Gabon: Latest News
Kevin Mwanza, 5:32 am
Tension is high in Gabon after Jean Ping, the main challenger to President Ali Bongo Ondimba, claimed victory in the presidential election that was held on Saturday before official results were announced. A delay in releasing the results scheduled for Tuesday has stoked tension in the streets of Libreville, the capital of Gabon, which necessitated the deployment of armed forces to deal with any violence.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:18 am AFKI Original
Ghana international Andre Ayew’s injury suffered while playing for new club West Ham United puts his participation at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations at risk, as his recovery is expected to take the remainder of the year. Ayew completed a club-record $27 million move to English Premier League side West Ham United from Swansea City on a three-year deal, eclipsing the previous record of $19.7 million that the Hammers paid to Liverpool for attacker Andy Carroll.
Dana Sanchez, 3:21 pm
Ivor Ichikowitz makes selling military hardware sound like a moral crusade. He believes the deals he brokers make Africa a safer place. Industrialist, venture capitalist, philanthropist — those are some of the names people call the founder and chairman of Africa’s largest privately owned arms company. Just don’t call him an arms dealer.
Keren Mikva, 2:56 pm
Nine out of the 10 biggest produce exporters to the U.K. are E.U. member countries. Potential changes to E.U. tariffs and the falling value of sterling have forced some retailers to consider sourcing from different countries. U.K. produce importers say they expect to see more produce from Africa. South Africa is already the No. 2 source of fresh fruit to the U.K. after Spain, and Kenya may become a beneficiary of the changing trade patterns.
Dana Sanchez, 1:03 pm
Copper-rich Democratic Republic of Congo is vying with Zambia to be Africa’s top producer. A new hydropower facility that the DRC government is planning to build could help shape Africa this century. It is one of DRC’s strategies for providing the energy it needs to free its economy. These aren’t the largest or most developed countries in Africa. Some are plagued with corruption and inequality. All have fast-growing economies.
Kevin Mwanza, 8:41 am
Africa has had a busy elections calendar in 2016. The year opened with a mixed bag of dramatic elections and referendum in the first quarter of the year. There has since been a haitus in Africa’s voting calendar that gave the continent a whiff of fresh air to refocus on socio-economic and security matters before the beginning of another polling season. August is now shaping up to be the ‘super month’ for elections on the continent with at least five elections scheduled to take place.
Julia Austin, 5:31 pm AFKI Original
In some of the busiest African cities, a monthly bus pass or taxi fare can be a major expense, eating up nearly 20 percent of personal income. A monthly bus pass in Nigeria costs just shy of $40 and a single five-mile taxi trip costs around $9. Taking the bus into Lagos is noticeably more expensive than taking the bus out of the city. Tickets leaving Lagos can range between $13 to $26, but tickets into Lagos range between $17 and $45.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:41 am
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) and global integrated energy producer and provider Total have reached an agreement, with the well-known brand confirmed as the official sponsor of African football for the next eight years, which includes being the Africa Cup of Nations title sponsor.
Staff, 5:06 pm
Botswana has not always supported the African Union on critical issues such as the International Criminal Court, and experts believe it lacks the goodwill needed to support its candidate. South Africa’s A.U. opinions appear closer to Equatorial Guinea’s than Botswana’s on issues such as the politics in Burundi and the ICC’s relations with Africa. The need to give voice within the A.U. to the continent’s historically marginalized regions could push Equatorial Guinea’s candidate to the top. The A.U. faces many challenges including its dependence on foreign aid for its financing.
Staff, 3:18 pm
It can take about 25 years to turn a country from Third World to First World. Ten countries in Africa are heading to this transition. Japan was the leader of the “Asian miracle,” but others include Taiwan and South Korea. They had no mineral wealth. What they had were national systems of innovation and they invested in human capital. Many started off equal or lower in GDP per capita than African countries. Household incomes improve when people get involved in tech-based work. Even agriculture needs to be high tech. This is a path Ethiopia is following.
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