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A.T. Kearney’s Global Retail Development Index 2019: Economic Development and Trade Policy are the largest factors in shaping global retail growth

A.T. Kearney’s Global Retail Development Index 2019: Economic Development and Trade Policy are the largest factors in shaping global retail growth

AFRICA
A.T. Kearney’s Global Retail Development Index highlights the rise in African countries, with Ghana and Senegal making the top 10 on the index JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, January 13, 2020/ -- A.T. Kearney’s Global Retail Development Index reveals that economic development and trade policy remain the largest factors in shaping retail growth in consumer markets. While social media and e-commerce fuel the evolution of global consumers, national, regional and local realities, such as internet connectivity and the availability and cost of labor, continue to shape retail development globally.The bi-annual study of the global retailing landscape also revealed that South African retailers Pick ‘n Pay and Massmart Holdings are expanding into African retail markets, particularly Ghana...
Rugby Rwanda Thirty qualify as Rugby Level 1 Coaches

Rugby Rwanda Thirty qualify as Rugby Level 1 Coaches

AFRICA
The coaches included twenty men and ten female participants and were trained by John Bosco Muamba from Rugby African and Dr Joseph Kalanzi from Uganda KIGALI, Rwanda, January 13, 2020/ -- Rwanda Rugby Federation (RRF) thirty participants including development officers have qualified as Level 1 coaches after concluding a four-day training program organized in Kigali by Rwanda rugby federation in partnership with Rwanda National Olympic Sports Committee on Thursday.The coaches included twenty men and ten female participants and were trained by John Bosco Muamba from Rugby African and Dr Joseph Kalanzi from Uganda on major aspects which included the technical difference between the 7's and 15 aside rugby, first aid, and fitness as well as strengthening and conditioning.Joh...
Joint Statement on the Acceptance of a Ceasefire in Libya

Joint Statement on the Acceptance of a Ceasefire in Libya

AFRICA
TRIPOLI, Libya, January 13, 2020/ -- The embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Delegation of the European Union join the UN Support Mission for Libya in welcoming the acceptance by parties in Libya of a ceasefire on January 12 and announcement that both the GNA and LNA will halt military operations. We urge the parties to seize this fragile opportunity to address the key political, economic, and security issues underlaying the conflict. In the spirit of the upcoming Berlin conference, we remain committed to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya, free from undue external interferences, and are prepared to support Libyan parties in achieving a long-term cessation of hostilities and a political settlement that will enable ...

Press release following the meeting between President Charles Michel and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt

AFRICA
President Michel reiterated that a political process is the only way forward and the Libyans should be at the heart of defining their futureBRUSSELS, Belgium, January 13, 2020/ -- On 12 January, Charles Michel, President of the European Council met with Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, President of Egypt, in Cairo.The crisis in Libya was at the core of their discussion. President Michel reiterated that a political process is the only way forward and the Libyans should be at the heart of defining their future. Both expressed support for the Berlin process and UN initiatives which are key to reaching a political solution. On Iran, the President of the European Council expressed his great concern and repeated the call for maximum restraint.The two presidents also had a fruitful exchange on the current ...
“Teach courses that address societal needs & develop country” – Museveni

“Teach courses that address societal needs & develop country” – Museveni

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, UGANDA, ZIMBABWE
Uganda,Gulu: The Country's President Yoweri Museveni has called on universities in the country to teach courses that will help address the needs of society and the development of the country. Some of the graduants attentively listening to President Museveni as he addressed them during the 15th Graduation ceremony of Gulu University at their main campus on Saturday 11th January 2020.Photo by Abu Mwesigwa/PPU The President was today officiated the 15th graduation ceremony of Gulu University in Northern Uganda where over 1,500 students graduated with Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. 226 of the students had been on government sponsorship. “Human living is about solving the needs (emikyeno) of society, like food, health, mobility, water, communication and entertainment. In the c...
Museveni explains purpose of the Galamba-Bireembo Trek

Museveni explains purpose of the Galamba-Bireembo Trek

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, TANZANIA, UGANDA, Zambia, ZIMBABWE
Birembo,Uganda: Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has explained that the purpose of the 2020 Great Trek from Galamba in Wakiso District to Birembo in Kakumiro District was not to show stamina but rather to educate the young generation about the history of their country, appreciate the veterans who fough for its liberation and do what they need to do to make sure that their country survives. “I want you to look at the history of the ones who were before you who had a deeper understanding of what Africa needs but also had the discipline to fight for it. I also wanted to expose you to your country so that you see the potential in agriculture and tourism industry. When I was looking at the hills of Kanzira, Butoloogo, I was thinking of the idea of supporting you with health tourism fac...
President urges Kakumiro District residents on prosperity

