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Burundi Beckons Investors

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US President Barack Obama and Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti

A Mutual Commitment to Counter Piracy U.S. and Djibouti signed a new 10-year lease on a U.S. military base in Djibouti. US to pay $63m annually for a ten-year lease, with an option to extend the arrangement for another 10 years

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.S. has fastened a ten-year lease for a crucial military base in Djibouti that it trusts on to launch "counter-terrorism" missions, counting drone strikes, in Yemen and the Horn of Africa. US President Barack

Obama and his Djibouti counterpart Ismail Omar Guelleh publicized the renewed “long term lease” on Camp Lemonnier as they encountered at the White House on May 5. “Camp Lemonnier is extraordinarily important to our work throughout the Horn

of Africa but also throughout the region. We very much appreciate the hospitality that Djiboutians provide,” Obama said. Obama named the base a critical facility and extraordinarily significant to the U.S. role in the Horn of Africa. He said he is thankful to Guelleh for agreeing to

a long-term lease. Both presidents pledged to continue working together to upsurge economic development and combat terrorism in the Horn of Africa, plus their pledge to keep al-Qaida and the Somalibased Islamist terrorist group al-Shabab from gaining ground. The tiny East African country of Djibouti is considered to the United

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02 Wassupafrica East 3 Route meets business community in Seychelles The now visible East3Route organization within the Southern African Community comprised of KwaZulu Natal of South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, and the Seychelles met the business community in Seychelles last week on the sidelines of the 2014 Carnaval International de Victoria in Seychelles. The catch phrase for that day's seminar was "One Seminar Four Countries - a Wealth of Opportunities" as the four countries came together to open doors for the business community of the region. It was Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, who had the pleasure to welcome everyone to Seychelles for this meeting that also showed the way in the spirit of cooperation. Minister St.Ange retraced the path taken for the Seychelles to be admitted by South Africa KwaZulu Natal, Swaziland, and Mozambique into the East3Route organization. Minister Alain St.Angecongratulated the solidarity

behind the East3Route concept initiated by former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa, H.E. the King of Swaziland, and President Chisomo of Mozambique and said that it was the duty of each of the four countries to now continue to build on the foundation initially set by the three heads of states. Sherin Naiken, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, addressed the gathered business community from the four partner countries saying that the trade

opportunities were endless. A DVD showcasing trading opportunities in Seychelles, South Africa KwaZulu Natal, Swaziland, and Mozambique were presented by the Investment Bureau of each of the four partner countries. Mr. Sadha Naidoo, the Board Chairman of the Tourism KwaZulu-Natal of South Africa, was next to take to the podium highlighting again on trade possibilities that was being showcased. Mr. Naidoo spoke about the work being done to link Durban, Mozambique, and Seychelles by regular cruise ship calls and also by cargo ships. Mr. Naidoo announced that plans were underway for KwaZulu Natal of South Africa and Seychelles to also stage a Durban to Seychelles Yacht Race. The business community meeting between the four partner countries then took an interactive approach with an open dialogue between representatives of the four partner countries. The meeting was considered to have been a real success. Eturbo News

Ongoing fleet renewal and expansion at Kenya Airways Kenya Airways (KQ) received their second B777-300ER aircraft, joining the sister ship which a few months ago was put into service to Guangzhou, China, after being named “Masai Mara” by President Uhuru Kenyatta in a colorful ceremony at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at the time. Both aircraft are configured in a two class cabin layout with overall 400 seats in both Premier Class and Economy class. Unlike other new aircraft joining the fleet of Kenya Airways, this particular B777 has been leased from GECAS on a long term basis and will be deployed on flights to the Far East from June onwards. Kenya Airways is also still due to receive a further 5 Boeing B7878 Dreamliners this year amid reports that new VAT regulations threaten to rip the financial heart out of the national airline with an estimated tax bill of over 14 billion Kenya Shillings for the new acquisitions. Delegates at the ongoing 3rd AFRAA Convention for Aviation Suppliers and Stakeholders in Nairobi have broadly condemned Kenya’s taxation on the national airline as it plays into the hands of competitors in Africa but in particular competitors from the Gulf region, where taxes on their national airlines are unheard of. Said one Kenyan delegate at the AFRAA conference on condition of anonymity: “If these taxes are not reversed it will mean that KQ has to recover the added expenses through higher ticket cost. The Kenya government is a shareholder in the airline with about 30 percent. They have two board members on

the Kenya Airways board. They have all approved the growth plan of the airline under Plan Mawingo. There is something seriously wrong with those people in the same government when they then add such taxes on the airline, taxes competitors do not have to pay. Selling Kenya is already hard. If the fares rise, it could mean that less passengers than projected will travel with KQ and if that is the case the entire growth scenario, all the upbeat forecasts, will deflate. AFRAA has been at the forefront of fighting for member airlines to have African governments stop using airlines as cash cows.

they want to destroy our aviation industry, too? What sort of country do they think we will have if this continues?” Another delegate pointed to the almost inevitable comparison with major African rival Ethiopian Airlines saying: “The Ethiopians must be laughing their heads off over such reports. If this VAT bill sticks as it now is our government and parliament have become unwitting supporters of ET over KQ, but really, I don’t think they even have the capacity to understand what they were doing, understand the consequences and medium and long term damage this does to aviation in Kenya.”

In fact, airlines are performing a vital service to connect Africa within because our road and rail network is either poor or simply not there where it is needed. It is time our members of parliament give up their lavish lifestyles which has turned them into parasites and focus on serving the nation again. “We’ve got enough issues to sort out and not need a whole extra lot of problems those fellows created for the country. Like with tourism in general, they did not listen and now our good fortunes are gone over high taxes and lack of funding for promotion. Do

According to media releases seen did the Chairman of Kenya Airways say that this was the second of overall 10 new aircraft KQ expects to receive this year, after taking delivery a few weeks ago of their first B787-8, but considering the inevitable added tax burden, it will no doubt be a mixed feeling for the airline, proud on one side of the accomplishments and a lot poorer in cash on the other side unless parliament at last sees their folly and corrects it. By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, ETN Africa Correspondent

