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Kia Rio Wins Nigeria's Car of the Year Award

Lagos — The Kia Rio beat some very steep competition to earn the prestigious 2015 Car of the Year accolade, receiving the highest number of votes from motoring journalists across the country.   The Kia Rio conquered some high-performance challengers to take the victory amongst all nominated vehicles at the annual Nigerian Automobile Journalists Association (NAJA) awards. The Kia Rio was adjudged to have ticked all the boxes in terms.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 1st December 2015

Kenya: AfDB Gives Kenya U.S.$39.5 Million for Irrigation Projects

Kenya has received $39.55 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to support small-scale irrigation projects, expected to improve yields, incomes and nutrition in rural areas.   AfDB's agriculture and agro-industry director Chiji Ojukwu said the funding would help reduce poverty by enhancing agricultural productivity.   "The programme is aligned with Kenya's Medium Term Plan (MTP-II 2013-17) to modernise its.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 1st December 2015

Tanzania: Government in New Plan to Boost Productivity in Farming

Dodoma — The government is considering to end its role in deciding when and where farmers should sell their produce to enhance productivity, an official in the Prime Ministers' Office has said.   The plan, he said, was to soon get rid of an era in which the state has the say on farmers' produce.   "This has been a stakeholders' discussion that since we are advocating agribusiness it is better to leave farmers decide.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 1st December 2015

Ministry of Minerals Signs Three Agreements to Explore Gold in Some States

Khartoum — The Ministry of Minerals signed three franchise agreements with national and foreign companies to operate in gold mining and other minerals.   The Minister of Minerals Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Sadiq Al-Karuri signed, on behalf of the government of Sudan, a concession agreement with Italian company to explore gold at Delgo locality in the Northern State.   The Director of the Italian company stressed his full determination.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 1st December 2015

Dabaa power plant in Africa to generate electricity in 2024

Egypt will get the first electricity supply from Dabaa nuclear power plant in 2024, the country’s prime minister Sherif Ismail has announced. He said that that the plant will run under acceptable environmental safety standards. He added that Dabaa residents will be relocated. The announcement comes following an agreement that was signed on November between Russia’s state-owned nuclear firm Rosatom and Egypt on 19.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 1st December 2015

Tanzania: Nyota Mulls Spinning Off Mineral Business, Investing In Other Sectors

Nyota Minerals Ltd Monday said there is an opportunity “now more than ever” to acquire new projects and to pounce on opportunities that can generate near-term revenue and said it is considering investing in other sectors and potentially spinning off its mineral business in the future. Nyota currently has a nickel and copper project in Italy and further exploration in Ethiopia but revealed the potential diversification plans ahead.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 1st December 2015

Construction of major hydro-power project in Africa launched

Zambia has begun the construction of what it says is a major hydro-power project aimed at boosting the country’s electricity generation capacity. The construction of 750 megawatts Kafue Gorge Lower Hydro-power project in Zambia begins following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Zambia and China. The hydro-power project in Zambia, to be situated in the south of the country-about 90 kilometers from Lusaka, will.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 1st December 2015

Construction of major hydro-power project in Africa launched

 Zambia has begun the construction of what it says is a major hydro-power project aimed at boosting the country’s electricity generation capacity.   The construction of 750 megawatts Kafue Gorge Lower Hydro-power project in Zambia begins following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Zambia and China.   The hydro-power project in Zambia, to be situated in the south of the country-about 90 kilometers from.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 1st December 2015

Safaricom in Kenya Ties in MTN Rwanda

Nairobi — Safaricom has partnered with MTN Rwanda to offer mobile money transaction for M-PESA customers in Kenya and Rwanda.   The partnership will see customers send and receive money from both countries through Mpesa platform.   This is the second partnership of its nature this year, after Safaricom partnered with Vodacom Tanzania to introduce cross-border transaction between customers on the respective.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 30th November 2015

Rio Tinto Approves $1,9bn Bauxite Mine

Rio Tinto has given a go-ahead to a $1,9 billion project to build an Australian bauxite mine, defying a deepening commodities downturn. The investment is the largest that Rio has approved for more than two years, a period when global miners have slammed the brakes on spending following a surge in capital expenditure when they tried to take advantage of rising commodity prices.   The wave of mining investment that peaked in 2012 has left.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 30th November 2015

Kilimanjaro Airport Upgrade to Double Its Capacity

The upgrade of Tanzania's second largest airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, is underway. It is expected to give KIA the capacity to handle more aircraft and passengers.   The makeover, which started last week, will see all runways, apron, taxiways and passenger lounges modernised.   Project engineer Mathew Ndossi said that the $39.7 million expansion works, set to be completed in May 2017, will enable the airport to handle.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 30th November 2015

Japan Pledges to Finance Hurghada Solar Power Plant

Egypt's Ambassador to Japan Ismail Khairat said that Japan pledged to finance a solar power plant in Hurghada at a cost of $100 million.   In a statement, the foreign ministry said that the agreement was reached during the recent visit paid by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to Japan.   That cooperation, the first of its kind between Egypt and Japan in this field, opens new horizons for taking advantage of the advanced Japanese.... Read more »

Posted on : Monday , 30th November 2015



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