The story of your NESCAFÉ begins long before it reaches your cup. The tiny coffee bean, which is dried, roasted and ground into the powder that you brew for your coffee, is deeply rooted in West Africa, touching many lives.

 

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Thursday apologised to the Nigerian government after a spate of deadly xenophobic attacks in the country.

(Ecofin Agency) - The government of Benin adopted this week its Finance Act for 2020. The new budget of 1,986.9 billion CFA Francs ($3.3 billion) is 5.8% higher than the 1,877 billion CFA Francs ($3.1 billion) adopted in 2019.

 

(Ecofin Agency) - Optical fiber Internet provider Angola Cables and TM Global, the wholesale arm of Telekom Malaysia Berhad, entered into a partnership to connect Asia to South America via a submarine optical fiber.

 

(Ecofin Agency) - The Sierra Leonean microfinance institution A Call to Business Savings and Loans (ACTB) will receive $1.5 million from the Dutch Development Finance Fund (FMO) as the Fund’s first commitment to the West African country’s financial sector.

(Ecofin Agency) -Maroc Telecom announced on August 26 it has signed an investment deal with the government for MAD10 billion (about a billion dollars). Funds, disbursed by the incumbent operator, will be pumped into the development and strengthening of telecommunications infrastructure, broadband and very high speed (mobile and fixed) deployment across the country.

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(Ecofin Agency) - Exchange between Africa and Russia last year reached a total of $20 billion, we learnt. While the black continent imported $17.4 billion worth of goods, it sold only $3 billion to Russia, making a $14.5 billion for Vladimir Putin’s country.

(Ecofin Agency) - Some Chinese companies committed to invest $1.4 billion in energy and mining projects in Africa. They expressed their intention during the visit to Beijing of the African Chamber of Energy (CAE), an organization bringing together government actors and companies involved in the development of the African energy sector.


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[Nyasa Times] Its Area 47 again. Illicit drugs, teenage prostitution and uncontrollable drinking of ethanol based alcohol is on the rise, Nyasa Times has established.

[Foroyaa] President Adama barrow on Thursday 16th January 2020 presided over the second cabinet Session of 2020.

[Concord] TAC doctors and delegation pose with the Nigerian High Commissioner

[Concord] A Nigerian Genetics, Professor Cyril Oroname Otoikhian, who is leading a fight to end sickle cell genetic in Africa, has collaborated with Prince Harrison Ehimiyen Foundation in Nigeria and Concord Times Communications to take the fight to Sierra Leone.

[Concord] Minister of Basic and Secondary Education yesterday disclosed that government was now working with the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide quality school feeding programme to 7 additional districts of Bo, Kenema Kailahun, Pujehun and other parts of the country.

[Ghanaian Times] FBNBank Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria Limited has held a health walk as part of its New Year activities.

[News24Wire] Johannesburg -Just one day after the death of veteran musician Steve Fataar, South Africa has lost another music icon.

[News24Wire] Johannesburg -Legendary South African musician Steve Fataar has died at the age of 76.

[News24Wire] Singer Simphiwe Dana has laid into the criminal justice system after sharing how she was kept in a holding cell after her ex-fiancé laid counter-charges of assault against her.

[The Herald] "My uncle loved traditional food, especially sadza rezviyo with beef stew. When we were at home or Pakare Paye (Arts Centre), even during rehearsals, he would not miss his favourite food. If we were away, like in Mozambique, Cape Town or Durban, he liked to eat fish and other sea foods."

[Nyasa Times] Organizers of Malawi music festival Lake of Stars (LoS) have announced that the event will not take place this year.

[Ghanaian Times] Tamale-based award winning rapper Sherif Abdul Majeed popularly known as Maccasio, kick-started the year 2020 with a historic album launch held on Saturday in Tamale.

[Nation] Prof Stephen Kiama, whose appointment as the University of Nairobi's Vice-Chancellor was revoked on Friday, says he is still in charge.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The More for Education Coalition Partners, a conglomerate of civil society organizations, has raised serious concerns about the approved budget for the education sector for fiscal year 20192020.

[Shabait] Asmara -The National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students branch in the Central region organized training for 100 youth in the civil service from various ministries and national organizations on administration and leadership.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -The Ministry of Education has extended the admission period of form one pupils into secondary schools by seven days, making the new deadline January 24th.

[Ghanaian Times] The country's accumulated pension funds can be used to facilitate domestic financing for developmental projects under the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA), Hayford Atta Krufi has said.

[Cameroon Tribune] The 10th National Guidance Counselling Day held on October 14, 2016.

[Botswana Daily News] Serowe -Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism Ms Philda Kereng says Batswana should consider venturing into agro-tourism, given its cross-cutting nature and links with other sectors along its vast value chain.

