South Sudan: Latest News
Kevin Mwanza, 8:11 am
Getachew Betru left Ethiopia during the harsh years of dictatorship only to return decades later with an engineering degree and a vision to connect the horn of Africa with a fast modern railway line. As the chief executive of the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC), Betru, launched the first phase of the railway line that now connects land-locked Ethiopia to Djibouti’s port, in late October
Julia Austin, 10:04 am AFKI Original
Transportation of product is one of the top logistical issues facing the pharmaceutical industry in Africa. Many pharmaceutical companies will open branches in African cities, and eventually rural areas, say analysts at logistics company DHL. Global pharmaceutical companies are looking to Africa for growth opportunities. Here are some trends to look out for in the African pharmaceutical industry.
Julia Austin, 8:42 am AFKI Original
Events and festivals dedicated to African fashion are popping up all over the world and they’re well attended. All Things Ankara Fashion Week showcases Ankara print fashion and integrates it in international markets. Ankara is African wax print featuring vibrant patterns, a staple of African traditional clothing. The event has over 23,000 followers on Instagram. Here are 12 African fashion events that attract big business.
Julia Austin, 5:56 pm
Since there’s always someone at Thanksgiving dinner who doesn’t like turkey, you’re smart to have another meat dish on the table. Bobotie is a traditional African dish with similar look and texture to a casserole—another Thanksgiving table staple. It’s made with minced lamb, beef or both, delicious spices, fruit and nuts.
Dana Sanchez, 10:52 am
African countries are reluctant to take back migrants. Migrants send home remittances in amounts that exceed the value of development aid, a European diplomat said. But the lure of aid, trade and other benefits is too enticing for poor African countries to refuse, and human rights will suffer as they sign the deals with the E.U., experts say.
Dana Sanchez, 10:38 am
South Africa — by far the largest user of AGOA benefits — more than doubled exports to the U.S. since 2000 under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which gives duty-free status to elibible countries trading with the U.S. In renewing AGOA, Congress gave Obama the option to suspend non-compliant countries’ benefits on a product-by-product basis. Previously, countries were either in or out. Total two-way trade between SA and the U.S. was about $14B in 2014.
Global Risk Insights, 10:47 am
Uganda is withdrawing its troops from South Sudan. This will heighten political risks for investors and businesses across South Sudan in the short and medium term. In the long-term, high risks could mean high returns. In 2011, Nespresso partnered with Technoserve to establish a new coffee exporting industry in South Sudan. They aim to diversify South Sudan’s economy away from oil.
Dana Sanchez, 3:07 pm
Rwandan President Paul Kagame is a tech addict, a tweep and Africa’s most conversational president. “By placing ICT at the core of our transformation agenda we can make sure that Africa is never again left behind,” Kagame told delegates at the 3-day Transform Africa Summit in Kigali. The digital president played host at the event.
Dana Sanchez, 11:45 am
China, already the largest contributor to U.N. peacekeeping operations, pledged 8,000 more troops to a U.N. standby force — a significant increase. By providing military support in war-torn regions, China shows it’s rising on the global stage, some experts say. Others say China is acting only to protect its interests. “China has gone global,” one expert said. “It’s time for the U.S. to recognize that.”
Staff, 12:03 am
Kenya and South Sudan plan to be connected to a high-speed fiber optic cable within the next two years, enhancing communication and inter-border trade. The project will also see the construction of a new road linking the two countries, as well as a common border post. Connecting these countries using traditional and digital infrastructure has the potential to facilitate growth in physical and digital assets across the two countries and beyond.
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