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May 21, 2013
- 17 African countries among top 50 making business regulation growth
- Guinea Bissau: Analyst speaks on ‘coup’ claims
- Senegal hosts cross-border cholera awareness, prevention exercise
- ECOWAS urges int’l recognition of Guinea Bissau interim govt
- Mali: ECOWAS clips junta’s wings, Traoré transition extended
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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.
At least seven persons were killed in a shootout on Sunday in Bissau, the capital of Guinea Bissau, highlighting that the West African nation continues to be volatile, some six months after a controversial coup removed the government of Carlos Gomes Junior.
The ECOWAS-backed interim government in Bissau has accused former colonial power, Portugal, the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries and ex-Prime Minister Junior of being behind the “coup attempt”.
A cross-border cholera sensitization exercise has been taking place in the southern Senegalese border town of Diaobé in the Kolda region, straddling Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Mali and Guinea Conakry.
Health workers have been sensitizing communities about the importance of basic hygiene and other methods to prevent and treat cholera.
The sub-regional bloc, Economic Community of West African States has called on the international community to “recognize and support” the transitional government in Guinea Bissau, where an ECOWAS Standby Force has since been deployed.
The former ruling party, PAIGC had opposed the formation of the transitional government.
ECOWAS has reached a deal with Mali’s former junta to extend the duration of the transition under the leadership of the interim President Dioncounda Traoré.
In a statement released after talks in Bamako, the sub-regional bloc said the purpose of the weekend meeting was “to deliver a strong message to the military junta against meddling in the country's political process.”
The UN Security Council has threatened to impose an arms embargo and financial sanctions on Guinea Bissau, if the military junta fails to return the country to civilian rule, as ECOWAS begins deploying troops to stabilize the situation.
As preparations are being finalized for the deployment of a 3,000-strong ECOWAS force to Mali and Guinea Bissau, the sub-regional Chiefs of Defence Staff will be meeting on Monday 14 May in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
Leaders of the sub-regional bloc, ECOWAS have told Guinea Bissau’s military junta, which overthrew the civilian government on April 12, to restore the National Assembly.
The ECOWAS leaders made the call at their extraordinary summit on Thursday in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.
The ECOWAS extraordinary summit which should have been held on Guinea Bissau in Conakry on Monday has been postponed.
WADR’s Conakry Correspondent says the meeting was called off, due to objection by one of Guinea Bissau’s presidential candidates, Kumba Yala over his rejection of Guinean President Alpha Conde being mediator.
-As ECOWAS condemns junta “illegal initiative”
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank have joined the AU and ECOWAS in condemning last week’s military coup in Guinea-Bissau and they have suspended development operations.