President Obama is visiting Ghana July 10-11 as the third consecutive U.S. president to travel there because that country stands as an admirable example of strong, democratic governance and a vibrant civil society, and has achieved tremendous development progress over the past decade, a senior White House official said.

The Daily Graphic had reported that fishermen along the country's coast have kicked against the agitations for the removal of subsidy on premix fuel. The paper quoted the fishermen as saying that abolishing the subsidy would further undermine the local industry to the advantage of importers of frozen fish, since their production cost would go up and make their business uncompetitive.

What is voluntary service?
Volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others for a particular cause without financial or material gain. Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good and improve the quality of life.

South Africa's New Political Party: SANC

Posted to the web 3 November 2008

The following declaration was issued at the weekend by the South African National Convention, the body which met ahead of the launch of a new political party, likely to be called the South African Democratic Congress.

The evening is more balmy than cold and starts with a queue. It snakes its way round the gravelled driveway into the entrance of La Manége in Grand-Lancy. Even though it is several minutes before the show is scheduled to begin, people were happy to wait as this promises to be a night to remember.

The book Why Industrial Revolution By-Passes Africa provides a compelling, perspicacious and powerful analysis of the complex dimensions of development in Africa, by focusing on an endogenous and highly promising new development-path in the continent. 

In 2000, 189 nations made a promise to free people from extreme poverty and multiple deprivations.This pledge became the eight Millennium Devleopment Goals (MDGs) to be achieved by 2015.

Ten years later, in September 2010, the world recommitted itself to accelerate progress towards the attainment of these objectives. These improvements are now being monitored within a framework of measurable targets and indicators for each MDGs, that was defined in 2001. However, the world and its leaders have to be honest and pragmatic : for a greater impact, there is, and there will be, in the coming four years, an urgent need for courageous political will, and thus, regroup extra resources.

Former SA President Thabo Mbeki believes that only negotiations between Côte d’Ivoire's Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara can resolve the political impasse gripping the tiny West African nation. In a confidential report to African Union chairman Jean Ping, which The Times has seen, Mr Mbeki goes against global opinion that Gbagbo must immediately step down from power in order for the Côte d’Ivoire to return to normality.

Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz has apologised in Tripoli for the arrest in 2008 of one of the sons of the Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi.
Two Swiss businessmen currently detained in Libya would be released "soon", according to a finance ministry statement.

A Swiss court ruling against the handover of UBS bank client details to the United States threatens to add to the problems of already harassed lawyers.
Last week’s decision against Switzerland’s financial regulator has led to speculation about possible legal actions from disgruntled US clients of UBS against the state and even the bank itself.

Freetown — A total of 8 universities will continue to battle for the prestigious Zain Africa challenge scholars trophy. The academic quiz sees universities from West Africa continue making progress to challenge East Africa's dominance in the competition. Since it was launched two years ago, Egerton University from Kenya has maintained a tight grip on the competition winning both editions. The past editions featured universities from Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Posted: 16 August 2008
By Omo Abinuwaiye

Angolan National Assembly Election

On 5 September 2008 the Angolan political parties and party coalitions will fight one another to secure seats in the National Assembly in the first election since the ill-fated one of 1992.

Africa Link
Posted September 2008
Interview by Atsen J. Ahua


Psychiatrist and Health Economics specialist Dr. Oladapo Tomori of Nigeria and Environmental Civil Engineer, Jean-Pierre Mshimyimana of Rwanda are among the first class of 12 Legatum Fellows admitted to the prestigious Center for Development and Entrepreneurship hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge USA. They have since commenced their studies.

The New Times
Edwin Musoni
27 January 2009

Kigali — About 20 Heads of State and over 5000 delegates are expected to attend the upcoming Leon H. Sullivan Summit expected to be held in Rwanda next year.

The Leon H. Sullivan Summit brings together the world's political and business leaders, delegates representing national and international civil and multi-national organisations, and members of academic institutions in order to focus attention and resources on Africa's economic and social development.