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  • 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.
  • Uncertainty as mutinous Ivory Coast soldiers reject government proposal to end revolt

    ABIDJAN, 2017/05/18 Renegade soldiers in Ivory Coast have rejected a transaction to end a four-day mutiny next the Minister of Defence announced on national television that an agreement had been reached with the military. Mutinies in the Ivorian army, which brought Ivory Coast to a standstill in January, subsided next the government gave in to soldiers' demands over back pay and bonuses, agreeing to pay 12m CFA francs in bonuses (£15,350; €18,000). Soldiers received their initial instalment but the national has been unable to pay the balance following a collapse in the price of cocoa, the country's major export.
  • Mutinous soldiers who have taken control of Bouake are seen at a checkpoint in Bouake, Ivory Coast

    CôTE D'IVOIRE, 2017/01/09 Disgruntled soldiers demanding fee increases and the payment of bonuses seized control of Ivory Coast’s second-major city, Bouake, on Friday, in an uprising that spread to at least two other cities. A statement from Defence Minister Alain-Richard Donwahi read out on national television said a group of soldiers had used their weapons to force their way into the military headquarters in Bouake any minute at this time next midnight and again made their demands.
  • Ivorian president frees post-election violence prisoners

    ABIDJAN, 2016/01/02 Cote d'Ivoire's President Alassane Ouattara announced Thursday in his New Year's address that he had reduced the sentences of 3,100 prisoners held over bloody post-election unrest. Around 3,000 people died in five months of violence in 2010-2011 in the West African country following elections that saw Mr Ouattara unseat again president Laurent Gbagbo. The crisis erupted next President Gbagbo refused to concede defeat, sparking months of violence that from presently on drew in international troops. "I have decided to use my right of clemency to grant full and partial sentence reductions," Ouattara said. "This decision will allow thousands of inmates to get their freedom back and for others to see their terms shortened," he added. "It concerns a total of 3,100 people." He did not give a breakdown of how a lot of prisoners would go free instantly and how a lot of would remain behind bars.
  • Cote d’Ivoire and Tanzania: Same Results, Different Reactions

    ABIDJAN, 2015/10/31 Two of the world’s fastest-growing economies — Cote d’Ivoire and Tanzania — held presidential elections this week. Both nations have re-elected the governing party but the difference between their two experiences was as far apart as the nations themselves. In Cote d’Ivoire, incumbent president Alassane Ouattara has won a second five-year term by a landslide. It is notable that the election is the country’s initial peaceful presidential election in additional than two decades but Ouattara’s re-election was not a amaze. Under his leadership, the country “has made a remarkable economic recovery since the end of the post-electoral crisis in 2011” and has enjoyed an average annual GDP increase of over 8 %.
  • Cote d'Ivoire president calls for reconciliation, peace

    ABIDJAN, 2015/09/29 Cote d'Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara on Monday appealed for reconciliation and peace during his second day of the tour to central-west region of Gagnoa, a stronghold of former president Laurent Gbagbo. "I have come to Gagnoa to appeal for peace and reconciliation because the people here suffered a lot," Ouattara said during a public rally at the Gagnoa municipal stadium. The post-election crisis that began next Gbagbo refused to concede defeat to his rival Ouattara during the 2010 presidential elections, left at least 3,000 people dead in the country.
  • Ivorians ignore ban on lightening creams in pursuit of white skin

    CôTE D'IVOIRE, 2015/08/20 At just 26, Fatou's skin is marbled from layer on layer of whitening cream. Some even call her a "salamander" woman next the little reptile with light spots and translucent skin. But nothing can stop the hairdresser in Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan from using the skin-lightening cream in her quest for a paler complexion.
  • Gulf of Guinea - Who Will Win the Oil Battle?

    GHANA, 2015/04/28 Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana are eagerly awaiting the a verdict from the Hamburg-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, set to be delivered tomorrow, 25 April. The two nations are caught in a dispute over their maritime boundary. The real issue, however, is the control of a major oil field. The court will issue a ruling on the Ivorian request filed on 27 February this year, which urged for all Ghanaian activities to be suspended within the disputed area. The final verdict is expected next 2016, with court investigations taking time. According to experts, the maritime area in question contains a reserve of 2 billion barrels of crude oil and 1.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas. Côte d'Ivoire currently produces between 37 000 and 40 000 barrels of crude oil per day, while Ghana's daily production is between 110 000 and 115 000 barrels. For both nations, taking chance of these resources would significantly boost their oil production.
  • West Africa: ECOWAS Heaps Praise on New Africa Champions

    ABIDJAN, 2015/02/14 THE President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, has congratulated the Ivory Coast for winning the just-ended Africa Cup of Nations. The Elephants, as the team is popularly known, have recently been crowned football champions of the continent next the 9-8 penalty shootout victory over fellow West Africans Ghana. The 30th edition was staged in in Equatorial Guinea.
  • 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.