Uganda: Latest News
Tom Jackson, 9:55 am AFKI Original
Around 650 million people in Africa live without access to electricity. The electrification rate is as low as 14.2 per cent in rural areas. In East Africa, only 23 per cent of Kenyans and 10.8 per cent of Rwandans have access to an electricity supply. The majority of these people as a result use costly and unhealthy forms of energy. But in the power of the sun, Africa also has the answer to this problem.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:50 am AFKI Original
The third round of African World Cup qualifying continues this coming weekend, as the second set of matches see 20 teams from the continent left with a chance of securing one of the five spots allocated to the African continent. This weekend 10 fixtures will be played around the continent in the group stages. Here are 10 African World Cup qualifying matches to look out for this coming weekend.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:00 am
The High Court of Uganda ordered the closure of 63 low-cost private schools funded by Bill Gates, world’s richest man, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and JP Morgan. The British government has however dismissed the decision as being politically motivated. The private schools, owned by Bridge International Academies, received $6.8 million in aid last year, have about 12,000 students across the East African nation.
Dana Sanchez, 3:32 pm
Language is a barrier to investment in Africa, but economists say African innovators should think beyond English when developing innovations aimed at solving local problems. There are more than 3,000 languages spoken in Africa by some counts. Language barriers — especially an inability to communicate in English — have hampered trade in Mozambique, where Portuguese is spoken by more than half the population, and Rwanda, where Kinyarwanda is spoken by most Rwandans, but English is an official language.
Kevin Mwanza, 5:22 am
Geremi Njitap, one of Cameroon’s most successful footballers, was last week elected the head of National Union of Cameroon Footballers (SYNAFOC), while in Ethiopia, Haile Gebrselassie, one of the world’s athletics legends in long distance and marathon racing, was on sunday elected the president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) in Addis Ababa
Staff, 12:01 am
Obama’s push for LGBT rights has shifted attitudes globally but some are fighting it. Washington, D.C.-based World Bank lends money in developing countries. This year, it researched LGBT discrimination globally and collected data. The bank created a new advisor whose job is to report violence gainst LGBT in the 136 countries in which it does business. Fifty-four African countries want a new U.N. investigator suspended whose job is to investigate human rights violations against LGBT. There’s a good chance their resolution will pass.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:41 am
American International Group (AIG), the only international insurer, announced plans to withdraw its business from Uganda as part of the global strategy to pull out from smaller markets across the world. The decision, announced on Tuesday, came days after the insurer sold share worth $143.2 million to Emerald Acquisition Limited at the New York Stock Exchange. The insurer entered The Pearl of Africa nation in 1962 and has 50 employees
Dana Sanchez, 11:12 am
Africa’s largest lender, Johannesburg-based Standard Bank this year made $2 billion in loan commitments to Chinese-owned development projects in Africa, and it plans to help Chinese entrepreneurs seek African investment opportunities in areas such as retail. Access to credit remains a challenge for many Africans. Standard Bank says its opportunities lie in working “on the yuan’s internationalization and helping Chinese companies transform from … contractors to investors.”
Tom Jackson, 9:29 am AFKI Original
E-commerce in Africa is a very long-term play indeed. Aside from issues with logistics, there are also problems with online payments, which still suffer from a lack of trust, and the sheer fact Africans still prefer to shop online. Moreover, fewer than 30 per cent of Africans have internet access. The Nigerian e-commerce powerhouses, however, have their eyes on a far greater prize, and are prepared to stomach losses for a number of years.
Kevin Mwanza, 9:08 am
China is fast becoming the preferred partner for economic development by many African governments that have however, been accused of prioritizing economic development over civil rights and freedoms. The Asian superpower rivals the U.S. and has outmatched it especially in Southern, Central and North Africa, according to a survey by Afrobarometer, a research project in sub-Saharan Africa.
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