that the voters consider only as useless political and financial luxury. For others, politics is much more like a myth where, when the question is put to them, the usual answer very often put forward is that they are not interested in it because all the politicians are licensed thieves and inveterate liars. In either case, the liabilities observed on the African continent do not help too much for the circumstance. With figures of the order of more than 50%, the phenomenon of electoral abstentions breaks all records in Africa.
18 September 2019

Algeria sets new date for presidential elections, how feasible?

Like other African nations that cast their votes in presidential elections this year, Algeria will be joining the pace as its citizens head to the polls on December 12, 2019 to vote their political leaders. Provisional president Abdelkader Bensalah on Sunday disclosed that December 12 has been chosen as the official date for elections in the North African nation. In a statement, Interim President Bensalah said: "I have decided that the date of the presidential election will be Thursday, December 12’’. The announcement of a new election date follows a call from army chief General Ahmed Gaid Salah that elections be conducted before 2019 culminates, in spite of ongoing protests calling for the formation of new bodies or institutions prior to elections, which would as well oversee the nation’s political, social and economic affairs.
17 September 2019

Franco-Russian reconciliation: what interest for France

What's behind the Russian turning point of French President Emmanuel Macron? While relations between Paris and the Kremlin have thawed since 2014 following the rally to Russia of Crimea, disagreement over the conflict in Ukraine and the Syrian issue, France seems to have returned to better feelings as evidenced by the multiple initiatives of its president Emmanuel Macron against Russia and its president Vladimir Putin. Monday, September 02, the Russian and French defense and foreign ministers met in Moscow for a meeting on the establishment of a new style of cooperation proposed by the head of the Elyse. The meeting comes just weeks after Vladimir Putin's visit to Brégançon, France, at the invitation of Emmanuel Macron.
16 September 2019

Promoting rural agriculture in Africa and accelerating the transformation challenge

Like everywhere else, agriculture occupies a place of choice in Africa in the inclusive growth and sustainable development. While in developed countries it is much more like intensive agriculture contributing to large-scale production, on the other hand it can be seen in the African continent that it is still defined by the basis of rudimentary and traditional means and techniques. In contrast to the urban environment, where every day ready-to-use businesses and the transformation of the economy flourish a little more, the African rural sector in need of any industrial investment, carries a whole inheritance linked to agriculture 'Transmits from generation to generation. While some thought that the development deficit in Africa is inseparable from the future of rural areas, several others thought that the promotion of rural areas would be a suitable solution to improve the overall image of the continent that is going through a food crisis.
15 September 2019

Presidential election 2019: Tunisians called to ballot for an open poll

Tunisians are called to the polls this Sunday, September 15, 2019 for the election of a new leader after the death of Beji Caid Essebsi to some months of the end of his term. The seven million voters on the lists will have to decide between 26 candidates for this unpredictable ballot. In 2014, the last election resulted in an ideological war on religious grounds opposing Islamists of the conservative party Ennahdha and a coalition led by Nidaa Tounes and progressive allies.
The candidates of the poll for this Sunday, which one does not know the date fixed for the second round, have understood that the interest of the readers this time, rests on the economic and social questions.
14 September 2019

Internet Shutdown – Rights vs Consequences

Globally, time spent on social networking sites surpassed time spent on e-mail tremendously and the number of social networking users astronomically surpassed the number of e-mail users. Today, social networking sites are the preferred platforms for all kinds of activities, both business and personal, and sociability has dramatically increased — albeit being a different kind of sociability.
Perhaps the most telling expression of this new freedom is the Internet’s transformation of socio-political practices. Messages no longer flow solely from the few to the many, with little interactivity. Now, messages also flow from the many to the many, multimodally and interactively.
13 September 2019

When Africa unites to defend the common inter-state borders.

The African continent is increasingly confronted with the security threat. The scale of armed conflicts, acts of piracy, social crises and repeated attacks by terrorist groups require a major response. The security threat today concerns the entire continent. No region is spared. At the last Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit held in Dar-es-Salem, Tanzania, Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi told his peers of the need to create a regional force to combat armed rebel groups that are spreading terror in his country and pose a serious threat to the stability of the sub region. Joseph Kabila's successor, who would like SADC countries to draw inspiration from the international coalition fighting ISIS, and terrorism in general, says a regional coalition could contain growing insecurity in the region. Eastern DRC and is caused by both local and foreign militias. This proposal by the Congolese head of state raises questions about the role that regional forces can play today in the face of growing insecurity on the continent.
11 September 2019

President Paul Biya calls for an inclusive national dialogue to solve the Anglophone crisis

President Paul Biya of the Republic of Cameroon has called for a national dialogue as a way forward towards solving the Anglophone crisis rocking the North West and south-west regions of the country. The head of state made the clarion call during his impulsive and unexpected address to the nation on September 10, 2019. News about his abrupt address to the nation sparked debate all over the national territory and beyond as to what the incumbent would say in his address, however, his opening sentence clearly defined that the Anglophone crisis was at the forefront of this address.
11 September 2019

The importance of women in the media

This is to promote non-sexist and non-stereotypical portrayal of women and men in the media.
The construction of socio-economic and media emergence has become one of the major ambitions of Africa since the beginning of the 21st century. It is already an advantage that African countries are becoming increasingly aware that their development cannot be possible by putting aside one of the necessary layers of society.

The persistence of sexist stereotypes in press and communication companies is already gaining ground. To believe, some Medias are not yet aware of the different aspects of sex-specificity. One of the sources of frustrations related to the devaluation of women.
10 September 2019

Women’s entrepreneurship: the example of “doing good” and “doing well”

The African leadership of tomorrow will be feminine. This shocking phrase, which marked the opening of the Africa CEO Forum on March 20, 2017 in Geneva, answered the problem of the place of women in African companies. More African women than anywhere else in the world, African women entrepreneurs are nowadays the best in the policies of doing good and doing well, that is to say in the entrepreneurial field of doing good and doing well. Better than men, women entrepreneurs in Africa, in all the activities they undertake, combine almost perfectly the techniques of doing good and doing well. That is to say, in the companies they create women on a scale of comparison with men entrepreneurs of the contain. when they manage to emerge, they give much more seriousness and credit than the men, do to their management techniques, which guarantees them more often than not a better success.
10 September 2019

Energy transition, a vector of opportunities in Africa

Far from all the economic and financial considerations raised by these resources, the issues related to climate change and their impact on social development quickly prompted sustainable development stakeholders to question the sustainability of these resources as the population grows little more each day. To bring about the modernization of renewable energies and thus move to a green economy, several players then thought that the solution must come from permanent resources such as biomass, wind energy, solar energy and hydro-electric power.
9 September 2019
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