BRUSSELS, Belgium On 23 October 2017, the Council renewed the EU restrictive measures against Burundi for another year until 31 October 2018. These measures consist of a travel ban and asset freeze against four persons whose activities are deemed to be undermining democratic governance and obstructing the search for a peaceful political solution in Burundi. These activities include acts of violence, repression or incitement to violence and acts which constitute serious human rights violations. The EU remains profoundly concerned by information on continuing extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests and detentions, forced disappearances, torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and gender-based violence, including sexual violence committed in Burundi sinc...
ARUSHA, Tanzania POINT 1: Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) (www.Marriott.com) today announced the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Arusha, The Arusha Hotel (FourPointsTheArushaHotel.com), marking the debut of the brand into Tanzania. Founded in 1894, The Arusha Hotel, has emerged as a city landmark playing host to many dignitaries and well known personalities over more than 120 years. Rebranded after renovation, the hotel retains its unique charm reminiscent of a bygone era and a fabled past. Located steps away from the famous Clock Tower, known to mark the center point from Cairo to Cape Town, it is easily accessible from both Arusha as well as the Kilimanjaro International Airport. Nestled within three acres of lush tropical gardens, it sits snugly in
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania According to the 2014–2016 Tanzania National Financial Inclusion Framework the level of formal financial access in the rural areas of Tanzania is 8.5% compared to 23% in the urban areas and totally excluded rural population is 60% compared to 45% in urban areas. The ninth edition of the Tanzania Economic Update highlighted the country’s extraordinary progress in bringing financial services to 62% of its population today compared to 11% in 2006, making it a regional leader in the use of digital financial services and putting it on a solid footing to achieve Universal Financial Access by 2020 Hundreds of thousands of low-income people have gained access to financial products including credit, savings and money transfers through leveraging
Nairobi,Kenya: Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates. Kenya's government has banned opposition protests in the biggest three biggest cities because of "imminent danger of breach of peace" as the fresh presidential election approaches. The National Super Alliance (Nasa) leaders and supporters have been taking to the street in major towns in its strongholds, including in the capital Nairobi, demanding reforms in the IEBC. But Interior Cabinet Minister Fred Matiang'i announcing the ban on Thursday said the demonstrators had resorted to looting and destroying property. "Due to the clear, present and imminent danger of breach of peace, the government notifies the public that, for the time being, we will not allow demonstrations within the central business districts of Nairobi, Mombasa an
NAIROBI, Kenya Facebook (www.Facebook.com) today hosted a gathering of group leaders from some of Kenya’s largest and most diverse Facebook Group communities, all representing a wide range of Groups from parenting to leisure, non-profit, and media. With the aim of listening, learning and connecting, this community meetup forms part of Facebook’s ongoing drive to strengthen its ecosystem in Africa, and to help people share moments and insights that matter most to them. Facebook believes Group leaders play a vital role in this, with their passion and dedication in helping to foster, form and strengthen communities. “More than 1 billion people use Facebook Groups each month,” says Ime Archibong, Facebook's Vice President of Partnerships. “More than 100 million
Nairobi –Kenya. Kenyan opposition Raila Odinga confirmed his withdraw from the 26th October Kenyan presidential elections, citing the government had failed to make changes in the electoral committee and the election process. Several people were injured in protests in Kenya on Wednesday, Kenyan police fired teargas at opposition protesters who burned tyres and lobbed stones, a day after their leader Raila Odinga announced his withdrawal from the presidential race, plunging the country into uncharted waters. Kenya will deploy security forces to monitor protests planned by the main opposition alliance, the government’s spokesman said, as he criticized the demonstrations for slowing down business. The opposition National Super Alliance plans to hold demonstrations in the ca
KIGALI, Rwanda Speech of The RT. Hon. Prime Minister, Dr. Edouard Ngirente at the Official Opening of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum. Honourable Ministers, Chief Executive Officer, RDB Chief Executive Officer of Bench Events, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning! On behalf of the Government of Rwanda, I am pleased to preside over, the official opening of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum that is taking place here at the Kigali Convention Centre. I wish to thank organisers of this Forum for having chosen Rwanda as a venue. I would like to warmly welcome you all to Rwanda. To all of you, especially those who came from near and far, please feel at home. We value your presence a lot. The Government of Rwanda would like to reiterate its com...
KIGALI, Rwanda From the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in Kigali, Rwanda, Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) (www.Marriott.com) today announced further expansion plans in Africa with seven new hotel signings. Marriott International was the first global chain to make a significant investment in Africa with the acquisition of Protea Hotels for $210 million in 2014. The company is targeting over 200 hotels with 37,000 rooms open or in the pipeline by 2022, equating to around $8.5 billion of capital investment by its real estate partners, reinforcing its continued commitment to expansion in Africa and solidifying its leadership on the continent. The investment is expected to generate substantial economic activity and around 50,000 direct and indirect jobs once the hotels open. “