The Malagasy government's levying of what Amnesty International called "an absurd $8 USD fine" on an environmental activist, based on trumped-up charges, proves Madagascar is continuing its crackdown on people speaking out against illegal trafficking of the country's natural resources.
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Quantum Power East Africa GT Meriengai Ltd. was just awarded loans totaling US $49.5 million from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Clean Technology Fund (CTF). These represent the first funding provided to a private-sector geothermal plant in Kenya.
The Smollan Group, an international retail solutions company headquatered in Mumbai, India, and with a major regional presence in Africa via its Cape Town office, recently acquired a majority stake in Elevator, a South African below-the-line marketing agency.
In a little-known corner of the global Trade War, Rwanda and some of its neighboring countries recently raised tariffs on imports of used clothing, in an attempt to stimulate the local textile industry. Trump responded by suspending duty-free access to U.S. markets for Rwandan clothing. It may look balanced, but this may just be the most crazy 'trade war' the U.S. has launched yet.
The government of South Africa is investigating possible abuses in cost increases during the renovation of ministerial houses.
Ann Fitz-Gerald, a Professor of Security Sector Management at Cranfield University, gives insight into Dr. Abiye Ahmed, Ethiopia's new head of the federal government. He's already making moves which challenge past norms, but could those same moves create additional tensions?
The water treatment plant in Kosti City, Sudan, is receiving a grant the Government of Japan to help cover improvements and upgrades to its water treatment plant.
A new approach to help e-commerce grow in Cameroon could make a big difference to emerging digital companies like that owned by one Cameroon entrepreneur in the online advertisement business.
If a current South African court case goes the way local villagers hope, in the future mining companies in that country may have to secure explicit community consent before breaking ground on new operations.
During the Junior Mining Indaba conference held on June 5 in Johannesburg, PwC said that the world's 40 biggest mining companies grew faster than most industries in 2017. The total revenue for that group rose 23 percent to $600 billion last year. This has major implications for continuing investments in Africa's booming mining industry.
scrumIT, an online player registration and rugby administration software developed in South Africa by ENS Software as a service application, was just selected by Rwanda Rugby for its Rugby Management System.
Coca-Cola, the largest soft drinks bottler in Africa, recently announced it plans to invest over $100 million in Kenya to expand product lines and streamline logistics within the continent.
Pico, a financial infrastructure and technology hosting company based in the United Kingdom, is now officially connected to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
To help advance literacy in Tanzania, consultancy KPMG International and Worldreader, a nonprofit focusing on reading proficiency based in San Francisco, recently announced their are teaming up on a project to advance literacy in Tanzania.
Ingenico Group, a digital payments solutions provider based in Paris, just supported a roll-out of its secure biometric agricultural subsidy program for the Zambian government.
As with many emerging economic regions, Africa's increased internet penetration has brought with it mostly a 'digital divide' rather than inclusion. That appears finally to be shifting to a continent with many digital dividends ahead.
A managed approach to African migration could make a major difference to both the growth and the structure of the continent's economy. This is a major conclusion presented in UNCTAD's 2018 Economic Development in Africa Report: Migration for Structural Transformation.
The Nigerian police force in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, just received 150 GA3S vehicles from Chinese automotive manufacturer GAC.
A master's student at North-West University's (NWU's) campus in Mahikeng, South Africa, is conducting research into safety measures for the use of medicinal plants in a rural Khoi-San community could help improve health care in South Africa.
The African Development Bank has provided Sudan with a grant agreement for US $7 million. The money came from the AfDB's Rural Livelihoods' Adaptation to Climate Change in Horn of Africa II fund.
On May 30, the parliament of Uganda approved a major overhaul of its excise tax system. Effective July 1, all citizens using social media and related services, plus anyone using mobile banking, will be charged taxes just for accessing the services. The tax is being raised mostly to help fund public services.
Speaking to the Third International foodFirst Conference, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on June 1 that there must be policies and partnerships enabling smallholder farmers to participate in and benefit from the growth of the coming high growth in the agribusiness industry.
On May 28, the African Development Bank held a special signing ceremony in honor of Italy's new contribution of €1 million to the Somalia Infrastructure Fund (SIF).
The Afreximbank has agreed to support the upcoming Africa Innovation Summit, to be held from June 6-8, 2018, in Kigai, Rwanda, as a GOLD Sponsor.
The International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) are launching a joint Zimbabwe International Election Observation Mission (ZIEOM) to observe the upcoming 2018 Zimbabwe elections.