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African states refuse to invest available money to improve Internet access
African governments have more than $ 400 million available to improve Internet access in their different countries. However, the World Wide Web Foundation and the Alliance for Affordable Internet reveals that much of this money sleeps in the coffers. Despite the screaming need of the people and the market, this money is never invested.
In this regard, these organizations note that only Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Uganda have a balance equal to zero. This means that they have invested their resources in improving Internet access, out of the 37 African countries. FASU has as objective, to find the financial resources to build and expand telecom infrastructure in the country. However, the reality is that these funds are not always used properly or at all.
The US wants to withdraw Rwanda’s AGOA benefits and they’re fine with it
The Rwandan government has said the United States has the right to withdraw benefits of Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), responding to the suspension of its eligibility for apparel exports. The AGOA trade program provides eligible sub-Saharan countries duty-free access to the United States. But on the condition that they meet certain statutory eligibility requirements, including eliminating barriers to U.S. trade and investment, among others.
Following the notification by the United States on the suspension of duty-free status for Rwandan apparel products under the African Growth and Opportunity Act ( AGOA), East African countries have decided to raise tariffs on second-hand clothing imports, in order to promote local manufacturing capacity in the garment and other industries. In a statement issued on Tuesday, Kigali signaled that it would not reverse restrictions on the importation of used clothes and shoes, including those from the United States.
Another ruling party beaten hands down
Sierra Leone has a new president by name Julius Maada Bio. Bio is the opposition candidate declared winner on Wednesday with 51.81 percent of votes. He beat Samura Kamara, the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) candidate, who scored 48.19 percent of the votes. Samura and his party have cried foul, describing the voting process as marred by fraud. He has promised to challenge the results in court.
Bio, the winner has appealed to his rival to drop a legal challenge against the result, and instead work with him in the new government. “He is a resource. He has the expertise and the experience. And I think we can put those to work in addition to all that we have to make sure that Sierra Leone is a better place,” President Bio said, referring to Samura. Ruling parties in Africa are now losing and crying foul on elections they organized. There is hope for African democracy.
Prime Minister fires against publishing confidential docs on social media
The continuous growth of social network, has made communication much easier. But this rapid growth has also made room for the exposure of all types of documents, including those designated, confidential. According to Cameroon’s Prime Minister Philemon Yang, this dissemination constitutes serious attacks on the state’s security.
Two years ago, the government launched a campaign against social media, calling it a new form of terrorism. Now, violating professional discretion according to the Prime Minister is tantamount to facing extreme charges. However, if this pulls through, the social media might do the country much good than harm.
No signs of political change in Cameroon amidst increasing violence
Political tensions continue to escalate in Cameroon between Anglophone separatists and Paul Biya’s government. One would have expected an increasing yearning for political change among political stakeholders, considering the poor management of the conflict by the ruling government. But that seems not to be the case, as the ruling party has obtained a crushing victory in the last senatorial elections. The President’s party, the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM), worn 63 seats in 9 out of the 10 regions of the country, while the opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF) worn just 7 seats in its stronghold of the NorthWest Region.
The elections results were released within the week by the Constitutional Council, chaired by its President, Clement Atangana. The ceremony was held at the Yaounde Conference Center and had in attendance, the Prime Minister, Philemon Yang, members of the ELECAM board and members of the diplomatic corp among others. In the meantime, violent clashes have continued between government forces and Anglophone separatists forces, as both sides appear not to be giving up in the quest to achieve their objectives.
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