President George Manneh Weah. (Photo: Executive Mansion)

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LIBERIA - The President, His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah, has signed into law two major legal instruments, the Kamara Abdullah Kamara (KAK) Act of Press Freedom and the Act to name certain Roads and Bridges within the Republic of Liberia.

The eCommerce Africa Conference and Exhibition, delivered by DHL, is hosted by South African conferencing company, Kinetic
SOUTH AFRICA –  DHL Express (www.DHL.com) in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has announced that the company has once again signed on as lead sponsor for the 2019 DHL eCommerce Africa Conference and Exhibition, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Center on the 19thand 20thof March 2019. 

 

The Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Manuel Sager presented Water Management at the agency's annual press conference held recently as the agency's priority for 2019 and its main focus on international cooperation for 2021–2024.

NIGERIA – The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu recently warned compliance officers in banks against colluding with politicians who are repatriating stolen funds for general elections.

Through the Safe Savings (SaVa) Project a number of street children will be given a new lease of life secure means to collect and bank their hard-earned income

TOGO – Ecobank, the pan-African bank, is partnering with leading international children rights NGO Terre des Hommes to offer digital financial services to some of the most vulnerable children in Togo – those under the age of 18 who work or live on the streets.

 

Togo’s government has set up a ministerial department that will be in charge of promoting local consumption through products “made in Togo”. The portfolio was assigned to Kodjo Adedze, the newly appointed minister of trade according to Togo First report.

CAMEROON – Banana exporters in Cameroon shipped a total of 15,605 tons during the last month of 2018, nearly 2,000 tons down the 17,137 tons shipped in November.

 

NIGERIA - The central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) announced that it was planning to invest NGN 75 billion (about €182.5 million) in the refinery project initiated by Aliko Dangote.


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[Premium Times] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged Africa governments to use domestic resources to fund core Tuberculosis (TB) control services in their countries

[Nairobi News] Uganda's Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has been airlifted to Nairobi for treatment, Nairobi News understands.

[New Times] The Ministry of Health has urged Rwandans to undertake screening for tuberculosis at the earliest opportunity, in order to get early treatment and reduce chances of acquiring preventable deaths associated with the disease.

[Guardian] Medical experts have warned of the spread of the untreatable variant of tuberculosis (TB) in Nigeria.

[Malawi News Agency] Chiradzulu -Chiradzulu District Hospital will from 8 to 12 April, 2019 hold a surgical camp with the help of doctors from Singapore.

[News24Wire] In the midst of rolling blackouts throughout South Africa Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Coronationville, Johannesburg, says it is in talks with City Power and power utility Eskom to have its own load shedding schedule and be exempted from that of its surrounding area.

[New Times] It was a carnival- like atmosphere inside the gigantic Intare Conference Arena in Rusororo, as Nigerian pop sensation Burna Boy brought down a full house at his "Burna Boy Experience in Kigali" concert Saturday night.

[Nairobi News] An upcoming Kenyan gospel musician, Christonimph Wambui, better known as Vivah, was among the 12 people who perished in a grisly road accident along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway on Friday.

[Nairobi News] Secular musician Esther Akoth, aka Akothee, has won praises for helping raise more than Sh3 million to assist the people of Turkana county who are facing starvation.

[The Herald] After more than 10 years in the United Kingdom, gospel musician Ivy Kombo last Friday returned home with a new mission.

[Vanguard] Following Kupanda Holdings' recent multi-million dollar investment in Mavin Records, the label has unveiled Divine Ikubor, a.k.a Rema, a new artiste signed under Jonzing World, Mavin's first ever imprint record label.

[The Herald] Chimurenga musician Thomas Mapfumo finally left for his United States base after three months of speculation over his stay in the country.

[Zimbabwe Standard] Many sad and disturbing stories have been told and continue to be told about Cyclone Idai, which has claimed the lives of hundreds of people in Zimbabwe and neighbouring Mozambique. For 15-year-old Noah Zimbeva, a survivor of the devastation, the experience remains unique to him and his family.

[Nation] Teachers union boss Wilson Sossion has asked tutors to boycott training on the new competency-based curriculum, saying it is bound to fail.

[Guardian] Abuja -President Muhammadu Buhari at the weekend said the Federal Government was committed to making education affordable to youths through the open and distance learning (ODL) system.

[The Herald] President Mnangagwa has tasked two Cabinet ministers to work together in addressing challenges affecting the teaching of sciences in Beitbridge district.

[Malawi News Agency] Blantyre -Government through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is encouraging primary schools to embark on home-grown school feeding as one way of expanding the school feeding programme which was introduced by World Food Programme (WFP).

[Nation] A Kenyan science teacher has been crowned the best in the world after winning the 2019 Global Teacher Prize.

