Thursday’S African Short News Roundup

(MENAFN- The Rio Times) Welcome to The Rio Times' daily African news roundup. We bring you the latest and most significant stories to keep you informed about the continent's current events.

From Political updates to cultural highlights, we ensure you stay updated on Africa's dynamic landscape. Here are today's top headlines.
Amsons Group Proposes $180 Million Buyout of Bamburi Cement
Amsons Group, a Tanzania-based conglomerate with interests in energy, construction, food, and transport, has offered $180 million to acquire all shares of Kenya's Bamburi Cement.

This potential acquisition, signed on a recent Wednesday, may lead to Bamburi's delisting from the Nairobi Securities Exchange. It marks a significant transaction in East Africa.

Edha Nahdi, Managing Director of Amsons, stated that this deal aims to strengthen its presence in the regional cement industry. This contributes to East Africa's economic development.
DRC Becomes Kenya's Leading Export Market in East Africa
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC ) has surpassed Uganda as Kenya's fastest-growing export market within the East African Community.

According to the latest Kenya National Bureau of Statistics data, exports to the DRC soared by 56.04 percent to Ksh8.62 billion ($66 million) in the first quarter of 2024.

This marks the highest annual increase in over a decade. This growth follows a significant reduction in wheat import duty by Kenya, from 35 percent to 10 percent, since last July.
Employment in Angola Sees a 25% Increase in the First Half of the Year
António Estote, Angola's national director of labor, announced a 25% increase in job creation over the first half of the year, totaling over 110,000 new jobs.

The sectors contributing most to this growth include social collective services (29%), commerce (15%), construction (10%), and real estate activities (10%).
China and Guinea-Bissau Elevate Bilateral Relations
During a meeting in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Guinea-Bissau's President Umaro Sissoco Embaló declared a new "strategic partnership" between their nations.

This partnership aims to deepen political trust and expand practical cooperation, enhancing bilateral relations that have strengthened over recent years.
Américo Muchanga Named President of Mozambique Airlines
Mozambique Airlines (LAM ) announced the appointment of Américo Muchanga as its new president.

Muchanga, who recently stepped down as president of Mozambique's airports, replaces Theunis Christian de Klerk Crous.

This change is part of an ongoing restructuring effort managed by the South African firm Fly Modern Ark.
Mozambique's Economy Generates Over 1.3 Million Jobs in Five Years
Mozambique's public and private sectors have created over 1.3 million jobs in the past five years.

This achievement represents nearly 50% of the government's employment projections by the end of 2024.

President Filipe Nyusi shared these figures at a national conference on social dialogue and collective negotiation in Maputo.
Fuel Shortage Disrupts Operations at Bamako Airport, Mali
Senou-Bamako Airport is experiencing operational disruptions due to a fuel shortage caused by maintenance on Jet A1 fuel storage tanks.

This shortage has significantly affected airline operations, prompting Mali's airline, Sky Mali, to seek alternative solutions to minimize passenger inconvenience.
Angola's Supreme Court Reinstates Conviction of Former President's Son
Angola's Supreme Court has reinstated a five-year prison sentence for José Filomeno dos Santos, the son of former President José Eduardo dos Santos, for embezzlement.

This decision reverses a prior annulment by the Constitutional Court, highlighting ongoing anti-corruption efforts under President Joao Lourenço.
Nigeria's NNPCL Seeks $2 Billion Loan Amid Oil Challenges
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL ) is negotiating a new $2 billion crude-backed loan to enhance its financial stability and fund investments.

This comes as NNPCL faces gasoline shortages in major cities, partly due to its increased debts, which have recently doubled to $6 billion.
Kenya Faces Economic Strain After Debt Relief Plan Falters
Kenya's President William Ruto has warned of significant consequences after a crucial finance bill was rejected amid public protests, exacerbating the nation's debt crisis.

This setback forces the government to consider severe budget cuts and further borrowing to manage an $80 billion debt, representing about 70% of the GDP.


The Rio Times

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