Mercredi 24 Mai 2017
(Agence Ecofin 23/07/13)
(Agence Ecofin) - L’Afrique possède près de la moitié de toutes les terres utilisables non cultivées de la planète. Ce sont environ 202 millions d’hectares qui pourraient être ainsi exploités. Elle affiche pourtant le niveau de pauvreté le plus élevé du monde. Ses piètres performances sur le front du développement suggèrent qu’elle n’a pas tiré parti de ses abondantes terres agricoles et ressources naturelles pour enclencher une croissance partagée et soutenue. Intensifier les progrès Le rapport de la Banque mondiale intitulé « Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity », affirme que la mauvaise gouvernance des terres – qui permet de déterminer et d’administrer les droits fonciers – pourrait bien être à incriminer. C’est ce que vient de découvrir la Banque...
(Agence Ecofin 22/07/13)
(Agence Ecofin) - Le Fonds Afrique50 de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) est devenu vendredi 19 juillet le le principal véhicule financier pour les infrastructures du continent. « Nous, Mme Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, présidente de la Commission de l’Union africaine (CUA), Dr Carlos Lopes, secrétaire exécutif de la Commission économique pour l’Afrique (CEA), M. Donald Kaberuka, président du Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD), les communautés économiques régionales, les institutions régionales de financement du développement et l’Agence de planification et de coordination du NEPAD, renforçons notre coopération dans la quête de nouveaux instruments innovants pour augmenter de manière significative les investissements dans l’infrastructure régionale et continentale en appui à la transformation de l’Afrique », déclare le communiqué commun...
(Angola Press 20/07/13)
Luanda - La participation de plus 1000 exposants à la Foire Internationale de Luanda (Filda/2013), pour la première fois de son histoire durant ses 30 ans d'existance, est le reflet de la crédibilité conquise par l'organisation, de la paix et stabilité politique que le pays connaît. C'est ce qu'a affirmé jeudi, à Luanda, le secrétaire d'État de l'Industrie, Kiala Gabriel, pour qui la présence massive des entreprises au forum prouve également la capacité de mobilisation de la Foire International de Luanda (FIL) qui, à son avis, réalise un travail noble et gigantesque concernant l'attraction des investissemnts pour le pays. “C'est un sentiment d'orgueil le fait de pouvoir compter aujourd'hui avec mille exposants à la 30èME édition de la Filda. C'est...
(Ips News 19/07/13)
TAMALE, Ghana - Suleman Mustapha Simbia, 40 ans, un petit fermier, se réjouit de l’introduction d'une initiative d'assurance appelée Programme d'assurance agricole au Ghana (GAIP), qui est en train d’être mis en œuvre dans ce pays d'Afrique de l'ouest. Cette assurance vise à aider les agriculteurs qui souffrent de la perte de revenus à cause des mauvaises conditions météorologiques qui affectent leurs rendements. "Je ne pense plus à la perte de mes récoltes du fait des précipitations faibles ou fortes. Ma confiance et mon amour pour l’agriculture ont augmenté. Et cette année, j'ai accru le nombre de superficies que j’exploite de 1,2 à 2,4 hectares", a-t-il déclaré à IPS. Le système est assez simple. L’agriculteur paie à la GAIP un...
(Le Soleil 18/07/13)
La Commission économique pour l’Afrique (Cea) en collaboration avec Oxford University Press, a publié la 3ème édition du Rapport sur la gouvernance en Afrique (Agr III). «Alors que l'Afrique a enregistré des progrès remarquables dans la régularité des élections, le contenu et la qualité de ces élections demeurent suspects dans de nombreux pays. Les élections sont devenues source de conflits avec la violence, les tensions et les acrimonies et les divisions d'élite pointue qui retardent les résultats des élections. Ceci constitue une tendance préoccupante à l'avenir démocratique de l'Afrique », lit-on dans le communiqué. Ce rapport retrace la généalogie des élections en Afrique; les infrastructures politiques et constitutionnelles sur lesquelles les élections sont faites, les formes de transition politique par...
