Liberia: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 2:32 pm
A U.S.-based fashion startup showcasing African designers is just one of the funding deals announced this week at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum. The world watched as African and U.S. CEOs and leaders talked trade. For one New York fashion startup, it’s the kind of advertising money can’t buy. Kenya was also a big winner, scoring a new Nairobi office for OPIC, which mobilizes private capital to advance U.S. foreign policy. The office — OPIC’s third in Africa — will raise Nairobi’s profile as a hub for investors seeking big-ticket infrastructure deals.
Keren Mikva, 5:11 pm AFKI Original
Burkina Faso’s De La Sébure mixes the warmth of African colors with modern European styles, reflecting the founder’s native Burkina Faso and adopted home in Europe. The clothes use elegant flair, vibrant colors, and refined materials to create something entirely its own. De La Sébure is one of 30 top designers from African countries being showcased at an African fashion reception, underway at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.
Staff, 10:17 pm
Nigeria continues to play a stabilizing role in African peace and economies, said Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai. Nigeria was the first African country to come to Liberia’s aid in restoring peace after the Liberian civil war. Nigeria also showed love for Liberia during the Ebola outbreak which ravaged the country in 2015. In addition to most banks and insurance firms being owned by Nigerians, Liberia is home to many Nigerian educators and medical doctors.
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, 5:52 pm
Today, 80 percent of all West African airline traffic is carried by non-African carriers and about 15 percent by non- West African carriers. East African airline Kenya Airways recorded a 28 percent increase in passengers in West Africa for the year ending June 2016. Yet West Africa, with 40 airports and 300 million population in 15 countries, has no strong airline and no airport hub. Several airports are vying to be hubs.
Dana Sanchez, 3:41 pm
Energy represents more than 15 percent of the total cost of mining production — reason enough to reduce energy use. But mining companies tend not to pay attention to cost during boom times. The collapse of the emerging market commodities boom has miners scrambling to reinvent themselves. With ample wind and solar at their disposal, 80 percent of new African mines are expected to be partly clean energy-dependent by 2026. In Africa, the future power demand from mining will come overwhelmingly from Southern Africa, says World Bank.
Lillian Mutiso, 4:47 am AFKI Original
Africa is known for its vast potential of mineral resources. It is a great investment destination for foreign business organization from across the world. Investors’ desire to do business on the continent depends largely on the ease of company registration with regard to meeting legal and regulatory demands. According to the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, a transparent and smooth registration process woos investors to any nation.
Staff, 12:11 am
The African Union is set to launch a common electronic passport that would grant visa-free travel to all of its 54 member states. Statelessness is a particular concern. Millions of Africans lack official documentation of nationality, though its hard to estimate how many are stateless. In some countries, access to citizenship is difficult because of rules limiting rights for children of foreigners, racial, ethnic and gender discrimination and lack of accommodation for a nomadic lifestyle.
Dana Sanchez, 12:20 pm
Michelle Obama has joined the popular messaging app Snapchat to promote her upcoming trip to Liberia, Morocco and Spain, where she plans to talk about the educational obstacles facing women. Joining her are Sasha and Malia Obama; their grandmther Marian Robinson; actor and U.S. gender equality activist Meryl Streep; and Indian star Freida Pinto of “Slumdog Millionaire.” Michelle already has 5 million Instagram and 4.6 million Twitter followers.
Kurt Davis Jr., 12:36 am AFKI Original
Overexploitation is the story of a new crisis in Africa — the quick depletion of Africa’s coastal fisheries. At its heart is illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. This is the case with up to a half of West Africa’s fish catch. A regional registry of fishing vessels should be established. The Port State Measures Agreement’s basic principal is simple: If ports where fish are landed are the checkpoints for the fishing industry, then it more difficult to find a port-side buyer for illegally caught fish.
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