Author: Jones Nhinson Williams

Serbia, Turkey, And Russia—Alarm Bells for Europe

By Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra As the EU seeks to increase its influence in the Balkans, Russia and Turkey have been working hard to strengthen their own ties to the region. The EU’s renewed interest in its southern backyard has been prompted by fears of Moscow’s mounting impact in the Balkans. Although Russia’s closest European ally is Serbia, it is not the only country with a long history in the Balkans. Turkey is another heavyweight, gaining huge support from corrupted officials throughout the Balkans. Like Russia, Turkey is investing in major national projects strategically calculated to have the...

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WorldRemit has now become the best Money Transfer Service

Silver Springs, MD, USA —Last night, I was invited to a business luncheon in Silver Springs, Maryland, USA to listen to and share my perspectives on a new and revolutionary way to sending remittances to family and friends in Africa and perhaps in other countries outside of Africa. The Sunday, April 22, 2018 business luncheon was organized by WorldRemit, the UK based fastest growing mobile money transfer financial services company.  Prior to the program, WorldRemit’s global branding and marketing consultant Joanna Casimir highlighted what sets the company apart from other money transfer companies out there in the world and...

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President Weah’s Vision: “The Pro Poor Agenda”

President Weah meeting with Liberian youth, many of them are poor and unemployed. The presidential and legislative elections in Liberia are over and the time to govern is here and now.  Liberia has a new president, former international soccer star George Manneh Weah, who replaced the retired president, Madam Ellen John Sirleaf. Was former President Sirleaf perfect? Absolutely not. However, in as much as I had a fundamental policy and governance disagreements with former President Sirleaf, not everything she did was terrible.  Obviously, she has had some admirable accomplishments, for example, the establishment of community colleges and “Service Delivery...

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Bus collision in Ghana kills 18, injures 70 other

ACCRA­­­–––About eighteen people were killed and 70 others injured when a passenger bus collided with two other vehicles early Sunday in northern Ghana, police said. The bus was trying to overtake other vehicles at the time of the crash, said Mohammed Tanko, assistant superintendent of Northern Regional Police. The crash occurred near Tamale, capital of the Northern Region. Vehicle safety has become a serious issue in Africa with most drivers thinking that they have the...

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How the extended rule of China’s president Xi will influence Africa’s future

Chinese President XI China’s decision to suspend presidential term limits is still reverberating around the world. The announcement, made after a vote by China’s parliament in March, prompted some commentators to draw comparisons with “third termism” in Africa when leaders flout democratic conventions to stay in power as long as possible. These concerns certainly resonate on a continent where leaders like Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo, or Yoweri Museveni of Uganda are clinging to power. But there is also a wider question that must be asked: what does an extended tenure for Chinese incumbent Xi Jinping mean for...

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