Africa
  • India: AfDB, IFC promote investments that benefit women in Africa
    24 may 2017 06:55:57
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - On the sidelines of the 52nd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group in Ahmedabad, India, the AfDB and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at promoting investments that benefit women in Africa. Full text...
  • India: African Economic Outlook says 'Intra-African trade is key to sustainable development'
    24 may 2017 06:04:17
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - Trade between African countries has the greatest potential for building sustainable economic development and integration, according to the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2017, a flagship report of the African Development Bank (AfDB), released in Ahmedabad on Day 1 of its 52nd Annual Meetings in the Indian city.Full text...
  • India: 'Africa’s future lies in entrepreneurship, industrialisation'
    24 may 2017 05:57:26
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - Reacting to the latest report of the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2017, released on the sidelines of the 52nd Annual Meetings of the on Monday in Ahmedabad, India, participants say Africa needs to push for accelerated development by harnessing local resources to boost entrepreneurship and drive its industrialization.Full text...
  • Switzerland: WHO Africa Region announces new organizational reforms
    24 may 2017 05:41:57
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for Africa has announced four new flagship programmess for the region over the next two years, including a major push on adolescent health and the creation of regional emergency hubs. Full text...
  • India: Stunting growth costs Africa US$25 billion annually – AfDB
    23 may 2017 17:07:24
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said the cost of malnutrition is too huge for Africa to ignore, with stunting costing Africa US$ 25 billion a year. Full text...
  • India: 'AfDB agri-business funding lays strong foundation for transforming African agriculture'
    23 may 2017 16:54:41
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has provided a roadmap to the growth of agriculture in African countries with a plan to inject nearly US$ 2.4 billion every year for 10 years to build roads, irrigation infrastructure and storage facilities to attract high-value investors. Full text...
  • India: Experts identify missing links to Indian-African trade and investment promotion
    23 may 2017 16:42:00
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - Experts at the 52nd African Development Bank (AfDB) Annual Meetings, under way in Ahmedabad, India, have identified the missing links to building a strong trade and investment relationship that will lead to sustainable development in India and Africa. Full text...
  • India: 'Promoting grey matter infrastructure is a game-changer in Africa’s development agenda'
    23 may 2017 16:30:27
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - Developing Africa’s “grey matter infrastructure” through multi-sector investments in nutrition in Africa was a key focus on Monday at the African Development Bank’s Annual Meetings in India. Full text...
  • India: Deliberations at AfDB Annual Meetings underscore win-win, Africa-India cooperation
    23 may 2017 15:56:50
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - The 52nd Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the 43rd Meetings of the Board of Governors of the African Development Fund (ADF) opened in Ahmedabad, India, on Tuesday, with calls for greater cooperation between the Bank and India to help drive Africa’s transformation. Full text...
  • South Africa: Zuma barred from addressing SA's biggest trade union federation
    23 may 2017 12:29:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s most powerful trade union federation on Tuesday announced that it has banned President Jacob Zuma from speaking at any of their future activities. Full text...
  • India: Development economists launch book at AfDB meeting
    23 may 2017 05:31:49
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - A book, highlighting pragmatic tips that “developing countries can follow to spark economic growth, without waiting for global actions”, was launched on Monday in Ahmedabad, India, on the first day of the 52nd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group. Full text...
  • India: India hosting AfDB annual meeting 'signals substantive Africa interest'
    23 may 2017 05:15:15
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - India has raised its interest in Africa with the hosting of the 52nd annual meeting of the African Development Bank in Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat State, which has brought together nearly 3,000 delegates to discuss pressing financial and development issues. Full text...
  • South Africa: South African film scoops major awards
    22 may 2017 14:07:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Nigerian-born South African filmmaker, Akin Omotoso, has expressed disbelief after his latest film, Vaya, received 11 nominations in all the top categories of the 2017 Africa Movie Academy Awards (Amaas) – the most any film on the continent has received. Full text...
  • India: 'Unlock potential of African entrepreneurs to accelerate Africa’s industrial transformation'
    22 may 2017 09:57:04
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - The African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2017, released on Monday, 22 May, at the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group’s 52nd Annual Meetings in India, says that African governments will need to integrate entrepreneurship more fully into their industrialisation strategies. Full text...
  • India: AfDB President sees “Shared opportunities, deepening partnership” between Africa and India
    21 may 2017 12:22:26
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has said he sees a bright future for Africa and India in “Shared opportunities and deepening partnership”. Full text...
  • Congo: WHO calls for high taxes on tobacco to finance health for all in Africa
    20 may 2017 15:23:17
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Increasing tobacco taxes to reduce demand for tobacco could generate revenue for African governments to finance universal health coverage, health promotion as well as other development programmes, according to the World Health Organization's regional director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti. Full text...