President urges Kakumiro District residents on prosperity

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, UGANDA, ZIMBABWE
Birembo,Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni has urged the people of Kakumiro District in Bunyoro Sub-Region to prioritize household income and leave issues of infrastructure development to Government to implement. President Yoweri Museveni and  First Lady and minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni, and Gen. Joram Mugume at Birembo heroes monument  Friday 10/01/2020. PHOTOS BY PPU/ENOCK KAKANDE The President, who was accompanied by the 1st Lady, Hon. Janet Museveni was this afternoon addressing a public rally at Our Lady of Africa Catholic Parish grounds in Kakumiro after the successful conclusion of the 195 Km Great Trek that started on 4th January from Galamba in Wakiso District and ended yesterday at Birembo in Kakumiro District. Before today’s rally, the President...
Senior U.S. Africa Command Officials visit Troops at Manda Bay

Senior U.S. Africa Command Officials visit Troops at Manda Bay

AFRICA
This visit follows the Jan. 5 attack by al-Shabaab militants at the airfield JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Senior U.S. Africa Command officials visited partner forces and U.S. troops stationed at Camp Simba and Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya, Jan 9. This visit follows the Jan. 5 attack by al-Shabaab militants at the airfield. "I immediately sent members of my command team to hear directly from our troops and commanders on the ground about the details of the attack by al-Shabaab," said U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command. "I want ground truth to assess the situation and hear from the troops to ensure they have what they need to accomplish their mission. As the circumstances surrounding this attack are investigated, our deepest condolence...
Trade Minister hails lasting partnership with Morocco ahead of UK-Africa Investment Summit

Trade Minister hails lasting partnership with Morocco ahead of UK-Africa Investment Summit

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UK-Africa Investment Summit will be held in London later this month LONDON, United Kingdom, January 10, 2020/ -- International Trade Minister, Conor Burns, will meet with Ministers in Rabat, Morocco today to reaffirm the UK’s commitment to investing in Africa’s future through trade. While there, Minister Burns will be the first UK Minister to visit the Noor Solar Plant, the world’s largest solar plant of its kind, as Morocco pursues its ambition to source more than half of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. The UK has widely recognised and respected expertise in renewable energy, and its experienced solar industry has great potential for collaboration with Morocco in this crucial sector. The visit comes ahead of the world’s first ...
President hosts UPDF High Command, Ministers to dinner in Bireembo

President hosts UPDF High Command, Ministers to dinner in Bireembo

AFRICA
President Yoweri Museveni, who was the Chief walker in the 6-day successful 2020 Great Trek from Galamba in Wakiso District to Bireembo in Kibaale District, has hosted the UPDF High Command and Cabinet Ministers, among other prominent officials, to a dinner. The dinner took place last evening (Thursday 9th January 2020) at Bireembo Technical Institute grounds in Kibaale District, Bunyoro Sub-Region. Codenamed ‘Africa Kwetu’, the 195 Km long Great Trek saw walkers pass through the districts of Wakiso, Luweero, Nakaseke, Mityana, Kiboga, Kassanda, Kakumiro up to Bireembo in Kibaale District. The Trek that kicked off on 4th January 2020 was in commemoration of the sacrifices made by freedom fighters in the struggle to liberate Uganda. The Trek traced the routes that the NRA fighters t...
Announcement of Environmental Audit of Oilfields in the Republic  of Sudan

Announcement of Environmental Audit of Oilfields in the Republic of Sudan

AFRICA
The Republic of South Sudan Invites Companies to Bid for a Tender to Conduct a Full Environmental Audit of the Country’s Oilfields JUBA, South Sudan, January 10, 2020/ -- The Government of the Republic of South Sudan has announced a tender for a comprehensive environmental audit of all the country’s producing oilfields. The Petroleum Act of 2012, enacted a year after independence, governs the oil sector in South Sudan. The Act is designed to better manage the environmental impact of the sector after years of neglect prior to independence, and the resulting pollution. Civil war also prevented the proper management of the environment, based on environmentally, socially and economically sustainable principles. South Sudan is now faced with the challenge of balancing developme...
How Africa is making the most of waste

How Africa is making the most of waste

AFRICA
LAGOS, Nigeria, January 9, 2020/ -- VA BizHive: Ventures Africa releases the second edition of its business series—Is waste the future? Ventures Africa (VenturesAfrica.com), an online news platform and community that produces stories about an evolving Africa, has released the second edition of its business series, Ventures Africa BizHive. The quarterly digital magazine covers news analysis and discussions around entrepreneurship, evolving business trends and innovations around Africa. This latest issue titled Is waste the future? (http://bit.ly/2FBaIby) explores waste management and recycling from a unique angle that could shape Africa’s future for the better. Waste generated in sub-Saharan Africa alone is 62 million tons (http://bit.ly/39T...

