Burkina Faso: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 10:09 am
The order against unofficial U.S. military travel is effective until June 30. Official travel to the five West African countries will continue. Sunday’s Islamist attack is a heavy blow for Ivory Coast, which has become one of the world’s top performing economies. The largest economy in French-speaking West Africa, Ivory Coast is also the world’s top cocoa producer. The country has been working to revive a once lucrative international tourism industry devastated by civil war.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:01 am AFKI Original
Africa is a continent that has embraced telecoms technology and mobile on a wide scale, with numerous telecommunication corporations based in and out of Africa providing millions of African subscribers with a variety of mobile-based services. We take a closer look at 8 of the African continent’s biggest telecoms companies.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:42 am AFKI Original
Africa is a sport mad part of the world, with the people of the African continent enjoying a variety of sports to watch or participate in, whether they are team sports or those practised by individuals. The love of fans on the continent for sports is clear in the passion that they exude when supporting their sports heroes or favourite teams. With this in mind, we take a look at the 8 most loved sports in Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 2:32 pm
A Turkish construction company has built a concrete plant near Abidjan that can meet 40 percent of Cote d’Ivoire’s concrete demand. Turkish President Erdoğan plans to launch it himself. The Turkish First Lady is opening a school for blind children. Turkish investors, exporters and other business people are touring West Africa with Erdoğan. He hopes to nail down agreements easing regulatory procedures for investors. Similar agreements are expected to be signed in Accra and Abuja this week.
Dana Sanchez, 5:59 pm
Anti-GMO activists — mainly in Europe — have created barriers to development in the poorest countries on Earth. A U.S. nonprofit that promotes technological innovation has put a price tag on how much it costs Africa not to adopt GMOs. The Washington, D.C.-based think tank calculated the gains African countries would have seen if they’d adopted biotech varieties starting in 2008 at rates comparable to those in adopting countries. Poor African farmers are denied access to productive technologies, according to the report.
Dana Sanchez, 10:49 am
China is infamous for forced sex work, according to the U.S. State Department, but it’s uncertain whether Chinese sex labor migration to Africa is forced or voluntary. A Princeton University study shows that Chinese sex workers often arrive in African countries expecting to find other work, only to be forced into sex work as reimbursement for plane tickets and visas. Some who are rescued from prostitution stay in the business. Prostitution is legal in eight African countries.
Dana Sanchez, 3:26 pm
Milken speaks highly of immigrants; 50 percent of the scientists and engineers in Silicon Valley are first-generation immigrants, he told a crowd of 600-plus at the Tiger 21 conference. Members of the North American Tiger 21 network are high-net-worth investors who collectively manage $35 billion in investable assets. Miliken has done a lot to restore his image since being banned for life from the securities industry. He has an institute named for him and he’s full of optimism for Africa.
Staff, 8:34 am
The thorny topic of genetically modified (GM) crops was recently thrust into the global spotlight again. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Bill Gates said that GM crops are a necessary tool to fight hunger and poverty in Africa. But something Gates did not discuss was the news that the largest and most significant African adopter of GM crops – Burkina Faso – recently began a phase out of Bt cotton.
Dana Sanchez, 11:04 am
Historically, Africa has been slow to accept new agricultural technologies. Many people think indigenous agriculture and traditional crops must be protected. Seeds that can’t be saved are the enemy of that tradition. But with drought and food shortages, perceptions about GMOs are changing. Zambia rejected GM corn aid in 2002 during a drought. In December, it said it couldn’t afford to ignore the benefits of this technology. “We are prepared to deal with possible adverse risks,” a minister said.
Dana Sanchez, 6:40 pm
While its expansion to Africa is a welcome development, the U.S. company could face challenges due to the high cost of Internet mobile data and lack of quality broadband. Africans are already fans of most Netflix content. Netflix could oust Naspers-owned digital satellite TV service, whose users complain about its fees. However, Netflix isn’t cheap either. Still, the U.S.-based company has 65 million streaming customers worldwide.
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