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  • Botswana bill to raise age of sexual consent to 18 to combat defilement

    Botswana bill to raise age of sexual consent to 18 to combat defilement
    The government of Botswana has initiated moves to raise the age of sexual consent from the current sixteen years to eighteen years. The move is as part of efforts to curb defilement in the southern African country. The measure is contained in an amendment of the penal code cap 08:01 which is currently before the [...]
  • African govts challenged to catch up with technological advancements

    African govts challenged to catch up with technological advancements
    African governments have been challenged to go beyond mere rhetoric and show real commitment towards the advancement of science and technology. At the ongoing Next Einstein Forum in Kigali, Rwanda, South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said that a shift in the mindset of all will go a long way to help [...]
  • Only Developed African Countries will gain from AfCFTA Trade Deal

    African Leaders Sign Agreement Establishing Continental Free Trade Area

    As Africa celebrates the achievement of yet another major milestone with the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) this past week, Moody’s said the continent will need to improve its infrastructure and end non-tariff trade barriers to reap the maximum benefits of the agreement.

  • AU targets to start implementation of continental free trade area within one year

    AU targets to start implementation of continental free trade area within one year
    The African Union (AU) targets to start implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) within a year, AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry Albert Muchanga has said. The implementation of the AfCFTA requires at least 22 countries to ratify the agreement to establish the free trade area, Muchanga told Xinhua on the sidelines [...]
  • Sierra Leone court places injunction on March 27 presidential runoff

    Sierra Leone court places injunction on March 27 presidential runoff
    A High Court in Sierra Leone has placed an injunction on coming Tuesday’s presidential runoff. Voters were expected to choose between two candidates after the March 7 vote failed to produce an outright winner. According to March 24 ruling delivered by Justice A. R. Mansaray, the Head of the National Electoral Commission and the body [...]
  • African Leaders Sign Continental Free Trade Area Agreement

    African Leaders Sign Agreement Establishing Continental Free Trade Area

    African countries on Wednesday signed an agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda. The signing took place during the 10th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) on the AfCFTA.

  • Robots and automation: How Africa is at risk

    Robots and automation: How Africa is at risk
    Within two decades robots will be cheaper to operate in US factories than hire workers in Africa, a report warns. Automation costs are falling. And this is predicted to cause job losses as manufacturers return to richer economies. Some analysts say poorer countries could be less impacted by this trend, however the Overseas Development Institute [...]
  • Embattled Mauritian President Finally Resigns Lawyer Says

    Embattled Mauritian President Finally Resigns Lawyer Says
    Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the Indian Ocean island nation’s first female head of state, has finally resigned and will leave office on March 23, her lawyer said. “In the supreme interest of the country and that of the Mauritian population, she prefers to go,” Gurib-Fakim’s lawyer Yusuf Mohamed said in comments broadcast by Port Louis-based [...]
  • France To Return Over 70,000 Stolen African Artifacts

    France To Return Over 70,000 Stolen African Artifacts
    President Emmanuel Macron of France announced on Monday his appointment of two experts to make plans for the repatriation of African artifacts held in French museums, following his pledge in November that “African heritage cannot be a prisoner of European museums.” The Senegalese writer and economist Felwine Sarr and the French art historian Bénédicte Savoy [...]