AMERICA

U.S. firm seeks to set up Energy Renewable manufacturing plant in Zambia

U.S. firm seeks to set up Energy Renewable manufacturing plant in Zambia

AMERICA
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America: A U.S. San Francisco, California based company, RD Global, working with a Japanese company, Mera Group Corporation, plans to set up a manufacturing plant of energy renewable products in Zambia in an effort to mitigate the energy deficit in the region. Mera Group Corporation, Business Development Advisor Rune Gunnar Dige says Zambia has been chosen as a preferred choice of investment in the energy sector because of its geographical position among countries in the Southern African region. Mr. Dige who is also RD Global Managing Director says Mera Group Corporation as part of its international business will seek to establish a distribution base of energy renewable products in the country and export them from Zambia to other
IMF Executive Board Completes Seventh PSI Review for Tanzania

IMF Executive Board Completes Seventh PSI Review for Tanzania

AMERICA, TANZANIA
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America: Macroeconomic performance under the program has been satisfactory. Most quantitative targets were met, though implementation of structural measures lagged. Authorities should step up budget implementation, particularly in development spending, and macroeconomic policies will need to be closely coordinated. On January 10, 2018, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund completed the seventh and last review of Tanzania’s economic performance under a program supported by the Policy Support Instrument (PSI).[1] The decision was made without a Board meeting[2] and included the granting of waivers for the non-observance of the end-June 2017 assessment criteria on the floor of tax revenues and the ceiling of
Uganda’s Ambassador to US  banished from office

Uganda’s Ambassador to US banished from office

AMERICA, UGANDA
Washington DC, United States: Dickson Ogwang a Ugandan ambassador to Washington DC, was confirmed kicked out of the office due to reports by the US Police, he had beaten his wife a month ago. The police found Ogwang’s wife covered in bruises after being battered. Police took the battered woman to hospital. As a penalty, the State Department asked the Foreign Affairs Ministry to recall Amb Ogwang to Kampala since he could not be arrested or prosecuted in the US. Ogwang is remembered for speaking out on the US deployment of troops to Uganda during the 2012 hunt for Lord’s Resistance Army warlord, Joseph Kony. He took over from H.E. Amb. Oliver Wonekha, the outgoing Ambassador of Uganda to USA, last year. The spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Margaret Ka
Overseas Private Investment Corporation Executive Vice President Travels to Togo

Overseas Private Investment Corporation Executive Vice President Travels to Togo

AMERICA, INTERNATIONAL
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America: Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Executive Vice President David Bohigian yesterday traveled to the West African country of Togo where he met with Togolese Prime Minister Komi Klassou and toured an OPIC-supported power plant that tripled the country's energy supply. ContourGlobal, a U.S. based company, built the Lomé Thermal Power Plant in Togo with financing and political risk insurance from OPIC, the U.S. Government's development finance institution. One of the largest investments ever made in Togo, it succeeded in bolstering the country's energy generation capacity and significantly reducing rolling blackouts. American companies recognize the opportunities in West Africa - especially in Togo "Americ
Secretary-General announces Special Investigation into attacks on peacekeepers in DRC

Secretary-General announces Special Investigation into attacks on peacekeepers in DRC

AFRICA, AMERICA, INTERNATIONAL
NEW YORK, United States of America: The Secretary-General  announced the appointment of Dmitry Titov of Russia to lead a Special Investigation into recent attacks on peacekeepers and peacekeeping bases in the Beni territory of North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo. This Special Investigation will include a focus on the 7 December attack in Semuliki, in which 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers were killed, 43 wounded and one remains missing. The Special Investigation will examine the circumstances surrounding these attacks, evaluate MONUSCO’s overall preparedness and response to the events and provide recommendations on how to prevent such attacks from occurring in the future or when they do occur, from having such lethal consequences. The investigation team wil
Eleven dead after gun battle erupts outside Mexican beach resort

Eleven dead after gun battle erupts outside Mexican beach resort

AMERICA, INTERNATIONAL
Mexico city, Mexico: MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The aftermath of a gunfight on the outskirts of the Mexican seaside resort of Acapulco that pit residents of a small town against members of a local, self-appointed community police force has left 11 dead, state officials said on Sunday. The exchange of gunfire took place in the farming community of La Concepcion, just south of Acapulco, after elements of the community police detailed a young man for disorderly conduct during town festivities early Sunday morning. Eight local residents were killed in that exchange. Another 30 members of the local police, which had been authorized by state officials to operate in the small town, were arrested in the operation. Acapulco is the biggest city in the southern state...
Ethiopian Government Pledges to Release ‘Political Prisoners’

Ethiopian Government Pledges to Release ‘Political Prisoners’

AFRICA, AMERICA, INTERNATIONAL
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America: In response to the announcement by the government of Ethiopia that it will release all political prisoners and close the notorious Central Crime Investigation Center, also known as Maikelawi, Freedom House issued the following statement: Ethiopia’s pledge to release political prisoners is a positive step that needs to be followed by many more steps toward democratization “Ethiopia’s pledge to release political prisoners is a positive step that needs to be followed by many more steps toward democratization,” said Jon Temin, director for Africa programs at Freedom House. “The Ethiopian government jailed thousands for participating in peaceful street demonstrations and involvement with opposition political parties, activi