[Nation] On Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Rev Peter Kaniah, the secretary general of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA), dispatched letters to the 56 presbyteries across the country calling on them to come to the aid of one of their real estate projects -- the Sh1.7 billion Milele Beach Hotel in Mombasa.

[New Times] The latest addition to the growing list of products is the Kigali city sightseeing double decker bus, which was unveiled yesterday by Kigali City Tour Ltd, Rwanda Development Board, and the City of Kigali.

[Citizen] Tanga -Organizers of Tanga International Trade Fair (TITF) have embarked on a strategy to market Tanga Region to investors in the tourism sector during this year's trade fair.

[Monitor] In her first public speech since being appointed Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) chief executive officer Lilly Ajarova has said she will make water transport tourism a priority resource as government seeks to build on the gains so far reached.

[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -National flag carrier Tunisair is preparing for the summer season and 26 aircraft will be operational before the end of May 2019. The company will also charter two additional aircraft to meet additional needs during the summer and tourism season, Minister of Transport Hichem Ben Ahmed told TAP on Thursday.

[This Day] The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said the New Generation of IATA Settlement Systems (NewGen ISS), is not a program that is specific to Nigeria.

The museum called on visitors to behave more respectfully after finding photos of people balancing on the tracks at the former Nazi death camp. "There are better places to learn how to walk on a balance beam," it said.

An exhibition of art focusing on Michael Jackson is opening in Bonn's Bundeskunsthalle, amid fresh controversy over the singer's alleged abuse of children. The show's organizers say they want to open the debate.

A new docudrama starring Tom Schilling revisits the life of Bertolt Brecht and how he became one of the most iconic playwrights of the 20th century. But in a #MeToo era, his style with women doesn't feel as noble.

Stephan Grünewald has been called the "psychologist of the nation." With a new book out, he tells DW about the concerns of Germans, unrest in Europe, Brexit and the dangers of the digitized world.

[Observer] Entrepreneur and poet Patrice Juah is always on the move. If she is not working to empower girls through her "Sexy Like A Book" initiative, she is creatively tinkering with Liberian country cloth, globetrotting on public speaking engagements or, in this case, working tirelessly to promote her highly acclaimed debut book of poems.

Shown at Berlin's International Football Film Festival, "Pelé aus Neubrandenburg" highlights the little-known connection between the GDR and Africa. Its director told DW what's inspiring about Chérif Souleymane's story.

[Daily Trust] The Police Command in Anambra State has arrested three persons allegedly involved in production and circulation of a viral video where a nude woman was humiliated.

[Ilizwi263] Controversial businessman, Ginimbi, posted a video in which he asks a young girl to show him her breasts. Vimbaishe Musvaburi gives her reaction.

[Dalsan Radio] Approximately 70 Somali businesswomen have been taken through a forum to support access to finance for women-led enterprises, attended by esteemed ministers from the Jubaland Ministry of Women, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Fishery and Marine Resources, and Ministry of Trade and Commerce.

[New Times] Catholic faithful at Cathedral Parish of Ruhengeri in Musanze District have contributed Rwf1.7 million towards support to underage girls from vulnerable families who dropped out schools as consequence of being defiled and impregnated.

[Monitor] Mpigi -Ms Amelia Kyambadde, Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives has urged women and youth to work hard to improve their livelihood and contribute to the country's economic growth.

[Citizen] "Where there is a woman, there is development," was one of the quotes during the 8th CSR forum held on March 19, 2019 in Dar es Salaam. It was made by Racheal Chagonja of HakiRasilimali, in one of the panel discussions, titled: "Maximizing participation of women in private sector value chains."

What will happen to the thousands of IS members who surrendered in the final phase of the battle in Syria? Neighboring Iraq might try them but the country suffers from overcrowded prisons and overworked courts.

Activists from 35 countries met in Berlin this week to call for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons, ahead of new talks on such weapons in Geneva. They say that if Germany took the lead, other countries would follow

The resignation of Kazakhstan's president has given rise to speculation over the future transfer of power in Russia. Will Vladimir Putin follow Nursultan Nazarbayev's lead? Juri Rescheto reports from Moscow.

Israel's acting foreign minister says US President Donald Trump will sign an executive order recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Syrian border territory on Monday. Germany and other US allies oppose the move.

The Prespa agreement has put an end to the decades-old name dispute between Greece and North Macedonia, but it hasn't settled every related question. For example: Who has the right to sell "Macedonian wine" now?

A Christchurch vigil to reject racism and grieve for 50 Muslims killed last week in local mosques drew 15,000 people. One of the victims injured in the shooting said the vigil showed "that we are all one."

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Majority of Kenyans at 65 per cent support proposed constitutional amendments, according to a new survey by Infotrak Research and Consulting.

[News24Wire] A week ago, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi were hit by one of the biggest tropical cyclone ever recorded in the southern African region.

