January 23rd 2018


African Development Bank achieves 100% investment in green energy Projects in 2017

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 30 Dec 2017 22:43 EAT

Power generation projects with a cumulative 1,400 megawatts exclusively from renewables were approved during the year, with plans to increase support for renewable energy projects in 2018 under the New Deal on Energy for 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.

Economic transformation of Africa's rural areas key to curtailing migration

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 21 Dec 2017 11:27 EAT

"This requires new agricultural innovations and transforming agriculture into a sector for creating wealth. We must make agriculture a really cool choice for young people," said Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank.

African Development Bank launches Youth Advisory Group to create 25 million jobs

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 30 Nov 2017 19:37 EAT

The Jobs for Youth in Africa initiative aims to create 25 million jobs and benefit 50 million youth over the next 10 years by equipping them with the right skills to get decent and meaningful jobs. It is currently the largest effort going on for youth employment in Africa today.

New conservation, energy and agriculture partnership for Africa's wildlife launched

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 30 Nov 2017 19:33 EAT

Commenting on the extended agreement, Frederick Kwame Kumah, WWF Africa Regional Director, said, "This is clear sign of total confidence and mutual recognition of both institutions."

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.

I think the skillset is important– be it entrepreneurship or specific skills. In the entrepreneurship space, education is very important, but informal education in the form of mentorship is absolutely critical.

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 young talents are engaged in various activities, creative workshops, brainstorming sessions and round tables to try find answers to some of the globes most burning questions. Issues of ecology, sustainable development and international cooperation are in the limelight of the scientific focused s

The brief gives particular focus to the growing threat of diet-related non-communicable disease. The greater wealth in urban centres, relative to rural areas, does not necessarily lead to healthier diets, with excessive consumption of highly-processed foods that are high in calories but low in nutri

World Food Day: AfDB urges African leaders to make agriculture attractive

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 17 Oct 2017 16:49 EAT

Due to the finite nature of mineral resources such as gold, diamonds, crude oil, among others, African countries must diversify their economies. This cannot be done without a significant emphasis on agriculture given that the great majority of Africans depend on it for their livelihoods.

African Dev Bank president bets on Africa to feed the world

Trizza Kimani | Saturday, 14 Oct 2017 14:42 EAT

The goals of AfDB’s Feed Africa strategy are to help eliminate extreme poverty in Africa by 2025; end hunger and malnutrition in Africa by 2025; make Africa a net food exporter; and move Africa to the top of export-orientated global value chains where it has comparative advantage.

Africa’s economic performance improves in 2017

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 14 Oct 2017 14:36 EAT

West Africa is expected to record improvements in growth to 2.5 per cent and 4 per cent in 2017 and 2018 respectively mainly attributed to improvements in oil production in Nigeria and rising global commodity prices.

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.

Revenue mobilisation in Africa continues to improve, says new report

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 13 Oct 2017 13:19 EAT

As a percentage of GDP, total non-tax revenues were lower than tax revenues in all 16 African countries, although the amounts varied considerably between countries due to a wide disparity in natural resource revenues and international donations (foreign aid, debt relief, or funding of national progr

AfDB issues its first “Light Up and Power Africa” theme Bond

Njuguna Kiru | Tuesday, 10 Oct 2017 14:07 EAT

As part of this effort, “Kenya's Last Mile Connectivity Program II", an energy project that provides access to electricity in Kenya, aims to provide electricity to 1.5 million people mainly from low-income groups and micro-enterprises that improve living standards and support economic growth.

Mbembe makes a strong case for African integration through open borders

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 03 Oct 2017 18:53 EAT

For mobility to become the cornerstone of a new pan-African agenda, we need to leave behind migratory models based on anti-humanist concepts such as “national interest” and embrace our own long tradition of flexible, networked sovereignty and collective security, he says.

In addition to its investments in tourism infrastructure (ports, airports, roads and rail, among others), the AfDB is promoting the creative and cultural industries to diversify the economic base of African countries and attract tourism.

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.

The approach is based on a country-owned model known as the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) that leverages financial and non-financial resources, promotes regional integration and mobilizes co-operation among Africa’s development partners.

To ensure successful implementation of the proclamation, the African Development Bank and partners used the side event to work towards effective mobilization of adequate resources to enable full implementation of IDDAS III.

UK university to help tackle air pollution in Sub-Saharan Africa

Mary Muthoni | Monday, 25 Sep 2017 13:33 EAT

Air pollution is a significant contributor to respiratory and cardiovascular disease and is recognised as a major global health concern. The World Health Organisation estimates that outdoor and indoor air pollution causes 6.5 million deaths every year1.

“We are quite satisfied with the Korean Government’s excitement and dedication to host the Meetings,” the Secretary-General said. “The signing of the MOU is a significant step, kick-starting preparations for the organisation of the Bank’s foremost statutory Meetings next year,” he added.

AfDB advocates linkage between donors, policy-makers to build Africa’s food

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017 13:50 EAT

The Bank aims to empower the African food community, support young entrepreneurs, connect food innovators and provide a platform to showcase new products from the continent.

The event in Paris was considered a resounding success, and Chad succeeded in raising US $12.9 billion (approximately 7,120 billion CFA francs) in funding pledges from both public and private international donors.

Africa50 is partner of choice for economic transformation, Adesina tells shareholders

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 12:04 EAT

He highlighted the need for African governments to improve the business climate by creating an environment that is favourable to private investment in infrastructure, including the regulatory environment, so that public-private partnerships can be developed.

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.

Gbagbo to know his fate as ICC judges rule on his appeal

Athanas Kipchumba | Wednesday, 19 Jul 2017 14:59 EAT

The documented deaths following the deadly violence is estimated at 3,000. A number so huge that it could easily catch the eye of the International Criminal Court. Gbagbo is the first ex-head of state to cool his heels behind bars in such a high-profile Court.

