Burkina Faso: Latest News
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.
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.
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