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Rwanda: New Govt Initiatives to Attract More Investment in Affordable Housing

How can Rwanda deliver more affordable housing units and ensure low and middle-income earners acquire decent homes in the medium-term? This question becomes more pertinent particularly as the country's urban population continues to grow rapidly while few houses are being delivered for this market segment.   However, the Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA), city authorities and other stakeholders say there is no cause for alarm "as there are new initiatives in the pipeline to.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 27th April 2017

Tanzania: Over Half of Rural Households Now Powered by Solar

Dar es Salaam — Solar power revolution is happening in Tanzania with a new study indicating that more than half (65 per cent) of rural households that have access to electricity use solar.   The Energy Access Situation Report 2016 released earlier this week by the National Bureau of Statistics and the Rural Energy Agency shows that grid electricity is the second largest source of power in rural areas with 34.5 per cent of households connected.   "The results.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 27th April 2017

Tanzania: Report States that 33 Percent Tanzanians Have Electricity Access

Dar es Salaam — A total of 3,753, 615 households in Mainland Tanzania are electrified with any form of electricity out of 11,454,818 households, a new study indicates.   This is equivalent to 32.8 per cent of all households of Mainland Tanzania and is an increase from 18 per cent of all households connected to electricity in 2011/12.   The Energy Access Situation Report 2016 released earlier this week by the National Bureau of Statistics and the Rural Energy Agency.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 27th April 2017

Tanzania: Plug Loopholes or Lose Revenue from Gas Discoveries - CAG

Dar es Salaam — The Controller and Auditor General (CAG) has cautioned the government that the country is facing several risks of losing substantial revenue from the huge discoveries of natural gas unless measures are taken to plug loopholes.   According to a recent report by CAG Mussa Assad, the natural gas bonanza cannot build a strong economy to lift many Tanzanians from poverty unless several measures are taken on managing the process of exploration, procurement,.... Read more »

Posted on : Thursday , 27th April 2017

Kenya: American Roasters to Increase Coffee Imports by 25 Percent

American roasters are expected to raise coffee purchases from Kenya by a quarter to Sh3.5 billion annually after the country showcased its produce in the ongoing symposium in Seattle, US.   Coffee Directorate made a pitch for Kenya's specialty coffee during the exhibition to have the US, which pays a premium price for the commodity, increase its uptake 25 per cent.   America buys seven per cent of Kenya's annual export of 46,000 metric tonnes but it pays highly compared.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 26th April 2017

Kenya: Current Administration Built 1,822km of New Roads During Term

The Ministry of Transport is fighting back on reports that the Jubilee administration has been skewed in construction of roads in the country.   Infrastructure Principal Secretary John Mosonik told the Nation that while it is true there were ongoing projects when the current administration came to power, a lot more has been accomplished in the last four years.   "Over last few days, the number of kilometres of roads in the country has become a topical.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 26th April 2017

Rwanda, Morocco Ink New Infrastructure Development Deal

Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) has signed a new agreement with the Federation Royal Marocaine de Football (FRMF) aimed at improving football infrastructure in the country.   In a statement released on Saturday, Ferwafa president Vincent Nzamwita confirmed the development on the conclusion of a seven-day visit to Morocco on the invitation of his counterpart, Fouzi Lekjaa.   The two sides discussed the funding of the FERWAFA Hotel (that's under construction with the.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 26th April 2017

Rwanda: Kigali to Get New Digital System to Make Construction Permits Easier

It will now be easier and faster to process construction permit applications in the City of Kigali (CoK) and secondary cities around the country, thanks to a new digital system for issuing and managing building permits that starts today.   The electronic Building Permit Management Information System (eBPMIS) is designed to digitise building permit issuing services in the City of Kigali and secondary cities and to improve service delivery, according to Merard Mpabwanamaguru, the.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 26th April 2017

Tanzania: Plastic Bag Factories Will Have to Install Recycling Plants As Well

Morogoro — New plastic bag manufacturing factories in the country will have to install recycling facilities as the government moves to curb environmental degradation, the National Environment Management Council (NEMC) has announced.   NEMC Coordinator for the Eastern Zone Jaffar Chimgege, speaking here over the weekend, said: "As a country, we face a serious challenge when it comes to littering the environment by plastic materials and solid waste...they both pose.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 26th April 2017

Nigeria reclaims position as Africas top oil producer

Nigeria may have reclaimed its position as Africa’s top oil producer beating Angola. Angola had led the African oil producing countries with its 1.7 million barrels of crude oil a day, well above Nigeria’s 1.5 million barrels per day, in September 2016, for seven straight months. According to the December 2016 Monthly oil Market report (MOMR) of the OPEC, crude oil production from Nigeria went a notch above that of Angola even before the start of 2017 as per the planned.... Read more »

Posted on : Saturday , 22nd April 2017

Ethiopia's poultry giants: From $3,500 start-up now hitting $1.6m in sales

The high demand for poultry in Ethiopia is shaping the lives of a group of friends who came together in 2010 to start a poultry farm. In the capital Addis Ababa, Friendship Agroindustry is now the second largest supplier of chicken and other poultry products. The company was started after they put their personal savings together and took a loan of 3,500 US dollars as capital. In seven years, the business has grown significantly. “The company registers remarkable growth.... Read more »

Posted on : Saturday , 22nd April 2017

Dangote could be world's largest rice exporter by 2021

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, could be the world’s biggest rice exporter in the next five years. This is according to the head of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina. Akinwumi was Nigeria’s Agriculture minister when Dangote was the largest importer of rice into Africa’s most populous nation. He recounted how the billionaire businessman once walked into his office and resolved to switch from import to home-based production and.... Read more »

Posted on : Saturday , 22nd April 2017



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