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Seychelles second edition Arts Fair celebrates creative expressions The Seychelles Arts Festival returned for its second edition with twenty four sculptures and artists combined with twenty four photographers lined up in the grounds of the National Cultural Centre in Victoria for the second edition of Arts Fair held May 2-3, 2014. The Arts Fair which is officially cemented in the National Arts Council calendar of events, showcased a dynamic and inter disciplinary pool of different forms of arts and new opportunities of discovering new artistic talents and creative expressions. The highlight was a new brand, “Mavrik,” a local appellation created by Seychellois artist Cindy Socrate, together with her counterparts. Anne Roselness surfaced with a fascinating creation of glass painting. National Arts Council said this edition was an ideal platform for artists to indulge in daily work of the Council. Jimmy Savy, Chief Executive Officer of National Arts Council said work of the council “should remain visible to the general public". This edition of Arts Fair was offset with pouring rain, discouraging mass visitors. However it did not discourage artistes, sculptures, photographers, poets and musicians to come down in numbers embracing the unpredicted weather and sell their art works. Despite much enthusiasm among the National Arts Council team, second edition of Arts Fair felt short of becoming a thrilling success. This event was also the opportunity for Minister Alain St.Ange, the Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture to meet the Chairperson of the different Creative Arts Associations and to discuss the opening of the Arts Gallery in the National Cultural Centre. Minister St.Ange has agreed to meet the artists in the coming month to set the dye for the Official Opening of the Arts Gallery which will also house the National Collection of paintings presently being kept in storage. The Minister toured all the exhibits accompanied by Mr. Jimmy Savy, the CEO of the National Arts Council and the Chairpersons of the different Creative Arts Associations. Eturbo News


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Govt. moves to promote Rwanda’s fruit and vegetable exports

Plans aimed at widening the country’s exports base and promoting agribusiness have gained pace after the government unveiled an initiative to attract investors into the horticulture sector. According to a notice by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, government seeks a consultant to develop promotion materials for horticulture products, including pineapples, passion fruits and tree tomato with a view of attracting more private sector investments into agribusiness and improving access to agriculture development information. Other targeted crops are macadamia, chillies, French beans, fruits, vegetables, peas, tomatoes, nuts and eggplants. “A diversified and competitive agribusiness sector can contribute FROM PAGE 01

States as a centre for antiterrorism struggles in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Djibouti soldiers are part of the African Union force that has had some accomplishment against al-Shabab in Somalia. Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti domiciliates about 4,000 U.S. soldiers and other military personnel. The United States respects it as a foremost prone area for assails against terrorists in Yemen and Somalia. It is the single perpetual U.S. military base in Africa. Till now lately, the facility was utilized to launch U.S. drone attacks against suspected al-Qaida fighters. In a joint statement from the White House, the two cream of the crop mentioned their mutual pledge to fight violent activism, to counter piracy and to safeguard Djibouti's borders. Obama proclaimed that the

to export-led growth, food import substitution, enhanced food security and create jobs, which will help improve household incomes and reduce poverty,” the ministry

United States would upturn mechanical and fiscal assistance for Djibouti civilian plans and, according to the statement, would "provide enhanced security assistance and equipment to

said in the notice. “The business cases and promotion tools will help the Rwanda Development Board and National Agriculture Export Board in their day-to-day struggles to accomplish its striving modification aims and to retort to the desires of Djiboutian citizens. President Obama also reiterated his resilient pledge

United States is "deeply interested" in working with Djibouti Obama

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Djiboutian security forces." President Obama and President Guelleh also conversed on their collective dream for dealing with human capital and economic growth challenges in Djibouti. President Obama noted his sturdy sustenance for the Djiboutian government's

to escalating dependable access to electricity in Africa. Given Djibouti's electricity needs and to augment its role as a regional commercial hub, the United States devices to deliver technical support to upkeep Djibouti's energy sector. President Obama very well recognized President

investment and export promotion mission, enabling them to give investors direct information on specific horticulture investment opportunities,” it added. The consultancy will be funded by the World Bank through the governance for competitiveness project that is co-ordinated by the single project implementation unit under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Currently, Rwanda’s fruit and vegetable exports are largely dominated by informal crossborder trade that accounts for 19 per cent of Rwanda’s total exports. The country targets to earn about $225m by 2017, up from $20m presently. Rwanda’s main foreign exchange earners are coffee, tourism, minerals and tea. New Times Guelleh for his words to empowering women and girls and endorsing amplified access to education and health facilities. Both the Presidents noted that transnational challenges in the Horn of Africa cannot be coped up by any one country alone. President Obama applauded Djibouti's significant shares to peace and security in Somalia, together with its participation in AMISOM operations which intended at overpowering al-Shabaab and by shaping a number of reconciliation sessions and meetings in support of peacemaking efforts. Djibouti has also sturdily and constantly buoyed multinational attempts to counter piracy off the coast of Somalia. Guelleh showed deep gratitude to Obama for what he called a vision for the development of Africa, including heath care, education and food security in Djibouti.

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Rwanda on the right track, says former Archbishop of Canterbury Visiting former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Leonard Carey, has described Rwanda as a happy and fast developing country after positively responding to postGenocide challenges. Carey made the remarks yesterday, shortly after he had paid a courtesy call on President Paul Kagame at Village Urugwiro in Kigali. He was last in Rwanda in 1995, shortly after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, and he noted that the country had significantly improved since then. “This country has responded magnificently. It’s now vibrant and is getting over all the miseries of what happened in those terrible days. This is now a strong and buoyant country that is going in the right direction,” he said. Over the last 20 years, Rwanda has maintained a burgeoning economy—at about 8 per cent annual growth on average in the last ten years—and with outstanding indicators in the ease of doing business and fighting corruption.

President Kagame and former Abp of Canterbury George Carey

Tearfund for the poor

Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002, was accompanied to his meeting with President Kagame by representatives of Tearfund, a UK-based charity that supports the poor communities in more than 50 countries, including Rwanda. The Minister for Local Government, James Musoni, told the media that the meeting was generally about thanking the Head of State for leading Rwanda to development over the last 20 years. Musoni said Tearfund runs poverty reduction projects in 15 districts in Rwanda, including activities in farming and fighting against gender-based violence. Carey lauded government’s “pro-people approach to governance” and encouraged the Head of State tostay the course. “A president is a servant of the people. It’s the people who matter and that should be up most in his mind and I’m sure it is,” he said. Also present during the meeting was Onesphore Rwaje, the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in Rwanda. New Times

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04 CountryoftheWeek

Burundi

Beckons Investors

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Burundi offers a promising venue for investment. The government is currently registering demands of investors willing to develop hotels and other attractions. Burundi is undergoing economic transformation following the end of protracted wars, and is a member of the East African Community. The government is working towards public sector reforms and creating an attractive environment for private investments. Potential wealth in petroleum, nickel, copper, and other natural resources is being explored. Burundi is a good place to do business. This can be demonstrated from the improvements in the real GDP growth of the country. Energy remains the major sector for

Democratic Republic of Congo, and Tanzania. The topography of Burundi is dominated by hills and mountains, with a steep plateau and a plain. Burundi climate is mainly equatorial in nature. The climatic conditions of the country determine the expansion of a diverse range of Burundi’s flora and fauna. Burundi’s rivers form important features of the geography of Burundi. The chief natural resources of the country include uranium, gold, tungsten etc.

