Burkina Faso: Latest News
Staff, 6:27 pm
Obama traveled to Africa five times during his presidency but not to Nigeria, the continent’s largest Muslim country, largest democracy and largest economy. Nigeria’s economy is almost twice the size of South Africa’s and 30 percent larger than Egypt’s. Here are 12 things Obama should do in Africa before he leaves office in January 2017.
Dana Sanchez, 3:53 pm
Government support alone is not enough for Chinese companies to go big abroad, says a Chinese IT expert. They also need a tech advantage. A China-UK joint venture beat out France’s Alcatel-Lucent and Japan’s NEC Corp. to win a 6,000km cable project connecting Cameroon and Brazil. The company says it’s using “a self-developed technique” that can reduce construction costs, although it hasn’t disclosed the cost of the project. Analysts say it could exceed $200,000 per kilometer.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:14 am AFKI Original
Portuguese coach Paulo Duarte has been put in charge of the Burkina Faso national team, returning to the post he previous occupied. Duarte’s return was made possible with the resignation of previous coach Gernot Rohr last week, as the German decided to take up a position with the German Football Association, while focusing on his career as a television analyst.
Dana Sanchez, 10:01 am AFKI Original
A free press always has a positive influence on a country’s economy and on its governance, according to the U.N. The 2015 World Press Freedom Index ranked 180 countries for media independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and the level of intimidation journalists have to endure to do their jobs. These are the 12 African countries that score highest for freedom of the press.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:21 pm AFKI Original
Gernot Rohr has announced his decision to quit his post as coach of the Burkina Faso national team in favour of a position with the German Football Association, while also freelancing as a television analyst. His decision comes at a strange time for the Burkinabe, who progressed to the next stage of 2018 World Cup qualifying with Rohr’s guidance.
Kurt Davis Jr., 8:00 am AFKI Original
Fewer traffic jams for Kenya. Rebounding copper prices for Zambia. A less tarnished international image for Sudan that reaches beyond civil conflict — because there are investment opportunities in the country. These are just a few of the wishes that a U.S. investment banker visualizes for African countries as the old year winds down and 2015 makes way for 2016.
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.
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