Press Release Regarding the Joint Statement Made by Greece, France, Greek Cypriot Administration (GCA) and Egypt on the Eastern Mediterranean

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Turkey, with the longest coastline in the Mediterranean has the right to speak on any project concerning the region ANKARA, Turkey, January 10, 2020/ -- The press statement regarding the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, following the meeting in Cairo on 8 January 2020 with the participation of the Foreign Ministers of Greece, France, Greek Cypriot Administration (GCA) and Egypt as well as Italy, is based entirely on factitious arguments and false premises. The two memoranda of understanding that we signed with the legitimate and the internationally recognized government of Libya, are legitimate and fully compatible with international law. These memoranda of understanding constitute a response to those aiming to disregard the presence o...
Kenya and Guinea Bissau agree to deepen bilateral ties

Kenya and Guinea Bissau agree to deepen bilateral ties

AFRICA
MOMBASA, 7 January 2020 (PSCU) – Kenya and Guinea Bissau have agreed to work more closely to deepen their bilateral ties. Speaking today at a meeting at State House, Mombasa, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Guinea Bissau President-Elect Umaro Cissoko Embalo said the two countries will enhance their cooperation for the benefit of the citizens of the two nations.  The leaders singled out exchange of students and teachers, collaboration in technical training, trade and security as some of the key areas of focus in bolstering cooperation between Kenya and Guinea Bissau.  President Kenyatta congratulated the President-Elect for his recent win and urged him to bring the people of Guinea Bissau together, saying unity is critical for national development. The two leaders also r...

President Kenyatta mourns Mama Martha Gachagua, condoles family of Laikipia politician Maitho Murigu

AFRICA
MOMBASA, 6 January 2019, (PSCU)—President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family, relatives and friends of Mama Martha Kirigo Gachagua. Mama Martha Kirigo is the mother of Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua and the late former Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua. In his message of comfort to the Gachagua family, the President described the late Mama Kirigo as a kind and hardworking woman who raised an outstanding family. “Mama Kirigo was a gracious and courageous woman who raised a successful family and mentored many in her community," the President eulogised. He described Mama Martha as strong pillar in her community saying the late will forever be remembered and cherished for her generosity and distinguished role in community service. The Head of State said...

Security cancels Bobi Wine’s Gulu meeting

AFRICA, UGANDA
As restrictions on political space tighten and police continues to display a more hardline stance against political association, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s planned meet-and-greet gatherings are becoming quite dangerous. Concerned by the persecution of his supporters, Kyadondo East MP has cancelled his People Power pressure group’s scheduled consultative meetings in the northern district of Gulu. Kyagulanyi, who has already declared a presidential run in 2021, had scheduled his second consultative meeting with his supporters from Acholi region in Gulu on Tuesday. His ‘People Power’ activists had booked De Covenant, a hangout in Layibi Division in Gulu municipality to host the consultations.   But Kyagulanyi cancelled the meeting. He told journalists at ...

Uganda to host 2024 Commonwealth speakers conference

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
Uganda has been appointed to host the Speakers and Presiding Officers Conference of the Commonwealth (CSPOC) in 2024. The decision was made on Monday at the ongoing CSPOC in Ottawa, Canada. Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Ugandan MPs and parliamentary officials were also in attendance. At the Monday forum, issues discussed included forum CSPOC meetings; format of the said gatherings; Standing Committee Rules and venues for future conferences. It was agreed that the 2021 CSPOC would be held in Guernsey. The latter is an island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy. In 2022, Australia will be the host. In 2023, the Standing Committee meeting will be held in Trinidad and Tobago. Other issues on the agenda throughout this week will be parliamentary engagement; o...

Al-Shabaab bomb kills 3, wounds 6 in Somali capital

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
A Somali official says a car bomb has killed three people and wounded six others at a checkpoint in the capital. Salah Omar, a spokesman for the Mogadishu mayor, says the blast occurred Wednesday as soldiers were conducting searches at a checkpoint. He said the bomb attached to the vehicle was remotely detonated. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility. The group often targets Somalia’s capital By Kayongo Brian Timothy

Libya rebels capture Sirte, birthplace of Gaddafi

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
Forces loyal to renegade General Khalifa Haftar are in control of Sirte, the birthplace of former ruler Muammar Gaddafi. The self-styled Libyan National Army fighters took control of the coastal city late on Monday. Sirte had been under the control of the Tripoli-based government since 2016. Forces loyal to the internationally recognised Government of National Accord said they withdrew from Sirte to avoid civilian casualties. The city of 120,000 is a strategic asset for Haftar, whose administration is based in Benghazi. It sits just west of important oil terminals also controlled by his forces. It is also located on supply routes between eastern, western and southern Libya. Haftar, who is backed by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and some European countries is k...

Guineans resume marches over constitutional tweaks

AFRICA
Thousands of Guineans took to the streets on Monday in a new anti-government protest, with partisan violence injuring at least 12 people in the country’s east. The West African country has been hit by rolling protests since mid-October over concerns President Alpha Conde plans to stay in office for a third term. Wearing the opposition colour red, protesters carried placards reading “No to a new constitution” and “No to a third mandate for Alpha Conde”. Conde, 81, announced a new draft constitution last month, but which critics fear he will use to pursue a third term. About 20 people have died since the protests began, according to an AFP tally, and one gendarme has also been killed By Kayongo Brian Timothy