THE POWER OF CULTURE

The history and culture of Burundi are intermingled together. It includes the culture of the Hutu people who were mostly interested in agriculture. The Hutus come to this country in the 11th century followed by the Tutsis in the 14th century. Burundi Culture thus gets enriched by the contribution of all these ethnic groups. The beehive style huts show that the rural life is quite structured. The instruments, weapons and various other things that are kept in the museum offer a detailed understanding of the Burundi Culture. Most of the beststudied Burundian culture was tied to the royal court and centered on music and dance that extolled the virtues of kingship. The secondlargest town in Burundi, Gitega, has a national museum that is small but very educational.

SWITZERLAND IN AFRICA

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he economy of Burundi is predominately agricultural with 90% of the labor force dependent on subsistence agriculture. The main cash crop is coffee which accounts for 80% of the foreign exchange earnings. Coffee processing is the largest state owned enterprise in terms of income. Burundi is the largest banana market in Africa. There is potential wealth in petroleum, nickel, copper, gold and other natural resources.

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investments. Opportunities exist in the education sector wherein there is need of primary and secondary schools. Tea and Coffee are the main drivers of the growth and has the potential to provide good business incentive to the investors.

stars stand for the National motto of Burundi which is “Unity, Work, and Progress”. The color of White epitomizes peace when Green

Burundi is one of the considerable African countries that provide excellent holiday opportunities for all kind of travelers. The geographical position of Burundi in the heart of Africa and its wonderful landscapes are making the country a real paradise which is sometimes called “The SWITZERLAND IN AFRICA.” Every year thousands of visitors visit this African country as it has a distinctive mysticism in it. Eating as well as accommodations options are pretty good and well scattered in Burundi. The breathtaking landscapes, Savannah forests and the various tourist

NATIONAL FLAG

Some of the famous Burundi tourist attractions are mentioned below:

»» Chutes de la Kagera

The Burundi Flag is crafted with a white ‘X’ sized cross that separates the flag into four segments. Both of the left side and right side of the Burundi National flag are green while the upper part and bottom portion are tinged with red color. In the central part of the National Flag of Burundi a white circle dwells on a white cross. In this circle that three red stars of six-tip are depicted which are surrounded by green borders. These stars are positioned in a triangular arrangement. These

attractions make Burundi a preferred destination of the travelers. The soft and temperature climate in Burundi as well as the variety of its geographical structure are making the country the best place for holidays and relaxation.

»» Kibabi Hot Springs »» Lake Tanganyika »» Rusizi National Park »» Ruvubu National Park »» Makamba Nature Reserve »» Karera Falls »» Rusizi National Park »» Bururi Natural Reserve »» Saga Beach »» Rwihinda Lake Natural Reserve

stands for optimism.

NATIONAL COAT OF ARMS The Coat of Arms of Burundi, adopted in 1966, consists of a shield surrounded by three spears. On the shield is the motto of the nation, as well as the head of a lion. Behind the shield there are three crossed traditional African spears. Under the shield the national motto of Burundi appears Unité, Travail, Progrès (“Unity, Work, Progress”).

NATURAL FEATURES

A completely landlocked country, Burundi is bordered by the

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World Bank gives Tanzania USD300 million to rehab central rail line

News emerged over the weekend that the World Bank has offered Tanzania a US$300 million loan facility to improve the country’s central railway line, which runs from Dares Salaam to Isaka in the west of the country. The money, when disbursed, will be used for line upgrades, repairs to sections of the railroad, and to culverts and bridges on a line which was earmarked to get extended from Isaka to Kigali and on to Bujumbura. With the Northern Corridor’s plan to build a standard gauge railway from Mombasa, via Nairobi to the border with Uganda and then via Kampala to Rwanda, have these plans however gone notably silent and it could over the weekend not be established from

sources in Kigali if this rail link was still to go ahead. The three presidents of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda meet in Nairobi to assess progress on a range of cooperation deals, which

Republic Bank plans to complete HFC takeover by December Republic Bank says they are planning to complete the takeover of HFC Bank's by December. That is if shareholders finally decide to sell their shares to the Caribbean bank. Republic Bank is currently offering shareholders of HFC bank 1 Ghana cedi 60 pesewas for every share. This was after it increased its holding in HFC to 30 percent which requires a mandatory takeover according to the current rules on takeover and mergers in Ghana. However, there have been strong oppositions by some persons at HFC because of how the whole process was handled. But the Group General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Jacqueline Quamina is assuring all interested parties at HFC that nothing would change if they are

able to take over. Republic Bank Limited is one of the largest and most successful independent commercial banks in the English-speaking Caribbean. As at September 2013, the assets of Republic Bank Limited stood at US $9.1 billion, with equity at US$ 1.3 billion and profits attributable to shareholders for the year ended September 2013 of US$ 182.2 million. Republic Bank is listed on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange with subsidiaries in Trinidad Guyana, Barbados and Grenada as well as in other Caribbean Countries. Republic Bank's support of its Caribbean subsidiaries has resulted in all cases in market share growth and increased profitability. Modern Ghana

includes the railway link but also other joint projects including a refinery in Uganda to process oil almost on site and then distribute ‘white fuels’ into the region at substantially reduces transportation costs. Meanwhile has Tanzania other rail projects it is presently upgrading, among them the Tazara Railway which connects the port of Dar es Salaam with Zambia and which is seen as a key transport link for imports, exports and peoples’ transport, though over past years hampered by mismanagement and poor upkeep, which resulted in falling cargo volumes and days of travel to reach from one end of the line to the other. No word has been received

about plans by Tanzania to build a railway from the coast near Tanga to the Lake Victoria town of Musoma, which was to be an alternate route for imports and exports from Uganda, as again the Ugandan government has become a partner in the new standard gauge railway from Mombasa. Ambitious plans no doubt, all of them, but some experts have already suggested that too many rail lines from the coast into the hinterland may be unsustainable. As always time will tell but for now, the central rail line in Tanzania will have the funding to upgrade and improve services in coming years considerably. By Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, ETN Africa Correspondent

