African countries began officially trading under a new continent-wide free trade area on Friday, after months of delays caused by the global coronavirus pandemic.
But experts view the New Year's Day launch as largely symbolic with full implementation of the deal expected to take years.
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) aims to bring together 1.3 billion people in a $3.4 trillion economic bloc that will be the largest free trade area since the establishment of the World Trade Organization.
Backers say it will boost trade among African neighbours while allowing the continent to develop its own value chains. The World Bank estimates it could lift tens of millions out of poverty by 2035.
But obstacles - ranging from ubiquitous red tape and po...
Gathered in the hollow of a remote valley in eastern DR Congo, women on
one side and men on the other, around 500 people attended the funeral of
Bonaventure Kinyegeria, a Congolese cattle raiser murdered by militiamen.
The armed attackers killed Kinyegeria near
the small territory of Minembwe in the highlands of South Kivu province on
October 6, making off with his cows.
The daylight raid may have been over cattle,
but it was also tied in with a local conflict spurred by a reawakening of
deep-seated distrust of Rwanda by many in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kinyegeria, 56, was one of the DRC's
Banyamulenge community, which has distant origins among Rwanda's minority Tutsi
But when it comes to their nationality, the
Banyamulenge are categorical: "Congolese, and...
Some know it as cannabis,
while others know it as marijuana or weed, especially because it has been
trendy in pop-culture music and because it has been immortalized in western
Whatever you call it, cannabis is the world’s most popular drug and is
the highest value therapeutic crop known at the moment, despite being illegal
in many parts of the world.
It wasn’t until Monday, October 12, that a cabinet meeting approved
guidelines that allow the growing of cannabis in Rwanda, which drew mixed
opinions from people.
Cannabis is a multi-billion dollar industry and it’s believed to be the
world’s most valuable cash crop from the absolute value perspective.
One study, which analysed data from the UN Food and Agriculture
Organisation as well as UN World Drug reports, estimat...
This is a summary of what was said by
UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo – to whom quoted text may be
attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is rushing
support to tens of thousands of people who have been recently displaced in the
aftermath of brutal attacks and fighting by the armed groups in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces.
More than 50,000 people have fled in the aftermath of a recent
upsurge in fighting in North Kivu. The displaced include an overwhelming number
of children – including many who are unaccompanied by either a parent or
Brutal attacks blamed on the armed group Allied Democratic
Forces (ADF) killed at least 13 people at ...
Rwanda is set to benefit
from a $16.9 million debt service relief from the International Monetary Fund
(IMF) for an initial period of six months, the Fund has said.
This is the second debt service relief to Rwanda by
IMF. It is part of the Fund’s efforts to pause collection of debts from a
number of countries to help them deal with the impact of the Covid-19
By not servicing its debt obligation for several months, Rwanda will
have more capital available to invest in affected sectors of the economy as
well as improve capacity to respond to the pandemic.
The $16.9 million would have been paid in servicing debt owed to the IMF
for six months from October 14, 2020 to April 13, 2021.
Subject to the availability of resources, debt service relief could ...
Heads of State from
Rwanda, DR Congo, Uganda and Angola on Wednesday October 7, held a regional virtual
summit to discuss
peace, security, diplomatic and political relations, among others.
The summit which was hosted by
President Félix Tshisekedi of DR Congo was attended by President Paul
Kagame, João Lourenço of
Angola and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.
According to a
post-summit communique, the summit offered the Heads of State the opportunity
to discuss subjects of common interest seeking to strengthen relations and
create stability in the Great Lakes sub-region.
Among the key subjects that were discussed at the summit include:
security situation in the Great Lakes sub-region
The Heads of State of the
four countries reviewed t...
Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has released the 2020 TOTAL
African Nations Championship (CHAN) championship dates.
Uganda Cranes opens up against Rwanda on 18th January 2021 at the
Stade de Unification in Douala in a group C duel.
This will be followed by a match against Togo on 22nd January 2021
at the same venue and the final group game will be on 26th January 2021 against
Uganda's government said Tuesday it would help
finance projects to surface over 200 kilometers (124 miles) of road inside neighbouring
Congo as part of plans to boost trade between the countries.
Uganda will contribute about 20% of the project value
while the rest will be met by Congo's government in an envisaged public-private
partnership, Ugandan Works and Transport Minister Gen. Katumba Wamala told
Such an arrangement is unheard of in a region where
governments struggle to expand road networks within their borders. Despite its
vast size and wealth of natural resources, Congo remains one of the poorest
countries in the world. Eastern Congo is particularly plagued by rebel
"There is always a first time for everything,"
Wamala said. "This is a joint project b...
President of Rwanda HE Paul Kagame and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia
Scotland today announced that the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
(CHOGM) will now be held the week of June 21, 2021.
The CHOGM meetings were previously scheduled for Kigali in June,
2020 but were postponed because of the impact of COVID-19.
The new date was agreed with member countries.
CHOGM is customarily held every two years and is the
Commonwealth's highest consultative and policy-making gathering. Commonwealth
leaders selected Rwanda as host for the next summit when they met in London in
U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy Sailors
with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Africa 20.1,
Marine Forces Europe and Africa, and members of the Uganda People's Defense
Force celebrate in Camp Singo, Uganda, in February.
and Ugandan military leaders held a virtual ceremony this week marking the end
of a U.S. Marine engagement with Uganda as
part of that nation's six-year participation in the African Peacekeeping Rapid
Gen. Stephen M. Neary, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and
Africa spoke by video teleconference with Brig.
Gen. Peter Omola, the Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Center Commandant and
While the overall APRRP effort is not ending,
the event marked th...