(Xinhua 16/07/13)
ACCRA -- Le Ghana devrait adopter un cadre législatif pour protéger les investissements du secteur privé dans le secteur public cette année, a déclaré lundi le ministre des Finances, Seth Terkper. Dans son message lu lors de la consultation des parties prenantes sur le projet de loi, M. Terkper a dit qu'un ensemble complémentaire de documentation sur les règlements et les lignes directrices pour les entités générales et sectorielles sera également développé. Le ministre a souligné la nécessité de veiller à ce que les processus et procédures de partenariats public-privé (PPP) du gouvernement soient suivis adéquatement pour le financement des programmes de développement. Depuis 2007, le gouvernement mettait au point le processus d'utilisation des PPP pour le développement des infrastructures...
(Ventures-Africa 15/07/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – China Development Bank (CDB) has disbursed $188 million to SINOPEC for Ghana’s gas infrastructure project. The transfer was done by the bank last week, according to local reports in Ghana. SINOPEC is building the CDB funded Ghana gas plant at a cost of $750 million and is supposed to meet Ghana’s demand for gas and also make the country a net gas exporter. But the project has stalled many times due to funding issues. The $188 million investment is part of a $3 billion CDB loan signed by Ghana with China in 2011 for various infrastructure projects in the West African country. The country has so far drawn a little over $200 million since it signed the...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/07/13)
America's wealthiest universities are venturing into Africa's fast-growing frontier markets in search of outsized investment returns that will allow them to offer scholarships, lure star professors and fund research. For Sub-Saharan Africa, recognition from these deep-pocketed U.S. institutions, who have often earned envy among fellow global investors for their strong returns, marks a significant shift. American university endowments - permanent funds of educational institutions - pride themselves on spotting new investment opportunities early, such as venture capital, private equity and natural resources such as timber. Combined, they manage assets of over $400 billion. A study of 831 endowments by the Commonfund Institute and the National Association of College and University Business Officers published this year showed their annual net returns...
(Vibe Ghana 05/07/13)
Workers of the Ghana Railway company have petitioned the presidency asking government to revamp the railway sector to make the company more profitable. The workers also demanded the immediate payment of all salary arrears. President Mahama met the workers behind closed doors and promised to revamp the railway sector for transportation improvement. President Mahama said, “we are going to work to put the railway company back on its feet. “Clearly, there is no country in this world that has developed without an effective railway system. If Ghana is to move to the next level as a proper middle income country, then we should put the railway back to work. T hat is exactly what we are going to do’’. The...
(Myjoyonline 28/06/13)
Former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Martin A.B.K. Amidu has stated that the campaign of vilification against him, orchestrated by the A-G's department, must stop! He said his pursuit of justice for the state, at a great cost to him, was simply in fulfillment of his constitutional obligations as a citizen and that the governing National Democratic Congress' legal team, propped up by the A-G's department, must stop peddling falsehoods designed to defame him in the public. Mr. Amidu who has recently won landmark cases at the Supreme Court in which monies wrongly paid to some companies have to be returned to the state, was reacting to comments by a member of the NDC's legal team, Mr. Victor Kojoga Adawudu...
(Myjoyonline 27/06/13)
Monday, June 24, 2013, was a day that I closely observed the activities of President John Dramani Mahama at the Flagstaff House, the seat of government in Accra. The activities of the day for the President were loaded, with one activity coming immediately after another. Not long after President Mahama had entered his office at the Flagstaff House at 7 a.m, the Presidential Staffer in charge of the Flagstaff House Communications Bureau, Mr Stan Dogbe, stepped into his office to give him a briefing on topical issues making the news and other political developments across the country. The briefing, I understood, centred on the issues in the print and electronic media that demanded the attention and action of the President...
(Myjoyonline 17/06/13)
British Prime Minister, David Cameron, is asking world leaders and donor countries to move away from the strategy of providing aid to developing countries, as a way of reducing extreme poverty. Mr David Cameron is advocating for a focus on assisting developing countries to attain fairer taxes, greater transparency and more trade activities. He said these were the three vital weapons needed to fight poverty. The British Prime Minister was speaking on tax, trade and transparency at the plenary session of the G8 Forum which was held at the Lancaster House in London. The United Kingdom is using this year's G8 summit to push an agenda of transparency; a move which is being supported by Ghana. In a discussion with...
