US Bureaucratic Snafu Jeopardizes Debt Relief for Somalia

US Bureaucratic Snafu Jeopardizes Debt Relief for Somalia Source: Foreign Policy posted on 11 December 2019 Foreign Policy posted on 11 December 2019 an article titled “U.S. Bureaucratic Blunder Could Cost Somalia Desperately Needed Debt Relief” by Robbie Gramer and Keith Johnson. A bureaucratic failure in Washington to write off Somalia’s debt to the United States now jeopardizes implementation of a broader debt relief program for Somalia under the Heavily Indebted Poor Country Initiative. 0 comments  Labels: al-Shabaab, debt, development, Hassan Ali Khaire, HIPC, IMF, Somalia, US, World...

Call to Remove Sudan from US List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

Call to Remove Sudan from US List of State Sponsors of Terrorism Source: The Guardian published on 12 December 2019 The Guardian published on 12 December 2019 a commentary titled “Sudan Will Never Prosper While It Is on the US Terrorism Blacklist” by El-Ghassim Wane, former African Union and UN official, Abdul Mohammed, African Union, and Alex de Waal, Tufts University. The authors argue that for Sudan’s new government to succeed economically, the United States must remove sanctions, especially taking Sudan off the list of state sponsors of terrorism. 0 comments  Labels: Abdalla Hamdok, sanctions, Saudi Arabia, state sponsors of...

jibouti fibre optic cable with Kenyan landing point to go live in 2020

jibouti fibre optic cable with Kenyan landing point to go live in 2020  Source: TECH dot AFRICA Friday December 13, 2019 By Gbenga Ajao Djibouti African Regional Express (DARE 1), the 4,854 km undersea fibre optic is expected to be completed by June next year and its landing point in Kenya will be managed by Telkom Kenya. “Telkom is excited to be the landing party in Nyali, Mombasa, with the DARE1 consortium, considering the benefits it has in store for the country. This investment will offer diversity in the routing of traffic and will also provide for fibre continuity, cognisant of the risk at the high seas. The development of regional backbones such as the DARE1 will also increase access to data in the region, with eventual gains being realized on cost for the end consumer,” says Telkom Kenya’s MD for Carrier Services, Kebaso Mokiongi. “The system is on track to be ready for commercial traffic in June 2020,” the venture partners were quoted as saying. they also said that the manufacturing aspects are complete and the remaining works are progressing.The completion of the project will add to Telkom Kenya’s stake in various undersea cable infrastructures. They own 2.6% stake of EASSy, 10% stake in LION 2 and a 23% stake in TEAMS. They also operate the National Optic Fibre Backbone which is a project aimed to ensure connectivity in all the 47 counties of Kenya. The DARE1 system is reported to have cost KES 8.6 billion (about $86 million) and Mombasa is one of the 4 landing stations in East Africa. The 36 Terabit system is geared to...

Getting Sudan over the Finish Line

Getting Sudan over the Finish Line Source: The International Crisis Group posted on 9 December 2019 The International Crisis Group posted on 9 December 2019 an “Open Letter to the Friends of Sudan” by Robert Malley and Comfort Ero. While Sudan has embarked on a path toward democratic and accountable government, economic fragility threatens its transition. The statement urges the friends of Sudan to bolster the civilin-led administration with urgently needed financial support and calls for an African Union envoy to help keep the transition on track. 0 comments  Labels: Abdalla Hamdok, AU, Saudi Arabia, state sponsors of...

Sudan and the US State Sponsors of Terrorism List

Sudan and the US State Sponsors of Terrorism List Source: Foreign Policy posted on 9 December 2019 Foreign Policy posted on 9 December 2019 a commentary titled “Sudan’s New Government Can’t Succeed If It Remains on the U.S. Blacklist” by Hala al-Karib, Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa, and El Sadig Hassan, Darfur Bar Association. The transition to a democratic government in Sudan will be difficult enough as it is and much more difficult if it remains on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. The authors argue that the U.S. designation puts an unjust economic and political burden on a government that is working to give democracy a chance. 0 comments  Labels: Abdalla Hamdok, debt, democracy, state sponsors of...