January 23rd 2018

East Africa

Another priority for the Bank in Tanzania is to create a dynamic private sector that can provide productive jobs—a crucial element for the country's future and its people, as some 800,000 young people enter the labor market every year.

AfDB earmarks Sh8 billion for skills and business development in Rwanda

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017 11:41 EAT

In line with the AfDB High 5 priorities, the Skills and Business Development Programme (SBDP) will support 100 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and 500 cooperatives by 2020 that are expected to increase and improve the quality of their products, and generate much needed revenue.

The ALSF Academy will include an accreditation process that will enable users upgrade their skills from basic to advanced, as proof of having acquired the necessary skills.

AfDB signs Sh30 billion private sector loan agreement for NACALA Corridor project

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 29 Nov 2017 11:17 EAT

Through the project, the Sponsors, companies from two AfDB member countries, Vale (the Brazil-based metals and mining company) and Mitsui & Co (one of the largest general trading companies in Japan), made the win-win collaboration championed by AfDB between Africa and the rest of the World happen.

Ethiopia secures Sh10 billion AfDB funding for power systems upgrade

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 24 Nov 2017 13:00 EAT

The project will support Ethiopia government's efforts to remove constraints on the electricity infrastructure; meet growing demand in the capital city and its environs; replace obsolete equipment to reduce energy losses and overloads, all which aim to improve the quality of electricity supply.

“Despite the rising number of refugees across the continent, we have so far only received 35 percent of the critical funding required to assist refugees in Africa. UNHCR seeks to engage Kenyans and other Africans to partner in bringing solutions to the displaced in Africa,” Ndege added.

The Director-General for the East Africa regional hub, Gabriel Negatu said that a number of partnerships and financing opportunities had been identified, through which the Bank could further its support for private investments.

New study presents key findings to address displacement in Horn of Africa

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017 15:12 EAT

Furthermore, the region is among those worst affected by the multiple effects of climate change including above average temperature, excessive or insufficient rainfall, desertification and environmental degradation.

New book examines politics, socioeconomic situation of South Sudan

Free Press Reporter | Sunday, 03 Sep 2017 19:05 EAT

He also analyzes the political history of Sudan in general and South Sudan in particular, emphasizing the importance of political stability, among other considerations, as a precondition for socioeconomic development.

Regional trade bank leaders meet in Seychelles

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 30 Aug 2017 18:05 EAT

The High Level Advisory panel session is the second meeting part of the 33rd Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors of TDB.  The activities at the meeting included a Board of Governors Meeting, Investor Round Table, the Central Bank Round Table, the Eminent Panel and a Gala Dinner.

Peace remains elusive in South Sudan with over 3.5 million fleeing home

Julius Chemitei | Saturday, 08 Jul 2017 15:57 EAT

A National Dialogue, launched in May 2017, has seemingly not yet managed to reduce the intensity of the violence, while the country’s economic situation worsens. Whilst political dialogue is paramount, the security and economic drivers of the conflict need to be understood and addressed.

Ms Millicent Omanga, she of the Msupa na Works fame, also made it to the list of nominees for the Senate. Ms Omanga was defeated in her bid to be the JPs Representative in the elections for Nairobi Woman representative by Ms Rachel Shebesh.

ONE campaign push for Investment in the African youth boom

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 30 Jun 2017 14:47 EAT

As part of our campaign for the realization of these dividends, ONE will be present at the Addis Summit to drum up support for the 51 million African girls, out of the 130 million girls that are denied education worldwide.

Curtain falls on 11th parliament without naming EALA members

Julliet Mwihaki | Friday, 16 Jun 2017 14:13 EAT

The end of the 11th Parliament came despite the joint parliamentary select committee on the nomination of Eala recommended that Rule 6 of the Assembly be deleted to make sure each party nominates for election three times the original figure

U.S. Jewish organisation to provide relief assistance to East Africa

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 07 Jun 2017 11:35 EAT

"Children are facing food and water shortages, livestock are rapidly dying and rising food prices have caused families to skip meals and sell their belongings," said Robert Bank, President and CEO of AJWS.

Sudan has opened up the borders of Hegleed in Sudan from the Bentiu in South Sudan in order to ease the flow of humanitarian aid. The border along Kosti in the side of Sudan and Renk in South Sudan has also been opened for the people to cross over and access aid, according to Ambassador Alyas.

Top Lesotho govt officials in Kenya to draw lessons for reforms

Jackson Okata | Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 16:22 EAT

While appreciating that African problems need African solutions, the deputy prime minister said that it would only be better for African countries with such problems to try and seek help from colleague African nations.

Dr Wario appreciated the rich Sudan culture and said it will strengthen its cordial relations with Kenya. “Sudan offers the cradle of human kind and together with Kenya and Ethiopia provide a clear history of mankind”, he said.

Rights body fingers government in Addis rubbish dump deaths

David Jagongo | Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017 09:53 EAT

The Ethiopian government is fully responsible for this totally preventable disaster. It was aware that the landfill was full to capacity but continued to use it regardless. It also let hundreds of people continue to live in close proximity to it”.

