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AFRICANGLOBE - With its rust and sand-coloured pigments, ochre was used at cave sites for thousands of years to paint pictures of animals and hand prints of our long-gone ancestors. Now, the remains of stone tools left by a community of cave dwellers in East Africa 40,000 years suggests they were carefully grinding it to paint themselves are create prehistoric art.
AFRICANGLOBE - Conventionally, businesses from the East African Community states involved in cross-border trade use the American Dollar as the medium of exchange. However, this is set to soon change following the operationalisation of an agreement between central banks of the EAC member states to promote trade using the various local currencies as opposed to the Dollar. This will see the gradual phasing out of the American currency as the common currency in cross-border trade in the region.
AFRICANGLOBE - According to independent sources, there is a quiet race between Kampala and Nairobi to develop rail connection to Juba because whoever achieves it first, effectively defers development of the other.
AFRICANGLOBE - US President Barack Obama’s recent visit to East Africa was an occasion for hypocritical finger-pointing Obama usually reserves for his frequent hectoring of Black America, this time using “gay rights” as the standard. It’s a standard which he would never use to lecture America’s other vassals like the bloodstained beheading backward Saudi regime.
AFRICANGLOBE - For many experts closely following events in the Horn of Africa and the fight against terrorism, Ethiopia stands out as having been exceptionally successful. But what makes Ethiopia's doctrine so successful?
AFRICANGLOBE - The African Union has been working on its own solution for years now, named the African Standby Force (ASF). It’s conceptualised as a military force made up of only African troops that is supposed to intervene within two weeks should a new violent conflict erupt.
AFRICANGLOBE - Camp Lemonnier, which houses 4,500 American military personnel and is the only US military base in Africa, is currently undergoing a $1.4 billion (£900m) upgrade. It provides a vital base US Special Forces, fighter planes and helicopters, and well as being a major operational centre for drone operations in Yemen and Somalia.
With a 150 million-strong population, a rapidly growing economy, and a vibrant, diversified workforce, you can't help but feel East Africans are on the verge of a major take-off. What many consider challenges and setbacks have become opportunities for innovative (and often young) entrepreneurs to create solutions.
AFRICANGLOBE - The African Union believes Africa will have a united and functioning single military by the end of this year as leaders pledge to accelerate the African Standby Force. AU chairperson, Robert Mugabe, confirmed that the first training exercises for the force would be held in South Africa towards the end of October. It is hoped that by the end of the year, all regions will be ready to form part of the single force.
AFRICANGLOBE - Africans in the diaspora have recognised the importance of the money they send home to their families are. With mobile money proving to be a more effective means of transferring funds home, they are increasingly adopting the service.
AFRICANGLOBE - Prospective investment in infrastructure and mining developments in East Africa is attracting heavy machinery makers into the region.
AFRICANGLOBE - The largest commercial bank in Ethiopia, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE), has inked a deal with the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) to build its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city. The building is will become the tallest structure in East Africa once completed.
AFRICANGLOBE - Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda have renewed their push to fast-track the East African Community Political Federation Protocol under the Northern Corridor Infrastructure Projects initiative.
AFRICANGLOBE - The International Energy Agency predicts that by 2040 Africa will be producing more natural gas than Russia, with much of it coming from Tanzania and Mozambique. Kenya and Uganda are also preparing their own hydrocarbon booms, but much remains to be done in 2015 to speed up production and deliver benefits to local economies.