DRC: a Chinese company wants to produce 600,000 tonnes of copper in 2024

In the DRC, the production capacity of the Tenke Fungurume copper and cobalt mine will reach 450,000 tonnes next year. With the 150,000 tons expected to be delivered by the Kisanfu mine commissioned in the second quarter of 2023, its total production will reach 600,000 tons of copper in 2024. In 2022, the DRC became the world’s third largest copper producer, ahead of China.

Source: Africa News Agency

Algeria: foreign exchange reserves rise to $85 billion

Algeria’s foreign exchange reserves reached nearly 85 billion dollars at the end of August 2023 compared to 60.9 billion at the end of December 2022. A performance due to the increase in hydrocarbon prices, which represents nearly 94% of the total Algerian exports.

Source: Africa News Agency

Nigeria: telecom operators and banks agree on USSD services

Due to a debt amounting to nearly 120 billion naira, Nigerian telecoms companies were preparing to cut off USSD services to banks. But an agreement was reached. Deposit banks have agreed to pay the 120 billion naira ($151.9 million) they owe to telecom operators and continue paying for USSD service.

Source: Africa News Agency

Senegal: GDP will fall from 5.3% to 4.1%

Senegalese GDP growth in the first half of the year is expected to increase from 5.3% to 4.1%. This situation can be explained by the tense socio-political situation which weighed on the activity of the trade and services sectors during the first half of this year. In the same vein, new inflationary pressures from some food staples and forecasts for average inflation in 2023 have been revised upwards from 5% to 6.1%.

Source: Africa News Agency

World Artistic Dance Federation to help choreographers in Seychelles improve techniques

The World Artistic Dance Federation (WADF) is willing to work with dance coaches and choreographers in Seychelles to help local dancers improve their techniques and skills, a senior officer of the federation shared.

In a recent interview with SNA, the senior vice president of WADF, Irina Smalko, outlined that “when it comes to traditional dance, Seychelles is at the top of course, but for the rest, it’s okay.”

“We will make some suggestions to the organisers. Training will be necessary and important for development for both sides. It is my aim to make this happen, to work with the trainers and choreographers and provide them with everything we know. It will also be good to invite coaches of dancing schools in Seychelles to Russia for some period to undertake special courses. That would be the most correct way to handle that,” said Smalko.

“I hope that next year when there will be more participants from Seychelles, it will be easier to compare and understand the true level,” she continued.

Smalko, who is from Moscow, has been a Caribbean dance competitor within the International Dance Organisation IDO) for many years, and has a great knowledge of artistic dancing.

WADF’s senior vice president was in Seychelles for the All-African Artistic Dance Championships that was held on September 1 and September 2 at the Berjaya Hotel, Beau Vallon.

The first to be held in Africa, the All-African Artistic Dance Championships saw the participation of over 200 dancers from six countries – Seychelles, South Africa, Serbia, North Macedonia, Russia, and Greece. The Philippines, which was also expected to participate in the competition, canceled at the last minute.

During the two days of competition, participants battled for first place in different dance categories such as Afrobeat combats, hip hop, urban, traditional, classical, ballroom, and Latin dance.

The championship was classified into different categories, namely mini-kids from 4 years and above, juveniles from 9 to 12 years, juniors, youths and adults, and masters from 35 years and above.

Smalko shared that “hosting the competition in Seychelles is a very good step and opportunity for the federation. We are very well known in Europe and now we can get better known in Africa.”

WADF, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, is a non-profit worldwide dance organisation with over 100 years of experience in dance – which also gives non-professional dancers a platform.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Fez Festival of World Sacred Music : Quest for the spirit of Al Andalus

Fez, the political and intellectual capital of Morocco for several centuries and a center for the exchange of cultures and knowledge, will host the 27th edition of the Festival of World Sacred Music from September 15 to 23.

Created in 1994 and 2001 respectively, the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music and its Forum are part of the city’s scientific, artistic and spiritual tradition. Since its inception, the event has enjoyed increasing success. In 2001, the festival was designated by the United Nations as one of the key events contributing to the dialogue of civilizations.

