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China and Algeria Sign USD 3.3 Billion Port Deal

Source: World Maritime News
China and Algeria have signed a USD 3.3 billion agreement to build a new center transshipment port at Cherchell, Algiers, Xinhua reported.

Located some 60 km west of the capital Algiers, the expanded Cherchell port will be able to handle 6.5 million 20-foot containers and 26 million tons of goods per year.

Mali: Emirates Red Crescent Contribution Helps WFP Save Lives in Northern Mali

Malnutrition affects one in three children in Mali; latest figures show a Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rate of 12.4 percent among children under five across the country. In the region of Timbuktu, this rate rises to 17.5 percent, exceeding the World Health Organization's critical emergency threshold. "This important contribution comes at a critical moment. It allows WFP to purchase nutritional products to treat nearly 30,000 malnourished children under five and pregnant and nursing women in the worst affected northern areas.

Demining Key to Fostering Agriculture in Angola

Ondjiva — The head of the National Demining Institute (INAD) in Cunene, Pedro Severino Seteco, considered on Monday in Ondjiva very important the demining exercise for the promotion of agriculture in the country.

Speaking to Angop on the contribution of demining in the development of farming, the official stressed that agriculture becomes a lever to diversify the economy, so demining has been crucial for ensuring the safety of agricultural fields.

Foresight 2016: Top Priorities for Africa in 2016

Source: Brookings Institution
Many Africans will have been glad to see the back of 2015, as a continental economy that had been the toast suddenly slowed up, hurting livelihoods and leaving many previously optimistic plans in the balance.

The prices of oil and other commodities tanked, terrorism and conflict concerns hurt key sectors like tourism while drought and floods threatened disrupted lives all across the continent.  Events on other shores such as the USA’s monetary policy tightening further showed just how interlinked the world is, or more specifically, its markets.

A Change of Direction for the AU?


Although the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU) emphasises the importance of protecting human rights, the organisation's efforts in this regard were historically demonstrated in adopting documents, rather than taking concrete steps.