10 Nordic-based African players in Cup of Nations

  Ten of the players featuring in the Total African Cup of Nations, which began Saturday with hosts Gabon drawing 1-1 against debutants Guinea Bissau, ply their trade in the Nordic countries.   Ivory Coast is putting up a defense of its crown with a team made of goalkeeper Sayouba Mande from Norweigan club Stabek while Guinea Bissau’s Francisco Santos Junior plays […]

Finland: Illegal immigrants create security concerns

  Unsuccessful asylum seekers who choose to stay in the country illegally have raised concerns among security authorities in Finland, reveals Päivi Nerg, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of the Interior.   She added in an interview with Helsingin Sanomat that unsuccessful asylum seekers who disappear before returning to their country of origin are a […]

World Bank predicts global economic growth

Global economic growth is forecast to accelerate moderately to 2.7 percent in 2017 after a post-crisis low last year as obstacles to activity recede among emerging market and developing economy commodity exporters, while domestic demand remains solid among emerging and developing commodity importers, the World Bank said in a report released on Tuesday. Growth in […]

SAS among world’s safest airlines

The annual report from Airline Ratings has rated the Scandinavian airline SAS as being among the safest airlines in the skies. The report, which ranked 425 airlines from around the world, had SAS among the 20 safest airlines. “We are really pleased and proud that we are in the top 20 safest airlines in the […]

Sweden’s security must be seen in a broader perspective

  The new security situation, the growing political power rivalries and the broader security policy developments place new demands on the State’s capacity to safeguard the security of Sweden’s inhabitants. They also place new demands on strategic thinking over longer periods, and a better understanding of security developments, around the world as well as in […]

Over 50 entries for African enterpreneurship award

More than 50 projects from 13 African countries were submitted as entries for the African Finance and Investment (AFIF) Entrepreneurship award with the winner to be announced in February.   EMRC and Rabobank, which are the organizers and sponsors of the award,  are evaluating the projects and will announce the top four and five this week, Ines Marques, senior […]

Senegal diaspora granted 15 seats in parliament

Representatives from Senegal’s diaspora will be granted almost 10% of seats in parliament, lawmakers said on Tuesday, underlining the key role that migrants play in the west African nation’s economy. More than half a million Senegalese live outside their homeland, sending back more than $1.64bn a year in remittances to their families, according to International […]

Liberia could return to war- CRS survey

Half of all Liberians think their West African nation could plunge back into conflict more than a decade after civil war ended, due to widespread corruption and rows over land, an aid agency said on Thursday. Systemic corruption in the public sector, disputes over landownership and high rates of youth unemployment were cited by Liberians […]

African ministers to debate opportunities in tourism

More than 20 ministers of tourism from Africa will debate the opportunities that the sector can bring to the continent at the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR) which will be held during the International Tourism Fair in Spain (FITUR) from January 18-24. INVESTOUR will focus on the role of sustainable tourism to foster social inclusion and […]

Sweden takes its seat on UN Security Council

Sweden’s non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council has begun. In January, Sweden will also hold the Security Council presidency. This comes at a time marked by many complex conflicts. Syria continues to be a nightmare. Tensions in our neighbourhood have increased. The EU and the UN, established in the post-war period to maintain peace, […]