Magnetic, the event brought together internationally renowned artists from all walks of life who shared a common quest for the sacred. To name but a few: Joan Baez, Patti Smith, Björk, Ben Harper, Paco de Lucia, Ravi Shankar, Sabah Fakhri, Kadhem Saher, Mounir Bachir, Asmaa Lamnawar, Wadi al Safi, Julia Boutros, Sheikh Yasin al Tuhami, William Christie, Barbara Hendricks, Jessie Norman, Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras, Tereza Berganza, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Archie Shepp, Randy Weston, Youssou N’Dour and Salif Keita.

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Twenty-five editions and many surprises, because the Festival is also a breeding ground for undiscovered talents and daring projects, fresh from the imagination of adventurous musicians and poets. In recent years, under the impetus of its artistic director, the Festival has also initiated large-scale multidisciplinary creations presented as opening acts. Some 90 artists have taken the stage in succession.

“The Fez Festival of World Sacred Music is a privileged moment in this spirit of coexistence, dialogue and tolerance,” stresses its president Abderrafia Zouitene.

With Spain in the spotlight, this twenty-seventh edition of the Festival will celebrate the historical and present-day links between Spain and Morocco. A number of artists from both countries will be using their fusions and performances to express this special dimension of openness, harmony and living together for a better future.

Other artists from Uzbekistan, India, the United States, Italy, Bulgaria, Israel, Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt, Ireland and other countries will be bringing this twenty-seventh edition to life in an exceptional way.

Source: Africa News Agency

Ganzourgou: 17 health workers from Boudry trained in the management of acute malnutrition

The head nurses (ICP) of the commune of Boudry benefited from training on the management of acute malnutrition from August 28 to September 1, 2023 in the Zorgho health district . Funded by the Sanbrado Mining Company (SOMISA), this training aimed to strengthen the capacities of health workers so that they can better manage cases of malnutrition in their health facilities.

From August 28 to September 1 , 2023, the 17 Head Nurses (ICP) in the commune of Boudry received training on the management of acute malnutrition. It was in the meeting room of the Zorgho health district.

In five days, the trainers Mr. Babou Yaro, Ms. Justine Dondassé/Balima and Dr Delphin Kaboré, went through with the participants several modules relating to the management of malnutrition through communications and practical activities within the Center of recovery and nutritional education (CREN) of the CMA of Zorgho.

The closing of the training which took place on Friday 1 st September was attended by representatives of SOMISA.

For the Chief Medical Officer of the Health District (MCD) of Zorgho, Dr Delphin Kaboré, Boudry is a particular commune in the sense that it is very large and is home to the Volta Valley Developments (AVV) which welcomes internally displaced persons ( IDP).

According to him, there are many hamlets of crops and many IDP areas and this leads to an increase in the number of malnourished people in the commune. This training was then requested by the district and financed by SOMISA (which is also based in this commune) to strengthen the skills of health workers so that they can optimally care for the malnourished.

Dr Kaboré invited health workers to focus on welcoming patients. For him, the treatment of malnourished people is not only medicinal, but it is also psychosocial.

He intends to advocate for training on the management of the malnourished internally and the provision of health centers with equipment for the management of malnutrition.

He said he was satisfied with the results of the training and asked the participants to share the training acquired with other agents so that they are at the same level of information for a change in behavior in the management of the malnutrition. “We are sure that practices will change at the level of health facilities. » he said.

The trainer Mrs. Justine Dondassé/ Balima thanked the ICPs for their diligence. She thanked SOMISA and hoped that training of this type would be financed in future times for the benefit of health workers from other municipalities in the province of Ganzourgou.

The ICP of Boudry center, Mr. Halidou Djessongo, on behalf of all the participants, thanked the initiators of this training. He made a commitment on behalf of everyone to put the learnings of the training into practice.

However, he expressed complaints against SOMISA for the provision of equipment to deal with malnutrition and the organization of screening sessions for cervical cancer and hepatitis “B” in benefit of the people.

For the SOMISA Community Relations representative, Ms. Léontine Traoré, malnutrition must be treated at the grassroots level because for her, a malnourished woman can give birth to malnourished children if the condition is not treated.

According to her, SOMISA wants to make its contribution to cutting the evil at the root so that the future generation is in good health.

She said the aim of this training is to provide local health professionals with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to understand, prevent, identify and treat malnutrition.

