Burkina Faso: Latest News
Kevin Mwanza, 8:41 am
A Chinese company has built the first modern medicine production plant in Mali, which it says will produce cheap drugs for the West African markets as well as create job opportunities locally. Pharmaceuticals company Humanwell Pharmaceutical Africa is part of the Humawell Group and the first modern drug company in the region and is focused on developing products that address the large unmet healthcare needs.
Dana Sanchez, 11:14 am AFKI Original
Depending on whose report you read, growth in African mobile phone users is set to slow sharply in the next five years, or to reach 1 billion. Can they both be right? Despite a slowdown, there are growth opportunities in Africa for data connectivity and digital services based on those data connections. So where are the best digital media opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa? Check it out here.
Staff, 12:10 am
There’s a new era under way for pan-African film and TV co-productions and distribution that spans geographic and linguistic divides. Content cross fertilization was the talk of Discop Africa. “This business is about stories — stories that can touch people in several countries,” a stakeholder said. The goal is to create world-class content that won’t just be made by Africans for Africans, but made by Africans for global consumption.
Dana Sanchez, 10:49 am
Plans in Kenya to legalize GMOs have prompted protests. Three African countries — Burkina Faso, Egypt, and South Africa — allow GMOs. Kenyan smallholder farmers use traditional seed varieties. They’re concerned multinational companies with rights to patented seeds — and the chemicals that protect them — will prohibit reusing next-generation seeds. But not eveyone is opposed.
Dana Sanchez, 11:55 am
Some argue that African art should stay in foreign countries. It was bought in the marketplace and belongs to the buyers. Others allege looting by westerners. The real reason African art needs to come home gets overlooked: missing artistic treasure is a huge loss to Africa’s economy and society. Foreign cultural investment is a middle-ground proposal for how to bring it home.
Dana Sanchez, 10:50 am
In sub-Saharan Africa — a region with low agricultural productivity — only three countries produce GMOs including South Africa, Burkina Faso, and Sudan. Many countries ban imported food containing GM products. One of the most high profile examples was Zambia’s ban on GM food imports during a famine in 2002. What’s the rationale for rejecting GM technology?
Dana Sanchez, 5:50 pm AFKI Original
Marijuana is illegal but deeply ingrained in African economies and tribal traditions. Tolerance and enforcement varies from country to country. Zambia is the world’s third-largest marijuana-smoking country. After Colorado legalized recreational use of marijuana in the U.S., it’s reaping the financial benefits. We’ve ranked 18 countries for marijuana tolerance in Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 11:45 am
China, already the largest contributor to U.N. peacekeeping operations, pledged 8,000 more troops to a U.N. standby force — a significant increase. By providing military support in war-torn regions, China shows it’s rising on the global stage, some experts say. Others say China is acting only to protect its interests. “China has gone global,” one expert said. “It’s time for the U.S. to recognize that.”
Dana Sanchez, 3:51 pm AFKI Original
African leaders who try to ban presidential term limits end up undermining democracy and scaring away investors. Some African countries get it right, ushering in major advances in democracy. Others get tainted elections when their leaders propose constitutional amendments. Check out AFKInsider’s democracy watch with 8 upcoming presidential elections in Africa that you should follow.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:41 am
Burkina Faso’s interim President Michel Kafando, who was taken hostage by his guards a week ago, returned to power on Wednesday after the country’s army and West African leaders intervened and restored a civilian transitional government. Just three weeks before a planned election, the head of the presidential guard, General Gilbert Diendere, arrested the interim leadership of the country
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