Good News from Africa

  1. Eritrea diplomacy  hits top: Team visits Mogadishu, Cairo, Riyadh:

Eritrea’s diplomatic engagements have been vibrant especially in late March through to April 10. Foreign Minister Osman Saleh has been to six capitals in a space of two weeks. His most recent being to the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, where he met with the King Salman bin Abdelaziz delivering a letter from President Isaias Afwerki’s to the host. Minister of Information, Yamane Meskel said, Afwerki’s letter contained words of gratitude for Saudi role in supporting the Eritrea – Ethiopia peace deal of July 2018. The two nations signed a peace deal in Riyadh last year.

  • China gives AU $2m for capacity building efforts:

The African Union Commission, AUC, on Wednesday confirmed receipt of two million dollars from the Chinese government. The amount was handed over via a cheque from the Ambassador of China to the AU, Liu Yuxi. It was received by the deputy chairperson of the AUC, Kwesi Quartey. “I had the honor and privilege to receive once again, on behalf of the Commission, a cheque for US$2 million from the Amb. of China to the AU, for the Commission’s capacity building Programme. “We are thankful to the Government and People of China for their continuous support,” the AUC deputy head wrote on Twitter. Photos attached showed him in a handshake with the ambassador and with the two signing a document.

  • Algeria’s First post- Bouteflika poll- scheduled for July 4- Presidency:

Algeria will hold a presidential election on July 4, the interim presidency said on Wednesday after weeks of mass protests led to the resignation of long-serving leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika. No further details were immediately given. On Tuesday, interim president Abd-el-Kader Bensalah had said he would organize free elections within 90 days. Earlier on Wednesday, Algeria’s army chief said he expected to see members of the ruling elite in the major oil and natural gas-producing country prosecuted for corruption and that he would support a transition towards elections. Lieutenant General Gaid Salah’s comments were the strongest hint yet that the military would play its traditional role as kingmaker after the ailing 82-year-old Bouteflika bowed to popular pressure and quit on April 2 after 20 years in power.

  • Six year old DJ thrills crowd in South Africa:

At the age of six, DJ arch junior holds the Guinness World Record for the youngest DJ club and is also the 2015 winner of the South African Got Talent Competition. The young South African student started mixing music at a very young age.

  • RwandAir to launch direct flights to DRC’s Kinshasa:

Rwanda’s national airline will this month launch direct flights to the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo. The development is significant as the two countries make efforts to harmonies bilateral and trade relations, that have in the past been derailed by conflict and suspicion. DRC is Rwanda’s main export destination, accounting for 86.9 per cent of Kigali’s informal cross boarder exports, according to the local New Times media portal. RwandAir said it will operate three weekly direct flights on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from its Kigali hub to N’Djili International Airport, DR Congo’s largest airport. “This new route will support our growth and increase our footprint in Africa. We also believe the addition of Kinshasa will boost business and strengthen commercial ties between the two countries” said Yvonne Makolo, RwandAir chief executive officer.

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