While thanking the training participants, she promised to carry out follow-ups in the 17 CSPS to see the application of the knowledge acquired during this training. She hoped that this training would help reduce the rate of malnutrition in the province.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Fight against dengue and malaria: destruction of larval breeding grounds strongly recommended

The need for sanitation and especially the destruction of larval breeding sites, constitute big steps in the fight against malaria, and in particular dengue fever, the number of cases of which has seen a significant increase , in recent weeks in the Center and Hauts-Bassins regions, have strongly recommended doctors.

Between August 28 and September 3, 2023, 703 probable cases of dengue were recorded in Burkina Faso, including 330 in the Center region and 329 in the Hauts-Bassins region, according to the head doctor of the Boulmiougou health district. , Dr. Wendkouni Abdoul Aziz Ouedraogo.

According to him, 15 deaths were recorded over the same period, including six in the Hauts-Bassins and three in the Center.

Since the start of the year, a total of 3,335 probable cases including 2,037 in the Center region and 1,034 in the Hauts-Bassins region have been identified, said Dr Wendkouni Abdoul Aziz Ouédraogo.

He gave these figures, on the sidelines of a workshop on health emergencies which brought together journalists and specialists from September 6 to 8, 2023.

According to him, there are four serotypes which are DENV1, DENV2, DENV3 and DENV4.

“Immunity conferred by one serotype is permanent, but it does not protect against other serotypes. A person can be infected with each of the 4 serotypes. A new infection with another serotype is a factor favoring the occurrence of severe dengue,” he warned.

Dr Wendkouni Abdoul Aziz Ouédraogo indicated that we speak of a probable case when the patient tests positive for dengue using a test recognized by the Ministry of Health and presents several symptoms.

These include severe headaches, retro-orbital pain, joint pain, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, skin rashes, hemorrhagic manifestations and a state of shock, he continued.

Dr Ouédraogo invited people to immediately go to the nearest health center and above all to avoid self-medication and taking anti-inflammatory drugs (diclofenac, ibuprofen, etc.).

Following him, the permanent secretary for the elimination of malaria, Dr Sidzabda Christian Bernard Kompaoré, spoke with the audience about malaria which remains the main cause of consultation, hospitalization, morbidity and death.

According to him, 11 million 656 thousand 675 cases of malaria including 539,488 serious cases and 4,243 deaths were recorded in 2022.

“By fighting malaria in its larval form, we fight dengue fever and vice versa,” advised the doctor.

To limit the proliferation of mosquitoes, he recommended the sanitation of the living environment, the elimination of larval breeding grounds, namely stagnant and hot water reserves (cans, bottles, cans, tires, etc.).

Dr Kompaoré also called for covering water storage containers and carrying out space spraying and indoor spraying.

To avoid mosquito bites, Sidzabda Christian Bernard Kompaoré calls for sleeping under mosquito nets impregnated with insecticides, using repellent creams especially during the day and wearing long clothes.

The workshop also made it possible to address other themes such as cholera and hygiene measures led by Aka Videmou.

The Director of Health and Population Protection, Dr Sidwaya Hamed Ouédraogo, urged media people to participate alongside the Ministry of Health in the fight against these diseases, by producing content that raises awareness among populations

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Cooperation: the Arab Republic of Egypt reaffirms its support for Burkina Faso

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Cooperation and Burkinabe Abroad granted an audience to the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, HE Mr. Ibrahim ELKHOULI, in the evening of Friday September 8, 2023 in Ouagadougou.

Carrying a message from the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, HE Mr. Sameh CHOUKRI to his Burkinabe counterpart, the Egyptian diplomat also expressed his country’s solidarity with the Government as well as the Burkinabe people in the face of the security situation.

Minister ROUAMBA welcomed the presence of the Arab Republic of Egypt alongside Burkina Faso in these particularly difficult times.

The two parties welcomed their cooperation, which they wish to take to a higher level, particularly in the areas of security, education, social protection, public administration management and labor.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Anti-terrorist trials: The protection of victims is not effective, panel

Panelists gathered yesterday Friday by the Center for the Quality of Law and Justice (CQDJ), called for effective protection of victims and witnesses involved in anti-terrorism trials , in order to achieve true justice and social cohesion.

The terrorist attacks that have struck Burkina Faso for eight years have left many families in mourning and caused immense damage.

Unfortunately, for fear of reprisals, lack of information and resources, victims generally living far from the anti-terrorist prosecution in Ouagadougou are unable to make their voices heard.