[The Herald] Zimbabwe will be among the 165 countries exhibiting at the Spanish International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) to be held in Madrid, Spain, from tomorrow to Sunday.

[Premium Times] The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, has stated the entry requirements for Non-Nigerians travelling to Nigeria.

[East African] Ntare Guma Mwine Mbaho, 52, is a Uganda born Hollywood actor who was recently appointed as Cultural Tourism Ambassador from the diaspora by the government of Uganda.

[Daily News] ZANZIBAR received 60,685 visitors last month, bringing to 538,264, the total number of tourist arrivals in 2019.

[This Day] Dana Air has won an award as the 'Most Stable Airline' in Nigeria at the 2019 Air Transport Industry Awards held recently in Lagos. The Editor-in-Chief of Air Transport Quarterly Magazine, Prince Supo Atobatele, while speaking during the ceremony said the award was in honor of some of the industry's finest individuals and corporate bodies whose penchant for hard work, innovation and capacity building has not only greatly improved the business of air transport but enhanced safety of the air space.

The German capital has launched a five-year project to mark its part in European colonialism. Streets which still honor leaders who led the Reich's imperial expansion will be renamed — and some locals aren't happy.

Hank Azaria says he will no longer voice the Indian immigrant convenience store owner Apu on "The Simpsons." The decision follows long-running claims that the character of 30 years perpetuates racist stereotypes.

Few filmmakers in the history of cinema are as famous as Federico Fellini. He is considered Italy's most popular directors, with his films having garnered countless awards. A tour of his iconic works.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Star Longman Liberia Books Inc, a Ghanaian Company operating in Liberia has donated three hundred assorted books valued over US$3,000 to the National Public Library on Ashman Street, Monrovia.

[New Times] Young Rwandans have been encouraged to carry their Rwandan and African identity with pride and be active in the fight for the full independence of the continent.

On Sunday, famed British conductor Sir Simon Rattle reaches what in many sectors is considered retirement age. But the head of the London Symphony Orchestra seems far from leaving it all behind.

[HRW] We write in advance of the 75th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women relating to Zimbabwe's compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. This submission addresses issues related to articles 10, 11, 13, and 16 of the convention.

[VOA] Miss Universe 2019 is using her global platform to strive for gender equality, saying she wants to encourage girls and young women to "tap into their power" and use their voice.

[Foroyaa] Minister of Women, Children and Social Welfare Fatou Kinteh has recently emphasized the need for government and its partners to work together in order to end all forms of sexual and gender based violence in The Gambia.

[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -The year 2020 is important as it marks a number of milestones in the gender equality sphere, Minister of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs Ms Anna Mokgethi has said.

[Observer] A group of rural women under the banner of the Natural Resources Women Platform (NRWP) in Juarson Statutory District, Sinoe County, with support from OXfam-Liberia, has received a cassava processing mill, as well as bamboo art and craft equipment, to enhance their production capacity.

Chinese public health officials have announced a sharp rise in diagnoses of an emergent strain of coronavirus. They have also confirmed two cases of human-to-human transmission of the virus.

Proceedings have begun against a former German scout leader who is accused of nearly 700 instances of sexual abuse against minors. The man had previously been cleared of sexual abuse charges due to lack of evidence.

Facing a shortage of recruits, authorities have reportedly had to "adapt" their standards for the current generation. The standards for the German language exam have allegedly been loosened to appeal to EU applicants.

Hank Azaria says he will no longer voice the Indian immigrant convenience store owner Apu on "The Simpsons." The decision follows long-running claims that the character of 30 years perpetuates racist stereotypes.

Following a meeting of EU foreign ministers, the EU's foreign policy chief has said EU countries have agreed to restart the bloc's Mediterranean naval mission with a focus on enforcing an arms embargo on Libya.

Norway's populist party resigned from the government over a decision to repatriate a woman suspected of being affiliated with Islamic State. The woman was allowed to return so her child could get medical treatment.

[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Saturday demanded a more vigorous fight against corruption from his new government.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -FrontPageAfrica has been reliably informed that Mr. Monie Hooke Momolu, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs employee, is the man who is said to have obtained the emergency traveling document that Mr. Henry Pedro Costa used to enter into Liberia on December 19, 2019.

[Radio Dabanga] Juba -The government and Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) confirmed that there is great progress in the ongoing peace talks in Juba the capital of South Sudan. The head of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM-MM), Minni Minawi, claims that there is a setback in the current peace negotiations.

[Nation] A day after being on the receiving end during the Building Bridges Initiative rally in Kakamega that ended up as a show of might by President Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, Deputy President William Ruto on Sunday fought back, dismissing the meeting as mere "drama".

