South Sudan: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 8:13 pm AFKI Original
We may connect death with taxes but taxes indicate the health of a country’s economic development. In 1789 when the U.S. democracy was in its infancy, Benjamin Franklin famously wrote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” In African countries, the formal sector often accounts for less than half the economy. Here are 10 African countries with low tax-to-GDP ratios.
Julia Austin, 2:12 pm
Acacia is found in South Africa, Madagascar and many parts of Africa. It’s often used in aromatherapy essential oils as well as candies and soft drinks because of its glue-like properties. Organic products use acacia as a natural alternative to chemical binders. If the world understands the invaluable properties of these healing plants from ancient African cultures, maybe we’ll do a better job preserving them.
Dana Sanchez, 12:56 pm
Zimbabwe is getting into the business of exporting skilled labor, agreeing to act as a recruitment agency for job vacancies in Angola, Botswana, Namibia and South Sudan. Labor export is nothing new — especially for countries under dictatorship, experts say. The Philippines under Ferdinand Marcos regulated and encouraged labor outflow. In Zimbabwe it could help avoid civil unrest and generate much needed revenue for the broke government.
Staff, 12:25 pm
Africans and members of the African diaspora are using Twitter to challenge stereotypes about the continent with a hashtag that started trending after its June 23 kickoff. A Twitter user asked followers to showcase the beauty of Africa. “I got involved because growing up I was made to feel ashamed of my homeland, with negative images that paint Africa as a desolate continent,” the 22- year-old said.
Staff, 10:56 am
India is the world’s largest milk producer but dairy firms are looking increasingly to African milk-processing markets which offer better profit margins. Compared to single-digit profit margins in India, African milk processing markets offer 15-20 percent margins, said an Indian dairy analyst. Rapid urbanization and rising income levels have pushed up demand for dairy products in East African markets.
Dana Sanchez, 6:40 pm AFKI Original
The annual Fragile States List is out, and it’s not looking good for Africa. With two-thirds of the population under 30, job opportunities have not kept up with population growth in Africa, making it a more fragile place. But we’re looking at the African countries that are doing best — the least fragile, if you will, according to the Fund For Peace.
Staff, 4:14 am
When Bashir was able to escape possible detention by Nigerian prosecutors by leaving the country prematurely the outcry in parts of Africa was great – the strongest condemnation coming from the South African government. Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court to answer charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the western Sudanese province of Darfur.
Kevin Mwanza, 9:02 am AFKI Original
If you compare the crimes leveled against Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir to Sepp Blatter’s FIFA scandal, Blatter would looks like an angel. From mass murders to corruption allegations running into billions of dollars, it’s no wonder that a South African High Court ordered that President Bashir be detained during a visit to attend an African Union summit in Johannesburg.
Kevin Mwanza, 5:00 am
Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir, 71, found himself in a tight spot on Sunday after a South African High Court ordered the government to detained him in the country where he is attending an African Union summit meeting in Johannesburg. Bashir is the only head of state in the world wanted by the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) on genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity
Staff, 5:53 pm
A new rail line linking Addis Ababa and Djibouti will give landlocked Ethiopia a coastal trade link and cut transport time from two days to eight hours. Some 1,500 trucks use the road each day between Djibouti and Ethiopia. In five years, that number is expected to be closer to 8,000. The new electrified rail line will mainly be used to transport goods.
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