Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waandishi 2 wauawa wakiwa hewani Marekani

 

Waandishi wawili wa habari wamepigwa risasi katika jimbo la Marekani la Virginia wakati wakifanya mahojiano ya moja kwa moja ya runinga.
Kanda ya video inaonyesha mwandishi wa habari wa kike akimtania mgeni aliyekua akimuhoji kabla ya risasi kufyatuliwa mara nane.
Mwandishi huyo anaonekana akiruka na kamera kuanguka sakafuni huku mwanamume aliyevalia nguo nyeusi na kubeba bunduki akipita karibu.
Kituo kilichoajiri waandishi hao cha WDBJ kinasema mwandishi huyo wa habari Alison Parker na mpiga picha Adam Ward walikufa katika tukio hilo .
Polisi wanasema mshukiwa hajulikani aliko.

Wahamiaji zaidi ya 50 wafariki Libya

 

Watu wapatao 50 wamekutwa wamekufa katika sehemu ya mizigo ya boti iliyokuwa imebeba wahamiaji waliokamatwa katika pwani ya Libya.
Vyombo vya habari vya Italia vimesem kwamba vifo hivyo vinaweza kuwa vimesababishwa na kukosa hewa.
Kiasi cha watu 430 waliokolewa wakiwa hai kutoka katika boti hiyo na boti ya ulinzi ya Sweden.
Maelfu ya wahamiaji wamekufa na maelfu wengine kuokolewa baada ya kurundikwa katika meli moja hivi karibuni huko Libya.
Zoezi la uokoaji katika moja mazoezi kumi ya aina lilifanyika katika bahari nchini Libya,Alisema mlinzi mmoja wa pwani ya Italia.
Mapema mwezi Agosti,Kikosi cha wanamaji cha Italia kiligundua miili ya watu arobaini na tisa katika meli moja.
Wahamiaji hao wanadaiwa kufariki kutokana na kukosa hewa.
Wahanga wa tukio hilo walisema kuwa walilazimishwa kubaki katika chombo hicho ambacho kilijaa kupita kiasi.
Wasafirishaji haramu waliopo nchini Libya,wanaaminika kutengeneza faida kubwa kwa kuwasafirisha wahamiaji mpaka mwambao wa Ulaya.
Maafisa wa Ulaya wameelezea hatma ya wahamiaji, karibia 250,000 ambao wamesaifiri kwa mashua mpaka ulaya kama wengi kupitiliza makadirio.
Umoja wa mataifa umesema kuwa kwa mwaka huu pekee, zaidi ya wahamiaji 2,000 wamefariki dunia walipokuwa wakijaribu kuvuka bahari na kwenda ulaya.
Wakati huo huo suala la uhamiaji linatarajiwa kutawala mkutano wa kilele mjini Vienna na kuhudhuriwa na viongozi kutoka Ujerumani, Austria na nchi za Balkan .
Kuelekea mkutano huo waziri wa mambo ya kigeni wa Austria Sebastian Kurz ameiambia BBC kuwa sheria za umoja wa ulaya kuhusu uhamiaji hazina nguvu. Alieleza kushindwa kwa kanuni za Dublin ambazo ziliwataka wahamiaji kutoka nje ya ulaya kujisajili kwenye nchi za awali wanazofikia.
Mapema wiki hii Polisi wa Macedonia walitumia mabomu ya machozi baada ya maelfu ya wahamiaji kuvuka kwa nguvu kwenye kizuizi kilichowekwa na polisi katika mpaka wa Ugiriki.

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) receives US$50 million from the Islamic Development Bank for project financing


 
The funds will be used to finance projects located across the numerous African IDB member countries
 
Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)  is pleased to announce its acceptance of a US$50 million 15 year line of financing, with a 13 year six month repayment period, from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). 
 

The funds will be used to finance projects located across the numerous African IDB member countries.  The projects will be structured in a way that is compliant with Islamic Finance, focusing particularly on infrastructural and agricultural projects that promote the economic and social development of the communities concerned.
 
This is AFC’s first Islamic finance borrowing and is the result of several years of increasing cooperation and collaboration between the two institutions.  AFC initiated discussions in 2009 and a Memorandum of Understanding was later signed with the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the private sector arm of the IDB Group. 
 
Building on this groundwork a team from the IDB visited AFC in 2014, following the reaffirmation of AFC’s international credit rating of A3/P2 by Moody’s and based on several more years’ track record in landmark project financing and development. AFC’s involvement in projects such as the Bakwena Toll Road, a transport infrastructure development which has connected South Africa’s industrial heartland to the nearest deep water port in Mozambique, were instrumental to the success of the corporation’s application.
 
Andrew Alli, President and Chief Executive Officer of AFC, commented on the announcement: “As AFC’s first Islamic Finance loan, this agreement represents an important step for the corporation.  The Islamic finance sector is responding to high demand and rapidly expanding, with a large number of Islamic finance institutions establishing operations here as a result of Africa’s significant Muslim population. There is enormous growth potential within this industry.
 
“We intend to fully utilize the loan and capital to fund and develop projects within IDB member countries, several of which are also member states of AFC.  It is with loans such as these that AFC can continue to improve the quality of the continent’s infrastructure and with it help to boost Africa’s economic growth.”
 