The coffee debate organized on the evening of Friday September 8, 2023 by the Center for the Quality of Law and Justice (CQDJ), on the theme: “Role and place of victims in anti-terrorist trials”, allowed participants to know more about this sad reality.

“As long as we cannot make the protection of victims effective, we will hardly have useful victims in our trials. This means that we are going to hold trials without victims. We may be going to pronounce decisions but we are not going to do justice,” said the Deputy Prosecutor of Faso at the Ouaga II High Court, Idrissa Sako, also a member of the anti-terrorist pole.

According to Idrissa Sako, protection takes into account the physical integrity of the person concerned, the change of residence, the change of identity and everything that goes with it, “to allow the victim to contribute to the work of justice, without having to fear for his person or for people close to him.

For the man of law, he cannot have social cohesion without the involvement of all parties. He cites as proof that victims affected by the remorse of their tormentors even had to ask for forgiveness for them.

In the opinion of the second panelist, Me Olivier Somé, the State is doing its best to protect victims, notably with the creation of the Legal Assistance Fund and the existence of a bill which will regulate witnesses and victims.

Me Somé also highlighted the creation of an anti-terrorist judicial center and the signing of a protocol in 2022 with the United Nations to recognize de facto minors recruited by terrorist groups as victims.

Women and young girls are full-fledged victims of terrorist groups and the adoption by the Burkinabe state of the law on gender-based violence, according to the lawyer, contributes to the fight against terrorism.

Me Oilvier Somé hopes that the Compensation Fund, currently being created, will be able to repair a little of the damage suffered by the victims, promote their psychological care and their resettlement.

From his point of view, in the absence of justice and reparation, victims can become radicalized before taking revenge.

Note that the public was involved from start to finish in this café debate, moderated by the president of the board of directors of the Center for the Quality of Law and Justice (CQDJ), Sidwaya Sosthène Ouédraogo.

According to Mr. Ouédraogo, this exercise aimed to take stock of the participation of victims in the course of anti-terrorist trials.

It was also about identifying the specific challenges they face, including protection, access to information and participation and the damage repair mechanism.

According to Sidwaya Sosthène Ouédraogo, the objective was also to identify perspectives and concrete recommendations to improve the role and place of victims in these trials.

Created in 2013, the CQDJ is an association whose vision is to contribute to the building of a just, more equitable society, in which each individual has the full exercise of their rights.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Earthquake in Morocco: “The Stallions are safe and sound”, (FBF)

The Burkinabè Football Federation reassured in a press release that the Stallions and other members of the delegation are safe and sound, after the deadly earthquake which struck Marrakech and other cities from Morocco last night.

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“An earthquake hit central Morocco on the night of Friday September 8 to Saturday September 9, 2023, causing enormous damage and sowing panic in Marrakech, the city which welcomed the national team and the entire Burkinabe delegation on the occasion of the 6th and last day of the CAN 2023 qualifiers.

The federal delegation would like to reassure the sporting public and all the people of Burkina Faso that all the members of the delegation are doing well and are safe and sound.

The national team, the technical staff and the accompanying people also took off on the morning of this Saturday September 9 from Marrakech for Lens in France where the Stallions are to play an international friendly match on Tuesday September 12, 2023 against the national team. from Morocco.

In addition, the Burkina Faso Football Federation (FBF)

sincerely sympathizes with the Royal Moroccan Football Federation and all the Moroccan people and expresses its deep sympathy and solidarity to all the bereaved.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Earthquake: Burkina expresses its deep compassion to Morocco

The President of the Transition, Captain Ibrahim Traoré, expressed his deep compassion on Saturday evening for Morocco, hit last night by a very deadly earthquake.

“An earthquake struck several provinces of Morocco this early this weekend. The results show several hundred deaths, several hundred injured and significant material damage. In these painful circumstances, I extend my deep sympathy and that of the people of Burkina Faso to His Majesty King Mohammed VI and to the Moroccan people in the face of this tragedy,” President Ibrahim Traoré wrote on X (twitter) on Saturday evening

Source: Burkina Information Agency

55th OHADA: Burkina and Mali denounce “fraudulent recruitment”

Burkina Faso and the Republic of Mali denounced on Saturday “fraudulent recruitment” of personnel which took place during the 55th session of the council of ministers and governments of the Organization for the harmonization in Africa of Business Law (OHADA), under the instigation according to them, of the French Development Agency (AFD).

