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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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 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
Before today’s rally, the President...
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...
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 ...
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.
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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
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...
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.
cancelled the meeting. He told journalists at ...
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...
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
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
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...
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, 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