Sweden-based Liberians give to hospital back home

    The Liberian Swedish Association (LSA) in December donated some materials to the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, Liberia for the use of the hospital’s maternal ward. Giving the items to the medical director of the hospital on behalf of the LSA, Francis Mensah, the association’s president, said the association learned from press reports that mothers who […]

BUILD Africa Forum Opens In Congo

BUILD Africa , the continent’s premier international business and investment infrastructure forum opened today in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. For two days, the first edition of the forum will seek to provide a comprehensive response to the continent’s infrastructure deficit. BUILD Africa was inaugurated by Denis Sassou N’Guesso, President of the Republic of Congo. The […]

Bloomberg Sets Up African Media Initiative

Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg L.P., philanthropist and former Mayor of New York City, Monday announced the launch of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa, a three-year pan-African program to build media capacity, convene international leaders and improve access to information in order to advance transparency, accountability and governance on the continent. The initial focus […]

EU says Danish voting rules too strict

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding criticised Denmark and a handful of other European countries that take away a person’s right to vote in their country of origin if they move to another country inside the EU. Danes living outside of Denmark lose their voting rights after two years. “The right to vote is a basic […]

Tough Choices Face President Sirleaf In 2014

  According to a recent World Bank report, Liberia is nation of over 3 million people without electricity with 0.58% of those living in the country having access to it, far below the regional average of 28.5% and possibly the lowest rate of access to public electricity in the world. In Monrovia, the country’s capital, electricity […]

Kenya To Host African Institute for Remittances

The African Union (AU) Executive Council has selected the Republic of Kenya to host the African Institute for Remittances (AIR). The Council asked the African Union Commission to conclude the Host Agreement with the Republic of Kenya so as to ensure the formal take-off of the Institute this year. It also asked the World Bank […]

Finland, Tanzania agree on form of future cooperation

Finland and Tanzania agreed on the form of their future cooperation on 30 January, in connection with the visit of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto. According to Minister Haavisto, Tanzania has progressed a considerable way. “Due to its extensive natural resources, excellent geographic position and favourable climate, the country […]

Sustainable peace requires democratic setting

Dr. Aisha L. Abdullahi, Commissioner for Political Affairs on 28 January 2014 briefed the press at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the different achievements by her department. She started by acknowledging the importance of the media as useful partners of the AU Commission in raising awareness on the activities of the Union. […]

Malmö Somalis suffer integration ‘black hole’

Somali immigrants in Malmö are “stuck in a trap” due to a dire local job market, creating overcrowding and low self-confidence, a new report said on Friday. Researchers urged city hall, and pensioners, to address the problem. The Open Society Foundation published the report as part of a broader look at the Somali diaspora in […]

Outgoing AU Chairman Speaks of 2013 Success

Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia officially opened the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on January 30. He did this in his capacity as outgoing Chairperson of the Union before handing […]