The two countries notably condemned the shenanigans operated to prevent their representatives from expressing themselves fully during this meeting in Kinshasa which took place from August 28 to 30, 2023.

Ouagadougou and Bamako, among other things, demanded the suspension of fraudulently recruited personnel and asked the conference of OHADA Heads of State to take up the matter urgently.

In addition, Burkina Faso and the Republic of Mali warn that they will draw all the legal consequences, in the event of a forced passage.

As a reminder, OHADA has for three decades brought together Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, the Republic of Congo, the Comoros, Gabon, the Republic of Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Chad and Togo.

The organization aims to harmonize and simplify business processes in these countries.

Burkina Faso Information Agency

Read the full press release from Burkina and Mali

“The Transitional Governments of Burkina Faso and Mali have read with deep

amazement the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the 55th

session of the Council of Ministers of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA) held in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on August 29 and 30, 2023.

Indeed, contrary to the story mentioned in this report, the representatives of the

Burkina Faso and Mali, both Ministers in charge of Justice, spoke

several grievances and breaches violating the operating rules of OHADA,

as part of the recruitment process tainted with formal and substantive defects, in

to fill the post of Permanent Secretary and other international positions.

One of the root causes of these fraudulent recruitments is the blackmail carried out by the French Development Agency, which openly threatened to withdraw its funding, in the event that candidates favorable to it were not chosen.

This is how numerous illegal maneuvers, consisting of abusively withdrawing

to speak to the representatives of Burkina Faso and Mali or even to disconnect the video-conferencing system to other participants, were deployed during the work.

Exasperated by these unfair maneuvers and tired of not having been heard, the representatives of Burkina Faso and Mali withdrew from the room.

The Transitional Governments of Burkina Faso and Mali denounce, regret

the concealment of the press release of these serious facts and refuse to participate in a

masquerade which violates the sovereignty of African States and discredits OHADA.

Consequently, the Transitional Governments of Burkina Faso and Mali will

send a letter of protest to OHADA for:

1.denounce irregularities, violations of texts and conflicts of interest

manifestos, which marred the recruitment process, during the 55th

session of the Council of Ministers;

2. call for the suspension of the personnel installation process

irregularly and illegally recruited;

3.resume the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the

55th session of the Council of Ministers, with a view to faithfully mentioning the

progress of the work, including protests from Burkina Faso and the


4. ask the Conference of Heads of State and Government of OHADA

to take urgent action on the situation.

The Transitional Governments of Burkina Faso and Mali warn that they will pull

the legal consequences, in the event of forced entry.

May God bless Africa and preserve Africans!

Done in Ouagadougou and Bamako, September 9, 2023.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

50 more coronavirus infections reproted in Mahdia

50 more infections of coronavirus were reported in the governorate of Mahdia from August 27 to September 9, the Local Health Directorate of Mahdia said.
3 patients are currently in the hospital, Local Health Director Sami Boudaoura told TAP on Saturday, adding that medical teams are carrying out rapid antigenic tests on nasal swabs to detect the virus.
Vaccination against the COVID-19 for the elderly is still underway in the governorate, he underlined.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Financial transfers to Tunisia reach TND 5.8 billion by end of June 2023

Financial transfers to Tunisia reached TND 5.8 billion at the end of June, down significantly from the TND 11.6 billion recorded in the same period of the previous year, according to the Central Bank of Tunisia’s (BCT) financial indicators bulletin No. 223.
For the whole of 2022, these financial transfers amounted to around TND 19.1 billion.
President Kais Saied had paid an unannounced visit to the headquarters of the Central Bank of Tunisia on Friday, emphasising the urgent need for increased monitoring and control of financial inflows into Tunisia.
In addition, data from the Central Bank shows an increase in the value of current transactions, which amounted to TND 44.1 billion in the first half of 2023.
These transactions mainly consist of commercial exchanges, tourism revenues and expat remittances. This represents a significant increase of TND 5.2 billion, or 11.8%, compared to the TND 38.9 billion recorded during the same period in 2022.
This situation has contributed to the effective management of the balance of payments deficit, which did not exceed 1.8% of gross domestic product (GDP) at the end of July 2023, according to the latest data coming from the BCT Executive Board meeting held on September 7.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse