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UN to transport Bozize KINSHASA: Democratic Republic of Congo's government asked the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) on Sunday for help transporting the family of Central African Republic President Francois Bozize after he fled his country, a UN official said. "(Government of DRC) has asked UNHCR to transport 25 family members of Bozize from (Congolese border town) Zongo to Gemena," the official, who asked not to be named, said via text message. Copyright Reuters, 2013 ...

Bollore, partners preferred bidder for I.Coast port expansion ABIDJAN: Ivory Coast has named a consortium of French industrial groups Bollore and Bouygues and Denmark's Maersk as the preferred bidder to operate a new container terminal, an official for one of the companies said.The West African nation plans to open a second container terminal in the commercial capital Abidjan one of Africa's busiest ports as part of a drive to make up ground lost to competitors during a decade-long political crisis."This new terminal project ...
Central African rebels head toward capital BANGUI: Rebels in Central Africa on Friday advanced on the capital Bangui as they resumed an offensive in the mineral-rich country in the face of international condemnation.Troops from the Seleka coalition shot their way through the Damara key checkpoint some 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of the capital, said a source with the Multinational Force of Central Africa (FOMAC) which was manning the roadblock."The rebels stormed the checkpoint and passed through, There were shots but ...
DR Congo warlord leaves Rwanda for The Hague KIGALI: Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda left Rwanda on Friday with International Criminal Court officials to face trial for war crimes charges, officials said. "Bosco Ntaganda has just taken off from Kigali in custody of ICC officials," Louise Mushikiwabo said in a message on her Twitter account, referring to Ntaganda dubbed "The Terminator." Ntaganda surprised US embassy staff in Kigali on Monday when he walked in off the street and asked for help in reaching the ...
Zimbabwe to hold elections by June 29: minister HARARE: Zimbabwe will hold elections by June 29 to end a shaky unity government formed four years ago between President Robert Mugabe and his rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, state media reported on Thursday."It is imperative to have the elections by June 29 because we will no longer have a parliament by then and a country cannot run without a parliament," The Herald newspaper quoted Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa as saying."As the minister of justice ...
Zimbabwe eyes new vote with questions over free polls HARARE: With a new constitution approved, Zimbabweans are now looking toward a fresh general election, while wondering whether the polls will be free and fair.The overwhelming nod for the charter at a weekend referendum raised much optimism for democratic changes in a country long regarded by the West as a pariah state.The new supreme law protects against all forms of violence and torture and guarantees freedom of expression. But observers say there is little in ...
A year after coup, Mali split over election readiness BAMAKO: A year after a coup which opened the door to the Islamist invasion of northern Mali, politicians are split over the nation's readiness for elections as it remains entangled in a war with the extremists. Interim President Dioncounda Traore, supported by government parties and much of the international community, has said he wants elections by the end of July. However Nouhoum Keita, a leader in the African Solidarity for Democracy and Independence party, the ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
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WeeklyMay 21, 2015
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