Vodafone Ghana offers 15GB on Samsung S5

As part of its ongoing commitment to provide its customers with the latest technology and the best value for money, Vodafone Ghana is offering a huge15 gigabytes of data for free on all Samsung Galaxy S5 phones purchased from its retail shops across the country. In addition to the 15 gigabytes offer, which will last for 90 days (3 months), Vodafone is also

giving out free S-View covers on a first come basis. According to Vodafone Ghana, their latest handset offer provides customers, wishing to acquire the recent offering from Samsung, the best value for money. For customers wishing to take advantage of this offer, all they need to do is register by dialing *179# and follow the instructions. Chief Marketing Officer for Vodafone Ghana, Uche Ofodile, said the introduction of this unequalled and unmatched offer points to Vodafone’s commitment to meeting customer needs and aspiration, as well as providing the best experience possible.] “Vodafone Ghana is determined

to provide innovative products and services which meet customer needs” she emphasised. Modern Ghana

Bank of Ghana predicts stable cedi in 2nd half Governor Henry Kofi Wampah, Bank of Ghana has predicted the cedi and the economy will stabilize in the second half of the year, when proceeds from Cocobod's 2014/15 dollar syndicated loan for cocoa purchases are received by the central bank. This year's loan deal, which is estimated to be US$1.8billion and the highest Cocobod has raised in two crop seasons, will be used to purchase beans during the 2014/2015 cocoa harvest. “This year we are expecting a bigger crop in terms of value because the price is higher than last year," Dr. Wampah said. He further added "It is going to be more than 50 percent higher than last year, so at least the second half of the year looks a lot better than what we have in the first half. I believe that we will see stability going forward,” Dr. Wampah said in an interview with the B&FT. The local currency has fallen rapidly in the first four months of the year after Ghana's current account deficit worsened to

Governor Henry Kofi Wampah, Bank of Ghana

unsustainable levels and the fiscal deficit remained high at 11 percent of GDP. Major import industries such as car dealerships have borne the brunt of the currency's slide, which has also pushed up inflation to a four-year record while damaging business confidence. The Governor said the cedi has seen some stability over the past few weeks, and that the BoG is still monitoring the impact of its extraordinary policies to stem its steep decline. The latest of the policies, announced last month, was an increase in the cash reserve

requirement of banks from 9 percent to 11 percent of deposits. It followed an earlier hike in the central bank's policy rate and tighter regulations on the use of foreign currencies in domestic transactions. “We will review [the measures] at our next meeting and see how developments are. Based on that, if we need to take any additional action, we will,” said Dr. Wampah. Asked whether further tightening of monetary policy is on the cards, he replied: “I can't tell if there will be further tightening. It is not a decision by me alone but a committee that will meet and review all the issues”. The BoG's next monetarypolicy meeting is likely to take place in June. Last year's cocoa syndicated loan of US$1.2billion will purchase 850,000 tonnes of cocoa beans in the ongoing season which began in October 2013. Cocobod had previously estimated an output of 830,000 tonnes. Modern Ghana


06 FRANKLY SPEAKING Is Poverty driving Piracy? F By kirit sobti, editor, iat

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The African Union has by now declared that its target and aim is to enforce the African Maritime Security Strategy by 2050

H.E. Mr. Danny Faure

or a layman, piracy may take along to notice the portrait of Hollywood actor Johnny Depp, wearing a headband in a scene from the film Pirates of the Caribbean. However maritime piracy is not just an action movie. The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea outlines piracy as “illegal acts of violence or detention” committed on the high seas against ships or aircraft. Piracy is a severe ill and it poses an actual hazard not only to the security of vessels and their crews, but also to the economic system of affected nations. In Africa, however piracy in Somalia’s Gulf of Aden is presently on the drop, it has blow-out to West Africa. Even though most attacks in the area take place in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, there have also been attacks in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea and Togo, amongst others, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). One such outbreak took place in October 2013 off Nigeria’s coast, where pirates assaulted an oil supply vessel and hijacked the captain and chief engineer, both American citizens. The report specified that “pirate attacks off Nigeria’s coast have jumped by a third this year as ships passing through West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, a major commodities route, have increasingly come under threat from gangs wanting to snatch cargoes and crews.” Unlike pirates along Somalia’s coast, who are repeatedly only after money, pirates in West Africa likewise take goods, mainly oil. Countless attacks end up with crew members wounded or killed. However pirate attacks do not only end up in killings and injuries, tragic as those are; they also harm the economy. In some instances, affected countries in West Africa have become less anxious with straight losses from piracy than with the ways in which these damages upset international insurance rates and other trade-related costs. However ships have now speed with armed guards on board through the dangerous waters off Somalia and the Horn of Africa on the east coast of the continent, numerous vessels have to anchor to do business with West African countries, with little safety. This marks them an easy target for crooks and jacks up insurance costs. According to Dr. Christian Bueger, a Cardiff University researcher and editor of Piracy-Studies. org, an online research portal, corruption, weak law enforcement and poverty are the main causes of piracy. According to him, “Piracy tends to be conducted or supported by marginalized communities that have not been participating in economic development.” This gives the idea to be the situation for Nigeria, for example, where the absolute majority of the recent African pirate attacks have happened, compelled chiefly by corruption in the oil sector. The destruction triggered by thieves has enforced oil companies to shut down pipelines. Dr. Bueger has recommended four steps to counter piracy. First, the key is for affected states to share facts on what’s happening on their coastlines

Vice President, Seychelles

and their neighbours’. Second, joint training activities are required so countries can develop procedures and learn how to use technology. Training not only educates future generations of maritime security professionals, but also creates confidence and trust between different agencies. Third, states that face maritime and piracy challenges should develop strong legislation to prosecute criminals. And finally, states should set aside enough money to build local capacity. “Even if a state has the information, even if the state has well-trained coast guards, and even if the state has incorporated all the right laws,” Dr. Bueger explains, “without vessels, the state is powerless.” At the moment, of the states most affected by piracy, only South Africa and Nigeria have a professional navy. Most other countries have small and outdated coast guards with no more than three to five skiffs. Numerous international legal instruments are in place to combat threats postured by piracy. The strategic arrangement is the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which recommends élite economic zones over which individual states have the privileges for exploration, energy production from water and wind, and the use of marine resources. For this arrangement to be operative, states have to accept and incorporate it into their national laws. All West African countries have signed and ratified the Law of the Sea Convention. However, the UN Security Council has yet to call for concerted international action against piracy along the Gulf of Guinea, as it did in the Somali case when, in June 2008, it authorized other countries to enter Somali territorial waters to stop pirates. In 2011 the council passed two resolutions expressing its concern about piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and urging states to reinforce domestic legislation, develop a comprehensive regional counter-piracy framework, issue appropriate guidance to shipping and cooperate in prosecuting pirates and their backers. ECOWAS, the Gulf of Guinea Commission and the Economic Community of Central African States also signed a memorandum of understanding between the International Maritime Organization and the Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa, to create a subregional integrated coast guard network in West and Central Africa, among other things. International organizations are critical for counter-piracy efforts, but they entail long-term commitment. The African Union has by now declared that its target and aim is to enforce the African Maritime Security Strategy by 2050. Among the strategy’s goals are to “ensure security and safety of maritime transportation systems,” and to “prevent hostile and criminal acts at sea, and to coordinate/ harmonize the prosecution of the offenders.” It’s a long-term plan, but without a doubt combined action is required now to stop piracy in West Africa before it weakens and spreads to other African coastal areas.

