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December 10, 2013
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The local administrator of a gold-mining region in western Burkina Faso, confirmed that 15 people were killed and 13 injured when a mine collapsed.
Civil society organisations in West Africa need to be more fully implicated in anti-drugs campaigns in a region which faces new challenges on both drugs trafficking and consumption. Both the coastlines of West Africa and the vast swathes of desert in the interior are now belong used by drugs traffickers, who have long established transit routes. Most of the narcotics come from Latin America, arriving by boat or plane.
African students Moctar Dembele from Burkina Faso and Gerard Niyondiko from Burundi are the first non-Americans to win the Global Science Venture (GSVC) competition for creating an anti-malaria repellent soap.
Prime Minister Cheikh Mdibo Diarra has said it is possible to dialogue with rebel groups in northern Mali, which has been under secessionists control for the better part of the year. He said the Bamako government would hold talks with the radical Islamic movement Ansar Dine and the Touareg rebel National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, the MNLA, noting that these are Malians whose voices must be heard.
Burkina Faso Foreign Minister, Djibril Bassole, has urged Malian Islamist rebel group Ansar Dine to make good its commitment to a peaceful resolution of the crisis in northern Mali. Bassole was speaking after he brokered an agreement with the rebel faction to allow humanitarian aid groups into its territory.
Mali's Foreign Minister Tieman Coulibaly has denied that he met representatives of the Ansar Dine Islamic movement in the Burkinabe capital, Ouagadougou, as reported by the media. Coulibaly clarified to reporters in Bamako on Monday that though he was on a visit to the Burkinabe capital at the weekend, he did not meet with any member of the rebel groups Ansar Dine or the MNLA.
A new report by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation says 17 sub-Saharan countries are among the 50 economies making the biggest improvement in business regulation for domestic firms. The improvement has been going on since 2005.
A three-day international meeting of African countries and the Franc zone is underway here in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, to discuss regional single currency regimes on the continent.
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and The World Bank (WB) have joined forces to help strengthen transparency and accountability in public procurement through collaboration among government, civil society and the private sector. According to The World Bank, public procurement represents about 50% to 70% of total government spending in many developing countries. It is also a major source of revenue to the private sector.
Some time ago, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR together with the WFP made a donors appeal for support to address the huge humanitarian crisis exacerbated by the worsening security situation in Mali.