[News24Wire] While struggling state-owned enterprises such as Eskom and SAA are diminishing the state's capacity, the practice of parachuting poorly qualified, but politically connected, people into key positions will come to an end, President Cyril Ramaphosa wrote in his weekly newsletter.

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The government says it was still negotiating with Barrick Gold Corporation despite missing the December 31, 2019 deadline for the negotiations.

Davos is a picturesque holiday resort in Switzerland. And, once every year, it hosts the World Economic Forum. The summit is no longer the elitist gathering it once was, writes Manuela Kasper-Claridge.

Despite a moderate pickup in growth, the International Monetary Fund has said uncertainty in US-China trade tensions, along with sluggish growth in India, will put a drag on the global economy in 2020.

Social entrepreneurship can have a huge impact, whether providing access to healthcare, clean energy solutions or improving education. DW's Manuela Kasper-Claridge met some outstanding founders in Davos.

[Premium Times] Three persons have been confirmed dead in a pipeline explosion at Eroko road, Abule Egba area, Lagos.

[East African] A deal signed last year between Canadian mining company Barrick and the Tanzanian government could unravel if its implementation is delayed any further. This was the indicting conclusion in a report by Toronto-based DaMina Advisors, published on January 16.

[Nyasa Times] Public primary and secondary school teachers have started an indefinite, nationwide walkout to force government to pay them their December 2019 salaries., especially those who were removed from the payroll for failure to submit their National IDs.

[Citizen] Aston Villa's search for a striker was a headache that Dean Smith had to come to terms with after Wesley's season-ending knee injury on New Year's Day. They had to find a replacement.

[Ghanaian Times] The 2019/20 Ghana National Women's Premier League will kick off this weekend with action at eight league centers across the country.

[Ghanaian Times] The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Unity Skate Club, Joshua Odamten, has called on government and the private sector to support the efforts of skateboarders and give them attention as compared to other sports in Ghana.

[Ghanaian Times] The 2020 edition of the Captain One Society Invitational Charity golf tournament has been scheduled for Saturday, January 25 at the Obuasi Golf Course.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Grand Kru County and Maryland Counties have secured their place in the semifinal of the ongoing National County Sports Meet football version.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Outgoing Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) Division 2 Champion Issa Amwari has been promoted to Premier Class following a career best season which saw him finish joint seventh with Ian Duncan on the 2019 drivers log.

[Seychelles News Agency] Robust fish populations and a thriving marine ecosystem around two of Seychelles' islands could help the bleached coral reefs there, a new study found.

[Shabait] Barentu -Priority focus will be given to accelerate the implementation of big development projects underway in Kerkebet sub zone in the sectors of Agriculture, infrastructure, water supply projects as well as implementation of social services, according to report. The comment was made during a tour of inspection the Governor of the Gash Barka region, Mr. Abraha Garza conducted in Kerkebet sub-zone recently.

[The Herald] Designers at Schools and Colleges Permaculture (Scope) Zimbabwe say they have constructed the sort of building that many may regard as impossible.

[Ghanaian Times] Many entertainment personalities had made strides in the country's political arena but few were able to sustain their career after acting as frontiers during political campaign.

[The Herald] MACADAMIA nuts farmers expect the poorest harvest ever this year owing to the side effects of climate change, which resulted in reduced rains and heat waves.

[Zimbabwe Standard] POTATO production in Zimbabwe is nose-diving, with farmers citing lack of financial support from government, drought and the attendant economic challenges.

[Vanguard] The Federal government through the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology is to partner the University of Dundee, Scotland to develop a technical committee that will focus on the study of Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Forensics and Information Communication Technology (ICT) for mutual benefits.

[UCT] Business Insider South Africa has named the most "exciting South African inventions" of the decade, and students, staff and alumni of the University of Cape Town (UCT) feature prominently on the list.

[This Day] The Executive Director, Polo Limited, Jennifer Obayuwana, has described the Nigerian luxury market as one which is unique due to the ever-changing consumption behavior of Nigerians who are fashion enthusiasts and are defined by the latest trends.

[New Times] The Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) has started testing True Potato Seeds, which are produced by Solynta, a Dutch firm that develops hybrid potatoes.

[Nation] As the developed and emerging economies are on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the East African Community is, regrettably, yet to exploit the full potential of all the other three.

[Addis Standard] On December 20, 2019, an Ethiopian microsatellite was launched into space by the Long March 4B carrier rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in North China's Shanxi province. About 7,900 km away from this space station, the historic milestone was streamed live for government officials and select individuals at the Entoto Observatory and Research Center. The mission was considered a national pride and a dream come true. Hopefully, the success of Ethiopia's maiden satellite, dubbed ETRSS-1, will tr

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