  • Cote d'Ivoire: Visa Index shows more Africans move freely across borders
    19 may 2017 19:07:39
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Africans were able to travel more freely across the continent in 2016, as visa openness levels improved from 2015, according to the second edition of the 'Africa Visa Openness Index' launched Friday by the African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with the African Union Commission and the World Economic Forum.Full text...
  • South Africa: GM to close its SA operation
    19 may 2017 14:12:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Vehicle giant, General Motors (GM), has confirmed that it is shutting down its South Africa operation. Full text...
  • South Africa: IMF team sees modest recovery in South Africa's growth as drought abates
    19 may 2017 10:38:33
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s rate of real GDP growth is projected at 1 percent in 2017 thanks to a resumption of solid agricultural production as the drought abates, and an increase in mining output prompted by a moderate rebound in the prices of its commodity exports, according an International Monetary Fund staff team that has just concluded the 2017 Article IV consultation discussions with South Africa. Full text...
  • South Africa: SA church group issues damning report on Zuma's administration
    18 may 2017 14:37:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Council of Churches (SACC) on Thursday delivered a further blow to beleaguered President Jacob Zuma by warning that the country “may just be a few inches from the throes of a mafia state from which there may be no return”. Full text...
  • Italy: UN food security forum appeals for relief to countries facing famine
    17 may 2017 19:54:33
    Rome, Italy (PANA) – With famine looming in four countries, the United Nations-backed Committee on World Food Security (CFS) on Wednesday stressed the need to rally support for both immediate relief to people at risk and for longer-term initiatives. Full text...
  • South Africa: African Utility Week kicks off without controversial Eskom CEO
    16 may 2017 11:03:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Brian Molefe, the controversial CEO of South Africa’s power utility Eskom, on Tuesday failed to deliver the opening address at the African Utility Week as protestors converged on the Cape Town International Convention Centre.Full text...
  • US: IMF agrees on safety net for poor countries hit by large natural disasters
    16 may 2017 10:59:49
    Washington, D.C., US (PANA) - Executive Directors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have adopted a decision to enhance the financial safety net for poor countries hit by large natural disasters. Full text...
  • Belgium: European Council adopts conclusions in indigenous people
    15 may 2017 16:34:17
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Council of the European Union (EU) on Monday highlighted the crucial importance of enhancing opportunities for dialogue with indigenous peoples at all levels of EU cooperation. Full text...
  • South Africa: Constitutional court hears application for secret no-confidence vote
    15 may 2017 15:10:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's opposition United Democratic Movement (UDM) on Monday told the Constitutional Court that its case for a secret ballot in the motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma is not about the separation of powers or the encroachment of the courts. Full text...
  • South Africa: South Africa,Tanzania launch joint commission to cement ties
    11 may 2017 15:03:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday arrived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he will launch the South Africa-Tanzania Bi-National Commission. Full text...
  • Botswana: Robber wanted by INTERPOL arrested in Botswana
    10 may 2017 14:28:49
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana police have arrested an armed robbery suspect on the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) wanted list. Full text...
  • South Africa: Protests flare up around South Africa
    10 may 2017 10:34:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Police used rubber bullets in Finetown and Itireleng near Pretoria on Wednesday to disperse protesters who reportedly attacked a mosque. Full text...
  • South Africa: Rights group urges South Africa to fulfil education obligations
    10 may 2017 06:13:36
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - More than 600,000 children with disabilities are out of school in South Africa, human rights watchdog Human Rights Watch has said. Full text...
  • South Africa: ANC takes aim at judge over Zuma ruling
    09 may 2017 17:49:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday slammed High Court Judge Bashier Vally who ruled that the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) is entitled to review an executive decision made by President Jacob Zuma. Full text...
  • South Africa: Award winning comedian salutes Trump and his mother
    08 may 2017 11:38:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s leading television personality Trevor Noah has saluted his Soweto-born mother and US President Donald Trump after winning the MTV Movie/TV award for Best Host over the weekend. Full text...
  • South Africa: New Atlas shows Africa's potential for investment to meet energy needs
    05 may 2017 16:38:34
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) – A new Atlas released at the 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Durban, South Africa, this week highlights the opportunities and challenges for sustainable development of the energy resources on the continent. Full text...
  • South Africa: Africa has huge potential to create more “unicorns” - WEF 2017
    05 may 2017 14:44:45
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) – Governments in Africa need to understand the integral role that technology plays in the economy, treating it as a single sector rather than a broad, cross-cutting and transformational issue, delegates to the 2017 World Economic Forum on Africa meeting heard here on Friday. Full text...
