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NEWS FROM OUR BRUSSELS OFFICE


Our Secretariat in Brussels is in the heart of the European quarter. It keeps a close eye on EU policies and legislation that affect Africa.

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The Trade Commission in Brussels and,
in the background,
Berlaymont, home of the EU Commission.
(AEFJN's office is in one of the buildings on the left)
 
 

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(NAD) Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland
(ICN) Independent Catholic News


NEWS FROM AROUND & ABOUT

(These items are mostly taken from the press. They may or may not reflect the vision of AEFJN-UK)

 

October 2017

GUINEA: HUGE ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS
(Mary Harper, Africa editor, BBC World Service)
Large demonstrations have taken place across Guinea against what opposition supporters describe as government impunity. Schools and shops have remained closed in several towns. Opposition groups say the security forces have killed more than 80 of their supporters since President Alpha Conde was elected in 2010. They say two were shot dead during demonstrations last month.

MALI: UN SAYS MALI CRISIS WORSENING
(Tomi Oladipo, BBC Monitoring's Africa security correspondent)
The UN Security Council is to discuss the crisis in Mali after an investigation found that the country's security situation had significantly worsened. It noted that there had been a 100% increase in Islamist attacks in the past four months. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres reported a surge in attacks against peacekeepers and local troops. He said that since June extremist groups – mostly in northern Mali - have carried out a total of 75 attacks against Malian, French and UN forces. Most of the attacks were claimed by JNIM – a jihadist coalition linked to al-Qaeda. The UN chief called for funding and logistical support for the new regional force that is being set up to fight jihadists in the Sahel. He also expressed his disappointment in the resumption of fighting between local armed groups despite a prior peace agreement between them.

GLOBAL CHOLERA PLEDGE
(BBC) Health officials from around the world are meeting in France to commit to preventing 90% of cholera deaths by 2030. The disease, which is spread through contaminated water, kills about 100,000 people every year. It is the first time governments, the World Health Organization, aid agencies and donors have made such a pledge. It comes as Yemen continues to fight one of the worst cholera outbreaks on record. Cholera has been spreading in the war-torn country due to deteriorating hygiene and sanitation conditions and disruptions to the water supply.

TOGO: 'FINAL WARNING' TO PRESIDENT
(BBC) Tens of thousands of opposition supporters in Togo have marched in the capital, Lome, in what they call the next phase of their campaign to force out President Faure Gnassingbe. There were also big numbers of protesters in the second largest city of Sokode and the northern town of Bafilo where youths blockaded a major highway connecting the north and south of the country. The main opposition leader, Jean-Pierre Fabre, said that they were going to maintain pressure on the government. Protesters carried placards demanding the restoration of the 1992 constitution, which limited the number of presidential terms to two. Mr Gnassingbe is serving his third term in office. He succeeded his father, meaning the same family has ruled Togo for 50 years.

September 2017

ETHIOPIA: NOTORIOUS LAND GRABBER PULLS OUT
Land must now go back to the Ethiopian farmers. Land activists around the world celebrated the news of the collapse of one of the world’s biggest land grabs: the Indian company Karuturi Global Ltd’s 300,000 hectare farmland deal in Ethiopia. CEO Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi claimed he would bring food security to the horn of Africa while boasting he would soon join the ranks of the world’s biggest food producers. Read on

SUPPORT FOR INDUSTRIALISATION OF AFRICAN COUNTRIES
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has joined partners with the African Union Commission, African governments, United Nations agencies and development finance institutions in a bid to renew support for the industrialization of African countries. Read on FoodBusinessAfrica.com

RWANDA GOVERNMENT LEASES NATIONAL HATCHERY TO U.S. FIRM
The government has leased its Rubirizi National Hatchery to Flow Equity, an American firm, at Rwf750 million for 25 years. The decision is aimed at revamping the facilities to increase productivity that, in return, would reduce the import bill on chickens and eggs. FoodBusinessAfrica.com

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: BISHOP PROTECTS MUSLIMS
A Catholic bishop in the Central African Republic (CAR) has given refuge to about 2,000 Muslims who fear possible attacks by a mainly Christian militia. In an interview with the BBC, Bishop Juan José Aguirre Munoz said the refugees are afraid to leave the seminary's compound in Bangassou, a city in the country's south-east region. This is because they risk death from anti-Balaka militias. They sought refuge in May this year after fighting erupted. Read on in the ICN

SENEGAL: IDEA TO COUNTER YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
To combat youth unemployment in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the National Council for Cooperation and Cooperation of Rural People (CNCR) advocates the financing of attractive agriculture for youth. Farmers' organizations in this Community area have called for agriculture to be attractive because it is the only sector capable of absorbing the high demand for jobs. Read on (in French). Oumar Kande, 'Le Soleil'

KENYA: FRESH ELECTION
The gloves are off as Kenya's ruling party and the opposition battle for votes ahead of new elections, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 17 by the Supreme Court after it voided last month's presidential results. Read on: Yahoo News 8.9.2017

June 2017

MOROCCO TO JOIN ECOWAS?
The West African regional group ECOWAS has in principle approved Morocco's membership application despite the country being in North Africa. However, ECOWAS’ leaders meeting in Liberia said the implications of its membership still needed to be considered before Morocco could formally join.
Morocco left the continental body in 1984 after it recognised the independence of Western Sahara. Its application comes after it rejoined the African Union in January. (Source BBC)

ZAMBIA: CHINA PROTESTS AT MINING ARRESTS
China has complained to Zambia after 31 of its nationals were arrested at the weekend for alleged illegal mining practices. A senior Chinese foreign ministry official is quoted as saying that the Zambian authorities have failed to provide strong evidence. Those arrested are accused of, among other things, running unlicensed smelting plants and employing children.
China has invested heavily in Zambian copper mining and other sectors. The country is also home to a growing Chinese community.
(Source BBC)