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Ethiopia eager to host Africa’s foremost football tournament

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has expressed optimism about the country’s chances of winning the bid to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). This past week, he assured the press of his government’s support and preparedness to meet Read more ›

East African leaders gather in Nairobi to discuss Ebola preparedness

NAIROBI (Xinhua) — African governments are due to meet in Nairobi from Tuesday for a regional conference on Ebola preparedness, Kenya’s health ministry said on Monday. The Sept. 16-17 regional conference will be attended by ministers in charge of transport, Read more ›

East African currencies continue to struggle against the US Dollar

(The East African) – East African economies are feeling the pinch of inflation as their currencies continues to weaken against the dollar. By Allan Olingo Uganda and Rwanda managed to ensure the inflation rate remained below 5 per cent. Rwanda’s Read more ›

Scientists discover new dinosaur species in Tanzania

Ohio University paleontologists have identified a new species of titanosaurian, a member of the large-bodied sauropods that thrived during the final period of the dinosaur age, in Tanzania. Although many fossils of titanosaurians have been discovered around the globe, especially Read more ›

Kenya secures $113m to build 1,550km road connecting Burundi

By Christabel Ligami and Adam Ihucha Kenya has secured $113 million from the African Development Bank for the construction of a transit route from the Indian Ocean to Bujumbura in Burundi, heightening competition between the ports of Indian Ocean to Bujumbura Read more ›

Rwanda invests in medical tourism

By Ivan Ngoboka The New Times–(Kigali)-Medical tourism has for long been a preserve of a few countries such as South Africa, India, Saudi Arabia and to some extent Kenya – those countries with a long tradition of a developed health Read more ›

IMF & EAC to upgrade Gov’t Finance Statistics with new program

African Business Panel-(Arusha)-The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the East African Community (EAC) this week launched a collaborative program to improve the compilation and dissemination of Government Finance Statistics (GFS) for Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. The inaugural workshop Read more ›

Ethiopia, Kenya & Ghana vie for right to host 2017 African Nations Cup

BBC – Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana have announced their interest in bidding to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations following Libya’s withdrawal as the host nation. Libya pulled out last week because of ongoing fighting in the country that has Read more ›

CITES: Poaching remains unsustainably high in Africa

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has revealed that despite some reductions from previous years, poaching remains dangerously high in Africa. According to the report published on Friday, about Read more ›

Dozens of al Shabab militants killed in clashes near Ethiopia-Somalia border

Ethiopian and Somali forces have reportedly killed about 74 al Shabab militants during a raid on the group’s bases in the region connecting both countries on Sunday. Local reports indicate that this was one of the heaviest clashes involving the Read more ›

Uganda & South Sudan reject calls for review of Entebbe Nile agreement

Officials from Uganda and South Sudan have expressed opposition to the suggestions of Tanzania’s foreign minister for a re-negotiation of the 2010 Comprehensive Framework Agreement on the Nile river. Bernard Kamillius Membe told Tanzanian legislators last week that he plans Read more ›

Kenya and China sign trade, development and cooperative agreements

Representatives of different branches of the governments of Kenya and China have penned up to 17 deals this weekend during a rare visit of the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang to Nairobi. Reports indicate that the agreements cover several areas Read more ›

Tanzania’s VP survives helicopter crash

The Vice President of Tanzania, Gharib Bilal, and several other top officials escaped unhurt after a helicopter they were in crashed into a wall as it took off on Sunday morning at the Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam. Read more ›

Somali government, humanitarian groups voice concerns over Kenya’s crackdown on illegal Somali migrants

Somali authorities and several humanitarian groups (including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch) have called on Kenya’s security agencies to review their handling of the ‘Uslama Watch’ operation aimed at curbing the growth of terrorism in the country’s migrant communities. Read more ›

Kenya Airways plane skids off runway in Dar es Salaam

A Kenya Airways Embraer ERJ-190 flight from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam has skidded off the runway as it landed at the Julius Nyerere International Airport. Reports indicate that the plane landed during a heavy rain. However, the Director General Read more ›

East African countries agree to construct oil refinery in Uganda

East African leaders from Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda have agreed on the process of implementing the construction of a regional oil refinery, which will be located in western Uganda. The member states made the mutual investment decision at a time Read more ›

Somalia commissions Offshore Oil and Gas Survey

The Somali government has commissioned a study of the nation’s offshore oil and gas reserves by British-owned Soma Oil and Gas. According to a report by Bloomberg, depending on the result of the survey, which commenced mid-February, the Somali government Read more ›

Tanzania inaugurates Telecommunication Traffic Monitoring System

Tanzania’s Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has officially launched a telecommunication traffic monitoring system to facilitate the organization’s regulation of network operators in the country. The system, provided by SGS-Societe Generale de Surveillance & Global Voice Group, is expected to improve Read more ›

East African Community harmonize Medical Standards

The East African Community has initiated a multi-million Shillings project aimed at harmonizing medicine registration and ensuring access to effective and safe cures for the most prevalent illnesses in the region. The three-year Medicines Registration Harmonization Project comes following about two Read more ›

