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Cracking down on Illegal Fishing Along the East African Coastline

Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing covers various activities that break laws on a national and international scale. These activities include fishing without the proper permits, not reporting catches, going over quotas, using gear that is prohibited, and fishing in restricted areas or during closed seasons. The issue is worsened in East Africa due to the region's long coastline and limited ability to monitor and enforce regulations. Numerous deficiencies create opportunities for illegal fishing to occur, such…

Kenya Hosts Conference to Bridge Skills Gap in East Africa

Yohana Mawaka showcases his project in a photo taken by Faraja Goodluck. In Nairobi, experts gathered to discuss bridging skills gaps in East Africa by enhancing academia-industry relationships. The East Africa Private Sector Academia Forum drew over 100 participants, including academia, private sector representatives, and government officials. The event focused on fostering collaboration between academia and industry to drive digital innovation and skill development. Gaspard Banyankimbona, executive secretary of the…

80 Million Users Impacted by Undersea Cable Faults, Leading to Internet Disruptions in East Africa

In the East African region, over 80 million internet users are currently grappling with slow speeds and outages due to faults in critical undersea fiber-optic cables this Sunday. The Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) and Seacom, essential for connectivity in the area, experienced simultaneous issues affecting regions from Kenya to South Africa. Ben Roberts, Chief Technology and Information Officer at Liquid Intelligent Technologies, revealed that the EASSy cable was compromised 45 kilometers north of Durban,…

Crucial Pleas for Assistance as Catastrophic Flooding Ravages Eastern Africa

  The process of flood evacuation organized by the Kenya Red Cross. Photo: X/@kenyaredcrossNAIROBI (AX) — Severe floods have wreaked havoc on parts of Kenya, Somalia, Burundi, and Tanzania in Eastern Africa. The latest reports from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) indicate that approximately 848,773 individuals have been affected by the intense seasonal rains, resulting in the displacement of over 350,155 people. Immediate international assistance is required to support the ongoing humanitarian…

Somalia Prime Minister Convenes High-Level Talks with US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa

Somalia's PM meets with US special envoy for the Horn of Africa in Nairobi. The region faces instability due to violent extremism, especially with Al-Shabaab and IS-Somalia. Sudan, South Sudan, and Ethiopia are also struggling with civil wars, making the area insecure for trade and investment. During the meeting, PM Barre and Ambassador Hammer discussed mutual interests and strengthening partnerships with the US. The US is a key ally in security and development efforts in Somalia. They explored avenues to enhance…

Kenya Showcases Booming Trade Relations with China at Africa Expo

In Nairobi, Kenya, the China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo (CAETE) 2024 commenced, showcasing the deepening trade and investment ties between the two regions. The event drew a prestigious delegation from Hunan Province in central China, emphasizing the strong partnership between China and Africa. Rebecca Miano, the cabinet secretary for the Ministry of Investments, Trade, and Industry, highlighted the expo's mission to unlock Africa's untapped potential by fostering connections with China's business community. Eric…

Nearly One Million People in East Africa Affected by Devastating Floods and Landslides, According to UNICEF

Deserted vans in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Photographer: AP Photo Nairobi (AX) - UNICEF has reported that almost one million people in Eastern Africa are suffering from floods and landslides caused by heavy rains, stressing the urgent need for humanitarian aid. The latest report on East Africa flood situation from UNICEF states that a large number of individuals have been displaced in Burundi, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania. Extensive damage has been recorded, including impacts on homes, schools, infrastructure, as well as the…

Revolutionizing Work Trends in East Africa: Urging Change and Innovation

Authored by Honorable Sadik Warfa on Thursday, May 9, 2024, the establishment of International Workers' Day, or May Day, in the 19th century aimed to inspire workers and push for fair conditions, just pay, and an eight-hour workday. This day, celebrated at the start of May, carries great importance for East Africans, featuring several events organized by trade unions, labor groups, and government bodies. Nevertheless, the immense influence of workers on society might warrant more than just a single day of acknowledgment.…

Forging Bonds: Exploring Turkey’s Interest in the Horn of Africa

A fresh pact between Somalia and Turkey, inked on February 8, 2024, assigns Ankara to oversee maritime security in Somalia by enhancing its naval capabilities and conducting joint exercises along its 3,333km coastline. Alongside, another agreement seeks joint ventures in hydrocarbon exploration both onshore and offshore in Somalia. Under the terms, Turkey would receive 30 percent of the profits from untapped marine resources as part of a strategy to bolster Somalia's security while holding historical significance and…

Escalating Humanitarian Crisis in Flood-Ravaged East Africa Heightened by Looming Tropical Cyclone

The World Meteorological Organization has issued a warning about Tropical Cyclone Hidaya, which is poised to hit Tanzania and Kenya, exacerbating the existing humanitarian crisis caused by heavy rains in several East African countries. “Hidaya is the first confirmed tropical cyclone in this region, not Sudan, but lower and East Africa,” explained WMO spokesperson Clare Nullis in Geneva on Friday. Hidaya’s impact will be significant, especially in Tanzania, where the ground is already saturated. Kenya will also be affected…

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