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  • Why a proper record of birds in Africa is so important – for Europe

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/13 Most of Europe’s birds chief south each year around September to escape the northern winter. Some species only migrate as far south as southern Europe. But most cross the Mediterranean Sea to Africa. And a lot of species cross the Sahara Desert to destinations in West Africa such as Nigeria and in East Africa, such as Kenya. Some travel as far south as South Africa. These European birds are diligently monitored. Each April, during the breeding season in the early part of the northern summer, teams of citizen scientists in most European nations gather vast amounts of data on the distribution and densities of breeding – for almost each bird species. Thousands of citizen scientists are involved. They diligently generate the data in their leisure time.
  • Toothless Pan-African Parliament could have meaningful powers

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/13 The Pan-African Parliament was established by the African Union in 2004. Since again it has not passed a single law. That’s because it’s based on a Protocol that gives it only an advisory role. The parliament can gather data and discuss it, but can’t make binding regulations to change anything. Its limited “consultative and advisory powers” hamper the African Union’s ability to achieve a prosperous and peaceful Africa as envisioned in its Schedule 2063. Is there any point, again, in having this parliament? The 2001 Protocol envisaged that a conference would be organised to “review the operation and effectiveness” of the protocol five years next the establishment of the Parliament, which was 2009. This provision gave rise to the view that such a conference would explore the possibility of granting the Parliament meaningful legislative powers. But no such review has been carried out so far.
  • The EU-Africa summit is now the AU-EU summit. Why the upgrade matters

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/13 African and European heads of government gathered last week in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, for their 5th summit since 2000. For the initial time, the African Union (AU) rather than “Africa”, officially appears as the European Union’s partner. While plenty has been discussed about youth, migration, security and governance less is being said about the shift from an EU-Africa to an AU-EU summit. Is this just a case of semantics? Next all, the AU has been the key organiser of these triennial summits since they started in 2000. Or are there larger implications? We think there are. The AU-EU summit coincided with the January 2017 statement on the reform of the African Union prepared by Rwandan President Paul Kagame. The statement recommends rationalising “Africa’s” a lot of international partnerships by having the continental body take the lead. This means that the previous, current and next AU chairpersons, plus the AU Commission chairperson and the chairperson of the Regional Economic Communities, would represent the AU, rather than all its member states.
  • World food prices up 8.2% in 2017

    AFGHANISTAN, 2018/01/13 World food prices rose by 8.2 % in 2017 compared to 2016, the UN's food agency said on Friday (Jan 12). The Food and Agriculture Organisation said that its FAO Food Price Index averaged 174.6 points in 2017, the highest annual average since 2014. In December alone, however, the index - a measure of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities - stood at 169.8 points, down 3.3 % from November, the FAO said in a statement.
  • Ethiopia: Praising Record Feat, Lagarde Emphatic Calling for Reforms

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/06 The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, is to arrive in Addis Abeba today, to start what is a historic visit by the Fund’s most senior official since its founding next the Second World War. She will be talking to Ethiopian authorities, inclunding Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, on issues of macroeconomic stability and monetary policy matters. In her exclusive interview with (Addis) Fortune, Lagarde praised Ethiopia’s economic performance of the completed few years as “strong” with “positive Prospects”. However, she would like to see Ethiopian authorities exercise restraints in “public spending” while urged them – rather emphatically – to control borrowing from overseas to finance public projects and strengthen export competitiveness.
  • Southern Africa: Graca Machel Urges Better Nutrition for Mothers, Children

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/06 One of each four children under five years old in southern Africa suffers from stunted increase in that they are too short for their age, often as a result of inadequate nutrition. This was revealed at the southern African launch of the 2017 World Nutrition Statement in Johannesburg this week. "The indicators for nutrition are... alarming," said a press release from the Graça Machel Trust and the World Food Programme.
  • Africa's Top 10 Most Food-Secure Countries

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/06 FINDING enough to eat has been an ages-old challenge for Africans. Against a physical environment often hostile to agricultural and pastoral activity - deserts, mountains and dense forests - the people explosion of the completed century has made the goal of food security an ever additional difficult accomplishment. 'Additional and additional people compete for a finite all of agricultural production. However, political will by governments to prioritise food security, combined with the use of new crop and food production technologies, has allowed some nations to break the chains of food insecurity,' says a statement by South Africa-based research and consulting firm, In On Africa*.
  • Africa: Analysts, Activists Explore Dividends from Empowering Women

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/06 Imagine a next Africa where patriarchy is dead and additional women are economically empowered to provide for their own basic needs; one in which they continue to shatter the proverbial glass ceilings to occupy top leadership positions in all spheres. Imagine an African woman who isn’t limited by the imaginary walls society has set for her and can aim to reach her full potential through hard work like her male counterparts.
  • Ethiopian Airlines pilot who led all female intra-African flight happy over feat

    BOTSWANA, 2017/12/20 Amsale Gualu, the Ethiopian Airlines pilot who a led a historic an all-female inter – Africa flight last weekend has expressed joy at the feat her team chalked. She was speaking next the five-and-half hour flight from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa landed at the Lagos International airport on Saturday, December 16, 2017. She told pressmen who gathered at a short ceremony at the airport about how she developed love for flying planes: “I guess I developed my passion for flying at the same time as I was young, my father used to take my sister to the airport to see airplanes take off and land.
  • Bitcoin just started trading on the world’s biggest exchange

    AFGHANISTAN, 2017/12/19 Bitcoin futures started trading Sunday night at CME Group Inc.’s venue, a week next Chicago rival Cboe World Markets Inc. introduced similar derivatives on the volatile cryptocurrency. CME is a much bigger player in futures, so a lot of traders expected it to make a bigger splash in the nascent space. CME got off to a faster start with additional efficient pricing. Its most-active arrangement changed hands 221 times in the initial hour versus 570 during Cboe’s debut. But that’s a win because CME’s contracts are five times additional precious — they’re tied to five bitcoins compared with only one with Cboe’s futures.