archives : August 2010


Panafrica - France - United States - United Kingdom
A study conducted by AT Kearney has indicated that seven African countries are among the top 50 global outsourcing destinations for IT services, also known as offshoring. Egypt, Ghana, Mauritius, Tunisia, Morocco, South Africa and Senegal are among the preferred destinations. - Monday 9 August 2010

Panafrica - Rwanda
In Rwanda, voting polls are set for the second presidential election since the 1994 genocide, and while preparations for the elections have witnessed the ban of several media outlets, disqualification of some opposition candidates, and the assassination of some journalists, the African Union team monitoring the electoral process say it has not received any proof of voters harassment, or electoral irregularities. - Monday 9 August 2010

Regardless of Rwanda’s presidential election outcome on August 9th, one thing is certain – an independent press will not monitor the election results. The government has systematically silenced the independent media in the run-up to the election. In the lingering shadow of the genocide, sixteen years on, the government has ensured there is little room in Rwanda’s political landscape for a free press. - Monday 9 August 2010

Djibouti - Ethiopia
Ethiopian Airlines has been barred flying to one of its international routes, Djibouti, after a dispute between the Djiboutian Civil Aviation Authorities and the Airlines. - Sunday 8 August 2010

20 people have been rescued after a boat carrying 40 Tanzanian students, aged between 5 and 16 years, capsized on lake Victoria. The rest are feared dead. - Friday 6 August 2010

Panafrica - United States
Three U.S. lawmakers have urged more than 100 young activists from Africa to continue to challenge their governments to increase their transparency, accountability and ethical standards. - Friday 6 August 2010

The media dilemma in Rwanda has been described as the controversial drum. Free press in the country is indeed essential for democracy, development of civil societies and the functioning rule of law. But an unruly press in a country recovering from genocide can also deter civility, social progress and democratic system. - Friday 6 August 2010

Panafrica - United States
Global cellular phone coverage has far outpaced the expansion of essential services such as water and electricity, as well as access to financial services. For this reason, “mobile money” is seen as a means to transform the notion of banking around the world, and broaden access to credit, insurance and secure savings that are desperately needed in the developing world as individuals seek to enhance their well-being and emerge from poverty. - Thursday 5 August 2010

Guinea-Bissau - United States - European Union
The European Union has given up on its mission to build a stable democracy in Guinea-Bissau just two years after it launched a mission in the West African country to help introduce laws to help administer the armed forces, police and judiciary; to create a civil society. - Thursday 5 August 2010

A proposal to strip French citizenship of foreign-born offenders who put the lives of public officers in danger, by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, has been denounced by opposition as a measure that would create several categories of French citizens. Nicolas Sarkozy’s political party, Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP), wants to introduce legislative amendments to give legal effect to the proposal as early as next month. The opposition, human rights organizations and several French intellectuals have condemned the initiative. - Thursday 5 August 2010

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