US, Liberian diaspora discuss 2017 elections

The Bureau of African Affairs of the US State Department on Tuesday, August 16, hosted a conversation with the Liberian Diaspora. The talks were held at the State Department in Washington, D.C. and it brought together representatives of some US-based Liberian community organizations. Represented at the high profile gathering were the Association of Liberian Journalists in […]

Japan to invest $30 billion in Africa

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told African leaders on Saturday that his country will commit $30 billion in public and private support for infrastructure development, education and healthcare expansion in the continent. Resource-poor Japan has long been interested in tapping Africa’s vast natural resources, even more so since dependence on oil and natural gas imports […]

German minister wants Marshall Plan for Africa

On a recent tour of Senegal, Niger and Rwanda, German Development Minister Gerd Müller repeated his call for a Marshall Plan for Africa. But is a post-World War II-style recovery program realistic or even necessary? Gerd Müller makes his way on foot across the arid field in Cayar, a small town in Senegal. After a […]

Flydubai in East African tourism roadshow

Dubai-based airline flydubai is participating in Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing’s (Dubai Tourism) first-ever East Africa roadshow joining 14 Dubai-based partners in showcasing a wide range of services and upcoming attractions. flydubai participated in the road show in Kampala, Uganda on 24 August, where it will then continue to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 30 August. The […]

Sierra Leone: Flavour was not supposed to die

It’s raining in Freetown and the traffic is, as usual, slow on the road through Congo Town towards Kroo Town Road. The radio announcer is going through the obituaries in a solemn, deliberate monotone, the names different, the pattern the same: Mr John Koroma of Kissy Town passed away on said date leaving said relatives […]

Sweden’s vision for eHealth

Vision for eHealth 2025: In 2025, Sweden will be best in the world at using the opportunities offered by digitisation and eHealth to make it easier for people to achieve good and equal health and welfare, and to develop and strengthen their own resources for increased independence and participation in the life of society.                         Digitisation […]

Cracks in ‘impossible’ Italian asylum system

Closed borders in the Balkans and the EU-Turkey deal have drastically reduced arrivals of migrants and refugees to Greece, but arrivals to Italy have continued at a similar rate to last year. The key difference is that fewer are able to move on to northern Europe, leaving Italy’s reception system buckling under the pressure and […]

US Vice President Biden to visit Sweden

On Thursday 25 August, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will receive Vice President of the United States Joe Biden. Current bilateral and international issues as well as global challenges will be discussed at the meeting. A key agenda point for both the US and Sweden is the issue of global responsibility for migration and refugees. Sweden […]

The blame game in Liberia’s academic arena

When students failed massively in the West African Examination Council (WAEC)-administered Liberia Senior High Certificate Examination or the entrance and placement test of the state-run University of Liberia in consecutive years recently, public opinion apportioned the greatest blame for the failure to the students. Public outcry has been that students failed because the children in […]

AU Commission election in January

The nomination process for the next chairperson, deputy chairperson and eight (8) commissioners of the African Union (AU) Commission has been re-opened. The commission has officially informed all member states, providing detailed timeframes and deadlines for the submission of candidatures for the ten (10) positions that are open. According to the rules of procedure of the […]