MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia needs help airlifting basic supplies to towns recently retaken by African Union-led forces because Islamist insurgents who were driven out from those areas are blocking aid convoys, the president told Reuters in an interview.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud accused the Al Shabaab militants of trying to create food shortages in newly “liberated areas” to turn locals against the state – and said the aid would show people the benefit of returning to government control.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – International mediators have called on South Sudan’s rebel leader to meet his rival President Salva Kiir to prevent an ethnic-fuelled conflict turning into a civil war or genocide, one of the envoys who met Riek Machar last week said on Monday.
EU envoy Alexander Rondos said such a face-to-face between the rivals, which would be the first since fighting erupted in mid-December, was essential to end the “cycle of vengeance” and killings that has left a ceasefire agreed in January in tatters.
DAR ES SALAM (Reuters) – Tanzania aims to hike cargo volumes through its main Dar es Salam port in 2015 by almost 40 percent over 2013 levels, part of plans to expand and build new transport links and become a regional hub, the president said on Friday.
President Jakaya Kikwete said bureaucratic hurdles had delayed plans by a Chinese firm to build a new port at Bagamoyo, 75 km north of Dar es Salam, but those were now resolved.
DAR ES SALAM (Reuters) – President Jakaya Kikwete said on Friday that Tanzania aimed to launch its debut Eurobond worth at least $700 million in the next financial year starting in July and could seek more if conditions were favorable or delay if costs were too high.
The government was also trying to meet a budget deficit target of 5 percent of gross domestic product in 2013/14 – down from 6.2 percent the previous year – but he said it would be tough due to an expected 6 percent shortfall in revenues.
DAR ES SALAM (Reuters) – Tanzania’s stock exchange is pressing the government to sell shares in more state firms to help galvanize bigger private businesses to tap the capital market.
Regulations that will push mobile telephone firms and mining companies to list on the main bourse were at an “advanced stage”, Moremi Marwa, chief executive officer of the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, said in Tanzania’s commercial capital as part of the Reuters Africa Investment Summit.
KIGALI (Reuters) – Celestin Rwabukumba is this year scrambling to add a new financial listing on the Rwanda Stock Exchange, automate the bourse, launch a market for smaller firms and encourage more companies to use the debt market to raise capital.
The initiatives are part of a broader bid to put the tiny African state on the map as a regional financial hub. But there is a long way to go for the three-year-old bourse with just five listings and where trades are still scribbled on white boards.
KIGALI (Reuters) – Rwandan President Paul Kagame may dress in the sharp suits of a company CEO, but his language can be more like a drill sergeant when he grills his cabinet on its performance.
“When you speak I find myself becoming impatient, almost to the point of being annoyed,” the former military intelligence commander publicly berated a minister last month at an annual meeting of top officials on modernizing the tiny African state.
KIGALI (Reuters) – Rwanda may offer reduced tax rates soon for investors in energy, transport and logistics, as well as to fund managers and export-oriented projects, under a new investment code, a Rwanda Development Board (RDB) official said.
The new code, which still needs cabinet approval, is part of a broader strategy to wean Rwanda’s economy off aid and speed up the country’s development. It could be in place by the end of April, said Vivian Kayitesi, head of investment promotion and implementation at the state board.
KIGALI (Reuters) – Rwanda will offer domestic bonds in August and November as part of a plan for regular issues to develop the tiny capital market, attract foreign capital and create more savings instruments in the poor African nation, the central bank governor said.
Governor John Rwangombwa also told Reuters that an increase in bank credit and a pick up in agriculture would help Rwanda’s economy expand by “a minimum of 6 percent” in 2014 after growth tumbled well below expectations to 4.6 percent last year.
KIGALI, March 26 (Reuters) – Rwanda may offer reduced tax
rates soon for investors in energy, transport and logistics, as
well as to fund managers and export-oriented projects, under a
new investment code, a Rwanda Development Board (RDB) official
The new code, which still needs cabinet approval, is part of
a broader strategy to wean Rwanda’s economy off aid and speed up
the country’s development. It could be in place by the end of
April, said Vivian Kayitesi, head of investment promotion and
implementation at the state board.