We salute the decision of Mauritius to prosecute 12 pirates arrested in the Indian Ocean. This represents a huge step forward in improving 'burden sharing' in relation to the fight against piracy and is further testament that Indian Ocean states, and Africa will not tolerate impunity against criminal acts.

H.E. Mr. A. K. Antony Defence Minister, India

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Goal of ... zero vessels

Since centuries, piracy off the coast of Somalia had been a gigantic threat to the international shipping, but last year the cost of Somali piracy to the global economy fell by almost 50% as attacks slumped, although piracy in West Africa is mounting and more than 50 hostages remain in custody. Confirming to the annual maritime security report published by the Oceans Beyond Piracy Group highlighted the total cost of Somali piracy as the largest single threat to international shipping in recent years, at only $3.2bn in 2013. Commenting on it, Jens Madsen, one of the report’s authors expressed, "The efforts of the international community and the shipping industry have considerably reduced the threat of Somali piracy. But we have yet to achieve the goal of ... zero vessels captured and zero hostages held.” Further, the report stated, there were still at least 50 hostages in Somali captivity in desperate conditions, held on average for around three years each. In addition, Mr. Madsen stated, "Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is fundamentally different [from] events taking place in the Indian Ocean. We observe... a high degree of violence in this region. The constantly evolving tactics of West African piracy make it extremely difficult to isolate it from other elements of organized crime." During the Somali pirate attacks in 2011, up to a dozen or more merchant ships were being held captive at any one time, often for multimillion dollar ransoms. Since then, emerging use of private security details and the presence of international warships have largely foiled attacks. No large vessels were seized in 2013.

The challenge of piracy is yet to be effectively quarantined, and there is consensus that while the pirates can be neutralised at sea, the real solution lies in addressing the root causes, which are complex and are actually located on land.


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Zanzibar & The Tallest Mountain in Africa: Mount Kilimanjaro

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anzania is an African country with many tourist attractions. Because of its natural exquisiteness, it is flattering as one of the most popular tourist spots in the world. In addition to the wild life sanctuaries in the north, there are many more sights Tanzania has to proffer to the tourists. More than 44 per cent of Tanzania’s land area is sheltered with game reserves and national parks. There are 16 national parks, 29 game reserves, 40 controlled conservation areas and marine parks. Visiting Tanzania for Wildlife and Nature safaris assures you of a “once in a lifetime” experience, unlike no matter what you have came across before, due to its rich Biodiversity. It will get you a feel of a genuine and active adventure filled with fun, like Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. You can also get the option of an Indian Ocean Beach Vacation in the Island of Zanzibar and Pemba (the Spice Island), Mafia Island or the Coastal shores of Mainland. Over the past 20 years, Tanzania has

emerged to be one of Africa’s most lively and admired travel destinations. With twelve National Parks, seven game reserves, forest reserves and the famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania offers more diversity in protected habitat than any other country in Africa. With lions, elephants, giraffes and dramatically beautiful landscape, endless white sand beaches overlooking the stunning Indian Ocean, and the most fascinating blend of cultures from Maasai warriors to Arab traders, Tanzania is one of the most exciting destinations in the world. Tanzania is a country with countless attractions and several important tourist destinations. Explore the Serengeti National Park, famed for its annual migration when more than six million wild beasts, Zebra and Gazelles march in one direction as one group in search of fresh grazing. You can discover unique opportunity of undertaking a specialized Chimpanzee Trekking Safari. Among one of the most

Mount Kilimanjaro is the crown of Tanzania. Rising abruptly from the open plains, capped by snow and frequently fringed by clouds, it is one of Africa’s classic images. At a breathtaking 19,344 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest walkable summit in the world. The diameter of its base is an incredible 40 miles. Kilimanjaro can be climbed at any time of the year but the most suitable times are considered to be from August to October and January to March.

fascinating islands in Tanzania, is the 'Spice Island' of Zanzibar. Located on the eastern coast of Tanzania, this island also has several historical ruins and palaces and is a vital heritage site.


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If a man is unable to wipe out his own tendency to anger, how can he criticize anyone for the lack of ability in controlling themselves? African Cuisine Moroccan Chickpeas and Sweet Potatoes Makes a wonderful vegetarian meal. Exotically spiced, offset with dried apricots, different and delicious. Ingredients:

• 1/4 cup raisins • 2 tablespoons lemon juice • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted in a dry skillet

• 1 large onion, thinly sliced • 3 garlic cloves, minced • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced • 2 tablespoons red wine or 2 tablespoons cooking sherry • 1 teaspoon cumin • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • 1 teaspoon paprika • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, to taste • 1 cup water (or chickpea cooking liquid) • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces (1 1/2 pounds) • 1/4 cup diced dried apricot • 2 cups cooked chickpeas

Directions:

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the onion, garlic, ginger, and wine or sherry. 2. Cover and sweat over low heat for 5 minutes. 3. Add the cumin, cinnamon, paprika, and red pepper flakes and cook, uncovered, 1 minute longer. 4. Add the water or chickpea cooking liquid, salt, sweet potatoes, and apricots. 5. B  ring to a boil, cover, and simmer until the sweet potatoes are just tender, about 15 minutes. 6. Add the chickpeas, raisins, and lemon juice. 7. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until the chickpeas are hot. 8. Add the sliced almonds.

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 It is the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 4,593 feet in elevation. Lesotho has the highest lowest point (4593 ft) in the world.  Villages of Lesotho can only be reached by riding horses, trekking or by flying light aircrafts.  Over 80% of the country is 1,800 metres above sea level.  Lesotho underwent seven years of military rule after which its constitutional government was restored.  Lesotho is made up of 30,355 sq km of land, and has no major water body.  Citizens aged 15 and above can read and write.

Kenya shares Lake Victoria, the world's second largest fresh water lake, with Tanzania and Uganda.

 Lesotho exports wool, mohair, clothing, and footwear with one of Levi's jeans manufacturing facilities located right there.