(The Associated Press 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The desk is spotless and books neatly line the shelves in Nelson Mandela's office at a Johannesburg-based foundation that carries his name, but the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader hasn't worked there for years. The meticulously preserved room is one of many tributes to the legacy of a former prisoner who became so revered for his efforts to reconcile a racially divided nation that many South Africans cannot bring themselves to speak openly about the possibility of his death. That reluctance is gradually eroding as the 94-year-old receives treatment for a recurring lung infection, spending a fourth day in a Pretoria hospital on Tuesday. President Jacob Zuma called Mandela's condition "very serious" but said he has...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was spending his fourth day in hospital Tuesday where he was being treated in intensive care for a lung infection. The 94-year-old former president was rushed to a Pretoria hospital early Saturday and was said to be in serious but stable condition. His latest health scare has been met with prayers and a growing acceptance among South Africans that their hero may be nearing the end of his life. "He is receiving intensive care treatment," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, who served jail time with Mandela, told AFP on Monday. He "remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged," the presidency said after describing him as being in a "serious but stable" condition...
(Myjoyonline 07/06/13)
Recommendations of a policy brief put together by three organisations in the agricultural and health sectors have made a strong case for the Ministries of Food and Agriculture, Health and the Grains Development Board, to as a matter of importance, “recognize exposure to aflatoxins as a major public issue”. SEND-GHANA, the Food Research Institute (FRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSRI) and the Ecumenical Association for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (ECASARD), say the level of aflatoxins in 66 out of 202 maize samples analysed is above the national permissible levels. Aflatoxins are toxics produced by a particular type of fungi and they are found in maize, groundnuts, cassava and yam chips. According to a policy brief...
(Ghana Business News 05/06/13)
The African Development Bank’s (AfDB) proposed $20 billion innovative vehicle for the financing of Africa’s infrastructure has received endorsement from the Bank’s Board of Governors (BoGs). The BoGs welcomed the initiative at the just-ended 48th AfDB Annual Meetings in Marrakech, Morocco. The AfDB named the financing plan ‘Africa50Fund’ and it was in response to the request by African Heads of State to the AfDB to develop innovative financing solutions to address Africa’s infrastructure deficit. In a communiqué, the BoGs urged the Bank to “complete the process leading to the establishment of the Fund without delay”. “We concur that this is a big idea whose time has come,” the Governors said. On May 29, 2013, ghanabusinessnews.com reported that the AfDB was...
(Ventures Africa 04/06/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – The Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod) is seeking to raise $1.25 billion pre-export financing (PXF) syndicated loan to purchase cocoa in the upcoming 2013/14 cocoa season information from local press B&FT in Accra. This will be less than the $1.5billion Cocobod raised last year. Five international banks will be involved in the syndication and these are: Rand Merchant Bank and Nedbank, both from South Africa; Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU); Crédit Agricole; and Société Générale. Three groups of banks are bidding for the deal this year, unlike last year when only one group of 13 banks bid for the PXF. Noah Amenyah, Public Affairs Manager of Cocobod, revealed that the Board is spearheading a road-show together with...
(Reuters (Eng) 26/04/13)
Africa's brisk economic growth over the past decade has been consumer driven, a much-hyped trend that masks the uncomfortable fact that the region remains far too reliant on commodities. Sub-Saharan Africa's growth has been second only to Asia and cracked along at 5.8 percent last year, according to a World Bank estimate, if South Africa, the continent's biggest economy, is excluded. About two-thirds of growth in the past decade has been driven by domestic demand, which has been stoked by a number of factors including the continent's fast-growing and young population. Consumption has had multiplier effects into a range of services including banking and finance. Yet unlike in Asia, Africa's consumer boom has been financed mostly by income generated from...

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