Daily Archives: June 22, 2013

The future shape of East Africa: What happens when the sleeping giant of Congo

At first it might not look like it, but the exchanges between Egypt and Ethiopia over the latter’s Renaissance Dam that the region witnessed these past two weeks, tell us a lot about the tensions defining what the East African Community will look like in the years to come.

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Uganda, Tanzania populations to grow past 200m by 2100

Uganda and Tanzania’s populations could each surpass 200 million people by the end of this century while Kenya’s is forecast to grow to about 160 million people.

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Finally, real time money transfers for EAC

Anyone who has tried to send money across countries and currencies in East Africa is familiar with the painfully slow or non-existent systems, exorbitant commissions, unbankable security and frayed nerves.

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Now Egypt climbs down on Ethiopian dam

Egypt struck a conciliatory mood at the just ended Nile Council of Ministers’ 21st meeting in Juba, South Sudan.

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African countries on track to meeting four MDGs as 2015 deadline comes closer

A new report has given Africa a thumbs up for making great strides towards achieving of some Millennium Development Goals as the 2015 comes closer.

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Now Tanzania to review tax waivers

Tanzania has laid down a raft of measures to cut tax exemptions, which have been rising steadily in recent years.

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Africa likely to lose in G8 ‘tax haven’ deal

The tax haven “deal” that was agreed at last week’s G8 summit in Northern Ireland may not benefit African countries, according to aid agencies and a group of high level African former leaders led by Thabo Mbeki.

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Now Rwanda’s transition hinges on amending law to keep Kagame

The transition question in Rwanda has shifted from whether President Paul Kagame will leave office when his second term expires in 2017, to if the Constitution will be amended to enable him to extend his stay in power.

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Rwanda among ‘least peaceful’ countries, Tanzania high on list

Rwanda is not as peaceful a country as government officials say — at least not in the eyes of the Institute for Economics and Peace, a global think tank that promotes greater understanding of economics, business and peace.

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Museveni’s dilemma as former ally fires salvo

With Uganda Army General David Sejusa’s interview last week with the BBC, in which he told Ugandans to resist life presidency and accused President Yoweri Museveni of orchestrating a “political monarchy,” the gloves have come off in the succession struggle in the country.

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Protests await Obama visit in South Africa

Two different receptions await US President Barack Obama on his official visit to Africa later this month.

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Kenya’s poverty data faulted, survey planned

Kenya plans to do a household survey to update its antiquated data on poverty, which has been blamed for the poor measurement, mapping and policy making around the critical economic indicator.

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It’s full steam ahead as EA monetary union date beckons

The East African Community is moving to conclude talks on the envisaged Monetary Union Protocol as the clock ticks towards the August deadline.

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Rwanda’s ruling party bows to pressure

The convening of general assembly by an opposition party this week amid speculation about a possible constitutional amendment and the announcement of the return of politicians in exile, signal a change in the political landscape in Rwanda.

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