As well as providing important financing for the corporation’s activities, AFC’s agreement with the IDB establishes an important, intercontinental relationship, which will hopefully lead to further collaboration between African and Middle Eastern institutions in the future. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Angola will host the Meeting of the Ministers of Finance and Governors of the Central African Banks, the African Caucus


 
From 27–28 August in Luanda, the Republic of Angola will host the Meeting of the Ministers of Finance and Governors of the Central African Banks, the African Caucus, with the aim of strengthening the voice of the continent's representatives on important issues relating to the socio-economic development of the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs).
 

The meeting being held at the Talatona Convention Centre is an important opportunity for the African leaders, represented by their Ministers of Finance and Planning and Governors of the Central Banks, to jointly present in a coordinated and organised way the major and current concerns affecting the economies of the African continent, namely the building of infrastructure and industrialisation of production processes.
 
Hosting an event the size of the African Caucus in Angola should help our country to strengthen its relationship with international financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the African Development Bank, with the aim of mobilising support for the financial needs of the country's development.
 
On the other hand, holding the forum in Angola will improve the country's visibility, making way for new opportunities for diversifying the economy.
 
The subjects that stand out on the agenda in the six panels are the General Vision of the Regional Economy, Economic Transformation and Diversification, Discussion on the 2015 African Caucus Memorandum and the Financing of Regional Projects connected to infrastructure.
 
Personalities like the Ex-President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, and other individuals connected to the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the World Bank (WB) and the African Development Bank (AFDB) have been invited to speak on the topics above.
 
Angola was formally designated as the leader of the African Caucus Group in 2015 at the event that took place from 3–4 September 2014 in the Friendship Hall Conference Centre in Khartoum, Republic of Sudan.
 
Founded in 1963 as the African Group of Governors of the World Bank Group and the IMF, the Caucus aims to strengthen the voice of the Governors of the African Continent on important issues relating to the socio-economic development of the African Region, within the Bretton Woods Institutions (World Bank and International Monetary Fund).
 

WAZIRI MKUU: SERIKALI INATAFUTA SULUHISHO LA DIASPORA KUPIGA KURA



WAZIRI MKUU Mizengo Pinda amesema Serikali bado inatafuta suluhisho la kudumu litakalowezesha Watanzania waishio ughaibuni (Diaspora) waweze kupiga kura wakiwa huko waliko.

Ametoa kauli hiyo juzi usiku (Jumatano, Agosti 19, 2015), wakati akijibu maswali ya Watanzania waishio Uganda katika kikao kilichofanyika hoteli ya Serena jijini Kampala.

“Serikali tulitamani sana mchakato huu umekamilika mwaka huu ili Watanzania waishio nje ya nchi waweze pia kushiriki uchaguzi mkuu lakini tulipoongea na wenzetu wa NEC (Tume ya Taifa ya Uchaguzi), ilibainika kwamba isingekuwa rahisi kupeleka mashine za BVR nje ya nchi wakati huo huo zoezi la uandikishaji likiwa linaendelea hapa nchini…”, alisema.

“Walisema kuna suala la uandikishaji, likimalizika kuna suala la uhakiki wa majina ya walioandikishwa… yote haya yanataka muda na maandalizi ya kutosha,” aliongeza Waziri Mkuu.

Alisema Serikali bado haijakata tamaa na yeye binafsi anaamini jambo hilo linaweza kufanyika kwenye Uchaguzi Mkuu ujao wa mwaka 2020 bila matatizo yoyote.

Akigusia kuhusu uandikishaji wapiga kura nchini, Waziri Mkuu alisema lengo la awali lilikuwa ni kuandikisha wapiga kura milioni 24 lakini kutokana na takwimu na uzoefu uliopatikana kwenye nchi za Jumuiya ya Maendeleo Kusini mwa Afrika (SADC), Tume ya Taifa ya Uchaguzi (NEC) ilishauri lengo la Serikali liwe ni kuandikisha watu milioni 22.

“Lakini kama wengi mlivyosikia, wakati hata hawajamaliza kuandikisha wakazi wa mkoa wa Dar es Salaam, ambao ulikuwa wa mwisho, tayari tulishavuka lengo la awali la kuandikisha watu milioni 24,” alisema.

Alisema hilo ni jambo la kujivunia kwa sababu tangu mwanzoni, mchakato huo ulikuwa umegubikwa na kelele nyingi na watu walihofia kwamba kwamba zoezi hilo lisingekamilika. “Sote ni mashuhuda, watu wamejiandikisha na sasa wanakamilisha taratibu za uhakiki,” aliongeza.

Waziri Mkuu Pinda aliwasili nchini Uganda Jumatano usiku kwa ziara ya siku moja akimwakilisha Rais Jakaya Kikwete kwenye maadhimisho ya miaka 100 ya Chama cha Maskauti cha Uganda (Uganda Scouts Association – USA). Amerejea nchini jana usiku.

Rais Yoweri Museveni ndiye mlezi wa chama hicho na alikuwa amemwalika Rais Kikwete kwenye maadhimisho hayo.

African NGOs stand a chance to win the USD 100,000 ONE Africa Award


  An African civil society or non-governmental organization will receive the $100,000 ONE Africa Award to continue to amplify the work they are doing on the continent. The ONE Campaign will present the next ONE Africa Award to a deserving Africa-led organization that has demonstrated commitment and success in their advocacy to promote the attainment of one or more of the Millennium Development Goals.