  • South Africa: 'Africans Rising' rally for action as WEF on Africa closes
    05 may 2017 14:40:08
    Durban, South Africa PANA) - The fundamental imperative for Africa is to pursue inclusive growth, which will transform it from the continent of potential to the continent of prosperity, Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril M. Ramaphosa, said Friday in the closing address to the 2017 World Economic Forum which has been meeting in Durban for the last three days. Full text...
  • South Africa: Former Presidents address South Africa's political turmoil
    05 may 2017 13:37:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Three former South African Presidents on Friday joined heavyweight foundations at the start of a national dialogues initiative in Braamfontein aimed at addressing the political turmoil in the country. Full text...
  • South Africa: Three South African cities’ ‘green canopy’ added to global database
    05 may 2017 10:38:08
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Treepedia, an interactive website that measures the “green canopy”, or trees and vegetation of cities around the world, announced on Friday it has included Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban as its first African cities. Full text...
  • Tanzania: Report names Africa's most competitive economies
    05 may 2017 09:44:47
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The number of working-age people in Africa is expected to grow to 450 million over the next couple of decades, but the continent's engines of job creation aren't keeping up. Full text...
  • South Africa: Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania to promote financial inclusion in E. Africa
    05 may 2017 08:17:52
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) – The central banks of Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania have expressed their intent to partner with the World Economic Forum to expand access and usage of financial services.Full text...
  • South Africa: 'Africa’s prosperity tied to powerhouse pair South Africa, Nigeria'
    05 may 2017 06:31:13
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Tackling Africa’s massive social challenges is impossible without harnessing and coordinating the power of its two largest economies, South Africa and Nigeria, said Kuseni Douglas Dlamini, Chairman of Massmart Holdings, South Africa, at the World Economic Forum on Africa, underway in Durban. Full text...
  • Tanzania: Africa needs competitiveness boost to meet its demographic challenges - Report
    04 may 2017 19:52:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The ability of Sub-Saharan Africa’s economies to generate enough jobs for its young and growing population rests on the successful implementation of urgent reforms to boost productivity, said the Africa Competitiveness Report 2017, published Thursday. Full text...
  • South Africa: Court orders Zuma to justify dramatic Cabinet reshuffle
    04 may 2017 14:59:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – North Gauteng High Court Judge Bashier Vally on Thursday ruled that South African President Jacob Zuma must hand over all records explaining the reason why he reshuffled his Cabinet, an event which sent shock waves through the market. Vally said he would disclose his reasons next week. Full text...
  • South Africa: Zuma addresses glaring economic inequality in South Africa at WEF
    03 may 2017 17:18:48
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday said his government is addressing the glaring economic inequality in the country that has led to increased political tensions. Full text...
  • South Africa: Amnesty International says press freedom threatened in Southern Africa
    03 may 2017 15:36:24
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Persistent attacks against journalists and media owners are threatening press freedom and the growth of independent media across Southern Africa, human rights group Amnesty International (AI), said on Wedneday to mark the World Press Freedom Day. Full text...
  • South Africa: Durban gears for World Economic Forum Africa
    02 may 2017 11:26:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Jacob Zuma will lead a high-profile government delegation to the World Economic Forum Africa (WEFA) which kicks off in Durban on Wednesday. Full text...
  • Tanzania: Oxfam challenges African leaders to champion new economic models
    02 may 2017 10:05:49
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African leaders must build a new more "human economy" to tackle inequality and poverty, international charity agency Oxfam said on Tuesday ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa. Full text...
  • South Africa: Zuma prevented from addressing May Day rally
    01 may 2017 15:07:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s biggest trade union federation was forced to abort its main May Day rally in Bloemfontein on Monday after President Jacob Zuma was prevented from delivering the keynote address. Full text...
  • Tanzania: Bharti Airtel eyeing on consolidation to sail in African markets
    01 may 2017 08:36:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Global telecommunications company Bharti Airtel is believed to have identified six non-profitable African markets for consolidation to reduce losses and clear headroom for the mobile carrier to deal with financial stress in India, its home base. Full text...
  • South Africa: South Africa's White Zulu bows out
    30 april 2017 13:45:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African music legend Johnny Clegg, who is suffering from cancer, has announced that he will embark on his final world tour.Full text...
  • South Africa: Zuma salutes leading African judge
    27 april 2017 18:46:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday saluted Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng following his election as President of the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa (CCJA) in Cape Town. Dignitaries from 34 African countries attended the event. Full text...
  • US: UN agencies encourage girls to seek technology careers
    27 april 2017 18:08:03
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations agencies on Thursday introduced thousands of girls and women to careers in coding and robotics as part of the annual 'International Girls in ICT Day' celebrations around the world, meant to encourage girls and women to pursue careers in the field of information and communications technology.Full text...

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