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  • Congo's Sassou hails retiring dos Santos for service to Africa

    ANGOLA, 2017/09/10 Outgoing Angolan president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, has received praise from his Congolese counterpart, Denis Sassou Nguesso, the ruling MPLA have said. A message accompanying a photo posted on the MPLA’s Twitter handle read: “President Dennis Sassou Nguesso pays homage to José Eduardo dos Santos, for his deeds for peace in Africa.” Dos Santos, 75, bows out as president next 38 years in charge of the former Portuguese colony. He is set to be restored by his former Defense Minister, Joao Lourenco, who led the ruling MPLA into the last elections.
  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • Congolese parties petition government to withdraw from the ICC

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2016/11/06 Two parties within the Republic of Congo’s ruling coalition have petitioned the government to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), a fresh blow to the Hague-based court. Some African states have shown discontent at the court, saying the continent is unfairly targeted. Burundi and South Africa became the initial nations to officially notify the United Nations of their intentions to pull out of the Rome Statute, the 1998 treaty that established the ICC
  • Deadly clashes in Congo Brazzaville as protesters defy crackdown

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2015/10/21 Four people were killed and 10 injured on Tuesday in the Republic of Congo, according to officials, as demonstrators braved a government clampdown and took to the streets to turmoil the president’s bid for a third term in office. The violence prompted urgent calls for calm from a visiting senior US official and Amnesty International, which described the authorities' handling of the unrest as "heavy handed". Clashes erupted next authorities banned a turmoil rally against next Sunday’s referendum on President Denis Sassou Nguesso’s bid to extend a three-decade remain in office. The controversial vote proposes increasing the maximum age of presidential candidates, currently 70, and scrapping a policy that limits the maximum number of seven-year terms to two.
  • Oxfam Study Finds Richest 1% Is Likely to Control Half of Global Wealth by 2016

    AFGHANISTAN, 2015/01/20 The richest 1 % are likely to control additional than half of the globe’s total wealth by next year, the charity Oxfam reported in a study released on Monday. The warning about deepening world inequality comes just as the world’s business elite prepare to meet this week at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The 80 wealthiest people in the world all own $1.9 trillion, the statement found, nearly the same all shared by the 3.5 billion people who occupy the bottom half of the world’s gain scale. (Last year, it took 85 billionaires to equal that figure.) And the richest 1 % of the people, who number in the millions, control nearly half of the world’s total wealth, a share that is as well increasing.
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2014/05/25 UN agencies in Congo will help the country improve its business atmosphere to climb the World Bank's 'Doing Business' ladder, the new resident representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Anthony Kwaku Ohemeng-Boamah, has said. In the ranking of economies for 2013, the World Bank classified Congo-Brazzaville as 183 out of 185 nations. 'We have to prepare for the appropriate and optimal conditions in a bid to enable Congo to occupy a privileged place in the next Doing Business rankings,' the UN official said on Thursday in Brazzaville from presently on of talks with the Congolese minister of Industrial Development and Promotion of the Private Sector, Isidore Mvouba.
  • Brazzaville is first African city to be designated UNESCO Creative Centre

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2013/10/23 Brazzaville, the capital and major city of the Republic of Congo, has become the initial city to be designed by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as a member of its network of 'creative hubs' promoting socio-economic and cultural development worldwide through creative industries. Other cities that were designated alongside Brazzaville are Zahle (Lebanon), Krakow (Poland) and Fabriano (Italy). Brazzaville was designated 'City of Music' within the Creative Cities Network, which was launched by UNESCO in 2004 to develop international cooperation part cities that have recognised creativity as a driver for sustainable development. UNESCO as well listed Zahle, Krakow and Fabriano to join the Network in the categories of Gastronomy, Literature, Crafts and Folks Arts, respectively.
  • WWF hails efforts to end elephant poaching in Congo

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2013/06/24 WWF hails efforts to end elephant poaching in Congo – Two elephant poachers were arrested early this month as the authorities in Congo stepped up the war against the crime, the Ministry of Forestry has announced. The ministry said on Sunday said 28 persons had since January this year been arrested in the country in connection with crimes related to poaching of elephants. Late last month, several international NGOs inclunding WWF raised the alarm in Congo about the increasing rate of elephant poaching in the region and their heads of National called for intensification of measures to fight the poachers.
  • Inequality rises in resource rich countries in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2013/06/21 Despite catalysing strong economic increase, the revenues taken from resources are widening the gap between rich and poor in a lot of African nations, the Africa Evolution Panel says.  While the continent’s 20 resource rich nations account for almost 80 % of its gross domestic product and per capita incomes have generally increased, these nations’ records on poverty reduction and human development are chequered, the APP says in its Africa Evolution Statement 2013. “Africa’s increase figures are real and there is nothing wrong with resource based increase in terms of taking off, but increase has got to be equitable,” Strive Masiyiwa, a member of the Panel and founder of Econet Wireless said.