 In January 1998, Lesotho acquired various royalties by selling water to South Africa on completion of a major hydropower. Lesotho is proud to be producing around 90% of its own electrical power needs.  The official currency is

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India Manufacturing Summit India Manufacturing Summit 2014 will serve the requirements of the Manufacturing industry and represent the voice of the professionals associated with it. This one day show will provide an ideal platform to all the professionals and decision makers to come under the same roof and learn and discuss about the latest invention and issues in the Indian Manufacturing Industry. When: 16 May 2014 Where: TBA, Mumbai, India

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the ‘Loti’ which can be interchangeably used with the South African Rand.  In 1967, an enthralling 601-carat diamond (Lesotho Brown) was discovered by a Basuto woman in the mountains amongst others.

Utsav Exhibtion is an international exhibition for the household consumables & home supplies industry. The event will bring together wholesale and retail sellers, producers, distributors, and consumers of the exhibited goods. This is one of the biggest trade show in India which is being organized by Splendour Events Incorporation. When: 16-25 May 2014 Where: College of Agriculture Ground, Pune, India

India International Education & It Expo India International Education & It Expo is a 2 day event being held from 17th May to the 18th May 2014 at the Hotel Gulmor in Ludhiana, India. This event showcases products like educational services and products to be exhibited by education, employment immigration consultants and Service Providers etc. in the Education & Training industry. When: 17-18 May 2014 Where: Hotel Gulmor, Ludhiana, India

Kerala Agri Food Pro Kerala Agri Food Pro is a 4 day event being held from 18th May to the 21st May 2014 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi, India. This event showcases products like various products and services related to the food processing, agriculture to be exhibited by food processors, traders, farmers, development organizations and other interested parties etc. in the Agriculture & Forestry industry. When: 18-21 May 2014 Where: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi, India

Roof India With the thematic focus on the roof construction system, Roof India will hold a display of an extensive range of products and services. It will stand out as a connective ground for the world class exhibitors and high end users. The exhibitors will showcase roofing systems, achitectural cladding, facade engineering, roof waterproofing, pre-engineered buildings, spaceframes and more. When: 16-18 May 2014 Where: Chennai Trade & Convention Centre, Chennai, India


10 THEFASHIONISTAS

Film lovers thrilled by ‘Wooden Camera’ screening

Miss Ghana USA 2014 Finalist

Whitney Appeanimaa Osei As the excitement for the grandfinale of Miss Ghana USA 2014 beauty pageant glow daily, it is only natural that fanatics of the covetous contest and the general public get to know who some of the contestants really are. Whitney Appeanimaa Osei – one of the intelligent, bold and beautiful finalists for this year’s beauty pageant is profiled. Whitney Appeanimaa Osei hails from the Akyim-Abuakwah capital Kibi, located in the southern part of the Eastern Region of Ghana. Growing up Whitney was always outspoken and ambitious, proving herself to be a leader at a very young age. After spending the first six years of her youth in Ghana, Whitney migrated to the United States where she lived in Maryland briefly before relocating to Atlanta, Georgia where she presently resides. As a young adult, Whitney faced many obstacles which only fueled her hunger to achieve success. She relied on her ambition and determination for inspiring creativity and innovation across the African Diaspora to persevere through her toughest challenges. Whitney is currently a student at Georgia Perimeter College in Dunwoody, GA majoring in Business Administration. She will be completing a Bachelor of Science degree at Georgia State University in Managerial Science, concentrating on Business Operations Management. Upon the completion of her BS, Whitney plans to complete an MBA in International Business at Emory University before settling in Ghana, so that she can effectively utilize her skills and resources as an educational mechanism to help young entrepreneurs in Ghana.

In 2011, Whitney represented Ghana in the Miss West Africa USA scholastic beauty pageant and was crowned First RunnerUp. During her reign, Whitney developed Influence Africa: a social media platform that allows young Africans across the Diaspora to shed light on current projects and innovative achievements as well as network and share information in the hopes of inspiring and motivating the next generation of African leaders and decisionmakers. As Miss Ghana USA 2014, Whitney will work to decrease the national poverty rate and increase economic development within Africa (focusing on Ghana initially) through The 3 E Initiative: Education, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship. With education Ghanaians will become better equipped with the tools, knowledge and technology necessary to start and grow businesses effectively and efficiently both in the United States and Ghana. Through empowerment and entrepreneurship, an emphasis will be placed on women who play a very essential role in Ghana’s economic development and should be empowered to become leaders and entrepreneurs in their communities. Connecting and sharing insight on essential business fundamentals will be extremely crucial as it will generate an open, mutual partnership for coaching mentorships between executives, leaders and dreamers alike on the two continents (Africa and North America) . In her leisure time, Whitney enjoys any activity that allows her to give back to her community. A list of organizations that she

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has worked with and continues to works with is: Books for Africa, AIDS Atlanta, CARE USA, Back to Work Atlanta, The PerVita Foundation (Ghana) and the Ghana International Chamber of Commerce- Atlanta Chapter. Such an executive position demands an individual of Whitney’s grandeur who is poised, intelligent, ambitious and professionally qualified with a genuine passion to identify social issues and work collectively with leaders to regulate and sustain solutions. She is a true representation of the modern Ghanaian woman. Modern Ghana

Weekly movie shows at Goethe Institute in Kiyovu continue to attract more film lovers. A picture taken from one of the scenes in the movie. Goethe screens a number of movies from not only Rwanda’s budding and veteran filmmakers, but also films from around the world. The Wooden Camera (2003) a South African movie directed by Ntshavheni wa Luruli, was shown to a thrilled audience that attended its screening at Goethe. The film is about a young boy and his best childhood friend who finds out that just a simple choice is enough to change the whole course of a lifetime. When Sipho and Madiba discover the dead body of a man, thrown out of a moving train, clutching a briefcase containing a video camera and a gun, streetwise Sipho’s fate is sealed when he opts for the gun while timid Madiba’s world is unlocked after he begins seeing a new world through the lens of his newly acquired possession.