[Nation] Politicians in the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) have taken jabs at Deputy President William Ruto, accusing him of derailing President Uhuru Kenyatta's war on corruption.

[Zimbabwe Standard] Bulawayo photo-journalist Crispen Ndlovu is working on a documentary about government atrocities dating back to Gukurahundi including last year's August 1 killings.

[East African] The legitimacy of Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi is being tested following the failure of his party to win a single Senate seat, and the decision by the US to impose sanctions on electoral officials who presided over his victory.

[East African] A Ugandan MP survived an attempt on her life on Sunday after unknown gunmen tried to ambush her, police have confirmed.

The German government is to fund a massive 10-year modernization program, a newspaper has reported. The proposals could offer relief for commuters who have long complained about the tardiness of Deutsche Bahn trains.

[Independent (Kampala)] Masaka -Engineers have expressed fear that the section of Kampala-Masaka highway from Lwera Swamp might be scouring from underneath.

[Daily Trust] The Federal Government says it will gradually phase out the use of chemical fertilisers in agriculture to ensure the production of healthy foods for the people.

[Daily Trust] The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, says Nigeria loses over four trillion Naira annually in the extractive industry due to lack of laws and policies.

[Daily Trust] The current inflation rate of 11.31 percent for February 2019 released by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) is not reflective of true economic situation in the country, academics have said.

[New Times] Over 1500 delegates from across Africa and beyond are in Kigali for a continental private sector meeting dubbed, Africa CEO Summit.

Nico Schulz had the final word in a seesawing game between rivals Germany and the Netherlands. Schulz's 90th minute strike secured his side a 3-2 win after they'd thrown away a two goal lead in the Euro 2020 qualifier.

In a thrilling 3-2 victory in Amsterdam, Joachim Löw showed he still had a few tactical tricks up his sleeve. A new look attack took the Netherlands by surprise, but his team still requires a lot of work in other areas.

[New Zimbabwe] The Zimbabwe senior national football team has booked a place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Egypt with a 2-0 defeat of Congo-Brazzaville in a Group G final encounter played at a packed National Sports Stadium Sunday afternoon.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -The East African Community will be fully represented at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt in June after Tanzania beat Uganda 3-0 at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam to qualify.

[SAFA] 24 March 2019 - Bafana Bafana have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in scintillating fashion.

[New Times] Rwanda's US-based middle distance runner James Sugira has pulled out of the team that will represent the country at the upcoming 43rd IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

[Observer] A three-day training on access to finance for small Liberian business under the Post Ebola loan project will today, Wednesday, March 20, 2019 commence in Monrovia.

[ISS] 'Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right' reads the slogan of the 2019 United Nations World Water Day. After the 2018 crisis in Cape Town, South Africans know that although water may be a human right, it is not necessarily guaranteed. Despite receding from the headlines, water security remains a concern for millions of South Africans.

[WaterAid] On this World Water Day it is important to realise that, while Ethiopia's economy is growing, to achieve true progress and eradicate poverty we need universal access to clean water.

[Govt of SA] Earlier today the Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Barbara Thomson, launched the Gugulethu Environmental Awareness and Sustainability Initiative as part of the Good Green Deeds campaign, at the Gugulethu NY2 Indoor Sports Complex, in Cape Town.

[UNEP] An ambitious new conservation programme brings six nations together to ensure the future of one of the world's most vital ecosystems.

[The Conversation Africa] John F. May, Georgetown University

[Innovation in Africa] The challenge for start-ups in francophone Africa is that individual country markets are relatively small and it's not easy to operate regionally across multiple countries. Russell Southwood talks to Issam Chleuh, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Suguba about how it is seeking to tackle the problem and its involvement with the L'Afrique Excelle programme.

[This Day] When Dr. Dele Sanni ran out funds for his innovative machine, he felt deeply frustrated. An opportunity later presented itself, leading to his eventual triumph. This has earned him a place on the 2019 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation long-list.

[Govt of SA] South Africa has put its signature on the international treaty establishing the Square Kilometer Array Observatory (SKAO) as an intergovernmental organisation tasked with building and operating the world's most powerful radio astronomy telescope.

[CIO] The Digital Innovation Group (DIG Africa) comprising of East Africa's top techies, recently launched the digital disruption caucus at the Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya.

[CIO] In a new paper published recently in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution, mathematicians and conservationists from the UK, Africa and the United States discuss how they have used both machine-learning and citizen science techniques to accurately count wildebeest in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania more rapidly than is possible using traditional methods.

[Balancing Act] London -With a few exceptions, Sub-Saharan Africa's broadband markets are stuck. No-one currently has the capital or the focus to create a low-cost, high capacity mass market broadband offer. Might local loop unbundling might be one answer? Russell Southwood looks at Morocco's experience and argues for a short, sharp dose of more private sector innovation.

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