African leaders to converge in Ghana to have Presidential Dialogue on Africa Beyond Aid. The dialogue is expected to take place in Accra, Ghana in October this year. The dialogue which is convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Ghana government is aimed at bringing together more than 200 participants, including the senior UNDP leadership in Africa, private sector actors and captains of industry. It will as well provide intellectual and analytical insights into the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), raise visibility and also create momentum on Africa’s vision for future prosperity while fostering new partnerships and the creation of allies for Africa’s transformational agenda.ACET and ICT Authority of Kenya hold workshop on right-skilling Africa for Industry 4.0. The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), in partnership with the ICT Authority of Kenya, has held a roundtable workshop to explore how countries are creating the right skills economy for the workforce of tomorrow.The workshop, which was held on 18 June in Kenya, was one of three workshops to be held as part of the ‘Right-skilling the Workforce in Africa for Industry 4.0’ project. The others will be held in Nigeria and South Africa.- Felix Tshisekedi wins DR Congo presidential vote: electoral board Official results dismissed as ‘electoral coup’ by rival Martin Fayulu, who led in polling ahead of long-delayed vote. GABON – SOLDIERS ON ALERT AFTER ATTEMPTED COUP IN GABON – A group of five soldiers sought to take power while Ali Bongo, the country’s ailing president, convalesces abroad following a stroke while he was in Saudi Arabia in October. Gabonese soldiers stand in front of the headquarters of the national broadcaster Radiodiffusion Television Gabonaise (RTG) in Libreville on 7 January 2019 after a group of soldiers sought to take power in Gabon while the country’s ailing president was abroad. – “ Cameroon’s Paul Biya sworn-in for a seventh term – Cameroon’s long serving president Paul Biya was on Tuesday sworn-in to serve a seventh term, having won the disputed October 7 election. Biya was declared winner of the presidential election with 71% of votes cast, but the opposition rejected the results citing electoral fraud. Opposition leader, Maurice Kamto has since called for a resistance movement against the outcome of what he describes as a flawed process. Biya’s swearing-in ceremony, conducted before a joint sitting of the legislature in the capital, Yaounde, has however been overshadowed by news of the kidnapping of 79 students and three officials at a school in the English-speaking Northwest region. Separatists, who are believed to be behind the kidnapping in the city of Bamenda, have previously imposed curfews and closed down schools as part of their protest against President Biya’s French-speaking government. Biya warns separatists In his inauguration speech on Tuesday, Biya appealed to the separatists to ‘lay down their arms’. “They need to know that they will face the rigour of the law and the determination of our defence and security forces,” Biya said in the national assembly. He did not mention the kidnapping of the students from PSS Nkwen school in Bamenda. Source:Africanews.- There is no reason to fear a possible devaluation of the CFA franc,” Abbas Mahamat Tolli, governor of Beac – 20 years after devaluation: What is the future for the CFA franc? – Demba Moussa Dembele Apr 02, 2014 The CFA franc is one of the symbols of the lack of sovereignty in African countries. This necessitates a break with the system and the creation of a sovereign currency which is one of the major conditions for the implementation of industrial policies to create value and jobs at the national and regional levels ‘Money is not a technical issue but a political one, which affects the sovereignty and independence of nations.’ Edouard Balladur (former French Prime Minister, Le Monde, 9 February, 1990) ‘France is the only country in the world to have achieved the extraordinary feat of circulating its currency – only its currency – in a politically free country.’ Joseph Tchundjang Pouémi (Cameroonian economist, author of Money, Servitude and Liberty: The monetary repression of Africa)- Henry Kyambalesa Oct 16, 2018 – Discusses the conceptual underpinnings of economic integration among sovereign states, countries’ motivations for seeking membership in economically integrated blocs, the necessity of economic integration, and the necessity of economic integration beyond the current and unprecedented attacks on its relevance by some countries.