Burundi and Zambia to extend Tanzania-Zambia Railway

The governments of Burundi and Zambia have disclosed plans of stretching the Tanzania-Zambia railway line to Burundi in order to support growth in bilateral trade between both nations. During an interview, Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Wylbur Simuusa, stated that deliberations Read more ›

Tanzania and France Development Agency collaborate on Water Project

The government of Tanzania has entered into agreements with the French Development Agency (AFD) to facilitate projects aimed at improving local access to safe water and sanitation facilities. Finance Minister, Saada Mkuya, signed the agreement for the deal worth about $62 million on Read more ›

Regional Bar Association accuses Burundi of violating East African Community Treaty

The East African Law Society (EALS) has accused the government of Burundi of breaching Articles 6(a) and 7(2) of the East African Community’s founding treaty, which demands adherence to the rule of law and democracy. The association has reportedly therefore Read more ›

South Sudanese Government Calls for Troops to Protect Vital Facilities

The government of South Sudan has reportedly submitted a request to the Inter-governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) for troops to be deployed to protect vital facilities in the destabilized country as fighting continues between the army and a loose coalition Read more ›

Tanzania and Kenya to Deploy Troops to South Sudan

Top ranking government officials from Tanzania and Kenya have confirmed reports that both nations are set to deploy troops to war-torn South Sudan. Tanzania’s Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, Bernard Membe, told reporters on Thursday that the a single Read more ›

Tanzania to Strengthen Ties with China

The governments of Tanzania and China have agreed to strengthen their diplomatic ties as both nations marked 50 years of communication and co-operation with one another. Reports indicate that Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister, who met with Bernard Membe, his Read more ›

Rwanda to Host East Africa’s Science and Technological Commission

The East African Community (EAC) has settled on Rwanda to host the upcoming East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO). Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanda’s Foreign Minister, and Dr. Richard Sezibera, the EAC’s Secretary General, are reported to have signed the agreement Read more ›

East African Leaders to Introduce Central Corridor Infrastructural Projects

Leaders from the East African region will soon initiate the Central Corridor Infrastructural Project, which will include Burundi and Tanzania, reports indicate. According to reports, the Northern and Central infrastructural corridors will incorporate every member state of the EAC. Officials Read more ›

Tanzanian Attorney General Justifies Plan to Build Highway through Serengeti Park

Mr. Gabriel Malata, the principal state attorney and representative of the government of Tanzania in the ongoing trial over the construction of a super highway through the Serengeti park has vindicated the much criticized decision of the government. According to Read more ›

Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania meet to discuss Tour Operation Issues

Ministers in charge of tourism and wildlife from Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya are meeting at the East African Community headquarters in Arusha this week to  discuss issues affecting tour operations in the three states. Among major issues to be discussed Read more ›

Tanzania’s Eurobond to be Delayed

Reports indicate that Tanzania may postpone its debut Eurobond until the following fiscal year following a delay in obtaining a risk evaluation by Citigroup Inc. According to reports, the delay slowed the issuance of credit ratings according to Servacius Likwelile, Read more ›

Tanzania to Build Airport near Serengeti National Park

The protracted battle over the construction of an international airport near Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park is almost over, reports indicate. According to reports, plans for the construction of the facility, which is expected to begin early next year, are almost Read more ›

Tanzania: Elephant Population in Africa’s Largest Game Reserve under Threat

For many years, the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania was home to one of the largest population of elephants on earth. This sprawling reserve (approximately 21,000 miles), which has since been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Read more ›

South Africa to Invest in Tanzania’s Processing Zones

Investment and bilateral business between South Africa and Tanzania is expected to increase significantly  following an agreement between the two countries, reports indicate. The two African countries have reportedly agreed to initiate working groups to reinforce their respective Export Processing Read more ›

Burundi Invests $25 Million in High-Speed Internet

Burundi has officially initiated a $25 million investment project in a bid to improve internet accessibility and decrease costs, reports indicate. The landlocked African nation, with a population of about 8 million, reportedly has one of the slowest internet speeds Read more ›

Nigerian Bishop Warns against the Spread of Islamic Extremism in Africa

Christians in Nigeria are living under a perpetual threat with the strength of Islamic extremist group Boko Haram reportedly growing. This anti-Christian organization, whose main hide-outs are in the northern part of Nigeria, have posed an almost palpable threat in Read more ›

Alleged Brutality and Torture during Tanzania’s Anti-Poaching Operation

In recent years, the extent of elephant poaching in African countries has reached alarmingly rates. Primarily being fueled by the soaring demand for tusks in Asia, elephant poaching poses the risk of degenerating into a full blown crisis in affected Read more ›

Coastal MP Proposes Reduction of Visa Fees to Boost Kenya’s Tourism

Malindi’s Member of Parliament, Dan Kazungu recently proposed a reduction of visa fees to boost Kenya’s tourism.  During a homecoming party on Sunday, he stated that coastal unemployment is exacerbated by the declining tourism industry. He further added that measures Read more ›