UN agencies, Pope sound warning for South Sudan famine

David Jagongo | Wednesday, 22 Feb 2017 20:00 EAT

"We stand united in our appeal to all parties to facilitate immediate and safe access for humanitarian actors and to respect the humanitarian space'' the agencies said in a joint statement.

Authoritarian rulers put rights at risk in East Africa, says Amnesty

David Jagongo | Wednesday, 22 Feb 2017 16:53 EAT

Across the region, people protesting to demand their rights were met with excessive force from security officers. In Ethiopia, more than 800 people were killed during months of protests against political exclusion and rising land grievances, especially in the Oromia region.

Rwanda strengthens East Africa ties with Kiswahili as official language

Nyambura Muthoni | Friday, 10 Feb 2017 14:26 EAT

While the Rwandan government is to be commended for taking concrete steps to become an integral part of East Africa, all of us from this region should feel proud of the spread of a language that brings us together, promoting not only our distinct identity but also a shared heritage.

Somalia's election offers an example for Kenya, expert says

David Mutua | Thursday, 09 Feb 2017 14:50 EAT

"If you look at the region, and countries such as Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti or Eritrea, there is a clear contrast. The election is impressive in the context.”

In the streets of Juba and across the vast country, the sense of entitlement is palpable amongst the superfluous military, some of whom you will see prancing the streets in well worn out slippers with all kind of military attire, leather strapped guns faithfully by their side.

Rift Valley Institute concerned South Sudan slipping from world focus

Julius Chemitei | Saturday, 17 Dec 2016 20:45 EAT

However there those who feel that the solution to south Sudan will come from the people of south Sudan Republic by helping to make all parties come together and tolerated each in the peace talks sessions.

U.S gives Sh19 billion to support EAC

Samuel Owida | Wednesday, 16 Nov 2016 19:07 EAT

USAID Mission Director Freeman emphasized the joint achievements of the EAC and USAID over the past two decades. “By simplifying customs and border procedures, we have facilitated faster, more affordable and predictable trade. We have increased investment by facilitating the closure of more internat

“It's juvenile for Kenya to bloviate and withdraw troops from South Sudan because its force commander was sacked for incompetence,” said Prof. Makau Mutua, Kenya’s leading international law expert who teaches in the United States.

The revival of the commission, whose mandate overlaps EAC policy-making on trade, immigration and investment, was seen as a concession by Kenya which years back had threatened to implement closer integration with Rwanda and Uganda as Tanzania questioned some of EAC’s protocols.

A leftist, the president is very critical of current leadership in East Africa and has criticised the corruption in the region. During Tanzania's election of October 2015 that he won, all the region's presidents were believed to have supported his opponent Edward Lowassa.

Chinese sponsored 'Africa Tech Challenge' ends in Nairobi

Free Press Reporter | Tuesday, 25 Oct 2016 14:25 EAT

Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Dr Liu Xianfa affirmed his country’s continued support for technical education saying that over the last three years, China has been at the forefront in stimulating economic growth through expertise development.

“I believe our entry into Ethiopia sends a powerful message to investors. Our presence signals that Ethiopia is open for business because we are standing beside them as a credible and internationally-respected insurer with an ‘A’ rating from S&P,” said Mr Otieno.

To save the DRC from further devastation, Joseph Kabila must go

Joe Khamisi | Friday, 07 Oct 2016 17:53 EAT

By insisting to stay on, Kabila is not only embarrassing himself and his country but endangering his life, and more importantly, the lives of his innocent citizens. A country that is mired in violence does not qualify to be a nation.

After Sunday's killings, Kenyans should spare a thought for Ethiopians

Thomas Matalanga | Tuesday, 04 Oct 2016 11:41 EAT

These protests were initially sparked off by a land row but increasingly turned into broad protest against the government. Since late 2015, scores of protesters have been killed in clashes with police.

International support lacking for South Sudan at a crucial time

Cyrus Mutai | Tuesday, 12 Jul 2016 20:18 EAT

Heavy gunfire in Juba leaves at least 300 people dead.

France pledges support for institutional reforms at EAC

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 09 Jul 2016 23:46 EAT

Also present at the meeting were Mr. Philippe Boncour, Counsellor and Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs at the French Embassy in Dar es Salaam; Mr. Charles Njoroge, the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Political Federation, and; other senior EAC officials.

The PTA Reinsurance Company, better known as ZEP-RE, recorded a net profit of Sh1.99 billion (USD19.9 million) despite the harsh economic environment in 2015.

South Sudan rearing to get up again

Dimba Jakobuya | Saturday, 28 May 2016 11:39 EAT

South Sudan is struggling to pick up the pieces after more than two years of civil war which broke out in December, 2013.

Inequalities in Africa could be greatly reduced if illicit financial outflows, which are costing the continent an estimated $60 billion annually are stemmed, says Carlos Lopez, executive Secretary for Economic Commission for Africa.

African Development Bank pledges more funding for energy

Shadrack Kavilu | Friday, 20 May 2016 14:15 EAT

The African Development Bank has recommitted itself to an investment programme that will help the continent double its energy output by 2025.