US threatens to impose sanctions in DRC as President Kabila remains unmoved

Athanas Kipchumba | Thursday, 13 Jul 2017 13:31 EAT

The commission will also investigate the reports of mass graves in Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo. According to the news reports grabbing the global headlines, it is quite clear that if the situation is not addressed the country will plunge into civil war.

Trump, Putin strikes a ceasefire deal over the catastrophic Syrian war

Athanas Kipchumba | Monday, 10 Jul 2017 10:42 EAT

Moscow has been throwing its weight behind the Al-Assad Regime and its forces, whereas Washington has backed up the rebel fighters and called for the removal of President Bashar Al-Assad.

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.

Trump who oftentimes paints an image of an overweening and acerbic-tongued leader has in the recent past distanced himself from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. A move that left the other world leaders with a sour taste in the mouths.

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.

His substantial mediation input channeled towards the effort to end the violence in the then war torn Mozambique, is described as an amazing and uplifting reconciliatory work.

Soaring temperatures threaten firefighting efforts globally

FOREIGN NEWS AGENCY | Tuesday, 20 Jun 2017 08:43 EAT

A few miles north, 11 people died in the village of Pobrais in Portugal, many as they tried to escape the flames. A survivor spoke of the roads being blocked and of no-one coming to their aid, Portugal is observing three days of mourning for the victims

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

The African Century: Continent's doubling population will shape everyone's future

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 08 Jun 2017 19:18 EAT

"Africa's population will more than double up to 2.5 billion people until 2050 with half of them being under 25 years. By then Africa's youth population will be ten times the size of European Union's. What will this youth boom do, what will they think, what will they want?"

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.

Sheikh Ahmad quits football roles as probe on Fifa graft widens

David Jagongo | Tuesday, 02 May 2017 21:43 EAT

''Therefore, after careful consideration, I have decided it is in the best interests of Fifa and the AFC (Asian Football Confederation), for me to withdraw my candidacy for the Fifa Council and resign from my current football positions."

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.

Nigerian tycoon Dangote tipped to become world top rice exporter

David Jagongo | Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017 20:44 EAT

“If they continue that policy, he would probably be the single largest producer of rice in the world, in about four years. The reason why I was so excited about that is that agriculture is cool, agriculture is a business…agriculture pays.”

Trump deporting Africans and other Black immigrants in record numbers

FOREIGN NEWS AGENCY | Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 13:19 EAT

There are 2.5 million African immigrants in the U.S., according to the Pew Research Center.  When including the Caribbean, Latin America and other regions, there are as many as five million Black immigrants in America. People from Africa have the fastest growth rate of the immigrant groups in the U.

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.”

Top Somali athlete Farah relieved after U.S. reinstates his visa

Thomas Matalanga | Tuesday, 31 Jan 2017 10:00 EAT

Farah, who moved to Britain aged eight, is at a training camp in Ethiopia as part of his preparations for August's World Championships in London, and is not planning to return to the US for a number of weeks.

Donald Trump’s Inaugural Speech

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 20 Jan 2017 21:39 EAT

The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

The Obama I will remember

Jesse Masai | Friday, 20 Jan 2017 11:56 EAT

In the cadence of an African-American preacher, Obama moved the nation with soaring rhetoric, before crashing both the Clinton Machine in the Democratic Party and, that historic November, the Republican Party.

Gambia's General says Army won't defend Jammeh's dictatorial rule

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 19 Jan 2017 10:35 EAT

With the tensions building up, at least 26,000 Gambians, fearful that violence could erupt, sought refuge in Senegal this week, but the army commander's statement has assured some countrymen that the soldiers won't enforce the defeated president's rule.

Donald Trump and Africa: Off to a good start

Free Press Reporter | Sunday, 15 Jan 2017 11:49 EAT

When the champion of democratisation looks the other way, presidents can get away with heinous crimes, in a replay of the cold war, when America used its might to advance the political interests of leaders allied with it, irrespective of the consequences for the country in question.

President Obama’s full farewell address

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 11 Jan 2017 14:58 EAT

But that potential will be realized only if our democracy works. Only if our politics reflects the decency of the people. Only if all of us, regardless of our party affiliation or particular interest, help restore the sense of common purpose that we so badly need right now.

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.

President Mahama's concession speech that Uhuru Kenyatta should read

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 10 Dec 2016 14:38 EAT

To all of the people who cheered us on, who gathered at rallies to show their support, and who queued in long lines to vote for me, I know that this is not the outcome that we wanted and hoped for, but I say to you that this day should not mark the defeat of your role in this nation’s political proc

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

Okumu will be remembered for statecract, peace negotiation

Soilan Kenana | Tuesday, 08 Nov 2016 20:57 EAT

The Bondo based Prof. Okumu single-handedly negotiated peace between Nelson Mandela and the then Zulu leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, allowing South Africa's independence elections that brought the African National Congress (ANC) to power.

“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.

American President Barack Obama’s father’s yearning for education in the United States could have provided the spark for the extraordinary scholarships that American universities offered to African, and especially Kenyan, students in the 1960s

India needs Africa’s business and resources, not its people

Derrick Kiraka | Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:07 EAT

For decades, many African students in India have complained about racial discrimination, but there has never been a firm commitment by the Indian authorities to address their plight.

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.

Africa needs major re-engineering of development strategies

Shadrack Kavilu | Friday, 20 May 2016 14:24 EAT

The 2nd Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development which took place on 18th May 2016 under the theme: “Ensuring inclusive and integrated implementation and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063” mapped how the continent can fast-track it

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.