ARC East Africa Weekly Chronology
4-10 April 2024

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10 Apr 2024 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) The Citizen. According to the April 2024 edition of Africa’s Pulse, the World Bank’s biannual survey of African economies, the East African sub-region is projected to experience the fastest pace of economic growth in the sub-Saharan Africa region during 2024 and 2025;

9 Apr 2024 Djibouti (Djibouti) Al Jazeera. International Organization for Migration (IOM) confirms that at least 38 migrants and refugees died after their boat sank off the coast of Djibouti;

9 Apr 2024 Djibouti (Djibouti) Capital FM. The presidency names foreign affairs minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf as its candidate for the position of African Union Commission chairperson;

9 Apr 2024 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The Guardian. Coffee growers report that the European Union’s (EU) new regulation that requires growers to prove their coffee did not come from deforested land requires a significant amount of technology and manpower that the growers do not have. Coffee is Ethiopia’s largest export and the EU is its biggest market;

8 Apr 2024 Kinshasa (DRC) Mining Weekly. Autorité de Régulation de la Sous-traitance dans le Secteur Privé (ARSP) (regulatory authority for subcontracting in the private sector) announces a new agreement with China’s CMOC Group to ensure greater local participation in the value chain of the Tenke Fungurume Mining project;

9 Apr 2024 Kigali (Rwanda) The Guardian. President Paul Kagame meets with United Kingdom prime minister Rishi Sunak to discuss the planned policy that will see the UK deport migrants to Rwanda;

9 Apr 2024 Kampala (Uganda) Business Day. European Union (EU) announces it will grant Uganda, Africa’s largest coffee exporter, $43m to help the country comply with a new EU policy that bans the import of commodities whose production resulted from forest destruction;

8 Apr 2024 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) Africanews. Southern African Development Community (SADC) confirms that mortar fire killed three Tanzanian soldiers deployed as part of the SADC peacekeeping mission in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC);

8 Apr 2024 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) China Global South ProjectChina invites Uganda‘s energy minister to Beijing to discuss the East African country’s $5 billion crude oil pipeline, connecting Uganda’s western oilfields to Tanzania’s Tanga port, a development that could signal a possible breakthrough in Uganda’s efforts to woo Chinese financiers to fund the pipeline after Western banks declined after pressure from environmentalists;

7 Apr 2024 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The East African. Ethiopian Securities Exchange confirms it has raised the initial capital target of $11.07m it needed to fund the start of operations;

7 Apr 2024 Maputo (Mozambique) Club of Mozambique. Rwanda says it will provide more soldiers to help battle insecurity in Cabo Delgado province following the upcoming withdrawal of the Southern African Development Community Military Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) in July;

7 Apr 2024 Kigali (Rwanda) Business Day. South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa says in a media briefing on his meeting with President Paul Kagame that relations between the two countries are improving;

7 Apr 2024 Kigali (Rwanda) News24. President Paul Kagame meets with South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa and former South African president Thabo Mbeki to discuss the situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC);

7 Apr 2024 Kigali (Rwanda) France24. Rwanda commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide;

7 Apr 2024 Zanzibar (Tanzania) Daily News. Zanzibar president Hussein Mwinyi and the consul general of Oman in Zanzibar, Sheikh Said Salim Al Sinawi, commit to boosting the two countries’ bilateral ties in various sectors, including health and education;

6 Apr 2024 Nairobi (Kenya) France24. France’s foreign affairs minister, Stephane Sejourne, arrives in Kenya as part of an Africa tour aimed at renewing ties with Africa;

5 Apr 2024 Dodoma (Tanzania) Daily News. The United Kingdom (UK) strengthens its commitment to Tanzania with the official opening of a new British High Commission office in Dodoma;

4 Apr 2024 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) News24. Somalia expels Ethiopia’s ambassador, Muktar Mohamed Ware, and recalls its own ambassador to Ethiopia, also ordering Ethiopia to close its consulate in Somaliland as tensions over the port deal between Somaliland and Ethiopia continue;

4 Apr 2024 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) The Citizen. Bank of Tanzania (central bank) raises its key interest rate from 5.5% to 6%, citing lingering inflationary pressures;

3 Apr 2024 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Reuters. Ethiopia’s official creditors have reportedly agreed to give the country until the end of June to conclude talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF);

3 Apr 2024 Nairobi (Kenya) The East African. Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) holds its benchmark lending rate at 13% to allow it to lower inflation levels further;

3 Apr 2024 Kampala (Uganda) Africanews. Constitutional court rejects a request to strike the country’s controversial anti-LGBTQ law;


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