Nike Oshinowo finally revealed the identity of her twins Nike Oshinowo, 48 years old former beauty queen, applauded her twins (a boy and a girl) through a gestational replacement in the United States in 2013. Later in the year, she came back to Nigeria, but her babies were not seen with her. The twins are Nike's biological children but another woman in reality gestated them in her womb and gave birth to them. Since she greeted the children, Nike has reserved their identity close to her chest and away from the

public glare. 'I was out of my marriage, and I was lying in bed, talking to my God “Okay, so, here I am, is this what you want for me? Please tell me the next step. What am I supposed to do now?” and I fell asleep. As I slept, I felt a tug on the bedding and I open my eyes… I'm saying you have a choice to choose. I chose to have my children look like the rest of my family. I chose to have my children look like my cousins, the children of my sister, the children of my brother – all the same colour. I did what I needed to do to make that happen. My children bear Oshinowo. It's a very good surname to have.' Modern Ghana

Madiba, fascinated by the camera that he has concealed inside a wooden toy camera films the beauty of the world around him which he finds in both Cape Town and Khayelitsha. He’s skilled and tries making many films, which are very personal and he does not want to share with other people. In Cape Town, he meets and falls in love with a white girl from a rich family, Estelle (Dana de Agrella). The rebellious young girl gets in conflict with her racist father about this. Sipho, on the other hand uses his gun to terrorise and rob people, a thing that Madiba refuses to take stolen money. Though this strained their friendship, Madiba still considers him a friend. In the end, one of Sipho’s escapades goes wrong and he is killed. The rebellious Estelle runs away with Madiba to begin their lives as two teenagers with big ambitions. New Times


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Airtel, Ferwafa enter football dev’t pact Airtel Rwanda and Rwanda Football Federation signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU), aimed at reinforcing the development of youth football in the country. The agreement also launched the second season of the Airtel Rising Stars tournament, which is expected to start shortly. Airtel Rising Star tournament, the largest U17 soccer talent hunt in Rwanda, is focused on identifying and nurturing young soccer talent from the grassroots. “Our mandate as company is to involve the community in activities that enable them develop skills and live their dream. Airtel Rising Star is a course that is in line with developing Rwandan youth and we want to encourage kids to play football,” Airtel Managing Director Teddy Bhullar explained. Ferwafa Vice President Vedaste Kayiranga echoed similar views. “We are committed to the development of grassroots football and Airtel’s initiative is a great step in supporting youth development. This definitely shows Airtel’s commitment to Rwanda and we are happy that the tournament

is kicking off for the second time, we shall work with Airtel and her partners to develop our football,” Kayiranga said. The registration started last week in all the four regions of the country. This season will feature 80 teams, 48 boy’s teams and 32 girls teams selected across the country. The tournament will be played on grassroots knock out basis, through to the regional finals, which will

Rwanda eye Zone 5 Afro-basket title

The National U-18 Boys team has confirmed their readiness to stage an impressive performance at Zone 5 Afro-basketball tournament scheduled for May 10 to 15 in Kampala, Uganda. Rwanda is set to be represented by both boys’ and girls’ national teams in a tournament which will hand winners a ticket to the continental championship. The Boys’ team head coach Cyrille Kalima named a 12-man team and promised to lift the regional title. “Our target is to reach the final and lift the title. We have had good preparations and every player named on the team has a mission to accomplish. We do not fear any of the regional participants. We believe in our players because they are talented and skilled to win the tournament and bring the title home,” Kalima said. Rwanda’s boys are the defending champions; they won the competition in 2012 in Kigali after beating Kenya in the final. The Kampala tournament is meant to serve as a qualifier for the Africa Nations Championships for U-18 men’s Afro-basket games in Madagascar and U-18 women meet in Mali. The regional show will include Rwanda, Tanzania, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Burundi and hosts Uganda. Boys’ team: Gilbert Cyusa (UGB), Pacifique Habyarimana (KBC), Fiston Irungingabo (College Advetiste –Gitwe), Serge Kagame (UGB), Ian Mugabo (Espoir), Edmond Mujyarugamba (Espoir), Victor Mutabaruka (Gisenyi), Dieudonné Ndizeye Ndayisaba (IPRC), Bienvenu Niyonsaba (Gisenyi), Walter Nkurunziza (KBC), Bruno Nyamwasa (Espoir), Raphael Nzitonda (Gisenyi) and Yannick Rwigema Ndinda (Petit Seminaire).  New Times

APR bask in glory APR FC head coach Vincent Mashami reveled in a great season as he paid tribute to players, fans and club administrators after their historic Turbo King Football League title triumph. APR won the historic Rwandan league title, two years after they decided to offload foreign players in favour of only Rwandan players as a way of giving a chance to homegrown talent. The military side were crowned champions without kicking a ball after their final day opponents AS Muhanga failed to turn up for the game following the players’ strike over unpaid salary arrears for four months. “This is a great day for APR and the supporters, we are happy for this title because for most of the players and us the coaches, this is the first title, it’s something to enjoy,” Mashami said. Mashami described the journey to the title as very long and never easy. He said it involved tough games but noted that his team maintained focus and kept on fighting up to the end. However, the former Isonga tactician was quick to warn his players against complacency and urged them to go ‘full throttle’ in their upcoming fixtures of the Peace Cup competition and ensure they don’t miss out on a double. Skipper, Ismail Nshutiyamagara was equally excited. “I’m very happy, it is really a wonderful feeling, after a lot of hard work we have made it and it is in order to congratulate everyone. We set out to make history, we have done it,” said Nshutiyamagara. Defender Emery Bayisenge was overwhelmed by the historic win as he struggled to express his feelings. The 20-year old defender said: “I cannot explain how I feel; it is amazing, it has always been my dream to win a league title for years. Thank God I have achieved my dream, I’m so happy.” New Times

then culminate into national finals to select the national Airtel Rising Star Champions. The African finals will be held in Gabon in August. The best teams from each country will be pitted against each other in the Airtel Africa Championship. The winning teams will receive a total of Rwf8m, which will go towards the players’ education.  New Times

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Algeria set ambitious target Two successive World Cup appearances would have seemed almost impossible a decade ago but Algeria have made a swift return from the doldrums to again take a prominent role in African soccer. They now have high hopes of getting past the group stage in Brazil, having set themselves the ambitious target of a place in the knockout round at the fourth attempt. Drawn with Belgium, Russia and South Korea, their prospects might seem slim but are markedly better than four years ago when they failed to score a goal in South Africa and finished bottom of their group. Civil and political turmoil coupled with years of poor returns for the Algerian national side had left the Arabic-speaking country a pale shadow of the team that had been among the early standardbearers for the African game and had beaten West Germany at the 1982 World Cup. They fell victim to one of the darker passages of play in World Cup history. Because of the way the group results had fallen, Austria and West Germany met in the last match knowing exactly what they had to do for both German-speaking neighbours to advance at Algeria's expense. In the event a fiasco of a match ended in a 1-0 win to West Germany meaning they both went through andAlgeria went home. Their surprise progress to the 2010 finals, after upsetting heavily

fancied Egypt in a qualifying playoff, marked a dramatic change of fortune on which they have succeeded in building a more settled and confident team. Algeria have constructed their side around a swathe of Frenchborn players, drawn from the massive migrant population in Europe. Many of them switched allegiance after playing for France at junior level. While Zinedine Zidane and Karim Benzema slipped through their grasp, these days players with Algerian connections in top European leagues are actively courted in an attempt to strengthen the squad. Among the new recruits is 19-year-old Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, who won his first cap in March in a friendly with Slovenia, having represented France once at under-19 level. The squad is under the control of an experienced coach who played in the 1982 World Cup finals for Yugoslavia, the 61-year-old Vahid Halilhodzic. The Franco-Bosnian has an impressive coaching CV with experience in seven countries including Algeria and was unfortunate not to have taken Ivory Coast to the finals in 2010 when he was sacked after getting them there. He is under no illusions about Algeria's chances, but has said a place beyond the first round for the first time is a realistic target. Algeria Channel

Archers target 2016 Olympics The Rwanda Archery Federation has kicked off preparations for their mission of securing a slot in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Archery, a sport consisting of propelling arrows with the use of a bow has now marked an outstanding progress as the federation prioritizes participation in the 2016 Olympic Games. The Federation’s chairman Richard Muhumuza said that they

Hakizimana finishes fourth in Burundi open

Rwanda’s lead professional golfer Jean Baptista Hakizimana managed a fourth-place finish as Rwanda staged a dismal performance in the 2014 edition of the Burundi Golf Open. The Nyarutaramabased golfer scored 73, 70 and 74 to finish the tournament with an overall fourth with a score of 217. It was a Kenyan affair in Burundi Open as Dismas Indiza won the tournament after scoring 77, 65 and 65 to finish with a score of 207. David Odhiambo and Simon Ngigi scooped second and third with 72, 68 and 72 with a score of 212 points as well as 71, 73 and 71 with a score of 215 points respectively. The other Rwandan representatives Emmanuel Ruterana and Ernest Ndayisenga finished 13th and 14th overall, respectively. The 16th edition of Burundi Golf Open attracted golf professionals and amateur golfers from Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and DR Congo (Lubumbashi club). The Burundians won only the second category in the amateurs while Uganda secured top lead in the first category in the amateurs.  New Times

have started preparing Rwandan archers to ensure that they gain exposure and experience needed in securing the qualification. “We are now celebrating two years of existence as a federation and we are very ambitious of securing a qualification to Brazil. Archers from different clubs in Rwanda are determinate. We have got enough equipment and our coaches are well-trained to achieve

our target,” said Muhumuza. In Rwanda, Archery is pursued by four clubs namely New Vision Pointers, TUC, Muhanga Indomitable and SWACA. The Federation is planning to spread the sport in various schools across the country. Rwanda Archery Federation was recognized as the member of World Archery Federation late in September, 2013.  New Times


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We are happy to see more investors trusting Tunisia

 H.E. Mr. Moncef Marzouki

President of the Republic of Tunisia

Tunisia has successfully accomplished to approve a new, progressive constitution. The President feels proud of its progressive constitution which is the first in the Arab and Muslim World to guarantee freedom of conscience. In an exclusive interview to Indo Africa Times, the President of the Republic of Tunisia H.E Mr. Moncef Marzouki highlighted the action plan of the government in improving the business environment.

How the “Jasmine Revolution” brought a new breeze of life for Tunisians and how it is still proving as a great milestone in economic enhancement of the country? The Jasmine Revolution is the international name of what we call in Tunisia “the Revolution for Freedom and Dignity” which opened a new page in the history of our country. In addition, the Revolution broke out against poverty and social marginalization of a large section of society. In other words, its economic roots are as obvious as its political motivations. Today, it is our priority to win back investors’ confidence in our national economy, offering an atmosphere of transparency and good governance to anyone wishing to invest. This will help us to profile the great economic potential of our country and to return to growth, which will be established this time on a solid foundation.

It has taken almost two years for the political parties in Tunisia to draft the country's new constitution. How it has opened the way to a new democratic era three years after the uprising that set off the Arab Spring? The Tunisian Revolution demanded an overhaul of the social and political

contract that organizes the life of the nation. This has resulted in the election of a National Constituent Assembly in October 2011, which immediately embarked on the difficult task of giving the country a new constitution able to reflect its aspirations for democracy. In its content, this new constitution is comparable to those of many democratic nations in the world. Besides guaranteeing fundamental freedoms and much more, it reflects a highly developed concern over the rights of future generations to a healthy natural environment, for example, and good governance of the country's natural resources.

no choice than to succeed. Nations It’s no surprise to see investors taking their money to Tunisia in a bid to reap the rewards. What exactly makes the nation appealing for investors?

We are happy to see more investors trusting Tunisia and participating to the success of our democratic transition. This trust we owe it first to the Tunisian people’s resilience and aspiration to live in a corruption-free environment with better rights and freedom. Companies will thrive in the kind of business environment that Tunisia is offering, because every citizen became a watchdog and curbing corruption has become a priority for our government.

What action plan does your government is undertaking to increase the economic contribution of the community? My government has taken all the indispensable steps to improving the business environment through attractive fiscal measures, anti-corruption policies and a streamline of administrative process which will decrease the red tape. By the end of the year we are hoping to divide by two the time needed to open a business which will ultimately provide a flourishing and stimulating business environment where companies will find every service they need. Historically, Tunisia has maintained commercial relation principally with Europe and that dependency has not been to the advantage of our country. As prime responsible for foreign relation policies I have led effort to diversify our relation with other countries and more specifically with Africa, India and South America.

How the government is tackling the job crisis being faced by the “Graduate unemployed youth”?

The job crisis faced by graduate unemployed is principally explained by a disconnection between academia and the business world and the lack of business opportunities. Our government

is currently looking into strategies to develop vocational training and connect businesses with universities in order to have a better match and understanding of the kind of skills needed on the market. We aim to encourage young promoters, and innovative start-ups, by facilitating funding for micro projects. We know that helping to unleash the creative potential of the youth and invest in transforming those ideas into project will create jobs. The Tunisian youth has an extraordinary capacity to dare and in economy, daring is actually what we need.

Tunisia has been showing greater interest in the ITEC Programmes of Government of India. How do you think these programmes will support and transform the phase of development in the country?

Since 2011, a number of Tunisians had the unique opportunity to take ITEC trainings in India and we already witnessing the added-value of these new skills brought back to our country. We would like to increase the number of trainees and strengthen our bilateral relation because we believe that India is the best model that can share with us how to turn around Tunisia’s economy, how to boost the high tech sector and how to sustain our newly born democracy.

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