Soumaila Diarra

  • West Africa Farmers Against EU Economics, International Competition

    By Soumaila Diarra, 2:07 pm AFKI Original

    Professional organizations of farmers in West Africa fear being overwhelmed by industrial and agrarian products from the EU countries. According to Ibrahima Coulibaly, leader of the Malian farmers’ organization the National Coordination of Peasant Organizations (CNOP), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will open their frontiers to EU products in 2015.

  • Mali Ranking Amidst Top African Cotton Producers

    By Soumaila Diarra, 11:22 am AFKI Original

    Mali is still one of African biggest cotton producers, according to local professionals who gathered on December 16 in Bamako, the Malian capital. Farmers are encouraged as the country’s last production is set to be a record after years of boycott by local producers. As many rural people in the South of Mali are making a living with cotton, Sory Traore, a farmer living in the village of Sanankoroba had been dodging their footsteps.

  • Mali: Civil Society Sanction Query Against Corrupt Officials

    civil society By Soumaila Diarra, 7:12 am AFKI Original

    Activists- including international lobbying group Avaaz -started campaigning in order to push the Malian government taking sanctions against high official figures reportedly involved in bribery and dubious transactions. The suspected personalities, who were not mentioned in two audit reports, are supposed to have taken illegal interests in public expenditures.

  • Doctors Test Experimental Ebola Vaccine In Mali, The UK and US

    By Soumaila Diarra, 11:24 am AFKI Original

    Specialists say the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic may be stopped thanks to a promising vaccine that is being tested in Mali. A widespread vaccination campaign may follow if the tests prove successful, said vaccine specialist Samba Ousmane Sow in Bamako, the Malian capital. Dr. Sow revealed that the vaccine has already tested successfully with two groups of monkeys. All of the monkeys that received the vaccine resisted the Ebola virus. “The vaccine is now being tested on medical professionals in Mali, the UK and U.S. It will be possible to put an end to the deadly epidemic spreading worldwide,” he told journalists on November 2.

  • Mali Leans On China As Investment Across Africa Heightens

    By Soumaila Diarra, 4:10 pm AFKI Original

    In the Malian capital Bamako, mobs screamed welcoming president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who returned from China in early September. The popular reception was related to China’s commitment to make unprecedented investments, according to the government. But analysts say it is a propaganda trying to veil the difficult economic situation of the country. According to Youssouf Keita, a Bamako based journalist, the political party of president Keita tried to manipulate the national opinion with China’s agreement to make important investments in the Malian economy.

  • Mali Leans On China As Investments Across Africa Heighten

    By Soumaila Diarra, 1:22 pm AFKI Original

    In the Malian capital Bamako, mobs screamed welcoming president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who returned from China in early September. The popular reception was related to China’s commitment to make unprecedented investments, according to the government. But analysts say it is a propaganda trying to veil the difficult economic situation of the country. According to Youssouf Keita, a Bamako based journalist, the political party of president Keita tried to manipulate the national opinion with China’s agreement to make important investments in the Malian economy.

  • Scandal Links France Ex-Prez Sarkozy To Gaddafi’s Investments

    By Soumaila Diarra, 3:08 am AFKI Original

    The request to Mali was that the two were to be investigated for their presumed role in Muhamar Gaddafi’s friendship network which allegedly financed former president Sakorzy’s electoral campaign in 2007. For several months, the French judiciary services have been investigating the illegal financing of the presidential campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy from Libya.

  • Illegal Fertilizer Sales Weaken Subsidy Programs In Mali

    By Soumaila Diarra, 1:33 pm AFKI Original

    In Mali, authorities reported fraudulent activities that may put at risk aid agencies’ efforts aiming to boost food security with subsidized fertilizers in West Africa. The country is a key focus of international efforts to promote subsidized fertilizers in Africa and authorities are now scrambling to deter farmers from making money with illegal trade on the subsidies.

  • Switching Off Analogue TV Will Lock Out Many In Africa

    By Soumaila Diarra, 2:54 am AFKI Original

    The ban of importing and selling non-digital TV sets has been regularly announced on Malian national television. Analysts say unprepared analogue terrestrial television transitions may fail to reach its goals in Africa. However, ceasing broadcasting television signal in analogue form and replacing it by the broadcasting in digital signal form is said to offer many advantages. Mali looks to switch to digital television by 2015, but the process is a concern to many Malians like 24 year-old Fatoumata Kone, who wonders if this means the end of possessing a TV set at home.

  • Peace Negotiation Attempts Follow Terror Progress in Mali

    By Soumaila Diarra, 1:37 pm AFKI Original

    On July 16, Malian authorities met rebels in Algeria to discuss the peace process, which is supposed to lead the West African country towards a long-term security situation, and a plan to combat terrorism with international support. Prior to the meeting, a prisoner swap took place where 42 Tuareg fighters and 45 troops from the government were released. Mali government officials announced that they were willing to push their limitations to come to an agreement. Still, Islamic militants occupy more areas including villages located in the center of the country, according to analysts.